Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja La Pass is a specially designed trek to enjoy the off the beaten trail in the Langtang region with its gorgeous natural scenery and unique culture and lifestyle. Langtang Ganja La Pass trek offers scenic views of the Himalayas, Langtang valley, and Helambu valley. The trek moves through the alpine forests with rich flora and fauna and many high altitude pasturelands. The main attraction of the Langtang region is its closeness to Kathmandu. The major ethnic group of this region is Sherpa and Tamang, who follow Tibetan Buddhism.
The trail explores a huge range of natural beauties ranging from exotic valleys to the dense fir and rhododendron forests spreading fragrance all over the trail. You might also encounter a variety of wildlife in the forests in this area. The Langtang region is famous as the home to the endangered Red Panda. We might also encounter Himalayan black bears, wild boar, and rare tree orchids.
The trek starts from Syarubesi and follows the Langtang River to the east towards Kyanjin Gompa, where a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory lies. We will also hike to Tserko Ri from where we can enjoy panoramic views of the Langtang Himalayan range. Ganja La pass is the highest point of this trek. The pass is mostly covered with snowy ice and provides a stunning view of the Langtang Lirung with the mountain peaks of the Tibetan borders. To cross from Langtang into Helambu through Ganja La Pass is quite a feat that requires good equipment and experienced local guides. The trekkers must also be skilled and prepared.
Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja La Pass includes views of the majestic Himalayas such as Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Mount, Gaurishanker, Ganesh Himal, Langshisa Ri, Gangchenpo, Yala peak, and Naya Kanga. Passing through Ganja La Pass, we will move towards Melamchi Gaon and then to Tarke Ghyang.
Langtang Valley Trek including Ganja La Pass is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful trekking journeys in Nepal. The trek combines a gorgeous natural landscape with a unique culture and lifestyle of the ethnic groups of the region.
Sightseeing the World Heritage Sites around Kathmandu Valley
Visiting Langtang village and Kyangjin Gompa
Gorgeous view of the Himalayas from Kyangjin RI
Crossing the Ganja La Pass (5200m)
Taste the local cuisine and dairy products of Yaks and Chauris
- Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary
- Accommodation with breakfast at a comfortable hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tour including all entry fees, tour guides, and private vehicle
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek,
- Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (on a return basis)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, Trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
- Langtang National Park permit
- First aid medicine kit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
- Government taxes & office service charge
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Beverages including water
- Snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot showers during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
Upon arriving at Kathmandu, you will meet our airport representative, who will transfer you to your respective hotel in Thamel. On your way to the hotel, our airport representative will provide you the brief details about your further activities. There is no plan of sightseeing today. You will meet your trekking guide and then enjoy welcome dinner in the evening.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
Today, we will explore the capital city of Nepal. This city has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swoyambhunath among many others. In the evening, we will prepare all the gears necessary and we will give you detail information about the trip.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syarubesi (1550m)
After having breakfast, we will drive towards the north-western hills of Kathmandu. We will see pleasant scenery of snowcapped mountains such as Mt. Annapurna II, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and many other peaks along the way. Likewise, we will enjoy the view of the lush green landscape around the hill, rivers, and several villages. We will be passing through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche to reach Syabrubesi. The drive feels like heading to the low land. We will stop for a short lunch break at Trishuli Bazaar. After lunch, we will continue our drive to Syabrubesi, where we will spend the night.
Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2450m)
This is the first day of our trip on foot. We will be crossing through the Bhote Koshi River, flowing rapidly down from Tibet and following the Langtang River. Then, we will visit the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche to follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. Further, we will cross the suspension bridge and gradually climb up to Bamboo, passing by the Pahiro. The path moves through the subtropical forest, which is covered by oak and maple, large spruce, fir, and blue pine. Then, we pass through the rhododendron and oak forests. Here, we might encounter various wildlife like yellow-throated martens, wild boars, langur monkeys, red pandas, Himalayan black bears, etc. afterward, we will steadily climb up to Rimche. The trail from Rimche is relatively flat and easier. We will stay at Lama Hotel.
Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m)
The initial part of the trek is an easy climb. Although the climb soon becomes steeper, passing through the wild forest of hemlocks, oaks, maples, and fragrant rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. From here, we can get spectacular views of a majestic mountain, Langtang Lirung. Continuing the trek, we will reach a log bridge and climbing further, and we come across exotic meadows of Ghora Tabela. The trail then gradually climbs up as the valley widens up into typical U-shaped glacial. Then, we will move through the helipad and yak pastures, ascend shortly through the rhododendron forests and various Tamang villages. The trail then follows through a stream and climbs past few water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the huge settlement of Langtang (3430m), headquarter of Langtang National Park. You will see the influence of Tibetan lifestyle around the villages with its flat-roofed houses and elaborately carved driven windows. The upper town of Langtang is quite beautiful. Stone walls bound the valley by enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley. We will also see many yaks and wild goats wandering around.
