Days: 22 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Introduction to Ganesh Himal Trek
It lies on the central eastern region of Nepal still lucky to remain untouched by modern world. This trek offers unspoiled nature, majestic Himalayan Range, contact with local peoples, culture and their way of life and wildlife. Treks in the Ganesh Himal region are designed to introduce you to a broad spectrum of life in different Nepalese communities and varieties of beautiful scenery. This trek also offers authentic experience of unspoilt Tamang villages, beautiful farm terraces and superb views of Ganesh Himal and other mountains. The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV) stand out like crystals forming the skyline.
Highest elevation: 4750m
Trek style: Camping Trek only
Major attraction: Typical Nepalese lifestyles, great scenery of Himalayas, beautiful terrace farmlands, sparkling waterfall, historical site, picturesque villages
Itinerary in details
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Betrawati 800m by bus and trek to Chapdanda 1220m (7/8 hours)
Today,we make a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Betrawati by bus which takes about 5 hours viewing nice terraced fields and Trisuli River. Then we will trek for 2 hours until reaching Chapdanda. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 4: Chapdanda to Bhalche 2020m (6/7 hours)
In the morning, after breakfast, we will start our trek through the rough road trail viewing splendid terraced slopes. Again we continue uphill until reaching the small villages. Then we will continue ascends passing the small Buddhist Stupa and fine view of Betrawati Village far down below you on the river bank of Trisuli. We will continue ascents until reaching Satdobato (seven trails) and have lunch there. After lunch, we will continue our trek through numerous small stone villages and small streams where water driven grinding mills during the trail until reaching the town of Bhalche Village. We have stunning view of sunset. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 5: Bhalche to Gonga 2800m (6/7 hours)
In this day, after breakfast, we will ascend until reaching the terraced fields and grassy area before entering forest. Then we will continue into through the dense Rhododendron forests. During the spring treks, this area is stunning with different color of Rhododendron flowers covering the mountainsides. We will stop for our lunch. After lunch, we will continue again through the dense forests of Rhododendron until reaching small town of Gonga. The town is situated in the pass, separating the Nyam valley from the Saptang valley. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 6: Gonga to Rupchet 3720m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek from that small village to ascend through the Rhododendron and Fir forests. We will keep walking for few hours and stop for having lunch. Then we will continue steep ascents until reaching the flat grassy area of Rupchet. We have stunning views of Himalayas like Langtang Himal and Gosaikund. The sunsets from here are unparalleled as the crystalline peaks of Langtang and the broad highlands of Gosainkund sparkle in yellow and orange brilliance. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 7: Acclimatization day
Today is rest day for acclimatize with high altitude and explore some high point near Rupchet Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 8: Rupchet to Phedi 3545m via Singla Bhanjyang 4750m (7/8 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek to cross Singla Bhanjyang. We will continue to keep ascending until reaching the top with enjoys incredible mountains scenery. You have great views of Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himal. Then we will climb down till Phedi where is forests with wide varieties of trees like Rhododendron, Bamboo and local trees. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 9: Phedi to Pansang Bhanjyang 4000m (6/7 hours)
In this day after breakfast, we will follow the several ascent and descent routes all the way to our destination. Some distance we walk through the forests covered with herbal medicines and incense. While trekking, we have great views of Langtang Himal, Paldor Peak and Tibetan mountains. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 10: Exploration Day
Today we have again full day excursion near the Pangsang Banjyang for the great Himalayan scenery and beautiful landscapes. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Pansang Bhanjyang to Tipling 2500m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek through the forests trail passing several up and down until reaching big Tamang Village of Tipling. We can see beautiful waterfalls and farming terraced fields where formers grow potato, maize, buck wheat, barley, wheat and green vegetables. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Tipling to Sertung 2050m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek. Firstly we have to climb down steeply until we cross a suspension bridge over the Gorkhen Khola. Then we will go uphill until reaching Gurung village of Sertung. We can see traditional dresses and local cultures. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Sertung to Sapchet 1500m (5/6 hours)
In this day, the early part of our trail is gently ascent until we arrive in small ridge, from where we can see nice view of Ganesh Himal and beautiful waterfall. Then we continue keep descending the ridge and cross the forming terraces. We will have lunch there. After lunch, we continue small up and down trail until reaching Sapchet village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Sapchet to Darkha 1250m (5/6 hours)
In this day after breakfast, we will climb up gently viewing Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Jugal Himal as well as beautiful waterfalls. We keep walking until reaching Darkha which is first Brahmin village in this trek. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Darkha to Lapang 1000m (5/6 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, we will start to keep walking many up and down through the several small settlements during the trekking trail. We will really enjoy with nice terraced field. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Lapang to Khahare 900m (5/6 hours)
In this day, we will descend and then route moves along the river bank until reaching Khahare village. There is big market and famous place for magnificent views of forming terraces. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Khahare to Arughat 700m (5/6 hours)
Today is also many up and down trail until reaching Arughat Bazar. This is also big market place. We can see again beautiful terraces. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Arughat to Khanchok 1448m (5/6 hours)
Today after breakfast, we will start our trek from there passing several up and down. Then we will continue keep walking until reaching Khanchok village. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Khanchok to Gorkha Durbar 1143m (5/6 hours)
Today, we will keep walking after breakfast from there and continuing many up and down through the terraces. We will visit ancient and historical Gorkha Durbar. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20: Gorkha to Kathmandu by bus (6/7 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, scenic drive from Gorkha to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Day 21: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 22: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 nights ccommodation with breakfast at Standard3*** hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Tented accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation by private car/van.
* Natinal Park Fees and necessary permits.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All Camping Equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
* Office Service charge.
* All government tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Incase of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.