Ganja La Pass Trek
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Ganja La Pass
Ganja La Pass Trek is an amazing trekking experience in the Lang tang Region. It is one of the hardest treks in Nepal. Situated at an altitude of 5,122 meters above sea-level, Ganja La Pass Hiking requires an expert guide and good pieces of equipment. The trek requires mountaineering exercise and climbing gears. Only wild adventure lovers attend this trek.
The trek offers the excellent closeup views of soaring white snow covered Langtang Range Mountains like Langshisha Ri (6,427 m), Kimshung (6, 781m), Langtang Lirung (7,227 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Naya Kanga (5,846 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Gaurishanker (7,134 m), Yala Peak (5,520 m).
In addition to that, the trail equally provides an opportunity to inspect various flora and fauna, wildlife such as Musk Deer, Tahr, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Common Langur, Black Bear, and many other animals.
The people living in Langtang are mostly of Tibetan origin and they present themselves as Tamang, Gurung and Sherpa. People here praise the Buddhist religion so we can uncover various old Buddhist monasteries in the villages.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from Jugal Holidays will receive you and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing around the famous UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath Temple – the sacred Hindu temple located on the bank of holy river Bagmati, Boudha Stupa – the biggest stupa architecture in Nepal and Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2,000 years old legendary Stupa perched on the hillock.
The sightseeing tour also covers the visit to Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple, the Kumbheswore Temple, the Golden Temple and many more. The sightseeing tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square that is home to living goddess Kumari, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swer Bhairav, the Freak Street and more.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 Hrs.
After breakfast, we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. The road is twisted and one can enjoy the Himalayan landscapes and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rural villages from the starting point of the bus. We will take lunch at the Trishuli Bazar and continue further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, the bus descends down to Syabrubesi.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 Hrs.
This day marks as the first day of our trekking. From Syabru Bensi, we climb towards Langtang Khola River. Along the way, we pass via dense forests to reach Pahiro. In many places, the trail passes through several suspension bridges and tea houses. Our overnight will be at the Lama Hotel.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6/7 Hrs.
On this day, after breakfast, we start our journey. The trail of this day to continues along with dense forests. Along the way, we reach Riverside. We proceed along the trail to reach Ghoda Tabela and from there the trail again sprouts towards Thangshyap. Our overnight will be in one of the lodges at Langtang village.
Day 06: Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3-1/2 Hrs.
This day marks as the shortest trail of our entire trekking. We start our trek in the morning to get out of the village and pass through the yak pastures. Along the way, we pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them.
The prayer flags have interesting fact, according to the local legends, they are supposed to be like wild horses and are free to flap with the wind, just like our minds. Several wooden bridges need to be crossed along the trail. The magnificent view of glaciers, icefalls and natural vistas along with birds and yaks can glance from this point. Our overnight stay will be in the lodge in Kyangjin Gumba.
Day 07: Excursion to Tsergo Ri (5033m/16,508 ft) and back to Kyanjin: 7/ 8 Hrs.
Kyanjin Ri (4,800m/15,748ft) and Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) are the good viewpoints of this area. You need to ascend the hill in order to reach both of these places.
We will start our trek after breakfast. We ascend through the trail to reach Tserko Ri (5000m). Tserko Ri is famous for the most pleasant scenic view of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji and the foot of the huge Lirung Glacier. Overnight in a guest house at Kyanjin Gumba.
Day 08: Trek from Kyanjin to Ganja La Phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 Hrs.
On this day, after breakfast, we start our journey towards Ganja La Phedi. Along the trail, we cross the Langtang River and ascend through rhododendron forests. Since we are at high altitude, the time to get to our destination depends upon the weather. During the winter season, due to snowfall, it might take longer to cross the snow-strewn path to reach to Gonja La Phedi.
Day 09: Cross the Ganja La pass (5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 Hrs.
The trail of this day would be a demanding one as Gonja La pass is marked as one of the most difficult one. This pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. We need to ascend through the boulders at many places. There are also beautiful lakes along the way. After crossing the lake, we travel towards the rocky moraine to reach Gonja La. After spending some time at Ganja La, we settle down to the beautiful village of Keldang. Our overnight stay will be at Keldang.
Day 10: Trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 Hrs.
From Keldang, the trail further descends downs following the prominent ridgeline. The natural sceneries of the mountains would make this trek even more mesmerizing as we descend through forests, ridges and grasslands. It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Yak Kharka from Keldang. Our overnight stay will be in one of the lodges at Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 Hrs.
Today, from Yak Kharka, we descend continuously towards Tarke Gyang. We descend around 1500 meters on this day. The trail of this day too would be similar to the previous day but as we descend lower, there would be more vegetation. The trail further leads us to Tarke Gyang which will mark as the village for our overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek from Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 Hrs.
Today, from Tarke Gyang, we cross a small forest and gravitate towards the wide valley. The trail further directs us to the village of Parachin and Gangyul. It is interesting to note that the village Parachin practices Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. This Buddhism is the national religion of Bhutan. After crossing this village we reach Sermanthang. Sermanthang marks the village for our overnight stay.
Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Pul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: (3/4 hrs trek and 2/3hr drive).
Today, we descend from Shermanthang towards the Melamchi Bazaar. Along the way, we can see many beautiful Sherpa villages. From Melamchi Bazaar, we catch a bus to drive back to Kathmandu. Your overnight stay will be in a hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 14: Final departure from Kathmandu.
Your adventurous journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.
- Kathmandu to Syabru Besi by sharing bus/jeep.
- Twin Bed sharing teahouse/lodge/tent accommodation during the trek.
- Everyday breakfast, lunches, and dinner while on the trek.
- An English speaking government license holder trekking guide.
- Camping equipment and gears.
- One porter for two trekkers.
- Langtang National Park Entry Permit.
- Trekker’s Information Management System Permit.
- Melamchi to Kathmandu by sharing a bus.
- Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at Kathmandu.
- International Flight Fares.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Bar Bills like Mineral Water, Beer, Whiskey etc.
- Extra expenses occurred in case of landslides, political unrest, strike etc.
- Rest of all that are not mentioned in the cost includes list.