Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass Trek
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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
Drive to Syabrubensi from Kathmandu.
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 2
Trek from Syabrubensi 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 3
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 4
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 5
Day hike up to Tsergo ri(4985m) and back to Kyanjin Gompa.
This day is dedicated to indulging in the natural beauty and serenity of the Gompa area. We can enjoy the splendid mountain views as well as relish in the peaceful environment. We can also take a climb up to the Tsergo Ri at 5150m and also reach the Langtang glacier and the beautiful yak pasture called Langshisha Kharka. This quite tough day. We will follow the same trail back to Kyanjin Gompa and spend the night in the same hotel.
Day 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
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 12
Drive to Kathmandu
On this day we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive is short and pleasant and shouldn’t take us 4-5 hours to reach Kathmandu. We drop you to your hotel. You book your own hotel.

What is Included

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with a cup of hot drink( Tea/Coffee).
  • Fresh fruit every night after dinner.
  • Trekking lodge accommodations during the trek 2-3 nights camping.
  • Public bus Kathmandu-Syabrubesi and Melemchi to Kathmandu.
  • Langtang National park permit & Tourist Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking, well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper safety equipment and Trekking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure branded T-shirt, cap and duffel bag( As gift)
  • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and walking Poles (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed). Using these 3 items you pay $10 USD each as maintenance and washing charge.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.

What is Excluded

  • Meals and hotel whilst you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee $50 USD for 30 days visa on arrival.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Battery charging and hot shower during trek on the tea houses.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).

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  • 12 days
  • Guest house/ Tent
  • Strenuous
  • 2 - 10 person
  • March-June and September-December.
  • 5100m
  • Local Bus/Jeep
  • NEA-LHT-05

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