One of the most impressive, yet little climbed peaks is located not far from Kathmandu. The Ganesh Himal mountains rise to an elevation of 7,400 m (24,278 ft.), yet the starting point can be reached in just a short journey north of Kathmandu. These snowcapped peaks stand in stark white contrast against the incredible cobalt blue skies of northern Nepal.
In twelve days of trekking, you can see Ganesh Himal I (7401 m/24,281 ft), Ganesh Himal II (7,150 m/23,458 ft.) and Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft.) Climbing dates will vary the scenery, but each season offers great beauty as well as sa chance to meet the Gurung and Tamang people who inhabit this region. Int eh spring are beautiful forests blooming with rhododendrons while the fall offers the best views of the high mountains.
You will climb by sacred lakes, past Buddhist monasteries and remote regions. You will probably be the only foreigners in the region as the place has so few visitors. The local people will welcome you with wonderful local hospitality.
The place is also called Ruby Valley because they find commercial grade rubies in the region. The valley is one of the few undiscovered places in Nepal that has yet to benefit from the rise in tourism. You will find a land similar to what Sir Edmund Hillary found when he climbed Mt. Everest 60 years ago.
DAY 1 – Kathmandu – You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be greeted by a representative of BOCHI-BOCHI TREK and taken to your hotel where you can rest from your long flight. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner featuring traditional Nepali food and dancing.
DAY 2 – Rest in Kathmandu – Today is a good day to rest or do a little sightseeing in the city. There will be a briefing with your climbing guide as well as preparation for the climb.
DAY 3 – Kathmandu – This is the final day of preparations as you prepare for your expedition to Ganesh Himal.
DAY 4 – Kathmandu to Syabru Besi – The excusion begins today leave the city and head north to Syabru Besi. The journey travels good road for most of the way past rivers with many opportunities to see the Ganesh Himal. The journey ends at the village of Syabru Besi where there are good hotels and food.
DAY 5 – Syabru Besi to Tatopani – This is the first day of trekking. We are following along what is known as the Tamang Heritage Trail as we climb upwards from Syabru Besi. You will pass Buddhist chhortens which are stone markers along the trail. Buddhist prayer flags flap in the breeze as you walk the mountain trail. At Tatopani, we will spend the night and enjoy the hot springs that give this village its name (Tatopani is Nepali for "hot water".).
DAY 6 – Tatopani to Kharka – The second day of trekking leaves the hot springs behind as we make our way toward Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Our second stop is at Kharka where we will camp for the night. Kharka is a place where the local people use for summer pastures. These places are high in the mountains and are places where men and boys bond together while tending sheep, goats and yak.
DAY 7 – Kharka to Mul Kharka – The trail elevation rises as we move to Mul Kharka, our next summer pasture site. You can feel the alpine air as we gain elevation. It is up here at the various kharkas that the men and boys will spend entire summers in the summer pastures. The women come up here to deliver basic needs like cigarettes and a few other comforts from the lower elevations.
DAY 8 - 12– Mul Kharka to Ganesh Himal Base Camp – It is a four day trek from Mul Kharka to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The elevation continues to rise until we finally reach Base Camp (elev. 4,500 m/14,763 ft.). There is very little in the way of civilization in this area as there are no villages. We will occasionally meet some of local shepherds as they tend their flocks in the summer kharkas. There are stops along the way to acclimatize to the higher altitudes.
DAY 13 – Ganesh Himal Base Camp – Today is a day of rest, preparation and acclimatization as we prepare for the climb.
DAY 14 – 26 – Climbing Mt. Ganesh Himal I – The snow-capped peak is a brilliant white as it stands proudly against the blue sky. Named for the elephant faced god Ganesh, it is said that the mountain resembles this god of prosperity. The climb to the summit and back is 12 days. It is a shorter trip than some of the other high mountains, but it will definitely have its share of challenges.
DAY 27 – Ganesh Himal Base Camp – this is a day of rest as we return to Base Camp, stow away the climbing equipment and do our part to maintain the pristine nature of the site.
DAY 28 – 36 – Trek to Syabru Besi – We will return the way we came to the village of Syabru Besi. It will be the first real taste of civilization after being up in Ganesh Himal. Of course, we will stop and give you time to soak in the hot waters of Tatopani, as your muscles will welcome the heat. The trekking comes to a close when we reach our hotel here in Syabru Besi.
DAY 37 – Drive to Kathmandu – Today will return to Kathmandu and to your hotel for a hot shower and a good meal.
DAY 38 – 39 – Kathmandu – You are on your own to do some sightseeing in the Valley. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Valley. On the last night, enjoy a Victory celebration at a local restaurant with Nepali food, dancing and culture.
DAY 40 – Fly Home – Ah, the trip has come to a closes as a representative of BOCHI-BOCHI TREK takes you to the airport. As you reflect on the joy of your climb, remember that there are over 1,310 mountain peak over 6,000 meters in Nepal. Why not consider coming back to Nepal and climbing another one? Our staff at BOCHI-BOCHI TREKS will be glad to help you plan your next climbing expedition.