Duration: 13 Days. Maximum Elevation: 5122m
Grade: Medium. Season: Mid September to November and March to mid May
Embark on our amazing 13-day Langtang Valley Trek with Ganja la Pass Trekking that takes you to the famous Langtang region and the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft). Moreover, we also make an interesting excursion to Tserko Ri (5,000m/16,404ft) which offers tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range. The attraction the Langtang region is that it's so close to Kathmandu and yet it's as wild as any Tibetan highlands. Langtang region is also famous for its Gosaikunda Lakes. Moreover, the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas make the trek one of most diverse treks near Kathmandu. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are certainly the Nepalis, being the descendant of the Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans.
We start the adventure with a day's bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trek begins from Syabrubesi, via the Kanyanjing Gompa crosses the mighty Ganja La pass, and ends at the Melamchi Pul Bazar in the Helambu region. Toward the end of the trip, you will also trek through some beautiful rice terraces and a number of splendid Buddhist monasteries around the delightful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang before heading back to Kathmandu.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (KTM) you will be greeted by a representative from MMG. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a MMG display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs
After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi.
Day 03: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs
This is our first day of trekking today. Follow the Langtang Khola River. Pass through the dense forests. Cross several suspension bridges. We also pass by a tea houses. The trail goes up and down but it's not that challenging.
Day 04: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6/7 hr
After taking morning tea, we embark our second day of the jouney. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
Day 05: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3-1/2 hr
After taking morning tea and breakfast, we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. Cross several of the wooden bridges. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air.
Day 06: Excursion to Tsergo Ri (5033m/16,508 ft) and back to Kyanjin: 7/ 8 hrs
Today, we make an excursion to Tsergo Ri which would also help us to acclimatize. The climb to Tsergo Ri which is above 5 thousand meters offers a magnificently panoramic views of the Himalayas. Besides, the climb to Tsergo Ri is a challenging one and the time for the climb depends upon your physical fitness and previous experience. By evening, we return back to Kyanjing Gompa.
Day 07: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hr
Taking today's breakfast, we embark on our today's journey to Ganja La Phedi. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we're already in high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.
Day 08: Cross the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 hr
Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It'd be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 hr
Trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In our 5-6 hrs trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.
Day 10: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 hrs
Today, we lose altitude considereably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.
Day 11: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
Day 12: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, catch the bus to Katmandu.
Day 13: Conclude the trip
Transfer to airport.
What Is Included
All airport/hotel transfers
Tibet Guest House in Kathmandu (similar standard)
All accommodation and meals during the trek
Pickup and drop, Kathmandu-Syabrubesi-Kathmandu by local bus
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government and local taxes
2 Mountain hiking training in Malaysia.
What Is Not Included
Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination cash USD and two passport photographs )
Private vehicle (Kathmandu to Syabrubesi) (USD 200 each jeep)
All Meals during the trip and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides and porters