The view of Langtang lirung mountains above kyangjin village.
Langtang mountain ranges view from Helambu.
The Langtang Khola and Langtang lirung

Ganja La Pass Trek

Trip Code
BNTNP-033
Starting From
USD 1975
Duration
16 days
Group Size
02-15 Pax
Max. Altitude
5200m
Trek Starting Point
Syabrubensi
Trek Ending Point
Melamchi pul Bazaar
Transportation
Private vehicles
Accommodation
Hotel,Lodge and Tents
Meals
all meals during the trek
Challenge
Difficult
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Ganja la pass trek is one of the popular trekking route in Langtang region of Nepal. The pass connecting two valleys; Langtang and Helambu which is very quiet and adventurous journey following remote valleys, ancient villages, glaciers, scenic trail and dense forests.The Trek is very beautiful as you will see the panoramic view of the Himalayas from  Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Langtang range to Rolwaling Mountains.
The trek to this area passes through Tamang,Tibetan and Sherpa villages offering an exceptional diversity of culture. By the devastating earthquakes of 25 April 2015 had made huge destruction in the area including the Langtang village turned into moraine by the huge avalache.The area is recovering and getting back to normal life now as we started to organize trips over there. 

The trek starts from the small town of SyabruBensi where you drive by private vehicles. You walk through the steep hill sections following the higher route of Sherpa gaun. We meet the old trail of lower route at Rimche then follow narrow valley along Langtang Khola to the north-east. Once we get to Goratabela(3010m), the Langtang valley get wider and one can see Massif Langtang range rising above the skyline.Then heading up to Langtang valley through Thangsyap, Langtang, Mundu to reach the Kyngjin Gompa; the last settlement where is many lodges are run all year round. From there we start day hike up to Kyangjin Ri(4700m) or Tsherko Ri(4980M) for the spectacular Himalayan views including Langtang lirung, Gangchhenpo, DorjeLakpa, Langsisa Ri, Yala peak, Naya Kang, Morimoto peak and many more. Then we will take the route over Ganja la pass towards Helambu valley. You need to Camp 3 nights in the mountain after Kyangin Gompa to Tarkegyang village of Helambu. Then you can stay in Lodges again.We walk the beautiful terraced valley to Melamchi and finally drive to Kathmandu.

What's Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Syabrubensi by Land cruiser and Melamchi pul bazaar to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Deluxe accommodation 2 nights(Twin sharing basis) in Kathmandu with breakfast and all Govt. taxes.
  • Three times meals and all kind of hot drinks during the stay in tea houses.
  • Special varieties of meals on the camping trek prepared by our experienced cook, all varieties of foods, all kind of hot drinks/Juice, boiled water etc.
  • Service of guide, cook and necessary porters during the trek including there wages, foods and insurance.
  • Langtang national park permit fee.
  • TIMS card arrangement
  • Necessary equipment for camping as Tents, kitchen utensils and ropes etc.
  • Agency service charges and all govt. applicable fees.

What's not Included?

  • Hotels and Meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fees.
  • Air travels to/ from Nepal.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency.
  • Extra cost due to flight cancellation or road condition.
  • Purchases of bottled water while on trek, gifts and alcohol.
  • All personal clothing and equipments including sleeping bag.
  • Tipping for trek staffs (It is not mandatory but expected)

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1340m)

Arrival in kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel which is closer to restaurants, shopping centers.

Day 02 Drive to Sybrubensi (1450m) 6-7 hour driving.

Kathmandu to Sybrubensi drive by landcruiser which will takes you 6-7 hrs. We drive the roads of Trisuli passing some dirt roads through Dunche and finally reach at Syabrubensi.Overnight in Lodge.

Day 03 Syabrubesi to Sherpa Gaun (2550m) 6-7 hrs walking.

First cross the suspension bridge over BhoteKoshi then walk left side of the river through the pine forests to Khanjim village. After that the trail gradually climb up to the high ridges and descend to Sherpa gaun.Overnight in Lodge.

 

Day 04 Sherpa Gaun to Chunama(2750m) 5-6 hrs walking.

