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Discover the Hidden Gem of Sikkim: Panch Pokari Trek: A Journey to Enchanting Lakes and Majestic Peaks!”

Sikkim, the picturesque state nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, is a paradise for trekkers. With its stunning trails and diverse terrain, Sikkim offers something for every hiking enthusiast. Among the many trekking routes, one stands out as the most beautiful and scenic—the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim.

As the name suggests, the Panch Pokhari Trek takes you through the mesmerizing Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and leads you to the enchanting Panch Pokhari, a cluster of five pristine freshwater lakes situated at an altitude of 14,166 ft. Surrounded by the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga Range, the view from Panch Pokhari is nothing short of spellbinding.

What makes  Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim so special?

What sets the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim apart from the rest is its lesser-known status. This unadulterated trek in South Sikkim remains hidden from the mainstream tourist radar, making it a haven for those seeking an offbeat adventure. Situated within the vicinity of the renowned Kanchenjunga National Park and Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, the Panch Pokhari trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the untouched beauty of Sikkim.

Type of Trek

The Panch Pokhari Trek is a moderate six-day camping trek in Sikkim, ideal for both experienced trekkers and beginners. What makes it even more special is the scarcity of information about the trail, which adds a sense of mystery and exploration to the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim. As you trek deeper into the wilderness, you will be treated to splendid views of the majestic Kanchenjunga Range, leaving you awestruck at every step.

Best Time to Visit Panch Pokhari

March to May is the best time to venture on the Panch Pokhari Trek when the weather is mild, the wildflowers bloom, and the different varieties of rhododendron are plentiful. October to November is also a good time to trek to Panch Pokhari when the skies are clear and the reason for photography abounds.

The starting and ending points of this six-day trek in Sikkim

Ravangla, a small town in west Sikkim, three hours drive from the capital, Gangtok is the entry point to the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim. But after having said that, Borong, a little known village famous for bird watching, just 45 minutes drive from Ravangla, is where the Sikkim Panch Pokhari Trek starts and ends.

Trekkers and hikers interested in doing this six-day Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim can directly drive from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Rail Station to Ravangla and Borong. The drive takes four to five hours from New Jalpaiguri Station or Bagdogra Airport.

Food and Accommodation on this trek in Sikkim

Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim is a six-day camping trek within the Maenam Wildlife and Kanchenjunga National Park.

Twin shared tents with a three-inch mattress each is provided. Besides a dining tent, a kitchen tent is also provided, along with a separate toilet tent for the guests personal use.

Fixed three meals a day—that is, breakfast, lunch, and dinner—with evening tea and snacks will also be provided for the entire duration of the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim.

Freshly cooked local vegetarian food will be served during the six-day Sikkim Panch Pokhari trek.

Breakfast will consist of Porridge, Bread and Butter with eggs (boiled or omelette), chapati, pan cakes, tea or coffee, etc.

Lunch is normally light, which means macaroni, chapatis with vegetable curry, noddle soup, or plain soup will be on the normal menu.

Dinners will be a little elaborate with rice, Dal (lintel soup), and vegetable curry. Sometimes the menu will change with Chinese and Tibetan dishes, with soup being served, followed by tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Support team on the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim

A senior and an experienced local guide with an impeccable guiding record will lead the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim. A team of experienced local staff well versed in this trek will aid the guide and the hikers on this six-day trek in Sikkim.

An experienced cook supported by his kitchen helpers, a sherpa to take care of the tents, and the ponies to carry the baggage of the hikers and the food for the entire team make up the support team. These support teams will be there from start to finish.

TRIP FACTS:

  • Style of Trek :  Camping
  • Total Duration : 10Days
  • Number of Days on the Trek : 6Days
  • Trek Grade : Moderate to Easy
  • Minimum number of Participants : 2 persons
  • Highest Point : Panch Pokhari (14,166 ft.)
  • Highest Sleeping Altitude : Gairi Orar (11,286 ft.)
  • Starting and Ending Point: Bagdogra Airport/NJP Rail Station/Nepal Border
  • Best Season:  March-June and September-December
  • Trek Availability: A customized private trek can be arranged for a minimum of two people on request on a date of your choice.
  • Climate: Days are normally warm. Nights can at times be (generally) very cold, and in winter, even below the freezing point. Monsoon showers in the summer (heaviest in July and August). Sometimes even in spring and autumn.

Panch Pokhari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Bagdogra Airport. Meet the guide and drive to Gangtok. Overnight Hotel (B/B only).

Day 2: A Day in Gangtok. Tour of Rumtek Monastery, etc. Overnight Hotel (B/B only).

Day 3: Drive to Pamthang (10 km).  Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim Starts. Trek Pamthang to Alo Tar (9 km/5 hours). Overnight in tents.

Day 4: Trek Alo Tar to Chandu (9242 feet/7 km/3 hours). Overnight in tents.

Day 5: Trek Chandu to Gairi Orar (11,286 feet/13 km/7 hours). Overnight in tents.

Day 6: Trek Gairi Orar to Panch Pokhari (14,400 feet/9 km). Trek back to Gairi Orar. Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Trek Back to Chandu. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Trek Back to Borong. The end of the Panch Pokhari Trek in Sikkim. Overnight Lodge.

Day 9: Drive to Kalimpong. Overnight Home Stay/Hotel (B/B only).

Day 10: Drive to Bagdogra Airport / NJP Rail Station for the Final Departure.

How much does the Panch Pokhari Trek cost?

  • Panch Pokhari Trek Cost : US$790 per Person
  • Cost for Indians : Please request a quote in Indian Rupee

What does the trek cost include and exclude?

Trek Cost Includes:

  • Twin-share lodge accommodation in Borong with a common washroom and rest room, including breakfasts.
  • Twin Share Hotel Accommodation in Gangtok.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping or trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guides, porters, and camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals every day during trekking or camping.
  • All road transport is as per the itinerary by Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for

Does not include:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

Note: The above itinerary is a sample and intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule.Numerous factors, such as weather,road conditions,the physical ability of the participants,etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail.We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort, and general well-being.

(All Relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

  • Panch Pokhari Trek Cost : US$790 per Person
  • Domestic participants ask for quotes in IRs.

TOUR COST INCLUDES:

  • Twin-share lodge accommodation in Borong with a common washroom and rest room, including breakfasts.
  • Twin Share Hotel Accommodation in Gangtok.
  • Twin share tent with mattress during camping or trekking.
  • Fully organized trek services with guides, porters, and camping equipment.
  • All fixed three meals every day during trekking or camping.
  • All road transport is as per the itinerary by Jeep.
  • Service of an English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to monuments visited.
  • All Permits for

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Sleeping bag; personal clothing or equipment.
  • Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
  • Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
  • Tips, client insurance, and evacuation costs.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

(All Relevant Terms and Conditions apply.)

 

 

 

 

 

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