Ganesh Himal region is situated in central Nepal, northwest of Kathmandu. Terraced hillsides and many interesting ethnic groups with mixed lifestyle offer you a glimpse into real Nepali life and gives the visitor a golden opportunity to observe rich Nepali culture. The interactions with friendly locals and experience of tradition gives visitor a highest sense of satisfaction.
Ganesh Himal is named on the name of elephant-headed god which symbolize god of good fortune, the Hindu god who allows you success. indeed leads you to amazing trekking experience through Gurung and Tamang villagers with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. This region offers you a spectacular view of virgin natural scenes with friendly people. Ganesh Himal which lies in Ganesh Himal range is clearly seen from Kathmandu valley with standing out like crystal clear white snow. Ganesh Himal and Churkae Himal can be seen from Tsum Valley region which is also a new trekking destination in Nepal This great Himalayan massif is contained between two valleys, Ankhu Khola and Budhi Gandaki and Bhote Koshi which changed into Trishuli river in the lower section.
Apart from this, this area is rich in a variety of plants and animal with 520 different species of plants and 300 species of birds. Thar, Ghoral, Barking deer, Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Bear, Tiger, Wolf Pheasant, Monkey are the wild animals found in this areaThis region is full of Nepal’s unique pilgrimage horizon destination for the holy lakes like Bhairav Kunda (Angry god lake) , White Lake , Dudh Kunda ( Milk Lake ) and Jaisule Kunda. This area is famous for fine rubies and crystals with varieties of herbal medicines
Besides these, there are spectacular panoramic viewpoints named Shinga –la Pass ( 4250 m), Pangsang Pass (3850m) and more than 35 mountains above 6000 meters above the sea level.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Kathmandu-syabrubesi (1,503m) 8-9 hours by bus
Day 04: shyabru besi to chawatar to gatlang (2337m) 5- 6 hours walking
Day 05: gatlang – parvati kund- yuri kharka (lunch) – somdang (3271m) 6-7 hours
Day 06: somdang to pangsang (aka, pangsang) pass la (3842m) 3 ½ hours walking
Day 07: pangsang pass to tipling – shertung (1875m) 5-6 hours
Day 08: chalish to neber gaon (2220m ) 5- 6 hours
Day 09: neber – hot springs – kupchyat (2066m) 4- 5 hours
day 10: kupchyat – khading – lapa gaon (2025m/ 6660ft) 4-5 hours
Day 11: lapa gaon – borang (lunch) – jharlang (ungul) (3000m) 5-6 hours
Day 12: jharlang (ungul) – kuri – khaniyabas (1785m) 7-8 hours
Day 13: khaniyabas – megang danda (3220m) 5-6 hours
Day 14: megang danda – trisuli bazaar – Kathmandu (1310m) – 6 hrs walk and 4 hrs driving
Day 15: shopping /rest in Kathmandu in bhaktapur (1401m) sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 16: departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern to Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Please understand that the HV Treks trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found prudent. Unfavorable circumstances may occur during the trek. Such as dangerous weather conditions, the condition of a group member, natural events like landslides, can force changes in the itinerary. All efforts will be made to keep to the planned itinerary. The HV Treks leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give a 24-hour emergency response to an accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Syabrubesi (1,503m) 8-9 hours by bus
We start early bus journey to Syabrubesi; the starting point of the trek. After Trisuli Bazaar the road is a little difficult because of the grubby road. During the travel, we pass through many small and villages on the way. We reach Dhunche, the headquarter of Rasuwa District, a small city in the hills. But we don’t stop here. We head to Syabrubesi a beautiful Tamang village, where we spend the night,
Day 04: Shyabru Besi to Chawatar to Gatlang (2337m) 5- 6 hours walking
Following the zig-zag track to the west to Bahun Dada, we reach the beautiful Tamang village Gatlang . The famous holy Kunda (lake ) Parvati Kunda lies above the village where the famous feast Janaipurnima is celebrated, gathered thousands of people nearby the temple.
