Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek

Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

13 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4050 m (Singla Pass)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

Ganesh Himal is situated in Central Nepal to the northwest of Kathmandu. This is one of the lesser trodden areas where the trekkers are yet to create much of their footprints. The region is predominantly inhabited by the people of the Tamang community but also has a mixture of other ethnic groups.

Singla La Pass is located at an altitude of 4200 meters above sea level. It gives an extraordinary panoramic view of the Himalayan snowcapped peaks. There are three groups of peaks between Kathmandu and Pokhara namely, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and the Manaslu, also including the Annapurna Range.

Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek is for those people who would like to make a different experience rather than taking the more popular ones. The magnificent natural beauty, the quaint mountaintop villages and the welcoming hospitality of the Highlanders are the obvious reasons to trek this region. In addition, this region is rich in various flora and fauna species. The best season to visit this region is between September to November and also February to June. In fact, the low elevation of this area makes it an all-season trek. The trail (Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek) starts from Kathmandu and continues till Bhalche. Bhalche is a small town located on the borders of Nuwakot District in the south and the Rasuwa District in the north. Bhalche is a fairly large bazaar town about 30 km north of Trishuli.

Some glimpse of Ganesh Himal singla pass trek.

  •  It is one of the best trekking trails in central Nepal.
  • Plentiful flora and fauna, magnificent village scenery and the welcoming people of the mid-hills.
  • Passing through Sing La pass (4050m), Pangsang pass (3850m) and Mangni Pass.
  • Inspiring views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Boudha Himal, Hiunchuli and other snow-capped peaks.
  • Experiencing a broad diversity of exceptional wildlife and birds including rare and rare animals like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Himali Thar, Wild Yak, Musk Deer, Wild Boar and more than 300species of birds.
  • Historical and traditional experience of Tamang People.

Starting Price

USD 1115 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Your flight to Kathmandu will be stunning and scenic as you will see the mesmerizing view of Himalayan Range with the natural beauty. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will greet you and assist you to the respective hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Half day sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

You will have half-day sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley as Kathmandu valley is popular as the “City of Temples”. We will take you to some of these ancient temples and Palaces and the rest of the day you can do last moment shopping for the trek by consulting with your guide.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Bhalche (1,850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will take an early morning private four-wheeler to drive from Kathmandu to Bhalche Gaon taking approximately 5 + hrs. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic beauty is all around us as we drive past through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati. The roads are a narrow and a bit zigzag that gives the drive an adventurous feel. You can start your trek on the same day but the rough and tough driving would probably exhaust you and spending a night in Bhalche will give you an excellent opportunity to acclimatize.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Gonzaga / Rupchet (3,850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will trek a bit uphill. From this vantage point, you can have a breathtaking view of the Bhalche village. The trek continues to pass through the high tropical jungle and mesmerizing landscape. We will arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch after which we will continue to walk towards Rupchet where you will find a beautiful campsite and a yak hut. It has amazing hillside views and its peripheral views are awe-inspiring.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Shertung /Chalisgaon (1,875m) Via Singla Pass (4,050m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we trek all the way to the hilltop near Singla Pass (4050m) having the best almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and a few Annapurna ranges. You can soak in the beauty all around and then trek all the way down to Shertung gaon passing through the high tropical jungle of rhododendron, pine, oak, fir, Himalayan bamboo and a surprising variety of wildlife with many Kharkas (cow, sheep and goat huts). Along the way, you can also have a glimpse of the Iljyang waterfall and its surrounding landscape that is an extraordinary experience. On the way, we will make a quick visit to the Panchayat monastery and finally arrive in Shertung village.

