Ganja La Pass Trek

Trip Duration 15 Nights/16 Days
Trip Code NAP-GAN-307
Trip Cost USD 1325 per passenger
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Best Time Sept – Nov/March - April

Overview

Ganja-La Pass trek is one of the most challenging passes (5,220m.) in Nepal. Ganja-La Pass trek takes you over this pass as you make your way south from Langtang village, which lies at (3500m) in and is the Langtang National Park. The route from Kyangjing Gompa in Langtang to Tarkeghyang in Helambu, require crossing the (5220m) Ganja-La. This pass can be blocked by snow, so local inquiries about its condition so good equipment and some mountaineering experience are necessary for safe crossing. 

Ganja-La pass trek starts from Sybrubensi, ends at Melamchi Pul Bazzar. From Sybru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang River to the east until you get to Kyanjin Gompa (3049m). In Kyanjin Gompa there is a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. When you are crossing the pass there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is spent above 3,000m.The highest point of this trek is Ganja-La Pass (5,122m). The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km, which requires good care again. But the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. As there are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way, the group should be well equipped with enough food. Only camping trekking is possible for Ganja-La pass trekking and use firewood is prohibited entire the Langtang national park so Himalaya journey trekking supplies necessary kerosene or gas entire the Langtang Gonja la pass trekking. After passing the Ganja-La Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchi Gaon and Tarkeghyang. People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. People are in Langtang Helambu trekking trail follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages and trekking trail goes continue descend to Melamchi Pul bazaar than by bus back to kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Culture heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Langtang National Park
  • Excellent Himalayan views
  • Yak farming and Cheese factory
  • Traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages
  • Hiking to Tserko Ri (5033m)
  • Most challenging passes (5,220m) Ganja-La
  • Visit Buddhist Monasteries in Tarkeghyang and Sermathang
  • Picturesque Sherpa settlements
  • Friendly people and many more

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 15 Nights/16 Days
Trip code NAP-GAN-307
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu Syabru Bensi/Melamchi Pul Bazzar
Maximum Altitude Crossing Ganja-La (5220m)
Trip Cost USD 1325 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passenger
Accessibillity 8 hrs drive by regular bus to Dhunche and return 5-hrs drives to Kathmandu from Melamchi Pul Bazaar.
The Route Maximum altitude Ganja-La (5220m.) 5-7-hrs average walking per day at moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and best available lodge on mountain (Tented camp needed for the Ganja-La pass)

Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu: Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

You have breakfast being of the early morning and we drive to Syabrubensi by regular bus, its takes approximately 8 hrs. You see along the driving time good view Himalayas of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang before Rani Pauwa then down to Trisuli via a flat piece of land of Batar stop for Lunch (550m). After lunch we continue drive to Dhunche the head quarter of Rasuwa district then we further drive to Syabrubensi 

After crossing the suspension bridge the trek proceeds through the trees where Langur monkey’s frolic and takes you to Dovan (1680m). The trail then makes a steep climb over a rocky ridge to Paira Lodge (1810m) and further the route climbs gently to Bamboo Lodge (1960m). Climbing steeply the trail will get to Rimche (2400m) and then to Lama Hotel.

From Lama Hotel the trail climbs through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron observing glimpses of Langtang Lirung, reaches to Gumanchok (2800m) and then climbs to Ghora Tabela (2970m) after which it descends to Thangshyap (3140m). The trail further climbs to Langtang, which is the head quarter for Langtang National Park.

From Langtang Valley the trail climbs gradually to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). Crossing the Laja Khola then climbs a moraine to a viewpoint where you can see Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. Then the trail descends to Kyanjin Gompa.

This day you can hike to Kyanjin-Ri (4800m) or Tserko-Ri (5000m) Tserkuo-Ri; a small mountain near Kyanjin valley or hike to Langsisa Kharka. Both places are is the same direction from Kyanjin Village and takes around 5/6 hours to reach. Tserko-Ri is a mountain for non technical climbing and from submits you can see lots of mountains from Nepal and Tibet. In the same way, Langsisa Kharka is a flat ground offers you very close views of lightening mountains in front of your eyes. 

Kyanjin Gompa - Ngegang: Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa the trail makes a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. Then the trail reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang.

The trail continues south, following streams and moraines and climbs steeply towards the pass. The trail makes a final steep ascent to the pass, from the pass the trail descends steeply and enters the Yangri Khola Valley. Following the stream through grassy meadows, the trail reaches Keldang.

The trail descends a long ridge, making many ups and downs and before heading down to the valley. Then following the ridge line through small settlements, you will reach Dukpu (4,080m). The crossing of Ganja-La takes up to 8/9-hrs. You will be rewarded with a beautiful view of Naya Kanga peak (5846m) as you approach the pass.

