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Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek – 18 Days

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  • DestinationNepal
  • Total Duration18 Days
  • Trek Duration16 Days
  • Best TimeMar to May & Sep to Nov
  • Max ElevationGanesh Himal Base Camp at 4,310m
  • Trip GradeModerate to Challenging
  • TransportationPrivate Vehicle
  • Accommodation Hotel/Lodge/Homestays
  • StyleTea House & Homestays
  • MealsBreakfast Basis in city and full board during Trek
  • Min Group Size2+ pax
Overview

Named after sacred Ganesh Himal, Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is an exciting and adventurous walk to the base camp of Mt. Ganesh. Located northeast of Kathmandu, Ganesh Himal region is an unexplored and wild area near

Nepal-Tibet border.

The trek covers a wide range of biodiversity from subtropical forests such as rhododendron, maple and orchid forests in the lower level to chilly semi-alpine landscape above 3500m. In fact the trek goes through Manaslu Conservation area which is a prime habitat for musk deer, Himalayan tahr, Rhesus monkey and many more.

One of the most challenging point of the trek is the crossing of Singa La pass situated at an altitude of (4050m). Throughout the trek you will be able to catch fantastic views of Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. The scenes of terraced fields, farmers working on the fields, waterfalls and hot water springs will leave you mesmerized.

The region is largely inhabited by ethnic Tamang group though there are Chhetri, Dalit and Brahmin settlements too. The reflection of Buddhist and Hindu values can be experienced clearly for you to visit both Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples. You will have ample time to visit Nepali villages, learn about their culture and beliefs and interact with them.

Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is best during Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sept-Nov) seasons. Nowadays simple teahouses and lodges are available but some points along the trek will require camping.

Highlights of Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking

● Trek up to Ganesh Himal Base Camp

● Cross Singa La pass at 4020m and enjoy a magnificent panorama of Ganesh, Annapurna, Manaslu and Langtang Himalayan ranges

● Visit Tamang and Chhetri villages and learn about Nepalese village lifestyle

● Trek through Manaslu Conservation Area

● Explore Buddhist monastery and Hindu temples

Cost Includes

● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All Ground Transportation
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, Restricted area permit, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

● Nepal Visa Fee

● International airfare to and from Kathmandu

● Meals in Kathmandu

● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.

● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.

● Travel and rescue insurance.

● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness

● Tips for guide, drivers and supporting staff.

Equipment & Gears

● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase

● Day bag.( Small handbag)

● Trekking shoes

● Sports shoes or sandals.

● Sun Hat/cap

● Warm woolen cap

● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket

● Pullover or warm sweeter

● Raincoat

● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock

● Hand gloves

● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers

● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts

● 3/4 pairs of Underwear

● Eye glass

● Water bottle

● 4 seasons Sleeping bag

● Flash or Torch light

● Camera and batteries.

Before You Go

Trekking Group

For lodge and teahouse trekking, we ensure the standard group size, not exceed 16 pax. We believe we can maintain the quality of our services for 16 participants in each group. Please note some restricted trekking areas will require at least two participants to get permits. Individual and solo trekkers are allowed in other trekking regions.

For this trek we provide one licensed professional guide who can communicate or speak in English, one porter for every two participants and one assistant guide for more than 12 pax. A group of 16 participants will have one complimentary group leader. Our trekking guides and porters are well informed about their responsibilities. And the porters can carry up to 20kg of weight. Our field staff will also include one guide who is adept in administering first aid.

Accommodations

The accommodations are chosen based on trekking itinerary, comfort level, budget and interests of trekkers and accessibility in terms of scenery and trail. Most arrangements are made on Bed & Breakfast basis, double/twin sharing in Lodges/Tea houses and Deluxe – Star Hotels in cities. Depending upon your interests, a wide range of hotels are available in city areas such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, etc. and during the trekking trail, there are plenty of lodges, teahouses, guesthouses and sometimes even hotels for accommodation. A Teahouse/Lodge trek is where trekkers stay in lodges and guesthouses along the trail as opposed to tents/camping. Such Teahouses/Lodges are run either by local families or are community-based which offers simple to moderate facilities, with simple beds, solar-powered hot water and a limited set of cuisines/meals.

For this trek we offer two types of accommodation, ‘Deluxe Hotel’ in the city and ‘Teahouse/Lodge’ during the trekking trail. The Hotels and Teahouses have been selected by the Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more. All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon seasonality with limited choices available in peak season. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.

Meals

Touristic cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, offer some of the finest dining restaurants. Get spoiled with unlimited choices for cuisines, ranging from local Nepali food to international delicacies. In contrast, there might not be as much variety of cuisines available on the trekking trail. Trekking lodges and small eateries along the trail will offer you basic diets such as Nepali Dal Bhat, sandwich, apple pie and pizza and regular beverages. However, you will get to enjoy mostly organic food on trekking trails.

For this trek we offer you full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) local or best available continental food as per menu on your choice and 3 cups of tea/coffee per day. Please note that full board meals are not included during your transition stay in city areas, guests will have to pay for the meals (dinner and lunch), alcohol, hot & cold beverages and mineral water.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our staff will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your pre-booked hotel. In the afternoon, you can visit our office and attend a trekking briefing program conducted by your trekking guide. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat (815m)

After early breakfast, you will start the 7-8 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Soktihola. The initial journey will follow Prithivi Highway, winding through rivers, green hills and villages before turning off towards Arughat in Dhading district. The rest of the road is not in good condition. Enjoy views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal peaks along the way. Stay overnight in Sotikhola.

Day 3: Trek from Sotikhola to Machha Khola (930m)

Today your trekking starts after a warm breakfast. The trail passes scenic terraces and villages and follows a suspension bridge hanging on to a cliff. Cross a forested path and then a suspension bridge before following Buri Gandaki river. Stay overnight in Machha khola.

Day 4: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1400m)

The trek leaves Maccha Khola and shadows a local stream. Khorlabesi is the first Gurung village you will encounter before arriving at a natural hot spring. The trail then crosses Buri Gandaki River and climbs to
Dobhan. Trace the Buri Gandaki river bank up to Jagat where there is a checkpost of Manaslu Area
Conservation Project. Stay overnight in Jagat.

Day 05: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2,230m)

The trail ahead of Jagat goes uphill through a forest of rhododendron. Then the trail descends all the way to Buri Gandaki River. Briefly stop at Phillim village which is inhabited by Gurung people, then head towards Lokpa which is a distance of 2 hr. Stay overnight in Lokpa.

Day 06: Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m)

The journey from Lokpa to Chumling is pretty tough. The trail is full of ups and downs but the scenery around will mesmerize you. The trail initially passes through quiet forest on a rocky trail. Afterwards the views of Sringi and Ganesh Himal towers above. This becomes even more pronounced when you reach the village Chumling. Stay overnight in Chumling.

Day 07: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang paro (3,010 m)

As we move higher on the trail, the valley widens and the views become even more stunning. Leaving Chumling, the trail till Gho village is a mix of cliffs, river bank and forest paths. Watch out for beautiful views of Boudha, Ganesh and Himal chuli. The trail eventually climbs to the villages of Chhokang and Paro where Tibetan hospitality of butter tea awaits you.

Day 08: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3,361m)

Prepare yourself for some long and hard treks today. As you can feel we are already in the upper Tsum valley. The trail crosses a stream and then passes through Piren Phu cave where ascetic Milarepa is believed to have meditated. Continue walking past the terraced field and you will encounter another cave which features Buddhist mural painting. Nele lies on the bank of the stream. Stay overnight in Nile.

Day 09: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m)

Today we will visit Mu Gompa, a 3 hrs walk from Nile. The trail follows the ancient trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Explore Mu Gompa which houses statues of Padmasambhava, Tara and Avalokitesvara. Stay at Mu Gompa.

Day 10: Trek back from Mu Gompa to Nile (3,361m)

Enjoy morning breakfast and then resume your trek towards Nile via same route. Enjoy the scenic view of mountain, villages and yak kharkas as the trail crisscrosses Shiar stream. Stay overnight in Nile

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Kowa

Rise up early and prepare yourself for a trek toward Nile . Enjoy the trek with views of rolling green hills, rivers and terraced farms. Stay overnight in Kowa.

Day 12: Trek from Kowa to Gumba Lungden (3,210m)

Today we will start our trek to reach one step closure to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. After breakfast trek to Gumba Lungden and stay overnight.

Day 13: Trek from Gumba Lungden to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,310m) and trek back to Gumba Lungden

Today is a special day for you will be heading to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, the ultimate prize of this trekking. Wake up early and follow your trekking guide carefully. Enjoy the magnificent views from Ganesh Himal Base Camp and trek back to Gumba Lungden. Stay overnight in Gumba Lungden.

Day 14: Trek from Gumba Lungden to Chumling (2386m)

Today we will begin our return journey. After having climbed this higher, now it is time to head back along the same route. After breakfast we will start trekking towards Chumling. Stay overnight in Chumling.

Day 15: Trek from Chumling to Philim (1590 m)

After breakfast get back on the trekking trail. Descend down and follow a small stream all the way to Phillim. Phillim is where Japanese expeditions in 1956 put up during their successful ascent of Mt.Manaslu. Stay overnight in Philim.

Day 16: Trek from Philim to Macchakhola (930 m)

Today you will return on the trail you came by. After breakfast, stay on the bank of Gandaki River and pass through Sirdibas and Jagat villages before stopping at Macchakhola. Stay overnight at Machhakhola.

Day 17: Drive from Macchakhola to Kathmandu (1340m)

Following breakfast, prepare yourself for a long drive back to Kathmandu. Take a private vehicle and follow Prithivi Highway winding through rivers and green hills. By late afternoon you will arrive in Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final Departure

According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. Farewell until we see you again.

Route map of Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek

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FAQs

1. Is Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking Safe?

Ganesh Himal Base Camp trekking is a remote trail however region is closer to Kathmandu. You will follow a trail that passes through some of the wildest mountain areas. Lodges and hotels are limited along the trail and good internet and mobile network might be absent in higher valleys.

2. How difficult is Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking?

In terms of grading, Rolwaling Valley camping trek is a moderate trek. Trekkers will experience highlands, high passes and snow-covered meadows. The highest elevation you will reach is Ganesh Himal Base Camp at the altitude of 3691m. You will also require to trek for long hours and enjoy being in natural wilderness.

3. How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This is a high mountain trekking so obviously it is mandatory for you to be in great physical shape. Stamina and endurance will be demanded from trekkers throughout the trekking. Anyone with previous experience of Himalaya trekking is best suited for this trek.

4. Is this cost of the trek comparative & reasonable?

The program cost we offer to you is both comparative and reasonable. Since we practice sustainable tourism, we attempt to give the best experience to our tourists while ensuring equal economic dividends to locals of the host destination and our staff. We do not overprice and we discourage unhealthy practices of undercutting. We believe in providing quality service to our guests at a sustainable competitive price.

5. Could we customize the itinerary?

Yes, you can always customize the itinerary according to your requirements. We are quite flexible in re-designing the itinerary by taking into consideration your time availability and needs

6. Could we combine this trek with other trekking packages?

We are flexible in designing programs that suit your interests and needs. Feel free to let us know what you prefer and what your choices are. You can combine two or three trek programs in one go or even more. Alternatively you can go for tour and trek programs combinedly. We are open to any set of combinations you want to pursue.

7. What if I cancel the trip, do I get my refund?

You can cancel the trip if you have personal reasons to do so. Please read our Terms & Conditions for refund details.