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Ganja La Pass Trekking

The Ganja-la Pass Trekking leads towards one of the most favorite and challenging trekking routes in the Langtang region.  During the quest, trekkers can get mesmerizing views of majestic mountains, eye-catching views of beautiful remote valleys while passing through the highest point of this trek at Ganja la Pass situated at an elevation of 5,122m above the sea level. Due to the Lantang valley’s eco-friendly nature where villages in between the routes are less populated with minimal human influence, the destination has been categorized as the third popular trekking destination in the country. The trekking trails in the region have been attracting adventure avid trekkers from all over the world in order to enjoy the sublime beauty of the region. The routes in the trek are all inclusive of natural beauties which traverse through remote valleys, ancient villages, alpine lakes, glaciers, scenic trails, forests, etc. 

The delightful Ganja-la Pass Trekking gets a head start from Syabru Bensi situated at an altitude of 1,462 m and goes up to an elevation of 3,870 m when it reaches to the spiritual Buddhist monastery called Kyanjin Gompa. During the route, trekkers pass through Langtang village and Langtang Valley which are loaded with natural sceneries.  The trek gets exciting and adventurous when trekkers walk past the Ganja la Pass (5,122m). Moreover, the trek covers ethnic villages like Keldang, Yak Kharka, Tarke Gyang, Sermathang before concluding the trip at Malemchipul Bazaar. The routes on the trek are suited for trekking enthusiasts who want to get acquainted with the mystic beauties of towering mountains during their stay in the magical country.  With these amazing features, the Langtang Valley Trekking is the dream of every trekking fonder who want to explore the great Himalayas while hiking on scenic trails. 

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites  along with  Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries
  • Panoramic views of majestic mountains, eye-catching views of beautiful remote valleys, splendid beauties of ancient villages
  • Visiting  spiritual Buddhist monasteries including Kyanjin Gompa
  • Walking thought snowy trails, visiting glaciers at Ganja-la Pass (5,122m)
  • Passing through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas
  • Getting along with ethnic people and their culture

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1550m) [7-8 Hours’ Drive]

Day 04 : Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m) [5-6 Hours)

Day 05 : Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m) [6-7 Days)

Day 06 : Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) [3-4 hours]

Day 07 : Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang (4000m) [5 hours]

Day 08 : Ngegang to Keldang (4300m) via Ganja La Pass (5200m)

Day 09 : Keldang to Dukpu (4080m) [6-7 Hours]

Day 10 : Dukpu to Tarke Ghyang (2560m) [5-6 Hours]

Day 11 : Rest Day at Tarke Ghyang

Day 12 : Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m) [5-6 hours]

Day 13 : Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) [5 Hours]

Day 14 : Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu

Day 15 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport transfers by private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours including all entry fees, tour guide and private vehicle
  • Transportations from Kathmandu to/from Kathmandu by bus/jeep
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) prepared by our expert cook
  • Twin sharing tented accommodation during the trek
  • Trekking equipment (two men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, table with chairs, kitchen utensils, and other necessary equipments during the trek)
  • Safe drinking water, boiled/iodine tablets
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly Government licensed guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
  • First aid medical kit
  • Langtang and Shivapuri National park permit
  • TIMS Fee - Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & service charge
  • Breakfree Adventures T - shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate

What is Not Included

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Personal trekking equipments
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Nepal entry visa fee: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will later transfer you to a pre-booked hotel in Kathmandu. After hotel check in you can decide whether you would like to have a relaxing rest at the hotel or hang around the streets of Kathmandu (If you have leisure time). O/N you stay at the hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Today, we will organize a guided city tour where you get to discover several historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. You will be seeing the world heritage sites like historical Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of lord Pashupatinath, Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists), Boudhanath Shrine and many more cultural and natural monuments. The Kathmandu city tour also lets you understand the urban lifestyle of people of Nepal.  Later, we will have a discussion session where we discuss about our trek plan and preparation. Our trek leader would be obliged to brief you about our expedition and answer your queries. O/N you stay at the Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1550m) [7-8 Hours’ Drive]

We will drive to Syabru Besi (trek start point) on a private vehicle today. On our way we will enjoy the Himalayan views along with the views of terraced fields, lush vegetation and rustic villages. We will stop in Trishuli bazar for lunch and continue via Dhunche to reach Syabru Besi. Overnight, we stay at a guest house in Syabru Besi.

Day 04 : Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2380m) [5-6 Hours)

We will start our trekking expedition from Syabru Besi today. We cross the suspension bridge and continue to walk through the dense forest and reach Doman. We then take a steep climb over a rocky ridge to reach Paira lodge. Further ascending we reach Rimche and then to Lama Hotel. It will take is approximately seven hours to reach Lama Hotel from Syabru Besi. Overnight, we stay at Lama Hotel.

Day 05 : Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m) [6-7 Days)

We set off our expedition passing through the dense forest filled with hemlock, oaks, and rhododendron. The trail offers magical views of Langtang Lirung and other Himalayas. We first ascend to Ghora Tabela (2970m) and later descend to Thangshyap (3140m) before ascending to Langtang. We will witness water mills, prayer wheels, chortens and sacred carved rocks along our way. Upon reaching Langtang village, we will check-in to the pre-booked hotel for the overnight stay.

