Ganjala Pass Trek
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Ganjala Pass Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 1670m - 5050m
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Group Size 1 - 15

Overview

Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek starts from Sybru Bensi, ends at Melamchi Pul Bazar. From Sybru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang river to the east until you get to Kyanching Gompa (3,049.). Some 5 km to the south of Kyanching Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and, to the southeast, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Kyanching Gompa is surrounded by Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west, Yala peak on the north , Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east. In Kyanjing Gompa there are a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance.

When you are crossing the pass there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is spent above 3,000m (10,000ft). The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m ). On the very pass of Ganjala, the last few 100m trails are precarious so we use a rope there for safety, though the utmost care is enough. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. But the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. As there are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way, the group should be well equipped with enough food.

Only organized camping treks are possible for this region. The use of firewood is also prohibited within the park, so all supplies should be taken with us. The trek requires 13 days. The people living in Langtang are of Tibetan origin, though they introduce themselves as Tamang or Gurung. After passing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchigaon and Tarke Ghyang . People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. The dialects spoken are also different.

People here follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarke Ghyang is another Sherpa town along the way, which bears its own story. The town name means temple of “100 horses” and was taken from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama ( Buddhist monk ) who was called on by the king of Kathmandu ( Kantipur) to stop an epidemic. As his reward, the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here. The local temple, rebuilt in 1969, follows the Bhutanese style.

What to expect on this trek ?

On this tour firstly one will get a beautiful city tour in Kathmandu. Similarly, one can even visit the world heritage site in Kathmandu. Also, visit the Tibetan Village in Langtang along with this one can get amazing views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, and Lang Sisa which will add value to your visit. Similarly, this trek is very good to spend quality time with your family.

Similarly, the Ganja La Pass trek is a very popular trek among both National and International visitors. After a cultural expedition in the village of Lantern, the trail passes through alpine plants to reach the ancient Kanjin Gompa Monastery. Kyanjin Gompa is the most sacred monastery for the Tamang people in the Lantern region. The trail then reaches the fascinating Ganjala Pass (5130m), the highest altitude for trekking that is frozen all year round. The trail then passes through the village of Sherpa in Helambu and ends at Melamchipul in the village of Helambu. The highlights of this trek are the village of Langtang, spectacular views of the Langtang Mountains, dense rhododendrons and pine forests, numerous Buddhist monasteries, local cheeseries and a variety of flora and fauna.

Highlights of the trek

  • City guided tour in Kathmandu
  • Visit a world heritage site
  • Visit the Tibetan village at Langtang
  • Amazing views of Langtang Ri, Ganesh Himal, Lang Sisa
  • Ascent of Chorkari Ri (5050m)
  • Cross Ganjala pass 5130 m
  • Panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m
  • Spectacular views of the Ice fluted peak Gyanghempo

 

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters). Hotel

There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel on BB plan.

Day 02

Kathmandu to SyabruBensi (1462m/4795ft) (6:30 hours).

Drive from Kathmandu to SyabruBensi by bus via Trisuli Bazar and Dhunche( popular town). You will witness nice scenery of White Mountains of Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal, and other minor peaks are visible from Kakani (along the route) and as well as green scenery of hillock, rivers, village while driving to Syaprubensi. Syabrubensi is an attractive village with large stone houses.

Day 03

SyabruBensi to Lama Hotel (2510m/8232ft).

From Syabrubensi we begin our trek by following the Langtang River, a river we will be following over the next few days, all the way to the head of the valley. After crossing the suspension bridge, the trails ascent ridge to Paira Lodge and after Paira Lodge, the trails, gradually ascent until to New Bridge and the trail climbs up to Rimche and after 40 minutes, we get then to Lama Hotel. This day, you might feel the wilderness and might get the opportunity to see wild animals like monkeys, red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, etc.

Day 04

Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3307m10846f).

From Lama Hotel the trail gradually climbs up to GhoraTabela through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron with spectacular, fleeting glimpses of Mt. LangtangLirung (7,244m). Leaving GhoraTabela, the path follows the delightful LangtangKhola, climbing steadily up to the spread-out Langtang village (3,500m). At the afternoon, we hiking up to KyanjinRi and back to KyanjinGompa.

Day 05

Langtang village to ChorkariRi (5050m/ 16564ft) and back to KyanjinGompa.

Get up early morning at 5:30 am. The trail climbs gradually to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). Crossing the LajaKhola then climbs a moraine to a viewpoint where you can see KyanjinGompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from LangtangLirung. After Kyanjin Gompa, climb to the top of Chorkariri (5050m). Enjoying spectacular panoramic mountain views of the whole Langtang Himalayas, including LangtangLirung (7,244m), LangshisaRi (6,810 m.), Gyanghempo (6,888 m.) Ganjala peak, Nayakang and more.

Besides, incredible mountain views, Langtang valley views with dramatic icefall flowing from LangtangLirung and Gyanghempo peak can be seen.

Day 06

KyanjinGompa to ChorkariRi (5050m/ 16564ft) and back to KyanjinGompa.

