Ganja La Peak Climbing-16 Days

Ganja La Peak Climbing-16 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Accomodation

  • Grade:Strenuous
  • Group Size: 1-12 people
  • Min. Age: 16

Meals

  • 16 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 15 Dinners

Trip Introduction

away north of Kathmandu, near the Tibetan border. It is located at a height of 5,844m/19,173ft. It was previously known as Naya Kanga. It is the Perfect blend of trekking and climbing. We can see Mt. Langshisa Ri, Mt. Pemthang Ri, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Pemthang Kapro Ri and Langtang II, as well as Mt. Shisapangma.

The trail passes through Langtang National Park, a stunning landscape surrounded with majestic flora and fauna, as well as yak pasture land. There are many plant and animal species to see, such as the Larix himalaica and the Red Panda. It has a wide variety of vegetation. The diverse trek introduces you to Tamang and Sherpa Buddhist culture, as well as the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa. You can learn about the fascinating cultures of the Tamang and Tibetans who live there. We will also be prepared for the summit of Ganja la Peak.

The 15-day trek begins with a seven- to eight-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The path follows the Langtang River as it passes through the small settlements of Bamboo, Lama Hotel, and Langtang Village. You will hike from Langtang village to Kyanjing Gompa, where you will be able to see the breathtaking views. After that, you will hike to Kyanjing RI. From Kyanjing Gompa we will trek toward the Ganja La Peak Base Camp where we will have Pre-Climbing training. Finally, on the final day, we will summit Ganja La Peak and descend to Ganja La base camp. Finally, descend to Syabrubesi, the trek’s end.

 

Trip Facts 

Country  Nepal
Duration  16 Days
Maximum Altitude  5,844m/19,173ft
Region  Langtang
Meals  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation  Hotel, Lodge, Teahouses, Camp.
Grade Moderate
Best season  Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

 

Trip Highlights 

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Langshisa Ri, Mt. Pemthang Ri, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Pemthang Kapro Ri and Langtang II, as well as Mt. Shisapangma.
  • Explore the Tamang village and learn about their culture.
  • Visit the ancient Monastery of Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Walk across the Langtang National Park and witness rare animals like red panda, snow leopard, langur, and Musk deer.
  • Pass through beautiful forests, alpine meadows, and yak pastures.
  • Summit Ganja La Peak 5,844m

Is this trek appropriate for you?

  • This trek includes 11 days of strenuous climbing. You’ll be trekking for a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 10 hours per day, reaching elevations of over 5000 meters at times. We cannot overestimate the importance of being in excellent physical shape and health, which requires training before your trip to ensure that you are properly prepared.
  • This is the trek for you if you have previous rock climbing or wall climbing experience. It is recommended that you have prior experience with high-altitude trekking.
  • The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, you must plan and prepare accordingly, as well as stay up to date on the weather forecast.
  • The teahouses, or trekking lodges, where we stay on the trek are very basic, with just basic services. Hot water may not be accessible at all times and may be charged extra, as well as access to electrical outlets for charging electronics. Wi-Fi is available in some areas, although the quality of the connection may be poor.
  • The path twists and turns through challenging terrain. At 5,844meters, you’ll reach the highest peak. Because of the weather, isolation, and high altitude of this walk, it’s critical to take it carefully and stay hydrated.

Itinerary

Days                          Activities  Duration                
1. Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
2. Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft) 7-8hrs
3. Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel. (2,480m/8,136ft) 6-7hrs
4. Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m/11,253ft) 6-7hrs
5. Trek from Langtang village to Kyanjig Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) 2-3hrs
6. Acclimatization Day at Kyanjig Gompa
7. Trek from Kyanjig Gompa to Naya Kanga Base Camp (4,400m/14,435ft) 6-7hrs
8. Trek from Naya Kanga Base Camp to High Camp (5,000m/16,405ft) 4-5hrs
9. Summit Ganja La Peak (5,844m/19,173ft) and Descend Back to Naya Kanga Base Camp (4,400m/14,435ft) 9-10hrs
10. Contingency Day for Summit
11. Trek from Naya Kanga Base Camp to Kyanjig Gompa (3,830m/12,566ft) 5-6hrs
12. Trek from Kyanjig Gompa to Lama hotel (2,480m/8,136ft) 6-7hrs
13. Trek from Lama hotel to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft) 5-6hrs
14. Drive back to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) 7-8hrs
15. Rest Day
16. Departure

 


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Day To Day Itinerary

  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Arrival On: Kathmandu, Nepal

Day 1

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our agent will greet you and accompany you to the hotel. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Our guide will come to see you in the evening and give you a brief overview of the journey. At the hotel, we had dinner and stayed the night.

Day 2

This morning, after you’ve finished your breakfast at the hotel. We will depart for Syabrubesi, a 7 to 8-hour drive away. We’ll be driving through traditional terraced fields and along the mountainside. We will pass through Trishuli, a busy settlement. The path takes you through Naubise, Galchi, Dunche, and finally Syabrubesi.

Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel. 

Day 3

Today is the first day of our trek; after breakfast, we will depart for the Lama Hotel. The. We will be entering the Langtang National Park. The trail follows the Bhote Koshi River. We’ll be crossing a lot of suspension bridges. We’ll make our way up gradually. We’ll eat our lunch in the Bamboo. We will depart from Bamboo for the Lama Hotel. We will walk for 6 to 7 hrs.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 4

We’ll leave for Langtang Village after breakfast today. Throughout the trek, we will be following the river. We can take in the breathtaking view of Langtang Lirung. We’ll eat lunch in Ghoda Tabela before heading to Langtang Valley. You’ll be walking through a Rhododendron Forest. We’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours today. Hike through Tamang villages and yak herders’ temporary shelters until you reach Langtang Village. There is a ‘Mani Wall Memorial’ dedicated to those who died in the earthquake.

Dinner and Overnight at the lodge.

Day 5

After breakfast today, we will leave Langtang village and hike to Kyanjing Gompa. We’ll be passing through Mundu village and yak pasture land. We will walk for 2-3 hours to reach Kyanjing Gompa, where we will rest and leave our belongings. After that, we will hike for up to 2 hours to reach Kyanjing Ri, from which we will have a beautiful view of peaks such as Yala Peak, Gang Chhenpo, Dorje Lakpa, and others. Return to Kyanjing Gompa and enjoy our lunch. After resting for a while, we will explore the area and visit the monastery in Kyanjing Gompa.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6

As we move to a higher altitude, the altitude will hit you. We need to take a break and restore our energy. We will explore the Kyanjig Gompa. After that, we will hike for up to 2 hours to reach Kyanjing RI, from which we will have a beautiful view of peaks such as Yala Peak, Gang Chhenpo, Dorje Lakpa, and others. Return to Kyanjing Gompa and enjoy our lunch. After resting for a while, we will explore the area and visit the monastery in Kyanjing Gompa.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 7

We will depart for Naya Kanga Base Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 6 to 7 hours. We’ll make our way through the rocky Glacier As we climb higher, we must ascend gradually. Higher altitudes will have less vegetation. On the way, we’ll take in the scenery of the mountains. We’ll stop for lunch on the way. Once we reach the Camp, we will set the tent and rest and drink lots of water.

Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.

Day 8

We will depart for High Camp after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 4 to 5 hours. As we gain altitude, we will gradually make our way through the narrow path. There will be very little greenery. We will be walking on a snowy path, so we must proceed with caution. We will set up camp and freshen up after arriving at Base Camp before enjoying hot drinks and lunch, after that you will have a training period during which your guide will teach you how to use climbing equipment such as an ice ax, jumar, and crampon, as well as some other basic skills. We will become familiar with the necessary equipment and learn basic rope skills. You’ll need to practice to get it right. Dinner and overnight at High Camp.

Day 9

After breakfast, we’ll set out for the summit of Ganja La Peak. We’ll be walking for 9 to 10 hours. Today, we must begin our day at a very early hour. We need to climb on the Rugged Path.  To get to the top, we need to properly equip ourselves and follow the instructions. We’ll have to walk on ice and snow. After reaching the summit, we will have a spectacular view of Manaslu Range, Langtang Range, Dorje Lakpa, Naya Kang, Ganesh Himal Range, Shishapangma, and Gangchempo. We will explore and enjoy the peace at the top before descending back to Base Camp, where we will enjoy hot drinks and enjoy the achievement. Dinner and overnight at Camp.

Day 10

An additional day in case severe weather prevents you from summiting on time. This day can also be used in the event of an emergency, such as canceled or missed flights, delays due to minor injuries or weather conditions, and so on. If you keep to your timetable and everything goes according to plan, you can spend the extra day exploring a Sherpa village along the way.

