Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek

Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$1714.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Langtang Region, Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,033m/16,512ft
Total Duration:
14 days
Best Time:
March to May and Sep to Dec
Group Size:
minimum 2 pax
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The Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek is an exciting opportunity to trek along the Langtang region and cross one of the most difficult passes in the world, the Ganja-La Pass situated at 5,122m/16,800 ft along with an excursion to Tserko Ri, an enchanting ridge standing proudly at the height of 5,000m/16,404 ft. The journey consists of the high altitude pass crossing adventure, mystical Kyanjin Gompa village tour, Helambu water, and forests area.

One of the best characteristics of the Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek is the fact that it is so close to Kathmandu yet different and far from the hustle and bustle of the city with its wild Tibetan Highlander features. We are accompanied by green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and the snow-capped Himalayas throughout the journey making it more fun and beautiful. Moreover, the beautiful hamlets and settlements of the Himalayan people offer us a prospect of observing and exploring the culture of the local people, who are said to have been the descendants of Tibetan people.

Although the Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass trek starts with the short excursion of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, the actual trek begins from Syabrubesi via Kyanjin Gompa across the mighty Ganja-La Pass, traversing through the villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang. Tamang Heritage Trail can also be explored via this trekking in Nepal.

Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. will take trekkers to the overall trekking via Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass trek package. You can choose this package to support the brave people of the Langtang village who are rebuilding after the massive destruction of the area. Your visit to this place will mean a lot for the earthquake and glacier ravaged people. These brave people of the region are bravely moving towards the normal life. Therefore, your journey will not only be the act of trip rather it would be humane act as well.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi [1,550m/5,100 ft]: 145 km, 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 04: Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang Village [3,430m/11,253 ft]: 5 – 6 hours
  • Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa [3,870m/ 12,687 ft]: 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 07: Excursion to Tsergo Ri [5,033m/16,508 ft] and back to Kyanjin: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 08: Trek to Ganja-La Phedi [4,300m/14,104 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 09: Cross the Ganja-La Pass (5,122m/16,800 ft] to Keldang [4,250m/13,940 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Keldang – Yak Kharka [4,000m/13,120 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 11: Yak Kharka – Tarke Gyang [2,590m/8,497 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 12: Tarke Gyang – Sermathang [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazaar – Kathmandu: 3 – 4 hrs; 2 hrs bus
  • Day 14: Final Departure
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Accommodations

We will provide you 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement can be made available with an additional payment0f $350. 

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Bharal Adventure's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Best Time to Travel

Autumn (mid Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la Pass. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are little cold.

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash

Extras/Luxuries

  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

A representative of Bharal Adventure will receive and escort the travelers to their hotel for rest. A visit to the office could also be arranged where you will meet your trekking guide and other participants. In the evening, a dinner of authentic Nepali cuisines will be arranged in the honor of the travelers and also to introduce them to the Nepali delicacies.

Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu

This day shall be spent on sightseeing around the cultural, spiritual and historical sites in Kathmandu including four of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu – The Monkey Temple, and Boudhnath. Also, finalizing of the official procedure and other necessary arrangements shall be done on this day along with providing you a briefing on the nature of expedition, equipments and team composition. Moreover, last minute shopping of the personal items needed in the Himalayas could be done during this period.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Syabrubesi [1,550m/5,100 ft]: 145 km, 7 – 8 hrs

After breakfast, bus drive along the north western hills of Kathmandu will begin passing through many small villages on the way. Lunch will be served at Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further drive to Dhunche from where we descend down to Syabrubesi.

Day 04: Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

Following the Langtang River across the suspension bridge heading precipitously along the oak, rhododendron and bamboo forests, we reach Lama Hotel. We might be able to spot some among the variety of wildlife in these forests such as yellow-throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears.

Day 05: Lama Hotel – Langtang Village [3,430m/11,253 ft]: 5 – 6 hours

The trek proceeds after breakfast where we will begin by descending towards a steep forest slope to the Langtang River crossing a bridge and heading up with a winding path. The trail then descends into a valley to cross a stream and climbs past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang.

Day 06: Langtang – Kyanjin Gompa [3,870m/ 12,687 ft]: 4 – 5 hours

Passing through small village, stone-built houses and climbing up to a Chorten, we pass a huge Mani wall along a gentle path of a hill. The valley relocates to a U-shaped structure as you enter into a level of riverbed. This short walk carried out on this day is designed to help in acclimatization as well as for allowing the exploration of the surrounding, a place that is famous for cheese and curd.

Day 07: Excursion to Tsergo Ri [5,033m/16,508 ft] and back to Kyanjin: 7 – 8 hrs

We go on an excursion to Tsergo Ri as an attempt to acclimatize on this day. We climb to the Tsergo Ri for an excellent views of the Himalayas. This challenging climb depends upon the physical fitness and previous experience of the climbers. We return back to the Gompa on the very day.

Day 08: Trek to Ganja-La Phedi [4,300m/14,104 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

After having an early breakfast, we make our way to Ganja-La Phedi crossing through the Langtang River and ascending through rhododendron forests. As we are getting into the high altitude, the time for reaching our destination depends upon the season of the trek and usually during the winter snow, it takes longer time to cross the snow strewn path.

Day 09: Cross the Ganja-La Pass (5,122m/16,800 ft] to Keldang [4,250m/13,940 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

We will cross the Ganja-La Pass on this day which is going to be a strenuous trek since Ganja-La Pass is one of the most difficult passes covered with snow almost throughout the year. Ascending the long way through the boulders and passing the small lakes, we summit the Ganja-La situated on a rocky moraine where we are rewarded with the charismatic views of the Himalayas in 360 degree panorama. Climbing up and down the pass is tricky as we begin the descent down to Kelgang.

Day 10: Keldang – Yak Kharka [4,000m/13,120 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

Descending down from a prominent ridge line, we trek for about five to six hours passing through forests, ridges and grasslands, we arrive at Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka – Tarke Gyang [2,590m/8,497 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

We descend down about 1,500 meters today passing through the vegetation land and forests, the same route that we used to ascend up previously.

Day 12: Tarke Gyang – Sermathang [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs

Crossing small forest with views of beautiful village of Helambu region, the trail goes around the wide valley ending between Parachin and the gorgeous Sherpa village of Gangyul. The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, same as the national religion of Bhutan.

Day 13: Sermathang – Melamchi Pul Bazaar – Kathmandu: 3 – 4 hrs; 2 hrs bus

A short walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through many Sherpa village will be made before catching a bus to Kathmandu. In the evening, Bharal Adventure will host a farewell dinner to congratulate you on successful completion of your expedition.

Day 14: Final Departure

As we say goodbye to the mountain journey in Nepal, we exchange emails and photos with our travel companions before heading to the airport accompanied by a representative of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before you flight time.

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The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots

HANDS

  • Gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop, Kathmandu-Syabrubesi- Melamchi- Kathmandu by local bus
  • An experienced English/French/Chinese/German-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Bharal Adventure Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All cammping gear, food and staffs for Ganja La Pass
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
  • 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 foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of drinks (hot and cold) during the trek
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

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I came to know Bharal Adventure (BA) by chance with my previous trekking to Everest Base Camp Short Trek at the end of last year and This was my second time with Sujan (Founder of BA) for organising such a wonderful trip to Everest base camp short with my friends and it was truly amazing, enjoyable trip, it leaves us a profound experience with spectacular view of some highest peak in the Himalayan range and beauty of vast wildness.

Trekking in Himalayan range can be strenuous, but with our guide, Nirajan help us every step of the way in which make the trip a complete hassle free, we are very thankful for his service and would recommend to anyone coming to Nepal for Trekking.

Once again, thank you for all to make our trekking trip an unforgettable event to us And we are definitely coming back to Nepal again.

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Cahors, France