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Ganesh Himal Trek - 17 Days

Ganesh Himal Trek - 17 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Ganesh Himal Trek
Accomodation Selected hotel in Kathmandu,home stay and lodge/Tent during the trek
Region Ganesh Himal Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration 17 days
Max. Altitude Pansang La Pass (3,842m/12,604ft)
Meals Included Meals during the trek
Group size 2-15
Nature of Trek Tea House trekking/Home Stay/Tent
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Trip Code DWTG2
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Local Bus & private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Moderate

About the Trip

If you are looking for thrilling vibes while trekking in isolated regions Ganesh Himal trek is the one for you. You will be walking through enigmatic villages and dense forests surrounded on all sides by gorgeous mountains. The trek trails are less crowded and lead to remote regions far from modernization, full of rich and ancient culture, unadulterated traditions, and lifestyles. Ganesh Himal, named after the legendary elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesh, is the most alluring mountain near Kathmandu. The sacred trail to Ganesh Himal, packed with wonders, also has a fascinating landscape that will amaze you at each turn.

Highlights

  • New trekking destination close to Kathmandu
  • The sacred Parvati lake (Kunda), twin sacred white and black lakes
  • Natural hot springs
  • Shimmering close-up view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal
  • Respectful hospitality of ethnic communities
  • Diverse terrain - farmland, green meadows, and rocky hills
  • Home to domestic animals like sheep, yak, goat, and ox
  • Dense rhododendron, pine, oak, and bamboo forests
  • Several rivers along with suspension bridges, gorges, waterfalls, and water-driven mills
  • Trek through verdant farmland and explore unspoiled forests
  • Marvel at the incredible mountain panoramas from the Pansang La Pass (3,842m/12,640ft)

Benefits

  • Free pick up & drop off from/to airport to/from hotel 
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Medical kits, including an oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes
  • Sleeping bags and down jacket arrangements if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

Comprehensive Overview

Ganesh Himal Trek takes you through one of the least explored and untouched regions in the remote Himalayas. Ganesh Himal, the Hindu god of luck, lies in the periphery of Langtang, Annapurna, Manaslu, and other Tibetan ranges and exposes you to some of its hidden wonders and marvels, including the exotic floras and faunas. As you trek, you can enjoy the views of beautiful waterfalls, stupas, cliffs, extraordinary rock formations, and the tranquillity of the isolated villages. The region has deposits of minerals like ruby, crystal, and zinc. 

Our trek begins with a bus or a jeep ride to Syabrubesi (1,503m) from Kathmandu. Throughout the path, you can enjoy the views of alluring high-altitude landscapes. You will spend your first trek night at Sybrubesi. The following morning we leave Syabrubesi to Gatlang via Chawatar, traversing through traditional Tamang villages, lush green forests, and thrilling suspension bridges. 

You will ascend from Gatlang to Parvati Kunda (lake), savor the beauty of this holy lake, and head to Somdang. At Somdang, you can view zinc, copper, crystal, and ruby mines, which are unfortunately no longer functioning. Then you will cross the phenomenal Pangsang Pass (3,842m/12,604ft) to reach Tipling (2,087m) and then cross Chalish and Shertung villages to Hindung (Gomba Danda). 

From Hindung, you will follow a trail to Thulo Dhunga (3,337m) and to Nojet Kharka (3,691m), the base camp of Ganesh Himal. The next day, you can stroll around the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and hike ahead to get outstanding views of the Ganesh Himal range and surrounding peaks. 

After a day at Ganesh Himal Base Camp, you will return to Hindung (2,403m), take a bath in the natural hot spring, and descend to Khading Gaon (2,025m) through Racyat/Kapor Gaon. From Khading Gaon onwards, the trails to Magne Ghoth (2,950m) are pleasant and you will continue to reach Lapu Danda and then Ganga Jamuna (950m), witnessing the excellent view of Mount Manaslu and various other dazzling mountains. After Ganga Jamuna, you will reach your next destination Tripura Sundari (850m), after walking through several Brahmin villages, paddy fields, and flatter pains. The trek concludes with a bus ride back to Kathmandu from Tripura Sundari.

Ganesh Himal Trek is one of the least explored trekking trails in Nepal that passes through remote areas of Nepal, offering you views of some of the hard-to-access corners of Nepal.

We organize a fully supportive homestay trekking to assist the local economy and provide the opportunity to experience the great hospitality of locals. The trek takes you through the diversified landscapes, geography, and different climate zones of Ganesh Himal Base Camp. 

This trek begins with a 7-8 hour local bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, which forms part of the package. However, with an additional cost, you can book a private jeep. It is also important to attend our official briefing we conduct one day before the trek departure date, where we will provide you with vital information about the trek. Moreover, we recheck your luggage to ensure you have packed all the essentials for the trip. The trek briefing will also motivate and energize you for the trek.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Kathmandu (1,310m / 4,323ft) to Syabrubesi (1,503m /4,945ft) - 8-9 hours drive

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (122km / 75.8miles) 7- 9 hrs
    Highest Altitude 1,503m / 4,655ft

    You will take an early bus or a jeep from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, the gateway of Langtang Valley. The scenic seven to eight-hour drive will take you past Trisuli BazaarRamche Gaon, and Dhunche. 

    We will register our permits at Syabrubesi before proceeding The road is rough, but the alluring landscape will leave you in awe. We spend the night in Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi, being the mid-point to treks and the border of China, has all equipment, gear, and clothing for the trip. You can shop around and relish the marvelous ambiance of the small village amidst the green hills.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge/hotel
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Syabrubesi (1,503m / 4,945ft) to Chawatar (lunch) to Gatlang (2,337m / 7,690ft) 5-6 hours hike

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.1km / 7.4miles
    Highest Altitude 2,240m / 7,355ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    You will move ahead from Syabrubesi to Gatlang, a small Tamang village, following a narrow and twisty trail to Bahun Dada Pass before descending to Gatlang. You can also reach Gatland through Chawatar, stopping at Chawatar for our lunch. The food is amazingly delicious here, as most vegetables are freshly picked and organically grown. As we pass through the magnificent Tamang village, rich in its own culture and tradition, we enjoy our first hike of the trek.

    • Overnight stay at the best possible lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Gatlang (2,337m / 7,690ft) to Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka (lunch) to Somdang (3,271m / 10,760ft) 6-7 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 12.45km / 7.74miles
    Highest Altitude 3,271m / 10,760ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hours

    Our stop for this day is Somdang. We hike from Gatlang to Parvati Kunda, a natural alpine fresh lake. Named after the famous Hindu Goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva, this lake is considered sacred by the locals. With its religious significance, you can also witness the natural beauty of the pure and majestic lake. Then you will follow the trail through lush pine and rhododendron forest to Yuri Kharka. After a delicious meal at Yuri Kharka, you will continue the hike towards the Somdang River via Khurphu Bhanjyang. 

    A few hours' walk from here takes you to the now shutdown mine. Despite being out of function for years, we can observe around and explore the astonishing beauty of the place. The deep tunnel used to extract zinccopper, tin, crystal, and even rubies, is still there for you to see.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Somdang (3,271m / 10,760ft to Pangsang La Pass (3,842m / 12,640ft) to Pansang Kharka

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,842m / 12,640ft
    Trek Duration 3:30hrs

    You will begin your hike southwest of Somdang Village, across Pangsang Pass, and reach Pangsang Kharka. The trail provides a panoramic view of Mount Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. Many trekkers camp at Pangsang Kharka as the large plain grass field is wonderfully relaxing and pleasant. As you explore Pansang Kharka, you will discover a wide range of medicinal herbs. As one of the less frequented trekking routes, there are very few lodges around here.

    • Overnight stay at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Pangsang Khraka to Tipling (lunch) to Shertung /Chalish (1,875m/6,188ft) 5-6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,842m/12,640ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    You will start the day early and enjoy the sun rays kissing the blanket of mountains around you. After a delicious breakfast amidst the chilly breeze of the mountains, you will begin the hike. Initially, you will descend to Laptung village, passing through dense forests with amazing fir and rhododendron trees. 

    We halt for Lunch at Tipling and then follow the trail towards Shertung and Chalish. Shertung, known as a place of gold, has a beautiful history. Getting to know Shertung by exploring the village and interacting with the locals will make the experience worth it. Chalish, on the other hand, is a nearby village with its own fascinating tales. These are the two villages in this region far from modern influences. However, the locals and the village tourism committee ensure that the visitors receive proper food and accommodations.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Chalish (1,875m / 6,188ft) to Hindung (Gomba Danda) (2,402m / 7,900ft) 4 -5 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,402m / 7,900ft
    Trek Duration 4 -5 hours

    We move ahead from Chalish to Hindung, also known as Gomba Danda while enjoying the untouched beauty you can observe from the trails. The raw and unblemished route will surely impress you. Hindung, a small Tamang village, is renowned for its crystal and rubies. If we visit in the right season, you will also be able to spot Yarsagumba, a famous medicinal herb in the surrounding highlands.

    • Overnight stay at local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  7. day 7

    From Hindung Danda (2,402m / 7,900ft) to trek to Thulo Dhunga (3,337m / 10,975ft) 4-5 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,337m / 10,975ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    You will ascend to a higher elevation to reach Thulo Dhunga. The trail passes through a variety of floras and faunas. As you walk through the path, you may spot exotic animals like wild musk deer, boars, jharal, langur, and leopards. You will also witness magnificent waterfalls on the way to Thulo Dunga. We halt at Thulo Dunga for the night and relax in this isolated village.

    • Overnight at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Thulo Dhunga (3,337m / 10,975ft) to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (Nojet Kharka) (3,691m / 12,140ft) 6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,691m / 12,140ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    This day will be exciting as you hike to Nojet Kharka, the base camp of Ganesh Himal. The trail will, without a doubt, amaze you with every turn you take. With the view of the snowy mountains, the serene aura of the place, and a little adventurous trail, you will surely have fun walking this route. When you reach Nojet Kharka, we will set up our camp for the night. The lush green field is immensely enchanting and will accommodate us while relaxing us physically and mentally.

    • Overnight at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Exploration Day at Ganesh Himal Base Camp

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,691m / 12,140ft

    Today you will stroll around the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and hike to the nearby ridge of Dobra Danda to get an outstanding view of the Ganesh Himal range. The Ganesh Himal range is very close from here and looks stunningly brilliant. You can also see two small lakes, Kalo Kunda (Black Lake) and Seto Kunda (White Lake), dazzling in front of the blanket of mountains. The locals consider these lakes sacred and believe that the lake waters have spiritual powers.

    • Overnight at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Return from the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (3,691m / 12,140ft) to Hindung (Gomba Danda) (2,402m / 7,900ft) 7-8 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,691m / 12,140ft
    Trek Duration 7-8 hours

    You will hike back from Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Hindung, following the same route you took to reach the Base Camp. The reversed perspective the journey provides is equally enjoyable. You will walk the serene trail enjoying the stunning mountain views and a distinct landscape. After crossing a dense forest, you will reach Hindung, where you will stop for the night.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Trek from Hindung (2,402m / 7,900ft) via hot springs to Racyat Gaon/Kapur Gaon (1,500m / 4,950ft) 5-6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,402m / 7,900ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    Today will be a relaxing day as you will spend a good hour in the hot spring en route to Racyat and Kapur Gaon. We move south from Hindung to reach a built-up riverside hot spring. There is a hot water bathing pool and three natural hot water taps, where you can immerse yourself and let your tired muscles heal. The bath will mentally rejuvenate you as well. Then you will continue ahead in the stone steps built by the Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. You will then pass Tir and reach Racyat and Kapur villages.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Trek from Racyat/Kapur Gaon (1,500m / 4,950ft) to Lapa (lunch) to Khading Gaon (2,025m / 6,660ft) 4-5 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,025m / 6,660ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    You will begin early in the morning, after a pleasant breakfast, on a route to Khading village, passing Lapchyat village - a small Gurung village. Though Khading is a small village, the warm hospitality of the local people and the astounding scenery will enhance your trek experience. Moving ahead, you will cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge, walk uphill and reach Lapa gaon, the largest Gurung village in the region. We further move to Khading village to spend the night. At Khading, you can interact with locals and learn about their lifestyles.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Trek from Khading Gaon (2,025m / 6,660ft) to Magne Goth (2,950m / 9,735ft) 4 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,950m / 9,735ft
    Trek Duration 4 hours

    The trek starts on a pleasant trail from Khading Gaon as you traverse through blue pine and rhododendron forests and terraced fields. The path has steep uphills, yet it is surprisingly beautiful as we pass through enigmatic settlements and farmlands. We finally reach Magne Goth, where you will stay for the night. Nearby Magne Goth, you can witness a large boulder where ruby extraction used to take place. You can stroll around the area and enjoy the depth and mysteries of the isolated village.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Trek from Magne Goth (2,950m / 9,735ft) to Lapu Danda (1,250m / 4,125ft) 5-6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,950m / 9,735ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    After a night at Magne Goth, it is time to head to Gorkha. It will take you a few hours. The trail today is mostly downhill, and the day finishes early. Be careful not to stress your knees and ankle too much. Passing through dense forests and witnessing the bewildering panorama of the mountains, you will enjoy the trail to the fullest. Then you will walk ahead through several small villages, including Dhonjet, Katunje, and Manabu, before re-entering the Dhading district to reach Lapu Danda, a small Brahmin village. The place is so beautiful, with bountiful farmlands and heavenly views of Mount ManasluHimalchuliShringi peaks, and the ultimate Ganesh Himal range.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Trek from Lapu Danda (1,250m / 4,125ft) to Ganga Jamuna (950m / 3,135ft) 5-6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,250m / 4,125ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    We head towards Ganga Jamuna, enjoying the excellent views of Mount Manaslu and various other dazzling mountains. Following the trail through the lush green fields, you will reach Baseri and ascend to Dandagaon. The atmosphere of Dandagaon is so beautiful and filled with tranquillity. After a few hours of walking, you will reach the glorious twin waterfalls Ganga Jamuna, where you will stay for the night. With its religious significance, Ganga Jamuna is also a perfect spot for camping, as it offers magnificent views of the Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Manaslu range, Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, and Annapurna range from here.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  16. day 16

    Trek from Ganga Jamuna (950m / 3,135ft) to Tripura Sundari (850m / 2,805ft) 5-6 hours

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 950m / 3,135ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    As we near the end of our trek, the trail gets easier. You will hike from Ganga Jamuna to Tripura Sundari, passing through several Brahmin villages, paddy fields, and flat lands. You can enjoy enthralling grassy hills, gorgeous waterfalls, rhododendron and pine forests, and small isolated villages with enigmatic cultures and traditions. Up ahead, you can see Mount Manaslu as you bid farewell to the trek region. You will also witness the Akhu River, one of the most pleasant sights from the trails. Our final night will be here at Tripura Sundari.

    • Overnight at a local lodge/homestay
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner)
  17. day 17

    Tripura Sundari (850m / 2,805ft) to Kathmandu (1,310m / 4,323ft) 6-7 hours drive

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 118 km / 73miles
    Highest Altitude 1,310m / 4,323ft
    Driving Hours 6-7 hours

    The trek ends with a bus ride back to Kathmandu from Tripura Sundari. On the way back, you will enjoy final glimpses of the gigantic mountains. A journey filled with wonders, you will bid farewell to the Ganesh Himal region. We hope you enjoyed the trek and created some of the most long-lasting memories in Nepal. Your trek ends in Kathmandu.

    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Tripura Sundari to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Tea House/ Homestay /tent Camp, including meals. 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 16 dinners in trek regions
  • Government-licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced leader (guide), Assistant trekking guide for a group of 12 or more, and porters to help trekkers with luggage. One porter for every two trekkers
  • 16 days of accommodations in trek regions, lodges/homestays/tent camps. Twin sharing rooms
  • Guides and porters' meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
  • Extra dietary requirements
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Rescue operations arrangements in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance).
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate after the trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu after the trek

Cost excludes

  • International flight airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, the current rate is USD50 for a 30-day stay
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per trekker)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance, which has to cover emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation up to the highest trek point (Pansang La Pass - 3,842m) and health treatment costs (compulsory)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs (due to delays) caused by circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslide, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "cost includes" are counted as excludes

Equipment Checklist

We recommend you carry the basic clothing and accessories for the trek. We understand that you might have your own preference for clothing, but here is a list to help you pack. Porters will carry your main luggage, which should not exceed 9kg. We assign one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers and no more than 18 kg (combined weight). You can also buy equipment in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat, or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

 

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

 

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

 

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

 

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

 

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Thermal bottle
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in high altitude trekking)

 

Toiletries

  • Medium-size drying towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Toothbrush
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

 

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

 

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Binoculars
  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
  • Notebook and pen

Trip Information

Complimentary airport-pickup

In a foreign country, it gets hard to track the location or even book a cab. To avoid such a dilemma, Discovery World Trekking provides free Tribhuvan International Airport pick-up during arrival and drop-off service after the trek, regardless of your flight. Our company representative, with a pamphlet with your name on it, will receive you at the airport. After greeting you, they will present you with a marigold garland and take you to your hotel. To take advantage of this service, you must share your flight details with us after booking the trek. 

Starting the Ganesh Himal Trek

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at least one day earlier, by three pm. It will allow you time to take part in the trek briefing. You must attend the trek briefing to get vital information, get motivated, and ensure you have all the equipment, gear, and clothing suitable for the trek.
You will require at least two days of a hotel stay in Kathmandu, one before starting the trip and the other at the end. However, this package does not include hotel stays in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has all sorts of hotels fit for all tastes and budgets. We do not want to limit your choices. On the trek departure date, early in the morning, you will board a bus and head to Syabrubesi. You will reach Syabrubesi in about eight hours.

Accommodation details during the trek

The Ganesh Himal trek is 17 days long, and you will spend sixteen nights at the trek regions, mainly in homestays that provide basic facilities while making you feel homely with warm hospitality. In some trek regions, there are no accommodation facilities, hence, you will stay in tent camps. The rooms are mostly on a twin-sharing basis, and the beds come with mattresses, blankets, and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost.

Discovery World Trekking has good public relations with local service providers in the Himalayan region. You will require two-night stays in Kathmandu, but this package does not cover these costs. Kathmandu has an excellent range of hotels to fit all budgets. 

Meals

Ganesh Himal Trek is a high-altitude trek that requires abundant nutritious food, and we will provide you with plenty of nutrient-rich, hygienic, and tasty food. However, as you elevate, your food choices get limited and food also becomes expensive.

For hygiene concerns, we advise you to avoid non-veg food and instead double down on fresh vegetables and liquids, such as green, lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must). Moreover, it is best to stay away from alcohol, dairy, chocolate, and caffeinated items. 

We will provide you with 17 breakfasts, 17 lunches, and 16 dinners in the trek regions. Here are your food choices.

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, Butter, Cheese, French toast with Jam, Local Tsampa porridge, fruits, Vegetables, Honey, Tibetan bread or Chapati, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch: Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Macaroni dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti, Noodles,  Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Momo (dumplings), Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner: Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Sandwiches, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk, Spaghetti,  Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato items, Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

Please note that you are responsible for personal bills (alcohol, hot (tea, coffee), and cold drinks) at bars/hotels/tea houses. We only provide standard breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Best trek season

The weather is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding to trek The Ganesh Himal Trek. Each trek season provides a different experience and has different flavors, but for an easy trek with clear skies, cool temperatures, and great trail conditions autumn and spring are the best seasons. The winters are cold with snowfalls at the high trek elevations, and the monsoon during summer brings heavy rain, making the trails wet and slippery. 


January – February

These are the coldest months, especially from early January to early February. Though the day may be warm and admirable with clear skies, the nighttime would be extremely cold. These are the trek months for you if you love the snow and do not have a cold allergy.

 

March – April

These are some of the best months to trek in the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The weather is very favorable, and stunning views of the central Himalayan ranges bring flocks of trekkers to the trails. Temperatures start increasing in the mid of March, and the environment gets favorable for the trek. Many trekkers choose to trek this region during March and April. 

 

May – June

Favorable trekking season continues right before the rainfall as the mix of spring and summer, during May and June, ushers a great trek climate in the Ganesh Himal Base Camp trekking regions. The absence of rain, clear skies and cool temperatures make May and June desirable months to hike to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

 

July – August

The rainfall will be in full swing during these months, especially in the lower trek regions. The rainfall can make the trek tough and thrilling at the same time. Due to rain, the vegetation becomes lush, and the waterfalls and rivers swell. However, lots of water can result in wet and slippery trails. The rain may also obstruct the views.

 

September - October

The monsoon recedes, the skies get clear, the temperatures start to get optimum, and the trails will be in fabulous condition, making Ganesh Himal Base Camp treks awesome. Daytime temperatures can reach 20℃ and lower to 5℃ during the night. The most important festivals - Dashain, Tihar, Chhat, and Indrajatra - fall during these months, adding a festive mood to the trek trails.

 

November -December

As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Ganesh Himal Region, and it is eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. November treks are possible months with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are stable and constant, and the views of the clear blue sky and the mountains look phenomenal. From December, the temperature starts to get cold, and snowfalls begin in high elevations.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization

Our trek involves trekking for several days at elevations above 3500m, where altitude sickness is a significant risk. We have designed our itinerary to allow for gradual acclimatization, but symptoms can still occur. 

Our trek leaders and guides are well-trained in first aid and experienced in the Himalayas. If you experience any symptoms, please inform your group leader or guide. They will provide precautions and suggest descending if necessary. Remember to stay hydrated and listen to your body, as some individuals may be more susceptible to altitude sickness. 

If someone in the trek group falls sick, your group leader has the authority to decide whether to continue or descend immediately based on the overall team condition. In emergencies, we deploy a helicopter to bring the affected person back to safety (funded by insurance). 

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

The Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek is challenging but also offers beautiful rewards. Each day typically involves hiking for 4 to 7 hours, with uphill and steep downhill and straightforward sections on rocky and stone-paved paths. While anyone can participate, being in good physical shape and having prior trekking or exercise experience can make the trek more comfortable. We recommend you participate in stamina-building exercises such as cycling, jogging, or swimming a few weeks before the trek departure day. Remember, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. 

However, individuals with medical conditions such as heart or lung disease should consult their doctor before attempting this trek, as it involves moderate to strenuous climbing. We provide necessary medical supplies during the trek.

Trekking group/single

We can handle any group size, with a minimum of two persons, to form a group. For groups of 12 or more, we provide an assistant guide. If you have your group, you will be eligible for discounts proportionate to your team size. However, you will not get any discounts for groups we assemble. 

A typical day on the trek

Each day on the trek offers a unique experience of hiking, witnessing the scenery, taking pictures, tasting local delicacies, and exploring local villages. Our experienced and friendly Sherpa guides will share information and historical facts about the places as you visit them. The porters who carry your luggage will also be with us. However, we expect you to carry a small backpack with your valuables and essential documents.

The day begins with an early morning cup of tea or coffee. After packing your bags and having a hearty breakfast, you will set off on your hike around 7-8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day's walk. After trekking for three to four hours, you will have lunch along the way to our next destination and then continue after an hour of rest.

The afternoon walk is typically shorter, lasting about two to three hours. Once you reach your overnight lodging, you will have free time to explore nearby places. We will serve you dinner around 6-7 PM. After dinner, your trek leader will brief you about the next day's plan. Then you can spend your time sharing your experiences with your fellow trekkers, playing games such as cards, monopoly, or chess, reading books, or learning a few light Nepali words before heading to bed.

Communication

Mobile phone coverage is available on most trek routes, but reliability may vary depending on your network provider. To ensure communication with your loved ones, you can buy a SIM card in Kathmandu. However, at high altitudes, mobile network coverage may not be available. Discovery 
World Trekking remains in contact with all our trek teams at least once a day, to learn about trek progress and ensure client safety, security, and comfort. Internet options are limited. 4G service is available in some trek regions. 

Extra personal expenses

Discovery World Trekking covers major costs during the trek but not all expenses. The meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are not included as a part of the package, so trekkers will have to meet these expenses on their own. 

Kathamndu provides various options for hotels and lodges, both luxury and budget, which you can book online. Clients should bring spending money to cover costs such as accommodations in Kathmandu, visa fees, travel insurance, beverages, snacks, tips for the trekking crew, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash in dollars (major currencies) and exchanging them for Nepalese currency, as it is the only accepted form of payment during the trek.

Electricity, water

On the Ganesh Himal trek, electricity to recharge camera and mobile is available at all lodges for a small fee. You can recharge your electronics, such as your mobile or camera at these lodges. Bottled water is readily available in en-route shops/hotels/tea houses. However, for environmental concerns, we advise you to carry a water bottle and instead buy boiled water from lodges/tea houses and put it in your water bottle. We also recommend you use water purification pills before drinking water. If you do not have these pills, we can provide them to you. 

For hygiene concerns, you should not drink water from rivers, taps, or wells in trek regions.

Travel insurance

Trekking in the Ganesh Himal region requires proper preparation and planning. You should not take high-altitude mountain treks lightly, as they come with inherent high-altitude risks. So adequate travel insurance is a must to participate in the Ganesh Himal trek. Your travel insurance must cover medical costs and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses up to the highest trek altitude (Pansang La Pass, 3,842m).

We can provide you with recommendations for insurance companies, but we do not sell insurance policies in any shape or form. Our recommendations are based on our previous clients' experiences.

We kindly request that you send us detailed information about your insurance policy once you have booked your trek. In emergencies, we will use the insurance policy and the essential documents you provided to arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical assistance, etc.

Before buying your insurance, call your insurance company and double-check if your insurance covers helicopter rescue up to the highest trek altitude (4,050m Sing la Pass) and the treatment costs. Do not just rely on what insurers say on their website.

Passport and visa

All foreign nationals, except Indians, must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Citizens from most countries can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and at immigration checkpoints along Nepal's borders with India and Tibet. You can easily extend your visa at the central immigration office (www.immigration.gov.np). 

To apply for an on-arrival visa, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, one passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current cost for a 30-day stay is US$50, which you can pay in cash.

Children under the age of 10 are eligible for a free visa. 

Visa regulations can change without prior notice, so please check https://www.immigration.gov.np/ for the latest information. 

Citizens of China, as well as citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka), are eligible for a free visa. Citizens not eligible for an on-arrival visa include Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you must contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Visitors may be requested to provide return flight tickets and specify the length of their stay in Nepal. We recommend scheduling at least 1-2 extra days at the end of the trip in case of delays. If there are no delays we can arrange additional activities during your free days.

Money exchange

The local currency in Nepal is Nepali Rupees (NPR), and the current exchange rate is 130 NPR for 1 USD. 

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and throughout Thamel. Keep in mind that the government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee notes, so you should avoid carrying these notes upon arrival. 

We recommend cash exchange over traveler's checks to avoid high bank commissions and lengthy processes. You can easily exchange your currency (major currency) through legal money exchanges all over Thamel. These exchanges display their ongoing rates publicly.

ATMs are available in Kathmandu and Thamel for cash withdrawals, with a maximum withdrawal amount of 35,000 Rupees and a processing fee of 500 Rupees. Service fees for money exchange at banks and financial institutions typically range from 4% or higher. There are no banks or money exchange services in trek regions, so you must exchange money in Kathmandu before departing for the trek. 

It's also important to note that most established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded, so make sure to have new, clean notes.

Luggage weight limit

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per person. We will assign porters to carry your luggage, with each porter assigned to two trekkers, and the combined luggage weight should not exceed 18 kg. It is important to note that we never overload our porters. We expect each trekker to carry their knapsack or backpack with valuables and essentials. Excess baggage can be left at the hotel or the Discovery World Trekking store at no cost. 

We will recheck your luggage and equipment at our office during the trek briefing before the trek begins.

Ganesh Himal Trek Safety

At Discovery World Trekking, the safety, security, and satisfaction of our clients are our top priority. We understand that safety is of the utmost importance and take every necessary precaution to ensure it. We carry all standard and necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have completed first aid training and are experienced in handling different situations.

If a trekker falls ill due to altitude, based on the severity, the trek guide decides whether or not to continue the trek, as health is of the utmost importance. In an emergency, a rescue helicopter will be readily available to bring you back to safety from higher elevations. During the trek, we will travel as a group to ensure everyone's safety and prevent anyone from wandering off.

Responsible Travel

At Discovery World Trekking, we are committed to protecting the environment through responsible travel. We understand that tourism can have adverse effects on the environment, so we try our best not to disturb nature. Hence, we collaborate with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to conduct eco-friendly trips that are both culturally enriching and mindful of the environment. We try our best to meet the expectations of both travelers and local communities in the trek regions.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the trek, our highly skilled and experienced local guides/Sherpa will accompany you to make your journey as comfortable and memorable as possible. All of our guides are licensed and have years of experience trekking in the remote Himalayas. Porters will carry your luggage, with each porter assigned to two trekkers, and the combined weight of the luggage should not exceed 18 kg. So, per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.  

