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Duration of treks: 14 days
Start Point: SyafruBensi
Ending point: MelamchiPul Bazar
Best months: All months except Dec, Jan and Feb
Embark on our amazing 14-days Ganja la Pass Trek that takes you to the famous Langtang region and over the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft). The trek also makes an interesting excursion to TserkoRi (5,000m/16,404ft) offering you tremendous views of the Langtang Himalaya range. The attraction of the Langtang region is that it's so close to Kathmandu and yet it's as wild as the Tibetan highlands. Langtang region is also famous for it’s pristineGosaikunda Lakes. Moreover you will be keeping company with rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayas. The people living the highlands of the Langtang region are Nepali that aredescendents of Tibetans.
We start the adventure with a day's bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trek begins from Syabrubesivia the KanyanjingGompaand crosses the mighty Ganja La pass. The trek ends at the MelamchiPul Bazar in the Helambu region. Towards the end of the trip you will trek through beautiful rice terraces and splendid Buddhist monasteries all part of TarkeGyang and Sermathang.
Itinerary details for Ganja La Pass Treks:
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu - 1,300m/4,264 ft
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu airport you will complete your custom formalities (Visa, etc) and pick up your luggage. At the exit look for our representative with a Himalayan All Trekkers Team display board or printed name at the arrival gate. You will then be transferred to your hotel. After check in you can take some time to rest, hang around in the city or visit our office. In the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
DAY 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation for your Ganja La Treks:
Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of PashupatiNath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and BoudhanathStupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet your trek leader and other team members. All Trekkers Team will brief you regarding your trek as well as provides you with the opportunity to ask any questions regarding your upcoming adventure.You can also do some last minute buying of personal items as you will be departing to the Himalayas tomorrow.
DAY 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs
After breakfast we drive out along the northwestern hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himalayan 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 descend to Syabrubesi.
DAY 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs
Today is our first day of trekking. Follow the LangtangKhola River. Pass through the dense forests. Cross several suspension bridges and pass by many teahouses. The trail goes up and down but it's not that challenging.
DAY 05: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6/7 hr
After taking morning tea, we embark our second day of the journey. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up the valley we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of LangtangLirung. Pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them.
DAY 06: Trek to KyanjinGompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3-1/2 hr
After taking morning tea and breakfast, we leave the village and pass through yak pastures. We also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal. It is made from stonesthathave prayers carved on them. The prayers are blown up to heaven by the wind in a similar fashion as prayer flags. After this we will cross several wooden bridges before arriving at our sleeping place. Since we are getting into the higher altitudes, you may start to feel the thin air.
DAY 07: Excursion to TserkoRi (5033m/16,508 ft) Back to Kyanjin: 7/8 hrs
Today, we make an excursion to TserkoRi. This will also help us to acclimatize. The climb to TserkoRi is above five thousand meters. It offers a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayas. It is a challenging climb. The time for the climb depends upon your physical fitness and previous experience. By evening, we return back to KyanjingGompa.
DAY 08: Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hr
We embark on our day's journey to Ganja La Phedi. Crossing the Langtang River and ascending through rhododendron forests. Since we're already acclimated todays challenge will depend more on the depth of the snow on the path than our lung capacity. When the snow is very deep the time for getting to our destination can take a lot longer.
DAY 09: 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 will be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the more difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow most of the year. We make the long ascent through boulders, past the small lakes before reaching therocky moraine of the summit of Ganja La. 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 10: 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 ridgeline. In our 5-6 hrstrek today we continue losing altitude. Our path takes us through forests, ridges, and grasslands.
DAY 11: Trek to TarkeGyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 hrs
Today, we lose considerable altitude, about 1500 meters. As you descend lower, you will notice more and more vegetation.
DAY 12: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr
We cross small forests with the view of the beautiful villages of the Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley between Parachin and the pretty Sherpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.
DAY 13: Trek to MalemchiPuul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 2 hrdrive
On our final day of the trek, we walk down to MalemchiPul Bazaar through many Sherpa villages. From the Bazaar, catch the bus to Katmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, All Trekkers Team will host a farewell dinner. Congratulations on the completion of your trek!
DAY 14: Farewell Friends!
We are saying good-bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize your photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from All Trekkers Team will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Trip Cost Includes
- All airport/hotel transfers
- (standard) hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and transport
- Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
- An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). This includes their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Rescue arrangement service
- Nepal visa fee
- Airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/City
- 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
Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.
Our Ganzala Pass Trek itinerary is planned with an awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill you. The higher the altitude the less oxygen is in air. For example, there is 50% less oxygen than of the sea level. Your body needs some days to adapt to this ‘less oxygen’ environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We especially advise the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements
The most significant thing that makes your Ganzala Pass Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members. Professional guides will lead your trip. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience appropriate to each individual trek. With an objective of sustaining local communities All Trekkers Team supplies only Nepalese staffs that have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of ATTm are also trained with and educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues:
- Intensive Wilderness First Aid
- Trekking Guide Training
- English Language
- Conservation and Biodiversity
- Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (applies to expeditions)
The Trekking Group
For the Ganzala Pass Trek, there will be one guide, assistant guide and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group become sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Ganzala Pass Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this.
Though often overlooked, it is important to mention. The trekking and expedition companies in Nepal are built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make the journeys to these remote areas possible. So it's very sad for that there is a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We assure all our porters are to be well treated, well paid and we provide a decent level of shelter, clothing and footwear. Porters who become sick are to be treated with the same care, attention as other team members - to rescue porters from dangerous situations is our duty. And for the porter's sake we inform that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight to a maximum of 15kgs. If you need to have more weight than this additional porters can be hired. Thus we support the working conditions of the porters
Health and Experience Required:
Walking in this high Mountain Region usually requires maximum 6-8 hours of walking everyday. Climbing in the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure and will require long hours of walking. You should be prepared max 14 Km of walking or jogging exercise everyday 1 month before your Trek starts. And also a positive attitude and a strong determination are important. Previous hiking/camping experience is good to have but technical experience is not required.
It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you be protected with an insurance policy. Should medial issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs) happen it is important to be prepared. Please mind that we do not arrange or sell insurance.
Packing list and equipments:
- Big backpack
- Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
- Two pair of wool long socks
- Three pairs of light trekking socks
- Fast drying underwear
- One pair of shorts
- One pair of light trekking pants
- One pair of warm winter pants
- Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
- One fleece sweater for trekking
- Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
- Rain coat
- Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
- Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
- One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom
- Winter hat
- Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
- Fast drying towel
- Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
- Wet wipes
- Sun cream
- Toilet paper
- Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
- Nail clipper
- Lip balm
- Tropical anti mosquito spray
- Medical kit:
- Pain killers
- Something for diarrhea
- Pills against cold
- Nose spray
- Altitude pills
- Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
- Sore throat drops
- Cream for muscle pain
- Pills and other medicaments you usually use
- Other necessary thing you must have:
- Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
- Water bottle – 1+L
- Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
- Strings for hanging clothes
- Lighter and candles
- Swiss knife (with all the additions)
- Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
- Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
- Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
- Batteries, power bag
- Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
- Book (optional)
- Hooks (optional)
- Guide book