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Trip Duration: 11 days Best season: Spring and autumn Starts from: Kathmandu Ending to: Kathmandu

Day 1 Kathmandu to Shyapru Besi 1503m/4945 Ft. 8-9 hrs drive Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheel drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Shyapru Besi, gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon and Dhunche Bazaar makes you scenic driving. Narrow and bit adventurous road but amazing landscape along the way driving will make you good start day drive of the trek.

Day 2 Shyabru Besi to Chawatar (lunch) to Gatlang (drive) 2337m//7690Ft. 5- 6 hrs A muck track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above, lies Parvati Kund/gosai kunda, popular during Janai Purnimaa when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple. Day 3 Gatlang - Parvati Kunda-Yuri Kharka to Somdang 3271m/10760Ft. 6-7 hrs  The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts. A extensive mining compound, no longer functioning but it seems locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.

Day 4 Somdang to Pangsang Pass (La) 3 hrs 3842m/12640Ft 3-4 hrs Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. Locals are initiating to build a basic lodge accommodation the right pass of the Pangsang but has not built yet so trekkers are recommended to take own tent for the night camp or just pass your night sheltering in poor yak hut. Dry fruits or food highly recommend carrying for your dinner.

Day 5 Pangsang Pass – Laptung (lunch) – Linju 2020m/ 6666Ft 5-6 hrs 

Have a look the best sun rise view and magnificent 270 degrees mountain views, take breakfast and then trek to all the way down to Laptung village. Passing through fine, fir and amazing rhododendron forest thick jungle along the way arrive and have lunch at Laptung village. After lunch turn rise side and passing Phyang village, paddy terraces and surrounding landscape finally arrive in Linju Village. This area has not developed so much yet for tourism however in the initiation of Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee has small community lodge/house where trekkers or visitors can have local basic meals.

Day 6 Linju - Chalish 1674m/5505Ft 4-5 hrs After breakfast, we trek all the way down hill to Kululu river arrive Simlya village (few houses) and continuously to Barbrya Khola crossing suspension bridge trek little bit uphill trek and arrive in Chalishe Gaun. After 3 ½ hours walking, take lunch at mid day rest and over night at local house/community lodge. Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people but they migrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable 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 Dasai 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 7 Chalish - hot springs (lunch) to Tir Gaon 1866m/6140ft 5 hrs After breakfast, say goodbye to villagers and trek down to Khar Khola (30 minutes walking) cross suspension bridge after walking a bit uphill hill terrain hill reach at Pasabar and continue trek to Tatopani (hot spring) 1 ½ hours walking have lunch, enjoy rest of the day in hot spring right bank of the river. After lunch trek continue to Tir Gaon. It is a small Gurung village where now Tamang people also live together. From Tatopani to Tir Gaon surrounding landscape if beautiful but as most of the way will have to walk through hairpin rack falling hill walking carefully with local guide will be wise. In the year 1990 a big landslide over the village named Temple Danda had killed about 15 people, 50 cattle and hundreds hectors of land had destroyed. It seems stopped (no more landslides) but still bit careful while you will be passing through. Community lodges has not developed yet but people here will be waiting to welcome you to stay in their small huts and just for a night shelter is fine.

Day 8 Tir Gaon to Lapchet (lunch) to Lapa Gaon 1850m/ 6105ft 4-5 hrs 

After breakfast trek to Ludo Danda and reach at Rachyat village. Its bit hilly valley walking so walking carefully with local guide will be safe. Further, we pass through Lapchyat village of Gurung and Kupchyat of Tamang village finally you get to Lapa gaun. It is one of the biggest villages in this region and has big community of Tamang people. 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 9 Lapa to Ukhum (lunch) – Jharlang (Ungul) 3000m/ 9900ft 5-6 hrs Take breakfast and then trek all the way down to Ankhu khola (1 ½ hours walking) cross suspension bridge, bit uphill walking and finally arrive at Ukhum for lunchl. After lunch trek continue to Lishne jungle, cross suspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyat village you finally get to Jharlang village (Ungul). One of the best and panoramic Mountain View points of the area is visted. This is Tamang village and belong nearly 200 houses.

Day 10 Jharllang Gaun to Darkha Gaun 850m/ 2805Ft. 6-7 hrs After breakfast trek most of the way down to Jharlang Phedi walking 2 ½ hours passing paddy terraces and surrounding landscapes. Passing through suspension bridges, breath taking views of Ankhu khola and Chyamchyat as well as Ri village other side of the river finally reach at Darkha gaon. This village is mix culture village of Brahmin people and Tamang as well as Dalit. Day 11 Darkha Gaun – Darkha Phedi to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu 1310m/4323ft. 6 -7 hrs

After breakfast, we lead the trail all the way down to Darkha Phedi taking 45 minutes downhill walk and then take sharing local Jeep with other people and then arrive in Dhading Besi after 3-4 hours rough and tough road drive. Crossing through Ankhu Khola as well as Kimdang phedi villages, Katunje village and Jyamrung village will make your breath taking scenic driving having fabulous landscape surroundings. From Dhading, change another bus and drive back to Kathmandu taking 3 hours 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
.          All Required Permit Trip Cost Does Not Include
  • 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

Meals

Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.

Acclimatization

Our Ganesh Himal fabulous Cultural Home Stay trek 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 fabulous Cultural Home Stay 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 fabulous Cultural Home Stay trek, 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 fabulous Cultural Home Stay trek 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.

Porter Care:

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.

Travel Insurance:

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:

  • Clothing:
  1. Big backpack
  2. Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
  3. Two pair of wool long socks
  4. Three pairs of light trekking socks
  5. Fast drying underwear
  6. One pair of shorts
  7. One pair of light trekking pants
  8. One pair of warm winter pants
  9. Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
  10. One fleece sweater for trekking
  11. Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
  12. Rain coat
  13. Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
  14. Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
  15. One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
  16. Thermal underwear, top and bottom
  17. Cap
  18. Winter hat
  19. Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
  20. Gloves
  21. Sunglasses
  22. 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:
  1. Wet wipes
  2. Sun cream
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
  5. Nail clipper
  6. Lip balm
  7. Tropical anti mosquito spray
 
  • Medical kit:
  1. Pain killers
  2. Something for diarrhea
  3. Pills against cold
  4. Nose spray
  5. Altitude pills
  6. Plasters
  7. Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
  8. Sore throat drops
  9. Cream for muscle pain
  10. Pills and other medicaments you usually use
  • Other necessary thing you must have:
  1. Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
  2. Water bottle – 1+L
  3. Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
  4. Strings for hanging clothes
  5. Lighter and candles
  6. Swiss knife (with all the additions)
  7. Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
  8. Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
  9. Camera
  10. Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
  11. Batteries, power bag
  12. Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
  13. Book (optional)
  14. Hooks (optional)
  15. Map
  16. Guide book