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.
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.
It is a pleasant journey through beautiful hills, villages, forests and rivers. You camp for the night
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While trekking back you move along a steeply descending path passing the Lauribinayak Pass. You camp for the night.
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.
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.
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.
You travel a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.
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