Ganja-La Pass and Naya Kanga Trek – 15 days

Visit this magical Buddhist ex-kingdom and explore its peaceful, challenging and unspoiled trails and landscape.
Trip Code : DH/LR-01
Duration : 15 days

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek has Magnificent views of Langtang Himalayan Ranges including Langtang Lirung 7425m, Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m), Dorje Lakpa 6980m, Gangchempo 6387m, Naya-Kanga 5846m, Jugal Himal 6080m and other surrounding snow-capped peaks.
  • The crossing of the most difficult and challenging - Ganja La Pass at 5122 meters
  • Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek Hike up to Tserko Ri above 5000 meters for magnificent views of surrounding high mountains within Langtang Himalayan Ranges and beyond.
  • Exploration of Langtang Valley in the Central Himalayan region of Nepal and Experience the unique Bon po religion and Tibetan Buddhist Culture.

Trip Information

The adventurous Ganja-La Pass and Naya Kanga Trek is one of the most famous trekking routes in the Langtang region. Trekking in the cultural and traditional Langtang valley is really amazing, which is fused with century-old Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, various religious monuments and shrines. The magnificent beautiful Himalayas, isolating the Langtang settlements and visiting the Tamang people and their warm and welcoming hospitality is really rewarding. The Langtang Ganja-La Pass and Naya Kanga trek offers us magnificent views of the mountains such as; the Naya Kanga Peak (5,846m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Urkeinmang (6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east, to the south-east, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). A highlight of this trek is Kyanjing Gompa is surrounded by the Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m) on the west and the Yala peak on the north. Apart from this splendid mountains views, the quite challenging trail of the Langtang Ganja- La Pass and Naya Kanga trek also offers us to encounter with various rare wildlife such as; the Red Panda, Black Bear, Snow leopard, Musk Deer, Tahr, Ghoral, common langur and many more.

The Ganja-La Pass and Naya Kanga trek is one of the best destinations to experience a thrilling wilderness adventure. This classical Langtang trek begins from Sybrubesi, a day drive from the Kathmandu Valley. We will follow the routes towards the Lama Hotel and to the Kyanjin Gompa. Although the trekking route can be quite tough and challenging, we need to know about basic knowledge of mountaineering and climbing equipment. Trekking through the high alpine pasture with the spectacular close mountain views surrounding with a glacier of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Langshisha Ri (6370m) with breath-stopping views of Ganesh Himal, Kimshung (6781m), Dorje Lakpa, Gaurishanker, Yala peak, Naya Kanga, and many more are surely unimaginable.

Exploring the splendid Ganjala Pass 5106m and getting chances to witness some yak and goat that are grazing in the grass field with the splendid views of Langtang Lirung, Shishapangma (8013m) in Tibet from the top of the pass is really outstanding. Helambu, known as ‘Yolmo Heritage’, where we get an opportunity to explore these beautiful villages such as; Malemchi Gaun, Tarke Ghyang and observe the local people’s way of life.

Short Itinerary
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: - A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Day 03: - Kathmandu drive to Syabru Besi (1550m/5100ft) about 7-8 hours’ drive
Day 04: - Trek Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6-7 hours
Day 05: - Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 4-5 hours
Day 06: - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours
Day 07: - Acclimatization/Rest day in Kyanjin (3870m)
Day 08: - Kyanjin Gompa trekking to Ngegang (4000m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 09: - Ngegang trekking to Ganja-La pass (5200m) to Keldang (4270m): walking distance 6-7 hour
Day 10: - Keldang trekking to Dukpu (4080m): walking distance 6-7 hour
Day 11: - Dukpu trekking to Tarke Ghyang (2590m): walking distance 5-6 hour
Day 12: - Tarkegyang trekking to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours
Day 13: - Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours’ drive
Day 14: - Rest at Kathmandu and Enjoy farewell dinner
Day 15: Final Departure

Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport

  • Pick up from Airport and drop to the hotel.
  • Hotel checkout and rest and relax.
  • Afternoon strolls in Tourist colorful market, Thamel downtown. 
  • Enjoy welcome dinner.
  • Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2: A full day recreational tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley

  • Early morning breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu Valley
  • Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa and Swyambhu. 
  • The Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more.
  • Short description about trek and trekking equipment needed for trekking. 
  • Pack and be preparing for an early morning start.
  • Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu drive to Syabru Besi (1550m/5100ft) about 7-8 hours’ drive

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu for about 7-8hr.
  • Enjoy viewing the attractive scenery of white snowcapped mountains like Mt. Annapurna II, Manasalu, Ganesh Himal and other minor peaks.
  • Witness the green landscape of hillock, rivers, and village. along the route.
  • Enjoy the Himalayan views and lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages.
  •  The scenery of foothills and ridgeline vistas goes through the Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, and Dhunche.
  • Take a Lunch at the Trishuli Bazaar and continuing further drive to Dhunche and descend to Syabrubesi.
  • Overnight stay at Syabrubesi.

Day 4: Trek Syabru Besi to Lama Hotel (2450m): walking distance 6-7 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Today is the first day of our trek.
  • Continue trail through crossing the Bhote Koshi River and continue down towards Tibet and following the Langtang Khola. 
  • Visit the Gompa of Guru Rinpoche, follow the stone-paved main street out of town over Langtang Khola. 
  • Cross the suspension bridge, and trek through gradually ascends up to Bamboo passing by the landslide. 
  • Follow the way through the subtropical forest mixed with oak and maple, large spruce, fir and blue pine. 
  • Pass the jungles of oak and rhododendron and encounter with a variety of wildlife; yellow-throated martens, wild boars, Langur monkeys, red pandas and Himalayan black bears, etc. 
  • Further ascends gently to Rimche (2400m) and reach to the Lama Hotel.
  • Overnight at Lama Hotel.