Shantung is inhabited mainly by the Tamang community. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend, two brothers came here in search of gold that they had seen in their dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have their own rich culture which is displayed for the visitors. The Jhankri or shaman dance, Ghode or horse dance are said to have been brought from Tibet long ago. Jankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 6

Descending hot springs & Trek to Nheber Gaon (2,020m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After having breakfast, we will walk for nearly 30 minutes downhill till we arrive in Chalish; the most stunning village of the area where a majority of Gurung people and a small portion of Dalit people live together. The trek continues till Tatopani (hot spring) where you can enjoy a dip in the lukewarm water and then have lunch. This is probably the best hot springs in the area but tourist infrastructure has not developed yet (lodge, meals, etc….) One can, however, have a packed lunch from Shertung village or from Chalish village. After lunch, we will trek all way up to the pristine Tamang village named Neber. From this village, you can have a breathtaking view of the Ganesh Himal from a very close range. You can enjoy the hospitality of the Highlanders.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Lapa Village (1,850m) via Timal Pass (3,850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After having our breakfast, we will trek all the way up to Timla Pass (3850 m/12,705Ft) walking for about 2 hours. On the way, you can have a look at the most stunning Ganesh Himal ranges and the Langtang Himal ranges too. There is a variety of flora and fauna in the region that will make it a memorable moment for you. Passing through a dense Himalayan alpine jungle is another charm of the trek. Trek with a local guide is highly recommended as trek trail is not well marked in this area.

Water will be available but there is no facility for a tea house as yet. After enjoying the scenery, we will trek all the way down taking the stone steps and a bit slippery downhill path, we will reach Lapchat gaon. It is a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 homes. From here we cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge and ascend along a trail surrounded by fields to the walled compound of a newly built hospital of the large town of Lapa gaon with over 400 homes. Lapa gaon is a big community of Tamang people. Here you will have ample opportunities to learn more about the Tamang culture. It has at least two local guesthouses and villagers are initiating to build more lodges for the tourists. You will get a simple food and simple dormitory shelter but it is good enough for a night halt.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 8

Trek to RI Gaon (1,550m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will have breakfast at Lapa Gaon and then trek a bit downhill and then turn right to Chyamchat village. In front of you lies the Jharlang area and down in the gorge Ankhu Khola that are reasons enough for anyone to stop and admire the view. But it's a hilly terrain, so walking very carefully is highly recommended. Passing through the local villages, paddy terraces and a little bit of jungle, we finally arrive at Katuwal village where we stop for lunch and then continue via Tawal to Ri Gaon. RI village has a big community of Tamang people and Dalit. Local houses provide spaces that are good enough for the night. Community lodges are being built by the locals for the trekkers.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Phulkharka (1,210m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a comparatively easy trek. Passing many of the Brahmin and Dalit villages we will cross the paddy terraces to the more open valley. After reaching here we finally arrive at Phulkharka gaon where a lot of Brahmin people live. We will have lunch along the way and have dinner at the local guesthouse. These facilities are well developed in this area for both the domestic and the international tourist.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda (1,550m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We walk to Ankhu Khola side and the villages along the way make it an interesting trek. But the low altitude of the valley can make it slightly difficult to walk in summer. We will have our lunch at the Rine riverside local restaurant and then trek uphill to Jyamrung Durbar/danda which is historically popular. It is said that the king of the Jyamrung used to live here. The centuries-old palace is still visible here. This is one of the best spots to experience the sunrise and set over the massive mountains of the Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges and Manaslu ranges. We will stay the night at a local guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Dhading Besi & drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BL

We can see the beautiful sunrise over the mountains, have breakfast and then trek via Todoke danda to Dhading Besi walking for about 2 ½ hours. On the way, we can have glimpses of the mesmerizing Dhading Besi and its surrounding views. Dhading Besi is the headquarter of Dhading district where government administration offices are based. We can have lunch here and then take a bus drive back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs trek and 3-4 hrs drive

Day 12

Free Day / leisure on your own.

Meals included: BB

Today it is the free day either you can explore the city area and do last moment shopping / Souvenirs for your friends and families or you can visit some popular landmarks of Kathmandu valley. In the evening, farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan trekkers by enjoying a cultural show. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13

Departure from the city with wonderful temples; Kathmandu.

Although, it is a sad moment to say goodbye we will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your departure and takes feedback on the trip. Hope to see you again in Nepal for another holiday!

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. 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 the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay 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 to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Transportation
  • Guide and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, and others
  • Beverage expenses
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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