Langtang Valley – Ganja La Pass Trek
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Langtang Valley – Ganja La Pass Trek

Country

Nepal

Duration

13 Days

Best Season

mar-Apr/ Oct-nov

Group

Private

Max. Altitude

17,060 ft./ 5,200 m.

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

Transportation

Private Vehicle

Grade

Moderate
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Overview

Langtang Valley – Ganja La Pass is a highly adventurous trekking experience that goes from Langtang Valley to Helambu region passing through the challenging Ganja La pass of height 5132m. Apart from the sheer adventure, the trekking provides an enclose encounter with mountains, glaciers, and the traditions and cultures of the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa community.

Ganja La pass is a high altitude pass and trekkers have to be physically fit with some technical abilities as well. There are no accommodations facilities above Kyanjing Gompa (3740m), so camping tents and food facilities have to be managed earlier. Ropes have to be fitted in the open and snowy parts and trekkers have to carry crampons and axe.

 

The trek starts from Syafrubesi and goes all the way to Langtang Valley. The valley, inhabited by the Tamang community following Buddhism, is sandwiched between high snow capped giants in the north and relatively smaller peaks in the south. The next destination, Kyanjin Gompa, named after an ancient monastery is the last human settlement before crossing the pass. We walk along Langsisha kharka and Tsergo Ri (4900m), one of the finest vantage point in the region to view the various wonders of the Himalayas including Shishapagma (8013m) - highest of the Tibet, and other numerous glaciers and lakes. Finally we cross Ganja La Pass to enter the Helambu region. Helambu includes various beautiful villages inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa communities. The various monasteries in the region carry their own significant mythical stories.

We decent through lush rhododendron forest, cultivated terrains enjoying the soothing sound of the rivers and waterfalls and finally drive back to Kathmandu.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
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Altitude

1,300m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name-card in the airport arrival terminal and transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Day
2
Drive to Sybru Bensi.
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Duration

7 hours drive.
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Altitude

1462m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. Some parts of the roads are bumpy and a bit difficult during the monsoon season.

Day
3
Trek to Lama Hotel.
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Duration

5 hours.
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Altitude

2500m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today is the first day of trekking, the first part of the trail follows the Langtang Khola and enters into the lush rhododendron forest. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400meters) through Bamboo (1960meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. This is a good option to have to your lunch. And, at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you arer lucky enough.

Day
4
Trek to Langtang Village.
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Duration

5 hours walk.
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Altitude

3307m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Trail follows Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela literally meaning the Horse Stable. After this the trail is slightly gradual and beautiful in the valley with the sights of grazing Yaks. Langtang village is one of the very local and old villages along this trekking route and the view from here is more spectacular as we get closer to mountain.

Day
5
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa.
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Duration

4 hours walk.
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Altitude

3798m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After our breakfast in Langtang village, we endure a short trekking hours and reach Kyanjin Gompa.This place has an ancient Buddhist Monastary and a cheese factory nearb. After our Lunch, you can rest or have a short sightseeing trip to the nearby places.

Day
6
Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.
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Altitude

3798m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

It's a day to rest and explore the area of Kyanjin Gompa and around. You can 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 (4350meters) which is highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama view of Langtang Lirung, ShisaPagma, Dorje Lakapa and other various snow capped giants. You will also have several non-technical peak climbing options.

Day
7
Trek to Ngegang.
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Duration

5 hours walk.
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Altitude

4000m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Tented camp
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Taking today's breakfast, we embark on our today's journey to Ngegang. We trek through the isolated trails. There are no settlements in this part of the region, so we spend our nights in the tented camps and make our final preperations to cross Ganja La pass.

Day
8
Cross the Ganja-La pass. (5200m) and trek to Keldang.
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Duration

6 hours walk.
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Altitude

4300m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Tented camp
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Finally, after our breakfast we leave Ngegang to conquer Ganja-La Pass. The walk can be quite strenous as the area is mostly covered with snow. Nevertheless, we pass the highest point of our trek and make our descent to the forested area of the region. We stop in Keldang and spend our night in the tented camp.

Day
9
Trek to Dukpu.
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Duration

7 hours walk.
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Altitude

4080m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Tented camp.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoying the amazing view of mountains and amazing landscapes in our walk through forest, we descend down and reach Dhukpu, which is our base for the tented camps.

Day
10
Trek to Tarkeghyang.
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Duration

5.30 hours walk.
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Altitude

2743m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The early part of the trek descends until you cross the stream named as Melamchi. Now you trek gently up to Tarkeghyang passing through Sherpa settlements. Tarkeghyang is a beautiful Sherpa village with one of the oldest and biggest monasteries.

Day
11
Trek to Shermathang.
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Duration

5.30 hours walk.
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Altitude

2621m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. Situated in a beautiful village on the half way to Shermathang. Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. There you can see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.

Day
12
Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu.
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Duration

5 hours walk.
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking today is quite pleasant with mountain views and the possibility of interacting with locals as they are friendly people. After arrive at melamchi you will drive back to Kathmandu.

Day
13
Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

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Inclusions

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu - Sybru Bensi / Melamchi Pul Bazaar - Kathmandu ground transportation.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Langtang National park entry permit fees and TIMS card.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Excludes
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 day, US$ 50 for 30 day, and US$ 125 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • All foods and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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Faqs

What is the Physical requirement for Langtang region trek?
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Lantang trek is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before Langtang region trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
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Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.

What is the Visa procedure and Visa cost? Should we apply for the visa from our home country or will get it in Nepalese Airport? What essential documents should I bring with me?
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You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 30 for 15 day, $ 50 for 30 days and $ 125 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You should bring following essential documents in the trip: Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months. Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek. Flight Tickets. Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and during the trek?
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All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice. During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.

How is the toilet facilities in the Higher Himalayan region?
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Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.

How is the shower facilities during the trek?
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Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.

Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or should we carry it on our own?
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Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.

What kind of food can I expect during the trek?
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Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

What short of transportation facilities are available in the whole trip?
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During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We use private Jeep to reach the starting point of the trek in Rasuwa.

What is the best season for this trekking?
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The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.

What is the likely temperature and weather during the trek?
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Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.

Can I charge my camera and mobile batteries on my Trip?
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These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?
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There are telephone services in most of the hotels/lodges from where you can make international calls. There are mobile network services available in most of the places. Above that, Global Holidays Adventure offers satellite phone services in every trekking packages. Can I use ATM and credit cards during the trip?$qa# ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.

How much additional money do I need per day?
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In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
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Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.

How is the drinking water facility during the trek? Should I bring water purifiers?
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In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.

What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?
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In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

Why is the travel insurance compulsory?
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In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.

Are Global Holidays Adventure's staffs insured?
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Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
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Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

I would like to extend my holidays, any recommendations?
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Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event. In general, following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions. Trisuli River Rafting, Paragliding, bungee and other adventures. Chitwan Jungle Safari Package. Volunteering in Schools and Villages

What immunizations will I need?
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No vaccinations are compulsory in Himalaya but we do recommend you are covers for * Diphtheria & TB, *Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B * Malaria, * Typhoid, Polio and tetanus. We also recommend the following: A dental Checkup prior to Travelling. A blood group card in case of emergencies.

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