Ganesh Himal Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Ganesh Himal is at an altitude of 7110 meters & 23326 feet above the sea level located in central Nepal. The name Ganesh has its origin from the Gods. Ganesh is the son of Lord Shiva and mother goddess Parvati. So, this Ganesh Himal is one the sacred mountain and the region is rather isolated/quiet.

Trekking to the Ganesh Himal, for the most part, is viewing the awesome Ganesh Himal ranges - Ganesh Himal I, Ganesh Himal II, Ganesh Himal III, and Ganesh Himal IV. The other lookouts of this trek are Mount Macchapuchare (Fishtail), Manaslu, Paldor Himal, Langtang Li Rung (7225 m). On our trail, numerous wild species like Himalayan thar, gaur (a wild large ox), monkeys, and musk deer can be perceived as well as if the trekking happens to be in the spring season, the vista of floras around 526 categories of different plants and 40 types of orchids can be spotted.

The landscape and elegant mountainous views give this trekking a natural feel.

The inhabitants of the upper region are mostly the Tamang communities whereas the lower region is occupied by Newar, Magar, Gurung, Brahmin, and Chhetri communities. The maximum societies residing in this region practice Buddhism with their exceptional languages, customs, outfits, and values.

The kind cordiality of the societies of this region offers you a memorable trekking experience.

The trekking trail to the Ganesh Himal starts from driving alongside the Trishuli River (one of the major river that flows in this region). We will then transient through some of the interesting places such as Singala Pass, Pangsang Bhanjyang, Jaisal Kunda, & Jyamrung. We will be trailing over the pleasing communities and untouched rhododendron forest to Bhalche (2020 meters). We continue our trek along the fine looking rich green hills to Kharka then climb up to the hill near Rupchet (3720 meters).

Trekking all the way through the pristine forest & lake passing the Singla Bhanjyang (4750 meters), we reach Phedi (3545 meters) & here, we set our temporary campsite. Our trail then passes by Pansang Bhanjyang (4000 meters) and we will then be sightseeing lakes and observe the striking scenery view of wonderful Ganesh Himal ranges. Finally, we retrace back to Kathmandu.

We suggest spring for this trek to view the wonderful flora of this region but this trek can be done all year around. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) operates this trekking package all year round for you to experience untouched remote region with stunningly beautiful landscape and vegetation of Nepal with qualified trained trekking leaders and guides. For more information about Ganesh Himal Trekking, please feel free to email or contact us.

 

ITINARARY

 



Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Upon your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, and as completing the customs formalities, our representative of GHHT will be there outside the exit terminal ready to welcome you.  They will then transfer you to the hotel. If you reach the hotel early, you may visit some nearby places. GHHT will host a welcome dinner for you at a fine Nepali restaurant in the evening. Overnight in the hotel. 

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pick Up in a Private Vehicle.


Day 2 - Sightseeing & Preparation

This day, we are going to visit the major places inside Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath are the famous temples. We will take you to the Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, museum and other places of historical and architectural importance. While you are busy sightseeing, we will prepare for the trek. You will be briefed about the trekking route and the equipment to be used during the trekking. Overnight stay will be in the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sightseeing KTM in a Private Vehicle.


Day 3 - Drive to Betrawati

On the third day, we drive from Kathmandu to Betrawati. It takes about five hours to reach there. On the way, you can enjoy the views as we pass through villages, fields and terraced slopes along the banks of Trishuli river. After reaching Betrawati, you can visit Betrawati Bazaar, the local market. We will arrange our camping tents and today’s night stay will be in the tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 4 - Trek to Kispang

Betrawati is the starting point of our trekking at an altitude of 850 meters. Today, we are going to have an easy trek passing through the local villages. It will take 5 hours to reach Kispang, today’s destination. By the evening, we will reach the elevation of 1600 meters. Kispang is a small village where Tamang communities reside primarily. We will set the camps and spend the night there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 5 - Trek to Thulo Chaur

We will continue our uphill trek from Kispang. Today, we will pass through more villages, farm fields and monasteries. You will get the opportunity to observe the lifestyle of local Tamang people. We will come across few waterfalls that will freshen our mood. At the end of the day, we will reach Thulo Chaur after walking for five hours. ‘Thulo Chaur’ means a ‘Big Ground’ in Nepali. We will reach the altitude of 2200 meters today. Overnight stay will be in our tented camps in Thulo Chaur.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 6 - Thulo Chaur to Gonga

From Thulo Chaur, we carry on our ascending walk now moving across beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. We are still in the alpine region and the forest houses some of the wild animals like deer, langurs and wild boars. We may get glimpses of some of them but it’s getting difficult to find them near the trails nowadays. We walk for about four hours on this day. On reaching the altitude of 2900 meters at Gonga, we call it a day and take rest in our tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 7 - Gonga to Rupchet

As we move ahead from Gonga, reaching more higher altitude, we can now see mountain ranges coming closer. Today also, we walk for four hours along dense forest until we reach Rupchet. We find a suitable place in Rupchet for camping at an altitude of 3635 meters and spend the night there.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 8 - Kharka via Sing La Pass

Today is a special day, as we will be passing Sing La Pass at an altitude of 4100 meters. The strenuous journey will be rewarded with the grandeur of the Himalayas from the top of the pass. You can get the beautiful views of Mt Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang, and other surrounding peaks. From the altitude of 4100 meters, we climb down to 2500 meters reaching Kharka. The whole journey of today takes about seven hours to complete. You will get the much-needed rest at the tented camps in Kharka.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 9 - Kharka to Borang

As the night turns into the morning in Kharka, we continue our journey downwards. Now we can see some villages and fields made in the slopes called terrace farming. Boran is a Tamang village situated at an altitude of 1800 meters. We reach Borang after six hours of walk from Kharka. We will stay in the village after setting camps and we will spend the rest of the evening and night in our tents.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 10 - Borang to Jharlang

Today’s journey will be free from lengthy slopes. But there will be several equally small ups and downs and the whole journey will take six hours. By the evening, we will reach Jharlang. In altitude, it is just 100 meters below the yesterday’s resting point i.e. 1700 meters. It’s also a Tamang village full of terraced fields and traditional houses. We will find a nice place to set our camps and stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping.


Day 11 - Jharlang to Kintang Phedi

Altitude: 3440 m & 11284 feet

Distance of Trekking: 13-15 km (7-8 hours) - All distances and time estimates are approximate.

The walk from Pheriche back to Tengboche is mainly downhill, although it does, counterintuitively, require an hour scaling a hill. We’ll be in Namche by late afternoon and off to bed before our last day on the mountain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tented Camping


Day 12 - Khahare

We continue our journey, descending even further. Now we reach a river and walk across its banks. You can experience the semi-tropical to tropical climate as we get to the lower lands. After leaving the river banks, we climb for some time through dense forests and after six hours of total trek, we reach Khahare. It is at the elevation of around 1000 meters. For the last time in this journey, we will stay in our tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tent Camping. 


Day 13 - Dhading Besi and Kathmandu

Dhading Besi is very close to Khahare where we had stayed yesterday. An easy walk of one hour will take us there. From there, we take a bus to Kathmandu. The distance from Dhading Besi to Kathmandu is around 80 kilometers. So, it will take about three to four hours to reach the capital city. In Kathmandu, a hotel room will be arranged for your stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu. 


Day 14 - Leisure day

This day is allocated for leisure activities. You may want to visit some places that we had missed earlier or go for a shopping. Thamel is a good place to buy some souvenir to take back your home country. You may take full day rest at the hotel and stay in touch with your friends and families via the internet. GHHT will host a farewell dinner in the evening. The last night of this journey will be spent in the hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu. 


Day 15 - Departure

After two weeks of togetherness, 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.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in a Private Car.



 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

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 or comfortable tented camping
  • 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 
  • 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

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Ganesh Himal 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 Trekking to Ganesh Himal:

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.

 



Luggage/Backpack:

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 trekking with a minimum of 2 clients 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 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 15 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 15 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

Rating:


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: 15 Days

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Excursion, Hiking & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodged Trek/camping

Country: Nepal

Region: Ganesh Himal (Central Region)

Price: USD 1,150

Group size: Minimum 02

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec