Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek Overview
Ganja La Pass Trek is a very admired and famous trekking destination in Nepal among adventure lovers. Ganja La is a high pass that connects Langtang Valley with Helambu, located northwest of Kathmandu Valley in the Langtang region. It is viewed as a unique, wilderness and more adventure than other trekking. Langtang Ganja La Pass trek provides an opportunity to travel over Tibetan villages, Tamang villages, panoramic Himalayan views of the Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Yala peak, Naya kanga, Gaurishanker along with the Annapurna Himalayan range, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low altitude. Just after the monsoon, this trek gives impressive views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung (7,246m) which overshadows the upper valley and gets on the Tibetan border. In springtime, it is a perfect place to spot the birds and flowers of Nepal.
Ganja La Pass Trekking Highlights:
Combination of unique culture, mountain scenery, and natural beauty.
Welcome to Nepal, the land of the Himalayas. Our representative from Bold Himalaya will be waiting for your arrival at the airport. And then you will be conveyed to your respective hotel. You will have the rest of the day free to explore Kathmandu as you want. You can walk around vibrant Thamel and find yourself some classical local products to shop for. You can also visit restaurants and café and try out Nepali cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, we will have a very relaxing day and visit some of the famous places in Kathmandu. We will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, which is located on the bank of the Bagmati River. We will also visit Bouddhanath Stupa which is the largest Stupa in Nepal and the holiest place for Buddhists. Swyambhunath, also called The Monkey Temple is another historical shrine of Nepal visible from all corners of the valley. We will also visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later, we will start our preparation for trekking with a brief description as well as packing. Overnight at the hotel.
We will be driving to Syabru Besi, a village with huge stone houses. It is about 122km away and 7 to 8 hours drive from Kathmandu. The road is winding and a little off-road. We will be driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline landscape to Syabru Besi passing over Dhunche. While passing along the road on the bank of the Trishuli river, we can catch a view of Ganesh Himal, terraces, and green hills. We will stop in a local guesthouse for the night
We will be trekking for about 5 to 6 hours from Syabru Besi to lama hotel. The first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola and slowly climbs to Bamboo (1960m). Enjoy yourself in the rhododendron and bamboo forest. The view of terraced fields and dense forest with a variety of plants is perfect. We might come across some of the wildlife inhabitants- throated martin, wild boar, Langur monkey, red panda, and Himalayan black bear. The way 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 the Lama Hotel, we will end the trek for the day.
Today, the way climbs up towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River. The trail follows Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela literally means the Horse Stable. We will be embraced by the stunning landscape of dense rhododendron forest, the exquisite Langtang River, and glimpses of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7243m). After this, the path is gradual with beautiful views into the valley of grazing Yaks. After some time, it descends into a valley, the path crosses a stream and climbs past several water-driven prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang. This is one of the oldest villages along this trekking route and the view from here is more astonishing as we get closer to the mountain. The rest of the day, we will walk around the village and stay overnight at a guesthouse
After a delicious breakfast in the morning, we will leave the Langtang village climbing the ridge topped by Chorten and Mani walls, made up of stone that has prayers inscribed on them. After crossing a few streams, the trail will gradually climb to Kyanjin Gompa through several yak-herding villages: Mundu, Sindum, and Yamaha. The majestic Kyanjin Gompa is encircled by alluring peaks: Langtang Lirung, Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Ri, and Naya Kangri which seem strenuously enchanting. Kyanjin Gompa is a popular destination for night stay
Today is a day to rest and travel around. Kyanjin Gompa is the most favored destination for acclimatization and exploration. After having our breakfast, we can visit the monastery and the cheese factory. Also, we can hike to Tserko Ri peak for the spectacular view of the entire Langtang valley and tantalizing peaks: Langtang Lirung, Yanga Tenji, Langtang range, and a few other peaks. Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/15,912ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) are the best viewpoints of Kyanjin. Overnight in a local guesthouse at Kyanjin Gompa
After breakfast, we will embark on our journey for the day to Ganja La Phedi. Our trek to Ganja La Phedi is definitely an exciting one as we cross the Langtang River and enter the evergreen blooming rhododendron forests. Being at a high altitude, the trek becomes challenging and adventurous. It may take longer to trek during winter because of the snow. Overnight in Ganja La Phedi.
Maximum altitude: Ganja La Pass (5,122m/16,804ft) and Keldang (4,250m/13,943ft) Trekking hours: 6-7 hours
This is the highlight of the trek. Today’s trek is effortful and challenging as we have to cross one of the difficult parts of the region and walk down to Keldang for shelter. After having a warm and heavy breakfast, we will ascend steeply up through an icy moraine alongside the glacier, small lakes and reach Ganja La Pass on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the calm and comforting landscape, the thrilling icy trail of the pass, and the persuading view of the Langtang Range including the snow-clad mountain Langtang Lirung.
The pass remains snow-covered all over the year, therefore while walking through the pass, stay alert and calm. From the pass, go down through a grassy meadow until you reach Keldang. Overnight in camp.
After having a warm and delicious breakfast at Keldang, we will embark on our trek to Dukpu tracing the downhill route along the ridge. After descending for a few hours, the trail will follow the straight path through farmland and the tiny human settlement of Helambu Valley and eventually ascent to Dukpu through the dense forest. Dukpu is the non-human settlement where we will set camp inside the forest for today’s accommodation. Our helpers will cook warm and delicious food for us while we share the experience of Ganja La Trek as well as enjoy the night by singing and dancing alongside the firewood.
Maximum altitude: 2600m
Trekking hours: 6-7 hours.
We will enjoy our breakfast at the camp and then begin the trek from Dukpu to Tarke Gyang. Today, we will trek to the lower region through dense rhododendron and pine forest enjoying the spectacular view of Annapurna and Everest Region. After walking downhill for a few hours, the trail leads us to the lower village of Helambu Valley: Tarke Gyang. Overnight at the lodge of Tamang village, ‘Tarke Ghyang’.
Today’s trek will be shorter and easier than the other day's trek. From Tarke Gyang, we will descend down through the dense forest witnessing the serene green surrounding and gigantic snow-clad mountain. After a few hours, we will reach the Sherpa Village ‘Shermathang’ where we can witness Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling range, and even Mt. Everest. Overnight in Shermathang.
On the final day of our trek, we will descend down from Shermathang to Melamchi Pool Bazaar through dense forest, terraced farmland, and many tiny Sherpa villages. The place comprises mostly Sherpa inhabitants. They are known for their hospitality and friendly nature.
At Melamchi Pool Bazaar, we will take a rest for a few minutes or have lunch and will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive is short and pleasant. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, you will be co-operated through the check-in process in your respective hotel. You can either rest or go exploring or shopping or anything you like. Overnight at Kathmandu.
After bidding you goodbye, you will be assisted to Tribhuwan International Airport for your next destination. If you have any intention of extending your stay in Nepal for an adventurous experience then we would be more than happy to be of help. We also welcome you to visit our country again for more experiences. It would be our pleasure to help you plan your next trip to Nepal. Take care and goodbye from Bold Himalaya
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All ground transportation (including trekking starting/ending point, airport pick up/drop) by private tourist vehicles as per itinerary
Three-star category hotel in the city(Kathmandu) in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis & standard trekking lodge in Langtang Valley Ganjala pass trekking route
Kathmandu sightseeing with private vehicles & experienced city tour guideFull meals during trekking as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with tea or coffee )Everyday seasonal fruits & snakes during the trekLangtang National Park Area Trekking permit, & TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)Experienced, licensed one trekking guide up to five trekkers in the group including their salary, accommodation, meals, and their insuranceOne porter to carry your luggage (for two guests one porter to carry baggage) including their salary, accommodation, meals, transportation, and insuranceOne special cultural show and farewell dinner programFirst aid medicine & kitGovernment tax, Service charge & local taxes
Extra Lunch & Dinner in KathmanduDessert & any types of drinks during the tripKathmandu city tour entrance feeYour international air ticket & travel insuranceTips for the trekking crew members
Best Season for Langtang Ganja La Pass trek
Langtang Ganja La pass trek can be done the whole year except for the rainy season (June, July, and August) although Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November) are considered ideal seasons for undertaking Langtang Ganja La pass trek.
The average weather temperature at Langtang region in the Spring season ranges from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) in the daytime and 5°C (41°F) in the nighttime. The views of entire sections of the forests are covered in pink, red, and yellow blooms of rhododendron. Trekkers can enjoy the blooms of local flora and fauna of the Langtang National Park in the spring season. The walk along the park with the scents of pine and maple, and wildlife in cool, warm, and dry is really amazing.
