GANESH HIMAL BASE CAMP TREK

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destination Ganesh Himal
duration 18 Days
grade Beginner
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Ganesh Himal
max altitude 5420
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hrs
accommodation camping trek / tea house
season Autumn/Spring

GANESH HIMAL BASE CAMP TREK

EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL VALLEYS AND VIEW SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS AMONG THE TIBETAN - TAMANG VILLAGES NEAR THE TIBETAN BORDER. 

Ganesh Himal is named after the Hindu elephant God-Ganesh. The Ganesh Himal is a range of six major peaks that form a natural barrier with Tibet in the Himalayan ranges west of Langtang valley.  Ganesh Himal is named after the legendary elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV) form a chain of mountains in the skyline. The highest peak in the range is Yangra (Ganesh I) at 7422 meters.

The Ranges are inhabited by different ethnic groups like Gurung, Tamang and Magar which gives trekkers a unique cultural experience.
The Ganesh Himal trek begins at Kathmandu with a scenic drive to Samari Bhanjyang via Trishuli Bazaar the starting point of the trek. From there we will follow a trail that passes terraced farmland and through traditional villages with evidence of their unique customs and cultures. 

The trail circumnavigates the Ganesh Himal base camp and passes through numerous villages on the way.. The trek begins at Samari Bhanjyang (via Trishuli Bazaar) and leads on to Katunje Bazaar, Kintang Phedi, Jharlang, Chalise, Hindung, Rajgang Kharka, Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake), Ganesh Himal Base Camp and returning to Rajgang Kharka before heading to Chalise, Laba Besi, Manyang Bhanjyang, Majhgaun, Budathum and finally to Arughat Bazaar where we return by road back to Kathmandu.

Key Features of Ganesh Himal base Camp Trek

  • Region rich in minerals such as zinc, crystal, ruby & tin.
  • Visit the sacred Parvati Lake (Kunda) & twin sacred White and Black Lakes.
  • Stop at the natural hot spring en route to Neber.
  • Stunning close-up views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal.
  • Super-friendly hospitality of ethnic communities.
  • The diverse landscape of terraced farmland, lush green meadows and barren rocky hills.
  • Home to various wildlife like alpine sheep, yak, Thar deer, wild goat, and ox.
  • Dense forests of rhododendron (pine blooms in spring), oak and bamboo.
  • Several raging rivers with suspension bridges, deep gorges and waterfalls.

ITINERARY

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Our staff will be there to meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the evening they will collect you from your hotel and take you to our evening welcome dinner.
Today we will leave Kathmandu on a six to seven-hour drive, firstly passing Trishul Bazaar until reaching our trek starting point Samari Bhanjyang where we will stay the night.
We begin our six to seven-hour trek following a trail that initially descends and then heads uphill. The trail takes us through several villages, passing terraced farmland and also through dense pine and rhododendron forests until we reach the small market village of Katunje where we will stay the night. From Katunje we have our first views of Ganesh Himal.
We start our five to six hour trek following the trail that descends to Lapang Besi and then follow along the banks of the Ankhu Khola (river), passing through several villages and past cultivated farmland until we arrive at King Phedi. King Phedi sits on the bank of the Ankhu Khola. We stay here the night.
Our trail today takes us through a number of different ethnic villages, such as Tamang, Brahmin, and Chhetri, each with their unique culture and customs. We continue and finally reach the Tamang village of Jharlang where we stay the night. The children from the local government school will be excited to see you!
Today we trek uphill passing through mostly Tamang villages, passing through Borang and Sheraton, villages with basic health care facilities and schools. We then cross several chortens and Mani walls until we reach Chalise where we stay the night.
We head downhill crossing the Menchet Khola until we reach Hindung Village, quite a large village and mostly inhabited by Tamang. It is the last village on the trail before reaching Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We will stay overnight at Hindung.
Today we will follow through a thick rhododendron forest and then ascend to pasture-land at Rajgang Kharka where we will stay the night.
The trail today is mostly uphill into higher altitudes with distinctly different vegetation as we head to the holy lakes of Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) and on to Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Today we is a rest day at Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We will however take a trek around Kalo Seto Kunda (Blank and White Lake). The two lakes are distinct due to the different colored stones in each lake – black and white! From here we have stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal, and other surrounding snow capped peaks. We will stay here the night.
Today we follow the trail back the way we came descending towards the pastures of Rajgang Kharka. Tonight we will stay in a tent. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Again we head downhill through the dense rhododendron forest to Hindung Village and then on a relatively easy trail to Chalise where we will stay the night.
Today the trail descends through a number of traditional villages and past some manicured terraced farmland until we reach Laba Besi Village where we stay the night.
Our trek today is uphill toward Laba Village, a Gurung village with its unique culture and traditions. We continue climbing until we reach Manyang Bhanjyang where we will stay the night.
We head downhill along a steep path until we reach Majhgaun Village. Along the trail, we have some fantastic views of the Manaslu Himalayan Ranges as we pass through oak and rhododendron forest before reaching Majhgaun Village where we stay the night.
Today we follow the trail passing through several traditional villages, dense forests, terraced farmlands, and flowing rivers until reaching the small village of Budathum. This village is mostly inhabited by Newar people and also has spectacular views of the Manaslu Ranges in the distance. Tonight we stay at Budathum.
Today we follow the Budi Gandaki until we reach the small village of Arughat Bazaar. From here we will take a bus on a scenic route back to Kathmandu.
Today your adventure ends and you depart Nepal with fond memories and many photos of spectacular scenes from your trek to this amazing out of the way Langtang region of the Himalayas. A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in this mountainous wonderful – Nepal.

SERVICES

Cost Included:

  • Airport pick up and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Two night's hotel at Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang and Arughat Bazaar  to Kathmandu in local bus
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Licensed holder English speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don't have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • Sherpa Trekking porter (One porter for Two peoples)
  • First aid medical kit(Carried by the guide)
  • All the required permits and paper works( Langtang National park permit, TIMS etc)
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant(complimentary)
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region

Costs excluded:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during the trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

General

  • All season sleeping bag and down Jacket (we can provide if you need it,  but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag ( Sherpa Expedition & Trekking provide duffle bag during the trek but has to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (a must-have for morning and evenings above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyewear

  • A pair of half gloves
  • A warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neckwarmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hands

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Upper Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal tops
  • wool jacket or pullover
  • Sports bras for women and girls
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trousers
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Footwear

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Sock liners
  • Light shoes and sneakers
  • First Aid Kits and Medicines
  • Assorted adhesive bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment cream or similar
  • Insect / anti-itch ointment
  • Ibuprofen or other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous - but must useful on the trek

  • 4  passport size photos with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because in case you want to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included toilet paper, plastic bags, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Quality energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power bank and music players 
  • Camera (memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find net and clean teahouses - You will be staying at a teahouse/tent in higher elevation.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Ganesh Himal regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek. 

Physical fitness

This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake. 

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 1,800
2 Pax USD 1,700
3 Pax USD 1,750
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,650
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,550
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,450
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,400
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