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Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek

View of Naya Kanga Peak from Ganjala Pass

Overview

Trip Highlights;
  • Exploration of Langtang Valley at the Central Himalayan region of Nepal and Experience the unique Bon po religion and Tibetan Buddhist Culture.
  • Hike up to Tserko Ri above 5000 meters for magnificent views of surrounding high mountains within Langtang Himalayan Ranges and beyond.
  • Crossing of the most difficult and challenging - Ganja La Pass at 5122 meters
  • Magnificent views of Langtang Himalayan Ranges including Langtang Lirung 7425m, Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m), Dorje Lakpa 6980m, Gangchempo 6387m,  Naya-Kanga 5846m, Jugal Himal 6080m and other surrounding snow capped peaks.
Trip Introduction;
Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek with Nepal Guide Treks is a perfect way to explore the cultural and natural wonders of famous Langtang Valley and cross one of the difficult and challenging passes of the world - Ganja La Pass at 5122 meters. The trekking trip includes a hike up to Tserko Ri from Kyangjin Gompa for magnificent views of beautiful valleys and chains of high mountains within the Langtang Himalayan Range. However, the most highlighted feature of this trekking is the crossing of Ganja La Pass which demands certain level of physical fitness and previous experience of trekking. Considered as one of the challenging and difficult passes, one can get thrilling life time experience while enjoying the great views of surrounding high mountains within Langtang Himalayan Ranges. Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek is an adventurous trekking trip that comprises of trek through low altitudes dense Rhododendron filled forests with amazing waterfalls to the exceptional hike and trek at high altitude with magnificent mountain views, all being in the vicinity of warm and friendly locals.    
     
Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek with Nepal Guide Treks starts at Kathmandu. After spending a full day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, we will take a scenic drive from Kathmandu north west passing through Trishuli Bazaar, Dunche and then towards Syabru Besi - the starting point of our trek. We start our trek from here following the trail that goes along Langtang Khola. We will be trekking through dense forest and cross several suspension bridges to reach Lama Hotel. From there we will make a steady climb over the valley leaving the forest towards Langtang Village. We continue to follow our trekking trail that passes along the largest Mani wall in Nepal with prayers written on stones. Crossing several wooden bridges we head towards the thin air vicinity of Kyangjin Gompa. From Kyangjin Gompa we will make a hike over 5000 meters to Tserko Ri for magnificent views of Langtang Mountain Ranges and beyond before descending back to Kyangjin Gompa. Our forward trekking heads towards the crossing of one of the challenging and difficult passes of Nepal - Ganja La Pass at 5122 meters which is covered with snow throughout the year. We will make a long ascent towards the summit of Ganja La which is situated on a rocky moraine. From the top, panoramic view of Langtang Himalayan Ranges can be enjoyed before making a gradual downhill descend to reach Keldang. From here we continue to descend slowly losing high altitudes and into the forests and grasslands passing through Yak Kharka, Tarke Gyang and Sermathang to finally arrive at Melamchi Puul Bazaar to end our fantastic Ganja La Pass trekking. Our adventurous trekking at Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass with Nepal Guide Treks ends with a drive from Melamchi Bazaar back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi [1460mm/4788ft] [7-8 hrs Drive]
Day 04: Trek from Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel [2470m/8101ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village [3330m/10922ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa [3870m/12693ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]  
Day 07: Hike to Tserko Ri [5000m/16404ft] and back to Kyangjin Gompa [5-6 hrs Trek]
Day 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi [4300m/14104ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
Day 09: Cross the Ganja La Pass [5122m/16800ft] and
             Trek to Keldang [4250m/13940ft] [6-7 hrs Trek] 
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka [4000m/13120] [6-7 hrs Trek] 
Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang [2590m/8495ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang [2610m/8560ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar [3-4 hrs Trek] and Drive to Kathmandu [2-3  hrs Drive] 
Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for departure

Note: The above itinerary outline can be easily tailor-made according to your preference, purpose of visit, and length of stay.  Contact us to customize this trip as per your requirement 

Additional Information

Accommodation:
Generally, we provide three star rated hotel accommodation in Kathmandu which can be easily upgraded. During the trekking days, your accommodation will be arranged in comfortable teahouses. Your accommodation will be arranged in single, double, triple or twin sharing as your requirements. Attached toilets may not be available in all the tea houses so you will have to use the sharing toilets outside your rooms. 

Meals:
Inclusive in our trip package is the cost of all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking period and BB plan in Kathmandu. Wide varieties of food including Nepali, Continental, Tibetan, Italian etc will be offered on the menu. Dinner & Breakfast will be served in the same tea house and for lunch, we will make a stop en-route trekking. All the meals are served healthy and hygienic which helps trekkers to maintain their physical fitness much needed for the trek.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:
Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek is one of the best and equally rewarding treks to all its visitors. One must have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours per day with a light private backpack. Well maintained physical fitness (i.e., swimming, hiking, gym etc) is absolutely necessary for doing the trek. During the trip, we are going to cross one of the technical high alpine pass – Ganja La Pass at 5121 meters. Trekking at high altitude may result in unexpected sickness, so it is very important to trek slow and steady.

Best Season for Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek:
Basically – September, October, and November (3 months in Autumn) and March, April, May (3 months in Spring) are considered as best trekking season in the Himalayas of Nepal. At this time the weather will be clear allowing trekkers to enjoy the stunning views of mountains in Langtang region. For trekkers who prefer to trek in less crowded season, this trek can be also done in December, January, and February. Finally, we have the monsoon season  (June, July, and August) with rainfall and is no good for trekking.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] and transfer to hotel
Our airport arrival and departure representative will meet you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your arrival schedule. You will then be transferred to hotel and our staff will help you until check-in procedure ends at Hotel. Either you can have a rest at the Hotel or visit NGT’s office. In the evening, join our welcome dinner program organized by Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: 
Hotel/Resort 
Meals: 
BB Plan + Welcome Dinner 

Day 02: Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley
Click here for detailed information about World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Nepal
Note: It is not possible to visit all world heritage sites in Kathmandu within a day. So you can choose at least 3-4 places for a day sightseeing. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: BB Plan 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi [1460mm/4788ft] [7-8 hrs Drive]
Leaving Kathmandu we will take a drive over zigzag hilly road with good views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himalayan Ranges, our drive passes along the market town of Trisuli. From Trisuli our drive journey continues on a gravel road passing through Dhunche and further to reach Syabru Besi - the starting point of our trek.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel [2470m/8101ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
We will start our trek from Syabru Besi, we will descend following the trail that drops down to Langtang Khola and from there turn east on the true left bank of the Langtang Khola. We continue our trek upstream with minor ups and downs towards Bamboo. We head for the crossing of a suspension bridge before crossing a couple of landslide areas and climb a switchback to reach Rimche. From Rimche our trail climbs a little before dropping to the village of Lama Hotel.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village [3330m/10922ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Today we will follow the trail that goes through dense forest filled with oaks, birch , hemlock and mountain bamboo. During our trek we will have opportunity to spot wild monkeys and several species of birds. Our trek continues through additional forest passing through a lone teahouse at Gumnachok and from there climb steeply to reach Ghoratabela. There is an army check post at Ghoratabela where trekking permits will be checked. From here we will trek through small settlements of Chyamki and Kangtangsa before making a short climb to reach Langtang village.
Accommodation: 
Tea House Lodge
Meals:
 All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa [3870m/12693ft] [3-4 hrs Trek]  
After Langtang Village, village we will follow the trail that heads for an easy climb through two Bhotia hamlets - Mundu and Sindum with great views of Langtang Lirung, Ganchenpo and Langshisa Ri. We will continue to trek on a trail that climbs up the terminal moraine of Lirung Glacier and then make an easy downhill descend to reach the gompa and many teahouses of Kyangjin Gompa.
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Hike to Tserko Ri [5000m/16404ft] and back to Kyangjin Gompa [5-6 hrs Trek]
Acclimatization is very crucial in higher altitudes to avoid mental and physical sickness. Therefore, today we will take a rest day at Kyangjin Gompa for acclimatization and exploration. For acclimatization we can make an adventurous hike to Tsergo-Ri at 4985 meters from where magnificent views of Langtang Lirung and the surrounding high peaks are seen. The easiest viewpoint is to make a climb over to a hill north of Kyangjin Gompa where there are many prayer flags .
Accommodation: Tea House Lodge
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi [4300m/14104ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
After taking breakfast at Kyangjin Gompa, we head towards Ganjala Phedi. First we cross the Langtang River then follow the ascending trail. We will walk through dense forest while continuously gaining the altitude level. Sometime, we need to walk through snow paved trail depending upon season.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09: Cross the Ganja La Pass [5122m/16800ft] and Trek to Keldang [4250m/13940ft] [6-7 hrs Trek]
This day is very crucial for us that we are crossing adventurous Ganjala Pass. After taking early morning breakfast, we follow long ascending trail until reach to technical pass Ganja La. Ganja La Pass is comparatively serious than other mountain passes where we might require fixing the rope for around 50 miters. We can have great views of Mt. Naya Kanga 5844m, Ganjala Peak, and many other high mountains. After the successful cross, we gradually start descend to reach Keldang.
Accommodation: Tented Camp
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka [4000m/13120] [6-7 hrs Trek]
Leaving Keldang, we follow the trail to Yak Kharka. We gradually follow the descending trail with gradual decreasing altitude. We cross through several farmlands, grasslands, lush terraces and sometime small village settlements. After seven hours of walk we finally reach at Yak Kharka.
Accommodation:
Tea House
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang [2590m/8495ft] [5-6 hrs Trek] 
Today, we follow most of the descending trails. We pass through numerous Sherpa villages and terraces. En-route we visit and explore monasteries and monuments. Tarkeghyang is popularly known as Helambu since most of the natives are from Hyolmo caste. Dinner and Overnight stay at Tarkeghyang. 
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang [2610m/8560ft] [3-4 hrs Trek] 
After breakfast, we start our journey to Sermathang. Almost trails are easy and not high ascending and descending. After two hours of gentle walk, we reach at amazing valley Gangyul. Gangyul is a charming Sherpa village. We take some time to explore the village. After there, we again heads towards Sermathing, reach within a short walk. At, Evening we visit local village as well as monastery. There is a monastery located at highest point of the village. Dinner and overnight stay at Sermathang.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Puul Bazaar [3-4 hrs Trek] and Drive to Kathmandu [2-3  hrs Drive] 
This is a final day of our Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trekking. After breakfast, we start our journey by following the descending trail to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is a small town settlement located in the bank of Melamchi stream. After there, we drive to Kathmandu after accomplish complete Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking in Nepal with Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition Team. 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort
Meals: 
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14: Transfer to International Airport for departure
Our Airport representative will drop you at the Airport as per your flight schedule

Date & Price

The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.

Check our assured departure schedules given bellow:

Start Date End Date Price in USD Availability Booking
October 2, 2017 October 15, 2017 $ 1055 OPEN Book Now !
October 15, 2017 October 28, 2017 $ 1055 OPEN Book Now !
October 26, 2017 November 8, 2017 $ 1055 OPEN Book Now !
November 2, 2017 November 15, 2017 $ 1055 OPEN Book Now !

Avabillity Options

OPEN: This date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!

GUARANTEED: Guaranteed departure. Seat Available.

LIMITED: Guaranteed departure, Limited seat. You can send booking request for availability.

FULL:This date is currently unavailable. Please contact us if you are interested in traveling on this date.

Your Program Duration = 14 Days

All the Prices are in USD Per Person basis.

Service includes

  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation in Kathmandu with BB Plan –as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including experienced city guide, all entrance fees and private vehicle
  • All required ground transportation by private vehicle as per mentioned in itinerary 
  • Tea house lodges accommodation during trekking
  • All meals- B/F, Lunch & Dinner during trek
  • TIMS – Trekkers information Management System Fee 
  • Langtang National Park Fee
  • Highly experienced trekking guide 
  • Required number of Porter 
  • Staffs insurance, salary and clothing
  • General first aid kids
  • Welcome and farewell dinners 
  • All applicable tax, Vat, service charge and paperwork

Service does not includes

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Useful Info

Accommodation:
Generally, we provide three star rated hotel accommodation in Kathmandu which can be easily upgraded. During the trekking days, your accommodation will be arranged in comfortable teahouses. Your accommodation will be arranged in single, double, triple or twin sharing as your requirements. Attached toilets may not be available in all the tea houses so you will have to use the sharing toilets outside your rooms. 

Meals:
Inclusive in our trip package is the cost of all meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking period and BB plan in Kathmandu. Wide varieties of food including Nepali, Continental, Tibetan, Italian etc will be offered on the menu. Dinner & Breakfast will be served in the same tea house and for lunch, we will make a stop en-route trekking. All the meals are served healthy and hygienic which helps trekkers to maintain their physical fitness much needed for the trek.

Physical Conditions and Experienced Required:
Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek is one of the best and equally rewarding treks to all its visitors. One must have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours per day with a light private backpack. Well maintained physical fitness (i.e., swimming, hiking, gym etc) is absolutely necessary for doing the trek. During the trip, we are going to cross one of the technical high alpine pass – Ganja La Pass at 5121 meters. Trekking at high altitude may result in unexpected sickness, so it is very important to trek slow and steady.

Best Season for Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek:
Basically – September, October, and November (3 months in Autumn) and March, April, May (3 months in Spring) are considered as best trekking season in the Himalayas of Nepal. At this time the weather will be clear allowing trekkers to enjoy the stunning views of mountains in Langtang region. For trekkers who prefer to trek in less crowded season, this trek can be also done in December, January, and February. Finally, we have the monsoon season  (June, July, and August) with rainfall and is no good for trekking.

Reviews

Challenging Ganja La Pass !! Awesome

We were a group of 4 people and we wanted to go on this trek. We met Nepal Guide Treks and prepared us for the trek. At that time we were not sure if we took the right decision by choosing this company. But after we did the trek we were very happy and satisfied by the team's performance. Everyone in the team was very supportive with helping nature. Our guide Anjan was full of activities. He described the values of the local people and places with their cultures to the group which was very important for all us who were trekking. So, we are very happy that we made right decision booking our trek with Nepal Guide Treks and with open heart recommend this company to anyone who wants to trek around Nepal. 

Achmed H. & Frens - Israel

Wonderful Trek - Love from UK

I enjoyed the trek very much. The langtang range was truly fascinating with beautiful landscapes and wonderful people. Had really good time at Kyangin Ri, and obviously the great feeling after crossing the Ganja La Pass above 5000 m was something to remember on this trek. Thanks to Nepal Guide Treks for great service and warm hospitality.
Cheers!!
Nicola 


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