Ganja-La Pass Trekking

Duration: 16 Days(5)of 2 reviews

Overview

  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,130 m | 16,831 ft.
  • Trip Start and End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Kathmandu - Dhunchhe - Sybru Village - Lama Hotel - Langtang village - Kyangjin Gompa - Mt. Tsero Ri - Ngegang - Ganja La Pass - Dukpu - Tarke Gyang - Shermathang - Kathmandu -
  • Best Season Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) & Spring (March-April-May)

Highlights

  • Visit the Tibetan village at Langtang
  • Amazing views of Langtang RI, Ganesh Himal, Lang sisa Ascent Chorkari ri (5050m)
  • Panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m
  • Spectacular view of the ice fluted peaks.
  • Ganjala pass 5122m- Walk through the Helambu valley

Langtang Ganjala Pass trek starts from Sybru Bensi, ends at Melamchi Pul Bazar. From Sybru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang river to the east until you get to Kyanching Gompa (3,049.). Some 5 km to the south of Kyanching Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and, to the southeast, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Kyanching Gompa is 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 are 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 spectacular 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 Ganjala, the last few 100m trails are precarious so we use a rope there for safety, though the utmost care is enough. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. The use of firewood is also prohibited within the park. 

Ganjala Pass Trekking requires 12 days. The people living in Langtang are of Tibetan origin, though they introduce themselves as Tamang or Gurung. After passing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Melamchi guan and Tarke Gyang. People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarke Gyang 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.

NOTE:It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek (if you do not have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled). And If you have scheduled a Kathmandu day tour you should arrive two days prior to the actual day of trekking.

If you are able to arrive a day earlier, it will be best for you as you will get some time to rest, know about the trekking you are doing, get info about the trekking routes, and get time to buy trekking equipment if necessary. Adding some extra days besides actual trekking days will help you enjoy your trip to Nepal to the fullest without having to worry about any preparations, flight delays, and missing international flights.

Itinerary

Ganjala Pass Trek itinerary explains all about the destination you will be going to during the trek. You will be known to stuff such as Accommodations, Meals, and Altitude after going through this detailed Itinerary. You will be aware of the Ganjal pass trekking Trail and will be able to enjoy your hike during the actual trek.

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In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off at our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we definitely will be happy to guide you around the city.

On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip we will be taking our guests for a cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley.

The destination for sightseeing includes Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.

Today we will be driving towards the Dhunchhe which is the starting point of the Ganja La pass. The drive will be 8 hours until we reach Dhunchhe. While driving to Dhunchhe you will notice a variety of landscapes, scenic foothills, and ridgeline vistas. You will be staying overnight at the guest house in Dhunchhe.

After finishing up with our breakfast we will start your trek. It will take about five and half hours to reach to the final stop. While trekking we will pass through Sybru Gaon which is elevated at 2120m. Hiking through forests and terraced hill slopes you will then reach Syabru. In Sybru, you descend to the ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset is magnificent. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and the Tibetan Himal ranges.

Today we will be descending along the ridge on Sybru main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.). Today’s trek ascends gently to Rimche 2400m and through Bamboo village elevated at1960m. And final stop for the day is Lama Hotel. While passing through the dense forests you will notice animals like red pandas, wild monkeys, and bears. You will be staying overnight at Lama Hotel.

As you hike past through dense forest climbing uphill there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. Once you reach the Gohar Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. While hiking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. You will continue to climb gently until you see a widened valley of Langtang. And this widened valley and Langtang village will be your final stop. You will be staying overnight in the guest house at Langtang Village.

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 Kyangjin. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. We can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.) and Langtang Lirung (7245m.).

We will take you to visit the monastery and the cheese factory. As for today’s excursion, you will walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung. Meanwhile, you will ascend to Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. You will be able to explore the Himalayas, tumbling glaciers, and the lifestyle of Nepalese people at high altitudes. You will be staying at the same hotel overnight.

Get up early in the morning and prepared for our summit of Mt. Tserko RI. Hike through a couple of yak pastures before getting to the foot of the Tserko RI. Hike up steeply to get to the top of the Tserko RI. Enjoy a great sunrise view of the Langtang RI and other peaks from the top. You might experience the thin air at this point because of the high altitude. After enjoying the heavenly sunrise and exploration of the region, we will return to Kyanjing-Gompa surrounded by the Himalayas all around. After returning you can relax or take a walk around enjoying the views of, glaciers, icefalls, birds, and yaks.

While hiking and ascending toward Ngegang you cannot see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are not any lodges available you need to camp for the overnight stay.

