An endless Himalayan panorama stretching for more than 150 kilometers starting with the majestic Annapurna Himalayan Range to the west, Langtang Lirung (7,227m) captures the foreground and the mesmerizing Shishapangma (8,013m) stretches towards the north accompanied by the high peaks of Tibet. Such is the view seen from atop the Ganja La pass located at an altitude of 5,130m which in addition to the Langtang Valley makes up for an adventure like never before. Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek is a chance to observe the unique culture of Tamang who for centuries have protected their culture from modern temptations is a unique adventure in its own right.
The Langtang trekking begins from the trail-head at Sybrubensi with a drive through enchanting hilly landscapes. Entering the well-balanced ecosystem of the Langtang Region, we continue our journey towards the Lama Hotel from where another day of trekking takes us towards Langtang Village. Following the Langtang River in the Langtang trekking, we head towards Kyanjin Gompa which boasts unparalleled Himalayan views. Established 6 centuries ago the Gompa is said to be the oldest in the region and is filled with ancient artifacts, statues, and seas of prayer flags. The next day on the Langtang trekking, we head towards Tserko Ri and at 4,984m, it provides a perfect place to acclimatize and also witness the majestic grandeur of the Himalayas. Another day takes us to the Ganja La Phedi as we prepare for the climax of our adventure. The journey over Ganja La is one of the most thrilling and adventurous, the trail winds through rugged Himalayan landscapes adorned with the majestic Himalayas and while ropes are needed for the final ascent and the beginning descent, nothing beats the views seen from the top. The descent begins with Yak Kharka as our first stop. The trail snakes through lush green forests towards Tarkeghyang from where another day of trekking takes us to Sermathang. Melamchi Pul Bazaar is the final stop on this Langtang trekking from where we board the bus back to Kathmandu.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||5122 m|
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Epic Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
As you approach the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative of ours will be waiting for you with a placard with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
The ancient city of Kathmandu is famous for its multiple temples following the pagoda style of building. You will begin to understand that deeply rooted in spirituality, Kathmandu holds its own charm that attracts many people from many walks of life. We will be visiting Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square to name a few. We will spend the evening preparing for our trek. Overnight at hotel.
To avoid traffic, we will leave Kathmandu early in the morning to reach Sybrubensi from where we will begin our trekking. The drive to Syabrubesi will take you out of the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city through winding roads by the hills filled with glimpses of the Himalayas. Overnight in Sybrubensi.
We will walk alongside the Langtang River and ascend slowly as we make our way to Lama Hotel. The inhabitants of the region, the Tamangs, have built beautiful stone houses here which can be seen as we trek. We will trek through rhododendron and bamboo forests and pass scattered settlements before we reach Lama Hotel. Upon reaching, overnight at hotel.
We will be accompanied by many waterfalls as we walk through lush meadows and mountainous landscapes. The path is dotted by many Gompas and settlements with a breathtaking view of the Langtang range. Most of what was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake has been slowly rebuilding in Langtang village. The village makes up for a brilliant photography spot. Overnight in Langtang.
Holding great importance for spiritual, cultural and religious practices, the Kyanjin Gompa (monastery) is important to almost everyone in this region. On our way here, we will walk past many houses holding prayer flags and mane (prayer wheels). The influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture can be seen everywhere in this region, we will explore the area today and settle in for a good night.
To acclimatize, we will spend our day hiking to Tserko Ri (4984m) and return to Kyanjin. This hike leads us through green pastures with herds of yaks scattered on them. We will be able to feel the thin air here, so a slow climb is advised. From atop Tserko Ri, we will be able to get a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including the Langtang range, Tserko Peak (5749m), Yala Peak (5500m), and the Dorje Himal range. This is a very good spot for taking some great pictures. We will then make our way back to Kyanjin to rest for the night.
After breakfast, we will make our way to Ganja La Phedi by crossing the Langtang River and entering a forested trail. Afterward, the trail throughout the day’s trek moves on stony terrain amid barren, rocky hills that contrast with the shiny white peaks on the backdrop. We then walk on the moraine of Kangja La Himal for a short while and arrive in Ganja La Phedi. Overnight in Ganja La Phedi.
Today is going to be a strenuous trek as Ganja La (5130m) is a difficult pass. Slowly but steadily we will make our way through rocky boulders covered in snow. We will also get to witness little streams of crystal clear water and the Ganja La Pass on a rocky glacier. From the pass, we will be able to get a beautiful view of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscape. From here, we move down to Keldang. Overnight in Keldang.
This trek will take us along a ridge at first, but later it passes through varying landscapes as we slowly lose altitude. We will be walking through the forest and many green pastures and grassland where we may see many animals grazing. There are no settlements en route excepts for a few temporary shelters of yak herders. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Today we walk through lush pastures, and as we descend, we can see a change in the landscape as the vegetation remarkably increases. We will descend through the forest enjoying the chirping of the birds and the hissing of the streams echoing in the silence of the dense forest. After a steep downhill trek, we will reach the Hyolmo village of Tarkeghyang, also famously known as Helambu. Overnight in Tarkeghyang.
Today as we walk more, we will be crossing forests and Mani walls to Ghangyul from where you take on the flat trail through the forest to reach Sermathang. You will pass small monasteries on your way to Sermathang, giving you a feeling of calmness and scenic pleasure. Close to Kathmandu, the arrival of Sermathang also announces the nearing of city life. Overnight in Sermathang.
This is our final day of trekking, and we will walk down many villages and monasteries to reach Melamchi Pul. From here, we drive back to Kathmandu leaving the Himalayas and the Tamang villages behind. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel for a good rest before departure.
We bid farewell and hope to see you again as we drop you at the international airport for your flight back.