Ganesh Himal Trek is a popular trekking trail as being close in proximity to the Kathmandu Valley. Ganesh Himal gives a wide range of scenic views and on the way one gets panoramic sights of the mountain ranges of Mount Ganesh from which the tour gets its name, and the mountain peak is dedicated to the elephant god, the auspicious son of Lord Shiva. Along with other all-round the year snow-capped mountains of Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna. This mountain is located between the valleys of Budi Gandaki and Bhote Koshi, which can also be spotted from an elevated point in the Kathmandu valley on a clear day.
The trails and paths on this trek are a plethora of nature’s beauty, studded with age-old villages, still following its cultural and traditional past, alpine lakes and glaciers, lush verdure forests. The crowning glory of it all is that you get to cross, Singla Pass at a height of 4,045 meters. The trek begins from Trishuli, a river town on the West of the Kathmandu Valley. From where you pass through places such as Salangkhu Khola, Balche Village, Gonga and then Singla Pass. After having conquered the Pass, you move onto Pansang, Laba, Dumche, and Budi Gandaki and conclude walking the trails at Arughat. From here, it is back to Kathmandu by road.
Ganesh Himal Trek is best suited for those trekking enthusiastic, that love to interact with burlesque villages and natural interaction and get some of the most magnificent views of the high snow-capped Himalayas peaks.
There is much one would gain from the Ganesh Himal Trek. Besides, having done this hike in Nepal is an undulating, non-polluted, pristine environment, you pass through terrain which has lush green forest at the begin and end, and between them through the rugged High altitude terrain, in which, you pass a varied form of flora and fauna to those regions. Then you happen to encounter hamlets, which change according to the terrain and cultures and tradition evolved because of it. Then again, not only having to trample over a high altitude pass, which is an experience on its own, but also, walking across suspension bridges with fast flowing white water rivers and moving along the trail while below lie some of the deepest gorges. And, at the time coming across some alpine freshwater lake. Then besides, the Ganesh Himal that you view, you get to sight other mountain peaks and ranges while on the way, such as the snow-capped mountains of Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna. In all, the best take away, that one can get is the satisfaction of having had your thirst quenched for the want of more in such an eco-trek as it can be termed. Looking for more such treks in Nepal, then there others to be had too.
How difficult is this Hike to Ganesh Himal?
Basically, it’s a moderately tough trek, that any able bodied person can accomplish and be the winner from having done it. Since the trek starts from Arughat in the Himalayan Mid-range till the High Range where you go over a 4000 plus meter pass, the trails are much ascended and descend of varying gradients. Walking or hiking is a physical activity which best done in the environment meant for it and it is this eco-friendly in which it is done, helps to ameliorate and gives one the impetus to carry on to come out a winner. You are actually gaining more, which the wonders of medicine cannot achieve. You come out a more psychologically sound person, mentally and physically rejuvenated.
Outline Trekking Itinerary for Ganesh Himal Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at 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
- Enjoy 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.
- Cross over Sing La Pass at an altitude of 4045m.
- Camp by the banks of Budhiganga river.
- Hike past roaring Himalayan Rivers, lush green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys.
- Witness variety of floras and faunas
- Get along with ethnic people and get to know age-old their culture.