Ganesh Himal Trek
Difficulty : Moderate
Reference Code: GAHTNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Shyaphrubesi
Trek Days: 15 Days
Maximum Altitude: 4341m.
Age: 20 years to 60 years
Service: Full board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Khahare Bazaar
Trip Durations: 19 Day
Physical Rating: Moderate
Group Size: 4-16
Theme: Walking and Observation
Ganesh Himal, not frequented by many tourists and it situated in central Nepal, northwest of Kathmandu the terraced hillsides seem to climb to the sky. Many interesting ethnic groups a mixed of lifestyle offer you a glimpse into real Nepali life and this gives visitors an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition from the closest quarter and intermingle with locals, hence giving the visitor a sense of satisfaction. Besides it's the area also offer you, an excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals; 526 species of plants (including 40 species of orchids), and 300 species of birds. Other interesting wild animals are the Himalayan Thar, Gaur, many kinds of Monkeys and musk Deer. There are some interesting panoramic viewpoints, which are called Singala pass Jaisal Kunda, Jyamrung. These places offer more than 40 mountains over 6000m (19'680ft.). We start our trek from Betrawati, after driving almost 4 and half hours from Kathmandu. Going through picturesque Tamang villages, their culture and unspoiled area of the country lead us to Singalala where mountain views are superb. From here we descend through beautiful village and finally get to Arughat where we catch our bus to Kathmandu.
Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Beshi (1503m
Starting our trip, we head towards north out of Kathmandu early in the morning. We drive through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Beshi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As we pass through Dhunche we feel as if we are heading towards deep land. You will notice that the roads are a bit narrow and zig zag but you will have an amazing view of the landscape along the trail. After a drive for about seven to eight hours we will reach Syabrubesi. Syabru Beshi is the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Koshi and Langtang Rivers. 7/8 hrs drive
Day 04 Trek to Gatlang(2337m.)
Initiating our walk from Syabru Besi, we follow the zig-zag trail to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lays Parvati Kunda, popular during Janai Purnima where thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. We can see scenery from view point. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes our trekking a memorable one. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang. 5-6 hours walk
Day 05 Trek to Somdang(3271m.)
On this day, we walk along the graveled but motorable road. The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River. Somdang River is a border between Rasuwa and Dhading districts. While trekking, one can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himalayans, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak and many other unnamed mountain and peaks. We will pass through some Tamang villages where we can have a close observation of their culture and tradition. Somdang is also a Tamang village. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. There we find zinc mines. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies. 6/7 hours walk
Day 06 Trek to Pangsang La (3842m.)
Today, we gently trek uphill passing through beautiful jungle and mesmerizing surrounding landscapes including Langtang ranges mountain. We walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. It is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north lies the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and trekking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. At past, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. This pass is known as one of the most beautiful and the best magnificent mountain views point to have almost in 270 degrees Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and bit of Annapurna ranges mountains. 3-4 hours walk
Day 07 Trek to Shertung(1875m.)
On the following day, we descend to Tipling. Tipling is a large village that host two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. The trail we follow is quite descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, we cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. The majority of the people here are Tamang. Tamang people have their 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. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Holy Chyamra danda, Fyanchyat monastery and Sajyat are the main holy attractions of the village. Spectacular mountain views of Lapsang Karpo, Ganesh Himal (Yangri) as well as Ganesh II and III can be seen from this village. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. We can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.
After descending and crossing the Adha Khola on a box bridge, we ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalise. 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. Now we have to climb down steeply until we cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola. After we cross, the trail goes uphill up to Shertung Chalise.
5-6 hours walk
Day 08 Trek to Hindung(2220m.)
