Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure
Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15daysLangtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15daysLangtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15daysLangtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15days
Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15days
Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15days
Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15days
Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek - 15days

Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek is one of our favourite trek and we’d be delighted to help you explore this impressive Langtang region in Nepal.

Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek is one of the great adventure, the sharp crossing of the 5107m Ganja La from Kyangjin in Langtang to Tarkeghyang in Helambu. The trek is short camping trek, off the beaten route, passes through Tibetan and Tamang Villages along with the high passes crossing the Ganjala of Langtang region of Nepal. Ganjala Pass lies south of Kyangjin through a notch in the great jagged Gosaikunda ridgeline. The Langtang trekking route is one of the closest mountain adventures to Kathmandu. Langtang valley trekking is not the hardest trek in Nepal.

The trail is wild with no tea house available along the way until Tarkeghyang and demanding to cross, in absent of ropes, camping equipment, appropriate climbing gears, experience guide imagination, and effort turn into worthless. Ganjala pass trek offers a great circular trek back through Helambu, several fantastic overviews of Langtang ranges, picturesque trekking peaks, and mountains, diverse landscapes, dramatic colorful villages, see several rare wildlife. Langtang trek offers the best view of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt.Langtang Lirung, Langtang-Ri, Langshisa Peak, Langtang Himal from Ganjala pass.
Langtang National Park is the home of a variety of wild animals such as Tigers, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, rhesus monkey, cuckoos, barbets, owls, nightjars, laughing thrushes, black-capped sibias, Red-billed, parakeets, etc, more than 250 species of birds, and plants like rhododendrons, larch, wildflowers, gentians, primroses, epiphytic orchids, etc. are abundantly found in the area.

Our 15 days trek commences from scenic drive to Briddhim follows the Prithivi Highway that leads to Trishuli Bazaar. The journey begins with the ascent on the narrow road admiring the views of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang ranges. Our trek begins to Sherpagaon. The trail passes through the rhododendron forests, waterfall, streams, Langtang River, local community villages. The journey then heads to Langtang Valley Village passing by the Ghodatabela. Further, we move to Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is a beautiful mountain valley that offers close up Himalayas view, hiking in Kyangjin Ri, Langsisa Kharka, etc. We then head to the most strenuous junction the Ganjala Pass (5122m). A fixed rope is necessary to reach the pass.

The trail climbs through the birch & rhododendron forest and a good campsite, Chusangma. Continuing climbing on the west bank of a watercourse across steep ground we reach the base of the moraine (High Camp). The pass is further a couple of hr walk up to steep rock scramble often made treacherous by snow. During the pass of Ganjala, the last 100m trail is precarious. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km but the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. Crossing the pass the trail leads to Malemchigaon and Tarkeghyang (Sherpa village). The scenery of the mountains and other Himalayan ranges. We encounter grassy fields with yaks, horses grazing rare animals like red panda, deer, blue sheep, mountain Thar, and languor and many wild animals. Passing through the forest some of the wild berries found in these areas are Myrica esculenta (Kafal) and Rubus ellipticus (Aiselu). Nowadays these wild berries are used producing International standard wines.

You'll not only enjoy this unique landscape but also get an opportunity to observe the traditions and rituals of the local Sherpa people. We put great effort into authentic experiences and makes unforgettable memory with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, best trekking company in Nepal.

All our trips can be booked as private trips - no large, impersonal groups but small, individual experiences. Let Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure take you on your very own adventure to Langtang Valley Trek & Ganjala Pass Trek. We encourage you to book mesmerizing and adventurous Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trekking in Nepal. We the Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, Trekking Agency in Nepal explore the impressive Langtang & Ganjala Pass Trek.

We always try to keep our guests happy and satisfied, therefore we manage well-behaving friendly human resources, with the best cook, serving tasty foods to our valuable guests. We are waiting for you to join us for such an exciting and unforgettable trip. 

