Region: Himalayan Ranges in Nepal Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 1 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: Mid March to December. Not a good time to trek: Jan to Mar. Expedition Begins and Ends at: Kathmandu. Trekking Expedition Duration: 12 nights / 13 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium to High. Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,033 meters / 16,512 feet. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 500 meters. Type of Accommodation: Hotel or tea houses on a twin sharing basis.
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Your eyes, your heart, your soul and even your body crave for new places and the satisfaction of travelling to new places is incomparable.
Trekking fills your heart with the happiness of conquering a new place; it allows you to mingle in different cultures and also makes your life a healthier one. Nepal has some of the beautiful places in the world that are in demand for their unmatched trekking experience and thrill.
The Langtang Valley trek with Ganja La Pass is one such trek that serves the purpose of travel in the best possible way. The 13-day trek is considered one of the most diverse treks around Kathmandu and features a wide variety of flora and fauna along with majestic waterfalls and the incredible Himalayas with their snow summits. Let us take a closer look how at how the journey to the Langtang valley can add a new dimension to trekking.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300 meters / 4,264 feet).
Kathmandu is the capital of the country Nepal and rightly so it is the best place to experience culture and heritage holding hands together. There are a number of places inside the capital that you can visit as you spend your first day here. The Monkey Temple, The Durbar Square, The Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the famous Buddhist Shrine are among the top places. Kathmandu will cater you authentic Nepalese cuisines and lip smacking delicacies.
Spend your day nestling in the culture of the ‘Roof of the World’ and learning about the lifestyle of the people. Complete your last minute essential Shopping, as you will be starting early the next day.
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550 meters / 5,100 feet): 6 - 7 hours.
The actual walking and hiking journey will start after you reach Syabrubesi, but you ought to take a drive from Kathmandu to reach Syabrubesi. The drive of 145 km will take up around 7 hours and the journey guarantees you an awesome experience. The north-western Hills of Kathmandu along with views of the Himalayas will keep you company throughout the journey. You will be crossing a number of villages and vast farming lands all made out in terraced patterns.
The trail to Syabrubesi will be via Dunche and before reaching Dunche a place called Trishuli Bazaar is where you can stop for lunch. The following day you will be starting your trekking journey, get a good sleep in the night in Syabrubesi.
Day 3: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380 meters / 7,830 feet): 6 hrs.
The first trek or hike will be till Lama Hotel and it takes around 6 hours to reach the height of 2, 380 m. The Langtang Khola River is the trail that you ought to follow and you will also be crossing a number of suspension bridges over the river. Along the trail, you will also come across a dense forest and your time through the forest will be a thrilling experience. Though the path comprises of hikes and descends but it won’t cause you much trouble. Don’t forget to take some time seeing the beautiful tea houses on the way. Stay the night in lama Hotel.
Day 4: Trek to Mundu (3, 543 meters / 11,621 feet) via Langtang village (3,430 meters / 11,253 feet): 6-7 hours.
The village of Mundu is located at an elevation of 3, 430m and takes up around 7 hours of walking to reach. The trek journey will be through the Langtang village so you will be starting the journey right after morning breakfast. Langtang village was severely affected by recent earthquakes in the country.
The journey will be along dense forests before leaving the tree line behind after a steady climb up through the valley. Along the trail, you will be witnessing magnificent views of the Langtang Lirung. The ruins of the Langtang village will give you a bone-chilling experience of how the lives of the people were destroyed by the act of nature. Few of the tea-houses in the village have re-opened after the huge destruction. Continue your journey till you reach the village of Mundu and spend the night there.
Day 5: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870 meters / 12,697 feet): 3 hours.
Today’s journey will be filled with spiritual sightings all around. Start the day off early to reach kyangjin Gompa which the primary monastery of the region. You will bypass the largest Mani wall(Buddhist Stupa) in the whole country on your way to Kyangjin Gompa.
The stone wall is versed with prayers all over and apart from the largest Mani wall, you will also be witnessing a number of sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions, chortens, prayer wheels and water mills. The trek today will be short, so spend your day exploring the area, the famous Buddhist shrine amidst the incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Learn about the culture and religious beliefs of the region and you will be a transformed personality.
Day 6: Explore Tserko Ri (5, 000 meters / 16,404 feet) 7-8 hours.
Tserko-Ri will provide you with an amazing experience of sunrise over the mountains. You’ll need to head out of the village as early as possible, if you want to reach Tserko-Ri. Along the trail to Tserko-Ri you will be amazed at the sight of few Yak pastures.
