The Langtang Ganjala pass trek is the most easily accessible high mountain valley from Kathmandu. This classical trek combines two major areas along the border of Tibet, Langtang valley and Helembu. There are no 8000m peaks in the Vicinity (unless you count Shisha Pangma across the border in Tibet). It makes up for in a base- to –peak rises that are as dramatic as anywhere. This trek offers an opportunity to explore villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.
Langtang Ganjala pass Trek makes straight for specific destinations, gaining elevation quickly and then leaving you to explore at your own pace. To cross Ganja – La from Langtang into Helembu is an adventure trekking pass in Nepal Himalayas. The highest point of the trek Ganja – La at 5130m and the area of the pass is quite a bit narrow and the last 100m is very steep. This trek is a very technical climb and depends on the weather if it might be on the snow. But the views of the Langtang range and Shisha Pangma will reward all the hard work.
Helambu valley is very popular for the beautiful culture of Helmu and Helmuly are very similar to Tamang and Sherpas. Moreover, the area covers typical highland Helmu’s and Sherpas, villages along with beautiful Rhododendron forests. This region extends from the north to Taramarang to the Gosaikunda Lake and the lower Jugal Himal from the north. The valley is approached from Trishuli River Valley, north of Kathmandu.
Four nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and two nights after trek.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Five Nights Camping equipment and extra staff for the camping and cooking while at Base Camp.
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
Trekking Permits and National park permit is needed.
Trekking leader, guides and cook accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides, cook and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government taxes and service charge
Medical Supplies (First aid kit)
Flights to and from Nepal
Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land)
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu.
Snacks and any extra drinks which you need on trek.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason)
Tip for Guides and Porters.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive into Kathmandu. Flights from the UK normally arrive around 4pm and so after about a 45 minute bus journey to the heart of the city and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 6 - 7 hours
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight to nine hours by bus. We will travel through scenic foothills to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche. We will get to see a glimpse of Ganesh Himal mountain range after driving along the Trishuli river. It is a beautiful if not bumpy and windy road and in Nepal the bus journeys are always part of the adventure. We will stay in Syabru Besi overnight.
Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel Trekking time 5 - 6 hours.
This morning we begin our trek and we follow the trail and cross the Bhote Koshi river and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960m) passing rugged paths. We will have our lunch at Bamboo and then we will trek will climb gently to Rimche (2,400m). We will then have another short walk to the Lama Hotel where we will spend the night. (2400m).
Lama Hotel to Langtang Trekking time 5 – 6 hours.
Today the route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks and other wildlife. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become closer the further we trek.We spend the night at Langtang (3430m).
Langtang to Gyanjing Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
It is shorter walk today, but this is good in order to help with the acclimatization. We will see many things today including a cheese factory! As wecontinue through this beautiful valley we will have specutalar views of the Langtang Lirung. This is the highest mountian in the Langtang range. (7290m) We will spend the night in Kyanjin Gompa (3840m).
Acclimatisation day at Kyanjing.
Today we will stay in Kyanjin Gompa in order to explore the area. We have two options dependng on the group and that they are either to walk up to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Tsergo Ri (4,984m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Kyanjing to Ganjala Base Camp Trekking Time 3 – 4 hours.
This is the beginning of the four nights of camping. The tents will be provided.We will cross the langtang river and then we will have a climb steep up through the birch forest and once we are on the ridge we will have a gradual walk up to Ngengang (4200m) which is the base camp of the Ganja La mountain is is also a grazing area for Yaks so many photo opportunities! We spend the night here in our tents.
Base Camp to High Ccamp Trekking time 3- 4 hours.
Today we leave the base camp and trek a steep climb up to the high camp which is at 4960m. It is a short day but due to the altitude this is a good thing. Again today we will have great views and lots of photo opportunities. Our second night camping tonight.
Ganjala pass to Keldang Trekking time 6– 7 hours
We will get up early today and after breakfast we will have a steep climb to the highest point of the trek Ganja La at 5130m. The last 100m is a very steep and very technical climb and depending on the weather it might be on the snow. But the views of the Langtang range will reward all the hard work.After we have soaked up the views and taken the photos we will descend down to Keldang (4420m) where we will set up camp and spend the night.
Keldang to Dhukpa Trekking Time 5 – 6 hours.
We continue our descent and we will leave behind the Langtang mountains but will be able to see many other ranges including Jugal, Choba Bhamari and Everest range.We will walk through the Yak pastures and we will spend our last night in the tents at Dhukpa which is 4040m.
Dhukpa to Tarkeghyang Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
We will descend down to a small peak Ama Yangri and then through a thick forest and so a great time to see some wildlife including monkeys and lots of different birds. We will arrive at Tarkeghyang (2600m) There is a monastery here and the village is home to the Helmu people and a really interesting village and to see Bhuddist life. We spend the night here.
Tarkeghyang to sermathang Trekking time 4 -5 hours.
It is a gradal walk today through the valley and we have a good opportunity today to learn about the local people and their way of life as we pass through the village, we walk until we reach Sermathang (2590m) We spend the night here.
Shermathang to Tallathok Trekking time 5 -6 hours.
From Sermathang we follow the valley down again through the local villages, we will also have the mountains with us so still have good photo opportunities. We leave the Helambu region and we will reach Tallathok to spend the night here at 1300m.
Tallathok to Kathmandu by private vehicle Trekking Time 2 hours.
A short walk down to the Melamchi Bazaar and here we will get transport back to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmadu we will reach the hotel where we can rest and relax and then go shopping or whatever the group want to do.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Today after a leisurely start we will continue the tour of Kathmandu by visiting the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. Boudhanath stupa is a world heritage site and a place which is an amazing place to see Buddhism and understand more about not onlythe religion but the Nepali culture.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Depart to home
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
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Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does, of course, depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops selling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced. It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guideline. The basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
-Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
-Fleece jacket or pullover.
-fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
-Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
-Lightweight thermal gloves.
-Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants.
-Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
-Sun hat or Scarf.
-Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
-Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4).
-Sunglasses with UV protection.
-Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
-Headlamp (eg Petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
-Small padlock to lock trek bag.
-Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
-Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
-Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
-Camping mattress, eg Thermarest pad.
-Small wash towel.
-Footwear, appropriate to the trip.
-Waterproof shell trousers/pants. (Preferably breathable fabric)
In addition to the items listed in our general checklist you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer.
-Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
-Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
-Trekking/ hiking boots with spare laces.
-Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
– Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
-Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
MOUNTAINEERING / CLIMBING CHECKLIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
-Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
-Mountaineering Safety harness.
-Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
-120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravans.
-Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
-Climbing helmet (optional).
-Jumper (Ascender & Descender).
-Rope and Snow bars.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow-covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe, Crampons otherness/carabiners. During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your trek bag, in group bags until needed.
To minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipment rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them a lot cheaper than you find in Europe and the USA. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which gives you an idea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
-All-purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
-2 looking Carabiners, Climbing Sling.
-12 – point Crampons.
-Plastic Climbing boots.
FIRST AID MEDICINE
-Bandage for Sprains.
-Iodine or Water filter(optional)
-Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
-Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
-Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
-Aspirin/ paracetamol- general painkiller.
-Oral rehydration salts.
-Broad-spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
-Anti – diarrhoea medication (antibiotic).
-Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium – optional).
-Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
-Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
-Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
– For more details please see our staying healthy topic.