The trail is traversing towards rimche as we descend few places. Then we get into the main trail as we walk thnother two hours to reach Langtang.rough dense forest of oaks and pines to Chunama. Overnight in Teahouse.

Day 05 Chhunama to Mundu Village(3500m)4-5 hrs walking.

After short walking you will crosss the wooden bridge over langtang khola then continue climbing up to Ghoda Tabela, passing the national park check post and the trail climbs up to a hill. The forested zone ends and you follow a gentle sloping trail through grassy fields. Climb again the gentle rising grassy area and walk through the moraine village of Langtang. Then short climb through grassy fields you come to a chorten. From this point there is amazingly long mane wall, truly a memorable sight. Continue along the gentle sloping path atop the terraced hills, arrive the small village of Mundu. Overnight in Lodge.

 

Day 06 Mundu to Kyangjin Gompa(3800m) 2-3 hrs walking.

Today we walk through the two small villages of Mundu and Sindum, the valley widens. The trail enters a level, dry riverbed and you cross the stream, Kim sung and Yansa Tsenji mountains becomes visible to your left. You cross the moraine covered with loose stones, with short climb arrive at Kyanjing Gompa.Overnight in Lodge.

Day 07 Day Hiking to Tserko Ri(4980m)and back to Kyangjin. 6-7 hrs walking.

Hike up to Tserko Ri for the panoramic view of the mountains. Same day back to Kyanjing Gompa. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 08 Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang Kharka(4510m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Today our trail goes to the next side of the valley crossing the Langtang Khola below the Kyanjin Gompa. We will then make steep climb along the ridge on the south side of the valley through dense forest filled with Juniper and rhododendron. Continue further we reach the Yak pasture at Ngegang.Overnight camping.

 

Day 09 Ngegang Kharka to Keldang Kharka(4270m) via Ganja La Pass (5200m)7-8 hrs walking.

Today is going to be a tough day for us as we will be crossing the Ganja La Pass situated at an altitude of 5200m. Ganja La Pass is one of the difficult passes and is covered with snow throughout the year. We make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes and reach the summit of Ganja La Pass situated on a rocky moraine. The summit of the Ganja La pass offers magnificent views of Himalayas and glacier lakes. We will later descend down to Keldang  Kharka. Overnight Camping.

Day 10 Keldang Kharka to Yangri Kharka (3600m)7-8 hrs walking.

Today is another strenuous and long day trek for us. We descend down the ridge and continue walking until we reach Dukpu. The tail makes many twists and turns before reaching Dukpu.We climb to the ridge again, the pass offers spectacular views of Annapurna range, Dorje Lakpa and other Himalayas.We continue descend through the pine and rhododendron forest all the way down to Yangri Kharka.Overnight camping.

 

Day 11 Yangri Kharka to Tarke Ghyang village(2560m) 4-5 hrs walking.

The trail then descends through the forest of pine and rhododendron and enters the settlements to a ridge above Tarke Gyang. We then descend steeply to Gekye Gompa (3020m) via Ama Yangri Danda (3771m) which is the best view point in Helambu region. Trekking further we will reach the large Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang. Overnight Lodge.

 

Day 12 Rest Day at Tarke Ghyang

We have reserved this day as a rest day. Even though it is a rest day, we will take some time to explore the Sherpa Village and other attractions of Tarke Ghyang. We will visit the oldest Buddhist Monastery of the region and observe some Buddhist tradition. We will explore the village to understand the lifestyle and culture of people living in the village. Tarke Ghyang is the largest village in the Helambu region. We will explore the village throughout the day and later get back to the guesthouse for the overnight stay.

 

Day 13 Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m)5-6 hrs walking.

We will trek to reach Shermathang today. The trail leads us to the Sherpa village of Gangyul and then drops through the deep forest crossing many streams before reaching a large Gompa in Chumil. We then climb gently to the village of Shermathang. Overnight Camping.

 

Day 14 Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) 5-6 hrs walking.

From Shermathang we will pass through the settlement of Nigale and Kakani and then descend to Raithani Gyang (2290m). We will then walk through the forest and reach the village of Dubhachaur. continue walking further we will reach Melamchipul Bazar. Overnight Lodge.

 

Day 15 Melamchi pul Bazaar to Kathmandu(1340m) 4 hrs driving.

