Bharal Adventure
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Langtang Valley Ganjala Pass Trek

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USD $ 2,495 per person

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Duration
14 days
Max. Elevation
5033m
Group Size
Min 2
Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Private Transportation
Best Season
March to May and Sep to Dec
Accomodation
Hotels and teahouses
Meals
B/L/D
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

Overview

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. In addition, majestic waterfalls and the snow-capped Himalayas throughout the journey making it more fun and beautiful.  The Himalayan people offer us a prospect of observing and exploring the culture of the local 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. Because 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.

Trip Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Includes

  • Airport/Hotel pickup and drop
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3*** star hotel
  • Langtang National Park area permits
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during trek
  • An experienced licensed holder Guide
  • Required porters( 2 trekkers = 1 porter)
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters
  • Transportation by Bus/Land cruiser
  • Bharal Adventure T-shirt and Duffle bag are our souvenirs to you
  • Medical kit box
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • Certificate of Achievement by Bharal Adventure
  • Trekking Equipment's
  • All government tax

Doesn't Include

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Meal in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any kinds of Bar bills

Equipment 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

Frequently Asked Questions

The Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek is an adventurous trek that combines the Langtang Valley trek with a challenging crossing of the Ganja La Pass (5,122 meters or 16,800 feet). It offers stunning views of the Langtang range and requires a good level of fitness and trekking experience.

Yes, trekkers need both a Langtang National Park entry permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card to undertake this trek.

Crossing Ganja La Pass is challenging due to its high altitude and steep, rocky terrain. It requires a good level of physical fitness, acclimatization, and some technical skills, especially during snowy conditions.

Yes, trekkers need both a Langtang National Park entry permit and a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card to undertake this trek.

The trek offers spectacular views of the Langtang Himal, diverse landscapes, traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages, and an opportunity to experience the unique culture of the region.

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