Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass
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Overview

Commonly for the adventurous trekkers seeking to challenge their own level of audacity, Ganja-La Pass trekking is a very famous trekking destination in the Langtang Region- a narrow valley lying just below the main Himalayan range of northern Tibet. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages, and to climb small peaks visiting glaciers at a comfortable elevation.

Sight of impeccable work of the creator that stand tall and are formidable and yet serenely snowy peaks- Naya Kanga (5,846m), Ponggen Dopku (5,930m), Mt. Langtang Lirung (7245m), Yala peak, Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo are available on this trek.

Nepal Eco Adventure organizes camping treks for this Ganja-La pass trekking. The region is scarce in lodges and hence we would request you to be will equipped with adequate eatables for this trek. Being one of the most relentless trekking spots, Ganja-La Pass gives you a sense of great achievement after you have completed the trek

After passing the Ganja-La Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchi Gaon and Tarke Ghyang. The majority of the population residing in this region are Sherpas. Buddhism being the primary religion followed by most people, one can discover several old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarke Ghyang is another Sherpa, which bears its own story. The town name-Tarke Ghyang- was derived from the name of a temple that was established by a Lama (Buddhist Monk), which means “Temple of 100 Horses”. Rumor has it that the monk was invited by the King to Kathmandu to religiously cure an epidemic by building temples. In return for his contribution, the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought back to Tarke Ghyang. The local temple was rebuilt in 1969, following the Bhutanese architect. We will come across small Buddhist monasteries and a cheese factory which was established in 1955 by the Swiss Association.

Fine equipment and some mountaineering experience are two essential requirements to trek this route safely. If we are trekking during spring the forest along the trail is colorful and blooming with rhododendrons.

Ganja la Pass Trekking Trip Highlights

  • Naya Kanga (5,846m) , Ponggen Dopku (5,930m) on the south
  • Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west
  • Yala peak on the north
  • Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east
  • Visiting Langtang village & Kyangjin Gompa
  • Panoramic view of the mountain from Kyangjin Ri
  • Crossing the Ganja La pass (5100m/16732feet)
  • Culturally diverse Sherpa villages.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu Airport

Welcome to Nepal, the land of Himalayas. Our representatives will be waiting for your arrival at the airport. You will be transferred to your respective hotels. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu as you please. You can roam around vibrant Thamel and find yourself some typical local products to shop. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepal cuisine. We will spend the night in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing

On this day, we will visit some of the famous places in Kathmandu. We will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, which is located on the banks of Bagmati River. We could also visit Bouddhanath which is the Largest Stupa in Nepal and the holiest place for Buddhist. Swoyambunath is another historical shrine of Nepal visible from all corners of the valley that we could visit. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Later on this afternoon, we will begin your preparation for trekking.

Day 3
Drive to Syabru Bensi

We will be driving to Syabrubensi which is about 117Km away and 7hrs drive from Kathmandu. The road is winding, mostly unpaved, and on high mountains. We will be driving through scenic foothills and ridge-line landscape to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road on the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills.We will halt in a local guest house for the night.

Day 4
Syabru Bensi Trek to Lama Hotel

We will be walking for about 6hrs from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel. The view of terraced fields and dense forest with variety of plants is impeccable. We also might come across some of the Wildlife inhabitant-throated martin, wild boar, Langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear. The trail crosses a stream and a steel suspension bridge at 2000 meters. The route will further lead us to the northern bank of Langtang Khola from where an ideal view of waterfalls comes to sight. Upon reaching Lama Hotel, we will conclude the trek for the day.

Day 5
Lama Hotel Trek to Langtang

From Lama Hotel, we will trek for about 6-7 hrs to Langtang. The sight from Langtang Lirung is exotic. We will come across a lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 3000m, a valley of yak pastures and an ethnic Tamang villages during the journey.Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park. We will halt in a local guest house for the night.

Day 6
Langtang Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

We will be trekking a distance of about 3900m from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa. During the trail, we will come across the largest mani wall in Nepal, made up of stone that have prayers inscribed on them. We will also come across several of the wooden bridges. Kyajing Gompa is surrounded by the Himalaya and ideal views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.We will conclude the day in a local guest house.