We will drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take us approximately 4 hours to reach Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16 Transfer to the airport for departure.

Today you will be transfered to the international airport for your departure flight back to home.

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  • Sleeping bag (down), rated to -10 degree centigrade (If you don’t have them it can rent in Kathmandu for your trek period).
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Hiking boots should be light weight to medium weight leather or Gore-Tex.  Your boots should fit well and be completely broken in prior to your trek.
  • Sneakers or sandals for camp and town.
  • Socks, thin liners (polypro or silk), thick outer socks (wool or polypro).  Bring 3 changes of socks.
  • Thermal underwear, polypropylene or other synthetic (No cotton).  
  • Lightweight hiking pants,  Insulating pants (fleece or equivalent),  Rain pants.
  • Several t-shirts, both long and short sleeved.
  • Shirts long sleeved.
  • Rain jacket/poncho(Gore-Tex) or equivalent is ideal
  • Down jacket.
  • Fleece Jackets
  • Warm hat.
  • Hat for sun protection.
  • Gloves or mittens.
  • Quality sunglasses with 100% UV and IV protection. (It is also recommended to bring a spare pair)
  • If you wear prescription glasses or contacts, bring spares.
  • Two (2) good quality 1 liter water bottles.
  • Trekking poles. (optional, and can be purchased in Kathmandu)
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Reading/writing materials.
  • Pictures of where you live, your family, and what you do. (to share with people along the way).
  • Camera and spare batteries.
  • Special snack items in zip lock bags.
  • Ear plugs (for travel)
  • Particle masks (for dust)
  • Toilet kit with towel, washcloth, bandanna, scrub brush, short clothes line, safety pins, mesh laundry bag, biodegradable soap, toilet paper, pre-moistened towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
  • Women: bring extra sanitary supplies and zip lock bags to pack out used materials.
  • Personal medical/first aid kit with aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, nasal/throat decongestant, topical antiseptic, band-aids/bandages, sunscreen and lip balm, laxative, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacid, water purification tablets (or filter), moleskin, bug repellent, and any personal prescriptions or medical items.

Nepal Entry Visa

Foreigners who intend to visit Nepal must hold valid Passport(6 months) or any travel documents equivalent to passport issued by the government for visiting a foreign country.

You can obtain the Nepal visa up on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, Kathmandu. Also you can apply the Nepal visa online now. The application for the tourist visa has to be filled and submitted through this link of Nepal Immigration, www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Please bring the printed copy and show them at the immigration in Kathmandu with the visa fees and 2 copies of passport sized photos. US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days multiple entry visa, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days multiple entry visa. We suggest you to take cash in hand. If you haven’t applied online visa then visa form will be provided during your flight to Nepal.

Note: Free Visa for Chinese citizens including HKSAR Passport holders.

Trekking Season

The two most pleasant seasons for trekking in Nepal are spring and autumn. The spring season is considered to be March to May. During the spring months flowers are in bloom in the forests so it can be quite beautiful though it can also be bit cloudy, especially in the afternoon.  Autumn season is considered September through November. In autumn season you will get the best mountain views, with clear skies usually all day long. The fall season is slightly cooler with average temperatures. December is also generally the driest month of the year. Trekking in Nepal is possible at any time of the year. It is worth remembering that we will get 75 percent of annual rainfall from the mid June through the August. This period is considered as the monsoon season. Winter in Nepal is considered December through February. These months are the coldest in temperatures depending on where you are. At higher altitudes in the Himalayas temperatures will drop below freezing and it can be extremely cold at night.

A typical day of trekking

The trekking day begins early at around 6.30AM in the morning with a cup of wake up tea. Before breakfast, pack your duffel bag which is carried by porters by keeping some essential things in your daypack. After breakfast, we are usually starting the good morning walk. After 3-4 hrs walking, we stop for lunch. Allowing about 1 - 2 hours for lunch break then we continue the walk to the destination where we stay overnight. We reach the teahouse/ camp by afternoon, as the afternoon walk is generally shorter than the morning. Check in the room and having afternoon tea, side trips or other activities are generally organized. You can spend the afternoon as you wish then meet for the dinner around 7PM and sleep.

