Ganesh Himal Home Stay Trekking

Trip Overview

Ganesh Himal region is situated in the central Nepal, Northwest of Kathmandu. The terraced hillsides seem to climb to the sky. Many interesting ethnic groups a mixed of lifestyle offer you a glimpse into real Nepali life and this gives visitors an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural tradition from the closest quarter and intermingle with locals, hence giving the visitor a sense of satisfaction.
The Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune. "Ganesh", the Hindu god who removes all obstacles to allow you success, indeed leads you to a unique trekking experience, passing through many Gurung and Tamang villages. This region offers spectacular views, virgin natural, and magnificence, wild and friendly people.

The Ganesh Himal can clearly be seen from Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, 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 Ankhu Khola and Budhi Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli Khola in the lower section. Trekkers would be far from madding crowd in this trek.

Besides its, the area also offer you, an excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals; 526 species of plants (including 40 species of orchids), and 300 species of birds. Other interesting wild animals are the Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, barking deer, Red pandas, snow leopard, Bear, Tiger, wolf, pheasant, many kinds of monkeys and musk deer.

It's also a Nepal's unique pilgrimage horizon destination for the holy lakes where you will find Kalo Kunda, Seto Kunda, Ganesh Kunda and Jaisule Kunda. This area is Nepal's number one for the Rubies (Red stone) and crystals with hundreds varieties of herbal medicines. It has found that Tatopani "Hot Spring" in this region (nearby Chalish village) is one of the biggest and the best where all visitors can enjoying having bath.

There are interesting panoramic view points named Shinga- La pass (4250 Mtr.) and Pangsang Pass (3850 Mtr.) which offer you more than 35 mountains over 6000meters (19'680ft) above sea level.

Highlights

  • Gurung, Ghale, Tamang, Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Newar, Chepang ethnic groups.
  • Cultural interaction, village scenery and lifestyle.
  • Nepali hospitality,
  • Himalayan panoramas, sacred lakes including, Ganesh Kunda/lake, Parvati Kunda, Seto and Kalo lakes.
  • Waterfalls, hot springs,
  • Hindu Temples Tripursundari Temples
  • Buddhist monasteries, cheese factory, Ganesh Himal viewpoints, herbal plants,
  • Crystal and ruby and zinc mining
  • Unexplored territory, rare and exotic wildlife

Trip Map

Ganesh Himal Home Stay Trekking Map

Short itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi 1503m/4945Ft. 8-9 hrs drive

Day 2 Shyabru Besi to Chawatar (lunch) to Gatlang 2337m/7690Ft. 5- 6 hrs hike

Day 3 Gatlang to Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka (lunch) to Somdang 3271 m/10760Ft 6-7 hrs

Day 4 Somdang to Pangsang (aka, Pangsang) Pass (La) 3842m/ 12640Ft 3 ½ hrs

Day 5 Pangsang Pass to Tipling (lunch) – Shertung /Chalish 1875m/6188 Ft 5-6 hrs

Day 7 Chalish to Hindung lunch and Neber Gaon 2220m /7425Ft 6 hrs

Day 8 Neber to hot springs to Kupchyat 2066m/ 6818Ft 5 hrs

Day 9 Rachyat to Khading – Lapa Gaon 2025m/ 6660Ft 4-5 hrs

Day 10 Lapa Gaon – Borang (lunch) - Jharlang (Ungul) 3000m/ 9900ft 5-6 hrs

Day 11 Jharlang (Ungul) – Kuri lunch – Khaniyabas 1785m/ 5890Ft 7-8 hrs

Day 12 Khaniyabas – Megang Danda 3220m /10626Ft 5-6 hrs

Detail Itinerary

Ganesh Himal Inner Circuit Home Stay Trekking

Day 1 Kathmandu to Shyabru Besi 1503m/4945Ft. 8-9 hrs drive
Taking local bus early in the morning or a private four wheel drive journey from Kathmandu reaches Shyabru Besi, gateway to the Langtang Valley at the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang Rivers. Mesmerizing scenic driving and passing through Trisuli Bazaar, Ramche Gaon and Dhunche Bazaar makes you full of fun driving. Narrow and bit adventurous zig zags road but amazing landscape along the way driving will make you good start day drive of the trek.

Day 2 Shyabru Besi to Chawatar (lunch) to Gatlang 2337m/7690Ft. 5- 6 hrs hike
A dirt track zig-zags to the west up to Bahun Danda Pass and then down to the Tamang settlement of Gatlang, a cornerstone village on the Tamang Heritage Trail or hike to Gatlang by way of Chawatar. Gatlang is a Tamang village with unique customs and craftsmanship in a magnificent setting. Above lies Parvati Kund, popular during Janai Purnima when thousands of pilgrims are attracted to the sacred pond and nearby temple.

