Ganja la pass trekking is the least trekked and adventurous trekking trail of Langtang region because of its challenging path. Ganja la pass trekking requires trekking experience, technical skill, climbing equipment and assist of a guide. Langtang Ganja la pass trek offers the exploration of Tibetan style Tamang Villages in combination with panoramic Himalayan views of Mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Yala peak, Gauri Shanker and many more. Wilderness adventure experience along with Ganja La Pass Trek at an elevation of 5122m are the main highlights of this tour.
The adventure of Ganja la Pass trekking.
The adventure to Ganja la Pass trekking of Langtang Region starts with a day’s bus ride from Kathmandu to Sybrubesi. From Sybrubensi we will follow the Langtang River to the east until we get to Kyanching Gompa where we can view the mountains like Naya Kanga and Ponggen Dopku. Kyanching Gompa is surrounded by Mt Langtang Lirung on the west, Yala peak on the north, Dorje Lakpa, Urkeinmang, Loenpo Gang and Kangchenpo on the north-east. Kyanjing Gompa consists of small Buddhist monastary and a cheese factory started in 1955 where we can taste the local cheese of Nepal.
The main challenging task of this trek is to reach the highest point of this trek Ganjala Pass at an altitude of 5122m. The last few 100m trail to the pass is insecure so must use rope for the safety purpose and also about 1 km is a steep slope while coming down which may require better care. The group must be well equipped with enough food and shelter as we may not find any lodges for settlement for about 3 days along the route.
The individuals living in Langtang are mostly of Tibetan origin and they present themselves as Tamang or Gurung or Sherpa. People here worship the Buddhist religion so we can uncover numerous old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. At the closure of the excursion after passing the Ganja la Pass, we will additionally trek through some wonderful rice terraces and various astonishing Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarke Gyang, Malemchigaon and Sermathang and finally head back to Kathmandu Valley.
Additionally, the combination of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, beautiful landscape and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu.
Trip Highlights of Ganja La Pass Trekking
– Visit Tibetan village at Langtang
– Amazing views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang Sisa
– Ascent of Chorkari Ri (5050m)
– Panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m
– Spectacular views of the Ice fluted Gyanghempo
– Crossing the Ganjala pass 5122m.
Ganja La Pass Trekking Elevation Chart
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu and tranfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.):
Day 04: Dhunche to Syabru village (2581m.):
Day 05: Syabru village to Lama Hotel (2470m.)
Day 06: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.):
Day 07: Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.):
Day 08: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion around with side trip.
Day 09: Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000m.):
Day 10: Ngegang to Keldang (5106m.) via Ganja La (5100m)
Day 11: Keldang to Dukpu (4080m.):
Day 12: Dukpu to Tarkeghyang ( 2740m.):
Day 13: Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.):
Day 14: Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) and Drive to Kathamndu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Free and arrangement day.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.)
seven to eight hours by driving north out of Kathmandu. Driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche.
Day 04: Dhunche to Syabru village (2581m.)
It takes about five and half hours. Trek to Syabru Gaon (6950ft, 2120m).leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes. In Syabru, you descend to the ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset is magnificent. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and Tibetan Himal ranges.
Day 05: Syabru village to Lama Hotel (2470m.)
descend along the ridge on Syabru's main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) Trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end your trail is level to the Lama. The park is famous for red pandas, wild monkeys and bear.
Day 06: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.)
continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela (3000m), the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Continues to climb gently and the valley widens,
Day 07: Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.)
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. We can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.) and Langtang Lirung (7245m.).
Day 08: Rest day and excursion around with side trip.
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 [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Day 09: Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000m.)
We cannot see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are not available any lodge, you need to camp.
Day 10: Ngegang to Keldang (5106m.)
via Ganja La (5100m) comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja la pass. On the Ganja la pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the times through out the year Day
Day 11: Keldang to Dukpu (4080m.)
It takes about 5 and half hours. camping site will be inside the forest. This day will be long day walking along ridge, grassland, very silent, amazing views of Mountains.
Day 12: Dukpu to Tarkeghyang ( 2740m.)
The Trail descends about 200mtrs, climb the 4100m pass. Views from Pass are spectacular to the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest region too. Rhododendron forest past tiny herder's settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages.
Day 13: Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.)
The trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way.crossing some small streams on the way. There is situated a beautiful village on the half way to Shermathang. To add your joy, Shermathang where we can visit many ancient monasteries. Enjoy the view of Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.
