Ganja La Pass Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

 

Ganja La Pass trekking at an altitude of 5122 meters is one of the popular trekking in the Langtang Region located to the north of Kathmandu valley and just to the south of Tibetan border. Trekking to Ganja La Pass also called as Laurebina Pass  bids you with the most panoramic Himalayan views of Langtang Lirung (7245 meters), Ganesh Himal (7406 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Yala Peak (5500 meters), Naya Kanga (5846 meters), Gauri Shanker and Shisha Pangma (8013 meters) including the Annapurna Himalayan range.

One of the main spot to explore around while you are here on this trek to the Ganja La Pass is the Kyangjin Gompa (3870 meters & 12697 feet) – one of the ancient monastery. People living here in this region are mostly Sherpa and Tamang with a mixture of some minor ethnic group. On this adventurous trek, along with viewing the spectacular mountains, you also encounter various wildlife like Himalayan Thar, pika, deer, birds, etc. and different kinds of floras’ of this region.

Ganja La Pass trek begins from first sightseeing Kathmandu valley first and following a drive to Syrabusi enjoying the Himalayan views with terraced fields and rural villages. We then pass through the dense forest following the Langtang river and as crossing several suspension bridges, our trails are bit challenging as moving upwards and downwards throughout the trail. After reaching the Mundu village, we trek through the dense forest to reach the Langtang valley – from where we get the picturesque view of Langtang Lirung.

After that, we will be trekking to Kyangjin Gompa - passing over the several chortens (stupa) surrounded by the prayer wheels, watermills with amazing views of the mountains and also the cheese factory run by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. After that, we will be visiting some villages and cross the yak pastures and then head to Tserko Ri (5000 meters & 16404 feet) for sunrise views. Crossing the river, we ascend through the dense forest of rhododendron to Ganja La Phedi and finally will be trekking to Ganja La Pass but would be a strenuous hike.

Ascending down to the several villages of Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung and lastly reaching the Melamchi Pul Bazaar, we finally drive to Kathmandu in our private vehicle. This is one of the daring treks requires a special trekking gear of the Langtang Region but well organized with experienced professionals of the Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) and also we provide all the necessary gears required.

This trekking can be best relished in spring and fall seasons where you get the picture perfect views of the landscape and mountains. For further detail about this trek to the Ganja La Pass, please feel free to email or contact us. We also customize the itinerary according to your vacation schedule and even prolong or minimize it according to your needs.

 

ITINARARY

 



Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Upon arrival and as soon as you complete the customs formalities of the airport, you can spot our staff member of GHHT holding a placard of your name outside the exit terminal. After meetings and greetings, we will then transfer you 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 in our office and a welcome dinner in the evening.

Meals: Welcome Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport Pickup in a Private Car.


Day 2 - Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu and Trek Preparation

Today we will be visiting some of the UNESCO enlisted heritage sites of Kathmandu which includes the historical palace, sites of archeological and cultural importance. Some of them to be mentioned are the Pashupatinath temple, the Swayambhunath stupa, the Boudhanath stupa and Durbar Squares in Basantapur, Patan, and Bhaktapur. We also have some discussion in between and later do some preparation for the trek. We will return to the hotel for night stay.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

Sightsee Kathmandu Heritage Site in a Private Car.


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 having only a are few guesthouses.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 6 - Ascend Chorka Ri, walk to Kyanjin Gompa

Today, we will gain more altitude. We will be trekking beside the Tibetan styled prayer walls including the largest Mani wall to ascend Chorka Ri at 5050 meters. Another 3.5 hours of the trek will take us to Kyanjing Gompa - a popular monastery. The views of numerous mountains including Naya Kanga (5846 meters), Ponggen Dopku (5930 meters), Mount Langtang Lirung (7245 meters ), Yala peak, Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Urkeinmang (6387 meters), Loenpo Gang (6979 meters) and Kangchenpo can be enjoyed from the monastery. Overnight stay will be in a guesthouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


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 guesthouses and permanent settlements here, we will have to stay in tented camps.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.