Get up early morning at 5:30 am and have breakfast and after breakfast, our day begins with a steep climb to the top of Chorkariri (5050m). Enjoying spectacular panoramic mountain views of the whole Langtang Himalayas, including LangtangLirung (7,244m), LangshisaRi (6,810m.), Gyanghempo (6,888 m.) Ganjala peak, Nayakang and more.

Besides, incredible mountain views, Langtang valley views with dramatic icefall flowing from LangtangLirung and Gyanghempo peak can be seen.

Day 07

Trek to Ngegang( 4520m). Ganja La pass( 5130m) and trek to Keldang( 4420m). Walking 7:30 hours, O/N at Tent, FB plan.

After Chorkari Ri the trek continues toward Ngegang via Ganja La Pass during your trek through Ganja La Pass you will get beautiful views of the landscape and its surrounding. This is the main reason that it has such a reputation in the trekking world. Through Ganjala pass you will get to Keldang at an altitude of 4420m and rest there for the night.

Day 08

Trek down to Dukpa( 4040m). Walking 6:30 hours, O/N at Tent, FB plan.

After trekking to Keldang we trek down to Dukpa at an altitude of 4040m. During this trek, you can explore various flora and fauna of the place. The trekking duration from Keldang to Dukpa is around 6-7 hours then after we will rest at a comfortable camping accommodation and enjoy our time there.

Day 09

Trek to TarkeGyang( 2600m). Walking 6 hours, O/N at a guest house, FB plan.

Today, our trekking starts downhill and then climbs steep uphills to reach the summit of Yanli. Trekk along the pine and Rhododreden forests to reach Tarkegyang, a large Sherpa village. In the evening, you can visit an ancient monastery called Gyakye Gompa while exploring the village. Overnight at Tarkegyang Lodge.

Day 10

Trek to Sermathang( 2590m) Walking 6 hours, O/N at the guest house, FB plan.

A walk through Ghyangul and Chimighyang will take you to the beautiful village of Sermanthang, which is very culturally rich due to the inhabited  Sherpa community. The village offers a satisfying natural landscape as well. At night you can interact with the locals. Overnight at the Selmantang lodge.

Day 11

Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazar and drive to Kathmandu by Jeep.

After Sermanthang the trail descends through Himalayan pine forests and meadows to reach Melamchipuru. Along the way, you’ll pass several small villages and temples before boarding your private car at Melamchi Pul. From Melamchi Pul, return to the Kathmandu Valley with views of the countryside. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 12

Departure

After breakfast, the trip ends, and our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Group Pricing

The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, please find Ganjala Pass Trek rates below.

Group Size
(PAX)
1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10 +
Price (USD)
per person
1025 875 775 700 575 655

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary. 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (1 night- Before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  • Meals 3 times a day ( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.  
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits after dinner.  
  • Twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking.
  • Langtang trekking Map. 
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  •  Trip achievement certificate. 
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and English-speaking trekking  guide.
  • Strong and friendly mountain porter to carry your trekking baggage. 
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.  
  •  Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary. 
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Langtang National park entry permit. 
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System). 
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • All kinds of drinks (Hot/cold & alcoholic) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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Trip Info

Ganjala Pass Trek is a famous trekking destination. Annually, a lot of trekkers love to do the Ganjala Pass trek whether it is native or international. Similarly, it is an easier trek than other high altitudes in Nepal.

Likewise, the journey of Ganjala Pass Trek starts from Kathmandu, then from Kathmandu drive to Syprubeshi. Then after reaching Syprubeshi the trip begins its trekking journey. The trek begins from Syprubeshi to Lama hotel initially. After Lama Hotel the trek continues to Langtang village, Chorkariri(5050m), and back to Kyangjn Gompa, Ngegang. Similarly, after Ngegang the trip resumes to Ganja La pass( 5130m) and trek to Keldang, then trek down to Dukpa, then trek to TarkeGyang. After, TarkeGyang trekked to Sermathang.

Further Trek to Melamchi Bazar and drive to Kathmandu by Jeep, After breakfast, the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for Ganjala Pass Trek?

The perfect time for a Nepal visit is during the summer season. But saying that many visits are done during the winter season. In the summer season, the best time is during the spring and autumn season. During this time of the year, the weather is stable and you can travel in the clear sky. Also, during this time of the year, you can travel in the clear sky with clear visibility of the surroundings.  Similarly, you can view different peaks of the region which will add value to your visit. Furthermore, if you travel here during the autumn seasons then you are going to experience the biggest festival in the country Dashain and Tihar. 

What are the difficulties in the Ganjala Pass Trek?

What are the important trekking pieces of equipment required for the Ganjala Pass trek?

How long is the Ganja La Pass Trek?

How do I get to Ganja La Pass?

Do I need a trekking guide on my Ganja La Pass trek?

How much weight can a porter carry on this trek?

Are there any communication facilities on the Ganja La Pass trek?

Do I need a trekking pass for trekking on the Ganja La Pass?

What are the main highlights of Ganja La Pass trek?

What is the max altitude for the Ganja La Pass Trek?

What are the transportation facilities in the Ganja La Pass Trek?

Can you have altitude sickness in the Ganja La Pass Trek?

Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.