What can i expect from this adventure?

The Langtang Trek via Ganja La pass is a trekking full of diversity. Together, we follow the river upstream through forests of pine, bamboo and rhododendron. Then, we ascend through pastures to arrive at the alpine meadows of Kyanjin Gompa, the last Tibetan village in the valley. And, last but not least, we cross the exciting mountain pass of Ganja La.

Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to Nepal’s northern border with Tibet and, a slightly lower range of snowy peaks in the south. A visit to the Langtang valley gives you the opportunity to explore both Tibetan and Tamang villages. From Kyanjin Gompa, a Tibetan village in the valley, the Langtang Trek heads to Helambu via Ganja La pass (5,200 m).

Trek via Ganja La pass

The trek over Ganja La pass is an entirely wild and adventurous experience. It is a serious undertaking that requires good equipment and experience from one of our local guides. Crossing the pass requires technical climbing equipment and you must be skilled in the use of this. The trail follows a small valley before it reaches the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.

The pass is open for trekkers during autumn and spring. If you are on this trek during spring, the forest along the trail is colourful as it is full of blooming rhododendrons.

Which Places Will I visit?

What does the itinerary look like?

Welcome in Nepal! We will pick you up from the international airport in Kathmandu, and bring you to your hotel in the backpackers area of Thamel.

airport transfer – hotel

After a good night of sleep and hopefully beating the jetlag, we will meet again for a pre-trip meeting. You will be introduced to your mountain guide and we will discuss the itinerary. If you have any questions or requests, please let us know.

Note: please, make sure you bring your passport to the meeting, along with your travel insurance policy. Carry both the original policy and a copy for us. We wil also request you to clear the due balance, if any.

What’s next? You can use this day to adjust to the different timezone, altitude and climate. Also, you can prepare yourself for your trek and do some last shoppings at one of the many outdoor gear shops around your hotel.

breakfast – hotel

Early morning, your mountain guide picks you up from your hotel. Together, you take the bus to Syabrubesi (1,462 m). This drive takes about 8 hours.

Driving through the scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabrubesi along the mighty Trishuli river, we can get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive pleasurable. Parts of the road are bumpy and probably under construction.

breakfast – bus – dinner – mountain lodge

Today we start our trek! On the first part of the trail, we cross the Bhote Khosi river and follow the Langtang Khola. The trail gradually ascends and we pass rugged paths up to Bamboo (1,960 m). Then, our trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400 m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. We can have our lunch here, where after we continue following the trail to Lama Hotel (2,500 m). Along the way, if we’re lucky, we might see red pandas, monkeys and even boars.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, our route takes us to Gumanechok at Ghora Tabela, which literally means the Horse Stable. Then, we gradually climb to a beautiful valley with yaks. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along our trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular in the dry season and become more imposing as we trek closer.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Today, we have a shorter walk, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famous cheese factory. If you like, you can try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung, the place where we can explore the valley and climb several small peaks (hillocks).

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

We take rest today, and explore the area a bit. We can visit a monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung.

Or … we could ascend Kyanjin Ri, the highest point of this trek directly behind the village. It is a good opportunity for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

Back on track, we follow the trail again. Today, we ascend in an area that is covered with few natural vegetation. Here in this area no villages can be seen, hence no more lodges are available for us.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – tent

Today is comparatively more strenuous as we cross Ganja La pass (5,200 m) that is covered with snowy ice most of the time.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – tent

We have a long walking day along the ridge and grassland, with amazing views of the Himalayas. Tonight, our campsite will be in the forest.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – tent

The trail descends slightly before we climb over a 4,100 meters high mountain pass, from where we can have a spectacular view of the Annapurna and the Everest regions. On the other side of the pass the trail descends through a pine forest, a rhododendron forest and past the tiny herder settlement Tarkeghyang (2,560 m). Here, we can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. We will be welcomed by the cheerful and friendly people of this village.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

This day the trail is quite easy as we trek through flat lands with beautiful forests and small streams along the way. We visit a beautiful village halfway to Shermathang (2,621 m), another pretty Sherpa village where we can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village.

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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

breakfast, lunch & dinner – mountain lodge

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

breakfast – private vehicle – hotel

If it’s the final day of your holiday in Nepal, we will bring you back to the international airport. Goodbye friends! We hope that we will meet each other again in the future.

breakfast – airport transfer

What is Included?

