Langtang & Ganja-La

* Traversing through one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the perfect tranquility of central Himalayan region
* Marvelous valley gorges, traditional culture & Buddhist religion, pristine forest inhabited by the red pandas
* In the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himalayan range

* Traversing through one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the perfect tranquility of central Himalayan region
* Marvelous valley gorges, traditional culture & Buddhist religion, pristine forest inhabited by the red pandas
* In the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himalayan range* Traversing through one of the most beautiful alpine valleys in the perfect tranquility of central Himalayan region* Marvelous valley gorges, traditional culture & Buddhist religion, pristine forest inhabited by the red panda* In the close backdrop of the high Langtang Himalayan rang


Starting out with a bus drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi, this trek begins to the Langtang Himal, taking the direct route via the Langtang Khola. The trip includes days of easy walking on good trails, through the dense forest of oak, birch, pine and rhododendron and then the path leads to the tree-line and then to Kyangjin Gompa (3749m). Kyangjin is a splendid base in a beautiful setting of high snowy mountains from where one can acclimatise and plan explorations of the upper valley.

Good acclimatization days can be spent exploring the upper Langtang valley, first explored by Tillman, when he was probing for routes into Tibet. These upper meadows are home to large herds of thar. The valley ends in a massive wall of mountains, forming the frontier with Tibet. 

Crossing to the Chimsedang Lekh and the Kangjal Himal, a ridge of peaks bordering the valley to the south, establishes camp below the Ganja La (5,121m). From here, there is a possible way to traverse through  Langtang valley towards Helambu region. The walk here is accompanied by stunning views of  the great mountains flanking the Langtang valley, including Ganchenpo (6387m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Pemthang Karpo Ri (6830m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and across the border in Tibet rises the huge bulk of Shishapangma (8046m). After the pass of Ganja-la, the adventure heads to the charming villages of Helambu before the trip comes to an end near Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu half day guided tour.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi 1,460m. 7 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Riverside 2,240m. 5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Ghoretabla 3,020m. 5 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m. 3 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Kyangin Gompa 3,850m. 3-4 hours.
Day 08: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around.
Day 09: Trek towards Naya Kanga at Branchen Kharka 4,100m. Approx. 4-5 hrs walks.
Day 10: Traverse Ganja-la 5,121m descend towards Keldrong Kharka.
Day 11: Trek to Kharka before Dukpu. 4,023m.
Day 12: The Kharka before Dupku to Tarkeghyang 2,560m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 13: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.
Day 14: Trek to Sermathang 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel 3-4 hrs journey.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 18: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 19 Apr-06 May  Available
 18 Oct-04 Nov  Available
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m via respective airlines.
  As you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport HimEX staff will meet you and transfer you to respective Hotels. Our staff will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking and Camping, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. A short paper work for the trekking / National Park permit we will re-confirm you're out going International Air Ticket as well.
Day 02:

In Kathmandu.

On the first night in Kathmandu, we will inform you if there's a sight seeing tour included. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it's late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out in our interesting tour.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu -Syabrubesi 1,460m. 7-8 hours.
  Early morning driving journey to Syabrubesi, the vehicle journey takes you to the winding uphill and downhill road, the drive passes to many rural town and farm villages the bigger town on route Trisuli Bazaar, this place lies in the sub-tropical climatic zone the road from here climbs uphill to a cooler region leaving the rice paddy behind to maize and millet terraced fields as the weather changes with the culture and the people as well, on arrival at the entrance of Dhunche 1,965m, major town of the Langtang area and Rasuwa district. There's a Langtang National Park headquarter office where you're Trekking and Park permit are checked by the Nepalese Army serving as Park warden. From here, journey continues further downhill for 1-2 hours to Syabrubesi village for the overnight stop.
Day 04:

Trek to Riverside 2,240m. 5-6 hours.

The route from Syabrubesi is quite pleasant with the uphill climb for a while but the rest of the walk is gradual on the winding trail through the terraced farm fields and villages, as the trail descends and joins the path coming from upper Syabru at the Riverside Lodge near the place of Bamboo, an ideal spot for camping with ample time to go for a refreshing splash in the nearby river of upper Trisuli River.
Day 05:

Trek to Ghoratabela 3,020m. 5 hours walk.

  The walk from here leads to a cool forest inside the gorge following the torrent glacial Trisuli River upstream, the path from here leads to gentle up hill in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after few hours walk, arriving at Lama-Hotel, where there is facilities for camping and staying in one of these local teahouses serving as lodges for the trekkers.
From this place another two to three hours reaches you at Ghoratabela for the overnight stop. Ghoratabela located is in the middle of the forest of pines, hemlocks and rhododendron from here onwards you can feel the altitude also. Ghoratabela in Nepali means the "Horse-Stable" in the early days till present people from Langtang area and as far as from Kathmandu use to trade with Tibet by this  accessible route to Tibet-Nepal via Kiayrong and bringing Tibetan ponies, as this an ideal place for the cattle's and horses to graze on the meadows with numerous creeks around for watering. Ghoratabela has a lodge and a Park Warden's barrack where your permits are checked.
Day 06: Trek to Langtang village 3,430m. 3 hours walk.
  Trek continues for few hours on the road to Langtang village and to its beautiful valley, the walk leads through the alpine forest for an hour, on reaching a small stream and then leaving the tree line behind.
From here the trail follows uphill for an hour, then the walks get better on the gradual winding path with few ups and down till Langtang Village is reached for the overnight stop and as well for lunch with ample time to visit the villages with a glimpse of Langtang Himal peeping in the north on top of the great rock wall.
Day 07: Trek to Kyangin Gompa 3,850m. 3-4 hours.
  From this wonderful village, morning walk leads through the gradual path for a short while, then the path winds uphill for few hours through the prickly Burberry and high alpine shrubs, and encountering "mani-prayer wall" where walking on the clockwise direction is the positive way of respecting the local culture and religion, as our walk leads to farther east the valley opens up and then walking on the grassy meadow with views of numerous snow capped peaks in the distance. The walk is more pleasant and can be vigorous due to altitude gain as we come to our destination at Kyangin Gompa. Kyangin Gompa, a scenic charming spot, with peaks looming from all direction, the closest peak that you can see is the Langtang Lirung of over 7,000m and its icefall just at leisurely distance from the campsite, Kyangin Gompa, a small monastery located on the top of the ridge formed by glacial moraine of rocks and boulders, within Kyangin Gompa area there are 6-7 lodges and a cheese factory.
Day 08: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around.
  At leisure a rest day for a short walk at the nearby hill called Kyangin Ri 4,700m. To add more heights on this adventure which offers panoramic view of the surrounding snow capped peaks, visit the cheese factory with rest of the day at leisure.
Day 09: Trek towards Naya Kanga at Branchen Kharka 4,100m. Approx.4-5 hrs walk.
  The walk from Kyangin follows the downhill track towards the Langtang Khola (stream) and to a place called Chhona, from here the path climbs the hillside through rhododendron forest towards Ganja-la to camp at Branchen Kharka for Naya Kanga Base Camp at 4,100m/13,451ft this spot provides a good campsite.
Day 10: Traverse Ganja-la 5,121m and descend towards Keldrong Kharka.
  From the high camp on Naya Kanga follow the path towards Ganja-la; traversing steeply from right to left to the cairned summit of the pass. There is a small glacier on the far side; descend to a camp by the second of two small lakes or ponds on the west side of the glacier below the rubble covered site. If time allows a much better camping site at Keldrong Khaka at 4,298m.A little two hours further on.Descending steeply from the glacier through moraines to the Kharka; provides an excellent campsite on the flat valley below the glacier the trail starts off across the steep east –facing hillsides of the Dukpu Danda. Where there is a cave for the porter’s shelter and the first clean water and woods at 4,510m.
Day 11: Trek to Kharka before Dukpu. 4,023m.
  A good day trek with a great deal of up and down path through hill sides studded with kharka. There is little water until the last kharka before Dukpu. The Kharka can be noticed with a large boulder just below the trail and a smoke blackened ' rock shelter' on its north flank. There is a steep ascent to a little col just before it. A steep descent into the ridge and steep ascents to another little col. This is a reasonable site for the camping, with wood water and good views. It is about six hours walk from Keldrong.
Day 12: The Kharka before Dupku to Tarkeghyang 2,560m. 6-7 hrs.
  From the Kharka it is another twenty minutes to Dupku at 3,993m. A final ridge is crossed, marked with chortens at about 4,054m, which is reached after nearly two hours of hard walk, from here a long descent into Helambu. After an hour from the last ridge at 3,627m there is a small clearing on the narrow ridge crest after a long diagonal descent on the western side of the ridge, passing wooden water troughs on the way then with a steep descent to the campsite just above the Tarkeghyang village. This is quite a long and hard downhill day.
Day 13: Rest Day at Tarkeghyang.
  A well deserved rest day free from the hassle of packing, today local visit around the village and its Monastery, and energetic short hike around on top of the nearby hills for more great view of the snow capped peaks and landscapes.
Day 14: Trek to Sermathang 2,621m. 4-5 hrs.
  After a lovely morning we head towards another important village of the area to Sermathang, the walk leads on the gradual winding path offering excellent views of the surrounding landscapes all the way to our overnight stop at Sermathang after a good four hours walks.
Day 15: Trek to Melamchi Pul 840m. 5-6 hrs.
  The last day of the trek is more or less down hill all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar, road head for the drive to Kathmandu. The trek passes through mid hills villages of Kakani and Thimbu before heading towards the subtropical region back to the rice paddy fields. On arriving at Melamchi Pul which is a busy bazaar, where people from the rural villages from the hills come here for the marketing and to catch a bus to Kathmandu city. Here we will have our last camp of this wonderful trek away from the main busy bazaar of Melamchi.
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu via Dhulikhel.
  The drive from here is on a dirt road for few hours until it joins the main Tibet-Nepal Arniko Highway. From here a pleasant scenic hour drive brings to Dhulikhel.
From here a short scenic drive of an hour brings back to Kathmandu through the town of Banepa and Bhaktapur.
Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu.
  A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for scenic mountain flight.
Day 18: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep the confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation Kathmandu / Syabrubesi & Melamchi Pul / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
 5.  Trekking & camping ar.rangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking & Conservation Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese c3.rew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Langtang & Ganja-La
  • Trip Duration : 18 Days
  • Trip Grade : Adventurous/Challenging
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 5121 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov