Ganesh Himal Trek

Ganesh Himal Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

15 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4100 m (Shing La Pass)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- April.

Ganesh Himal derives its name from the Elephant-headed god Ganesha from the Hindu text. The Ganesh Himal ranges lie within the close proximity of Kathmandu valley at around 70 km. 

Ganesh Himal Trek of 15 days from Himalayan Trekkers offers the best trekking experiences with an insight of cultures and the natural beauty of the entire ranges of Ganesh Himal. In addition, this is a new trekking trail, thus, you won’t see as many tourists around - allowing you to trek in a peaceful environment but the chirping of birds.

Our trek starts from Betrawati about 5 hours of drive from Kathmandu. We will walk past terraced farms and high altitude settlements of the Tamangs during the trek. The trail offers panoramic views of many mountains in the central Himalayan region including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang LirungManaslu and more. Shing La Pass situated at 4200m is the highest point in this trek. On day 13th day, you come down to Dhading Besi and follow back to Kathmandu.

Highlights 

  • Familiarise with the local culture of this region.
  • Scenic views of the landscape and mountain views.
  • It offers panoramic views of many mountains in the central Himalayan region including the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and more.

This trek is operated on a camping basis but teahouse is also available at some places.

After arrival, you go for sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. The next destination is Betrawati. The next day, you start your trek from Kispang followed by Thulo Chaur. Likewise, our trails lead us to Gonga, Rupchet, and Kharka on the following days. We reach Kharka by passing through Singla Pass at 4100 meters. Then, Borang, followed by Jharlang & to Kitang Phedi the very next day. 

From Kitang Phedi you continue your trek to Khahare and finally to Dhading Besi. Your trek finishes at Dhading Besi, so, you are driven back to Kathmandu from there. This trek is a moderate grade trek. Thus, it can be done even by those who walk very less. But still, you can capture a lot of adventure during the trekking.


Outline Itinerary 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.
Day 03: Drive to Betrawati. (850m)
Day 04: Trek to Kispang. (1600m)
Day 05: Trek to Thulo Chaur. (2200m)
Day 06: Trek to Gonga. (2900m)
Day 07: Trek to Rupchet. (3635m)
Day 08: Trek to Kharka (2500m) via the Shing La Pass. (4100m)
Day 09: Trek to Borang. (1800m)
Day 10: Trek to Jharlang. (1700m)
Day 11: Trek to Kintang Phedi. (1200m)
Day 12: Trek to Khahare. (1000m)
Day 13: Trek to Dhading Besi (700m) and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 14: Free day.
Day 15: Final departure.

Starting Price

USD 1299 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city with thousands temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Himalayan trekkers representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner with cultural program in the evening. The trekking guide will accompany you to the dinner and you can put forward your final queries before you start the trek with us.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Half day sightseeing and trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

After a nice breakfast, an experienced city guide will accompany you through the small alleys into the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The seat of royalty until the 20th century and a living museum. It has monuments as old as 800 years old. Then you visit the Swayambhunath stupa situated on a hilltop about 3 km away from the city center. It is also referred to as the monkey temple. Both of these places are UNESCO world heritage sites. You can go around Thamel in the afternoon for last-minute shopping for the trek if you have missed something.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Betrawati (850m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive and an hour walk

Day 4

Trek to Kispang (1,600m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 5

Trek to Thulo Chaur (2,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 6

Trek to Gonga (2,900m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 7

Trek to Rupchet (3,635m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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!

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

Day 8

Trek to Kharka (2,500m) via the Shing La Pass (4,100m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 9 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Borang (1,800m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. 

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

Day 10

Trek to Jharlang (1,700m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 11

Trek to Kintang Phedi (1,200m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The walk from Jharlang to Kintang 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. 

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

Day 12

Trek to Khahare (1,000m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

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

Day 13

Trek to Dhading Besi (700m) and drive back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BL

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs trek and 5-6 hrs drive

Day 14

Leisure/ free day.

Meals included: BB

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15

Final departure.

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.

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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
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) during Trek
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

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.


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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