Trek to Panch Pokhari
Panch Pokhari located at the base of Jugal Himal in the eastern Nepal is a beautiful pond that offers wonderful views of the surrounding areas. The Panch Pokhari literally means five ponds and is named after five Hindu holy lakes. Every year, many Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimages visit the lake during the festival of Janai Purnima. It lies at the north-east of the Lantang National Park and an off-the beat trail takes you to the pond which is situated at the altitude of 4462m.
This unexplored trekking destination of Nepal is one of the less crowded trekking trails of Rowaling trekking region. The hike through the park takes you to the beautiful oak and rhododendron forests with magnificent views of the snow capped mountains. The golden rays of the rising sun touching the beautiful white Jugal Himal makes the view spell-bounding. Also, the interaction with the warm and welcoming Sherpa community residing in the area makes the trip worth it. The excellent views of the Himalayas like Jugal Himal, Dorjee Lhakpa, Madiya and Phurbi Chhyachu, etc. and the pure and pristine nature with the distinct culture are the main attractions of the trek to Panch Pokhari.
The trek could be conducted all year round except during the monsoon months and the journey could be combined with rafting as well. The trek usually starts from Chautara, the district headquarters of Sindhupalchowk. The trek is accommodated by the splendid views of the pristine nature, rich and unharmed culture and the spell-bounding views of the Himalayan range. The trek is easy and do not require previous experiences. The lake is sacred and holds religious values for both the Hindus and Buddhist. The rich culture and biodiversity along with the pristine nature makes it one of the finest trekking destinations in Nepal. The rural and ethnic households along the way give you an idea of how the life of the people residing there is like and also gives you an opportunity to understand their social and cultural life.
Thus, the trek to Panch Pokhari is a splendid opportunity to understand and enjoy the rural life and also a great experience for those who want to live the experience of hiking and trekking for the first time.