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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal


Ganesh Himal Trek combines impressive scenery, towering cliffs, and an interesting cultural mix of Gurung and Tamang villages to visit. Added attractions are the relatively low altitude of the trek – the high point is 4,050m/13,288ft, and the accessibility of the region, both the start and end of the trek can easily be reached by road from Kathmandu.

This is a trek in the central Eastern region of Nepal, one of the least explored areas of the Himalayas situated in between the most popular trekking destinations Langtang to the east and Manaslu to the west. On this trek you can explore the broad spectrum of cultures and natural sceneries on splendor hidden valley. You will be mesmerized with the views of the Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV), Mount Manasalu, Tibet range, Langtang, and Annapurna.

You will have the first glimpse of Ganesh Himal Range when you cross the hills and leave Kathmandu behind to arrive in Betrawati. Gradually, the trek takes you through several Tamang villages like Kispang, Gongga, Tipling, Jyamrung, and several others, each hosting amazing views of the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal ranges. As you stop at some of these villages, you will get plenty of time to learn about the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the Tamang ethnics. The innocence and warmth of the Tamang people here on the foothills of Ganesh Himal Range is a unique experience altogether.

Trip highlights

  • Fantastic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal and Manaslu Himal
  • The incredible mountain panoramas from the Sing La
  • Region of valuable zinc, crystal, ruby, tin etc
  • Diverse terrain farmland, green meadow and rocky hills
  • Homes to the domestic animals like sheep, yak, goat and ox
  • A dense forest of Rhododendron, pine, oak and bamboo
  • The unique culture and tradition of Gurung and Tamang groups

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570 m) – approx. 4/5 hours

This is an interesting drive, initially on the main road that leads to Pokhara, before turning off north and crossing the Trisuli river to Dhading Bazaar.

The small town of Arughat is divided into two, old and new, and you should have time in the afternoon to cross the Budhi Gandaki river on the suspension bridge to explore the old town. Overnight at Tea House. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 04: Trek along the Budhi Gandaki to Arakhet. Continue towards Manbu (1,300 m) – approx. 5/6 hours.

There is a rough track that leads from Arughat to Arkhet. The relatively flat walk is full of interesting sights and is a great opportunity to stretch your legs after all the travelling. There are beautiful wooded hills, paddy fields stretching to the river and numerous locals walking to school and work. It is about two hours to the small settlement of Arkhet where you leave the road and cross the Budhi Gandaki to start climbing up towards Manbu. The path is excellent, as it winds up between terraced fields and small settlements. After stopping for lunch you walk on the small dirt road for an hour or so before reaching the edge of Manbu. You will camp just before the village of Manbu, a large spread out settlement surrounded by terraced fields. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 05: Trek to Lamodhunga via Dunchet (2,200 m) – approx. 5/6 hours.

Hopefully you will wake up to stunning views of the Budhi Gandaki valley with the eastern face of Himalchuli, 7,893m, soaring above, and the Tibetan peak of Serang Himal dominating the head of the valley. To start the day you contour northwards following high above the river valley before starting the climb to the large village of Dunchet. You will then walk on the dirt road for about an hour before probably stopping for lunch in Dunchet - there will be time to explore the picturesque village with its stone houses. In the afternoon, it is initially a climb on a well- constructed stone staircase to pass by upper Dunchet before emerging on the upper terraces and briefly entering the forest to ascend to the uppermost terraces. These top terraces are used both for growing barley and by cowherds who live here in small shelters. At the edge of the forest is a rock outcrop, and you will camp on the terraces near here. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 06: Forest walk to Nauban Kharka (2,750 m) – approx. 5/6 hours. Sunset views of the Annapurnas.

Today is a complete contrast as you spend much of the day walking in the forest. This is a fabulous experience as you trek on small trails used by herdsmen and woodcutters through the virgin forest. There are exotic ferns and lichens and hanging rattans. It is likely that the only sounds you will hear are cicadas and monkeys. The trail is at times steep and involves a small amount of scrambling. There are clear, rushing streams to cross on stepping stones and small clearings used by cowherds. The path contours and climbs eventually reaching Nauban Kharka, a large clearing with temporary shelters for herders and amazing views of Machhapuchare, Annapurna South and Annapurna 2, Boudha Peak and Himalchuli. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 07: Trek across two passes - the Myangal Bhanjyang (2975 m) and Magne Goth (2,936 m), Continue to the village of Khading – approx. 6 hours.

