Ganesh Himal Trek..13 days

Trip Introduction

Another remote area suitable for fully equipped trekkers lies to the west of Langtang. The Ganesh himal Range consists of several peaks over 7000meters in evaluation with uninhabited foothills running down to the south and west. A trek is possible that takes you from Syabrubesi, at the end of the road from Kathmandu, up to the base of the mountains and then down a long exposed ridge to finish either at Trisuli Bazaar or in Dhading district. Snow may be encountered at any time at the higher parts of the route and there are no facilities for much of the trekkers and staff, is essential. Allow at least nine days trek to Trisuli and extra three days if Dhading is the target. As usual, extra days will allow for exploratory side treks. No specific permit is needed to in a Ganesh area but a Langtang National Park entry fee must be paid as the motor road to Syabrubesi passes through the park. The route follows the old trail to Paldor base camp. There is a new to the mines at Lari but this can be avoided making for a more enjoyable trek. After four days the sites of Paldor base camp is reached where an extra day can be spent exploring round the spurs that lead up to Paldor peak and the glaciers and alpine lakes are found between them. 

From Paldor base camp follow the route down past the mine and into the upper reaches of the MailungKhola before climbing up onto the crest of the TiruDanda ridge. This ridge will be followed for the next three days and afford some unrivalled views west to Manaslu and Annapurna massifs, north to the Ganesh Himal and east to Langtang. Crossing the pass at PansangBhanjyang the trail passes few signs of habitation, the occasional stone summer shelter being the only structures. After three days the route either turns east and heads into the SalankhuKhola and TrisuliBazaae or, by tuming south West, into the valley of the AnkhuKhola and on to DhadingBesi from where buses ply the road back into Kathmandu. This trekking area lies on the central eastern region of Nepal. This region offers spectacular views, untouched natural splendor and wild and friendly inhabitations. The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. The Ganesh Himal can clearly be seen from Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV) stand out like crystal that is the "Great Himalayan Chain" forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is contained between the valley of the BuriGandaki in the west and BhoteKoshi in the east, which becomes TrishuliKhola in the lower section. 

After we eat breakfast at the restaurant near by our office, we take a bus ride out of the Valley and up through the hills. The first glimpse of Ganesh Himal greets us, when we go crossing over the hills. After 5 hours bus ride we arrive at the trek starting point Betrawati. We are going to spend the first night of our outdoor adventure right nearby the Trishuli River at Betrawati in the small town. Our Guide gives a short lesson of trekking on the first night. He also explains about the altitude sickness and all the beautiful spots from where you can see an excellent view of mountains. During the rest of our 12 days trip, we observe the different ways of life, culture and come in contact with the people in the small village, passing through the dense forestations and meadows. We cross through high Shing La Pass, which offers an excellent view of the massif Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Annapurna, etc. On the last day of the trip we take a bus ride back to Kathmandu or Pokhara or Chitwan from DhadingBensi where we spend the final night of our trip.

DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 

Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu .Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU-TRISHULI - SALANGKHU KHOLA 

We drive to Trishuli in the morning and have a lunch over there. After lunch we walk for about 3 hours to SalangkhuKhola and camp.

DAY 03: SALANGKHU KHOLA- BALCHE VILLAGE

An easy walk and then short climb takes us to kalawale village for lunch. After lunch we proceed to the big Tamang village of Balche for our overnight camp.

DAY 04: BALCHE VILLAGE – GONGA

We take an easy walk from Balche village through a forest and camp with the peaks of LangtangLirung and Gosainkunda in good view.
 

DAY 05: GONGA TO SHERTUNG VILLAGE 

We walk through rhododendron forests to camp either at Rupchet, a cattle pasture, or up on the Singla pass (4600m) Thjesingla pass offers spectacular views of LangtangLirung, Ganesh Himal, Baudha Peak, Himalchuli.Machhapuchare, Annapurna South and Annapurna II.

