Ganja La Pass Trek

Ganja la pass trekking

Ganja la pass trek is very famous to explore Red Panda an endangered animal of Nepal located north of Kathmandu. The Ganja la pass trekking lies at an elevation of 5,160 meters on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. Incredible Journey to mysterious ganjala pass trek route takes you over the southern part of Langtang valley.

Langtang National Park is home of several wild animals such as Musk deer, Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, Himalayan wild goat, and particularly birds and wildflowers. 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.

Trek to Ganja la pass is an adventure grade trekking so you 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 Langsisa pastures located at an altitude in 4,084 meters gives you a great perspective of various glaciers.

For safe crossing, you should well equipped, climb foods and Tents to Helambu. Helambu village excludes a Tibetan feel and you will see fields enclosed by stone walls as wells herds of yaks, the most important animal for the people here.

From Tarke Gyang, the trek descends to Melamchi Khola or Melamchi pul bazaar. There are two options to go back to Kathmandu to Chisopani trekking or drive back to Kathmandu as upon your choice.

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

Moreover, you will have the best view of Mt. Ganesh Himal family, Mt.Langtag lirung (7,246m), Langtang-ri, Langsisa peak, Langtang Himal, and Galjala chuli from Ganjala pass. Visit Ganja la pass treks possible at any time except winter throughout the year.


Ganja la pass trek itinerary detail

Amazing ganja la pass classical trek route itinerary follows up to langshisa valley. The particular route is designed for experienced trekkers who wish to get challenging trek in Langtang glacier but are walking in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary.

Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuwan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you information about further programs.

Day 2 Adventure drive to Syabrubensi Bazaar (1,460m/4,788 feet), 7 hrs

Have a breakfast at the hotel, drive few minutes to catch up coach for Syabrubeshi with your mountain trekking guide and porters. Enjoy seven of our scenic drive through Trishuli bazaar with beautiful small villages, river valley, and mountains. The bus stops roughly about 30 minutes on highway restaurants for lunch in Trisuli. You will be reached at Syabrubeshi bazaar around 2 or 3 o’clock midday. Stay overnight in a lodge at Syabrubeshi.

Day 3 Lama Hotel trekking (2,560m/8,396 feet), 6 hours

You start your walking at your own pace and the trail ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by a climb of about an hour to reach Bamboo village where you’ll stop for lunch. The trail is nice and you follow the upstream and can be seen birds life around the bushes. Beehives hanging on a cliff are another attraction for the visitors on walking. From here you will again steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach the Lama Hotel.

Day 4 Langtang village trek (3,455m/11,332 feet), 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 where you will stop for lunch. This surrounding area dense wild habitat area and many small babblers with a lot of herbals possible here. After lunch you will walk along a scenic trail takes you to Langtang village where you will relax in the evening. Have in mind, Langtang’s whole valley destroy from a massive Earthquake disaster last April 2015 and then rebuild again.

Day 5 Kyanjin Gompa Trek (3,817m/12,519 feet). Sightseeing day, 4 hours

Kyanjin Gompa is the last destination of your trekking at an altitude of 3817m/12519feet above sea level. From here you will have beautiful views of Mt Ganchempo and Mt. Langtang Lirung. You will visit the surrounding area like Yak cheese Factory, Kyanjin Monastery, and local houses. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 6Kyanjin ridge day hikes | optional to climb Tsherko Ri, 6 hours

Hike to Kyanjin ridge to get super view of Langtang Himalayan range includes Mt.Langtag lirung, Langtag ri, Langsisa pass, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak, Yala peak and many other border peaks. However, if you are interested your guide will take you to climb Tsherko Ri (5150m) peak to experience even better views of Himalayas but this is only optional. Visit Langtang glacier and Langshisha Kharka (the beautiful yak pasture land). Prepare some arrangements before you head to pass to the next day. Rest and relax.

Day 7Ngegang trekking (4,100m/13,448 feet), 6 hours

Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa the trail makes a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. Then the trail reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang. On any day here you can see Yaks peacefully grazing. Overnight at Ngegang Kharka.

Day 8Ganja la Pass trek (5,200m/17,004 feet). Trek further to Keldang, 8 hours

A tough ganja la pass is marked as one of the most adventure high pass trek in Langtang region in Nepal. The trail leads to the Nayakang pass is quite difficult and challenging. Walk following the streams and continuing over snow and rocky mountains, we scrambled the last 100 meters on a steep and snowy slope. The pass provides a majestic panoramic view of almost the entire Langtang Himalayan range including majestic Langtang Lirung and some of the snow-covered mountain summits.

Day 9Keldang to Dukpu trekking (4,080m/13,342 feet), 6 hours

The trail descends a long ridge, making many ups and downs and before heading down to the Valley. Then following the ridge line through small settlements, you will reach Dukpu kharka. Overnight at Dukpu.

Day 10Dukpu to Tarke Gyang hikes (2,590m/8,469 feet), 7 hours

From, Dukpu the trail descends, and then make a climb to a pass. The pass offers a stunning view of the Himalaya. The trails descend through pine and rhododendron forest, then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. Finally, the trail continues its steep descent to the large Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang. Overnight stay at Tarke Gyang.

Day 11Acclimatization day | Visit Tarke Gyang monastery for meditation

Afeeter having breakfast, you will visit the Tarkegyang village and the Tarke Gyang monastery for meditation. If you want to observe a peak of 3,771 m which is north of the village, you will have to climb half a day to reach the destination. Here you can see panoramic views of the mountains to the north, it’s well worth optional half-day climb.

Day 12Tarkegyang to Sermathang hiking (2,610m/8,535 feet), 5 hours

The trail leaves Tarke Gyang and heads off to meet the pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul (2,520m). The trail drops a little bit and climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, before reaching Chumik. Making a gentle climb you come to the large village of Shermathang. Overnight at Shermathang

Day 13Trek descend downhill to Malemchipul Bazaar (880m), 5 hours

Making a drop, the trail reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Gyang (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. Overnightat Malemchi Pul Bazaar.

Day 14Drive from Malemchi pul Bazaar to Kathmandu city.

Early morning, having breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu via Araniko highway. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel on BB basis.

Day 15Final departure day

Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey


How much does Ganja la pass trek cost?

Hike to Ganjala pass is available now on USD 1,199 per person is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size.

For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3-stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) and with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.

Adventure Ganja la pass trek Cost Include:

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle car / van / jeep / bus.
  • 2 night’s twin sharing tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast plan.
  • Guided sightseeing by Tour Guide in Kathmandu valley with private vehicles.
  • Langtang National Park entrance permits and their fees
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permits and fees
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, Dinner) each day serve with hot drinks during the trekking
  • Guest house accommodation while you are on trekking days
  • Kathmandu – Syabrubensi & Melamchi – Kathmandu as a round trip by bus transfer.
  • Tent Accommodation and alpine food from Kyanjin gomba to Tarkeghyang
  • All grounded transportation as per itinerary.
  • Professional English speaking license holder mountain trekking guide.
  • Experienced porters (2 guest : 1 porter basis) because each porter carry maximum 20 kilogram.
  • Salary, food, accommodation and their travel insurances for all Nepali crew.
  • A First Aid medical kit bag.
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
  • A special gift from our company.

Ganjala pass trekking Cost Exclude :

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
  • Any other things which are not mentioned above
Group join

We can organize private Ganjala pass trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.


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

Answer: Yes sure. If you provide us your flight details and request us to pick up then our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.

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

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

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

Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. 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 it while you are in Kathmandu.

Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?

Answer: Every lodge in Langtang region, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)

The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going. On Tent accommodation days, our professional cook prepare all the delicious meal for you.

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

Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.

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

Answer: Most of the places you can buy a mineral water bottle for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.

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. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!

Question: Is there any communication facilities on Ganja la pass trek?

Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.

Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?

Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.

Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments 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 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made 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 carry a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis. However, Ganja la pass trek is a challenging trek so each of our porters can carry a maximum of 22 kg of your belongings. If you wish to have a private porter, you might also get it on paying an extra cost.

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 a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.

Question: Do I need walking polls ?

Answer: Walking pools are 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 trek.

Adventure Ganja la pass trek highlights

  • Discover langtang Himalayas within 360 deg angle from Kyanjin ri / Tserkuri hill.
  • Walking through cultivated potatoes fields, colorful Rhododendron, conifers and oak trees.
  • Best view of Mt.Langtag lirung, Langtag-ri, Langsisa, Langtang Himal, Ganjala peak
  • Experience the Sherpa and other ethnic groups and their life styles.

Ganja la pass trek notes

As the information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you, however, the trip can be customized 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. Where 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 or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; 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 concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and helps to conserve natural resources which reduced costs and consumption.

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With my wife we enjoyed trekking with guys from Gokyo Treks and Expedition in Langtang ganjala pass trekking of 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.
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Price : USD 1,199 Per Person

    1. Duration of trek: 15 Days
    2. Trek Grading: Moderate
    3. Max Altitude: 4,773 meters
    4. Trekking Hour: 6 Hrs
    5. Group-Size: 2-10 People
    6. Best Time: Oct -May
    7. Trip Mode: Guest House
    8. Foods: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    9. Transportation: Car/Plane/bus

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