Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja-La Pass

Duration: 15
Difficulty: Difficult
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Arrival On: Kathmandu
Activity Per Day: 6-7 hours of trekking
Accomodation: Hotel, Lodge, Teahouse, Tent, Camp
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Trip Overview

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.

A trek over Ganja La Pass offers wilderness and adventure experiences. 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 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 and be prepared. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.

Accommodations

As you are picked from Tribhuwan International  Airpot, Kathmandu you will be accommodated in a three-star level Hotel with Bed and Breakfast.  We accommodate on the basis of twin shared room. A single room can be also accommodated upon your request. Your room will be facilitated with attached restrooms in the Kathmandu. During the Trekking premises, in some places, they only have a shared washroom and restroom. As you reach higher elevation single rooms may be difficult to manage.

Meals

During our Trek Authentic Nepali food is available and more common. You will also get international Cuisine such as Continental, Italian, Indian, etc. Breakfast-Dinner will be served as per lodge menu where we stay overnight. Lunch will be served on the trail of Next destination. During Trek, all meals will be provided whereas, only breakfast is served in Kathmandu. Sherpa Himalaya will serve you special last day dinner.

Health Condition & Fitness Requirement

This Trek is a moderate level Trek. You will be walking for 6-7 hour a day on average. We will face the steep hill, cross steep, hilly terrain etc.  We will be heading mostly uphill where we will face an average of 4000m altitude change. You will be given acclimatization day in between the trail so that you will not face altitude sickness. If you have strong determination and hope in yourself then this Trek will not be that difficult.

If you have done any Trek before it will be your skill but you don’t require pre-experience or any training for this Trek. If you have any health problems it would be better if you consult with a doctor before your visit and give the details to Sherpa Himalaya so that we could customize your trip as per your body requirement.

Best Time to Visit

Weather in Nepal is quite a favorable. For trekking we have two peak season; Spring & Autumn. Autumn season starts from September to November whereas Spring season starts from March to May. Beside this two season, you can visit Nepal in other months too but it is quite cold in January and rainy in the month of July & August.

Note

Your health safety and last destination with high-quality service is our Main priority. Your guide has the authority to bring change in itinerary, stop or cancel any part of your itinerary if it is very necessary due to safety concern. However, these kinds of problem rarely arise. Our effort will be to follow our given itinerary. Weather condition, health problem or any natural disaster and flight cancellation due to bad weather in the mountain may bring change in itinerary.


Frequently Asked Questions

Details Itinerary

Upon arrival at Nepal’s heart, the capital known as Kathmandu, via Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you warmly and take you to the Hotel where you will stay overnight.
This Day we will be preparing our gears for our Trek. You will be taken to shops if you have forgotten any gears and stuffs to bring and that will be required in the Trek.
After morning breakfast we will drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu while enjoying the majestic views and mountainous lifestyle thoursough the terraced fields, road side settlement and remote villages. We will have lunch along the way at Trishuli riverside and reach Dhunche by evening. A short walk from there will take us to Syabrubesi. Overnight at Syabrubesi.
After breakfast we will start our trek. Our trail will start from Langtang Khola and pass thoursough forests and villages. There are several suspension bridges which we will cross and move towards Lama Hotel which will be our destination. This will be fairly easy trek and we will reach Lama Hotel by evening. Overnight at Lama Hotel.
After breakfast we will ascend along river line thoursough dense forest. Shadow of Langtang Himal will guide us during our travel. We will have to climb few stone carved stairs at some places. We will have lunch on feasible place and rest accordingly. Langtang village is above valley that we will reach after leaving the dense forest behind us. We will reach Langtang Village enjoying marvelous views of Langtang Lirung.Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. Overnight at Langtang Village.
After our morning tea and breakfast, we will pass thoursough Langtang village and treak along yak pastures. We will also witness the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. There are several wooden bridges that we will cross. Air pressure will lessen while we ascend up and reach Kyanjin Gompa just before evening. An evening walk to freshen up and visiting local village is recommended. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.
We will set aside this day again for acclimatization to minimize the chances of any member being affected by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We will climb to Tsergo Ri which is situated at an elevation of 5033m and offers panoramic views of Himalayan vista. The climbing will te tough and challenging that will require a complete physical fitness. Overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
After yesterday’s rest, we will start this day’s trek to Ganja La Phedi. We will cross Langtang River and ascend through rhododendron forest. Our trek will be slow and steady if our trek is on winter season as the icy snow will make our walk slow. After climbing up to Ganja La Phedi we will establish camp on a suitable place and spend the night there.
Today will be the day we have to pass Ganja La Pass. It will be difficult and very technical as the pass is supposed to be one of the toughest in the world, covered by snow throughout the year. We will make a long ascent through boulders, pass few small lakes & glaciers, and summit the Ganja La which is situated on a rocky moraine. We will enjoy spectacular views from the pass and click photos & videos as well. After proper rest we will descend down to Keldang. Overnight at Keldang.
After early morning breakfast we will embark our trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. It will be relatively easy as we will descend further following a prominent ridge line. We will be losing elevation as we will descend down so we will realize air pressure being denser. Overnight at Yak Kharka.
After early breakfast we will head for Tarkeghyang along Melamchi Khola while enjoying Himalayan peaks. Popular name of the village is Helambhu as the major caste of the locality is Helmu, is settlement of Sherpa people.is more popularly known as Helambu, since most of the inhabitants belong to the Helmu caste.
After breakfast we will start our easy trek as there will be less walking and we will only gain 100m of elevation than Helambhu. Our trail will ascend and descend while we cross forests, streams, waterfalls and few small villages. We will reach Sermathang after now which will provide us ample time to discover the village and a Buddhist monastery. Overnight at Sermathang.
After breakfast we will trek to Melemchi Puul Bazaar. We will reach the bazaar around noon. After having lunch and rest we will drive from Melamchi Puul Bazaar to Kathmandu. Along the way we will notice the climate getting warmer with a landscape that is different from the mountains and the hills. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest or explore surrounding locality of Kathmandu and even do some souvenir shopping. Our guides will always help you with both souvenir shopping or sightseeing. Farewell dinner at night and overnight stay at Kathmandu. The town boasts a number of good accommodation facilities therefore we will spend the night in Kathmandu.
This day is set aside for unforeseen conditions. This day is also reserved for proper rest and shopping at Kathmandu. One can enjoy local Thamel market or rest on this day. You will be invited for dinner by Sherpa Himalaya Overnight at Kathmandu.
If your schedule is to departure from Kathmandu we would drop you to the airport as per your schedule or you can extend your holiday if you have time.

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