Panch Pokhari Trek is one of the newly opened trekking routes in Nepal that includes a sacred and pristine group of five glacial lakes. This trek to Panch Pokhari at the base of Jungal Himal offers pristine mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure. This area, northeast of Kathmandu offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty and biological diversity. as you trek to a group of high altitude holy lakes, sacred to Buddhist and Hindu people.
Trekking in Panch Pokhari is just northeast of Kathmandu toward a snow wall and west of Rolwaling Himal. Panch Pokhari trekking is a non-tourist trekking trail in Nepal.
Since the Panch Pokhari trekking trail has been open, the Asian Hiking Team emphasis to operate the trekking in this area as it is less crowded /non-tourist trekking trail in Nepal.
There are two Trekking routes to reach Panch Pokhari, one starts from Sano Okhareni via Chautara. Chautara is the headquarter of Sindhupalchowk and other starts from Bhotang village via Melamchi. you can see detail in the below photo.
In This post we will discuss on Panch Pokhari trekking which begins from Chautara after driving 5-6 hours from Kathmandu.
Mostly It takes about 8-12 Days in trekking to five holy lakes through untouched traditional villages in spectacular Himalayan landscapes. .Panch Pokhari trekking offers an ideal and interesting journey that gives the experience of lifetime. It observes the different ways of life, culture and comes in contact with the people in the small village, passing through the dense forests and meadows.
Panch Pokhari is a religious place for Hindus. A trek in this area involves a lot of climbing on narrow trails. The top of Panch Pokhari (4100m) offers an excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Gauri Shanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Himalaya range, Rolwaling Range, Gosainkund, Kanchenjunga and Makalu.
This trek starts from 1,400 m and goes up to 4,100m at Panch Pokhari, a seldom-visited pilgrimage site where the Janaipurnima festival is held in August. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit this site each year. This is a very spectacular and spiritual trek.
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Trekkers first travel by bus to Chautara, five-six hours northeast of Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. Travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. On your first night. you can experience life in the village homes of Sherpa and Tamang people. You Must Know about trekking, altitude sickness and the highlights of the trek so that your Trek will be easy. These include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time. The unusual climatic and geographical mix with culture and tradition make this area a naturalist’s dream.
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Important Things to carry
Some of the important things to carry during the trek to Panchpokhari are mentioned here. According to the accessibility and accommodation available in Panchpokhari, these things are important to carry. However, it depends upon the season in which you are trekking and how convenient you want it to be.
- Sleeping Bag
- Down Jacket
- Water and Windproof jacket
- Trekking stick
- Hand Sanitizer
- Water bottle
Best time to Trek Panch Pokhari
The most popular seasons for Panch Pokhari is the seasons of spring and autumn. Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Moreover, a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation are some of the reasons why these seasons are popular for completing this trek. The views of the mountains are also gorgeous. You can also complete Panch Pokhari in the winters (December, January, February). You have to have the appropriate gear to deal with the cold and snow in this season though. Appropriate gear and planning.