Ganja-La Pass Trek

Ganja-La Pass Trek 11 Days

$ 1980 Per Person

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Facts About Trip

Maximum Altitude:

5,122m.

Group Size:

2 to 24 people

Transportation:

Private vehicle

Accommodation:

Best Available

Best season:

Spring and Autumn

Meals:

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Tour type:

Trekking

Grade:

Moderate/Adventure

Trekking Region

Langtang Region

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Langtang Valley's diverse terrain, from blooming rhododendron forests to majestic waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayas.
  • Immerse in the rich cultures of Tibetan and Tamang villages, experiencing their unique traditions and hospitality.
  • Undertake the challenging yet rewarding Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek, offering spectacular nature sights.
  • Experience a compact Himalayan adventure, traversing from lower foothills to active glaciers in just a few days.
  • Enjoy a variety of trekking options, including side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass traverses, and peak climbing, all within the captivating Langtang Valley.

Overview

The Langtang Valley comprises of immense blooming rhododendron and green bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. This trek also offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan and Tamang villages, climb small peaks, and visit glaciers comfortably at a low elevation.

The Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek is challenging yet rewarding with beautiful nature sights and Tibetan tribe cultures. The Langtang Valley is such a compact, diverse, and interesting place to trek. In just a few days traverse the lower Himalayan foothills and reach active glaciers in the high Himalayas. There are so many opportunities for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass traverses, and peak climbing all within the beautiful Langtang Valley.

Day to Day Itinerary Expand/Collapse All

Day 1 : Drive to Syabrubesi

After early morning breakfast, the drive to Syabrubesi begins. You head out of Kathmandu to the highway, slowly heading towards the north along a main valley road. You will come across many beautiful views of the river, terraced fields, small villages and snowcapped mountains if the sky is clear. The road takes you to a little busy town called Dhunche and then to Syabrubesi with many things to explore and a riverside hot spring.

Day 2 : Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m) 6 hrs

We begin our trek from Syabrubensi following the route of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang river. We come across fertile jungle, terraced fields and pass through rural settlements with bamboo and birch groves. In this place, we might have the chance to spot rare and local wildlife like the red panda. Following the trail we reach the Lama Hotel and stay overnight.

Day 3 : Trek to Mundu (3,543m) via Langtang village (3,430m) 6-7hrs

After breakfast, we continue our trek to the village of Mundu. The trail will lead us inside a dense forest the having to make a firm climb up through the valley. On our way to Mundu, we will be passing through the Langtang village. This ancient village has many Tibetans and Tamang living together following the Buddhist religion. This village was badly affected by the earthquake and now they have been slowly recovering. On our way, we will get to view the snow capped peak, Langtang Lirung (7,246m).

Day 4 : Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m) 3 hrs for exploring

After a good cup of tea and breakfast, our journey waits for us. We trek through small villages and meadows and will come across water mills, prayer wheels, sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. This is when we reach an ancient monastery the Kyangjin Gompa. We have lunch at our lodge and explore around.

Day 5 : Explore Tserko Ri (5,000m) 7-8 hrs

The exploration begins through the yak pastures and a beautiful scenery of the nature. We will visit the Tserko Ri for mountain views and as the elevation increases, the air thins out and so altitude sickness may occur. Then we will return back to Kyangjin Gompa enjoying the views of the mountains, birds, yaks, glacier etc.

Day 6 : Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4300m) 5-6 hrs

Our journey to Ganja La Phedi is definitely a beautiful one as we cross the Langtang river and enter the evergreen blooming Rhododendron forests. Being in high elevation, the trek becomes challenging. During the winters, because of the snow it may take longer to trek.

Day 7 : Cross the Ganja La Pass (5,122m) Trek to Keldang (4,250m) 6-7 hrs

Trekking to Ganja La Pass will be a challenging trek as it is one of the difficult passes to cross being in a high elevation and also because it is mostly covered with snow throughout the year. Ganja La Pass is located on a rocky debris and thus gives an amazing view of the mountains. As challenging the trek is, it is equally rewarding with the beauty as you will be astonished. After taking in the view, we will incline down to Keldang and as mentioned the trek may be tricky.

Day 8 : Trek to Dhukpa (4,040m) 5-6 hrs

As we descend down, the trail becomes easier to pass. We will trek through many forests and fields. The trek would only be about 5 to 6 hours.
 

