Ganesh Himal Best Cultural Treks are one of the best cultural treks where you get to experience the culture of Nepal in this local area. It is one of the spectacular natural and exclusive cultural treks where you get the finest panoramic view of Ganesh Himal at the height of 3100meter, Buddha Himal Manaslu Himal 8163 meter and other several snowcapped peaks. This trek is one of the pleasant choices where you come upon with diverse communities mostly from the Tamang societies which mostly practice the Buddhism religion. However this trekking is reflected as one of well-known and best cultural trekking. This trekking has fewer trampled route which lies between the Manaslu conservation area and langtang National park.
The mesmerizing viewpoint of this trek is Ganesh himal ranges during the trek you will be also passing through the terraced fields, chorten surrounding with prayer wheels (Mani), stupa, and several monasteries and lush hills. Through your trail you will be visiting several villages where you get to intermix with the local people and also get a chance to experience this tamang culture and, traditions their religious practices and so forth. This trekking begins from Bhalche and ends in Dading besi through the trail you will be come across through various flora and fauna where there are around 526 variety of plants with 40 types of orchids and 300 type of birds and you will also come across some wild animals through your trail like deer, different kinds of monkeys, thar, Gaur etc.
This Ganesh Himal best cultural trekking can be done in any season but we recommend doing this trek on the spring and autumn season where you get the perfect view of the entire Ganesh Himal and other mountains plus during this spring season you get to observe these blossoming lovely flowers through your trail.
We GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provide this package of Ganesh Himal cultural treks where you will be experiencing many new things about the Nepalese culture in plenty of time while accommodating i.e. homestay. There are combined options for this trekking in the Ganesh Himal like Ganesh Himal cultural and hot spring trekking, Ganesh Himal singla pass camping trekking etc. For any further detail about this trek or any enquiry you can visit the GHHT website or email or contact us.
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day
On your arrival, you will be greeted by our representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) but make sure about our representative with a display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the hotel. We can either relax in the afternoon or hang around. You will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant where we take pleasure in a Nepalese cultural program as well as food. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 - Kathmandu to Bhalche 1850m/6105ft 6-7 hrs drive
Ganesh Himal Best Cultural Trekking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheel drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Bhalche Gaon after driving approximately 5 hrs. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati makes you scenic driving. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscape along the way driving will make you good start day drive of the trek. You will even able to start your trek on the same day but due to bit rough and tough driving spending a night in Bhalche will give you excellent acclimatization day. .
Day 3 - Bhalche to Gonaga(lunch) Rupchet 3850m/12705Ft (6hrs)
After breakfast trek bit uphill and have breath taking views on the back of Bhalche village. Trek continue passing thorough high tropical jungle and mesmerizing jungle views as well as surrounding landscape. Arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch after lunch trek continue to Rupchet where you will find beautiful camp site and yak hut. It has amazing mother goddess blessing hillside views and its periphery views.
Day 4 - Rupchet via Singla Pass (4050 m) Shertung /Chalish Gaon 1875m/6187ft 6-7 (hrs)
After breakfast trek all the way hill top near Singla Pass (4050m) having the best almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, massift Ganesh himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and little bit of Annapurna ranges. Enjoy the best views and then trek all the down to Shertung gaon passing through high tropical jungle, rhododendron forest, pine forest, oak, fire, Himalayan bamboo and surprising wildlife experience with many Kharkas (cow, sheep and goat huts). Iljyang water fall and its surrounding landscape is an extra ordinary views along the way. On the way quick visit to Phyanchyat monastery and finally arrive in Shertung village.
Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend , two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture 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.
Day 5 - Shertung to hot springs (lunch) to Neber Gaon 2020m/6666ft (5 hrs)
Take breakfast and then just after walking 30 minutes down hill you arrive in Chalish the most stunning hospitality village of the area where majority of Gurung people and small portion of Dalit people live together. Trek continue to Tatopani (host spring) where you enjoy half of day taking bath and have lunch. This is probably the best hot springs in the area but tourist infrastructure has not developed yet (lodge, meals etc…) however pack lunch from Shertung village or from Chalish village will be much better. After lunch trek all way up to pristine Tamang village named Neber. Just form side of the village you will see the breath taking Ganesh Himal view just like your face and mirror (so close view). Enjoy high valley village stay with locals.
Day 6 - Neber to Rachyat (lunch) to Lapa Gaon 1850m/6105ft 4-5 hrs
Take breakfast and trek all the way up to Timla Pass (3850 m/12,705Ft) walking about 2 hours, have a look the best stunning massive Ganeshe Himal ranges and Langtang himal ranges too. Its best flora and fauna experience as well as surrounding landscape will make you the best day of the trek. Passing through dense Himalayan alpine jungle is another charm of the trek. Trek with local guide is highly recommend as trek trail is not well marked in this area. Water will be available but still tea house has not built yet. After enjoying the scenery trek all the down stone steps and bit slippery down hill walking to Lapchat gaon it is a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 homes. 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 also a big community of Tamang people where you will have a lots of opportunities to learn about Tamang culture. It has at least two local guest house and villagers are initiating to build more lodge for the tourist comfort. Simple food and simple dormitory shelter but good enough for a night halt.
Day 7 - Lapa Gaon to Ri Gaon 1550m/5115ft (5 hrs)
Take breakfast at the same place and then trek a bit down hill and right turn to Chyamchat village. Front side Jharlang area and down in the gorge Ankhu khola view lure any tourist walking on this way but it's a hilly terrain track walking so careful walking is highly recommended. Passing trough local villages, paddy terraces and little bit of jungle finally arrive at Kutawal village where stop for lunch and trek continue via Tawal to Ri Gaon. Ri village has a big community of Tamang people and Dalit. Local houses is good enough for night shelter and community lodges are building soon by the locals for the trekkers.
Day 8 - Ri Gaon to Phulkharka 1210m/3993ft (5 hrs)
Today is quite easy walking of the day. Passing most of the Bhramin villages and dalit village as well as paddy terraces more open valley views finally make you arrive in Phulkharka gaon where big community of Brahmin people live. Lunch along the way and dinner at night staying with local guest house will fine as it has developed already in this area for both domestic and international tourist. Tourist standard food and accommodation has to develop yet but comparatively much better.
Day 9 - Phul Kharka to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda 1550m/5115ft (5-6 hrs)
Trek to Ankhu khola side and innumerable villages along the way make you another interesting trekking of the day but due to bit low valley walk in summer it will be bit hotter. Lunch at Rine river side in local restaurant and trek continue uphill to Jyamrung Durbar/danda which is historically popular said that king of the Jyamrung used to live. Centuries old palace still can be seen. This the best spot for the sun rise, sun set and the massive mountain views of the Langtang ranges, Ganesh himal ranges and Manaslu ranges. Over night at local house.
Day 10 - Jyamrung Danda to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu 1310m/4323ft 2 hrs walk and 3 hrs drive
Sun rise view, take breakfast and then trek via Dodke danda to Dhading Besi walking about 2 ½ hours mesmerizing Dhading Besi views and its surrounding views. Dhading Besi is the head quarter of Dhading district where government administration offices are based. Take lunch and 3 hours bus drive back to Kathmandu via Prithivi highway.
Day 11 - Transfer to airport, departure onward destination
Today, our airport representative will drop you to the airport and then you will depart from Nepal.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
- 9 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (national park permits, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 11 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015