Langtang Valley trek via Ganja La pass

explore old Tibetan and Tamang villages

"Adventure looks gorgeous on you!"

Photo credits:
Rick McCharles, Andrew Smith, Christian Hüpfer and Scott Mattoon.

your private Ganja La trek

Langtang region

12 days


max. 5200 meter

guide (& porter)

about this trek

Trekking in the Langtang Valley and crossing Ganja La is a trekking full of diversity. 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 Tibetan and Tamang villages. Also you could climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevations. From Kyanjin Gompa, a Tibetan village in the valley, the trek heads Helambu via Ganja La pass (5200m). The pass itself can be challenging, during autumn and spring the pass is open for trekkers.

A trek over Ganja La pass is an entirely wild and adventurous experience. If you are on this trek during spring, the forest along the trail is colourful as it is full of blooming rhododendrons. Crossing Ganja La is a serious undertaking that requires good equipment and experience from our local guides. Crossing the pass requires technical climbing equipment and trekkers 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.

By crossing the pass you enter Helambu, descend and slowly return to Kathmandu.


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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting.

day 02 | Drive to Syabru Besi (1462m) - 7/8 hrs.

day 03 | Trek to Lama Hotel (2500m) - 5/6 hrs. 

day 04 | Trek to Langtang village (3307m) - 5/6 hrs.

day 05 | Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3798m) - 4/5 hrs. 

day 06 | Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa.

day 07 | Trek to Ngegang (4000m) - 5/6 hrs. 

day 08 | Trek to Keldang (4300m) via Ganja La (5200m ) - 6/7 hrs. 

day 09 | Trek to Dukpu (4080m) -  5/6hrs.

day 10 | Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m) - 5/6 hrs. 

day 11 | Trek to Shermathang (2621m) - 5/6 hrs. 

day 12 | Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m) - 5/6 hrs. 

day 13 | Drive back to Kathmandu - 4/5 hrs.

day 14 | Transfer to the international airport for your final departure.

Note: it is possible to combine your trekking with other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari. The itinerary can be customised according to your wishes and the duration of your stay in Nepal.

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day 01 | Pre-trip meeting

By Mountain People welcomes you at your hotel for a pre-trip meeting. We introduce you to your guide (and

porters) and we talk about the trekking route. If you have any questions or requests, we would like to hear

them from you.

Note: During your pre trip meeting we introduce you to your trekking guide. Please make sure you bring

your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy.

During this meeting we request you to clear the due balance if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as

well as the non-liability disclaimer.

overnight at a hotel

day 02 | Drive to Syabru Besi - 7/8 hrs

Early morning we pick you up at your hotel and drive to Syabru Besi (1462m) which takes about eight to nine

hours by public bus. Driving through the scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi along the mighty

Trishuli river, we get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very

pleasurable. Parts of the road are bumpy and under construction.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 03 | Trek to Lama Hotel - 5/6 hrs

Today we start our trek! On the first part of the trail we cross the Bhote Koshi river and follow the Langtang

Khola. The trail gradually ascends and we pass rugged paths up to Bamboo (1960m). Then our trek climbs

gently to Rimche (2400m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. Here we can have lunch where after we

continue following the trail to Lama Hotel (2500m). Along the way, if we’re lucky, we might see red pandas,

monkeys and even bears.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 04 | Trek to Langtang village - 5/6 hrs

Today our route takes us to Gumanechok at Ghoda 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.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 05 | Trek to Kyanjin Gompa - 4/5 hrs

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).

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 06 | Acclimatization day in Kyanjin Gompa

Today we take rest 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

Kyangjin Ri (4350m), the highest point of this trek directly behind the village. It’s a good opportunity for a

breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

overnight at a mountain lodge.

day 07 | Trek to Ngegang - 5/6 hrs

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.

overnight at mountain lodge.

day 08 | Trek to Keldang via Ganja La pass - 6/7 hrs

Today is comparatively more strenuous as we cross Ganja La pass (5200m) that is covered with snowy ice most

of the time.

overnight at a mountain lodge.

day 09 | Trek to Dukpu -  5/6 hrs

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.

overnight at mountain lodge

day 10 | Trek to Tarkeghyang - 5/6 hrs

The trail descends slightly before we climb over a 4100 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 (2560m). Here

we can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region and you will be welcomed

by the cheerful and friendly people of this village.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 11 | Trek to Shermathang - 5/6 hrs

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 (2621m), another pretty Sherpa village where you can

see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 12 | Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar - 5/6 hrs

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.

overnight at a mountain lodge

day 13 | Drive to Kathmandu - 4/5 hrs 

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


overnight at a hotel


day 14 | Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

Your trekking trip has ended today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in

Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Note: Not ready to leave Nepal yet? There are many more highlights such as restful Pokhara, adventurous

canoe rides in the jungle. Take a look at our Pokhara city trip or the Jungle tour in Chitwan National Park. We

can also provide you other services such as bus and flight tickets, hotel bookings and connecting packages.

Contact us for more information.

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cost includes

  • airport transfer and drop off
  • trekking permit
  • bus tickets
  • experienced, English speaking guide
  • porter per two persons
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
  • accommodation during your trekking
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner during your trekking
  • accommodation in Kathmandu  (as per as itenerary)

cost does not include

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • meals in Kathmandu
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipment
  • tips for trekking staff and drivers
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below 'cost includes'


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On my very first day in Nepal, back in 2013, I met Govinda and we've been best (!) friends ever since. Govinda and I have been on quite some treks in Nepal together and traveled in Sir Lanka and Europe as well. And now we also work together with by Mountain People. Back in the Netherlands I take care of the website and I am always planning a next stay in Nepal. But hey ... what are you up to? :)