Ganesh Himal

Chalis village (1,920m)
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Moderate
  • TRIP STYLE: Camping
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 11 Mar 2021

Details

Ganesh Himal trek start at Arughat also known as the starting point of Manaslu Circuit trek and then the trail traverses in an easterly direction across to the Langtang region

The Ganesh Himal mountain range is close to and is visible from Kathmandu however this region of Nepal is rarely visited and explored by trekkers. Ganesh Himal mountain range was named after the elephant headed god Ganesh and has seven summits with four of these higher than 7,000m.

During this trek you will walk on trails through terraced between traditional and friendly villages inhabited by Tamangs and Gurungs. Above the villages there are beautiful forests of bamboo, larch and rhododendron draped in lichen, mosses and ferns. From the passes one can see north to Ganesh Himal and to the west the major peaks of Annapurna South and Annapurna 2, Fishtail and Himalchuli.

  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Ganesh Himal region.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for Ganesh Himal where our overall holiday rating is 100%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the Ganesh Himal region from EverestWeather.com and from our in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. 
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Ganesh Himal trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer.  A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organise guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath - the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere.

In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around mid-afternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek.

Drive to Arughat (7 hours driving)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning by private bus. It is a scenic drive with several picturesque gorges and occasional glimpses of mountain peaks. After exiting the Kathmandu valley we drive along the Pokhara road following Trishuli River until we turn off to heading north following Buri Gandaki to Arughat Bazaar. After Dhading Besi the road is not sealed so it is likely to be quite dusty in the bus so it is a good idea to bring a buff or scarf along with you.

Walking 12km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Ganesh Himal trek starts at Arughat and heads north upstream along the Budhi Gandaki river. After about two hours walking we arrive to Arkhet where we come off Manaslu Circuit trail and cross the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki. After the bridge the trail ascends through woodland and terraced fields passing through the small settlements of Baseri and Lapudanda. After about four hours walking we arrive to Manbu where we camp for the night. The view from the village is down to Budhi Gandaki and to the north is Shingri Himal mountain.

Walking 7km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Manbu the trail traverses and ascends to Dunchet village where we are likely to have lunch. Dunchet village is a large village with traditional stone houses and has a village square in the centre where the community assemble for meetings and to socialise. From Dunchet the trail climbs on stone steps through terraced fields to enter forest and onto to a prominent large rock called Lamodungha. We will camp in a clearing near this rock and has views of eastern face of Himalchuli.

Walking 9km (5 to 6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Today the trail ascends through a beautiful forest of bamboo, larch and rhododendron draped in lichen, mosses and ferns. After crossing several streams we enter a clearing at a place called Nauban Kharka where we camp for the night. From here there are views of Annapurna South and Annapurna 2, Fishtail and Himalchuli.

Walking 9.5km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

After about an hour from camp we reach Myangal Bhanjang and after descending through forest we enter Myangal Kharka where we get views of Ganesh Himal range and Paldor to the east. There are superb views of these mountains from the second pass called Magne Goth. From here we descend through forest and clearings down to Khading village.

Walking 5.5km (5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Khading we descend to the river and cross a suspension bridge to the other side of the valley. After the bridge we have a short climb followed by contouring path above the river. We pass through Lapchet village and then descend to another river to cross a suspension bridge before climbing up to Rachyet village.

Walking 5.5km (6 hours walking)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Rachyet the trail ascends through forest to the school at Timla and as one crosses this ridge there are good views of Ganesh Himal mountains. The trail traverses high above the river and passes through Tirigaon. Beyond this village the trail is constructed as a stone path climbing to the steep mountain side as we head north in the valley to Neber. This village is a friendly place to stay two nights with time tomorrow to explore the area.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

Today we can go for a walk across the valley to visit Hindung village or the other option is to follow the trail north up the valley beyond Neber for good views of Ganesh Himal.

Walking 5.5km (5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

After saying our goodbyes to Neber we descend to Tatopani where it is well worth having a dip in the hot springs. From Tikka Danda we descend to the suspension bridge and then ascend to Chalis village. Many of the villages in Ganesh Himal were badly damaged by April 2015 earthquake and The Mountain Company has been involved in a project to rebuild the school in Chalis. After a visit to the school we ascend on stone steps to Shertung where we camp for the night.  

Walking 7.5km (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From Shertung the trail descends to cross Adho Khola followed by a steep ascent to Kamigaon. After this village we pass through Tipling and ascend to Laptung. Above the trail follows stone steps through forest and at one of the clearings you camp at Marmelung Kharka.

Walking 7km (4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

From camp the trail continues through beautiful forest and after a couple of hours arrive to the cheese factory. On passing through a kani stone entrance there are several chortens marking the summit of Pangsang La. There are several buildings at the pass including a porter shelter. We will camp here and in the afternoon you can explore the area.

