Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek
The Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek is one of the most adventurous and diverse treks that can be embarked on in Nepal. This 14 day trail takes us into the depths of the Langtang Region and gives us the views of the exquisite peaks of the region. The main attraction of the trek is the Langtang Ganja La Pass.
The Langtang Ganja La Pass trek revolves around the mystical Langtang region present fairly close to Kathmandu. This region is untouched by the waves of urbanization and modernization and offers a passage through the valley cut by the roaring Bhotekoshi and Langtang regions. Also provided is the opportunity to witness and live in with the religions and cultures of the ethnic inhabitants spread all through the region.
The main attractions of the trek are the Ganja La Pass, Tserko Ri and the passage through rhododendron and oak forests occasionally adorned by majestic waterfalls.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu- Syabrubesi (1300m- 1550m)
Day 04: Syabrubesi- Lama Hotel (1550m- 2380m)
Day 05: Lama Hotel- Langtang Village (2380m- 3430m)
Day 06: Langtang Village- Kaynjin Gompa (3430m- 3870m)
Day 07: Kyanjin Gompa- Tsergo Ri (3870m-5033m)
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa- Ganja La Phedi (3870m-4300m)
Day 09: Ganja La Phedi- Ganja La Pass- Keldang (4300m-5122-4250m)
Day 10: Keldang- Yak Kharka (4250m- 4000m)
Day 11: Yak Khara- Tarke Gyang (4000m- 2590m)
Day 12: Tarke Gyang- Sermathang (2590m-2610m)
Day 13: Sermathang- Melamchi Bazaar- Kathmandu (2610m-1300m)
Day 14: Departure
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
The first day of this wonderful trek begins by arrival in the capital of the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. There are opportunities to relish the splendid Nepali cuisine and observe the traditional methods of cooking.
Sightseeing around Kathmandu
Kathmandu, the capital of the beautiful Himalayn country Nepal is home to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites which includes the Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar Sqaure, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Syambunath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath etc. Trekkers can embark on a journey to visit all these favorite sites and can also prepare adequately for the upcoming trek on this day.
Kathmandu- Syabrubesi (1300m- 1550m)
Syabrubesi, the starting point of the trek, is situated along the north-westerns hills of Kathmandu. The passage through the tricky and narrow roads to Syabrubesi is included with the views of the roaring Trishuli River and the passage through several hills with terraced fields. Through rustic villages and mountainous lifestyle, Syabrubesi is finally reached where the night is spent. 7 hours drive.
Syabrubesi- Lama Hotel (1550m- 2380m)
This day marks the beginning of the actual trek. The path of the trail follows through the Langtang Khola through dese rhododendron and oak forests. Through several suspension bridges and several tea houses, we reach Lama Hotel. After completing a journey of a up and down path, we can rest finally at the Lama Hotel. 6 hours trek.
Lama Hotel- Langtang Village (2380m- 3430m)
This is the second day of the trek which is a bit more strenuous than that of the previous day. The trail today passes through dense rhododendron and oak forests and climbs stedily through the valley. The tree lie is left behind us. Through water mills, prayer flag adorned regions, prayer wheels, chortens, inscription filled rocks and the views of the marvelous peaks like the Langtang Lirung and other Tibetan peaks, we finally reach Langtang Village. 6-7 hours trek.
Langtang Village- Kaynjin Gompa (3430m- 3870m)
We move out from the Langtang village and pass through the yak pastures. After passing through the largest mani wall in Nepal inscribed with prayers, we pass through several bridges. Digesting the information given by the different cultures and traditions followed by the ethnic inhabitants scattered through the region, we finally reach Kyanjin Gompa. 3-4 hours trek.
Kyanjin Gompa- Tsergo Ri (3870m-5033m)
This day will mark the excursion to the Tsergo Ri. This day is also used for acclimatizing with the altitude. We wake up early morning to embark on an excursion up to the Tsergo Ri, a viewpoint offering exclusive views of the Langtang Lirun among other peaks of the region. These mesmerizing views will ease away the pain experienced when climbing this massive height in just one day. After being rewarded with these exclusive views, we return back to Kyanjin Gompa to spend the night. 7-8 hours trek.
Kyanjin Gompa- Ganja La Phedi (3870m-4300m)
Today we trek up to the Ganja La Phedi. Firstly, we cross the Langtang River from the Kyanjin Gompa and then ascend upwards through dense forests of rhododendron and oak. We slowly reach the Ganja La Phedi through the snow strewn path and spend the night there. 5-6 hours trek.
Ganja La Phedi- Ganja La Pass- Keldang (4300m-5122-4250m)
This day will be a strenuous one as we will pass through the Ganja La Pass. This pass os mostly covered with snow, all through the eyar, making it considerably difficult to cross. We make the long ascent through the several boulders present along the way and view the small lakes present all along the way. We finally ascend the Ganja La situated atop a rocky moraine which provides mesmerizing and mind boggling views of the mountainous peaks present in the Langtang Region. We slowly descend down the tricky path to Keldang. 6-7 hours trek.
Keldang- Yak Kharka (4250m- 4000m)
This day, we trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. The trail will be a descending one through a prominent ridge line which can be followed to directly reach Yak Khara. Upon losing more altitude, we pass through ridges, grasslands and forests. 5-6 hours trek.
Yak Khara- Tarke Gyang (4000m- 2590m)
Today, almost 1500 meters altitude s to be lost, hence making this a descending trek. More vegetation can be noticed when descending further downwards. 5-6 hours trek.
Tarke Gyang- Sermathang (2590m-2610m)
Today we cross through the small forested area which also provides the view of the Helambu village. Sweeping around the wide valley, the trail reaches the path between the village of Gangyul and the Parachin village. Gagyul residents follow the Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism. We finally reach Sermathang. 3-4 hours trek.
Sermathang- Melamchi Bazaar- Kathmandu (2610m-1300m)
This day marks the final day of the trek and starts with a descend down into the Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Upon reaching the Bazaar by passing through several Sherpa villages, we catch a bus or some other ride to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, the aching muscles can be relieved by resting or the day can be spent by collecting souvenirs for loved ones.
After a mind boggling trek into the depths of the Langtang region and the climb up to the Ganja La, its finally time to depart from the beautiful country of Nepal and return home. With a promise to come back for more, and the memories of the adventurous journey undertaken, you can depart with a happy mind back home.