- Trip Details
- Trip Info
Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Duration: 17 days
Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Maximum Elevation: 3,850m (Pangsang La)
Best Time: October - November & March - April
Ganesh Himal is a sub-range of the Himalayas located in the north-central region of Nepal. The range was named after Hindu God Ganesha, usually depicted in the form of an elephant. Ganesh Himal Basecamp trek is one of the least explored treks of Nepal. This trek offers a great view of a range of peaks, Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV; Mount Manaslu, Tibet range, Langtang, and Annapurna range. All these ranges of the Himalayas form a great Himalayan chain in the skyline.
The Ganesh Himal region is one of the ideal trekking areas located northwest of Kathmandu. The peaceful beauty of villages like Gatlang, Somang, or Sethun along the way, the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, or Manaslu, camping in wild and unique places all add up to make this trek one of the most beautiful out camping treks suited for those who wish to keep away from major tourist areas. Along the trail to Ganesh Himal Basecamp, we will be surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna like Premolars, Orchids, barberries, and many varieties of ferns that add extra beauty to the extraordinary views. We will also be able to explore Tamang and Gurung villages, where we encounter villagers from varied ethnicities whose traditions remain well preserved over the centuries.
The starting point for Ganesh Himal Trek is from Syafru Beshi which is a 122 km away drive from Kathmandu. The trail then heads in the direction of Gatlang from where we start off towards Somdang. The trek takes in two passes as well as the Thulo Dhunga Base Camp from where dense rhododendron and juniper forests, lush vegetation as well as waterfalls can be seen. After crossing the Pangsang Pass (3,271 m.), we trek up to Ganesh Himal Base Camp where we find ourselves indulging in the magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains and icy ponds of Kalo and Seto Kunds nearby. We then hike back on the same trail up to Hindung from where we set on a new trail that passes through Chalise, Darkha, and finally to Khahare Kharka from where we drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel
Day 02 : City Sightseeing and Preparation for the trip
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubensi (1550m)
Day 04 : Trek Syabrubensi to Gatlang (2,337m)
Day 05 : Trek Gatlang to Somdang (3,271m)
Day 06 : Trek Somdang to Pangsang Phedi (3,842m)
Day 07 : Trek Pangsang Phedi to Marlung Kharka after crossing Pangsang La(3,850m)
Day 08 : Trek Marlung Kharka to Shertung (1,920m)
Day 09 : Trek Shertung to Neber (2,020m)
Day 10 : Trek Neber to Rachyat (1,780m)
Day 11 : Trek Rchyat to Magne Goth (2,800m)
Day 12 : Trek Magne Goth to Nauban Kharka (2,800m)
Day 13 : Trek Nauban Kharka to Lamo Dunga (2,200m)
Day 14 : Trek Lamo Dunga to Manbu (1,300m)
Day 15 : Trek Manbu to Soti Khola
Day 16 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 17 : Final departure, drop to International airport
The best season for this trip is during the late autumn and spring. Late March to April offers the incredible opportunity to see the forests burst into color as different rhododendron species bloom along the trail before getting to Base Camp of Ganesh Himal. Autumn & spring season is the best time for Ganesh Himal climbing but Belmont Adventure can arrange the trip any time of the year as per preferences.
At the beginning of the trek, we will be staying at tea house lodges. Then as we ascend we will camp outside at different points of the trail. For the most part of the trail, we will be tent camping at beautiful spots. Local foods along the way are fresh and hygienic. You can also take dry foods and snacks.
For Ganesh Himal, you will need a TIMS permit and National Park permits. National park permits are free for national citizens. Langtang National Park permit costs Nrs. 3390 for foreigners whereas Manaslu Conservation Area Permit costs NPR. 2000.
Highlights of Ganesh Himal Basecamp:
- Breathtaking view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, and more
- Less crowded trek in a wild region yet close to Kathmandu
- Walking past the Highlander at a height of 4100m
- Warm-hearted hospitality of the local villages
- Dense forests with a diverse range of flora and fauna
- Religiously significant monasteries
- Stunning waterfalls, rivers, and lakes
- Tamang, Gatlang, Somang, and Sethun villages and their culture