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Ganesh Himal Trekking

Trekking into the Ganesh Himal is popular with it’s wide range of scenic views and closer to the Kathmandu Valley. En-route trekking one can witness great Himalayan panorama that includes Mt. Ganesh Himal I & II, Manaslu, Langtang, Annapurna and other snow-capped peaks. Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant headed god ‘Ganesh’. The mountain is located in between the valleys of Budi Gandaki and Bhote Koshi and it can be spotted from the Kathmandu city as well in a clear day. The trekking routes are abundant with natural beauty passing along remote valleys, age-old villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, lush forests. Another important feature of the trek is crossing over the Singla pass at 4,045 meters. The trek begins after driving from Kathmandu to Trishuli then proceeding ahead crossing along Salangkhu Khola, Balche village, Gonga and towards the Singla pass. Afterwards, following the trail to Pansang, Laba, Dumche, Budi Gandaki and ending at Arughat Bazaar then drive back to Kathmandu. Ganesh Himal trek is ideal for any trekking enthusiasts who wish be closer with nature and witness some great Himalayan panorama.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing at the major UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu city.
  • Witness high mountain drama of the snow-capped peaks like Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV, Langtang, Annapurna etc.
  • Crossing over Shing La Pass at an altitude of 4045m.
  • Camping by the banks of Budhiganga river.
  • Hike past roaring Himalayan Rivers, lush green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys. 
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas
  • Getting along with ethnic people and get to know age-old their culture.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Trisuli (3-4 hours bus ride) to Salangkhu Khola 3-4 hrs

Day 04 : Salangkhu Khola to Balche Village 4-5 hrs

Day 05 : Balche Village to Gonga 4-5 hrs

Day 06 : Gonga to Singla La Pass (4500m) 4-5 hrs

Day 07 : Singla La Pass to Pangsang 4-5 hrs

Day 08 : Pangsang to Serthung Village 4-5 hrs

Day 09 : Serthung Village to Laba 4-5 hrs

Day 10 : Laba to Mongeythanti 4-5 hrs

Day 11 : Mongeythanti to Dumchet Vilage 4-5 hrs

Day 12 : Dumchet Village to Budigandaki 4-5 hrs

Day 13 : Budigandaki to Arughat Bazaar 4-5 hrs

Day 14 : Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu 7-8 hours bus ride

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Trishuli/Arughat- Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation during the trek in camp/tents with all supporting camping equipment.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide, cook and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers), during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charge.

 

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you allotted hotels. If the time persists, you can either visit the city or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

The Kathmandu sightseeing trip will begin in the morning. After breakfast, you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening. After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Trisuli (3-4 hours bus ride) to Salangkhu Khola 3-4 hrs

The Ganesh Himal Trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu towards Trisuli. During this 3-4 hours bus ride, you can see the scenic suburbs and countryside of the country. You will visit Trishuli Electricity Dam after reaching there. After lunch, you will have to hike upwards for almost three hours to reach Salangkhu Khola for an overnight stay. O/N at Camp.

Day 04 : Salangkhu Khola to Balche Village 4-5 hrs

On the day, you will head towards Balche Village crossing Kalaeale village on the way. The trek will start with some strenuous climb, but will settle down after few hours. Walking on flat surface for a while, you will reach the village which is mostly inhabited by Tamangs. O/N at Camp.

Day 05 : Balche Village to Gonga 4-5 hrs

The day’s trek falls on the easier side as the trails are not comprised of too many climbs. However, you will have to hike through a forest to reach Balche village before sunset. From the venue, you can witness stunning views of Langtang, Lirung and Gosainkunda. O/N at Camp.

Day 06 : Gonga to Singla La Pass (4500m) 4-5 hrs

The day will take you towards Singla La Pass which might be little difficult to trek on compared to previous day’s tracks. The trek will start by hiking past some aromatic rhododendron forests. After crossing the forest, you will have to ascend for few hours to reach Singla La Pass. The pass cannot be covered on a single day, so you will have to set you tents over at the Pass for an overnight stay. From the camping site, you can see amazing views of Langtang, Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Baudha Peak, Himal Chuli, Machapuchare, South Annapurna and Annapurna II. O/N at Camp.

Day 07 : Singla La Pass to Pangsang 4-5 hrs

On the day, you will have to climb all day long. After getting atop Singla hill, you will have to follow descending trails towards Pangsang for an overnight camping. O/N at Camp.

Day 08 : Pangsang to Serthung Village 4-5 hrs

The day’s trek is relatively easy as you will have to descend through aromatic pine and rhododendron forests. You will end the trek of the day at a beautiful scenic Tamang Village known as Serthung. O/N at Camp.

Day 09 : Serthung Village to Laba 4-5 hrs

Leaving the beautiful Serthung Village behind, the trek towards Laba gets forwarded. On the day, you will have to descend through Barang village. During the course of the trek, you will have to cross Akhu Khola to reach Laba village. The village is a main habitat of Tamang community. O/N at Camp.

Day 10 : Laba to Mongeythanti 4-5 hrs

Descending on a forested way, and witnessing different floras-faunas, you will reach Mongeythanti. This is a very beautiful village with not much population in the region. O/N at Camp.

Day 11 : Mongeythanti to Dumchet Vilage 4-5 hrs

Once again, this day’s route falls on the easier side. You will start your trek towards the forest with a slight decline. In the due course of the trek, you will cross few streams to reach you campsite at Dumchet Vilage. O/N at Camp.

Day 12 : Dumchet Village to Budigandaki 4-5 hrs

The day’s initial route will take you towards Baseri village, situated near the Budigandaki River. You will have to set the camp by the riverside and sleep with the gurgling sound of the river. O/N at Camp.

Day 13 : Budigandaki to Arughat Bazaar 4-5 hrs

Walking by the banks of Budhigandaki River, on the day, you will proceed towards Arughat Bazaar, a remote village in the western Nepal at an altitude of 600m. The day’s trails are going to be nice and easy offering panoramic sceneries all the way. You will reach Arughat Bazzar before sunset. Later in the evening, you can explore this beautiful ethnic village and interact with locals. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14 : Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu 7-8 hours bus ride

You have completed your trek as you will have to be on the roadways towards the capital city, Kathmandu. Within this seven-eight hours journey on a hairpin bended route, you can enjoy the twist and turns with views of amazing sceneries all along the way. By the time you reach Kathmandu, you will be left with some time to go around the streets of the capital city for shopping. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list. O/N at Hotel.

Day 15 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South
Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Ganesh Himal Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Ganesh Himal Trekking, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 15 days Ganesh Himal Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Ganesh Himal Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ganesh Himal Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ganesh Himal Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ganesh Himal Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
  • Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 13 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing & Trekking

Best Season: Feb - May and Oct - Dec

Max Altitude: 4,045 meters (Singla pass)

Daily walking: 4-6 hours

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus as per the Itinerary

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu, Tent/Camp during the trek

Trip Type: Fully Camping Trek

Starts/Ends: Trishuli/Arughat

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

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