Day 11

We will descend to Kyanjig Gompa after breakfast. We’ll be walking for 5 to 6 hours. To return, we will take the same route. We’ll descend so it’ll be a little easier. On the way, we’ll stop for lunch. We will be able to see the vegetation. We will have a spectacular view of the mountains. We’ll make our way to Kyanjig Gompa.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 12

After breakfast, we will depart Kyanjing Gompa and hike up to the Lama Hotel. We’ll be taking the same route back. We’ll be passing through the Tamang ethnic village. We’ll eat lunch at the Ghoda Tabela. We will be walking for about 6 to 7 hours.

Dinner and Overnight at the lodge.

Day 13

Today is our final day of trekking; after breakfast, we will depart for Syabrubesi. The Bhote Koshi River is followed by the trail. There will be many suspension bridges to cross.   We’ll have lunch at the Bamboo. We’ll leave Bamboo for the Syabrubesi. We will walk for 6 to 7 hrs.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 14

Today, after breakfast, we will depart for Kathmandu via the same route, a 7 to 8-hour drive away. We’ll be driving along the mountainside and through traditional terraced fields. We’ll pass through Trishuli, a busy town. The route passes through Syabrubesi – Dunche – Galchi – Naubise, and finally Kathmandu. Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

Day 15

Today is your last day in Kathmandu and your relaxation day. You are free to do whatever you choose with your day. You are free to walk through Thamel and Basantapur streets as much as you wish. Enjoy a complimentary farewell supper at a traditional Nepali restaurant later that evening.

Day 16

The 15-day journey has concluded. Today is your last day in Kathmandu. Our representative will have a short discussion on the trip and take your feedback after a hearty breakfast. Following this session, he will drive you to the airport in our private transportation 3 hours before your trip.

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

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What's Included

  • Arrival & Departure: Airport – Hotel transfer – Airport (Pick Up and Drop).
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: 3nights at Star categories hotel on twin sharing and BB basis
  • Welcome Dinner and farewell dinner at Nepali culture restaurant in Kathmandu Food & Lodging: 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) along with accessible accommodation sharing at Hotel/Lodge/teahouse during the trek.
  • Permit: All necessary paper works: Langtang National Park Permit, TIMS card, and NMS Ganja La Peak Climbing Permit.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.
  • Trekking Map: Langtang Region trekking map.
  • Member transportation: – Road Transportation: From Kathmandu – Sybrubesi and back.
  • Drinking water: 2 liters of boiled water to carry on thermos per day per member.
  • Guide: Government licensed Guide (English speaking) during the trek
  • Porter: Porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) up to 15kg during the trek.
  • Insurance: Insurance for all involved Nepalese staff during the trek.
  • Comprehensive Medical kit.

What's Not Included

  • Air Fare: International flight airfare (from and to Kathmandu).
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu: Extra nights’ expenses in Kathmandu. In case of early arrival or late departure, early return from Trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal Insurance: Travel and high-altitude insurance. *Mandatory.
  • Personal Expenses: Telephone calls, Internet, Toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beer, and any alcoholic beverages.
  • Personal Equipment: Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking equipment.
  • Rescue Evacuation: Medical and emergency rescue evacuation costs if required. (Rescue, Repatriation, Helicopter, Medication, Medical Tests and Hospitalization costs).

Equipment List

What to bring ?
  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • 3-star Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)

General
  • Trekking sticks

  • Quick-drying pants and shorts

  • Rainwear (jacket and pants)

  • Airport pick up & drop off

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea

  • Highly experienced, English-speaking,


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The ideal season to travel

Spring

March: The month of March is ideal for trekking and admiring the spectacular mountain peaks. The Langtang Region trekking trail will be crowded with hikers beginning in March. In the Langtang Region, the spring season begins in March, the month of the Rhododendron. Trekking in March will provide you with the most memorable experiences in a pleasant and mild climate. At lower altitudes, the weather is not particularly hot, and at higher altitudes, it is not particularly cold. The views of the mountains are spectacular, and the trail is excellent. Nature can be experienced at its most beautiful.

April: April is the beginning of spring in Nepal, and the weather is ideal for trekking to Langtang Region. The views are bright and clear at this time of year, and everyone enjoys spring. The surroundings are vibrant and colorful, with rhododendrons in bloom. It is the best time of year to see various bird and butterfly species. During your April trip to Langtang Region, the weather is completely in your favor. The moderate heat of the sun, combined with the lack of wind, makes it ideal for trekking. Furthermore, the amount of rain and snow is insignificant.

May: May, the final month of the spring season in Nepal, is much hotter. Langtang Region trek in May has the highest temperature of the year. Temperature and weather will vary depending on the altitude throughout the trek. During the day, the weather in the lower sections will be extremely hot. The nights, on the other hand, are tolerable.

Summer 

June: June is the coldest time of the summer and has the least amount of rainfall.  The month of June is the offseason and therefore less popular for trekking. In the region, June marks the start of the wet monsoon season. The weather is slightly humid, and you can enjoy nature while it is wet and cool. If you enjoy the rain, rainbows, and less crowded trails, this is the month for you. During this month, the air begins to become humid due to continuous rain.

July: Trekking in Nepal in July isn’t always joyful because the heavy rains can block your view of the beautiful mountains you’ll pass through. In July, you will notice that the temperature is not as chilly in the Langtang Region. As the rain washes away the dust and pollution, the environment opens up and becomes very fresh, and you will be able to enjoy nature despite the chilly weather.

August: In the Langtang Region, August is the off-season for trekking. In August, the monsoon season produces strong rains, especially in lower places. Due to weather-related concerns, most hikers avoid this month. The summer monsoon season comes to an end in August. It rains regularly, and you may feel a little chilly as a result. You should also be cautious because the trails are slippery and the possibility of landslides and avalanches is considerable.

Autumn

September: The monsoon season finishes in September, marking the start of the fall season. The optimum time to trek to Langtang Region is in September. The weather and temperature for the Langtang Region Trek are ideal. The temperature is pleasant during the day, but it is extremely chilly at night.

October: October is the month that falls between September and November. As a result, it keeps both monsoon rain and winter’s biting cold at distance. The weather is warm and pleasant in October, with clear skies and fresh air. The nights, on the other hand, are a little chilly, with a brisk breeze coming from the campsite. Throughout October, the weather is pleasant, allowing people to enjoy an unobstructed view of the snow-capped peaks. They can also visit bright valleys and interesting scenery of various colors.

November: The last declared peak season for trekking in Nepal is November. Bright, sunny days and beautiful skies characterize November. On the treks, these provide breathtaking, crystal-clear vistas of the mountains. The days are bright and sunny in November. The sky is clear, with perhaps a few stray clouds possible.

Winter

December: In the Langtang Region, December is a rather dry month. It receives fewer than 25 millimeters of rain every year. The Langtang Region is in the shadow of the Himalayas. As a result, December has a lower chance of rain. It is also possible to walk the Langtang Region Trek in December. In December, hikers will get a unique perspective of the region.

January:  In Nepal, January is in the midst of winter. The higher elevation receives moderate snowfall, whereas the lower elevation is ideal for trekking. During the day, you will feel warm, but as night falls, you will feel cold. In January, these areas receive little to no rainfall. As a result, the skies remain clear and the surroundings appear even sharper. The trails will be covered in snow, so you may need crampons to cross the pass.

February: The Langtang Region trek in February is an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a place where all you can see are mountains and scenery. It’s peaceful because February is the coldest month of the year. Most people dislike trekking in the winter because they believe it is extremely difficult.


Drive to Syabrubesi

  • The Distance between Kathmandu and Syabrubesi is 122 km.
  • Traveling to Syabrubesi by jeep will take around 7-8 hours.
  • The route to Syabrubesi from Kathmandu is Naubise – Galchi – Dunche and Lastly Syabrubesi.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a sneaky monster that may attack even the fittest trekkers. These demands doing everything in your power to prepare for altitude trekking and taking things carefully throughout your journey. With increasing altitude, the amount of available oxygen decreases, which is the primary cause of high-altitude sickness.

The Ganja La Peak climbing is a high-altitude trek that needs proper acclimatization. Your body requires time to adjust to thin air, so start at a lower altitude and work your way up. Some of the symptoms of Altitude sickness are:

 

Early symptoms of altitude sickness

  • Increased breathing.
  • Increased urination.
  • Headache and Restless sleep.
  • Periodic breathing at night as a result of altitude.
  • Dehydration.

 Later symptoms

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  •  Respiratory failure.
  •  Cerebral edema.
  •  Coma.

Certain care should be made to ensure that the situation does not worsen. However, if the symptoms worsen, you may need to return to a lower height and seek medical help. There are, however, several other precautions you may take while trekking to lessen your risk of altitude sickness.

