Langtang Ganjala Trek
Overview The Langtang Ganjala Trek is an exhilarating and picturesque adventure that takes trekkers through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. With its diverse terrain, stunning Himalayan vistas, and unique cultural experiences, this trek offers an unforgettable journey for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike. The trek typically begins in Syabrubesi, a charming village located about 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. From there, trekkers embark on a gradual ascent through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, crossing pristine rivers and traditional Sherpa and Tamang settlements along the way. These villages provide an opportunity to immerse in the local culture,…
The Langtang Ganjala Trek is an exhilarating and picturesque adventure that takes trekkers through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. With its diverse terrain, stunning Himalayan vistas, and unique cultural experiences, this trek offers an unforgettable journey for nature enthusiasts and adventurers alike.
The trek typically begins in Syabrubesi, a charming village located about 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. From there, trekkers embark on a gradual ascent through lush rhododendron and bamboo forests, crossing pristine rivers and traditional Sherpa and Tamang settlements along the way. These villages provide an opportunity to immerse in the local culture, witnessing their ancient customs and warm hospitality.
As the trail ascends, the scenery transforms into alpine meadows and yak pastures with jaw-dropping views of Langtang Lirung (7,227m) and other snow-capped peaks. The region is also home to the Langtang National Park, allowing trekkers to encounter diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive Red Panda.
The real highlight of the Langtang Ganjala Trek is the challenging Ganja La Pass (5,122m), which demands both physical stamina and mountaineering skills. Crossing the pass is a thrilling experience but offers panoramic views that make every effort worthwhile.
Beyond Ganja La, the trail descends into the Helambu region, where terraced farmlands and quaint villages add a different charm to the trek. The journey concludes in Melamchi Pul Bazaar, from where trekkers drive back to Kathmandu.
The best time to undertake the Langtang Ganjala Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is most favorable, and the landscapes come alive with vibrant colors. However, trekkers must prepare for varying weather conditions and must pack essential trekking gear, including appropriate clothing, sleeping bags, and first aid supplies.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, the Langtang Ganjala Trek is an awe-inspiring adventure that blends nature, culture, and adventure into a memorable experience. Trekkers should be physically fit and mentally prepared for this challenging journey, but the rewards of witnessing the pristine Himalayan beauty and engaging with the local communities make it a once-in-a-lifetime trekking opportunity.
- Scenic road drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi
- Visit to Langtang village and Kyangiin Monastery
- Panoramic view of the mountain from Kyangjin Ri
- Stunning view from Ganja La Pass (5122m)
- Old and significant Buddhist monasteries, stupas and monuments
- Diverse flora and fauna
- Wildlife like red panda, snow leopard, musk deer, bear, Langur etc.
Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
The trail ascends through the meadow of bushes and some rhododendron trees and ascends to Phedi (3500m.). Finally, we come to Gosainkunda.
We 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From 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.
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.
Back home destination.
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
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.
The Langtang Valley comprises of immense blooming rhododendron and green bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayas. This is one of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu. This trek also offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan and Tamang villages, climb small peaks and visit glaciers comfortably at a low elevation.
The Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek is challenging yet rewarding with beautiful nature’s sight and Tibetan tribe cultures. The Langtang Valley has such a compact, diverse and interesting place to trek. In just a few days traverse the lower Himalayan foothills and reach active glaciers in the high Himalaya. There are so many opportunities for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass traverses and peak climbing all within the beautiful Langtang Valley.
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