Bhairav Kunda Trek

Nepal and the Himalayas is fascinated by the majestic Himalayan peaks, high altitude glacial lakes, beautiful scenery and above all various religious myths and mysteries. The whole Himalayas is taken as sacred by Hindus, Buddhists, Shamans and other various faiths. Among them Bhairab Kunda is one of the most sacred place for Hindus, Buddhists and Shamans. Bhairav is the angry and ferocious form of Shiva who is believed to change his form during the destruction of the world.  Both Hindus and Buddhist devotees visit this high altitude (4200 meters) holy mountain lake to pay homage and take bathe to wash away sins during every Bhadra (August) Full Moon.

Jalbire, the starting point for Bhairav Kunda trek is a five hour bus ride from Kathmandu towards the Tibetan border. We travel through a mixture of beautiful mountain scenery and the terraced fields and characteristic houses of rural villages from different ethnic groups.You will spend your first night experiencing the 'Newari' culture in Jalbire. Your Guide brief about the trek altitude sickness. The attraction of the Bhairav Kunda trek is to visit the holy Bhairav Kund, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the lifestyle of nomadic people unchanged by time.

Your trail winds along an old trade route between Nepal and Tibet through a number of unspoilt Buddhist villages, past shortens and Sherpa houses. 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 (6,966 / 22,854 ft. ), Madiya (6,257m. / 20,528 ft.)  ) and Phurbi Ghhyachu (6,637m / 21,774 ft.).

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,430 ft)
Welcome to the Himalayan country Nepal. Upon arrival in the only International airport, meet with our representative. Transfer to the Hotel. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu (1300m.) - Jalbire (1000m. / 3,280 ft.)
Drive from Kathmandu to Jalbire, from where trek will start. Jalbire is a place for scenic view for mountain peaks with a Hindu God Vishnu’s temple in the bank of Balefi River.  It takes 4 hours drive from Kathmandu. Jalbire is richly equipped with Newari culture. Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 03 : Jalbire - Chanaute (1350m./ 4,430 ft.)
Early morning after the breakfast trek will start. Walking through a waterfall and some small Tamang villages to reach the Chanaute. It takes around 4 hours. Chanaute is a small village with Brahmin and Chettri settlement. Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 04 : Chanaute to Khani Gaun (2,000 m. / 6,562 ft.)
We walk longer and steeper today. It is about 6 hours walk steep sometime in a narrowed trail. It is believed that Newar people from Bhaktapur fled to Khanigaon due to the attack by Gorkha King during the unification of Gorkha Kingdom. Later on these Newars settled down here. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 05 : Khani Gaon to forest camp (3,150m. / 10,334 ft.)
Today we walk steep uphill through rhododendron forests. Its approximately five hours walk. During the walking you will see various birds and may encounter with wild animals. Overnight stay at camp in the wild forest .

Day 06 : Forest camp to Pati (3,950m./ 12,959 ft. )
Walking through the pine and rhododendron forests approximately four hours, you will reach Pati. The day is not very long but steep and challenging. Once you reach Pati, there is enough time to relax, enjoy the beauty of nature and rest. Overnight stay in the tented Camp.

Day 07 : Pati to Bhairav Kunda (4,100m. / 13,452 ft.)
From Pati it is about 3 hours walk to Bhairav Kunda. Bhairav Kunda is regarded as a holy lake by Hindus, shamans and other faiths where small temple of lord Shiva located near the lake. Every year during July / August’s full moon day , people from different parts of Nepal come to visit for pilgrimage and take a holy bath and pay homage to Lord Shiva. This will help pilgrimages to wash away the sins from their life. Overnight stay camp.

Day 08 : Bhairav Kunda to Bhairav Kunda Top (4,500m. / 14,762 ft.) and Sherpa Gaon (2500m.)
Early morning walk to Bhairav Kunda Top to have a sunrise and close Mountain View. The mountain peaks include Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, and Tibetan peaks. We walk down to the  Sherpa village later on in the afternoon. Overnight stay camp

Day 09 : Rest and Exploration day in Sherpa Gaon (1500m.)
Rest day in Sherpa Gaon. We explore the Sherpa village and enjoy the surrounding.

Day 10 : Sherpa Gaon to Larcha (1500m.)
Walking four hours through the small village of Sherpa people, we reach Larcha. Overnight stay in the tented camp.

Day 11 : Larcha to Kathmandu ( Drive )
It is the last day of trip. After six hours drive we return back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    All food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation in the tented camp.
4.    Hot drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate)
5.    All transportation as requirements
6.    Trekking permit
7.    Accommodation in Kathmandu

Cost Excludes

1.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
2.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
3.    Other not mentioned above in inclusion

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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