From, Dukpu the trail descends, and then make a climb to a pass. The pass offers a stunning view of the Himalaya. The trails descend through pine and rhododendron forest, then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. Finally the trail continues its steep descent to the large Sherpa village of Tarkegyang.

The trail leaves the village and makes a sweep around the wide valley to the pretty Sherpa village of Ganyul at 2520 meter. The people in this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Buthan. From here the trail drops over a ridge but soon starts climbing up again through deep forests, crossing a number of streams to a crest at 2620 meter. We continue our way passing the large Gompa at Chumnik, before another gentle climb leads as to the village of Sermathang. In the afternoon we can visit the Gompa here.

From Sermathang the trail follows the ridge all the way down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar, making a drop of 1730 meter. The trail passes Chorten after Chorten in the settlements of Nigale, Gyalsha and Raithani Gyang. From here we descent through chir pine forest to yet another chorten at Kakani, which is the last Sherpa village on the trek, and we now enter the lowlands inhabited by Brahmans and Chhetris. From Kakani the trail drops steeply to the attractive village of Dubhachaur in a saddle at 1610 meter. Continuing firther down the ridge our trail will eventually bring us to a large suspension bridge which crosses the Indrawati River and brings us into Malemchi Pul Bazaar.

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu . Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon then you have free time for shopping.

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. Evening will have farewell meeting & dinner at Nepali typical restaurant.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Fee: Langtang national park entrance permit and TIMS card
  • Activities: Sightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing bedroom and 11 nights teahouse/lodges on twin or multi shared bedroom during trekking
  •  Food: Full board on Teahouse/Tented [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 4 breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
  • Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer, Kathmandu to Syabraubensi and Sundarijal to Kathmandu transportation.
  • Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and  official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic flight
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal travel and trekking equipments 
  • Lunch and dinner while in city
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Travel preparing information

Required Document for Traveller: Traveller must carry a valid travel document i.e. passport, visa, re-entry Permit etc. Nepal Adventure Point is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items and also will not be responsible for any liability due to travel document. Once programmed is booked clients are requested to send us the following details 3 weeks before you arrival to Kathmandu.

Full Name (as in the passport): 

Sex:

Passport Number: 

Passport issue Date: 

Passport Expiry Date: 

Date of Birth: 

Nationality: 

Occupation:

Passport photo copy:

Passport size photo

Flight details:

Telephone No:

E-mail: 

Immigration Requirements: It is your responsibility to arrange visas before you travel. Passport must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Visas are obtainable from Nepalese diplomatic missions and consular office abroad or on issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. People willing to get entry visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with two passport size photo. Please download form from the link below (visa form) and get ready while you are passing through the immigration Point. 

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is highly recommended who are joining any of our trips that you take out personal travellers insurance policy that must covers you for medical assistance, emergency helicopter rescue, cancellation, accidents, health, lost of items, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects. The insurance we require you to take out makes sure everyone is properly covered if such an event occurs.

Physical Requirements: This trek is a little bit difficult; it demands previous hiking experience in the hilly terrain with a light day pack. Fellow trekkers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in the group travel experience. Before the trip booking with us please consult with your Doctor.

Important Stuff: Trekking permits are required for this trek so we suggest you bring 4 passport-size photos with you. You should also make copies of passport & visa, one to bring with you and one to leave with family or friends. Keep these separate from your passport. Other things you should have copies of are insurance policy, birth and health certificate, a record of bank details and traveler’s cheque details. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Trip Operation Details

Teahouse trek daily feature: Normally you will be woken at around 6:30 – 7:00AM with a cup up “Good Morning” tea brought to your room. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters. Having had breakfast we usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's few hours walking before lunch around 11.00 - 12.00 PM, at any of the tea houses or other lodges along the trail. We have an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our assistant guide will go ahead and reserve the lodge en-route for over night stop. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and we usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the lodge, everything will be ready. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep. 

Teahouse/lodge trek: A teahouse is a locally run guesthouse. Teahouse treks can be done in popular area such as Annapurna, Everest and Langtang region, where teahouses are more like hotels, with hot water, western food, private rooms spare with twin beds. But in high altitude places, teahouses are more simple ones with just dormitories, clean toilets and dining rooms. Blankets are generally provided. Standards of teahouses may vary depending upon the area. These types of treks service are the most common choice in popular trekking regions of Nepal. In these teahouses, you will meet peoples from different corners of the world and can exchange experiences of your trip, trek, culture, and activities

Meals & Drinking water on a lodge trek: Similar to camping trek, in teahouse trek also the meals are prepared to a similar hygiene and may be repeated several times during the trek but are always hot, tasty and filling. With your breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner, tea will also be included. Your leader/guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best standard of meals in best value possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most of the teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. In general, a variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are offered for breakfast. Plenty of snacks such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks, and locally grown fresh fruits are available in some places. You can bottle mineral water from local teahouse or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills. 

