Ganesh Himal Trek

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Ganesh Himal, Kerauja, Nepal
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Duration

7 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English

About this tour

The Ganesh Himal Trek is a less known but incredibly scenic trekking route in the central Himalayas of Nepal. Named after the Ganesh Himal mountain range, this trek offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of tranquility away from the more crowded trails.

Starting from the bustling town of Syaprubesi, the trek takes you through picturesque villages, terraced fields, lush forests, and serene landscapes. The route winds its way through traditional Gurung and Tamang villages, allowing you to experience the local way of life, culture, and hospitality firsthand.

One of the highlights of the Ganesh Himal Trek is the mesmerizing views of the Ganesh Himal range, which includes several peaks over 7,000 meters. The trekking trails provide panoramic vistas of these majestic mountains, as well as the Langtang and Manaslu ranges.

As you ascend higher, you’ll pass through diverse vegetation, from subtropical forests to alpine meadows, and eventually reach the Sing La Pass, the highest point of the trek at around 4,100 meters. This pass rewards trekkers with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Throughout the trek, you’ll have the chance to interact with friendly locals, visit monasteries and ancient temples, and learn about the unique customs and traditions of the region. The trek also takes you to the natural hot springs at Tatopani, where you can relax and rejuvenate after days of trekking.

The Ganesh Himal Trek is an ideal choice for trekkers seeking a less crowded and more off-the-beaten-path experience. With its diverse landscapes, cultural encounters, and breathtaking mountain views, this trek offers a remarkable journey through the heart of Nepal’s Himalayas.

Essential Tips for a Successful Ganesh Himal Trek

  • Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking to enhance your fitness levels.
  • Plan an itinerary with gradual altitude gains and rest days for proper acclimatization.
  • Obtain the required permits, including the TIMS card and any special permits.
  • Invest in quality trekking gear, including boots, moisture-wicking clothing, warm layers, waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Pack light but include a first aid kit, water purification, map/GPS, backpack, camera, and personal items.
  • Be prepared for changing weather with layered clothing and rain protection.
  • Recognize symptoms of altitude sickness and descend if needed. Consider altitude sickness medication.
  • Respect local customs, seek permission for photos, and adhere to local dress codes.
  • Study the route, carry maps, and consider hiring a local guide.
  • Carry a charged mobile phone for emergency communication.
  • Understand emergency evacuation procedures and ensure your insurance covers helicopter evacuation.
  • Stay hydrated and carry energy snacks to maintain energy levels.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles, dispose of waste properly and avoid single-use plastics.
  • Be aware of your physical limits and adjust your pace and itinerary accordingly.

Ganesh Himal Trek Safety Considerations

  • Be vigilant about the symptoms of altitude sickness and acclimatization. Ascend gradually and take sufficient acclimatization days to avoid the risk of altitude-related illnesses.
  • Consider hiring an experienced guide familiar with the Ganesh Himal region. Their local knowledge can be invaluable for navigation and safety.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in mountainous terrain. Pack adequate warm clothing, waterproof layers, and gear suitable for varying weather conditions.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card. In areas with no mobile coverage, consider renting a satellite phone for emergency communication.
  • Ensure you are physically fit for trekking in varying terrains. Pre-trek conditioning and regular exercise can enhance your endurance and stamina.
  • Carry a well-stocked first aid kit and know how to use it. Basic first aid knowledge is valuable in case of minor injuries.
  • Whenever possible, trek with a group or at least one trekking partner. This enhances safety through mutual support and assistance.
  • Respect the local culture and customs. Ask for permission before taking photographs, especially of people, and dress modestly.
  • Follow the principles of “Leave No Trace” by disposing of waste responsibly and minimizing your impact on the environment.
  • Be cautious while crossing rivers. Always use established bridges and follow local guidance, especially during monsoon season when river levels can rise rapidly.
  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures and know the locations of emergency services, such as helicopter rescue if required.
  • Ensure you have suitable trekking gear, including comfortable and supportive hiking boots, trekking poles, and a durable backpack.
  • Pay attention to the advice of local guides, lodge owners, and villagers regarding trail conditions, weather updates, and safety precautions.

