Langtang Valley & Ganja-La Pass Trekking is an adventure that leads you to both the beautiful and cultural areas of Langtang Himal. An enjoyable, exciting journey around remote pockets of Langtang Himal southern range, on least ventured hidden country en route Helambu. Tamang Randonnees Treks presents this exclusive adventure for veteran trekkers and adventurers, as well as beginners. A wonderful journey, starting from a moderate walk to beautiful Langtang Valley, with time for acclimatization. As well for a day hike to its scenic view- points hills as a good exercise before heading towards high Ganja-La Pass.
Allowing much time to gain experience around high terrain climbing up to Kyanjin-Ri or Tserko-Ri above 4,900 m high. Facing breathtaking views of the surrounding giant peaks of Langtang Lirung, Langtang-Ri with an array of snow mountain ranges. Then getting ready for the real adventure to cross over Ganja-La Pass at 5,122 m high. The climb and descent of a few technical sections to negotiate before reaching to scenic areas of Helambu.
Starting the adventure to ‘Langtang Valley & Ganja-La Pass Trekking’, taking a long exciting drive from Kathmandu. As the drive reaches the cooler high hill town of Dhunche town and Syabrubesi village, the walk begins towards higher terrain. The route follows through a river gorge covered in dense forest, then reaches a wide picturesque Langtang valley at Kyanjin. A beautiful spot with towering peaks of the Langtang Himal range that covers both sides of Langtang Valley. From Kyanjin overlooking the southern rocky ridges and snow peaks of Naya-
Kanga where Ganja-La Pass is located.
An enjoyable time at Kyanjin and scenic Langtang Valley with ample time for an exciting day hike to its high ridges. After a pleasant stop at Kyanjin, then leaving the main trail heading towards the southern end of Langtang Valley. The climb follows high areas of rock and ice at Ganja-La base close to Naya Kanga peak in the east. As well as near Baden Powell Scout Peak towards the west, from the base of Ganja-La.
Starting early morning for adventurous crossing over Ganja-La Pass, where our guide will fix ropes for safety measures. After a strenuous climb leaving the Langtang valley region for the Helambu areas, a long descent leads to sheer mountain wilderness. On the other side of Ganja-La walk follows towards a wide terrain through several Yak herder’s temporary settlements. Then heading on a long descent with a short climb to the lovely village of Tarke Gyang.
Tarke Gyang the main village of Helambu, an impressive settlement of Hyalmo people. The main ethnic tribes of Helambu, follows Buddhism religion with colorful cultures. At Tarke Gyang with time to explore around its nice village and old monastery of great religious interest. Slowly our journey comes to an end walking to another nice village of Sermathang. From here an interesting drive brings you back to Kathmandu, where our adventurous Langtang Valley & Ganja-La Pass Trekking completes.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi 1,470 m via Dhunche town 1,950 – 06 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel 2,350 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Langtang village 3,310 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa 3,860 m – 04 hrs.
Day 06: Rest-Day for acclimatization and hike to view points.
Day 07: Trek to Ngen-Gang Kharka 4,000 m -05 hours.
Day 08: Cross Ganja-La pass 5, 122 m and descend to Keldang Kharka 4,270 m- 07 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Dhukpa 4,040 m-05 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Tarke-Gyang 2,600 m- 06 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Tarke-Gyang and to explore.
Day 12: Trek to Sermathang 2,590 m-05 hours.
Day 13: Trek and drive to Kathmandu – 05 hrs.
Day 14: Depart for international departure
On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, our staff and guide receives you with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel, situated on the main part of the city, and then check into your rooms. After getting refresh join with other members of the group for trek briefing, our Tamang Randomness Treks guide. Will provide necessary information regarding the trek, culture with do’s and don’ts making your holiday in Nepal enjoyable. Evening a group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with folk cultural programs, an introduction to Nepalese meals and culture.
Morning after an early breakfast, and then depart for Langtang Valley trekking towards Nepal Central Himalayas around district of Rasuwa. An interesting overland journey of 5-6 hours. Drive follows on winding uphill through many farm villages and towns, reaching Dhunche town headquarters of the district. As well the entry point of Langtang National Park, from here drive downhill to Syabrubesi for overnight stop.
The morning starts from Syabrubesi a nice village of Tamang community one of the ancient hill tribes of Nepal. On leaving the lodge, a short easy walk to a bridge, and then climb towards farm areas past Riverside. A small place with few tea-shops, as walk continues entering a dense woodland with uphill walk. Then reaching a small clearing at Lama Hotel, located amidst forest surrounding close to Langtang River. Lama Hotel an isolated settlement with few simple lodges for trekkers with homely comfort.
From Lama Hotel, located on a deep river gorge within dense forest. Morning starts following uphill path above the river through forest of pine, rhododendron, firs and hemlocks. As walk reaches Ghoretabela, a small place within a forest surrounding stopping here for lunch. Afternoon walk on forested path, the trail leads to cross few streams, after few hours of pleasant trek reaching Langtang village. An open area on leaving the dense woods, a large settlement with several good lodges for overnight stop.
Langtang village was destroyed during 2015 huge earthquake, with many villagers life was lost as well of some trekkers. As you can notice a memorable built with stones, with names of people who lost their life. The village is slowly returning back to normal life as it were before the earthquake.
