Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la Pass Trekking takes you to the famous Langtang region and the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) and offers tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range
Embark on our amazing 14-day Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la Pass Trekking that takes you to the famous Langtang region and the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft). Moreover, we also make an interesting excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) which offers tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range. The attraction the Langtang region is that it’s so close to Kathmandu and yet it’s as wild as any Tibetan highlands. Langtang region is also famous for its Gosaikunda Lakes. Moreover, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans.
We start the adventure with a day’s bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trek begins from Syabrubesi, via the Kanyanjing Gompa crosses the mighty Ganja La pass, and ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. Toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang before heading back to Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival the Tribhuvan International airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Wanders who will take you to our hotel. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali cuisine restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali meal with a brief cultural program. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
This is a day to explore Kathmandu where we organise guided sightseeing to the Buddhist and Hindu sights in Kathmandu, to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, Swayambunath – the Buddhist monkey temple and Pashupatinath – a sacred Hindu temple complex on the banks of the Bagmati River. Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. In the Kathmandu Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit. You should get back to the hotel after your sightseeing tour around midafternoon and the rest of the day is free for you to explore the city further and pack bags ready for the start of the trek the following morning. You can leave a bag at the hotel with items you will not need on the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Today our destination is Syabrubesi. It’s a nine hour drive from Kathmandu. Therefore, we start early. Our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel as per scheduled departure time and escort you to the bus station to catch a bus to Syabrubesi. The journey journey to Syabrubeshi begins towards the north of Kathmandu valley following the Pasang Lamu highway along the north- western hills of Kathmandu passing different settlements. A well paved highway continues till Trishuli Bazaar. From Trishuli Bazaar, following the unpaved yet the main road we continue towards Syabrubeshi passing Dhunche, the district headquarter of Rasuwa. Overnight at a lodge in Syabrubeshi.
Today is the first day of the trek and our destination is Lama Hotel. The trail first drops down to the cross the bridge across the Bhote Koshi River. A right turn from here will take us to, a small settlement of Syabru Besi, then following the a stone paved trail we walk towards the bridge across the Langtang River. We cross this bridge to follow the south bank of Langtang River, through the forest up to another bridge. We cross the bridge and walk towards the road junction. From here, a moderate descent will finally take us to Changdam, also famous as the Lama Hotel which is inside the forest. Today’s walk is an easy walk. Overnight at a lodge in Lama Hotel.
Today is the second day of the trek and our destination is Langtang. The walk continues through the forest following the trail along the Langtang Khola crossing Gumnachowk, Chhunama and finally up to Ghodatabela. From here we will ascend to Chamki crossing Thyngsyap village. Then, the trail finally leads towards Langtang village which is one of the largest settlements of the area. Overnight at a lodge in Langtang.
Today is the third day of the trek and our destination is Kyanjin Gompa. Leaving the Tibetan village, Langtang, behind, the day’s hike begins towards Kyanjin Gompa. We first climb up to the ridge and then a steady climb will take us to Mumdu and Sindum. From here, we walk up to the cheese factory and then a short climb from here will finally take us to Kyanjin Gompa. The view of Langtang gets much better at this point. You can observe Langtang Himal to the northwest and Yansa Tsenji and Kinshung lies to the north. The day will be spent exploring the Kyanjin Gompa area. Overnight at a lodge in Kyanjin Gompa.
Today we spend our day exploring the area. If your health and fitness level permits, we will walk up to Tsergo Ri which is a four hour walk towards the east of Kyanjin Gompa or we hike up to the glacier, if not, we go for side trips like Yak Cheese Factory or Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at teahouse lodge in Kyanjin Gompa.
Taking today’s breakfast, we embark on our today’s journey to Ganja La Phedi. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we’re already in high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.
Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It’d be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.
Trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In our 5-6 hrs trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.
Today, we lose altitude considereably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.
We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, catch a bus to Katmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our representative will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to international airport for onward journey.
Ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as stated in the itinerary
Kathmandu (3 nights),
Tea house (10 night)