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Panch Pokhari Short Trekking

Panch Pokhari Short Trekking

"Join a less-visited trekking route located nearby Kathmandu and get to experience distinct trekking to one of the pilgrimage sites in Nepal on our Panch Pokhari trek."

Panch Pokhari refers to the five sacred lakes situated at the base of Jugal Himal. The trail to these lakes is adventurous and presents fantastic mountain panoramas, which resulted in creating a new trekking route for foreign travelers too. It means the Panch Pokhari trek is relatively new and not known to many trekkers. Unlike the other not easily accessible trailheads, one can reach the starting point of the Panch Pokhari trekking in a mere 5 to 6 hours of drive from Kathmandu. 

The Panch Pokhari is nestled, at 4,100 meters, northeast of Kathmandu. The region has significant cultural and ecological values. The Panch Pokhari trek route goes through lush rhododendron forests and alongside green rolling hills. You will be passing by terraced fields, alpine pastures, and picturesque remote villages. Instead of tourists, you will be more likely to come across natives along the way.

Panch Pokhari trek is a new addition to our short & easy yet equally rewarding treks in the Himalayas. If you have some spare days in Kathmandu and want to do something lowkey adventurous, then Panch Pokhari trekking is a good option. This trek is for everyone, whether you are a beginner trekker or experienced. Moreover, the Panch Pokhari trek is also family-friendly. You can trek with your kids and the elderly.


  • Short and adventurous trek nearby Kathmandu
  • Less-crowded trekking route
  • Perfect for beginner trekkers looking for a tranquil trek in the Himalayas
  • Family-friendly trek, with great mountain views and cultural experience
  • The trail ascends and descends through lush rhododendron forests, alpine pastures, and terraced fields
  • Cross beautiful rivers and streams on the way
  • Get to see the lifestyle of the local community
  • Explore the five lakes and witness heavenly landscapes

Check out our other similar short treks - Langtang Valley Trek and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Panch Pokhari Trek route

There are two trekking routes that lead to Panch Pokhari. One begins from Sano Okhareni via Chautara, and the other begins from Bhotang village via Melamchi. The second route from Bhotang village is comparatively easy and short. 

Depending upon your time, you can choose either of these routes, and we will make a tailored Panch Pokhari trek itinerary for you. You can do the Panch Pokhari trek following a short or long route as you wish.

Short Panch Pokhari trek

From Kathmandu to Panch Pokhari trailhead, we reach after a scenic 5 to 6 hours of drive. Bhotang village onwards, we begin trekking through villages like Tipeni Bazaar, Dhap, Raithane, and Manekharka. Passing by these villages lets us witness the lifestyle of the locals. We will meet with the locals and get to know their cultural heritage. Every new village will welcome us with its distinct charm. 

We will be crossing rushing rivers and streams too, on the way. Snow-capped mountains like Jugal Himal, Dorje Lhakpa (6,966 m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m), Madiya (6,257 m), Langtang Range (7,234 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and numerous others are seen throughout the Panch Pokhari trek. Before reaching Panch Pokhari, we will ascend to Lauri Bina. A few minutes of walk from here will take us to Panch Pokhari.

Upon reaching Panch Pokhari, the first three lakes come into our perspective right away. The other two lakes are located a little far away. We will spend a night here and relish the heavenly view and divine atmosphere. Before descending, we visit the temple and get blessed by the deity. 

Check out our Panch Pokhari trek map for detailed information about the route. 

Panch Pokhari camping trek or teahouse trek?

The Panch Pokhari trekking route has not many tea houses. If we do not book the accommodation on time, the chances are low of getting one. And therefore, we have to do the Panch Pokhari camping trek. Generally, trekkers do camping treks to Panch Pokhari.

While camping, our crew will organize all the tents and cook. We have comfortable high alpine tents that will protect you from cold climate and wind at high altitudes. Likewise, our kitchen staff will cook delicious meals for the group.

