LANGTANG GANJA LA PASS AND HELAMBU TREKKING
Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la pass Trek starts with an interesting and scenic overland drive to Syabrubesi village after Dhunche the headquarter town of Langtang and Rasuwa area as well the entrance of Langtang National Park. Langtang Valley located in Nepal’s second largest National Park established in 1976, the first Park around Himalaya with an area of 1,710 sq. km. The park consists of enchanting rhododendron-pines-spruce-oak-magnolia to firs forest where rare snow leopard and elusive Red Panda makes homes in this beautiful country.
Two Bhotiya villages occupy the upper valley: Langtang Valley (3,300m), the bigger of the two, makes a good place to spend a night and acclimatize, while Kyangjin (3,750m) boasts a small gompa, a cheese “factory” (fabulous yogurt) and an attractive chalet-lodge. The Langtang Glacier is a full day’s walk further up the valley. You’ll want to spend at least a couple of nights in the upper valley to explore the glaciers and ascend the 5,033 metre YalaPeak (TsergoRi), from which you can view an awesome white wilderness of peaks, including 8013-metres high Mt. Shisha Pangma. After an enjoyable time around Langtang valley our main adventure leads over high Ganja-la pass to reach Helambu village home of the Hyalmo people, one of the few mountain ethnic tribes closely related to Tamang and Sherpa with similar Buddhist culture.
For the adventure seekers Ganja la can be a best option. Ganjala is a high pass that links Langtang valley with Helambu, the Buddhist sangrila. It is really a challenging trail. It is possible to stay in lodges except three nights while trekking between Kyanging to Tarkeghyang.
Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la pass
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,440m – 08 hours journey.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,470m – 06 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang Village 3,430m – 06 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,870m- 04 hours.
Day 07: In Kyanjin Gompa rest day for acclimatization with short hike.
Day 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi 4,300m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Cross Ganja La pass 5,122 m descend to Keldang 4,250m – 07 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Dukpu 4,080 m – 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang 2,590m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: At Tarke Gyang with rest day to explore local culture.
Day 13: Trek to Sermathang 2,610m – 04 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Malemchipul Bazaar, drive to Kathmandu – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Free from program and International departure.
After your first step in Nepal’s airport, Visit View Nepal Treks staff will pick up you and drive to respective hotels around Kathmandu city. After check-in you can get refresh and relaxed to detach from the stress of long flight. Our guide briefs you with information of hotel, and Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Our city guide will pick up you at morning for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley full of temples, monasteries and heritage sites that are listed in UNESCO world heritage site list. After completion of city tour, we will back to our hotel and prepare for tomorrow’s trekking by packing the rucksack with necessary equipments and important documents.
Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,460 m - 07 hours.
Today, we will go for a long drive to reach a Syabrbesi, destination from where our journey of trekking get started to Langtang valley. We will pass many farm villages and towns of Trishuli and Ramche while leading to north of our drive.The air gets cooler reaching higher altitude at Langtang National Park in Dhunche town located 1,965m high. It is a major town of Langtang and Rasuwa district. After a short stop journey continues further downhill to reach first overnight stop at Syabrubesi village.
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,430m - 06 hours.
We begin to climb a hill for a few hours following a gradual path through terraced farms and scattered villages. Our walk continues reaching a river side and stop at Bamboo place of few tea houses and lodges for short rest. After a short rest walk leads on the uphill trail into chilly forest of rhododendron, oaks and pines tree, walk follows the river upstream to Lama Hotel for overnight stop. Lama Hotel is surrounded by the alpine forest with nice clearing for campsite.
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m - 06 hours.
After a nice morning, walk starts into a river gorge with dense forested area, mid day walk reaches a nice spot at Ghoretabla (horse stable), from onwards altitude gains slowly and the air gets cooler.
Our stop for overnight stay is Langtang Village, with few hours trek after launch to reach a Langtang Village. The village are of Tamang and Bhotia’s tribe people, native of Langtang region for hundred of years, a beautiful average size.
Day 06: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,850m - 04 hours.
We will visit to Kyanjin Gompa of Lantang Valley with a short half day walk. We will ascend uphill follows short bushes of juniper and prickly Burberry bushes, and rhododendron. We can view huge and high snowcapped peaks named Langtang Lirung, Dorji Lakpa, Ganja la Peak walk slowly enters the wide glacial valley
For overnight stop we will stop at Kyanjin Gompa after a beautiful scenic walk. It is a wonderful spot with wide green meadows a grazing land for Yaks and other cattle’s. Langtang valley offers view of Langtang Lirung glacier and ice fall just nearby, Kyanjin with an old small run down monastery placed on a rocky moraine ridge top. This place has a Yak Cheese Factory established some 30 years ago with Swiss technical support.
Day 07: At Kyanjin Gompa rest and hike.
Kyanjin Gompa, destination for acclimatization and it is quite necessary too. Then, we will Head towards high Ganja-la pass. We will do a short hike to a hill top of Tsergo Ri at 5,033m. It offers wonderful panorama of high and huge mountains.
Afternoon rest and marvel the panorama of Chimsedang Lekh, and Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, Naya Kanga 5,844m. stunning views of the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo 6,387m, Dorje Lakpa 6,990 m, Pemthang Karpo Ri 6,830m, Langtang Lirung 7,245m and across the northern boundary in Tibet rises the huge massive Shishapangma 8,046 m the last 14th world’s highest mountain.
Day 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi 4,300m / 14,104 ft -05 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Kyanjin our real adventure starts following Langtang River and then uphill walk through rhododendron forests, climb leads to a steep path to reach a flat area of Ganja La phedi (bottom or a base) for first overnight camping of this trip.
Day 09: Cross Ganja La 5,122 m descend to Keldang 4,250 m - 06 hrs.
An early start to cross over Ganja La pass, sometimes could be challenging as this pass is covered by snow most of the season, after a hard climb with views of surrounding mountains then a long downhill on icy trail to reach a small glacial ponds at Keldang Kharka for overnight stop with camping.
Day 10: Trek to Dukpu 4,080 m - 05 hrs.
After a tough trek and climb of previous day, today a moderate walk following a ridge line, with few ups and downs reaching a small Sheppard’s settlement at Dukpu a summer grazing pasture of Helambu area for overnight camp.
Day 11: Trek to Tarke-Gyang 2,590 m - 05 hrs.
Morning walk leads to Tarke-Gyang village with downhill at first and then climb a small pass of 4,100 m /13,451 ft high, with views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal range.
After a stop follow the path descending intok forest of pine, rhododendron trees to Tarke-Ghyang village for overnight stop with time for walks to the oldest Buddhist monasteries of this area.
Day 12: At Tarke-Gyang with rest day to explore local culture.
A free day in this nice Tarke-Gyang village full of impressive culture, this spare day as contingency day in case of bad weather on crossing Ganja-la and this allows adjusting the itinerary days. A rewarding rest in Helambu area on the least visited villages.
Day 13: Trek to Sermathang 2,610 m - 04 hours.
Enjoying with a visit at Tarkeghyang village with its friendly locals, walk leads through a flat area with unspoiled forests enjoying with the view of beautiful Helambu villages, walk continues passing chortens a prayer buddhist monuments, following the trail with superb views of rolling green hills reaching at Shermathang village for the overnight stop, a nice village of Yolmos ethnic tribes with time to visit the old monastery.
Day 14: Trek to Malemche Bazaar and drive to Kathmandu - 04 hrs drive
From Sermathang descend to warmer areas near Melamchipul and bazaar for interesting drive to Kathmandu passing through Dhulikhel town, drive continues on good road, on reaching Kathmandu after a fascinating trip around Langtang valley & Ganja-la to Helambu trekking, in Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping.
Day 15: International departure for home ward bound.
After a memorable and great adventure around Langtang valley & Ganja-la to Helambu trekking with great services of Visit View Nepal Treks & Expedition guides, as per the flight time our staff transfers you for the final departure homeward bound.
What are included ?
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
- Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion & if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary.
- Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
- Government Tax.
- Airport drop.
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
- Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow