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Ganjala Pass Trekking


Overview The Ganjala Pass Trekking is a thrilling adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. With an elevation of 5,106 meters, the Ganjala Pass also offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path journey. The trek starts in Syabrubesi, a picturesque village located at the gateway to the Langtang Valley. From there, you embark on a scenic trail that winds through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and charming traditional villages. The trail also gradually ascends, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and the Langtang Lirung glacier. As you trek deeper into…

Overview

The Ganjala Pass Trekking is a thrilling adventure that takes you through the breathtaking landscapes of the Langtang region in Nepal. With an elevation of 5,106 meters, the Ganjala Pass also offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path journey.

The trek starts in Syabrubesi, a picturesque village located at the gateway to the Langtang Valley. From there, you embark on a scenic trail that winds through lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and charming traditional villages. The trail also gradually ascends, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and the Langtang Lirung glacier.

As you trek deeper into the Langtang Valley, you encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, bamboo groves, and rare Himalayan wildlife such as red pandas and musk deer. The local Tamang and Sherpa communities warmly welcome trekkers, providing a glimpse into their unique culture, traditions, and way of life.

The highlight of the Ganjala Pass Trek is, of course, the crossing of the Ganjala Pass itself. This section requires a good level of physical fitness and mountaineering skills, as you navigate steep slopes, icy terrain, and rocky ridges. However, the effort is well worth it when you reach the pass’s summit, where you are rewarded with panoramic views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himalayan ranges.

Descending from the pass, the trail leads to the tranquil Helambu region, famous for its scenic beauty and serene landscapes. You pass through quaint villages, terraced fields, and ancient monasteries, immersing yourself in the peaceful ambiance of the Himalayas.

The Ganjala Pass Trek typically takes around 14 to 18 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and fitness level. It recommend us to undertake this trek with an experienced guide who can ensure your safety and provide insights into the local culture and environment.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Ganjala Pass Trekking is an unforgettable journey that combines adventure, natural beauty, and cultural exploration. It offers a unique opportunity to witness the majestic Himalayas up close while discovering the hidden gems of the Langtang region.

Trip Highlights


The Ganjala Pass Trekking offers a range of highlights and experiences, some of which include:

  1. Stunning Scenery: The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains, including Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), and Dorje Lakpa (6,966m).
  2. Unique Cultural Experience: The trek takes you through traditional villages and provides an opportunity to interact with the local people, learn about their culture and way of life, and witness their customs and traditions.
  3. Crossing the Ganjala Pass: The crossing of the Ganjala Pass is a challenging climb, but it is one of the most thrilling experiences of the trek. The views from the pass are incredible and are worth the effort.
  4. Langtang National Park: The trek takes you through the Langtang National Park, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the endangered Red Panda.
  5. Helambu Region: The trek also takes you through the beautiful forests and meadows of the Helambu region, where you can witness the unique culture and lifestyle of the people living in the area.
  6. Syabrubesi: The trek starts from Syabrubesi, a picturesque village located in the Langtang Valley. It offers an opportunity to explore the local markets and experience the rural way of life in Nepal.

Overall, the Ganjala Pass Trekking offers a combination of adventure, culture, and natural beauty, making it a memorable and rewarding experience for those who undertake it.

Itinerary Expand All


On arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, a representative from Nepal Challenge Trek will pick us up and escort us to our designated hotel. In the afternoon, we may take rest. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After morning breakfast, we drive along the north-western hills of Kathmandu enjoying the Himalayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Ranges becomes visible as we drive along. We will stop for lunch at Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche, a major town in Langtang area of Rasuwa district. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi, which lies withing the premises of the Langtang National Park. Overnight at Syabrubesi.

We begin our trek from Syabrubensi following the route of the Bhote Kosi and Langtang river. We come across fertile jungle, terraced fields and pass through rural settlements with bamboo and birch groves. In this place, we might have the chance to spot rare and local wildlife like the red panda. Following the trail we reach the Lama Hotel and stay overnight.

After breakfast, we continue our trek to the village of Mundu. The trail will lead us inside a dense forest the having to make a firm climb up through the valley. On our way to Mundu, we will be passing through the Langtang village. This ancient village has many Tibetans and Tamang living together following the Buddhist religion. This village was badly affected by the earthquake and now they have been slowly recovering. On our way, we will get to view the snow capped peak, Langtang Lirung (7,246m).

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a significant monastery of the region. You will pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.  We will also pass by the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. After a short trek, you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the Buddhist shrine and the surrounding areas with amazing views of the mountains. Overnight at Kyangjin Gompa.

The exploration begins through the yak pastures and a beautiful scenery of the nature. We will visit the Tserko Ri for mountain views and as the elevation increases, the air thins out and so altitude sickness may occur. Then we will return back to Kyangjin Gompa enjoying the views of the mountains, birds, yaks, glacier etc.

Taking today’s breakfast, we embark on our today’s journey to Ganja La Phedi. We cross the Langtang River and ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we’re already in high altitude; the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.

Trekking to Ganja La Pass will be a challenging trek as it is one of the difficult passes to cross being in a high elevation and also because it is mostly covered with snow throughout the year. Ganja La Pass is located on a rocky debris and thus gives an amazing view of the mountains. As challenging the trek is, it is equally rewarding with the beauty as you will be astonished. After taking in the view, we will incline down to Keldang and as mentioned the trek may be tricky. Overnight at Keldang.

Leaving Keldang after breakfast in our camp, we descend following a prominent ridge line. During today’s hike, we gradually lose altitude through forests, ridges, farmlands, lush terraces, and grasslands. We finally reach Yak Kharka after about 6 to 7 hours hike through undulating paths. In the past, there were no accommodation facilities here and trekkers had to sleep at camps, but recently few teahouses have come up at this place. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Continuing down the trail, we will see more grasslands and will be nearing to small villages. The trail eventually becomes more easy to walk through. At this point, appreciation for the nature will be acknowledged as it will be greenery everywhere.

After breakfast today, we cross a small forest along easy trails with beautiful views of the Helambu region. After 2 hours of gentle walk, we reach the amazing valley of Gngyul, a charming Sherpa village. After exploring the village for a while, we head towards Sermathang. In the evening, we visit the local village as well as an old Buddhist monastery. Overnight in Sermathang.
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Melamchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa villages. From the Bazaar, we board on a private vehicle to Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Challenge Trek representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. If we wish to extend our holidays in Nepal, then we may request Nepal Challenge Trek to organize other adventurous activities for a few more days, or head back to our home country with plenty of memories to cherish!

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What's Included


In the Above Cost It Includes:
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. 4 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast)
5. All accommodation during the trek.
6. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
7. Transportation to and from trail head.
8. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
9. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Equipment such as tents And Mattresses, Cooking Equipment, Camp site charges, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.
10. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
11. Trekking staffs wages etc.
12. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.

What's Excluded


Services and Cost Does not Included in Price:
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
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.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.

Trip Information


The Ganjala Pass Trekking is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you through the Langtang valley and over the Ganjala Pass (5,106m) into the Helambu region. The trek is known for its scenic beauty, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences.

The trek usually starts from Syabrubesi, which is a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. From Syabrubesi, the trail takes you through beautiful forests of rhododendron and bamboo, past waterfalls, and over suspension bridges. You’ll pass through traditional villages and get to experience the unique culture and way of life of the people living in the area.

The highlight of the trek is crossing the Ganjala Pass, which is a challenging climb but offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. After crossing the pass, the trail takes you through the beautiful forests and meadows of the Helambu region before finally ending in Melamchi Bazaar.

The trek is usually done over a period of 15-20 days, depending on your pace and itinerary. It is a challenging trek and requires a good level of fitness and some previous trekking experience.

Overall, the Ganjala Pass Trekking is a great choice for those looking for a challenging trek with beautiful scenery and unique cultural experiences.

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Trip Facts


Duration 14 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 1 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 5122M
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