Ganesh Himal Expedition

ganesh_himal_expeditionOne of the most prominent peaks visible out of that long chain, around we see from Kathmandu, is the Ganesh I (7,422 meters), summit / tip of the Ganesh Himal which, together with the Langtang Himal, is the part of the Greater Himalaya which lies closest to Kathmandu. Bill Tillman during his course of exploration of the Ganesh has made the first ascent of Paldor, since then it has become the significant mountain to be climbed in Nepal. With less number of trekkers / visitors to this area may be because as there none of the world’s 8,000 meter high giants amongst the Ganesh or Langtang Himalaya.

This massive Mt. Ganesh located in North-Central of Nepal with some of its peak lie on the border of Tibet. It is a sub-range of the Himalayan mountain range.  Ganesh Himal separates Trisuli Gandaki valley to the east of Langtang Himal, Budhi Gandaki valley and the Shyar Khola valley on the west of Sringi Himal and Mansiri Himal. It lies about 70km north-west of Kathmandu. The highest peak in the range is Yangra (Ganesh I), 7,422 m (24,350 ft). Ganesh Himal provides great vertical relief over the nearby valleys; Ganesh NW (known as Ganesh II or Ganesh III) are the most favored in this respect, being closest to the Shyar Khola. The name for the range comes from the Hindu deity Ganesha, usually depicted in the form of an elephant. In fact, the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) slightly resembles an elephant, with a ridge that is reminiscent of an elephant’s trunk. From the summit of Ganesh itself, there are stunning views of many of the great peaks of the Nepal Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Shishapangma. The walk-in to Ganesh is a classic Nepalese ridge trek one of the most outstanding journeys in the whole Himalaya Range, from the holy pilgrimage trail to Gosainkund Lake to the footsteps of the earlier pioneer Bill Tilman, who explored this area in 1949. We begin this wonderful trek from the east of Kathmandu valley at Sundarijal. The path climbs through the farm fields, villages and into the serene forest of oaks, pines and rhododendron.

Highlight: “on the most elusive path, pristine alpine forest high passes with stunning views of the high peaks from Annapurna to Jugal Himalayan range of mountains, less frequented area, traditional villages, in the range of massif     
Ganesh Himal”.

Trip Profile:

Mode of Trek/ climb:  Camping
Trekking Grade:          Moderate to Adventurous
Climbing Grade:         Mountaineering Expeditions
Trek / Camp:               30 / 31 days
Total Trip:                   35 / 36 days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02-3: In Kathmandu with 1/2 Day guided tour.
Day 04:  Drive to Syabrubensi 1,462m / 4,800ft 6 /7 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Gatlang. 2,438m / 8000ft. 6-7 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Somdang. approx. 3,270m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ganesh Base Camp.  4,500m / 14,900ft. 4-5 hrs.
Day 08: At Base Camp.
Day 09: Climb to High Camp approx. 5,150m.
Day 10 -29: (20 days) Summit of Paldor and return to Base Camp.
Day 30: Trek to Pansing Bhanjyang Phedi. 3,822m / 12,540ft. 5-6 hrs.
Day 31: Trek to Rupchet. 4,000m / 13,00ft. 5-6 hrs.
Day 32: Trek to Saline. Approx. 2,500m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 33: Trek to Deorali. Approx. 1,500m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 34: Trek to Trishuli Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 35: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 36: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a briefing and orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Expeditions / Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02-3: A day in Kathmandu. 1/2 Day guided tour.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest, on the third day at leisure preparation for the expeditions.

Day 04: Drive to Syabrubensi 1,462m / 4,800ft. 6 /7 hrs.
Morning driving journey to Syabrubesi, the drive takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route Trisuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone the road from here climbs uphill to a cooler region leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, on arrival at the entrance of Dhunche 1,965m, major town of the Langtang area and Rasuwa district. There’s a Langtang National Park headquarter office where you’re Trekking and Park permit are checked by the Nepalese Army serving as Park warden. From here, journey continues further downhill for 1-2 hours to Syabrubesi village for the overnight stop.

 Day 05: Trek to Gatlang 2,438m / 8000ft. 5-6 hrs.
Leaving behind the campsite, climb into the foothills of the Ganesh Himal.
On the way, we might see some group of monkeys as we follow on the path through the forests along the Milung Khola side. The path follows traversing around the foot of the spur into the valley of the Chilime Khola at first, crossing the river by a suspension bridge to the north bank and following a path upstream to another large suspension bridge by which we re-cross to the south bank, passing through Gholjong Sango.

The trail climbs steeply through terraced hillsides to Gatling, passing Mani walls piled with carved stones and lotus flower manadalas. Gatling is a crowded village with stone built houses huddled together. The smoke of cooking fires perpetually filters through the wooden tiled roofs to mingle with prayer flags that drape from bamboo poles. Man, animals and mountainside are so closely bound that none seem to have an identity separate from the other. It will be interesting too see what changes will take place with new road motorable coming in the near future, built on the ridge above the village, will have on this until now isolated community, camping just before or after this village, depending upon the suitable campsite around Galtling.

Day 06: Trek to Somdang approx. 3,270m. 6-7 hrs.
Today continue climbing further through the forests, zigzagging  to Khumpu Danda at 3,739m / 12,267ft.From the ridge there are fine views from the Annapurnas in the west to the Langtang and beyond in the east. On the far side of the Mailung Khola is the ridge of the Tiru Danda and the pass of Pansing Bhanjyang our route one the way back.
Following the road for a while which is being extended to the army post at Samathang, continuing walk up the main valley by the stream, approaching the head of the valley the  climbing on the right side of the stream. Fine waterfalls on the right, here there are several possible campsites, camping for the overnight before heading towards the Ganesh Base Camp past the small village of Somdang.

Day 07: Trek to Ganesh Base Camp.  4,500m / 14,900ft. 4-5 hrs.
Climbing above the Somdang village and the manganese mine, beyond the last tree line beyond the mine climbing steeply above the gorge of the river, the path in some places are quite rocky climbing between outcrops and then traversing towards the north-eastwards to a small valley bounded by moraines below the glaciers of Paldor Peak establish the Base Camp here, below the confluence  of the Paldor West and Paldor East glaciers just north of a fine rock pinnacle that earlier climber named Cleare called ‘Neddy’s Thumb’, at an altitude of 4,500 meters.

Day 08: At Base Camp.
Rest day and acclimatization and for sorting out the equipment to be shifted to the high camp, discussing over of the strategy.

Day 09: Climb to High Camp. Approx.5,150m.
Today begin the steep and stony walk scrambling up across the moraine slopes and
further through the boulder fields to the more level glacier and eventually to our wonderful campsite.  On route climbing to a small and inconspicuous lake to the south of the peak called Fang, crossing the stream flowing from the lake and aiming for the scree and boulder slope which lies to the east of the East Ridge of Fang. High Camp will be placed just east of the Fang on the Paldor East Glacier, in a magnificent amphitheatre of alpine scale peaks, and it takes us all morning to reach it. At night, even the glow of the lights of Kathmandu in the far away distance can be seen. Rest part of the day is sorting of climbing gear for early start to the summit of Mt. Ganesh.

Day 10-29: Summit of Paldor and return to Base Camp.
Twenty daysfor climbing expeditions to establish several camps probably 2-3 more camp before the summit bid from High Camp follow the Paldor Glacier East, without difficulty, north towards a col on the North-East Ridge (Windy Col). Crossing the bergscrund and climbing a steep snow slope to gain the col. This may be difficult, in which case ascending by the slopes to the left, climbing diagonally towards a rocky pinnacle. This can be hard ice sometime, once on the ridge, climb over several pinnacles of loose rock leading to a horizontal snow arete that narrows dramatically, following this to the foot of the final 150 metre (492feet) headwall, then ascending this on steep snow to the junction of the South-East Ridge, which may be corniced, finally continuing easily to the summit, its summit commands views stretching from Mt. Machhapuchhre in the west all the way across to the peaks of the Khumbu. Shishapangma and the brown hills of Tibet are another part of this stunning summit panorama. After spending about half an hour on the summit, reverse the route of the ascent, carefully along the narrow ridges and then down to the spaciousness of the glacier and on to the high camp. After hot drinks and a well-earned rest, continue descent tothe Base Camp.

Day 30: Trek to Pansing Bhanjyang Phedi. 3,822m / 12,540ft.  5-6 hrs.
From the base camp walking out toward Trisuli Bazaar, and retracing the ascent route to the army camp in the Mailung Khola. Walk continues down the west bank of the river and then climbing through forest to a pass on the Tiru Danda. After a brief stop here, the path leads to the meadow and huts below the pass for the overnight camp known as Pansing Bhanjyang which offers stunning view across the valley over the Khurpa Danda to the Langtang and beyond.

Day 31: Trek to Rupchet. 4,000m / 13,00ft. 5-6 hrs.
Leaving Bhanjyang behind  which is not quite “all downhill” and the path does a couple of switch backs from one side of the ridge to the other, and always offering the promise of new views as reward for the effort we’ve put in. The trekking, the views, and the extraordinary feeling of walking on air-high above the world, has to be experienced to be believed, after a dramatic descent off the end of the higher Tiru Danda, and down the rocky gullies to reach Rupchet just above the tree-line and camp at Rupchet itself.

Day 32: Trek to Saline. Approx. 2,500m. 4-5 hrs.
Today pass through the lush forests making a long descent toward the Salankhu Khola side.  Once again back amongst the people and agricultural endeavor, passing through the farm lands and small villages eventually reaching at Saline village, camp on open terrace lands close to the village.

Day 33: Trek to Deorali. Approx. 1,500m. 4-5 hrs.
Traversing through the terraced fields, crossing a steep little Pass then the colourful forests, then reaching at Boldugaon village, leaving behind this village continue zigzagging down the picturesque agricultural fields to a Deorali.  Here settle for the night.

Day 34: Trek to Trishuli Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Today heading toward Trishuli bazaar, begin descending as the path continue leading through the fields, notice changes in the vegetation increasingly tropical, with bananas, pipal and banyan trees and climate change- increasing heat. Eventually reach the thriving bazaar town of Trishuli. After lunch load up the bus and take a drive back to Kathmandu. The road twists and turns through the ridges zigzagging and sometimes climbing to reach the Luchhe Danda, then descent towards Kathmandu, reaching Kathmandu in the late afternoon, check in to the Hotel.

Day 35: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.

Day 36: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our office staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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