The company of rhododendron flower in springs, lush green forests, and beautiful water falls, Warm and welcoming local people, delightful villages and splendid monasteries, close from and to Kathmandu and one the oldest Buddhist religious monuments to observe, Breath taking snow-capped mountains scenery, Thrilling Ganja La Pass crossing and view over more than 25 peaks, Majestically beautiful water falls, tranquil and peace jungles.
Our daring Ganja La Pass Trek in Langtang region starts from Sybrubesi and get to Tarke Gyang at Helambu area and ends at Melamchi Pul Bazar. In the beginning, we will follow the Langtang valley classic route up to the east until we get to Kyanjin Gompa (3830m.). Some 5 km to the south of Kyanching Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and to the south east, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Kyanching Gompa is surrounded by Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west, Yala peak on the north , Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang (6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east. In Kyanjing Gompa there is a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. When you are crossing the pass there are outstanding views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is spent above 3,000m (10,000ft) .The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m). On the very pass of Ganja la , the last few 100m trail is precarious so we have to well equipped. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. But the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. There are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way, the group should be well equipped with enough food.
People from Langtang introduce themselves as Tamang though they are of Tibetan origin. After passing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchigaon and Tarke Gyang. People here call themselves Yolmo and are Buddhist so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries, mani walls, stupas as in Langtang Valley in the villages. Tarke Ghyang is another Sherpa town along the way, which bears its own story. The town name means temple of "100 horses" and was taken from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama (Buddhist monk) who was called on by the king of Kathmandu (Kantipur) to stop an epidemic. As his reward the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here. The local temple, rebuilt in 1969, follows the Bhutanese style. Only organized camping treks are possible for this region. The use of firewood is also prohibited within the park, so all supplies should be taken with us for 3 days during famous Ganja Pass Pass until we get to Tarke Gang. During our 14-days Ganja la Pass Trek, we also make an exciting excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) which rewards the hikers with terrific outstanding mountain vista of Langtang Himalaya range before we commence Ganja Pass.
Day 01: Join Kathmandu, meet and greets at the airport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get trekking permits and trip preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Syabru Bensi (1470m) approx. 7 hours drive
Day 04: Trek to Lama hotel (2324 m); 5-6 hours of walk.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hours
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): about 3-4 hour leisurely walk.
Day 07: Excursion to Tsergo Ri (5033m/16,508 ft) and back to Kyanjin: 7-8 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Ngegang (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Keldang (4300m) via Ganja La (5122m); about 8 hours of walk.
Day 10: Trek to Dukpu (4080m), 6-7 hours of walk.
Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft): 5-6 hours walk.
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3-4 hours walk.
Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hrs trek/ 2 hours drive
Day 14: Farewell Friend
For your kind Information; while trekking with Wilderness Excursion "Your safety is our chief concern". Please note that your leader has the authority to change or cancel any part of the itinerary if it seems very important for safety concern. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure travelling in remote mountainous paths, Wilderness Excursion cannot guarantee that we will not depart from it. Weather situations, health status of a group member, unexpected natural disasters such as landslide, avalanches and snow storm etc. all may cause to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Wilderness Excursion representative will pick you from airport with warm greetings. Our staff will be there with our company display board or with clients name at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to selected Hotel. After check in, you will visit Wilderness Excursion office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a live Nepalese cultural program along with a fine meal.
Day 02: In Kathmandu, get permits and trip preparation
Wilderness Excursion today will get your trekking permits and you could do your trip preparation sorting and selecting out your trekking gear. Also you could visit UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites and spiritual attractions including Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous Swayambhunath (known as monkey temple among westerners) and Boudhanath Stupa. We will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipment and team composition. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be going to the Himalayas tomorrow.
Day 03: Drive to Syabru Bensi (1470m) approx. 7 hours drive
After breakfast in Kathmandu; we drive to Syabrubesi which takes approximately 7-8 hours by public bus. Driving through beautiful foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche, we’ll get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal after driving along the mighty Trishuli river. Terraced farm lands, green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Parts of the road though may be bumpy and under construction. Overnight at Syabrubesi in lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Lama hotel (2324 m); 5-6 hours of walk. Stay overnight in Lodge.
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi.
Day 06: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hours
The trail continues along dense forests through uphill. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with prayers carved on them.
Day 07: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): about 3-4 hour leisurely walk.
After taking breakfast, we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be walked away in close-wise for the merits of ourselves and all other living beings. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes; you might start feeling the thin air.
Day 08: Excursion to Tsergo Ri (5033m/16,508 ft) and back to Kyanjin: 7-8 hrs
Today, we make an excursion to Tsergo Ri which would also help us to acclimatize. The climb to Tsergo Ri which is 4985m offers a magnificently panoramic views of the Himalayas. Besides, the climb to Tsergo Ri is a challenging one and the time for the climb depends upon your physical fitness and previous experience. By evening, we return back to Kyanjing Gompa.
Day 09: Trek to Ngegang (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hours
Taking today's breakfast, we go on our today's journey to Ngegang. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we're already in high altitude; the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.
Day 10: Trek to Keldang (4300m/14104ft); about 8 hours of walk. Stay overnight in tent.
Cross the Ganja La pass (5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 hour Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It will be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.
Day 11: Trek to Dukpu (4080m/13382ft); 6-7 hours of walk. Stay overnight in tent.
From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In about 5-6 hours trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.
Day 12: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft): 5-6 hours
Today, we lose altitude considerably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.
Day 13: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3-4 hours
We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
Day 14: Trek to Malemchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hrs trek/ 2 hours drive
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, catch the bus to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, Himalayan Glacier Trekking will host a farewell dinner. Congratulations on the completion of your trek!
Day 15: Farewell Friend
Today the journey comes to an end. There's nothing to do but exchange emails with your new friends, organize all your photos and finally depart from Nepal. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination. Or get ready for the next adventure.
Packing List and Equipment for Langtang Ganja La Pass Trekking
Personal Trekking Equipment
Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
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