Ganesh Himal Best Cultural Trekking


Trip Information

Ganesh Himal Cultural Trek – as the name suggests, is a trek where you get to experience the diverse culture of Nepal in this local area. It is one of the spectacular natural and exclusive cultural trek where you get the finest panoramic view of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, Manaslu 8163 meters) and other several snow-capped peaks from the height of 3100 meters.

Ganesh Himal Cultural Trek is one of the pleasant choices to confront diverse communities of the region mostly from the Tamang societies. This trekking has few compacted route which lies between the Manaslu Conservation Area and Langtang National Park.

The mesmerizing viewpoint of this trek is Ganesh Himal ranges, passing through the terraced fields, chortens surrounding with prayer wheels, Mani walls, stupa, 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 Tamang culture, traditions, their religious practices and so forth.

This trekking begins from Bhalche and ends in Dadhing. Throughout the trail - you will come across through various flora and fauna with 526 varieties of plants, 40 types of orchids, 300 types of birds, animals like deer, monkeys, Himalayan Thar, gaur, etc.

Ganesh Himal Cultural trekking can be done in any season but we recommend spring and autumn season to get the perfect view of the entire Ganesh Himal ranges and other mountains. In spring season - you get to observe lovely blossoming flowers all over the surrounding area. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team has different cultural tours in different regions and to this Ganesh Himal is one of the best among all. On this trek, we will be experiencing many new things about remote Nepalese culture accommodating by a local homestay. For further information about this cultural trek, please feel free to 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 the airport. Our representative with be holding a signboard of your name or GHHT at the exit terminal. After meetings and greeting, we will then transfer you to the hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a Nepalese cultural program as well as food. Overnight at hotel.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport PickUp in a Private Car.

Day 2 - Kathmandu to Bhalche (1850 m & 6105 feet) 6-7 Hrs Drive

Our Cultural Trekking to Ganesh Himal begins driving from either a local bus or a private four-wheel drive from Kathmandu heading to Bhalche early in the morning.  Bhalche Gaon ( village) is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Our drive is going to pass through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati with Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but with views of amazing landscapes. we will be spending our night in Bhalche which also serves as an acclimatization day.

Meals: breakfast & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 3 - Bhalche to Rupchet (3850 m & 12705 feet (6 Hrs)

After having breakfast, we then trek uphill for awesome views of Bhalche village. Our trek continues passing through the high tropical jungle and then we reach Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch.After lunch, our trek continues towards Rupchet where you will find beautiful campsite and yak hut. This place has amazing mother hillside and periphery views blessed by mother nature.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 4 - Rupchet via Singla Pass (4050 m) to Shertung/Chalish Gaon (1875 m & 6187 feet) 6-7 Hrs

After breakfast, we trek all the way to the hilltop near Singla Pass (4050 meters) having almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, massive Ganesh Himal ranges, Mount Manaslu ranges and a bit of Annapurna.

After enjoying the best views, we then trek all the way down to Shertung gaon (village) passing through the high tropical jungle, rhododendron, pine, oak, fir, Himalayan bamboo forests and surprising wildlife experience with many Kharkas (cow, sheep and goat huts). Iljyang waterfall and its surrounding landscape are extraordinary views along the way. On the way, a quick visit to Phyanchyat monastery and finally we arrive in Shertung village.

Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang communities. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to legends, 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 is said to have been brought here 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 5 - Shertung to Hot Springs & then to Neber Gaon (2020 m & 6666 feet): 5 Hrs

After taking breakfast and then just after walking 30 minutes downhill, we arrive in Chalish - the most stunning hospitality village of the area where the majority of inhabitants are Gurung people and a small portion of other ethnic people living together. Our trek then continues to Tatopani (a hot spring) where you enjoy half of the day taking bath and next have lunch. This is probably the best hot springs in the area but tourist infrastructure has not developed yet (lodge, meals etc…), however, packed lunch from Shertung village or from Chalish village will be much better. After lunch, we trek all way up to pristine Tamang village named Neber. Just form side of the village you will see the breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal just like your face and mirror (very close). We enjoy the high valley village stay with locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 6 - Neber to Rachyat & then to Lapa Gaon (1850 m & 6105 feet): 4-5 Hrs

Today after having our breakfast, we trek up all the way to Timla Pass (3850 meters & 12705 feet) walking for about 2 hours & observe the stunning massive Ganesh Himal ranges and Langtang Himal ranges too. The surrounding landscape with diverse flora and fauna will make you the best day of the trek.

