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Panch Pokhari - Jugal Himal Trek (12 days)

Trip Highlights

Duration: 12 Days

Type of Trek: Camping

Max Altitude: 4100 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation 

Grade: Strenuous

Panch Pokhari Jugal Himal trek is a remote and isolated trekking trail in the Rolwaling region in Eastern Nepal.

Panch Pokhari literally means Five Lakes and has been named after 5 glacial lakes found in the region. The lakes are designated as wetland areas and holds utmost significance for the sustenance of local biodiversity. Panch Pokhari is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas, equally revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Shamans from Tamang Community from nearby villages visit the Five Lakes during the festival of Janai Purnima in August. The Festival draws hundreds of villagers to pay their respects to their local gods.

Panch Pokhari-Jugal Himal Trek is both a camping as well as home-stay trek. The trek starts from Chautara at an elevation of 1200m passing through picturesque villages and rolling green hills. We will be visiting Buddhist monasteries and learn about Tamang & Sherpa culture and customs. The trek is also exceptionally rich in bio-diversity. Rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower and Danfe, Nepal’s national bird, are both found in Panch Pokhari area. There are also historical places, waterfalls and caves we can explore. 

Perching at an elevation range of 4100m, Panch Pokhari offers dramatic and beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and Gaurishanker ranges.
The best season to trek Panch Pokhari is from February to May and August to November. The trek is graded moderate, suitable for all ages and experience.

Our company offers you the best rates for Panch Pokhari Jugal Himal trek along with the flexibility of doing either camping or home stay treks or both combined.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Price Info

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m.)

Day 02: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2045m.)

Day 03: Trek from Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m.)

You head uphill until you reach Kami Kharka passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation.

Day 04: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m.)

Day 05: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m.)

Day 06: Trek from Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m.)

Day 07: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m.)

Day 08: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m.)

Day 09: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m.)

Day 10: Trek from Dukhang to Dhap (1200m.)

Day 11: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m.)

Day 12: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu (1350m.)

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200m.) takes about five hours.

It is a pleasant journey through beautiful hills, villages, forests and rivers. You camp for the night.

Day 02: Trek from Chautara to Phurse (2045m.) takes approximately five and a half hours.

The trail ascends to Phurse. En route, you come across many villages, farming terraces, rolling green hills and splendid mountain views of Gaurishanka, Dorje Lakpa and many others. Phurse is a pasture where locals bring their domestic animals for grazing. It is a small village mainly inhabited by Tamang. You camp for the night.

Day 03: Trek from Phurse to Kami Kharka (2845m.) takes about six hours.

You head uphill until you reach Kami Kharka passing through forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendron and other natural vegetation.

While walking you can enjoy the spectacular views of Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and the Jugal Himal range. Kami Kharka is another pasture for domestic animals. You camp for the night.

Day 04: Trek from Kami Kharka to Pauwa Bas (3000m.) takes approximately six hours.

Crossing Kami Kharka you begin to follow an ascending path to reach Pauwa Bas. This day you trek through forests covered with rhododendron, oak, pine, juniper and other natural vegetation. In Pauwa Bas there is a shelter for the local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

Day 05: Trek from Pauwa Bas to Hille Bhanjyang (3400m.) takes approximately six hours.

The route to Hille Bhanjyang goes uphill passing through forests enriched with bamboo, pine, oak, rhododendron and alpine vegetation. Hille Bhanjyang is a ridge from where you can see magnificent views of a waterfall, river basin and village at a far distance. You can camp for the night.

Day 06: Trek from Hille Bhanjyang to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes about four and a half hours.

After Hille Bhanjyang, your path moves uphill until you reach Nasim Pati. En route, you encounter forests with views of the Jugal Himal range, Gaurishankar, mountain deer and Danfe, the national bird of Nepal. Nasim Pati also provides shelter to local pilgrims. You camp for the night.

Day 07: Trek from Nasim Pati to Panch Pokhari (4100m.) takes approximately four hours.

The route is a steep ascent passing through Lauribinayak Pass to Panch Pokhari. On the way, you will be enchanted by the lovely alpine forest, diverse wildlife and idyllic villages. Panch Pokhari is an interesting point of the trek. The word Panch Pokhari translates into five lakes in English. Many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims gather here. The summit of Panch Pokhari (5 lakes) offers an excellent view of the Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosainkunda etc. You camp for the night.

Day 08: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Nasim Pati (3700m.) takes approximately three hours.

While trekking back you move along a steeply descending path passing the Lauribinayak Pass. You camp for the night.

Day 09: Trek from Nasim Pati to Dukhang (2100m.) takes about six hours.

This day your trail climbs down passing through forests covered with bamboos, rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper and other natural vegetation. You can spot Himalayan deer, white langur and many other animals if you are lucky. Before you reach Dukhang, you come across chortens and can see prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Dukhang is a tiny village mainly inhabited by Tamang and Sherpa. There are beautiful monasteries around this area. You find local people toiling hard by farming land where they grow wheat, potato, millet, buck wheat and green vegetables. You camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek from Dukhang to Dhap (1200m.) takes almost six hours.

Crossing Dukhang, you begin to follow a descending path to reach Dhap. You walk along the bank of the Indrawati river with magnificent views of farming terraces, human settlements and green hills. Dhap is yet another village and the people living here belong to different communities. There are some schools, small tea shops and a local market. You camp for the night.

Day 11: Trek from Dhap to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (800m.) takes about six hours.

You now walk along the bank of the Indrawati river passing through different villages, farming terraces, a hydro electricity project on the way to Tipini and vehicles carrying passengers and goods. Melamchi Pul Bazaar which lies at the bank of Melamchi Khola (stream) and Indrawati river is comparatively a big city of this area. There are some lodges, tea shops, government offices, schools, colleges, post office and army police camp. You camp for the night.

Day 12: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu (1350m.) takes about five hours.

You travel  a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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