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Regarded as one of the difficult passes in Nepal, Gonja-La Pass (5106 m) is to be attempted with the local advice, adequate acclimatization, good equipments and some experience. The pass is usually blocked by snow from December to the last week of February and at any time a bad weather change can make crossing the pass decidedly challenging. It takes about four days to cross the distance between Kyanjin and Gekye and we find no permanent settlement between them. It is very wise idea to have some altitude acclimatization around Kyanjin Gompa before commencing the crossing. We would camp before the pass that would facilitate us to increase our acclimatization.
We commence our overland journey to Syabrubesi by bus. From Syabrubensi, we ascend to the beautiful alpine valley of Kyangjin Gompa. We would stay two days for acclimatization in Kyanjin Gompa. From Ngegang the trail climbs steeply and crosses a snow slope to the pass, marked by rock cairns and prayer flags and with a spectacular view of the peaks to the north and the hills to the south. A steep and dangerous descent flows to Kaldang at 4270 m. Coming the other way over the pass the long ascent from Keldang means we must spend an additional night on the southern side of the pass. From Keldang it is a long day’s walk to Dukpu at 4080 m. and another day from there to Tarke Gyang at 2743 m. The last day’s walk offers tremendous views of the Himalaya as you cross a 4020 m. pass soon after leaving Dukpu.
To the north of the pass, we would see the Hilalayas like- Langtang Lirung, Shisa Pangma (8013 m.) and some Tibetan Himalayas. To the west, there is Naya Kangri (5846 m.) previously named as Gunja-La Chuli. A base camp in this region makes a good starting point for this trek.
Day 01:Kathmandu (1320 m)Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
Day 02:Kathmandu to Chisopani (2300 m.)We drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.). The rough road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will take us through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. We will come across a Tamang settlement called Mulkharka. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300 m.)
Day 03:Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446 m.)Today we trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446 m.). The trail continues to drop from Chisopani and crosses meadow and fields. We would descend through Pathi Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs a ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620 m. The meadow at Kutumsang at 2470m makes a good camping spot.
Day 04:Kutumsang to Magen Goth (3220 m.)Having lunch at Kutumsang, we trek to Magen Goth (3220 m.). The trek continues due north to Yurin Danda ridge. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest and descends to Magen Goth.
Day 05:Magen Goth to Ghopte (3430 m.)Today we trek from Magen Goth to Ghopte (3430 m.) Via Tharepati Pass (3650 m.) We will reach Tharepati and the trail ascends through the forest, climbing in and out of ravines across the valley.
Day 06:Ghopte to Gosainkunda (4361m.)Trek from Ghopte to Gosaikunda (4361m.). The trail ascends through the meadow of bushes and some rhododendron trees and ascends to Phedi (3500m.). Finally, we come to Gosainkunda.
Day 07:GosainkundaWe would take rest at Gosaikunda for pilgrimage. The large lake Gosainkunda at an elevation of 4361m., attracts hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from different corners of the world during the full moon festival each August. One can witness some black and white stones in the lake with an individual story about Lord Shiva and his creation.
Day 08:Gosainkunda to Chandanbari (2350 m.)It is our turn to trek from Gosainkunda to Chandanbari (2350m.) Our trail gently ascends for a short period and goes through different chortens and small Shiva temples. The trail then descends to Laure Binayak to Singh Gompa and then goes to Chandanbari. Singh Gompa houses a statue of the Green Tara. We would also witness small cheese factories on the way.
Day 09:Chandanbari to Syabru Gaon (2210 m.)It is our turn to trek from Chandanbari to Syabru Gaon (2210 m.). Our trail descends through the forest and come across the Chortens en route. Finally, we will arrive at Syabru Gaon which is densely populated by Buddhists.
Day 10:Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2380 m.)Trek Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2380m.). Our trail crosses the Bhote Kosi and then climbs through forest of oak and rhododendron. We would also have a glance of languor monkeys jumping from one tree to another.
Day 11:Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430 m.)Having lunch at Lama Hotel, we trek to Langtang village (3430 m.) via Ghore Tabela (3000 m.) which takes about six hours. We would find some grazing grounds of Yak on the way. The local people bring their livestock for grazing in the high pastures during the summer months. We find a monastery before we reach Langtang Village. We pay our short visit to the monastery and arrive at our destination.
Day 12:Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3870 m.)It is our turn to trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870 m.). It takes about three hours to reach there. Our trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens further and the views become more extensive. Kyangjin Gompa is reached after crossing several small streams and moraines. We would visit the cheese factory at Kyangjin Gompa. We would enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990 m.), Langtang Ri (6370 m.), Langtang Lirung (7245 m.) and many more.
Day 13:Kyangjin Gompa We would acclimatize at Kyangjin Gompa and go for excursion to utilize our time. We would visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice falls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350 m).
Day 14:Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000 m.)Today we trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000 m.) which takes about 5 hours. We don’t find villages along the trail. We would enjoy varieties of flora and fauna on the way. In the evening, we would take rest in our camp.
Day 15:Ngegang to Keldang (5106 m.)Having breakfast at Ngegang, we trek to Keldang (5106 m.) via Ganja La (5130 m.). Ganja La Pass is to be attempted with the local advice, adequate acclimatization, good equipments and some experience. The pass is usually blocked by snow from December to the last week of February and at any time a bad weather change can make crossing the pass decidedly challenging.
Day 16:Keldang to Dukpu (4080 m.)We trek from Keldang to Dukpu (4080 m.) which takes about five and half hours. Our camping site will be arranged in the forest. We would be walking along ridge, grassland experiencing pin-drop silence and enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayas.
Day 17:Dukpu to Tarkeghyang (2740 m.)From Dukpu, we trek to Tarkeghyang( 2740 m.). We would descend about 200m. and climb the 4100 m pass. From the pass, we would view spectacular mountain ranges- Annapurna and Everest. Now the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest and pass through the settlement to Tarkeghyang. On the way, we would also visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. The people of the villages are well cultured, friendly and cheerful.
Day 18:Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621 m.)Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621 m.) Trekking today is comparatively easier than the previous days as the trail goes through flat land with beautiful forests. On the way, we would penetrate the village called Shermathang where we would visit some ancient monasteries.
Day 19:Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.)Today we trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 m.) The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several villages. En route, we would interact with the local people and know their culture and way of life.
Day 20:Melamchi Pul Bazaar to KathmanduFrom Melamchi Pul Bazaar, we drive to Kathmandu. The road is graveled and bumpy till Lamidanda and then we will have pitched road up to Kathmandu.
Day 21:KathmanduIt is our last day in Nepal. Having breakfast in the hotel, we would go for sightseeing around the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served in Bhojan Griha, a typical Nepali hotel in the valley.
Day 22:Back home destination.
Note: The departure schedule can be changed on any unavoidable circumstances such as weather hazards, trail slides, and avalanches.
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