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Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek (16 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-GAN2

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 16 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3730 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek

Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek

Ganesh Himal Trek

 
Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is one of the longest and adventurous treks in the Himalayan region. Located in Dhading and Gorkha districts, about 70 km north-west of Kathmandu, the trek allows you to experience high Himalayas, unique culture and pristine biodiversity. Named after the Hindu god Ganesh, the shape of the Ganesh I peak, when seen upon a closer distance, looks like the head of the elephant. 
 
 The Ganesh Himal ranges comprise five prominent peaks namely Mt. Ganesh I, locally called Yangra peak (7422m), Ganesh II (7118m), Lapsang Karbo (7043m) and Pabil (7,104m). You will be able to glimpse all the majestic mountains along with Mt. Langtang and Mt. Manaslu on this trek. 
 
The maximum altitude reached during Ganesh Himal base camp trek is 3730m. which is the the height of the base camp of Yangra peak. Much of trekking path passes through hills, ridges, rivers, forests and villages. The woodlands consist of rhododendrons, pines, oaks and fir and is home to rare species like red panda and snow leopard. 
 
The cultures of such ethnic groups as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Newar, Tamang offer an added delight for the trekkers. You can also enjoy a culturally enchanting home stay with the Tamangs, the original horse traders of Nepal. 
 
The Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is done either as a home stay, camping or mix of both. Trekkers of all level of fitness can choose this trek which is best during Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Spring (Mar-May) seasons.

 

 Trip code: NET-TR-GAN2
  Region Ganesh Himal Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 16 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3730 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accomodation in Kathmandu
Camping Accomodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang(1250m.) via Trishuli Bazaar (540m.) by bus. Depart Kathmandu early morning for a 7-hour drive to the hill town of Sole Bazaar. Today you trace the route taken by King Prithvi Narayan Shah on his invasion march to Kathmandu over two centuries ago. Prithvi Narayan Shah is considered the founding father of modern Nepal, being the first king to unite all the territories of the present country of Nepal under one ruler.
 
En route you pass through Trisuli Bazaar, a small town that was once the hub for trekking in this region and is home to a small but interesting traditional bazaar. From here you travel along a gravel road until you reach Samari Bhanjyang. This is a picturesque drive as you can see the beautiful scenery of rice terraces, small gorges and green hills. Samari Bhanjyang is a small town and it was a trading place in the past.
 
Stay overnight at night.

Trek from Samari Bhanjyang to Katunje Bazaar (765m.) takes about six and a half hours. In the beginning you trek along a gradually descending path before your trail turns uphill. Finally you trek through flat land to reach your destination. En route you pass different villages, forests covered with pine and rhododendron, farming terraces, small streams and numerous green hills. There is a small market in Katunje and you can have first glimpse of Ganesh Himal from here.
 
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Trek from Katunje Bazaar to Kintang Phedi (655m.) takes about five and a half hours. In the beginning the trail goes downhill till Lapang Besi. Now you walk along the river bank until you reach Kintang Phedi. En route you pass several traditional villages, farming terraces, fishing spot and beautiful green hills. Kintang Phedi lies at the bank of Netrawati or Ankhu Khola (stream). There are few typical houses, shops with minimal supply and terraces where local people grow potatoes and other food grains.
 
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Trek from Kintang Phedi to Jharlang (1500m.) takes about six hours. All the way you make gradual ascent passing through several villages, farming terraces and green hills. These villages are predominated by Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhetris communities respectively. Maize, millet, rice, wheat, buckwheat and green vegetables are their main staple food. Jharlang is a Tamang village where you find a government school and numerous typical houses. The main occupation of the locals is agriculture.
 
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Trek from Jharlang to Chalise (2000m.) takes about six hours. The trek takes a climb and then moves through leveled path towards the ending point. While trekking you pass many Tamang villages, Borang and Shertum among them. There are schools, health post, chortens and mani walls in these Tamang villages. The main occupation of the people here is farming. 
 
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Trek from Chalise to Hindung takes about five hours. The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and after crossing this stream you trek steep up and then gradual up to reach Hindung. This day you pass small Tamang villages, small forests, farming terraces and green hills. 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. You find mani walls and prayer flags in some parts of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. 
 
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Trek from Hindung to Rajgang Kharka takes about five and half hours. After leaving Hindung you will rarely find terraces. The route up to Rajgang Kharka is ascent and flat as well. You walk along the trail covered with 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 mainly with grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing. 
 
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Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) and to Ganesh Himal Base Camp takes about six hours. The trail is narrow and moves mostly uphill and leveled path somewhere. You walk along the trail covered with forests for few hours. Towards the end the trail moves along the land where you rarely find any trees. You find alpine grass here due to high altitude. At Kalo Seto Kunda there are two lakes of holy significance. During winter season these lakes are frozen. 
 
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Rest day at the Base Camp. You can have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake). From here you can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others.  
 
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Trek from Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka and it takes about six hours. You trek along the descent and narrow path where you find alpine grass on both sides. 
 
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Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) takes about six hours. The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and after crossing it you find few Tamang villages. 
 
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Trek from Chalise to Laba village (1750m.) takes about six hours. You trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi and trek uphill to reach Laba village. This day you pass pine forests, Tamang villages, farming terraces, green hills and villages at far distance. Laba is a beautiful Gurung village with its own tradition and culture. 
 
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Trek from Laba village to Manyang Bhanjyang (2934m.) takes about five hours. This day you trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. These forests are the home of various species of birds and wild animals. The trail moves up hill all the way to Manyang Bhanjyang. From here you can see the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal.
 
While trekking you pass Khading village mainly resided by Tamang. Manyang Bhanjyang is a ridge and you find forests and grassland here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests. 
 
Stay overnight at night.
 

Trek from Manyang Bhanjyang to Majhgaun (2200m.) takes approximately six hours. To reach Majhgaun you have to trek along gradual descent path and after some time steep descent path but again you move downward toward the ending point. On the way you pass forests of rhododendron and oak, villages, farming terraces and green hills.
 
This day you may catch a glimpse of Manaslu range, Buddha peak on a clear weather and other unnamed mountains and peaks. As you enter Majhgaun you will find local people being engaged in farming.
 
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Trek from Majhgaun to Budathum takes about five hours. You walk along the trail dominated by villages, forests, streams and terraces. This day you can enjoy the scenic beauty of green hills. Budathum is a small town with local old market. This village is pre dominated by Newar community. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Manaslu range at far distance. 
 
Stay overnight at night.
 

Trek from Budathum to Arughat Bazaar (500m.) takes about two hours. On the same day you drive back to Kathmandu. To reach Arughat Bazaar, you descend and shortly come on a leveled path. On the way, you pass few streams, villages, farming terraces, small forests. Mostly the route moves along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki. Aarughat Bazaar covers a small area with old market and lies at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river Here, you find shops with minimal supply, high school, health post, typical tea houses, small lodges.
 
The route then meets the Manaslu trekking trail. You board vehicle at Arughat Bazaar to reach Kathmandu. This is one of the picturesque journeys as you will pass by Dhading Besi and Malekhu. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.


The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Entry Permit for National Park / Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trrekking guide and Sherpas
  • Porter (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Camping arrangements during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

The Trip does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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