On tea house trek you will be accompanied by a team of local crew whose aim is to make the trek as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible. The crew consists of a local leader (Sirdar) and a team of porters to carry all your gear. On average, there will be a ratio of one porter to every two group members. Sirdar speaks reasonable amount of English, good enough to explain you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes.

Trekking Team: Our trips are always accompanied by a senior Nepalese English speaking Leader/Guide minimum of 10 years of guiding experience. He or she will be experienced in group leadership and proverbial about the cultures and natural history you will encounter on your trek. Over the past 15 years as we have been doing Himalayan treks, we have developed a leadership capability among our Nepalese staffs that we believe exceeds the qualifications of leading international travel organizations.

Check List: Certain basic trekking equipment is essential for this trekking as we described in our trip note on depending the areas and season. Here is some recommended equipments list for trekking in Gosaikunda. 

Clothing: Warm down/Gore-Tex jacket, T Shirts, Woolen shirts and thick sweaters, a pair of lightweight trousers, Light weight Towel, Thermal underwear, a woolen hat, Gloves, Scarf, Sandals, A pairs of woolen socks

Equipment and accessories: Travel documents, Rucksack, trekking boots, stick, Personal sleeping Bag,, Daypack, Refillable water bottle, Sunglasses, Sunscreen and lip balm, Insect repellent, Plastic bags, Toiletries, Headlamp/Torch light with spare batteries, Reading and writing materials, Camera and film, Note book, Pocket knife, Trekking map, First aid kit recommended by your doctor.

*Note: You can hire/buy sleeping bags, Gore-Tex jackets and trekking poles from Kathmandu trekking stores. Outdoor gear & clothing is very cheap to buy in Nepal and there is a tremendous selection on offer. Please let us know before you go if you wish to hire anything and we can arrange for you.

Tipping: Although tipping is not customary and is entirely optional, it is expected by people who will take care of you during your travels. Our Leader/Guide will pass round a collection for tips for the local operator team as a way of saying thanks you for a job well done. The amount is a purely personal decision but on average is around for tipping drivers and local guides would range from US$ 1-2 per person per sightseeing day depending on the quality and length of the service, for porters during the trekking portion of your trip, the recommended amount is US$ 3-5 per person per day; ask your tour leader/Guide for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your Nepal Adventures Point tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. Even though the amount to tip is entirely a personal preference; as a guideline US$ 5-7 per person, per day can be used.

Booking Terms & conditions

Nepal Adventure Point is fully licensed and registered in various department of Government of Nepal and accepts your booking under the following terms and conditions. Please read carefully the details of Trip booking “Terms & Conditions” of Nepal Adventure Point and click on "I agree" at the bottom before proceeding to the online Booking Form.

The following booking terms and conditions apply to all travelers and trip organizers dealing with Nepal Adventure Point.

Guest Agreement and Declaration

"Trekking/walking, climbing/mountaineering in remote parts Tibet, Bhutan, and Nepal could be sometimes bring some jeopardy due to the weather conditions which many cause injuries and even death, which is beyond our command. Evidently, we always try our best to reduce such hazards but still there could be chances of unwanted happenings and accidents. So, Nepal Adventure Point requests our customers to read the following booking conditions very carefully before booking any trip with us:

Trip organizer: The trip is organized by Nepal Adventure Point Pvt. Ltd., G.P.O. Box 19988, Thamel 29, Kathmandu, Nepal (Government License No. 20305/059/060, PAN No. 301294036, Tel: 00977-1- 4258476, Mobile: 00977-9851050327, E-mail: nap@wlink.com.np, Website: http://www.trekkingagency.com

These conditions shall be governed by and constructed in accordance with the law of Nepal.

Booking procedure: 

Complete the booking form below and forward with a deposit of US$ 300 (Non Refundable) to confirm the booking from your side. The deposit should be done so that our Nepal Adventure Point can manage all the necessary documents, bookings, permissions from government authorities and management of required field staffs on time. Confirmation of bookings will be sent to you immediately. Payment of remaining balance for the trip must be done 5 weeks before the trip departure.

Please transfer the payments on the following account:

Account Holder: Nepal Adventure Point (P.) Ltd.

Account No. 010100020150 US

Name of the Bank: Bank of Kathmandu Limited, Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal

Swift Code: BOKLNPKA

Note: Bank service charge should be paid by the clients themselves at the time of money transfer. 

Required Document for Traveller: Traveller must carry a valid travel document i.e. passport, visa, re-entry Permit etc. Nepal Adventure Point is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items and also will not be responsible for any liability due to travel document. Once programmed is booked clients are requested to send us the following details 3 weeks before you arrival to Kathmandu.

