Panch Pokhari with Helambu Trek

The Langtang region, with the near proximity from the capital city of Kathmandu, is one of the easily accessible treks in Nepal. Known for natural and cultural diversity, Helambu Region is an ideal trek for those who are looking for the moderate trek. Despite being so close to Kathmandu, the Helambu region remains relatively un-spoilt. This region homes the hyolmo culture of Helambu Sherpa, Tamang people, green rhododendron and bamboo forests, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains.

This diversity in nature and culture makes this trek a delightful experience. This Helambu trek also includes Panch Pokhari which literally means the group of five holy ponds; these lakes are covered and respected by the Hindu People. It is situated within the Langtang National Park, which is very popular for its flora and fauna. Panch Pokhari trek at an elevation 4100m is designed to offer you the best holidays in Nepal. These Pristine and Tranquil lakes will leave you mesmerized. Highlights of this trek are waterfall, caves, gorges, lush rhododendron forest. So if you’re looking for off beaten trek different from the popular trekking in Nepal, this is a suitable trek for you.
Trip Code: PPWHT51
Starts: Chautara
Finishes: Sundarijal
Duration: 20 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,
Elevation: 4100m/ 13451.4ft
Trip Views: 625
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 17
Car
Bus
Jeep
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 11 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Helambu is only 80km away from Kathmandu Valley
  • This is not high altitude trek but still, you can enjoy the exceptional beauty of Himalayas.
  • We can observe beautiful and endangered species of flora and fauna during the trek
  • Panch Pokhari is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world lies at an elevation of 4100m above the sea level.
  • Helambu and Panch Pokhari carries Hindu pilgrimage and religious

