Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 12 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 4100 m
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
  • Season : Mar-May, Oct-Nov
  • Activity : Trekking
  • Trip Grade : 5


Ganesh Himal Trek

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Named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune, GaneshHimal offers spectacular views, untouched natural splendor and wild but friendly habitations. The Ganesh Range Peaks stands out, crystal-like, a "Great Himalayan Chain" forming the skyline.

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This trekking area lies on the central eastern region of Nepal. This region offers spectacular  views, untouched natural, splendour, wild and friendly inhabitants.

The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Himal can clearly be seen from Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal, that is the 'Great Himalayan Chain' forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is contained between the valley of the Budhi Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli Khola in the lower section.

After breakfast , we take a bus ride out of the Valley and up through the hills. The first glimpse of Ganesh Himal greets us, when we go crossing over the hills. After 5 hours bus ride we arrive at the trek starting point. We are going to spend the first night of our outdoor adventure right nearby small town. 

During the rest of our 12 days trip, we observe the different ways of life, culture and come in contact with the rural people in the small village, passing through the dense forestations and meadows. We cross through high Sing La Pass and Pangsang La Pass which offers an excellent view of the massif Ganesh Himal, Langtang, and Annapurna. On the last day of the trip we take a bus ride back to Kathmandu .

Day 01 : Kathmandu drive to Sole Bazaar (Approx: 700M)
Day 02 : Sole Bazaar - Kispang (Approx:1900M)
Day 03 : Kispang - Gonga (Approx:2800M)
Day 04 : Gonga - Rupchet (Approx:3600M)
Day 05 : Rest day in Rupchet
Day 06 : Rupchet - Sing La (Approx: 4100m) - Larkap (Approx: 3700M)
Day 07 : Larkap - Pangsang La (Approx:3800M)
Day 08 : Pangsang La - Somdang (Approx:3200M)
Day 09 : Somdang - Chauri Thala (Approx: 2600M)
Day 10 : Chauri Thala - Mailung (Approx: 1200M)
Day 11 : Mailung - Pairobensi (Approx: 800M)
Day 12 : Pairobensi – Kathmandu (Approx: 1350M)

Day 01 : Kathmandu drive to Sole Bazaar
Sole Bazaar is a small village where you may experience a diverse and exciting culture. Enjoy your first night in your tent, under the stars next to the river bank.
Driving time: approx. 5 hours (Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar)
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Sole Bazaar 700m

 

Day 02 : Sole Bazaar - Kispang
You wake up in the outdoors and get ready for the first walking day of your trek. From Sole Bazaar you walk approx. 3,5 hours up to the village Satdabato. From here it is another 3 horus walk to Kispang, where you will spend the night. Enjoy your walk through villages of mixed ethnic groups living together and enjoy the stunning rural scenery on this day.
Trekking time: approx 6-7 hours
Heights: Kispang 1900m

 

Day 03 : Kispang - Gonga
This morning you have a hard starter with a 3 hours ascent. This is followed by more gradual uphill through rhododendron forest, which is the national flower of Nepal. If you are here in Spring you will see the blooms; stunning trekking! Tonight you camp at Gonga, from where you can see Langtang Lirung and Gosainkunda Mountain ranges.
Trekking time: approx 6-7 hours
Heights: Gonga 2800m

 

Day 04 : Gonga - Rupchet
Another uphill walk for about 5 hours through rhododendron forest takes you to Rupchet. Tonight you stay in an alpine area with stunning views of the Langtang mountain range from the door of your tent.
Trekking time: approx 5 hours
Heights: Rupchet 3600m

 

Day 05 : Rest day in Rupchet
Today is for resting to let your body acclimatize. If you feel great, then it's also a chance for some exploring.

 

Day 06 : Rupchet - Sing La - Larkap
Get your camera ready for the spectacular mountain views from Sing La (pass), from where we can see peaks over 8,000 metres. From Rupchet we trek steeply up hill for 2 hours to Sing La pass from where you will have a incredible views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Fishtail, Langtang range, Gosainkunda range, Tibetan range and more. After the pass you have a down hill trek for about one hour to Larkap.
Trekking time: approx 5-6 hours
Heights: Sing La 4100m, Larkap 3700m

 

Day 07 : Larkap - Pangsang La
This morning you have a good uphill walk to Pangsang La and the trail levels out through the rhododendron forest. You can enjoy a full day of mountain views while walking from Larkap – this is a great day of trekking!
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Heights: Pangsang La 3800m

 

Day 08 : Pangsang La - Somdang
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we will set up downhill and level walk. The Rhododendron, Pine and other vegetations will be with us throughout the whole day. We can also have good looks of Ganesh and Paldor Himal. We will be at Somdang, a small Tamang Village, till the evening.
Trekking time: approx 4-5 hours
Heights: Somdang 3200m

 

Day 09 : Somdang - Chauri Thala
Today's trek will take you through forrests and offer you splendid views of the mountains
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Height: 2.600 M (Chauri Thala)

 

Day 10 : Chauri Thala - Mailung
Through forrests and fields you will trek to the Tamang village Mailung, which is situated nicely next to a river bed.
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Heights: 1.200 M (Mailung)

 

Day 11 : Mailung - Pairobensi
Today's trek will be along the Trisuli river to Pairobensi.
Walking: approx 4 Hours
Height: 800 M Pairobensi

 

Day 12 : Pairobensi – Kathmandu
Today you bid farewell to the stunning mountains of the Ganesh Himal region and drive back to Kathmandu. It will take around 5 hours drive on a wild mountain road.
Driving time: approx 5 Hours

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Visa for Nepal

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.

You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.

1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.

2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.

3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.

4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.


Please Note:
The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate. 


Introduction:

Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring and autumn, the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. You are heading into the worlds highest mountain range. Be prepared for changes of temperature and weather!

Where ever you choose to trek in the Himalayas there are always uphill and downhill walk as a part of journey to greet you.  Forget all the hard work which need to be done; just imagine what nature will offer you up in the high Himalayas.


What to bring:

As you are going into the high Himalayas and the weather is subjected to change anytime so warm cloths are recommended all year round.  You could leave all the unnecessary items at your hotel or contact us to be storage. Just pack all your trekking gears in one bag which will be carried by our carrier and make a small day bag for yourself to carry the things which you might need during the day and for your valuable belongings.


Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the trek:


Check list:


BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     

 
FOOT WEAR

  •  Warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable and warm trekking boots
  • Gaiters ( if snows)


ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jackets
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle `      boiling/hot water
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
  • Walking sticks (if needed)


Note:
These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask us if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!


INSURANCE

All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


THE TRAILS

Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS

Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.


TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS

Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.

Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT

While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.

There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:

- Pick up any litter along the trail

- Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water  Source

- In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source

- Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests

- Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled

- Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora

- Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)