Day 8 - Cross Gonja La Pass & Trek to Keldang

This day is a very important and tough day as we 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.


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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tented Camp.


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 trek -  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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 11 - Rest day in Tarke Gyang

Sherpa villages, traditional houses, fields and household, agricultural activities - after all these days of full-day trekking - we now need to take rest before moving any further. So this day is for taking rest in Tarke Gyang. But if you are not satisfied yet, you may 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


Day 12 - Walk to Sermathang village

After a day of rest, we continue trekking 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 of trek, we reach the major village of Sermathang situated at 2590 meters altitude. A guesthouse will serve as accommodation for the last time during the trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Tea House or Trekking Lodge.


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.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: A 3 Star 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.

Meals: Breakfast.

Airport Drop Off in Private Car.

 



 

 

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Standard lodges/tea houses 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 
  • All necessary paperwork 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

TRIP INFO



Hotel and Lodge on Ganja La Pass Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

 



Food and Drinks for Trekking to the Langtang Ganja La Pass:

GHHT focuses on client’s safety and health and gives it the foremost priority. We make sure that each and every client get the same portion of clean, hygienic and nourishing food which is a very necessary - especially while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. But in the city, either breakfast or dinner is included. Please go through the detailed itinerary for each day to see which meals are included. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served in the same lodge where we spend overnight and our expert trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination.

Normal water will be provided free of cost but we suggest you carry water purification pills to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses, but the expense should be paid by the client as it is not included in the package.

 



Best Seasons:

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend the clients not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

 



Luggage/Backpack:

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary during your trek. Gears and clothes not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal do not allow more than 15 kg including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge will cover that up but isn’t included in our package.

 



Guide/Porter on Trek:

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team provides honest porters and well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. The porter will be carrying up to 10 kg luggage of each client. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 10 people - an additional guide will be provided and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group. 

 



Group Size, and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges trekking to Ganja La Pass with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups into two or more according to the number of people. However, although you might be staying in the same lodge - but during your trek - you might be having a different guide.

 



Personal Expenses on Trek:

Personal expenses totally depend upon how extravagant are you in nature. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot shower (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, entrance fee (around US $ 25 ) for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals in Kathmandu (around US $ 5-7), tips for driver, guide and porters, etc. Tips to the guides, porter or any other members are not mandatory. You can tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

 



Available Gears/Equipment:

Trekking equipment is readily available in the stores of Kathmandu at a very reasonable price or it can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. So, you don’t have to buy or carry from your hometown.

 



A Usual Day on Trek:

These are the approximate guidelines for a trek on each day which may differ according to the itinerary or schedule or your pace while trekking. 

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

 



Greetings at the Airport:

After booking and confirming your Ganja La Pass Trek of the Langtang region with us, we suggest you flow all the information such as - your number of days of stay, departure date, returning date, & international flight details (arrival time, flight number). After getting this information, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team can easily pick you up from the airport on time.

After you complete the formalities of the airport and come to the exit gate, you can spot GHHT member holding a placard of your name or GHHT waiting outside the terminal. After meeting and greetings, we will transfer you to the hotel in our private car. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

 



Changes in the Itinerary:

Our regular itinerary of the Gosainkunda Trek is 14 days unless you have customized it.  The itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These 14 days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also may have an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather (applies according to the location).

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

 



Safety Measures:

Client’s safety is our main priority and we make sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. If the condition is serious – we will use the rescue helicopter to take you to the nearest hospital while all the expenses will be carried out by the travel insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

 

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

 



Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary.

The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments. 

 



 

 

If you have any other questions or want to inquire more, please feel free to email or contact us.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

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

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Duration: 14 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Sightseeing, Hiking, Excursion & Trekking

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Lodge-to-lodge

Country: Nepal

Region: Langtang

Price: USD 900

Group size: min 02

Best Season: Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

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