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.