After admiring the early morning mountain views, it is about a one hour climb to the first pass of the trek, the Myangal Bhanjyang at 2,975m/9,812ft. New views are opened up below the pass, as you contour along the grassy hillsides, dipping in and out of forest. It is a couple of hours walk to the second pass, the Magne Goth pass at 2,936m/9,680ft. (Depending on conditions, you may cross a slightly lower pass at 2,780m/9,174ft).There are fabulous views of the Ganesh peaks and Paldor. From here a newly renovated path descends past a couple of small kharkas, or clearings, to reach the beautiful and vibrant village of Khading. This is a substantial stone settlement, with a school. Depending on time, you will either stay the night here or continue for an hour to camp at Laba school. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 08: Trek to Lapchet and Rachyet Village. Follow high trail to camp at Timla school (1,760 m) (or continue to Tiragaon) – approx. 6 hours.

This is a really superb day's trek, with a relatively easy morning as you contour high above the river valley with great views of the valley far below, and terraced hillsides stretching into the distance. The path is newly renovated and excellent. You pass through several tiny settlements perched on the hillside, growing wheat, millet and lentils. You may well see people weaving bamboo into baskets, mats and even house walls and muzzles for goats! A couple of bluffs are crossed before you make a short descent to the village of Lapchet where you may have lunch at the school. From here you can see the large school on the hillside opposite that is your objective for the day. You descend to the river before climbing to Rachyat. There are several beautiful old chortens along this part of the trail, and the villages, a mixture of Gurung and Tamang are well kept. Water permitting you will camp at the secondary school, set high above the valley floor in a small area of forest. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 09: Trek to Shertung (1,920 m) – approx. 6 hours.

It's a lovely gentle walk this morning, mainly walking on the dirt road, passing through several small villages en route and stopping for lunch after about 3 hours. After lunch you cross a bridge and start a gentle climb through beautiful tree dotted grassland to reach the village of Chalise. You will get good views of Ganesh Himal and other smaller peaks from here. You then continue climbing gently on stone steps through fields to reach the pretty village of Shertung.

There is a lovely spot for camping in the heart of the village. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 10: Morning in Shertung with exploration of village and excursion to monastery. Afternoon trek towards Sing La Phedi - 3 hours

This morning you have a welcome rest day in Shertung. The name Shertung means “place of gold” and the story is that two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and were inspired to found the settlement. The village is largely inhabited by Tamangs who follow a religion which mixes elements of Hinduism and Buddhism along with shamanistic beliefs. In the morning you will have time to explore round the village, including having a look at the school and hospital. You may also have time to visit Phyangchet Monastery, situated about an hour’s ascent above the village below a beautiful forest and at the start of one of the major trekking routes to the Sing La pass. If the caretaker is around you should be able to go inside the monastery, but in any case there are fabulous views from here, so it is well worth the climb up.

You then begin walking towards Sing La Phedi on the trail which avoids the road. A local guide will join you for this part of the walk. Originally this trail was part of a route used by locals from Shertung village to reach Trisuli Bazaar. Your walk today climbs, mostly through jungle, rhododendron, oak and bamboo, and passes through several clearings called kharkas, where local animal herders graze their sheep, cows and goats. Along the way you have occasional views of the mountains. You will camp in a suitable spot between Shertung and Sing La Phedi. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 11: Trek to Jungle Camp at Sing La Phedi (3,546 m) – approx. 3 hours.

Today you continue on the trail, finally reaching Sing La Phedi, its name meaning the foot or base of the pass, and you will camp here for the night. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 12: Cross Sing La Pass (4,050 m), and descend to Gongoo Danda (2,900 m) – approx. 5/6 hours.

You start this morning with the climb to the Sing La Pass, from where the views are really outstanding. As you make the final uphill climb to the pass, Langtang looms overhead to the north and the peaks of Ganesh appear. Sing La 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. From the pass the world seems to fall away in three directions. To the west is the Manaslu massif, with Manaslu, 8,163m/26,780ft) poking up from behind the Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Annapurna Himal beyond. To the northwest is the Ganesh Himal where Ganesh, 7,406m, 24,296ft, and its satellites create a stunning panorama of peaks, glaciers, rock, snow and ice.

From the pass you will descend all the way to the large grazing meadows at Rupchet for lunch. This is a lovely spot with great views but due to lack of water here you we will need to continue for a further half an hour to reach Gongoo Danda for your overnight camp. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 13: Trek to Kaule Village (1,800 m) – approx. 5/6 hours.

After breakfast, you begin with a shortish uphill walk and then make a long gradual, downhill descent, mainly on a small road - in the far distance you will see the small town of Dunche with Gosainkunda Danda beyond. You walk through rhododendron and pine forest to the open grazing area near the Gompa at Kaule and then though a picturesque landscape of mixed forest, farm land and scattered villages. You will have lunch in camp and will be able to relax for the afternoon before celebrating your last night on trek with your trekking crew. Overnight at Camp. Meals Included : Full Board

Day 14: Trek to Roadhead – approx. 1 hour. Drive back to Kathmandu – approx. 5/6 hours.

You walk for about half an hour to reach Kaule village where you will meet your transport for the drive back to Kathmandu, passing through the village of Betrawati and the town of Trisuli Bazaar. Overnight in Hotel

Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu.

You can explore around the Heritage sites in the city, stroll down the streets of Thamel for local cultural experience, visit nearby monasteries, relax at a nearby spa centers or do some souvenir haunting in the local bazaar. Overnight in Hotel

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 16 days
  • Grade : Moderate to Fairly Challenging
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Camping
  • Accomodation : Hotel / Tea House / Tented Camp
  • Max Altitude : 4050 m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English Speaking local Tour Guide and entry fees
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) during the trek prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • A Trekking Guide, Sherpa, necessary porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipment during the trek)
  • Safe drinking boiled water will be provided during the trek
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Arughat and after the trek back to Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • First aid kit
  • All necessary permits and paper works including Ganesh Himal Trek special permits
  • All government and local taxes
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal visa
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight)
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the trek
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Extension Tours

Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal

You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit

2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal

We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.

3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Ganesh Himal Trek

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Ganesh Himal Trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek

This is a long trek that goes far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists, to remote areas of the country where the landscapes are wild and untamed and where the local inhabitants have seen little change in their way of life for centuries- untouched corners of an increasingly crowded planet. It is physically challenging, likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities, such as, climbing/ scrambling across high passes.

5. Trekking Type & Accommodation

Ganesh Himal Trek is a fully Camping Trek. Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.

6. Food on the Trek

Ganesh Himal Trek is a fully Camping Trek. Camping trek means sleeping in tents. On a camping trek, the tents provided are ‘Two men dome’ or ‘A’ shaped. Foam mattress with insulation underneath is provided for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. If you wish, you can bring your own ‘Air pillow’.

After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain remarkably high standards of health over many years of trek organization - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for.

7. A Typical Day on a Camping Trek in Nepal

Your typical day begins with a hot cup of tea brought to the tent at about 6 am, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing. After packing all your bags and having a good breakfast, we set off on the morning’s walk. All you need to carry is a small day pack containing water bottle, camera, sun cream, hat, rain jacket and a warm jumper, just in case. The porters will carry the rest of your gear for you. After walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday. The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we arrive at camp in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the nearby villages, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at camp by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

Dinner is usually served between 6 and 7 pm. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and talking with the crew, or perhaps even joining in some singing and dancing, before heading off to the tent for a well-earned sleep.

8. Land Transfers

You will be transferred from Kathmandu to Arughat and after the completion of trek from Kaule Bazaar to Kathmandu by private vehicle

9. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek

Our 16 days Ganesh Himal Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the trek besides your included meals and accommodation.

10. Money Exchange

You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.

11. Tips

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.

12. Facility of communication available on trek

While trekking you may not have an access to telephone facility for some days or weeks. However, en route there may be few places where telephone facilities may be available and likely to be working.

If it is urgent for you to be in contact with your family and friends, we can provide the Satellite Phone along with rental charge on request.

13. Luggage while trekking

During trek your main luggage will be carried by porters. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge.

14. Trekking Gears and Equipment

You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.

15. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

16. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

17. Rescue /Evacuation

Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.

18. Insurance

Before joining the Ganesh Himal Trekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.

19. All our guides are certified guides

All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.

20. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Ganesh Himal Trekking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

21. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)

29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost

10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost

Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information