Walking 9.5km (4 to 5 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

On a clear day there are panoramic views from Pansang La and it is well worth walking to the viewpoint located about 150m above the pass where the view sweeps from Langtang in the east to Ganesh Himal to the north and Annapurnas and Manaslu to the west. After getting returning back to camp we start the descent of the pass through forest and arrive to Somdang.

Walking 9.5km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Camping

After Somdang we have one more pass to cross called Kurphudanda at 3,710. From here we descend on a trail and a jeep track in places to the large village of Gatlang.

Walking 4km (2 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

It is a short walk to the roadhead at Chillime and then we drive to Syabru Besi where we stay in a lodge for the night.

Drive to Kathmandu (7 hours)

Breakfast and Lunch

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

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What's Included

  • All internal transport and transfers including airport collections.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek.  
  • Twin share occupancy in tents while on trek using our western branded tents. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Sherpa guides, porters and cook.
  • The porterage allowance for your main bag is 15kg.
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Ganesh Himal region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • Ganesh Himal trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is located in Lazimpat next to the Radisson and is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our previous clients enjoy staying at this property due to its good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor and the roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Camping in Nepal

We use both Mountain Hardwear Trango 3.1s and Quechua tents for our camping treks in Nepal.

Practical Information

A Typical Day On Camping Trek

The day starts with an early morning mug of tea brought to your tent by one of the assistant guides. Before heading over to the mess tent for breakfast you will pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. During breakfast the tents will be packed away and, after the porters have arranged their loads, they will set off on the trail in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, probably between 7am and 8am, we start walking. The pace of the trek is leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around 11am at a spot by the side of the trail and is prepared for us by the cooks.


There is more walking after lunch and normally you will get into camp by mid afternoon with the tents already put up by the local staff. In the evening a three course meal is served in the mess tent around 6-7pm. After supper the international leader will discuss the plan for the next day with the group. People might stay in the mess tent chatting about the day’s events for a while before retiring to their tent for the night.

While on the trek, the cook will provide good quality food in sufficient quantities.  For breakfast you are likely to get porridge or cereal, toast or chapatis, omelettes and a range of hot drinks. For our camping treks in Nepal we provide fresh coffee from our Bialetti Moka coffee machine. On arrival to camp in the afternoon you will be given tea and biscuits and a three course meal will follow later in the evening.

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Clothing and Equipment List for Ganesh Himal

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for Ganesh Himal trek. Your gear will be checked by the group leader in Kathmandu prior to departure for the trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on Ganesh Himal trek you will experience hot and humid conditions with temperatures around 25˚to 30˚C. You will experience the coldest temperatures at Pasang La at an altitude of 3,850m where overnight lows will be down to around -5˚C.

Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks. The maximum weight allowance for back pack is 5kg. The rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 15kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear:

  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.
  • Walking socks.
  • Trail shoes or trainers. Can be used around camp.
  • Sandals: fully enclosed sandals are best to protect your feet during river crossings. These are required for river crossings as well as two trekking poles (see below)

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek.
  • Trekking trousers. Minimum two pairs of trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts (not cotton). Minimum two shirts.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet fleece can be used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket to provide maximum warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece pants. To be worn around camp or added as an additional layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket (eg. Nuptse jacket by The North Face).

Handwear:

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.

Headwear:

  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or face mask (eg. Buff Headwear check out http://www.buffwear.com)
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • The lenses need to be Category 4 rated and should have side protection or wraparound design to prevent light getting through to your eyes that could cause sun blindness.

Personal Equipment:

  • Sleeping bag. Maximum overnight lows at Pansang La will be around -5 Celsius. Note: it is possible to rent a bag in Kathmandu from Shonas Rental.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty and helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Sleeping mat (eg. Thermarest). On trek we provide everyone with one foam mat however we recommend two layers for maximum insulation and comfort.
  • Recommended size is 30 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing such as down jacket etc. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).
  • Pee bottle. Highly recommended as means you do not have to get up to find toilet tent at night! For men you can use an old water bottle for women take a look at SheWee at http://www.shewee.com/
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira). You will be provided with boiled water at camp however if you refill water bottle at a water tap or steam during the day you should use water purifiers.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and loose sections of the trail and for walking through snow on the passes.
  • Umbrella (you are very likely to get some rain on this trek….)
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer. We suggest you keep this in your day pack for use after a toilet break during the trek or before eating any snacks.

Travelling:

  • Duffle bag (or large backpack) for your personal gear on the trek carried by a porter. Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc. We provide toilet paper so you do not need to bring this with you.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Threat and risk assessment for Ganesh Himal

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement.

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Ganesh Himal trek. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on Ganesh Himal we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for Ganesh Himal is available to clients on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path.
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. crossing Pansang La pass in whiteout.
  • Severe bad weather and conditions when camping.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke).
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic or flight accident.
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

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