ganjala pass

Ganja La Pass trekking

Ganja La Pass trekking is a combination of three beautiful treks taking us straight into some of the wildest and most picturesque areas of Nepal. Starting from the lovely hill town of Syabrubensi our trek winds through beautiful rhododendron and conifer forests through the Langtang National Park on the way to the higher slopes. Our route then leads up to the high alpine yak pastures, glaciers and moraines around Kyangin. Along this route you will have an opportunity to cross the Ganja La Pass if possible (subject to weather conditions) from Langtang Valley. The trail enters the rhododendron forest and climbs up to alpine yak pastures at Ngegang(4000m). From Ngegang we make an assent of Ganja La Pass (5130m). This area is sometimes called Kelaung or Kelchung and can be reached from another series of huts at Dukpu (4080m). Next we head southwest, descending past Gekye Gompa to reach Tarke Ghyang in Helambu valley and follow trek trail to Melamchi Pul Bazaar or Talamarang to catch bus to Kathmandu.

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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1503m)
Day 04: Syabru Besi trek to Lama Hotel (2400m)
Day 05: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang village (3430m)
Day 06: Langtang village trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3870M)
Day 07: Excursion around Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa trek to Ngegang (4000m)
Day 09: Ngegang trek to Keldang over the Ganja La Pass (5130m)
Day 10: Keldang trek to Dukpu (4080m)
Day 11: Dukpu trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 12: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Day 13: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
Day 14: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Day 15: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 16: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (1503m)
Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel early in morning to go for new bus park to catch the public bus to Syabru Besi but if you prefer to hire private vehicle then private vehicle (Jeep/Land cruiser or bus depend on group size) will pick up from hotel and directly drive to Syabru besi. You head north of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi (1503m) through the famous places Kakani (2145m), Ranipauwa, Trisuli Bazaar (548m), Betrawati (620m), Kalikhastan (1390m), Dhunche (1960m) Thulo Bharkhu (1860m) and finally you reach at Syabru Besi. It takes about 8/9 hours drive from Kathmandu. Overnight at Camp / teahouse

Day 04: Syabru Besi trek to Lama Hotel (2400m)
Today the trek we cross the Bhote Kosi river by a suspension bridge towards ‘old’ Syabrubesi, a cluster of houses and a school opposite the river. Another suspension bridge carries us over the south side of the Langtang Khola, this river we will be following upwards for the next couple of days. We climb slowly to Doman (1680m) and continue over a rocky ridge to Landslide Lodge and Hot Spring restaurant; named after a small hot spring on the opposite river bank at 1810 meter. The trail now climbs gently up to Bamboo. Opposite the river we will see near vertical cliffs covered with cactuses. After Bamboo we cross the Langtang Khola on a new suspension bridge to the north bank. The forest becomes sparser and drier on this side of the river, consisting mainly of scrub nettles and oaks. We climb steeply on a good trail to Rimche (2400m) continue to Upper Rimche (2510m). Beyond the trail descend slowly to Changtang known as Lama Hotel (2470m) overnight at Camp / teahouse

Day 05: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang village (3430m)
Today the trek starts with a gentle climb, but it soon becomes steeper, climbing through a forest of oaks, hemlocks, maples and rhododendron. From the trail you will see the beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7246m). After little more then an hour we pass two lodges in the forest at Gumanchok (2800m), from where we climb to a Nepal army post and a national park checkpoint at Ghoda Tabela (2970m). The trail ascends gradually, as the valley becomes wider. We will pass a few teashops at Thangshyap (3140m). The route is now in open country, and passes many mani stones, water-driven prayer wheels and a few scattered Tamang villages before arriving in Langtang. This is a small village consisting of guesthouses and yak farms. The surrounding fields containing buckwheat, wheat, turnips, potatoes, and barley have typical stone fencing walls. Overnight at Camp/ teahouse

Day 06: Langtang village trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3870M)
Today the trek through the village of Langtang we will pass many stone mani walls, covered with Tibetan inscriptions to please the gods. It then climbs up gradually past the small villages of Mumdu and Sindum. The trail continues through yak pastures. After crossing the Langtang Khola to its south bank we climb up through a landscape scattered with large boulders to a moraine where we will have the first views of Kyanjin Gompa ahead of us, and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung (6781m) north of us. Beyond the trail lead through some rocks and climb towards the gompa, then make a short descend to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). Afternoon looks around the Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at Camp / teahouse.

