Ganesh Himal Singala Pass Trek

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.

From the Singla Top the Manaslu massif, with Manaslu (8163m) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal appears before you. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal and at other side looms Langtang Himal. Ganesh (7406m) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow and ice.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar(650m)
Day 04 : Sole Bazaar to Satdobate
Day 05 : Satdobate to Balche
Day 06 : Balche to Gonga
Day 07 : Rest Day
Day 08 : Gonga to Rupchet Kharka
Day 09 : Rupchet Kharka to Singla
Day 10 : Chermo to Maygaon
Day 11 : Mayagaon to Katunje
Day 12 : Katunje to Dhading
Day 13 : Dhading to Kathmandu Drive
Day 14 : Free Day
Day 15 : International Departure

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Duration
15 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 to Sole bazaar(650m)
Drive from Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar (650m.) via Betrawati which takes about seven hours. Depart Kathmandu early morning for the 7-hours drive to the hill town of Sole Bazaar Today you trace the route taken by 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 person to assemble 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. Your campsite is about 20 minutes outside of Sole Bazaar, on the bank of the Trisuli River. This is a relaxing spot with wonderful views of farm fields, small villages, and terraced slopes set against a background of the Ganesh Himal.

Day 04 : Sole Bazaar to Satdobate
Trek from Sole Bazaar to Satdobate which takes about five hours. You leave camp by backtracking 100m to cross the suspension bridge over the Salankhu Khola (Khola is a Nepalese word for river, stream, or valley) just up from where it enters the Trisuli River. After the bridge, you begin a long, moderately steep ascent that begins to level off after about 1.5 hours, just before your lunch spot in the small town of Chapodanda (870m, 2860ft). You eat lunch under a large Fichus tree with splendid views of the terraced slopes surrounding you the activity of this small village. From Chapodanda, the trail follows the new, rough road west for 200m, before heading uphill steeply through a few small villages, finally arriving at a rest spot next to a small stupa (a stupa is a Buddhist structure that either marks a trail or in remembrance of an important person). The views are nice here and you can see Betrawati far down below you on the banks of the Trisuli River. Take the left path from the stupa, contouring the hillside. An hour after the stupa, you make your final ascent up to the saddle and the town of Satobate (“seven trails”, 1250m, 4100ft) where you camp for the night.

Day 05 : Satdobate to balche
Trek from Satobate to Balche which takes about five hours. From Satobate, follow the trail westward along the ridgeline. Today’s route is less steep and gives us our last chance to experience village life before you head into the uninhabited jungle tomorrow. You climb steadily through numerous small villages and over many streams before leaving the Salankhu Khola to head up the Chalakhung Khola. Along the way, stay watchful for people drying pears or weaving bamboo mats and baskets, as this area is well known for these products. The numerous small stone ‘houses’ that you pass throughout the day are actually water driven grinding mills. The last halfmile is steep uphill as you climb to our camp spot in the town of Balche (1930m, 6330ft). Head for the large poles with Buddhist prayer flags on them; you will camp just below them. Balche is a quaint hill town, spread out along tow or three flat regions on the slope. Large granitic gneiss spires and domes stand against the skyline above the town, creating a stunning sunset. The women here all dress traditionally, including very large, heavy earrings that are supported with a thin string over the head.

Day 06 : Balche to Gonga
Trek from Balche to Gonga which takes about seven hours. Today you head into mostly uninhabited territory and the surrounding landscape changes accordingly, from terraced fields to forest. You head out of Balche ascending the hill behind the town. The large grassy area just northwest of town is one of the old grazing areas for royal herds of sheep and goats. After about 1.5 hours, the trail begins to level out and you enter the first jungle of our trek. Here, it is mostly rhododendron and kharsu. Kharsu leaves are good feed for cows and are subsequently cut periodically; creating tall, thin trees with few leaves. During spring treks, this area is stunning with bright red, white and purple rhododendron flowers covering the mountainsides. This is the forest gathering area for the town of Balche. The sounds of women cutting wood, gathering medicinal plants and bamboo, and leading their livestock to grazing areas further up on the slopes will fill the first half of our day. You stop for lunch in an especially pretty clearing with views down to Thulochaur, 400m below us. The remainder of the day is through dense jungle, to Gonga (2910m, 9600ft), a small 5-house town made entirely of wood (a commodity that is plentiful in this sparsely populated part of the Himalaya). The town is situated in a pass, separating the Nyam valley from the Saptang valley.

Day 07 : Rest Day
Rest day for acclimatization.