Day 06 : Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m) [3-4 hours]

We will be walking for approximately four hours to reach Kyanjin Gompa today. We pass on through the Yak pastures and ascend to Sindhum and Yamphu. On our way we will see the largest mani wall in Nepal with prayers written on them.  As we take the height we might feel little breathing difficulty due to high altitude. We climb a moraine to a viewpoint where we can see Kyanjin Gompa and dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. The trail then descends to Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas and offers superb views of glaciers, icefalls and Himalayas along with other natural attractions. Overnight, we stay at the Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 07 : Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang (4000m) [5 hours]

We continue our expedition by crossing the Langtang Khola below the Kyanjin Gompa. We will then make steep climb along the ridge on the south side of the valley through dense forest filled with Juniper and rhododendron. Continue further we reach the Yak pasture at Ngegang. Upon reaching Ngegang we will fix our camp and discuss next days’ plan to cross the Ganja La Pass. Our trekking experts may provide you some training on equipment handling and rope climbing. Overnight, we stay at the camp in Ngegang.

Day 08 : Ngegang to Keldang (4300m) via Ganja La Pass (5200m)

Today is going to be a tough day for us as we will be crossing the Ganja La Pass situated at an altitude of 5200m. Ganja La Pass is one of the difficult passes and is covered with snow throughout the year. We make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes and reach the summit of Ganja La Pass situated on a rocky moraine. Our trekking experts will help you with rope climbing and equipment handling during this endeavor. The summit of the Ganja La pass offers magnificent views of Himalayas and glacier lakes. We will later descend down to Keldang Overnight, we stay at the camp.

Day 09 : Keldang to Dukpu (4080m) [6-7 Hours]

Today is another strenuous and long day trek for us. We descend down the ridge and continue walking until we reach Dukpu. The tail makes many twists and turns before reaching Dukpu. Overnight, we camp at Dukpu.

Day 10 : Dukpu to Tarke Ghyang (2560m) [5-6 Hours]

Today we will be descending down to Tarke Ghyang. The trail descends along the ridge and ascends to a pass at 4020m. The summit of the pass offers spectacular views of Annapurna massif, Everest range, Dorje Lakpa and other Himalayas. The trail then descends through the forest of pine and rhododendron and enters the settlements to a ridge above Tarke Gyang. We then descend steeply to Gekye Gompa (3020m) via Ama Yangri Danda (3771m) which is the best view point in Helambu region. Trekking further we will reach the large Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse.

Day 11 : Rest Day at Tarke Ghyang

We have reserved this day as a rest day. Even though it is a rest day, we will take some time to explore the Sherpa Village and other attractions of Tarke Ghyang. We will visit the oldest Buddhist Monastery of the region and observe some Buddhist tradition. We will explore the village to understand the lifestyle and culture of people living in the village. Tarke Ghyang is the largest village in the Helambu region. We will explore the village throughout the day and later get back to the guesthouse for the overnight stay.

Day 12 : Tarke Gyang to Shermathang (2610m) [5-6 hours]

We will trek to reach Shermathang today. The trail leads us to the Sherpa village of Gangyul and then drops through the deep forest crossing many streams before reaching a large Gompa in Chumil. We then climb gently to the village of Shermathang. Overnight, we camp at Shermathang.

Day 13 : Shermathang to Melamchipul Bazar (880m) [5 Hours]

We will be terminating our trekking expedition upon reaching Melamchipul Bazar today. From Shermathang we will pass through the settlement of Nigale and Gyalsha and then descend to Raithani Gyang (2290m). We will then walk through the forest and reach the village of Dubhachaur (1610m). Trekking further we will Melamchipul Bazar. Overnight, we stay at a guesthouse in Melamchipul Bazar.

Day 14 : Melamchipul Bazar to Kathmandu

We will drive back to Kathmandu today. It will take us approximately five hours to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu you may choose to take rest at the hotel or hang around the city for buying gifts to your near and dear ones. We will organize a farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant later in the evening with the team of Breakfree Adventures. Overnight, we stay at the hotel.

Day 15 : Transfer to airport for your onward destination

Your trip to the majestic country of Nepal comes to an end today! You will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal of Kathmandu airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule. We exchange our last good-byes and now you will be leaving Nepal with all the good memories you had during the Ganja La Pass Trekking. We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.

When to go:
Spring (February, March, April, May) and Autumn (October, November) are the best seasons for the Ganja-la Pass Trekking. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.

Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use 3 stars hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Ganja-la Pass Trek, we provide the best available camping tents (twin sharing), kitchen equipment, toilet & dining tents. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a tent with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single tent, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. So in this arrangement overnight halts will be as fully organized camping program.

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a set menu prepared by our experienced cook & kitchen staff. Cup of tea or coffee is also included with meals. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive but it will be wholesome & nutritious with variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup & seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. You can ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 15 days Ganja-la Pass Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 15 days Ganja-la Pass Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip are good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

The Trekking Group:
For the Ganja-la Pass Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should any body in the group is sick; the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ganja-la Pass trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Ganja-la Pass Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:

• Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
• Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
• Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
• English Language - KEEP (Kathmandu environment education project)
• Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
• Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.

Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.

Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel, that you should consider before booking .Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.

Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.

Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

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Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 15 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Trekking, Climbing, Sightseeing Tour

Best Season: March-May, Mid Sept-Nov

Max Altitude: 5200m

Daily walking: 5-6 Hours

Transportation:

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

Accommodation: 3 star in Kathmandu and tented camp during the trek

Trip Type: Camping Trekking

Starts/Ends: Syabru Bensi / Melamchi Pul Bazaar

Group Size: 1-16 Pax

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