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Trip Type:
Maximum Altitude:
14 Day(s)
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Arrival On:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Departure From:
Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Overview

    Ganja La Pass Trekking is a thrilling and challenging adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. This trek is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers who seek a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.

    The Ganja La Pass Trek begins in Syabrubesi, a small town located at an altitude of 1,460 meters. From there, you gradually ascend through lush green forests, picturesque valleys, and traditional Tamang villages. The trek offers a glimpse into the rich culture and warm hospitality of the local Tamang people, known for their distinct traditions and customs.

    As you ascend higher, you reach Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 meters), a renowned Buddhist monastery. This is a perfect place to acclimatize and soak in the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, including Langtang Lirung (7,227 meters), Langshisa Ri (6,427 meters), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966 meters).

    After Kyanjin Gompa, the trek takes a challenging turn as you cross the Ganja La Pass at an altitude of 5,120 meters. The pass demands careful navigation through rocky terrains, icy trails, and occasional snowfalls. However, the efforts are rewarded with awe-inspiring vistas of the Langtang Himalayan range and the pristine glacial lakes below.

    Descending from the pass, you enter the Helambu region, known for its beautiful rhododendron forests and charming villages. The trail leads through Melamchi Gaon and Tarke Gyang, offering glimpses of traditional Sherpa and Tamang cultures. You can interact with the friendly locals, learn about their daily lives, and savor local delicacies.

    The trek concludes at Melamchi Pul Bazaar, where you can relax and celebrate the completion of your adventurous journey. From there, you can either return to Kathmandu or explore other nearby destinations.

    It’s important to note that the Ganja La Pass Trek requires a good level of physical fitness, previous trekking experience, and proper acclimatization. It’s recommended to undertake this trek during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the views are spectacular.

    Overall, the Ganja La Pass Trekking is a challenging and rewarding adventure that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural exploration, and physical endurance. It allows you to immerse yourself in the pristine Himalayan environment and create lifelong memories.

Trip Highlights

    • Embrace the scenic road drive from Kathmandu and back to Kathmandu.
    • Explore the Yak Cheese Factory and the Kyanjin Gompa.
    • Visit the beautiful Langtang Village.
    • Breathtaking scenic panoramic view of the Himalayas from Tserko Ri.
    • Explore the Helambu Valley and learn about the Tamang and Sherpa cultures.
    • Cross the Ganja La Pass at 5,200mt.


Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

Once you reach Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will receive you from there then check-in in the hotel.

Day 2 Sightseeing and trek preparation at Kathmandu

On this day, after breakfast at the hotel, we will meet the guide and crew members and then have a small meeting regarding our trek details. In the meeting, we will be discussing our itineraries, accommodation, transportation, and services that we include and exclude, and we provide a cap, T-shirt, and bag with our company logo. 

Then our city guide will take you for Kathmandu sightseeing, which includes Basantapur Durbar, Hanuman Dhoka, the busiest market of Kathmandu- Asan Bazar, Pashupatinath, and many more.

Day 3 Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m, 7-8 hrs.)

We’ll leave Kathmandu after breakfast and begin our journey. The 6-hour drive in a jeep/bus to Syabrubesi is full of beautiful scenery and adventure. You will spend the evening exploring the area around the hotel.

Day 4 Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m, 6 hrs)

We’ll reach the Bhote Koshi first, then continue along the Langtang Khola. This path rises steadily to the Bamboo forest. After that, we make our way down to Rimche, which is located on the banks of the Langtang River. We can come across red pandas, monkeys, and bears on our journey. 

Day 5 Trek to Mundu (3543m, 6-7 hrs) via Langtang village

From the Lama Hotel, we resume uphill until we reach Ghodatabela, a green meadow where we will stop for lunch. From Ghodatabela, you can see the magnificent Langtang range. You must pass through the region ravaged by the 2015 Earthquake before arriving at the new Langtang village. After a few hours’ walk, we reach Mundu village.

Day 6 Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m, 3-4 hrs)

Another fascinating day for a trek to Kyanjin Gompa awaits us today. The trail is simple to follow, and the views are breathtaking. After breakfast, the trek to Kyanjin Gompa takes 3-4 hours. Kyanjin gumba is another pavilion with many accommodation facilities, pleasant places, and mountains surrounding it. When trekking in the Langtang Valley, these are the most fun places to visit. You’re going to have a great time. Have lunch and explore Kyanjin Gompa and explore at another Cheese factory.

Day 7 Acclimatization: explore Tserko Ri (5,000m, 6-7 hrs)

The exploration starts through yak pastures and a stunning natural setting. As we ascend in elevation, the air becomes thinner, which increases the risk of altitude sickness, which is why we’re going to the Tserko Ri for mountain views. Then, as we make our way back to Kyangjin Gompa, we’ll take in the scenery of mountains, yaks, birds, glaciers, etc.

