Langtang Ganja La pass trekking is one of the most challenging trekking in Nepal. The Ganja La pass is mostly blocked by snow, so local inquiries about its condition is a good idea before commence this trekking. Previous trekking experience and good equipment are necessary for the safe Ganja La Pass trekking.
Langtang Ganja La trek is located north of Kathmandu offers a multitude of trekking destinations. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to the north Tibet border and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortable low elevation. Kyanjin Gompa is a last Tibetan village in the valley, from where a trek starts to Helambu over Ganja La pass (5200m). The pass itself is not easy during autumn and spring the pass opens for trekkers.
A trek over Ganja La Pass offers an entirely wilderness and adventure experience. If you are trekking during spring the forest on the trail in colorful and blooming full of Rhododendrons. To cross from Langtang into Helambu via the Ganja La pass which is serious undertaking requiring good equipment and experience from local guides. For three to four days there are no facilities and groups with their staff must be fully self-sufficient. Crossing of the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be prepared to assist less well equipped porter staff. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary. A good preparation and good equipment are necessary for this Ganja La pass trekking. For updated trekking information, itinerary, best and cheapest cost offer ask with local trekking company run by a team of trekking guide and tour leader.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival, you will be met by our airport representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. We overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu Tour
Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley’s world heritage sites like Swoyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Sybru Bensi
Today we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours by bus or Landcruiser depending on group size. 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 you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel
Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascents up to Bamboo passing through the Landslide. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400 meters) through Bamboo (1960 meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like at the end your trail is level to Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you’re lucky. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village
The trek route follows Gumanechok; the trail is slightly gradual providing beautiful valley views with the grazing Yaks. Langtang Village is very local and old along this trekking route. The view from here is more spectacular as we are getting closer to the mountains. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Today is a shorter walk but enough to get acclimated. The surroundings are interesting because of the famous cheese factory. This is the beautiful valley in the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the place to explore the valley and lots of small peaks to climb. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 7: Kyanji Gompa Exploration day
Today is a day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin RI (4350 meters) which is highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Peaks. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 8: Trek to Ngegang
Today the trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with little natural vegetation. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 9: Trek to Keldang
Today is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja La Pass (5200 meters). On the Ganja La Pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the times throughout the year. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 10: Trek to Dukpu.
We have a long day walking along the ridge and grassland as we take in amazing views of the mountains. Your camping site will be inside the forest.
Day 11: Trek to Tarkeghyang
Today the trail descends about 200 meters before climbing the 4100 meters pass. Views from pass are spectacular towards the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest region as well. From the pass, the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest past tiny herder to the settlement of Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages. These villages are well settled by friendly and cheerful natured people. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 12: Trek to Shermathang
This day the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests along the way. We cross some small streams and pass through a beautiful village half way to Shermathang. Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and also see Jugal Himal Range at the north face of Shermathang Village. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pass
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking today is quite pleasant with mountain views and interacting with friendly local people. We overnight at a tented camp.
Day 14: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda and then follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu. We overnight at a hotel.
Day 15: Shopping in Kathmandu
Today is an extra day in Kathmandu for relaxing and some shopping?
Day 16: Kathmandu Airport.
Today our airport representative will drop you off at the Kathmandu Airport for your flight from Nepal.