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Ganesh Himal Trek is one of those once in a lifetime experience that will help you garner the most mesmerizing experience ever. One of the closest mountain to the Kathmandu Valley, Ganesh Himal gets its name from the elephant-headed gods of the Hindus. The natural beauty and local culture you come across through the journey enriches your life phenomenally. The mountain region of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and Manasalu shall cross your path while on the trek.
The trek has a moderate level of difficulty. Despite being quite adventurous, the trek can be easily embarked by people who can even walk less.
Upon your landing at the Tribhuwan International Airport and passing through the customs and immigration, you will be greeted by our representative. So shall then be transported to your designated hotel through a jeep.
Your second day in Nepal is all about exploring the splendid sights of the historic city of Kathmandu. After your breakfast, you shall witness the artistry and culture surrounding the UNESCO world heritage sites such as Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. These heritage sights are among the few places you would get a chance to live the history and culture of for the day.
Boudhanath is the oldest stupa in the country which holds a major significance to the Buddhist population and Nepal in general due to the gigantic prestige it holds for the country and its religious harmony.
Pashupatinath is the holiest temple of Hindus all around the world. The temple is a sacred place where Shiva the destroyer is preached.
On the third day you commence the journey that takes you to the majestic Himalayan region of Nepal. As you drive past the Prithiwi Highway in your 4 WD jeep for about 5 hours while indulging in the beautiful views of the greenery and natural tranquility surrounding the region, you reach to Betrawati. You will stay the night there as we explore the local culture of the place.
This is the day when the real adventure of the journey showcases itself as we embark on the trekking towards Kispang, which is located at an altitude of 1600m. The 4 hours pathway to reach the destination will provide you with the wonderful vistas of the hilly region while also coming across glimpses of some peaks. Not to miss, the lush forests also greet you with open arms as you pass by.
You shall camp there for the night while having loads of fun dancing and singing while your palates are enriched by the local cuisine.
As you are served with a savoring breakfast by the camping crew, you get ready for an interesting trek that is ahead of you for the day. We take afoot the path to Tholo Chaur which is located at an altitude of 2200m. As we keep up with the beaten yet less explored paths we come across various Tamang villages. We reach our destination after about 5 hours of walk. Not to miss, you shall have lunch the local style while taking a break from the trek. We stay overnight at camp in Thulo Chaur.
On your 6th day you will make your way through the lush green and dense forests of the region. The pine vegetation is sure to make your day a splendid one. The trek that demands a steep climb out of you with quite a few descents as well in the way. Whilst trekking the up and down terrain, you might also come across some of the wildlife of the region including boars, small deers, monkeys and so on. This also is the day you get a glimpse of the majestic Ganesh Himal. So get on a full mountain hunting mode getting out your lenses.
After undertaking the trek for about 4 full days you finally get to experience the higher altitudes at about 3635m. With the chilly weather greeting you, the walking gets more adventurous without jeopardizing the immense fun. The pine trees and rhododendron cross your path quite often as you aim to reach the altitude of 3635m to your destination Rupchet. You might consider hitting the bed a little early as you shall head towards Shing La pass in the morning.
Many people who take on this daunting journey tend to maintain that this is the most exciting day of their trip. As the glorious peaks like Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Langtang Lirung and Manasalu peek on you time and again you shall have a splendid time. While Shing La Pass stands at 4100m above sea level, Kharka village lies at a much lower altitude at 2500 m. You must descend for about 2 hrs in order to reach our destination.
This trip marks the second half of your trip as you are descending to a lower altitude day after day. The journey today shall take you through silent forests to small and quaint villages. Although this trip takes you to a lower altitude it sure doesn’t miss out on any of the mesmerizing views but it sure gets crispier.
After having your breakfast at Borang you make your way towards Jharlang. The journey to your destination located at 1700m takes you further down the altitude meter at 1700m. The 6 hours walk is hilly and makes you familiar with the way of Nepali living on hilly areas.
The 6 hours of walk from Jharlang takes you to your destination for the night, Kintang Phedi. You slowly will witness the view of the mountains fading away as the greenery takes hold of the vicinity. The wondrous vistas on the last day of your trek will just make it up to the serene journey you’ve had so far.
We are on our way back to the city of Kathmandu this day. After your breakfast, you shall leave the hilly village of Kintang Phedi to embark on an 8-hour drive to the city. A 4 WD private jeep shall be your transportation for the day. As you reach Kathmandu a drink at one of the city’s buzzing bars shall sure drown the stressed-out state of yours.
The next day you shall have the day to yourself. You will explore the city while also buying the souvenirs to take home. Then you’ll be transported to the airport as per your flight schedule.