Panch Pokhari is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal. It is one of the main features of Langtang National Park located in the Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts of the central Himalayan region. These ponds are taken to be the source of the origin of the Indrawati River. It is the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world.
Panch Pokhara is situated at an elevation of about 4100m above sea level. This is a famous Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. This area is a lush region to the North of Kathmandu inhabited by Sherpas and Tamang people although the Sherpas of this region differ in their practices from their cousins in the Everest region. The unusual climatic and geographical mix makes this area a naturalist’s dream and a Mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures.
1. There exist five ponds near to each other yet these five ponds are filled with water of five different colors.
2. The nearby hill is the dwelling place of many species of birds and sweet, smelling flowers.
3. One can have a close-up view of Jugal Mountain and the wildlife such as snow bear, Red Panda and Snow Leopard which inhabits the mountain while various species of Rhododendrons and herbs are also found here.
4. One can get acquainted with the rich culture and lifestyle of people of the village that lies on the way to Panch Pokhari.
Panch Pokhari, a secluded pilgrimage, is a popular destination for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims in Janai Purnima. Huge numbers of Devotees visit here in traditional dresses. ‘Jhankri Naach’-The dance of Local Shaman can be seen performed on this day.
Panch Pokhari trekking lies to the north of the Kathmandu valley; the chain of peaks called Jugal Himal that includes Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6,637 m). This is a remote and unfrequented region, despite being close to Kathmandu.
The Government of Nepal’s Postal Services Department issued a stamp featuring this Pokhari in 2011.
Words of Caution
• Since this place is situated at high altitude, there is high possibility that you might suffer from altitude sickness.
• Monsoon season is not considered favorable for trekking in this region.
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