After you have witnessed the most beautiful sunrise over the mountains, head back to Kyanjin Gompa by afternoon and spend the day exploring the rest of the surrounding places. Look out for the exquisite birds and yaks of the area. Lose yourself in the amazing view of the glaciers and ice fall. Spend the night in Kyanjin Gompa.
Day 7: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4, 300 meters / 14,104 feet): 6-7 hour.
The elevation of the place is 4, 300m and takes around 7 hours to complete the journey. The total time for the completion of today’s trek depends solely on the weather, as the high altitude will tire you easily and if the path is covered with snow then walking becomes difficult and consumes more time. Start off the journey early after having breakfast to reach the destination.
The beautiful Rhododendron forest will accompany you in the trail and you will be experiencing some beautiful landscapes all around throughout the journey. You will also cross the Langtang river on your way to Ganja La Phedi, spend a peaceful night in the lap of the Himalayas in the ever beautiful Ganja La phedi.
Day 8: Cross the Ganja La pass(5, 122 meters / 16,800 feet) Trek to Keldang (4, 250 meters / 13,940 feet): 6 - 7 hours.
Today’s journey will give you a strenuous experience as the Ganja La Pass is a difficult pass to cross owing to its snow covered structure for almost whole of the year. After the hectic walk, you will be rewarded with astounding views from the pass. Be cautious enough as going up and down in snow and ice can be tricky at times.
The Ganja La is situated at a rocky moraine and you will be crossing a number of small lakes after making a long ascent through the boulders. After you have crossed the pass, start descending down to keldang. It is required to have good sleep tonight in Keldang as the journey was tiring.
Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4, 000 meters / 13,120 feet): 5 - 6 hours.
You will be start descending from today and after a descend of around 6 hours along a prominent ridge, you will reach the Yak Kharka. Yak Kharka is located at an elevation of 4, 000m and the descend down will have a lot of forests, grasslands, and ridges along the way. You will stay the night in Yak Kharka.
Day 10: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590 meters / 8,497 feet): 5-6 hours.
Tarkey Gyang is loacted at a much lower elevation of 2, 590m and it will take around 6 hours to climb down the distance from Yak Kharka. The amount of vegetation of the area will considerably increase as you continue descending down. The Tarkey Gyang Village is one of the largest Sherpa Villages and you will notice a number of stupas and monasteries in the village. Explore the village well, gain knowledge about the Sherpa culture and spend the night in this beautiful village.
Day 11: Trek to Sermathang(2,610 meters / 8,563 feet): 3-4 hours.
The walk to Sarmathang will be fun-filled one and you will be crossing a small forest covered by the national flower of the country, the Rhododendron. You will also cross a very pretty village of the Helambu region.
Finally, you will reach the end of the wide valley between the beautiful Sherpa village of Gangyul and Parachin. The culturally and spiritually rich people of the region follows the national religion of Bhutan i.e. Drugpa Kagyu Buddhism. Indulge yourself in the spiritual beliefs of the people. Stay the night in samarthang.
Day 12: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar: Drive to Kathmandu: 3-4 hours trek / 2-3 hours drive.
The final day journey back to Kathmandu will include a trek down to the Malemchi Puul Bazaar through many Sherpa Villages on the way. Once you reach the Bazaar, the final journey will be on a drive back to the capital. The trekking comprising of beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, and thrilling journey comes to an end as you come back to where you started i.e. Kathmandu. Catch up on what you have missed in the capital and buy some amazing souvenirs for friends and family.
Day 13 : Final Departure.
The day of departure back to your Hometown will not ever be easy as you will be filled with remorse as the days have passed so fast. Take your time reliving the memories you have created throughout the journey and plan the next trek in the beautiful country soon again.
What does it include?
1. 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis.
2. 10 nights’ accommodation in the trekking route on twin sharing basis.
3. International airport pick up and drop.
4. Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Malemchi Puul Bazaar to Kathmandu Bus Ticket.
5. Certified guide.
6. Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
7. The porter will carry only one luggage per person.
8. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and accommodation.
9. Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
10. All government and local taxes.
11. All necessary permits. Please Note: For single trekker we provide porter cum guide.
What it does not include?
1. Travel expenses to reach and return from Kathmandu.
2. Food and drinking water throughout the trip.
3. Soft-drinks / Beverages / Alcohols / Snacks / Chocolates Etc
4. Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to weather, flight cancellation, health or any other reason.
5. Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance
6. Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
Items to bring with you
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.
INR. 23, 800*
(For Indian National Only)
(# for Non Indian and Non Nepali Citizens)
* Service Tax will be applicable Above price is valid for 2 people group only.