Langtang is towards the north of the Kathmandu Valley and just south of the Tibetan boarder. It is sandwiched between the main Himalayan range to the north and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. To the west of Langtang is Ganesh Himal with a range of 6,000 to 7,000 meters. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Parks.The main ethnic groups here are Sherpa and tamang whose religious practices, languages and dress are much similar to those of Tibet.The forest in this region have temperate and sub- alpine vegetation. Wildlife includes migratory birds, deer, monkeys, Thar, and Pika. The scenery here is spectacular and the trek is more adventurous.
The route from Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang to Tarke Gyang in Helambu crossing 5106m begins Ganja La Pass trekking. Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa, the trail makes a steep climb along the ridge on the south side of the valley through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. Ganja La trail continues south, following streams and moraines and climbing steeply towards the pass. The views to the north from the pass, of Langtang Lirung and the snow peaks in Tibet, including Shisha Pangma at 8013m, are outstanding. On the clear day you can see the views of many ranges to the south. West of the pass is 5846m Naya Kangri named as Ganja La Chuli. It is one of the trekking peaks and you can climb with a permit from the Nepal Mountaineering Association.
Teahouse facilities are not available in Ganja La region, hence trekking should be fully supported and self – sufficient to meet all requirement that come up.
Explore beyond of Langtang Helambu trail challenging Ganja La Pass, encounter different varied cultural regions in front of Himalayas to remote valleys - Spectacular views of the snow capped Himalayas-Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Shisapangma of Tibet and many other surrounding peaks and Langtang Helambu Trek is also best known habitat of red Panda - Traditional monasteries, colorful culture of locals and the high Himalayan Landscape sceneries and more…
Duration: 15 days whole package
Maximum altitude: 5416m
Best season: March/ Apr/ May/ June/July/August/ Sep/ Oct/ Nov/Dec
Trip starts/Ends: In Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
Accommodations: Eco Teahouse lodge room managed by local community inclusive breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and camping support along the pass.
Transport: Necessary as per package you have required depends on group size – car /van/bus/ to and from starting and ending point.
Ganja La Pass Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1300 m.) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour
After having breakfast you take a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit many Buddhist and Hindu temples which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. In the afternoon you will be taken back to your Hotel. O/N at Kathmandu. Hotel, B.B.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi (1462m)
You are driven to Sybru Bensi from Kathmandu (8 hrs drive). O/N in Sybru Bensi.
Day 04: Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2370m)
After crossing the suspension bridge the trek proceeds through the trees where langur monkey’s frolic and takes you to Doman (1680m). The trail then makes a steep climb over a rocky ridge to Paira Lodge (1810m) and further the route climbs gently to Bamboo Lodge (1960m). Climbing steeply the trail will get to Rimche (2400m) and then to Lama Hotel. O/N in Lama Hotel.
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3330m)
From Lama Hotel the trail climbs through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron observing glimpses of Langtang Lirung, reaches to Gumanchok (2800m) and then climbs to Ghora Tabela (2970m) after which it descends to Thangshyap (3140m). The trail further climbs to Langtang, which is the head quarter for Langtang National Park. O/N in Langtang Valley.
Day 06: Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3730m)
From Langtang Valley the trail climbs gradually to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). Crossing the Laja Khola then climbs a moraine to a viewpoint where you can see Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. Then the trail descends to Kyanjin Gompa. O/N in Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 07: Acclimatization day
After having breakfast you will hikghking Cherkop Ri. If you want to observe the peak of 4,984 m which will show you number of the Himalaya including Tibetan himalaya, you will have to climb half a day to reach the destination. Here you can see panoramic views of the mountains to the north and South as well, its well worth the optional half day climb. Back to the Kangin Gumpa.
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang Kharka (4,430m)
Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa the trail makes a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. Then the trail reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang. On any day here you can see Yaks peacefully grazing. O/N at Ngegang.
Day 09: Ngegang to Keldang (4270m)
The trail continues south, following streams and moraines and climbs steeply towards the pass. The trail makes a final steep ascent to the pass, from the pass the trail descends steeply and enters the Yangri Khola Valley. Following the stream through grassy meadows, the trail reaches Keldang. O/N at Keldang.
Day 10: Keldang to Dukpu (4080m)
The trail descends a long ridge, making many ups and downs and before heading down to the Valley. Then following the ridge line through small settlements, you will reach Dukpu. O/N at Dukpu.
Day 11: Dukpu to Tarke Gyang (2740m)
From, Dukpu the trail descends, and then make a climb to a pass. The pass offers a stunning view of the Himalaya. The trails descend through pine and rhododendron forest, then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. Finally the trail continues its steep descent to the large Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang. O/N at Tarke Gyang.
Day 12: Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2590m)
The trail leaves Tarke Gyang and heads off to meet the pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul (2520m). The trail drops a little bit and climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, before reaching Chumik. Making a gentle climb you come to the large village of Shermathang. O/N at Shermathang.
Day 13: Sermathang to Malemchipul Bazaar (880m)
Making a drop, the trail reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Gyang (2290m). Descending through the chir pine forest the trek gets to the large fascinating village of Dubha Chaur and finally descending you will reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. O/N at Malemchi Pul Bazaar.
Day 14: Malemchipul Bazaar to Kathmandu. Drive back to Kathmandu. O/N at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 15: Departure/ drive to airport (or you can stay as longer as your time permits).
Cost: Please contact us.
Minimum Group size: 2
Season: All year (Jun-August and Jan/ difficult)
Departure date: as per your convenience.
- airport pick up,
- medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom/ on twin sharing basis,
- a day guided tour.
- Daily itinerary as described,
- all inclusive camping or lodge trek with English speaking guide and porters,
- all meals on trek,
- all fees and land transportation,
- Bottled beverages,
- items of a personal nature,
- delay due to weather,
- equipment failure or situations beyond our control.
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