Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek


Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking is one of the legendary “Hidden Valleys” treks of the Himalayas. This trekking offers superb close views of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Bouddha Himal, Shringi Himal, Manaslu range, Lamjung Himal, Himalchuli, Annapurna range and many other unnamed mountains and peaks of central Himalayas. Presence of the Precious stone crystals, twin water fall Ganga and Jamuna, Kukur Dhara (Dog Spring), Kalo Seto Kunda (Black White Lake) are some specific natural feature of the Ganesh Himal region. This is a purely camping and moderate trek.

Starting from the Samari Bhanjyang, Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking trail covers huge geographical diversity and leads from tropical to pine forest and then alpine meadows to a huge glacier below the snow capped peaks. The trail passes through narrow gorges, pine, rhododendron and oak forests, highland meadows and also provides a chance to see different species of birds and wild animals. Along the trail, there is an opportunity to interact with different ethnic groups such as Tamang, Gurung, Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and some others which help to understand their tradition closely. Ganesh Himal Base Camp trek also offers to explore untouched culture and Hindu as well as Buddhist pilgrimage sites. This merely camping trek concluded at Aarughat Bazaar which is also the route to Manaslu Trekking.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m) 
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang (1250m)
Day 04: Samari Bhanjyang to Katunje Bazaar (765m,) 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Katunje Bazaar to Kintang Phedi(655m) 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Kintang Phedi to Jharlang (1500m) 6 hrs
Day 07: Jharlang to Chalise (2000m) 6 hrs
Day 08: Chalise to Hindung: 5 hrs
Day 09: Hindung to Rajgang Kharka: 5-6 hrs
Day 10: Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Ganesh Himal Base Camp- 4500m): 6 hrs
Day 11: Rest Day
Day 12: Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka: 6 hrs
Day 13: Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m) 6 hrs
Day 14: Chalise to Laba Besi(1500m) 6 hrs
Day 15: Laba Besi to Manyang Bhanjyang(2934m) 5 hrs
Day 16: Manyang Bhanjyang to Majhgaun(2200m)6 hrs
Day 17: Majgaun to Budathum: 5 hrs
Day 18: Budathum to Aarughat Bazaar(500m) & drive to Kathmandu 2 hrs trek and 6 hrs drive
Day 19: Kathmandu free day of your own
Day 20: Final departure


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Upon arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from Black Diamond at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the hotel. After the check in, you can either take a rest or hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. 
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us an opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu to Samari Bhanjyang (1250m)
After breakfast, drive towards Samari Bhanjyang. On the way, we pass through Trishuli Bazaar- a small town that was once the hub for trekking in this region and is home to a small but interesting traditional bazaar. After 7 hours scenic drive from the hilly road, we reach Samari Bhanjyang, a small town which is used to be a trading hub. Overnight in camp. 

Day 04: Samari Bhanjyang to Katunje Bazaar (765m,) 6-7 hrs
Today is the beginning of our trek. After breakfast, we start trek along gradual descent and then ascend to uphill. On the way, we pass through different villages pine and rhododendron forest, beautiful terraces, small streams. Finally walking through flat land we reach Katunje Bazaar from where we can have first glimpse of Ganesh Himal. Overnight in camp.

Day 05: Katunje Bazaar to Kintang Phedi(655m) 5-6 hrs
Today the trek starts from Katunje through downhill trail till Lapang Besi. Passing through several traditional villages, farming terraces, fishing spot, beautiful green hills and finally walking along the river bank we reach Kintang Phedi. Kintang Phendi is a small village with typical houses and lies on the bank of Netrawati or Ankhu Khola. Overnight in camp.

Day 06: Kintang Phedi to Jharlang (1500m) 6 hrs
Today the whole day we ascend gradual trail. We pass through the several villages exploring the day to day life and culture of Tamang, Brahmin and Chhetris people. After around six hours walk, we reach Jharlang which is a Tamang village with numerous typical houses and a government school. We explore the tradition of Tamang people. Overnight in camp. 

Day 07: Jharlang to Chalise (2000m) 6 hrs
After breakfast, we start the trek ascending gradually, passing through the several Tamang villages including famous Borang and Shertum villages where chortens, mani walls, school and health post is located. Later the trail becomes plain before the Chalise. We are greeted by the cool climate, green hills, beautiful terraces and far sighted villages view at Chalise. Overnight in camp.

Day 08: Chalise to Hindung: 5 hrs
Today the initial trail is downhill up to Menchet Khola (stream) and after crossing the stream its steep up and then gradual up lead us to Hot-spring. We can take a bath in the spring and have lunch. After then pass by small Tamang villages, forest, and climbing steep path for two and half hours brings us to maize terrace and then to Hindung. On the way, we pass small Tamang villages, forest, farming terraces and green hills. Hindung village is inhabited by the Tamang community and is the last village of this trekking. Overnight in camp. 

Day 09: Hindung to Rajgang Kharka: 5-6 hrs
Today we can feel the difference in vegetation and landscapes, and also chance to encounter with different birds and animals as we pass through the forest. The trail is ascent and flat as well. After around 5-6 hours walk, we reach Rajgang Kharka surrounded by beautiful forest and grassland which is use as a pasture land. Overnight in camp. 

Day 10: Rajgang Kharka to Kalo Seto Kunda (Ganesh Himal Base Camp- 4500m): 6 hrs
Today the trail brings us to the special place called Kalo (black) Seto (white) Kunda (lake). We follow the narrow and mostly uphill trail but somewhere leveled path. Initially, we pass through the forests and as we gain the altitude later the vegetation turns into alpine grassland. Finally after around six hours trek we reach Kalo Seto Kund, holy lakes. The surface of Kalo Kunda or Black Lake is covered with black stones and just the reverse, surface of Seto Kunda or White Lake is covered with white shining stones. During the winter, these lakes are frozen. Overnight in camp. 

Day 11: Rest Day
Today is the rest day at the base camp. We explore the Kalo Seto Kunda (Black and White Lake) and enjoy the majestic view of Ganesh Himal, Paldor Himal and many more. Overnight in camp. 

Day 12: Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka: 6 hrs
We trek back from the Ganesh Himal Base Camp to Rajgang Kharka via same trail through narrow path and descend all the way. Overnight in camp. 

Day 13: Rajgang Kharka to Chalise (2000m) 6 hrs
Today also we trek back through same way from Rajgang Kharka to Chalise via Hindung village. The trail is downhill all the way to Chalise. Overnight in camp. 

Day 14: Chalise to Laba Besi(1500m) 6 hrs
Today we trek downhill all the way to Laba Besi through pine forest, Tamang villages, farming terraces and beautiful landscapes. Laba Besi lies at the bank of Ankhu and Laba Khola. Overnight in camp. 

Day 15: Laba Besi to Manyang Bhanjyang(2934m) 5 hrs
Today we trek through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests which is the home of various species of birds and wild animals. The trail is ascent all the way passing by Khading village (resided by Tamang and Gurung) to Manyang Bhanjyang from where Ganesh Himal can be seen. Overnight in camp. 

Day 16: Manyang Bhanjyang to Majhgaun(2200m) 6 hrs
After breakfast we trek along gradual descent path and then steep descent. On the way we cross the rhododendron and oak forests, beautiful villages and green hills. Today if weather is clear we can see the marvelous view of Manaslu Himalayas range, Buddha peak and many more snow capped peaks. After around 6 hours walk we reach at Majhgaun. Overnight in camp. 

Day 17: Majgaun to Budathum: 5 hrs
Today’s specialty is to explore Newar tradition and culture in Budathum. After breakfast passing different villages, forests, streams and beautiful landscapes finally reach at Budathum. Budathum is pre dominated by Newar community and here we explore the typical and special tradition of Newars with the spectacular views of Manaslu range. Overnight in camp. 

Day 18: Budathum to Aarughat Bazaar(500m) & drive to Kathmandu 2 hrs trek and 6 hrs drive
Today is the last day of our trek. We trek descent path and then through leveled path along the Budhi Gandaki River. After 2 hours pleasant walk we reach at Aarughat Bazaar. Arughat Bazaar is an old market and also the route to Manaslu Trekking. From Aarughat we drive back to the Kathmandu enjoying the beautiful mountain views, green sceneries and beautiful hilly landscapes. After 6 hours drive finally we reach at Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and rest. Overnight in hotel.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Day 19: Kathmandu free day of your own
Today is the free day and you can use it for your shopping or optional tour in cultural places and can take a popular 1 hour flight over Mt. Everest. In the evening we will celebrate dinner together with Black Diamond staffs. Overnight in hotel.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 20: Final departure
After breakfast free till departure time. If you have more time you can do shopping or sightseeing around Kathmandu. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Black Diamond drops you to the airport.
Breakfast

We make arrange the departure as per your convenience date.

 

Price Includes:

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 15 nights accommodation in the camp during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English Speaking Guide during sightseeing
  • Entrance fees in the monuments
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), cook and assistants during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide, porters, cook and assistants
  • All high quality camping equipments, kitchen equipment, mattress; dining, toilet and kitchen tents
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are needed to be returned)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

The Trekking Group
For the Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek, there will be one leader, one cook, assistant leader, porters for luggage carrying (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and helpers (2 helpers for 1  trekker). This arrangement ensures that if anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Health & Experience Required
Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is a moderate to strenuous level trek suitable for nature lovers, passionate adventurous trekkers who carry the ability to walk at least 6-8 hours a day with a light day pack in order to avoid starvation and for energy to walk long. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully. Best tip to complete the trek will be exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Black Diamond before booking the trek.

Travel Insurance
It would be best for you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance. 

Accommodations
All accommodations for the Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. You will spend 4 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Nepalgunj and during your trekking you will spend 15 nights in camp. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of a same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying a single supplement.
 
Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

Meals
During Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek, you can enjoy freshly cooked Nepali cuisine, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. Lunch will be served on the way to the destination, dinner and breakfast in the camp while on trekking. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F 
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag 
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles 
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on a group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Antibacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guidebook
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
The effects of high altitude on humans are considerable. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen. Athletes use these adaptations to help their performance. There is a limit to the level of adaptation: mountaineers refer to the altitudes above 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) as the "death zone", where no human body can acclimatize. The itinerary for Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek is designed to minimize the risk of AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). 

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To make your Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders that we can offer from our side. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills, and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Black Diamond only employs Nepalese staffs who have fact and up-to-date knowledgeable about the culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care
Though often overlooked, it's no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it's very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns
The Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trekking Trail is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
March to May and October to November are the best months for the Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Even in the monsoon (Jun, Jul and Aug) we can do Ganesh Himal Base Camp Trek since it lies in the rain shadow region. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is more adventurous since the way in highlands are covered by snow. 

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us

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