Lying to the northwest of Kathmandu, Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is one of the nearest and most beautiful treks in the Himalayas. Named after the Hindu god Ganesh, the shape of the Ganesh I peak, when seen upon a closer distance, looks like the head of the elephant.
This is a journey towards the foothill of Ganesh Himal ranges which is a cluster of nearly 20 peaks, flanking west of Manaslu Himal. The trekking trail passes through forests of pristine wilderness. During Spring and Autumn seasons the entire forest burst into vibrant colors and sweet fragrances of Berberis, Primula, Orchids, Jasmine and array of ferns. You will enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh I (7422m), II, III and IV peaks along with glaciers, gorges and hot natural spas. The region is really famous for the precious natural rocks such as rubies and rare herbal and medicinal plants.
The inhabitants of the area are Tamang ethnic people, who live on highlands and follow pastoral lifestyle. There are numerous temples, monasteries as well as cultural festivals that offer a glimpse and insight into age old tradition and myths of this community.
Ganesh Base Camp is purely a camping trek and can be organized on a full-board. Please contact Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition for the next departure dates and for a range of itineraries to suit your time frame, budget and interests.
Depart Kathmandu early morning for a 7-hour drive to the hill town of Sole Bazaar. Today you trace the route taken by King Prithvi Narayan Shah on his invasion march to Kathmandu over two centuries ago. Prithvi Narayan Shah is considered the founding father of modern Nepal, being the first king to unite all the territories of the present country of Nepal under one ruler. En route you pass through Trisuli Bazaar, a small town that was once the hub for trekking in this region and is home to a small but interesting traditional bazaar. From here you travel along a gravel road until you reach Samari Bhanjyang. This is a picturesque drive as you can see the beautiful scenery of rice terraces, small gorges and green hills. Samari Bhanjyang is a small town and it was a trading place in the past. You camp for the night.
In the beginning you trek along a gradually descending path before your trail turns uphill. Finally you trek through flat land to reach your destination. En route you pass different villages, forests covered with pine and rhododendron, farming terraces, small streams and numerous green hills. There is a small market in Katunje and you can have first glimpse of Ganesh Himal from here. You camp for the night.
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. You camp for the night.
All the way you make gradual ascent passing through several villages, farming terraces and green hills. These villages are predominated by Tamangs, Brahmins and Chhetris communities respectively. Maize, millet, rice, wheat, buckwheat and green vegetables are their main staple food. Jharlang is a Tamang village where you find a government school and numerous typical houses. The main occupation of the locals is agriculture. You camp for the night.
The trek takes a climb and then moves through leveled path towards the ending point. While trekking you pass many Tamang villages, Borang and Shertum among the famous Tamang villages. There are schools, health post, chortens and mani walls in these Tamang villages. The main occupation of the people is farming. You camp for the night.
The early part of the trail goes downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and after 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 parts of the villages. One thing to be noticed is that it is the last village you pass while trekking to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. You camp for the night.
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 mainly with grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing. You camp for the night.
The trail is narrow and moves mostly uphill and leveled path somewhere. You walk along the trail covered with forests for few hours. Towards the end 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. During winter season these lakes are frozen. You camp for the night.
From here you can enjoy the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many others. You camp for the night.
You trek along the descent and narrow path where you find alpine grass on both sides. You camp for the night.
The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and after crossing it you find few Tamang villages. You camp for the night.
You trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi and trek uphill to reach Laba village.
This day you pass pine forests, Tamang villages, farming terraces, green hills and villages at far distance. Laba is a beautiful Gurung village with its own tradition and culture. You camp for the night.
This day you trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. These forests are the home of various species of birds and wild animals. The trail moves up hill all the way to Manyang Bhanjyang. From here you can see the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal. While trekking you pass Khading village mainly resided by Tamang. Manyang Bhanjyang is a ridge and you find forests and grassland here. This is a perfect place for camping as your camping site is surrounded by rhododendron and oak forests. You camp for the night.
To reach Majhgaun you have to trek along gradual descent path and after some time steep descent path but again you move downward toward the ending point. On the way you pass forests of rhododendron and oak, villages, farming terraces and green hills. This day you may catch a glimpse of Manaslu range, Buddha peak on a clear weather and other unnamed mountains and peaks. As you enter Majhgaun you will find local people being engaged in farming. You camp for the night.
You walk along the trail dominated with villages, forests, streams and terraces. This day you can enjoy the scenic beauty of green hills. Budhathum is a small town with local old market. This village is pre-dominated by Newar community. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Manaslu range at far distance. Stay overnight at camp.
After your early morning breakfast, you will drive from Budhathum to Kathmandu that takes about 6 hours. Your drive passes through villages, rivers and green hills.
Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor. Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking.
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)
Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff
Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm
Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),
Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks
First Aid Kit
Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc
Additional items for camping trek:
Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses
Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price.