Passing through the dense Himalayan alpine jungle is just another charm of the trek. Trekking with a local guide is highly recommended as the trail is not well marked in this area. Water will be available but still, tea house has not been built yet. After enjoying the scenery trek all the down stone steps and bit slippery downhill, we then trek to Lapchat gaon. It is a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 homes. We then 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 also a big community of Tamang people where you will have 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 comfort of tourist. Simple food and simple dormitory shelter but good enough for a night halt.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 7 - Lapa Gaon to Ri Gaon (1550 m & 5115 feet (5 Hrs)

After taking breakfast at the same place, we then trek a bit downhill and turn right to Chyamchat village. The front side of the Jharlang area and down in the gorge of Ankhu Khola views lure any tourist walking on this way but it's a hilly terrain, so walking carefully is highly recommended.

Passing through local villages, paddy terraces and a little bit of jungle, we finally arrive at Kutawal village where we stop for lunch and after that our trek continues via Tawal to Ri Gaon. Ri village has a big community of Tamang people. Local houses are good enough for night's shelter and community lodges are building soon by the locals for the trekkers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House/Local House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 8 - Ri Gaon to Phulkharka (1210 m & 3993 feet): 5 Hrs

Today is quite an easy trek for the day. Passing most to the Bhramin villages and as well as paddy terraces with more open valley views finally make you arrive in Phulkharka gaon where big communities of Brahmin people live. We take our lunch along the way and dinner at night staying in a local guesthouse.

The are has developed already in both domestic and international tourism. Tourist standard food and accommodation has to develop yet but comparatively is much better.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 9 - Phul Kharka to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda (1550 m & 5115 feet): 5-6 Hrs

Today we trek to Ankhu Khola's side and innumerable villages along the way which makes another interesting trekking of the day but due to low valley walk in summer, it will be bit hotter. 

We take our lunch at Rine riverside in a local restaurant and our trek continues uphill to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda - a historically popular palace where the king of the Jyamrung used to live long ago. Centuries-old palace still can be seen and is also the best spot for the sunrise, sunset and the massive mountain views of the Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges and Manaslu ranges. Overnight at a local house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.

Day 10 - Jyamrung Danda to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu (1310 m & 4323 feet): 2 Hrs Walk and 3 Hrs drive

We relish the Sunrise views, take breakfast and then trek via Dodke Danda to Dhading Besi walking about 2 ½ hours with mesmerizing Dhading Besi views and its surrounding. Dhading Besi is the headquarter of Dhading district where government administration offices are based. We next take lunch and 3 hours bus drive back to Kathmandu via Prithivi highway. We spend our night in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11 - Transfer to Airport & Final Departure

Today, our airport representative will drop you to the airport at your scheduled time. We wish you all the best.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Car.




What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or similar)
  • Standard lodges/tea houses 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 paperwork 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 on Ganesh Himal Cultural Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.


Food and Drinks for Ganesh Himal Cultural Trekking:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.


Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.



Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.


Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 


Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges Ganesh Himal Cultural trekking with a minimum of single client to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.


Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.


Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.


A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.


Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Ganesh Himal Cultural Trek with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.


Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the Gosainkunda Trek is 11 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 11 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also may have an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather (applies according to the location).

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.


Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.


Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.


Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 




If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

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

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Duration: 11 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Excursion & Cultural visit

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Camping Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Ganesh Himal Ruby valley

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Feb to Nov