Langtang valley Ganja La Pass Trek - 11 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
LANGTANG REGION TREK
DURATION
11 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Tea House trekking/Camping
MAX ALTITUDE
Ganja La Pass 5,122m
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Langtang Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
MEAL
All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Kathmandu - Syabrubesi & Malemchi - Kathmandu by local transport.

About the Trip

Board on our amazing 11 days Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trekking that takes you to the famous and ancient Langtang region and Ganja La Pass (5122m) with the ever-changing landscape of beauty.

  Highlights

  • Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
  • Visit Langtang village and Kyangiin Monastery
  • Panoramic view of the mountain from Kyangjin Ri
  • Stunning view from Ganja La Pass (5122m)
  • Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas and monuments
  • Diverse Flora and Fauna
  • Wildlife like red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, bear, langur etc.

Benefits

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu's international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

 Overview

The Langtang Valley comprises of immense blooming rhododendron and green bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and the snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. This trek also offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan and Tamang villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers comfortably at a low elevation.

The Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek is challenging yet rewarding with beautiful nature’s sight and Tibetan tribe cultures. The Langtang Valley has such a compact, diverse and interesting place to trek. In just a few days traverse the lower Himalayan foothills and reach active glaciers in the high Himalaya. There are so many opportunities for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass traverses and peak climbing all within the beautiful Langtang Valley.

A challenging Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek begins from a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, a 7 hours’ drive. Then the trail leads us ahead to the mesmerizing Langtang valley where we trek to Lama Hotel then following up to Mundu (3,403m) through the traditionally rich Langtang village. Further continuing the trails, we trek to Kyangjin Gompa and acclimatize for a couple of hours. We can explore the valley and riverbeds around Kyangjin Gompa as it is a beautiful sight. From here we explore to Tserko Ri (5000m) which gives a splendid and a mesmerizing view of Langtang Himalaya ranges and peaks like Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Kimshung (6,781m), Yansa Tsenji (6,575m). Then we continue the trek to Ganja La Phedi crossing the Ganja La Pass (5122m). The trek becomes challenging as the elevation is high. The view from the top of the pass is Lantang Lirung and Shishapangma (8013m) in Tibet which have outstanding views. As we descend, we trek to Keldang and then to Yak Kharka continuing to Tarke Gyang. The villages out here follow Buddhism and we will come across many Buddhist stupas, monasteries and monuments. Further trekking to Sermathang then to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, the nature and the sight of villages does not fail to be admired. Then with a 2 hours’ drive, we head back to Kathmandu.

Conquering the Langtang Valley Ganja-La Pass trek would be a remarkable achievement due to it being an under trekked trail because of the difficulty and the requirements of basic mountaineering knowledge. Facing challenges and winning them would always make life much more uplifting.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive to Syabrubesi

After early morning breakfast, the drive to Syabrubesi begins. You head out of Kathmandu to the highway, slowly heading towards the north along the main valley road. You will come across many beautiful views of the river, terraced fields, small villages and snowcapped mountains if the sky is clear. The road takes you to a little busy town called Dhunche and then to Syabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring.

Days 2 -Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m) 6 hrs

We begin our trek from Syabrubensi following the route of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang river. We come across fertile jungle, terraced fields and pass through rural settlements with bamboo and birch groves. In this place, we might have the chance to spot rare and local wildlife like the red panda. Following the trail, we reach the Lama Hotel and stay overnight.

Days 3 -Trek to Mundu (3,543m) via Langtang village (3,430m) 6-7hrs

After breakfast, we continue our trek to the village of Mundu. The trail will lead us inside a dense forest the having to make a firm climb up through the valley. On our way to Mundu, we will be passing through the Langtang village. This ancient village has many Tibetans and Tamang living together following the Buddhist religion. This village was badly affected by the earthquake and now they have been slowly recovering. On our way, we will get to view the snow-capped peak, Langtang Lirung (7,246m).

Days 4 -Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m) 3 hrs for exploring

After a good cup of tea and breakfast, our journey waits for us. We trek through small villages and meadows and will come across water mills, prayer wheels, sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. This is when we reach an ancient monastery the Kyangjin Gompa. We have lunch at our lodge and explore around.

Days 5 -Explore Tserko Ri (5,000m) 7-8 hrs

The exploration begins through the yak pastures and the beautiful scenery of nature. We will visit the Tserko Ri for mountain views and as the elevation increases, the air thins out and so altitude sickness may occur. Then we will return back to Kyangjin Gompa enjoying the views of the mountains, birds, yaks, glacier etc.

