Ganja La Pass Trek

Ganja La Pass Trek

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One of the famous Ganjala Pass Trek in Nepal offers you an opportunity to explore the Langtang region along with the high point of Ganja La Pass (5,122 m), and an excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000 m) from the Kyangjin Gompa. Despite being quite close to the Kathmandu Valley, you get the beautiful experience of spending time at the highlands of Tibet. Ganjala Pass trek is fused with the dense forests full of rhododendrons flowers and bamboo, gorgeous waterfalls, and staggering views of mountains. This amazing trek takes you to the sacred place of Hindus and Buddhists—Gosainkunda, the holy place. Ganjala is the home place to various ethnic people where you can get an opportunity to encounter with their unique culture, lifestyle, tradition and social practices that are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture.

This amazing journey of Ganjala Pass begins with a ride of about 7 hours to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. From Syabrubesi you shall begin trekking towards the Lama Hotel. Via Lama Hotel, passing the Langtang Village, you shall arrive at Mundu. Trekking from Mundu takes you to Kyangjin Gompa, where you shall spend an extra day to ascend the Tserko Ri. From Kyangjin Gompa, you shall arrive at the bottom of the Ganja La Pass, which you shall ascend the following day. Via Ganja La Pass you shall trek to Yak Kharka. Via Tarke Gyang, Sermathang, you shall arrive at Melamchi Pul Bazar and shall drive back to Kathmandu. 

Short Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380 m)
Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village (3,430 m) to Mundu (3,543 m)
Day 6: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870 m)
Day 7: At Kyangjin Gompa (3,870 m)
Day 8: Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4,300 m)
Day 9: Trek to Keldang (4,250 m) via Ganja La Pass (5,122 m)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)
Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590 m)
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang (2,610 m)
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar/Drive to Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Day 14: At Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Day 15: Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Our representative shall pick you up from the international airport and take you to your hotel. After you are done with resting, you might want to do some shopping for your trek. We shall sit together for a short debrief session in the late afternoon, and enjoy the Welcome Dinner hosted by us. Stay your first night at Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Next morning after having breakfast, we will manage you to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as; Pashupatinath Temple, Swyambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhanath Stupa. In the evening, our representative will provide you with short explanations class about the further trek. You will stay overnight at the same hotel.

Day 3: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550 m)
It is a 7-hour drive to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the beautiful mountain views, the scattered settlements over the hills and terraced fields. Before reaching Dhunche you shall have lunch at Trishuli Bazar. Descending from Dhunche takes you to Syabrubesi. Stay overnight at Syabrubesi.

Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380 m)
Before passing through a thick forest, you shall start your first day of trekking walking alongside the Langtang Khola. Further crossing some rivers via suspension bridges, you shall trek by a number of teahouses. Despite frequent ups and downs, you shall not feel the trek so difficult today. Stay overnight at Lama Hotel.

Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village (3,430 m) to Mundu (3,543 m)
Before ascending uphill through the valley, you shall make through dense forests. You shall arrive at the Langtang Village that suffered major damage when Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake in 2015. Leaving the valley, witnessing the restored teahouses and lives, and the Langtang Lirung, you shall head off to Mundu Village. Spend overnight at Mundu village.

Day 6: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870 m)
Today your destination is one of the largest monasteries of Langtang region. Passing through various prayer wheels, Chortens, water mills, Mani walls, carved stones, you shall explore the beauty and sacredness of Kyangjin Gompa. This place also boats the largest Mani wall of the country. Stay overnight at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 7: At Kyangjin Gompa (3,870 m)
You shall be spending an extra day exploring the Gompa and ascending the Tserko Ri. Tserko Ri offers the spectacular view of sunrise. After witnessing the sunrise view from the Ri, you shall head back to Kyangjin Gompa. During your ascending, you might feel the thin air, which is why an acclimatization and an elevation can help you get used to with the high altitude. Stay another night at Kyangjin Gompa.

Day 8: Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4,300 m)
You shall ascend uphill through the beautiful forest full with rhododendrons. But before that, you shall cross the Langtang Khola leaving the Gompa. This trail can be covered with snow if you are trekking during the winter season. Otherwise, you shall easily make to Ganja La Phedi within 5-6 hours from the Gompa. It is the bottom of the Ganja La Pass which you shall ascend the following day. Stay overnight at Ganja La Phedi.

Day 9: Trek to Keldang (4,250 m) via Ganja La Pass (5,122 m)
This is the day our dream come true and also the day you shall find quite challenging and tough. Being one of the difficult passes of the country, Ganga La Pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. You shall make through this pass using boulders, and pass several lakes before making at the top of the pass. Both ascent and descent over the icy trail can be quite challenging. You shall then descend down to Keldang. Stay overnight at Keldang.

