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Langtang –Ganja-La Pass trekking


Ganja La pass should only be attempted by experienced trekkers group with appropriate climbing and camping equipments for safe crossing. It is one of the most challenging passes (5,220m) in Nepal. Mountaineering skill and a fixed rope required to reach Ganja la and to descend safely. The steep descent on loose moraine for 3hrs should not head towards the glacier rather east – facing slope of the valley. Our well experienced guide will indicate steeply climbing and descending the out from Kyangjing Gompa in Langtang to Tarke Ghyang the main Helambu trails.  The pass may blocked by snow sometime, so local inquires about its condition will be done by our guide. The Helambu village exceeds a Tibetan feel and you will see fields enclosed by stonewalls as well as herds of Yaks, the most important animal for the people here. We descend from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang before Melamche Bazaar to drive back to Kathmandu.

Highlights of the trekking,

Langtang Himal, Langtang Ri, Lakpha Dorje, Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu, Hiunchuli hundreds of mountain are the most attraction of the trek. Yak farming, Sherpa culture and beautiful Himalays are the main attraction.

Itinerary of Langtang –Ganja-La Pass trekking

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name sticking on board to find us easily and transfer to your hotel.

 Overnight in hotel on BB Basis

The drive from Kathmandu to our starting point at the foot of the Langtang Valley takes approx 8 hours.  The road follows with a spectacular views of village life of middle hill mountain. Climbing high over the ridges to escape the Kathmandu Valley and providing us with a superb panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region that we will soon become better acquainted with you. First section drive to Trisuli before quite dirt road to the National park and police checkpost on the edge of the bustling trading town of Dhunche (2030m) and second section gradually down to Syabru besi (1510m). Overnight in Syabrubesi.

The trail initially crosses the Bhote Kosi, flowing down from Tibet, literally a few kilometers away, and then gradually climbs up throuch the sub- tropical forests, teeming with bird- life, to join the trail from Syabru. We then follow the river, climbing through uninhabited forest of oak and rhododendron and may be catching a glimpse of langur monkeys roaming through the trees. We climb along a steep trail to Lama Hotel.  Overnight in Lodge.

As we continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat- roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

The trail climbs gradually through small villages and Yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions.

A day to rest and explore the area.  Kyangjin Gompa is the most important and the largest Gompa in the Langtang valley. The building is not the large, but the location is picturesque. The Gompa follows the traditions of the Nyingma-pa sects and that means Guru Rimpoche, the founder of this oldest school, holds pride of place.

There are a number of trips/day hike that can be made from Kyagjin but most trekkers do Kyanjin Ri (4440m) or Tsergo Ri (5033m) or also some people do the long hike towards Langshisa Kharka. Walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m), directly behind the village for a breath – taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Along with the great outstanding views of Himalayan peaks Sishaangma, Langshisa Ri, Nayakanga, Yala peak, Yubra Himal, Langtang Lirung, you can see the Himalayan peasants, Himalayan deer and hundreds of many more white peaks.

There are no village and teahouses any more. It is seen from Kyanjin the route climbs up from the river through lightly forested hillsides to the shelf of Ngegang before the more serious ascent begins. Leave the settlement from west of the hydrology and meteorology research enclose south of and the trails heads up from Tshona Kharka roughly close to a stream and then into rhododendron and juniper forest. The route is less steep further up and some climbers have camped at Ngengang (4000m/13123ft) the first easy stage. The usual camp be made near Chusangma. Camping.

We almost are above the Tiber line. Suffice to say that the treacherous slopes and, being north-facing, the chances of ice and snow are great even in November, the least snowy month. the trail, such as it is, follows the moraines and small streams but can be hard to follow in cloudy conditions to high camp. Any contribution on this route would be welcomed. Camping in high camp.

This day will be a very tough day climb to the pass, but is views that you appreciate the most. Keldang is not quite far but it is quite steep. The snow will be the most troubling obstacle to the ascent higher up. The final stage to the pass needs extreme care, since there are apparently steep rocks followed by a steep snow slope. The Ganja La (5220m) is marked by cairns and prayer flags. On the clear day the view north are stunners. Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m/23,773ft) plays centre stage but the peaks that ring the border are also stupendous. Far to the south are endless ridges towards the India border and over towards the Kathmandu valley. It is from here that the Trekking of Naya Kanga can be climbed, with the base camp in the area. Below is a camp area used by those climbing from Keldang to the Ganja La. En route is Yangri Kharka (4390m) and then the route arrives at the huts of Keldang (4270m/14009ft). Camping in Keldang.

Tiring day with a number of ascents as well as longer descents. We will have packed lunch and carrying sufficient water a rare commodity on the long ridge. The trail descends long the ridge isolated springs and streams. The trails keeps high as it is descends and eventually prefers company of the ridge top. Dukpu is a summer grazing settlement with meadows that are dry during the trekking season. Camping in Dukpu.

That takes approximately five to six hours from Dhukpu to Tarkeghang. The trail descends about 200mtrs, climb the 4100m pass. Views from pass are spectacular to the Annapurna region and Mt. Everest region too. From pass trail descends through pine forest, Rhododendron forest past tiny herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages. These villages are well settled where friendly and cheerful natured people inhabit.

This day the trail is quite easier the previous day with beautiful forests on the way. The path departs from Tarkeghyang following the dirt road initially around the hillside. The route is in woodlands for a while around Ghangyul (approx 2hrs from Tarkeghyang). Sermathang is on around the hillside and steadily up in forest a pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries.

It takes approximately 4 hours. The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with mountain views and interaction with local and friendly people. Then return back to Kathmandu through gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.

Transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or extend the day for Kathmandu city tour, or you may combine the day Rafting trip, Or bunji Jump, Paragliding, Jungle safari tour, as you required.  The cost would be extra for any additional activities.

  • Trip Code:
  • Destination: Ganja-La pass
  • Group Size: Min- 1
  • Season: spring/autumn
  • Max Altitude: 5,220m
  • Trip Starts/Ends: kathmandu/kathmandu
  • Transportation: Jeep/Trek
  • Accomodation: Hotel, Guest houses and Camping
  • Trip Grade: Sterious

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