Day 5: Lama Hotel trek to Langtang Village (3430m): walking distance 4-5 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue the trek with a gentle climb through the wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and white and pink rhododendrons high above the Langtang Khola. 
  • Enjoy with the stunning glimpse of snow-capped peaks appears small view of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7244m). 
  • The trail leads to a log bridge and climbs further across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela (2992m). 
  • Ascends gradually and witness yak pastures and climb through rhododendrons and scattered Tamang villages. 
  • Crosses a stream and climbs several water-driven mills and prayer wheels to the large settlement of Langtang (3430m).
  • Explore the Tibetan style buildings, and elaborately carved driven windows of the upper village are worth exploring. 
  • Explore the stone walls enclosing fields where buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, and barley are planted and easy to find yak and the wild goats wondering around you.
  • Overnight at Langtang Village.

Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m): walking distance 2-3 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through the beautiful village and climbs a ridge topped by a large Chorten. 
  • Explore the impressive mani wall and cross a stream to the small village of Mundu (3442m). 
  • Trek by following several small streams with wooden cantilever bridges and moraines, and explore the monastery of Kyanjin Gompa.
  • Enjoy seeing icefall with the breathtaking peaks of Langtang Lirung and Kimshung.
  •  Get a chance to test cheese and curd by Yak milk.
  • Stroll the area with plentiful panoramic views of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Genjempol, Kyangjin RI (4750m.), Tsergo RI (5000m.), Ganja La (5160m.), Langshisa- Ri (6427m.), Dorje Lhakpa (6430m.), Naya Kang (5844m.), Yala peak (5500m).
  • Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 7: Acclimatization/Rest day in Kyanjin (3870m)

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Explore the Kyanjin village and visit the monastery and the cheese factory.
  • Trek on the top of Kyanjin and see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyanjin Ri (4350m) and Tserko Ri (5,000m).
  • Enjoy the breath-taking panorama of the Langtang Lirung, Langtang range, Kinshung, Yansa Tsenji. 
  • Trek by the side of Langshisa Kharka and back to Kyanjin.
  • Overnight at the Kyanjin.

Day 8: Kyanjin Gompa trekking to Ngegang (4000m): walking distance 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek by crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa and make a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. 
  • Ascend high Himalaya that is covered with little natural vegetation.
  • The further trail will lead you to the yak pasture of Ngegang.
  • Enjoy with the magnificent mountains scenery and pure of natural beauties. 
  • During your trek, you can see Yaks grazing.
  • Overnight at Ngegang.

Day 9: Ngegang trekking to Ganja-La pass (5200m) to Keldang (4270m): walking distance 6-7 hour

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue the trail by following streams and moraines and climbs steeply towards the pass. 
  • Trek a final steep ascent to the pass, and descends steeply and enters the Yangri Khola Valley. 
  • Today we will cross Ganja La, one of the steep passes. 
  • Trek through the snowy ice covered way and make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and submit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine.
  • As you reach to Ganja La, you can enjoy the majestic panoramic view of the Langtang Lirung and the snowy summits of the Tibetan border. 
  • Ascend up and down through the snowfall and ice way. 
  • Following the stream through grassy meadows, and reach to the Keldang.
  • Overnight at Kheldang.

Day 10: Keldang trekking to Dukpu (4080m): walking distance 6-7 hour

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through a descending trail along the ridge, grassland with the unbelievable views of Mountain and its surrounded nature beauties. 
  • Follow the ridgeline through small settlements of Helambu and reach Dukpu.
  • Overnight at Dukpu.

Day 11: Dukpu trekking to Tarke Ghyang (2590m): walking distance 5-6 hour

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue trek through passing Dukpu and descends and climb to a pass.
  • Enjoy magnificent views of the Annapurna Region, Mt. Everest region as well and native mountains from the Pass.
  • The further trail descends through the pine and rhododendron forest and then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. 
  • Continue steep descent and reach to the settlement of Tarkeghyang. 
  • Explore the oldest Buddhist monastery and picturesque Sherpa villages.
  • Overnight at Tarke Ghyang.

Day 12: Tarkegyang trekking to Sermathang (2610m): walking distance 5-6 hours

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Continue easy trek through a flat land with beautiful forests. 
  • The way leads us to cross small forest with the view of the charming village of Helambu region. 
  • Stroll around the wide valley end between Parachin and Sherpa village of Gangyul of Khumbu region.
  • Explore the Sermathang, beautiful Sherpa village and visit many ancient monasteries with the view of Jugal Himal range.
  • Enjoy excellent views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Gosaikunda, and Rolwaling; even Everest also in the distance.
  • Overnight at Sermathang.

Day 13: Melamchi drive back to Kathmandu: walking distance 4-5 hours and 3-4 hours drive

  • Morning breakfast.
  • Around 4 to 5 hours gradually descends trail to reach Melamchi Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. 
  • From Melamchi, you will drive towards Kathmandu.
  • Around 3 to 4 hours you need to drive.
  • Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 14: Rest day in Kathmandu and enjoy farewell dinner

Early morning breakfast.
You can visit the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
You can do some souvenir shopping in the vibrant Thamel if you want.
Enjoy farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Final Departure

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Airport transfer 3 hours before departure
  • You will catch your flight back to your home and wish for your Safe journey.

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