  • Trekkers can change their bodies by slowly and gradually climbing, as our bodies require time to adjust to the oxygen level. At least one day of acclimatization rest is required for high altitude trekking, and you should go as high as possible before returning to a lower height for the night.
  • You should do various strength training exercises such as running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and going to the gym to acquire strength and stamina for your adventure.
  • As the air gets increasingly thin, an increase in elevation reduces oxygen levels, and in the Langtang Region Trek, an increase in altitude also means less vegetation. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, and tobacco decreases the body’s water content.
  • The greatest remedy is to stay hydrated at all times. On your walk, instead of drinking cooled water, drink warm water.
  • Diamox is the most effective altitude sickness medication; thus, you should bring a subscription with you on the trek. However, you should consult with your physician to see whether it is advantageous.

Things to know before traveling to Langtang Region.

Drinking-Water condition in Langtang Region.

Especially for trekkers, it is very necessary to hydrate your body at a higher altitude than in lower elevations to avoid dehydration and altitude sickness. Lack of fluid can be the main hindrance during the trek. You should hydrate your body with at least 3-4 liters of water daily (Tea, soup, or normal drinking water).

Getting water in the Langtang region is not difficult but getting safe drinking water is. Throughout the trek, you will come across tap and spring water, but it is not safe to drink without purifying it. You can buy the plastic bottled water in the teahouses but get expensive as you climb to higher altitude, and it pollutes the local ecosystem.

Every day, carry enough water for the day before beginning the trek. In and beyond the Ganja La Peak Base Camp, there are no water resources. So that, from the base camp to summit peak you have to melt the snow for water and treat it to make it drinkable. But not to worry, if you are traveling from any agency like us, you’ll be provided hot water 2-3 liter per day. Therefore, we recommend you use a Reusable water bottle or water pouch favorable for both hot and cold water. You can also use a filtration system like LifeStraw.

During this trek, you may have to pay from 1$ to 3$ (at Langtang valley) for a sealed bottle of water. Here are some ways that you can use to make the water drinkable.

  1. Boiled water

Boiling water is the best way to purify the water. As we are climbing to a higher altitude you need to boil the water for about 3-minute and season it with a pinch of salt before drinking. You can get free cold water in the teahouse but for boiled water, it cost around 1-1.5$ per liter and 2$- 5$ for a large pot.

  1. Purification tablets or electrolyte powder.

Purification tablets like chlorine or iodine tablets are commonly used tablets by trekkers to disinfect the water. 1 tablet is enough for a liter of water. It takes around 30 min for the tablets to dissolve and become drinkable. Water, purify by tablets may leave a taste in your mouth.

Electrolyte powder is another option. Electrolyte powder is a better way to purify water than tablets because electrolyte powder contains minerals such as salt, Potassium, Magnesium, which are important for your body during the trek. These tablets are available at any pharmacy in Kathmandu.

  1. UV Light water purifier/ SteriPEN.

It is a simple, effective, economic, and environment-friendly way to purify water. It kills the bacteria and virus within 10 sec by exposing them to ultraviolet light using Steripen, without changing the flavor of the water. You can buy this SteriPen online. This is a highly recommended means of purifying water.

 


Electricity and Internet facility at Langtang Region.Electricity and Internet facility at Langtang Region.

Electricity facility.

Whole Langtang region relay on solar power electricity.

Though some of the areas of the Langtang region close to the town area (Syabrubesi) are powered by hydroelectricity, most of the area of the Langtang Region is powered by solar electricity which is enough to light bulbs in the room and charge small devices for them. So, there won’t be a charging socket in your room during the journey in the Langtang region. There is a commonplace for charging usually in the dining area. Using electricity to charge the device will charge you some dollars (2-4$). So, it’s better to bring a power bank that is sufficient to charge your device during your whole trek.

Internet Facility and Service

Internet and network facility is needed to contact your family, friends, and employee, to post updates and upload photos during the trek.

Langtang region does have internet access, but it lacks stable connection due to its high altitude. Most of the lodge/ teahouses in Langtang has Wi-Fi availability. Some provide it free of charge and some charge an amount. However, you can connect to the internet via. your cellular network’s data package.

NCell and NTC cellular service has been providing the network and internet facilities in Langtang Region. You can buy the NCell or NTC sim card from the stores either in Kathmandu for 1$. By taking data packages you can use the internet up to Yala Peak Base Camp. NTC network service is available up to Kyanjin Ri.

NTC cellular service is most preferred over NCell. NTC provides good service and signals connectivity throughout the Langtang region, in comparison to NCell.

In comparison to the Wi-Fi of the lodge/teahouse, the cellular data internet is much faster up to the Ganja La Peak Base Camp.

