Ganesh Himal Trek
Ganesh Himal Trek
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Witness the beautiful valleys meeting snow capped mountains by the trek to GANESH HIMAL and find serenity and bliss
The trek to the pristine part of Nepal, where beautiful valleys meet snow capped mountains which seem to be smiling back at you. By the trek to Ganesh Himal, you can experience walking through breathtaking meadows and untouched coniferous forests, where you get to meet local ethnic people of quaint old villages. Hike through forests colored in pastel shades of red, pink and white, covered with dazzling Rhododendron blooms, which is Nepal’s national flower. Ganesh Himal, a sub-range of Himalayas is located in north-central part of Nepal. However, some peaks lie on the border with Tibet. The 15-day trip begins in Kathmandu where you get to visit several heritage sites. The Ganesh Himal trek presents massive Himalayan sceneries, and glory views with friendly locals. The Ganesh Himal can be observed from Kathmandu city.
Ganesh Himal has got its name after the legendary elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh. The four great Ganesh Range Peaks are Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III and Ganesh IV which stand out like crystals, forming a “Great Himalayan Chain” in the skyline. The trek leads you through culturally rich villages, through forests with diverse flora and fauna. In the background you can see the mountain range with Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Langtang.
THE GANESH HIMAL TREK : A TRIP OF 16 DAYS OFFERING YOURSELF A THRILLING EXPERIENCE
The Ganesh Himal Trek is a fantastic trek for exploring natural beauty along with the cultures of locals of Nepal. You will get an insight into the simple, daily life of typical Nepalese communities. You will experience cultural diversity, as well as old traditions and cultural occasions real close. During the whole trekking, you will camp, i.e. stay in the tent. This trek is one of the most isolated and least explored areas of Nepal’s Himalayas. Only a few foreigners have explored in recent years. This region offers untouched natural beauty, wild and friendly inhabitations and astounding range peaks.
The range lies about 70 km northwest of Kathmandu. The highest peak in the range is Yangra (Ganesh I) which has a height of about 7,422 m from the sea level. There are 3 other peaks which are above 7,000 m in height and some 14 others which are above 6,000 m in height. Ganesh Himal has got great vertical relief over nearby valleys.
The name for the range comes from the Hindu deity Ganesh, usually depicted in the form of an elephant. In fact the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) slightly resembles an elephant, with a ridge that is exactly similar to an elephant’s trunk.
Ganesh Himal Trek is one of the best yet overlooked trekking trails in Ganesh Himal Region. Ganesh Himal tirals are gaining momentum in terms of popularity these days. All the way from grassy meadows to the high altitude pass and from lowland Nepalese people civilization to the Himalayan people lifestyle, along with the astounding views of the Himalayan ranges make this trekking more mystical and vibrant than other popular trekking trails in Nepal.
The unique and enticing Himalaya (Ganesh Himal) is equally aesthetic as its name related to the sacred god of Hinduism, Lord Ganesha. It is believed that the shape of Ganesh Himal resembles the head of Lord Ganesha himself. You will get to encounter different ethnic groups of people along with the delights of magnificent mountains. The villages offer enigmatic and indecipherable experiences.
The tented accommodation or the accommodation shared with the locals, helps to enhance the small group adventure tour in the Ganesh Himal Trek. You will get to observe the picturesque view of the splendid mountains along with the delights of Nepalese typical cultures and lifestyle of people. You will see an appealing form of nature from your proximity.
So, if you want to address your adventurous zeal and have a close insight to the typical Nepalese lifestyle and ethnic culture, this trek is definitely one you should opt for.
Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu and transport to one of the best hotels in KathmanduAfter arriving in the lovely capital of Nepal via Tribhuwan International Airport, our agents will be there to receive you and transfer you to one of the standard hotels of Kathmandu.
Day 2 : Sightseeing in KathmanduYou’ll have a very wonderful time by exploring some of the greatest cultural and historical heritages of Kathmandu. Have a very gracious time and prepare for your trekking by buying some of the crucial recommended gears.