DAY 06: SERTHUNG VILLAGE- LABA

A short flat trail and then a gradual descent, passing through Barang village and then crossing the AkhuKhola takes us to Laba, a big Tamang Village.

DAY 07: LABA- MONGEYTHANTI 

We climb gently over a hill and then descend through forests to camp at Mongeythanti. 

DAY08: MONGETHANTI- DUMCHET VILLAGE

A gradual walk down through forests with lunch by a stream brings us to our camp at Dumchet village.

DAY 09: DUMCHET VILLAGE- BUDIGANGA

We take a gradual walk today to Baseri and camp near by the Budigandaki River. 

DAY 10: BUDIGANDAKI- ARUGHAT BAZAAR

We walk along the bank of Budhigandaki River and stop at Arughat bazaar for the night.

DAY 09: ARUGHAT BAZAAR- KHANCHWOK DANDA

We gradually climb the KhanchwokDanda crossing the MuktiKhola and camp for the night.

DAY 10: KHANCHOWK DANDA- GORKHA

We cross a ridge today and walk gradually uphill to Gorkha, camping near the old palace.

DAY 11: GORKHA – KATHMANDU

We have a tour of Gorkha palace, the palace of the King Prithivi Narayan Shah, who united Nepal in 1881 A D and visit the Bazaar, before driving back to Kathmandu. 

DAY 12: KATHMANDU 

Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 13: FINAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for your onward destination.

Prices:

Starting From: $899

Cost includes:

  • Welcome with flower on arrival terminal of international airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer from airport to the hotel by AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra depending on the group size.
  • A cell phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 03 nights 3 Star decent Heritage Hotel on twin sharing basis including bed and breakfast.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary to/from Trekking starting point.
  • One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by an experienced Sherpa guide.
  • 3 course of meals (tea/coffee, B/F, lunch & dinner) during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
  • Twin sharing camping or Lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
  • Crews including local Guide, Cook, Kitchen boy, helper including equipments including
  • Two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc.
  • Kathmandu to Lukla and vice varsa air tickets
  • Fooding, lodging, trek allowances, gears, transfers, insurance & other expenses of travel crews
  • First aid kit box for entire trekking.
  • 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter (but you must be insured well)
  • Trek memorial souvenir at the end of the trekking.
  • Farewell dinner (Typical Nepali Food with cultural show) including to/from transfers.
  • Dep. txf from the hotel to KTM international airport by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • All Govt. taxes including 13% VAT. (Subject to change)

Cost does not include: 

  • Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees. US$ 25 / 40 for a month stay
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.

Getting started: Trekking is an activity that you can start with a nominal equipment and knowledge. If you have a agency like Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. you have the perfect plan to start the venture according to your needs. Most Trekking routes have walking tracks suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. It's just a matter of choosing a walk that you're comfortable with and as we would say, just do it! 

Get to know your own ability: You need to read our e-mailed itinerary and complete info well in advance before commencing flight to Nepal. Discuss with your Trekking Guide and Porters as soon as you land in Kathmandu or Pokhara who will give you practical information about the entire trip especially on road condition, standard of lodges/tents, food, rescue etc. Start off with a short walk on a well defined track early in the day especially for the first day. This will give you a chance to gauge your performance. It is tempting for an enthusiastic beginner to go that bit further too late in the day. If the track you have chosen is short and well defined you will have a much better chance of reorienting yourself. Before heading out evaluate the prevailing weather conditions and take the appropriate clothing and water for the conditions. See the checklist if you are in need of equipments, on the bottom of our homepage available for walks in your area.

The best way to experience the incredible combination of natural beauty and cultural riches of Nepal is to walk through them. The objective of trekking is not just reaching the particular destination, but enjoying the journey as well. You can walk at your own pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas. It is a simple walk, but comprises very special places like - amazing forests, isolated hamlets, and small mountain villages, birds, animals, temples, monasteries and overwhelming landscapes. You will also encounter friendly people of different mountain cultures offering fascinating glimpses of traditional rural life, quite unimaginable in our modern urban life. 

