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Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek – 16 Days

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Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN 291 Duration: 16 Days Trekking
Region: Langtang Maximum Altitude:  5,200 M. / 17,160 Ft.
Start: Kathmandu –  syabru Besi End:  Melamchi Pul –  Kathmandu
Best Season: Sep – Nov,   March – May Trekking Type: Tea House + Camping
Group Size: Min 2 Price From: $ 1320/Person

Langtang valley and Ganja La Pass Trek 0n north of Kathmandu, offers a multitude of trekking destinations. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to the north Tibet Border and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at comfortably low elevations. Kyanjin Gompa is a last Tibetan Village in the valley, from where a trek starts to Helambu over Ganja La Pass (5,200 m). The pass itself is not easy, during autumn and spring the pass opens for trekkers.

A trek Over Ganja la pass offers an entirely wilderness and adventure experience. If you are trekking during spring the forest on the trail is colorful and blooming full of Rhododendrons. To cross from Langtang into Helambu via the Ganja-La pass which is a serious undertaking requiring good equipment and experience from local guides. For three or four days there are no facilities and groups with their staff must be fully self-sufficient. Crossing the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be prepared to assist less well-equipped porter staff. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.

If you prefer a shorter and more easy trekking tour, please take a look at the Tamang Heritage Trek in Langtang Region.

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Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 – Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) on a public bus – 8 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 – Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 05 – Trek to the Langtang village (3,307 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 06 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 07 – Kyanjin Gompa exploration day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 08 – Trek to Ngegang (4,000 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 09 – Trek to Keldang (4,300 m) via Ganja La (5,200 m ) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 10 – Trek to Dukpu (4,080 m) – 6.5 hrs. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

Day 11 – Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 12 – Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 13 – Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 14 – Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu – 4 hrs . Overnight at a hotel.

Day 15 – Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 16 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure

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Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,345 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Nature Hike Nepal signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Stay overnight

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

In the morning, after breakfast (around 8:00 AM) we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce you to your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 AM. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03 – Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) by a public bus – 8 hrs

Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight to nine hours by public bus. Driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche, we’ll get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal after driving along the mighty Trishuli river. Further terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Stay overnight in Syabru Besi.

Day 04 – Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) – 5 hrs

The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi river and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960 m) passing rugged paths. Afterward, your trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 m) through Bamboo which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. Moreover you can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end your trail is the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. Stay overnight in Lama Hotel.

Day 05 – Trek to the Langtang village (3,307 m) – 5 hrs

The trek route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks about. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become more imposing as we trek closer. Stay overnight in Langtang village.

Day 06 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) – 4 hrs

The trail continues through the Tibetan village, stone-built houses and climbs to a Chorten and passes a huge Mani along a gentle path of the hill. Similarly the valley relocates to a U-shaped one as you enter into a level of riverbed. It only takes the morning; in the afternoon you can explore the surrounding to acclimatize or visit Kyanjing Glacier depends of energy level. Kyanjing Gomba has monastery and famous for Yak cheese factory and yogurt. Stay overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 07 – Kyanjin Gompa exploration day

Both Kyanjin Ri (4,850m/16,005ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,500ft) are the best viewpoints in this area. After the breakfast visit Tserko Ri (5000m) for spectacular view of the langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji, many more and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier. Back to guest house, Lunch and walk around the Kyanjing valley. Stay overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 08 – Trek to Ngegang (4,000 m) – 5 hrs

The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with few natural vegetation. No villages can be seen in this area, hence no lodges are available. Stay overnight in Ngegang (tented camp).

Day 09 – Trek to Keldang (4,300 m) via Ganja La (5,200 m ) – 6 hrs

Today is comparatively more strenuous as you cross the Ganja La Pass (over 5,200 m) covered with snowy ice in most months. Stay overnight in Keldang (tented camp).

Day 10 – Trek to Dukpu (4,080 m) – 6.5 hrs

A long day walking along the ridge and grassland, with amazing views of Himalayas. Also the camping site will be in the forest. Stay overnight in Dukpu (tented camp).

Day 11 – Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560 m) – 5.5 hrs

The trail descends slightly before climbing over a 4,100 m pass. As a result there can be seen spectacular views of the Annapurna and the Everest regions. Following the trail descends through pine forests, rhododendron forests and we pass a tiny herder settlement called Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. Further you will be welcomed by cheerful and friendly people of this village. Stay overnight in Tarkeghyang.

Day 12 – Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) – 5.5 hrs

This day the trail is quite easy through the flat land with beautiful forests and small streams along the way. Half way to Shermathang, we’ll visit another pretty Sherpa village where you can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village. Stay overnight in Shermathang.

Day 13 – Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) – 5 hrs

We gradually descend all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Aditionally along the way, you come across several old villages with their own unique traditions. The walk today is quite pleasant with great mountain views. Stay overnight in Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

Day 14 – Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu – 4 hrs

After breakfast, you travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda. Then we follow the metalled road up to Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15 – Leisure day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. Then in the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you). Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 16 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure

The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

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Cost Includes:

☛Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depends on size of group).
☛Transportations: Kathmandu / Syabrubesi By local bus. (But if you like to drive by  Private Tourist vehicle ask us.)
☛National Park entry fee. (Langtang and   Shivapuri National Park.)
☛TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners.)

☛Lodges, Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Mostly on twin sharing basis and occasionally dormitory style room).
☛Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide fully waterproof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, chairs, toilet tents etc).
☛Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters. (We will provide one porter for two Persons and more porters for trekking Equipment. The maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total)
☛Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter
☛Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛Pickup from Sundarijal to Kathmandu hotel, by private tourist vehicle.
☛All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes:

☛Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu
☛Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory). which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
☛Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek
☛Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛Nepal Visa fee.

☛Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).
☛Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

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  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer


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