Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek - 14 Days

Good to Know
  • Duration 14 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts/Ends Kathamandu to Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-10
  • Max. Altitude 4600 M.
  • Best Season March, April, May and September, October, November

Highlights

  • A new off-beaten trekking trail

  • Etheral views of Ganesh, Manaslu, Langtang, Paldor Lapsanga, Hiunchuli, etc.

  • Cross one of the mountain passes, Sing La Pass, at an altitude of 4,050 m.

  • Cultural immersion in the different ethnic communities of Tamanga and Chhetri

  • Astonishing views of Manaslu, Langtang, the Ganesh Himal range, and many others

Ganesh Himal lies to the west of the Langtang Himal (on the north of Kathmandu, just on the south of the Tibetan border) and east of the Manasulu range. The Langtang region has seven peaks, each with its own distinctive features, which stretch between the Trisuli and Budhhi Gandaki rivers. The mountains of the Langtang region extend so far into the sky that they are visible even from the hustling and bustling capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. The whole area encompassed by the Langtang region to trek Ganesh Himal Singla Pass is stunning and precious to simply living Himalayan life, which offers peaceful yet varied trekking experiences.

In our Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek, you will have an exclusive face-to-face with the main Ganesh Himal peak and those other massive Langtang Himalayan ranges by passing through several alluring villages, hot spas, gorges, glaciers, and surreal untamed wildlife that shows prime examples of temperate and sub-alpine vegetation. The dense oak and pine woods on the trails stand out as a peculiar highlight of the trek, with spectacularly blooming rhododendrons displaying multiple magical colors during the spring in the isolated region inhabited largely by the ethnic group Tamang, whose religious practices, language, and dress are quite similar to their northern neighbors in Tibet.

The trekking course begins from Trisuli Bazaar, in the semitropical sun, and goes up to a fairly high elevation with a close-up view of Ganesh Himal (7,163 m). During the trek, you will be at the highest elevation above 4,000 m, and after crossing over two passes, the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trail descends back to Syabrubesi. Therefore, the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek is a relatively less-visited trekking route in Nepal that offers a pristine and off-the-beaten-path adventure. It is a unique cultural experience that encircles the majestic Ganesh Himal over the Singla Pass, providing jaw-dropping views that will forever captivate your memory.

Thus, the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek is a rare intimate acquaintance with the Himalayas of Nepal in the extreme serenity of the remote valley’s landscapes, terrains, and surroundings, which not only offer intriguing mountain vistas but also the organic cultures and traditions of several indigenous communities of the country, making it a memorable adventure for trekkers looking to delve into the less crowded trekking destinations.

Why trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

Trekking the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass offers an authentic blend of natural beauty with cultural immersion and adventure in solitude, which is appalling among the trekkers looking for something new and thrilling to do in their lives on the off-beaten path in Nepal.

Here are some predominant reasons why you might want to consider trekking in Singla Pass:

Off-the-beaten-path (Itinerary)

The Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek is comparatively a less-trodden trekking path in Nepal that takes you away from crowded routes. It is an excellent choice for travelers looking for a trek in the rural region while enjoying the serenity of Himalayan beauty without much of the hustle and bustle of larger groups.

If you are looking for a trek in a less touristy and more natural and cultural region, this trek is just for you! The actual duration may vary based on your pace and the condition of the trails. Nonetheless, our 14-day Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trekking itinerary includes the major highlights and all the attributes to be called a perfect Himalayan trekking holiday in Nepal.

The daily schedule while trekking in the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass is mentioned in the itinerary section; make sure to go through it in detail. We are sure you will love how incredible your trek is going to be in the mythical Ganesh Himal region.

Scenic Beauty

The Ganesh Himal region is known by naturalists for some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Ganesh Himal ranges, including Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV. The trek here also provides amazing landscapes involving lush green valleys, alpine meadows, and roaring rivers.

Cultural Immersion

In the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek, you will hike through numerous remote villages populated by indigenous groups like Tamang, Gurung, and Ghale, which offers extensive aesthetic and cultural experiences while interacting with the locals, learning about their traditions, and enjoying the warm hospitality of these mountain communities.

Nature and wildlife

The Ganesh Himal region is rich in biodiversity. So, trekking in the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass is a significant draw for nature enthusiasts to spot diverse species of birds, wildlife, and a variety of plant life, including rhododendron forests in bloom in the right season.

Lovely Homestays

The trekking in the Singla Pass often involves staying a few days in local homestays or a tea house, which allows you to completely immerse yourself in the typical Nepali culture while savoring local meals, sharing life events with your host, and gaining a precise observation into the everyday lives of the people living in the Himalayas.

Breathtaking waterfalls and rivers

Along the trek, you’ll come across several waterfalls and rivers that flow straight out from the mountain glacial in the purest when the sound of rushing water and verdant surroundings make for a more serene and refreshing trekking experience in the Ganesh Himal trek.

Singla Pass

One of the major highlights of the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek is undoubtedly crossing the Singla Pass (4,050 m/13,287.4 ft) with a few ascents and descents, which offers panoramic views of the Ganesh Himal range and the nearby valleys, which makes this trek slightly physically and mentally challenging yet most rewarding with a sense of accomplishment.

Challenging Terrain

The trekking route of Ganesh Himal Singla Pass possesses every single quality to meet the requirements of every trekker, from beginners to experienced. Although known as a moderately challenging trail, it does involve some terrain, with a steep uphill and descents as an adventurous element.

In short, it is a trek that demands good physical condition and provides the grandest reward!

Trek Ganesh Himal Singla Pass for a wonderful experience of culture, nature, and adventure.

Trekking the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass is indeed a must-do for anyone looking for a well-rounded, fantastic experience that combines culture, nature, and adventure in a less-visited and unspoiled part of Nepal. It is the ultimate opportunity to engage with native communities, witness admirable landscapes, and test yourself in the serenity of the Himalayas.

It is worth noting that while the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek is a gratifying and thrilling mountainous experience, it also requires good preparation and physical fitness due to its grueling, remote nature and challenging terrain.

Being with a local guide is advisable for safety and full enjoyment of the culture and environment of the region while trekking.

 Group discount cost for Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek

The cost of trekking in Nepal differs widely and is determined by quite a few factors, such as the season of trekking, the number of days, the services you have chosen, and whether you hire a guide and porter.

Despite that, to trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass, we are offering:

  • 2-3 pax on USD 1,375
  • 4-6 pax on USD 1,275
  • 7-10 pax on USD 1375

As you can see, the price varies by group size, and Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks is providing exclusive group discounts that many might not!

How do you prepare yourself to trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

Beforehand preparedness for the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek is essential to ensure a safe, sound, and enjoyable trekking experience, as the trail consists of arduous terrain and high altitudes. Here are some steps to help you prepare:

Physical Fitness

  • Start a regular fitness regimen a month prior to your trek, focusing mainly on cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and flexibility exercises.

  • Incorporate uphill and downhill hiking in your hometown to simulate trekking conditions.

Altitude Acclimatization

Acclimatization is crucial to mitigating the chances of altitude sickness. Therefore,

  • Separate a couple of days of stay in Kathmandu or a nearby lower-elevation location before beginning your trek.

  • While trekking, make sure to follow a gradual ascent and include ample acclimatization days as recommended by the trekking guide.

What to pack to trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

Packing to trek in Nepal requires careful consideration of essential items to assure your safety, comfort, and convenience to make the most of the trek. So, try to keep your pack as light as possible, as you’ll be carrying it throughout the trek, while keeping in mind that some items, such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, and down jackets, can often be purchased or rented in Kathmandu.

Remember to check the weather conditions and season-specific requirements before finalizing your packing, which must include essentials like warm clothes that are light in weight and quickly drying suitable for layering, rain gear, a first aid kit, toiletries, headlamps, a fit and comfortable backpack, and trekking boots.

Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at the terminal gate of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, representatives of ‘Adventure Himalayan Travels’ will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.

Meet your guide and crew mates over a complimentary dinner in the hotel in the evening for a brief trip session! 

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel

On this day, you will visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley of Kathmandu. They are all of cultural, religious, and historical significance, centered in the capital city of Nepal.

The Pashupatinath Temple is considered to be the most sacred among others. The Swyambhunath and Boudhnath are major Buddhist pilgrimages and ancient religious monuments.

At last, you will take a nice walk in the tricky alleyways of the trilogy of the historic Durbar Squares: Patan, Basantapur (Kathmandu), and Bhaktapur.

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast

On the third day, you will drive forward to Salagkhu Khola from Kathmandu after an early morning breakfast.

You will have lunch on the way to Trisuli and take a short walk of 3 hours, enjoying nature, to reach the Trisuli Bazaar to stay for the night.

  • AccommodationLocal Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Today, you will begin your first trek to arrive at Deurali Bhanjyang (a village inhabited by multiple ethnic groups, 1,700 m) after departing from Trisuli Bazaar, crossing a suspension bridge over the Samari Khola.

The hike this day is around terraced rice farms, passing through numerous tiny settlements on the way along.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsAll Three Meals
  • Max. Altitude1,700 m

On the 5th day, you will head to Bhaisi Kharaka from Deurali to stay overnight. En route, you will get to witness a beautiful Salme Village in a short walk that eventually leads you to the destination of the day.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,300 m

After having breakfast in Bhaisi Kharka, you will march forward through the bamboo, rhododendron, and pine forests to ascend to Kharani Odar at an elevation of 2,800 m to call it a day.

Throughout the course, you will get to encounter several wildlife and species of birds to keep you company.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,800 m

It is a special day as you ascend to Singla Pass at an altitude of 4,600 m, the highest viewpoint of the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass from Kharani Odar.

To access this mountain pass, you will wake up quite early in the morning, have breakfast, and follow dense forests. By doing so, you will gradually be in a high alpine environment with a snow-capped mountain in each direction, as you are now very close to Ganesh Himal.

  • AccommodationTent at Singla Pass
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,600 m

What a superb morning to wake up with glorious mountain views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal!

This morning, you will rise to the majestic views of the mountains and start to trek to Pongsang (3,800 m) from Singla Pass.

The trek begins with a descent from Singla after breakfast and makes it to Pongsang.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude4,600 m

Though you will be descending the next day, it is your acclimatization day by exploring surroundings to adapt to the higher altitude, which helps the tired body relax.

You will begin the observation and exploration right after lunch and take a rest at the camp at Pongsang Pass at the end of the day.

  • AccommodationCamping Tent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,800 m

Now, you will set your steps to get to Somdang Phedi (3,300 m) with a downhill walk. When you pass through the valley on the trail, you will get a supreme view of the Mailung Khola, and after all, you will be at Somdang Phedi amidst rolling hills and mountain peaks.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,800 m

Today, you will head towards the pathway of Somdang that leads to Yuri Kharka. Continuing the trek, you will move through the thick forest and small villages to make it to Gotlang after a few hours and stay overnight.

  • AccommodationTent
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,300 m

On the present day, you will hike through Tamang villages between Gotlang and Syabrubesi (1,400 m) and stay overnight at a local guest house in Syabrubesi.

  • AccommodationLocal Guest House
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,800 m

On the 13th day of your trek, you will return to Kathmandu by bus from Syabrubesi while relishing the scenic drive and being transferred to the hotel.

At the hotel, you will get plenty of time to rest, freshen up, and stay for the night!

  • Accommodation3 star Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast- Lunch-Farewell dinner

During your last day in Nepal, our team member will assist you with packing and transporting you to the airport. 

We hope you enjoyed your trek with us and look forward to seeing you again!

Thank you for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels.

  • MealsBreakfast

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Route Map
Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek - 14 Days Map
What's Included
Includes
  • 10 nights and 11 days of food and accommodation during the trek with a tent
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Trishuli Bazaar and from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu after the trek
  • English-speaking local expert Sherpa guide, porters, and helper
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
  • Langtang National Park entry fee
  • Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu and breakfast
  • Airport transfers and escorts
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Equipment and clothing for porters and staff
  • Trekking accessories like sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter, etc.
  • Camping essentials (tent, mattress, and other equipment)
  • Insurance for all staff and porters
  • Trekking achievement certificate
  • Adventure Himalayan T-Shirt
Excludes
  • Nepal visa: multiple entries for 30 days; USD 50 (details on the Visa Page)
  • International flights and all domestic airfare
  • Insurance for clients (i.e., helicopter evacuation for medical emergencies, etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner during the hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Hot showers and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
  • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of the itinerary
  • Personal gear and clothing (available for hire)
  • Tips
  • Any expenses incurred in an emergency evacuation or road block due to any reason
  • Table drinks and snacks while walking
Dates and Prices
Date PriceAvailability 
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 22, 2024End DateEnds: SundayAug 04, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Start DateStarts: MondayJul 29, 2024End DateEnds: SundayAug 11, 2024PricePriceUS$1375StatusStatusAvailable
Useful Info

Which is the best season to trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

The best season to trek in the Ganesh Himal region is typically autumn and spring. During these seasons, the weather is mostly stable and favorable for a successful trek over the high pass, Singla Pass, and to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Ganesh Himal range and other surrounding peaks.

Autumn (September–November)

This season is considered the best time for trekking in the Ganesh Himal region when the weather is calm and temperatures are moderate. The skies at this time are often clear, offering exceptional visibility of the mountains and landscapes.

During the day, the trekking is usually comfortable on the dry, lush greenery trail passing through a forest still vibrant due to monsoon rains. However, nights start to get colder at higher altitudes, so warm clothing is essential.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is another great time to trek the Ganesh Himal area when the temperatures are just starting to warm up and the rhododendron forests burst into bloom, adding lively colors to the terrain and landscapes. So, it is also known as the season to witness the local flora and fauna coming to life after the freezing winter.

The skies are generally fair, and the trekking trail is in good condition. The weather, on the other hand, is also pleasing during the day, although quite chilly at the higher elevations.

Trekking in other seasons, such as winter (December to February) or the monsoon season (June to August), can be challenging due to extreme cold, heavy snow dumping, or rain and is not advised for inexperienced trekkers.

Despite this, it is a good idea to check local conditions and consult with experienced guides, as their extensive knowledge of trekking in Nepal can make a successful trek even in the months of winter and summer.

What are the foods like in the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

It is important to understand that the food options available during a trek to Ganesh Himal Singla Pass may vary along the trekking route, and as you gain altitude, the menu becomes more limited, which can be very basic due to its underdeveloped infrastructure.

Additionally, as the area is rural, food prices tend to increase and get higher than in more accessible regions of Nepal, which rely on teahouses and local lodges for meals that seem to be simpler yet nourishing. Trekkers are highly encouraged to carry some snacks and energy bars as a supplement, especially during the long distance between settlements.

Lastly, here are some typical foods you might encounter during your trek:

  • Dal Bhat
  • Noodles
  • Potatoes
  • Bread
  • Soup
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Snacks
  • Beverages

Condition of Accommodation in the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass Trek

Similar to the food options on the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass trek, the accommodations are also generally basic and limited due to the remote nature of the region. Although it may not be luxurious, the local teahouses and lodges address all the essential needs of the trekkers to rest and rejuvenate after a day of hiking. The charm of staying in teahouses with the native host also lies in the opportunity to connect with local people and experience the culture of the region.

The travelers must be prepared for the rustic condition of the accommodation, which may not offer the same level of comfort and amenities as more popular trekking destinations in Nepal, and make sure to carry warm clothes, sleeping bags, and realistic expectations.

Trek Difficulty

The Ganesh Himal trek is considered to be of classic moderate to challenging difficulty. That is, it is not as strenuous as some of the more famous treks in Nepal, like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit treks, but it does associate an equal amount of uphill and downhill walking in correspondence to the change in altitude.

The trek can be physically more challenging when you’re not accustomed to hiking at higher elevations and not with licensed tour and travel operators.

Overall, the difficulty level of the Ganesh Himal trek can vary depending on different factors, such as your experience, physical fitness, and specific routes.

Permits to trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass

To trek the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass, you must grab TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) and a Langtang National Park entry permit card.

So, make sure to obtain a TIMS card from the TIMS checkpost in Pokhara, the offices of the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and the permit from the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu, before heading for your trek.

The cost of the Langtang National Park is USD 30 (NPR 3,000) per person, which is around USD 12 (NPR 1,500) including VAT for residents of the SAARC countries, payable in Nepali currency only.

Whereas, the TIMS card charges you NPR 2,000 for each person per entry.

Note: The permit requirements and fees can change over time, and some areas might have different regulations. Therefore, it is a wise idea to hire a local guide or trekking agency who can assist you with the necessary permit cards. Additionally, make sure to verify the latest information from the Nepali government or a reliable source.

Why hire a guide to trek in Ganesh Himal Singla Pass?

Hiring a guide from the locals of the Himalayas to trek in the Himalayan region, including Ganesh Himal Singla Pass, offers several advantages and enhances your overall trekking experience.

Their regional knowledge, expertise, logistic support, cultural insight, and environmental responsibility secure a comfortable trek even in the arduous terrains of remote areas.

Trekking guides in Nepal facilitate good communication in case of emergency injuries or medical needs, crushing the language barrier amidst the host of trek routes and trekkers.

In addition, Nepal has banned solo or independent travelers since April 1st, 2023. Each traveler or trekking enthusiast must be accompanied by at least one licensed guide or porter to walk Nepal’s trekking regions to ensure safety and a successful trek.

How much does it cost to hire a guide to Trek Ganesh Himal?

The cost of hiring a mountain guide in Nepal varies widely depending on factors such as the region and duration of the trek and the level of experience and qualifications of the guide.

The common trait you will find among the guides in Nepal is that 99% of them are fluent English speakers and have spent years on the field to finally navigate the trekking routes.

As per the charge of guides to trek the Ganesh Himal Singal Pass, you can hire one of the top-quality guides at a cost of just USD 25 to USD 30 for a day.

Travel insurance to trek Ganesh Himal

If you are thinking of trekking in the Ganesh Himal Singla Pass region or any other countryside area in Nepal, it is always recommended to get comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities as they involve some level of risk, including altitude-related illness, injuries, and unpredictable Himalayan accidents.

Travel insurance provides you with financial protection and assists you in emergencies. So, you must make sure that your insurance policy has coverage for high altitude, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation and interruption, accidental injury, loss of belonging, emergency assistance, and sports coverage.

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