Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Duration: 19 Days / 18 Nights
  • 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

Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is an ideal choice for those who prefer outdoor camping to staying in hotels. It is best possible trekking region of Nepal for those who crave for off-the-beaten-path excursions. To get the firsthand experience of adventurous trips to the least-explored destinations, this trek is probably among the best ones.

The Ganesh Himal Peak resembles with the Hindu deity, Lord Ganesh (the elephant trunk deity). Apart from this, you can also witness the enchanting vistas of Langtang Lirung, Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Dorje Lakpa and many more. The highest altitude to reach during this Himalayan journey is the base camp of Ganesh Himal (3,774m). The rugged trail that goes past the ethnic villages and lush forest makes your trip more meaningful.

Despite its proximity to the capital city of Nepal, the Ganesh Himal Region remained away from limelight for a long time. Today this region offers about a dozen existential treks with homestay, teahouse or tented camps as accommodation options. The Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking is one of the most worthwhile trips among such treks. It takes us to some fascinating and secret destinations in the Ganesh Himal Region. This destination is situated between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

Among the less crowded trekking regions in the Northern Himalayas, you can have a close look into the glittering stones. As you can find the precious stones in this region, it is also known as Ruby Valley trekking. The picturesque Tamang villages protecting their unique culture and tradition are something worth visiting while in Nepal. This trip combines teahouse trekking, camping trekking and homestay facilities in some of the villages in Ganesh Himal area.

As this region extends from subtropical to alpine region, you can find a large variety of flora and fauna. Ganesh Himal area conserves as many as 526 plant species as well 300 species of animals and birds. While walking through the tranquil route, you have the glimpses of Himalayan Thar, musk deer, monkeys and birds as well. As you can find around 40 species of orchids, it is sometimes accounted for Orchid trekking trail, too.

Highlights of this camping trek include vivid wildflowers; stunning waterfalls that further beautify the lush mountainous scenery. There are few hot springs for you to take relaxing dips into, and the cultural and biological diversity of this region. Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, you go across several sensational viewpoints offering sublime vista of the Ganesh Himal Range.

This trekking can further be developed into many variants towards the nearby trekking destinations. You can customize it to Tsum Valley Ganesh Himal trek, Ganesh Himal Langtang Valley trekking as well. You can start it from Samari Bhanjyang after a drive from Kathmandu via Pasang Lhamu Highway. Another option is to start from Aarughat, Gorkha which is the gateway to Manaslu region trekking.

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 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 as long as 7 hours per day and reach the altitude of 3,774m (Ganesh Himal Base Camp). If you have previous experience of trekking in Nepal, it will become a plus point. Nevertheless, even the 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 you 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 more on services to the guests than earning money. The flora and fauna of Ganesh Himal region are other attraction. Finally, the breathtaking view of the snowcapped peaks of 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 upon the route, itinerary, acclimatization day and the budget you want to spend. Orbit Alpine Adventure is always committed to provide 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 less chance for 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 from 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 Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek throughout the year. However, the best season for this is spring (March-May) and autumn (September-December). In these seasons, days are clear and weather is crystal clear so that 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

 

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

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