Bhairav Kunda Trek
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The newly opened Bhairav Kunda Trek- is a spiritual trek lying towards to the northeast of Kathmandu valley near to the Nepal,Tibetan boarder and next right to Panch Pokhari. As Bhairav Kunda Trek takes you to the scared pilgrimage site of Bhairav Kunda be categorized as pilgrimage trek. Bhairav Kunda means in Sanskrit a holy lake named after a destructive name of lord Shiva the "Bhairav". Bhairav kunda trekking provides you the opportunity to experience unique Shamanistic culture prevalent complimented by excellent mountain views and memorizing scenic walk in the off the beaten wilderness path. Hindus and Buddhist devotees visit this holy mountain lake (4200m) to worship and bath away sins during every month of August Full Moon. Bhairav kunda trek offers the spectacular view of the snow- capped mountains range of Rolwaling, Jugal Himal and the Tibetan Himalayas.
This trail of a unique Bhairav kunda trek begains after 5 hour's bus ride at the trek starting point called Jalbire towards the Tibetan boarder. Jalbire is a traditional small town full of "Newari" culture. You will get chance to experience the 'Newari' culture of Jalbire. The settlements along the route form Newars, Gurungs and Sherpa as majorities which form a great chance to explore their culture and tradition and also we travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups. Alpine vegetation, wild lives and beautiful landscapes are abundantly found, incredible source to amuse you. The trail winds along an old trade route between Nepal and Tibet passing a number of unspoiled Buddhist villages, chortens and typical houses. Our ascent through Pine and Rhododendron forest with unusual climatic and geographical mix brings us to Bhariav Kunda Lake. Passing through stunning forest of Sherpa Gaon and through the bank of Bhote Koshi River we will end our exciting Bhairav kunda trekking at Larcha and back to Kathmandu.
Along the trail you will experience spectacular views of mountains in Tibet and the Jugal Himal section of the Himalayan Range, which includes the peaks of Dorje Lakpa (6966), Madiya (6257M) and Phurbi Ghhyachu (6637m).The Bhairav kunda trek in Nepal is a spot missing from inhabitation with the simplest and fine rural mountain villages collective with the fabulous prettiness of the surrounding landscape and snowcapped peaks associated with picture of Nepal's brilliance and attraction. During the Bhairav kunda trip, we observe the different ways of life, culture and come in contact with the people in the small village, passing through the dense forestations and meadows. So make your off the beaten trekking journey to Bhairav kunda Lake in Nepal experiencing the most amazing mountainous views and typical primitive villages.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu - Jalbire (1000m) drive
Day 04: Jalbire - Chanaute (1350m)
Day 05: Chanaute - Khani Gaon (2000m)
Day 06: Rest day with Local Village sightseeing
Day 07: Khani Gaon - Forest Camp (3150m)
Day 08: Forest Camp - Pati (3765m)
Day 09: Pati - Bhairav Kunda (4250m)
Day 10: Bhairav Kunda - Sherpa Gaon (2500m)
Day 11: Sherpa Gaon - Larcha (1500m) and visit Hot spring (Kodari highway)
Day 12: Larcha - Kathmandu drive
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 14: Farewell Departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Jalbire (1000m) drive
A nice scenic drive from Kathmandu with some mountain views takes us towards the Tibetan Border. After about 3 hours you get up to a town called Balephi where you turn off the main road. The whole Balephi Valley is magnificent and from here we drive further on a dirt road to Jalbire for about one hour upstream to our first night camp at Jalbire. Jalbire is a lovely Newar village set on the banks of the Balephi River, where we gain an insight into the Newari culture and see the Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu.
Day 4: Jalbire - Chanaute (1350m)
It is 4 hours straight walk from Jalbire to Chanaute.On the way we will pass through some small Tamang villages and a stunning waterfall. Chanaute is a small Brahmin and Chettri Village and you will set our camp by the school there. There are some splendid views of Jugal Himal from the campsite, looking up the narrow valley.
