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A visit to Panch Pokhari is a remote and isolated trekking adventure in Rolwaling, in Eastern Nepal. “Panch Pokhari” in Nepali means Five Lakes, named after the glacial lakes. These are designated as significant wetland areas for the sustenance of biodiversity.
Walking through forests, waterfalls and caves that we can explore, on this trek you will reach near the base of Mt. Jugal, northeast of Kathmandu Valley. Not frequented by trekkers, this is a scenic trail, and is known for its experience of cultural heritage and biological diversity. While the lakes are revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, reaching there is indeed a spiritual journey for all. At a vantage point near the lakes, you can have wonderful views of Mt. Gauri-Shankar, Mt. Dorje-Lakpa, and sections of Himalayan Range. A combination of camping and home-stay, the trek begins from Chautara and passes through forests a first. As you climb along the trail, you will see green rolling hills. Further you will come to a monastery and trek through Sherpa and Tamang villages, and go up to 4,100 meters at Panch Pokhari.
The trek is graded moderate, which is suitable for people of all ages with a habit of moderate activity. The trekking can be done throughout the year but for scenic pleasure and lush vegetation, we recommend going there in late winter to early spring, and late autumn.
Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1200 m) – 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 Lami Danda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.