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Duration of trip: 16 days Best season: Spring and autumn Starts from: Kathmandu Ending to: Kathmandu
Day 1 Kathmandu to Bhalche 1850m/6105Ft 6-7 hrs Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheels drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Bhalche Gaun after driving approximately 5 hrs. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the junction of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati makes your scenic driving memorable. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscape along the way driving will make you good start day drive of the trek. You will even able to start your trek on the same day but due to bit rough and tough driving spending a night in Bhalche will give you excellent acclimatization.
Day 2 Bhalche to Gonaga (Lunch) Rupchet 3250m/10725Ft 6 hrs After breakfast, we trek bit uphill and have breath taking views on the back of Bhalche village. Our trail continues passing thorough high tropical jungle and thrilling jungle views as well as surrounding landscape. We arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch after lunch trek continue to Rupchet where you will find beautiful camp site and yak hut. It has amazing mother goddess blessing hillside views and its peripheral views. Day 3 Rupchet via Singla Pass (4220 m) to Pangsang Pass 3842 m/12640Ft 6-7 hrs After breakfast, trek all the way hill top near Singla Pass (4050m) having the best almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, massif Ganesh Himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and little bit of Annapurna ranges. Enjoy the best views and then continue to Mojyat Kharka where in monsoon and sometimes in spring also shepherd keeps their cattle like goat, sheep, cows and buffalo too but its seasonal. After crossing dense of jungle walking about 5-6 hours in the main jungle finally we reach at Pangsang Pass. It's really an adventure walking full of fun having flora and fauna experience and green, silence and scenic trek but without local guide or your expert guide who has been this route only possible otherwise there is chance to lose the way. Compass with you, good trek map (Taan and GHTDC made map will be very useful) and dry fruit is highly recommended unless you have pack lunch from Rupchet.
Day 4 Pang Sang Pass – Tipling (lunch) Chalish 1674m/5505Ft 5-6 hrs Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist Gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a Gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Being a majority of Tamang people it has beautiful Tamang culture show. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields. Chalishe is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but they migrated to Kathmandu city. To provide hospitality, people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Maruni Dance during Dashain and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali month of Chaitra. Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalishe. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a bangle representing a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded by Barmase or periwinkle flowers. In the evening mother group of Chalishe Gaun will welcome you performing Gurung typical dance program and cultural show.
Day 5 Chalish to Hindung (Gomba Danda) 2402 7900 4 -5 hrs After breakfast, we say goodbye to locals and take down trail to Khar Khola and then gently up to Pasabar danda taking about an hour walk. View of Tribeni river (mixed of three rivers and Hindus and both Buddhist believe as a holy river site) just down the valley where Lord Shiva's statue with little one stoned shrine has been built. Specially, in Makarsankranti festival local gather and celebrate singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighboring villages. From Pasabar danda trek gently uphill hill and reach at Kalbarang (just the small kharka name but no village at all) trek continue to hill edge walk and dense jungle (there is a chance rock fall from top of the hill due to inhabitant of wildlife so careful walking with your trek guide or helper is highly recommended) and finally reach at Hingdung village where huge number of Tamang people live. It is a Tamang village of around 550 residents. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and Yarsagumba is hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands.
Day 6 Gomba Danda to Thulo Dhunga 3337m/ 10975Ft 4-5 hrs The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka.
Day 7 Thulo Dhunga to Base Camp (Nojet Kharka) 3691m/12140Ft. 6 hrs The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka.
Day 8 Exploration Day/viewpoint A climb to the ridge to the northeast, Dobra Danda, is rewarded with a supreme viewpoint of towering Ganesh Himal. The heart-touchy sight is unforgettable. Two small lakes shimmer below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the overwhelming surroundings and the smaller Seto Kunda (white lake) has a seasonal pasture nearby. These lakes are said to have mystical powers that will bless visitors but anybody who misbehaves will be punished with poor weather and difficult travels.
Day 9 Nojet Kharka to Kharka 3900m/ 12870Ft 5 hrs Have a look the best early morning views, take breakfast and then trek all the downhill to cross river (no bridge). In winter, this river will be quite small but in summer- be careful it will be dangerous to cross unless you have a big team or group to try with special river crossing equipments. After crossing river, we walk taking about 3 ½ hours uphill and finally get on the top of Kharaka where only the camping possible. No village and no tea houses at all. It is an isolated camp site from where you will see Ganesh Himal (Yangri – 7245m) almost in 3 Km distance. Nice, cool/cold, quiet and amazing jungle camp right on the hill top but you may encounter with wild life so group trek or experienced trek guide and crew members are recommended.
Day 10 Kharka to Ganesh Kunda – Ruby area 3500m/11550Ft 5-6 hrs Take breakfast and visit Ganesh Himal Base camp and then continue to Ganesh Kunda which is another holy and secret lake of the area. In September- hundred of Jhakri (shamans) get together and even locals participate and celebrate. Ruby mines available in this area and precious herbs are available.
Day 11 Ganesh Kunda – Tatopani (Hot Spring) 1250m/4125Ft 5-6 hrs Trek all the way down to Newar Gaon, rest a bit, enjoy looking around the village sites, take lunch and then trek continue river bank walk and through dense jungle finally arrive in Tatopani (hot water-spring) and enjoy taking fantastic hot bath. It has a bathing pool and 3 taps. Relax and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. Rest of the day, enjoy river bank camp in cool air. Day 12 Tatopani (Hot Spring) – Lapa Gaon 1850m/ 6105Ft 5-6 hrs The trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoori Agri , Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. Pass through Tir on the way to welcoming Racyat and Kapur villages. We have lunch in Kapur Gaun and then trek down to Ankhu Khola cross box suspension bridge and finally you arrive in Lapa Gaun. It is one of the biggest villages in this region and has big community of Tamang people live. Lapa Gaun also have beautiful Tamang culture and occasionally you will be shown their cultural performance. Lapa has two basic lodges but other lodges are processing to build for comfort of coming tourist.
Day 13 Lapa Gaon to Magne Goth Pass 2950 m/9735Ft 4 hrs Steadliy up the hill to the west in a tall, blue pine forest with rambling rhododendron is Magne Goth, and nearby is a large rock, location of ruby removal.
Day 14 Magne Goth –Tinsure 1850m/6105Ft 5-6 hrs After breakfast trek to Tinsure danda passing through beautiful alpine jungle, rhododendron forest and dense mix jungle. It's beautiful scenic walking but no human habitat. After walking 5-6 hours walking finally you arrive in Tinsure danda which is known as a queen of hill for the tremendous mountain views. Camp with the view point.
Day 15 Tinsure to Ganga Jamuna to Salangkot 1250m/4125Ft 5-6 hrs Trek from Tinsure to Ganga Jamuna is another amazing landscape walk. Passing through little bit of dense jungle, local villages of mix culture people and hilly paddy terraces make you amazing walking. It has beautiful open views of the areas and nice and easy walking a day. Ganga Jamuna is well wishing god where thousands of Hindus and Buddhist pilgrimages visit in special occasion however Janai purnama and Makar sankranti festival will have innumerable devotees. People have strong believe that Ganga Jamuna name from the twin sister full fill your desire if you go and ask in the temple. After visiting Ganga Jamuna trek to Salankot and over night at village site camp or at local house.
Day 16 Salyankot to Katmandu 1310 m/4323Ft 6-7hrs Finally after breakfast drive dirt road to Dhading Besi and continue drive back to Kathmandu taking 6-7 hrs. Scenic and adventurous driving.
Trip Cost Includes
- All airport/hotel transfers
- (standard) hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and transport
- An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This includes their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Rescue arrangement service
- Nepal visa fee
- Airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/City
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.
Our Ganesh Himal 3 passes, Ruby valley and 3 Kunda Camping trekking itinerary is planned with an awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill you. The higher the altitude the less oxygen is in air. For example, there is 50% less oxygen than of the sea level. Your body needs some days to adapt to this ‘less oxygen’ environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We especially advise the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes your Ganesh Himal 3 passes, Ruby valley and 3 Kunda Camping trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members. Professional guides will lead your trip. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience appropriate to each individual trek. With an objective of sustaining local communities All Trekkers Team supplies only Nepalese staffs that have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of ATTm are also trained with and educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (applies to expeditions)
The Trekking Group
For the Ganesh Himal 3 passes, Ruby valley and 3 Kunda Camping trekking , there will be one guide, assistant guide and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group become sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ganesh Himal 3 passes, Ruby valley and 3 Kunda Camping trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this.
Though often overlooked, it is important to mention. The trekking and expedition companies in Nepal are built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make the journeys to these remote areas possible. So it's very sad for that there is a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We assure all our porters are to be well treated, well paid and we provide a decent level of shelter, clothing and footwear. Porters who become sick are to be treated with the same care, attention as other team members - to rescue porters from dangerous situations is our duty. And for the porter's sake we inform that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight to a maximum of 15kgs. If you need to have more weight than this additional porters can be hired. Thus we support the working conditions of the porters
Health and Experience Required:
Walking in this high Mountain Region usually requires maximum 6-8 hours of walking every day. Climbing in the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure and will require long hours of walking. You should be prepared max 14 Km of walking or jogging exercise everyday 1 month before your Trek starts. And also a positive attitude and a strong determination are important. Previous hiking/camping experience is good to have but technical experience is not required.
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you be protected with an insurance policy. Should medial issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs) happen it is important to be prepared. Please mind that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
Packing list and equipments:
- Big backpack
- Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
- Two pair of wool long socks
- Three pairs of light trekking socks
- Fast drying underwear
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of light trekking pants
- One pair of warm winter pants
- Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
- One fleece sweater for trekking
- Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
- Rain coat
- Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
- Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
- One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom
- Winter hat
- Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
- Fast drying towel
- Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
- Wet wipes
- Sun cream
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
- Nail clipper
- Lip balm
- Tropical anti mosquito spray
- Medical kit:
- Pain killers
- Something for diarrhea
- Pills against cold
- Nose spray
- Altitude pills
- Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
- Sore throat drops
- Cream for muscle pain
- Pills and other medicaments you usually use
- Other necessary thing you must have:
- Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
- Water bottle – 1+L
- Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
- Strings for hanging clothes
- Lighter and candles
- Swiss knife (with all the additions)
- Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
- Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
- Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
- Batteries, power bag
- Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
- Book (optional)
- Hooks (optional)
- Guide book