The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, the border between Rasuwa and Dhading districts. A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems local people appealing government to revive it. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.
Day 06: Somdang to Pangsang (aka, Pangsang) Pass (La)- (3842m) 3 ½ hours walking
After breakfast trek gently uphill passing through a beautiful jungle and mesmerizing surrounding landscapes including Langtang Mountain range.Pangsang Kharka is the best view point of this area. In the southwest, the beautiful Somdang village with broad panorama and north is with Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping with breathtaking scenaries. The whole Ganesh Himal route is famous for ancient trade route through with trading of livestock salt and wool was done. Yak huts can be taken for passing overnight in this route. Langtang ranges , Ganesh Himal range and Manaslu Himal can be seen very beautiful from this route.
Day 07: Pangsang Pass to Tipling – Shertung (1875m) 5-6 hours
Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist Gompas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along with a ridge top to the east is a Gompa and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. As the village contains a majority of Tamang people it has beautiful Tamang culture show. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally over looking the fertile river valley and abundant fields. Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means “place of gold’. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show Jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse for the visitors.
If any one planning 7 days trekking, from Shertung or Chalish village simply trek all the down hill to Jharlang village taking about 5-6 hours walk(1 day walk) overnight and on next day walk to Darkha Phedi taking 4-5 hours finally take sharing local Jeep with other people and drive to Dhading Besi (3-4 hours driving) soon you arrive, you continue drive back Kathmandu taking about 3 hours driving by local bus or a private car/vehicle. So in total taking 1 ½ day walking and half day drive or let’s say in 2 days you will get back to Kathmandu.
Day 08: Chalish to Neber Gaon (2220m ) 5- 6 hours
After breakfast say goodbye to locals and trek down to Chalish village, 20 minutes down hill wlaki which is probably one of the most friendliest and hospitality village of the area. Quick visit Tin Kanya Hindu temple pass thorough small but beautiful village and then trek continue to Khar Khola and then trek gently up to Pasabar danda takes about an hour walk. View of Tribeni river mixed of three rivers. Hindus and both Buddhist believe as a holy river. Just right edge of the Tribeni river Lord Shiva’s statue with little one stoned shrine has built. Especially in Magesakranti(January)festival local gather and celebrate singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighbors village kith and ken. From Pasabar danda trek gently uphill hill and reach at Kalbarang (just the small kharka name but no village or human settlement) trek continues to the hill edge walk and dense jungle. There is a chance of rock fall from the top of the hill due to an inhabitant of wildlife so careful walking with your trek guide or helper. Finally, reach at Hindung village where a huge number of Tamang people live. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and yarsagumba is hunted too, in the surrounding highlands. Take lunch in Hindung and trek down to Hindung Khola and then trek uphill to Neber Gaon walking about 2 ½ hours. Overnight at local house or camp near by local village of Tamang village.
Day 09: Neber – hot springs – Kupchyat (2066m) 4- 5 hours
Trek down a hill to Tatopani (hot springs) where enjoy your half day with a bath and then the trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. After having lunch at Hot Spring our trek continues passing through hairpin hill edge walk, A careful walk is high recommended in this area along with your guide. Passing through Tir Gaon on the way to welcoming Racyat and Kapur villages, finally, arrive in Kupchyat village. Over night in a camp/local house of Tamang village.
Passing through local paddy terraces and amazing views of Lapa Gaon and its surrounding landscape we reach Kupchyat. In Khading village/Gaon you will see a big community of Gurung people having their own beautiful culture. While you will be waiting for your lunch explore Khading gaon and after lunch trek down to Lapa Gaon which is a big Tamang village of the area where you will enjoy to watch Tamang culture.
After breakfast trek down to Ankhu khola having its beautiful water fall views, our trek continues bit uphill to Borang village. We stop for lunch and then trek continues passing through Ukhum and Lishne jungle, crossing a suspension bridge. We walk a bit uphill and then reach at Chhapchyat village. We walk stone steps uphill about 2 hours and a half and then finally we reach at Jharlang village (Ungul). This village is one of the biggest Tamang villages of the area and a breathtaking panoramic mountain view point. Nearly 200 Tamang houses are situated here.
