Traveling to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp means that you are experiencing a completely new part of the world. Ganesh Himal Trekking will take travelers to the foothills of the breathtaking Ganesh Himal Range, located in the north-central region of Nepal.
Despite its close proximity to Kathmandu, the Ganesh Himal mountain range is rarely visited by trekkers. This is due to the lack of teahouse lodges, so camping is required. The range of mountains is named after an elephant-headed deity popular among Hindu people called Ganesh. The mountain summits the top 7,000m, and four of the peaks on the Ganesh Himal range are over 7,000m. Ganesh Himal is an area where you can become enchanted by the magnificent view of mountains, waterfalls, Saint George, dramatic landscape paintings, towering cliffs, and incredible rock formations.
The Himalayan ranges in the Ganesh Himal Base camp area offer untouched natural beauty and wildlife and unparalleled views of various peaks (Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV), the Tibet range, Langtang, Mount Manasalu, and Annapurna.
As part Ganesh Himal trek, we will start in Balche and end in Dhading Besi after traversing through alpine meadows and arriving at huge glaciers under snow-capped mountains.
Located between two of Nepal’s most popular trekking destinations, Langtang to the east and Manaslu to the West, this is one of the least explored areas in the Himalayas, as mentioned earlier. However, the splendid hidden valley trek offers the opportunity to experience a wide range of cultures and natural scenes.
The region offers spectacular scenery, and crisscrossed village paths connect deep canyons. The Trek traverses these lands from West to East, with the Sing La pass’s highest point offering spectacular views of the entire Nepalese Himalayas.
It is necessary to have a trekking permit to enter Nepal’s Annapurna and Manaslu regions on the Ganesh Himal Trek. As the trail passes through both these regions, it is necessary to acquire a permit.
At the beginning of the Trek, the accommodation options consist of well-run hotels and lodges. However, as the Trek progresses, well-equipped hotels become more scarce. Thus, these paths mainly consist of small tea houses and homestays. While tents are not necessary, bringing them along would be highly advisable, so tent camps can be set up on the Trek.
On the Ganesh Himal trek, the highest point is at an altitude of more than 3,800 meters. Additionally, the Trek requires explorers to walk for several days. Due to the difficulty of adapting to such high altitudes, people with breathing problems or similar lung diseases should avoid these activities or take precautions before participating, as they may experience altitude sickness when at such high altitudes.
Our friends brought the following items to our first Trek to Ganesh Himal because of the cold at high altitudes. Thus, in order to prevent cold weather during your Trek, we recommend taking the following items with you.
You can, however, easily purchase these items at the starting point of the Trek if you forgot any of them, though the price will likely be higher than usual.
Ganesh Himal Trek begins in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you can spend time exploring the UNESCO-listed heritage sites of the city. In addition, you can use this day to prepare for your upcoming journey. You will be going to Arughat from Kathmandu in order to start the Trek.
Arughat is the starting point, and we start upstream along the Budhi Gandaki river. We reach Arkhet after about two hours and turn off the Manaslu Circuit trail. Furthermore, we cross the suspension bridge over the river. After descending from the bridge, the trail climbs through woodlands and terraced fields, passing through the small villages of Baseri and Lapudanda. We camp at Manabu after about four hours of walking.
As we leave Manabu, we traverse and ascend toward Dunchet village, where we may eat lunch. Duchess village has traditional stone houses and a village square where they meet and socialize. Next, the trail ascends on stone steps through the village to enter the forest. Next, we follow the trail towards Lamodungha, a large rock near which we will camp. From here, we can see Himalchuli's eastern face.
From camp, we ascend through bamboo, larch, and rhododendron forest. Finally, we cross several streams and come to a clearing called Nauban Kharka, where we camp for the night. Here, we can see Annapurna South and Annapurna 2, Fishtail, and Himalchuli.
Our next stop is Myangal Bhanjang. After descending through the forest, we enter Myangal Kharka. We can see the Ganesh Himal range to the East and Paldor to the West. Finally, we descend through forest, clearings, and stones to Khading village.
The route descends to the river and crosses over a suspension bridge on the other side of the valley. We then climb a short distance and contour along a path above the river, passing through Lapchet village. Finally, we descend to another river. Rachyet village is a short walk up the road after we cross the suspension bridge.
On this day, Rachel is the point of departure, and the trail ascends through the forest to Timla, crossing high above the river and passing through Tirigaon. The trail continues on a stone path along the steep mountainside as we trek north to Neber. It'd be great to stay at Neber to acclimatize and explore the area.
Our route from Neber descends to Tatopani, where you can take a dip in the hot springs. We cross the suspension bridge from Tikka Danda and continue up to Chalis, where we camp after a five-hour trek.
As the trail descends from Shertung on the ninth day, we cross Adho Khola, which we then ascend to Kamigaon. After passing through Tipling, we ascend to Laptung by taking stone steps through the forest and camping at Marmelung Kharka.
The trail leads through a beautiful forest. We reach the cheese factory after passing through a Kani stone entrance with several chortens, and then we reach the summit of Pangsang La, the highest point of our Trek. Several buildings are located at the pass, including a porter shelter. We will camp here in the morning and explore the area in the afternoon.
Pasang La offers panoramic views of Langtang in the east, Ganesh Himal to the north, and Annapurnas and Manaslu to the West during a clear day. The viewpoint is located about 150m above the pass and offers sweeping views. After returning to camp, we descend through the forest and reach Somdang.
As we move from Somdang to Gatlang, we will cross another pass called Kurphudanda at 3,710m. From here, we will descend via a trail and a jeep track.
From Gatling, it is a short walk to the roadhead at Chillime, and then we drive along to Syabru Besi. There, we stay in a lodge for the night. Here, our Trek concludes.
In the end, when we get back to Syabru Besi, we can follow our steps back home. First, do not forget to cherish all the beautiful moments you experienced during the Trek as you return home and even during the Trek itself.
After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.
We can accommodate group tours for this trip as well. However, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.
Adventure seekers and hikers may find Nepal to be a treasure trove of lush green forests, beautiful rivers, and breathtaking mountain circuits. This beautiful nation of hills and mountains makes for an excellent paradise for travelers, adventurers, and explorers looking for great trekking or sightseeing experience.
In addition to this, I recommend the Makalu Base Camp Trek to any adventurer looking for an engaging trek in Nepal that will make a lasting impression at any age and stage of life. It is my personal favorite, and I couldn’t recommend it more highly to my fellow adventurers.
Nepal’s most challenging and thrilling Trek, the Makalu Base Camp trek, is located on an off-beaten path not as popular as others in Nepal, meaning it’s relatively quieter and less crowded than other trekking routes.
Makalu Base Camp Trek is a good trek for adventure seekers who wish to encounter the Himalayan culture, hospitality, and lifestyle of the people living at high altitudes and exploring isolated Nepal areas. If you dare, get ready for one of the best trekking experiences of your lifetime at Makalu Base Camp.
Most of the path along the Makalu Base Camp Trek lies at a high altitude, from about 500 meters of elevation to a maximum of 4,870 meters. So, adapting to this difference might be a bit difficult for some people. In addition, altitude sickness and breathlessness can result from this extreme elevation. Therefore, people with lung ailments should avoid such activities or take all precautions necessary before attempting such adventures.
Since this Trek is one of the highest mountains in the world, the temperature can be a factor and a feature of the expedition. However, proper preparation in this cold climate is imperative. So, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.
While some of the things and appliances mentioned above might not be essential. But, they would certainly make the Trek much more comfortable. In the event you forget any of them, you can find them in the various trek shops, but the cost might be a little higher than usual.
If you are a foreigner, you must acquire a Nepali visa and arrive in Kathmandu initially. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to book a flight to Tumlingtar. From there, a 4-hour long drive to Chichila would take you to your starting point of the Trek.
In the morning, we start our Trek from Chichila. Passing through the beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forest, we reach the picturesque Sherpa village of Mure. After lunch, we descend towards the village of Num, located above the River Arun.
On the opposite side of the valley, our destination for the night is located. After trekking for more than six hours, we pass through Arun Khola, a suspension bridge, towards the entry point of the Makalu Barun National Park at Seduwa village.
On this day, we'll hike out of the valley through terraced paddy fields towards Manigaon. After a five-hour hike, we'll reach the beautiful Tashigaon Village and rest there for the night.
On the fourth day, we need to hike up to an altitude of 3,500 meters. This path mostly contains a rocky road and an uphill walk with an amazing view of the valley beneath. After ascending more than 1400 meters, we need to rest for the fifth day at Khongma Danda to adapt to the weather and conditions at such an altitude.
A good way to spend the rest day can be through visiting the local villages and experiencing the lifestyles and culture of the people.
After a six-hour trek, you'll reach the beautiful Dobate Village after passing through multiple rhododendron forests, Shipton La Pass, Kalo Pokhari, and Keke La.
Our journey to Yangri Kharka leads us through rhododendron forests and fir and birch forests along the Barun River. We descend steeply to the river's south bank and then cross several areas where landslides have occurred before we reach a small village, Yangri Kharka, where we rest for the night.
Get the view of Yak pastures while you hike up to Langmela Khakra on the eighth day. In addition, while passing through Merek, you can notice the beautiful Himalayan view.
Finally, after nine days of trekking, you'll get to enjoy the wonderful Makalu Base Camp at an altitude of 4,870 meters. While on the way there, you'll get to see the Japanese Base Camp and the village of Shersong afterward. Rest there for the night while enjoying the jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Himalayas.
Upon arriving at Makalu Base Camp, we need to dedicate one extra day for a four-hour hike to and back from the beautiful Swiss Base Camp. Reach one of the top points of our Trek at 5,120 meters on this day.
During the morning of the eleventh day, a 2-hour walk to the viewpoint allows for a majestic view of Mount Everest, Chamlang, Baruntse, Makalu, and Lhotse. Afterward, the descent back to Langmale Kharka begins.
Retracing our steps to the top, we hike back to Yangri Kharka for about four hours to rest and camp for the night.
Due to the descending path, the Trek back to Debate from Yangri Kharka would be much quicker on the return trip. Nonetheless, the view of the Himalayas remains the same throughout the day.
Today, we walked back for six hours to reach Khongma Danda. Furthermore, we pass through Tutu LaPass, Kauma La Pass, Keke La Pass, and Shipton La Pass to reach our destination for the day.
On our fifteenth day, we walk through a few lakes and forests on our way back to Tashigaon.
Today, we trek from Isuwa Khola to Hingsa Khola, passing through small settlements on the way to Seduwa. We reach Seduwa after 5 hours of trekking.
On this day, we hike back from Seduwa to the village of Num. Similar to our ascend a week earlier, we'll walk back the same path to encounter the rhododendron and bamboo forest as well as the Arun River.
The final day of our Trek brings us the satisfaction of trekking along steep hills with the spectacular view of Mt. Makalu for the last time before reaching Tumlingtar. Finally, after trekking for seven hours, we arrived at Tumlingtar.
After you’ve enjoyed the thrilling and joyful cycling experience, you can choose whether to visit other beautiful places in Nepal or head back home. No matter what you choose, we hope you have a fantastic time.
We can accommodate group tours for this trip; however, you may also opt for a private tour according to your liking. We can arrange private trips at any time of the year at any date of your choosing. Please let us know what your preferred travel dates are so that we can accommodate you.
Finally, after the completion of the Trek, take a rest as you cherish the beautiful moments you encountered during the Trek while on your trip back home. It is certainly deserving of its reputation for its rich historical legacy, amazing views, and the hospitality of the locals that can make a trek to the Makalu Base Camp an unforgettable experience.
One of the best activities to partake in to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful hills and mountains can be planning a trek with your friends or family. In addition, a trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest peak is just as wonderful as it sounds. As far as you might be concerned, Everest is more than just a mountain; similarly, the journey to the mountain’s base camp is more than just a mere trek.
It’s no wonder why Nepal is one of the top traveling destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike. The enthralling beauty of Nepal lets travelers experience heavenly experiences without having to travel to heaven itself.
Nevertheless, if you are planning to travel to Nepal in the near future or are originally from there, you may be surprised to learn about all the places you can travel to get the best out-of-doors experience.
For regular people, a wonderful trek to the Gokyo Lake or Annapurna base camp or hike the Shivapuri national park might be a good escape from week to week workdays.
However, the Everest Base Camp trek allows a traveler of any experience level to experience a challenging yet physically and spiritually fulfilling journey that’s not easily available in our time. Not to mention, you’d be able to physically spectate the gorgeous hills, villages, and mountains along the way.
Before you embark on this journey, you need to consider that this trek starts at an elevation of 2,860 meters or 9,380 feet and ends at an elevation of 5,364 meters or 17,598 feats. This extreme elevation might cause altitude sickness or breathlessness.
Thus, people with lung problems or other similar problems should avoid or take all the necessary precautions before taking on such an adventure.
Additionally, this trek requires you to walk continuously in a cold climate for many days. Thus, be sure to bring along the following materials with you.
Though all of these are quite necessary for the journey, as mentioned above, not all of them are a must. Everest base camp trek is quite famous among frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays provide these materials for a higher price than the usual price. Similarly, you can opt to get your food at any place during your stay there as per your liking.
The Everest base camp starts from Lukla and ends at Lukla. Thus, for foreigners, you need to acquire a traveling visa from the Nepal government and get to Kathmandu initially. Now, if you’re in Kathmandu or any other city in Nepal, book a flight to the Lukla Airport in Lukla, Solukhumbu.
Now, after you reach Lukla, your trek starts. About a 12/14 day’s journey would be enough for an average healthy person to complete the trek. And during the end of the day, stay at multiple homestays available in the areas mentioned below as per your liking.
After meeting the local people and enjoying the stunning view of Lukla, you should start your initial trek to Phakding. Spend your first night there.
From Phakding, start the hike to the beautiful Namche Bazar, which is also known as the gateway to Everest. After reaching there, booking a hotel or a homestay for two days would be ideal. During those days, your body can adapt to the weather and altitude of the area.
During the second day in Namche Bazaar, a trip to the green village of Khumjung and Thame would be a great use of your time.
A trek from Namche Bazaar to Thyangboche takes approximately 6 to 8 hours. Plan your day accordingly and enjoy the beautiful view of forests full of rhododendron trees along the way.
The trek from Thyangboche to Dingboche consists of rivers, bridges, and long paths with a mind-blowing view of the Himalayas. Similar to Namche Bazaar, it'd be easier for your body to stay at Dingboche for two days to adapt to the area's conditions. Do enjoy the warm hospitality of the people of Dingboche while there.
During the second day in Dingboche, an excursion to the village of Chhukung and Nagarzhang would be a great use of your rest day. After this day, you can continue your trek.
The trail to Lobuche from Dingboche leads through alpine meadows and summer yak pastures near the terminus of the Khumbu Glacier. This path offers stunning views of Nuptse on clear days. Be sure to take in every moment of your hike.
On day eight, you need to reach Nuptse via a difficult climb Khumbu Glacier. Furthermore, get past the Changri Glacier towards Gorakshep. Finally, you'll reach Everest Base Camp on the eighth day of the trek. Then, feel a sense of fulfillment and enjoy the day at Everest Base Camp.
When you wake up, a morning trek to Kala Patthar will allow you to view the stunning sunrise, Everest, and its surrounding areas. Later on, Start your descent back to Lukla via Pheriche.
After spending the ninth night in Pheriche, take a rest at Kyangjuma at the end of day ten.
On our way back to Lukla, we trek down from Kyangjuma to the small village of Monjo. Stay at Monjo for the night.
If everything goes as planned, the twelfth day will be your final day in the Solukhumbu district. After you leave Monjo, you'll reach Lukla. Since it's time to leave, be sure to take in the atmosphere of Lukla and the journey as a whole. Sightseeing, shopping, and relaxing can be a great way to finish off such a great adventure.
After an exciting couple of weeks, go back to your daily life with a memory that’ll last your lifetime.
The itinerary mentioned above is the general plan arranged by Pokhara Info. The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to availability of lodging and campsites, fluctuating weather conditions, unforeseen political, trail, and environmental, or any other factors beyond our control. After consulting with the group, your trek leader will decide the best way to reach a final decision if this occurs.
If the itinerary is unsuitable for you, please let us know, and we will customize it. We will be able to make changes to the itinerary if clients want to do so.
Finally, a trek to the Everest Base can be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event for you. Due to its history, great views, and Sherpa culture, the trek certainly deserves its reputation. However, since the trek is so popular, the main trails are often quite crowded.
Even so, despite its popularity, Everest Base Camp deserves to be listed among the top treks in Nepal. If you decide to take on the journey, I wish you a pleasant trip through the forests, Sherpa villages, glacial moraines, and foothills on the way to the Everest Base Camp.
Nepal’s enthralling beauty allows travelers to experience heavenly experiences without traveling to heaven. This makes Nepal one of the top travel destinations for tourists, adventurers, and nature lovers alike.
Planning a trek with your family or friends is one of the best ways to enjoy Nepal’s beautiful hills and mountains. Trek to one of Nepal’s numerous hills and mountains allows an individual to enjoy the beauty of Nepal, including the sceneries of rivers, mountains, forests, and many more. Furthermore, it allows you to interact with new people with a different perspective on life.
After completing numerous treks in Nepal, I also learned about the thrilling adventures you could have while learning so much about life, nature, and people of different cultures. On top of that, the trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, which was quite challenging, to be honest, was one of my favorites among the rest due to all the awesome days I got to enjoy while there.
If you, too, want one of the best trekking experiences for yourself or your friends or family, this is a guide to help you do the Annapurna Base Camp trek. At the same time, I, too, will get to relive that crazy experience again and think about the beauty of the Himalayas.
Any random picnic or family gathering can be a great escape from an individual’s day-to-day life. However, a trek to the Annapurna mountain range base camp would be ideal if you were looking for a vacation and wanted to enjoy mother earth’s gift and experience a physically and spiritually fulfilling journey.
In addition, you would be able to see breathtaking hills, villages, and mountains. You can enjoy a wide variety of gorgeous scenery along this trek, from tranquil villages to powerful glaciers and breathtaking mountain views.
Trekking the Annapurna Base Camp is most enjoyable in the shoulder seasons that precede monsoon and just before winter, such as spring or autumn. Furthermore, before starting the trek, be sure that you are in good physical shape and sound health. Getting travel insurance can be a great idea in this situation.
The trek starts from Pokhara, located at 822 meters or around 2700 feet of altitude. Likewise, our destination, the Annapurna Base Camp, is located at 4,130 meters or 13,550 feet.
A trip to such an extreme elevation may result in altitude sickness or even breathlessness, so those with lung issues or similar conditions should avoid the trip. Likewise, you must take all the necessary precautions before embarking on this journey.
Moreover, you will need to walk constantly in a cold climate for many days. Therefore, you will need to bring along the following materials.
All these items are ideal for the expedition, as mentioned above, though not all are essential. Annapurna base camp trek is popular among frequent travelers, so many hotels and homestays offer these supplies at a higher cost than usual.
The Trek Starts
To begin the journey, people outside of Nepal must obtain a Nepalese visa and get to Kathmandu. If you are already in Kathmandu or anywhere else in Nepal, you must travel to Pokhara via plane or another mode of transportation.
The trek starts after you reach Kande or Nayapul from Pokhara. The trek might take 5 to 15 days for a healthy individual, depending on their pace and activities. During the evening, you can choose to stay in the various homestays available in the areas.
After you get hold of all the required trekking gears, you need to start your journey. Get to NayaPul and start your trek. You'll trek through farmlands in Thikhedhunga before climbing up to Ulleri after reaching the Burundi Khola. Ulleri is going to be your home for the first night.
Plan your day to hike to Ghorepani village from Ulleri and enjoy the beautiful view of forests full of rhododendron trees along the way. You need to stay overnight at Ghorepani for the night.
On the third day, it'd be great if you woke up early and hiked up to the beautiful Poon hill. This 1-hour uphill climb will allow you to view a stunning sunrise over the Annapurna. Then, you can continue with the trek for the rest of the day to reach Tadapani at the end of it.
On the fourth day, you need to reach Chomrong. Start your descent to Kimrung Khola and reach the base of Hiunchuli, where the beautiful Chomrong village lies through some difficult steep stairs. There, you'll get to enjoy the stunning view of fishtail mountain and Annapurna itself.
Start the fifth-day trekking through the woods for about 2 hours to reach Kuldi. Furthermore, continue your trek until you reach the Modi river and walk up to Doban. Take a break and spend the night there.
You'll trek 14 kilometers on day six, which might take about three hours. During this time, you'll pass through Deurali, walk towards the west bank of Modi River, and rest near the Fishtail Base Camp.
You will reach the highest point on your trek on the seventh day. I hope you take care of your body as per its need and eat well. Walk up from Fishtail Base Camp to reach the Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4,130 meters. Views from either of these base camps are equally incredible, so take in what you experience and enjoy the moment.
Enjoy the morning with a beautiful sunrise and all the beautiful mountains such as Himchuli, Annapurna 1, Macchapucchhre, Tent Peak, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Annapurna 3 right there near you. Start your descent back to Pokhara via Bamboo.
As you descend Chhomrong's steep staircases, you will reach Jhinu Danda. From Jhinu Danda, you can enjoy the hot springs of Modi Khola if you walk for about 20 minutes.
By the tenth day, I hope you adapt to long walks because you must reach Pothana through Tolkha and Deurali, probably the longest distance in a day. However, it'll be easier this time as you'll primarily descend down the previously climbed roads.
For the eleventh and the final day, hike down to Phedi for about 2 hours, passing through Dhampus after you've had your breakfast. Well, from there, you'll reach Pokhara after an hour-long drive. Finally, get to a hotel and get some well-deserved rest.
You’ll return home with a memory that will last a lifetime after an exciting couple of weeks.
Finally, a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp can be an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience for you. It certainly deserves its reputation for its rich history, spectacular views along with the hospitality of the people. Pokhara Info is here to make sure of that.