Ganesh Himal Trekking is a marvelous adventure that takes you to an isolated trekking route brimming with picturesque villages, dense forests, deep canyons, green meadow, terraced hills, and lofty mountains. It is a newly-introduced trekking destination in close proximity to Kathmandu.
Unlike Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this trek traverses the less-crowded trail.
Ganesh Himal, soaring high in between the Manaslu Himalayan range and Budi Gandaki valley in the west, is in north-central Nepal. This peak got its name from the Hindu deity Ganesh depicted in the form of an elephant, as the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) resembles an elephant.
Ganesh Himal Trekking route leads up the remote trail that commands awe-inspiring glimpses of Ganesh Himal range, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang range. Walkthrough the alpine forests of pine and rhododendron trees, and explore Gurung and Tamang villages.
Gain insight into the life of local people in the Ganesh Himal region. The local people are ever-welcoming and will spellbind you with their warm hospitality.
One of the remarkable features of this trek is crossing Shing La Pass at 4100m. You will be walking through diverse vegetation ranging from sub-tropical to alpine vegetation.
Ganesh Himal region boasts 526 species of plants and 300 species of birds and animals, including animals like Himalayan Thar, Gaur, and Musk deers. Betrawati, Kispang, Thulo Chaur, Gonga, Rupchet, Kharka, Borang, Jharlang, and Kintang Phedi are the resting grounds during the trek.
Ganesh Himal Trekking Route
You will start your adventure with a scenic drive to Betrawati. The ride rewards the horizon filled with farm fields, small villages, and terraced slopes. You will commence your trek to Kispang with an easy trek through farmland and small villages. Wake up early and hit the trail to Thulo Chaur. The estimated trekking hours from Kispang to Thulo Chaur is 5 hours. En route, explore beautiful Tamang village settlements.
Gradually ascend through lush forests of rhododendron and pine, and if you are lucky, you will spot Deer, Langur monkies, and wild boar. After 4 hours of walking pleasantly, you will reach Gonga. From Gonga, you can admire the stunning view of the Ganesh Himal range. At Gonga, you will be staying in a tented camp.
Continue through the forested trail that reveals the incredible sight of the Tibetan mountain range. Walk for a few hours, and you will reach Rupchet. On the 6th day, you will march towards Kharka (2500m) via the Shing La Pass at 4100m. The trail today is a bit challenging but rewards spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu, and the surrounding peaks. Celebrate your achievement, get some epic snaps, and descend to Kharka.
Descend slowly downhill through terraced farmland. Walk for about 7 hours to reach Borang. Leaving Borang, hike past terraced fields and local villages. Trek for 5-6 hours to reach Jharlang. Jharlang is a beautiful Tamang village at 1700m. From Jharlang, you will descend to Kintang Phedi.
The trek today is relatively easier. You can walk at your own pace and enjoy the pleasant trekking experience. From Kintang Phedi, you will bid goodbye to beautiful villages and the mountains and drive back to Kathmandu.
Ganesh Himal Trekking Difficulty
Ganesh Himal Trekking is easy to moderate trek, suitable for all age groups. If you are a novice trekker, you can do this trek. The highest elevation you will reach is 4100m. It is a low altitude trek and doable if you are physically fit.
On average, you will have to trek for 5-6 hours per day, and on a challenging day, you must trek for 7-8 hours. The best time to trek to Ganesh Himal Region is between January to May and September to December.