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Duration of trip: 10 days Starts from: Kathmandu Ending to: Kathmandu Best season: Spring and autumn

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 Shyabru 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 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 village track trail 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 nearby temple. Day 3 Gatlang to Parvati Kund ,Yuri Kharka - Somdang 3271m/10760Ft. 6 - 7 hrs Your trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurpu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwa and Dhading districts. A tedious 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 - Pangsang Pass (3842 m) - Tipling 2078m/6835Ft. 6-7 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. 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. 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. Mane dance, Mendo Maya, Paru dance and Ghode (horse) dance as well as Lama (monk) dance are quite popular. Day 5 Tipling – Aoi ((lunch) to Borang Gaun 1700 m/5610Ft. 5 hrs After breakfast, we trek all the way down to Ada khola taking about 35 minutes walk and then ascend uphill to Shertung village about an hour walking. Finally, arrive at Shertung village which is inhabitant of Tamang people as well as Newar and Dalit. Trek continues to Kalga Danda from where you will see the magnificent Ganesh Himal ranges mountain views and Chalishe village and surrounding landscape. Trek to Aoi little one village of Tamang community where have lunch and trek continue to Borang Gaon. From Aoi to Borang is quite easy walking most of the way down hill passing through paddy terraces and suspension bridge. Day 6 Borang Gaon – Chyamthali (lunch) – Kaule Thati 2350m 7755Ft 5 -6 hrs Take breakfast and then head all the way down to Ukhum from where you will find two ways to get trek ending point to Dhading Besi, one is lower part and another is upper part. We will lead you via this trek upper part because you will see many villages and even the better mountain views whereas in the lower part you will see only the river views but no mountain views at all. From Ukhum, when you walk just a bit down you will enter in to Lishne jungle just turning left side upper part walk in the pine jungle forest about an hour and halt you will get finally Lishne Kohla or locally called Gashali. There is no tea houses or local villages at all in this jungle walk although it’s safe but trek with your guide or porter who knows the right track will be fine. Cross a beautiful suspension bridge and trek all the way up to Chhapchat village (30 minutes uphill walk) and then after walking 30 minutes arrive at Chyamthali village where you stop for lunch. After lunch start your trek and cross big landslide. In the monsoon it is bit dangerous landslide so without local guide you are not recommended to cross this landslide, your guide may know trail well however if he/she has not been in this landslide before we recommend to have local helper to show the right track and help to cross. It takes about an hour to cross. In the beginning and ending part quite fine but just mid part has bit dangerous. After crossing landslide trek continue and finally arrive at Kaule that village taking about 3 hours walking from lunch spot. Day 7 Kaule Thati to Kuri (lunch) to Khaniyabas (Satederi) 1785m/ 5891Ft 6 - 7 hrs Take breakfast at the same place and trek all the way down hill to Dungre Khola about 1 ½ hours downhill walking. You cross suspension bridge and uphill walking 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 trek continues having mesmerizing surrounding landscape, Brichet village and finally arrive at Khaniyabas Village which is known from the its 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 10+2 students have opportunity to study. 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 magnificent 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 to Kqthmandu. On the way on the clear weather day Mt. Manaslu ranges. Langtang ranges and Ganesh Himal ranges will be viewed in vista. Day 8   Khaniyabas – Archale (lunch) to Marpak 1704m/5605Ft 6 hrs After breakfast trek all the way down to Maur Khola cross suspension bridge (1 ½ hours walking) and uphill trek about 2 ½ hours. Finally, arrive Archale, take lunch and trek continues to Marpak in 3 hours walking. This is a beautiful mountain views point little bit of Annapurna ranges. Mt. Manaslu ranges and Ganesh Himal ranges too. Its surrounding sites view including Khaniyabas, Sat Dobato, Kimdang Phedi, Katunje, Rinne, Ankhu Khola and little bit of Salyantar. Day 9 Marpak to Simpani (lunch) to Katunje 1380m/4540Ft. 5-6 hrs Most of the day will pass through mix culture villages, paddy terraces and breath taking hill terrain views. After walking 5-6 hours finally get to Katunje village and over night at local tea shops. Katunje is Bhramin majority village and this is another Mountain View point village from where you will enjoy the best sun rise and sun set view experience including breath taking mountain views of the Manaslu ranges. Day 10 Katunje to Dhading Besi - Kathmandu 1360m/4475ft 2 ½ hrs walk + 3 hrs drive After breakfast, walk a bit uphill track and trek down to Dhading Besi (2 ½ hours) the district head quarter of Dhading district, enjoy village city experience , take lunch and 3 hours Prithivi high way drive back to Kathmandu.

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 Jolly 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 Jolly 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 Jolly 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 Jolly 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