The Bhairav Kunda Trek takes you excursing to the holy tranquil lake located in the mountains of the Langtang region of Nepal. The Bhairav Lake is named after one of the destructive avatars of Lord Shiva who embodies anger and destruction. Bhairav is a Hindu deity and the lake is sacred to Hindus and Jains alike. The deity is worshipped throughout India and Nepal. Bhairava is also called as protector, as he guards the eight directions of the universe. In all Hindu temples, there will be a Bhairava idol. This Bhairava is the protector of the temple. In Shiva temples, when the temple is closed, the keys are placed before Bhairava. Bhairava is also described as the protector of women. He is described as the protector of the timid and in general women who are timid in nature. It also said that Tantric and Jhakris- the shamanic people who are believed to use magic and spells- used to visit the Bhairav Lake to communicate with spirits. Because of its auspicious significance, the Bhairav Lake is an important pilgrimage site and many pilgrims of Hindu and Jain religion can be seen visiting the lake during the full moon day of August. Apart from its religious importance, the Bhairav Lake is also known for its spectacular location. From around the lake’s acreage, views of the Rolwaling Mountain range, the Dorje Lakpa and many other mountain peaks can be seen that lie around the Tibetan border.
Because of its off-the-beaten-paths trekking trails, the Bhairav Kunda Trek has natural perseverance of its surroundings. The unique trail of the Bhairav Lake is adorned with rhododendron forests, valleys that are situated on deep valley topographs and beautiful mountain views. The serene lake on top of the mountain is like a blue diamond surrounded by white snow. The natural beauty of the place is unprecedented as the beauty of its surroundings and ivory peaks are ethereal. The ethnic settlements on the area around the lake are also a great place to observe the traditions and cultures of the people. Their day-to-day practices are showcased brilliantly on the Bhairav Kunda Trek. Getting properly acquainted with the locals and perfect encounters with them make for a lovely and well-oriented trek.
Starting off with a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu city, the Bhairav Kunda Trek takes you to the far-off mountain sceneries of the Himalayas. Visiting the World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, the architecture of Nepal and its unique historically significant locations and destinations are reflected marvelously at the carvings and sculptures. Driving to Jalbire, you will start your trek walking on paths beautifully adorned with natural sights. Walking on easy trails with few ups and downs, the Bhairav Kunda Trek takes you through lush forests, emerald woodlands and many ethnic villages. Ascend up to the Forest Camp where views of the distant Bhairav Kunda Lake surrounded by cerulean mountains can be seen.
You can also opt for alternate packages for trekking in the Langtang region, like our Langtang Valley Trek where you can explore the virtues of the Valley of the Glaciers. The Tamang Heritage Trail lets you encounter and have close observations of the Tamang culture in the Langtang Valley along with the best sights of the valleys located snugly among the hills. You can also opt for a customizable itinerary as well, should the existing one isn’t to your convenience. The Bhairav Kunda Trek is a beautiful adventure that takes you through the gorgeous terrains of the Bhairav Lake and lets you experience a marvelous landscape along with observations of the traditions and cultures of the people. So come join Escape Himalaya in this amazing adventure!