A short day walk to Kyanjin Gompa, our final destination and highlight of the adventure. Morning walk leads to a small climb reaching a high ridge, as gorge opens up into a wide scenic valley. The trail follows further east facing views of distant snow peaks, then ending the morning walk at Kyanjin. A lovely scenic settlement with many nice lodges and guest houses, situated in the heart of Langtang valley. Afternoon having lunch, enjoy the day exploring the areas and marveling the beautiful views of towering peaks.
At Kyanjin for another day, a perfect an ideal location for rest and acclimatization before heading towards high Ganja-La Pass. Morning having good breakfast take a hike to Kyanjin-Ri at 4, 773 m / 15, 655 feet, or much higher. A steep climb to Tserko-Ri ridge at 4, 983 m and 16,348 feet, both high ridges offers breathtaking panorama. Includes views of Ghengu Liru (Langtang II, at 6,571 m), Langtang Lirung (7,425 m) with Kim Shun (6,745 m). Extends towards Shalbachum (6,918 m) with Naya-Kanga 5,846 / Ganjala Himal with Gangchenpo and Tillman’s beautiful Fluted Peak. Towards east views of Jugal Himal range with Dorje Lakpa 6,966 m, and some peaks of Tibetan side. Rest of the day enjoy relaxing facing grand views of surrounding peaks.
From Kyanjin and around beautiful Langtang valley, leaving the main route for sheer wilderness towards mountainous zone. Walk lead south to cross Langtang River, and the steep climb through smaller trees of rhododendron and birch. As walk continues reaching a level open ground to set our first overnight with tented camping at Ngen-Gang Kharka. Close to the base of Ganja-La around Yak grazing pasture area.
Our Big Day! Of the adventure, start early morning after having a good breakfast to cross over Ganja La pass. Where our guide will maintain the route fixing ropes where necessary on technical sections, especially on long descent. The pass could be challenging sometimes in snow condition making the narrow path slippery. After a steep climb to the top of Ganja-La pass marked with rock cairns and old Buddhist prayer flags.
From the top enjoy stunning views of Naya Kanga or Ganjala Peak, with whole of Langtang and Jugal Himal range. Then slowly head for a long descent having rope support as you land on the bottom. Reaching a small glacial ponds at Keldang Kharka for overnight camping.
After a long and hard climb and descend of previous day crossing Ganja-la pass, the highest point of the adventure. From here walk leads on gradual faint path and back into tree lines as trail follows a ridge. Continue trek with few ups and more downhill reaching a small cattle herder temporary settlement at Dukpu for overnight camp
Morning a wonderful walk after spending last overnight in tented camp, from here to Tarke- Gyang village. Walk follows down with short climb to a hill at 4,100 m, facing views of Ganesh, Langtang and Jugal Himal. After a refreshing stop, downhill continues reaching dense forest of pine, rhododendron trees to Tarke-Gyang village for overnight stop. In the comfort of a nice lodge with homely environment.
A great place for rest day after a long tough climb and descent crossing high Ganja-La pass, enjoy the morning. Rest of the day explore around lovely village of Tarke Gyang, the hub of Hyalmo people. The Hyalmo are quite similar to Tamang and Sherpa tribes with same culture of Buddhism religion. The people of Helambu are known for excellent craftsmanship. Which you can notice around houses where doors and windows with intricate craving of Tibetan design. As well visit the old monastery Ama Yangri situated on top of the village.
From Tarke-Gyang, after an enjoyable pleasant rest day, morning walk on gradual trail within a nice cool forest surrounds. Facing views of beautiful landscapes of hills and snow peaks reaching a ‘Buddhist monuments’. Walk follows downhill path to the village of Sermathang village for last overnight stop around the high hills of Himalayas.
After an enjoyable last overnight at Helambu and Sermathang village, morning a short walk to a vehicle stand. From here an interesting drive heading downhill to Melamche Bazaar, around low warm town. Stopping here for some refreshment continue drive to Kathmandu past Dhulikhel town. Then finally ending the drive reaching in the heart of Kathmandu city and back to your hotel, rest of the afternoon at leisure for individual activities or shopping souvenirs.
Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight our staff and guide transfer you to the airport. For international flight homeward bound. After a great amazing adventure of wonderful experience on Langtang Valley & Ganja-La Pass Trekking.
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Who hasn’t dreamed of the Himalayan ranges, mountains higher than the clouds, Tibet or Nepal…?
This dream, two friends realized it in the spring of 2011 by traveling for 2 weeks in the Langtang Region in Nepal then staying a week in Kathmandu and its region.
Not wanting to go with a tour operator, in order to keep the possibility of coming and going as we wish, we retained a guide and two porters in Kathmandu. Recommended by other travellers, we chose to be accompanied by Sonam as a guide and his brother with his cousin as porters.
Thanks to his professional qualities as an experienced guide but above all thanks to his human qualities, Sonam met all our expectations. With him we traveled a territory still relatively unfrequented by trekkers.
He opened the doors to a population of warm generosity.
In addition to the physical effort, the discovery of an exceptional environment, we were lucky enough to be welcomed at each bivouac by families around a wood fire.
Sonam took on the role of interpreter during long evenings of exchanges with the inhabitants about our respective cultures.
His brother and his cousin proved to be excellent traveling companions to whom we taught to play cards in the evening at the evening… From there, long parts of laughter…!!!
Traveling friends, if for you the trip is synonymous with exchanges, meetings, discoveries of places still little frequented then do not hesitate, call on the services of Sonam.
You will find with him the safety of travel, the discovery of exceptional places and the pleasure of evenings where Sonam will sing to the sounds of his Tibetan guitar.
A big thank you to all three of them for this dream stay.