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Duration for Trip: 9 days   Starts from: Kathmandu   Ending to: Kathmandu   Best season: Spring and autumn

General information:

This journey to Sing La Pass (4,200 m) offers an extraordinary panorama of the Ganesh Himal Massif, Manaslu, and the Langtang Range. Highlights of this journey include not only the mountain views but abundant flora and fauna, glorious village scenery and the welcoming people of the mid-hills with their captivating customs and traditions. The best season to visit is September to November as well as February through June, and even outside of these times the spectacular attractions and relatively low elevation make it an all-season adventure. The trail begins from Kathmandu and follows the same road route to Bhalche a town on the border between Nuwakot District to the south and Rasuwa District to the north. Bhalche is about 30 km north of the large bazaar town of Trishuli.

 

Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhalche 1850m/6105ft 6-7 hrs drive 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 meeting of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. interesting scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar and Betrawati. 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.

Day 2: Bhalche to Gonaga(lunch) Rupchet 3850m/12705Ft 6hrs. After breakfast, we trek bit uphill and have breath taking views on the back of Bhalche village. Trek continues passing thorough high tropical jungle and fascinating jungle views as well as surrounding landscape. Arrive in Thulo Kharka and stop for lunch. After lunch trek again continues 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 (4050 m) Shertung /Chalish Gaon 1875m/6187ft 6-7 hrs After breakfast at village setting, trek begins 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 trek all the down to Shertung gaon passing through high tropical jungle, rhododendron forest, pine forest, oak, fire, Himalayan bamboo and surprising wildlife experience with many Kharkas (cow, sheep and goat huts). Iljyang water fall and its surrounding landscape is an extra ordinary views along the way. On the way quick visit to Phyanchyat monastery and finally arrive in Shertung village. Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legendry, 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. Jankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices.   Day 4: Shertung to hot springs (lunch) to Neber Gaon 2020m/6666ft 5 hrs Take breakfast and then walk, just after 30 minutes downhill walk, you arrive in Chalishe the most stunning hospitality providing village of the area where majority of Gurung people and small portion of Dalit people live together. Trek continues to Tatopani (host spring) where you enjoy half of day taking bath and have lunch. This is probably the best hot springs in the area but touristic infrastructure has not been developed yet (lodge, meals etc…). However, pack lunch from Shertung village or from Chalish village will be much better. After lunch, trek all way up to pristine Tamang village named Neber. Just form side of the village you will see the breath taking Ganesh Himal view just like your face and mirror (so close view). Enjoy high valley village stay with locals.   Day 5: Neber to Rachyat (lunch) to Lapa Gaon 1850m/6105ft 4-5 hrs Take breakfast at local setting and begin trek all the way up to Timla Pass (3850 m/12,705Ft) walking about 2 hours, have a look the best stunning massive Ganeshe Himal ranges and Langtang himal ranges too. Its best flora and fauna experience as well as surrounding landscape will make you the best day of the trek. Passing through dense Himalayan alpine jungle is another fascination of the trek. Trek with local guide is highly recommended as trek trail is not well marked in this area. Water will be available but still tea house has not been built. After enjoying the scenery, trek all the down stone steps and bit slippery downhill walking to Lapchat gaon it is a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 homes. Cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge and ascend along a trail surrounded by fields to the walled compound of a newly built hospital of the large town of Lapa gaun with over 400 homes. Lapa Gaun also a big community of Tamang people where you will have a lots of opportunities to learn about Tamang culture. It has at least two local guest houses and villagers are initiating to build more lodges for the tourists' comfort. Simple food and simple dormitory shelter but good enough for a night halt.   Day 6: Lapa Gaun to Ri Gaon 1550m/5115ft 5 hrs Take breakfast at the same place and then trek a bit downhill and right turn to Chyamchat village. Front side Jharlang area and down in the gorge Ankhu khola view lure any tourist walking on this way but it's a hilly terrain track walking so careful walking is highly recommended. Passing through local villages, paddy terraces and little bit of jungle finally arrive at Kutawal village where stop for lunch and trek continue via Tawal to Ri Gaon. Ri village has a big community of Tamang people and Dalit. Local houses are good enough for night shelter and community lodges are building soon by the locals for the trekkers.   Day 7: Ree Gaun to Phulkharka 1210m/3993ft 5 hrs Today is quite easy walking of the day. Passing most of the Bhramin villages and dalit village as well as paddy terraces more open valley view’s finally make you arrive in Phulkharka gaon where big community of Brahmin people live. Lunch along the way and dinner at night staying with local guest house will fine as it has developed already in this area for both domestic and international tourist. Tourist standard food and accommodation has to be developing yet, but comparatively much better.   Day 8: Phul Kharka to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda 1550m/5115ft 5-6 hrs Trek to Ankhu khola side and innumerable villages along the way make you another interesting trekking of the day but due to bit low valley walk in summer it will be bit hotter. Lunch at Rine river side in local restaurant and trek continue uphill to Jyamrung Durbar/danda which is historically popular said that king of the Jyamrung used to live there as it was the time of several states in the nation in arround 15th/16th century. Centuries old palace still can be seen. This the best spot for the sun rise, sun set and the massive mountain views of the Langtang ranges, Ganesh himal ranges and Manaslu ranges. Over night at local houses.   Day 9: Jyamrung to Dhading Besi – Kathmandu 1310m/4323ft 2 hrs walk and 3 hrs drive View the Sun Rise, take breakfast and then trek via Todke danda to Dhading Besi walking about 2 ½ hours attention-grabbing Dhading Besi views and its surrounding. Dhading Besi is the head quarter of Dhading district where government administration offices are based. Take lunch there and drive back to Kathmandu via Prithivi highway. It takes more or less 3 hrs.

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 Singla Pass (4050m) Camping 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 Singla Pass (4050m) 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 Singla Pass (4050m) Camping 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 Singla Pass (4050m) Camping 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