Day 3 Gatlang to Parvati Kunda, Yuri Kharka (lunch) to Somdang 3271 m/10760Ft 6-7 hrs
The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forest to a lunch point of Yuri Kharka before continuing to Khurphu Bhanjyang and then dropping down to the Somdang River, border between Rasuwaa and Dhading districts.
A sprawling mining compound, no longer functioning but seem locals appealing government to revive it, lies a few hours to the north upriver. The hike passes through a scenic valley featuring the 200 m Chukarma Waterfall. The former mine leaves a lot be explored and is the site of a 1.4 km tunnel bored into the mountain to extract zinc, copper, tin, crystal and even highly-prized rubies.

Day 4 Somdang to Pangsang (aka, Pangsang) Pass (La) 3842m/ 12640Ft 3 ½ hrs
Pangsang Kharka is a viewpoint southwest of Somdang village with a broad panorama of the surrounding terrain. To the north are the soaring peaks of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Range. The large meadow is graced with a giant entry gateway and is a sensational location for camping and taking in the breathtaking scenery. The whole Ganesh Himal region is blessed with abundant herbal plants. Previously, herbs were taken to Tibet along an ancient trade route and exchanged for salt, livestock, wool and turquoise. This hill/danda/pass is known as one of the most beautiful and the best magnificent mountain views point almost in 270 degrees Langtang ragnes, Ganesh Himal ranges, Manaslu ranges and bit of Annapurna ranges mountain view point. So far tea house has not developed yet so highly recommended to have own tent however local yak hut can be used as a service shelter can be used for a night but again dry fruits/food is recommended for a night.

Day 5 Pangsang Pass to Tipling (lunch) – Shertung /Chalish 1875m/6188 Ft 5-6 hrs
Descend to Tipling, a large village that hosts two Buddhist gombas and both a Protestant and Catholic church. Along a ridge top to the east is a gomba and cremation ground for both Buddhists and Christians lined with colorful flags. Descend to cross the Adha Khola on a box bridge and ascend to the sister villages of Shertung and Chalish, regally overlooking the fertile river valley and abundant fields.
Shertung is inhabited mainly by Tamang. The name Shertung means 'place of gold'. According to a legend , two brothers in search of gold were led here by a dream and thus the settlement was born. Tamang people have own rich culture to show for the visitors jhankri or shaman dance, ghode or horse dance, said to have been brought from Tibetan culture long ago. Jankri (shaman) activity is robust in this territory with the worship of natural forces and indigenous local deities interwoven with Hindu and Buddhist practices. Chalish is inhabited primarily by Gurung, Ghale and Kami. There used to be Newar people too but they have migrated to Kathmandu city. The hospitable people of this area have unique customs and craftsmanship and traditional dances, including a hospitable welcome dance, Ghatu Dance, Dohori is also popular with call and response between male and female participants, a type of courtship ritual, complemented by folk music. Some dances depend on the time of year and take place during festivals including the Maruni Dance during Dasai and Tihar, Hai Nelo Dance of Tihar, and the Ghatu (Ghasiri Dance) that occurs during Chandi Purnima in the Nepali month of Chaitra.
Gurung men traditionally wear vangra, a woven, embroidered cotton cloth tied at the ends that serves as a pouch for carrying goods. Sri Tinkanya Devi Mandir lies above Chalish. Local women tie bits of cloth or leave a bangle representing a wish to be fulfilled near a small pool of water surrounded by Barmase or periwinkle flowers.
Shertung or Chalish village is the only village in this region from where those trekkers who have planned short 7 days trekking, walk down to Jharlang village taking about 5-6 hours and in next day walk to Darkha Gaon taking 5-6 hours finally next day after walking 1 ½ hour down hill to Darkha phedi, take sharing local Jeep with other people and drive to Dhading Besi (3-4 hours driving). You continue drive back Kathmandu in total 3 hours driving. So in total taking 2 ½ days walking and half day drive or let's say in 3 days you will get back to Kathmandu.
These two villages are the main attraction of the area by both Tamang and Gurung culture and as well as views from the place. You are recommend to stay wherever you like as both villages are not far from each other. To make you convenient although you may walk down hill to Chalish from Shertung just taking about 20-30 minutes however if you want to go directly from Chalish village from Ada Khola (the river down from Tipling village to Shertung) just after climbing a bit uphill turn right side and easily will get straight way to Chalish village after walking an hours. You will see people working in their field please do not hesitate to they will show you way to Chalish or Shertung.

Day 7 Chalish to Hindung lunch and Neber Gaon 2220m /7425Ft 6 hrs
After breakfast say goodbye to locals and trek down to Khar Khola and then trek gently up to Pasabar danda taking about an hour walk. View of Tribeni river (mixed of three rivers and Hindus and both Buddhist believe as a holy river site) just down in the valley where Lord Shiva's statue with little one stoned shrine has built. Specially in Makarsankranti festival local gather and celebrate singing, dancing and meeting friends and relatives as well as neighbors village kith and ken. From Pasabar danda trek gently uphill hill and reach at Kalbarang (just the small kharka name but no village at all) trek continue to hill edge walk and dense jungle ( there is a chance rock fall from top of the hill due to inhabitant of wildlife so careful walking with your trek guide or helper is highly recommended) and finally reach at Hindung village where huge number of Tamang people live. It is a Tamang village of around 550 inhabitants. Crystals and rubies are harvested in areas to the north and yarsagumba is hunted, too, in the surrounding highlands. Take lunch in Hindung and trek down to Hindung Khola and then trek uphill to Neber Gaon walking about 2 ½ hours. Over night at local house or camp near by local village of Tamang village.

Day 8 Neber to hot springs to Kupchyat 2066m/ 6818Ft 5 hrs
Trek down hill to Tatopani (hot srpings0 where enjoy your half day bath and then the trail onward follows stone steps built by Kadoorie Agri Aid Association and British Gurkhas of Nepal. Both organizations are active in this area and responsible for building many water taps, bridges and improved trails. Pass through Tir on the way to welcoming Racyat and Kapur villages. Finally arrive in Kupchyat village over night in camp/local house of Tamang village.

Day 9 Rachyat to Khading – Lapa Gaon 2025m/ 6660Ft 4-5 hrs
Trek to Khading village where you will see the big community of Gurung people having their own beautiful culture. While you will be waiting your lunch explore Khading gaon and after lunch trek down to Lapa Gaon which is a big Tamang village of the area where you will enjoy having Tamang culture.

Day 10 Lapa Gaon – Borang (lunch) - Jharlang (Ungul) 3000m/ 9900ft 5-6 hrs
After breakfast trek down to Ankhu khola having its beautiful water fall and then trek continue bit uphill to Borang village where stop for lunch and then trek continue to to Ukhum for lunch. After lunch trek continue to Lishne jungle, cross suspension bridge, passing through Chhapchyat village you finally get to Jharlang village (Ungul). One of the best and panoramic mountain view point of the area. This is Tamang village and belongs nearly 200 houses.

Day 11 Jharlang (Ungul) – Kuri lunch – Khaniyabas 1785m/ 5890Ft 7-8 hrs
Take breakfast at the same place and trek all the way down Jharlang Pahiro (Jharlang landslide) where takes about an hour to cross. It used to be dangerous but not only seasonal specially in monsoon you have to be very careful and in both season cross this landslide with your experience local trek guide porter. Continue trek don hill to Dungre Khola about 1 ½ hours down hill walking. cross suspension bridge and uphill walking about 2 ½ hours to get to Kuri Village. This is also a Tamang village lies right on the top of the hill from where you will see the beautiful surrounding landscape. There is no village or tea shops in between camp point to Kuri village so some snacks or dry fruits will be very useful to carry with you. A bottle of boiled water will be very useful. From the river uphill walking will be in the thick jungle so local guide or experience trek guide is highly recommended. After lunch trek continued having mesmerizing surrounding landscape, Brichet village and finally arrive at Khaniyabas Village which is known from the its VDC Satya Devi. Its about 2 ½ hours walk from lunch spot and Satya Devi has several local lodge/tea shops for local and trekkers. In your camp site there is a beautiful temple named Shree Bachchhala Devi and by its name local has a school nearby where 10+2 students have opportunity to study. On the clear weather day you will have the best and breath taking sun set views. Ankhu river views and Todke hill in horizon gives you magnificent landscape. Tamang, Bhramin and Dalit people live in Khaniyabas. This is also the village from where if any one interested after 2 days walk to Trisuli Bazaar and 4 hours drive you will get back to Kqthmandu. On the way on the clear weather day Mt. Manaslu ranges. Langtang ranges and Ganesh Himal ranges will be viewed in panorama way.

Day 12 Khaniyabas – Megang Danda 3220m /10626Ft 5-6 hrs
After breakfast trek to easy walk to Thambu Khola about an hour and then trek all the way up to Kimdang gaon (2 ½ hours walking) stop for lunch and trek to Megang Danda walking a big dense jungle right on the hill top. Being dense jungle wild animal may encounter so having local trek guide or helper is highly recommended. There is a dirt road in Kimtang to Trisuli Bazaar but only winter you will get a sharing local jeep but in the monsoon impossible to drive. Megang is another breath taking mountain views point from where you will experience of 270 degrees mountain views. There used to be several lodges but due to road construction lodges removed however there is a basic lodge for the trekkers/.travelers. to spend a night.

You may trek to Trisuli Bazaar 6 hours down hill scenic walking or walk up to Deurali 1 ½ hours walking and then share local bus/Jeep with other people to Trisuli Bazaar (2 hours driving) and then continue drive back to Kathmandu by local bus (4 hours driving).

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes:

  • Local Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary.
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pohkara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.

Cost Exclude:

  • International airfares
  • Private Jeep to trek starting point and from ending point to Kathmandu.
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee; A single-entry visa valid for 15/30/90 days costs US$30/50/125 - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities

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Trip Facts

  • Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Per day walking: 6 hours in average
  • Type of trek: Home Stay
  • General Duration: 12 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 4470m

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