Day 07: Excursion around Kyanjin Gompa
Today, we have day excursion trip from Kyanjin Gompa either Kyanjin Ri (4773m) or Tsergo Ri (4984m) or another option is hike to Langshisa Kharka (4080m) but not recommended one because it is very hard and long day trip so if you don’t have camping arrangement with one more day for stay overnight in Langshisa Kharka better not to go there. North of Kyanjin Gompa is about two hours climb you reach at Kyanjin Ri from where you will see the beautiful views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Kinshung (6781m), Yansa Tsenji (6567m) and Straddling the Tibetan border are Dorje Lhakpa (6966m), Ganchempo (6387m), Langshisa Ri (6427m) and a whole host of 6,000+m peaks whilst across the valley are Naya Kang and the Ganja La pass. If you are interested to little gain in altitude there is the chance to climb Tsergo Ri (often written Cherko Ri) – at 4,984m. It takes about five hours climb from Kyanjin Gompa to reach at Tsergo Ri. Follow the trail north and take a left fork about 10 minutes then step climb to Tsergo Ri for spectacular mountains view and back to Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight at Camp / teahouse

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa trek to Ngegang (4000m)
Today trek trail is very short, Cross the Langtang Khola below the kyanjin Gompa then makes steep climb along the ridge on the south side of the valley through a forest of juniper and rhododendron. Finally becoming more gentle, the trek trail reaches the Yak pasture at Ngegang (4000m) where available good place to camp before climb to the Ganja La Pass. Overnight at Camp

Day 09: Ngegang trek to Keldang over the Ganja La Pass (5130m)
Today we are follows the trail south of our camp. The trek continues climbing steeply towards the Pass. As the trail climbs higher and comes under the shadow of the above 5800m peaks to the south. The trail normally covered by snow. Turning south-west, the trail makes the final steep climbs to the Ganja La Pass at 5130m. The view to north from the pass of Langtang Lirung and snow peaks in Tibet including Shisha Pangma (8013m). Clear day there are also views of many ranges to the south. West of Pass is Naya Kanga (5844m), previously named Ganja La Chuli. After the pass we are descend steeply to Yangri Khola (4400m) then drops quickly down rough slope to the stream. Follow the stream for some distance through grassy meadows, the trail reaches a few Goths at Keldang (4270m). Overnight at Camp

Day 10: Keldang trek to Dukpu (4080m)
Today is long and strenuous day as the descends along a ridge. The trail many ups and downs to Dukpu. In Winner, there is no water from Keldang to bottom of the ridge so better to take packed food for the trail but monsoon and usually October and November no problem with water. The trail heads down the valley, but stay high above the river, finally meet the ridge itself then follow the ridge line to Dukpu (4080m). Overnight at camp

Day 11:  Dukpu trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Today the trek trail descends further along the ridge then makes a 180m climb to a pass at 4020m. From the top of Pass offers magnificent views of Dorje Lakpa and scenery some part of Everest range, as far as the peak of Numbur in Khumbu. After pass you trek through pine and rhododendron forest past tiny herders settlements to a ridge high above Tarke Gyang. Then descend steeply to Gekye Gompa (3020m) through Ama Yangri Danda (3771m) which is the best view point in Helambu region. The trail continues to the large Sherpa village Tarke Gyang (2590m) Overnight at Camp / teahouse

Day 12: Melamchigaon trek to Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Today the trek from Melamchigaon gompa, the trail descends through jungle to a bamboo teashop at 2360 meter, then drops steeply through fields to the Malemchi Khola river. After crossing the suspension bridge at 1920m the trail begins its long climb towards Tarke Gyang, which is the largest village in the Helambu region. The stone house here are build close together with narrow alleyways separating them. The gompa of this village has a large brass prayer wheel. Afternoon is better to visit around Tarke Gyang and see their life style and culture. Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Tarke Gyang trek to Sermathang (2610m)
The trail leaves the village and makes a sweep around the wide valley to the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul at 2520 meter. The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Buthan. From here the trail drops over a ridge but soon starts climbing up again through deep forests, crossing a number of streams to a crest at 2620 meter. We continue our way passing the large gompa at Chumnik, before another gentle climb leads to the village of Sermathang (2610m). Afternoon is better to visit Gompa and village to see their life style and culture. Overnight at teahouse

