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Ganjala Pass Trekking

This Langtang Ganja La pass trek leads you on a fascinating journey through the serene pine forests, the magnificent snowcapped mountain peaks, sparkling waters of mountain streams, meadows sprinkled with daisies, monasteries, pristine glaciers and colorful Sherpa hamlets.

 The trail opens up to the dramatic views of the Himal Chuli(7893m), Mananslu(8156m) and Ganesh Himal(7406). This Ganja la trek takes you to Lantang, the valley of glaciers before proceeding to the challenging route to the Ganja La Pass.

Trip Hightlights:

Duration:                     14 Days

Type of Trek :             Tea House (Lodge) / Camping

Max Altitude:             5033 m.

Minimum Pax:             1 +

Mode of travel:           Land Transportation

Grade:                              Strenuos


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.)               [8 hours drive]

You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. Your drive from Kathmandu to the destination is either by local bus or land cruiser. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 2: Dhunche – Syabru Gaon (2581m.)               [5 – 6 hours]

The initial part of the trek is a leisurely walk through forests and terraced hill slopes. As you enter Syabru, you descend to the ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. You will continue through the village to your campsite about fifteen minutes beyond, on the slopes below the village. The sunset is spectacular. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and Tibetan Himal ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 3: Syabru Gaon – Lama Hotel (2470m.)          [5 hours]

The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru’s main street and then drops to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and again descends to the landslide (1810m.).Thereafter, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end you travel along a level path to Lama Hotel. En-route you may get lucky and spot red pandas and monkeys in their natural habitat. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Lama Hotel – Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela [6 hours]

At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you might be able to catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which you can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 5: Langtang Village – Kyangjin (3870m.)        [3 hours]

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. You should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow- covered peaks surrounding you in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Dorje Larpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.) and Langtang Lirung (7245m.)Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 6: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion.

You can visit the monastery and cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 7: Kyangjin Gompa – Tserko Ri (5033m.) – Kyangjin Gompa [7 hours]

You trek along a steep path all the way to the top. Along the way you can see Himalayan pheasants, Himalayan deer and outstanding views of surrounding peaks and mountains. From Tserko Ri, you are quite captivated by the panoramic views of Sisapangma, Langshisa Ri, NayaKang, Yala peak, Langtang Lirung and many others. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8: Kyanjing Gompa – Ngegang (4000m.)         [5 hours]

From here you can not see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are no lodge available, you need to camp.

Day 9: Ngegang – Keldang (5106m.) via Ganja La (5100m.) [5 – 6 hours]

This day is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja la pass which is covered by snowy ice throughout most of the year. Spend the night in camp. Your camping site will be inside the forest.

Day 10: Keldang – Dukpu (4080m.)                         [5- 6 hours]

This day you will walk along a ridge and grassland with amazing views of Mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Dukpu – Tarkeghyang (2740m.)                [5 hours]

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 natrured people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Tarkeghyang – Shermathang (2621m.)     [4 hours]

This day the trail is quite easier across flat land with beautiful forests on the way. Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. There you can see the Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Shermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) [5 hours]

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi 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. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Melamchi Pul Bazaar – Kathmandu [6 hours]

You travel on a gravel and bumpy path to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road to Kathmandu.

Cost Includes:

  • A trekking guide
  • Porter/s (one porter can carry up to 25 kgs. luggage)
  • Entry permit for Langtang National Park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation
  • All meals 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek for some nights & camp for some nights
  • Necessary equipments such as tents, mattresses,sleeping bags, down jackets & cooking utensils
  • Fuel
  • Rescue Assistance
  • Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staff
  • First Aid kit

Cost Excludes:

  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Tips
  • Hotel Accomodation and meals in Kathmandu

Note: We can arrange the hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget.

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