The Ganja la pass at 5132m is a rather tricky pass to negotiate but it provides an alternative to entering the Helambu region to the other itineraries as you do not need to trek back down the Langtang Valley before crossing over to the Gosainkuda lakes.It does however mean you miss out on the lakes unless you back track.If you are planning this route it is neccessary to take all your own food and camping equipment as there is nothing on the trail for a few days.The Ganja la is not an easy pass especially in winter and ropes are often needed to negotiate a safe crossing.
The route from Kyanjin Gompa crosses the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa, the trail makes a steep climb along the ridge on the south side of the valley through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. The trail lies to the south of the forest and follows streams and moraines before climbing steeply towards the pass. The views to the north from the pass, of Langtang Lirung and the snow peaks in Tibet, including Shisha Pangma at 8013m, are outstanding. This trek needs to be done under canvas
Destination : Ganja-La pass
Minimum altitude : 1,965m
Maximum altitude : 5,200m
Grade : Strenuous
Season : Spring, Summer & Autumn
Accommodation : Tented camp
Duration : 16 Days
Entry : Syabrubesi
Exit : Melamchi Pul
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu.
Arrival Kathmandu / pick up from airport / transfer to hotel / tour briefing / introductory evening measl in a traditional restaurant.
Day 02 : Kathmandu City Tour
Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley / visits to many historical and architectural monuments, Temples and Stupas.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Sybru Bensi
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi / takes around nine hours by private vehicle / very scenic drive good mountain views / overnight
Day 04 : Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel
Today, the first part of the trail follows the Langtang Khola (river) / we gradually ascend / forest of bamboo and rhododendron / crossing the river on a few ocassions / to Lama Hotel / overnight
Day 05 : Lama Hotel to Langtang Village
After Lama Hotel / we begin our trek up the Langtang Valley / through wood to begin with / along the river before the valley widens / lovely valley / we continue to ascend / not excessive ups / until we reach Langtang Village / time to look around this stone windswept place / interesting culture and people / overnight
Day 06 : Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa
Today is a shorter walk but needed for acclimatization / Kyanjin interesting settlement / good cheese factory / We are really at the top of this beautiful valley / base of the mountains / good place to explore further up the valley / lots of small peaks to climb / overnight
Day 07 : Kyanjin Gompa – Rest Day
Visit the monastery and cheese factory / spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung / ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350 meters)
Day 08 : Kyanging Gompa to Ngegang
Kyangjin is the last settlement for a few days / we continue up the valley / little natural vegetation / overnight
Day 09 : Ngegang to Keldang via Ganja La
Today is comparatively strenuous as we need to cross the Ganja la pass at over 5200 meters / the pass is stiff and can be very difficult to negotiate in bad weather / once over the pass we descend to campsite / overnight
Day 10 : Keldang to Dukpu
A long day walking along a ridge / grassland / amazing views of mountains / continue to a forest camp / overnight.
Day 11 : Dukpu to Tarkeghyang
Trail descends / then climbs to a 4100meters pass / views from pass are spectacular / streching from Annapurna Region to Mt. Everest region.From the pass we descend through pine forest / rhododendron forest / past tiny herder's to the settlement of Tarkeghyang / very old Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages. These villages are well settled / friendly natured people / overnight
Day 12 : Tarkeghyang Rest day to rest up and look around
Day 13 : Tarkeghyang to Shermathang
Today the trail is quite easy / through flat land / beautiful forests along the way / rossing some small streams / Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village / ancient monasteries and mountain views.
Day 14 : Shermathang to Melamchi Pul Bazaar
The trail today gradually descends to Melamchi Pul Bazaar / through meadows and cultivated fields / on the way several old villages with their own particular traditions / Good day / with mountain views / interacting with friendly local people.
Day 15 : Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu
After breakfast trek along a gravel path / to Lamidanda / transport awaits / back to Kathmandu / transfer hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu at leisure
Day17: Transfer to the airport / flight to onwards destination
10. Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
11. All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
12. Airport transfers for internal flights
13. Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
14. Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure