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Ganja La Pass Trekking Route

This 12-day Langtang Valley trek will take you to the altitude of 5122m/16800ft to Ganja La Pass. In this trek you will be able to see fantastic views of Langtang Himalaya range form Tserko Ri. Langtang Region lies in between Kathmandu valley and Tibetan border. You will be able to walk among Rhododendron and Bamboo forests , waterfalls and snow capped himalayas that make for a rich trekking experience.

Trek Grading

Moderate

Trek Duration

12 Days

6

Maximum Elevation

5,122m/16,800ft

Day 01:  Drive/Bus Ride/Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3 hrs. Explore the area.
Day 06: Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hr
Day 08: Cross the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 hr
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 hr
Day 10: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
Day 12: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive

Day 01: Drive/Bus Ride/Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
You after the trip to the capital you can rest for the night and prepare for the trip.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to  Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi.

Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs
This is our first day of trekking today.  Follow the Langtang Khola River. Pass through the dense forests.   Cross several suspension bridges. We also pass by a tea houses.  The trail goes up and down but it’s not that challenging.

Day 04: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hrs
Today after breakfast, we start our trekking day towards the village of Mundu. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. On the way to Mundu, you will also pass the Langtang Village, which was severely affected the the earthquake last year. Langtang Valley alone lost 400 lives, flooded away by an earthquake-triggered avalanche, destroying an entire village and infrastructures. We also see the ruins of Langtang Village, where life is slowing building back and a few tea-houses are reopened.

Day 05: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3 hrs. Explore the area.
After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a principal monastery of the region. You will pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.  Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. After the short trek, you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the buddhist shrine and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains.

Day 06: Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hrs
After taking morning tea and breakfast,we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures and start for visiting to Tserko Ri  (5000m/16,404ft) for mountain sunrise views. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. In the afternoon return to Kanjin Gompa- surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.
 

Day 07: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hr
Taking today’s breakfast, we embark on our today’s journey to Ganja La Phedi. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we’re already in high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.

Day 08: Cross the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 hr
Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It’d be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes.   Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 hr
Trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In our 5-6 hrs trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.

Day 10: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 hrs
Today, we lose altitude considereably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.

Day 11: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.

Day 12: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, catch a bus to Katmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.