From Chalise the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola and crossing this stream we trek steep up and then gradual up to reach Hindung. We can also have a quick visit to “Tin Kanya” a Hindu temple which passes thorough small but beautiful village. Continuing our trek to Khar Khola we then gently trek up to Pasabar danda taking about an hour walk. We can have a view of Tribeni river “mixed of three rivers”. Hindus and both Buddhist believe it as a holy river. Just at the right edge of the Tribeni river Lord Shiva’s statue with little one stoned shrine has built. Especially in Magesakranti (January) festival local gather and celebrate by singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighbors village kith and ken. From Pasabar danda trek gently goes uphill and reach at Kalbarang (just the small kharka name but no village or human settlement). Then we continue our walk to the hill edge and dense jungle. There is a chances of rock fall from top of the hill due to inhabitant of wildlife so be careful while walking. Finally we reach at Hindung. Hindung is a pretty big village mainly inhabited by Tamang. The main occupation is farming and the farmers grow potatoes, millet, barley, maize, beans and other vegetables. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and yarsagumba is hunted in the surrounding highlands. We find mani walls and prayer flags in some part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village we will pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
5/5 hours walk
Day 09 Trek to Rajgan Kharka
Starting our trek from Hindung, we will have an ascending trail up to Rajgang Kharka. We will rarely find terraces on the way. The route is flat as well. We pass through the forests of rhododendron and local vegetation. These forests are the nestling place of various species of birds and wild animals. Rajgang Kharka is surrounded by beautiful forests and grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing on this place.
Day 10 Trek to Kalo Seto Kunda(Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base Camp
Leaving behind Rajgang Kharka, we continue our trail to Kalo Seto Kunda. The trail is narrow and moves mostly uphill and leveled path somewhere. We walk along the trail covered with forests for a few hours. Towards the ending the trail moves along the land where we rarely find any trees. We will find alpine grass here due to high altitude. The lakes are frozen during winter season.
6-7 hrs walk
Day 11 Rest for AMS and explore around
We will have our first and last rest day at Ganesh Himal base camp. At this day, we can simply take a rest or have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake). At Kalo Seto Kunda there are two lakes of holy significance. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. From here we can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others.
Day 12 Backtrack to Rajgang Kharka
After the breakfast, we trek along the descent and narrow path where we will find alpine grass on both sides. We have to walk for about six to seven hours today. We have to walk along the descent and narrow path where we will find alpine grass on both sides.
6-7 hours walk
Day 13 Trek to Chalise(2000m.)
Today, we continue our walk up to Chalise. The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking we pass forests till Hindung and after crossing it we find a few Tamang villages. Chalise is the most friendliest and hospitable village of the area.
6-7 hrs walk
Day 14 Trek to Jharlang
Early part of our trail is gently up until we arrive at small ridge. From here, we can enjoy spectacular view of Ganesh Himal, farming terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now, we climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After we take lunch at Borang, our trail turns downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture.
7-8 hrs walk
Day 15 Trek to Darkha
Initiating our trek from Jharlang, we walk through an ascent path.After crossing landslide nearby Jharlang, we begin our trek through ascent path with views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu. Our trail passes through beautiful jungle, waterfall, farming terraces and villages. Darkha is the first Brahmin village on this trek. From here we can enjoy the view of Aankhu stream at some distance.
7-8 hours walk
Day 16 Trek to Khahare Bazaar
On the last day of our trek, we descend up to Darkha Phedi. Then our route moves along the river bank until we reach Khahare. Khahare Bazaar is a big market with lodges, tea shops, big school and other important buildings. This place is famous for magnificent views of farming terraces. After walking about seven to eight hours we reach Khahare Bazaar. Evening we celebrate the success of the trek with Adventure Zambuling staffs.
7-8 hours walking
Day 17 Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast we drive with memories of great past days from Khahare Bazaar to Trishuli Bazaar and then to Kathmandu. The road till Dhading besi moves through unpaved road and then we drive along the well paved road until we reach Kathmandu. It can be best defined as scenic journey due to the beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages. On arrival to Kathmandu, the group will be transfered to hotel.
7-8 hours drive
Day 18 Rest and Final shopping day
his is the final day in Nepal. A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.
Day 19 Final departure
We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Langtang National Park Entry Fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staffs and porters Tips...
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.