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m)
The trail from Langtang village passes through several villages and ascends towards a ridge with a huge Chorten at top. Then, the trail climbs steadily past a gorgeous mani wall, crossing a stream to the small settlement of Mundu. Passing through a few small streams with wooden plank bridges and moraines, we will finally get a glimpse of the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa and also spectacular views of icefall flowing from the peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung. The region is also famous for the cheese factory where you can get delicious dairy products made from yak milk. We highly recommend trying their products. We will also get spectacular views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja La (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m) from this point.
Acclimatization day at Kyanjin
Today, we will rest at Kyanjin Gompa to get accustomed to the high altitude environment. Even though it’s a rest day, we won’t be sitting idle. We will hike near Kyanjin and explore the village. We will visit Monastery of Kyanjin, visit the cheese factory, or walk up the moraine to get some stunning views of ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung. We might also climb to Kyanjin Ri(4350m) and Tserko Ri(5000m). From here, we can get bewitching views of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, and Yansha Tsenji. Besides, we can make a side trip to Langshisa Kharka. Other alternative side trips include the surrounding areas of the North, where there are many smaller remote valleys.
Day Eight :
Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang (4000m)
Departing from Kyanjin Gompa, we will cross the Langtang Khola right below the kyanjin Gompa and ascend a steep trail through juniper and rhododendron forests. The trail keeps ascending the high Himalaya area covered with small natural vegetation. The trail then reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang full of panoramic views of the Himalayan giants and other natural beauties. Here, we need to manage for food and shelter by ourselves as there are no lodges or tea houses around this area. We recommend you to carry enough water and food on this day. We will be spending the night at tented camp.
Ngegang trekking to Ganja-La pass (5200m) to Keldang
From Ngegang, we move to the south following the streams and moraines and ascending steep trail towards the pass. The path is mostly steep to the Ganja-La pass. The pass is covered with snowy ice almost all year around. We will be ascending through the boulders and pass through many small lakes to reach the top of Ganja La, situated on a rocky moraine. From here, we can get panoramic views of the majestic Langtang Lirung and the snowy summits of the Tibetan border. Enjoying the view, we will climb down from the pass. The descend can also be quite challenging due to the steep trail full of icy snow. From Ganja-La, we will follow the stream through bushy meadows and reach Keldang. Here, we will spend the night.
Keldang to Dukpu (4080m)
The trail from Keldang drops along a ridge, grasslands, gorgeous mountain views. Then, following the ridgeline, the trail passes the small settlements of Helambu. Eventually, we will reach Dukpu, where we will spend the night at tented camp.
Dukpu to Tarkhe Ghyang (2590m)
From Dukpu, the trail climbs down and then rises to a pass. We can get some stunning views of the Annapurna region and the Everest region as well as native mountains from here. The track then moves downward through rhododendron and pine forests and then descends through a steep trail to Gekye Gompa. The steep descent passes through tiny herders to the village of Tarkeghyang. We can also visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in this region and explore picturesque Sherpa villages.
Trek to Sermathang (2610m)
We will be trekking today, mostly on flat land alongside lush green forests. The trail passes through a small forest with the view of a beautiful village of the Helambu region. Then, the trail moves through the broad valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of the Khumbu region. Likewise, we will reach another gorgeous village of Sermathang, our destination for the day. Here, we can trip to many age-old monasteries and enjoy the view of the Jugal Himal range. If the day is clear, we can also get the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda, and Rolwaling.
Trek to Melamchi Pul and drive to Kathmandu
Today is the final day of the trek. We will be descending more than 1700 meters of altitude. Mostly, we will be going downhill to reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Today, we will pass through beautiful villages like Kakani and Thimbu. We will also head towards the subtropical region where we can see goldish rice paddy fields. We will reach Melamchi Pul at an altitude of 840 meters, with a walk of about five to six hours. Melamchi Pul is a bustling market-place where you can shop around when we take a short break. From Melamchi, we will take a private vehicle to Kathmandu Valley. The road between Melamchi and Kathmandu has mostly graveled roads with many stomps. However, the road gets smooth after joining Tibet-Nepal Araniko Highway. The next stop will be at Dhulikhel, a famous Newari Town with its own natural and cultural beauty. About an hour of drive from Dhulikhel will take us to Kathmandu, passing through towns like Banepa and Bhaktapur.
This is the day you will depart from Nepal. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport approximately three hours of your scheduled flight.