• Duration 14 Days / 13 Nights
  • Price from $1419 / person
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5100 Meter

Join our 15 days life changing daring Ganja La Pass Trek in world famous Langtang region. The journey starts with a day drive to Sybrubesi from Kathmandu which is 122 kilometers / 57.8 mile it takes 8 to 9 hours to reach by bus ride. After crossing Ganjala Pass; we get to Tarke Gyang at beautiful Helambu and concludes the trip at Timphu or at Melamchi Pul Bazar. Main attractions of this trek is dramatic Ganjala Pass, jaw-dropping mountains vista, most welcoming people from Langtang introduce themselves as Tamang though they are of Tibetan origin. After trekking in Langtang Valley and the Ganjala Pass, our journey atkes us 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. 

Itinerary and route

Our Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek route is little different from others, most of the other company’s itinerary follows the traditional Langtang valley route up to the east until we get to Kyanjin Gompa (3830m.) but we begin our journey via Khanjin and Sherpa Gaun rather than going through Langtang Khola then we detour the main route at Rimche and trek to Langtang 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). The itienarry will be minimum 16 days and maximum of 16 days depending on your interest and level of your fitness. 

Kyanching Gompa is one of the feature 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.

Trek Style

Our trekking will be semi camping and semi teahouse trek, we will be staying at lodge and where there are teahouse available and camp where no lodges; mostly between Langtang Valley and Helambu for 3-4 nights while climbing daring Ganjala Pass (5122m). Our group will be accompanied by experienced and climbing Sherpa as per group size. Camping gear and climbing equipment is included in the package. 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 3-4 days during legendary Ganja Pass trek until we get to Tarke Gang. During our 15 days Ganja la Pass Trek, we also make an exciting excursion to Tserko Ri (4985m/16350ft) which rewards the hikers with superb mountain view of Langtang Himalaya range before we head to Ganja Pass.

Difficulty of Ganjala Pass Trek

In terms of difficulty bearing in mind, it is tougher compared to Thorong La (5416m) in Annapurna Circuit or Kang la Pass (5320m) between Nar Phu and Manang Valley. The trail small and becomes a rather narrow as we walk further, uneven ledge. Generally the trail is narrow where it is ascending steeply. It is probably the most difficult high pass I have walked up. It is much longer than, and almost as steep in many places, as the west face of Cho La pass. Ganja La makes Thorung La and Laurebina La seem like a “piece of cake”, as some of you would say. The greatest difficulties of Ganja La are however apparently on the south side of the pass, there are chances of landslides and avalanches all present significant risks. Several people have got badly lost out there, and at least one solo trekker has died in the area so very experienced guide and support team is highly recommend and participants attending Wilderness Excursion’s Ganjala pass trek should have previous trekking experience in Himalaya or alps in the Europe or elsewhere with adequate physical fitness.  

Trip Cost

Our proposed Ganja La Pass Trekking package cost is USD 1429 per person based on minimum 2 people. The price covers your guide, porters, necessary trekking permits, insurance of all  trekking crew, lodge accommodation on twin sharing basis, meals in teahouse and tented accommodation with meals while camping. Wilderness Excursion provides private 4WD jeep to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu and local bus transfer from end of trek to Kathmandu. Private jeep can be arrange on request and it costs extra.  Accommodation, meals and airport shuttles are extra as we leave to the clients if they want to reserve themselves. 

Highlights

  • Experience the authentic Tamang culture, discover the centuries old-fashioned villages,
  • Ancient cultural and religious heritages, mountain lifestyle combining.
  • Picturesque breath-stopping scenery and healing baths in natural hot spring. 

Itinerary

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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 Hotel Samsara. After check in, you will visit Wilderness Excursion office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. 

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.

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 Trisuli, Betrawati and 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.Upon arriving at Syabrubesi. we trek to Khanjim. It would be nice to do a short bit of walking on the arrival day since we will have been sitting in the car all day. Overnight at Khanjim 

Today; we trek to Rimche via beautiful Sherpa Gaun as we are saying to just ignore the traditional route up the valley and head straight over. Overnight at Rimche.

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.

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.

Today, we make an excursion to Tsergo Ri (4985m/16,350 ft) which would also help us to acclimatize to go through adventurous Ganja La Pass (5122m). The climb to Tsergo Ri 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 on your physical fitness and previous trekking experience. By evening, we return back to Kyanjing Gompa.

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.

Cross the Ganja La pass (5122m) and head to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft):  It is long and tough day today. 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 is 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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tent
  • 4300 M
  • Keldang

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Tent

Today, we lose altitude considerably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Drive back to Kathmancu. Overnight in Hotel Samsara Resort in heart of Thamel. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Samsara Resot
  • 1300 M
  • Kathmandu

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.

  • Breakfast
  • Kathmandu
Customized Trip

What's Included

  • All international airport transfers to and from hotel in Kathmandu
  • 3 Nights deluxe room with breakfast in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • An experienced licensed English speaking local trekking guide.
  • An assistant Sherpa guide to support group and help the porters. 
  • Chef/cook to prepare trekking meal during the trek.
  • Kitchen boys to carry trekking meals and utensils.
  • Porter to carry your main pack and camping gear (weight limit 25kg).
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
  • Tents and camping gear for Ganja La Pass in Langtang.
  • Kathmandu – Syabrubesi by 4WD local jeep.
  • Tarkegyang - Kathmandu by local bus transfer. 
  • Food, accommodation, salary and insurance of your guide and porters.
  • Sharing mountain lodge accommodation on double occupancy basis during the trek.
  • Group medical kit, water purifier and other necessities.
  • All necessary trekking permits and local government taxes.

What's Excluded

  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (we can arrange if you ask us
  • Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast and farewell dinner.
  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal insurance, toiletries, internet, phone calls
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide, porters and driver.

Availabilities

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a local tour operator so we guaranty small private groups departures any dates that suits your date and time.

Useful Information

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.

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