Day 7
Exploration Day

On this day, we can hike up to Kyanjin Ri or Tseku Ri for superb Himalayan scenery of Langtang Lirung 7245m, Ganesh Himal 7406m, Naya khanga 5846m , Dorje Lakpa 6988m, Gaurishanker 7145m, Gangchenpo 6387 m, Yala peak 5500m or hike to Langtang Lirung base camp. We will stay in a local guest house at Kyanjin Gompa for the night.

Day 8
Trek to Ganja-La Phedi

We will embark on our journey for the day to Ganja La Phedi. We will cross the Langtang River and ascend through rhododendron forests. The time duration required to reach our destination entirely depends upon the prevailing season. It takes more time during winter due to the snow covered path.

Day 9
Cross the Ganga-La pass and trek to Keldang

One of the most difficult passes to cross, the Ganja La pass is covered in snow almost throughout the year. The trails ascend through boulders and small lakes before it reaches the summit of the Ganja La which is situated on a rocky moraine. The pass has a spectacular view to offer. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.

Day 10
Trek down to Yak Kharka

We will trek for about six hours from Keldang to Yak Kharka. We will descend further down following a prominent ridge line. The entire journey descends downward. We will lose the altitude as we continue further through forests, ridges and grasslands.

Day 11
Trek to Tarek Ghang

On this day we will trek to Tarek Ghang. The trail will lead us to Melamchi Khola and then to a settlement of the Sherpa people. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Himalayan peaks glistening under sunshine on our journey. We will also confront one of the oldest and the biggest monastery in the region. The village is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste. We will halt in a local guest house at Helambu for the night.

Day 12
Trekking to Sermathang

This trek is comparatively easier because of the much lower altitude we experience.Major part of the trail is dominated by forests, streams, and waterfalls. The trail flows around the wide valley end between Parachin and the Sherpa village of Gangyul. Upon our arrival at Sermathang, we will discover the village. We will spend the night in a local guest house.

Day 13
Trek Melamchi (1340m).

On this day we will walk to Melemchi Pul Bazar. It is an easy trail and will take about two hours to reach Melemchi Pul Bazar. Most of the route is through scattered settlements. Upon arrival at Melemchi Pul Bazar, we will spend the rest of the day exploring the place. The place comprises mostly of the Sherpa inhabitants. They are known for their hospitality and friendly nature. We will spend the night in the Melamchi Pul Bazar.

Day 14
Drive to Kathmandu

On this day we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive is short and pleasant and shouldn’t take us more than three hours to reach Kathmandu. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be assisted through the check-in process in your respective hotel. You will have the rest of the day to yourself to explore the city as you please. You can go around shopping for some local handicraft products. You can also try out various restaurants and café or just relax in a coffee shop.

Day 15
Final departure to your onward destination

After bidding your final goodbyes, you will be received from your respective hotels and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport for your final departure to your next destination. If you have any intentions of extending your stay in Nepal for adventurous experience, we would be more than happy to be of help. We also welcome you to visit our country again for further experiences of nature’s bounty in new and exciting places. It would be our pleasure to help you plan your next trip to Nepal.

What is Included

  • Airport pick up & drop by private car/Van/Bus depend on your group size.
  • Three nights Standard hotel accommodation with breakfast.
  • Full board meal (veg. /non veg.) during camping, prepared by our expert cook with Tea & coffee.
  • Camping accommodation during the trek.
  • A government licensed English speaking guide during the trek.
  • A required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
  • Langtang National Park permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS).
  • Down Sleeping Bags / Jackets, Walking Pole during the trek (If you don`t have you own).
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes and official expanses.
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.

What is Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue tourist visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30days, $100 for 90 days multiple entry visa.
  • Travel & Rescue Insurance (recommended).
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Beverages like tea/coffee, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass

Trip Facts

  • 15 Days Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass
  • Strenuous
  • 2 - 10 person
  • March-June and September-December.
  • 5100m
  • Local Bus/Jeep
  • NEA-LHT-05

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