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Bus (Kathmandu > Syabrubesi)
Bus (Melamchi Pul Bazaar > Kathmandu)
Mountain lodge during your trek - 11 nights
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trek
Salary, accommodations, meals, gear and insurance for all trekking staff
VAT and tourist service charges

What is not Included?

International airfare to and from Nepal
Nepal tourist visa
Alcohol, hot and cold drinks
Travel health insurance (that covers rescue & evacuation above 4,000 m)
All other expenses that are not mentioned below 'what's included'

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By Mountain People - Langtang en Helambu region Nepal
Langtang & Helambu

Langtang Trek [Ganja La Pass]

1,185 euro

Destination: Langtang & Helambu
Duration: 15 days
Altitude: 5.000m >
Difficulty: 4/5

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Sean G
Sean G
Great people for a great adventure! I can’t say enough about how well everything was orchestrated. Our guide and porter were wonderful and very friendly. Nepal is a beautiful country with very friendly people. It’s been a few months now and I still think of the trekking almost daily. If I ever have another opportunity to hike in Nepal, I would be blessed! Thank you Govinda!
Anouk K
Anouk K
Jiri – Everest Base Camp My friend and I booked a 20+ day trek with Lily & Govinda from mid-nov to begin-dec. We loved their personal approach in arranging the trip, from preparations and choosing which trek to go for, to regular check-ins during and a great feedback/debrief session afterwards! We started from Jiri instead of the popular way of flying to Lukla. That was a great experience and an absolute recommend to start lower if you have time!
eliza b
eliza b
Magnificent slow trek and bird watching to Khopra Danda! Magnificent trek!! In October 2023 the two of us did this beautiful trek organized by BMP. It all started 6 months earlier, when I was looking for a company that would put people first in organizing treks in Nepal. What a nice coincidence when I learned that Govinda, a former language student of mine, happened to be the owner of By Mountain People, an organization that had customized and small scale treks as its core business! We had very nice and informative preparative talks about our wishes. Being almost 70 years of age, we wanted to have sufficient possibilities to adapt our journey on the way, in case the altitude would cause problems. Also we wanted to visit places off the beaten track and see something of village life on the way. Govinda suggested the Khopra Danda trek with some extra days so we could shorten the daily walking distance. This was a very good advice and he organized it very well! We met Govinda again in Kathmandu before we started out. He introduced us to our guide Pratap Gurung. Pratap was really a very excellent guide!! His knowledge of the natural surroundings and especially of the birds were truly amazing!! He was very attentive to our wellbeing and patiently answered our many questions. He taught us so much about the different species and habitats of all the birds he would point out to us. His experience made that we always felt safe and well looked after. Also we learnt that Govinda stayed regularly in contact to ensure that everything went well. Following our 2 weeks of trekking, BMP also organized an extra 4 days visit to Chitwan National Park. Here we stayed in the nice Safari Club hotel. Her also we were very happy with our guide Yadav Duwadi He is a nice and calm guide with a lot of knowledge and very attentive. We absolutely recommend this “slow trekking” by BMP! Specially for senior travellers such as us, but also for everybody who wants to fully enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. A guide such as Pratap Gurung was perfectly suited for this type of trekking. Thank you BMP!! Thijl and Linda
Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit I went on a 19-day trek on the Annapurna Circuit. I had great communication with Lily and Govinda before arriving in Nepal and throughout my trip. They shared with me all the information that I needed. Ganesh, and a porter, Nima. Both of them were incredibly kind. They literally held my hand through the toughest parts of the trek and we also had lots of fun playing cards, sharing anecdotes and trying to learn each other’s languages. The Annapurna circuit itself is incredibly beautiful and diverse. Since I arrived at the end if the monsoon season there were still some rains and landslides which made the days at lower altitudes a little tricky but once we started to ascend the weather changed and we had wonderful views of the mountains on this range and visited several Tibetan towns and Gompas. Overall, I had a great experience with them I would take a trip again with them in a heartbeat. Thanks, Ganesh, Nima, Lily, and Govinda!
