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 Trip duration: 13 days Best season: Spring and autumn Starts from: Kathmandu Ending to: Kathmandu

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

Day 2 Shyabru Besi to Chawatar (lunch) to Gatlang 2337m/7690Ft. 5- 6 hrs hike A rubbish track  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, popular during Janai Purnima when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and its surroundings. Day 3 Gatlang - Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka  to Somdang 3271 m/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 seem 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 (aka, Pangsang) Pass (La) 3842m/ 12640Ft 3 ½ hrs Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad vista 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. This hill/danda/pass is known as one of the most beautiful and the best magnificent mountain views point almost in 270 degrees Langtang ragnes, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and bit of Annapurna ranges Mountain View point. So far tea house has not developed yet so highly recommended to have own tent however local yak hut can be used as a service shelter can be used for a night but again dry fruits/food is recommended for a night. Day 5 Pangsang Pass to Tipling (lunch) – Shertung /Chalish 1875m/6188 Ft 5-6 hrs We, then start descending 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. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, majestically overlooking the fertile river valley and copious fields.

Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend, two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jhankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Chalishe is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people too but they have 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 (two group singing debate) 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 Dasain 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 Chalish. 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. Shertung or Chalish village is the only village in this region from where those trekkers who have planned short 7 days trekking, walk down to Jharlang village taking about 5-6 hours and in next day walk to Darkha Gaon taking 5-6 hours finally next day after walking 1 ½ hour downhill to Darkha phedi, take sharing local Jeep with other people and drive to Dhading Besi (3-4 hours driving). You continue drive back Kathmandu in total 3 hours driving. So in total taking 2 ½ days walking and half day drive or let's say in 3 days you will get back to Kathmandu. These two villages are the main attraction of the area by both Tamang and Gurung culture and as well as views from the place. You are recommended to stay wherever you like as both villages are not far from each other. To make you convenient although you may walk down hill to Chalish from Shertung just taking about 20-30 minutes however if you want to go directly from Chalish village from Ada Khola (the river down from Tipling village to Shertung) just after climbing a bit uphill turn right side and easily will get straight way to Chalish village after walking an hours. You will see people working in their field please do not hesitate to they will show you way to Chalishe or Shertung. Day 7 Chalish to Hindung (lunch) and Neber Gaon 2220m /7425Ft 6 hrs After breakfast, you say goodbye to locals and trek down to Khare Khola and then trek 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 in the valley where Lord Shiva's statue with little one stoned shrine has built. Especially in Makarsankranti festival local gather and celebrate singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighboring villages kith and ken. 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 Hindung village where huge number of Tamang people live. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and Yarsagumba is hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands. Take lunch in Hindung and trek down to Hindung Khola and then trek uphill to Newar Gaon walking about 2 ½ hours. Over night at local house or camp near by local village of Tamang village. Day 8 Neber to hot springs to Kupchyat 2066m/ 6818Ft 5 hrs Trek downhill to Tatopani (hot srpings0 where enjoy your half day bath and then the trail upward follows stoney steps built by Kadoorie 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. Finally, arrive in Kupchyat village over night in camp/local house of Tamang village. Day 9 Rachyat to Khading – Lapa Gaon 2025m/ 6660Ft 4-5 hrs Trek to Khading village where you will see the big community of Gurung people having their own beautiful culture. While you will be waiting your lunch explore Khading gaon and after lunch trek down to Lapa Gaon which is a big Tamang village of the area where you will enjoy having Tamang culture. Day 10 Lapa Gaon – Borang (lunch) - Jharlang (Ungul) 3000m/ 9900ft 5-6 hrs After breakfast, you will trek down to Ankhu khola having its beautiful water fall and then continue uphill to Borang village where stop for lunch and then trek continue to to Ukhum for lunch. 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 this is Tamang village and belong nearly 200 houses. Day 11 Jharlang (Ungul) – Kuri lunch – Khaniyabas 1785m/ 5890Ft 7-8 hrs Take breakfast at the same place and take all the way down to Jharlang Pahiro (Jharlang landslide), it takes about an hour to cross. It used to be dangerous but not only seasonal especially in monsoon you have to be very careful and in both season cross this landslide with your experience local trek guide porter. Continue trek downhill to Dungre Khola about 1 ½ hours. Then cross suspension bridge and uphill walking for about 2 ½ hours to get to Kuri Village. This is also a Tamang village lies right on the top of the hill from where you will see the beautiful surrounding landscape. There are no village or tea shops in between camp point to Kuri village so some snacks or dry fruits will be very useful to carry with you. A bottle of boiled water will be very useful. From the river uphill walking will be in the thick jungle so local guide or experience trek guide is highly recommended. After lunch, path continues having mesmerizing surrounding landscape, Brichet village and finally arrive at Khaniyabas Village which is known from the it’s VDC Satya Devi. It's about 2 ½ hours walk from lunch spot and Satya Devi has several local lodge/tea shops for local and trekkers. In your camp site there is a beautiful temple named Shree Bachchhala Devi and by its name local has a school nearby, where local students have opportunity to study up to 10+2. On the clear weather day you will have the best and breath taking sun set views. Ankhu river views and Todke hill in horizon gives you wonderful landscape. Tamang, Bhramin and Dalit people live in Khaniyabas. This is also the village from where if anyone interested after 2 days walk to Trisuli Bazaar and 4 hours drive you will get back to Kqthmandu. On the way on the clear weather day Mt. Manaslu ranges. Langtang ranges and Ganesh Himal ranges will be viewed in panoramic way. Day 12 Khaniyabas – Megang Danda 3220m /10626Ft 5-6 hrs After breakfast, treking with easy walk to Thambu Khola about an hour and then all the way up to Kimdang Gaon (2 ½ hours walking) stop for lunch and trek to Megang Danda walking a big dense jungle right on the hill top. Being dense jungle wild animal may encounter so having local trek guide or helper is better to be with. There is a mud road in Kimtang to Trisuli Bazaar but you will get a sharing local jeep but in the monsoon impossible to drive. Megang is another breath taking mountain views point from where you will experience of 270 degrees mountain views. There used to be several lodges but due to road construction lodges removed however there is a basic lodge for the trekkers/travelers to spend a night. Day 13 Megang Danda – Trisuli Bazaar 525m/ 1732Ft 6 hrs walk and 4 hrs drive You may trek to Trisuli Bazaar 6 hours downhill scenic walking or walk up to Deurali 1 ½ hours walking and then share local bus/Jeep with other people to Trisuli Bazaar (2 hours driving) and then continue drive back to Kathmandu by local bus (4 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 Inner Circuit 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 Inner Circuit 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 Inner Circuit 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 Inner Circuit 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