Today we will hike to the final destination for the trek. Ganjala pass is elevated at 5100m. The trek will be comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganjala pass. Once you reach the Ganjala pass, you can find the rocks covered with snowy ice most times throughout the year. But before crossing the Ganjala pass you need to reach Keldang which will be the place for your overnight stay. Once you reach the Ganjala pass you will return back to Keldang being excited about completing your trek.

As you have already reached the final stop for the day now it’s time for returning back to Kathmandu and the first stop is Dhukpa. It takes about 5 and half hours. The camping site will be organized inside the forest. This day will be a long day walking along the ridge, and grassland, the trek will be quiet, with the amazing views of the Mountains.

Today’s trail will descend about 200 meters. But we will be climbing the 4100m Faguna pass. Views from Pass are spectacular to the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest region too. While descending we will pass through Rhododendron forest past tiny herder's settlement to Tarke Gyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. We will be staying overnight at Tarke Gyang.

Today’s trail mostly includes the plains so you don’t have to struggle much for going towards Shermathang. If you are trekking Helambu is the time of Spring then you can encounter the most stunning and beautiful view of the Rhododendron forest with lots of Rhododendron blooming.

Other than that, you will encounter the Mani walls, and Chortens everywhere, and the view of mountains with these Chortens and Mani walls is super exciting. Today you will also be able to explore the Sherpa village their way of life and their unique culture.

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. You come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. quite pleasant with mountain views and interaction with locals and people and it takes about six hours to drive to Kathmandu.

    On the last day of this trip, we drive you to the airport as per your flight schedule back to home or onward destination. We definitely hope that you enjoyed the Ganjala Pass Trekking and hope to see you for another adventure soon.

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    Cost Details

    Included

    • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
    • Three-night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    • Kathmandu city tours, tour guides, and private transportation
    • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide.
    • Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. 
    • Accident insurance for all staff
    • Trekking map/ Trekking T-Shirt, duffel, and trip achievement certificate
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
    • Langtang National Park Permit & TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
    • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
    • Government taxes & office service charge

    Excluded

    • Personal Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
    • Snacks /Drinks and other personal expenses
    • Hot showers during the trek
    • Personal trekking equipment
    • WiFi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
    • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

    Useful Info

    In Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, your safety precedes every other thing. As this adventure entrails travelling in the remote mountainous region, we are always at mercy of nature. During the trip, the factors such as weather, natural disaster or a multitude of other factors which are beyond our control can subsequently bring the changes in the itinerary. Although all the itinerary we provide to you is guided and standard; please note that your team leader has the authority to alter or even drop the planned itinerary of any part if it is necessary due to safety concern. All the alternations or changes of the standard itinerary are made by the leader by taking into consideration the best interest of the whole group. We give our best effort to stick with the above-mentioned itinerary; however, in case of any unpredicted event which is beyond our control, you need to be flexible and take after the guideline as instructed by your leader.

    Note that the company won’t be responsible for any result of alterations on itineraries or any delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

    Hotel and Accommodation:

    Trek to the Himalayas is one of the favourite destinations for the travel enthusiast and adventure seekers all around the globe. Although the Himalayan region of Nepal is the most popular trekking destination in the world; there are a lot of things people don’t have a clue. While trekking to the high mountain region, you will not find the hotels and accommodation as you see in the city areas. The hotels and accommodation around the high Himalayan have fewer services and facilities. The hot shower may turn out to be simply a bucket of lukewarm water and the toilet may be a latrine behind the hotel. The private room can be a wooden cell with no furniture except a bed, mattress, and curtain in place of the door.  So, while trekking to the mountainous region of Nepal, you need to be ready to stay in the less fancy and minimum facilitated hotels.

    We provide you with the 2 to 3-star standard hotel while you are at Kathmandu (i.e. for 3 Nights). During your Ganjala Pass Trekking, we provide you with the basic lodges and tea houses for your accommodation. The room of these lodges and tea houses are less fancier with just a bed, a pillow and a blanket. We put our every effort to make your trek as cosy as possible. However, you need to stay flexible in some cases. We will accommodate the groups in local lodge available each day. We send the porters ahead of us to pre-book the room for the next day (rooms cannot be pre-booked on all places). 

    In Kathmandu beside the 2 / 3 stars hotel, some 4 / 5 - star luxury accommodation is also available. If you want to change the accommodation plan to the luxury, please do let us know so that we can arrange and book the hotel for you for your Kathmandu stay.

