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Langtang Valley With Ganga La Pass

Duration

14 Days

Max. Elevation

5122m

Group size

Min 2pax-Max 16pax

Level
DIFFICULT
Transportation
Public Bus | Private Vehicle
Best Season
March to May, September to December
Accomodation
Hotel | Guest House
Meals
Breakfast in KTM and Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trekking
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
KTM - Syabrubesi - Langtang - Kyanjin Gompa -Ganja La pass - Malemchi Bazaar - KTM

Highlights

Langtang valley with Ganja La Trek is an amazing trek to the Langtang region. This trek comes with a perfect combination of natural beauty, snow-capped mountain, and Tamang culture. Also in this trek, we try to attempt the high pass Ganja La (5,033m/16,512ft). Tamang is inhabitant people of this area, their ancient lifestyle and picturesque scenery of the Himalaya is the main highlight of this trek. We can also see the religious aspect of people as most people practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Our trekking begins with a few hour's drive to Shaprubesi from Kathmandu. We trek through the forest of Fir, Rhododendron, and Bamboo and follow the Langtang River. We cross the Ganja La pass and end our trekking at Melamchi Bazaar in the Helambu region.

Langtang Lirung(7,234 m), Langtang Ri(7,205 m) and Dorje Lakpa(6,966 m) are the major peak we see during this trekking.

Accommodation During Trekking
During the trek, we will be staying at local teahouses. These offer accommodation and food served in a dining room which also functions as a social meeting place with other trekkers. All accommodation is on a twin shared basis. A single room is usually available at a little extra cost. The tour guide will arrange the best available accommodation in each village. As we advance to higher and more remote villages it may occasionally be necessary to share a room with more than 2 people. During the treks, most of the bathroom and toilet facilities are shared and the toilet can be either a squat or a western toilet.

Meals During Trekking
In Kathmandu, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food such as Thali and Momo at a traditional Nepalese restaurant. For instance, a Newari restaurant is a special place serving Newari food (the Newari are the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley). Newari food is famous and unique. During the trek, we will eat traditional Nepalese food as well as more international cuisine (Tibetan, Indian, Italian, and continental). Dinner and breakfast will be taken at the teahouse where we spend the night and lunch at one of the trail teahouses. 

Altitude Map

Trip Itinerary

Day

1

When you arrived at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you can take a rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel or go for some souvenir shopping in Thamel. In the evening, a welcome dinner is hosted by Open Trail Treks where you will be served with authentic Nepalese Cuisine. This will be a great introduction to Nepalese food culture.

Day

2

Before starting our guided tour we will have breakfast. The guided tour includes the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu. These places are also listed in the world heritage site. The most famous places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), Hindus Secret Temple; Pashupatinath are included in this tour. We will end our tour by visiting the Swayambhunath, The Monkey Temple.

After we finish the tour we will meet our trekking guide and leader for dissection and preparation for our following day's trips.

In the evening, we will go to different types of local restaurants for the dinner.

Day

3

Today we start our trip after having breakfast. We head to the northern side of Kathmandu Valley on a bus. Our bus journey is about 8 hours long. Our destination today is Shaprubesi.

Overnight at Shaprubesi.

Day

4

Today is the first day of our trek which begins after breakfast at Shaprubesi. As we began our trek, we cross the suspension bridge and start to follow the Langtang River. The trail climbs steadily uphill through the Oak, Rhododendron, and Bamboo forest. If we are fortunate enough we might get to see some wildlife in this forest. In the difference of an hour or more, we reach Lama Hotel. This area has several teahouses and we have our lunch in one of these teahouses.

Overnight at Lama hotel.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

5

After breakfast, we start our trek. We walk through the Oak, Rhododendron, and Bamboo forest. The trail goes uphill to Ghodatabala. From Ghodatabala we walk further through the gradual way to Langtang. Langtang is the biggest settlement area of this region. We do some sightseeing trip in Langtang village.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

6

Today we trek for short time and save the spare hours for acclimatizing purposes. We pass through Langtang village and follow the Langtang River. This whole area is the Alpine Tundra region so it’s beyond the tree line. Following the trails, we reach Kyanjin Gompa which is famous for its cheese factory and spectacular scenery of the mountain.

Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa

Total Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Day

7

After breakfast, we can climb to an amazing viewpoint at Kyanjin Ri (4,800m/15,748ft) and Tserko Ri (5000m/15,748ft). These two viewpoints offer a majestic view of the mountain including Langtang Lirung, Yannsa Tsenji, and the whole Langtang range. From viewpoint, we can come back to Kyanjin Gompa.

Overnight in Kanjing Gompa.

Day

8

We start our trekking after breakfast to Ganja La Phedi. We cross the Langtang River and ascend through the Rhododendron forest. After crossing the forest we arrive at the point which is beyond the tree line. We can see some alpine tundra family’s plant in this region. These areas are usually covered with snow. If the area is covered by snow it will take us more time in trekking.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

9

Today is the most challenging day in our whole trekking. The Ganja La pass is one of the hardest passes of Nepal. It is usually covered by snow throughout the year. The long climb with high altitude through the snow can be very tough. But when you reach the summit of Ganja La, you will be rewarded with the magnificent scenery of the Himalaya. Descending down through the pass can be hard due to snowfall and ice.

Overnight at Ganja La Phedi.

Total Trekking Time: 7-8 hours

Day

10

From Keldang we trek to reach Yak Kharka. From Keldang we descend further down following a prominent ridgeline. In today’s trek, we continue losing altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

11

Today we begin trekking by descending downhill. By the end of trekking, we will descend down by 1500 meters. Now we can feel the considerable change in topology due to less altitude.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day

12

Today we begin our trekking by forest and passing through some high waterfall. The trail keeps continuing through the wide valley. We pass some settlement of inhabitant Sherpa people at Parachin and Gangyul. From Gangyul, we trek to Sermathang. Here at Sermathang, we can do sightseeing around the town which will give us an opportunity to observe the life of locals. We can also visit the monastery that is located at the top of the village.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Day

13

This is our last day of trekking. We walk down from Sermathang to the inhabited Sherpa settlement at Melamchi Bazar. From Melamchi, we will catch the bus to Kathmandu. After we get back to Kathmandu you can rest or go for some souvenir shopping or sightseeing at Kathmandu. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner at a local authentic restaurant with their unique food.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Total Drive Time: 2 hours

Day

14

Today is the last day of your adventure. If you want we can have the last breakfast together. After breakfast, if you have time from your flight, you can go for some shopping or you can go for sightseeing as well. If you want to do some sightseeing inform us a day earlier so that we can provide you a car.

In the end, a representative from Open Trail Treks will drop you at the airport 3 hours before your flight.

Inclusions

    • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
    • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included. (3nights)
    • Twin sharing accommodation during the trek. (10 Night).
    • One day tour as per itinerary (including transportation, entry fees, Guide, and a bottle of water)
    • Kathmandu – Syabru Bensi – Kathmandu by local transport. (If you want both ways private vehicles also available at additional cost).
    • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Trekking permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
    • One highly experienced, knowledgable, helpful, and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff
    • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
    • Personal care & attention.
    • Local and government taxes.
    • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
    • Travel and Rescue Insurance
    • Tipping to the crew.
    • Personal mountaineering gears
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
    • International airfare and airport departure tax
    • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
    • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Complimentary

    • Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after completion of the trip).
    • Open trail treks duffle bag and a trekking map.
    • A self-sufficient medical first aid kits containing vital medications.
    • Company branded water purification tablets
    • Warm woolen hat
    • Oximeter

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