In the Autumn season, the trails are in excellent shape with an average temperature of 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day and 5°C (41°F) during the night. The mountain peaks can be seen with astonishing clarity under the brilliant blue skies from Ganja La Pass. Trekkers can take pleasure from the unobstructed views of the valleys, peaks, and mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Dorje Lokpa.
It is possible to trek in the Winter season (December, January, and February), but it can be challenging due to cold weather and snowfall. The temperature ranges between 6°C to 9°C (48.2°F to 48.2°F) during the day while at night the temperature drops from 0°C to -3°C (32°F to 26°F).
It is best to do the Langtang Ganja La Pass trek in the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is favorable and the stunning views are visible.
While trekking, it is our top priority to provide a standard accommodation to the clients. We provide a 3-star category Hotel in Kathmandu and mountain guest houses or luxurious tea houses during the trek. Tea houses and guest houses in the Langtang region have wonderful facilities with sound environments and hygienic meals. You will get the facilities of attached bathrooms and toilets which are clean and luxurious rooms including twin sharing beds, blankets, pillows, and mattresses.
Food is the most essential factor while trekking because it gives you energy. While staying in a tea house or lodge, you may enjoy traditional Nepalese food, which includes Dal, Bhat, and many other popular dishes. You may get an option to choose from a vast selection of European, Italian, Chinese, and Indian cuisines while on this trek.
Tibetan bread with jam, french toast with jam, muesli, oatmeal, cornflakes, fried eggs, pancakes, porridge, chapati, cereal, and harsh brown are available for breakfast.
A variety of delicious items including Mo Mo (dumplings), vegetable fried rice with egg, Dal, Bhat, and Curry, soup, cheese potatoes, and fried egg noodles are available for lunch.
Pizza, Thukpa, stews, fried noodles, noodle soup, macaroni, fried potatoes, fried rice, momo (dumplings), spaghetti, spring rolls, Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari are available for dinner.
Drinking water, while trekking in the Langtang region is easily available. You can fill up the water at tea houses or guest houses by paying some extra money. It is more convenient to carry a water bottle and water purifying kits for the drinking water sourced from taps.
Hot shower and Laundry facilities
All the tea houses and guest houses provide the facility of hot showers along the trek but you have to pay some extra charges for using hot-shower service.
Laundry facilities throughout the Langtang Ganja La pass trek are unavailable so it is recommended that pack enough clothes to last for your trek.
Mobile Network and Internet
Internet connectivity and mobile networks are easily accessible while at lower regions but it is a little hard to find networks in higher altitudes of the Langtang region. For the use of WiFi, you have to pay some additional charges to tea houses or guest houses or you can buy a local sim with a data pack to get internet access.
Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek cost
The cost for Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass might vary according to the group size of trekkers. It can be a bit more costly for trekkers who are doing solo than those who are doing in a group. The cost includes the package like guide and porters, accommodation, food, transportation, hotel in Kathmandu, and airport pick-ups and drops. On average, the Langtang Valley and Ganja La Pass trek might cost around US$950 to US$1,050.
You need two kinds of permits to do the Langtang Ganja La pass trek - TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System) which costs US$ 20 per person. Another permit you need is the Langtang National Park permit which costs around US$ 25 per person.
The trek starts from Syabru Besu which takes you through the forest along Langtang Khola to Lama Hotel (2,470m) via Rimche for the first night of the trek. Then the trek continues onwards to the oldest village of Langtang (3,430m) for the second night.
The next day's trail starts upon an alpine meadow to Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m), the last settlement of the Langtang valley with a beautiful monastery and old cheese factory. This is the place where we have extra days to adjust our bodies for high altitudes in which we climb to viewpoints like Kyanjin Ri (4,773m) and Tserko Ri (4,948m).
After acclimatization, the trek heads toward Ganja La Phedi where we call a day off, and on the following day trekking takes you over the Ganja La Pass (5,160m) via Keldang (4,270m).
The trek continues in the wild and remote region of Helambu where we spend one more night at Dukpu (4,040m) before reaching Tarke Gyang (2,740m) for the next day's trek. After leaving Tarke Gyang, we will spend our last night in Sermathang (2,590m) and Melamchi Bazaar (830m) from where we drive back to Kathmandu to finish our trek.
The height climb and the snow, the icy route, and the narrowness of the pass make Langtang Ganja La pass trek exceedingly difficult. There are several ascend and descend which makes it tougher for trekkers to trek. Change in climate and unavailability of all major facilities are other factors that make this trek challenging.