Highlights:

Enjoy the quick succession of distinctive landscapes and climates
Visit beautiful Sherpa villages of Sermathang
Village trail through Oak, Rhodondren forest
 Experience the rich Buddhist culture of Sherpa Hyolmo community
 Enjoy the spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Dorjee Lhakpa as well as the Ganseh Himal range

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 15 days
Max altitude: 1350m - 5122m
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Teahouse & Camping
Season: Mar to May & Sep to Nov
Activities: Trekking & Hiking
Starting / Ending: Kathmandu
Transport : Private & Sharing Vehicle
Equipment: Trekking gear

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft. )

Flying into Kathmandu is a memorable experience with the Himalaya spread out. Timepass is so quickly, enjoying the views of marvelous Himalayan ranges along with the world's highest peak Mount Everest while being on this flight. The flight will land at (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport at 1350m after you will receive Nepal entry visa which can be obtained in advance or on entry and for the visa process at Kathmandu TIA, you will take around 45min, it depends on the number of people in a queue. For the Nepal entry visa information, have to visit this Nepal govt. official site Department of Immigration Nepal. After you will exit from the gate, where you will see our company representative waiting for you withholding placard written with the company name. Company representative welcomes you by offering the holy Tibetan scarf and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. It takes around 30min to reach at Thamel from TIA via means of transportation. The scenes of Pashupatinath(sacred Hindu temple), city, full of various vehicles, peoples make our journey more enjoyable and amazing, then we reach the hotel and take rest. Thamel is full of restaurants, shopping centers, and good accommodation. Trek briefing and afterward invited to a host family for welcome dinner.
[Included meals: Welcome drink]
Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Free day at Kathmandu

We recommend you to take an extra day in Kathmandu on the second day of the trip. Due to several hours of flight travel, physical mentally could be exhaust. Therefore it is an ideal idea to stop a day in Kathmandu before starting your Himalayas trip and prepare for the trip. During the free day at Ktm, you can simply stay relax or to make your the day memorable you can do sightseeing tour on world's UNESCO Heritage sites or you can do 1hr Everest Mountain Flight tour or 3h30min Everest Helicopter tour or 1h30min Langtang Helicopter tour, rock climbing, etc.
[Included meals: bed and breakfast]
Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Scenic drive to Briddhim (2235m/7316ft. ), 8hr drive

The initial section follows the Prithivi Highway that leads to Trishuli Bazaar. From here your journey begins with the ascent of on the narrow road. We admire the views of Ganesh Himal and the Langtang ranges. Gradually with several ups, downs, and passes, the drive brings us to Lingling, a traditional village. After a couple of hours of a walk, we reach Briddhim. We will explore the village of Briddhim and visit the ancient monastery. Briddhim is a scenic village with a good homestay facility and good mountain views. This is a small and beautiful Tamang village that offers Himalayan culture experience in the form of Home-Stay. We will visit an ancient old monastery. Briddhim valley is good for its natural beauty, traditional cultures, Buddhist way of living. We will observe the rich architecture of the Tamang people and their villages. We will have a great view of mountains like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan mountains and other peaks.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 04: Trek to Sherpagaon (2563m/8409ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Our trek to Sherpagaon offers superb views along the trail between Kyanjin and Sherpagaon. The trail heads north to a checkpoint before the bridge over Trishuli river and climbs to lopsided Chorten and isolated farmhouse. We will pass through the rhododendron forest and continue the rentless climb. Enroute we will observe the view of Ganesh Himal, continuing the walk around the hillside. There are narrow slightly exposed area leads to mani walls and viewpoint of is inhabited Sherpagaon. Descending on to steel bridge we will reach Sherpagaon. Sherpagaon is inhabited by the people migrated long ago nearby Kyirong area in Tibet.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Trek to Ghoretabela (3005m/9858ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The trail heads out of Sherpagaon around the hillside climbing steadily up. The path eventually drops through woodlands. The trek continues to climb through enchanting the forest with views of Langtang Lirung. An hr of walk from Rimche we will reach Lama Hotel, with a large selection of lodging. We will have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghoretabela where we stop for lunch.Passing Gumnachowk, Chunama there is little respite from the height-gaining route as path beats away to Ghoretabela also called Ghodatabela and even Kyurpunesa.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Mundu (3600m/11811ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Today the trail departs through vegetated upland meadows where yaks and goats munch. The views of the Langtang Lirung is enticing and explore Buddhist communities of the valley. Mani walls and Chortens grace the pathways. We'll pass through Langtang Village, which was decimated by an earthquake in 2015. On the way to Mundu, we will also visit the monastery. Crossing the suspension bridge to Chyamki, the trail heads up to the settlement of Gumba village. After shortly ahead of the bridge we reach Langtang valley. After the valley, the trail climbs to mani walls and descends to a small ravine and climbs to Mundu where the views of Gangchenpo are spectacular.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3830m/12566ft. ), 2hr walk

