There are many unexplored but interesting and untouched trekking routes in Nepal waiting to be identified. Due to large concentration and over exploitation on the prevalent routes, there are only a few such trekking agencies that have taken risk to introduce new trekking routes. Bhairav Kunda is also one of the less explored yet potential newly developed trekking trails with amazing views of giant Himalayan peaks like Mount Everest, Makalu and Annapurna ranges.
Bhairav Kunda is a popular Hindu pilgrimage destination of pristine nature. Intact traditional culture, natural beauty and hospitality of the innocent inhabitants make Bhairav Kunda an ideal trekking destination. Although it is a Hindu holy place, monasteries are also in co-existence and you can enjoy Sherpa’s culture in Tamang’s community who follows Buddhism.
Bhairav Kunda - means a holy lake in Sanskrit language named after one of the destructive name of lord Shiva the "Bhairav". The place "Bhairav Kunda" is located to the northeast of Kathmandu and next right to Panchpokhari and closer to Nepal-Tibet border. A big celebration takes place at the site every year during June and July where hundreds of Hindu devotees congregate to take holy dips in the water and pay homage to the lord Shiva.
Bhairav Kunda is one the best trekking destinations where you can witness the dense forest of Pine, Rhododendron, Sal and Juniper all around Bhairav Kunda.
During the rest of our 10 days trip, we may observe the different ways of life, culture and come in to contact with the village people while passing through the dense forest and meadows. The top of Bhairav Kunda offers an excellent view of Rolwaling and jugal Himal range and some of the Tibetan mountains as well. On the last day of the trip we take a bus ride back to Kathmandu from Larche or you can combine the rafting tour with this trek.
Day 01: Kathmandu [1400m] - Jalbire [1000m]
After breakfast we have a nice scenic drive of about 3 hours duration in which we can enjoy the mountain views! We head northeast on the road to Tibet to Balephi, which once used to be one of the main towns on the trade route to Tibet. 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 Bishnu.
Day 02: Jalbiri - Chanaute [1350m]
Today we have about 4 hours of easy walking along a road to Chanaute. On the way we will pass through some small Tamang villages and a stunning waterfall. Chanaute is a small villages and home to Braman and Chettri people. Tonight we will camp by the school where we can relax and enjoy great mountain views!
Day 03: Chanaute - KhaniGaon [2000m]
We have about six hours of walking from Chanaute to KhaniGaon. This is a more challenging day’s walk, with some steep uphill on small walking trails. We’ll be inspired though by the stunning villages, streams, and the excitement of passing local schools where we are quite an attraction! KhaniGaon is a Newar village, also known as DallePokhari after it’s ‘cute lake’ tucked in a hollow near the school. On the middle of 18th century, before the unification of Nepal, there was a fight between Gorkha and Bhaktapur and the people of Bhaktapur fled here and eventually settled. Once again we have excellent mountain views at our campsite!
Day 04: KhaniGaon - Rest day
Today we get to relax, or explore the culture and tradition of this interesting and picturesque Newar Village.
Day 05: KhaniGaon - Forest Camp [3150m]
Today we have a steep walk up through the Rhododendron forest. We have about 6 hours of walking today and while harder than previous days, it is a great chance to take in the truly beautiful forests of Nepal. On the way we will see some nomad houses for cattle and if we are lucky we will see some wild animals and birds. Tonight we will get wild and camp in the forest.
Day 06: Forest camp - Pati [3765m]
Today also involves steep uphill climbing, so we take it easy on the way up and enjoy the surroundings! We ascend towards incredible views through pine and rhododendron forest. Having climbed for about 4 hours, we have plenty of time to relax when we reach Pati. We can enjoy taking in the glorious mountain views and check out the rest houses made for pilgrims taking the trek to the holy BhairavKund.
Day 07: Pati - BhairavKund [4250m]
This morning we have about a 1 hour walk up hill and then it levels out and we continue for about 2 ½ hours to our destination - BhairavKund. BhairavKund is a stunning holy lake (Kund means ‘lake’) at 4250m. It is an important pilgrimage destination and once a year in June/July pilgrims come to pay their respects at the temple dedicated to Bhairav (the destructive form of Lord Shiva) and bathe in the holy lake.
Day 08: BhairavKunda - BhairavKunda top - Sherpa Gaon [2500m]
This morning we are up early to catch the sunrise! Our heart starter is an uphill walk of 1 ½ hours to the top where we are richly rewarded by magnificent views over Langtang, JugalHimal Range, Rolwalling Range and the Tibetan Range. After this awesome morning treat we will trek down steeply for about 6 hours through stunning forest to Sherpa Goan.
Day 09: Sherpa Gaon - Larche [1500m]
Today is our last day of walking and we follow our trail down for about 3 ½ hours to the bank of the BhoteKoshi River and our destination of Larche. We will camp here and if we take a walk of about 30 minutes to the natural hot spring, we can take a hot shower and then relax back in camp!
Day 10: Larche - Kathmandu
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.
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