Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek 19 days



The Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek presents the trekkers the plethora of flora that abounds in Nepal. Spring time brings in a burst of vibrant colors and sweet fragrance of berberis, primula, orchids, Jasmine and varieties of ferns in the Ganesh Himal Base Camp region.This trek takes you through river valleys and traditional farming communities that contain a variety of the ethnic groups in Nepal. The trek also goes through pine and rhododendron forests and across various passes and cols. There are wonderful views of Langtang, Gosai Kunda, Ganesh Himal I, II, III and Iv, Boudha Peak, Himal Chuli, Machhapuchre, South Annapurna and Annapurna II.Presence of precious stone crystals, glaciers, gorges, hot natural springs and quaint Tamang villages make this trek an interesting one. This trek can be organized only as a full boarded camping trek.

Fact of the Trek

Ganesh Himal Trekking Map

Place Covers

Kathmandu/Samari Bhanjyang/Katunje Bazaar/Jharlang/Hindung/Ganesh Hima Base Camp/Laba Besi/Budathum/Arughat Bazaar/Kathmandu

Group Size

Min.1, Max. 9

Min. altitude

2200m

Max. altitude

5540m

Best Season

March, April, May, June, September, October and early November

Transportation

Bus from Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar & from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu

Trek Duration

19 Days

Age Limit

17 to 65

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang(1250m.) via Trishuli Bazaar (540m.) by bus. Depart Kathmandu early morning for the 7-hours drive to the hill town of Sole Bazaar Today you trace the route taken by 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 person to assemble 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03:
Trek from Samari Bhanjyang to Katunje Bazaar (765m.) which 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04: Trek from Katunje Bazaar to Kintang Phedi (655m.) and it 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05: Trek from Kintang Phedi to Jharlang (1500m.) and it 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 Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetris respectively. Maize, millet, rice, wheat, buck wheat and green vegetable are their staple food. Jharlang is a Tamang village. You find a government school and numerous typical houses. The main occupation of the locals is agriculture. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Trek from Jharlang to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours. You trek quite ascent path and then the trail 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 occupations of the people are farming. The scenic beauties you can glance are of green hills, terraces and villages at far distance. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07: Trek from Chalise to Hindung which takes about five hours. The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and 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 part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08: Trek from Hindung to Rajgang Kharka and it 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 it mainly grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09:
Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base Camp which 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 ending 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. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. During winter season these lakes are frozen. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11: 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12: Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours. The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find few Tamang villages. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13: Trek from Chalise to Laba Besi (1500m.) and it takes about six hours. You trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi. This day you pass pine forests, Tamang villages, farming terraces, green hills and villages at far distance. Laba Besi lies at the bank of Ankhu and Laba Kholar. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14: Trek from Laba Besi to Manyang Bhanjyang (2934m.) and it 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. The main crop is potato here. Manyang Bhanjyang is a ridge and you find forests and grass land here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15: Trek from Manyang Bhanjyang to Majhgaun (2200m.) and which 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 are quite captivated by the clear views 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 but it is reported that some people have migrated either to foreign country or Kathmandu. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16: Trek from Majhgaun to Budathum and it 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 17: Trek from Budathum to Arughat Bazaar (500m.) which 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 route moves along the river bank of Budhi Gandaki. Aarughat Bazzar covers small area with an old market. Here you find shops with minimal supply, motor able road, high school, health post, typical tea houses, small lodges and it lies at the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. Here the route to Manaslu trekking meets.

You board vehicle at Arughat Bazaar to reach Kathmandu. This is one of the picturesque journeys. 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. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

OUR TRIP PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Airport pick up and drop off services
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 or 4 star category hotel on BB basis
  • Welcome dinner at Nepali cultural heritage restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Entry fees
  • Special trekking permit
  • Entry permit fee
  • Trekking guide
  • A cook
  • Necessary porters
  • Necessary kitchen helpers
  • Necessary sherpas
  • All necessary surface transportation
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, fruits etc.)
  • Necessary Camping equipment such as tents, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, mattresses, down sleeping bag, down jacket, cooking utensils, fuel etc.
  • Camping charges
  • Necessary insurance for trekking stuff
  • First Aid and kits
  • Rescue assistance

OUR TRIP PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

  • Personal nature expenses such as drinks, beverages, hot shower, battery recharge etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal visa fee
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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar (650m.) via Betrawati which takes about seven hours. Depart Kathmandu early morning for the 7-hours drive to the hill town of Sole Bazaar Today you trace the route taken by 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 person to assemble 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. Your campsite is about 20 minutes outside of Sole Bazaar, on the bank of the Trisuli River. This is a relaxing spot with wonderful views of farm fields, small villages, and terraced slopes set against a background of the Ganesh Himal. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 03: Trek from Sole Bazaar to Satdobate which takes about five hours. You leave camp by backtracking 100m to cross the suspension bridge over the Salankhu Khola (Khola is a Nepalese word for river, stream, or valley) just up from where it enters the Trisuli River. After the bridge, you begin a long, moderately steep ascent that begins to level off after about 1.5 hours, just before your lunch spot in the small town of Chapodanda (870m, 2860ft). You eat lunch under a large Fichus tree with splendid views of the terraced slopes surrounding you the activity of this small village.
From Chapodanda, the trail follows the new, rough road west for 200m, before heading uphill steeply through a few small villages, finally arriving at a rest spot next to a small stupa (a stupa is a Buddhist structure that either marks a trail or in remembrance of an important person). The views are nice here and you can see Betrawati far down below you on the banks of the Trisuli River. Take the left path from the stupa, contouring the hillside. An hour after the stupa, you make your final ascent up to the saddle and the town of Satobate (“seven trails”, 1250m, 4100ft) where you camp for the night. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 04: Trek from Satobate to Balche which takes about five hours. From Satobate, follow the trail westward along the ridgeline. Today’s route is less steep and gives us our last chance to experience village life before you head into the uninhabited jungle tomorrow. You climb steadily through numerous small villages and over many streams before leaving the Salankhu Khola to head up the Chalakhung Khola. Along the way, stay watchful for people drying pears or weaving bamboo mats and baskets, as this area is well known for these products.
The numerous small stone ‘houses’ that you pass throughout the day are actually water driven grinding mills. The last halfmile is steep uphill as you climb to our camp spot in the town of Balche (1930m, 6330ft). Head for the large poles with Buddhist prayer flags on them; you will camp just below them. Balche is a quaint hill town, spread out along tow or three flat regions on the slope. Large granitic gneiss spires and domes stand against the skyline above the town, creating a stunning sunset. The women here all dress traditionally, including very large, heavy earrings that are supported with a thin string over the head. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 05: Trek from Balche to Gonga which takes about seven hours. Today you head into mostly uninhabited territory and the surrounding landscape changes accordingly, from terraced fields to forest. You head out of Balche ascending the hill behind the town. The large grassy area just northwest of town is one of the old grazing areas for royal herds of sheep and goats. After about 1.5 hours, the trail begins to level out and you enter the first jungle of our trek. Here, it is mostly rhododendron and kharsu. Kharsu leaves are good feed for cows and are subsequently cut periodically; creating tall, thin trees with few leaves. During spring treks, this area is stunning with bright red, white and purple rhododendron flowers covering the mountainsides.
This is the forest gathering area for the town of Balche. The sounds of women cutting wood, gathering medicinal plants and bamboo, and leading their livestock to grazing areas further up on the slopes will fill the first half of our day. You stop for lunch in an especially pretty clearing with views down to Thulochaur, 400m below us. The remainder of the day is through dense jungle, to Gonga (2910m, 9600ft), a small 5-house town made entirely of wood (a commodity that is plentiful in this sparsely populated part of the Himalaya). The town is situated in a pass, separating the Nyam valley from the Saptang valley. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06: Trek form Gonga to Rupchet Kharka which takes about five hours. Your route today is a beautiful ascent through old growth forests of rhododendron and fir. You head northwest from Gonga, slowly ascending through the jungle for 25 minutes to the small 3-house town of Mimatashi Karka. This town is only a few years old and is only seasonally inhabited. Continue ascending for another hour and 45 minutes through impressively large old growth fir and rhododendron forest (many of the fir trees are 1-1.75m in diameter!). The route flattens for an hour as you contour the mountain, before the last ascent (a very steep 175m) of the day to the ridgeline. 20 minutes from the top you arrive at Rupchet Karka (3634m, 11922ft), a large flat grassy area with 3 seasonal grazing huts and stunning views of the Central Himalaya. Across the Trisuli River valley to the northwest is the Langtang Himal (7225m, 23703ft) and Gosainkund. The sunsets from here are unparalleled as the crystalline peaks of Langtang and the broad highlands of Gosainkund sparkle in yellow and orange brilliance. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 07: Trek from Rupchet Kharka to Mangchet Kharka via Singla Top which takes about seven hours. You head out early for the climb up to Singla pass. There will likely be snow up here in the spring and late fall, so go slowly and enjoy the incredible scenery along the way. The route is steep, weaving through large boulders, spires and domes. It is only 300m up, but the altitude will make it feel like more. As you approach the final gentle uphill climb before the pass, Langtang looms overhead to the north and the peaks of Ganesh start to peak out ahead. Singla is really less a pass than the side of a peak, the top of which is only another 20 meters up a very gentle slope. On the pass (4001m, 13125ft), the world seems to fall away in three directions.
To the west is the Manaslu massif, with Manaslu (8163m, 26780ft) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal; Ganesh (7406m, 24296ft) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow, and ice. While heading from Singla Top to Mangchet Kharka, you will have to follow the route with ups and down. En route you pass through forests covered with rhododendron, pine and herbal medicines and feel exhilarated at the panoramic view of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. The surrounded area is famous for herbal medicines and incense. Mangchet Kharka is to be described as pasture where local people bring their domestic animals for grazing. The national bird of Nepal, Danfe can be seen around here. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08: Trek from Mangchet Kharka to Pangsang Bhanjyang that takes approximately seven hours. The trails follow ascent and descent routes all the way to destination. While trekking, you can enjoy the views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. For some distance you walk through forests covered with herbal medicines and incense. Pangsang Bhanjyang is famous as you are stunned to see Langtang I, Langtang II, Paldor peak and many Tibetan mountains. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09: Trek and climb Pangsang La Danda and trek back to Pangsang Bhanjyang which takes about three hours. The trail you follow is steeply up for two hours. The Pangsang La Danda is the best view point of this trek. Here you are amazed to see at Langtang, Paldor, Tibetan mountains, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. While trekking back you climb down all the way to Pangsang Bhanjyang. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10: Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise that takes about seven hours. The trails you follow is quite descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Tipling is the first village you encounter on this route. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chorten and church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now you have to climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross, the trails go uphill upto Sertung Chalise. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11: Trek from Chalise to Hindung which takes about five hours. The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and 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 part of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12: Trek from Hindung to Rajgang Kharka and it 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 it mainly grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 13: Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base Camp which 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 ending 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. The surface of Kalo or Black Lake is covered with black stones. On the contrary the surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shinning stones. During winter season these lakes are frozen. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 14: 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 15: 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. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 16: Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours. The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find few Tamang villages. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 17: Trek from Sertung or Chalise to Jharlang which takes approximately eight hours. The early part of your trails is gently up until you arrive at small ridge. From here, you can enjoy spectacular view of Ganesh Himal , farming terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now you climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After you take lunch at Borang, your trails turn downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 18: Trek from Jharlang to Darkha and it takes about seven hours. Crossing landslide nearby Jharlang, you begin your trek through ascent path with views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, jungle, waterfall, farming terraces and villages. Darkha is the first Brahmin village on this trek. From here you can enjoy the view of Aankhu stream at some distance. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 19: Trek from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar that takes about seven hours. The early part of your trek is descent upto Darkha phedi and your route moves along the river bank until you reach Khahare. There is a big market at Khahare Bazaar with lodges, tea shops, big school and other important buildings. This place is famous for magnificent views of farming terraces. Stay overnight in tented camp. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 20: Drive from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus which takes approximately eight hours. The road till Dhadingbesi moves through unpaved road and then you drive along the well paved road until you reach Kathmandu. It can be best defined as scenic journey due to the beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Rest day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Departure from Kathmandu. Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination