|Group Size:||10-10 People||Max Altitude:||3730 m|
|Cost:||$||Duration:||16 Days/15 Nights|
|Arrival at:||kathmandu airport||Departure from:||kathmandu airport|
|Location:||N/A||Trip Style:||Active Adventures|
The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed Ganesh,the God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal known as the "Great Himalayan Chain" forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is contained between the valley of the Buri Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli River in the lower section. Trekking in Ganesh Himal region is enriched with its rich flora: the impressive display of berberis, primula, orchids and a variety of ferns, the valleys set ablaze by yellow blossoms of double Jasmine, the forest dense with Spanish oak, blue pine and in spring time blossoming of the rhododendron sets whole forest alight in spectacular arrays of colour. Another feature includes the abundance of crystals which is regarded valuable and precious stone. The trekking route passes through quite Tamang villages, hot spas, gorges and glaciers and magnificent sceneries. Ganesh Himal trek can be organized only full boarded camping basis.
Day 01 : 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 through gravel road until you reach Samari Bhanjyang and this is 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. You camp for the night.
Day 02 : Trek from Samari Bhanjyang to Katunje Bazaar (765m.) takes about six and half hours. In the beginning you trek along gradual descent path and then 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. You camp for the night.
Day 03 : Trek from Katunje Bazaar to Kintang Phedi (655m.) takes about five and 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. You camp for the night.
Day 04 : Trek from Kintang Phedi to Jharlang (1500m.) takes about six hours. All the way you trek gradual ascent path passing through several villages, farming terraces and green hills. These villages are predominated by Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhetris 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. You camp for the night.
Day 05 : 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 the famous Tamang villages. There are schools, health post, chortens and mani walls in these Tamang villages. The main occupation of the people is farming. You camp for the night.
Day 06 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 07 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 08 : Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) 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. You camp for the night.
Day 09 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 10 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 11 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 12 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 13 : 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 and Gurung. 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. You camp for the night.
Day 14 : 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. You camp for the night.
Day 15 : Trek from Majhgaun to Budathum takes about five hours. You walk along the trail dominated with 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. You camp for the night.
Day 16 : 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 trek descent path and then through leveled route. On the way, you pass few streams, villages, farming terraces, small forests. Most of the time the route moves along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki. Aarughat Bazaar covers a small area with old market. Here, you find shops with minimal supply, high school, health post, typical tea houses, small lodges and it lies at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. Here, the route to Manaslu trek meets. You board vehicle at Arughat Bazaar to reach Kathmandu. This is one of the picturesque journey. While driving you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu is famous for delicious fish. 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.