Ganjala Pass Trek

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Trip Details

Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu

Duration: 15 days

Difficulty: Moderate To Strenuous

Maximum Elevation: Ganja La Pass (5,122m)

Best Time: Early October

Accommodation: Camping/Tea houses

Ganjala Pass Trek is located northwest of Kathmandu valley in the Langtang region.  Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek takes you to the famous and ancient Langtang region and Ganja La Pass (5,130 m.) with the everchanging perspective of natural beauty. This trek offers you snow-secured high passes, great mountain views, old religious communities, beautiful Langtang and Helambu valleys, and natural life. Ganja La Pass Trek takes you from the busy trails of the Langtang region to the picturesque trails of Helambu via the frozen Ganja La Pass (5130m.) and allows you to be amongst nature unspoiled with human interference. Ganja La Pass is marked as the highest trekking point of the Langtang region of Nepal. It is not recommended for beginners with normal fitness level.The trek itself is not so difficult but the Ganja La Pass is the main reason that makes the trek hard as it is at high altitude with less oxygen.

The Ganjala route of the Langtang region brings you to the Langtang Valley which is surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. The trek starts from Sybrubensi and takes us ahead towards mesmerizing trail through various Tamang villages before reaching the famous Tamang village in the Langtang valley. We will follow a rugged trail with stunning views to the west- Himalchuli (7893m.) and Manaslu (8156m.).After a cultural exploration in the Langtang village, the trail moves on through the alpine vegetation to reach the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is the most sacred monastery for the Tamangs in the Langtang region.  From here we explore Tserko Ri (5,000m) which gives a splendid and mesmeric view of Langtang Himalaya ranges and peaks like Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Kimshung (6,781m), Yansa Tsenji (6,575m). Then the trail reaches the compelling Ganja La Pass (5130m), the highest altitude of the trek, which is frozen throughout the year.  The trek then turns straight towards the valley of Helambu via the Ganja La pass which is more exciting and challenging as well. The trail then takes us through the Sherpa villages of Helambu and finishes at Melamchi Pul in the Helambu locale. The main attractions of this trek include exploration of Tamang village of Langtang, spectacular views of the Langtang range, the dense forest of rhododendron and pine, numerous Buddhist monasteries, local cheese factories, and diverse biodiversity of flora, and fauna.  An opportunity to see the red panda makes this trip equally exciting.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu, pick up at the airport and transfer to hotel

Day 02 : City Sightseeing around Kathmandu

Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubensi(1,460m)

Day 04 : Trek Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel(2,380m)

Day 05 : Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang village(3,430m)

Day 06 : Trek Langtang to Kyangin Gomba(3,870m)

Day 07 : Ascend to Tserko Ri (4,984m)

Day 08 : Trek Kyangin Gomba to Ganja La Phedi (4,300m)

Day 09 : Trek to Keldang (4,250m) after crossing Ganja La Pass (5,122m)

Day 10 : Trek Keldang to Dhukpa (4,040m)

Day 11 : Trek Dhukpa to Tarke Gyang (2,590m)

Day 12 : Trek Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2,610m)

Day 13 : Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14 : Leisure in Kathmandu

Day 15: Final Departure, you'll be drop to airport.

Trip Info

Best Season

The Spring Season (March-May) and Autumn season (October-December) is regarded as one of the best times to go on a trek for Langtang Ganja La Pass. The blooming rhododendrons along with other wildflowers make the trek even more interesting and enjoyable during Spring. During this time, chances of rainfall are low hence amazing views of the mountain ranges can be seen. The temperature is warm and you can hear different birds chirping and may also encounter some of the rare species of animals. From October to November, the rate of snowfall is also low so that we can have an excellent view. The temperature is warm during the daytime and mornings while evenings are chill and cold. There are high chances of snowfall during late December which may make the route slippery.

Accommodation

During the Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek, you will be staying at mountain local lodges that provide basic facilities and will make you feel homely with the warm hospitality of the local people. The meals are the best selected from the menu of the lodge which is fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. There are no teahouses and lodges while crossing the Ganja La Pass and tented camps are used for the accommodation during the trek.

Ganjala Pass Trek Highlights

  • Amazing views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Yala Peak along other mountain ranges
  • Visit Tamang village of Langtang and Kyangiin Monastery
  • Panoramic view of the mountain from Tserko Ri 
  • Stunning view from Ganja La Pass (5130m)
  • Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas, and monuments
  • Diverse Flora and Fauna

The Ganjala Pass trek is a challenging trek that offers the seasoned trekker a true wilderness experience. You can get amazing perspectives of mountains, old religious monasteries, ancient local communities, and natural life. This region remains one of the alluring trekking regions of Nepal where your effort is necessary. Conquering this trek is one of the greatest achievements you can get.

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