Langtang Ganja La pass trek offers a classic adventure just north of Kathmandu. It forms an extension to our Langtang Valley Trek, turning it into a true wilderness adventure, with obligatory camping for three nights. On a clear day, the scene from the top of Ganja La (5106m) offers unparalleled views of the 150km Himalayan panorama that stretches from the 8000m Annapurna range in the far west to Langtang Lirung (7227m) in the “foreground,” Shisha Pangma (8013m) to the north in Tibet and on towards the east Langpogang (6733m) or Jugal Himal (6535m) and views to the south include Naya Kanga (5846m).
Board an early morning bus at the central bus station in Kathmandu, and the adventure begins with the 7-8 hrs.142km scenic drive through typical Nepalese villages, countless rows of carefully tended terraces and dramatic mountain and valley views. These friendly people will help you immerse yourself in their culture and traditions. The trail gradually climbs alongside the Langtang Khola, passing through forests of bamboo, maple, oak and pine. These forests are inhabited by langurs, musk deer, bears and the endangered, shy, red panda. Birds are constantly heard, more seldom seen in Ganja La pass trek Nepal.
Our Ganja La pass trekking offers new sights and experiences as you gradually ascend, over many ridges, to the village of Kyanjin Gompa – and a rest day to explore Ganja La pass region. Walk slowly from Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang as you climb to over 4000m and then rest, in your tent, before tackling the 1000m climb up the Ganja La (5106m) and 800m drop to sleep “low” again. Ganja La pass trekking route descends continue Tarkeghyang is the first Sherpa town. It means “100 houses.” In 1727, a Lama established a monastery and requested that 100 houses be built there as his reward. The temple was rebuilt in 1969, in the Bhutanese style. Enjoy the hospitality of these friendly people. Trail then continues along the hills, through Sherpa settlements bright with prayer flags, to the road head at Melamchi: and the bus back to Kathmandu.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1950m /6435ft) 7-8 hrs drive, 117km
- Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (1900m /6270ft) 5-6 hrs.
- Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Lama Hotel (2470m /8104ft) 5-6 hrs.
- Day 06: Lama Hotel- Langtang (3430m /11253ft) 5- 6 hrs.
- Day 07: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa: (3870m /12697ft) 4-5 hrs.
- Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa: Day explore Exploration and acclimatization day
- Day 09: Kyanjin Gompa – Ngegang (4100 m) 4-5 hrs.
- Day 10: Ngegang – Ganja La pass (5106m) - Keldang (4270 m) 7-8 hrs.
- Day 11: Keldang – Dukpu (4000 m) 5-6 hrs trek.
- Day 12: Dukpu – Tarkegyang (2590 m) 5-6 hrs.
- Day 13: Rest day in Tarkegyang and explore Sherpa village
- Day 14: Tarkegyang - Kakani (1750 m) 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 15: Kakani – Melamchi Bazar- Kathmandu (1,300 m) 3-4 hrs trek and 3- 4 hrs scenic drive to Kathmandu
- Day 16: Drive to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Gunja La Pass Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world! Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.
Overnight in Kathmandu at 2 star Hotel with breakfast
Day at leisure, to follow your own interests.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Dhunche (1950m /6435ft) 7 /8 hrs. drive, 117KM
Drive on a northern highway that twists and climbs ridges to Trishuil Bazar. The journey will take 7-8 hours through picturesque landscapes, Himalayan sceneries and local villages. On the way we have magnificent views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan mountain range including Mt. Kerung.. Overnight Dhunche.
Day 04: Dhunche – Thulo Syabru (1900m /6270ft) 5-6 hrs.
Trek starts through bumpy off road to Thulo Bharku a little Tamang village.about 2 hour and ascent gradually through rhododendron forest. There is fantastic lunch spot in the apple field with marvelous view of Ganesh Himal and Tibet range Mountain. After lunch trail leads moderately flat and descend down. Approximately 2 hours walk finally you will arrive a large Tamang heritage village to Thulo Syabru. Overnight at Tamang family
Day 05: Thulo Syabru – Lama Hotel (2470m /8104ft) 5-6 hrs
Trail descend down to Langtang river through the Syabru village crossing the suspension bridge to the ridge. Continue walk descend to Langtang river reunite a trail from Syabru Besi where we will end our trek. You eill enjoy the walk through oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests. There is also a variety of wildlife in these forests: yellow-throated martens, wild boars, gray languor, red pandas and Himalayan black bears. Overnight in Lama Hotel.
Day 06: Lama Hotel- Langtang (3430m /11253ft) 5- 6 hrs
After having breakfast you will continue your trek to your next destination Langtang. Trail gradually ascends through upstream left side of Langtang River crossing landslides along the big forest hemlocks, maplean rhododendron.to Ghora Table (2970m /9801aft) The trail enters gradually to deserted windy area. Continue ascending into a valley to cross a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang .Overnight in Langtang
Day 07: Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa: (3870m /12697ft) 4-5 hrs.
