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Ganesh Himal trek (15 Days))

Ganesh Himal is named after the Hindu deity of good fortune. The elephant headed God “Ganesh” we pray as spiritual power of god in Nepal. Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III and Ganesh IV are mountain forming skyline of Ganesh Himal Range. Trekking in the Ganesh Himal Base Camp route provides you with the opportunity to explore the exotic view of its flora and fauna especially during spring season. During this season, we can the striking presentation of barberries, Premolars, orchids and a variety of ferns gives the exotic view as well as the vibrant smell all around the trekking route. The trekking trail takes you all the way through the emerald hills, beautiful Tamang villages, Terraces filled with golden rice and mustard, natural hot water stream, deep Gorges, glaciers, with forests of blue pine, Spanish oak, and blossoming Rhododendron forest adding beauty to the path.Ganesh Himal can be seen from the Kathmandu Valley and it stands in between Manaslu Himalayan range and Budi Gandaki valley in the west. The trek starts from a long drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which takes about seven to eight hours. On the next day, we commence our trek to Gatlang. On the seventh day of our trek, we reach Ganesh Base Camp where we will spend two nights and explore the valley. Returning back from the same path will be a memorable journey for you for your whole life time. Best season for Ganesh Himal trek is February to May and August to December.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi (1503m/4945Ft.) – 7 / 8 hrs drive

In the beginning of our journey, we head towards north out of Kathmandu early in the morning. We drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Beshi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As we pass through Dhunche we feel as if we are heading towards deep land. You will notice that the roads are a bit narrow and zig zag but you will have an amazing view of the landscape along the trail. After a drive for about seven to eight hours we will reach Syabrubesi. Syabru Beshi is the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Langtang Rivers.

Day 02: Syabru Beshi to Gatlang (2337m/7690ft.) – 5 / 6 hrs walk

Commencing trek from Syabru Beshi, we follow the zig-zag trail to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lays Parvati Kunda, popular during Janai Purnima where thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. We can see scenery from view point. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes our trekking a memorable one. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. Overnight at Gatlang.

Day 03: Gatlang to Somdang (3271m/10760Ft) – 6 / 7 hrs walk

Today, we walk along the graveled but motorable road. The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River. Somdang River is a border between Rasuwa and Dhading districts. While trekking, one can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himal ranges, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak and many other unnamed mountain and peaks. We will pass through some Tamang villages where we can have a close observation of their culture and tradition. Somdang is also a Tamang village. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. There we find zinc mines.  The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.

Day 04: Somdang to Pangsang Pass (La) (3842m/ 12640Ft) – 3 / 4 hrs walk

Leaving Somdang, we gently trek uphill passing through beautiful jungle and mesmerizing surrounding landscapes including Langtang ranges mountain. We walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. It is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north lies the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and trekking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. At past, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. This pass is known as one of the most beautiful and the best magnificent mountain views point to have almost in 270 degrees Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and bit of Annapurna ranges mountains. As this is off the beaten path, we cannot find tea house in each location we stay so we highly recommend to have own tent.

Day 05: Pangsang Pass to Shertung (1875m/ 6188Ft) – 5 / 6 hrs walk

On the following day, we descend to Tipling. Tipling is a large village that host two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. The trail we follow is quite descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, we cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. The majority of the people here are Tamang. Tamang people have their own rich culture to show for the visitors Jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Holy Chyamra danda, Fyanchyat monastery and Sajyat are the main holy attractions of the village. Spectacular mountain views of Lapsang Karpo, Ganesh Himal (Yangri) as well as Ganesh II and III can be seen from this village. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. We can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.

