Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    15 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Ganja La Pass 5122 m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private and comfortable drive

  • Region/Type

    Langtang & Helambu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

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.

Throughout the trip, you come across different mountain ranges with highlights like the Ganesh Himal, Gangchenpo, Mt Gaurishankar, Yala Peak, Dorje Lakpa, etc.

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

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

You will have a scenic flight to Kathmandu from your country as you will be able to see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan trekkerswill greet and assist you to your hotel.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 2: Half-day Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide will take you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath. Rest of the time, you can consult with your guide and can do the last moment shopping required for the upcoming trek.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 3: Scenic drive to Syabrubesi

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,550 m

After breakfast, we will drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enroute we have pleasant vistas of the Himalaya mountain ranges and the quaint small villages surrounded by the terraced fields. We will have lunch at Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche we will descend down to Syabrubesi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges

Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,3680 m

This is our first day of trekking today. We will follow the Langtang Khola River. On the way, we will pass through the dense forests and cross several suspension bridges. We will also pass by a tea house. The trail goes up and down but it's not that challenging.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house

Day 5: Trek to Langtang village

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,430 m

After the morning tea, we embark on our journey. Our trail continues along with the dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we will leave the tree line behind us. From this point, we can enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Continuing on our journey we will pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chorten, and sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays

Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,870 m

After having our morning tea and breakfast, we walk out of the village and pass through the yak pastures. On the way, we will also pass the largest Mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on it. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind and taken to the Gods. We will cross several of the wooden bridges. Since we have almost reached a high altitude; you might start to feel the thin air.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 7: Day trip to Tsergo RI & back to Kyangjin

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,033 m

Today, we make an excursion to Tsergo RI which would also help us to acclimatize. The climb to Tsergo RI which is above 5000 meters above sea level offers magnificent and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Besides, the climb to Tsergo RI is a challenging one and the time taken for the climb depends upon your physical fitness and previous experience. By evening, we return back to Kyangjin Gompa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 8: Trek to Ganja La Phedi

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,300 m

After having our breakfast, we embark on our journey to Ganja La Phedi. We will cross the Langtang River and climb through the rhododendron forests. Since we're already at a high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. During the winter, there is snow all around and so it might take a longer time to cross the snow strewn path.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 9: Cross the Ganja La Pass & trek to Keldang

🕑 7-8 hrs

Max Altitude: 5,122 m

Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It'd be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. We will make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and reach the summit at Ganja La which is situated on a rocky moraine. There is so much beauty to enjoy from the past. Trekking up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.

Note: Be sure that while crossing from Ganja La Pass to Keldang (4,250 m)there is some technical part and you need to be more cautious and consult with your guide and team members about the physical condition and weather issue before proceeding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,000 m

We will walk down from Keldang to Yak Kharka. From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridgeline. In our 5-6 hrs treks today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,590 m

Today, we lose altitude considerably and come down to a height of about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang

🕑 3-4 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,610 m

We will cross small forest with the view of the beautiful village of Helambu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sherpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays/ tented camp

Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & drive to Kathmandu

🕑 2 hrs trek & an hour drive

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar passing by many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, we can catch a bus to Katmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu at the end of the trek.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 14: Leisure/ free day

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

You can extend your trip by exploring the natural and cultural beauty of Kathmandu or rests of the day enjoy yourself by doing last moment souvenir shopping from Nepal for friends, relatives, and families.

Meals: BB

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in KTM

Day 15: Final departure

🕑 30 mins

We will bid farewell to you and our staff will lead you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hrs prior to your scheduled flight back to your home town.

Meals: Breakfast

Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek Map

Includes

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Transportation as per the itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All government taxes and official expenses

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the includes section

Himalayan Trekkers promise to manage the best, most comfortable, and preferred accommodation.

In general, we arrange a 3* Standard Category Accommodations with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges/homestays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organize Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

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