Day 9 : Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m) 5-6 hrs

Continuing down the trail, we will see more grasslands and will be nearing to small villages. The trail eventually becomes more easy to walk through. At this point, appreciation for the nature will be acknowledged as it will be greenery everywhere.

Day 10 : Trek to Sermathan (2,610m) 3-4 hrs

We will reach a small beautiful village and can experience the lifestyle of the locals. The villages will mostly comprise of Sherpa people following the Buddhist religion.

Day 11 : Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar 3-4 hrs, Drive to Kathmandu 2hrs

Lastly, we will trek down to Malemchi Puul Bazaar continuing to see the little fascinating Sherpa Village. From the Bazaar, we will head back from the local bus to our hotel in Kathmandu.

What Is Included ?

  • Pick-up from the airport and transportation to the hotel.
  • 2-night hotel in Kathmandu in the (3-star) hotel. 
  • (100% Waterproof) Duffle bag to keep your personal belongings and things to be carried by the porter.
  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes.
  • 3 times meal and tea/coffee during the trek.
  • Professional guide, assistant guide, and porters (size of the travel groups) during the trek.
  • Permit, TIMS, and national park entry fee.
  • All wages, and medical kits for the groups and staff.
  • Insurance for the guide and porters.
  • Appreciation Certificate after the successful trek by Unique Sherpa Trek & Expedition. 
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu before departure. Tea/Coffee with the meal.
  • Lifetime Deposit. No booking fee.
  • Fare-Well dinner in Kathmandu Before Departure.
  • Domestic flight tickets (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu) and airport departure taxes.

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and also in case of early return than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra baggage check-in during the flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) if more than 15 KG, extra, can be paid directly to the airline.
  • Tips for guide and porters.
  • Any kind of meal During Your Stay in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Rescue, Medicine, Medical Test, Repatriation, Hospitalization Expenses for Climbs.
  • Any Internet, Hot shower, Drinking Water, Alcohol, cold Drinks, Laundry.
  • Additional costs suffered due to causes beyond our control, such as natural disasters, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, emergency evacuation, changes in government policies, strikes, and so forth.
  • Insurance for Clients.
  • International flight Tickets.
  • Clothing, Packing Items or bag, personal, Medical Kits, and Personal Trekking Gear.
  • any other items, not Included in the Above (Cost Included) Section.

 

NOTE: If you return earlier from the trek due to sickness or any problem, the money you paid for the flight, hotel, mountain room, food, etc. It is not will be refundable, and you will need to bear the expenses for the hotel, food, etc. in Kathmandu yourself.

Route Map

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FAQs

The Ganja-La Pass Trek is an exhilarating high-altitude trekking adventure in the Langtang region of Nepal. It offers stunning views of the Himalayas, diverse landscapes, and a thrilling crossing of the Ganja-La Pass, reaching an elevation of 5,106 meters.

The Ganja-La Pass Trek typically spans around 12 to 15 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and trekking pace. It covers approximately 90 to 120 kilometers, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the Langtang region.

The best time to embark on the Ganja-La Pass Trek is during the post-monsoon season from September to November or the pre-monsoon season from March to May. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions, maximizing the enjoyment of the trek.

The Ganja-La Pass Trek is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with a high level of fitness and prior high-altitude trekking experience. The trek involves steep ascents, rocky terrain, and a technical crossing of the Ganja-La Pass, requiring careful navigation and physical endurance.

Trekkers need to obtain the Langtang National Park entry permit and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card before starting the Ganja-La Pass Trek. Additionally, a special permit for crossing the Ganja-La Pass may be required, which can be arranged through registered trekking agencies.

Accommodation along the Ganja-La Pass Trek consists of teahouses or camping, depending on the chosen itinerary and trekking season. Teahouses provide basic amenities such as clean rooms, shared bathrooms, and hearty meals, while camping offers a more immersive wilderness experience.

The Ganja-La Pass Trek offers several highlights, including breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and other snow-capped peaks, encounters with diverse flora and fauna, cultural immersion in traditional Tamang villages, and the adrenaline-pumping challenge of crossing the Ganja-La Pass.

Yes, there are optional side trips and activities available during the Ganja-La Pass Trek, such as a visit to the sacred lakes of Gosainkunda, a detour to the beautiful valley of Helambu, or exploring the ancient monasteries and cheese factories in the region.

Yes, the Ganja-La Pass Trek can be combined with other treks or tours in the Langtang region, such as the Langtang Valley Trek, the Helambu Gosaikunda Trek, or the Tamang Heritage Trek. Additionally, you can opt for cultural tours in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur before or after the trek to enhance your Nepal experience.

To prepare for the Ganja-La Pass Trek, focus on cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and altitude acclimatization. Ensure you have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, layered clothing, a good quality backpack, and essential items such as a water bottle, sunscreen, and first aid kit. Proper training and preparation are essential for a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

The terrain on the Ganja-La Pass Trek varies from lush forests and verdant valleys to rugged alpine landscapes and glaciated passes. Trekkers will encounter steep ascents, rocky trails, moraines, and potentially snow-covered sections, especially around the Ganja-La Pass area. Proper footwear and trekking poles are recommended for stability and safety.

The Langtang region is home to diverse wildlife species, including Himalayan thar, musk deer, langur monkeys, and various bird species such as the colorful Danphe (Himalayan Monal) and eagles. Trekkers may also catch a glimpse of elusive snow leopards, though sightings are rare.

The weather on the Ganja-La Pass Trek can vary significantly depending on the season and altitude. Lower elevations experience mild temperatures, while higher elevations can be cold, especially in the early mornings and evenings. Trekkers should be prepared for changing weather conditions, including rain, snow, wind, and sudden temperature drops.

Trekkers should trek with a licensed guide and ensure they have adequate travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking activities. It's essential to stay hydrated, maintain a steady pace, and listen to the guide's advice regarding altitude acclimatization. Trekkers should also be prepared for emergencies with a first aid kit, emergency contacts, and knowledge of evacuation procedures.

The Ganja-La Pass Trek offers opportunities to interact with local Tamang and Sherpa communities, known for their hospitality and rich cultural traditions. Trekkers can visit traditional villages, attend Buddhist ceremonies at monasteries and stupas, and learn about the unique customs and rituals of the indigenous people living in the region.

For trekkers opting for camping, the Ganja-La Pass Trek offers a memorable wilderness experience under the starlit sky. Camping sites are typically set up in scenic locations near water sources, with facilities for dining and restroom facilities. Trekkers can enjoy delicious meals cooked by the trekking crew and relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Himalayan wilderness.

 

Trekkers should respect local customs and traditions, including greeting locals with "Namaskar" and seeking permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites. It's important to practice responsible trekking by minimizing waste, carrying out litter, and adhering to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the pristine beauty of the Himalayan environment.

Additional Information

01. Altitude Sickness Awareness: Trekkers should be aware of the risks of altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), particularly when crossing high passes like Ganja-La. It's essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and ascend gradually to minimize the chances of AMS. Trekking guides are trained to recognize symptoms and provide assistance if needed.

02. Trekking Gear Rental and Purchase: For travelers who don't have all the necessary trekking gear, there are options to rent or purchase equipment in Kathmandu or nearby trekking hubs like Thamel. Trekking gear includes sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking poles, and other essential items. Renting gear can be a cost-effective solution for those who don't trek frequently.

03. Hiring Local Porters and Guides: Hiring local porters and guides is not only beneficial for supporting the local economy but also adds to the overall trekking experience. Porters can carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey without the burden of a heavy backpack. Experienced guides provide valuable insights into the culture, history, and geography of the region.

04. Environmental Conservation Efforts: The Langtang region is a fragile ecosystem that requires protection and conservation. Trekkers are encouraged to minimize their environmental impact by avoiding single-use plastics, using refillable water bottles or water purification methods, and disposing of waste responsibly. Participating in organized clean-up campaigns or supporting local conservation initiatives is also encouraged.

05. Emergency Evacuation and Medical Facilities: In case of emergencies, there are helicopter evacuation services available in the Langtang region, though they can be expensive and weather-dependent. It's essential to have adequate travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and treatment. Basic medical facilities are available in some villages along the trekking route, but they may be limited, so carrying a first aid kit is advisable.

