Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Trek

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Starts at: Syarfu Beshi Ends at: Tripura Sundari
Trek Region: Ganesh Himal Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 16 Days Trip Grade: Moderate
Max Altitude: 3691 m / 12109 ft (Ganesh Himal Base Camp) Accommodation: Camping

The Ganesh Himal region is in central Nepal, located between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area, a day’s drive from Kathmandu. Blessed with geographical, cultural and biological diversity, in this area there are not only hundreds of species of precious medicinal herbs, colourful wildflowers, and more than 200 species of birds, but it is a mining area for rubies and crystals. Nepal’s well-kept secret, this area is less-trekked than some other areas.

Passing through four districts of Nepal, the route crosses Gorkha, the birthplace of modern Nepal. Here was the seat of King Prithivi Narayan Shah (1723 – 1775), who fought many wars to unify the country. This is also the homeland to the original Gurkhas. Today the area known as Ganesh Himal is home to a variety of peoples, mainly, Tamang, Gurung and Ghale in the north and Brahmin, Chhetri, Dalit, Newar and Chepang in the low elevation south.

The trek takes in two passes as well as the Thulo Dhunga Base Camp from where waterfalls, rhododendron and juniper forests and lush vegetation can be seen.

From the nearby Dobra Danda, the sight of the magnificent Ganesh Himal is spectacular and the small lakes of Kalo Kunda and Seto Kunda are unforgettable. Rubies are mined around the area of these lakes. The lakes themselves are thought to have mystical powers – being able to either bless or punish visitors.

At the third, and holy lake of Ganesh Kunda, shamans gather in large numbers during September. The views from the passes include Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu ranges, thus combining mountain vistas with passing through culturally different villages and perhaps being entertaining with traditional music from the friendly peoples.

The wildlife in this area is outstanding: musk deer, Jharal goats, wild boars, Langur monkeys, pheasants, and partridges included. And not forgetting the strange, reportedly, aphrodisiac, caterpillar-fungus, yarshagumba, which is harvested in the nearby highlands.

The Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley trek has a little of everything but a lot of adventure and unforgettable moments!

Ganesh Himal Base Camp Ruby Valley Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Syafru Beshi (Drive)

Syafru Beshi – 1550 m / 5085 ft – 8 hrs

Day 2: Syafru Beshi to Gatlang

Gatlang – 2337 m / 7667 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Gatlang to Somdang

Somdang – 3271 m / 10731 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Somdang to Pang Sang Pass Phedi

Pang Sang Pass Phedi – 3842 m / 12604 ft – 4 hrs

Day 5: Pang Sang Pass Phedi to Chalish

Chalish – 1875 m / 6151 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Chalish to Hindung

Hindung – 2402 m / 7880 ft – 4 hrs

Day 7: Hindung to Thulo Dhunga

Thulo Dhunga – 3337 m / 10948 ft – 5 hrs

Day 8: Thulo Dhunga to Ganesh Himal Base Camp

Ganesh Himal Base Camp – 3691 m / 12019 ft – 6 hrs

Day 9: Acclimatization day

Ganesh Himal Base Camp – 3691 m / 12012 ft – 6 hrs

Day 10: Base Camp to Hindung

Hindung – 2402 m / 7880 ft – 7 hrs

Day 11: Hindung to Kapur Gaon

Kapur Gaon – 1500 m / 4921 ft – 5 hrs

Day 12: Kapur Gaon to Khading Gaon

Khading Gaon – 2025 m / 6643 ft – 5 hrs

Day 13: Khading Gaon to Magne Goth

Magne Goth – 2950 m / 9678 – 5 hrs

Day 14: Magne Goth to Lapu Danda

Lapu Danda – 1250 m / 4104 ft – 6 hrs

Day 15: Lapu Danda to Ganga Jamuna

Ganga Jamuna – 950 m / 3116 ft – 6 hrs

Day 16: Ganga Jamuna to Tripura Sundari

Tripura Sundari – 850 m / 2788 ft – 5 hrs

Day 17: Tripura Sundari to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 7 hrs

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  • 16 nights accommodation in tents
  • Guide for 17 days
  • Porter for 17 days
  • Required number of porters for 17 days
  • Kathmandu Syafru Beshi local bus
  • Ganga Jamuna Kathmandu local bus
  • Langtang national park entry permit
  • Trekker information management system card
  • 17 x breakfast, 17 x lunch and 16 x dinner while on trek
  • Private Jeep USD 370 (Optional)
  • Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu

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