Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking

Trip Information
  • Trip Duration 21 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Max. Altitude 5106m (Keldang)
  • Transport Tourist Bus
  • Best Season September to December & March to May

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Regarded as one of the difficult passes in Nepal, Gonja-La Pass (5106m) is to be attempted with the local advice, adequate acclimatization, good equipments and some experience. The pass is usually blocked by snow from December to the last week of February and at any time a bad weather change can make crossing the pass decidedly challenging. It takes about four days to cross the distance between Kyanjin and Gekye and we find no permanent settlement between them. It is very wise idea to have some altitude acclimatization around Kyanjin Gompa before commencing the crossing. We would camp before the pass that would facilitate us to increase our acclimatization.

We commence our overland journey to Syabrubesi by bus. From Syabrubensi, we ascend to the beautiful alpine valley of Kyangjin Gompa. We would stay two days for acclimatization in Kyanjin Gompa. From Ngegang the trail climbs steeply and crosses a snow slope to the pass, marked by rock cairns and prayer flags and with a spectacular view of the peaks to the north and the hills to the south. A steep and dangerous descent flows to Kaldang at 4270m. Coming the other way over the pass the long ascent from Keldang means we must spend an additional night on the southern side of the pass. From Keldang it is a long day’s walk to Dukpu at 4080m. and another day from there to Tarke Gyang at 2743m. The last day’s walk offers tremendous views of the Himalaya as you cross a 4020m. pass soon after leaving Dukpu.

To the north of the pass, we would see the Hilalayas like- Langtang Lirung, Shisa Pangma (8013m.) and some Tibetan Himalayas. To the west, there is Naya Kangri (5846m.) previously named as Gunja-La Chuli. A base camp in this region makes a good starting point for this trek.

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Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival at the airport, you would be received by our representative and then transfer to hotel.

  • Max. Altitude: 1320m
  • Accommodation:Hotel

We drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal (1350m.). The rough road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail will take us through the Shivpuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. We will come across a Tamang settlement called Mulkharka. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.)

  • Max. Altitude: 2300m

Today we trek from Chisopani to Kutumsang (2446m.). The trail continues to drop from Chisopani and crosses meadow and fields. We would descend through Pathi Bhanjyang to Gul Bhanjyang. The trail climbs a ridge from Gul Bhanjyang to another pass at 2620m. The meadow at Kutumsang at 2470m makes a good camping spot.

  • Max. Altitude: 2446m

Having lunch at Kutumsang, we trek to Magen Goth (3220m.). The trek continues due north to Yurin Danda ridge. The trail climbs above Kutumsang on a steep, eroded trail mostly through fir and rhododendron forest and descends to Magen Goth.

  • Max. Altitude: 3220m

Today we trek from Magen Goth to Ghopte (3430m.) Via Tharepati Pass (3650m.) We will reach Tharepati and the trail ascends through the forest, climbing in and out of ravines across the valley.

  • Max. Altitude: 3430m

Trek from Ghopte to Gosaikunda (4361m.). The trail ascends through the meadow of bushes and some rhododendron trees and ascends to Phedi (3500m.). Finally, we come to Gosainkunda.

  • Max. Altitude: 4361m

We would take rest at Gosaikunda for pilgrimage. The large lake Gosainkunda at an elevation of 4361m., attracts hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims from different corners of the world during the full moon festival each August. One can witness some black and white stones in the lake with an individual story about Lord Shiva and his creation.

    It is our turn to trek from Gosainkunda to Chandanbari (2350m.) Our trail gently ascends for a short period and goes through different chortens and small Shiva temples. The trail then descends to Laure Binayak to Singh Gompa and then goes to Chandanbari. Singh Gompa houses a statue of the Green Tara. We would also witness small cheese factories on the way.

    • Max. Altitude: 2350m

    It is our turn to trek from Chandanbari to Syabru Gaon (2210m.). Our trail descends through the forest and come across the Chortens en route. Finally, we will arrive at Syabru Gaon which is densely populated by Buddhists.

    • Max. Altitude: 2210m

    Trek Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2380m.). Our trail crosses the Bhote Kosi and then climbs through forest of oak and rhododendron. We would also have a glance of languor monkeys jumping from one tree to another.

    • Max. Altitude: 2380m
    • Accommodation:Hotel

    Having lunch at Lama Hotel, we trek to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela (3000m.) which takes about six hours. We would find some grazing grounds of Yak on the way. The local people bring their livestock for grazing in the high pastures during the summer months. We find a monastery before we reach Langtang Village. We pay our short visit to the monastery and arrive at our destination.

    • Max. Altitude: 3430m

    It is our turn to trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.). It takes about three hours to reach there. Our trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens further and the views become more extensive. Kyangjin Gompa is reached after crossing several small streams and moraines. We would visit the cheese factory at Kyangjin Gompa. We would enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and many more.

      We would acclimatize at Kyangjin Gompa and go for excursion to utilize our time. We would visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice falls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350m).

      • Max. Altitude: 4350m

      Today we trek from Kyanjing Gompa to Ngegang(4000m.) which takes about 5 hours. We don’t find villages along the trail. We would enjoy varieties of flora and fauna on the way. In the evening, we would take rest in our camp.

      • Max. Altitude: 4000m
      • Accommodation:Camp

      We trek from Keldang to Dukpu (4080m.) which takes about five and half hours. Our camping site will be arranged in the forest. We would be walking along ridge, grassland experiencing pin-drop silence and enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayas.

      • Max. Altitude: 5106m

      We trek from Keldang to Dukpu (4080m.) which takes about five and half hours. Our camping site will be arranged in the forest. We would be walking along ridge, grassland experiencing pin-drop silence and enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayas.

      • Max. Altitude: 4080m

      From Dukpu, we trek to Tarkeghyang( 2740m.). We would descend about 200m. and climb the 4100m pass. From the pass, we would view spectacular mountain ranges- Annapurna and Everest. Now the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest and pass through the settlement to Tarkeghyang. On the way, we would also visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages. The people of the villages are well cultured, friendly and cheerful.

      • Max. Altitude: 2740m

      Trek from Tarkeghyang to Shermathang (2621m.) Trekking today is comparatively easier than the previous days as the trail goes through flat land with beautiful forests. On the way, we would penetrate the village called Shermathang where we would visit some ancient monasteries.

      • Max. Altitude: 2621m

      Today we trek from Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m.) The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, we come across several villages. En route, we would interact with the local people and know their culture and way of life.

      • Max. Altitude: 846m

      From Melamchi Pul Bazaar, we drive to Kathmandu. The road is graveled and bumpy till Lamidanda and then we will have pitched road up to Kathmandu.

        It is our last day in Nepal. Having breakfast in the hotel, we would go for sightseeing around the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served in a typical Nepali restaurant.

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          What's Included
          • Airports pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
          • 3 night’s deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking).
          • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
          • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees
          • Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
          • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi and Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu by drive.
          • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
          • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
          • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
          • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel
          • Insurance company.
          • Langtang National Park permits
          • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees.
          • First aid medical kit.
          • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole if necessary.
          • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
          • All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
          What's not Included
          • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
          • Your Travel insurance.
          • Food while you are in Kathmandu
          • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
          • Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)