Ganesh Himal mountain range. Peaks (left to right): unnamed peak (6250 m), Ganesh-II, Pabil, Salasungo
|Elevation||7,422 m (24,350 ft) |
|Borders on||Langtang Himal, Sringi Himal and Mansiri Himal|
Ganesh Himāl (Nepali: गणेश हिमाल) is a sub-range of the Himalayas 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 metres plus some fourteen others over 6000 metres. 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.
First ascent of Ganesh I happened on October 6th, 1955. Summit group was conformed by famous guide Raymond Lambert, Pierre Vittoz, Eric Gauchar, all of them Swiss, and French Mme. Claude Kogan.
|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.
- "Tibet Ultra-Prominences". peaklist.org. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- H. Adams Carter (1985). "Classification of the Himalaya" (PDF). American Alpine Journal. American Alpine Club. 27 (59): 124. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
- "H. Adams Carter, 1985, loc. cit." (PDF).
- "American Alpine Journal 1956". AAJO. American Alpine Club. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
- 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.
- Neate, Jill (1989). High Asia: An Illustrated History of the 7000 Metre Peaks. The Mountaineers. ISBN 978-0898862386.
- Ohmori, Koichiro (1994). Over The Himalaya. Cloudcap Press (The Mountaineers). ISBN 978-0938567370.