A wonderful trek that cuts across wild rugged trails that are pretty challenging where you begin to discover the unknown from the known on every ridge, every path that you hike through and continues to surprise your senses with the rare display of breathtaking nature so rampantly wild, but yet serene and so wonderfully calming.....stirring your imagination and emotions with its rugged but resplendent beauty. This is a trek you would love to venture into with your loved ones.
The Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking is aptly called ‘the valley of glaciers’. Here, massive mountains rise, soaring towards the sky. The valley offers pine forest, Swift Mountain streams that gush over rugged rocks coupled with Snowcapped peaks, grassy lawns and comforting green meadows strewn with daisies and wild animals. A variety of sights including Buddhist monasteries, a cheese factory, yaks, glaciers and mountain lakes make this trek an exciting one, right to the bones. On this trek as you hike on the way through typical Sherpa villages, interacting in-between with the local friendly folks where your guide will interpret for you, and as you continue on; you will encounter ancient monasteries. You will also learn about ancient customs and superstitious beliefs of how the local folks live life in our villages.
You follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west Himal Chuli (7893m) Manaslu (8156mm) and Ganesh Himal (7406m). On a clear day, even the Annapurna range can be seen rising up behind, and to the north across the valley is Langtang Lirung. You pass a few huts on the high pastures of Laurebina, cross a small ridge and then we get our first views of the holy lakes. There are about a dozen lakes in the Gosainkunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda and Gosainkunda. According to legend, Shiva created Gosainkunda when he pierced a glacier with his trident to obtain water to quench his thirst after having swallowed a poison that threatened to destroy the world.
This trek brings you to the Langtang Valley surrounded by Himalayan Peaks. Langtang Lirung-7240m and Ganesh Himal are the highest in the region. Trek up to Kyanjin Gompa and do an excursion to Tshergo Ri that would acclimatize you well for a further rugged hike to Ganja La pass. The trek then turns straight south into the valley of Helambu via the Ganja La pass which gets more exciting and challenging as well.
Facts of the Trek
Duration : 14 Days
Trek type : Tea House
Max Altitude : 5106 m.
Minimum Pax : 1 +
Mode of travel : By Jeep
Grade : Moderate
Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) which takes about eight hours.
You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and Ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides. Your drive from Kathmandu to the destination will be made by either a local bus or land cruiser. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.Ganja La Pass Trek
Day 02 : Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m.) which takes about five and half hours.
Trek to Syabru Gaon (6950ft, 2120m). The trek today is a leisure hike through forests and terraced hill slopes. As you enter Syabru, you descend to the Ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the Ridgeline. You will continue through the village to your campsite about fifteen minutes beyond on the slopes below the village. The sunset is spectacular; brilliantly Backlighting the houses perched on the Ridgeline above. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of Lantang Lirung (7245m.), Tibetan Himal ranges and some other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 03 : Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) it takes about five hours.
The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru's main street and then drops to the Ghopche Khola (2050m.) and again descends to the landslide (1810m.). Afterwards, you trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky. There are few lodges and shops which provide the trekkers supplies. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 04 : Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela which takes about six hours.
As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project here, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 05 : Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.) which takes about three hours.
The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here, there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 06 : Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and we do some excursions in and around the area.
This is day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], directly behind the village, for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 07 : Trek and climb up to Tserko Ri (5033m.) and trek back to Kyangjin Gompa which takes about seven hours.
Through this trail you ascend steeply all the way to the top. The path you follow is rocky and you pass through small bushes along the side. You can see Himalayan peasants, Himalayan deer and outstanding views of surrounding peaks and mountains. From Tserko Ri, you are thoroughly captivated by the panoramic views of Sisapangma, Langshisa Ri, NayaKanga, Yala peak, Langtang Lirung and several other peaks. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 08 : Trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang (4000m.) which takes about five hours.
Down here you don't see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with little natural vegetation. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 09 : Trek from Ngegang to Keldang (5106m.) via Ganja La (5100m.) which takes about five and half hours.
This day is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja la pass. On the Ganja la pass, you will find it covered with snowy ice most times throughout the year. You need to camp for the night.
Day 10 : Trek from Keldang to Dukpu (4080m.) which takes about five and half hours.
Your camping site will be inside the forest. This day will be a long day walking along ridge, grassland with amazing views of the Mountains. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 11 : Trek from Dukpu to Tarkeghyang (2740m.) that takes approximately five hours.
The trail descends about 200mt and we climb the 4100m pass. Views from the Pass are spectacular to the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest Region too. From the pass, the trail descends through pine and rhododendron forest past a tiny herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages down here. These villages are inhabited by a happy lot of local folks who are well-settled and very cheerful and friendly. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 12 : Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) which takes about four hours.
This day the trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is a beautiful village on the way to Shermathang. To add to your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit some ancient monasteries. From here you can see the Jugal Himal range from the north face of Shermathang village. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 13 : Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.), it takes approximately five hours.
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with mountain views while interacting with local and friendly people. Stay overnight at lodge or camp.
Day 14 : Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about six hours.
You travel through a gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.