Ganja La Pass Trek

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Ganja la pass trekking

Ganja La Pass Trek Summary

    1. Ganja La Pass Hiking Duration: 13 Days
    2. Ganja La Trek difficulty: Moderate Grade
    3. Ganja La Pass Altitude: 5,110m / 16,765 feet
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
    5. Group-Size: 1 – 12 People
    6. Best Time: April, May, September, October, and November
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House +Tent Camping
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    9. Transportation: Jeep / Bus

Overview

The Adventure high Ganja la pass trekking lies at an elevation of 5,160m on the lap of Langtang Lirung north of Kathmandu, Nepal. Ganja la pass trek route is also very famous to explore Red Panda an endangered animal of Nepal Himalayas. Incredible Journey to mysterious Ganja la pass treks takes you over the wilderness part of Langtang valley.

Langtang National Park is home to various wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan wild goat, and particularly birds. Furthermore, Langtang valley is covered with varieties of flowers and the forests are multi-colored with colorful rhododendron, orchids, magnolia, and many other floral species.

Moreover, you will have the best sights of Mt. Ganesh Himal family, Mt.Langtang lirung (7,246m), Langtang-ri, Langsisa peak, Langtang Himal, and Ganjala chuli from Ganja la pass.

Trek to Ganja la pass is adventure-grade trekking difficulty. Therefore, trekkers must have some basic mountaineering course cause the pass is sometimes very dangerous because of blue ice. The maximum Langtang valley altitude is about 12,520 feet above sea level. From Kyanjin Gompa, you can hike further to Langsisa pastures located at an altitude of 4,084 meters giving you a great perspective of various glaciers.

For safe crossing, you should have well gear with enough climb food and Tents to Helambu valley. At Helambu village, tourists can feel the Tibetan lifestyle and you will see fields enclosed by stone walls as well herds of yaks, the most important animal for the people here.

From Tarke Ghyang, tourists can either hike downhill to Talmarag or Melamchi pul bazaar and continue to drive back to Kathmandu as they wish.

Kyanjin gompa

The best times to trek the Langtang ganja la pass trekking are pre – and post-monsoon: April to May and September to November. If you want to catch the rhododendrons in full bloom, book your trek for mid-April to mid-May. Earlier in April stays too much snowfall and the trail makes it dangerous. In addition, Mid September until early November stays a good time to explore the trek route.

How much does for Ganja La Pass Trek Package Cost?

The cost of Ganja La Pass trek package with a Gokyo Treks Agency (a local trek agency in Nepal) ranges between US$ 1275 to US$ 1750. Of course, the Ganja La Pass trek cost will modify as per the group size you are traveling to and the service you choose.

However, we basically arrange private trips in order to avoid group tours with strangers. Private tours give you a better experience on your hikes. If you value personalization, flexibility, and in-depth experiences, a private trip customized to your personal needs will be the best option.

It is the standard trip package price for two weeks trek. If you are 2 campers for Ganja la pass trek cost US$ 1450 for 13 days trek according to the given trekking plan. We can modify the trek route and price as you wish also. Here is the price list for Ganja La hikes.

Price Per Person for 13 days of hikes in Ganja la territory.

Number of TouristPrice Per Person
1 PersonUS$ 1750
2 PersonUS$ 1450
3 PersonUS$ 1430
4 to 6 personUS$ 1390
7 to 9 PersonUS$ 1325
10 and more than 10 PersonUS$ 1275

If you’re wondering to know about what is included and what is excluded on this trip price, kindly check on cost given on a tab button.

Itinerary

Ganja la pass trek itinerary detail

Amazing ganja la pass classical trek route itinerary takes you across the langshisa valley to Hyolmo of Helambu valley. The particular hiking route is designed for expert trekkers who wish to get a challenging trek in Langtang glacier but are walking in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary.

1 Day Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will brief you on Ganja la pass hiking route information and booking plan.

2 Day Adventure drive to Syapru Besi Bazaar (1,460m/4,790 feet), 7/8 hours

Have a breakfast at the hotel, drive few minutes to catch up coach for Syabru best with your mountain trekking guide and porters. Enjoy seven of our scenic drives through Trishuli bazaar with beautiful small settlements, river valleys, and mountains. The bus stops roughly about 30 minutes from highway restaurants for lunch in Trisuli. You reach Syabrubeshi bazaar around 2 or 3 o’clock midday. Stay overnight at Syapru besi lodge.

Dunche Bazaar
3 Day Lama Hotel trekking (2,560m/8,399 feet), 5/6 hours

You start your walking at your own pace and the backpacking travel ascends for around 2 hours through the forest. Hike through Langtang river for about an hour to reach Bamboo lodge where you’ll stop for lunch. The hiking and backpacking trail is nice, follow upstream, and possible to see birds live around the bushes. Beehives hanging on a cliff are another top attraction for Langtang visitors. From here you will again steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach Lama Hotel camp.

Langtang river near Bamboo lodge
4 Day Langtang village trek (3,455m/11,335 feet), 5/6 Hours

Today you will have a pleasant walk and follow the trail through rhododendron and pine forest for around three hours to reach Ghoda Tabela military check post. Ghoda tabla area is covered with tons of herbal plants including wild animals. Later lunch, the scenic hiking trail takes you to Langtang village, which collapsed in a massive Earthquake disaster in April 2015. Because of easy busy hiking trails, locals rebuild the guest houses with modern facilities already.

Langtang valley
5 Day Kyanjin Gompa Trekking (3,817m/12,523 feet). Sightseeing day, 4 hours

Kyanjin Gompa is the last human settlements before you ascend Ganjala pass. Reaching Kyanjin Gompa, you have a chance to see the Langtang glacier and glacial river source. Likewise, Langtang lirung foothill hike or hikes at the living glacier dom, Wayfarers can catch a glimpse of Mt Ganchempo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. In the afternoon, excursionists can visit the yak cheese Factory, Kyanjin Monastery, and local houses. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Kyanjin gompa
6 DayKyanjin ridge day hikes. An optional to climb Tsherko Ri, 5/6 hours

In the morning, Kyanjin ridge hiking to get a Langtang Himalayan range super view. Tourists get langtag lirung, Langtag ri, Langsisa pass, Langtang Himal, Ganja la peak, Yala peak best views on a clear day. In addition, visitors can see impressive snowy mountains that are located on the Tibet border.

However, interested voyagers can hike with a tour guide to Tsherko Ri peak climb at 5,150m. Tserkuri is a hill station to watch almost the complete Langtang massive. As the day hike to tserkuri is tough, we suggest only professional walkers use it for an optional day tour. Otherwise, visit the Lirung glacier and Langshisha Kharka where the beautiful yak pasture land is still worthy to see. Furthermore, prepare some arrangements before your adventure trailhead to Ganjala basecamp on the next day.

Kyanjin ride view
7 DayNgegang trekking (4,100m/13,452 feet), 5/6 hours

Cross ice-cold Langtang river, the adventure trail makes a steeper climb through the rhododendron and juniper forest. Tourists can see Himalayan YAKS that are grazing on grasslands peacefully. The moraine rocky trail reaches the Ngegang yak pasture where we set our tent in a rugged landscape. In the evening, our professional hiking crew will prepare a delicious dinner. Later dinner, the entire trekking team can sing popular Nepali songs, especially the most popular trekking songs that are sung on mountain trek routes. Stay overnight at Ngegang Kharka in a tent camp.

ngegang trek langtang hike
8 DayGanja la Pass trek (5,110m/16,766 feet). Trek further to Keldang, 8/9 hours

Hike at ganja la pass is marked as one of the most adventure high pass treks in the Langtang territory in Nepal. The rugged trail that leads to the Nayakanga pass is quite difficult and challenging. Follow the streams and continue over the rocky mountain trail, we climb the last 100 meters on a snowy steep. The Ganja la summit provides a splendid view of almost the entire Langtang mountain range including some of the unseen peaks. Stay overnight in a Tent camp accommodation.

ganja la pass hiking
9 DayKeldang to Dukpu trekking (4,080m/13,386 feet), 5/6 hours

This adventure hiking trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Right after the ganja la pass, the hiking trails near me are very thin and marked as a challenging part of the entire journey. However, all trails descend through a long ridge with many ups and downs to reach Dukpu Yak land. Overnight camp at Dukpu.

dukpu trek after ganja la pass
10 DayDukpu to Tarke Ghyang hikes (2,590m/8,497 feet), 4/5 hours

From, Dukpu the trail descends, and short climb to a pass. The pass offers a stunning mountain view around the Himalayas. The trails descend through pine and rhododendron forests, then drop steeply to Gekye Gompa. Finally, the camping trail leads its steep descent to Tarke Ghyang, a large Sherpa village in the Helambu section. According to the religious beliefs, Guru In the 10th century the saint and poet Milarepa meditated in this Helambu territory. The Tiger Cave Lion Fortress – where Milarepa sang his “Song of a Yogi’s Joys”. The cave is located on the Melamchi ghyang. Overnight stay at Tarke Ghyang.

11 DayTarkeghyang to Sermathang hiking (2,610m/8,563 feet), 4/5 hours

The trail leaves Tarke Ghyang and heads off to meet the pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul (2,520m). The Nature trail leads through the green forests, crossing a number of streams, before reach at Chumik. Making a gentle climb you come to the large Shermathang village. Exploring Buddhism in this territory is amazing as the Guru Rinpoche and his consorts meditated. Overnight stay at Shermathang Guest house camping ground.

12 DayTrek descend downhill to Malemchipul Bazaar (880m/2,887 feet), 5 hours

Making a drop, the track reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Ghyang (2,290m). Descending through the chir pine forest the trek gets to the large fascinating village of Dubha Chaur and finally descending you will reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. Overnight Melamchi Pul Bazaar.

13 DayDrive from Melamchi pul Bazaar to Kathmandu city. Trip Finish.

Early morning, having breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu via Araniko highway. Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel. Trip finish so we wish your wonderful journey further or add some extra activity with us paying an extra cost.

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Cost

How much does Ganja la pass trek cost?

Hike to Ganjala pass or backpacking trip at Ganja la pass camping trek price is US$ 1450 per person is a standard trek on double occupancy basis. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add a 3-star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with an attached bathroom while trekking to possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGE PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discounts and attractive complimentary.

Adventure Ganja la pass trek package price Includes:-

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer with a private vehicle [car/van/jeep/bus].
  • Single night double bedroom accommodation in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 12 Breakfast, 12 lunch, and 12 Dinner during the trek routes in the Himalayas.
  • Guest house accommodation while you are on trekking days.
  • Tent accommodation with alpine climbing food from Kyanjin gompa to Tarkeghyang while crossing the Galja la pass.
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
  • Bus Transfer (Kathmandu – Syabru bensi and from Melamchi Pul Bazaar – Kathmandu) as per as per camping trek itinerary.
  • English speaking license holder professional mountain trekking guide cum cook.
  • An assistant guide will provide for 7 plus group tourist.
  • Experienced porters (1 guest : 1 porter basis) because each porter carry maximum 24 kilogram.
  • Salary, food, accommodation and their travel insurances for all Nepali crew.
  • Seasonal fruits like apples and pomegranates as a desert after dinner for Ganja la trekking.
  • Duffel bag and Sleeping bag – if Necessary (return after the trek).
  • Oximeter to check pulse and heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes (holding with Guide, Guide’s property).
  • A First Aid medical kit bag.
  • In case of an emergency, helicopter rescue evacuation management.
  • Agency’s trek Certificate and updated Ganja la pass trek map 1 piece for each guest.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.

Ganja la pass trekking package excludes :

  • Nepal entry visa fees are US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
  • Tourist personal trek equipments
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks (except Kyanjin gompa – Ganja la – Tarke Ghyang part), and bar bills.
  • Tourist’s travel insurance to cover helicopter rescue evacuation in case of an emergency.
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Kathmandu city world heritage sites entrance fees, Guide and transfer (if need).
  • Gratuities for cook, guide and porters [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
  • Other things which are not mentioned above

Group join

Our past experience says that ganja la pass is not a backpacking trip for beginners but it is difficult and advised for professional hikers. Hikes at Ganjala pass recognizes as a high pass trek in the Langtang zone in Nepal. Be that as it may, we can create and organize private Ganjala pass trekking starting at any date if that works for you. So, please contact us for more information.

FAQ

Question: Do I need the experience to do Ganja la pass trek group?.

Answer: Yes. You need a trekking and basic mountaineering course to do this trekking with a lightweight daypack. For safe crossing above Ganja la, the mountain trail is often blue ice. So it would be better to have some equipment with you on the trek.

Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

Question: Can I store my luggage/stuff in Kathmandu?

Answer: Yes, you can leave your luggage at your hotel or at our office. Store your stuff in the Gokyo Treks agency office is for free.

Question: Is this Ganja la trekking Safe for the Solo Female Trekkers?

Answer: Absolutely. Nepal is a safe country to travel to for solo travelers; Ganja la trek is perfectly safe for solo female trekkers. We have been organizing the trek even for solo female travelers since its establishment.

Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the express Ganja la pass trek solo?.

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes in a possible place. The rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. But from Kyanjin to Tarke ghyang in between, you will have Tent accommodation, you need to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect on hiking Ganja la?.

Answer: The lodges en route, have attached restaurants. They cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, curry rice, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, etc. The fresh vegetables depend upon the season that you are visiting.

Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along with Ganja la pass trekking?.

Answer: As you stay in the guest houses, they have a shower which you can get on request. As you are on a camping outdoor days, we provide you hot water in a bucket, so you will take a bucket shower.

Question: How do I get drinking water on the express Ganja la pass trek?.

Answer: Often you can buy a bottle of mineral water to drink. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of that plastic fabric. Instead, we provide you Aqua tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available at the campsite.

Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.

Answer: During Ganja la pass trek, there will be more chances to charge the battery except for camping days. We suggest you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Are there any communication amenities on Ganja la pass trek?.

Answer: Except for camping trek days, you can get telephone services as well as internet service. Buying a local SIM CRAD is a great plan for a quick connection with your family.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?.

Answer: No. You should have some cash Nepali rupees to maintain your daily extra expenses.

Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.

Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.

And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 15% advance deposit [not refundable] of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the remaining part of the payment, you can pay after your arrival in Nepal.

Question: Who will carry my luggage on Ganja la pass trekking?

Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carries a maximum of 22/24 kilos of your backpack which means 1 guest: 1 porter basis. However, the Ganja la pass trek is a challenging trek so each of our porters can carry a maximum of 22 kg of your belongings.

Question: How much distance do I walk each day?

Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking poles?

Answer: It is better to hike with walking poles. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Walking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.

Question: How much additional money do I need per day?

Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.

Ganja La Trek Review

Challenging to cross Ganja la pass but better off the beaten path trek

Rated 5 out of 5
October 21, 2019

With my wife, I enjoyed trekking with guys from Gokyo Treks and Expedition in Langtang ganja la pass trekking Langtang region. Found agency on the internet and decided to trust them based on good recommendations. Everything was organised as agreed from trekking permits to accommodation in Kathmandu and airport taxi…etc.

The guide knows well all about Ganja la trekking routes and their recent state as it is common that some trails are already collapsed due to common landslides! This can save a significant amount of time.

I can not recommend enough Goyko Treks and Expeditions. Trip of the lifetime !!Thank you very much, Ammar and our Sherpa guide for the amazing experience!

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Biren Thompson, Melbourne Australia.

Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal

Thank you Biren Thomson for your experience for trek the Ganja la pass with our team.

Adventure Ganja la pass trek highlights

  • Discover langtang Himalayas within 360 deg angle from Tserkuri and Ganjala summit pass.
  • Walking through cultivated potato fields, colorful Rhododendron, conifers and oak trees.
  • Best view of Mt.Langtag lirung, Langtag-ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak itself
  • Experience the Sherpa and other ethnic groups and their lifestyles.

Ganja la pass trek notes

The information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you. However, the trip is possible to customize at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary during on trip.

It is, however, very unbelievable that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

What makes Ganja la pass trek special?

Opportunities for challenging trekking trails and pleasant strolls are scattered all over the world. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our prime concern.

We are a team of professional, and trained licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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No. of peoplePrice Per Person
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2 USD 1450
3 USD 1430
4 - 6 USD 1390
7 - 9 USD 1325
10 + USD 1275
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