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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or online?
Yes, you can get on arrival tourist visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of people can obtain visa on entry to Nepal. There are some countries visa will needed to be organize prior to travelling. $25 for 15 days of visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30days and 100US$ for 90 days tourist visa. You need two photos.
You can apply online visa from 1st of March (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/).
When is the best time to visit Nepal?
Trekking at Nepal will be best during the seasons of spring and autumn. But according to the will of the trekkers, the trekking and visiting in Nepal can be managed. The trekking at the high altitude should be done during the summer time or September to November and March to May but the trekking at the low lands can be done at throughout the year.
How difficult is trekking in Nepal?
The trekking in Nepal is one of the most interesting things that the visitors in Nepal want to do. The trekking will take the visitors of Nepal to different parts of Nepal. Generally, trekking in Nepal will goes for about 5 to 7 hours per day in every trekking but the toughness of the trekking will differ from its grade. There are different types of trekking grading from the easy, medium, challenging and demanding. Normally in Trekking covers 3000 meters to 8848 meters which has categories in various stage of grade. Expedition is challenging but trekking is normal and easy.
How fit do need to be for trekking?
It depends on you; if you’re reasonably fit and enjoy walking then trekking is certainly for you. Choose the trekking route suites your fitness level. Obviously shorter treks are easier then longer ones, longer and bigger treks require a better standard of fitness. If you are in good physical condition then you do not require any hiking experience for short trekking. But if you are planning for the longer ones then you should try some longer day hikes.
How long will be the trekking?
The trekking at the different parts of Nepal will be different according to the distance of the trekking destinations. Generally, there are different places where one can go for trekking and the duration of the trekking will generally goes for about 1 to 4 weeks. But the trekking at the different places like in city tours will be short but the trekking towards the base camp of the high hills will be generally long.
What is teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal?
In Nepal, generally we can do two types of trekking. In the teahouses trekking, we will do the trekking by resting the night at the lodges or the teahouses at different places of the trekking trails. The teahouses trekking at Nepal will be comfortable than the camping trekking because the trekkers should not have to take any tensions regarding the accommodation and foods. But besides the teahouses trekking, camping trekking in Nepal is also equally popular. The camping trekking will be based on the trekking where the night will be resting at the camps, where we will set up our camps at the different parts of the trekking trails for our convenience. We will have our meals at the camps and will rest the night at camps. As compared to the lodging trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.
What types of food will be served during the trekking?
While trekking in Nepal, meals are prepared in tea houses, good standards of hygiene, fruit and vegetable soaked in iodine water before cooked. The food along the trail will be simple and a mix of local and international cuisine. If the trekking is camping trekking, then the trekkers will mainly be served with the local foods of Nepal and as well as continental and western foods. Due to the lack of electricity and refrigerators along our trekking route you will eat a largely vegetarian diet. In Kathmandu you will find meals in good quality tourist restaurants. Most of lodges serve boiled and filter water which is safe. It is also possible to buy the bottle of mineral water in the trek.
Does your company organize domestic flights, hotel booking and other services?
Yes. Since we are Nepal based company we refer to arrange your international flights from your home. But domestic flight ticket and accommodation during the trek will be included in our package. If you like to organize individually river rafting, sightseeing tour, mountain flight, jungle safari can be organized according to your interest.
Do I really need trekking guide?
While visiting to Nepal, trekking guides is almost mandatory to trekking in Nepal for everyone. When you hired one your trip will lot more informative and memorable. You get lots of knowledge about country. But if the trekkers is well experienced and have visited at different places of Nepal many times then s/he may not need the trekking guides. But trekking guide can play big role to make your trekking They will provide information about the trekking destination along with its surroundings. Similarly, if any problems will arise during the trekking, then the guides will solve it easily and it will be rather difficult for the trekkers themselves to solve them.
Is trekking and travel safe in Nepal?
Yes Nepal is safe to Travel. Safety during the trekking or travel in Nepal is one of the prime concerns that every trekker or traveler want to know. In the past, Nepal has experienced political unrest, however since November of 2006, the signed Nepal Peace Agreement, between the Government of Nepal and the Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) has brought this unrest to a close. but now there is the situation of peace and tranquility in the field of trekking as well as in whole Nepal.
Besides, the trekking stakeholders in Nepal are also forwarding several steps for the safety of the trekkers. Now after election democratic parties will lead the government and rule the nation that’s why the huge possibility has seen in safety. Yes. . There are pick pockets here, as you find in other countries so keep your belongings safe at all times. You need to take usual precautions as you would traveling anywhere in the world.
Do I need insurance for travel and trek in Nepal? Can I get it there?
You should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for trekking up to 5500m. General travel and medical insurance for traveling in Nepal. We suggest you to buy insurance policy in your country as we don´t have mountain rescue insurance over here in Nepal. Check with your home country travel insurance company which covers the rescue helicopter from the mountain up to 5500m.