A trekking route will often pass through forests of rhododendron, bamboo, oak, hemlock and visiting one or two villages each day. However, the greatest highlight of any trek is the tantalizing views of snowcapped peaks. Rivers are crossed on log passages or suspension bridges. It’s not unusual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon. 

For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people, but has remained unmarked without signposts. Trekkers rely on our staff for directions and an introduction to the local people, culture, religion, and lifestyle. Our job is to ensure your comfort and safety as we take you where you want to go, at your own pace. We show you what you have come to see, and help you explore a different world. 

Is trekking for everyone?

Yes, everyone can go for trekking. Some people might hesitate whether I can do it or not. Well, it is alright for any person with a normal health. Generally we walk just for 6-7 hours a day, with lots of breaks in between for breakfast, lunch, tea times and you can stop for a rest whenever you feel like.  One of our staff stays at the back of the group to make sure everyone is okay.

We offer treks to more than 70 destinations in Nepal Himalayas. You can choose one of them according to your interest, time, budget and the trekking grades. You can find this list of trekking routes from the left-side menu & Drop down menu of this section. 

Please also check the trekking regions, types, accommodation styles, health and other related information under ‘Trekking Info’ on the left-side menu of this section.

Types of Trekking

  1. Tea House ( Lodge ) Trekking
  2. Tented Camp ( Using own Tents)
  3. Hiring Guide or Porter on self arranged lodge or Tent.

Trekking can be done in a number of ways; Teahouse Trekking (Lodge to Lodge) & Tented Camp. In teahouse trekking, you eat and sleep on hotels and teahouse in Nepal where one can get a hot cup of tea, coffee found locally in the trekking regions.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular of all as you can easily find a place to eat and sleep in the areas you are familiar with. Few routes such as Annapurna Circuit, Base Camp, Jomsom and Muktinath, Everest B.C, Gokyo Lake, Langtang & its surroundings have tourist level lodge and small hotels to accommodate trekkers in twin – single or triple bed sharing basis. However, Everest High pass after Gokyo Lake in between the Everest Base Camp have no lodge shelter for trekkers.  Annapurna circuit especially on Thorung–La (5416 meters) also is quite busy during High season. Now days, Upper Mustang and Kanchenjunga area trekking also offers small lodges cum houses for trekkers to stay with family and enjoy the tradition indeed. This is possible for only small size group of people who can adjust with families.

Camping trekking is popular in areas where one would tent, cook individually or in groups other then in Lodge trekking routes as mentioned above. Usually you make your backpack lighter by carrying limited foods and clothes required during the trekking period. You can give the entire responsibility to arrange the Porters, food and accommodation to Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd. and enjoy the trek.

Trekking Seasons

Trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. The country is blessed with good weathers.

Autumn:  September to November: Excellent season for trekking in all areas can enjoy clear mountain views.

Winter:   December to February: Ideal for trekking in regions below 2500 Meters altitude.

Spring:   March to May: Nepal's national flower Guranse (Rhododendrons in English) colors the mountains red and beautiful, moderate temperature makes a perfect choice for trekking in hilly regions but trekking in terai can be a little burdensome due to high temperature in this region.

Summer: June to August           Monsoon falls is in this period. Expect wet, warm and wild trekking during the season. This is the season to see lush green valleys with rice crops and greenest thick jungles.

Fixed Departures & Custom-made Itineraries  

We offer both fixed date group departures and also can make a custom itinerary according to your needs. We will be pleased to address all your queries so feel free to talk to us and email us.

Why choose Getaway! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. Ltd.as a Trekking Agency?         

Before embarking on trekking trips, keep one thing in mind that you are on a new land and you have still have limited information about it.

Trekking routes in Nepal are mostly at high altitudes and with it comes risk of high altitude sickness and other altitude-borne diseases. Having our guide will help to monitor and advice you on acclimatization and general prevention.

Another advantage of travelling through our agency is that you will be benefitted from our years of experience. Our guides and trekking personnel will show you places of interest provide you with detailed information about the places that you are visiting and ask local people about trail conditions and help you learn a bit of Nepali language as well. This could make your trip more memorable.

Many trekkers still travel on group treks organized abroad, but it is also possible to arrange an organized trek directly with our company by email, fax or telephone or once you arrive in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

By taking the service of trekking agency like Getaway Treks and Expedition you will employ local people. Your contribution may seem small, but it makes big impact on the lives of people in rural areas.

  1. We travel in a small group basis keeping in mind that to lower the entire cost of the whole trip and not be hassled each other due to different physical conditions.
  1. We have our own fleet of vehicles and permanently working experienced guides since our establishment which makes us reliable.
  1. We have no hidden cost nor we include hotel accommodation in any cities beside trekking routes but we keep our door open about the information of all accommodations that our trekkers may need before or after the trip.
  1. We have our own complete equipments store with us in Kathmandu, Lukla and Pokhara, to minimize the cost as well as to create worry free arrangements for any types of trips in Himalaya.
  1. We have our own small counter office established at Lukla and Pokhara in order to run trekking and mountaineering smoothly as soon as you land at respective zone without making you wait for hours, since we have long term basis contract with local porters and yak owners.
  1. We have a special administrative team to apply and issue Permit for TEAMS to National Park or Conservation Permits along with special permits required for Upper Mustang & Upper Dolpo etc.
  1. Additionally, we facilitate our clients with emergency Helicopter charter service as a rescue service from any corner of the country and evacuate them.
  1. Equipments & Clothing checking is done in each and every trekking / Mountaineering before commencing it which assures you to be confirmed with the required necessities.
  1. We offer pick up and drops including custom clearances service free for our trekkers.
  1. Our company refunds a half of the cost out of total cost in case of serious sickness during trekking.
  1. We employee Mountaineering Experts and well trained young and old aged guides.
  1. Our Guides are trained from different mountaineering institutes and clubs.
  1. They have sound knowledge in English and little knowledge of other international language to communicate.
  1. Our guides do have sound knowledge about altitude sickness and first aid treatment. One Extra Guide to book perfect and enough space and food to avoid crowd in small lodge accordingly is provided. They carry mobile (cell) phone and satellite phone whereas necessary and accessible.

Causes of Accident        

Mountain accident statistics outline that a big percentage of accidents occurring in the mountains involve less experienced hikers ,sometimes solely because they were not informed about the difficulties of the chosen trail, lack of preparation for sudden changes in the weather and climatic conditions, or because they under estimate the effects of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CONSIDERATION

Immunizations

Your physician and your local Public Health Service are the best sources of information regarding the immunizations necessary for Nepal. The following list of recommended medicines and injections, are normally recommended for trekkers in Nepal. It is a good practice to have shots recommended in a Yellow international health certificate.

Suggested Medicine

  1. Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
  2. Lip Salve (chap stick, blister or glacier cream)
  3. Foot powder
  4. Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
  5. Moleskin or other blister pads
  6. Elastic (Ace) bandage
  7. Antiseptic
  8. Aspirin
  9. Throat lozenges or cough drops
  10. Decongestant tablets
  11. Iodine-small bottle for water purification
  12. Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
  13. Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
  14. Thermometer
  15. Antibiotic eye drop
  16. Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibrofen)
  17. Azithromycin
  18. Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
  19. Decongestant (Actifed)
  20. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  21. Hydrocortisone 1%
  22. Ioperamide (Imodium)
  23. Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
  24. Paracetamol
  25. Painkiller
  26. Promethazine (Phenergan)
  27. Ranitidine
  28. Rehydration salts
  29. Tinidazole