Day 14: Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.)- Kathmandu.
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. You come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. quite pleasant with mountain views and interaction with local and people and it takes about six hours to drive to Kathmandu.
Trip Cost US$ 1,350 Per person
- Two night hotel Deluxe hotel in Kathmadnu on B/B, Before and after the trek, Hotel Access Nepal Pvt.ltd.
- Your arrival and departure from Airport –hotel -airport
- All your standard meals like, Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner, during the trek.
- Tea house Accommodations during the trek and campaing arrangment during the pass.
- Equipment like sleeping bag, Down Jacket & needed things etc if you do not have your own. To be returned after the trip.
- All ground transportation by bus.
- Well English speaking guide, friendly, experienced, with government license holder.
- A Guide, food, Transport, Accommodation, Salary, equipments, e.t.c. All paid.
- A Strong Porter among the two trekkers ( one porter sharing among two member ) including all his expenses including full insurance during the trek.
- Monastery fees.
- A trekking route map.
- Emergency helicopter rescues service. ( pay by your travel insurance company.)
- Insurance of Guide and porter.
- National Park fee
- TIMS (trekkers’ Information Management System.)
- First aid box with normal medicine, including Oximeter and pulse meter checker.
- All kind’s of Drink’s like Mineral water, beer Juice, Coke, fanta, other alcoholic hard drink’s, ETC.
- Sweet things like chocolate and others
- Extra night hotel and Activities in Kathmandu.
- Your personal expenses.
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FAQs- Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking to a new place can always be nerve-wracking disregard of the number of times you might have done it. Every place has its own culture, non-verbal norms and values, government policies and so on.
Having even the basic knowledge about the place can boost your confidence and give you a positive anticipation of the experience you can gain from the place.
If you are looking forward to trek in Nepal, this article will indeed be of great use to refer to. Answered below, are some of the most frequently asked questions about trekking in Nepal.
1. Is trekking difficult?
The difficulty level of the trek entirely depends upon the trek you chose.
If you happen to be trekking for the first time, or your physical condition does not permit you to (because of age or other medical conditions) you can always look for easy treks.
Easy treks have shorter number of days, less distance to be walked in a day, and relatively lower altitudes. You do not have to have prior experience or knowledge to trek to these places.
If you are adventurer and are looking for some thrill, you have plenty of options to choose from. Difficult treks have longer number of days. You will have to walk for 5-7hrs a day on an average and these treks are mostly situated in high altitudes. These treks also demand a good level of physical fitness.
Unlike other product, trekking is not about more for better. The difficulty level has got nothing to do with the experience you can gain from a trek.
Go for what you want to and what your physical ability will allow you to. Do not push yourself too hard. Trekking is not a competition. Its relaxation.
2. Is trekking expensive?
This entirely depends upon how much you are willing to spend on your trek. You can trek luxuriously by spending lavishly or you can backpack. It all depends upon how much your bank balance allows you to.
You will get accommodation for as less as 3-4$ per night, or you can pay up to 60-1004 per night for luxury resorts. On an average, you will need not more than 10$ for a meal. If you are looking for economical places, you can eat 3 meals for 10$! But eating at such places come at a great cost of low hygiene rate.
Bottom line: Nepal is not an expensive place when it comes to tourism. It is probably one of the places you can have the most economical luxury trek comparing to what a luxury trek would otherwise cost in your country!
3. What preparations should I make before trekking?
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Ending up with sore muscles, blisters, joint pain, and back pain can be very discomforting while trekking. This is unlikely to happen if you exercise beforehand.
Start exercising at least a month before the trek. You can do cardio exercises like running, jogging, long walks, cycling and swimming. Carry a light backpack along with you to get used to it. Gym work out can be a good option too. Just don’t over-do it.
If you are going on an easy trek, you need not be very physically fit. But prior exercising is still a good option. You will only make your journey more comfortable.
4. What are the things I need to pack?
There are a long list of things you will need for trekking. The things you carry can affect the entire experience of your journey. So make sure that while purchasing any gear, make no compromisation on the quality or the brand of the equipment.
To know about the things you require, refer to the following link-
5. Do I need special permission to trek?
You will not need trekking permits in any of the treks in the Everest region, the Annapurna region and also in the Langtang region. But you will have to pay entry fees while entering a conservation area or a national park.
