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Ganesh Himal trekking is an off the beaten trail located in the central eastern region of Nepal. It is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune.
The highest access to Ganesh Himal trek is Shingla pass at 4200 m and Pansang La pass at 4100 m. The trail offers spectacular views of Ganesh Himal (7406m), Langtang (7300m), Annapurna (8091m), Fishtail (6990m), Manaslu (8163m), Lamjung (6800m), Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV, Boudha Himal, and Hiunchuli.
The Ganesh Himal region is full of rich flora varieties such as orchids, berries, ferns and Jasmine, oak, blue pine and rhododendron. There are 526 species of plants, 300 spices of birds and many attractive wild animals. The trekking route passes by hot spring, deep gorge, lakes, waterfall and glaciers. During the trek you have the opportunity to witness a wealth of Nepali culture and traditions of both Buddhist and Hindus.
Ganesh Himal is a camping trek. It can be done in different duration and throughout the year. Best season for Ganesh Himal trek is February to May and August to December.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi
Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m.) via Goljung
Day 03: Trek from Gatlang to Somdang (3500m.)
Day 05: Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise
Day 06: Trek from Chalise to Hindung
Day 07: Trek from Hindung to Rajgang Kharka
Day 08: Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) Ganesh Himal Base Camp
Day 09: Rest day at the Base Camp. You can have an excursion in and around Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake).
Day 10: Trek from Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka
Day 12: Trek from Chalise to Jharlang
Day 13: Trek from Jharlang to Darkha
Day 14: Trek from Darkha to Khahare Bazaar
Day 15: Drive from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours.
You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction.
Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m.) via Goljung and it takes about six hours.
While trekking you experience of the Tamang culture. You can see scenery from view point. This day you walk through village. The cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your trekking a memorable one. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang.
Day 03: Trek from Gatlang to Somdang (3500m.) which takes about five hours.
You walk along the graveled but motorable road. Regular transport is not available till now. While trekking, you can enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Langtang Himal ranges, Ganesh Himal, Paldor peak and many other unnamed mountain and peaks. You pass some Tamang villages where you can have a close observation of their culture and tradition. Somdang is a Tamang village. There you find zinc mines. Day 4 Trek from Somdang to Pansang Bhanjyang (3850m.) via Paldor Bhanjyang (3600m.) and it takes about seven hours. You walk along the trail which moves through villages, forests and terraces. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views of green hills.
Day 05: Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise that takes about seven hours.
The trail 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 up to Sertung Chalise. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.
Day 06: 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.
Day 07: 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 grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing.
Day 08: 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 a 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.
Day 09: 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.
Day 10: 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. Day 11 Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours. The trail moves downhill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find a few Tamang villages.
Day 12: Trek from Chalise to Jharlang which takes approximately eight hours.
The early part of your trail 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 trail turns downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture.
Day 13: 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.
Day 14: Trek from Darkha to Khahare Bazaar that takes about seven hours.
The early part of your trek is descent up to 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.
Day 15: 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.
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