Recommended Vaccines & Immunization

  1. Cholera
  2. Typhoid-paratyphoid
  3. Tetanus
  4. Polio (oral)
  5. Malaria (only if you will be visiting a jungle lodge)
  6. Typhus
  7. Hepatitis (gamma globulin an expensive, but important shot)
  8. Meningitis Meningococcal A/C vaccine

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Some people are more susceptible to altitude sickness than others. If you suffer from a case of altitude sickness it does not mean that you can never go to high altitudes again. However, it does means in the future, you should pay attention. Awareness of altitude sickness has caused some trekkers to be unnecessarily anxious as they trek. The progression of symptoms is usually gradual, and you will have plenty of time to react appropriately. Design your itineraries to allow plenty of time for acclimatization so that you will be able to adjust to the increasing altitude. Human bodies have the ability to adjust to higher altitudes when given enough time. If a person travels up to high altitudes more rapidly than his or her body is able to adjust the developed AMS symptoms.

The treatments of AMS are first and foremost not to ascend with symptoms as symptoms are likely to descend. In rare cases where descend is difficult or impossible a portable pressure chamber is effective. Three medications have also been proven useful for treating and preventing AMS namely Acetazolamide (Diamox), Dexamethasone (Decadron), Nifedipine. Your physician and local Public Health Service are the best sources for further information.

WATER

Obviously, some urban water may be extremely contaminated and some mountain water may be almost pure you are advised not to drink tap or stream water for your safety. Stick to purified water or soft drinks. Boiling makes water  safe to drink and a good way to ensure safe drinking water is  to consume lots of tea or a hot drink (hot lemon or hot water) which is available almost everywhere. Another way to ensure safe drinking water is to treat it with iodine or chlorine preparations.

CLOTHING EQUIPMENT

The things that you need to have in your backpack during the tour are important things to be taken into an account. Your backpack should be lighter as you need to carry them and should be stuffed with essentials. Above 3,000 m the days are cooler and a set of interchangeable warm and windproof layers is best. During the night you should put on dry thermals and the thickest down jacket available. Above 4,000 m it is cool year-round so you can dress up accordingly.

TIMS PERMIT & CONSERVATION / NATIONAL PARK PERMITS

NTB and TAAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 18, 2010 to implement the TIMS system in a new format from April 1, 2010. NTB and TAAN have introduced separate TIMS Cards for FITs and organized groups. FITs need to have Green TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $20 per person, while those travelling in groups need to have Blue TIMS cards by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US $10 per person. Trekkers taking the service of trekking agencies can pay fee for TIMS card in US dollars.

Organized Trekkers

Our Administrative Crew will collect trekkers’ data and enter it in the central database and will provide trekkers with a TIM’s card after paying fee prescribed above.

Opening Hour/s

TIMS counter at TAAN follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and 365 days a year- NTB Offices follows government working hours and days.

Getaway ! Himalayan Eco-Trekking Pvt. LtdTreks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Trekking agencies open 12 hours a day seven days a week.

 

Documents required for different Permits

To obtain TIMS Card

  1. Passport
  2.  Two (2) Passport-size Photographs

Conservation / National Park Permit

  1. Xerox Copy of Passport and Visa
  2. Two (2) Passport size Photographs

Special Permits for Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo Etc

  1. Original Passport with two working days:
  2. 4 Passport size Photographs.

Mountaineering / Climbing Permits

  1. Original Passport and its Copies
  2. 4 Passport  Size Photographs

Govt. Office Opening hours: Sunday to Friday except on Public Holidays:

  1. 10 AM – 5 PM (from mid February to mid November)
  2. 10 AM – 4 PM  (from mid November to mid February)

 

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Trip Information

Price start from : $ 899

Activities:

Trekking and Hiking

Accommodation:

Tented Camp & Home Stay

Trip Duration:

13 days

Trip Grade:

Easy

Meals:

Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Transportation:

Private Bus/ Car

Group Size:

Min 2 Person

Best Month:

March-May and Sept-Nov

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