Small but super professional trekking company! Wish we could go back already! Govinda and Lilly just went above and beyond for my friend and I!! Shortly before arriving in Nepal, I started experiencing knee pain. I got so worried about the trek, but they changed our itinerary without any fuss whatsoever. They got us the most caring and knowledgeable trekking guide Ganesh. And they checked in with me frequently during the trek, to check if I was doing ok and enjoying. After the trek they even organized a very nice jungle safari to Chitwan NP for us. Their great tips and flexible attitude before and during our trip made it a HUGE succes!! Govinda and Lily thank you so much for your patience and helpful advice. I will be back for sure!
Jonatan D
Jonatan D
Otrolig resa i Nepal Vi hade en jättebra resa i Nepal! Govinda på By Mountain People var superhjälpsam med att tillgodese våra önskemål och att skräddarsy en resplan som passade oss perfekt. Han såg till att vi fick med alla våra önskemål. Vi hann med vandring i de fantastiska bergen samt en otrolig dag med fågelsådning strax utanför Kathmandu. Jag kan verkligen rekommendera By Mountain People om du vill ha en unik upplevelse!
Gabriel G
Gabriel G
Father and son Nepal trek By mountain people organised an incredible trip through Gokyo Lake and EBC. Everything ran smoothly, they took care of all the little details and genuinely care about you and your experience throughout. Handled everything with a smile and extreme professionalism – can not recommend them enough! Our amazing guide Ganesh is the reason we can look back on the trek successfully, he helped us at every step and is an all round great guy – be sure to ask for Ganesh he will make your trip unforgettable I cannot wait to book again:)
Luca S
Luca S
Annapurna Circuit Wir waren im März 2019 in Nepal mit dem Ziel den Annapurna Circuit Trek zu durchlaufen. Zum Glück erhielten wir den Kontakt zu der Organisation bymountainpeople mit Gopal und Govinda. Mit der Hilfe von Gopal und später unserem Guide Raj wurden wir super vorbereitet, ausgestattet und hatten schließlich sehr schöne 14 Tage rund um Annapurna und co. Der Trek, mit dem Thorong la Pass auf 5400m als Highlight, ist ein Abenteuer das man so schnell nicht mehr vergisst. Jeder Schritt lohnt sich ! Wir würden jederzeit wieder bei bymountainpeople buchen! Schon in der Vorbereitung gingen beide auf alle unserer (1000…) Fragen und Wünsche ein und so wurden wir super vorbereitet. Mit den richtigen Tipps , toller Ausstattung und unglaublich freundlicher Betreuung konnten wir unsere Tour starten. Unser Guide Raj verstand es perfekt auf uns einzugehen und uns die Menschen und die Natur näherzubringen. Mit seiner Hilfe schafften wir es überglücklich den 5400m hohen Thorong la Pass zu überwinden. Es waren 16 grandiose Tage, Ein Abenteuer das man so schnell nicht mehr vergisst. Jeder Schritt lohnt sich ! Wir würden jederzeit wieder bei bymountainpeople buchen!
Lars D
Lars D
By Mountain People made hour 16 day Himalaya trekking (Gokyo-EBC) feel comfortable! After booking a flight to Nepal my girlfriend and I decided that we wanted to book our own domestic flight aswell and search for a porterguide after arriving at Lukla airport. Then when we started looking on the internet and we found out that is was not so simple to do this online. Thru Instagram we met Govinda and met him in a couple of times in the Netherlands. We talked about all this and he than took care of this. When we arrived at Lukla airport in the Himalaya, Ganesh was waiting for us with a sign, he was our porterguide for the 16 day trekking (Gokyo and EBC). Ganesh would always made shure we had a place to sleep and with toilets inside the building. He is an amazing guy, always happy and knows so much to tell about the trekking (hours, hight, peaks etc.) He even teached us a couple of Nepali games! Ganesh felt like a brother and a good friend to us and that will never change. All of this effort by the team, made us feel so comfortable and relaxed doing this very exiting trekking. We will back in Nepal for some more trekking with By Mountain People. Because of the personal touch by Govinda we will remain friends and keep seeing each other in the Netherlands.
Katrina J
Katrina J
What an adventure! Everest Base Camp was on my bucket list for quite some time. And to be honest, I was a little bit worried whether I would be able to do it. I don’t have that much experience with hiking. Just in Europe. Thanks to the owner Govinda and his wonderful team I can finally say I DID IT!! By Mountain People is a small company but very professional and experienced. They really took time to inform me to make sure I got myself prepared properly. And they answered allll of my questions. (And I had a LOT of them.) :) :) During the trek my guide always made sure I was feeling good and not crossing my limits. I absolutely recommend this company to anyone who is looking for adventure but wants to make sure that you’re taken care of too. And I hope I can come back to Nepal for another trekking. One thing’s sure: I will do that with this company. Thank you!! You’re the best!

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