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Trip duration: 17 days Best season: Spring and autumn Starts point: Kathmandu Ending point: Kathmandu
Day 1 Kathmandu to Bhalche 1850m/6105ft 6/7 hrs drive
Ganesh Himal High View:
Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheels drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Bhalche Gaon after driving approximately 5 hrs. This is also the gateway to the Langtang Valley at the convergence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving, passing through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati makes your driving charming. Narrow and bit adventurous jick-jack 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.
Day 2 Bhalche to Gonaga (Lunch) Rupchet 3250m/10725Ft 6 hrs. After breakfast, We trek a bit uphill and have breath taking views on the back of Bhalche village. Trek continues passing thorough high tropical jungle and compelling jungle views as well as surrounding landscape. Arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch. After lunch, trek extends to Rupchet where you will find beautiful camp site and yak hut. It has amazing views of mother goddess blessing hillside views and its periphery.
Day 3 Rupchet vi a Singla Pass (4220 m) to Pangsang Pass 3842 m/12640Ft 6-7 hrs As we sip hot drink and taking some breakfast, we begin trek all the way hill top near Singla Pass (4050m) having the best almost 270 degrees panoramic mountain views of Langtang ranges, massift Ganesh himal ranges, Mt. Manaslu ranges and little bit of Annapurna ranges. Enjoy the best views and then trek continues 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 reach at Pangsang Pass. Today is really an adventurous walking full of fun having flora and fauna experience and green, quiet 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 – Lari 3750m/ 12375Ft 5 hrs After morning light foods, we lead you down-hill to Paikutang pass and then trek continues to Lari. Passing through beautiful hill edge walking and exciting magnificent mountain views of Langtang ranges will make you full of fun trekking. Finally, reach at Lari where zinc mines can be seen and sources of various herbals. No villages and human habitats are seen around but refreshing and isolated camp site gives you fullest buzz.
Day 5 Lari - Paldor Peak Base camp 4220m/ 13926Ft 4-5 hrs Trek most of the uphill and after walking 4 ½ hours finally arrive in Paldor Peak which is known by the locals a holy mountain peak. It is said and believed that you should not make angry to God making unnecessary pollute the area and not too much noise. You be quiet, enjoy walking around being patience mother goddess mountain will bless you to have successful trip.
Day 6 Paldor Peak Base Camp Paldor Pass (4850 m) – Yanju 2020m/ 6666Ft 5-6 hrs Have a look early morning sun rise view, stunning Langtang ragnes mountain views and Ganesh Himal ranges, take breakfast and then after passing Paldor Pass trek all the down-hill to Yanju village where Tamang people live. After pass you have jaw falling down hill walking and very uncommon trail so better to be very careful but no climbing equipments and glacier or crevasses equipment is needed. Yanju is a quite poor and weather dominated village. People in here hardly see sun in monsoon even in winter temperature gets -5 c whole day and colder in the night. You may enjoy having local food but except rice or local corn floor, beans and little bit seasonable vegetable only possible to have. People rarely speak English but friendly, and helpful.
Day 7 Yanju Gaon – Barmachet Danda 3550m/11715Ft 5-6 hrs A trek all the way down to Simlya Gaon (few houses) and then trek all the way up hill to Pobli Kharaka (cow hut) . Small water pond is available. So, it's good to stop for lunch there. In this area no village at all and due to hill terrain scarcity of water this is the only reason it's good to stop here for lunch or if anyone not keen to stop to cook lunch here then pack lunch is recommended. After lunch uphill walking via Malimurung Kharka finally get to Barmachet Danda which is known as a another victory hill for the life time's best mountain views. This day is bit tough jaw falling hill edge walking so patience, slow walking and group walking will be successful walking. You are strongly suggested not to run or walk fast not to get altitude problem and to avoid hill edge accident. You will have magnificent views of Tipling village, Shertung village, Chalish village and even Aoi village. Early morning sun rise view and the eye catching surrounding will win your heart.
Day 8 Barmachet Danda - Hindung (Gomba Danda) 2402m/7900Ft 4- 5 hrs Trek most of the dense jungle way down to Hingdung village. After 4/5 hrs. We have lunch and camp at Gomba danda. Ganesh himal ranges, flora and fauna experience and few Kharkas (cow and sheep huts) along the way are the main magnetism for this day.
Day 9 Rest day for acclimatization on this day explore a bit sites but most of the day relax for acclimatization at...............place..........
Day 10 Hindung Danda to Thulo Dhunga 3337m/10975 Ft. 4-5 hrs Thulo Dhunga is a camp site with views of waterfalls tumbling down across the valley. Flora and fauna abound in the Ganesh Himal region. Wildlife includes musk deer, jharal a type of goat, wild boar, langur, leopard, pheasant and partridge. Vegetation includes bamboo, rhododendron and juniper among abundant wildflowers.
Day 11 Thulo Dhunga to Base Camp (Nojet Kharka) 3691m12140Ft 6 hrs The trail continues steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. We continue through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka.
Day 12 Exploration Day/viewpoint A climb to the ridge to the northeast, Dobra Danda, is rewarded with a supreme viewpoint of towering Ganesh Himal. The mesmerizing sight is unforgettable. Two small lakes sparkle below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the tremendous 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 mis-behaves will be punished with poor weather and difficult travels.
Day 13 Return from Base Camp to Hindung (Gomba Danda) 2402m7900Ft. 7-8 hrs Trek from Base camp to Hindung (Gomba Danda) will be almost the same way back you have done way up however its stunning mountain views, surrounding landscape of mother nature and jungle downhill walking makes you full of fun walking of the day.
Day 14 Hindung to hot springs to Borang 1700m/5610Ft 5- 6 hrs Trek all the way down to hot spring (2 ½ hours) and then take lunch and enjoy a couple of hours taking hot spring bath. After lunch, trek continues via Gobre Gaon all the way to Borang walking about 3 ½ hours. It is a Tamang community village, just under the big rocky hill.
Day 15 Borang – Darkha Gaon 850m/2805Ft 6-7 hrs Trek to Ukhum, Lishne khola. We cross suspension bridge and having lunch in Percho trek, again we continue passing paddy terraces, Dungre khola just right bank of the dungre khola there is another hot spring but walking trail I to hot spring is quite difficult so until and unless better trail is built trekkers are not encourage to visit. Pass Bhogteni village and finally arrive in Darkha Vaillage for almost last overnight station of such overwhelming trekking.
Day 16/17 Darkha Gaun to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu 1310m/4323Ft 6 -7 hrs drive After breakfast, trek begins all the way down to Darkha Phedi taking 45 minutes downhill walk and then take sharing local Jeep with other people, we arrive in Dhading Besi after 3-4 hours rough and tough zig –zag road (with several bendings motorable road) drive. Crossing through Ankhu Khola as well as Kimdang phedi villages, Katunje village and Jyamrung village will make your breath taking scenic and driving having fabulous landscape surroundings. From Dhading-Bensi, we change another bus and drive back to Kathmandu taking 3 hours drive.
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
- 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 Challenging 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 Challenging Camping Trekking 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 Challenging 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 Challenging 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