Bhairav Kunda – means in Sanskrit a holy lake named after a destructive name of lord Shiva the “Bhairav”. The place “Bhairav Kunda” is located to the northeast of Kathmandu and next right to Panch Pokhari and closer to Nepal – Tibet border. Both Hindus and Buddhist devotees visit this high altitude (4200m) holy mountain lake to pay homage and bathe away sins during every (August) Full Moon.
Jalbire, the starting point for this 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 of Jalbire. Your Guide will give a short talk on trekking, altitude sickness and the highlights of the trek. These include the holy Bhairav Kund, the incredible Himalayan scenery and the life style 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, pass chortens and Sherpa houses. The unusual climatic and geographical mix makes this area a naturalist’s dream and a mecca for those who appreciate traditional cultures.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will transfer to your hotel; we will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 02 Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing in Some of landmarks that are the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of (Pashupati Nath), the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 03 Kathmandu (1350 m) – Drive to Jalbire (1000 m)
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 (1,000 m.) 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 – Chanaute (1350 m), 4 hours walk
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 – Khani Gaon (2000 m), 6 hours walk
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 Rest day with Local Village sightseeing
Day 07 Khani Gaun – Forest Camp (3150 m), 6-7 hours walk
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 08 Forest Camp – Pati (3765 m), 4 hours walk
This is a 4-hour steep uphill walk through pine and rhododendron forests.
A rest house has been built for pilgrims at Pati.
Day 09 Pati – Bhairab Kunda (4250), 3 hours walk
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 4,150 m. There is a small temple of Lord Shiva near the big holy lake. Once every year during June/ July, pilgrims from different parts of Nepal visit the lake and take a holy bath and pay homage to Lord Shiva.
Day 10 Bhairab Kunda – Sherpa Gaun (2500 m), 6-7 hours walk
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 6 hours of steep descent.
Day 11 Sherpa Gaun – Larcha (1500 m) 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.
Day 12 Larcha – Kathmandu drive by bus 5-6 hours
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), after reaching you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Hotel B/B.
Day 13 Kathmandu
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure at your own or can be extends your extra trip with us on additional cost or time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.
Overnight at Hotel B/B.
Day 14 Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your departure flight to your on wards destination.
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