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Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek – 16 Days

Trip Highlights

Trekking in Langtang valley and Ganja La Pass, 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.

 Trip Code
NHN291

Duration
16 Days

 Price from
USD $ 1050/ person

 Grade
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Min Pax
2-15 pax

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.

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

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.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

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

In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. 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 and a hearty breakfast, 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 attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty-five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

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

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

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. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Parts of the road though may be bumpy and under construction.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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. 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.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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 well trek closer.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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

It is shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climbs several small peaks (hillocks).

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 07 – Kyanjin Gompa exploration day

Today is a day to rest as we explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4,350 m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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.

Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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.

Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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. The camping site will be in the forest.

Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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

The trail descends slightly before climbing over a 4,100 m pass, from where the spectacular view of the Annapurna and the Everest regions can be clearly seen. From the pass the trail descends through the pine forest, rhododendron forest past a tiny herder settlement called Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. You will be welcomed by cheerful and friendly people of this village.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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. We’ll visit a beautiful village half way to Shermathang, another pretty Sherpa village where you can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own unique traditions. The walk today is quite pleasant with great mountain views.

Overnight at Guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

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

After breakfast, you travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda, then follow the metalled road up to Kathmandu.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Lunch Included

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. 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).

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell Dinner Included

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.

Breakfast Included

 

Cost Includes:
☛Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
☛Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
☛Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
☛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).
☛Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
☛The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
☛Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
☛Langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
☛Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
☛Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
☛Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day (On Day 15th).
☛All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
☛Official expenses.

Cost Excludes:

☛Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
☛Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
☛International airfare and airport departure tax.
☛Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
☛Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
☛Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).
☛Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
☛Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Testimonials

  • 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 – http://www.naturehikenepal.com – 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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