Trekking Region: Langtang
Trekking Name: Bhairab Kunda Trek
Best Season: Sept. to mid of Dec. and late March to May
Trekking Type: Camping Trek
Trekking Grade: Moderate
Maximum Height: Bhairab Kunda (4300m.)
Transport: Car / Bus
Duration: 12 days
Mid -hills cultural area,
inhabited by Sherpas & Tamangs
Dramatic views of Langtang, Rolwalling and Tibetian Range
Vast range of bio-diversity on the trail
Conserved wildlife and vegetation.
Natural hot spring.
In the Sanskrit language, Bhairav Kunda means holy lake. The lake is named after the destructive image of Lord Shiva, the Bhirav. Lying to the northest of Kathmandu, Bhairav Kunda is near Nepal-Tibetan border. Balephi on the Araniko Highway is the starting point for the trek. The settlements along the route form Newars, Gurungs and Sherpas as majorities. The top of Bhirav Kunda offers an excellent view of Rolwalling Range, Jugal Himal and the Tibetan Himalayan Ranges.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1320m), transfer to hotel
Day 02: Full day KTM city tour, hotel
Day 03: Kathmandu to Jalbire (1,000m.)
Kathmandu- Jalbire is a scenic drive with mountain views. It takes about 3 hours to get in Balephi from Kathmandu. In case of bad road condition, one needs to walk for about 4 hours to reach Jalbire from Balephi. Jalbire is a nice Newari settlement (1,000m.) near the banks of the Balephi river. The place is rich in Newari culture and home to the Hindu temple of Lord Bishnu.
Day 04: Jalbire to Chanaute (1,200m.)
It is 4 hours straight walk from Jalbire to Chanaute. The route passes through a waterfall and some small Tamang villages. Chanaute is a small village, where people belonging to the Brahmin and Chhetri castes live. Camping arrangements are available in the school of Chanaute. One could enjoy the mountain view from the campsite.
Day 05: Chanaute to Khani Gaon (2000m.)
One can reach Khani Gaon from Chanaute within six hours of walk. Most part of the trail is steep and quite challenging. Khani Gaon is a Newari village. Khani means “source of Mines” and Gaon means “village”. In the middle of 18th century B.S., before Nepal was unified, there was feud between Gorkha and Bhaktapur. It is believed that people of Bhaktapur came to this place to save their life and later settled down there. One can have an excellent mountain view from the camping site as well.
Day 06: Khani Gaon to Forest Camp (3,150m.)
It is a steep uphill walk through rhododendron forests. During five hours of walk, one could encounter with wild animals and birds. Camping in the forest.
Day 07: Forest Camp to Pati (3,950m.)
This is a 4-hour steep uphill walk through pine and rhododendron forests. A rest house has been built for pilgrims at Pati.
Day 08: Pati to Bhariv Kunda (4150m.)
It is a one hour’s uphill walk followed by 2.5 hours walk to get to Kunda (lake). Bhairav Kunda is satiated at an altitude of 4,150m. There is a small temple of Lord Shiva near the big holy lake. Once every year during June/ July, pilgrims from different parts of Nepoal visit the lake and take a holy bath and pay homage to Lord Shiva.
Day 09: Bhairav Kunda to Bhairav Kunda Top (4500m.) and Sherpa Gaon (2500m.)
Early morning walk to Bhairav Kunda Top to have a sunrise and close mountain view of Langtang Lirung, Jugal Himal, Rollwaling Range and Tibetan Range. You will reach a typical Sherpa village within six hours of steep decent.
Day 10: Rest day and explore the unique culture.
Day 11: Sherpa Gaon to Larcha (1,500m.)
It takes three and a half hours for one to reach the bank of the Bhote Khoshi River, which is also called Larcha.
Day 12: Larcha to Kathmandu (1,320m.)
It is about six hours scenery drive back to Kathmandu. (If you would like enjoy more, you can take part in bungy jumping at the Last Resort or enjoy rafting at the Bhote Koshi River)In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served at Bhojan Griha, the delights of Nepali cuisine.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.