Geography of Nepal

Nepal covers the land area of 147,181 sqkm, stretching 800km from east to west and 90 to 230km from north to south. Nepal is land-locked between China (including the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet) and India. Nepal has three geographic regions; the mountainous Himalayan belt (including 8 of the 14 highest mountain peaks in the world), the hill region and the plains region. Nepal contains the greatest altitude variation on earth, from the lowland Terai, at almost sea-level to Mount Everest at 8848 metres. Nepal is divided into five development regions and seventy-five districts. Where as high Himalayas occupy 16% of the total land area of Nepal with elevation ranging from 4,000m to above 8,848m. This region accommodates the eight of the highest peaks in the world; Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8586m), Lhotse (8516m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Makalu (8463m), Manaslu (8163m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

Currency in Nepal

Nepali Rupee notes come in Rupees 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1000 denominations. Coins come in Rs. 1, 2 and 5 denominations. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through banks or authorized money exchangers. Banks are usually open from 09.30 am to 3.00 pm Sundays through Thursdays and from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm on Fridays. Saturdays are closed.

Credit Cards

All major cards are accepted for tourist services. There is usually a 4% mark-up on top of the price.

Climate change

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries in South Asia to climate change, yet it has limited capacity to address impacts of climate change or to take advantage of the opportunities. It has a highly variable climate and fragile ecosystems. The Himalayan glaciers are retreating faster than any other major body of ice. With climate change, climate variability, a driver of poverty in a country where 60% of the population is reliant on agriculture, will only increase. The monsoon rains are already more intense, but of shorter duration, and are arriving later, which has a devastating impact on the rice fields. The Greater Himalaya region is the water tower of Asia. Nepal sits at a strategic point, in the headwaters of the Ganges basin. 500 million people live in this basin, which is one of the most flood prone in the world. Currently Nepals Himalayan Rivers supply 70% of the dry season water in the Ganges and 30% of the peak flood waters. Nepals potential for hydropower is 100 times its existing energy use. Current development of rivers are sub-optimal, focusing solely on hydro rather than also storing water in the summer to use for irrigation during the rest of the year and reduce flooding.

Clothing in Nepal

From April to the end of September, it is warm in Kathmandu. In Nepal clothing for travelling purpose should be comfortable and light weight. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather-friendly. In the months of October to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like down jackets, sweaters, trousers etc to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Kathmandu.

Health issues/Altitude sickness

Those in good health should have no difficulty traveling to Nepal. But people with health conditions including asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, epilepsy and cardiac problems should seek a doctor’s approval before planning a trip to Nepal.

Trekking and Climbing in Nepal involves high altitude and can be strenuous.Simple headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders can happen before the acclimatization. Altitude sickness, if not treated when symptoms first appear, can lead to death. Often known as AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness, it can ruin a Treks and Climbings and should be treated very seriously. The Himalayan Mountains begin where other mountain ranges end.  As altitude increases, specially above 3,000 metres, the air becomes thinner, creating certain difficulties for the human body. Youth, strength and fitness make no difference here. The only prevention is to give ones body time to adjust to high altitude. Those who go too high too fast are liable to be victims of Acute Mountain Sickness.  To minimize its threat, we recommend following these advice:

01. Drink adequate fluids.  At 4,300 metres for example, the body requires 3 to 4 litres of liquid a day.  At low altitudes try to drink at least 1 litre a day.

02. Accept the fact that you cannot go very high if your time is short.

03. Learn to recognize the symptoms of AMS: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, fluid retention and/or swelling of the body.  The cure is to climb no higher until the symptoms have disappeared.

04. Do not expect everyone in your group to acclimatize at the same rate.  If you experience such discomforts, tell the accompanying travel High Solu facilitators immediately.

05. For the sake of safety, if the trek leader deems it necessary to ask a participant who is suffering from AMS to descend, he will have the authority to do so even though it may go against the will of that participant.

People and Religions of Nepal

Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mangoloids. Since 2008AD, Nepal has been declared a secular country. The Hindu Temples and Buddhist Shrines are scattered all over the Kingdom. Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Herald of Peace, The Light of Asia. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians live together in harmony. And other nature worshippers, too, exist here. Ethnic diversity and custom of Nepal make Nepal the most fascinating tourist destination in the world. Official statistics indicates that Nepali population of around 35 millions includes more than 90 ethnic groups speaking 100 different languages and dialects.

