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Home » Holiday Packages » Langtang Region » Ganja La Pass Trek: A Hidden Gem in Langtang

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Embark on the ultimate adventure in the Langtang region with the Ganja La Pass Trek, acknowledged as one of Nepal’s most demanding camping trekking routes. It connects with the Langtang–Helambu trekking region, Upper Helambu Trek, Langtang Trek, Gosainkund Trek, Tamang Heritage Trail, and Ruby Valley Trek. Discover Nepal’s hidden gem through the Ganja La Pass Trek.

What Makes Ganja La Pass Trek Special?

Situated just north of Kathmandu, the Ganja La Pass Trek stands out for its tranquil trails, offering a refreshing escape from well-trodden paths. This hidden gem promises a unique adventure, showcasing breathtaking Himalayan panoramas and a deep dive into the rich cultural tapestry of the Langtang region.

How Long Does the Trek Take?

The Ganja La Pass Trek typically spans 14 to 16 days, providing ample time for acclimatization, exploration, and immersion in local culture. The duration can be flexible, depending on the selected itinerary and personal preferences. Trekkers should set aside additional days for travel to and from Kathmandu.

Is the Trek Challenging?

Considered one of Nepal’s most challenging camping treks, Ganja La Pass reaches an elevation of 5,105 meters. Trekkers can expect steep ascents, technical sections, and varying trail conditions. Adequate preparation, both physically and mentally, is vital to conquer the challenges posed by the Trek.

What Are the Key Highlights of the Ganja La Pass Trek?

Commencing in Helambu, the Trek unfolds with mesmerizing views of mountain ranges, rhododendron forests, and cultural landmarks. The Langtang Valley, renowned for its diverse flora and fauna, is a standout feature. The Ganja La Pass offers an exhilarating challenge, while the descent to Tarkeghyang reveals a unique Sherpa village, adding cultural depth to the journey.

When Is the Best Time to Embark on the Trek?

The best times for trekking the Ganja La Pass fall during the spring season, from March to May, and the autumn season, spanning from September to November. During these months, stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures create a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience.

How Can I Prepare for the Trek?

Physical fitness is crucial for the Ganja La Pass Trek. Cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking at higher elevations will enhance endurance. The itinerary includes strategic acclimatization days to help the body adjust gradually to the altitude.

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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Time

Between 7 – 9 AM

Price Includes

  • All transportation in destination location
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS and National Park fee)
  • English speaking government license holder Trekking Guide
  • Porters
  • Accommodation / tents and meals during the trek
  • Airport Pick up drop by private car
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (3 star hotel)

Price Excludes

  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff Tipping
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Nepal Visa

Complementaries

  • Company T-Shirt
  • Farewell dinner
What to Expect

Trek to the Tibetan Village

  • Experience the unique charm of the Tibetan Village in Langtang, surrounded by breathtaking views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, and Lang Sisa.

Quality Family Time

  • Embark on a trek that provides an ideal chance to create cherished moments with your family amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Langtang.

Popular Among Visitors

  •  The Ganja La Pass trek attracts national and international visitors, promising an enriching cultural experience.

Sacred Monastery at Kyanjin Gompa

  • Visit the ancient Kanjin Gompa Monastery, a sacred site for the Tamang people in the Langtang region.

Frozen Beauty at Ganjala Pass

  • Challenge yourself by reaching Ganjala Pass (5130m), a frozen high-altitude point surrounded by alpine plants and stunning landscapes.

Sherpa Village and Helambu Exploration

  • Continue your Trek through the Sherpa village in Helambu, concluding at Melamchipul, with its unique village charm.

Natural Marvels and Flora-Fauna Extravaganza

  • Marvel at the Trek’s highlights, including the picturesque Langtang village, dense rhododendron and pine forests, Buddhist monasteries, local cheeseries, and diverse flora and fauna.
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our Office Representative will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel Kathmandu Suite Home. Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2Kathmandu to SyabruBensi

Begin your journey with a scenic bus drive from Kathmandu to SyabruBensi. Enjoy picturesque views of Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, and Ganesh Himal. Witness the beauty of Kakani and the charming village of SyabruBensi with its large stone houses.

