Ganesh Himal Medical Trek

Our medical trek will produce benefits in two ways:  it will promote a new tourism destination – therefore providing sustainable economic improvement in those communities we visit, as well as receiving urgently needed medical assistance;  and, for our visitors it will provide an opportunity to gain a unique insight into a the local communities that live in this hardly touched, pristine area of Nepal as well as providing some education and awareness of medical issues and treatment options.

Many 1,000’s of people trek in Nepal each year.  They come to see the mountains and experience the beauty of our landscape, but, we feel proud that our medical trek will provide an extra dimension to the trekking experience by becoming involved with the people who live in these remote areas.

Although preference will be given to medical practitioners, you are welcome to bring along a travel partner to assist as well.

Day 01 :  Arrive in Kathmandu airport
Upon arrival at Kathmandu, our local representative will meet and greet you at the airport and will assist with your transfers to your local hotel in Kathmandu. After rest look around Thamel.

Day 02 : Sight seeing in kathamndu (Hindus and Buddhist temple)
As kathamdnu is temple of the city. We take you famous Hindus temple Pasupatinath and famous Buddhistemple Buddhanath:(http://www.gotomountain.com/sightseeing_tour_in_nepal.php)   after tour back to office ,meeting with Guide and make gear ready. Overnight at Hotel.
   
Day 03 : Kathmandu - To Betrawati (8.50m), 5 hours drive.
North of Kathmandu via Trishuli Bazaar, a scenic drive on the way to Betrawati (this is a small shopping centre for local people of different communities who come from different villages in this area. We camp on the banks of a River stream)

Day 04 : Betrawati - Kispang (1850m.), 6 hours walk.
It’s a steep climb as we ascend, on the way going through villages of mix communities with cultivated farms,Sal forests. It’s a wonderful hike hereabouts till we reach the village of Kispang for the overnight.

Day 05 : Kispang –Bhalche (2150m), 2.30 hrs walk.
Half day health camp at kispang and after lunch walks to Bhalche. As we hike through vibrant Tamang villages, we interact with these friendly people & get upfront knowledge of their lifestyles & interesting culture. We also visit the village school situated towards the east of the village. There is also an old Buddhist monastery down here with stupas; on the way, we can see green cultivated vegetable farms & a wonderful cascading waterfall.

Day 06 : Bhalche - Thulo Chaur (2350m.), 3  hours walk.
Half day health camp at Bhalche after lunch walks to Chulo Chaur. It is nice green forest walk and we can also enjoy the streams and green hill. Thulo Chaur is big green ground and first night without any village we will be camping on middle of forest with open ground.

Day 07 : Thulo Chaur - Gonga (3000m.), 4 hours walk.
As our hike gets steep with the raised elevation, we walk through different forests & come across different fauna that include monkeys, wild pig r & the wild mountain goats.From gonga you can enjoy the Tibet range and langtang Himalaya range. Overnight stay at Gonga.

Day 08 : Gonga - Rupchet (3800m.), 4 hours walk.
This is the base camp of Shing La Top. We hike through deep rhododendron and pine forest, with a good chance to see the animals that include monkeys, the great Himalayan chamre of the Tibet range can be seen from the camp.

Day 09 : Rupchet - Shing La Pass (4400m.) - Wading (4000m.), 7 hours walk.
It’s a pretty long & steep hike today as we reach the higher regions. After an early morning b/fast, we head to Shing-la for amazing Mountains views: Tibet range, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna south and fishtail. With a stunning sunrise and walk to wading.

Day 10 : Wading –Samdong (3270m), 5 hrs walk.
Walk to Samdong is a nice scenic walk. It is very good for acclimatization because you are going down to Samdong.                                   .

Day 11 : Trek from Somdang to Jasta Khani /Lari (3700m.), 5 hours walk.
This day you trek gradual ascent path passing forests until you reach Paigutang Kharka. Now the trail goes steep up to Jasta Khani. On the way you cross rocky path covered by juniper. There is a zinc mine at Jasta Khani.

Day 12 : Trek from Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp (4,280m), 5 hours walk.
The path is ascending along the rocky glacier trail. While walking, you can enjoy the views of Paldor and the rock hills around you.

Day 13 : Rest day at Base camp for acclimatization.
This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Paldor summit.

Day 14 : Climb from Paldor base camp to High camp which takes about 5 hours.
The path moves through rocky glacier. The views of Paldor East and Paldor West will completely mesmerize you. Moreover, you can also enjoy the views of rocky hills and green hills all around you.

Day 15 : Summit Paldor Peak (5,896m) and come back to Base Camp; nine hours walk.
At the summit of Paldor you will be speechless by the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Sisapangma, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh I, and II, III, Manaslu and views of Tibetan mountains.

Day 16 : Trek from Base camp to Somdang which takes about; seven hours walk.
Now you walk straight downhill all the way to Paigutang Kharka and then the trail moves along gradually descending path to Somdang.

Day 17 : Trek from Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m.), 7 hours walk
To reach Narchet Kharka you trek a gradually ascending path passing through forests and green hills. The views you can enjoy are of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.

Day 18 : Trek from Narchet Kharka to Tipling (1900)  four  hours walk:
The trail you follow today is quite descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Tipling is the first village you encounter on this route. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chorten and church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stone. People living here have their distinct life styles and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables.We arrive for late lunch,after lunch health camp.

Day 19 : Tipling to  Sertung (2000) Three  hours walk
Now you have to climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross, the trails go uphill to Sertung. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome trekkers with their local culture. People living here have their distinct life styles and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables.We arrive for late lunch, after lunch health camp.

Day 20  : Trek from Sertung to Borang which takes approximately, 4 hrs walk
The early part of your trail is gently up until you arrive at small ridge. From there, you can enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal, farming terraces, a waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now you climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After you take lunch at Borang Health camp.

Day 21  :  Borang-Jharlang phedi, 5 hrs walk.
Your trail turns downhill and gradually to Jharlang phedi, where you can enjoy with natural hot spring. There is a belief that taking bath in that holy hot spring water cures all the skin diseases and prevents it from coming in the future as well.

Day 22  : Trek from Jharlang Phedi  to Kintang phedi, 6- 7 hrs walk
We begin our trek on a gradual ascendingand desending path with views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, jungle, waterfall, farming terraces and villages. Darkha is the first Brahmin village on this trek. From here you can enjoy the easy almost flat walk ankhu Aankhu, the Netwatri River and camp at bank of the river.

Day 23  : Trek from Kintang phedi to Jyamrung (Sharabensi) (900m.), 5 hours walk
our route moves along the river bank until you reach KhahareIt is shoping town for around the village.. This place is famous for magnificent views of farming terraces.We continue our hike through cool flatlands to  walk through the friendly villages where the local folks greet us warmly; we also come across nice farmlands with different vegetable.Our company has village development project here.We stay at local house to generate income for local and guest involve in daily  local life style.

Day 24  : Jyamrung (Sharabensi) Stay in a local house
We get familiar with the surroundings & the families we will be living with. We also spend our time using our skills by teaching  at our  school project, help in health project   in the village s, as we work with the local people & get involved in their daily activities; we can also go fishing, or swimming whichever you prefer. And show you all our company project for the locals.

Day 25  : Jyamrung (Sharabensi)  walk to Sukaura and drive to kathamndu. 30min walk and 6 hrs drive.
We cross the river by hanging bridge and take private bus waiting from Kathmandu .Half part of road is bumpy and half part of road is nice andblacck.it is an scenic drive.

Day26 :   Sightseeing to Bhaktipure  or visiting the fair trade project and rest of the day is shopping or free and easy.

Cost Includes

1.   Airport pick up & Drop.
2    Trekking/Climbing Guide, cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa, porters and other necessary staffs.
3.   All food (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner & Two time tea biscuit)
4.   Accommodation. (Tent & local home stay)
5.   All Camping Gear(  table, chair, Two men tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent,
      down jacket, sleeping bag, matrices, torch  light, water bottle etc)
6    Hot & Cold drinks. (Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate & Juice.).
7.   All private transportation.
8    Trekking permit AND climbing permit.
9.   All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments,
      all transport etc for     staff.
12. Down Jacket, duffel bag and down sleeping bag.
14. All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1  Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance,
    and any kind of   unforeseen & personal expenses
2. Tips for the staff (Tips is not compulsory but expected).

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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