Buy NTC data package

Dial*1415#

Cost of data package in NTC:

-14GB=7$

(Valid up to 28days

-30GB=15$

(Valid up to 90 days)

Check balance

Dial *1415#

 

Buy NCell data package

Dial *17123# and select.

Cost of data package in NCell:

-15GB=10$

-25GB= 12$

(Valid up to 30 days)

Check balance

Dial*101#

 

Document needed to buy a sim card.

For foreigner = 1 passport size photo, Passport photocopy, or valid identity card.

For Nepali = 1 Passport size Photo, Photocopy of Citizenship.

Some useful tips to reduce the use of electricity.

  • Extra batteries for the camera.
  • Power bank with 5000-10000mAh.
  • The solar charger and solar lamp (LuminAID Lamp).
  • If possible, less usage of a device with low brightness, GPS, and WI-FI off.

Essential Backpack items for climbing Ganja La Peak.

The bag of a trekker also reveals the trekker’s level of experience. A good trekker should be a smart backpacker. You should be pre-prepared for the things that you need in the trek.

Here are some of the things that you need to take with you for the trek.

Travel documents

  • Airline tickets with the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance policy documents.
  • Valid passport.
  • Copies of passport.
  • Passport-sized photos.
  • Nepalese cash.
  • Travel and climbing permits.

Clothing

  •  A pair of waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
  • A pair of flip flop slippers or running shoes.
  •  A pair of mountaineering boots for climbing.
  • 2-3 sets of thermals (leggings and tops)
  • 4-5 pairs of hiking long sleeve shirts or tops.
  •  Pairs of trekking shorts and down pants.
  •  Fleece jumpers or a set of tracksuits.
  • Good quality windproof down jacket.
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket with large hood and pants.
  •  Insulated hard-shell jacket.
  • Neck gaiter, leg warmer, and packet of pocket hand warmers.
  •  5-6 pairs of quick-dry wool socks/liner socks, underwear, sports bra.
  • Pair of inner and outer gloves.
  • Knitted Hat, Sun cap, Beanie, or Bandana.
  • Glacier Sunglasses/ eyeshade for trekking and full coverage eyewear for climbing (Eye and nose).

Trekking equipment

  • Waterproof trekking bag of 40-50liter and Rucksack of duffel bag (if your backpack is not enough for all your item and need a potter).
  • Reusable water bottle (both hot and cold) of at least 1-2litre.
  • A sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner.
  • Trekking stick/ poles.
  • Pair of ice traction (crampon).
  • LED Headtorch or solar lamp (LuminAID lamp).
  • Stuff sacks, plastic bags.
  • Plug adapter, Charging appliances, power bank, batteries.
  • Pocket knife.
  • Travel Wallet.

Peak Climbing equipment

  •  Ice Axe.
  • Pair of ice/mountaineering crampons.
  • Harness.
  • Screw gate Carabiners (2lock, 2 unlock).
  • Ascender (jumar)and Descender (figure of 8).
  • Plastic mountaineering boots.
  • Helmet.
  • Snow bar.
  • Climbing Rope.
  •  Ice hammer.
  • Ice screw.

Toiletries

  • Rolls of Toilet paper, wet wipes, and tissue.
  • Medium-sized quick-drying towel.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotions.
  • Deodorants.
  • Portable mirror.
  • Shampoo and soap.

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers, Paracetamol, ibuprofen, aspirin, Nicole
  • Sanitary pads
  • Bandage.
  • Anti-inflammatory spray.
  • Anti-Nausea tablets.
  • Anti-diarrhea pills or power.
  • Altitude sickness tablets.
  • Water purifying tablets or electrolyte powder.
  • Mosquito and Insect Repellent
  • Salt or anti-leech oil (If traveling in the rainy season, July- Aug)
  • Earplugs

You can buy or hire trekking clothes and equipment in Kathmandu. If you are buying it, you have to allow an extra day for shopping; however, if you are hiring it, you must inform us in advance so that we can arrange it before you arrive in Kathmandu. This way you can reduce the weight of your luggage and save time and money.

Branded trekking clothes and equipment are available around the Thamel area at a reasonable price.


Accommodation, Meal, and Transportation

Accommodation

We will accommodate in star hotel during our stay in Kathmandu. In Syabrubesi we will stay in a hotel. For the rest of the stop, we stay at lodges or teahouses.

Meal

During the trek, we will provide you three-time meals. You can choose from the given menu.