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
- Four nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tours, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide by private car / van
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea & coffee during the trek
- Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
- Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
- All surface transfer to/from KTM by jeep/ bus
- All necessary paper works
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01 Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the airport at any time. One of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will be there to welcome you and help you get transferred to your hotel. You will also be given more information about plans and programs further. As you do not have any other planned activities for the day, you may just relax at the hotel for the remainder of time. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02 Preparation for the Trek and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You would be having a tour of the Kathmandu Valley today. You would be visiting the sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, starting from the holy temple of Pashupatinath. It is one of the most sacred temples for the Hindu people and is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. You can sometimes see the cremation ceremony being performed at the banks of the river as well. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the temple sees the visit of thousands of devotees. Next on the tour is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. You would be able to look at intricate carvings and opulent Nepali architecture on old Palaces, temples, deities and statues in the Durbar Square area. The site does well to reflect Nepal’s rich monarchial days of the past. Moving on to the next site, you would be visiting the Swayambhunath temple. Located atop a hill west of the city, Swayambhunath is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. The stupa consists of a dome at the base and a cubical structure painted with the all-knowing peaceful eyes of Buddha looking in four directions. The stupa houses many artifacts inside and the golden tiers above the pentagonal Toran are majestic to look at. And lastly on the tour is a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. After the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, you would be returning back to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 03 Kathmandu to Jalbire (1000 m), Duration: 4-5 hours
You would be driving to Jalbire today on a bus, which takes about 4 to 5 hours of time. The drive is filled with the best sceneries of the passing landscape and you will be looking at views of various terrace farms and rivers. Jalbire is a pretty quaint little town situated in the Sindhupalchowk District. It is a good spot for canyoning trips. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jalbire, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 Jalbire to Chanaute (1350 m), Duration: 4 hours
It takes about 4 hours of walking to Chanaute from Jalbire today. The walk is a relaxing respite and you can view gorgeous surroundings and walk on paths that go through woodlands, giving you the chance to look at the verdant flora of the region. The walk is decorated with the best natural aspects of the place. Upon arrival at Chanaute, you may check into the guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 Chanaute to Khani Gaon (2000 m), Duration: 6 hours
You would be trekking from Chanaute to the dainty village of Khani Gaon today. It takes approximately 6 hours of trekking on trails that present a relatively easy time, with paths that wind along the edge of the forests. Khani Gaon is a village mainly occupied by Gurung and Newar ethnic people. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Khani Gaon, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 Rest Day
Today’s day is designated for acclimatization where you can explore the village and interact with the people around the area. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 07 Khani Gaon to Forest Camp (3150 m), Duration: 6-7 hours
With walking on trails that pass through beautiful terrains and open pastures, you will be reaching the Forest camp today. Overnight stay at the Forest Camp.
Day 08 Forest Camp to Pati (3765 m), Duration: 5 hours
Moving on a ragged trail today, you will be going to Pati. It is a small village that lies on the edge of the deeper valley. The views of distant mountains are marvelous to look at from Pati. Overnight stay at Pati.
Day 09 Pati to Bhairav Kunda (4250 m), Duration: 3 hours
This is an important day of the trek as you would be trekking to the Bhairav Kunda Lake today. With a steep ascend up the path, you will be coming across many sights of the mountains. The lake is a beautiful pilgrimage sight and the view of the Langtang range can be views from the lake’s area. Overnight stay at Bhairav Kunda.
Day 10 Bhairav Kunda to Sherpa Gaon (2500 m), Duration: 6-7 hours
You will wake up early today to witness the magical moment of the sunrise amidst the mountains today. As the rising sun’s rays hit the waters of the lake, the whole scenario becomes something that looks like it’s been taken straight out of a fairy tale book. After witnessing the best moment at Bhairav Kunda, you will then make your way to the Sherpa Gaon that lies a certain distance away from the lake. It is a beautiful settlement that showcases the traditional Sherpa culture in its houses and its people. Overnight stay at Sherpa Gaon.
Day 11 Sherpa Gaon to Larche (1500 m), Duration: 4-5 hours
You will leave the Sherpa Gaon today, and walk along the Kodari Highway to reach the village of Larche. After you reach Larche, you can have yourself a relaxing bath at the hot spring there as well. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Larche.
Day 12 Larche to kathmandu, Duration: 5-6 hours
You will be driving back to Kathmandu today on a bus from Larche. The journey is filled with beautiful sights and views of natural beauty. It takes approximately 5 to 6 hours of time for the ride. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 13 Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today is reserved as a reserve day in the city. You can choose to explore the city or you can spend it shopping, whichever one is convenient for you. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.
Day 14 Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before your flight, one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart.