Paul Gurung Book The trip

Ganesh Himal Trek - 10 Days

Ganesh Himal Trek - 10 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 10 Days
Max. Altitude 4,050m Sing la Pass
Meals Included Breakfast in Kathmandu and all 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 DWT15
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Local Bus & private vehicle (Transportation)
Grade Moderate

About the Trip

Ganesh Himal Trekking takes you through secluded trails to remote regions north of central Nepal in an area rich in ancient cultures, traditions, and lifestyles, mainly those of the Gurungs, the Tamangs, and the Chhetris.

Highlights

  • New trekking destination close to the capital city of Kathmandu
  • Ancient mines that used to produce zinc, crystal, ruby, tin, etc
  • The sacred Parvati Lake (Kunda), twin sacred White and Black Lakes
  • Natural hot spring en route to Neber
  • Shimmering close-up view of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, and Manaslu Himal
  • Heart-warming hospitality of ethnic communities
  • Diverse terrain, farmlands, green meadows, and rocky hills
  • Domestic animals like sheep, yaks, goats, and oxen
  • Dense forests full of rhododendrons, pine, oak trees, and bamboo
  • Several suspension bridges, gorges, waterfalls, and stone-driven mills

Benefits of trekking with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free pick up & drop off from airport to hotel and vice versa in a private vehicle. 
  • 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
  • Oximeter for monitoring the blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes. It detects early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical kits as a precaution
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
  • Free excess luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking store for the duration of the trek
  • Duffle bag for porters

Comprehensive overview

Ganesh Himal trek takes you to the central northern region of Nepal in the Dhading district, into one of the least explored areas of the Himalayas. This area is situated between the two popular trekking destinations Langtang in the east and Manaslu to the west. 

The trek provides you an opportunity to explore the broad spectrum of ethnic Nepali cultures and stunning natural sceneries prevalent in the Ruby Valley. 

The trek region is teeming with wildlife and provides fantastic views of the Ganesh Himal range, Mount Manasalu, Tibet range, Langtang, and Annapurna. You can also enjoy the views of picturesque waterfalls, dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs, and amazing rock formations. 

Starting from Balche and ending at Dhading Besi, the 10-Day Ganesh Himal trek will traverse through lush subtropical forests, ethnic villages, and alpine meadows to glacial regions under the snowcapped mountains. 

The trek begins with a six to seven hours drive from Kathmandu to Balche. You will spend your first night in the trek region at Balche either in a homestay or a tent camp. The next day, we leave Balche and head to Rupachet. The route passes through dense oak and rhododendron trees, several yak pastures, and reaches Rochet. We will set up a tent at Rochet to spend the night. 

The third day will be very remarkable as you will reach the highest point of the trek at Singla Pass  (4,200m/13,779ft) before descending to the Chailsh Gaon. From the top of the Singla Pass, you will get stunning views of the Ganesh Himal massif (7,893m), Manaslu (8,156m), Annapurna (8,091m), Langtang range, Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Himalchuli (7,893m) and several others. 

You will be spending one day at Chalish Gaon interacting with the locals. Chalish Gaon is inhabited by the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Dalits. We will also take you to the nearby hot spring so that you can enjoy a relaxing bath.

After a day at Chalish, next on the way is a trip to Rachyat Gaon. On the way, you will see several waterfalls and many yak pastures as the villagers at Rachyat Gaon are engaged in animal farming. 

From Rachyat Gaon, we head to Khading Gaon, one of the largest Gurung villages in the region, passing through several rural villages, including Laphchyat and Lapa Gaon. The next day’s trek will take you from Khadi Gaon to Ri Gaon, home to the Tamangs and Dalits. After spending a night at Ri Gaon, we will take you to Phulkharka on a route that passes through several Bhramin and Dalit towns and terraced rice fields. 

The next day, you will leave Phulkharka and head to Jyamrung Durbar/ Danda. The trail will take to the Ankhu Khola (river) and several other towns. Jyamrung Durbar provides an opportunity to see a historical royal residence along with fantastic views of the Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu ranges.

You will spend the last night in the trek region at Jyamrung Durbar/Danda. The following morning you will descend to Dhading Besi and catch a bus to return to Kathmandu. 

The Ganesh Himal trek is perfect for all ages and mainly for those who want to experience the remote Nepali lifestyle with homestays. This trek also provides an opportunity to see the spectacular mountains while witnessing the traditions and cultures of several ethnic groups typical to this region.

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Balche (1,850m / 6,105ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours 6 to 7 hrs.

    After early morning breakfast, you will board a bus that leaves the Kathmandu Valley and heads north. While traveling on the bus, you will get beautiful views of the tall mountains, terraced fields, and towns. The drive until Trishuli Bazaar is peaceful but then onwards and until Balche, the road turns rough. 

    • Overnight stay at a tent camp
    • Included all standard meals (Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Balche (1,850m / 6,105ft) to Rupchet (3,850m/ 12,660ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,850m / 12,660ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs

    From Balche, we take you through a trail that passes through terraced fields and dense jungles to the wilderness. It will be a challenging day as you move up through a wonderful region and arrive at Thulo Kharka, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we will proceed to Rupchet, an open area with several safe houses for seasonal herders and animals. From Rupchet, you will get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. 

    • Overnight stay at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Rupchet (3,850m / 12,660ft) to Chalis Gaon (1,800m / 5,960ft) by way of Singla Pass (4,050m/ 13,290ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 4,050m / 13,290ft
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hrs

    You will trek along with the high country route from Rupchet past late spring pastures meant for ox, sheep, and bovines. Further on the path lies Singla Pass, the highest point of this trek, from where you get stunning views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. You will then descend through thick timberland full of pine, rhododendron (Nepal's national flower), and oak trees. Then comes the magnificent waterfall, which signals the villages of Chalis Gaon and Shertung is nearby. 

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

    Rest day at Chalish Gaon

    Chalish Gaon is a tranquil town in an unspoiled setting, just 100m above Sertung village. Both of these settlements are perfect spots to unwind and relax while appreciating the lifestyle of the locals and the exquisite views of the surrounding mountains. 

    Shertung and Chalish Gaon are home to a few ethnicities- the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Dalits. You will also have the option to visit the hot spring nearby and soothe your tired muscles in the natural hot spring. In addition, you can interact with friendly and welcoming locals. 

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

    Trek from Chalis Gaon (1,800m / 5,960ft) to Rachyat Gaon (1,775m / 5,875ft) and nearby Kapur Gaon

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,800m / 5,960 ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    You will trek to the floor of the Ruby Valley beneath Chalish and across a stream. The course winds up on stone pavement constructed by the Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both of these associations are engaged in developing this area, building essential infrastructures such as water taps, bridges, and enhanced trails. The trail then passes through the alluring village of Tir and leads to the towns of Rachyat Gaon and adjacent Kapur.

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

    Trek from Rachyat Gaon (1,775m / 5,875ft) to Khading Gau (2,025m / 6643ft) via Lapa Gaon (1,850m / 6,105ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,850m / 6,105ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs

    Today you will pass through an extraordinary rural territory, walking past Laphchyat, a charming Gurung village with nearly 30 families. You will then cross the Lapa Khola on a box bridge, ascend along a trail passing through agricultural lands and reach the walled compound of a newly established hospital in the Lapa Gaon. Lapa Gaon has over 400 homes. Above Laphagaon is Khading, one of the largest Gurung settlements in the region. The homeowners are welcoming and ever-ready to perform cultural dances with traditional music.

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

    Trek from Lapa Gaon (1,850m / 6,105ft) to Ri Gaon (1,550m / 5,115ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,850m / 6,105ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    After enjoying breakfast, you will leave Lapa Gaon and descend to Chyamchat. The trail continues through local villages, paddy terraces, and dense forests, and you will finally arrive at Kutawal for a lunch break. After lunch, you will continue the trek to reach Tawal, and then to Ri Gaon - a large settlement of mostly Tamang and Dalit inhabitants.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included Local meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Ri Gaon (1,550m / 5,115ft) to Phulkharka (1,210m / 3990ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,550m / 5,115ft
    Trek Duration 5 hrs

    Today will be a moderate trekking day. For the most part, the course goes through Bhramin and Dalit towns and the fertile lands with bounteous terraced fields and a large open valley, and then to Phulkharka Gaon, a substantial Brahmin settlement.

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Trek from Phulkharka (1,210m / 3990ft) to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda (1,550m / 5,115ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,550m / 5,115ft
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    The trail proceeds to the Ankhu Khola river, passing numerous towns en route. You will now be trekking in comparatively lower hotter regions. We will stop for a meal break near Rine and proceed to Jyamrung Durbar/Danda. It is a historically significant area because there was a palace of a regional King here. This area looks stunning, mainly during dawn and dusk, enhanced by the sights of Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu ranges in the background. 

    • Overnight stay at a local lodge
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Jyamrung Durbar/Danda (1,550m / 5,115ft) to Dhading Besi (830m / 2,710ft) Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 1,550m/5,115ft
    Trek Duration 2-3 hrs
    Driving Hours 3-4 hrs

    It will be the last day on the trekking trails. Early morning, you will have breakfast while appreciating the sunrise and then trek to Dhading via Dodke Danda, which will take around two and a half hours. It will be a wonderful trek through the wilderness, several terraced fields, and charming towns.

    From Dhading Besi, we will drive you back to Kathmandu. The drive provides views of rural Nepal, and as the bus makes one final climb, you reach Kathmandu. 

    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included?

  • Kathmandu to Balche and Dhading Bensi back to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Included meals - 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners during the trek
  • 9 Tea House/ homestay accommodations/ or tent camps
  • Government-licensed Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide) and assistant trekking guide for groups of 12 or more. Porters to carry luggage. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • 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
  • Catering extra dietary requirements
  • All government and local taxes
  • Arrangement of the rescue operation in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end

What is Excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
  • Accommodations and meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from trekking (for any reason)
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, battery recharge, shopping, laundry, extra porters, hot (tea/coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
  • Additional costs (eg. due to delays) caused by out-of-management control, for example, landslide, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc

Equipment Checklist

We recommend you carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. Though individual preferences may differ, here is a list to help you pack for this trek. Please note that though we assign one porter for every two trekkers, our porters will not carry more than 18 kg of luggage. It means your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. 

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
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • 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)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

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

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

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

Trip Information

Getting there

You will arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport. We will receive you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. On the trip departure date, we will take you to Balche (the trek region) on a bus or in a local jeep. The ride should be comfortable until Trishuli Bazaar, and then the road becomes a little rough until Balche. 

Free airport transfer

We provide free airport pick-up when you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and free departure transfer when you return to your country. When you arrive at Kathmandu airport, you will find one of our company representatives holding a Discovery World Trekking pamphlet with your name on it. They will greet you, present a garland as a welcome gesture, then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

We provide this free service so that you do not have to face navigation problems in Nepal and feel alone in a foreign country. After completing the trek, when you return to your home country, our representative will transfer you from your hotel to the airport. 

Accommodation

The 10-day Ganesh Himal trek package includes nine nights stay in trek regions. You will mostly stay in tent camps or local lodges/tea houses. In tea houses, stay will be on a twin-sharing basis. Your bed will be modestly comfortable with mattresses, pillows, and blankets. 

You will need at least two days' stay in a hotel in Kathmandu - one before departing for the trek and one after the trek completion. This package does not cover these expenses. Kathmandu has all sorts of hotels to fit all budgets and preferences, and we prefer your choice.

You can enjoy hot showers at available places by paying a small fee. Discovery World Trekking handpicks accommodations to ensure a hygienic and healthy stay.  

Meals

As you will be trekking at high altitudes, you will require plenty of nutritious food, and we will provide you with plenty of tasty, hygienic, and nutrient-rich food in the best possible tea houses/lodges. You will have traditional, Asian, or western food choices.

We highly recommend liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) at high altitudes for health benefits.

We provide you with 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners in the trek regions. 

Breakfast - Hashed Brown Eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets), Pancakes, Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French Toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan Bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa Porridge, Muesli Breads, Fruits and Vegetables, Hot Drinks - varieties of Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, etc.

Lunch - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Potatoes, Salad, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinners - Dal (lentils), Bhat (Rice) & Tarkari (Curry), Tibetan Bread, Vegetable Curry, Potato Items, Vegetables, Salads, Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Various Soup Items, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Snacks, Papad, Prawn, Korean Ramen, Dessert Items (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), etc

This package does not include meals in Kathmandu. You can get almost all types of food in Kathmandu.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Season

You must consider the weather when deciding to trek to The Ganesh Himal trek. Most trekkers choose spring or autumn seasons. The cold and snow at high altitudes during winter can frustrate you. Similarly, the summer season coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, and the rain can make trail sections wet and slippery. Here is a brief description of conditions at higher elevations throughout the year.

January – February

It is the coldest time, especially from early January to early February. The temperatures get low. Though the daytime may be warm and with clear admirable skies, the nighttime is extremely cold. 

March – April

It is a perfect season for the Ganesh Himal trek. The weather is very favorable, and you can get stunning views of the central Himalayan ranges. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow mountains look their best. While on the route, you can enjoy the multi-colored rhododendron flowers.

May – June

These are two more perfect months for trekking right before the rainfall. Monsoon in Nepal starts at the end of June and lasts until mid-August. The mix of spring and summer seasons provides a very favorable time for the Ganesh Himal trek during these months.

July – August

The rainfall hits its peak during this time. Due to rain, the paths get wet and slippery, while the clouds may block the views. However, trekking during July and August has a different charm, aided by the stunning waterfalls. 

September – October

These are perfect trek months for the Ganesh Himal trek. As the monsoon recedes, a favorable trekking climate sets in. The temperature at high elevations goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees at night. These are the months when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with clear skies and amazing views of the mountains. If you are new to trekking, we suggest you choose these months. Several major festivals, including Dashain and Tihar, fall during these months, adding a festive mood to the whole of Nepal. 

November – December

The winter begins. Snowfalls start in the Ganesh Himal Region, and it eventually gets tough to trek. Nights get cold. However, November treks are possible as November provides clear skies with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are very stable and constant. The clear blue skies provide fantastic views of the mountains. From December, the temperature dips down, and heavy snowfall begins.

The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable, and the temperature can change quickly.

Acclimatization

During the Ganesh Himal trek, you will be acclimatizing at Chalish Gaon. During this rest day, you have several options, such as hiking, exploring the village, and learning the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Acclimatization helps to minimize the chances of falling prey to altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is common among trekkers, but severe altitude sickness requires immediate treatment.

Our trekking leaders and guides have completed extensive first-aid training and are well-experienced in handling altitude sickness. Please report to your guide the moment you realize that you are facing some form of discomfort. You need not worry about your health. Rest assured that your health is in good hands. There are several ways to avoid altitude sickness, including drinking four or more liters of water, walking at your own pace, and resting properly.

If altitude sickness is severe, the only cure is to descend immediately. Your group leader has the authority to decide based on the overall situation. In extreme cases, we deploy a helicopter to bring you back to safety (funded by insurance). Please note that some are more vulnerable than others.

Trip Grade, fitness level, medical, and health

The Ganesh Himal trek is a slightly challenging yet rewarding trek. You will hike for 5 to 7 hours each day, taking regular breaks to admire the mountains. The actual hours also depend on the trek length to cover that day. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents, and straightforward trails that pass through rocky regions and dense forests. So, the fitter you are - the more comfortable and enjoyable your journey will be. If you have trek experience or enjoy trekking, it will be an advantage but not necessary. We do not recommend this trek to those suffering from serious medical conditions, such as blood, heart, or lung diseases.

Trekking group/single

We can handle all group sizes and conduct group and private treks. If you have your group, you can get discounts based on the group size. We add an assistant guide for a group of twelve or more. If you have your group, you can get discounts based on the group size. However, we do not provide discounts for trek groups that our company forms. For every two trekkers, we also add a porter as well.

A typical day on the trek

On a typical day, you will gain a unique trek experience as you hike leisurely with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos, and explore the local villages. Our experienced, friendly, and qualified expert guide will accompany you throughout your trek with a team of our porters who will carry your luggage. 

Each day starts with an early morning cup of tea, and after having a wholesome breakfast, you will set off on the day’s walk around 7 am -8 am, depending on the duration and nature of that day’s walk. After trekking for 3 to 4 hours, we will serve you lunch around midday, often in between the next destination. Then you can rest for an hour before beginning your hike. The afternoon hike will be shorter and last two to three hours. 

After reaching the destination, you can snack on your extra-dietary snacks and explore the trek region until dark. In the evening around six to seven, we will be serving you dinner. After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. Then, you can entertain yourself in various ways, such as playing board games like chess, cards, or monopoly. You can also share each other's hiking experiences. Most of our clients also love learning light Nepali words from our Discovery World Trekking crew before heading to bed.

Communication on trek

There is mobile phone coverage through most parts of the trek routes, but the service may not be reliable, depending on which network you use. You can easily buy a local SIM in Kathamndu. Discovery World Trekking remains in contact with all its trek teams at least once a day via the trek lead using mobile. This call ensures that the trek is progressing as planned and everyone is comfortable and enjoying the hike.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

The Discovery World Trekking trek package provides most costs during the trek, but not all the costs. You are responsible for meals and accommodations in Kathmandu. Further, you will need spending money for visa application, travel insurance purchase, beverages, snacks, tips to the crew, souvenirs, etc. We recommend you bring cash (major currencies) and change them for Nepali Rupees. You will need USD 10 -20 per trek day as spending money, which you can spend on drinks, Wi-Fi access, snacks, or hot showers. Please make sure to change your currency in Kathmandu, as the trek regions do not have money exchange facilities, and the locals do not accept foreign currencies.

Electricity for battery recharge, water during the trek

Throughout the lodges at Ganesh Himal trek, you can use electricity for your battery recharge. However, you might need to pay for this service. Similarly, you can buy bottled water from en-route shops. However, to preserve the environment, we urge you to carry a water bottle and buy boiled/filtered water from the lodges/tea houses on the way. It is always better to use water purification pills before drinking water. If you do not have them, we can provide them for you. 

We advise you against drinking water from taps, wells, and rivers in trek regions as water may not be potable.

Insurance Policy

The Ganesh Himal trek requires some preparedness as the high mountains are not for casual visits. So you will need adequate insurance, including helicopter rescue up to the highest trek elevation (4,050m) in addition to health care costs. 

If you need help choosing an insurer, we can suggest insurance companies based on our client's experiences. However, we do not sell insurance in any form or shape. In emergencies, we will use your insurance and other documents you provided for your rescue. 
So, we recommend you send your insurance details and other informational documents within a week of booking the trek. 

While purchasing the insurance policy, call the insurer and check whether your policy covers helicopter rescue up to 4,000m in addition to the medical expenses. Do not simply rely on what insurance companies state on their website.

Passport and visa

All foreigners, except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Fortunately, citizens from most countries are entitled to an on-arrival visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport. For visa application, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees. Currently, the visa fee is USD 50 for a 30-day stay. 

Citizens of China and the SAARC (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka) countries will receive a free visa. Similarly, children under ten receive a free visa.

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan - may not receive an on-arrival visa. If you are a citizen of any of these countries, you should contact your local Nepalese embassy. 

The Nepal government can change visa rules without notice. For the latest visa information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/. You can also get an on-arrival visa at immigration checkpoints between Nepal-India and Nepal-Tibet borders. 

Money exchange

Nepalese Rupees (NPR) is the official currency of Nepal.
1 USD = ~ 130 NPR

You can exchange most foreign currencies through banks and money exchanges. You may be able to exchange small amounts of cash at your hotel. Money exchange facilities are easily available all over Kathmandu. The trek regions do not have money exchange facilities. Hence, you should exchange your currency in Kathmandu. We estimate that you will need around 20 USD per trek day as spending money 

You can find money exchangers in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. These exchanges publicly display their rates.

If you have Indian Rupees (INR), only INR 100 and 2,000 notes are legal in Nepal. Despite the security advantage of a traveler’s cheque, we recommend cash exchanges to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and high bank commission rates. You can also withdraw Nepali Rupees from ATMs all over Kathmandu. Several of these ATMs are open 24/7. However, they will charge you a fee of Rs 500 for withdrawing Rs 35,000. 

Please note that most established banks in Asia do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currency notes. So, bring in new, crisp, and clean notes.

Luggage

We will assign porters to carry your luggage. However, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. One porter will carry luggage for two trekkers but no more than 18 kg combined weight. We never overload our porters. However, we also expect you to bring a regular backpack for your essential documents and valuable items. If you need, we can arrange one porter for you. It is always a great idea to travel light. Discovery World Trekking also provides free luggage storage service for its customers during their trek. 

Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees client safety, security, and satisfaction, and your safety is of the utmost concern to us. We carry all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits to face all situations. Our guides are extensive first-aid trained. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, the trek guide will decide what actions to take next, such as stopping the trek, taking breaks, or descending immediately.

In emergencies, we will deploy a helicopter (funded by insurance) to bring you back to safety. We will also travel together as a group for an added safety layer.  

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe in protecting the environment from the adverse effects of tourism. So, Discovery World Trekking works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips. We try our best to leave the campgrounds in a better condition than when we arrived and request all our trekkers to leave nothing but footprints behind in trek regions. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Ganesh Himal Trekking, our best-trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas will accompany you to ensure your journey is comfortable and memorable. 

Porters will carry your luggage. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and they will not carry more than 18 kg of weight. So, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. However, if you require, we can also provide one porter per person.

Our crew members are locals from high remote Himalayas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is phenomenal. All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and cover the cost of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition. All our employees receive Medical care when ill or injured. We ensure the happiness of our employees as we believe that only a happy person can make others happy. 

Our trek leaders have:

  • Completed Intensive Wilderness First Aid training
  • Government-authorized Trekking Guide certificate
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Completed conservation and biodiversity training
  • Rock climbing experience.

