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Ganja la Pass Trek

Ganja la Pass Trek

Wilderness Trekking
Ganja la Pass Trekking
Ganja la Pass Trekking

Trip Facts

Duration : 14 Days Max-Altitude : 5100m Program Type : Tea House/Camping Best Season : Sep-Nov, April-Jun Per Day Walking : 6/7 Hours Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Mode of Travel : Land


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All price inclusive
$ 1600 $ 1500
USD per person

Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $1600
2 Paxes $1500
2-4 Paxes $1450
4-6 Paxes $1400
6-10 Paxes $1350
10-15 Paxes $1300
15+Paxes $1300

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Ganja la Pass trek 14 days Itinerary

The Ganja La Pass Trek is a challenging and exhilarating trekking route located in the Langtang region of Nepal. This trek is renowned for its breathtaking mountain vistas, secluded villages, and a high mountain pass that offers a thrilling adventure. It is recommended for experienced trekkers who are seeking a less-crowded and more adventurous trail in Nepal.

This trek is Situated close to the Tamang heritage culture trails, Ganja La Pass is an upper range of Naya Khang Peak and is considered one of the most challenging adventure passes in the Langtang and Helambu regions. The trek typically spans around 12-14 days, commencing from the village of Syabrubesi and following the Langtang Valley Trek route until reaching Kyanjin Gompa. From there, the trail diverges and heads towards Ganja La Pass, which sits at an altitude of 5,122 meters. The pass offers mesmerizing views of the Langtang Himalayas, including Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal.

After crossing Ganja La Pass, the trek descends into the picturesque Helambu region, passing through remote Sherpa villages and enchanting rhododendron forests. Notable highlights of the trek include traversing the Ganja La Pass, visiting the sacred lakes of Keldang and Dudh Kunda, and exploring the traditional villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable trek, it is crucial to choose the right time for the Ganja La Pass hike. The recommended seasons for this trek are April to June and August to October. During these months, you can experience the adventure and magnificence of nature, including the vibrant spring season. It’s important to note that the pass has narrow and challenging trails, including a precarious mountain cliff that requires the use of 50 to 60-meter ropes for navigation. With an altitude of 5,122 meters, Ganja La Pass demands good physical fitness and prior experience with high-altitude trekking. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have an experienced guide and porter accompany you on the trek.

The Langtang Ganja La Pass trek takes you through the Langtang National Park, covering an area of approximately 1,770 square miles. The park boasts a rich biodiversity, with around one thousand plant species, 160 bird species, and 30 mammal species. The Langtang Valley is especially renowned for its blooming wildflowers during the summer and spring seasons.

The trek itinerary starts with a bus ride from Betrawati Kalikasthan, gradually ascending to Dhunche. As you ascend from Ghora Tabela, the Langtang valley unfolds, showcasing Tamang villages along the way. Kyanjin Gompa, famous for its yak cheese factory, serves as the starting point for the Ganja La Pass section of the trek. During this part, you will be camping for four nights and five days, with all necessary equipment and support staff, including tents, cooks, food, porters, and Sherpas.

Nepal Wilderness Trekking provides Ganja La Pass Trekking services, including camping gear and nutritious meals at various stops throughout the journey. Our team of expert guides and porters possesses in-depth knowledge of the local communities, history, and culture, ensuring an enriching experience for trekkers.

In terms of telecommunication during the trek, you can purchase Ncell SIM cards in Kathmandu, which can be used in Dhunche, Syabru, Gatlang, Goljung, Bamboo Hotel, and Lama Hotel within the Langtang Ganja La trekking area. However, please note that Langtang and Kyanjin Gompas, as well as three Lamas along the Ganja La Pass, do not have reception.

Acclimatization is crucial during high-altitude treks like the Ganja La Pass trek. Altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a common concern and should not be taken lightly. We prioritize the well-being and safety of our trekkers, and our expert trekking guides are trained and experienced in high-altitude environments and provide first aid. We schedule a proper acclimatization day at Kyangjin Gompa, allowing you to explore the area and adjust to the altitude. It’s important to note that if you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, the only remedy is to descend as quickly as possible. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to assess your overall health condition and make decisions regarding your ability to continue the Ganja La Pass trek.

In summary, the Ganja La Pass Trek offers an exciting and rewarding adventure, featuring breathtaking mountain views, secluded villages, and a challenging high mountain pass. With proper preparation, experienced guides, and adherence to safety protocols, this trek promises a memorable and exhilarating experience in the Langtang region of Nepal.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) which takes about eight hours driving. 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 it could be blocked sometimes due to landslides. Your drive from Kathmandu to the destination is to be made by either a local bus or land cruiser.
  • 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 very leisurely 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 town 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 the panoramic view of Langtang Lirung (7245m.), Tibetan Himal ranges, and so on.
  • Day 03: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) and it takes about five hours. The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) 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 trekker supplies.
  • 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 neighboring communities are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley.
  • 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 lunchtime allowing time to acclimatize 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 so on.
  • Day 06: Rest at Kyangjin Gompa for an excursion, hike up to Langtang glaciers and back to Kyangjin Gompa A 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 breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
  • Day 07: Trek and climb up to Tserko Ri (5033m.) which takes about 5 hours to see the outstanding views of surrounding peaks and back to Kyangin Gompa
  • Day 08: Trek Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000m.) which takes about 5 hours. There you can not see any villages. The trail goes on ascending area covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are available no lodges, you need to camp.
  • Day 09: Trek Ngegang to Keldang (5106m.) via Ganja La (5100m.) which takes about 5 hours. This day is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja La pass. On the Ganja La pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the time throughout the year. You need to camp.
  • Day 10: Trek Keldang to Dukpu(4080m.) which takes about 5 and a half hours. Your camping site will be inside the forest. This day will be a long day walking along the ridge, grassland, very silent, well-camping views of Mountains.
  • Day 11: Trek Dukpu to Tarkeghyang( 2740m.) The trail descends about 200mtrs, climb the 4100m pass. Views from Pass are spectacular to the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest region too. From the pass, the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest past tiny herder's settlement to Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. These villages where friendly and cheerful natured people inhabit.
  • Day 12: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) which takes about four hours. This day the trail is quite more accessible through the flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the road. There is situated a charming village on the half way to Shermathang. To add your joy, Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. There you can see the Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.
  • Day 13: Trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) and it takes approximately two 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 particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with mountain views and interaction with local and friendly people.
  • Day 14: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about six hours. You travel through gravel and the Bumpy path up to Lamidanda, and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu.

Cost Included

  • Hotel to the bus park by taxi.
  • Kathmandu to Dhunche by public bus.
  • Lodge accommodation on the way during your trek, and Camping.
  • Meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Tea and coffee three times a day in a cup during the camping only.
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit and TIMS card.
  • Two-person tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, Toilet Tent.
  • 50m rope for a pass.
  • One fluent English speaking, the government registered, experienced, first aid trained guide, one cook, Sherpa, and required porters.
  • Trekking Equipment sleeping bags and down jackets kid Bags.
  • Guides/ cook, Sherpa, porters - food, lodge, bus transportation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.

Cost Excluded

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All meals like Lunch dinner and breakfast while in Kathmandu and  Hard and soft table drinks such as coke, beer, Mineral water, hot shower, and boiled water during your trek
  • all beverages during the tea house
  • Personal insurance can cover helicopter Rescue and tips for Nepali staff.
  • Excluded are all costs and expenses not listed under "cost includes"
  • Inclusion of costs or delays beyond the control of the management, such as landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

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