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.
2 - 14
4100 m/ 13451.4ft
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.
•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.
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.
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.
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.
Private TransportationFood and wine tour(optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.