Ganesh Himal Jolly Cultural Trekking is one of the newly discovered trekking trials in this region. Ganesh Himal region is situated in central Nepal, northwest of Kathmandu. The trip route falls under the Langtang National Park and Manaslu conservation area and it is one of the untouched and pristine regions where only a few tourists have visited this jolly cultural homestay. Trekking in Ganesh Himal region lets you experience the mixed ethnic unique cultures, different languages and traditions of Nepal with the glimpse of the Ganesh Himal ranges, Langtang ranges, and some Tibetan plateaus.
This expedition bids you breathtaking view of Ganesh Himal (7110 meters & 23326 feet), Langtang Himal (6581 meters), and slight views of the Annapurna, Hiunchuli, some other snowcapped peaks, some plateaus of Tibet and also you also get to enjoy the natural hot spring through your trail.
The key magnetism of this Jolly Cultural Trek is that you get abundant time to observe rich culture and traditions plus stunning flora and fauna of the region. During this homestay - you will be more familiar with the culture - mostly Tamang inhabitants, you get to try and observe many new things which you have never experienced before.
You will be served their local food, introduced to their tradition and musical instruments which also somewhat different. The folks living here are very friendly and within days you feel like a part of their family. In the evening, there will be some traditional dance performance performed by this culture group serving local wine. You also get to join the group every evening with some different cultural program organized for you.
Jolly Cultural Trek begins from a drive to Kathmandu to Shyabrubesi at an altitude of 1503 meters & 4945 feet to the gateway of the Langtang valley at the confluence of Bhote Koshi and Langtang Rivers. With the scenic zigzag road to Trishuli bazaar and trek from Bhalche village ends in Dhading Besi. During the trial, you will be passing through the dense rhododendron, pine, beriberi’s, primula, orchids and variety of palm trees with other natural vegetation. We also will be visiting Gatlang village where lots of Tamang communities reside. Ascending uphill - you will be visiting the Parvati Kund (lake) - one of the sacred site of Hindus.
This trekking can be organized anytime as there is no such specific month but spring and fall season is more preferred. GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) offers this cultural trekking in Ganesh Himal regions at one of the unexplored areas where you get to view the entire Ganesh Himal ranges including other mountains and also get sufficient time to experience the extraordinary culture and traditions of Tamang, Gurung, and some other ethnic groups of Nepal.
For more information about this Jolly 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 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 Jolly Cultural Home Stay 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 - Gatlang to Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka (lunch) to Somdang 3271 m/10760ft
Rupchet via Singla Pass (4050m) 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 - Jharllang Gaun to Darkha Gaun 850m/ 2805Ft. 6-7 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 - Departure
It’s now time to separate. Our representative will take you to the international airport for your onward destination. We will exchange farewell and wish for your safe and comfortable journey. We hope that someday, we will meet and again make yet another adventurous trip. Your valuable suggestions and comments will be appreciated.
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.
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.
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.
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.