A team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with a number of organizations recently completed reconnaissance trek to Panchpokhari area in Sindhupalchowk district. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), UNDP/MEDEP and Sindhupalchowk-Panchpokhari Tourism Development
Committee (SPTDC) were the other partners of the trek. The team had left Kathmandu on June 4.
Paanchpokhari (literally means Five Ponds), which falls in the Langtang National Park, is formed by melting glaciers and all the lakes are considered sacred. There is also a Hindu temple nearby
dedicated to Lord Shiva. Paanchpokhari is also among the nine highest altitude wetlands in the world. The sacred place wears a festive look during Janai Purnima festival (which is celebrated in July-August). Pilgrims from nearby villages and all over the country visit the place for to offer prayers. The festival runs for 15 days.
The 13-member team led by Mahendra Singh Thapa, second vice president of TAAN, has developed and suggested nine-day itinerary to Panchpokhari. The first day’s trek takes us to a beautiful village
named Haveli after a drive of seven and half hours via Sankhu and Melamchi and a light trek of two hours. The second day takes trekkers to Tapkharka through dense forests and difficult trail in five hours. The third day’s trek is relatively shorter and ends at a place called Nosyampati. Thoughout the trek, one can enjoy pristine views of Pancpokhari Lake – literally five lakes – and snowcapped mountains. Trek from Nosyampati to Panchpokhari, which takes about three and a half hours, on the fourth day is a semi-rigorous hike. But you get rewarded with the magnificent views of all the five lakes and snowcapped mountains.
The fifth day begins with a hike to the highest point near the lake from where one can get stupendous views of the Yangri, Jugal, Dorje Lakpa, Gauri Shankar and Langtang Himalayan ranges. After lunch at Panchpokhari, the trek progresses back to Nosyampati which is a walk of three and a half hours. The trek on the sixth day is a bit long (seven hours approximately) and it begins from Nosyampati and concludes at Tembathang via Sukpa Kharka. Tembathang is a beautiful village of Sherpas and also the base camp of Jugal Himal. On the seventh day, the trek (approximately six hours) progresses to Gumba Tamang village where we get opportunity to enjoy Tamang culture. The
trek on the eight day takes us to Pangtang village (1730m) which is inhabited by Tamang and Newar population. A three and a half hour trek on the ninth day takes us to Chanaute from where a drive of around three hours takes to Kathmandu. Along with suggested itineraries, the team will also prepare
promotional collaterals of the trek very soon.