Langtang Valley & Ganja-la (5,121m) Pass Trek

Trip Highlights

  1. Trekking in the Langtang region.
  2. Walk through small settlements and complete wilderness.
  3. View of the central Himalayan range including Ganesh & Jugal Himal, Langtang Lirung, Dorji Lakpa with world’s 14th last highest Mt.Shisapangma,
  4. Snow Leopard and Red Panda
  5. Crossing Ganja-la
Langtang Valley & Ganja-la (5,121m) Pass Trek
Photo On-the-way-to-Ganja-La-Pass-with-snowy-trail
Trip Duration: 17 days(s) / Trek Duration: 13 days(s)
Max Altitude: 5,121 m. pass of Ganja-la
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Tea house and camping
Transportation: Private vehicle bus / Public Bus
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

Langtang Valley & Ganja-la pass trekking is a challenging trek in the high altitudes of Nepal. The trip goes through the lush green forest, mountain valleys and viewpoints that offer view of the highest mountains in the world. This region and the trail is also the area of the Tamang and the Bhutia People. The Langtang region is also home to the red Panda and the snow leopard. The vegetation in the area includes oak, birch, pine and rhododendron. Most of the people in the region are Buddhist so the Tibetan Buddhist culture is at its best in the Langtang region.   The Kyangjin Gompa at around 3800 m is one of the major highlights of this trip besides the Ganja la. The trek also offers view of the Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpu Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245 m and the 14th highest peak Mt. Shishapangma 8,046 m. After crossing the Ganjala pass we head towards the Helambu valley and ends at Melamche Bazaar.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460m. 7-8 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 470m. 6 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m. 3 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Kyangin Gompa 3,850m. 3-4 hours.
Day 07: Rest day for acclimatization & local hike.
Day 08: Trek to Branchen Kharka 4,100m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 09: Traverse Ganja-la 5,121m descend towards Keldrong Kharka.
Day 10: Trek to Kharka before Dukpu. 4,023m.
Day 11: Trek to Tarkeghyang 2,560m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 12: Rest day or spare day in Tarkeghyang.
Day 13: Trek to Sermathang 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu 5 hrs rides.
Day 16: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

Note:

This Itinerary is only a guideline and you can customize the trip as per your budget and time availability. While you are in Nepal we recommend you to try some extra activities such as Paragliding in Pokhara, Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia, Bungee Jump in the Nepal-Tibet border at the last resort etc. You can also try rafting in some of the best white water rivers. A day trip or trips with multiple nights rafting can be arranged as per your requirement. The early morning mountain flight to Mount Everest is also a worthy activity you can do. It needs just couple of hours yet provides you a life time experience.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Kathmandu-Syabru-Sundarijal-Kathmandu drive.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • Langtang Region permits fees.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460m, 07 hours scenic journey.
We head towards Syabrubesi from Kathmandu on a hilly journey of around 7 hours. We will drive past the Trishuli bazaar and Dhunche before reaching Syabrubesi, the ending or starting point of most of the trekking in the Langtang region.

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2, 470m.  6 hours.
We will start walking after breakfast and after an hour of walk the path starts going up as we need to go higher to reach upper Syabru near the place at Riverside and Bamboo. From here onwards another one hour of ascent will take us to the Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m. 6 hours walks.
We will start in the morning towards Langtang village. The trail is well defined and the terraced farms look more and more beautiful as you go higher. With the gain in altitude we will leave the terraced farms behind and start our walk through the woods till Ghoretabla. After a lunch break here at Ghodatabela we head towards the Langtang village which takes a little more than 2 hours of gradual climbing on a nice trail.

Day 06: Trek to Kyangin Gomba 3, 749 m. 3-4 hours.
We will head towards the famous Kyangin Gomba as it is a short walk we will reach there for lunch. Even though we start the walk on a easy trail the walk gradually starts going up. The trail is full of nature and mountains are visible from many places on the way making the trip very interesting. The 4 hour walk ends at Kyangin Gomba

Day 07: Rest day at leisure for local exploration and hikes.
This is a free day for rest. We can go for a hike up to the Kyangin RI at 4,700m. You can also visit the cheese factory which is little more than 30 minutes walk from the Kyangjin Gompa.

Day 08: Trek to Branchen Kharka 4,100m. 4-5 hrs walks.
After breakfast we descend down to Langtang Khola (stream), and walk towards Chhona. From here w walk up to the hill top of Branchen Kharka. We reach the base camp of Ganja-la. You can go for short hike around the area for acclimatization.

Day 09: Traverse Ganja-la 5,121m descend towards Keldrong Kharka.
Today is the most important day of the trip. We will cross the Ganja-la crossing steeply from right to left to the summit of the pass. There is a small glacier on the far side; descend to a camp by the second of two small lakes or ponds on the west side of the glacier below the rubble covered site. If time allows a much better camping site at Keldrong Khaka at 4,298m. A little two hours further on. Then descend steeply from the glacier through moraines to the Kharka; which provides a fine campsite on the valley below the glacier the trail starts off across the steep east –facing hillsides of the Dukpu Danda. Where there is a cave for the porter’s shelter and the first water and wood at 4,510m.

Day 10: Trek to Kharka before Dukpu. 4,023m.
We will be heading towards the Kharka; As soon as you start the trekking you will see the village in distance. The first half of the trek goes up and down and after lunch most of the trail goes steep up. The walk is 6 hours long after we start from Keldang.

Day 11: Trek to Tarkeghyang 2,560m. 6-7 hrs.
Today we will walk from Dukpu to0 Tarkeghyang. The walk is about 7 hours long on a well defined trail. Today we enter into the Helambu area. The first two hour is a long climb of 2 hours. We will reach Tarkeghyang by late afternoon. Even though it is a descent it is fairly difficult due to the steepness of the trail.

Day 12: Rest and spare day at Tarkeghyang or on route from Ganja-la.
This is a contingency day in reserve, just in case if there is some problem with crossing the Ganjala because of weather. If everything goes as per the plan we will have a rest day here.

Day 13: Trek to Sermathang 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
We will trek for little more than 4 and half hours to Sermathang,. Most of the day the walking is easy and goes down with nice view and small settlements of the Tamang people. The nice thing about trekking in Nepal is that we have to walk on a hard trail only for few days and as soon as you start feeling difficult there is change in landscape and scenery, making you feel relaxed and energetic.

Day 14: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
This is the last day of your trekking in Nepal. We are heading towards Melamchi Pul Bazaar. It is nice walk past the villages of Kakani and Thimbu. This 6 hours walk reaches Melamchi by late afternoon.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs journeys.
The journey to Kathmandu goes past the towns of Bhaktapur, Banepa, and Dhulikhel. You can also drive to Nagarkot or make a stop at Bhaktapur to see its cultural heritage and beauty.

Day 16: In Kathmandu a free day.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 17: Depart Kathmandu for international departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be for trekking in the Langtang Region?
The Langtang Ganja-la trek, Langtang challenging trekking, Langtang high pass trek is a Challenging trekking. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trekking in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Pokhara and Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available during Trekking in the Mountains of Nepal? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks for trekking in Nepal?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trekking in Nepal?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need during trekking in Nepal? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek in Nepal?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).Please refer our equipment list formore details.

What if I get sick while trekking in Nepal?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc who accompany me during my trekking in Nepal?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip in Nepal?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. But around the langtang region because of high hills the cell phone network often gets blocked. There are few landline phones on the trail. Cyber café’s are hard to find in the trail. Major town settlements like Syabru and Dhunche only have internet facilities.

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