With proper planning and assistance before the start of the trekking, the Langtang Ganja La trek is possible. We recommend you participate in exercises, and day hikes, and maintain your physical fitness, yoga, and meditation months before the start of your trek. Also, don't forget to take the necessary health tests before starting the trek.
Mountain climbers or high-altitude trekkers are used to altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Around 3,000 meters above sea level, the oxygen level starts to drop. Altitude sickness might not be fatal if appropriately managed. Symptoms of altitude sickness include cold, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite and a rise in heartbeat
To prevent this, walk slowly and foremost, keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water, consume lots of calories and energy-giving food, avoid smoking or drinking hard drinks, and ensure to have proper acclimatization and descend a little lower while sleeping.
Safety and Security
Nepal and its majestic mountain areas are known as the safest destinations for all trekkers. We kindly request all our guests take the necessary precautions to keep their important belongings safe and ensure a worry-free trek.
Our guides, who are certified and well-trained with years of experience in the field are technically competent and have excelled in safety performance. They always carry essential safety equipment, gear, and first aid kits. For the safety of our clients, the itinerary is properly scheduled including acclimatization day to adjust to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness.
During the trek, if you experience any health issues, please inform your guide immediately. If there are any queries regarding safety, feel free to share them with our guides. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities throughout the journey.
Hiking trousers and shorts
A waterproof jacket or raincoat
Gloves, hat, neck, and mount cover
Hiking shoes, glasses, a pair of sandals, a trekking bag, and medicines.
sleeping bags, toilet paper, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, suncream, and hand sanitizer
water bottle and water purifier
Trekking poles and crampons
First aid kits
Guide and Porters
The trek to Langtang Valley with Ganja La pass will be accompanied by a highly experienced guide and porters.
Trekking with guides will ensure you are safe and right on a path while trekking in higher mountain regions of Nepal. The trekking guide will carry all the necessary documents and gives you the knowledge about local traditions and cultures of the mountain region. They will assist you throughout the trek and takes the responsibility to provide standard accommodation, hygienic and nutritious food throughout the trekking trail. Also, they will act as a language translator when you want to communicate with local people.
Porters will carry your luggage and make sure you are comfortable while trekking. The maximum weight capacity for porters is 20 kg and they can carry luggage of a maximum of 2 people at a time.
Tipping is always the trekker's choice and should be relied on by good services. It is very much appreciated by the crew members and in the Nepali culture, the tip is accepted and honored way of thanking them for better services.
While tipping, you can tip around US$ 20 to US$ 25 for guides and around US$ 10 to US$ 15 for porters.
We strongly believe that our environment, local cultures, and traditions have to be protected. We heartily request all our clients to respect local cultures, customs, and beliefs while also giving priority to the preservation of the beauty of nature and the well-being of the local community. Focus on not leaving anything behind except footprints and make sure we leave the pristine untouched and unharmed.
Yes, trekkers with a better level of physical fitness and mental fitness can complete this trek. The trekking excursion will be accompanied by highly experienced guides and porters who will provide you with tremendous support and assistance.
One of the most difficult treks in the Langtang region is the Langtang Valley with Ganja La pass trek. It is around 112 kilometers long and it takes around 14 days to complete. You will trek up to Ganja La Pass which is the highest point of the trek at an elevation of 5,122 meters/16,804 feet.
All the teahouses and guest houses provide you with enough electricity facilities which are generated from solar power or micro-hydro. But you have to pay some nominal fee to charge your phone, cameras, or batteries on an hourly basis.
The highest elevation you will encounter in Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass is 5,122 meters/16,804 feet at Ganja La Pass.
The trekkers will require two types of permits to trek on the Langtang Valley with the Ganja La pass. The permits are:
TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)\
Langtang National Park permit
Walking time per day during the trek depends on the terrain and destination. However, on average you will walk around 5 to 7 hours per day in the Langtang Valley with the Ganja La Pass trek
Travel insurance is mandatory if you are interested to trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. It must cover medical expenses and a helicopter rescue facility at high-altitude treks.
You can drink water from taps while trekking in the Langtang Valley with the Ganja La Pass. The water is pure and safe to drink however you can use water purification pills to ensure water is safe.
Yes, all the tea houses and guest houses offer WiFi facilities for a small charge.
The starting point is at Syabru Besi (2,380m/7,808ft) and the ending point is at Melamchi Bazaar (850m/2,788ft) of the Langtang Valley with Ganja La Pass trek.
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