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Langtang Ganja-La Pass Trek

Duration
15 Days
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Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Ganja-La Pass trek is a relatively difficult trekking destination in the Langtang region of Nepal located in the central-northern part of the country. Langtang region of Nepal is quite popular both for trekking and expedition and large number of tourists come here every year for the same purpose. langtang ganja la pass trek is a popular pass in the region which is located move than 5000 meters of altitude and it will be a challenge and an adventure for the visiting trekkers as they can experience the adventures of trekking in Nepal. Lantang Ganja-La Pass trekking with the ‘Ace Treks’ is a 15-day long trekking package which introduces the trekkers to the Langtang region, allowing them to view and observe the beauty of snow-capped mountain peaks and also takes you to one of the most difficult passes in Nepal. Trekking equipments, knowledgeable guides, experienced porters, timely acclimatization to the rising altitude, among other things, are the things one needs to be careful about while planning for Ganja-La Pass Trek.

Ganja-La Pass Treks takes the trekkers along the trail which goes past several forests and desert shrubs set against a background of a drop of snow-capped mountain peaks. It will be a test of physical strength and stamina for the trekkers while reaching the Ganja-La Pass as you will have to cross the High Mountain passes on the way. The rhododendron and fir forests, varied landscapes, the local culture and tradition of the people living in the region are the other highlights of the trekking. Getting the view of the sacred lake of Gosainkunda, an important pilgrimage destination for the Hindus, is yet another high point of the trekking.

Views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal and Lang Sisa , climbing on top of Chorkari Ri (5050m), and observing the panoramic views of the mountain peaks over 6000 meters of altitude are the major highlights of the Ganja-La Pass Trekking. The trekking begins with a scenic drive to Syabru Besi from the Capital City of Kathmandu. Syabru Besi is the starting point of the trekking and your official trekking begins from the next day onwards. The best months for the trek to Langtang Ganja-La Pass Trek  are between September-November and March-May.

Itinerary Outline

Day0 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Syabru Besi
Day 04: Trekking to Lama Hotel
Day 05: Trek to Langtang
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Day 07: Rest day in Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08: Trek to Ngegang Kharka
Day 09: Trek to Ganjala Pass (5200m) and to Keldang
Day 10: Trek to Dukpu
Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang
Day 13: Drive back to Melamchi and to Kathmandu
Day 14: Kathmandu free day
Day 15: Final departure from Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel
You will be welcomed by our representatives there at the Airport upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will then be transferred to the Hotel where you will be briefed about the travel itinerary. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the second day of the itinerary package, you will be engaged in the sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley. After finishing breakfast at the Hotel in the morning, you will begin the sightseeing tour visiting the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and enjoying the ancient art and architecture of the monuments. Likewise, the tourists can also visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple and also the Bouddhanath Stupa which are important destinations for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You will return back to the Hotel in the evening.

Day 3 – Drive to Syabrubesi
The next day, you will have breakfast in the morning at the hotel and then head to a scenic drive along the Prithvi Highway to Syabrubesi, following the serpentine road along the Trishuli River. You will reach Syabru Besi, the starting point of the trek, after around 6 hours of drive watching scenic views along the way. Syabru Besi is full with hotels and guesthouses and you will stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 4 – Trek to Lama Hotel
The next day the trekkers will descend further down the trail, crossing Ghopche Khola (a small river) and then a couple of Tamang villages before reaching Rimche village. Rimche is a wonderful village located at 2400 m altitude. Walking further down the trail and crossing more forests, we will ultimately reach Lama Hotel, our destination for the day. Lama Hotel is a popular place for stopping by amongst the tourists who come here in Lantang region for trekking. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 5 –Trek to Langtang Valley
Leaving behind Lama Hotel on the fifth day, the trekkers will then ascend along the uphill trail studded with maples, oak, Rhododendron and pine forests. Before reaching Langtang Valley, you will have chances to see local flora and fauna like white monkeys and other local birds. After a short while, you will reach Ghora Tabela (2970 m). Lowering further down to Thangshyap (3140 m), the trail ascends all the way to the Langtang Village which is the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. From the village, you can have 180-degree views of the mountains including Mount Lirung, Mount Langtang, among others.

Day 6 –Trek to Kyanjin Gompa
Chasing the inclined path uphill, the track advances forth small settlements of Sindum and Yamphu (3640 m) and crosses Laja Khola to arrive at a viewpoint with excellent views of Kyanjin Gompa and icefall from Lirung and Kinshung. Descending through the point will in the end bring us down to Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m). The old Buddhist monastery in Kyanjin Gompa is popular amongst the trekkers in the Langtang region.

Day 7 – A day of hiking and rest day in Kyanjin Gompa
The next day, you will be taking rest at Kyanjin Gompa for the purpose of acclimatization and also visit around the area. The Buddhist monastery in Kyanjin is very popular and will be one of the major attractions for the day. The trekkers can even plan for a short trek to the local cheese factory in the afternoon or climb Kyanjin Ri to enjoy the views of Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung and other majestic mountains of the Langtang region.

Day 08: Trek to Ngegang Kharka (4430m)
This day we will cross the Langtang Khola and then climb up a steep hill and pass through rhododendron and juniper forest to reach a meadow with lush green vegetation where we can see yak grazing. We will stay overnight at Ngegang Kharka.

Day 09: Trek to Ganja La Pass (5200m) and to Keldang
We will cross the rivulets and continue our journey through snow and rocks till we reach Ganja La pass. The pass offers majestic views of Langtang Himal and Lirung. We will then lower down to enter Yangri Khola Valley. We will then cross stream and pass through meadows to reach Kaldang where we will stay overnight.

Day 10: Trek to Dukpu (4080m)
Today we will lower down from a long ridge and undergo series of ups and downs before we reach a valley. Later we will follow the ridge through small settlements till we reach to Dukpu where we will stay for overnight.

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang
We will first ascend uphill to reach a pass where we can have another point of view of the great over the Himalayas. We will then pass through a forest of spruce and rhododendrons and lower down to reach Tarke Gyang- the large Sherpa Village.

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang (2590m)
The trek for today begins by passing through the pretty Sherpa Village- Gangyul (2520m). The trail then drops down a bit and then climb up to reach forest. We will then cross the stream before reaching Chumik. From Chumik we will ascend to village of Sermathang.

Day 13: Drive back to Melamchi Bazaar (880m) and to Kathmandu
We will drop down the hill and pass through settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang(2290m). We will then pass through pine forest to arrive to village of Dubha Chaur from where we will reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. We will drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar. We will spend our night in our hotel at Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu free day
Today is a free day. Ease yourself up. Spend the day either relaxing and recovering from the strenuous travel or pay a visit to Thamel to buy souvenirs to your beloved ones back home. You will enjoy dinner amid cultural dance performed in your honor.

Day 15: Final departure from Kathmandu
The long travel formally concludes this day. You will be assisted in your last moment preparation and transited to Tribhuvan International Airport. We bid you farewell and expect to serve you again!!
 
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 15 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Seasons : September-November:: March-May
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking and hiking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Ganja-La Pass trek is a relatively difficult trekking destination in the Langtang region of Nepal.
  • Lantang Ganja-La Pass trekking with the ‘Ace Treks’ is a 15-day long trekking package which introduces the trekkers to the Langtang region, allowing them to view and observe the beauty of snow-capped mountain peaks and also takes you to one of the most difficult passes in Nepal.
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