Ganja La passes trekking takes you to the famous Langtang region. It is one of the popular trekking in the langtang region. This trekking at an altitude of 5,122m which requires special trekking equipment/ gear and a well experienced guide. It is towards the north of Kathmandu valley and just to the south of Tibetan border.
This trekking bids you the most panoramic Himalayan views of the Langtang Lirung 7245m, Ganesh Himal 7406 meter, Dorje Lakpa 6966m, Yala peak 5500m, Naya kanga (5,846m), Gaurishanker and shisa pangma at 8013 meter also including the Annapurna Himalayan range. The other main spot to visit is Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft). People living here are mostly Sherpa and tamang with mixture of the ethnic group. This trek is more adventurous by viewing the Spectacular Mountain plus wildlife animals like thar, pika, deer, birds etc. and different kinds of flora.
This trekking begins from first sightseeing the Kathmandu valley and drive to Syrabusi where you get to enjoy the Himalayan views with the terraced fields and rural villages. Then our trekking to langtang Ganja la pass begins from helambu through the dense forest following the Langtang River. Crossing the several suspension bridges the trail is bit challenging going upward and downward trail. Here we will be spotting some tea houses where we can relax for a while. And there we will be trekking to village called Mundu and trailing through the dense forest we reach the langtang village where we get the picturesque of the Langtang Lirung. This village is one where many people died during the earthquake which occurs before last year on 25th April 2015 flooded away by the avalanche destroying the villages as well as infrastructure too. After that we will be trekking to Kyangjin Gompa where you will be passing over the several chortens (stupa) surrounding the prayer wheels, watermills with amazing view of the mountain and the cheese factory run by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. After that we will be visiting some village and cross through the yak pastures and the heading to Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) for mountain sunrise views. Crossing the river we ascend through the dense forest of rhododendron to Ganja la phedi and finally we will be trekking to Ganja La pass which will be the strenuous hike. Ascending down to the several villages like Sherpa, tamang, Gurung and lastly reaching the malamchi puul bazar and from there we drive to Kathmandu in a private vehicle.
This trekking can be done in the spring and autumn season where you get the perfect view of the mountain without any circumstances. Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) gives this daring trek where you required a well-equipped gear but our GHHT will be providing this equipment so, you don’t have to worry. For further detail about this trek or you want to adjust the itinerary according to your vacation plan you can email us or contact us.
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day
You will be greeted at the international airport by our representative. After you complete your customs formalities at the airport, you will be transferred to the hotel booked for you. You can rest for the remaining part of the day or visit nearby places. We will have a meeting to welcome you and let you know about our trekking and tour program. You shall return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 - Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
There are many places inside Kathmandu valley for sightseeing. These include the places of historical, archeological and cultural importance most of which are listed in UNESCO world heritage list. Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa and Durbar squares in Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur are some of the important places in Kathmandu valley. We also need to prepare for the trek. We will return to the hotel for night stay.
Day 3 - Drive to Syabrubesi
The starting point of our trekking journey is Syabrubesi. It will take us about seven hours to reach by bus. The scenic drive will pass through Trishuli Bazaar and Dhunche where we will stop for taking food and refreshment. Syabrubesi is a small town to the north west of Kathmandu, at an altitude of Syabrubesi. There are few guesthouses available for comfortable stay during the night.
Day 4 - Trek to Lama Hotel/Changthang
The trekking starts on the fourth day from Syabrubesi. On this first day of trekking, there will be a series of ascents and descents as we move passing through forests along Langtang khola (river). Few suspension bridges will be crossed during the trekking over streams and ridges. After walking for 5.5 hours, we will reach Lama Hotel in Chingthang at 2480 meters altitude. Overnight stay will be in the hotel or a guesthouse.
Day 5 - Trek to Langtang village
After breakfast, we continue our journey along the path surrounded by lush vegetation, trees and bushes. As we move to the higher altitudes, vegetation gets thinner and Langtang Lirung peak comes into view. Tibetan influence can be experienced in the prayer wheels, flags and chortens as we approach Langtang village. The 5-hour long trek comes to rest at an altitude of 3541 meters in a guesthouse of Langtang village.
Day 6 - Ascend Chorka Ri, walk to Kyanjin Gompa
Today, we will gain more altitude. We will be walking beside Tibetan styled prayer walls including the largest mani wall to ascend Chorka Ri at 5050 meters. Another 3.5 hours of walk will take us to Kyanjing Gompa, a popular monastery. The views of numerous mountains including Naya Kanga (5,846m), Ponggen Dopku (5,930m), Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ), Yala peak, Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979m) and Kangchenpo can be enjoyed from the monastery. Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.
Day 7 - Kyanjin Gompa to Nguegang
From Kyanjin Gompa, we will first walk down to Langtang khola. After crossing it, the trail goes up passing along forests of juniper, fir and rhododendron. After seven hours, we will reach Nguegang at the altitude of 4520 meters. Nguegang is mostly known for its Yak pastures (Kharka) where yaks can usually be seen grazing in the grass fields. As there are no guest houses and permanent settlements here, we will have to stay in tented camps.
Day 8 - Cross Gonja la pass, Trek to Keldang
This day is a very important and tough day. We will make a sharp ascent to the Gonja La pass, the main highlight of this trekking. The high altitude path is rocky and barren with few streams. The view from the pass at 5130 meters is amazing. After spending some time there, we descend down to Yangri river valley and finally reach Keldang. The total walk on this day will be around 7 - 8 hours. We will stay overnight in a tent.
Day 9 - Down to Dukpu
After reaching the highest point of our trip, the journey now will be mostly downwards. But the trail is full of ups and downs. We will pass few villages to reach Dukpu. It will require 6.5 hours of walking to reach Dukpu at 4040 meters height. For the last time in the journey, we stay in tented camps.
Day 10 - Trek down to Tarke Gyang
Today we ascend to a small pass and then make steep descent. Forests of rhododendron and pine trees can be seen again as we reach the lower parts. Today, we will come across another monastery called Gekye Gompa. After six hours of walk, we will reach Tarke Gyang, a Sherpa village at an altitude of 2600 meters. It is significantly lower than yesterday’s camping point. There we can stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 11 - Rest day in Tarke Gyang
Sherpa village, traditional houses, fields and household, agricultural activities After all these days of full day trekking, we need to take rest before moving any further. So this day is for taking rest in Tarke Gyang. But you may wish to explore the Sherpa village observing the traditional houses, people working in their households and agricultural activities in the fields. Today also, we will stay in the same guesthouse.
Day 12 - Walk to Sermathang village
After a day of rest, we continue walking as we are getting closer to the end of our trip. As we enter the Helambu region, you can see the beautiful landscape of the Helambu village and valley. Villages like Gangyul and Chumik will be crossed as we move through the denser forests and a number of streams. Finally, after a 6-hour walk, we reach major village of Sermathang situated at 2590 meters altitude. A guesthouse will serve for accommodation for the last time during the trek.
Day 13 - Final trek to Melamchi Bazaar
This is the last day of trekking. We will descend significantly, more than 1700 meters in altitude. Several villages such as Nigale, Gyalsha, Raithani Gyang and Dubha Chaur will be crossed. As we reach the lower altitudes, pine trees can be seen in abundance. After about four hours of downhill walk, we will reach Melamchi Bazaar at just 880 meters above the sea level. It is the end point of our trekking. From there, we will take a three hour drive to Kathmandu and stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 14 - Departure day
We have now completed our trekking. If you wish to engage in more activities such as trekking, rafting, tour you may extend your stay. If not, our staff will drop you to the international airport for your onward flight. We hope to see you again in the future.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- 10 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 14 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015