Jalbire Larcha Region
Bhairab Kunda is a remote and unfrequented Himalayan region that lies close to the Kathmandu valley. The abrupt variation in altitude is astonishing. From Bhairab Kund one can easily view peaks including: Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Madiya (6,257m) & Phurbi Ghhyachu (6,637m). The mix of mountains, cultures and natural wonders while in route give a superb touch to the entire trekking experience. The highlights of this trek are the Bhairab Kund, a holy lake perched at 4,250m, the dominating skyline & the life style of the nomadic people seemingly unchanged by time. Trekkers are required to be self-contained, as there are no lodges or tea houses along this route. This trek can also be joined with 1-2 days of white water rafting on the Bhote Koski River on the way back to Kathmandu. (trek grade–easy)
Day 1– Kathmandu
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening. The same day you will also have an opportunity to meet your travel group before the final departure. (1350 meters)
Day 2 – Kathmandu/Jalbire
Drive to Jalbire in 4 – 5 hours.
We drive out of Kathmandu valley to northeast following Arniko Highway to Jalbire. (880 meters)
Day 3 – Jalbire/Chanaute
Trek to Chanaute in 4 hours.
We start walking through a series of small trading towns and terraced hillsides. The trail passes through rice fields and forests, climbing above the valley to Chanaute. Chanaute is inhabited by Chhetries and Brahmins. (1350 meters)
Day 4 – Chanaute/Khani Gaon
Trek to Khani Gaon in 6 hours.
Walking thorough steep and challenging way, we reach Khani Gaun which is also called Dalle Pokhari. (2000 meters)
Day 5 – Khani Gaon
Rest day and sightseeing around local villages.
Acclimatization day where we explore the culture and tradition of this interesting and picturesque Newar Village. We can also enjoy mountain views from here. (2000 meters)
Day 6 – Khani Gaon/Forest Camp
Trek to Forest Camp in 6 – 7 hours.
It is a steep uphill walk through rhododendron forests. On the way we will see some nomad houses for cattle and lots of flora and fauna, and if we are lucky we will see some wild animals and birds. (3150 meters)
Day 7 – Forest Camp/Pati
Trek to Pati in 5 hours.
We ascend towards incredible views through pine and rhododendron forest. (3765 meters)
Day 8 – Pati/Bhairab Kunda
Trek to Bhairab Kunda in 3 hours.
Today is our targeted destination. Bhairav Kund is a stunning holy lake at 4,250m. It is an important pilgrimage destination and once a year in June/July pilgrims come to pay their homage at the temple dedicated to Bhairav (the destructive form of Lord Shiva) and bathe in the holy lake. If the weather is favourable, we can have the magnificent views of Langtang Himal, Jugal Himal Range, Rolwalling Range and the Tibetan Range. (4250 meters)
Day 9 – Bhairab Kunda/Sherpa Gaun
Trek to Sherpa Gaun in 6 – 7 hours.
An early rise to experience the sunrise is truly rewarded with a breathtaking scene. We then trek down, steeply, through a stunning forest to Sherpa Gaun. (2500 meters)
Day 10 – Sherpa Gaun/Larcha
Trek to Larcha, visit a hot springs (Kodari highway) in 3 – 4 hours.
This is our last day of walking and the easiest by far. The route takes us to our final destination of Larcha. On reaching Tatopani, there is time to relax and soak in the natural hot springs. (1500 meters)
Day 11 – Larcha/Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu (5-6hrs)
We complete our trek with a drive following the Kodari Highway to Kathmandu.
Your time is free to either further explore Kathmandu.
Day 12 – Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.