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Ganesh Himal base camp trekking

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Duration
20 days
Max. Elevation
3774.00m
Group size
2+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private Vehicle/Local Bus
Best Season
March-June and Sept-November
Accomodation
Double/Twin sharing in hotel/lodge
Meals
Breakfast basis in city and full board during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Samari Bhanjyang via Trisuli Bazaar-Katunje Bazaar-Kintang Phedi-Jharlang-Chalise-Hindung-Rajgang Kharka-Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Pond), at Ganesh Himal Base Camp-Rajgang Kharka-Chalise-Laba Besi-Manyang Bhanjyang-Majhgaon-Budathum-Arughat Bazaar-Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Adventure in the far corners of Nepal West Central Himalaya Mountain range
    • Enjoy perfect wilderness in the close harmony of natural pristine surroundings
    • On and off the beaten tracks around hidden pockets of Mid-West Nepal Himalaya
    • Within enchanting forest of rhododendron, oaks, magnolia, pines and fir trees
    • Explore rural farm villages in the shade of high Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya
    • Less visited by main flow of trekkers away from villages and human settlement

‘Adventure on the remote pockets of Nepal Mid-West Himalayas’

Ganesh Himal base camp trekking, a wonderful place to visit away from human settlement and villages for some days in close harmony of mountain wilderness. One of less ventured region of North Mid-West by trekkers and adventurer, although not far from the capital Kathmandu at a mere 65 km crow fly distance and yet remote, isolated country.

Ganesh Himal massive bulk of peaks can be seen from Kathmandu on a clear fine day, towards northwest direction close to Manaslu Himalaya in the west with Langtang Himal towards the east.

Ganesh Himal base camp trekking where few groups of trekkers seldom visit due to its remoteness and away from villages on off the beaten tracks where there are no facilities of lodge or guest house for travelers.

All trekkers need full camping equipment and foods to carry with them and ferry throughout the trek from the start to an end, which makes a real outdoor adventure with overnight camping in sheer wilderness.

Ganesh Himal, unknown mountains for other travelers as it is below 8, 000 meter than other famous and popular peaks, but one of the beautiful and striking mountain range the main peak Ganesh-I is at 7, 422 m and 24, 350 feet high.

Ganesh Himal, a name of popular and favorite Hindu God ‘Ganesh’ the local name is Yangra of Tibetan origin language, as Ganesh Himal also straddles the border with Tibet / China.

Where’s the most common name is the Hindu word Ganesh, a depicted form of an elephant as the South Face of Pabil Himal (Ganesh IV) ridge that appears the shape of an elephant’s trunk hence the name Ganesh Himal.

Adventure to Ganesh Himal base camp trekking involves exciting drive both ways before and after ending the walks, at first journey takes you towards north-west around Nuwakott district and warm area at Trisuli Bazaar, a busy town and main hub of hill villagers.

In the beginning, the walk takes you through several nice farm villages where you can witness the local immense culture of both Hinduism and Buddhism religions, as the adventure continues leaving the last small farm village of Chalise towards remote mountainous areas of massive bulk Ganesh Himal.

A lovely walk into dense coniferous forest of tall rhododendron, pines, oaks and fir trees with some bamboo stalks, which makes an excellent habitation for mountain wild-animals and birdlife.

The green deep woods around Langtang and Ganesh Himal, where endangered and elusive Red Panda dwells, often seen by trekkers on walks to Ganesh Himal base camp and Ruby valley areas.

After days of exciting walks finally reach the main highlight of the adventure in the heart of massif Ganesh Himal at Base Camp, that towers high above you with icy ponds of Kalo and Seto Kunds.

The color of the pond with black and white due to lime and chalk minerals of rocks mixed form of glacier, and the black due to heavy shade away from sunlight and falling of black rocks.

Enjoying marvelous moments around Ganesh Himal base camp, return journey takes you back into dense forest and Kharka (cattle herder’s shelters) to reach farm village, and back into human civilization.

Starting the adventure from the Nuwakott area and ending at the Gorkha district in a farm town of Arughat, which also falls on the trekking route to Manaslu and Tsum Valley. At Arughat ending the last walk of a fabulous journey to reach Kathmandu after a great wonderful experience on Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking.

Important Note

Itinerary Disclaimer:
Ganesh Himal Base Camp trekking provided with standard Itinerary days where some days walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities, etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide holding full authority for Trekking Planner Treks and Expeditions.

Best Season for Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking:
The best time for Ganesh Himal base camp trek during the spring season from March to May, when days are clear most of the month’s chances of light rain and snow sometimes in the late afternoon.