Enjoy great mountain views!
Day 5: Chanaute - Khani Gaon (2000m)
One can reach Khani Gaon from Chanaute within six hours of walk. This is a more challenging day’s walk, with some steep uphill on small walking trails, stopping for welcome rests and to enjoy the beautiful views. We’ll be inspired though by the stunning villages, terraced fields, streams and the excitement of passing local schools where we are quite an attraction. Khani Gaon is a Newari Village. Khani mean “source of Mines” and Gaon means “Village”. Camp site offers stunning views.
Day 6: Rest day with Local Village sightseeing
Today we get to relax, or explore the culture and tradition of this interesting and picturesque Newar Village. This village was founded after the battle between Gorkha and Bhaktapur in the middle of 18th B.S, when the people of Bhaktapur fled to this site. You can see excellent mountain views from the camping site.
Day 7: Khani Gaon - Forest Camp (3150m)
We have about 6 hours of walking today and while harder than previous days, which is a great chance to take in the truly beautiful forests of Nepal. It is a steep walk through beautiful Rhododendron forest and the occasional grazing pasture, where you can see nomad houses for cattle. During five hours of walk, one could encounter with wild animals (bears and leopards) and birds.Tonight we will camp in the forest.
Day 8: Forest Camp - Pati (3765m)
Today involves steep uphill climbing, so we take it easy on the way up and enjoy the surroundings. We continue our ascent through Pine and Rhododendron forest for about 4 hours. When you reach Pati you can see some of the houses made by pilgrims and also have a glorious mountain view from the camp.
Day 9: Pati - Bhairav Kunda (4250m)
Today it is around one hour uphill walk and then level walking for about two and a half hours to Bhairav Kunda. Bhairav Kunda is a stunning holy lake (Kunda means ‘lake’) at 4250m and a small temple of lord Shiva. “Bhairav” is the destructive form of Lord Shiva and Kunda means “Lake”.Bhairav Kunda Lake is most sacred lake in the lab of the Himalayas having its religious importance. This kunda (lake) is considered as the one of the sacred pilgrimage sites for the Shamans who are situated in Listi V.D.C. close to the Tibetan border. Once a year in June/July pilgrims come to pay their respects at the temple, visit the lake, take a holy bath and pay homage to Lord Shiva. The spectacular view of the background snow- capped mountains peaks including the DorjeLhakpa (6966m) is equally eye appealing.
Day 10: Bhairav Kunda - Sherpa Gaon (2500m)
You have an early morning walk up hill for about one and a half hours to the top to see the sun rise and Mountain View of Langtang, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwaling Range and Tibetan Range. After this awesome morning treat we will trek down steeply for about 6 hours through stunning forest to Sherpa Gaon (village).
Day 11: Sherpa Gaon - Larcha (1500m) and visit Hot spring (Kodari highway)
It takes three and a half hours for one to reach the bank of the Bhote Khoshi River, which is also called Larcha. A walk of about 30 minutes takes to the natural hot spring where we can take a hot shower. We will return back to Larcha for camp site.
Day 12: Larcha - Kathmandu drive
Today we head back to the comforts of Kathmandu! We board our bus and it will take us about six hours through stunning scenery to drive back to Kathmandu. If you would like enjoy more, you can take part in bungee jumping at the Last Resort or enjoy rafting at the Bhote Koshi River).
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu valley. Have some rest in your hotel. You can also take a leisurely stroll over the streets and buy some souvenirs and remembering from Nepal. At evening we will have a typical Nepali dinner accompanied with cultural shows in Hotel.
Day 14: Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airportto catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek by Tourist bus/Private Car/Van and Flights depends on Clients requirement and budget.
- All meals during trekking 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Tea and coffee).
- Twin sharing Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trekking.
- Trekking Permit for Bhairav Kunda Trek.
Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Above the Himalaya duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Above the Himalaya Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare/Airport tax, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential - Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get an up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. For more information and download please visit Nepal Visa Information
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment. In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost. We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery backup. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run. Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Who can trek?