Day 3SyabruBensi to Lama Hotel

The trail meanders along Bhote Koshi, consistently following the course of the Langtang Khola. The terrain gradually ascends, passing through areas affected by landslides. After a few hours of leisurely walking through the lush wilderness, you will arrive at Rimche (2400m) after traversing Bamboo (1960m).

Day 4Trek from Lama hotel to Langtang village

After about half an hour of walking, you’ll witness a breathtaking view of Langtang Lirung, framed by snow-covered trees. Just before reaching Langtang village, there is an ancient monastery on the right at the base of the large rocky slopes. Here, you can experience and absorb the essential teachings of Buddhism in the mountainous region.

Day 5Trekking form Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa

The trail is relatively easy, with a gentle ascent. Staying well-hydrated is crucial as you’ll be trekking above 3000 meters throughout the day, helping to prevent symptoms of AMS. Gradually passing through villages and yak pastures, the valley opens up, offering more expansive views. After crossing small streams, moraines, and Mani walls, you’ll arrive at Kyanjin Gompa, filled with a sense of accomplishment and beauty in your heart.

Day 6Acclimatization, Rest and explore day at Kyanjin Gompa

The day after our stay in Kyangjin, we explored the monastery and the renowned yak cheese factory. Proceeding to ascend the moraine, we are treated to the awe-inspiring sight of the ice faces and cascading glaciers of Langtang Lirung. Guided by our experienced trekking guide, we ascend Tsergo Ri (5033m), a vantage point offering abundant views of various mountains, icy summits, and peaks.

Day 7Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Ngengang

Embarking on the next leg of the Trek, we trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Ngengang, a journey spanning 6 hours. The trail leads us through diverse landscapes, offering a mix of terrains and scenic beauty. As we traverse this picturesque route, the transition is marked by changing vegetation and the captivating Langtang Khola. The final destination for the day is Ngengang, where we find respite after trekking through the mesmerizing Langtang region. The night spent in Ngengang provides trekkers an opportunity to rest and rejuvenate, preparing them for the upcoming challenges on the Ganja La Pass Trek.

Day 8Trek from Ngengang to Keldang

Continuing our trekking adventure, we embark on a full-day journey from Ngengang to Keldang. Following a hearty breakfast, our path leads us through the challenging terrain of Ganja La Pass (5130m), perpetually covered in snow. The Trek from Ngengang to Keldang, featuring icy and slippery pathways, is considered one of the most demanding sections of the trip. After successfully navigating Ganja La Pass, we descend along a steep trail to reach the picturesque destination of Keldang. This leg of the Trek requires endurance, and the trekking conditions present physical and mental challenges, ensuring an exhilarating experience for participants on the Ganja La Pass Trek.

Day 9Trek from Keldang to Dukpu - 6 hours.

After a restful overnight stay in Keldang, the Trek continues towards Dukpu, promising more mesmerizing views and unique experiences. The trail unfolds through diverse terrains, offering a mix of lush greenery and rugged landscapes. Trekkers will navigate this picturesque route, savouring the natural beauty surrounding them. While challenging, the journey from Keldang to Dukpu rewards adventurers with the tranquillity of the Himalayan wilderness and the satisfaction of conquering each step of this remarkable Trek.

Day 10Trek from Dukpu to Tarkeghyang

Embarking on the next leg of the Ganja La Pass Trek, the trail leads from Dukpu to Tarkeghyang. Trekkers can anticipate a scenic journey through the Himalayan terrain, with captivating landscapes and cultural encounters. The Trek presents a mix of lush forests, charming villages, and panoramic mountain views, creating a rich tapestry of experiences. As adventurers traverse from Dukpu to Tarkeghyang, they’ll find themselves immersed in the beauty of the Langtang region, with each step bringing them closer to the heart of this hidden gem.

Day 11Drive back from Tarkeghyang to Kathmandu

Embark on a scenic journey from Tarkeghyang to Kathmandu as you traverse picturesque landscapes and charming villages. This drive allows you to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories from your Trek. As you approach Kathmandu, you’ll witness the transition from the tranquillity of the mountains to the city’s vibrant energy. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12Departure

Following breakfast, your adventure concludes, and our team will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your departure flight from Nepal.

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