Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Duration: 19 Days / 18 Nights   |   Based on 1 Review
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Camping Trek
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group Size: 1-25
  • Max Altitude: 3,774m/12,382ft

Highlights of Ganesh Himal Base Camp

  • Precious crystal stones
  • The thrilling view of the snowcapped peaks of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu (8,163m) and Langtang regions
  • Ethnic villages of Gurung and Tamang communities as well as their culture and tradition
  • Experience of teahouse, camping and homestay trekking at the same time
  • Diverse flora and fauna of Ganesh Himal region
  • Less crowded trekking trails

The Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is seamless for outdoor admirers who prefer camping over hotel stays. It's an outstanding trekking option in Nepal for adventurers looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences. For those enthusiastic to sightsee less-travelled destinations, this journey is one of the best choices for a truly exploratory trip.

The Ganesh Himal Peak stands a conspicuous similarity to the Hindu deity, Lord Ganesh, known for his elephant trunk. Also, you can enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Dorje Lakpa, and several other peaks. The uppermost point of this trek is the Ganesh Himal Base Camp at a height of 3,774 meters. The exciting path, which winds through traditional villages and luxurious forests, adds depth and worth to your journey.

In spite of being close to Nepal's capital, the Ganesh Himal Region endured mostly unseen for a long time. Nowadays, this area offers around a dozen exclusive treks with lodging options including homestays, teahouses, and tented camps. Amongst these treks, the Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek stands out as one of the most gratifying journeys. It leads explorers to fascinating and concealed spots within the Ganesh Himal Region, which is settled between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. It is also a part of the Langtang Region Trek.

In the less teeming trekking areas of the Northern Himalayas, you can sightsee the glittering gems that give this region its nickname, Ruby Valley Trek. The charming Tamang villages, with their amusing cultural heritage, are a best part worth visiting in Nepal. This trek offers a mix of teahouse hiking, camping, and homestay lodgings in numerous villages through the Ganesh Himal area.

The Ganesh Himal region extends from subtropical to mountainous zones, offering a variety of flora and fauna. It is home to around 526 plant species and 300 animal and bird species. As you walk through the tranquil paths, you may spot Himalayan Thar, musk deer, monkeys, and numerous birds. With about 40 orchid species found here, the trek is sometimes denoted as the Orchid Trekking Trail.

Tourist attractions of this camping trek include exciting wildflowers and beautiful waterfalls that boost the luxurious mountain scenery. You can also enjoy soothing dips in a few hot springs. The region claims a rich cultural and biological variety. While hiking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, you’ll pass through several spectacular viewpoints that offer fabulous views of the Ganesh Himal Range.

This trek can be stretched into numerous routes, such as the Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal trek or the Ganesh Himal, Langtang Valley trek. You can start the journey from Samari Bhanjyang after driving from Kathmandu via the Pasang Lhamu Highway. Instead, you can start from Aarughat, Gorkha, which also serves as the entry to the Manaslu region treks.

Ganesh Himal Base Camp trekking cost depends upon the itinerary you choose and the route you want to follow. For further details, contact Orbit Alpine Adventure: www.orbitalpineadventure.com.

FAQs:

1. Where is Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is one of the closest trekking destinations from Kathmandu Valley. It lies between Manaslu region trekking and Lantang region trekking. To begin the journey, you have two options: one from Aarughat, Ghorkha, and the other from Samari Bhanjyang, Nuwakot. The trekking formally begins after 7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu.

2. How difficulty is Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

It is a moderately challenging trek that takes you around the valley famous for precious crystal stones. You must have a good physical condition and mental determination to cover the entire route. You should walk for long as 7 hours per day and reach an altitude of 3,774m (Ganesh Himal Base Camp). If you have previous experience trekking in Nepal, it will be a plus point. Nevertheless, even beginners can do this trek by following the instructions of the trekking guide.

3. Why should I do Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

There are several reasons for which we recommend the Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek. First of all, the trekking trails are less crowded, leading to the Gurung and Tamang villages. You can not only have a close experience of their culture and tradition but also pure hospitality. The people here believe in providing services to the guests than in earning money. The flora and fauna of the Ganesh Himal region are another attraction. Finally, the breathtaking view of the snowcapped peaks of the Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang region, and Manaslu region is equally rewarding.