Is there any telephone/internet facilities, when we are on the mountain?
In the way in most villages along the popular trekking routes you can find telephone for international call. Popular trekking area like Annapurna, Everest and Langtang area there good coverage of cell phones. and there internet cafe some lodges have wifi service.
What do I need to carry on trek?
A porter will carry your luggage and that belonging to your room-mate. Your clothing and sleeping bag must be placed in plastic bags inside your rucksack which must not weigh more than 25 pounds (12 kg) in total. You will be able to leave clothes and other baggage at our hotel in Kathmandu while away on trek.
Each trekker will carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, water proofs, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle (or camel back system), first aid kit and water purification kit.
What in case of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is one of the major problems while you will trek high altitudes trekking destination of Nepal. But there are certain measures that can be applied while trekking at the high altitudes which help the trekkers to avoid the altitude sickness. Besides, if it will affects to any trekkers then there are several provisions for the first aid and other medicines to recover. If the condition of the trekkers gets worst, then he will immediately transfer to the nearby hospitals.
What happens if there is an emergency?
Our guides are trained with first aid and have basic knowledge about the physical problems that may arise during trekking. If an emergency occur then we will cover initial expenses of rescue operation as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. For minor cases there are health posts established by foreign doctors and many are staffed by overseas personnel.
You can bring power bars, cereal bars and similar high energy foods, powder Gatorade is also recommended to fight dehydration.
Do I need to bring First Aid Kit?
Our Guides carry a comprehensive medical kit. But you should bring your own personal kit and carry it with you when on the trek. It should contain antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, headache pills, diarrhoea treatment, re-hydration salts eg Dioralite, Lemsip, plasters and Compede for blisters.
What currency should I bring to Nepal?
We advise you to bring US dollars /British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost and other expenses. most major currencies are usually accepted also. It is always better to travel with US dollars.
Does Nepal has good quality banking facilities?
Nepal has reasonable banking facilities having branches of some international local commercial banks Almost all foreign currency along with credit card such as Visa and Master card are broadly accepted. ATM is widely available in Kathmandu and pokhara. There are some ATM in bigger town on treks. when you go remote area idea to carry enough cash. some trekking area has bank and ATM, they might not be reliable.
What are the main Nepali customs to know about?
Take off your shoes before entering a temple or a house
Ask for permission before entering Hindu temples
Most of the time, it will be forbbiden to take photographs inside temples
What about time and phone code in Nepal ?
Nepali time is GMT/UTC + 5H45
The Country Code is 977
Do we need to get vaccinated to visit Nepal?
You do not need any specific vaccine to come to Nepal. It is however recommended to check if your mandatory vaccines are up to date and talk to your doctor before travelling.
How early should I book my trip?
We recommend you to book your trip in few month advance. Even you arrive and want to organize your trip we accommodate last minute bookings. However, for Trekking like Everest region we need to reserved the flight so we highly recommend earliest is best for us.
What are your payment terms?
You need to pay 20% of total price as advance deposit to confirm reservation before arriving to Nepal and remaining balance of the payment shall be paid when you arrive to Kathmandu.
What essential documents/items do I need to bring with me?
You must bring a valid passport (must be valid for up to 6 months, keep an extra photocopy just in case), a copy of your travel insurance, cash, flight tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and any medications.
How much extra spending money should I bring?
This depends on the destination you will travel or trek. There is something you spend your money on throughout the trek other than the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Hot shower on the trek, Tipping and shop round on the trek. On the other hand Kathmandu is a shopper’s paradise.. Frequently purchased items include hand-woven Tibetan carpets, hand knit woollen goods, hats, outdoor clothing and equipment, cashmere clothing, shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings and jewellery etc. we suggest you to bring $200-$350 US dollar. You can only buy Nepalese Rupees in Nepal. There are ATM’s in Kathmandu where you can withdraw Nepalese Rupees Credit cards can be used to purchase expensive items but there will be an additional charge for this service.
Are Nepal Eco Adventure guides/porters insured?
Yes our company trekking staff including guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas all of them are insured. we have bought insurance for all our staff from Neco Insurance. Their insurance cover up to $5000 USD.
How much should I tip to my guide and porter?
Tips do not form any part of thewages of guides,porters and other trekking crews. but they are expected by the porters, guide, Sherpa and cook. it is a nice way of saying thank-you to someone who will play a large part in your trekking experience and who will prove invaluable to you on this trip. Our porters and guides will be paid more than working for other big tour and trek companies. we suggest to tip 10-20% of total trip cost. This amount must be given in Nepalese rupee. The porters live in small hill villages several days walking from the nearest bank or money changer. I will suggest you to be generous about tipping job they have done for you.