    Food and Beverages:

    All the food and Beverages included on the package of Ganjala Pass Trekking are provided by the company itself. The foods are provided in the tea houses or lodges on the trail. We will have the breakfast and dinner at the lodge where we stay overnight. On the everyday trek, our guide will decide the available place and stop for the lunch. We highly recommend you bring the water purification pills, to cleanse the water and drink during the trek. During the trek, there are options for buying the bottled water and boiled water as well.

    Transportation:

    We at Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition provide all the necessary transportation facilities for your trip. We provide private vehicles for airport pick up and sightseeing tour around Kathmandu. Likewise, we provide tourist bus transportation for your trip. However, you have the other options as travelling through private vehicles such as cars or van.

    You have to pay additional for the transportation which is excluded from our package. You can send us an enquiry for the latest price details for the private transportation and flight tickets.

    Luggage and Backpack:

    The main luggage of your will be carried by your porters during the trek. For your personal things, we highly recommend you, to carry a small handbag containing water bottles, cameras, sunscreen and other things which you require daily during the trip. Making the backpack small and lighter will unquestionably assist you to enjoy the trip to its fullest. You should simply convey the thing which is basic for your outing and the rest of the garments and different things can be left in the locker room/safe store of hotels. The hotels provide the locker room / safe deposit for free. So, don’t hesitate to leave the things which are redundant. While making the backpack or luggage for your trip to ensure that the luggage doesn’t exceed more than 15 Kg. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg including your handbag. Excess weight is chargeable of USD 1.5 or more which will be the additional cost of our trip.

    Guide and Porters on Trek:

    We provide you with the well trained and experienced guide and porter for your trek.  Our guide will assist you in every possible way to make your trips remarkable and memorable. Talking about the porter, we provide one porter for 2 trekkers each. The porters carry 20 Kg of total luggage (10 Kg form each trekker). We provide the one guide for the smaller groups and if the group size surpasses 10 individuals; we will provide the additional guide for your trip.

    Personnel Expenses:

    Personnel Expenses largely influenced upon your habit of expenditure. We provide you with all the necessary food and accommodation facilities inside the cost of your Ganjala Pass Trekking. So, you only need money to pay for your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and snacks while strolling on the trail. You will get the significant number of smaller shops on the trail to buy the drinks and snacks. Likewise, you can also use the money to buy you souvenirs of the trip, entrance tickets, hot showers, tips and many more. Note that, tips and gratuities are not mandatory, but it is fine if you wish to. If you feel like the service provided to you is excellent, then you can tip directly to staffs. Of course, there is no obligation to tip if you are disappointed with the service you receive. As a suggestion, we advise you to allocate an amount of 5 - 10% of the total package price for tips. The amount you give depends on your budget and appreciation of their work.

    Rescue and Evacuation:

    Nepal is the country full of heart-warming natural beauty and a magnificent travel destination for the thrill and adventure seeker all around the globe. In spite of the fact that, Nepal is an adventure paradise for the nature lover, thrill seeker. But in some cases, the thrilling experience comes up with the serious hazard. The most exciting, and the joyful trip may backfire on us and we may have to be the victim of nature. Not only that while trekking in the high altitude rough terrains may also occur afflictions like a sprained ankle or even broken leg, appendix ruptures, hypothermia, skin infection and respiratory infection. If any of this misfortune happens to you, then it should be treated on time. If left untreated then you may even lose your life. If any of the above-mentioned affliction happens during your trip, we at Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital ASAP. All the expenses made to rescue and evacuate you, are entirely liable to us. So, before departing off to your trip, make sure that your travel insurance company has the policy to cover up all the expenses in case of any misfortune arises during the trip so that you can enjoy the trip to the utmost. If not, be ready to pay on your own once you arrive at the Kathmandu. To learn more about the Travel Insurance for the Trip in Nepal, please do visit Travel Insurance page in Nepal Travel Guide.   

    Join a fixed date group trek or private departure:

    The Ganjala Pass Trekking is available on both fixed departure and private basis, If you are looking for a group to join then please check our fixed departures dates and ask for availability or if you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues then you are invited to choose any date at your convenient timeframe for any number of people.

    Booking Requirements

    Please provide us your full credentials or a copy of your passport. Give your weight so that preplan your group’s trips for proper weight distribution. You may deposit 20 to 30 percent advance of the total package amount while booking. You may pay rest of the amount before the trip. You can also pay us by card, bank transfer or online. Please visit here for payment details.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you are unable to make your trip, let us know in advance. We will refund you as per our booking terms and conditions and available time frame. At times, there might be delays or cancellation of flights due to weather and unforeseeable reasons. In such cases, we will make our best effort to adjust your bookings and rearranging the schedule.

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