Trekking and Walking

Ganesh Himal Trek

Nepal

Ganesh Himal Trek

Durtation: 15 Days

Price: US 1,299 All Inclusive

Ganesh Himal Trek is one of the shortest and excellent treks in the northwest of Kathmandu which is ideal for those who wish to avoid crowds and enjoy a tranquil walk. It is a journey into the vast section of Eastern Nepal, where lovely valleys meet snow-capped, smiling mountains.

The Ganesh Himal Trek is one of the closest trekking trails from the capital offering a great pleasure to walk on the less tedious pathways to a paradise in the Himalayas, between lush hills and forests. 

This two weeks itinerary to the Ganesh Himal Region leads you through the isolated track, amazing wetlands, and unspoiled coniferous forests to meet the local ethnicities of picturesque settlements, rich in ancient cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.

The region has great flora, with its impressive showcase of Berberis, Primula, Orchids, and Ferns, valleys brimming with yellow double jasmine blossoms, forests densely filled with Spanish oaks, a blue pine, and red, pink, and white pastel tones of glowing Rhododendron blooms in the spring that set the whole forest on the bright spots of spectacular colors.

Ganesh Himal Trekking is not so popular as Annapurna Treks and Everest Trekking Trails but a lovely secluded journey into nature up to 4,050 m above sea level due to which you may experience solitude and peace in the secluded and hidden valley to explore yourself.

Ganesh Himal Trekking trail gives wonderful views of the Ganesh Himal Highlands, Annapurna Mountains, Manaslu mountains, Langtang Mountains, Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, and many other peaks.

The name of the mountain is named after the famous Hindu God, Ganesh (Elephant headed God). The peaks of the Ganesh Range are crystalline, making a "grand Himalayan chain in the horizon: Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV. The structure of the Ganesh Himal Peak is therefore similar to the elephant-headed god. 

In other words, Ganesh Himal Trek is a fascinating hiking tour that enables the beauty of lively communities, magnificent mountains, glaciers, and spectacular scenery to be experienced. The surrounding beauty of this region is an appealing memory you will see over the whole tour.

The hiking route is home to the diversity of flora and fauna as the vegetation varies from sub-tropical to alpine over the journey. It is a great chance to discover the diverse customs and welcoming culture of the Tamang, Gurung, and Chhetri people trekking across Tipling, Chalish, or Shertung, the peaceful beauty of villages, along with the magnificent panoramas of Ganesh, Langtang, and Manaslu.

So, get ready to camp in wild and unique places, making this trip one of the finest "old-fashioned" treks for those who want to stay away from popular tourist sites.

You may enjoy magnificent views of mountains, cascades, dramatic paintings of the landscape and towering cliffs, incredible rock formations. You will cross the Alpine meadow and reach a big glacier under the snowcapped mountains starting from Kispang and finishing in Jyamrung Danda on our 15 days trekking to Ganesh Himal.

Trek Highlights 

  • Kathmandu City Tour at UNESCO Wolrd heritage sites
  • Trek through amazing trekking route along with farmland and unspoiled forest 
  • Familiarize with the local culture of this region.
  • Scenic views of the landscape and mountain views.
  • Experience the exploring in remoted Tamang and Gurung Village
  • Panoramic views of peaks in the central Himalayan region including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, etc.
  • Natural hot spring en route to the Neber village
  • Get acquainted with this region's local culture
  • Trip through an incredible track over agricultural fields and untouched woodland

Trek Difficulty 

Ganesh Himal Trek is considered a slightly tough yet rewarding trek. The highest elevation you will come across during these 15 days is 4,050 m at Sing La Pass. The trekking tracks are long, steep descents and a steep uphill path through the rocky paths and in the woods.

An average of 5 to 7 hours of the walk is required to reach each of the destinations. The more fit the hikers are, the more pleasant and comfortable the trip is to go on. If you have prior experience of such long hours walks or treks, it will be super beneficial for this journey. For those suffering from sensitive medical conditions like heart or lung disease, they are suggested to consult with their doctors. 

Best Season for Ganesh Himal Trek

The best season to embark on Ganesh Himal Trek is March and April, with the blossoming rhododendron in the highlands and hills, and October and November, with the clear blue sky and stunning mountain vistas. 

Spring (March-May)

One of the best hiking and ascension seasons in the Himalayas, spring not only brings with it the sun and the milder temperatures but also gives the scenery a radiant, bright texture, to the flourishing wild flora, such as the famed big Rhododendrons.

Summer/Monsoon (June – August)

Summer usually leads in Nepal to monsoon rains from late May to the middle of September, hence hiking in Nepal is usually not suggested during this period. High heat, heavy rain, and uncomfortable circumstances are present during this period. But that doesn't mean that you can't appreciate the majesty of the Himalayas! It might be risky to do a trek during this time but the views are jaw-dropping. 

Autumn (September – November)

After the monsoon leaves, the area of Himalaya is settled with dust-free skies and clean mountain images. Along with the natural beauty showcased, the cultural splendor gives another touch to the perfect vacation in the Himalayas in Nepal as the main festivals, Dashain and Tihar are celebrated during this period. 

Winter (December – February)

Ganesh Himal Trek can be done in winter too as it offers clear sky and magnificent sunset views. But it will be quite difficult to walk as the snow might block the trails.

Daytime temperatures are fairly stable and constant, and the pure blue sky and the mountain are fantastic because of this. But the nights are much colder. If you love adventure and want to experience different, you might embark on this trek in winter too though it is not highly recommended. 

 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

30 mins

1,350 m

One of the Himalayan Trekkers staff will welcome you at the exit of the arrival terminal at Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, in a private vehicle, you will be escorted to the specified hotel in Thamel. You may take a short break after completing the check-in procedures at your hotel. 