Day 14: Sermathang trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (880m)
Today trek trail from Sermathang the trail follows the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, making a drop of 1730 meter. The trail passes chorten after chorten in the settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we descent through chir pine forest to yet another chorten at Kakani, which is the last Sherpa village on the trek, and we now enter the lowlands inhabited by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the trail drops steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter. Continuing further down the ridge our trail will eventually bring us to a large suspension bridge which crosses the Indrawati river and brings us into Malemchi Pul Bazaar (880m) overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Melamchi Pul drive to Kathmandu (1350m)
From Melamchi Pul we can take local transportation, or have our private transport  to bring us back to Kathmandu.
Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu which takes about five hours. You travel through gravel and bumpy path up to Lamidanda and then you follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu though Banepa & Dhulikhel highway. Overnight at Hotel

Day 16: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

Day 17: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

The Trekking Day

While you are on trekking, days begin with breakfast at the tea house you stay, you will need to pack up your duffle bags / trekking bag before breakfast, as porters will set off early. After breakfast approximately 2-3 hours of trekking you take a break for lunch somewhere in the trail. After a relaxing lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more sometimes on the trail before reaching your stopping point. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest beaks and take time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you take a brief rest or simply relaxing with a book and catching up on your diary. Dinner is generally around 7pm.

What you carry

Your baggage is restricted to 25kgs in two people. The duffle baggage is carried by porters and is not available to you during the day. Your daypack should contain all that you need during the day. This generally consists of warm clothing, water bottle, camera gear, sunscreen, lip salve etc. Your guide will let you know each evening of any extra items you will need for the following day. If you have a comfortable daypack you load will only be a few kilograms and hardly noticeable.

Food

Kathmandu part we includes breakfast but trekking we includes three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day in tea house / lodges that you can choose from teahouse / restaurant menu but if you are on big group at that time your guide / team leader will choose the food for you. Meals are generally available Nepalese and continental on different taste in everyplace but you have to eat the meals in same tea house where you are going to staying at night but if you are staying in tented camp (Camping) then our cook prepare food and provide to you.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu is on a twin share basis with private facilities. Whilst trekking accommodation is in Trekkers lodges / teahouses and is of a basic (normal) standard. Twin Rooms or multi share with basic shared toilet facilities. Hot Showers are available in some places but they will charge directly to client when they ask for hot shower and if you wish to book tented camp (Camping trekking) instead of teahouse we will provide two men tent for two people to share the accommodation on tent camp.

Transportation

Transportation within Kathmandu valley is done with Cars or Jeeps, Van, Hiace, Coaster bus, Mini bus, Coaches depending upon the group size. In trekking region, transportation mean is hiking and in some cases Yaks / horses / mules / donkeys are used for baggage carriage. In this trekking route, hiking is the major mean of transportation while your baggage will be carried by porters and/or animals.

Trekking Staff

The Guide is in overall charge of the trek and looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, high altitude medicine, and first-aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples, remember they are local guides and their English may be basic and limited to trek-related topics.

Porters

Transport your duffle bags / rucksack – one porter for every two trekkers in Tea house trekking and camping (Tented camp) trekking it is depend on luggages/equipments that we need for your camping trekking.

Trek Grading

it is impossible to have a ‘foolproof’ grading system as everyone has different expectations and perceptions of their own fitness level. Remember that no trek in the Himalaya is a stroll as all involve going up and down at altitude and that altitude affects everyone differently. Regardless of age or fitness, preparation before you arrive is essential. Aerobic activity, swimming, cycling or brisk walking is recommended or, at the very least, walk up and down stairs in your trekking boots but some can do this trekking without did any preparation of trekking.

Money

It is best to bring a mixture of cash and traveler’s checks in major currencies-In Nepal, some of the currencies are banned for conversion and you must find the convertible currencies in Nepal. USD, CAD, EUR, and AUD are generally convertible. Ensure you have a mixture of large and small denominations.

You should exchange enough money into Nepalese Rupees to last the entire time of your trek before leaving Kathmandu. You can find the money exchange counters near your hotel and there are no exchange facilities in villages / trekking trails.

Tipping

Tipping is a personal and voluntary matter and tips are not included in the trip price but who will working for you they are expect the trips so you can give trips directly to them at end of your trekking / tours and tipping is not any limitation so you can give trips as much you like if they will make you happy.

Insurance

your Travel insurance is not included in the trip price. It is essential that you take out comprehensive travel insurance prior to your trek. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency evacuation and repatriation (including helicopter evacuation) and personal liability. We also recommend that it cover cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects but our company is included trekking crews’ against personal accident.

Health

There are no specific health requirements for travel into Nepal. However, for the trekking in Himalayas, you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish this trek successfully but you should consult your doctor for up-to-date information regarding vaccinations, high altitude medication and medications for any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling in Nepal. Some part of trekking have a small health post for emergency treatment with limited equipments, limited health workers and medication. Be aware that some drugs, including anti-malarial, have side effects at altitude. Please discuss this carefully with your doctor.
Please be aware that you will be in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip. We strongly recommend that you carry a personal First Aid kit as well as sufficient quantities of any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses).

Altitude Sickness

AMS (acute mountain sickness) is a serious issue. It is the result of the failure of the body to adapt to high altitude and can affect anyone, regardless of age or fitness. It usually occurs above 1,800 meters and the likelihood of being affected increases as you ascend. The way to reduce the affects of altitude is to ascend slowly, 300 meters per day above 3,000 meters until you have acclimatized. Poor acclimatization results in headache, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulty breathing and swelling of fingers and glands. The only cure for AMS is to descend to lower altitude and your guide’s decision on this matter is final. When you are planning to trek above 3,000 meters we recommend not walks faster. If you will get altitude sickness please consult with your guide to go down at least 500 meters to recover.

Nepal Visa

Multiple entry visas are available on arrival at Kathmandu airport and all land borders except the citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, and Palestine, Afghanistan. Multiple entry visas can be obtained from the immigration points costing US Dollars 25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visas, US Dollars 40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent there to for 30 days multiple entry visa, US Dollars 100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.

Packing for your Trekking

you will need to bring a comfortable medium sized daypack to carry the things you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt.

  • Walking shoes / trekking boots
  • Socks, several pair of heavy wool outer socks and a few pairs of nylon inner socks.
  • Some pairs of Pants, shirts, T shirts
  • Skirts med-calf to above the ankle
  • Worm sleeping bag and  jacket
  • Water bottle and Trekker’s bag
  • Flashlight
  • Toiletries ( soap, towel , toothbrush, washcloth ,paste , Comb and shampoos )
  • lighter and Sunglasses
  • Umbrella, raincoat ( monsoon season )
  • Hand bag / day bag
  • Walking shoes with new waffle soles(monsoon season)
  • Waterproof jacket.( monsoon season)
  • Plastic sheeting for covering the bag ( monsoon season)
  • Shaving paraphernalia for men
  • Woolen hat (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen sweater or down jacket (high place or snowy place)
  • Woolen long Underwear (high place or snowy place)
  • Good Trekking boots (high place or snowy place)
  • Sun cream and Sandal for night
  • Some other worm cloths .
  • Some dry food

 

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Syabru Besi overland transportation by mini bus
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • Clients trekking accommodation on tented camp (Two men tent share on two people)
  • Staff: Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen boy and necessary porters
  • Trekking meals: our own cooked meals (thee time a day – Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
  • Trekking equipments: (Two Men Tents, Dining Tents, Toilet Tent and mattress)
  • All necessary kitchen equipments and necessary things for camping arrangement
  • Langtang national park entry permit
  • Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Melamchi Pul to Kathmandu overland transportation by mini bus
  • Insurance for Nepalese Camp staff (Guide, Cook, Sherpa, kitchen boy and Porters)
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Nepal Government taxes and Office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch & Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International or domestic air tickets and airport taxes – Except Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks in teahouse
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Hot shower charge if you wish to use shower in teahouse
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

 

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