Highlights

  • The trek offers breathtaking views of the Ganesh Himal range, with peaks like Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV dominating the skyline. The trail takes you through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming traditional villages.
  • The Ganesh Himal region is home to a variety of ethnic communities, including Tamang, Gurung, and Tibetan Buddhist groups. You'll have the opportunity to experience their unique cultures, traditions, and lifestyles.
  • The Tatopani (hot springs) in the area provide a rejuvenating experience after days of trekking. Relaxing in natural hot springs surrounded by the stunning Himalayan landscape is a memorable highlight.
  • Unlike some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Ganesh Himal Trek offers a quieter and less crowded experience, allowing you to connect more intimately with nature and local communities.
  • Part of the trek coincides with the Tamang Heritage Trail, which is designed to showcase the cultural heritage of the Tamang people. This includes traditional architecture, local festivals, and traditional crafts.
  • Ganesh Kunda is a sacred alpine lake at the base of Ganesh Himal. It's believed to be an abode of Lord Ganesh. The pristine beauty of the lake against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks is a sight to behold.
  • The trek offers panoramic views of other prominent mountain ranges, such as the Langtang, Annapurna, and Manaslu ranges. This diversity of mountain vistas is a unique feature of the trek.
  • The Ganesh Himal region is still relatively less developed in terms of tourism infrastructure, allowing you to experience a more authentic and less commercialized trekking environment.
  • Many villages along the trekking route offer the opportunity to stay in homestays, giving you a firsthand experience of the local way of life and fostering cultural exchange.
  • The region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and various species of birds and animals.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Welcome and Farewell Cultural Dinner.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to Syabru Beshi.
  • The drive offers beautiful views of the countryside.
  • Reach Syabru Beshi and prepare for the trek.
  • Overnight in Syabru Beshi at Simple Hotel.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Begin the trek from Syabru Beshi.
  • Trek through lush forests and charming villages.
  • Reach Gatlang, a traditional Tamang village.
  • Explore the village and interact with the locals.
  • Overnight in Gatlang at Tea House.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, enjoying the scenic beauty.
  • The trail might get steeper as you gain altitude.
  • Reach Somdang, a village with mesmerizing mountain views.
  • Overnight in Somdang at Tea House.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Pangsang Pass, offering panoramic views.
  • Enjoy the stunning mountain vistas and the surrounding landscapes.
  • Set up camp at the Kharka.
  • Overnight at Kharka in a tea house
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Shertung, passing through diverse terrain.
  • Enjoy the cultural experience in the local Tamang village.
  • Overnight in Shertung in tea house.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Trek from Shertung to Borang.
  • From Borang, descend to Dhading Bensi.
  • Reach Dhading Bensi and prepare for the drive.
  • Overnight in Dhading Bensi at a simple hotel.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.

  • Leave Dhading Bensi and drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and check into your hotel.
  • Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu.

Durations

6 Days

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

The Ganesh Himal Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The trek involves ascending and descending various terrains, including forests, ridges, and terraced fields. Altitude gains are relatively gradual compared to some other treks in Nepal.

Yes, you'll need the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, and if you're trekking in the Langtang region as well, a Langtang National Park Entry Permit is required. Make sure to check the latest permit requirements before your trek.

The best times for the trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally clear, and the views are stunning. Winter (December to February) can be quite cold, and the monsoon season (June to August) brings rain and possible trail disruptions.

The trek's duration can vary depending on the specific itinerary and starting point. A typical Ganesh Himal Trek takes around 10 to 15 days, depending on factors like acclimatization and side trips.

While hiring a guide and porter isn't mandatory, it's highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, navigate the trail, and assist with any issues that may arise. A porter can help carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to enjoy the trek more comfortably.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available in many villages along the trekking route. You can expect basic accommodations and a variety of local and international food options.

Altitude sickness can be a concern on any high-altitude trek. Proper acclimatization, staying hydrated, and ascending gradually can help minimize the risk. It's important to be aware of the symptoms and to descend if they become severe.

You should pack appropriate trekking gear, warm clothing, a good pair of hiking boots, a down jacket, rain gear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a first aid kit, and personal items. Be sure to pack light while ensuring you have essentials.

Yes, you can customize your itinerary to combine the Ganesh Himal Trek with other treks in the nearby Langtang region or even make your way to the Annapurna region. We will help you plan multi-destination treks.

The Ganesh Himal region is situated to the northwest of Kathmandu, Nepal. It lies between the Langtang National Park to the west and the Manaslu Conservation Area to the east.

Tour's Location

Ganesh Himal, Kerauja, Nepal

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