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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.

Places You’ll See

Tour Plan

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.

In the evening, we would like to offer you and your guide a farewell dinner together in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.

breakfast – private vehicle – farewell dinner – 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's Included

Airport transfer
All required trekking permits
Experienced mountain guide
Porter per 2 persons (w/ duffel bag)
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
Farewell dinner on your last evening in Nepal
VAT and tourist service charges

What's 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'

About this region

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

Langtang Trek [Ganja La]

From $999

Destination: Langtang & Helambu
Duration: 14 days
Altitude: 5.000m >
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USP's

Nepal based

Runned by Nepalese

Tailor made travel plans

No mixed groups

Authentic Nepal experience

Nature & culture

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