Langtang valley with Ganja La Pass Trek

The Ganjala pass is one of those most difficult passes to navigate through among most of the other passes in Nepal. This block in the Himalaya is situated at an altitude of 5160m. Our Langtang trip to the ganja-la takes you over this pass as you make your way south from Langtang village which lies at 3500m and it is here that the national park headquarters is located. However difficult this route can be, especially if there’s a dramatic change in weather patterns that is most likely to go against our venture, the jaw dropping vistas with the diverse ethnic communities we meet on the way, the wildlife, flora & fauna make this trek something that only dreams can be made of. This is an ideal outing for the daring adventure seeker who seeks the thrills of a truly worthwhile tryst into some of the most unique wilderness that can be found on this planet.

The upper Langtang area with the Ganja-la pass provides that special environment that makes nature so special in this part of the world as we wade through clean rivers & streams, lush green forests & silver grey peaks that go high up into the clouds as we witness different bird species that awaken our instincts for the mysteries that nature constantly gifts us with. While hiking the trails, we bump into the friendly Tamang folks who mainly inhabit these areas & its interesting to see them attired in colorful traditional gowns as you see them about their daily chores as they happily welcome you with warm smiles behind a broken tooth here & there & even invite you over for some buttermilk tea. The village folks hereabouts are truly friendly & don’t hesitate to strike up a healthy chat with them as your guides will translate their feelings to you, giving you deep insights into the lifestyles of these people living year in & year out in these harsh conditions that sometimes even compels them to ignore the wonders of the beauty that surrounds them throughout their lives.

Our overland odyssey commences from Syabru Besi as we plod the trails through Langtang village. By going through this route we avoid a stay at Dhunche which is a small trading post of the area that meets the daily needs of essential commodities for the local folks who stay in this area. We spend several days hiking up through the lovely alpine valleys of Kyangjin Gompa where we get 2 more days to explore the wonderful glaciers in the higher valleys with the possibility to scale up some little peaks for superb views of the surrounding areas. This also allows us to acclimatize & prepare for the grungy climb to Ganja La which is not a cake walk by any means; our lungs are exercised to adapt to the higher altitudes which makes it convenient for us to cope with the thin air that we experience above.

After we complete this fantastic pass, we return via Helambu village which exudes a Tibetan aura as you see cultivated fields enclosed by stone walls as well as grazing yaks, well known to be the most important animal that people rely on hereabouts for survival. From Tarke Gyang, we descend to Melamchi Khola before climbing to Pati Bhanjyang, & then trek down to Sundarijal at a leisurely trot from where we drive back to Katmandu.

As a note of caution from the Volunteer Society Nepal, It would be wise to realize that Good quality equipments and a reasonable amount of knowledge in mountaineering is a must for trekking in this area. It’s always a great feeling to be on the good side of things when planning a venture in some of the remote corners of Nepal; this avoids mishaps & gives us the fulfillment of a trip well enjoyed without any disasters.

  • Price:900 USD
  • Duration:15 Days
  • Primary Activity:
  • Group Size:2-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:3 Star in Kathmandu on BB plan, Best Avilable during the trekking
  • Trip Code:
  • Max-Altitude:5130m m.
  • Transportation:As per itinerary
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft).

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Syabru Bensi (1,462m) 145km/ 8 hours drive.

Day 04: Trek Syabru bensi – Lama Hotel (2,430m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 05: Trek Lama Hotel – Langtang village (3,370m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 06: Trek Langtang village – Kyanjing Gompa (3,730m) 3-4 hours trek.

Day 07: Rest & acclimatization at Kyanjing Gompa, explore around the valley.

Day 08: Trek Kyanjing Gompa valley – Ngegang (4,080m.) 6 hours trek.

Day 09: Trek Ngegang – Ganja La passes (5, 130m.)- Keldang (4,270m.) 6 hours trek.

Day 10: Trek Keldang – Dukpu (4,040m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 11: Trek Dukpu – Tarke Gyang (2,740m.) 5 hours trek.

Day 12: Trek Tarke Gyang – Sermathang (2,621m.) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 13: Trek Sermathang – Malemchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) 5 -6 hours trek.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 15: Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Volunteer Society Treks. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight in the valley of the gods! *Included Meal Dinner. (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft).
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full day guided tour to the historic Durbar Square, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess), the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath), in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Overnight at hotel, included meal: (B)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Syabru Bensi (1,462m) 145km/ 8 hours drive.
After breakfast we drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi on a north-western highway through scenic foothill, picturesque landscapes, terraced fields and rustic villages, en route we will have magnificent views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We take Lunch at the Trisuli Bazaar and continuing further to Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi. The journey will take us 7-8 hours. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L.D)

Day 04: Trek Syabru bensi – Lama Hotel (2,430m) 5-6 hours trek.
Today’s trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follow the Langtang Khola River, we gradually climb to through the dense forests, passing through the landslide area to reach bamboo village (1,850m) where we stop for the lunch. This forested path with well stabilized trails and following the upstream and can be seen bird’s life around the bushes. The trail goes up and down but it’s not that challenging. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you’re lucky. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L. D)

Day 05: Trek Lama Hotel – Langtang village (3,370m) 6-7 hours trek.
The trail leads us through rhododendron and pine forest towards Ghoda Tabela literally it means the Horse stable where we stop for lunch. The surrounding area is dense wild habitat and many small babblers with lot of herbal can be found here. Langtang village is one of the very local and old villages, Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L. D)

Day 06: Trek Langtang village – Kyanjing Gompa (3,730m) 3-4 hours trek.
After breakfast, we start our trek and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest Mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. From here we have beautiful views of Mt Ganchempo and Langtang Lirung. Cross several of the wooden bridges. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes; you might start feeling the thin air Gompa. Kanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas all around. Evening we are free for visiting the surrounding areas like Yak cheese Factory, Monastery and local houses. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L. D)

Day 07: Rest & acclimatization at Kyanjing Gompa, explore around the valley.
Today is a rest day and explore the surrounding area. We can visit to the monastery and the cheese factory, or ascend at Tserko RI (5000m) for mountain sunrise views, which are highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peak. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L.D)

Day 08: Trek Kyanjing Gompa valley – Ngegang (4,080m.) 6 hours trek.
Trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang (4000m.) which takes about five hours. From here we cannot see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there is no lodge available, we need to camp. We stay overnight at tented camp (B. L. D)

Day 09: Trek Ngegang – Ganja La passes (5, 130m.)- Keldang (4,270m.) 6 hours trek.
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. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B.L.D)

Day 10: Trek Keldang – Dukpu (4,040m) 5-6 hours trek.
From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In our 5-6 hours trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L. D)

Day 11: Trek Dukpu – Tarke Gyang (2,740m.) 5 hours trek.
The trail descends about 200m. Views from the pass are spectacular to the Annapurna and Everest Regions. The trail then descends through pine and rhododendron forest, past a tiny herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. These villages are well-settled and are inhabited by friendly and cheerful natured people. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L.D)

Day 12: Trek Tarke Gyang – Sermathang (2,621m.) 4-5 hours trek.
We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helambu region. The trail then descends through pine and rhododendron forest, past a tiny herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. These villages are well-settled and are inhabited by friendly and cheerful natured people. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B. L. D)

Day 13: Trek Sermathang – Malemchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) 5 -6 hours trek.
Today is our last day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking this day is quite pleasant with mountain views and interaction with local and friendly people. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B.L. D)

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.
Today we will drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5 hours .Your day is free, however, at even tide; you will be taken to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained to an exciting cultural dance performed by the local belles. You will enjoy this experience which is complimentary on behalf of the Volunteer Society Treks. Overnight at hotel (B. D)

Day 15: Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It’s been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are doubly sure you’ve had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Bon Voyage!! & take care!!! (B)

Thank you for doing this venture with US. We’ve got to know each other well over the weeks. Please do stay in touch & we wish you a wonderful journey back home. Take care!

Note of above itinerary: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Feature Price: $ 900 USD

The Package cost includes for trekking :
  • Airport  to hotel pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Two night accommodation in Kathmandu at star hotel with breakfast
  • One highly experienced mountain Porter Guide and porters
  • Accommodation food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of both trek guide
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • TIMS Card (Trekker’s Information Management System card)
  • All additional government tax
The Package cost excludes:
  • Nepal entry visa fee (USD 25 for 15 days/ USD 40 for 30 days from date of issue) (You may easily get Nepal visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • International air fare
  • Travelers insurance
  • Accommodation and Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  • All kind of drinks (Alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Tips to guide and porter
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. Personal illness, strike etc.
  • Helicopter evacuation charge in case of emergency whilst trekking

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