Ganesh Himal Trek

Ganesh Himal Trek is non touristic, not crowded, peaceful and wild experience trek area in the north of Kathmandu. The beautiful mountains of Ganesh Himal region can be seen even from the Kathmandu Valley. Though the area is within easy access from Kathmandu, very few trekkers visit there.

It is one of the precious areas where the simple life of the Himalayas can be still observed.Trek in the Ganesh Himal region is designed to introduce you of mountain communities and Tamang ethnic people and breathtaking mountain scenes.You may visit base camp of the Ganesh Himal where you can visit  two lakes – Black and white. Twin waterfalls – Ganga and Jamuna bring joy to your heart. This trek is recommended by many trekkers though it is not popular as Annapurna and Everest region.This trek starts from Trisuli Bazar in the semitropical zone, goes up to a fairly high elevation and we can see  close view of Ganesh II (7,163 meters) and Ganesh IV (7,052 meters). The area is still beyond the reach of modern construction and lodge accommodations are not  available for the visitors. During the trek, you will pass the highest elevation of more than 4,000 meters which requires your special caution for altitude sickness. Visiting this area in March and April , you can  enjoy  with the red blooming  Rhododendron flowers, the national flower of Nepal.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip  Title: Ganesh Himal Trek.
Maximum Elevation: 4000m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Mode of Operation: Tented Camping  Trek.
Best Season: Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Ganesh Himal Trek
Day 01 : Arrival at Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 start at Thamel touristic city. Bed & breakfast included.
Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Trisuli 5 hours and trek to Salangkhu Khola 4 hours. Over night at camp
Day 03 : Trek to Balche village 5 hours overnight at camp
Day 04 : Trek to  Gonga 6 hours overnight at camp
Day 05 : Gonga (acclimatization rest at Gonga),overnight at camp
Day 06 : Trek to Singla 4000m 6 hours overnight at camp
Day 07 : Trek to Serthung village 6 hours, overnight at camp
Day 08 : Trek to Laba  6 hours overnight at camp
Day 09 : Trek to Mongey thanti 6 hours overnight at camp
Day 10 : Trek to Dumchet village 6 hours, overnight at camp
Day 11 : Trek to Budi gandaki 6 hours overnight at camp
Day 12 : Trek to Arughat 6 hours overnight at camp
Day 13 : Drive Arughat to Kathmandu 6 hours and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included.
Day 14 : International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfer by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Ganesh Himal area and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in Tented Camping with foam mattress .
-Food (breakfast,lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Camping equipment: Tents, mattress, kitchen tent, dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils,table, chairs etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Trishuli Bazar and Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu by bus as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax  and other  local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide,assistant guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 25 $ for two weeks and 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained up on arrival.
-International airfare.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason  than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
-Travel, Trekking and Helicopter Rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks.
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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