Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek

Duration: 15 Days
Price: US $1485
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Very Strenuous
  • ActivityTrekking
  • TransportationNA
  • AccomodationLodge + Camping
  • Min Person2
Know more

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 1485 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. 

Trip Highlights of Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek

  • 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. 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m/4,264 ft)
  • Day 02: In Kathmandu, get permits and trip preparation
  • Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1470m) and trek to Khanjim (2280m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Rimche (2324 m); 5-6 hours of walk. Stay overnight in Lodge.
  • 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 and back to Kyanjin Gompa
  • Day 08: Trek to Ngegang (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Keldang (4300m/14104ft); about 8 hours of walk. Stay overnight in tent.
  • Day 10: Trek to Dukpu (4080m/13382ft); 6-7 hours of walk. Stay overnight in tent.
  • Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft): 5-6 hours
  • Day 12: Trek to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3-4 hours
  • Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hrs trek/ 4-5 hours drive
  • Day 14: Spare day
  • Day 15: Farewell Friend

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Join Kathmandu (1300m/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 Hotel Samsara. After check in, you will visit Wilderness Excursion office, meet your trekking guide as well as other participants.
  • 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 Syabrubesi (1470m) and trek to Khanjim (2280m) 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
  • Day 04 :Trek to Rimche (2324 m); 5-6 hours of walk. Stay overnight in Lodge. 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.
  • Day 05 :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 06 : 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 07 :Excursion to Tsergo Ri and back to Kyanjin Gompa 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.
  • Day 08 :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 09 :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 10 :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 11 :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 12 :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 13 :Trek to Malemchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hrs trek/ 4-5 hours drive Today; it is our final day of this trekking, we hike down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, we catch a local bus to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, Wilderness Excursion will host a farewell dinner. Good for you on the completion of your trek!
  • Day 14 :Spare day The is reserve day just in case of extra day we need in the day trekking considering bad weather, or we may need extra day for the proper acclimatization as we hike up high altitude. This day can be utilize anywhere you would prefer.
  • 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.

Cost Includes

  • 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 potters. 
  • 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.
  • Melamchi – 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.
  • Farewell dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant 

Cost Excludes

  • 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.

Clients Review

Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews
  • noimage

    Great Ganjala Pass Trek in Langtang


    Just come back from doing the Ganjala Pass trek in Langtang. Ganjala Pass is located between classic Langtang Valley and beautiful Helambu area. This adventure trek turned out personal changing trip.  Our guide Mingmar Tamang was first class, professional, pleasant, great local knowledge and he looked after us. I wouldn’t choose another trip without him, he was just that fantastic. From the very first contact with Pradip in this company, I knew they were the team to book with. All my questions were replied promptly with the exact information I was looking for. The trek itself was, as I had researched, hard but very fulfilling. Again our guide Mingmar handled all the necessary safety precautions, allowing us to acclimatize correctly, letting us know all the daily things we would be experiencing. He would ask about our physical health, without this guide, we would maybe not have completed the trek, as many other people we saw were evacuated because of incorrect acclimatization and speed of which to travel to altitude correctly. Huge thanks you to all Wilderness Excursion team, I would highly recommend them and I will always use them for any other treks in Nepal. Namaste and Tashi Delek

Trip Map

Trip Note

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…

Queries +977 9851042153 (Pradip)

Why Wilderness Excursions

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a government certified fully and licensed best adventure trekking agency based in Kathmandu Nepal and documented by the tourism authority of the government of Nepal to run tours, travel, trekking, mountaineering expeditions, and other travel related activities. Wilderness Excursion is proud member of TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association etc. Committed and dedicated. Wilderness Excursion is run by committed and dedicated professionals with decades long experience in trekking and climbing having passion to our work. Our guide and field support staff are highly experienced, helpful and friendly to take care of all your trekking holidays needs in the Himalaya that enhance for your memorable trip. We are specialized for effectively planned trekking tours to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Pakistan and beside this we arrange Cultural Tours, Village Excursion, Short Adventure Activities like; Bungee Jump, Paragliding, Ultra…

Read Review

Subscribe A Newsletter