Breakfast– French toast, Cornflakes, Cereal, Muesli, Pancakes, Gurung/ Tibetan Bread butter, Eggs, Oatmeal, Tsampa porridge, Tea, etc.

Lunch– Dal Bhat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Vegetable noodle soup, Chicken noodles soup, Mushroom garlic soup, Fried noodles, Mo: Mo, Fried cheese Potato, Fried rice, Fried Yak cheese potato, Thukpa, Macaroni, etc.

Dinner– Dal Bhat set (Rice, Vegetable curry, Meat curry, Lentils, Tomato Chutney, Salad, Papad), Mo: Mo, Fried noodles, Spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Stews, Fried yak cheese Potato, Macaroni, Fried rice, etc.

Besides these, there are a variety of other options of food. You can buy it from your pocket.

Transportation

By Bus- from Kathmandu airport to hotel at Kathmandu and vice-versa.

From Kathmandu- Syabrubesi, and back.

By Air- Flight to Nepal.


Guide and Staff Arrangements

Throughout the trek, all your activities will be handled by our well-qualified and professional staff. We will do all the escorting. We are providing you with a highly experienced and licensed local guide with fluent English speaking and has excellent communication skills. We will accompany you from Kathmandu and guide you throughout your Ganja La Peak climbing journey. Each group of 4-5 trekkers will be assigned an assistant guide, as well as a porter for two trekkers (2*15kg =30kg). If your luggage weighs more than 15kg you will be provided a porter individually but you will be charged for 2 people.

All our lead guides, assistant guides, and potters are well professional and experienced. So, we hope for your respect and cooperation with us throughout the trek.


A typical day on the Ganja La Peak Trek

Every day will begin with the ringing of your alarm clock at 6 a.m. and a knock on your door from your guide with the invitation of breakfast. Get up, have breakfast, pack your backpack and get ready to start your day’s walk by 7 a.m. We need to start our trek early to avoid the scorching sun as in midafternoon the wind gets stronger compared to morning in higher altitudes.

You’ll walk along with the Rhododendron, Maple, Pine, and Oak Forest trail enjoying the scenery, clicking photos, creating memories, passing by other travelers, interacting with your guide, hearing each other’s stories. Lunch will be served at a local teahouse in the late afternoon (1-2 am). Having lunch and an hour of rest, we will proceed to the day’s final destination as per the itinerary. On arrival at the destination, check into your accommodation. Get freshen up and some rest. As every teahouse where we stay has a large common dining area with a wood-burning stove in the center, there you will get to meet other travelers. You can sit there, laugh at each other stories, play cards, sing songs, play music, and have a good time. This will help you forget all the tiredness of the day. Later in the evening, you will have your dinner together. After dinner, your guide will give a short briefing about the next day’s trek regarding when you must get up when we have to start our trek the next day, where we will stay the next day, how many hours we have to walk and so on.

During the trek, you will walk for a minimum of 3 hrs to a maximum of 10 hrs in a day. You will walk along with the Rhododendron and Oak Forest. Explore the old Langtang village which has swept was by the earthquake. Listen to the story from the villagers about the old Langtang village and Yeti sightings while sitting around the wood-burning stove.  During the acclimatization day, hike around the small peaks/viewpoints and prepare your body to deal with any difficult walk. Before climbing the peak, you will be taught how to walk/how we have to move while climbing the peak. You have to study and practice well because your life and success depend upon your skill, knowledge, and endurance.  At night enjoy the view of sparkling stars floating in the clear sky above the cold wind. The most difficult day of the trek will be the summit day. But, the success of the summit and the panorama views of the gigantic mountains from the top are jaw-dropping. You will have the majestic view of several peaks such as Langshisa Ri, Mt. Pemthang Ri, Mt. Langtang Lirung, Mt. Pemthang Kapro Ri and Langtang II, Mt. Shisapangma as well as frozen Langtang Lirung glaciers and icefall between Changbu and Yubra peak. The natural beauty of the Langtang region will be your motivation to walk for 11 days. Every stop in this journey will give you unforgettable emotions. Your hard walk will be paid off on the successful summit of Ganja La Peak with lifelong memories.


Nepal Tourist Visa and permits details

Visa procedure.

To travel to Nepal, you’ll need a tourist visa that is valid for the period of your stay in Nepal. Better, if you have a tourist visa valid for at least 1 month because anything can happen during the trip, and staying in Nepal after your visa expires would result in you paying a penalty.  Apply for a visa at your nearest Embassy of Nepal or obtain an On-Arrival visa at immigration in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. But better to contact your nearest Nepalese Embassy.