Cold in the morning and night time, but very scenic with wild-flowers in seasonal bloom especially tall trees to bush rhododendron, magnolia, and other bright flowers. Day is clear for grand views of snow peaks and with much longer sunlight hours during the spring season.

Next best season is autumn/fall to pre-winter from the middle month of September to early December, although much colder morning and evening time, with short sunlight hours due to autumn and near winter.But most days are bright and clear for mountain views and walks with the bright starry night sky, chances of snow on higher areas sometimes.

Trip Itinerary

On reaching Kathmandu, Nepal international airport received by our staff and guides for a short transfer to your hotel around the main hub of Kathmandu city at Thamel area, most interesting and exciting place for all your needs and requirement.

Checking into your rooms with time to get refreshed, and then join with other members of Ganesh Himal Base Camp trekking for briefing provided by our guide or leader.

Evening enjoy group dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurants with a live cultural program with your delicious meals.

At Kathmandu, morning enjoy a tour around Kathmandu at places of great interest on a guided sightseeing tour led by an expert guide.

Kathmandu city steeped with world heritage sites that make the whole valley an interesting place to explore, afternoon preparation for Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek.

Starting early morning drive from Kathmandu to reach our starting point, as the road winds up towards Nuwakott district to reach low warm areas of Trisuli Bazaar.

After possible lunch stop, continue to drive further through rural farm villages and across Trisuli River to reach our first overnight stop outside Kathmandu at Samari Bhanjyang, a nice farm village where tented camp will be set by our trekking staff and guide.

First day walks take you through many scattered small farm villages with neat tended crops fields and terraces into much warmer low heavily farmed country growing rice paddies as per the season-wise.

A pleasant walk of a few short ups and downs with more winding gradual wide path to reach our overnight destination at a large and interesting farm village in Katunje Bazaar.

A village with many shops and stores where hill people visits to buy necessary commodities, overnight tented camping in the farm fields of the village, afternoon time to explore the Katunje Bazaar where people are of mixed hill tribes, from Hindu Chettries, Bharamins and Dalits to Tamang, Magar of Buddhism religion.

From here onwards into a wide green valley reaching much lower and warmer areas where good quality of rice grown around this region of Nuwakott district, as walk leads into cool shade of bamboo, Sal and Banyan large tree lines. Lush green vegetation of subtropical climate conditions.

As walk leads further encountering many farm villages and then beyond to reach at Kintang Phedi on the bottom of a hill for overnight camp.

After a pleasant overnight further from farm villages, the walk starts heading to a steep climb for short while to reach on top of a hill known as Bhanjyang, offer superb views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal with the Manaslu mountain range further west direction. After a refreshing stop descend towards a green valley within a mixed forest of blue pine, oaks, and Sal trees.

Slowly walk heads towards North direction to reach a small area in the middle of the forest to camp at Jharlang with a few farmhouses and hamlets on this isolated spot.

Today’s walks will be a great change from landscapes, temperatures, and vegetation, on leaving the low farm areas to cooler Himalayan mid-hills covered with coniferous forest lined with pine, magnolia and rhododendron trees.

As walk progress climb towards higher green rolling hills facing views of white snow peaks of Ganesh and Langtang Himal, then end the day at a small farm village in Chalise populated by Tamang the hill tribe of Central Himalaya, follows Buddhism practice as well the ancient worship of Bon a pre-Buddhism sect.

From Chalise where the trail from Arughat of Gorkha and Nuwakott districts joins near Chalise, walk follows with a steady climb to reach another hilltop or Bhanjyang, where you can enjoy marvelous views of Manaslu, Ganesh and Langtang Himal.

After a short break and feeling cool air, a short descend into the dense forest to reach at isolated spot in Hindung, a small cattle herders shelter with few huts and an open meadow where a tent is set for overnight camping.

After overnight camp in the middle of the forest, where walk continues to cross several glacial streams of Shyar Khola that joins later with Buri Gandaki River that we will follow on the way back.

Adventure continues higher areas within dense tree lines to reach an open wide field at Rajgang Kharka for overnight camp, on a nice grazing summer pasture field for the cattle of Gorkha and Nuwakott villagers.

Today walk leads to the main goal and highlight of the adventure at Ganesh Himal, as well on the highest spot at 3, 774 meter and 12, 378 feet. As route leads towards further North-West direction, on leaving green lush vegetation and tree lines for barren and arid terrain.

Climb on steep slopes following a faint path and crossing several icy streams fed from the glaciers of Ganesh Himal and Kalo and Seto Kunda glacial ponds.

Finally after a tough strenuous climb of more than 1,200 meters up from Rajgang Kharka to reach our target and destination at Ganesh Himal Base Camp, surrounded by towering giant peaks of Ganesh Himal.