Full Name (as in the passport): 

Sex:

Passport Number: 

Passport issue Date: 

Passport Expiry Date: 

Date of Birth: 

Nationality: 

Occupation:

Passport photo copy:

Passport size photo

Flight details:

Telephone No:

E-mail: 

Booking Payment: Bookings should be made in written form via fax, e-mail or online submission. The booking will be confirmed as soon as possible by e-mail. Please be notified that paying by credit card costs you extra 3.5% of the amount.

Cancellation by clients: If you cancel your booking, your deposit will not be refunded. However, provided you notify us of your cancellation before your final payment is due; your deposit may be transferred to another trip listed on our website at any time period.

Balance amount: If your balance is not paid at the specified time (unless previously arranged with us in writing) we reserve the right to cancel your booking.

Cancellation charges: We charge you certain cancellation fee if you cancel your booking after payment:

- Within 5 weeks prior before departure 0% but deposit amount non-refundable. 

- Within 4 weeks before departure 15%

- Within 3 weeks before departure 20%

- Within 2 weeks before departure 30%

- With in 1 week before departure 40%

- 100% cancellation charge will be applied for no shows unless you choose the same program at a later date no later than 30 days from the previous booking. 

Cancellation by us: Should we cancel a booked trip due to unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, wars, riots, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, or other problematic occurrences etc., we would be happy to refer an alternative tour with similar standard. If the clients are not satisfied with this, all money paid by the clients will be refunded. Any other operating costs incurred by the clients as a result of this booking are entirely their responsibility.

Breaking of trip: Any trip can be broken at the wish of our clients or in case of sickness, accident, landslides, and other factors beyond our control. No refund will be made to clients who drop out from the journey regardless of whatever portions remain unused in the itinerary and clients should be bearing his/her expenses for rest of days. 

Agree to accept: While travelling with Nepal Adventure Point you agree to accept the authority of the trip leader or local operator almost at all times. Moreover, the clients acknowledge and agree that the trip leader has full authority over the trip itinerary, including without limitation, alterations to the schedule, location of overnight lodging locations, and amount of time spent at each destination. In the event the clients have a concern about their trip, they should notify their trip leader of such concern. Additionally, the trip leader may remove clients from the trip for any reason that may harmfully effect or cause interruption to the tour experience, including without limitation, behavior that may cause harm or danger to another travellers or third party. You have to understand that Nepal Adventure Point reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. 

Complains: If you have complaints about the trip, you can tell to operator/leader/guide at the earliest opportunity then she/he will take the appropriate action.

Risk and responsibility: As your safety and enjoyment is our prime concern, we carry out our responsibility honestly and sincerely to ensure your holiday to be trouble free and meet your aspiration. Nevertheless, unless stated otherwise, trip may be change under uncertain and inherent circumstances such as land-slides, road blockage, flood, snow, political unrest, cancellation of flight, delay arrival, sickness, accidents, any other causes beyond Nepal Adventure Point’s control. Any extra cost incurring there is your personal responsibility and should be borne on the spot.

Your personal belongings: On any condition, we are not answerable for any loss or damage of your luggage or property belonging to you even when shouldered by porters, ponies or vehicles. That means your personal possessions, luggage are at your risk at the times.

Helicopter Rescue: A helicopter will be chartered from Kathmandu to rescue the travellers who is inside Nepal and if she/he is sick due to altitude, accident, etc. The clients must pay the cost of rescue operation and medical treatment expenses and other expenses related. She/he can claim the amount with her/his insurance company. The company may ask the traveller to sign a blank sales slip of her/his credit card for the probable Helicopter rescue. At the end of journey the signed sales slip will be returned to her/him if no rescue is required.

Client’s Obligation: It is the client’s own responsibility to obtain passport and travel visa. The passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date. The clients are responsible for providing Nepal Adventure Point with correct, complete and accurate information on personal details including physical conditions.

Flight delay: There is virtual potentiality of flight being delayed or postponed due to unfavorable weather in Himalayan regions, in particular, in Everest, Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and Jumla regions of Nepal. Trekking in the remote areas, especially during odd season, the clients are highly recommended to reserve extra days (one or two) to set up with any potential delays in order to avoid frustrating consequences. Nepal Adventure Point does not acknowledge any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flights, but will obviously assist to make alternative arrangements if possible but customers need to pay their accommodation and food by themselves.

Single traveller: In all of our trips rooms/tents are provided in twin sharing basis. Thus, single room supplement charge will be imposed to client who does not have another tour participant to share room/ tent with suitable roommates. You can ask single supplement charge during correspondence. 

Booking amendments: If you wish to change your original arrangement any way to another date, you must inform us in written form as soon as possible no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of original trip and we will accommodate your request to the best of our ability. 

Last minute booking: We accept your last minute booking with 100% payment no later than seven days prior to trip starting date only in case of Nepal trips, but last minute booking will not be accepted for Tibet and Bhutan.

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