Langtang region of Nepal has been welcoming numerous trekkers over the decades with its impressive beauty and the Langtang Valley Trek with Ganjala Pass is no exception.
As most of us are aware of the fact that the majority of trek routes are far from cities, however, Ganja La Pass Trek is one of the few tracks that enjoys close proximity to the capital city of Kathmandu, yet does not fall behind the features that any other Himalayan highland enjoys. The abundant natural beauty and the majestic snow-capped peaks in the background create an almost ethereal atmosphere.
This adventurous trip involves trekking through the beautiful Langtang Valley along with its wilderness and surprises and enjoying an unexplainable magical view from Ganja La Pass, the highest point on this trek at over 5000m.
Ganja La Pass is also a true blue adventure through the wilderness and scenic beauty of Langtang. If you happen to trek in the spring season, fully blooming colorful rhododendrons flowers melts your heart no matter how tough you pretend to be! :).
With that said, it is not at all an easy trek though, as it requires a lot of perseverance and experience along with good pieces of equipment. For nearly three-four days there might not be any comfort facilities available. Thus, one should be self-sufficient before moving on.
Knowing the use of suitable climbing equipment is a must during this trek so that there is smooth sailing all the way long. The trail goes through a small valley where the use of ropes, crampons, and ice axes may be needed.
What to Expect?
The Ganja La Pass from which we pass through is covered with sparkling white snow throughout the year and provides brilliant panoramic views of the Tibetan border lines with cold, snowy summits and the most famous Peak in the Langtang Himal – the Langtang Lirung.
The valley of Langtang doesn’t disappoint in terms of wildlife and greenery either. You get to see a thriving langur (Himalayan monkey) population, fearsome wild boar and protected Red Pandas.
You would also get to see tall waterfalls, rocky huge boulders, chortens and the famous Kyanjin Gompa with an adjoining cheese factory. Most of the day trek here is above 3000m with a 6hr walk on a daily average. So, some walking and hiking activity to get yourself fit before attempting this is highly recommended.
The trip usually starts from Sybru Bensi through the Langtang valley at the national park and Ganja La Pass to end at the Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Officially our trek begins at Kanyanjing Gompa and will move ahead to make stops at popular spots including the Taalmarang through Tarkeghyang.
Trek Highlights of Ganjala Trek
- Magnificent Kyangin Gompa
- Walking through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls
- Langtang village - the biggest Tamangs settlement rich in Tibetan culture
- Panoramic view of Langtang Lirung, Shisha Pangma, Naya Kanga, Ponggen Dopku, Yala peak, Dorje Lakpa, Urkeinmang, Loenpo Gang and Kangchenpo
- The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m)
- Traditions, culture, and hospitality of Tamang and Gurung community
- Milarepa Cave in Tarkeghyang