Ganja-la pass Trek

Trip Overview

This adventure will bring you into the Langtang Valley surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. The Langtang valley is aptly called ‘the valley of glaciers’ and in this valley the mountains rise, soaring toward the sky. The bio-diversity of the valley features pine forests, swift mountain streams, rugged rocks, snowcapped peaks, grassy downs and meadows strewn with daisies and wild primal. Along the way we encounter a variety of cultural sites including Buddhist monasteries, a cheese factory, yaks, glaciers and mountain lakes. This trek offers the experience of being in a typical Sherpa village and exploring many ancient monasteries. The natural diversity and cultural sites make this trek an exciting one with memories that will last a lifetime. Langtang Lirung-7240m and Ganesh Himal are the highest in the region. On this adventure we will also trek up to Kyanjingompa and enjoy an excursion to Tshergo Ri (4984m) to acclimatize for our further trek to Ganja La pass. We then head south into the valley of Helambu via the Ganja La pass which offers more excitement and challenges in the Himalayas.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival our airport representative will meet you at the airport then transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Evening is free to explore the city.

DAY 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast our professional tour guide accompanies you on a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley, on this tour you will visit most of the major UNESCO Heritage Sites incluidng Swyambbhunath, Hanumandhoka Palace, Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, all of which are located less then 6km from one another.

DAY 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1470m)
We head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river we catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills.

DAY 4: Trek from Syabru Besi (2470m)
The first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradually ascending up to Bamboo passing through Landslide. Afterwards, you trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m) from Bamboo (1960m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like. En route you could see red pandas, monkey and bears if you are lucky.

DAY 5: Trek to Langtang village (3430m)
As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung through the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements. There is a monastery, which you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

DAY 6: Trek Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m)
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens up further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding you in all directions such as Langtang Lirung, Ganjala peak, Tserko Ri, Langsisa Ri and many others.

DAY 7: Excursion around Kyanjin gumpa
This is a day for rest and exploring the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

DAY 8: Trek and climb up to Tserko Ri (4984m)
Today we trek up a steep ascent all the way to the top. During the trek today you can see Himalayan peasants, Himalayan deer and outstanding views of surrounding peaks and mountains. From Tserko Ri, you will be captivated by the panoramic views of Sisapangma, Langshisa Ri, Naya Kang, Yala Peak and Langtang Lirung.

DAY 9: Trek Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang (4000m)
Today we enter into the wilderness and are no longer able to see any villages. The trail continues ascending and the area is covered only with alpine vegetation. Since there are not available any lodge, we camp from here on.

DAY 10: Acclimatize at High Camp (4650m)
Before venturing over the pass we take an extra day at higher elevation just to be sure that nothing goes wrong on the other side of the pass, the other side of Ganja La is inaccessible from any rescue facilities for at least two days.

DAY 11: Trek from Ngegang to Keldang via Ganja La (5100m)
Today is comparatively strenuous as we cross the Ganja La Pass. As we cross the pass, we will find it covered with snow and ice most of the times of the year. We will camp again in the evening.

DAY 12: Trek Keldang to Dukpu (4080m)
This will be a long day walking along the ridge, with grassland and amazing views of the surrounding mountains. There are numerous small passes to cross even after the main Ganja La so the trek remains exciting and energetic. Our camp site will be inside the forest.

DAY 13: Trek Dukpu to Tarkeghyang (2740m)
Today we cross over a 4100 meter pass, from the pass the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest and past a small herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages. The scenery is spectacular with both the green valley view till the snow capped Himalaya can be seen on this portion of the trek.

DAY 14: Rest and explore the village

DAY 15: Trek Tarkeghang to Shermathang (2590m)
We take a pleasant walk through the last part of the Langtang National Park, and pass by farmlands. Shermathang is another Sherpa village with a monastery we can visit.

DAY 16: Shermathan to Melamchepul Bazaar (870m)
After a long descent through the mixed cultural village of mid-hill people. we head to Melamchi Bazaar that  has a road linked to Kathmandu. The town is large and situated along the riverbed of Indrawati.

DAY 17: Drive to Kathmandu
Today we drive to Kathmandu which takes about 5 hours. At first the road runs along the Indrawati river and at Limidnda you join the Kathmandu-Lhasa road ,the friendship highway. Then, you pass by Dhulikhale, Banepa and Bhaktapur en route.

DAY 18: Airport transfer
Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport.

Cost Included

 

  • 4 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu,
  • All surface transfer
  • National Park entry permit
  • Trekking permit,
  • Accommodation in lodges during the trek,
  • Food: three meals a day,
  • A guide & required number of porter(s)
  • Insurance and security for local staff

 

Cost not Include

 

  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Any inter flights if applicable
  • Essential equipment.
  • All alcoholic drinks
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter,
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc

 

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grading: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 4965meters
  • Best Time: Mid Feb to May and Oct to mid Dec.
  • Trip Mode: Lodge & Camping trek.
  • Group Size: Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above

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