Ganesh Himal

The Ganesh Himal, a subrange of the grand Himalayas, is primarily situated in north-central Nepal with a few peaks extending towards the Tibetan border. Named after the Hindu god Ganesha, who is often depicted as an elephant, the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) seems to resemble an elephant with a ridge that appears like its trunk.

Towering at 7,422 meters (24,350 feet), Yangra (also known as Ganesh I) is the tallest peak in the Ganesh Himal range. This range also contains three additional peaks exceeding 7,000 meters and about fourteen peaks surpassing 6,000 meters. The Ganesh Himal range is particularly celebrated for its striking vertical relief over neighboring valleys, most notably Ganesh NW.

This impressive range is separated from Langtang Himal by the Trisuli Gandaki Valley to the east and from Sringi Himal and Mansiri Himal (home to Manaslu, the closest 8,000-meter peak) by the Budhi (Buri) Gandaki Valley and Shyar Khola valley to the west. Situated approximately 70 km north-northwest of Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu.

On October 6th, 1955, a team including renowned guide Raymond Lambert, Pierre Vittoz, Eric Gauchar—all hailing from Switzerland—and French Mme. Claude Kogan successfully completed the first ascent of Ganesh I.