The booking is open for Panch Pokhari trek 2022. Moreover, we have also opened early booking for Panch Pokhari trek 2023 (spring & autumn). Contact us anytime for more information.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:Drive to Bhotang Village (1800 meters)

Day 02:Trek to Nasimpati

Day 03:Trek to Panch Pokhari Lakes (4100 meters)

Day 04:Trek down to Bhotang village

Day 05:Drive to Kathmandu

Cost Details

Cost Includes
    • Airport- hotel- airport transfer by private car in Kathmandu.
    • Twin sharing two-night hotel accommodation on BB basis in Kathmandu.
    • All necessary grounded vehicle service according to the itinerary.
    • All necessary tended and teahouse facilities during the trip.
    • Full board meals (Dinner, breakfast, and lunch) during the trek.
    • Daily allowance with insurance of Guide, porters, and other staffs
    • Local entry permit and TIMS card fees.
    • Local and government tax.
    • All official expenses and essential monuments fees.
Cost Excludes
    • Nepal arrival visa fees (Please don’t forget to bring 4 passport size photo with some change US dollar).
    • Visitor’s travel insurance (It is compulsorily required).
    • Flight tickets.
    • All personal expenses and trekking equipment. (If you require any trekking equipment, we can provide you to buy or rent in good price in Nepal)
    • Spare luggage charge.
    • Tips for guide, porters and other staff. (Expected, this is the best way to thank them for cooperating throughout the trip.)
    • Any additional expenses which are not declared above the Price Included sector.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Drive to Bhotang Village (1800 meters)The day will adventure, after breakfast, our journey starts to Bhotang village by local bus is off-road express through Melamchi bazaar and Indrawati River. Slowly, almost 6 to 7 hour we will reach to Bhotang village. Overnight at the local hotel.

Day 02Trek to Nasimpati Our Trek will start after morning breakfast, we ascend up to the mountain through stone steep trails with passing Rivers, flora, fauna and ridges throughout hiking. After 7 to 8 hour, we will reach our destination and overnight at tented camp.

Day 03Trek to Panch Pokhari Lakes (4100 meters)To reach Panch Pokhari will take 3 to 4 hour by a gentle walk. We will move to Panch Pokhari after regular activities. The full-day sightseeing in Panch Pokhari, hike up to the ridge where we will explore magnificent Himalaya range with five holy lakes. Overnight at tented camp in Panch Pokhari.

Day 04Trek down to Bhotang villageWe will descend to Bhotang village from Panch Pokhari alongside rivers, jungle, wood bridge and scenery. After 8 to 9 hours descending, we will reach to Bhotang village. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 05Drive to KathmanduMorning breakfast then drives to Kathmandu via Melamchi bazaar where will have lunch and continue drive towards Kathmandu. When we reach Kathmandu then transfer to hotel by local vehicle. Overnight at the hotel.

Important Note

There’s another way to reach Panch Pokhari. It is a long way. It takes about 13 days is we take that route. The trek starts by taking a drive from Kathmandu to Sano Okhareni via Chautara. Then the next morning you will walk uphill to Kami Kharka. Then you will reach Hile Bhanjyang (3400m). The next day you will pass Tango and reach Nasimpati, where you will spend your last night before Panch Pokhari. Then the next morning you will reach your destination, Panch Pokhari. After viewing everything you will back with the shorter route. The route will lead you to Melamchi and you will take a bus from there and return back to Kathmandu. Overall whichever route you take, you will have an equal amount of fun and an amazing experience.

This is a camping trekking designed for camping lovers in the world. It is also a customized package itinerary where visitors would change the itinerary or request to the new package. The camping trekking offers a wonderful Himalayan Ariel landscape with the scenery of the village, a villager, lifestyle, culture, festivals, terraced fields, flora and fauna throughout the trip.

There, in the Panch Pokhari route rarely seen teahouse amenities all season. Thus, we have been operating the camping trekking in the Panch Pokhari trail. We used to transfer all necessary tent, food, table, chair, gas, stove, and another essential thing by porter during the trek. Panch Pokhari Trekking will lead a specialized leader, focused on the quality service.

Sometimes, we organized a teahouse trek in the Panch Pokhari. The month of August, there is celebrating Janai Purnima Mela (carnival). A huge number of domestic visitors visit the area. You will get local food and shelter easily there. Somewhere, you will get the chance to stay overnight in the small guesthouse but not enough amenities. Teahouse trek is fewer operating in the Panch Pokhari route.

There is raining July to August, sleepy trail and leech. You should take a raincoat, plastic bag, salt in the backpack. Salt and “SANCHO” is a good herbal medicine to remove Leech from your body. Temperature, cold in the night and day is hot in Panch Pokhari. Thus, keep light and dry soon clothing with one warm jacket in the backpack.

Make sure that while the trip may be canceled, the cause of the strike, bad weather, and any other issue but you do not worry we will manage all situations. 

Trip Fact

Starting Price 650(per person)
  • Trip Duration 5 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max Altitude 4210 meter
  • Trip Grade
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