Here are the documents that you need, to apply for the tourist visa.

  • The Tourist Visa Application Form for Nepal (Fully completed online and printed)
  • Original Passport with at least 2 blank pages and validity of at least 6 months.
  • Photocopies of your passport’s information page.
  • At least 2 recent passport-sized photos of yourself with white background.
  • Proof of accommodation in Nepal.
  • Valid travel and return flight tickets.
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months with a minimum closing balance of NPR 2, 00,000.
  • Receipt of the visa fee for Nepal.

Note: 15 days visa cost USD 30. Our trip is for 16 days, so apply for 30 days tourist visa that costs around USD 50.

Entry permits and Requirements

Ganja La Peak lies under Langtang National Park. So, to walk over the National Park you have to take some permits from the Government of Nepal. The Entry permits that you need for the trekking and climbing Ganja La Peak are;

Trekking permits  Foreign Nationals SAARC nationals  Nepali Citizens
1. Langtang National Park Permit. NPR 3,000 per person per entry + 13% vat.

(Approx. 34$)

NPR 1,500 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 15$)

NPR 100 per person per entry +13% vat

(Approx. 1.5$)

2. Tourist Information Management System card.

(TIMS Card)

NPR 1,000 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 2,000 for solo trekkers (FIT) NPR 300 per person with a guide (GT) and NPR 600 for solo trekkers (FIT) -N/A
3. NMA Ganja La Peak Climbing Permit Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-USD 250.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- USD 125

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- USD 70.

Spring (Mar-May)-NPR 4,000.

Autumn (Sep- Nov)- NPR 2,000.

Off Season (Jun- Aug, Dec- Feb)- NPR 1,000.

 

Note: You can get both Langtang National Park Entry Permit and TIMS Card from Nepal Tourism Board in Bhirkuti Mandap, Kathmandu, or from Park Entry Point in Dhunche.

NMA Ganja La Peak Climbing Permit has to be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nagpokhari, Naxal, Kathmandu.

For the issue of the TIMS Card, you need at least 2 members, accompanied by a licensed guide.

For more information about TIMS Card here is the link.

 

(If you are traveling from a travel/trekking agency your agency will arrange all the Permits.)

Documents required to get the permits.

  • Complete the permit form with your passport details and tour details (Trekking area, Entry and Exit date, and point, Route of Trekking, Emergency contact information for Nepal and your Home country).
  • Passport size photos.
  • Original passport with a valid visa.
  • Photocopies of passport personal information page valid for at least 6 months.
  • Copy of Travel Insurance policy to obtain TIMS card.

For more information contact us.


Travel Insurance

Peak Climbing and trekking in Nepal is adventurous and occasionally dangerous activity, especially at high altitudes. Trekkers/Climbers must have travel insurance before visiting Nepal for trekking. During this 16 days journey to Ganja La Peak, you may encounter a physical injury, illness, or an unexpected accident and all the medical expenses and losses have to be borne by yourself.

So, you need to have travel insurance that will cover all our risks up to the altitude of 5,844m (Ganja La Peak).

You need to choose an insurance policy that covers all of your possible risks from the start of your journey to your final destination. The following threats should be covered by your travel insurance:

  • Cancellation of Domestic and International flights.
  • Lost and stolen baggage and passport.
  • Hospital and Medical expenses (physical injury, Acute Mountain sickness, Altitude sickness, sudden accident)
  • Emergency rescue such as Helicopter cost.
  • All high-altitude trek dangers up to 6,000m.

You need to buy your travel insurance wisely so that if in case you come across any such incident, your travel insurance will bear it.

You can have your travel insurance in your home country or in Nepal also.


Responsible Travel

Langtang region is one of the popular regions for trekking mostly inhabited by Tamang ethnics and rich in natural beauty. All travelers should travel responsibly in the regions. Langtang region also touches the border of the Tibet region of China. So, the majority of people in the Langtang region practice Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

You have to respect the local people, their culture, and religion and try to limit any negative activities that will harm their local culture and environment. You can learn some Nepali greetings words to exchange greeting respectfully. We expect you to properly dispose of the plastic garbage (food wrappers, plastic water bottles) around mountains and forests. You might encounter many rare species (Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Red Panda, and Assam Macaque) during this journey, avoid disturbing them. While visiting the monasteries you have to follow the norms of the monastery. Ask for permission before entering and to click photos in any monasteries.

Your responsible travel will help Nepal achieve long-term sustainable tourism 


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