Day 08 : Gonga to Rupchet Kharka
Trek form Gonga to Rupchet Kharka which takes about five hours. Your route today is a beautiful ascent through old growth forests of rhododendron and fir. You head northwest from Gonga, slowly ascending through the jungle for 25 minutes to the small 3-house town of Mimatashi Karka. This town is only a few years old and is only seasonally inhabited. Continue ascending for another hour and 45 minutes through impressively large old growth fir and rhododendron forest (many of the fir trees are 1-1.75m in diameter!). The route flattens for an hour as you contour the mountain, before the last ascent (a very steep 175m) of the day to the ridgeline. 20 minutes from the top you arrive at Rupchet Karka (3634m, 11922ft), a large flat grassy area with 3 seasonal grazing huts and stunning views of the Central Himalaya. Across the Trisuli River valley to the northwest is the Langtang Himal (7225m, 23703ft) and Gosainkund. The sunsets from here are unparalleled as the crystalline peaks of Langtang and the broad highlands of Gosainkund sparkle in yellow and orange brilliance.

Day 09 : Rupchet Kharka to Singla
Trek from Rupchet Kharka to Singla top and trek to Cherma which takes about eight hours. You head out early for the climb up to Singla pass. There will likely be snow up here in the spring and late fall, so go slowly and enjoy the incredible scenery along the way. The route is steep, weaving through large boulders, spires and domes. It is only 300m up, but the altitude will make it feel like more. As you approach the final gentle uphill climb before the pass, Langtang looms overhead to the north and the peaks of Ganesh start to peak out ahead. Singla is really less a pass than the side of a peak, the top of which is only another 20 meters up a very gentle slope. On the pass (4001m, 13125ft), the world seems to fall away in three directions. To the west is the Manaslu massif, with Manaslu (8163m, 26780ft) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal; Ganesh (7406m, 24296ft) and her sisters jut up from the valley below like large crystals thrust out of the earth, creating a stunning panorama of glaciers, peaks, rock, snow, and ice. The bottom of the gorge between Ganesh and us is over 3000m below. You’ll return to camp for a warm lunch and relax for a while and then descend to Cherma. Cherma is a forest with wide varieties of trees like rhododendrons, bamboos of different varieties and other local trees.

Day 10 : Chermo to Maygaon
Trek from Chermo to Maygaon which takes about seven hours. Today you leave the highlands as you begin our descent back into inhabited regions. You will take a different route than you did coming up. For an hour the trail follows this ridgeline, before making the first of two steep descents through alpine meadows, rhododendron slopes, and large rock spires. You will stop for lunch in an old grazing area with nice views across the valley and the jungles you trekked through only a few days ago. The trail very gently descends for another hour before our last steep descent of the day, along the base of an 80m high cliff, through a beautiful stream valley, and finally across grazing lands that will lead you to Maygaon. Maygaon is yet another spot from where you can have a panoramic view of Ganesh Himal almost in front of your face. The other snow caped mountains you will be able to see are Manaslu which happens to be the highest mountain in your trek, you will also be able to see the valley view of Darkha village, Satya Devi village, Saldung village etc.

Day 11 : Mayagaon to Katunje
Trek from Maygaon to Katunje which takes about seven hours. The route is easy as you contour the hillsides through the “Tamang Village” wherein you will be able to witness the typical Tamang culture unlike yours. Their lifestyle will somewhere encourage you to live with full satisfaction for the reason what you have with you.

Day 12 : Katunje to Dhading
Trek from Katunje to Dhading which will take you about five hours. The last day trail is very easy and descends steeply for an hour till Todke Bazar. The trail will then ascend gradually up to Seuli. You will then trek steeply down till Dhading Besi through the villages of Tamang’s, Magar’s, Bahun’s, Chhetri’s etc.

Day 13 : Dhading to Kathmandu Drive
Drive from Dhading to Kathmandu that takes approximately five hours. It is a 5 hours drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be short but worth enough to enjoy as you will be driving on the banks of rivers like Thopal and then the wild Trisuli.

Day 14 : 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 15 : 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 Himalaya.

Inclusions

  1. Welcome in Airport by garland
  2. Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  3. Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 stars to 5 star hotels with breakfast
  4. Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  5. Kathmandu/sole bazaar and dhading /Kathmandu Transportation private or local
  6. Accommodation in tent during trek
  7. Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  8. 4 seasonal sleeping bag
  9. trekking map for group
  10. All necessary paper work & Permits
  11. 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
  12. Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Langtang Ri trekking staffs
  13. Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  14. Experienced cook, sherpas and kitchen crew.
  15. Tents, mattress, cooking utensils
  16. All government taxes.
  17. 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: 15 days

Grade: 2-Moderate

Best Time to go: Sep – May

Price: USD 1949 per person

Trekking: Camping

Max. Altitude: 4600

Group Size: Min 4 – 10 pax

Transportation: Private transportation or local bus

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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