In the evening, you are free to explore Thamel, a major tourist hub packed with loud music, foodies, roamers, and numerous activities that give you a sense of the local way of life, as well as see temple structures at Thaity, Shree: Gha, and many other locations.

Dinner

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2

Half day sightseeing & trek preparation

5-6 hrs

1,350 m

After a delicious breakfast, our city guide will lead you through the narrow streets of Kathmandu to Durbar Square. Until the twentieth century, it was the seat of monarchy and is now a living museum. It features monuments dating back over 800 years. 

Then next we visit the Swayambhunath stupa, which is located about 3 kilometers from the city center on a mountaintop. The monkey temple is another name for it. Both of these locations have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 

If you have forgotten something, you can go around Thamel in the afternoon to do some last-minute shopping for the trek.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3

Drive to Betrawati & trek to Sole

5-6 hrs drive & an hour walk

850 m

We have a short but tiring drive today that lasts about 5 hours. We end the drive to Betrawati via Trishuli, which is a big town on the Pasang Lamu Highway. After a short walk from Betrawati, we reach our campsite at Sole. In the evening we will explore the local area, terraced farms and meet people who are always curious about foreigners.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 4

Trek to Kispang

5-6 hrs

1,600 m

Our destination of the day is Kispang situated at 1600 m from sea level. We will have lunch after 3 hours of walk and then continue another 2 hours before reaching Kispang. This is not a tiring day as we gradually go up and enjoy the day through the villages where the majority of the people are seen busy in their farms. Have fun in the campsite with the staff as they sing and dance with you.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 5

Trek to Thulo Chaur

4-5 hrs

2,220 m

Another short yet interesting day is ahead of us. We start our day with a hot breakfast served by the camping crew and head towards Thulo chaur. The trail passes through the settlement of Tamang people, an ethnic group of Mongolian origin who follow both Hinduism and Buddhism. We reach Thulo Chaur after about 5 hours with a lunch break in between. Overnight stay at camp.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 6

Trek to Gonga

5-6 hrs

2,900 m

The trail today goes through a dense forest with pine vegetation. As we are going high to Gonga almost at 3000m from sea level we have a steep climb with few descents in between. During the walk through the forest, there are healthy chances of an encounter with wild animals such as wild pigs, small deers, Monkeys of different species and others. Today is the first day when you see the Ganesh Himal from the trail so as soon as you reach Gonga in the mid-afternoon go mountain hunting with your lenses.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 7

Trek to Rupchet

5-6 hrs

3,635 m

After walking 4 days you start feeling higher altitude and change in vegetation in a significant way, which is much more enjoyable than walking in lower altitudes. We still continue through the trail and walk past the forest of rhododendron and pine trees before reaching Rupchet situated at 3635. Consult your trekking guide for any problems regarding high altitudes. Enjoy the nice dinner in the evening and go to bed early as you have to wake up early tomorrow for climbing up the Shing la pass!

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 8

Trek to Kharka via the Sing La Pass

9 hrs

4,100 m

Today is the most exciting day of the trip. You will be on top of Shing la pass in 7 hours. We start the day early and walk towards Kharka and before that climb the Shing La Pass. This is not an easy climb but once you reach the top you are rewarded the best view of the majestic mountains of the Himalayas including Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and many more even in the Tibetan side. Going down to Kharka is easier after you cross the pass. Rest in the evening before dinner. Go to bed early to prepare for the next day trip.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 9

Trek to Borang

5-6 hrs

1,800 m

We leave Kharka today and head toward Borang. As we have started the second leg of the trip we will go down in terms of altitude. The journey takes the transition from silent forests to small villages still very quiet. After walking for 6 hours and a lunch break in between you will find yourself with the Tamangs of Borang. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 10

Trek to Jharlang

5-6 hrs

1,700 m

After a warm breakfast, we head towards Jharlang today. The walk most of the day is through terraced farms and their owners working for the next harvest. The trail ascends and descends gently and in 6 hours you reach the beautiful village of Jharlang.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays

Day 11

Trek to Kintang Phedi

5-6 hrs

1,200 m

The walk from Jharlang to Kitang Phedi is about 6 hours, walking through small streams, terraced fields and some small settlements with people of different cultures and religion. The Mountain View might disappear as we go down. The hills although are very scenic and beautiful giving you some other feelings than the mountains. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 12

Trek to Khahare

5-6 hrs

1,000 m

We walk along a river for a couple of hours before starting an ascent of more than 3 hours. We will camp in Khahare. Explore the village and surrounding in the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Tea house/ homestays

Day 13

Trek to Dhading Besi & drive back to Kathmandu

2 hrs trek and 5-6 hrs drive

1,350 m

We will start the day around 8 after breakfast and walk for a little more than an hour before reaching Dhading Besi, where our transport will be waiting for us to take us back to Kathmandu. In the evening drink in one of the bars in Thamel is worthy to remove the tiredness of the trek.

Breakfast & Lunch

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 14

Leisure/ free day

1,350 m

Today you are free on your own to do all of your personal kinds of stuff like shopping, laundry, etc. You can rest for the day. You can explore Thamel and old markets like Ason, Indra chowk in the evening.

Breakfast

3 star hotel in KTM

Day 15

Final departure

30 mins

After breakfast, you will be see-off by our representative for you to catch your flight. With the hope of seeing you soon again in Nepal, we wish you have a safe journey back home.

Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) during Trek
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes & official expenses 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. 

A comprehensive list of gear for all activites is listed on our dedicated page of Complete Gear List For Trekking and Climbing