Day 06: Chalise to Hindung (2220m /7425Ft) – 5 / 6 hrs walk

From Chalise the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola and crossing this stream we trek steep up and then gradual up to reach Hindung. We can also have a quick visit to “Tin Kanya” a Hindu temple which passes thorough small but beautiful village. Continuing our trek to Khar Khola we then gently trek up to Pasabar danda taking about an hour walk. We can have a view of Tribeni river “mixed of three rivers”. Hindus and both Buddhist believe it as a holy river. Just at the right edge of the Tribeni river Lord Shiva’s statue with little one stoned shrine has built. Especially in Magesakranti (January) festival local gather and celebrate by singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighbors village kith and ken. From Pasabar danda trek gently goes uphill and reach at Kalbarang (just the small kharka name but no village or human settlement). Then we continue our walk to the hill edge and dense jungle. There is a chances of rock fall from top of the hill due to inhabitant of wildlife so be careful while walking.  Finally we reach at Hindung. Hindung is a pretty big village mainly inhabited by Tamang. The main occupation is farming and the farmers grow potatoes, millet, barley, maize, beans and other vegetables. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and yarsagumba is hunted in the surrounding highlands. We find mani walls and prayer flags in some part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village we will pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Day 07: Hindung to Rajgang Kharka – 5 / 6 hrs walk

Commencing trek from Hindung, we will have an ascending trail up to Rajgang Kharka. We will rarely find terraces on the way. The route is flat as well. We pass through the forests of rhododendron and local vegetation. These forests are the nestling place of various species of birds and wild animals. Rajgang Kharka is surrounded by beautiful forests and grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing. Overnight at Rajgang Kharka.

Day 08: Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base camp – 6 / 7 hrs walk

Leaving Rajgang Kharka, we continue our trail to Kalo Seto Kunda. The trail is narrow and moves mostly uphill and leveled path somewhere. We walk along the trail covered with forests for a few hours. Towards the ending the trail moves along the land where we rarely find any trees. We will find alpine grass here due to high altitude. The lakes are frozen during winter season.

Day 09: Rest day at the Base Camp

We will have our first and last rest day at Ganesh Himal base camp. At this day, we can simply take  a rest or have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake). At Kalo Seto Kunda there are two lakes of holy significance. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. From here we can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others.

Day 10: Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka – 6 / 7 hrs walk

At the very early part, we trek along the descent and narrow path where we will find alpine grass on both sides. We have to walk for about six to seven hours today. We have to walk along the descent and narrow path where we will find alpine grass on both sides. Overnight at Rajgang Kharka.

Day 11: Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000 m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk

Leaving Rajgang Kharka, we continue our walk up to Chalise. The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking we pass forests till Hindung and after crossing it we find a few Tamang villages. Chalise is the most friendliest and hospitable village of the area. Overnight at Chalise.

Day 12: Chalise to Jharlang – 7 / 8 hrs walk
The early part of our trail is gently up until we arrive at small ridge. From here, we can enjoy spectacular view of Ganesh Himal, farming terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now, we climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After we take lunch at Borang, our trail turns downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture.

Day 13: Jharlang to Darkha – 7 / 8 hrs walk
Commencing trek from Jharlang we walk through an ascent path.After crossing landslide nearby Jharlang, we begin our trek through ascent path with views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu. Our trail passes through beautiful jungle, waterfall, farming terraces and villages. Darkha is the first Brahmin village on this trek. From here we can enjoy the view of Aankhu stream at some distance. Overnight at Darkha.

Day 14: Darkha to Khahare Bazaar – 7 / 8 hrs walk
On the very last day of our trek we descend up to Darkha Phedi. Then our route moves along the river bank until we reach Khahare. Khahare Bazaar is a big market with lodges, tea shops, big school and other important buildings. This place is famous for magnificent views of farming terraces. After walking about seven to eight hours we reach Khahare Bazaar.

Day 15: Drive from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus /private vehicle – 7 / 8 hrs drive
After breakfast we drive from Khahare Bazaar to Trishuli Bazaar and then to Kathmandu. The road till Dhading besi moves through unpaved road and then we drive along the well paved road until we reach Kathmandu. It can be best defined as scenic journey due to the beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages.

Cost Includes
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
Welcome and farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and assistant trek Guide (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and accommodation
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, Local Municipality Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek Guide)
All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes
Nepalese visa fee 
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
International flights
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,wifi,  extra porters, mineral or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Fitness Level 
Group Size 2 to 16 people
Max Altitude 4800m
Duration 15 Days
Walking Days 12 Days
Activity Trekking
Best Period MAR | APR | MAY | SEP | OCT | NOV
Price $$$$
Country                                                             Nepal