Ganjala Pass Trek - 15 Days

Langtang Valley

Overview

Ganjala Pass trek starts from Sybru Bensi, ends at Melamchi Pul Bazar. From Sybru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang river to the east until you get to Kyanching Gompa (3,049.). Some 5 km to the south of Kyanching Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and , to the south east, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Kyanching Gompa is surrounded by Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west, Yala peak on the north , Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east. In Kyanjing Gompa there are a small Buddhist monastary and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. When you are crossing the pass there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is spent above 3,000m (10,000ft) .The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m ). On the very pass of Ganjala , the last few 100m trail is precarious so we use a rope there for safety, though the utmost care is enough. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. But the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. As there are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way, the group should be well equipped with enough food.

Only organised camping treks are possible for this region. The use of firewood is also prohibited within the park, so all supplies should be taken with us. Ganja la pass trek requires 13 days .The people living in Langtang are of Tibetan origin, though they introduce themselves as Tamang or Gurung. After passing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchigaon and Tarke Ghyang .People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarke Ghyang is another Sherpa town along the way, which bears its own story. The town name means temple of “100 horses” and was taken from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama ( Buddhist monk ) who was called on by the king of Kathmandu ( Kantipur) to stop an epidemic. As his reward the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here. The local temple, rebuilt in 1969, follows the Bhutanese style.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Saybru Bensi (1462m) via Trishuli Bazaar 400m.) – Dhunche (1950m).
Day 03 : Trek to Lama Hotel(2500m)
Day 04 : Trek to Langtang Village (3307m)
Day 05 : Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3798m).
Day 06 : Acclimatization in Kyanjin Gompa valley (hiking to Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Ri (5033m).
Day 07 : Trek to Ngegang.
Day 08 : Ganja La pass.
Day 09 : Trek down to Dukpu.
Day 10 : Trek to Tarke Gyang.
Day 11 : Trek to Sermathang.
Day 12 : Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar.
Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 14 : Kathmandu valley Sightseeing
Day 15 : Departure to destination country

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu (Tribhuwan International Airport), you will be received by Mosaic Adventure representative and transferred to the hotel. After check in, there will be short briefing about your program and other pre-trip arrangements.

Day 2
Drive Kathmandu to Saybru Bensi (1462m) via Trishuli Bazaar 400m.) – Dhunche (1950m)

Heading toward north from Kathmandu we will be driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Bensi passing through Trishuli Bazaar and then Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land.

Day 3
Trek to Lama Hotel(2500m)

Crossing through Bhote Koshi, following the Langtang Khola the trail gradually ascent up to Bamboo after passing through Landslide. Afterwards, you trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. Our trail level up to the lama hotel and could see red panda, monkey and bear en route.

Day 4
Trek to Langtang Village (3307m)

From Lama Hotel the trail climbs through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron observing glimpses of Langtang Lirung, reaches to Gumanchok (2800m) and then climbs to Ghora Tabela (2970m) after which it descends to Thangshyap (3140m). The trail further climbs to Langtang village, the head quarter of Langtang National Park.

Day 5
Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3798m).

Climbing gradually through small villages and yak pastures 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. You will find small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory here. After our arrival at around lunch time we allow rest of our time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow-covered peaks surrounding you in all directions such as Langtang Lirung, Ganjala peak, Tserko RI, Langsisa RI and many others.

Day 6
Acclimatization in Kyanjin Gompa valley (hiking to Kyanjin Ri, Tserko Ri (5033m).

We explore the alpine for a close to the langtang lirung glacier areas. 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 breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

Day 7
Trek to Ngegang.

The trail goes on ascending and area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are no lodges available around here, we need to camp out for the night.

Day 8
Trek from Ngegang to Ganja La pass then to Keldang.

This day is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja la pass. You can find the Ganja la pass covered with snowy ice most of the times throughout the year.

Day 9
Trek down to Dukpu.

With amazing view of various mountains we will walk along a ridge and grassland to reach Dukpu.

Day 10
Trek to Tarke Gyang.

Now trail descends about 200m through pine forest, rhododendron forest past tiny herder’s settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages around here. These villages are well settled with friendly and cheerful people.

Day 11
Trek to Sermathang.

Crossing some small streams on the way the trail is comparatively easier through flat land with beautiful forest on the way. Another Sherpa Village, Shermathang, where you can visit many ancient monasteries. You can see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.

Day 12
Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

Gradually descending all the way through meadows and cultivated fileds to Melamchi Pul Bazaar. We come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Quite pleasant day with mountain view and interaction with friendly locals.

Day 13
Drive back to Kathmandu.

You travel through gravel and bumpy road up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu. Free day for individual sightseeing around the capital know as city of temples. You can visit massage parlor to get some foot or body massage.

Day 14
Kathmandu valley Sightseeing

After your breakfast at hotel we will go for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You will visit many places like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath which reflect the local culture and tradition of Nepalese civilization. Farewell dinner with cultural dance performed by local belles.

Day 15
Departure to destination country

Transfer to airport for final departure for onward destination.

Included

  • Airport transfers.
  • Standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • All your standard meals as per itinerary during the trek. Such as breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Teahouse and camping accommodation during the trek.
  • A government licensed English speaking guide during the trek.
  • A required number of porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine for all staff.
  • Required trek entry permits.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Government imposed taxes.

Not included

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Beverages ad bar bills.
  • Personal trekking gears/clothing.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
  • Return flight to Nepal and Nepal visa.

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