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Satdobato (1500 m)Today, after breakfast we took a drive. The first part of the drive is on the black and nice road even though there are lots of turns and corners. You cross the Trishuli river and through the Trishuli Bazaar, you drive up to Satdobato which is a bumpy road. You can enjoy the sight of some local houses with a great view around. Satdobato includes mixed culture and there are different ethnic groups of people such as Tamang, Chhetri, Brahmin, etc. You will do camping overnight.
Day 4 : Hike Satdobato to Bhalche (1950 m)At this day, we take gradual steps up to Kisping for lunch. It is a nice walk through a village which offers scenic beauty and consists of different groups of people like Tamang, Dalit. The village also has a small monastery of Budhhist people and on the other side of a small holy river, there is a Hindu temple. This stands as a symbol of religious unity in Nepal. After lunch, you continue gradually up to Bhalche village where you camp for tonight. It is a nice walk through terraces and a Tamang village. You can also see a nice waterfall during the walk. Bhalche is a wonderful Tamang village, on the other side of which you will do camping. There is a ground surrounded by Budhhist pray flag and beautiful village view can be seen from the other side of the camping area.
Day 5 : Trek Bhalche to Gonga (2900 m)After breakfast, you head towards Thulo Chour for lunch and walk to Gonga overnight. After Bhalche, you will have to pass through a jungle, crossing small streams on the way. You will now approach Thulo Chour, which is a beautiful ground in the middle of the jungle where you can find people living in the temporary hut. You can have your lunch here. After having lunch, now you head towards Gonga by straining through the thick forest of pine and Rhododendron, crossing some small springs. You can even see some animals such as Himalayan monkey and also the great view of the Langtang mountains. You will stay overnight in camp.
Day 6 : Hike from Gonga to Rupchet (3660 m)Today, you will have to start your trek early in the morning in order to enjoy the view of the Langtang and Tibet range. During your hike, you have to cross a thick forest of pine and rhododendron, with a good chance to see the animals that include monkeys, and even leopards. It is a short walk yet difficult because of the altitude and steepness. You must stay hydrated and you can have your lunch either on your way or at Rupchet. Late afternoon is free and easy, and you can enjoy the great Himalayan charm of Tibet range and Gosaikunda range. Rupchet is a base camp of Sing-La pass/top (the highest altitude of your trek). You will do camping on a big ground present there and stay there overnight.
Day 7 : Hike towards Rupchet to Shing La Pass (The highest point of the trek, 4200 m) to Sertunga Kharka (2440 m)You ought to start your journey early in the morning to see the sunrise from the top of Sing-La. It takes almost 2 hours to reach the place from where you can glance at the view of Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu, Annapurna, Langtang and Tibet range. After enjoying the beautiful scenery, you will descend with the view of Ganesh Himal range and the small valley down. Now you proceed through the pine and rhododendron forest where you will report to the ground beneath the jungle. Today is the hardest day of the trek and Sing-La is the highest altitude point you will reach on this trek. Overnight in Camp.
Day 8 : Sertunga Kharka to Shertung Village (2000 m)Today we will head from Sertunga Kharka (the place you did camping yesterday) to Shertung village. During the walk, you will have to pass through the jungle and proceed through a field of corn, maize, wheat, barley, etc. You can get the view of Ganesh Himal during the walk. You will descend down to a remote village of Tamang Ghele which is known as the Shertung Village. Half of the day, you can take a rest and explore the beautiful village. Overnight in camp.
Day 9 : Shertung Village to Jharlang Phedi (1450 m)On this day, you will have to descend down and approach Borang village where you can encounter with tamang people. From Bornag village, you will strain to Jharlang through fields and crossing the bridge, glancing the beautiful view on the way and enjoying the walk. Now you reach Jharlang Phedi where you will stay overnight. If the group is big, you might even need to stay inside the temple.
Day 10 : Jharlang to Kintang Phedi (1000 m)Today, you continue your trek with many ups and downs enjoying the great views of the mountains, as we walk through the small, friendly villages where the local folks would greet you warmly. Then you will approach the hot spring where you can take a bath and proceed on. From this way, you can observe the river Netrawati. Kintang Phedi is a small valley with a mixed type of culture. An interesting thing to know about this place is that, here, the rivers Netrawati and Kintag are mixed over. You will stay at Kintang phedi overnight.
Day 11 : Kintang Phedi to Serabensi Jyamrung (700 m)On this day of trek, you will gradually trek down and the trail becomes more flat and easy. You will walk following the Netrawati riverside which actually comes from the Ganesh Himal Glacier. Nice rice fields, terraces and villages make your walk scenic. You reach a bazzar (a local market) and after an easy walk from there you will reach up to Serabensi Jyamrung where you will stay overnight. You can stay at a local house over there. You can also explore the local lifestyle of the people over there.
Day 12 : Jyamrung (Sharabensi) and explore locallyYou will try to get familiar with the surroundings and the families you are living with. You will also spend some time learning the local skills of the people and their daily activities. You can also go fishing or swimming whichever you prefer.
Day 13 : Jyamrung (Sharabensi) walk to Sukaura and drive to KathmanduIt is the day you will bade a goodbye to the people of Jyamrung (Sharabensi) with whom you have been living with for a few days. You will cross the rover by a hanging bridge and head to Kathmandu in a private four-wheeler. Half part of the road to Dhading Bensi which is a district headquarter is bumpy and after Dhanding Bensi, you will approach Malekhu from where you will reach the highway to Kathmandu. The drive is scenic. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 14 :Close insight of Kathmandu ValleyToday, you will walk around the local town in Kathmandu to experience the historical, cultural and spiritual affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries and have a deeper insight to the artistic Kathmandu. You can explore various temples and Durbar squares. Also you can visit various supermarkets and other beautiful areas. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. It reflects a perfect mixture of culture, history, art, architecture and traditional values prevalent in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 15 : Departure DayYou will be taken to the international airport of Kathmandu 3 hours prior to the flight time, as per your return flight schedule. This is the day where your tour ends. Do not forget to unveil your case of beautiful memories in your homeland that you created in our country.
- Trek Duration : 15 days
- Trek Grade : Challenging/Moderate
- Highest Altitude : 4,200 metres above the sea level
- Accommodation : Hotel/Camping/Local house night stay
- Transportation : Jeep/Van or any other four wheeler
- Group Size : 1-12
- Per Day Walk : 5-6 hours
- Trek Cost : ***
- Explore the beauty of culture.
- Enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas.
- Enticing sightseeing of north-eastern Nepal.
- Spectacular views of villages from the trekking areas.
- Experience well-enriched cultural and natural heritages.
- Amazing view of Ganesh Himal and Langtang mountain ranges.
- Learn and experience the life skills and lifestyle of typical Nepali people living in villages.
- Feel the adventure by crossing the 4100 metres pass.
- Enjoy the sunrise view on the top of Sing-La Pass.
- Witness the rich flora and fauna of Nepal.
TRIP INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES
Our package includes and excludes the following things so as to make the trip more comfortable and exciting. You are kindly requested to note these things down for your best moments on the trek.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Airport pick up and drop off (complimentary).
- Welcome dinner (complimentary).
- Night-stay on arrival to Kathmandu in a standard hotel with breakfast included.
- All accommodation during the trek.
- Three meals a day during the trek.
- Fresh fruit each day if and when available.
- Complimentary bag/agency T-shirt
- Trained, professional and registered local guide with the knowledge of first-aid who can speak English.
- First-aid kit.
- Drive from Kathmandu to Satdobato and to other areas and back.
- Rescue arrangements if needed.
- Agency service charge and government tax/VAT.
- Certificate of achievement.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Personal insurance, loss of property and theft, etc.
- Sightseeing costs for temples and monasteries.
- Tips to staff.
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards