Ganesh Himāl (Nepali: गणेश हिमाल) is a sub-range of the Himalaya located mostly in north-central Nepal, but some peaks lie on the border with Tibet. The Trisuli Gandaki valley on the east separates it from the Langtang Himal; the Budhi (Buri) Gandaki valley and the Shyar Khola valley on the west separate it from the Sringi Himal and the Mansiri Himal (home of Manaslu, the nearest 8000m peak). The range lies about 70 km north-northwest of Kathmandu.
The highest peak in the range is Yangra (Ganesh I), 7,422 m (24,350 ft). There are three other peaks over 7000 meters plus some fourteen others over 6000 meters. Ganesh Himal enjoys great vertical relief over nearby valleys, particularly Ganesh NW (see below), being closest to the Shyar Khola.
The name for the range comes from the Hindu deity Ganesha, usually depicted in the form of an elephant. In fact, the south face of Pabil (Ganesh IV) slightly resembles an elephant, with a ridge that is reminiscent of an elephant's trunk.
Names and elevations for this range differ from source to source; see the notes below the table. The least ambiguous way to refer to the different peaks would be "Ganesh NW", etc., but this is not the standard practice in the literature for this range.
Highest peaks in the Ganesh Himal
|Mountain ||Height (m) ||Height (ft)||Coordinates ||Prominence (m) ||Parent mountain||First ascent|
|Yangra (Ganesh I/Main/NE)||7,422||24,350||2,352||Manaslu||1955|
|Salasungo (Ganesh III/SE)||7,043||23,107||641||Ganesh IV||1979|
|Pabil (Ganesh IV/SW)||7,104||23,307||927||Ganesh II||1978|
- ^ The names Ganesh II, Salasungo (Ganesh III), and Pabil (Ganesh IV) are from the Finnmap They do not agree with other, older sources such as Carter or Neate (which is derived from Carter). Ohmori attests the name "Lapsang Karbo" for the southeast peak, here called Salasungo.
- ^ Heights are from the Finnmap.
- ^ Coordinates have been derived from the Finnmap by Eberhard Jurgalski.
- ^ Prominence values (except for Yangra) have been derived from the Finnmap by Eberhard Jurgalski. For Yangra, the value is from peaklist.org.
- H. Adams Carter (1985). "Classification of the Himalaya". American Alpine Journal (American Alpine Club) 27 (59): 124. Retrieved May 1, 2011.
- H. Adams Carter, 1985, loc. cit..
- Finnmap topographic map of the Ganesh Himal, produced for the Government of Nepal.
- H. Adams Carter, "Classification of the Himalaya," American Alpine Journal 1985.
- American Alpine Journal 1989, p. 210.
- Jill Neate, High Asia: An Illustrated History of the 7000 Metre Peaks. ISBN 0-89886-238-8
- Koichiro Ohmori, Over The Himalaya, Cloudcap Press (The Mountaineers), 1994.