Trekking permits are a must for trekking in the restricted regions. The permits are available for purchase in the department of immigration located in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu. For further information, refer to-
6. Is drinking water easily available?
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.
An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 0.4-0.7$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Therefore, do not forget to take at least two water bottles with you.
7. What kind of food is available during trekking?
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.
Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry. The best part- an extra helping will no cost you extra! The meal is highly nutritional. It will also keep you fueled for long walks.
8. What kind of accommodation should I expect?
Accommodation depends upon the type of trekking you are going for. There are two types of trekking
1. Tea house trekking:
You will be spending your night in tea houses. Tea houses are local lodges and hotels. They are small and comfortable enough. Most rooms are shared with two small cots that have mattress, pillows and sheets. If you need spare blankets, you can always ask for it. The rooms have attached bathroom, western flush designed and shower. You will have to pay for hot shower and electricity.
Dormitories are also available and a very low cost of about 3-4$ per night. These come with common toilets and bathrooms.
The cleanliness of the rooms may not live up to your expectations. Bring your own pillow if possible. Conjunctivitis is a common case you might fall sick of.
2. Camp treks
In this type, you will spend your nights in tented camps. Such treks mostly lie in the restricted regions. These regions do not have enough facilities to accommodate many people.
9. What are the risks associated with trekking?
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.
You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
10. How to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
There is absolutely nothing you can do to prepare your body for altitude sickness. But yo can take few precautionary measures to avoid it. They are-
- Attain height gradually and slowly
- As you cross over 2000meters, reduce your number of walking hours and walk slow
- Drink plenty of water
- Take ample rest. Take more rest if you feel like your body is asking for it
- Eat high caloric food
- Avoid smoking or drinking
11. How to diagnose AMS?
In order to detect AMS, you need to be aware of the symptoms of them. They are-
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Upset stomach
- Feeling unsteady
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Difficulty sleeping
If you notice any of the symptoms, take immediate precautionary measures such as:
- Do not climb any higher for the next 48 hours
- Descend to a lower altitude if possible
- Take complete rest until you feel well
- Do not exercise
- Do not smoke
- Drink plenty of water
- Take external oxygen supply if necessary
- Take anti-sickness medicines
If you see no further improvement in your heath within the next 48 hours, you will have to be deported to Kathmandu in a helicopter. Therefore, do not forget to issue and insurance that will cover you helicopter reuse cost.
12. Do I need a guide/porter to trek?
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
A guide is someone who will help you with navigations. He will also have a better idea about the places to live in and eat at can negotiated prices for you. They will also help you during medical emergencies.
A porter is someone who will carry your load for you so that you can enjoy long walks.
In case you hire them, you are entirely responsible for providing them with trekking gears, food and accommodation and other medical facilities.
Guide/porter as also available these days. These are people who play the role of both a guide and a porter. Hiring them will save you from bearing an additional cost.
13. Can I trek solo?
To some places, yes. But trekking solo in the restricted area is completely forbidden. You will have to trek in a group.
A lot of people trek solo in Nepal and have thoroughly enjoyed. Trekking solo has its own benefits. You will not have to adjust your schedule according to anyone. You can also follow your own route as you wish to. Also, finding your way, especially in the non-restricted regions, is very easy. The routes are well marked and pretty straight.
Nepal is completely safe for solo trekkers. But you will also have to be a little more careful while travelling alone.
14. What is the difference between trekking independently and trekking with an agency?
Trekking independently means trekking without an agency. You can hire a guide or a porter if you want to. You may also have a trekking partner. But the entire journey depends upon the way you want to take it.
In treks organized by agencies, they will have a well-planned schedule designed for you which you will have to strictly follow. Most of the times, you will be travelling with a group. The agency will also provide you with a guide and a porter. Trekking with an agency will be a little more expensive than trekking independently or solo.
15. Which is the best season to trek in Nepal?
Every season as its own charm. However, the best seasons are spring lasting from April to May and autumn lasting from September to November.
In these two season, Nepal sees the maximum number of tourists who come to trek. These are the busiest months of the year. The weather is highly pleasant and favorable for long walks. The trails are blossoming with fresh leaves and flowers. The clear skies allow you to get a great view of the magnificent Himalayas.
The above information covers up almost everything you need to know about trekking. If you happen to have any queries, please feel free to leave a comment below or inbox us at [email protected]