About Helambu Panchpokhari Trek

The Helambu Panchpokhari (5 Holy Lakes) trekking area lies at the base of Jugal Himal, towards the north east of Kathmandu Valley and bordering Tibet to its north, situated at an altitude of 4100 meter, is an area holding great importance of religious significance which is also the home to the famous Sherpa and Tamang people. This trek offers pristine mountain views, rich cultural diversity, unsurpassed natural beauty, combination of rich cultural heritage, wild life and biological diversity. Mostly done with camping treks as well home stay facilities are available, which can experienced through untouched traditional villages and people with great Himalayan vista and landscape. Passing through the beautiful villages, dense forest, meadows and terrace field the trek offers excellent views of Jugal Himal, Rolwaling himalayan ranges and part of the Gosainkunda area giving true exposure to the typical Nepalese lifestyle, tradition, uses and custom of local communities. It is the nearest destination from Kathmandu. Every year in July, full moon there is a festival at Panchpokhari, thousand of pilgrimages come from the villages far away, lots of shaman (Jhakri) comes with traditional dress to make their dream true and get the blessing.
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  • Day 1:- Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m).

    Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet/assist by our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. On reaching, short briefing on day to day program by our tour guide. Rest of the day is in leisure. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 2:- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour with our guide. Normally, we start sightseeing tours at 9 in the morning. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan City. Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace from 16th century and is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west ofKathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. Later, you will be escorted to Patan City for sightseeing tour. Patan is also known as city of fine art, is one of the major cities of Nepal and is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. Return to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 3:- Drive Kathmandu - Melamchi Bazar (846 m).

    You drive (5 hours approx.) along well paved road up to Zero Kilo and then you travel through gravel and bumpy path. This is a picturesque journey as you will be surrounded by green hills, terraces, streams, human settlement respectively from place to place. Melamchi Pul Bazaar, at the bank of Melamchi River is a small town where people from surrounded villages come to buy commodities as there are numerous shops, lodges and few small hotels. Overnight at Local House.
  • Day 4:- Trek Melamchi Bazar – Sermathang (2590 m).

    The trail gradually ascends all the way to Shermathang through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with views of green hills and interaction with local and friendly people. There you can see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village. Overnight at Local House.
  • Day 5:- Trek Sermathang - Yangri River (1440 m)

    The trail follows the ridge about 3 hours down to the lunch place. After having lunch, trek along the bank of the river for overnight camp. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 6:- Trek Yangri River - Baishi Kharka (2250 m).

    After breakfast, the trek continues to Bhainshi Kharka. On reaching, overnight in camp. Overnight in Camp.
  • Day 7:- Trek Bainshi Kharka - High Camp (4300 m)

    This day you will have to trek up to High Camp and it is the highest point of this trek. We will stay here for overnight. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 8:- Trek High Camp – Panchpokhari (4515 m)

    Today, we will head to Panchpokhari which means “Five Holy Lakes” and it is the holy site for Hindus. We can see eye catching view of 5 lakes at a places. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 9:- Rest day

    This day we will take rest in Panchpokhari. We will visit surroundings. In a clear day, we will get chance to view the Himalayas including Mt. Langtang. This is a favorite place to take photographs for the photographers. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 10:- Trek Pachpokhari - Bhanjyang Kharka (3400 m)

    From here, we step our feet in direction to the end of the trek. We descend to Bhanjyang Kharka, which is a small village and here we will stay overnight. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 11:- Trek Bhanjyang Kharka – Maidan (1850 m).

    We descend to the place called Maidan which means plain land. We will stay here overnight. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 12:- Trek Maidan – Chawtara (1422 m).

    This is the last day of the trek. It takes five hour approx to reach Chawtara. Once we reach chaurtara, our trek comes to end. Overnight at Camp.
  • Day 13:- Chawtara - Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu and it takes 5 hours approx. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 14:- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

    Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is not known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple was founded. But according to holy books, the deity here gained great fame there as Pashupati, the Lord of the Animals. Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Bhaktapur which literally means a city of devotees is the oldest city of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct square (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole are is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square, and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 15:- Departure.

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for onward journey.