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Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
reserve your preferred day.
 

Ganesh Himal Trek 12 Days

Named after the elephant-headed God of Good Fortune, Ganesh Himal offers spectacular views, untouched natural splendor and wild but friendly habitations. It can clearly be seen from the Kathmandu Valley. The Ganesh Range Peaks stands out, crystal-like, a "Great Himalayan Chain" forming the skyline. This great Himalayan massif is located between the valley of the Buri Gandaki in the west and Bhote Koshi in the east, which becomes Trishuli Khola in the lower section.

Description
Trip length:
12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● Visit a place with untouched nature and a less touristy trek
● Be close to local people and share the different way of life style
● Spectacular Mountain Views
● Sleep in tents at spots with beautiful scenery
Locations Visited:
● Gonga
● Rupchet
● Singla
● Pangsang La
● Somdang
Start City:
Kathmandu
End City:
Kathmandu
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Local Bus,walking
Type of Accommodation:
Tents
Tour departure day(s):
Every day
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Minimum 1* and maximum 8 participants
*Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but price is higher and we cannot guarantee more participants on the tour.
Children Policy:
Child age: Same price as adults
This tour is not recommended for: Children under 12 years old
Included in Price:
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners; Boiled water for drinking while on trek
Accommodation: 11 nights in tent/camp with sleeping mattresses, sleeping bag and down jacket included
Entrance fees: Trekking permits
Transport: Local transportation to/from trek
English speaking tour guide: Trekking crew, local guide, porter(s)
Excluded From Price:
● Client's personal expenses (such as laundry, phone calls, cigarettes, bar bills/soft drinks /mineral water, extra snacks on the way etc)
● Client’s personal items such as medications, clothing and equipment.
● Comprehensive travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation from remote mountain locations as well as the standard cover like trip cancellation, lost baggage etc.
● Any unforeseen expenses due to delays or diversions due to events outside the operators control, for example landslides or strikes
All other expenses not stated as included in the above.
Travel season:
Nepal has the widest altitude range of any country on the earth. Each altitude has its own weather, from tropical heat to Arctic cold. In the main trekking seasons in the spring (March/April) and autumn (October/November), the weather is generally stable and even the high passes may be free of snow and relatively easy to traverse at times. But beware, you are heading into the World’s highest mountain range and be prepared for changes of temperature and weather. And though this period is generally expected to be dry, as everywhere, rainfall and gloomy weather may occur making the mountains less visible. Not least, sudden snow may be experienced at high altitudes blocking the trail and bringing with it freezing temperatures.

The monsoon season roughly starts mid-May/June and runs to the end of August. During this period rainfall and muddy trails may be expected and the possibility to see mountains is less as compared to the main trekking seasons. Travelers who value greenery and quiet environments will love traveling during monsoon season. We recommend the Upper Mustang area in the monsoon season due to it being relatively shaded from rain during June-August.
Essential to bring:
● Warm sweater
● Jackets
● Trousers
● Sunscreen
● Good walking boots

Day 1: Kathmandu drive to Sole Bazaar
Go by bus from Katmandu to Sole Bazaar (approx. 5 hours drive). Sole Bazaar is a small village where you may experience a diverse and exciting culture. Enjoy your first night in your tent, under the stars next to the river bank.
Driving time: approx. 5 hours (Kathmandu to Sole Bazaar )
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Sole Bazaar 700m

Day 2: Sole Bazaar - Kispang
You wake up in the outdoors and get ready for the first walking day of your trek. From Sole Bazaar you walk approx. 3,5 hours up to the village Satdabato. From here it is another 3 horus walk to Kispang, where you will spend the night. Enjoy your walk through villages of mixed ethnic groups living together and enjoy the stunning rural scenery on this day.
Trekking time: approx 6-7 hours
Heights: Kispang 1900m

Day 3: Kispang - Gonga
This morning you have a hard starter with a 3 hours ascent. This is followed by more gradual uphill through rhododendron forest, which is the national flower of Nepal. If you are here in Spring you will see the blooms; stunning trekking! Tonight you camp at Gonga, from where you can see Langtang Lirung and Gosainkunda Mountain ranges.
Trekking time: approx 6-7 hours
Heights: Gonga 2800m

Day 4: Gonga - Rupchet
Another uphill walk for about 5 hours through rhododendron forest takes you to Rupchet. Tonight you stay in an alpine area with stunning views of the Langtang mountain range from the door of your tent.
Trekking time: approx 5 hours
Heights: Rupchet 3600m

Day 5: Rest day in Rupchet
Today is for resting to let your body acclimatize. If you feel great, then it's also a chance for some exploring.

Day 6: Rupchet - Sing La - Larkap
Get your camera ready for the spectacular mountain views from Sing La (pass), from where we can see peaks over 8,000 metres. From Rupchet we trek steeply up hill for 2 hours to Sing La pass from where you will have a incredible views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Fishtail, Langtang range, Gosainkunda range, Tibetan range and more. After the pass you have a down hill trek for about one hour to Larkap.
Trekking time: approx 5-6 hours
Heights: Sing La 4100m, Larkap 3700m

Day 7: Larkap - Pangsang La
This morning you have a good uphill walk to Pangsang La and the trail levels out through the rhododendron forest. You can enjoy a full day of mountain views while walking from Larkap – this is a great day of trekking!
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Heights: Pangsang La 3800m

Day 8: Pangsang La - Somdang
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we will set up downhill and level walk. The Rhododendron, Pine and other vegetations will be with us throughout the whole day. We can also have good looks of Ganesh and Paldor Himal. We will be at Somdang, a small Tamang Village, till the evening.
Trekking time: approx 4-5 hours
Heights: Somdang 3200m

Day 9: Somdang - Chauri Thala
Today's trek will take you through forrests and offer you splendid views of the mountains
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Height: 2.600 M (Chauri Thala)

Day 10: Chauri Thala - Mailung
Through forrests and fields you will trek to the Tamang village Mailung, which is situated nicely next to a river bed.
Trekking time: approx 6 hours
Heights: 1.200 M (Mailung)

Day 11: Mailung - Pairobensi
Today's trek will be along the Trisuli river to Pairobensi.
Walking: approx 4 Hours
Height: 800 M Pairobensi

Day 12: Pairobensi - Kathmandu
Today you bid farewell to the stunning mountains of the Ganesh Himal region and drive back to Kathmandu. It will take around 5 hours drive on a wild mountain road.
Driving time: approx 5 Hours

All nights will be camping in tents.

General Information

NEED TO KNOW

Acting Responsible - Arrival Information - Child Explorers - Emergency Contact - Expect the Unexpected - Feedback - Guides - Health and Fitness - Luggage Storage - Optional Activities - Running Late? - Safety and Security - The Law and "the Man"- Travel Documents and Visas - Travel Insurance - Weather

NICE TO KNOW

Additional Expenditures - Departure Tax - Keeping in Touch - Meals - Money - Respectful Dress - Share your Explorations… - Tipping - What to bring

Need to know

Acting Responsible

Travelling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it.

Arrival Information

If you have booked an arrival package you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport, train- or bus station with a Visit Beyond sign and your name. In emergency cases please call Mr. Sumit on +977-9851167070. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Should your plane be delayed, please contact us immediately. Any additional cost you may incur to get to your destination is at your own expense.

Child Explorers

Visit Beyond welcomes travellers of all ages but some tours are more suitable for children than others. Please make yourself aware of children rules under each tour and determine if a given trip is suitable for your family. An adult must accompany children and young people under the age of 18. An adult is defined as anyone aged 18 or above. All enquiries with respect to children are subject to review and approval by Visit Beyond. Visit Beyond reserves the right to restrict the number of travellers under the age of 18 on tours to secure optimal operation.

Please note, that the above refers to child travellers only and not to child prices. These may be seen under each individual tour, if applicable.

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s Nepal office can be reached on Tel: +977-014700563/4700066. For further contact details please use the following page: http://visitbeyond.com/contact-us

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out there, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however way they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our manager. Note also that Visit Beyond trips are likely to offer circumstances that involve risks and by booking a tour with Visit Beyond, you acknowledge and accept any and all risk associated herewith.

This said, please expect and appreciate the unexpected. We try to bring you closer to local life and here English may not always be spoken and despite a global world, cultural differences still greatly exists. You will get a much better experience if you bring an open mind, a great smile, patience and willingness to meet the locals at eyelevel.

Feedback

How do you find your Visit Beyond experience? We would love to hear from you and always welcome constructive feedback. Please contact us on the following addresses: http://visitbeyond.com/contact-us

In the event of discrepancies or dissatisfaction, please file the complaint to your guide as soon as it arises. Doing so, we have a better chance of meeting your needs instantly and ensure you get a good experience. Note that you waive any complaints if you cannot reasonably demonstrate that the complaint was made immediately.

If you, contrary to expectation, remain unsatisfied then please file a written complaint to your travel consultant through which you have booked the service. This must be done within 15 days of the end of the service. Visit Beyond will not accept any liability for claims received after this period.

Guides

Visit Beyond provides experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. We encourage you to ask all the questions you may have.

Health and Fitness

For all tours, please closely read the itinerary and note the physical rating to decide if you are fit to participate. As a general rule of thumb and to get the most out of your trip, we recommend a good physical health and if in doubt, consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/herself or to the group.

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require.

If you suffer from any conditions, physical, mental or otherwise, you are obligated to notify Visit Beyond in writing prior to booking. Visit Beyond reserves the right to decline a booking if said conditions pose a danger. Likewise, failure to notify Visit Beyond of any such condition may result in your denial of travel. Similarly, travellers should be aware that Asian countries have medical standards and facilities that may vary greatly from what you are used to in your home country. Women who are or think they may be pregnant must consult a physician before engaging in any activity with Visit Beyond or before booking any trips. Any person who is concerned about their ability to travel should contact Visit Beyond and will then be recommended a trip suitable for these specific needs (if available).

Special Health & Fitness for diving:

Before you begin your dive course, you must complete a medical test. If you suffer, or have suffered, from asthma, hay fever or allergies, you must bring a doctors certificate stating that you are physically capable of withstanding the kind of strain that diving may cause. We recommend that you obtain a doctors certificate in advance in case you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned diseases.

Luggage Storage

Visit Beyond provides luggage storage at all of our service offices, both for the day and if you go on a tour for several days. When going on a tour and you come back to our office, we recommend that you only bring what is needed for the tour and leave larger bags behind. Not only will this make it more convenient for you, but also allow for better and easier commuting.

Optional Activities

On some of our tours, there may be free time and/or options for additional activities. These are not included in the tour and do not form a contract. Visit Beyond is not responsible for anything that may arise from a traveller taking part in optional activities. Optional activities are undertaken at the cost of the traveller.

Running Late?

Please always respect the departure times when stated in itinerary. These are carefully considered to ensure you the most comfortable journey and to ensure you make opening times where applicable. In case you, contrary to expectations, are running late for a tour departure, please use the contact details on the front of your voucher to alert Visit Beyond. If we do not hear from you the tour will depart at latest 15 minutes after stated departure time and no refund will be given in case you miss the departure.

Safety and Security

Most national governments provide updated advice services on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you stay updated on your government's advice for the latest travel information – before departure and while on the road.

Visit Beyond endeavours to conduct its operations safely and your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. However, Visit Beyond is not liable to you in the event of injury, death, financial loss or any other damages incurred as a result of Force Majeure, e.g., political turmoil, riots, war, landslides, flooding, etc. Visit Beyond requires you to carry insurance that covers such unforeseeable circumstances.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking and water based activities such as swimming, snorkeling and diving inherently holds an element of danger and excitement. While we take every precaution to ensure these are carried out in agreement with operating standards, please have a balanced approach to safety and note that participation will always be at your own risk.

The Law and "the Man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. This goes even though it may be common among certain communities we visit. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by life imprisonment in Nepal. Visit Beyond and guides reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

Travel Documents and Visas

Note that most nationalities are required to obtain visas for travelling to certain countries in Asia. You are yourself responsible for obtaining valid visa to enter Nepal if needed. Consult your embassy’s website in the destination country or the destination’s embassy website in their country for the latest visa requirements. If you are in doubt of who to contact, please feel free to send us an email: nepal@visitbeyond.com Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions in regards to visa rules.

Travel Insurance

Valid personal travel insurance is a prerequisite to participate in any activity or tour organised by Visit Beyond. It should as a minimum, but not exclusively, cover medical expenses, personal injury, repatriation and evacuation. Further amendments to your policy, such as trip cancellation, and loss of luggage and personal effect are not required, but strongly encouraged. Visit Beyond will not be held liable for lost or stolen luggage and reserves the right to deny participation in any activity or tour if you do not hold valid travel insurance. You must be able to provide proof of insurance if requested by Visit Beyond or any of its representatives.

Weather

Visit Beyond operates trips in Nepal throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our travellers.

Nice to know

Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. Are meals included? How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs do you intend to bring home? Remember to include tips in your calculations and we also recommend keeping an emergency fund for unforeseen circumstances beyond our and your control.

Departure Tax:

There is no departure tax at Tribhuvan International Airport at present time; however we recommend that you always recheck before leaving for the airport. This due to said information being subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

Keeping in Touch

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies.

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Nepali food. When meals are not included, your guide will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Your guide will normally order a variety of dishes to sample. Notify your tour leader of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Money

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout Nepal. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank – not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. You might also consider bringing a spare card in case one gets stolen. Remember to keep them separated. We recommend you bring some spare cash in USD in case of emergency.

Respectful Dress

Remember that dressing is generally conservative throughout Asia – especially outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants that cover the legs in temples and religious sites.

Share your Explorations…

…With your loved ones and fellow travellers. Had a beyond ordinary experience? Challenged your personal boundaries or just shared a beautiful moment despite cultural differences?

Post pictures and impressions on Facebook.com/VisitBeyond and/or share with the hashtag #VisitBeyond

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Tipping is expected but not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Most of the restaurants often levy a 10% service charge on the bill. Additional tipping is at your discretion

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen:

Tea House trek – CLICK HERE

Camping trek – CLICK HERE

Mera Peak – CLICK HERE

Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities and we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack.

What you plan to bring we will leave up to you, but generally remember all your travel documents and keep a copy of your passport as well as your travel insurance card on you at all times. Give priority to lightweight and fast drying clothes just as long sleeved shirts and trousers are recommended for trekking and chilly evenings. If you are travelling in the rainy season, remember umbrella or waterproof shield. Lastly respect local culture and bring appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites. You might also find it useful to bring a phrase book – just a couple of words in the local language will give you tremendous credit.

Validity:

The above has been written in good faith and every effort has been made to accurately reflect Visit Beyond’s policies. It should be seen as general guidelines and information provided as a service to the traveller. Visit Beyond cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or unintentional misrepresentation that may appear in this document or on its website. The Client solely bares the responsibility for staying updated on travel requirements, rules and regulations at any time. Updated 24th Jun 2014.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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