06. Communication and Connectivity: Mobile phone coverage can be limited or non-existent in remote areas of the Langtang region. Trekkers should not rely solely on their phones for communication or navigation. Carrying a satellite phone or a personal locator beacon (PLB) can provide a reliable means of communication in case of emergencies. Additionally, carrying a physical map and compass is recommended for navigation.

07. Trekking Seasonal Considerations: While the post-monsoon and pre-monsoon seasons are generally considered the best times for trekking in Nepal, trekkers should be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions, including rain, snow, and fog, especially at higher elevations. It's essential to pack appropriate clothing layers for varying weather conditions and be flexible with the trekking itinerary to account for potential delays due to weather.

08. Sustainable Tourism Practices: Supporting sustainable tourism practices is crucial for preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Langtang region. Trekkers can contribute to sustainable tourism by staying in eco-friendly accommodations, respecting local customs and traditions, supporting local businesses, and minimizing their environmental footprint during the trek.

01. High-Altitude Adventure: The Ganja-La Pass Trek offers a thrilling high-altitude adventure, crossing the challenging Ganja-La Pass at an elevation of 5,106 meters. This demanding pass provides trekkers with a sense of achievement and stunning panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

02. Remote and Untouched Landscapes: Trekking through remote and less-traveled trails, the Ganja-La Pass Trek takes you through pristine wilderness areas, far from the crowds of more popular trekking routes. Explore rugged valleys, alpine meadows, and tranquil lakes, immersing yourself in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.

03. Cultural Immersion: Encounter traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages along the trekking route, experiencing the rich cultural heritage of the region. Visit ancient monasteries, interact with local residents, and learn about their unique customs, traditions, and way of life.

04. Stunning Mountain Views: The trek offers breathtaking views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal. The panoramic vistas from Ganja-La Pass itself are simply awe-inspiring, providing trekkers with unforgettable Himalayan scenery.

05. Remote Lakes and Glacial Valleys: The trek includes visits to remote lakes such as Kyanjin Gompa Lake and the sacred Gosaikunda Lakes. These shimmering alpine lakes, surrounded by towering peaks and colorful prayer flags, offer serene spots for rest and reflection amidst the rugged mountain landscape.

06. Sense of Adventure: Trekking through challenging terrain, crossing high mountain passes, and navigating glacial moraines create a sense of adventure and exploration. The Ganja-La Pass Trek is ideal for adventurous trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience in the Himalayas.

07. Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for Himalayan wildlife such as red pandas, Himalayan tahr, and various bird species as you trek through the pristine wilderness of Langtang National Park. The park's diverse ecosystems provide opportunities for wildlife sightings and nature appreciation along the trekking route.

Embark on the Ganja-La Pass Trek for an exhilarating Himalayan adventure, where remote landscapes, stunning mountain views, and cultural immersion await you at every turn.

01. Sacred Mountain Lakes: While the Ganja-La Pass Trek is renowned for its challenging pass crossing, it also includes visits to lesser-known sacred lakes such as Kyanjin Gompa Lake and the pristine alpine lakes near Gosaikunda. These hidden gems offer tranquil and spiritually uplifting experiences amidst the rugged mountain terrain.

02. Remote Monasteries: Explore secluded Buddhist monasteries and gompas tucked away in the mountains along the trekking route. These ancient sanctuaries, often adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricate murals, provide opportunities for quiet contemplation and cultural immersion.

03. Alpine Flora and Fauna: Venture off the main trail to discover the rich biodiversity of Langtang National Park. Keep an eye out for rare Himalayan wildflowers, elusive wildlife species such as musk deer and snow leopards, and colorful bird species inhabiting the diverse ecosystems of the region.

04. Hidden Mountain Passes: In addition to the renowned Ganja-La Pass, the trek includes lesser-known mountain passes that offer stunning panoramic views and unique trekking experiences. Exploring these hidden passes allows you to escape the crowds and discover secluded corners of the Himalayas.

05. Traditional Tamang Villages: Encounter traditional Tamang villages nestled in the remote valleys and high-altitude plateaus along the trekking route. These charming settlements, with their stone houses, terraced fields, and friendly locals, provide authentic cultural experiences off the beaten path.

06. Glacial Valleys and Moraines: Trek through pristine glacial valleys and moraines, marveling at the sculpted landscapes and icy formations left behind by ancient glaciers. These hidden wonders of nature offer a glimpse into the geological forces that have shaped the Himalayan region over millions of years.