The trail continues through the Tibetan village, stone-built houses and climbs to a Chorten and passed a huge Mani along a gentle path of the hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped one as you enter into a level of riverbed. It only takes morning; afternoon explore surrounding, acclimatizes and afternoon visit Kyanjing Glacier depends of energy level. Kyanjing Gomba has monastery and famous for Yak cheese factory and yogurt. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa: Day explore
Both Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/16,005ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,500ft) are the best viewpoints in this area. After the breakfast visit Tserko Ri (5000m) for spectacular view of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji, many more and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier. Back to guest house, Lunch and walk around the Kyanjing valley. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 09: Kyanjin Gompa – Ngegang (4100 m): 4-5 hrs.
Day 10: Ngegang – Ganja La pass (5106m) - Keldang (4270 m): 7-8 hrs.
Day 11: Keldang – Dukpu (4000 m): 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Dukpu – Tarkegyang (2590 m): 5-6 hrs.
Day 13: Rest day
It's another scheduled rest day. Late breakfast after a long sleep and explore the Sherpa heritage in the afternoon. TarkeGhyang has two beautiful monasteries on Bhutanese style which can be seen only into Helambu valley.
Day 14: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2620m /8645ft) 4-5 hrs
Today is easy day of the trek. The flat trail continues through hillside. The forested trail cross some small streams and typical villages with ancient monasteries as their identification. To add your pleasure Shermathang is another pretty nice Sherpa village with monasteries. North of Shermathang village has superb view of Jugal himal range, Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishankar and Tibet range Himalayas. Overnight Shermathang.
Day 15: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar & drive back to Kathmandu (845m /2790ft) 5-6 hrs
Trail continues flat to the mountain view point where is the fantastic golden painted Guru Rmpoche image on the hillock. Keep following the moderate flat for 45 manures and drop down to Kakani via pine tree forest. The trail continues descending along the meadow and fertile field with several typical villages with their particular cultures and traditions. Trek on this day is quite scenic and interaction with local children and people approach Melamchi Pul across Melamchi River. Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel about 5 hrs drive.
Day 16: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
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Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.
(updated: June 01, 2017 data from Department of Immigration - Nepal)
Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit
Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to applying for a Nepal visa. The passport
must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Foreigners can obtain a
Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration
office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for
Tourist Visa to Nepal. Mountain Mart Trek has listed Nepal visa information tips for travelers to Nepal.
Tourist visas shall be granted for a maximum
period of 150 days in a visa year (January to December)
A foreigner who has departed before
the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year. If any foreigner who has entered Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to extend his/her stay into the new visa year, he/she may do so by purchasing another visa for the New Year. Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of the stay.
application for a Tourist Visa must be submitted in the format referred to in
A Nepali visa issued abroad
is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue. True -
Tourist Visa Exceptions
Citizens of the
following countries should be issue visa in their own country to Nepal embassy
Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia,
No foreigners except Indians are entitled to Nepal without a
Visas can be obtained from the following immigration offices
- Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
- Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
- Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
- Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
- Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
- Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
- Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
Visa Application Forms
A copy of the Visa Form is available for use at the end of this
document that avoids you long queue to pick up the Nepal visa form at the international
The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on
arrival at any border are as follows:
- A Tourist Visa
with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40
payable only in USD dollars
- A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable
only in USD dollars
- Regardless of the provisions stated in points E1 and E2
above: Tourists with passports from South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation
(SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan
and Sri Lanka) are not required to
pay visa fees for a 30 day visa.
- Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter into Nepal.
The fees payable (only in local Nepali currency) to extend
the duration of your stay, or to renew a visa are:
- US$ 2 equivalent, in Nepali currency, per day of the
- An additional US$ 20 or equivalent, in Nepali currency,
is payable on a single-entry visa in F1 if a MultipleEntry facility is requested for the
- If foreign visitors failed to renew their visa and need
to do so at an exit point, they have to pay an additional equivalent to US$ 3, in Nepalese
currency, on the regular visa extension fee.
- Foreign visitors who have overstayed their visa period of
150 days without extension are required to pay an additional visa fee as per provision
in F3, plus a fine as specified in Clause 10 sun-clause 4 of the immigration Act 2049.
- Regardless of the provision stated in F1: 15 days is
counted as a minimum extension period and the visa fee is charged accordingly. For an
extension period of more than 15 days, the visa fee is charged as per the provision of F1.
- A tourist visa can be extended for up to a maximum period
of 150 days in a single visa year (Jan. – Dec.).
It is cheaper to purchase a
30 day visa at the point of entry and then to extend it, for 15 days or more at the Central Immigration Office
in Kathmandu or Pokhara unless you are staying for 90 days or more
For an extension to a visa you
will need two additional passport photographs for each extension.
A transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's
immigration offices at an entry point upon the production of a departure flight
ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The fee is US$ 5 or
equivalent convertible currency. A transit visa may not be extended.