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)
You might still be wondering about your experience from making through the Ganja La Pass. You shall descend down from Keldang, via a ridge. You might be amazed to know by the altitude you lose by the time you arrive at Yak Kharka. Making through grasslands, forests, ridges, you arrive at Yak Kharka. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590 m)
The trek of descending continues along with losing significant altitude. Passing through more dense forests, grasslands you shall arrive at Tarke Gyang. You can feel the air little different and plenty to inhale as you lose the altitude. You shall continue your return journey for a couple of days more. Stay overnight at Tarke Gyang.
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang (2,610 m)
Passing through a small forest, overlooking the spectacular beauty of the village, you shall make a half-circular round of the valley, and arrive at a junction connecting Parachin Village and Gangyul Village. At Gangyul, you might see a different practice of Buddhism; it is called the Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, one which is the national religion in Bhutan. Stay overnight at Sermathang.

Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar/Drive to Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Descending down from the Sermathang, passing by several Sherpa villages, you shall reach Melamchi Pul Bazar. Catching a bus from here, you shall drive back to Kathmandu reversing your views that you had made while arriving here. Once you reach to Kathmandu, you would love to take a generous rest and let your exhaustion fade away slowly.

Day 14: At Kathmandu (1,320 m)
Visit some of the World Heritage Sites enlisted by UNESCO, such as the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, Basantapur Durbar Square, etc. You might want to buy something for your departure journey. In the evening we shall be sharing our trekking experience over Farewell Dinner. Stay your last night at Kathmandu.

Day 15: Departure
Be ready with your bags and luggage; our representative shall receive you from your hotel and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport within sufficient time before your departure flight. We shall bid our goodbyes and farewell and part away from the airport. Have a safe and happy and safe journey back to your home country.

Included in the Cost

  • All the Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle, car/van or bus (depends on the  group size)
  • Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast at a 2-star level (4 nights)
  • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (cultural Heritages, UNESCO World Heritage sites by Private Vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Melamchi bazaar to Kathmandu bus
  • Professional English-speaking Tour guide during a city tour.
  • An experienced, Knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and English speaking, Government-licensed trekking guide.
  • necessary porter and cook
  • Sleeping tent, mattresses, lite kitchen untensils and  food 3 nights, before Ganjala 1 nights and after the pass 2 nights
  • All necessary paperwork such as Langtang National Park entry fee, trekking permit, TIMS Card (Trekkers information Management system).
  • Accommodation on the Tea House/ Mountain Lodge/Guest House/Tent Twin sharing bases with 3 times meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) with tea and coffee, durind the trekking
  • Mountain King Treks and Expedition printed T-Shirt, Duffel bag and Langtang/Ganjala Pass Helamhu route map souvenir for you.
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner
  • Group medical Supplies (First Aid Kit) carry by the guide
  • All the meals, accommodation, equipment’s, salary, transportation, Insurance and local tax for all trekking staff.
  • Trip achievement appreciation certificate
  • All the tax, vat, local tax, and services charge.

Not Included in the Cost

  • International Airfare and Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Entrance fee for Temple, and Monuments during the city tour in Kathmandu Valley.
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot water, mineral water during the trek.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, internet, sweet snacks beverages barbill and battery charge
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff and driver
  • Extra night Kathmandu Hotel early arrival from Trekking and late departure.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price include a section
Trekking equipments
The main essentials to bring are:
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, flip-flops
  • Sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation) and -20 degree Celsius for colder regions
  • Daypack, trekking bag pack, dry sack and camera bag
  • Few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures
  • For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof / waterproof outer jacket and down jacket are essential.
  • Water purification supplies, a reusable water bottle and a camelback water bladder
  • Sunscreen, Hat, sunglasses, moisturizing skin cream and lip balm
  • Few snacks, granola bars
  • Hiking stick or two
  • Waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness and other medication
  • Camera and binoculars.
  • Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, band-aids, wet wipes
  • Extra batteries (solar chargers recommended)
On the popular trekking routes, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way, though prices rise dramatically as you go higher in elevation. Try to stock up lower down and buy locally-produced products such as fruit, biscuits etc. Maps are easy to find in Nepal. For the more difficult treks involving mountaineering, crampons and ice axes may be required. Simpler types of crampons, which attach to the shoe using a rubber ring, are easily obtainable in the Thamel neighborhood. These are variously known as spikes, micro spikes and chains.

Trip Facts

Duration: 15 days
Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge/Guest House
Seasons : Spring and Autumn
Type: Difficult
Maximum height : 5110 M.
Type of Transport : Flight/Drive
No. of Pax : 1-12 people
Starts From : Syabrubesi
Ends at : Melamchi Bazaar

Trip Highlights

Trek Highlights

  • An adventure of a lifetime on least explored Langtang hidden areas of Ganj-la.

  •  Walking with scenic views of massive Ganesh and Langtang Himal mountain range. 

  • Exploring interesting Buddhist cultures of Langtang and Helambu village.

  •  Lovely forest of tall rhododendron trees and bamboos, a home of rare Red Pandas. 

  • Walking into Trisuli gorge to a wide beautiful Langtang valley at Kyanjin Gompa.

  •  Crossing high Ganja-la pass to reach wonderful areas of Helambu with interesting traditions”.

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