No special degree of fitness is required and that there is no age barrier. However, in the areas over 3000m altitude, extra care should be taken. One can trek who have strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally, for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experienced trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. We encourage all men and women, families, students and professionals around the world to enjoy the enchanting trekking in Nepal. You can join us as an individual team member or with your own group. We commit to arrange a best trekking that delight you in the Nepal Himalayas. If you can have fun walking for 3-6 hours up and down hills to Nepal, pack your luggage and join us for an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. All the necessary things for your trekking will be arranged by us. What you can do is to enjoy the beautiful scenery and magnificent view of Nepal Himalayas.
Our Trekking Dates
Most of our treks start on the third day of your arrival. On the first day of your arrival, we will pick you from the airport and let you know your hotel. However, it depends on your arrival time. If your flight is early, we are likely to invite you to our office and make yourself comfort with ideas and brief information on your trek package. If you arrive at night, all the arrangements are likely to made the morning. Second day, it is our package to take you for sightseeing tour within Kathmandu valley. However, the trekkers who have limited time can start their trekking from the second day. We can arrange all the necessary trekking permits and other utensils in advance in case you have limited time. It is your third day that you will fly out of Kathmandu. However, if any further arrangement is still at wait, you can enjoy your trek the next day.
Clothing and Equipment for Traveling in Nepal
Trekking in the Himalayas need to arrangement of equipment as you have to find yourself comfortable at higher altitude. The basic clothing item that you are expected to be prepared with are well described here. Remember that excess baggage is likely to be a burden for yourself and your supporting staff. "Pack light, but pack right", is our motto. This will allow you to enjoy a comfortable journey with your energies and enthusiastic zeal focused on the exploration of this enchanting Nepal scenic beauty. Please visit here for Clothing and Equipment list
Buying and Renting Equipment in Kathmandu
It is not really necessary to spend large amount of money buying extra equipment and clothing prior to your trip. It is because most of the trekking equipment can be hired from many adventure shops within Kathmandu. Most of the gear is locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper). Some Chinese gear are likely to be more expensive but qualitative. Sleeping bag and down jacket are easily rented. Each item can be rented for less than USD 1, for a day. You have to manage other items buying them yourself. However, these items are more likely to be cheaper than those in your hometown. We will arrange all the necessary items you need on the second day of your arrival. Moreover, we ourselves will fascinate you to buy the goods.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card ) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info please visit how to book the trip
Trip Facts & Figures:
Duration: 14 Days
Max. Altitude: Bhairav Kunda (4250m)
Trek Grade: Moderate
Best Travel Time: February - June, September - November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Tea house during trek
Transportation: Jeep/Van/ Bus
Activity: City tour, Trekking
The following basic equipments checklists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
01. Back pack (60 ltr -70 ltr) - with comfortable shoulder straps, frame, and back pack cover (line the bag with polythene).
02. Waterproof Trekking shoes with spare laces – recommended high ankle with good grips,
03. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
04. 2 synthetic /waterproof Track Pants
05: T-shirts - 3
06. Fleece jacket or pullover or Sweater also recommended
07. 1 Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. 1 Down Jacket or Gore Tex Jacket heavy one
09. Thermal Inners.
10. Socks, Cotton 2/3 pairs, Woolen 2/3 pairs
11. 2 pair Lightweight gloves, in winter recommended, Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
12. Sun hat/Woolen cap, or scarf
13. Sun protection cream.
14. Underwear (6)
15. Hiking shorts (2)
16. Lip Balm/ cold cream.
17. Walking Stick – recommend having it minimum 1
Other necessary equipments
1. Sleeping bag rated to (-20 degree Celsius), if traveling in winter sleeping bag liner also recommended
2. Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
3. Personal Medical Kit
4. Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
5. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
6. Water bottles (2) 1 Liter each.
8. Quick dry Towel- It should be light / thin.