07. Scenic Viewpoints: Seek out hidden viewpoints and ridgelines along the trekking route for panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. These secluded spots provide perfect opportunities for photography, relaxation, and soaking in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas.

Exploring these hidden gems along the Ganja-La Pass Trek adds an element of discovery and adventure to your trekking experience, allowing you to uncover the lesser-known treasures of this remote and rugged Himalayan region.

Equipments

During the trekking, you could see many trekkers wearing expensive outdoor fashion equipment but we recommend you prepare comfortable and durable equipment. Trekking equipment is essential for anyone planning outdoor adventures, whether it's a day hike or a multi-day expedition. Below is a list of names of crucial equipment.

 

Cloth of trekkers,

Down Jacket: You could take on rent in Kathmandu if you don’t have

Thermal Baselayer Set: It is your second skin; bring the best quality (2 sets)

Fleece Pullover Hoodie: keeping you warm even if moisture condenses on the inside when it rains.

Light Weight Thermal Tops: It is comfortable when you don’t use a base layer

Waterproof Jacket and paints: recommended water, rain, and snowproof (if in case of bad weather)

Hiking Shorts: At lower altitudes and under the sun, it can be comfortable

Hiking T-Shirt: For lower altitude

Hiking Pants: Lightweight quick-drying paints (no jeans please)

Gloves: It is recommended to bring two pairs, a light one and a heavyweight water/windproof

Sports Bra for Her: A good sports bra is recommended when you are hiking

Sports underwear: Quick-dry

Woolen Hat: This is handy when it’s getting cold in the evening and morning.

Sunhat: Just it protects from the Sun

Microfleece Buff: I recommend bringing two, it is useful for either low-altitude or higher-altitude

 

Footwear Gears,

Hiking Boots: Ankle support, waterproof (running shoes are not recommended)

Sandals or Running Shoes: In the mornings and in the evenings in the teahouse (running shoes or even sandals will be fine)

Hiking Socks: Good-quality hiking socks should keep your feet dry and comfortable. Bring enough socks

Inner Socks: You could wear thin inner socks to support your hiking socks.

 

Trekking gears,

Snow gaiters: in case of bad weather and snowing

Duffle Bag: Waterproof and about 70L. We recommend this only if you are going to use Porter. Green Valley Nepal Treks will provide a duffel bag if you book Nepal Trekking with us on your arrival in Kathmandu.

Rucksack with Rain Cover: If you plan to carry your stuff during the trekking, we recommend you bring a comfortable (back support) 50 to 60L rucksack with rain cover.

Daypack with Rain Cover: Whether you use a porter or not, a day pack is necessary for your trekking trip in Nepal. Recommended daypack size is 25 to 30L with rain cover.

Trekking Poles: It is optional but if you know how to use it, then it can help your knee and joints.

Sleeping Bag: Recommended at least for -20 DC, Green Valley Nepal Treks will be provided at our pre-meeting if you don’t have your own (if you book the trip with us)

Sleeping Bag Liner: If you are planning to rent a sleeping bag, it is strongly recommended to bring your liner

 

Additional Accessories for Trekkers,

Reusable Water Bottle: Reduce plastic waste using a reusable water bottle.

Trash Bags: Pack trash bags to collect and dispose of your waste properly.

Phone Charger: Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a portable charger.

Power Bank: A power bank ensures your electronic devices stay charged.

Local SIM Card: Purchase a local SIM card for better connectivity in remote areas.

Cash: Carry enough cash to cover expenses, as ATMs might be scarce on the trekking route.

Map and Compass/GPS: Ensure you have the tools to navigate safely.

Camera and Binoculars: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and spot wildlife with a camera and binoculars.

Head Torch: small torch with spare batteries

Sunglasses: Recommended UV protection to prevent headaches and snow blindness.

Toiletries: Pack biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and other essential toiletries.

Personal Medications: Bring any necessary prescription medications and basic over-the-counter remedies.

First Aid Kit: Your first-aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic cream, pain relievers, and any specific medications you might need.

Small Wash Towel: Light and quick-dry

Passport and Visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from entry, and obtain the necessary visa for Nepal.

Travel Insurance: Invest in comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking at high altitudes.

Permits and Tickets: Obtain all necessary permits for the specific trekking route you plan to take.

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