Bhairabkunda Lake Trek

This easy and non touristic trek offers off the beaten path in the wilderness trekking route. This is very popular Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal. Bhairav Kunda - it means a sacred holy lake in ancient Sanscrit language named after a destructive name of God Shiva the "Bhairav". The place "Bhairav Kunda" is located to the north- east of Kathmandu.

Trek departures  in a bus ride out of the Kathmandu valley crossing the green hills. It takes 4 or 5 hours bus ride to arrive at Jalbire where the trek starts.  Jalbire is a small typical Newari town to the river bank of Bhotekhola. You can explore the  varieties of ethnic groups, typical villages,  local cultivation, divers nature, eastern range and northen mountain range of Nepal including Dorje Lakpa Himal, Jugul Himal, Panch Pokhari Himal, Gaurishankar Himal, Langtang Himal, Boudha Himal etc.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Bhairakunda Lake Trek
Maximum Elevation: 4250m.
Walking Level: 5-6 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Mode of Operation: Camping Tent Trek.
Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov..
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Bhairavkunda Lake Trek
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu international airport, welcome by ART member  and transfer to hotel 2 star . Bed and breakfast included.
Day 02 : Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley optional. Bed and breakfast included.
Day 03 : Kathmandu (1350m.) - Jalbire (1000m.) Drive by Bus 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 04 : Trek Jalbire - Chanaute (1350m.) 4 hours. Overnight camping.
Day 05 : Trek Chanaute - Khani Gaon (2000m.) 6 hours . Overnight camping
Day 06 : Rest day with local village sightseeing. Overnight camping
Day 07 : Trek Khanigaon - Forest Camp (3150m.) 6-7 hours . Overnight camping
Day 08 : Trek Forest Camp - Pati (3765m.) 5 hours . Overnight camping
Day 09 : Trek  Pati - Bhairab Kunda (4250m.) 3 hours. Overnight camping
Day 10 : Trek Bhairab Kunda - Sherpa gaon (2500m.)4 hours.  Overnight camping
Day 11 : Trek Sherpa gaon - Larcha (1500m.) - visit Hot spring (Kodari highway). Overnight camping
Day 12 : Larcha - Kathmandu drive by bus 5-6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included.
Day 13 : Rest day in  Katmandu hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included.
Day 14 : International departure.

-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu twin basis breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Bhairavkunda Lake  Conservation Area Project and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in Tented Camping  with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner with hot drinks: tea, coffee, milk, hot lemon etc.) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook  and porters.
-Kathmandu to Jalbire  & Larcha to Kathmandu by local bus as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government  tax and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide,assistant guide, cook and porters.

-Nepal tourist visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu.
-International airfare
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag – 20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide,assistant guide, chef cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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