Why this Trip

  • We always do traveling to satisfy ourselves to be refreshed and make the mind free out of all daily activities. So, trek towards the Helambu and Panch Pokhari would be the better option for a beautiful and amazing trip near Kathmandu valley with a totally different environment, culture, and peoples.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDU
    On your arrival, our representative will greet you and make you feel comfortable. As for the briefing of the tour, you will be either escorted to the office first or we will be meeting for a fine dining and then discussing the tour. This depends on your preference.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Show
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    This is the soul purifying day and therefore we will pay a visit to the temples and monuments. Your tour will be prepared according to your desire and time. Meanwhile, the required documents will be arranged for the trekking.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation for sightseeing
    • Entrance Fee
    • Local foods
    • Food and wine(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : KATHMANDU TO CHAUTARA (1448M, 5 HOURS)
    Chautara is 5 hrs drives away from the Kathmandu. Soon after the breakfast we commence our journey to Chautara in private jeep. We pass through Dhulikhel; a famous get away destination, and Dolalghat which is famous for its delicious fresh fish. We stay for lunch in Dolalghat and in a short time we reach Chautara.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Private Transportation Food and wine tour(optional)
  • placeDAY 4 : CHAUTARA TO PHURSE (2218M, 5/6 HOURS)
    Today we head towards Phurse village after the breakfast. Before reaching Phurse we pass through many villages, farming terraces, eye catching views of mountains; Gaurishankar, Dorje lakpa. Phurse is actually the pastureland where the people from different village bring their cattle to graze. Phurse village is highly dominated by tamang people.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : PHURSE TO KAMI KHARKA (2985M, 5/6 HOURS)
    Our destination today is Kami Kharka as we move to reach it ,on the way we can see forest covered with Oak, Pine, Rhododendron & other vegetation. Trail to Kami Kharka is pure climbing which can be exhausting but we will be accompanied with beautiful views of Gaurishankar, Dorje lakpa, Jungal himal range.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : KAMI KHARKA TO PAUWA BAS (3000M, 6HRS)
    Today we walk for approximately 6 hrs through the forest covered with Rhododendron, Oak, Pine, Juniper and other vegetation. Pauwa Bas means the place where people can take shelter at night, as per the name the local pilgrims who are travelling to Panch Pokhari take shelter in this place. Overnight at Pauwa Bas. Highlights: Rhododendron forest, Pauwa Bas etc.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : PAUWA BAS TO HILLE BHANJYANG (3720M, 6HRS)
    The trail to Hille Bhanjyang goes up hill and further goes to forest of similar vegetation as yesterday. From Hille Bhanjyang we can see fascinating view of cascading Waterfall, Rivers, and villages.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : HILLE BHANJYANG TO NASIMPATI (3631M, 4HRS)
    Today’s trek is relatively easy, we begin by climbing up hill steep trail for an hour and after that we descend enjoying the green enchanting hills. On the way you can see the glimpse of Jugal Himal Range, Gaurishankhar Himal, Mountain deer & Danfe (National bird of Nepal). We will reach Nasimpati in around 4 hours and stay overnight there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : NASIMPATI TO PANCH POKHARI (4010M, 4HRS)
    Today we reach our ultimate destination Panch Pokhari. The route goes passes through Lauribinayak before reaching the holy lake of Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari holds a strong reputation among the Hindu people, every year in the month of August the festival is held in this place called Janai Purnima which allures local Hindu and Buddhist. Panch Pokhari offers excellent view of Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling range, Gosaikunda etc.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : PANCH POKHARI TO GAI KHARKA (2200M, 6HRS)
    After having breakfast at Panch Pokhari today we head towards the Helambu trek and first trek start with Gai Kharka. Passing through the forest and enjoying the biodiversity we reach the Gai Kharka.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO YANGRI (1360M, 5HRS)
    Coming down from the Panch Pokhari today we will head towards the Yangri. To reach Yangri we have to pass through the steep and rough trail and pass the Panch Pokhari Khola on the way. Panch Pokhari Khola (Indrawati River) leads us towards our today camp.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO LHAKHANG GOMPA (2800M, 7HRS)
    From Yangri, we go towards the Lhakhang Gompa. Walking around 7 hrs from the Yangri we reach our today destination. On the way we can see a waterfall and natural beauty through the path.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO TARKEGHYANG (2560M, 3HRS)
    Having breakfast at Lhakhang Gompa and visiting Gompa nearby the Lhakhang we walk to the Tarkeghyang. Tarkeghyang is also known as Helambu. Sherpa people in this region call themselves Hyolmo and there are many biggest monasteries. By looking all this after 3-4 hours we reach at the Tarkeghyang.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO MELAMCHI GOAN (2550M, 4HRS)
    Today we trek towards the Melamchi Goan which is the entered part of the Helambu region. After 4 hrs trek from Tarkeghyang we reach at Melamchi Goan which is inhabited by Tamang/Sherpa and Tibetan people.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO THAREPATI (3600M, 5HRS)
    Offering a perfect panorama of the Langtang Himalayan we arrived at Tharepati. Tharepati is that places from where we can watch the close views of Gosaikunda and surrounding high mountains. About 5-6 hour trek we reach Tharepati.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO KUTUMSANG (2500M, 7HRS)
    On 16th day we head for a Kutumsang. Trail starts with crossing through pretty meadows and fields. On the way we enjoy the splendid views of the Langtang Mountains. After Walking for a while we reach beautiful village of Kutangsang.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO CHISOPANI (2300M, 2-3HRS)
    From Kutumsang, it is an easy climb to cross a pass at 2470m before descending to Pati Bhanjyang, a large Tamang village. From here it is a 2 hour climb to Chisopani.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO SUNDARIJAL AND DRIVE BACK TO KATHMANDU
    From Chisapani we head to Sundarijal and from there we return to Kathmandu. Walk to Sundarijal is wonder and passes through Shivapuri National park. It will take around an hour for you to reach to the Capital City from Sundarijal. After reaching Kathmandu, you will then be transferred to the Hotel there in the City.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 19 : FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
    You may need a time for yourself and therefore we separated this day for you to buy your favorite souvenir or go for a relaxing massage. If you desire to explore the city more then we can arrange a suitable evening tour for you. We can even dine together and share the bitter sweet memories we made.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Relaxing massage
    • Shopping
    • Sightseeing
    • yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 20 : DEPARTURE
    The hardest are the goodbyes but in the end we should be apart until the next adventure. Hoping to get the chance to please you again, we will see you off at the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Lunch Program
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters(3:1) for the trek
    • Kathmandu to Arughat transfer by private transportation
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek (self-arrangements)
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Panch Pokhari
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Look for signboard that says ‘Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd.’ outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 6. For what purpose this trek is Popular ?
    Panch Pokhari with Helambu trek is an ideal trek for them who want to trek less and view the wonderful, beautiful scenery, culture of Helambu Sherpa, Tamang People, green rhododendrons, 5 beautiful lakes and bamboo forest. You must be fit, strong and healthy while doing this trek.
  • 7. Is Travelling in Panch Pokhari with Helambu Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boats as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. This trek is mostly done as it is not hard to do so you can easily do it.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Panch Pokhari with Helambu trek is trekking region and mostly we spend our night at camp. During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    As it is difficult to do so you will only get drinking water where you have lunch and dinner. You can fill the bottle after paying an amount or simply bring water purifier tablets to purify the spring water in case of emergency. They also sell bottled water which is not recommended.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Chautara on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking ?
    February to June and October to December are the best time to do this trek. This trek can be done in winter season also.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and make a camp for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 18. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 19. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Panch Pokhari with Helambu you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 20. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 21. How far do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-7 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing because the hour of walk depends on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 24. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 25. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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