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: 378
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 17
Dinner: 17
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.




  • 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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