Tipping

Most importantly, tipping is at the traveler's discretion. Nepali society accepts tipping and views it as a way to express gratitude. Tipping does not form part of our employee wages. We suggest you tip according to the length and cost of the trip and the quality of service rendered. Further, we advise you to tip collectively at the end of the trek. 

Booking and payment details

Discovery world trekking is a government-authorized, registered, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal in service for over a decade.

We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can confidently book our treks. We require 10 percent to confirm the booking. You can pay through bank transfer, online, or using Wise-pay. The rest of the trip cost is due when you arrive in Kathmandu. Again, you can pay in cash, using bank transfers, or by credit card. We will also email you the payment details, including the available mode of payment. 

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance. However, for those unable to book in advance, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for last-minute bookings. In the case of a last-minute booking, you need to clear 100% trip payment 24 hours before the trek departure date. 

Though we do our best to operate treks at any time, in case of a last-minute booking, you can not hold us responsible for delays due to changes beyond our control, such as bad weather, unavailability of lodging, etc. You can contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul Gurung) or email us at [email protected]

Trip extensions

After completing the Ganesh Himal trek, if you want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal, we can play fun activities for you, such as sightseeing in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, and canoeing.

Feedback

After completing the Ganesh Himal trek, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. After dinner, we will present you with a trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to provide us with your feedback.

Benefits

Team of highly experienced Experts
No Booking or Credit Card Fee
Hassle-Free Booking
Your Happiness Guaranteed
Best Price Guarantee

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax US$ 620
2 Paxes US$ 480
3 Paxes US$ 460
4 - 6 Paxes US$ 440
7 - 10 Paxes US$ 420
11 - 18 Paxes US$ 400

Travelers' Review

play

We were given wonderful care, felt safe, secure & free from Covid-19 dangers.

Craig,Teresa & Phillips family - US
play

Annapurna Circuit Trek Client Experience Review- Discovery World Trekking

Will.Jack & Tom - AU
play

It's Victory, Everest Base Camp Trek - Discovery World Trekking

Mr. Gerg & Ms.Jayde - AU
play

If you put a gun to my head, I would live in Nepal at this point in time - Discovery World...

Mr.Pablo & Mr. Leslie - US
play

Mt Everest Trek Experience - Discovery World Trekking

Mr. Jerome & Ms. Liana - AU

Trip Reviews

Discovery World Trekking

Ruby Valley, Nepal

anthony
5 - Excellent
01/05/2018

Paul and his crew took a great deal of care to ensure our family was well looked after. We chose the Ruby Valley trek as a trek that would allow us to spend time with the people of Nepal. The walk was not to hard and not to easy rising to an altitude of around 3900m. On the trek, our guide Dol and our porters took care of every aspect ensuring a truly authentic visit to this little known area. During our stay in Kathmandu Paul looked after our accommodation flawlessly

Ruby Valley, Nepal

anthony
5 - Excellent
01/05/2018

Paul and his crew took a great deal of care to ensure our family was well looked after. We chose the Ruby Valley trek as a trek that would allow us to spend time with the people of Nepal. The walk was not to hard and not to easy rising to an altitude of around 3900m. On the trek, our guide Dol and our porters took care of every aspect ensuring a truly authentic visit to this little known area. During our stay in Kathmandu Paul looked after our accommodation flawlessly

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!

Related Trips

Trip Thumbnail
of 9 reviews
from US$ 1490 US$ 1190pp

Ganesh Himal Trek - 17 Days

Grade Moderate
Duration 17 Days
Activity Ganesh Himal Trek
Trip Thumbnail
of 44 reviews
from US$ 650 US$ 360pp

Ruby Valley Trek - 7 Days

Grade Moderate
Duration 7 Days
Activity Ruby Valley Travel
Trip Thumbnail
of 39 reviews
from US$ 950 US$ 355pp

Ruby Valley Trekking - 8 Days

Grade Moderate
Duration 8 Days
Activity Ruby Valley Trek

Our History in Service Excellence

Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence
Our History in Service Excellence

WE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH:

Nepal digital pictography NMA Nepal GOV TAAN KEEP Himalayan Rescue Association
Heritage Sketch
Discovery World Trekking

Discovery World Trekking name and logo are trademarks registered to Discovery World Trekking Pvt. Ltd.

Free Trip Planner →
paul gurung travel expert

We’ll Plan You a Custom-Made Trip

Connect With Our Travel Experts Let Us Help You
+9779840055491

Cache Created at 2023-01-30 23:32:08