Ganja La Pass Trek

Introduction

Ganja La Pass Trek | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Ganga la Pass Trek is an extended Langtang trek taking you through the high Ganja la pass and close to the overwhelming Himalayan views of the Langtang range. Although the upper Langtang Valley was explored about 6 decades ago, it has not changed much and has limited facilities. Therefore, tented camps will be your accommodation and almost everything required for the trip will have to be carried along. Due to the restriction on use of firewood, even the fuel needs to be carried. So this is trekking as it was done half a century ago, as it had just started in Nepal!

Ganja la Pass Trek, like Langtang Gosainkunda trek and Langtang Valley exploration trek, starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabru besi. In fact the itinerary overlaps with that of Langtang valley exploration trek as far as Tesko Ri, from where we make some adventure trips through Ganja la Pass and other high settlements to the east to reach Helambu, the famous orchard of the region. This region of Nepal is still not much visited, so the trek gives you the feel of pristine environment. We end the journey-on-legs in Melamchi and return to Kathmandu in a vehicle from there.

Highlights of the trek include the valleys of Langtang and Helambu, the Tibetan village at Langtang, and of course, Ganja La Pass. There are chances that you get overwhelmed with the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks such as Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang Sisa, Chorkari Ri and about 10 peaks over 6000 meters.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 12 nights and 13 days

Total Duration: 13 nights and 14 days

Trip Grade: Moderately strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude:

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival; Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2: Documentation; Kathmandu sightseeing

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1300m-1460 m)

Day 4: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2210 m)

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang (3330 m)

Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjing Gumba (3850 m)

Day 6: Tesku Ri (4984 m)

Day 8: Ngegang

Day 9: Ngegang-Langsika Kharka

Day 10: Langisa Kharka - Dukpu

Day 11: Dukpu - Tarke Ghyang

Day 12: Tarke Ghyang - Helambu

Day 13: Helambu - Melamchi Bazar

Day 14: Melamchi Bazar - Kathmandu (Bus)

Day 15: Departure Transfer/Extended Stay

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival; Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu and meet our airport representatives. They will accompany you to your hotel in a private car. After checking in, depositing your luggage and getting some rest, you can visit our office to meet your trekking guide.

Day 2: Documentation; Kathmandu sightseeing
Our staff will prepare all necessary documents for your trek. Please check the 'Guidelines' section for a complete list of required documents. In the meantime, you can enjoy a guided sightseeing tour to various interesting sites in Kathmandu, for which we will provide a private car.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1300m-1460 m)
Your guide will pick up you at 6:30 am from your hotel and transfer to bus station. At 7:00 AM catch a local bus to Syabru Besi via Kakani. The drive normally takes 8-9 hours, stopping at Trishuli Bazar for lunch, where we leave the tarred highway and head for Syabru Besi via Betrawati and Dhunche. We will settle you in a local teahouse for the night.

Day 4: Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2210 m)
We begin our trek today, walking for about 6-7 hours. After crossing the first bridge, the trek gets a bit harder as we climb uphill to Bamboo and stop for lunch. The final part of the trek is also not very easy as it involves uphill climbing before we finally reach Lama Hotel. During most of the course we get excellent views to enjoy and also walk through the jungle in some places. The night will be spent in a local teahouse.

Day 5: Lama Hotel to Langtang (3330 m)
Starting early in the morning we resume our trek and today also our trail passes through forests, allowing us to enjoy cool weather and chirping of birds. At Nepal Army security check-point we shall stop for some time. After having walked for nearly 7-8 hours, we arrive in the village of Langtang where Sherpa and Tamang people form the majority of the population.

Day 6: Langtang to Kyanjing Gumba (3850 m)
Our next destination is Kyanjing Gumba lying at a walking distance of about 4-5 hours. Splendid views of the Langtang Himalaya can be caught on clear days throughout our way. Kyanjing Gumba is also surrounded by Himalayas. After lunch you can visit one of the oldest yak cheese factories in Nepal and later view the beautiful sunset.

Day 7: Tesku Ri (4984 m)
We shall make a side-trip to Tesku Ri today and return to Kyanjing Gumba for the night. This usually takes 6-7 hours and we need to carry packed lunch due to unavailability of restaurants or teahouses on our way. Tesku Ri is a famous trekking peak of Nepal which can be climbed without any special mountaineering gears. From there we can see the Langtang Himalayan range without any obstruction. When we have had enough viewing, we will return to our base, Kyanjing Gumba.

Day 8: Ngegang
After having a good night’s sleep we wake up early, freshen up and head for Ngegang, our next stopover. This usually means not more than normal paced walking for 5 hours. A big yak farm lies on our way at Langsisa Kharka and so does a glacier. Remember, tonight, we will be sleeping in a tent.

Day 9: Ngegang-Langsika Kharka
Today is the day when we actually make our way up to Ganja La Pass after walking for nearly 7-8 hours. This happens to be the toughest part of our entire trip. We will spend enough time resting at the pass and taking photographs before descending down to Langsisa Kharka where we spend yet another night in a tent. Please be informed that the pass remains closed during winter.

Day 10: Langisa Kharka - Dukpu
The first thing we do is pack up the tents and other items in the morning. Then we resume our trek, descending down to Dukpu. We will stop at a location suitable for setting up our tents and not farther than a walking distance of 6 hours. After a quick supper we shall retire early for the night.

Day 11: Dukpu - Tarke Ghyang
We start walking after having made our preparations and trek down to Tarke Ghyang, a village mostly inhabited by Tamang people, approximately at a walking distance of 6 hours from Dukpu. In the evening we can explore the village if the weather is fine. Otherwise, we will just stay indoors, probably in a teahouse where we spend the night as well.

Day 12: Tarke Ghyang - Helambu
After freshening up early in the morning we resume our trek, heading for Sermathang. It will take us about 7 hours to reach this village which is also included in other trekking routes of Helambu. Weather permitting, we shall explore a famous monastery and some parts of the village. After a local style dinner, we retire early for the night in a teahouse, as there lies a long walking day ahead.

Day 13: Helambu - Melamchi Bazar
The final portion of our trek takes about 7 hours and our final stopover is the famous Melamchi Bazaar, a small town settled by the roaring Melamchi River. Nearly two decades ago, an ambitious project was proposed to channel the water from this very river to the valley of Kathmandu through a tunnel yet to be made. Melamchi Bazar is famous for locally produced organic vegetable and is a common junction of several trekking routes in the Helambu region. We will spend our night in a local teahouse.

Day 14: Melamchi Bazar - Kathmandu (Bus)
After breakfast we ride a local bus to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hours and the first segment of the road up to Panchkhal is rough as it is only gravelled and not tarred. From Panchkhal onwards, the drive is quite exciting and we head for Kathmandu via famous towns like Dhulikhel, Banepa and Bhaktapur. You will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 15: Departure Transfer/Extended Stay
Depending upon your travel plan, you can choose to be transferred to the airport for departure or spend a few more days in Kathmandu or some other places in Nepal. You can consult with our experts whenever you need information or assistance.

Price

Package price: USD 1075.00 per person

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation: Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek; tented camps for 3 nights (Ganja La vicinity); deluxe accommodation for 3 nights in Kathmandu (either at Hotel Friends Home or Hotel Mums Home)
  • Meals: 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can choose from the menu) during the trek; hygienic meals (including tea/coffee and boiled drinking water) prepared by our cook during the camping days; breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Transportation: Airport - hotel - airport transfers and sightseeing by car; Kathmandu - Syabru Besi and Melamchi - Kathmandu by bus
  • Documentation: Trekking permit (Langtang National Park entry permit); Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Equipment/Accessories: Trekking poles, down jacket, sleeping bags, first-aid kit, water purifying solution (iodine-based); kitchen and camping equipment (tents, stove, utensils, etc.)
  • Human resource: A professional and experienced trekking guide (English-speaking); two porters per trekker (for carrying the tents and other equipment, and food); a cook to prepare and serve meals during the tented camps. All the expenses for these personnel are covered (wages, accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance, etc.)
  • Tax/Service Charge: All applicable taxes, service charges or fees. We hereby guarantee you of no 'hidden charges' afterwards.
  • Complimentary: Farewell dinner in Kathmandu (authentic Nepalese cuisines with live cultural show)
  • Emergency Rescue Service: Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. However, you must be already insured for such emergencies, and your insurance policy must cover helicopter evacuation. Moreover, you should provide your policy details and authorize us to deal directly with your insurance company on your behalf.

Exclusions:

  • Beverage (cold drinks, bottled mineral water, tea/coffee, etc.)
  • Any other expenses of personal nature (extra meals, battery charging fees, photography charges, etc.)
  • Tips or donations
  • Your travel insurance

Guidelines

Fitness Level:
This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:
You require good trekking skills for this trek. High altitude trekking experience will be an added advantage.

Travel Insurance

  • You should be insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • We will arrange for a helicopter rescue in case of an emergency, followed by medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipment/Gears:

  • Camping tent
  • Cooking equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • Crampons
  • Ropes
  • Ice-axe
  • Ice-claw
  • Carabiners, harness
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring above-mentioned equipment yourself, except cooking equipment. But, if you want to travel light, we can help you rent/purchase those things after you arrive in Nepal.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo (2 copies) and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance
  • Langtang National Park permit
  • TIMS card

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