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Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek – 16 Days

Langtang valley and Ganja La Pass, north of Kathmandu, offers a multitude of trekking destinations. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to the north Tibet Border and a

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Sightseeing and High Altitude Trekking
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Max Altitude: 5,200 m/17,056 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
March, April, May, June, September, October,& November
Trip Level: Strenuous
Ventures at this grade are 'Tough Treks' and must be fully supported. The altitude attained is between 3,500 to 5,000m. These treks also involve several nights stay above 4,000m. These are genuine expeditions where preparation and a willingness to 'rough it' are necessary. You must have be physically fit for this trek.
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Syabru Besi - Lama Hotel - Kyanjin Gompa - Ganja La Pass - Tarkeghyang - Melamchi Pul Bazaar - Kathmandu

Trip Information

Langtang valley and Ganja La Pass, north of Kathmandu, offers a multitude of trekking destinations. Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to the north Tibet Border and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at comfortably low elevations. Kyanjin Gompa is a last Tibetan village in the valley, from where a trek starts to Helambu over Ganja La Pass (5,200 m). The pass itself is not easy. During autumn and spring the pass opens for trekkers.

A trek over Ganja La Pass offers wilderness and adventure experiences. If you are trekking during spring, the forest on the trail is colorful and blooming full of rhododendrons. To cross from Langtang into Helambu via the Ganja La Pass is a serious undertaking requiring good equipment and experience from local guides. For three or four days there are no facilities and groups with their staff must be fully self-sufficient. Crossing the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment and trekkers must be skilled and be prepared. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 02 Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 03 Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) on a Public Bus – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 Trek to Langtang village (3,307 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 Kyanjin Gompa Exploration Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 Trek to Ngegang (4,000 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 09 Trek to Keldang (4,300 m) via Ganja La Pass (5,200 m ) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

  • Day 10 Trek to Dukpu (4,080 m) – 6.5 hours. Overnight at a a Tented Camp.

  • Day 11 Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 12 Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) – 5.5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 13 Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

  • Day 14 Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu on a Public Bus – 4 hours . Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 15 Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Hotel.

  • Day 16 Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

    After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

    Pashupatinath Temple:
    Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

    Boudhanath Stupa:
    Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

    Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
    Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462 m) on a Public Bus - 8 hours

    Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight hours on a public bus. Driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche, we’ll get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal after driving along the mighty Trishuli River. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Parts of the road though may be bumpy and under construction.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04 - Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500 m) - 5 hours

    The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi River and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960 m) passing rugged paths. Afterward, our trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 m). We can have lunch at this place and at the end of our trail is the Lama Hotel. En route we could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if we are lucky.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05 - Trek to Langtang village (3,307 m) - 5 hours

    The trek route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks about. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become more imposing as we trek closer.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798 m) - 4 hours

    It is shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climbs several small peaks (hillocks).

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07 - Kyanjin Gompa Exploration Day

    Today is a day to rest as we 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 (4,350 m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08 - Trek to Ngegang (4,000 m) - 5 hours

    The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with natural vegetation. No villages can be seen in this area, hence no lodges are available.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09 - Trek to Keldang (4,300 m) via Ganja La (5,200 m) - 6 hours

    Today is comparatively more strenuous as we have to cross the Ganja La Pass (5,200 m) covered with snowy ice in most months.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 - Trek to Dukpu (4,080 m) - 6.5 hours

    A long day walking along the ridge and grassland, with amazing views of Himalayas. The camping site will be in the forest.

    Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560 m) - 5.5 hours

    The trail descends slightly before climbing over a 4,100 m pass, from where the spectacular view of the Annapurna and the Everest regions can be clearly seen. From the pass the trail descends through the pine forest, rhododendron forest past a tiny herder settlement called Tarkeghyang. We can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. We will be welcomed by cheerful and friendly people of this village.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12 - Trek to Shermathang (2,621 m) - 5.5 hours

    This day the trail is quite easy through the flat land with beautiful forests and small streams along the way. We’ll visit a beautiful village half way to Shermathang, another pretty Sherpa village where we can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 13 - Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m) - 5 hours

    The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, we come across several old villages with their own unique traditions. The walk today is quite pleasant with great mountain views.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 14 - Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu in a Public Bus - 4 hours

    After breakfast, we travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda and then follow the metalled road up to Kathmandu.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 15 - Leisure Day and Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu

    If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 16 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Flight Departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle

  • Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (4 nights only)

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu valley by a private tourist vehicle

  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms (8 nights only)

  • Tented camp accommodation and all meals at Ngegang, Keldang and Dukpu (We will provide fully water/wind-proof twin-share tents, dining tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, etc.

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English-speaking trekking guide

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff

  • Langtang National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking

  • Down jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek)

  • Public bus transfer from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi and from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sun hat (yours to keep)

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu

  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges

  • Official expenses


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (See the travel insurance page.)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See the international flights page.)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.)

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks

  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab.)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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