Ganesh Himal Trek in Nepal
Kanchan Shrestha | August 18, 2019
Table of Content :
- Ganesh Himal Trek Overview
- Ganesh Himal Trek Highlights
- Ganesh Himal Trek Permits
- Ganesh Himal Trek Duration
- Ganesh Himal Trek Itinerary
- Ganesh Himal Trek Side Trips
- Ganesh Himal Trek Best Time
- Ganesh Himal Trek Altitude Profile
- Ganesh Himal Trek Accommodation
- Ganesh Himal Trek Difficulty
- Ganesh Himal Trek Gear Checklist
Ganesh Himal Trek Overview
Ganesh Himal Trek takes you to the pristine and isolated sections of eastern Nepal to applaud the captivating beauty of lush hills, valleys, forests, meadows, and charming villages. The sparkling views of the mountains that rise tall to dominate the skyline add to the magnificence of this journey. Ganesh Himal is a featured attraction of Ganesh Himal Trek. The name Ganesh comes after the name of the legendary elephant-headed Hindu deity – Lord Ganesha (the deity of good fortune and prosperity). The Ganesh range consists of several peaks like Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III and Ganesh IV that stand tall to form a great Himalayan chain. Ganesh Himal Trek offers an opportunity to rejoice the glory of these glittering mountain chains.
The trail of Ganesh Himal Trek starts from Syabrubesni and passes through some ethnic villages on the way to traverse into a forested area that is enriched with various species of floras and faunas. Many of them are rare species found only in those particular vegetation areas in that particular climatic condition. During the spring season, you will be rewarded with the colorful views of orchid and rhododendron flowers. The aroma of some exotic plants in those dense forests adds a unique flavor to your travel diaries. So, does the ethnic Tamang villages, farmlands, local people, hills, gorges, and rivers. These all features of Mother Nature sum up to uplift the radiance of the entire Ganesh Himal Trek in Nepal.
Ganesh Himal Trek Highlights
Some of the highlighted features of Ganesh Himal Trek are:
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Take a scenic drive along a scenic route to eastern Nepal
- Ganesh Himal Trek takes you close to the Ganesh Himal
- You can rejoice the picturesque view of Ganesh Himal Range, Manaslu Himal, Langtang range, Annapurna South, Great Himalayan Chain and Tibetan range.
- Explore the rural and ethnic villages of eastern Nepal
- Walkthrough off the beaten trail
- Traverse through some dense forests enriched with diverse species of floras, faunas, birds, and butterflies
- Cross a pass at an altitude of 4100 meters
- Get some unique insights on Tamang culture and Tibetan Buddhist religion
- Enjoy the exotic views of hills, valleys, rivers, gorges, mountains, and waterfalls
- Visit some old temples and monasteries on the route
Ganesh Himal Trek Permits
For Ganesh Himal Trek in Nepal, you will have to take a permit. As the trail passes through Manaslu and Annapurna region, a trekking permit to enter into those regions is necessary.
Ganesh Himal Trek Duration
The time to accomplish our standard Ganesh Himal Trek package is 12 days. However, you can extend the days of travel by adding some extra days in Kathmandu or any other places as per your taste and preferences. You can also mix Manaslu Trek with Ganesh Himal Trek to create a totally new package to Ganesh Himal and Manaslu region.
Ganesh Himal Trek Itinerary
The journey of Ganesh Himal Trek starts from the capital city of Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be spending an extra day in Kathmandu enjoying a sightseeing tour around the UNESCO listed heritage sites. You can also take this day as a warm-up day or a preparation day for your journey ahead. From Kathmandu, you will be headed to Syabru benshi.
A wonderful drive along the pristine villages on the banks of Trishuli river takes you to Syabrubensi. Enjoy the first glimpse of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other ranges in the Lantang region of Nepal from Syabrubensi. Initiating the trekking journey, the trail passes through some lush farmlands and villages to Galtang. A walk further along terraced farmland, monasteries and Tamang villages will lead you to Somdang.
At Somdang, you can visit mine and hike up to Jaisuli Kunda to admire the serenity of the pond in the backdrop of the beautiful Himalayas in Langtang range. The trail then ascends up and takes you to Pangsang pass. It is the highest point of Ganesh Himal Trek. As the weather in pass gets disturbed in the afternoon, it is advised to cross the pass early in the morning. Crossing the pass, you open up to a meadow called Pangsang Kharka. From the kharka, you will be rewarded with some astonishing views of mountains in Langtang ranges, Ganesh Himal range, and Manaslu range. From this meadow, the trail drops down to Borang via Tipling. Concluding the journey, the trail descends down to Syabrubensi where you hop into your vehicle for a drive back to Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1360msl)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour and trek preparation (1360msl)
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubensi(1500msl)
Day 04: Syabrubensi to Gatlang(2238msl)
Day 05: Gatlang to Somdang(3270msl)
Day 06: Acclimatization day/ Hike up to Jaisuli Kunda(4420msl)
Day 07: Somdang to Tipling(1890msl) via Pangsang Pass(3830msl)
Day 08: Tipling to Borang(1800msl)
Day 09: Borang to Kintang Bensi(1670msl)
Day 10: Kintang Bensi – Kathmandu (1360msl)
Day 11: Free Day in Kathmandu (1360msl)
Day 12: Departure day (1360msl)
- For detailed itinerary click here
Ganesh Himal Trek Side Trips
If you are looking for more adventure in Ganesh Himal Trek, then you can opt for a longer 19 days trip to Ganesh Himal. Similarly, Ruby valley Singla pass Trek can also be an awesome alternative to Ganesh Himal Trek.
Ganesh Himal Trek Best Time
The best time for Ganesh Himal Trek is anytime in between February to May and September to March. For those who whose love to cherish the vividness of colorful flower, you may opt spring (March to April) for your trip. During March, the whole environment revives with the colorful flowers of the rhododendron blossom.
Ganesh Himal Trek Altitude Profile
The highest point of the trek is 4420 meters at Jaisuli Kunda. The elevation gain during a day may range from 600- 1000 meters a day. But you will be acclimatized well before the elevation gain.
Ganesh Himal Trek Accommodation
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be on a three-star category hotel in Kathmandu. During Ganesh Himal Trek, you will stay on the guesthouses or lodges on the trail. The guesthouses in the trail are very simple and the accommodation is on a twin sharing basis. Do not expect much from the accommodation but the guesthouses will be clean and comfortable. Even the toilet is on a sharing basis. Hot water may be available in the high altitudinal region but you may have to pay some extra amount for it. Even laundry services are available at an extra cost. In the areas where guesthouses aren’t available, you may have to stay in the tented camps.
Generally, breakfast and dinner will be provided at the guesthouses itself. We have lunch on some teahouses in between. The guesthouses have some options in their menu yet their menu is fixed. However, it is recommended to take Nepali meal (dal, bhat, tarkari) as it is always fresh and hygienic. It is also recommended to opt for a vegetarian dish while on a trek.
For water, it is best recommended to take mineral water. But even boiled water can be taken with the use of water purifier. You can get boiled water at the guesthouses.
Ganesh Himal Trek Difficulty
Ganesh Himal Trek is a moderate level trek. You may have to walk for 5 to 7 hours a day and cover around 10 to 14 kilometers a day. The section of Ganesh Himal is not so frequented trail hence is of off beaten nature. It is recommended to warm up yourself with some walking, jogging and climbing activities prior you opt for the real trekking experience. It might help you to build up your physical stamina. If you have any kind of health issues, it is advised to consult with your doctor prior to the trek. The highest elevation that you will reach during this trek is 4200 meters above sea level. Prepare yourself for the height. It might be a bit difficult but the breathtaking views of mountains and untouched nature will be worth it.
Ganesh Himal Trek Gear Checklist
If you are trekking to Ganesh Himal, do not forget to match your bag pack with the following checklist –
- Comfortable hiking boots, Spare boot laces., Lightweight trainers/shoes (to wear while in lodges)
- Waterproof jacket, Waterproof trousers, Fleece jacket, Fleece/sweater
- Light-weight fleece or woolen vests, Long or short-sleeved shirt
- Warm hiking trousers, underwears, Warm hat, wide-brimmed sun hat.
- 2 – 3 pairs of good quality walking socks, warm gloves or mitts.
- Personal first-aid kit
- Large rucksack, Rucksack liner or thick bin bag.
- Day pack
- Sunglasses, High factor sun cream/ sunblock
- Lip balm preferably with sunblock/ UV protection
- Head torch/torch and spare batteries
- Water bottle
- Water purification kit
- Small hand towel.
- Toilet paper.
- Walking pole
- Light-weight windproof jacket.
- Neck warmer, Sleeping bag liner.
- Wet wipes
- Safety pins, Plastic bags, Camera, Binoculars, Book/games/cards, Travel diary (these are some recommendation only; as per your need)
- Hand cleansing gel, moisturizer