Day 8 Trek to Ganjala Phedi (4,300m, 5-6 hrs)

We cross the Langtang River on our way to Ganja La Phedi, and as we reach the evergreen forests with blossoming rhododendrons. Because of the elevation, the walk gets difficult. Due to the snow, it could take longer to journey during the winter.

Day 9 Cross the Ganjala Pass (5,122m, hrs)

Trekking to Ganja La Pass is going to be challenging because it is one of the toughest passes to cross due to its high elevation and the fact that it is typically covered in snow all year long. Ganja La Pass offers a breathtaking perspective of the mountains because it is perched on a rocky outcrop. The walk is difficult, but it is also rewarding because of how beautiful it is; you will be amazed. We will descend down to Keldang after admiring the vista, and the trip may be challenging.

Day 10 Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m, hrs)

The trail gets simpler to walk on as we descend. We will travel through a lot of fields and forest areas. Only 5 to 6 hours would be spent on the hike.

Day 11 Trek to Tarke Gyang (4,460m, hrs)

As we continue down the trail, we will come closer to little communities and witness more grasslands. Over time, the trail gets simpler to follow. As there will be vegetation everywhere at this point, appreciation for nature will be evident.

Day 12 Trek to Sermanthang (3,440m, 6-8 hrs)

On this day, we will be reaching a local beautiful village where we can experience the unique lifestyle of the locals. The people of this region are mostly Sherpa People and they all follow the buddhist religion.

Day 13 Trek to Melamchi Pool Bazar and Drive Back to Kathmandu

This is the last day of your journey. You’ll steadily descend towards Melamchi Bazaar after leaving the charming Sherpa village behind. With the pictorial views of snow-capped peaks, it will be a very fun walk. The trail continues to descend to Melamchi Bazaar. You’ll take a break here before returning to Kathmandu.

Day 14 Departure Day

Himalayan Marvel Adventure delegate will drop you at the airport before 3 hrs. and return to the respective places. Or you can choose the next program for the next adventurous journey.

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Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Experienced and Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard Hotel (3*) accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • All standard 3 meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
  • Tea house accommodation on the trek, with twin-sharing basics.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek. We assign one porter for every two guests.
  • National Part and TIMS permit
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Free Himalayan Marvel t-shirt, Duffle Bag, and sun hat.

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Personal drinks and bar bills.
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff and drivers. (Tipping is Expected)
  • Other expenses that are not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is the Ganja La Pass Trekking?

The Ganja La Pass Trekking is considered a challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers with a good level of physical fitness. It involves steep ascents, descents, rocky terrains, and crossing the Ganja La Pass at an altitude of approximately 5,121 meters (16,800 feet). Prior high-altitude trekking experience is recommended.

What is the best time to do the Ganja La Pass Trekking?

The best time to undertake the Ganja La Pass Trekking is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions. However, it's important to note that weather conditions can be unpredictable in mountainous regions, so being prepared for unexpected changes is crucial.

Are permits required for the Ganja La Pass Trekking?

Yes, permits are required for the Ganja La Pass Trekking. The necessary permits include the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and the Langtang National Park Entry Permit. These permits help support conservation efforts and provide important information about trekkers in the region. It is recommended to obtain these permits through a registered trekking agency.

What is the altitude of Ganja La Pass?

Ganja La Pass is situated at an altitude of approximately 5,121 meters (16,800 feet) above sea level. Crossing the pass requires proper acclimatization and is physically demanding. It offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, making it a rewarding experience for trekkers.

What type of accommodation can I expect during the trek?

Along the Ganja La Pass Trekking route, you will find teahouses or lodges in the villages and camping options in more remote areas. The teahouses provide basic amenities such as a bed, blankets, and meals. Camping equipment, including tents and sleeping bags, may be required during certain sections of the trek.

What should I pack for the Ganja La Pass Trekking?

Some essential items to pack include trekking boots, warm clothing layers, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, a daypack, trekking poles, a hat, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle, a first aid kit, energy snacks, and toiletries. It is also advisable to carry a map, compass, and a reliable trekking guidebook.

Is travel insurance necessary for the Ganja La Pass Trekking?

Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended for the Ganja La Pass Trekking. The insurance should cover emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation, and other unforeseen circumstances. It is important to carefully review the policy to ensure it includes adequate coverage for high-altitude trekking and related risks.

Are there any internet facilities during the trek?

Communication facilities are limited along the Ganja La Pass Trekking route. In some villages, teahouses may offer limited Wi-Fi access for a fee. Mobile phone coverage may be available intermittently, but it is important to be prepared for stretches of limited or no connectivity, especially in remote areas.


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