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A Complete Guide to Bahra Pokhari Trek

Bahra Pokhari is one of the most excellent off beaten trekking destinations in the Manaslu Region of Nepal. The Trek to Bahra Pokhari can be concluded as a spiritual and holy journey. Being at an altitude of 3100m the views one can get of Manaslu, Buddha Himal, Himachuli, Annapurna and Fishtail is brilliant from this spot. This is also a newly opened region to trek on so one can expect fewer intrusions and hustle-bustle and enjoy the trek in peace. This can be the best choice if you need to stay away from the busy hustles in the Ghorepani trip and need to be in the most delightful spot of Nepal loaded up with clear water lakes and thick rhododendron timberlands. It is believed that the majestic bird cleans the lake from all the falling leaves. As Bahra Pokhari is in the center of the forest and one can only hope to believe if the saying about the bird cleaning is true as you can’t see a single drifting leaf. Bahra Pokhari trek is widely preferred by local people during the Janai Purnima celebration.

Since it’s a newly opened trekking trail there aren’t enough tea houses in the higher elevation of the trek and are required to camp for the night. The neighborhood shepherds and their lifestyle is fascinating to watch. This adventure-filled journey is more appropriate for those who need genuine excursion into the wild.

Highlights Of The Trek 

  • The unique experience of a lake to be found on the edge of a raised mountain. 
  • Witness 7000 m-8000 m of mountains and their ever so majestic views from up-close. 
  • Witness multiple modest and larger than average frigid lakes
  • Bringing the Manang valley through its characteristic and social excellence.
  • Climbing and dropping off a rocky uneven path. 
  • A spiritual journey not to be missed

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu-Besisahar- Bhulbhule
Altitude: 850m, Drive hrs: 7-8, Overnight: Camping

Day 04: Bhulbhule- Chitre Kharka
Altitude: 2000m, Trekhrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 05: Chitrekharka- Bara Pokhari
Altitude: 3040m, Trek hrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 06: Bara Pokhari- Chyapegaunda
Altitude: 3800m, Trekhrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 07: Chyapegaunda- Mimi Pokhari
Altitude: 4800m, Trek hrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 08: Chyapegaunda- Bhaisi Kharka
Altitude: 2500m, Trek hrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 09: Bhaisi Kharka- Phalak Sanghu
Altitude: 675m, Trek hrs: 5-6, Overnight: Camp

Day 10: Drive from Phalak Sanghu- Kathmandu
Drive hrs: 6-7

Day 11: Kathmandu leisure day

Day 12: Final departure

What are the Minimum and Maximum Time frame Of Bahra Pokhari Trek?

Well, this generally depends upon the trekker preference. If the trekker is physically fit and can trek 6-7 hours every day then they can normally complete the trek in 12 days. However, if the trekker is a novice and prefers to take it easy whilst enjoying each and every moment of the trail then a 15 days time frame would be appropriate for them. It will also give the trekker the proper time to acclimatize and enjoy the scenic beauties of the trek.

How much Budget is required for the Trek?

Generally, the cost ranges from the US $1000 to the US $2000 including food, accommodation, permits, transportation, and trekking guide. Well, the budget calculation might differ depending on trekkers’ needs. What kind of trek one is embarking on and how much of a spender one is. It depends on how much one would like to splurge oneself with various extra luxuries as well.

How is trekking in Nepal in each season?

Even though it is possible to travel in Nepal during the time of any season, the best and ideal occasion to travel in any region is in the Spring and Autumn. As during the harvest time season, the climate will generally be moderately steady with mellow to warm days and cold evenings. Furthermore, during Spring the climate is very clear and the mountain tops are regularly noticeable and the temperature is warm and only ideal for a journey. 

Winter Season(Dec-Feb):

The days might be overcast and cold in the higher heights. You will make the most of your journey in the lower heights even in winter. The lower elevations will have a chilly climate yet not at all like the nippy, super cold climate of the higher areas. 

December to February is the winter season. The Manaslu Region additionally gets an intermittent and abrupt winter storm during January and February. 

The greater part of the tea houses in the higher heights closes during winter. Try to bring your outdoors gear for your journey during winter. 

 Spring Season(March-May):

In Nepal, the spring season is in the long periods of March, April and May. You can observe the bright sprouts of the neighborhood blossoms like rhododendron in the lower regions of the trek during this season. To observe the sprouts at their best, do this trip toward the beginning of April up until mid-May. 

This season is likewise the most secure of all seasons for a trekking adventure. This season has the least dangers of torrential slides, avalanches, and other climatic perils.

Summer Season/Monsoon Season(June-August):

Summer is the most sizzling period in Nepal. However, most parts of Nepal appreciate a wet summer. Thus, it is likewise the wettest period of the year. 

Rainstorm is another name for summer in the majority of Nepal. The season sees its top in June/July. The season proceeds till August. There are likewise odds of snowfall over 4500 m elevation if it keeps pouring for long. You will appreciate the clearest and most flawless perspectives on scenes and mountains during this season. 

Rainstorm additionally makes the path rich, thick, and energetic green. You can likewise see different insects and parasites up close during this time on the path. Alongside these, the path is likewise very elusive and sloppy. Try to have an incredible pair of journeying shoes to beat this. 

This season likewise blessings you with intermittent yet spectacular rainbows. As you journey higher up, the measure of precipitation diminishes.

Autumn Season(September-November):

Crisp mornings are normal for this widely favored trekking period. Even if colder days(and colder evenings) are not out of the ordinary, this is a little cost to pay for the superb vistas and majestic views of the mountain tops. A special reward of journeying during this time is the choice to pick some other, less notable courses in the territory that despite everything offer stunning views however without the hustle and bustle of the more well-known courses.

What Kind Of Accommodation Is Available In Bahra Pokhari Trek?

The accommodation during the trek in Bahra Pokhari will mostly be camping . As this route or trail isn’t quite famous with the trekkers yet and unlike the other famous regions such as Annapurna, Everest etc this region doesn’t have competitive tea houses on every trail. During this trek the trekkers need to bring their trekking gears to accommodate themselves during the trek as no tea houses are available.

Is Internet/Electricity Available During Bahra Pokhari Trek?

Also, the vast majority of the frequently trekked regions have power and internet facilities. Be that as it may, one can’t expect that the same facility might be available in all areas of trekking in Nepal. As a newly opened route, internet facility and electricity is yet to reach here.

How Difficult is Bahra Pokhari Trek?

Trekking in this region is an absolute delight. The region consists of treks varying from medium difficulty level to strenuous. As it’s not a plain walking surface and like most typical treks in Nepal there’s a lot of going up and down. The trek is moderate to exhausting, so a decent degree of fitness is highly recommended. Trails become tight and rough and you’ll most likely need traveling poles. Being extremely distant, there are not many sightseers to be seen and one can experience the solitude.

Altitude sickness is caused by ascending too quickly. It is wise to climb slower to prevent it. As, it is very common on most of the treks and can happen to anybody, irrespective of how old or fit you are or if you have previous trekking experience. So, here are some ways to prevent Altitude Sickness:

Hydration– Drink plenty of water, it’s very important to stay hydrated.

Trekking Pace– Walk at your own pace, take your time, don’t go too fast.

Eat carbs– It’s not often we’re told to eat extra carbohydrates but when you’re at higher altitudes, you need more calories.

Avoid Alcohol– Alcohol, cigarettes, and medications like sleeping pills can make altitude sickness symptoms worse. So, avoid it.

Medication– Taking acetazolamide(Diamox)two days before the trip and during your trip can help prevent altitude sickness. Acetazolamide is a medication typically used to treat glaucoma. But is also used to prevent altitude sickness.

What are the Necessary Prerequisites to consider while Bahra Pokhari Trekking?

TIMS card
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit(MCAP)

Why do You Need Permits?

The trekking permits for Bahra Pokhari Trek have their own significance.

 The permit helps to maintain the safety and security of the trekkers by keeping the trekker’s record inside the National Park. In case of any emergencies such as earthquakes, landslides, etc. the information can then be gathered to help the authorities help you. Rules and Regulations are also maintained with the help of these permits.

Once you enter the region the Local Area Permit helps to keep a record of the trekkers. This permit is allowed to the region but must follow the local rules and regulations. The amount gathered from the permit is then used by the local authority for the maintenance of the trails, rest stops, and information centers for the travelers.

Necessary Documents for Permit?

You just need your passport details, two photos, and you also need to fill up a short form to obtain the permit. All these fees are payable in local currency only.

Important documents and items:

  • Valid passport, 2extra 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 a 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.

The necessity of Insurance:

While traveling to Nepal, you are requested to have travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delays, and cancellations.

Insurance Policy:

Traveling in the Himalayas is full of adventure; hence it is wise to choose a proper insurance policy. While choosing your insurance policy, make sure that it will protect all such unforeseen expenses. You must ensure that the policy you do take provides an adequate level of protection, well familiar with your itinerary, and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on holiday or send us a scanned copy and it must be issued from your homeland.

How much do you tip Guides and Porter in Nepal?

In Nepal tipping is not mandatory but it is expected as major earning or saving funds is the tips for the guide/porter. Tipping is based on the experience you had with your trekking team. It totally depends upon how you felt about the services and overall hospitality that was provided to you so if you are satisfied you can tip them accordingly. Generally, 12-15% of the trip cost is considered ideal for tipping. You can divide the cost amongst the guide and porter as per your level of satisfaction.

How to prepare yourself for Trekking In Nepal?

It is very important to be fully prepared before undertaking any trips or going on a long journey.

It is vital for any traveler or trekker to always have a list of important prerequisites with them at all times. Here is the list of things one needs to consider while going on a trek.

Physical Condition and Preparation:

It is very important that one should be of sound health before undertaking any kind of trek. Most treks are suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. It’s not necessary that the trek is going to be 6-7 hours a day, sometimes it might even be 7-8 hours. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is a good idea to enhance our strength and stability. If one has past experiences with hiking then that would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Also, we advise you to consult with your doctor(s) before undertaking the trip.

What Equipments are Required for the Trek?

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack what is necessary.

Camping Tents, Portable Stoves(Burner)
  • Bandana or headscarf, 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 wool 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 (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)
  • 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 carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffle-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 Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the 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 Ziplocs
  • 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)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • 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   (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Hope this information regarding the Bahra Pokhari Trek gives you useful insights on how to prepare oneself for the trek to the beautiful, magnificent and aspiring region i.e. of Nepal. So, if the above-mentioned things are taken into proper consideration then you will have a wonderful time trekking in the most spectacular region. Carry all the necessary permits as mentioned above, take all the precautions and there’s no way you are not going to have a wonderful time.

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