Introduction to Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek
Langtang Ganjala Pass trek is another popular trekking route in the Langtang area. The Ganjala Pass trekking provides a complete adventure experience. If you’re hiking in the spring, the trail’s jungle is colored and covered with rhododendrons. Ganjala Pass (5,130m) is a bit difficult adventure that requires good equipment and experience from local guides. Ganjala Pass makes the trek challenging trek with unfavorable weather conditions in Nepal.
Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek starts from Syabrubesi and ends at the Melamchi Bazaar. From Syabrubesi you follow the Langtang River to the east until you reach Kyanjin Gompa. There is a small Buddhist monastery in Kyanjin Gompa and a cheese factory started by the Swiss Association in 1955. The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,130m). As you cross the pass, there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan Peak. This trek also offers the opportunity to climb small peaks and visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevation.
Observe culture, traditions, and lifestyle of Langtang
For three days there is no lodge and no settlements along the way. So you have to make good arrangements for adequate food and accommodation. The people of this region follow Buddhism so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. In these places inhabited by the Tamang and Helambo ethnic groups, you can observe their culture, traditions, traditional dress, and rural lifestyle. The Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek Trail takes you along the lush valleys, evergreen forests, waterfalls, Rhododendrons jungles, the best mountain views, and remarkable valleys of Langtang, and Helambu.
The people who live in the high mountainous area of Langtang are Nepalese, but because of their descendants of Tibetan origin, they still look like Tibetans. Towards the end of the journey, before returning to Kathmandu you will travel through some nice rice terraces and many magnificent Buddhist monasteries around the picturesque villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermathang. Some wildlife such as Himalayan black bears, Mountain goats, Himalayan tahr, and Rhesus monkeys are seen in this area. If you are fit enough and have an adventurous spirit you will enjoy this trek.
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Drive Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m) – 8 to 9 hours.
Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,480m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3541m) - 6 to 7 hours walk.
Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa (3,900m) – 3 to 4 hours walk.
Rest at Kyanjin Gompa.
Kyanjin Gompa to Nyengang Kharka (4,430m) - 7 to 8 hours walk.
Nyengang Kharka to High Camp (4,960m) - 4 to 5 hours walk.
High camp to Keldang (4,270m) via Ganja La pass (5,130m) – 8 to 9 hours walk.
Keldang to Dukpu (4,040m) – 7 to 8 hours walk.
Dukpu to Tarkegyang (2,560m) – 6 to 7 hours walk.
Excursion day at Tarkegyang.
Tarkegyang to Sermathang (2,621m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar (850m) – 4 to 5 hours walk.
Drive Melamchi Bazar to Kathmandu – 3 to 4 hours.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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I have just returned from the trip of a lifetime. Always wanted to visit and see the Himalayas and to have completed the trip with the most excellent hosts really made the trip come alive. Odyssey took care of everything and ensured that we experienced real Nepalese hospitality. We climbed up to 3700 meters, saw Ganesh Himal, experienced true excitement on the trek, ate superbly produced fresh food along the route..and above all met some amazing people. Thanks to Karma, Rinji, and our fantastic porters…without you guys it wouldn’t have happened!! All the best. Alex