If needed, we can also provide one porter per person. Our crew members are from the local high Himalayan communities and possess the physical endurance and genetic ability to live comfortably at high altitudes. Our staff members are valuable to us, and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition/trek. All our guides and porters receive medical care when needed. We always ensure they are happy as we believe only happy people can make others happy. 

Our expert trek leaders have completed intensive wilderness first aid training, are fluent in English and other languages, and have rock climbing experience. They are informed about the importance of conservation and biodiversity.

Tipping

Tipping for guides, porters, and crew during a trek is a matter of personal preference and should reflect the level of service. In Nepalese culture, a tip is a way to show appreciation for good service. We recommend you tip at the end of the trek as a group. How much you tip is a personal choice, but we suggest you consider service quality, trip length, and budget. It's important to note that Discovery World Trekking ensures that all its staff members are paid well and treated with respect.

Booking and Payment Process

Discovery World Trekking is a government-authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and tour operator in Nepal, providing service for over a decade. We are a member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). You can book treks with us online confidently.

We require a 10% trek as a deposit to confirm the booking. You must send us additional documentation such as passport copies, passport-size photos, travel insurance policy, and flight details within a week of booking. You can pay through bank transfer, Western Union, or online payment directly from our website. The remaining cost of the trip can be paid in cash, by bank transfer, or by credit card after arriving in Nepal. We will also provide payment details via email for your convenience.

Last minute booking

We recommend you book treks/expeditions in advance, but Discovery World Trekking also accommodates last-minute bookings. In such cases, a 100% payment for the trip cost is due 24 hours before the trek departure date. Although we will make every effort to operate the trek as planned, in case of last-minute booking, we cannot guarantee that there will be no delays due to factors such as weather or lodging availability. For more information, contact us at 977-9840055491 or email us at [email protected].

Trip Extensions

Once the trek is finished, you may wish to extend your stay in Nepal. With the extra time, you can participate in various activities such as touring Kathmandu, sightseeing, a trip to Nagarkot for views, a jungle safari in Chitwan, paragliding, rafting, or canoeing.

Feedback

Upon completion of the trek, we will organize a farewell dinner at Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a company certificate of trek achievement. This is the right time to provide us feedback on the services and performance of our team. If you are happy with our service, do not forget to review us on travel portals like trip-advisor.

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A Fantastic Experience!!

Griffin
5 - Excellent
06/05/2018

First experience with Discovery World Trekking, and it blew me away! Our guides were friendly, knew everything about the region, and were loads of fun. I would recommend Discovery World Trekking for any trekking you're considering doing as they made my experience a huge success!

Great experience of Ganesh Himal trekking

Panhine
5 - Excellent
12/08/2014

Thank you for this wonderful experience every things was well arranged, well organized, perfect timing with the weather we show beautiful panoramic view of Ganesh himal ranges and very interesting cultures, our guide Siddhanta was very professional he explained every each things thank you DWT We will be back again

A World Away From Covid-19

Teresa Philips & family
5 - Excellent
12/20/2020

We could not have asked for a better time trekking in Ruby Valley with our 4 children (12, 9, 5 & 1 years old). We had a wonderful guide, Dol, & 3 amazing porters Amrit, Prabhat & Gokul. They were so professional, helpful, patient, focused & a joy to get to know. They helped our family, with small kids, to cross over Pansang Pass & enjoy so many beautiful places. On this particular trek, we were able to visit their own home village, Chalish, & get to meet their immediate family members & learn about daily life thereof planting, harvesting & preparing important crops such as red millet & corn, cooking over a fire, visiting the school there, hearing the stories of childhood & seeing the cohesiveness of people working together. Our experience was unforgettable!



The package they offered made our time very smooth & well-provided for. Paul was always in good contact with us, answering any questions swiftly. He is very detailed-oriented & organized things so well for our family. We had no problem getting our visas at the airport, & the staff was waiting for us outside to take us to our hotel. On the trail, we ate the food of the villages we visited. We took refreshment from nature & a wifi-free part of the world! We had a great family time! Concerning Covid-19, we all made sure we tested negative before our trek. The staff took precautions, & we felt very safe as we went on the trail. There is no evidence of Covid-19 in these areas. We could enjoy a normal life again in the beauty of the Himalayas. We are confident this experience will remain in our family's hearts forever.

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