Tent are set on an available flat surface and lever ground avoiding rocks and moraine close to Kalo Seto Kunda / Black and White Pond.

Another day at Ganesh Himal Base Camp, an amazing place on earth to be as well to experience on the remote hidden corners of the Himalaya mountain range, where the Budhi (Buri) Gandaki valley and Shyar Khola valley on the west separates from the Sringi Himal and Mansiri Himal of massive Manaslu Himalaya, the closest to the 8,000-meter mountains.

At base camp explore the unvisited areas by other trekkers and mountaineers, the highest peak in the range is Yangra or Ganesh Himal-I at the height of 7,422 m includes three other mountains above 7,000 m with some fourteen over 6,000 m peaks.

The massive range of Ganesh includes Ganesh II, Salasungo (Ganesh III), and Pabil (Ganesh IV) the name Lapsang Karbo for the southeast peak, also called as Salasungo.

After a pleasant overnight with fresh morning head downhill for few hours to reach back at Rajgang Kharka with tremendous views of rolling hills and valleys including scenery of snowcapped mountains of Ganesh Himal massive peaks, Manaslu towards the west and as far to Langtang Himal towards the east.

After an eye-catching views descend back into green tree lines at Rajgang Kharka for overnight camp.

From the middle of nowhere walk down towards Chalise past Hindung with a short climb and more descend, where Nuwakott and Gorkha route joins, as well Dhading area includes also. Enjoyable walk retracing on the same trail back to Chalise for the last overnight close to Ganesh Himal base camp.

Start to walk on a fresh new trail following a downhill route towards much lower and warmer farm areas to Laba Besi, where walk leads to short ups and on a gradual winding path within dense forest with long descend to reach a small farm village at Laba Besi, for overnight camp.

The morning walk starts on a pleasant path within a dense forest with a short climb above a ridge, facing views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range of peaks, and then heading downhill.

Afternoon walk to a small farm village with marvelous sceneries of hills and mountains and then climb for an hour to reach at Manyang Bhanjyang located on a high scenic ridge for an overnight stop with camping around the farm fields.

Today an interesting walk as the path leads further down south to much warmer areas of rice terraces and paddy fields, walk towards a few isolated farm villages, and then head due south-west to reach the overnight camp at Majhagaon.

Herewith time to explore around this small farm village and to a viewpoint for super panorama of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

From Majhgaon on easy winding trail coming across more farm villages as walk heads in low warmer sub-tropical areas to reach within Gorkha district as the route leads down south close to Budhi Gandaki River for last overnight camp within the rural farm village of Budhathum.

After a pleasant and last overnight stop on the foothills of Ganesh Himal at Budathum with grand views of mountain and rolling green hills, the last day walk of the adventure leads to more warm areas. As landscapes and vegetation changes to paddy farm areas to reach a large town at Arughat.

Our adventurous walks complete at Arughat town, with possible lunch and refreshing stop, afternoon taking an exciting drive of 3-4 hours’ to reach at Kathmandu, as drive leads past towns and villages with a last climb to Naag Dhunga to enter Kathmandu valley and city area.

On reaching Kathmandu back into your hotel with afternoon free for shopping and individual activities.

Free and spare day in Kathmandu after more than two-week treks in remote corners of Mid-Western Nepal Himalaya, enjoy this free day to relax or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

Last and final day in the land of high Himalaya and colorful culture, as per your international flight time for respective destination or homeward bound, our staff transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport, after a fascinating and glorious experience on Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking.

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Includes

    • All airport pick up drop off by private vehicle 
    • Twin/double sharing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
    • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
    • Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang and Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu flight with airport departure tax
    • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers’ Information Management System( TIMS card)
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    • 02 guest to 01 porter with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment
    • Your cost includes insurance, wages, food and lodging for both your guide and porter. We take excellent care of our guides and porters; they are like family to us.
    • Best available twin sharing lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    • Snacks of biscuits/peanuts and seasonal fresh fruits dessert during the trek
    • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary

Doesn't Include

    • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
    • All the International airfare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay a departure tax for international flights)
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation (An Helicopter rescue insurance is highly recommended. If you have any problem and you have to be evacuated, without your insurance you have to pay the helicopter in cash.)
    • In case of extra more nights accommodation, lunch and dinner in the city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of the itinerary
    • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, phone calls, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottled water {it will cost between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp).}, extra porter.. etc)
    • Entrance fees for the day tours in Kathmandu
    • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
    • Anything not included in service includes column

Complimentary

    • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant
    • First aid kit
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

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