Panch Pokhari – Tilman Pass - 18

Sightseeing, Hiking, Jungle Walk, High Altitude Walk, Cultural Insight, Food and Culinary, Festivals Celebrations, Pilgrimage, Visit National Park, Tent-Camping, High Altitude Walk, and so on.
Country
Region
Activity
Group size
1
Duration
18 Days
Mode
Tea-House/Lodge
Max-Altitude
4,867m/15,967ft
Daily Walking
6-7hrs
Grade
4
Culture
Hindu, Sherpa, Tamang
Best season
Autumn and Spring
Best season
Autumn and Spring

Panch Pokhari got its name due to the presence of five pristine holy lakes in one place, “Panch Pokhari” refers to “Five lakes” in the local language. Wow, isn’t that amazing? Of course, it is obviously astounding to visit such natural splendour and that within a destination. And additionally, the trek features Tilman Pass, a high-altitude pass standing tall at 5,320m above sea level as well. Tilman Pass is named after Harold William "Bill" Tilman, an English mountaineer and explorer. Altogether, Panch Pokhari – Tilman Pass trek is an elongated and audacious expedition dedicated for the passionate and enthusiastic trekkers eager to explore these unseen treasures on Earth.

1. Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264 ft)

  • Meals:Lunch / Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu
  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Evening Walk at Thamel

2. Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing

  • Duration:Whole day
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Thamel

Highlights:

  • Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Equipment Checking
  • Briefing about the trek
  • Introduction with Guide

3. Kathmandu – Chautara (1,200m) – Gunsha(1,620m)

  • Duration:3hrs drive (42Km) and 3hrs walk (7 Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Accommodation:Lodge / Hotel
  • Ascend:420m/1,377ft

  • Thamel
  • Chautara
  • Gunsha

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Rural and Small Settlement

4. Gunsha - Maidan (2,535m/8,316ft)

  • Duration:7-8hrs walk (16 Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home-stay
  • Ascend:915m/3,001ft

  • Gunsha
  • Kami Kharka
  • Maidan

Highlights:

  • Pass through Hindu
  • Tamang and Sherpa Villages
  • Rhododendron Forest
  • Pine Forest
  • Fir forest

5. Maidan - Kharka Pauwa Pass (3,000m/9,842ft)

  • Duration:: 8-9hrs (19Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home-stay
  • Ascend:465m/1,525ft

  • Maidan
  • Kharka Pauwa Pass

Highlights:

  • Natural Border with Tibet
  • Beautiful Landscape
  • Adventure and excitement

6. Pauwa Pass – Nasim Pati(3,700m/12,139 ft)

  • Duration:8-9hrs (21Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home-stay
  • Ascend:700m/2,296ft

  • Pauwa Pass
  • Hile Bhanjyang
  • Nasim Pati

Highlights:

  • Unexplored places
  • Adventure and excitement
  • Bushes
  • Rural Villages
  • Local Lifestyle and culture

7. Nasim Pati – Panch Pokhari (Five Lakes)(4,100m/ 13,451ft)

  • Duration:5-6hrs walk (10Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home-stay
  • Ascend:400m/1,312ft

  • Nasim Pati
  • Panch Pokhari

Highlights:

  • Five Holy Ponds
  • Thousands of Pilgrims
  • Views of the Jugal Himal and Rolwaling
  • Janai Purnima Festival – one of the biggest festival of the Hindus is held here every year in August

8. Panch Pokhari – Acclimatization Day (4,074m/13,366)

  • Duration:As per requirement
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Home-stay

  • Panch Pokhari

Highlights:

  • Day Hike
  • Explore history
  • Mahadev Temple
  • Local culture, tradition, lifestyle, foods and uniform
  • Two Pilgrim Houses

9. Panch Pokhari to Tin Pokhari (4,255m/13,959ft)

  • Duration:8hrs (13-15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:181m/593ft

  • Panch Pokhari
  • Tin Pokhari

Highlights:

  • Hike above treeline
  • Downhill
  • Beautiful Scenario

10. Tin Pokhari to High South Camp (4,867m/15,967ft)

  • Duration:9hrs (12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Ascend:612m/2,007ft

  • Panch Pokhari
  • Tin Pokhari

Highlights:

  • Glacier Walk
  • Snow Bowl
  • Mountain Scenaries
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Beautiful Scenario

11. High South Camp to Moraine Camp (High North Camp-4,720m/15,485ft)

  • Duration:10hrs (15Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Descend:147m/482ft

  • High South Camp
  • Moraine Camp

Highlights:

  • Glacier Walk
  • Snow Bowl
  • Mountain Sceneries
  • Alpine Vegetation
  • Adventure and Excitement
  • Beautiful Scenario

12. Moraine Camp to Langtang River- Langshisa Kharka(4,285m/14,058ft)

  • Duration:9hrs (12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Descend:435m/1,427ft

  • Moraine Camp
  • Langshisa Kharka

Highlights:

  • Frozen Terrain
  • Great View of Langshisa Ri(7,427m) and Dorje Lakpa(6,966m)
  • Prayer Flags

13. Langshisa Kharka(Crossing Langtang River) to Kyanjin Gompa(3,870m/12,696ft)

  • Duration:9hrs (12-13Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp
  • Descend:415m/1,361ft

  • Langshisa Kharka
  • Kyanjin Gompa

Highlights:

  • Frozen Terrain
  • Great View of Langshisa Ri(7,427m) and Dorje Lakpa(6,966m)
  • Prayer Flags
  • Glacial Moraines
  • Stone Structure

14. Kyanjin Gompa – Acclimatization Day(3,870m/12,696ft)

  • Duration:As per requirement
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tent-Camp

  • Kyanjin Gompa

Highlights:

  • Frozen Terrain
  • Great View of Langshisa Ri(7,427m) and Dorje Lakpa(6,966m)
  • Prayer Flags
  • Glacial Moraines
  • Stone Structure

15. Kyanjin Gompa – Lama Hotel(2,470m/8,103ft)

  • Duration:7hrs (23Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:1,400m/4,593ft

  • Kyanjin Gompa
  • Lama Hotel

Highlights:

  • Oldest Village
  • Glimpses of Langtang Lirung(7,227m)

16. Lama Hotel – Syabru Besi(1,503m/4,931ft)

  • Duration:6hrs (20Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Descend:967m/3,172ft

  • Lama Hotel
  • Syabru Besi

Highlights:

  •  Rhododendron Forests
  • Wild bears
  • Langur Monkeys
  • Red Pandas

17. Syabru Besi to Kathmandu

  • Duration:12hrs (Km)
  • Meals:Breakfast , Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel

  • Syabru Besi
  • Kathmandu

Highlights:

  • Scenic Drive
  • Farewell Dinner in the Evening

18. Departure Day

COST INCLUDES

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Horizon Kathmandu)
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek (Full Board)
  • Private Vehicle
  • An experienced and professional English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trekking guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag, down jacket, Nepal Mountain Trekkers duffer bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (Note: down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • TIMS Card and  Langtang National Parks entrance fees.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13 % VAT and 10% service charge
  • Farewell dinner

COST EXCLUDE

  • Nepal Entry Visa fee (Visa Information)
  • International airfare and excess baggage charges
  • Food in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation and meal costs in Kathmandu due to any change in the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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“Namaste” is the common form of greeting in Nepal which is often spoken as Namaskar. It is a traditional Hindu greeting and it is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest.

While you are on Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible. 

Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges up to certain places and also mobile data Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek for Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.

The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes. 

Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.

You can bring any of the currencies to Nepal which is approved and acceptable by Government of Nepal and for your ease, Nepal Mountain Trekkers provide you with the facility of exchanging foreign currency at the market rate without any commissions and extra charge.

ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are on Kathmandu.

There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.

The herbs and vegetations preserved at Langtang National Park are Rhododendron, Oak, Maple and Alder. Whereas, Wild boar, Himalayan black bear, Ghoral, Grey langur monkey and leopard are the wildlife which can be spotted while you embark through Langtang National Park. Impeyan, Tragopan and Kalij pheasants, Tibetan snowcock and snow partridge are some of the bird species protected in there.

The Langtang Region lies at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is highly influenced by the lifestyle and culture of Tibetan people. There are mostly Tamang people, other ethnicities and almost everyone in this region practices Buddhism which is the reason you can see Monasteries, Chortens, Prayer flags, Prayer wheels, Mani walls and Mani Stones abundantly along the trails. 
 

Yes, you will need a special permit for Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek because it is a protected area and you will also walk through Langtang National Park. Hence, you would need to request for Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) Card and Langtang National Park Entrance Permit.

 

The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. 

Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.

Yes, it is possible to get hot showers during Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek on the lodges you would be staying overnight or during acclimatization.

 

Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.

Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottle waters or should have a water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.

It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads. 

Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than two decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with us as our other clients.

During Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges and even in tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.

In the case of emergence, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.

Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of rainfalls, slippery trail and extreme cold as well as attacks of leeches, Autumn and Spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations. Along with that, you can also explore the most of this trek during the festival season(Oct-Nov). 

The earthquake of 2015 had an adverse effect on the trekking trails and the local inhabitants back then but now after the patience and positive attitude of the people along with their effort and collaboration from several donors, the trails are totally recovered and fine for trekking again. Though the lifestyle of people is somehow still lagged behind in some reasons because of trekkers and their contributions, they’ve got a light of hope that they will rise again.

Panch Pokhari - Tilman Pass trek is a strenuous and adventurous trek with it's technical and challenging trails along with the high altitude walk. So, it is necessary that you must be physically and mentally well-prepared before embarking for this trek.

Panch Pokhari region is globally recognized as the ninth high wetland of the globe which is still unspoiled by urbanization. For those looking for a spiritual, tranquil, and scenic trek, the Panch Pokhari Trek is the one for them. We travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. This spectacular and spiritual trek include the holy Five Lakes, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time. 

Generally, Panch Pokhari Tilman Pass Trek is 14-20 days long but you can customize/personalize the trekking days and the itinerary according to your requirement with Nepal Mountain Trekkers.

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