History of Nepal

Nepal has witnessed many rulers and dynasties play contributing roles in moulding Nepal to present day’s Modern Nepal. Kirantis ruled Nepal from 9th century B.C. to 1st century A.D. Later Lichchhavis took over Kiranti from 3rd to 13th century and then were followed by Thakuri belonging to Malla dynasty. Then Shah Dynasty held the reign. Prithvi Narayan Shah is solely responsible for today’s modern day Nepal for he is the one who united different kingdoms into one single nation in 1769. In 1846, the Kot massacre led by Junga Bahadur Rana backseated the power of monarchy and made Rana regime more powerful. In 1950 Tribhuvan with the support from India restored monarchy. A coalition government comprising the Nepali congress party and the Ranas was thereafter installed with the promise of free elections in 1952. In 1960, Mahendra, son of Tribhuvan tactically established Panchayat system, meaning ‘five councils system’, by engineering a coup, declaring a new constitution, imprisoning all the leaders of the then government and enforcing a ban on all political activities. People’s movement of 1990 opened up a new chapter for a decade of democracy in Nepal which led to multiparty democracy with constitutional monarchy. Democracy came with heavy price leading to incompetent political leaders, political conflicts, Maoist insurgency,corruptions and downfall in national economy. Royal family massacre in 2001 left whole world in complete shock. Gynendra was crowned Nepal’s king after his brother, Birendra’s assassination. With the advent of 2006 all major political parties committed to reform their past mistakes and Maoist rebels came together with the support from Nepali people and jointly went on several days strikes to restore democracy. Finally,Gynendra handed over the political power to Nepali people and democracy was once again restored in Nepal.Then maoists has been the biggest political party of Nepal 2008 election. Nepal recently(September 2015) declared the new constitution for the country.

Shopping in Nepal

In the major cities of Nepal, like Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, you will find well resourced shopping malls. From clothes, shoes, accessories, sports wear, electronic goods, cosmetics, food and decoration items to kitchen wares you can purchase any goods. In Nepal shopping of both local and imported goods are possible. Most shops and clothing stores have fixed price tagged along their goods. But in case of small shops, you can bargain the prices for purchasing goods. While shopping in Nepal it is advisable to carry Nepali currency in cash as most of the shops only accept cash. In Kathmandu, Thamel, Newroad and DurbarMarg are the most popular Shopping centers.

Foods in Nepal

Kathmandu is a paradise for food lovers.Besides Nepali food Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, Mexican,Thai etc to continental at remarkably reasonable price. If you desire to lead a Nepali lifestyle during your stay in Nepal, then there are also some restaurants serving pure Nepali cuisine (Dal Bhat) which comprises of steamed rice, lentil soup and varieties of vegetable/ non vegetable curries. Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, is well known for many excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs. Pokhara also have numerous restaurants that serve every kind of delicacies complementing your taste. The foods in the mountains(trekking routes) also fresh, hygenic and delicious.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation (including helicopter rescue) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover trip cancellation and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Hotels in Nepal

Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotel in Nepal gives you the high quality services. Whatever your requirements are, Nepal hotels can meet them all.

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Challenges

Generally short treks of duration not more than 10 days with average walking of 4-6 hours a day with maximum altitude gain of 3500m. Suitable for those people who do not have any previous trekking experience, but still want to see the country side, himalayan scenery, meet and interact with local culture.
The treks covering altitude of 4500m with some longer and shorter walks of 6-7 hrs a day. Moderate treks are with duration of 10 days to 2 weeks in the mountains, suits for people of all ages with good physical fitness.
The trek involves some steep ascents and descents, throughout high passes and involving glacier crossings. Usually you will trek 6 to 8 hours a day. The highest elevation reached is around 5500m & trekking duration can be 2-3 weeks.
This grade will involves the altitude ranges above 5500m to 6000m plus with 7 hrs of walking a day. It covering very remote areas, walking over snow covered high passes with the need of climbing equipment.

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