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Duration of trip: 17 days Starts from: Kathmandu Ending to: Kathmandu Best season: Spring and autumn
Day 1 Kathmandu to Shyapru Besi 1503 m /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 junction of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. thrilling scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaun 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 1 hour drive, 2337 m/7690Ft. 5- 6 hrs hike A mud 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 splendid setting. Above, lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnimaa when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple.
Day 3 Gatlang to Parvati Kunda ,Yuri Kharka (lunch) to Somdang 3271m/10760Ft. 6-7 hrs The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to the 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 sprawling 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 ½ hrs Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding territory. 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 are highly recommended taking for your dinner.
Day 5 Pangsang Pass to Tipling (lunch) – Shertung /Chalish 1875m/6188 Ft 5-6 hrs Trek descends to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a pinnacle top to the east is a gomba and finances ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Descend again to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, grandly overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant 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. Jankri (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 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 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.
Day 6 Chalishe to Hindung (Gomba Danda) 2402m/7900Ft. 4 -5 hrs Being offered breakfast at the very local setting, we begin trek to Hindung 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.
Day 7 Hindung Danda to Thulo Dhunga 3337m/10975 Ft. 4-5 hrs After you lead your feet after warm breakfast, the journey reaches you to Thulo Dhunga. It 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 8 Thulo Dhunga to Base Camp (Nojet Kharka) 3691m12140Ft. 6 hrs The trail continues after your new breakfast, steeply with occasional jaw-dropping views of the snowy peaks. Continues through seasonal grazing areas to eventually drop into an immense green meadow and splendid camp site known as Nojet Kharka. Day 9 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 shimmer below at the foot of the Himalaya. Kalo Kunda (black lake) has waters that mirror the awe-inspiring 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 misbehaves will be punished with poor weather and difficult travels. Day 10 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 11 Hindung to hot springs to Racyat Gaon/Kapur Gaon 1500m/4950Ft. 5-6 hrs we after our breakfast, follow the route to Tatopani (Hot Spring) River south to a built up riverside hot springs with a bathing pool and 3 taps. Relax and renew the body, mind and spirit. The trail then goes 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.
Day 12 Rachyat/Kapur Gaon to Lapa (lunch) to Khading Gaon 2025m/6660Ft. 4-5 hrs you have breakfast at the local setting then pass through Lapchyat Gaun which 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 Gaon with over 400 homes. Above Lapa Gaun is Khading the largest Gurung village of the area. The residents have a welcoming spirit, and the people are enthusiastic to perform cultural dances with traditional music.
Day 13 Khading Gaon to Magne Goth 2950m/9735Ft. 4 hrs We after our light breakfast that we carried or made in local houses, ascend steeply up the hill to the west in a tall, blue pine forest with rambling rhododendron is Magne Goth, and nearby is a large boulder, location of ruby extraction.
Day 14 Magne Goth – Lapu Danda 1250m/4125Ft. 5-6 hrs Enter Gorkha District on the descent to cross the Chote Khola before ascending through lush forest and descending into a valley with excellent panoramas including Manaslu, soaring in the western horizon. Pass through the scenic villages of Dhonjet, Kartunje and Manbu and re-enter Dhading District to reach the magnificently located Laphu Danda, chiefly a Brahmin village with a large school in an area with luxuriant vegetation, surrounded by bountiful fields. Take in views of snow-clad Himalchuli and Shringi peaks with a section of the Ganesh Range.
Day 15 Lapu Danda – Ganga Jamuna 950m/3135Ft. 5-6 hrs.
Your path climbs through fertile fields of Baseri as it ascends to Dandagaon, with excellent views of Manaslu and more. Continues gradually to the glorious twin waterfalls of Ganga Jamuna.
Day 16 Ganga Jamuna - Tripura Sundari 850m/2805Ft. 5-6 hrs on this day will be quite easy walking day passing most of the Bhramin people's villages, paddy terraces and low land terrain views of the surroundings. Local culture, little bit of Mt. Manaslu ranges mountain views as well as Akhu khola river views will lure the trekkers. We have lunch at local houses.
Day 17 Tripura Sundari - to Kathmandu 1310m/4323Ft. 6-7 hrs drive The Ganesh Himal region and surrounding territory offers cultural and natural splendor and has religious significance, too, for pilgrims attracted to its sacred mountains and lakes. The area is filled with rare and exotic wildlife, wildflowers, herbal plants, Yarsa Gumba, waterfalls, hills and peaks and hospitable, openhearted local people. While magnificent scenery graces every step, the residents of the beautiful landscape welcome visitors to their extraordinary land. The region has something to bring travelers to Nepal and bring them back to Nepal on a repeat visit. After all visit you will get back to Kathmandu by bus. It will take 4 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
- 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 Strenuous Kalo and Seto Kunda 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 Strenuous Kalo and Seto Kunda 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 Strenuous Kalo and Seto Kunda 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 Strenuous Kalo and Seto Kunda 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.
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