A Nepali Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy / Consulate
Offices in your country, or upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. It is also
possible to obtain the visa from other border points of entry. You'll need 1
passport photo each time.
For foreign investors, a business visa with a multiple entry
facility for a period of one year or five years can be obtained from the
Department of Immigration on the recommendation of the Department of Industry
and Commerce by paying US$ 100 and US$ 250 or equivalent convertible foreign or
Note: While we
try to make the information contained herein as accurate as possible, we accept
no responsibility for any loss,
disruption or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.
Information to Visitors
Foreign visitors are requested to keep a note of the dates
on their Nepalese visa and their passport number to avoid possible problems.
Visa extensions need to be applied for, within the valid period of the Nepalese
You are requested to ensure that you get the arrival/departure stamps on your
passport at the entry /exit points to avoid possible legal complications.
Living in Nepal without a passport or a valid visa is a
Deviation from the prescribed trekking routes mentioned on
your trekking permit will be treated as a violation of the law.
You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters and
counterfeit documents or visa/trekking permits to avoid legal complications.
Change of purpose of your stay without permission is not
allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is
strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offence.
Be certain to
register at the police and Immigration check points along any trail. It would
be wise to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or
If you encounter
problems along the trails, immediately inform the nearest police or Immigration
You are requested to change money with recognized dealers
and do not forget to take and keep formal receipts.
You are requested to inform the officials at an Immigration
Office or Police Station of any changes in the address previously given in your
visa application form or disembarkation card, and within seven days.
If, as a tourist, your stay is more than 120 days in one
visa year and you wish to visit additional places for longer than 24 hours, you
must register at the local police office of such places, your name, passport
number and address.
You are advised to be mindful to contact the Department of
Immigration to request a visa transfer in the case of getting a new passport or
travel document from your embassy, and within seven days.
Passport and trekking permits should be kept by each trekker
Filming in restricted or notified areas without permission
is strictly prohibited.
Please do not take out the visa stickers from your passport
and do not try to change records printed in your passport.
We request your
co-operation in observing the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal.
Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments, help to protect local
culture and maintain local pride.
- Respect privacy
while taking photographs.
- Respect holy
- Refrain from
giving money to children as it will encourage begging.
- Respecting local
etiquette will earn you respect.
Let the Himalayas change you – do not change them: so
remember while you are on trekking:
- Leave campsites
cleaner than you have found them.
- Do not light open fires.
- Burn dry papers
and packets in a safe place.
- Keep local water
clean and avoid using pollutants.
- Plants should be
left to flourish in their natural environment.
- Help your guides
and porters to follow conservation measures.
- Protect the natural environment.
Indian citizens are permitted to travel in Nepal provided
they have any one of the following documents:
Passport; Driving license with photograph; Identity card
with photograph issued by a governmental body; Ration card with photograph;
Voter identity card with photograph; Registration certificate issued by the
Indian embassy to Indian citizens residing in Nepal; Ad hoc/temporary identity
cards issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen in the event of
exigency; Document with photograph and setting out identity, issued by the
sub-divisional magistrate or authority there above.
|Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
||977 - 01 - 4433934 /
4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868
||977 - 01 - 4433935
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. in Summer
||10:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. in Winter (Nov. to Jan.)
||10:30 a.m. -15:00 p.m.
Visa Application Hours
|Sunday to Thursday
||10:30 a.m. - 15:00 p.m.
||10:30 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.
Note: All of the
information above is based on information from the Department of Immigration of
Nepal’s office and may be found on
Trekking cards and
Permits for Conservation Areas, National Parks and Restricted Areas
All trekkers are required to carry a Trekkers' Information Management System card (TIMS card). It is available from the
Tourist Services Centre in Kathmandu: Sun – Fri 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 –
17:00. It is free, but requires two passport photographs. (Trekking agencies
provide the cards for their clients.) Show it at check points on trekking
Trekking Permits are required for all treks that pass
through Conservation Areas or National Parks.
permits can be purchased at the Tourist Services Centre for Rs 2000 plus
National Park entry
tickets cost Rs 3000 and require no photograph. Purchase at the Department
of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation office Sun – Fri 09:00 – 14:00 only
(next to the Tourist Services office).
Permits are required mainly for camping style trekking in remote areas near
the Tibetan border – for which a guide is strongly recommended. They can only
be purchased for two or more trekkers. The permits are issued by the Central
Immigration Office, require two working days, your original passports (not
facsimiles) and two photographs. Costs range from US$10/week to US$500/10 days
plus substantial additional amounts for each additional day. These will be
procured by your chosen trekking agency. Offices are open daily, but with
restricted hours on Saturdays.
The foreign tourist
visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.
The tourist visa shall be
granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means
January to December).
A tourist who has departed
before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year
shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another
If any foreigner who has
entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the
period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other
visa year, he may use such facility.
Provided, however, that the
computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total
period of his stay.
Note: Above information is based on Department of
Immigration of Nepal office.