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Bhairav Kunda Trekking

Abhishek Subedi July 31, 2020

Close to the Nepal – Tibet border northeast of the Kathmandu Valley lies the Bhairav Kunda. At an altitude of 4,240 meters above Sea Level, Bhairav Kunda is named after the destructive title of lord Shiva. This pristine pond is also a religious site which sees many pilgrims in August during the full moon. Filled with incredible landscape and unique culture with not much people to disturb your private space, Bhairav Kunda trekking offers you the remarkable views of various mountain ranges that includes Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m),Jugal Himal, Phurbi Ghhyachu (6,637m) and many more. With religious values and extraordinary sceneries, Bhairav Kunda trekking can be a perfect destination for curious travellers with many things to know about the religion of the nation since thousands of years back. 

Bhairav Kunda Trekking

Bhairav Kunda trekking begins after the sightseeing tour around some of the World Heritage sites which have been listed by UNESCO. After a 5 hour drive we reach the village name Jalbire, the starting point of our trek. The trail then slowly unfolds the gems hidden in Bhairav Kunda Trekking. Passing many ethnic villages along the way we add some information on our trip knowing some interesting facts about the ethnic groups. Slowly the glorious mountains start to appear in our sight as we gain altitude.

About the Trek

After reaching the destination, you will congratulate yourself for making one of the best decisions while you have the pristine Bhairav Kunda along with the mighty white Himalayas with peace. We hike down to Larcha after spending a night in Sherpa Gao on our way back. From Larcha, we drive back to Kathmandu along with many beautiful pictures and memories that will last for a long period of time. 

The word Bhairav is derived from the world’s oldest language ‘Sanskrit’ which means the ‘destructive’ form of Lord Shiva in Hinduism. Besides the divine journey, this trek Offers Mountain views of Rolwaling range, Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m), Phurbi Ghhyachu (6,637m), Jugal Himal and the magnificent Tibetan Himalayan range. You can also observe close-up views of different Tibetan plateaus and Glaciers. Likewise, you will discover the lifestyles of drifting nomads simply unchanged by time. This trek will take you to the most preserved holy pilgrimage sites with pristine lakes and incredible landscapes. Bhairav Kunda trekking is possible throughout the year but it is better to avoid this trek in the monsoon as the trails become slippery and will be risky. The suitable time for this trekking is spring and autumn. 

Day 1 Cultural tour around Kathmandu Valley

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments, and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. 

Bhairav Kunda Trekking

Day 2 Drive to Jalbire

After having breakfast you will head towards Jalbire. It is about a 5-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jalbire. Jalbire is the place for scenic views for the mountains. Jalbire is rich in Newari culture and home to the Hindu temple of god Bishnu which lies on the banks of the Balephi River. 

Day 3 Trek to Chanaute

Early morning after breakfast your trek will start. You will walk through a waterfall and some small Tamang villages to reach Chanaute. It takes around 4 hours. Chanute is a small village where people belonging to the Chhetri and Brahmin communities live.

Day 4 Trek to Khani Gaun

After breakfast, your next trek will be to Khani Gaun. Chanaute-Khani Gaon is about a 5-6 hours walk. The walk is a little more challenging and steep. You will have to follow uphill steeps. But you can have a great hike throughout the way as you can see spectacular villages and streams. Khani Gaun is a Newar village and it is believed that during the war between Gorkha and Bhaktapur, natives of Bhaktapur came here to save their lives. 

Trek to Khani Gaun

Day 5 Khani village exploration day

Today after breakfast, you will visit Khani village and meet the local folks and explore around. 

Day 6 Trek to Forest Camp

After having breakfast, you will walk uphill which is steep through rhododendron forest. It is about a 6-7 hours trek. This is a great chance to capture the scenery of the rhododendron forest and you can also see beautiful birds and many wild animals. 

Day 7 Trek to Pati

The trek today is tougher as you have to climb upwards for around 4 hours. But the enchanting views of pine and rhododendron forest will be there to make your walk pleasurable. After four hours of ascending you will reach Pati and you can relax in the rest houses built at Pati for pilgrimages. You will enjoy views of splendid mountains. 

Day 8 Trek to Bhairav Kunda

Your next destination is Bhairav Kunda which is about 3 hours walking from Pati. First, a 1-hour walk goes uphill following further about 2 and a half hours. Bhairav Kunda is a religious valued place. Many people from different parts of Nepal visit this place to take a holy bath mainly during June/July. The pilgrims also do worshipping to the Bhairav (the destructive form of Lord Shiva) in the temple found nearby the lake.

Day 9 Trek to Sherpa Gaun

You will have to start your trek little early so that you can have exciting views of sunrise from Bhairav Kund top. You will also get lovely views of glimmering mountain ranges namely Langtang, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling and the Tibetan Range. Furthermore, the typical village situated at 2500m, Sherpa Gaon is about 6 hours walking from the top. 

Trek to Sherpa Gaun

Day 10 Trek to Larcha and visit Kodari TatoPani

This is your final day hike; we leave for Larcha after having your breakfast. The journey goes through the back of Bhote Khosi. You can reach Larcha in about 4-5 hours. After reaching Larcha, you can have a hot spring bath and then walk for a further 30 minutes; here you can have a hot spring bath and chill out after the grueling hike. You will return to Larcha from the hot spring. 

Day 11 Drive Back to Kathmandu Valley

After completing your route and walking for so long, you will finally return back to Kathmandu. It is about 6 hours scenic drive back to Kathmandu and you will then transfer to your hotel for refreshment and rest. 

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