Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek with Somdang

Hiking / Trekking in Kathamandu, Bagmati, Nepal

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The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Himal can clearly be seen from Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal, that is the “Great Himalayan Chain” forming the... Show more

The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Himal can clearly be seen from Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal, that is the “Great Himalayan Chain” forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is contained between the valley of the Buri Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli Khola in the lower section.

Trekking in Ganesh himal region is enriched with its rich Flora: the impressive display of berberis, primula, orchids and a variety of Ferns, the valleys set ablaze by yellow blossoms of double Jasmine, the forest dense with Spanish oak, blue pine, and in spring time blossoming of the rhododendron set whole forest alight in spectacular arrays of color. Another feature includes the abundance of crystals which is regarded valuable and precious stone. The trekking route passes through quite Tamang villages, hot spas, gorges and glaciers and magnificent sceneries. Ganesh Himal Trekking can be organized only camping. Moreover, you can visit zinc mines at Somdang.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 :Sightseeingin Kathmandu
Day 03 : Kathmandu Syabru Besi Drive
Day 04 : Syabrubesi to Gatlang(2238m)
Day 05 : Gatlang to Somdang(3500m)
Day 06 : Somdang to Pansang Bhajyang(3850m)
Day 07 : Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise
Day 08 : Chalise to Hindung
Day 09 : Hindung to Rajgang Kharka
Day 10 : Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda
Day 11 : Rest Day
Day 12 : Kalo Seto Khunda to Rajgang Kharka
Day 13 : Rajgang Kharka to Chalise
Day 14 : Chalise to Jharlang
Day 15 : Jharlang to Darkhu
Day 16 : Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar
Day 17 : Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu
Day 18 : Free Day
Day 19 : International Departure

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$899.00
Duration
19 days

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Langtang Ri Trekking and Expedition is situated at thamel west of Narayanhiti Palace Museum in tridevi marga inbetween the way to jyatha and thahiti in the right hand side of road.

City
Kathamandu
State / Region
Bagmati
Zip / Postcode
7103
Country
Nepal
27.714348 85.3118437

Itinerary

Day 01 : Kathmandu arrival (1300m)
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03 : Kathmandu Syabru Besi Drive
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 04 : Syabrubesi to Gatlang(2238m)
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 05 : Gatlang to Somdang(3500m)
Trek from Gatlang to Somdang (3500m.) which takes about five hours.
You walk along the graveled but motor able road. Though 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 06 : Somdang to Pansang Bhajyang(3850m)
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 07 : Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise
Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Chalise that takes about seven hours.
The trails 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 upto Sertung Chalise. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.

Day 08 : Chalise to Hindung
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 09 : Hindung to Rajgang Kharka
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 it mainly grassland. Except winter season the local people bring domestic animals especially sheep for grazing.

Day 10 : Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda
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 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 11 : Rest Day
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 12 : Kalo Seto Khunda to Rajgang Kharka
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 13 : Rajgang Kharka to Chalise
Trek from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m.) which takes about six hours.The trail moves down hill all the way to Chalise. While trekking you pass forests till Hindung and crossing it you find few Tamang villages.

Day 14 : Chalise to Jharlang
Trek from Sertung or Chalise to Jharlang which takes approximately eight hours.The early part of your trails 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 trails turn downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture.

Day 15 : Jharlang to Darkhu
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 16 : Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar
Trek from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar that takes about seven hours.The early part of your trek is descent upto 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 17 : Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu
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.

Day 18 : Kathmandu free day of your own
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping .In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 19 : Final departure
All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom.

Inclusions

  1. Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  2. Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 stars to 5 star hotels with breakfast
  3. Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  4. Kathmandu/syabrubesi and khahare bazaar /Kathmandu Transportation private or local
  5. Accommodation in tent during trek
  6. Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  7. 4 seasonal sleeping bag
  8. trekking map for group
  9. All necessary paper work & Permits
  10. All cost for a Langtang Ri staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide) and required porter while on trek
  11. Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs
  12. Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  13. Experienced cook, sherpas and kitchen crew.
  14. Tents, mattress, cooking utensils
  15. All government taxes.
  16. Farewell dinner

Exclusions

  1. International Airfare
  2. Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  3. Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  4. Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  5. Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  6. Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  7. Client’s insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  8. Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Please Note

Information

Duration: 19 days

Grade: 2-Moderate

Best Time to go: Sep – May

Price: USD 899- USD 2399 per person

Trekking: Camping

Max. Altitude: 4600m

Group Size: Min 4 – 10 pax

Cancellation policy

If cancelled up to 1 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.

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