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Start/End: Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Duration: 15 days
Difficulty: Moderate To Strenuous
Maximum Elevation: 5,122 m (Ganja La Pass)
Best Time: Early October
Accommodation: Camping / Tea houses
Ganjala Pass Trek lies northwest of Kathmandu valley in the Langtang region. Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek takes you to the ancient Langtang region and Ganja La Pass (5,130 m.). This trek offers you snow-secured high passes, great mountain views, old religious communities, beautiful Langtang and Helambu valleys, and natural wildlife. 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.), allowing you to be amongst nature unspoiled by human interference. Ganja La Pass is the highest trekking point in the Langtang region of Nepal. It is unrecommended for beginners with basic fitness levels. The trek is not so rough, but the Ganja La Pass is the main reason that makes trekking harder as it is at a high altitude with less oxygen.
The Ganjala route of the Langtang region brings you to the Langtang valley, surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. The trek starts from Sybrubensi and takes us towards mesmerizing trail through various Tamang villages before reaching the famous Tamang village in the Langtang valley. We will follow a rugged path 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 Gomba, the most sacred monastery for the Tamangs in the Langtang region. From here, we explore Tserko Ri (5,000m) gives a splendid and mesmeric view of the 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, and freezes throughout the year. The trekking then turns straight towards the valley of Helambu via the Ganja La pass, which is more exciting and challenging. The trail then takes us to the Sherpa villages of Helambu and finishes at Melamchi Pul in the Helambu locale. The main attractions of this trek are an exploration of the Tamang village of the Langtang, spectacular views of the Langtang range, the dense forest of rhododendron and pine, numerous Buddhist monasteries, diverse biodiversity of flora and fauna, and local cheese factories. An opportunity to see the red panda makes this trip equally exciting.
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 (1,460 m / 4,790 ft)
Day 04: Trek Syabrubensi to Lama Hotel (2,380 m / 7,808 ft)
Day 05: Trek Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430 m / 11,253 ft)
Day 06: Trek Langtang to Kyangin Gomba (3,870 m / 12,696 ft)
Day 07: Ascend to Tserko Ri (4,984 m / 16,352 ft)
Day 08: Trek Kyangin Gomba to Ganja La Phedi (4,300 m / 14,108 ft)
Day 09: Trek to Keldang (4,250 m / 13,943 ft) after crossing Ganja La Pass (5,122 m / 16,804 ft)
Day 10: Trek Keldang to Dhukpa (4,040 m / 13,254 ft)
Day 11: Trek Dhukpa to Tarke Gyang (2,590 m / 8,497 ft)
Day 12: Trek Tarke Gyang to Sermathang (2,610 m / 8,562 ft)
Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Leisure in Kathmandu
Day 15: Final departure, drop at the international airport
The Spring Season (March-May) and Autumn season (October-December) are 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.
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 at home 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.
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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