Day 12: Jharlang (Ungul) – Kuri – Khaniyabas (1785m) 7-8 hours
After taking breakfast at the same place, we walk all the way down to Jharlang landslide, takes about an hour to cross. Crossing with your trek guide will be very convenient and during monsoon its bit slippery so careful ! Just after crossing landscape our trek to Ukhum trek continues all the way down a hill to Dungre Khola about 1 ½ hours down hill walking. We cross a suspension bridge and uphill walking about 2 ½ hours to get to Kuri Village. This is also a Tamang village lies right on the top of the hill from where you will see the beautiful surrounding landscape, Ganesh Himal ranges and mountain views. There is no village or tea shops in between Kaule to Kuri village so some snacks or dry fruits will be very useful to carry with you unless you take a heavy breakfast. A bottle of boiled water will be very useful. Great water fall views, paddy terraces and a short walk of the jungle are experienced which makes your interesting interesting of the day. After lunch trek continue and passing through Birchet village finally we reach at Khaniyabas Village or so called it Satya Devi. It’s about 2 ½ hours walk from lunch spot and Satya Devi has several local lodges/tea shops for the trekkers. , it will be nice to camp next to a school or Barchhala temple because small bush and open ground space will make our camping convenient. On the clear weather day, you will have the best and breath taking sun set views. Ankhu river views and Todke hill in horizon gives you magnificent landscape scenery. Tamang, Bhramin and Dalit people live in Khaniyabas.
Day 13: Khaniyabas – Megang Danda (3220m) 5-6 hours
After breakfast, we will have easy walk about an hour to Thambu Khola and then trek all the stone steps uphill walking Kimdang gaon (2 ½ hours walking) stop for lunch and trek to Megang Danda walking a big dense jungle right on the hill top. In dense jungle, we may encounter with wild animals so trek with your guide or helper is highly recommended on this day. There is a dirt road in Kimtang to Trisuli Bazaar so you will get a sharing local jeep only in winter season. In the monsoon, it is impossible to drive due to muddy track/road. Megang is another breath taking mountain View point on this day from where you will experience of 270 degrees mountain views. There are several lodges but lodges removed due to road construction. however, there is a basic lodges for the trekkers/travelers to spend a night.
Day 14: Megang Danda – Trisuli Bazaar – Kathmandu (1310m)5– 6 hours walk and 4 hours driving
You may trek to Trisuli Bazaar 6 hours down hill scenic walking or walk up to Deurali 1 ½ hours walking and then share local bus/Jeep with other people to Trisuli Bazaar (2 hours driving) and then continue to drive back to Kathmandu by local bus (4 hours driving) or a private car/vehicle.
Day 15: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu in Bhaktapur (1401m) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost:
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
Welcome or farewell dinners in Kathmandu
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking / Hiking
Camping fee Overnight stays in two-person tents
Kitchen equipment and tents for trekking.
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
Mountain experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Upto 4 Persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Cook and Kitchen and potties team
Nights in double/single Tents for the Trekking walking
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/12-15 kg capacity bag, and trekking map/ card are yours to take
(Tourist Information Management System TIMS card)
Ganesh Himal permit
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits mountain
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your Trekking leader for Nepali staff
All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost:
Nepalese visa fee $ 40 – on arrival in Kathmandu
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and Trekking Walking Hiking shoes.
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
Number of participants:
Minimum number of participants: 2
Maximum number of participants: 14
Max Altitude: 4045 meters Best Season: September to November and March to May Difficulty Level: Moderate
December, January, and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the trail. Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes and cultural tour. It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges a tour for these places.
March, April, and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a cloud can be seen in the sky during this season. So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal.So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period. This period offers plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.
June, July, and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slightly difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang, Upper Dolpa, Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September, October, and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our treks. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes. This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is the best destination for climbing in this season.
Equipment & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all the necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under a sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
A cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.