Days 6 -Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4300m) 5-6 hrs

Our journey to Ganja La Phedi is definitely a beautiful one as we cross the Langtang River and enter the evergreen blooming Rhododendron forests. Being in high elevation, the trek becomes challenging. During the winters, because of the snow, it may take longer to trek.

Days 7 -Cross the Ganja La Pass (5,122m) Trek to Keldang (4,250m) 6-7 hrs

Trekking to Ganja La Pass will be a challenging trek as it is one of the difficult passes to cross being in a high elevation and also because it is mostly covered with snow throughout the year. Ganja La Pass is located on rocky debris and thus gives an amazing view of the mountains. As challenging the trek is, it is equally rewarding with the beauty as you will be astonished. After taking in the view, we will incline down to Keldang and as mentioned the trek may be tricky.

Days 8 -Trek to Dhukpa (4,040m) 5-6 hrs

As we descend down, the trail becomes easier to pass. We will trek through many forests and fields. The trek would only be about 5 to 6 hours.

Days 9 -Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m) 5-6 hrs

Continuing down the trail, we will see more grasslands and will be nearing to small villages. The trail eventually becomes easier to walk through. At this point, appreciation for nature will be acknowledged as it will be greenery everywhere.

Days 10 -Trek to Sermathan (2,610m) 3-4 hrs

We will reach a small beautiful village and can experience the lifestyle of the locals. The villages will mostly comprise of Sherpa people following the Buddhist religion.

Days 11 -Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar 3-4 hrs, Drive to Kathmandu 2hrs

Lastly, we will trek down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar continuing to see the little fascinating Sherpa Village. From the Bazaar, we will head back from the local bus to our hotel in Kathmandu.

  Includes:

  • The transportation from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Melamchi to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Tea House/ Lodge accommodation including meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek.
  • Trekking camping equipment (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
  • Government License holder Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1porter).
  • Coverage of guides and porter’s meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
  • Langtang National Park entry permit fee.
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Catering extra dietary requirements.
  • All Government and Local Taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation of certificate after over the successful trek.
  • Farewell dinner.

  Excludes:

  • International Flight.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and Accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, early return from trekking (because of any reason) prior to the plan scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Ganjala Pass Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 18kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

Getting there

You will arrive in Nepal, Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport as that is the only international airport. An overnight stay in a hotel in Kathmandu is required upon the arrival. The trek begins from Syabrubesi, so to get there you can either take the local bus or a private jeep which is approximately 8/9 hours.

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trekking. You will be received from our representative crew from Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regardless of the flight you take, with a warm-hearted welcome with either a khada or a marigold garland and you’ll be escorted to your hotel.

Accommodation

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek is an 11 days long trek with 10 nights at a mountain local lodges that provide basic facility and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. Two nights in Kathmandu is required as you would want to rest before and after the trek and is not included in the package. There are an excellent range of hotels for all kind of budgets. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have good public relation with local service providers in the Himalaya region.

The Meals

The meal package in this trek is very convenient. Three meal items of eleven breakfasts, eleven lunch and ten dinners are included in the package. The meals will be the best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine.

Best Season

The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek in Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn and during the winters it becomes difficult to trek due to snow.

January to February

This time is the coldest, especially from early January to early February. Then as February slowly comes to an end; the weather slowly starts to become warm. Temperature can drop up to minus 5 degrees in the night when at high altitude. Day time is very admirable with clear skies and stunning mountain views. It would not be suggested to trek during this time because the trek is challenging itself and the snow would make it tougher.

May to June

This is also the perfect time for trekking. Nepal starts its rainfall from the end of June till mid of August. The season of spring and summer makes the trek much more enjoyable.

July to August

The rainfall hits at its peak during this time. Greenery takes over the valley as this is the time when many flowers bloom. Due to rainfall, it would not be advisable to trek during this season as the difficulty would arise.

September to October

This is also one of the perfect seasons for the Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek. This season is the peak of tourists due to the favourable weather. As the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the day time and falls down to 5 degrees during the night time. This season is when trekkers enjoy trekking the most, with a clear sky, and an amazing view of the mountains. Tourists in this season are also attracted by the main festival of Nepal; Dashain and Tihar.

November to December

As winter slowly begins, snow falls begin in the Himalaya region and it eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder.

Acclimatization

Altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is commonly faced by many trekkers and will need immediate treatment and shouldn’t be left ignored. In this trek, we will be stopping in Kyangjin Gompa for proper acclimatization as we will be exploring around. Our trekking leader and guide are well trained and experienced at high altitude and they have extensive first aid training as well. Your health and safety are important to us and we guarantee that it will be our very first priority. In case you have been rigorously affected, the only cure would be to descend immediately. Also, it is important to know that your group leader has the definitive responsibility to decide whether you can continue the trek based on your overall health conditions.

Trip grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass is a challenging trek. The hiking will be about 6 to 8 hours a day taking regular breaks where we admire the mountain views. The trek routes involve long climbs, steep descents and a straightforward following a good trial. To go on such treks, the fitter, the more comfortable and enjoyable the journey will be. If you have an experience or enjoy trekking, this may be an advantage for you. This trek is not recommended to those who suffer from sensitive medical conditions such as heart or lungs disease.

Transportation

You will most likely be going on the local bus to Syabrubensi. If the clients wish we can arrange private transportation like jeeps, vans etc. Your transportation will be arranged for both ways.

Trekking group/single

The group will generally be from 2 to 12 packs on a trek. A group of 8 will be accompanied by a leader, assistant guide and porters. We are also happy to organize a single private trek with your own family time frame.

A typical day on Trek

A day on trekking will be an unforgettable day because of the beautiful. You will get the time to enjoy the scenery, click pictures and explore the local villages. Your trek will be accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified guides along with porters to carry your baggage’s. The day begins with early morning breakfast. Then we pack our bags and set off to trek to our destination between 7 to 8 am depending on the duration of the trek per day. We will trek for 3 to 5 hours before we take a short break. Lunch will be provided around midday. Some of our crew depart ahead to reach at the overnight lodge to do some preparation. Dinner is provided around 6 to 7 pm. Before going to bed, we will be discussing the day’s trekking experience and plan for the next day. We will be enjoying and entertaining ourselves and it is truly up to the trekkers if they want to join us as they may prefer to rest/sleep.

Communication on Trek

Depending on the kind of network you use, there will be signal but not very strong. On your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card for good access to contacting your family and friends through your cell phone.

Extra Personal expenses on Trekking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu will have to be arranged by self. Trekkers will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs of accommodations in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) which can be changed to rupees here.

Travel Insurance

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass is not an easy trek. It is very challenging and because it is in the high altitude, serious sickness and another casualty can unexpectedly occur. You will have to come prepared and make sure to insure yourself before this trek. All clients should provide a copy of their insurance to Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal make sure that the insurance covers up medical and emergency repatriation with inclusive helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses for trekkers at high altitude. Trekkers are not allowed in Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek if they do not come with their health insurance.

After you book the trek, you are requested to send the details of the insurance information. You have to make sure your insurance company accepts the cost incurred for mountain rescue service even at a high altitude.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indians, require a visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival in the Tribhuvan international airport. Visa can be extended at the central immigration office www.immigratiion.gov.np The visa application will require at least a passport of 6 months’ validity, and a passport size photo. The current cost of visa fee is the US $40 for 30 days which have to be paid in cash.
Citizens of China and the SAARC countries will receive a free visa. There are certain countries that may not receive a visa on arrival and so you will have to contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money Exchange

Money exchange is not a problem in Nepal as there are plenty of ATMs that accept foreign debit and credit card or privately exchange money. Thamel; a tourist hub is always open to exchanging money. During the trek, no ATM will be available so we suggest you to change your money to Nepalese rupees (NPR). Also, the government has banned INR 500 and 1000. You should ensure you are not carrying them as you may be fined if you are caught with it at the airport. You can also choose to exchange your money in banks. They may charge service fees depending on different banks. Also, please note that banks do not accept old, torn or faded foreign currency notes.

Luggage

The weight limit for your luggage, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials, You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal store for free.

Safety

Our client’s safety is the utmost important concern of Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected as tourism may bring negative effects on it. We highlight the positive aspects of tourism on the environment. Furthermore, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travellers and communities.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal Team

During the Langtang Valley Ganja la Pass Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them with food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Tipping

Tipping is always the trekkers choice and should be relied on good services. It is very much appreciated by the crew members and in the Nepalese culture, the tip is accepted and honoured way of thanking you. Tips are usually offered at the end of the trek or at the farewell dinner.

Booking and Payment Process

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 1982138/075/076. We are a member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 per cent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last-minute Booking

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal has offered the special provision of last-minute booking with regard to Around Manaslu trekking. Under this condition, the last-minute booking with 100% per cent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted.

Trip Extension

After the completion of the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. With the free time, exploring, visiting a tour of Kathmandu, sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canoeing are such activities that can be done.

Feedback

After completing the Around Manaslu trek, there will be a farewell dinner held where KarmaTrek and Adventure Nepal will provide you with a  digitally printed certificate of trek achievement. We would highly appreciate if you would give compliment, comment or complain about the service provided and the team performance as we always strive to be better.

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