After breakfast in the hotel at Mundu, we will start our trek to Kyanjin gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is a beautiful mountain valley that offers close up Himalayas view, hiking in Kyangin Ri, Langsisa Kharka, Peak climbing, Paragliding, etc. From Nesapali, the climb continues with a mountain Urking Kanggari to the South and reaches white Chorten. We will cross the river and head towards the ridge of the moraine. From the crest, we will view the monastery of Kyangjin. After revealing the last ridge we will reach Kyangjin Gompa, the largest gompa in the Langtang valley. We will explore the Kyangjin Gompa and Cheese factory(the traditional method to make cheese). Then we will explore around natural beauties of Kyangjin Gompa and hike to Tsergo Ri. With panoramic views of the encircling cirque of mountains and glaciers, it provides an exciting and lofty vantage point. The path climbs a little across the base of the hillside and then drops to the moraine. After this, the trail descends to the stream that drains the west side of Tsergo Ri. Drop into the riverbed and then climb steeply up the ridge to the northeast. After the hike to Tsergo Ri, we will return back to Kyangjin.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 08: Trek to Ngegang (4000m/13123ft. ), 5-6hr walk

Early in the morning after having breakfast, we head towards Ngegang crossing the suspension bridge over Langtang river. Then we walk steep up through the forest of juniper, rhododendron and grassy meadow. Enjoying the spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Langtang glacier, streams, gigantic peaks and snow clad mountains, we reach at the flat section of the Yak Pasture of Nyengang. High above Kyanjin Gompa, there is no tea house or lodge; so we spend our night at tent.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 09: Trek to High Camp (4960m/16272ft. ), 5-6hr walk

The route picks a way up treacherous slopes & being north-facing, the chances of ice & snow are great. The trail follows the moraine & small streams but can be hard to follow in cloudy conditions to High Camp.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 10: Trek to Keldang (4270m/14009ft. ), 8-9hr walk

Today the walk is strenuous and difficult. We cross one of the difficult pass of this region and descend down to Keldang. We will continue the trail to the south through icy moraine. Since the passes are steep uphill the day seems difficult today. We pass the small Lakes & climb Ganja La Pass on the rocky moraine. From there, the view of Langtang Range including snow clad Langtang Lirung, tranquil landscape and the snowy peaks in Tibet, including Shisha Pangma looks incredible. From the pass, the trail descends steeply & enters the Yangri Khola Valley. Following the trail by a stream down through grassy meadows to Keldang. Heading upward and downward the pass we reach to Keldang.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 11: Trek to Dhukpu (4080m/13385ft. ), 4-5hr walk

Leaing Keldang the trail descends along the ridge. The altitude change is deceptive there are hours of ups and downs as we follow downhill route along the ridge. The trail follows the straight path through farmland and tiny human settlement of Helambu valley then eventually ascent to Dukpu through the dense forest. Dukpu is the non human settlement where we set our camp.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at tent

Day 12: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m/8398ft. ), 6-7hr walk

From Dukpu, today we will walk lower region through dense rhododendron and pine forest enjoying the spectacular view of the Himalayas. We will across the forest and after the steepy walk to downhill we visit the at Gekye Gompa. continuing the steep descent the trail leads us to the Sherpa village of Helambu valley ‘Tarke Ghyang’.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Sermathang (2590m/8497ft. ), 4-5hr walk

The path departs from tarkeghyang following dirt road uphill into the forest witnessing the scenery green surrounding and gigantic snow clad mountain. The route is in woodlands for a while to Ghangyul. Sermathang is a couple of hr further around the hillside and steadily up in forest before the dirt road leads into the village. Reaching there, we'll visit the monasteries as well as we'll have the impressive views of the Dorje Lhakpa peak, Jugal Himal, Rolwaling range.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 14: Scenic drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft. ), 6-7hr drive

Thr route goes down the ridge on the west side, gernerally on a forested dirt road. We pass through the dense forest, terraced farmland and many tiny Sherpa villages. The trail then continuous descent to Dubhachaur, and then steeply down to Melamchi. The village has a good collection of teahouses and lodges and all kinds of transportation including buses to get to Panchkhal on the Kodari road. From there, we will take vehicle to Kathmandu.
[Included meals: breakfast+Lunch+Dinner]
Overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Departure

A representative of IHSA will drop off you at the airport by private vehicle.
[Included meals: Breakfast]

Included Services

+ All airport transfers. We’ll pick you up personally

+ Accommodation in a quality 3* hotel with breakfast in Ktm as per the itinerary [upgrade possible]

+ Private trek with an English speaking government licensed, ministry of tourism & Nepal Mountaineering Association trained trekking guide & Sherpa Climbing Guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ 1 porter (between two clients) to carry your luggage during the trek (max 20 kg; i.e. 10kg pP) with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance

+ Full board meals (Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner) during the trek and camp

+ Accommodation during the trek in carefully selected teahouses as per the itinerary

+ Private vehicle from Kathmandu to Briddhim and Sermathang to Ktm

+ Trekkers Information Management System [TIMS] registration card and Trekking Permit

+ Complete camping setup with dining & kitchen tents

Supplementary climbing oxygen, mask and regulator

+ Climbing rope Snow bars

+ Duffel bag and trekking map (Duffel to be returned after trip completion)

+ First aid medical kit carried by the guide and climbing rope, snow bars

+ Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes

+ Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu with host family

 

Excluded Services

- International Airfare to and from your country

- Nepal Visa fee for on arrival entry visa (US$ 25 or equivalent for 15 days, US$ 40 for 30 days & US$ 100 for 90 days. You also require 2 passport sized photos)

- Travel & Health Insurance [needs to cover Emergency Helicopter Rescue at altitude]

- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

- Any alcoholic beverages, cold drinks and boiled mineral water as well as snacks, deserts etc. during the trek

Expenses by usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phone and Internet

- Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, or personal climbing gears

- Rescue, medicines, medical tests and hospitalization expenses of the member

- Permits for walkie-talkies & filming if special camera

- Gratuity for Guide & Porter

- Hot shower, battery charges (available at extra cost in lodges, sometimes free)

- Unforeseen expenses not under our control such as flight cancellations or delays, weather related issues, illness during the trek, rescue costs etc.

- Any other costs not specifically included. Please feel free to ask if in doubt.

Equipment

Trekking Equipment

Have a kindly bring following stated equipment for the camping/tented trek. The equipment you can buy in Kathmandu with different quality in good price.

Luggage:

01 large duffel bag: The Luggage is for to carry all your personal gear on the trekking. Should be strong and durable. The best size would be around 30" x 14", with a full-length zipper and handles.

1 rucksack or day pack: The bag is for to accommodate a sweater, rain gear, water bottle, camera and accessories and any miscellaneous items you need to have during the day. We recommend a pack with at least 1450cu. In capacity, or smaller if you are not carrying a large amount of camera equipment.

Head and Face Gear:

1. Sunhat

2. Sunglasses

3. Warm hat

4. Sunscreen with a very high SPF factor

5. Lip balm with a high SPF factor

6. An emergency light

Hands:

1. Lightweight gloves

Inner Clothing:

1. T-shirts

2. Thermal underwear- Top and bottom. Synthetic is best

3. Underwear

4. 2 shorts

5. 2 Trousers- (comfortable) One thin, one thick and warm

Outer Clothing:

1. down Jacket

2. Fleece Jacket (or a windproof jacket)

3. Waterproof jacket with a hood (or a poncho)

4. Waterproof pants

5. Baggy pants

6. 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)

7. 1 sweater to be worn under the fleece jacket

Footwear:

1. Light weight walking boots- (leather is recommended)

2. Spare laces

3. 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.

4. 2 pairs of thin socks to be worn under the woolen socks

5. One pair of sandals or comfortable shoes for camp

Drinking Equipment:

1. Water Bottle

Purification equipment-Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets is highly recommended.

Sleeping and Carrying Equipment:

1. 30-40 liter daypack

2. Water Proof Bag-A water proof bag to cover the rucksack

3. Sleeping Bag- Please brings a bag that can resist temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius

Personal Medical Kit:

1. Bandage for sprains

2. Plasters/Band-aids

3. Iodine or water filters

4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters

5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts

6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

7. Aspirin/paracetamol - general painkiller

8. Oral rehydration salts

9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)

10. Anti-diarrhea medication (antibiotic)

11. Diarrhea stopper (Imodium - optional)

12. Diamox (altitude sickness - can be bought in Kathmandu)

13. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)

Extras/Luxuries:

1. Binoculars

2. Reading book

3. Trail Map/Guide book

4. Journal & Pens

5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

Toiletries:

1. 1 medium sized quick drying towel

2. Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

3. Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)

4. Deodorant

5. Nail clippers

6. Face and body moisturize

7. Feminine hygiene products

8. Small mirror

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Useful Information

Insurance

Following stated things must be submit while you do trips through Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure(IHSA)

  You must submit copy of your insurance certificate included standard policies that covers trekking activities up to 5000m.

  Your Insuarnce policy must cover accidents, medical expenses, and emergency evacuation including helicopter rescue upto 5000m and it is excluded in the trip price.

  At the time of you do Insurance you should read the policy carefully whether your requirements are included or not.

  IHSA also recommends your insurance policy covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


+Additional porter

We plan with one porter per 2 clients. If you require additional support, you can book an additional porter for the trip to lighten your load. A porter carries your bag pack for you and no more (20kg max). They don't often speak any English. They carry two backpacks that they will strap together. But you are strictly prohibited not take advantage of the porter. They are usually very proud people and will attempt to carry things that are just too heavy. Which is not good. You can leave your unnecessary stuffs in Kathmandu your hotel or our office you will not need on the trek.

Have a take a small personal daypack with you. Your daypack should contain everything you need during the day but keep it as light as possible. Examples: water, some warm clothing, your camera, sunscreen, etc. Note that luggage you hand the porters might not be available to you during the day as they sometimes set their own pace.

+Hotel upgrade in Ktm: [65 USD for 4* hotel, 95 USD for 5* hotel per night]

If you feel like a little luxury before and after your trek, you can upgrade your hotel in Kathmandu to 4*/ 5* category


Nepal Visas

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Money and Gratuity

Gratuity is, Since the 1960s when trekking in Nepal was developed, there has been a tradition for groups and independent visitors to graduate their crews at the end of a trek. Money and Gratuity; it is best to bring a mixture of cash, USD, GBP, CAD, EUR. Ensure you have also small denominations. As a guideline for baseline spending money we suggest USD 12 - 20 per meal in Kathmandu(if you drink or smoke or plan some major shopping this could be higher). You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek BEFORE leaving Kathmandu. There are no exchange facilities in the villages along the trail but plenty of money changers in KTM.

Duration

15 days

Season

Mar-May & Sept-Nov

Region

Langtang Region

Grade

Medium

Altitude

5122m

Walking

5-6hr

Accommodation

Teahouse & Camping