4. What is the cost of Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

The cost of a trekking package depends on the route, itinerary, acclimatization day, and the budget you want to spend. Orbit Alpine Adventure is always committed to providing you the best package at the most affordable cost. You can contact us via the available media available on the official website.

5. Can I get altitude sickness during trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp?

There is very little chance of altitude sickness during trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Actually, as soon as you reach the place above 2,500m, you may get it. But, during this trek, you have to spend only two days above the given altitude. Moreover, the trekking guide gives you the required tips to avoid  Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). If you have any difficulty, consult with the team leader without any second thought.

6. What is the best season for Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

You can do the Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek throughout the year. However, the best seasons for this are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-December). In these seasons, days are clear and the weather is crystal clear, so you can have stunning views of landscapes and snowy peaks.

7. What are the permits required for Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek?

For Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek, you need the following permits:

  • Ganesh Himal Cultural trek permit
  • TIMS Card

8. What kind of accommodations are available? 

Accommodation choices include camping, teahouses, and homestays in the local villages, providing a mix of outdoor adventure and cultural involvement.
 

Day to Day Itinerary

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You will be greeted at the Airport and will go to your hotel. You can freshen up and have some sightseeing. In the evening we will explain about the program ahead.

  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, we will go for full day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley. You will be accompanied by our professional tour guide. The sightseeing includes visiting Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Come back to hotel and in the evening you can hang-out around Thamel. Stay overnight at hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang via Trishuli Bazaar by bus. The path leads with the beautiful scenery and passes through Trisuli Bazaar, a small town that was the center for trekking in this region and is home to a small but interesting traditional bazaar. After lunch at Trishuli bazaar we again drive through gravel road until you reach Samari Bhanjyang. While driving to the village you can view rice terraces, small gorges and green hills. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Place: Samari Bhanjyang
  • Altitude: 1,250m/4,101ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

After breakfast, we start our trek to Katunje. At first our trek goes downhill and later, uphill. After the walk for few hours our trek leads to flat lands. The path to the Katunje Bazaar is covered with pine and rhododendron forests, terraced farming, small streams and green hills. After a walk of 7 hours we reach Katunje Bazaar where you can have first quick look of Ganesh Himal from here. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camp
  • Place: Katunje
  • Altitude: 765m/2,510ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

We begin our trek 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.

  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Kintang Phedi
  • Altitude: 655m/2,149ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

We start our trek to Jharlang which takes about six hours. Then slowly walk by passing through the villages, terraces farming and green hills. This village is the settlement of Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetris respectively. They grow the maize, millet, rice, wheat, buck wheat and green vegetable. Jharlang is a Tamang village. You find a government school and many typical houses. The main occupation of the locals is agriculture. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Campimg
  • Place: Jharlang
  • Altitude: 1,500m/4,921ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

In the morning we start our trek from Jharlang to Chalise. This takes about six hours. We pass through the Tamang villages, in which 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. From the Chalise you can look green hills, terraces and villages at far distance. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chalise
  • Altitude: 2,000m/6,562ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

Today we trekto Hindung which takes about five hours. We have to go downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and crossing this stream you trek steep up and then slowly reach Hindung. The people of this village are friendly and cooperative. The villagers mainly grow the potatoes, millet, barley, maize, beans and other vegetables. The village has got mani wall and prayer flags in some parts. This village is last village in our trek to Ganesh Himal Base camp. Stay overnight at camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Hindung
  • Altitude: 2,345m/7,694ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

In the morning, we walk to the Rajgang Kharka and it takes about five and half hours. The trail is flat land and covered with rhododendron forest and natural vegetation up to Rajgang Kharka. Rajgang Kharka is surrounded by beautiful forests and it mainly grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing in the open land. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Rajgang Kharka
  • Altitude: 2,570m/8,432ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

After breakfast, we trek for 6 hours to reach Kalo-Seto Kunda (two lakes) at base camp of Ganesh Himal. The trail leads by narrow and uphill, which is covered with forest for few hours. In this high altitude, we can find alpine grass. You can enjoy the sunset view of the glittering peaks of the Ganesh Himal Range as if welcoming you to their vicinity! During winter season, these lakes are ice-covered. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • Altitude: 3,774m/12,382ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

Today is extra day. We will be free for whole day. We can visit Kalo-Seto Kunda. These two lakes have religious significance and an interesting story behind their names as well. The surface of the Kalo Kunda (Black Lake) is made up of black rocks and the Seto Kunda (White Lake) has white rocks on its surface. From here, you can enjoy majestic views of Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Paldor Himal (5,896m) and many others above 6,000m. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • Altitude: 3,774m/12,382ft

After breakfast, we are ready for trek to Rajgang Kharka, which takes about six hours. The trail goes along the down and narrow path where we will find alpine grass on both sides of the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Rajgang Kharka

We start our trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise, which takes about six hours. The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking we will pass by forests till Hindung and crossing few traditional Tamang villages. Then we finally reach at Chalise. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Chalise
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today we walk towards Laba Besi and it takes about six hours. We trek downhill trail to Laba Besi. This trail pass through 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 at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Laba Besi
  • Altitude: 1,500m/4,921ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

In the morning we trek from Laba Besi to Manyang Bhanjyang for about five hours. The trail passes through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. These forests are the home of various species of birds and wild animals. Then again from there our trail leads uphill to Manyang Bhanjyang. From here you can see the first sight of Ganesh Himal. The main crop is potato here. Manyang Bhanjyang is a point where we can find forests and grass land here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: 2,934m/9,626ft
  • Altitude: 2,934m/9,626ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

After breakfast, we trek to Majhgaun which take six hours. The trail moves slowly down hill through the rhododendron and oak, villages, farming terraces and green hills. Today we can have pleasant views of Manaslu range, Buddha peak on a clear weather and other unnamed mountains and peaks. Reaching at Majhgaun we will find local people being busy in farming but some people have migrated elsewhere. Stay overnight at tented camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: 2,200m/7,218ft
  • Altitude: 2,200m/7,218ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

We trek from Majhgaun to Budathum for about five hours. We will pass through village, forests, streams and terraces. The trail makes pleasant by beautiful scenery. Finally we reach Budathum. It is a small town with local old market. This village is conquered by Newar community. From here we can enjoy the stunning views of Manaslu range at far distance.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Budathum
  • Time: 6 Hours

We start our trek from Budhathum to Arughat Bazaar which takes about three hours. On the way, we pass through few streams, villages, farming terraces, small forests. Arughat Bazaar, covers a small area and has old market. In Arughat Bazaar, there is health post, school, market, motor able road. Then from Arughat Bazaar, we drive back to the Kathmandu. While moving ahead, you enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily activities. Finally, you reach at the Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 500m/1,640ft
  • Time: 9 Hours

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight we will take you to the Airport.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Cost Details

  • Free airport pick up upon your arrival and departure back to home
  • All local public transportation is included up to the trekking starting point and ending point for back to Kathmandu
  • Private ground transportation for Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu city guide provided for kathmandu valley city tour
  • Well experience English speaking special license holder trekking guide, potter, kitchen staff and donkey for carrying guest luggage, Tent and food items for trekking
  • Three night hotel in Kathmandu three star level with breakfast
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and tent accommodation during the trek is included
  • All kinds of government permit for the Ganesh Himal trek is included, also national park fee
  • During the trek if needed we can provide for a guest down jacket on hire that needs to be returned after finishing the trek.
  • Duffel bags and trekking sticks are provided from Orbit Alpine Adventure without any cost
  • Guide, potter, donkeys food, salary, tent accommodation along with insurance are provided
  • Guest international flight ticket fair
  • Guest emergency evacuation insurance but we will assist you if need emergency evacuation with your insurance company and give all the details information to your family about the situation
  • All kinds of alcoholic drinks, chocolate and snacks
  • If you have to take any regular medicine that is not included and you need to be sure before leaving for trekking and take it with you from Kathmandu or bring it from home
  • In case of an early arrival in the city from your trek, an extra night of city hotel is not included and there will not be any refund because of your problem of early return back from trekking
  • Extra night at the hotel and if incase of changing flight tickets due to early return or late return to home we will not make any refund of money. All the cost has to be managed by the guest
  • Tips and donations to the hotel, restaurant and trekking area are not included. Guide and potter are expected tips at the end of trekking and it is not fixed but depends on your financial condition and their services during the trekking and tour

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