Ganja La Pass Trek

Duration: 14 Days

About Ganja La Pass Trek

The Ganja La Pass Trekking lies in the culturally and naturally rich Langtang region, northeast from Kathmandu Valley. This trek is quite difficult than the classic regular trek of the Langtang Valley. And this trek is done by few tourists compared to the other treks of the Langtang region as it was introduced quite late than the others.

The trek to Ganja La Pass begins with the 7-9 hours scenic drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. The trek follows the same route of the classic Langtang Valley Trek until Kyangin Gompa passing through the dense Rhododendron, Bamboo and Pine forest, beautiful villages, chortens, monasteries, mani walls, etc with beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. From there, we will take the route to the Helambu region via the traverse of Ganja La Pass (5130 M) while trekking through the less explored parts of the Langtang region. If the weather is clear, then from the top of the Ganja-La Pass (5130 M), we will get to witness panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges from the Annapurna range in the far west to Langtang Lirung (7227 M), Shisha Pangma (8013M) into the north in Tibet, and on towards the east Langpogang (6733 M) or Jugal Himal (6535 M). Similarly, views to the south include Naya Khang (5846 M). For 3 nights between Kyanjin Gompa and Tarkegyang, we will have tented accommodation as there are no settlements. Then after reaching Tarkegyang, we will join the Helambu Trail. And trekking through the beautiful villages of the Hyolmo people, we will finally end the trek at Melamchi. 

Highlights

  • One of the nearest trek from Kathmandu that takes you to the less explored parts of the Langtang region
  • Stunning mountain sceneries from Tsergo Ri(4984 M), Kyanjin Ri (4773 M) and Ganja La Pass(5130 M)
  • Alluring colorful forest of Rhododendron, Bamboo, Pine and Oak throughout the beautiful trail
  • Rich wildlife and vegetation including endangered animals like Red Panda and Snow Leopard 
  • Spectacular views of Ganesh, Langtang, Manaslu, and other snowcapped mountains 
  • The rich culture of the Tamang and Hyolmo people that is similar to the Tibetan people
  • Nak cheese factory in Kyanjin Gompa 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

You will be welcomed by one of our team representatives at the airport. He will take you to the hotel and help you with check-in. Later in the evening, you will meet with your guide and will brief you about the program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

It is a free day for you. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, etc. You will get to see the rich art, architecture, and culture of Nepal during the tour. In the late afternoon, you will arrange equipment for the trip. 

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After having breakfast, then will drive to Syabrubesi. Syabrubesi is a beautiful village. It is also the starting point of treks in the Langtang region. The drive will be long on a winding road. We will get to witness excellent views of Mt. Annapurna (8091 M), Mt. Manaslu (8156 M), and Ganesh Himal (7429 M). 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Syabrubesi
  • 1467 M
  • 7-8 hours

After having breakfast, we will trek along the Langtang Khola and ascend towards a ridge. The trail then ascends slowly through lush forests of oak & rhododendron. Further, we will cross a bridge over Langtang Khola and begin ascending on a steep trail. Eventually, we will reach the Lama Hotel where we will stop for the night.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lama Hotel
  • 2470 M
  • 6 hours

Leaving Lama Hotel behind, we will begin trekking enjoying the beautiful landscape and lovely waterfalls. The trail will take us to the green meadow of Ghoda Tabela from where we will get to see a glimpse of Langtang range (7234 M). Further, we will ascend passing by small villages and reach Langtang village for a night stay. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Langtang village
  • 3430 M
  • 5 hours

The trek today begins with a gradual descent to Kyanjin Gompa. It is one of the most important and oldest monasteries of the Langtang region. On the way, we will pass by several Chortens, prayer wheels, and colorful prayer flags. Further, we will pass by sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them and reach Kyanjin Gompa. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kyanjin Gompa
  • 3870 M
  • 3 hours

Today, we will wake up early and have breakfast. After that, we will go on a short excursion to Tserko Ri from where we will get to see wonderful views of the surrounding.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kyanjin Gompa
  • 3870 M

After taking breakfast, we will start our trek to Ganja La Phedi. From today our trek will be tough for couple of days. By crossing the Langtang River, we will ascend the trails through the alpine grasslands and rocks. We will continue our ascent until Ganja La Phedi.

  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Ganja La Phedi
  • 4300M
  • 5 hours

Today is the day of the pass which is the hardest as well. Early in the morning, we will set out to Ganja La Pass. We will walk on steep uphill rocky trails through the moraines until reaching Ganja La Pass. The trails are quite difficult and dangerous as it is narrow in many parts. For this, there are chains attached along the trail for safety. The view from the pass is extraordinary. Then we start to descend to Keldang. The descent on a steep trail is also equally difficult as ascending the pass.

  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Keldang
  • 4250 M
  • 6-7 hours

Today we will begin our trek to Dhukpa. The trail will consists of mild ascent and descent. We will trek towards the valley along the ridge and through the alpine grasslands finally taking us to Dhukpa. 

  • B,L&D
  • Camp
  • Dhukpa
  • 4040 M
  • 6-7 hours

Leaving Dukpa behind, we will start the trek to Tarkegyang which a large Sherpa village in the Helambu region and we will start to see more vegetations. We will descend slowly in the initial part. We will pass by huge pasture land in front of the Yangri Peak. Then, we will descent down to Tarkegyang through the Pine and Rhododendron forest. Later in the evening, we can visit the old monastery of Gekye Gompa.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tarke Gyang
  • 2590 M
  • 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we will walk through the forest mostly on a straight trail till Sermanthang via Ghangyul. We will pass by monasteries, chortens, and huge Buddhist stupas as well. Then we will descend slowly to Kakani with a wide view of the valley and spectacular mountain views. Today, we will have to walk on a vehicle road in some places. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Kakani
  • 1996 M
  • 5:30 hours

Passing by several villages and terraced fields, we will descend to Melamchi Pul. We will walk on a vehicle road in some places. From there, we will take a scenic drive to Kathmandu. Later in the evening, you will join a farewell dinner organized by the company. 3 hours trek and 4 hours drive.

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 6-7 hours

After having breakfast, one of the members of our team will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations with twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • Tented camp accommodations for 3 nights during the trek.
  • All the necessary equipment needed for camping. 
  • All the staff’s salary, meals, accommodation & insurance.
  • English speaking guide (French-speaking guide available with an extra additional cost if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork needed for the trek.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Syabrubesi and Sundariajla- Hotel by private vehicle.
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Sightseeing and Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower, and battery charging during the trek.
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).