Langtang Ganja la Pass trek is specially designed off the beaten trail that highlights the Langtang region of Nepalis and descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. These treks are adventurous and unique than other trekking in Langtang region. Langtang ganja la pass trekking offers panoramic Himalayan views with beautiful Langtang valley and Helambu valley. Ganja la pass trek follows through alpine forests, rich flora and fauna and high altitude pasturelands. The attraction the Langtang region is that it’s so close to Kathmandu and yet it’s as wild as any Tibetan highlands. The northern parts of the area largely fall within the boundaries of Langtang National Parks. The main ethnic groups here are Sherpa and Tamang whose religious practices, languages and dress are much similar to those of Tibet. The forests in this region have moderate temperate, sub- alpine vegetation and diverse wildlife.
We start our tail from Syabru Bensi and follow the Langtang River to the east until you get to Kyanjin Gompa (3,049) where a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association will be worth visiting is located. We also make an interesting excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) which offers tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range. The highest point of this trek is Ganja la Pass (5122m). On the Ganja la pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the times throughout the year. The pass provides a majestic panoramic view of the Langtang Lirung and the snowy summits of the Tibetan border. Lantang Ganja la Pas trek include the Spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Mount, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak and Naya kanga seems to be marvelous throughout the way. After passing the Ganja la Pass, the trail takes you to Melamchi Gaon and Tarke Ghyang. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where using of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be exciting.
The trail explores a variety of natural splendors, from lush valleys alive with languor monkeys to the towering fir and rhododendron forests bursting with spring color. The Langtang forests are also well known for their wildlife including red pandas, Himalayan black bears and wild boar and for rare tree orchids and the colorful rhododendrons. Langtang Ganja la Trek can be the best trekking destinations for all those who enjoy natural landscape and distinct cultural practices along with bio diversity and medley snow-capped mountains view. Toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang before heading back to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5100ft) about 7-8 hours drive
Day 04: Trek Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 05: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours
Day 07: Acclimatization/Rest day in Kyanjin (3870m)
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa trekking to Ngegang (4000m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: Ngegang trekking to Ganja-La pass (5200m) to Keldang (4270m): walking distance 6-7 hour
Day 10: Keldang trekking to Dukpu (4080m) : walking distance 6-7 hour
Day 11: Dukpu trekking to Tarke Ghyang (2590m) : walking distance 5-6 hour
Day 12: Tarkegyang trekking to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 13: Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 14: Farewell Departure
Day 1:Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at airport and transfer to your hotel. As you freshen up after your long journey, you will be asked to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2:A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square takes you to the ancient Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle.
Day 3:Kathmandu drive to Syabru Bensi (1550m/5100ft) about 7-8 hours drive
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr. You will witness nice scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks along the route and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers and village. Enjoy the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati and Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. We take our Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar before continuing further toDhunche. We descend down to Syabrubesi for the overnight stay.
Day 4:Trek Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6-7 hours
The first day excitement trail crosses through the Bhote koshi River flowing down from Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. After a visit to the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail gradually ascend up to Bamboo passing by landslide. The trail goes through the sub tropical forest which is cover by oak and maple, massive spruce, fir and blue pine. We pass through the forests of oak and rhododendron. The variety wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears etc. are inhabitance of the forest. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m). And at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 5:Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 4-5 hours
The day start with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. The tantalizing glimpse of snow capped peaks start appearing along with fleeting view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m) through the trees. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m).The trail ascends gradually as the valley opens up into classical U-shaped glacial. Follow the trail across the helipad and yak pastures, climb briefly through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. The trail crosses a stream and climbs past several water driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. The village has flat- roofed Tibetan style house and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village is worth exploring. Valley is surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.
Day 6:Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours
The trail winds through the village and climbs a ridge topped by a large chorten. It then climbs gradually past an impressive mani wall, crossing a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). After crossing several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, you can finally see the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The surroundings are interesting also because of the famous Government operated Cheese factory. We have chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk, it is remarkable of this place. After having lunch, we can explore the area with abundant panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja la (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).
Day 7:Acclimatization/Rest day in Kyanjin (3870m)
Today is the rest and exploration day of the trekking .We visit the monastery and the cheese factory or may walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m), which is highest point of this trek. Hike easy for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. We also have options to do a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. There are several alternatives sided trips, the surroundings areas of North having many smaller uninhabited valleys. Spend your night back to the Kyanjin.
Day 8:Kyanjin Gompa trekking to Ngegang (4000m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa the trail makes a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. The trail goes on ascending high Himalaya area covered with little natural vegetation. We must have to well manage for shelter and food by ourselves. Sometime we have scarcity of water and miss the group on the puzzle trail. Then the trail reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang, full of worth able breathtaking mountains scenery and pure of nature beauties. You can see Yaks peacefully grazing and spend your night at tented camp.
Day 9:Ngegang trekking to Ganja-La pass (5200m) to Keldang (4270m): walking distance 6-7 hour
The trail continues south, following streams and moraines and climbs steeply towards the pass. The trail makes a final steep ascent to the pass, from the pass the trail descends steeply and enters the Yangri Khola Valley. It’d be a strenuous day since crossing Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. On the Ganja la pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the times throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. The pass provides a majestic panoramic view of the Langtang Lirung and the snowy summits of the Tibetan border. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. Following the stream through grassy meadows, the trail reaches Keldang where we will set our camp.
Day 10:Keldang trekking to Dukpu (4080m): walking distance 6-7 hour
This is a long tiring day. The trail descends along ridge, grassland, with amazing views of Mountain and its surrounded nature beauties. Then follow the ridge line through small settlements of the villagers of Helambu. You will reach Dukpu where inside the forest we will set our camp.
Day 11:Dukpu trekking to Tarke Ghyang (2590m): walking distance 5-6 hour
From, Dukpu the trail descends, and then make a climb to a pass. The views from Pass are spectacular towards the Annapurna Region, Mt. Everest region as well and native mountains. The trail descends through forest with pine and rhododendron, and then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. Its steep descent passing tiny herder’s to the settlement of Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and picturesque Sherpa villages.
Day 12:Tarkegyang trekking to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests. The trail leads us cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region. Sermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and view of Jugal Himal range. In the clear day the villages provide good views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda and Rolwaling; even Everest also in a distance.
Day13:Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive
After breakfast the trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. From here take a drive
Day 14:Farewell Departure
Today is free or last minute you have few hour special shopping for your relatives. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. We will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.
What’s included in the Cost:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
- Guided Tour of Kathmandu City with expert tour guide and private vehicle
- Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.
- Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation down part of the trek and Tented camp in upper part.
- Daily Meals chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- All necessary camping gears like two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, Toilet tent, kitchen equipment, mattress
- Langtang National park Trekking Permit.
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Langtang Trekking .
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Adam Travel duffel bag. ( If you need, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us in our pre- meeting at our office)
- Kathmandu to Trek start point transfer by Local bus ( private land cruiser are also available by adding separate cost)
- Trek finish point to Kathmandu transport by Bus/Private vehicle depending on trek ending point.
- Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
- Adam Travel Gifts (T shirt for Gents & Pashmina shawl for Ladies, Trekking certificates)
- Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
- All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes
Extra Cost to Consider:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa up on arrival in the Airport.
- International Airfare, City tour Sightseeing entry fees.
- Alcoholic, soft and hard drinks.
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
- Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
- Personal trekking gears
- Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.