Langtang Ganja La Trekking is a beautiful route through the Langtang Valley and over the Ganja La Pass. We commence with an overland journey to Syabrubesi. Further, we spend four days hiking up through this beautiful alpine valley of Langtang and up to Kyanjin Gompa. Here, we have two days to explore the glaciers of the high valley. In addition, there is also the possibility to climb a minor peak of the area, which provides you with breathtaking views. These days allow us to acclimatise and prepare for the Ganja La Pass, the challenging part of our trip. However, you will be rewarded with unforgettable views! After completing the pass we make our journey back to Kathmandu via the beautiful and scenic Helambu region. The rewarding views on the colorful scenery and snow capped mountains will leave you with everlasting memories of this amazing trip!
01 Drive to Syabrubesi (8 hours)
02 Syabrubesi to Lama hotel (2480m)
03 Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3541m)
04 Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3900m)
05 Explore the glacial system around Kyanjin Gompa
06 Rest day or Tsergo Ri peak
07 Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang (4000m)
08 Ngegang over Ganjala pass (5200m) to Keldang (5106m)
09 Keldang to Dukpu (4080m)
10 Dukpu to Tarke Gyang (2740m)
11 Tarke Gyang to Sheramthang (2621m)
12 Shermathnag to Melamchi Pul (846m) and back to Kathmandu
Drive to Syabrubesi
We start our journey with a drive of about 8 hours to Syabrubesi, from where we will start trekking the next day. The bumpy bus ride gives you a good impression of Nepali landscape and local way of living.
Syabrubesi to Lama hotel (2480m)
Let’s start to trek! Ascending slowly at our own pace we walk along the stream and get opportunities to observe local wildlife such as the beautiful birds around the bushes. The bee hives hanging on the cliffs is also something you don’t see every day. Later, we will reach Lama Hotel where we stay overnight.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3541m)
After a strengthening breakfast at the lodge we start our walk through lush Rhododendron forests. When we leave the tree line behind, we enter Langtang Valley, from which the mighty Langtang Lirung peak becomes visible. We eventually reach Langtang village where we stay overnight.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3900m)
Today’s walk leads us along lush pasture lands, small wooden bridges and a large Mani wall, inscribed with prayers. We are gradually coming closer to Kyanjin Village. Full of traditional houses made with stone roofs, the village has its own unique charm and gives you a good impression of Nepali mountain life.
Walking time: 3-4 hours
Explore the glacial system around Kyanjin Gompa
Take your time and explore the glaciers around Kyanjin Village. Walk up to the moraines at Langshisha Kharka, which is marked by a number of poles with prayer flags and a few semi-permanent stone structures. The trail leads you along the Langtang river and many Yaks and stunning views on Dorje Lakpa, and eventually Shisha Pangma.
Kyanjin Gompa rest or Tsergo Ri peak
Tsergo Ri is a nice peak just below 5000m that is ideal for a day trip. You will be rewarded with an amazing 360 degree view of the mountains surrounding Langtang Valley and all the way down to Kyanjin Gompa. You get a perfect view of Langtang to the west, Yala peak to the north and Dorje Lakpa and Shishapangma to the east. You can see very clearly the Ganja La pass through the southern mountains and already catch a glimpse of what awaits you in a few days.
Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang (4000m)
Leaving Kyanjin today we slowly make our way towards the Ganja La Pass. Not much vegetation awaits us today as we ascend. Since there are no lodges in this area, we will camp tonight. But don’t be worried, it’ll be a lot of fun and will make you feel like a real mountaineer!
Ngegang over Ganja La Pass (5200m) to Keldang (5106m)
Let’s do it! Today is the day we are going to cross the Ganja La Pass! It’s gonna be a tough day, especially if we get unlucky with the weather, but it will be awesome anyway. The pass is covered in snow most of the year, but you’ll experience great views and the special feeling that comes with the accomplishment of crossing the pass. Tonight we camp again.
Walking time: around 5 hours
Keldang to Dukpu (4080m)
Today we walk along the ridge and beautiful grass lands, with stunning mountain views. In Dukpu we will camp in a completely new environment today: The forest!
Walking time: around 5:30 hours
Dukpu to Tarke Gyang (2740m)
Today we will cross another pass of about 4100m. It is one of the route’s highlights as you will be rewarded with amazing views of the Annapurna and Everest regions! Then, descending through pine forests we will reach the small herders’ settlement of Tarke Gyang, where we stay overnight. This place is special for one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and traditional Sherpa villages.
Tarke Gyang to Sheramthang (2621m)
Good morning on day 12 of your amazing journey through the Himalayas! Today we pass through beautiful forests and more traditional Sherpa villages and experience the simplicity of living in this area.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Shermathnag to Melamchi Pul (846m) and drive to Kathmandu
Today we walk through the Gosainkunda Helambu region of the Himalayas. The walk down is very beautiful through farming terraces and local villages, until we reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Here we stop for a quick lunch and the last minutes in the mountains, before we drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will take about 2 hours until we are back in the busy capital and can relax for the rest of the day.
Walking time: 2-3 hours
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