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(Note: Following reconstruction of lodges and trails that had been damaged by the 2015 earthquake, Langtang Valley has been opened again for trekking.)
Langtang Valley trekking with Ganja La pass is one of the most challenging and prized treks in the heart of the Himalaya. It is a unique combination of spectacular mountains, glacial valleys & high passes, Buddhist gompas, Tamang and Tibetan culture and flourishing wildlife.
The Langtang Valley trekking with Ganja La pass covers both Langtang and Helambu valleys. You will come across plenty of viewpoints along the trek for capturing magical views of Langtang Himalaya. The goal of the Langtang Valley trekking is to reach Kyanjin Gompa which is located on the foot of Langtang Lirung (7227m) at an altitude of 3780m. Kyanjin Gompa is the highest monastery in Nepal guarded by a monk. Also hike to Kyanjin Ri (4600m) for even more majestic views of Langtang ranges such as Langtang Lirung, Changbu and Langtang Yubra.
Another attraction of Langtang Valley trekking is the crossing of Ganja La pass on your return route. Standing at 5106m, Ganja La pass affords exceptional and outstanding views of Langtang Lirung as well as Mt. Shisha Pangma (8013m) in Tibet.
Langtang Valley lies within the boundary of Langtang National Park which is the second oldest protected area in Nepal. So enjoy walking through Rhododendron, pine and bamboo forest, which is home to many endangered species such as Red Panda, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Pangolin.
The best period to do Langtang Valley trekking with Ganja La pass is either during Spring or Autumn. The section in Ganja La is more prone to snowfall and avalanches in winter. A good knowledge of the geography and basic skills in mountaineering and glacier walking is a must for Langtang Valley trekking.
● Trek through Langtang Valley and Langtang National Park
● Hike up to Kyanjin Gompa, Kyanjin Ri
● Cross one of the highest Himalayan passes- Ganja La pass
● Enjoy spectacular views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Shisha Pangma, Changbu and Langtang Yubra
● Visit Tamang, Tibetan and Sherpa villages and learn about their culture and lifestyle
● All airport/hotel transfers.
● Two Night Accommodation in BB at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis.
● All accommodations and meals during the trek.
● An experienced licensed English-Speaking guide and porters.
● All Ground Transportation
● All necessary permits (TIMS, Park fees, world heritage sites entry fee where applicable)
● Farewell dinner
● A comprehensive medical kit.
● All government and local taxes
● Nepal Visa Fee
● International airfare to and from Kathmandu
● Meals in Kathmandu
● Any kind of refreshment beverages and alcohol.
● Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu in cases of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
● Travel and rescue insurance.
● Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
● Any extra costs resulting from cancellation, landslide, weather, political unrest or illness
● Tips for guide, drivers and porters.
● Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase
● Day bag.( Small handbag)
● Trekking shoes
● Sports shoes or sandals.
● Sun Hat/cap
● Warm woolen cap
● Trekking jacket Gore tex/ fleece jacket
● Pullover or warm sweeter
● 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
● Hand gloves
● 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
● 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
● 3/4 pairs of Underwear
● Eye glass
● Water bottle
● 4 seasons Sleeping bag
● Flash or Torch light
● Camera and batteries.
For the popular Langtang Valley Trekking, there will be a license holder trekking guide and Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Langtang Valley Trekking are on a twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay two nights at a Deluxe Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis. You will spend nine nights in standard tea houses during the trek. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional Daal/Bhat and Momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty during the trek trail too.
Staff from Asia Buddhist Tours & Treks will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to welcome and receive you on your arrival in Kathmandu. After custom clearance of luggage, you will be taken to your pre-booked hotel for some rest. In the afternoon/evening, your trek guide will conduct a briefing about your trek at our office. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Take an early morning jeep drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi via Dhunche. The 6hrs drive along the Pasang Lhamu Highway follows the Trisuli River on a rather muddy road. You will reach Syabrubesi in 7-8 hrs enjoying views of Ganesh Himal on the horizon. Stay overnight in Syabrubesi.
After morning breakfast, prepare yourself for the first day of trekking. Follow the east bank of Bhote Koshi river and then crossing it on a suspension bridge. The trail begins to ascend through a forested path. Enjoy scenic views around as you move past beautiful Tamang villages such as Doman, Bamboo and Rimche. It will take 5-6 hrs to arrive at Lama hotel. Stay overnight in Lama Hotel.
Enjoy a warm breakfast before getting back on the trail. The trail leaving Lama Hotel winds up through a forest and enters Ghora Tabela which was once used as a shed for horses. You will further go past Thangsyap and Ghumba villages to reach Langtang villages. Stay overnight in Langtang village.
Today you will hike up to Kyanjin Gompa which entails walking through some tough sections of the trail. The route from Langtang onwards climbs steeply on a rocky and rugged path. Much of the trail has been repaired since the 2015 earthquake however be careful. This also a landslide prone area especially when traversing through the villages of Mundu and Sindum. Follow Langtang khola, which was all buried with avalanches once during the earthquake, to reach Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Gompa is a tightly knit settlement sitting on the lap of Langtang Lirung. Stay overnight in Kyanjin.
Enjoying early morning sunrise over the breathtaking Mt. Langtang Lirung, Changbu and Langtang Yubra as well as almost surreal Langtang Glacier. Follow the trail along a chain of ridges, more steeper as you go further. From Kyanjin Ri catch the stunning views of Langtang ranges, Langtang Lirung glacier, Kyanjin Gompa as well as Tibet. Afterwards, trek back to Kyanjin Gompa. Stay overnight in Kyanjin Gompa.
Leaving Kyanjin Gompa we turn straight south towards Ganja La pass. The trail leads up to Langtang Khola which descends directly from the glacier up. Cross Langtang Khola and go up the forested path to arrive at Ngegang. Stay overnight in Ngegang.
The crossing of Ganja La pass will be a challenging ordeal. The trail up to the pass is a straight steep climb. This section often remains covered by snow and carries avalanche risks. Take strict guidance from your experienced guide and follow his instructions. The pass offers stunning views of Langtang Lirung and Mt. Shisha Pangma in Tibet along with glimpses of Tibetan landscape. Descend down from the pass, cross a stream and head for the next village on the trail, Keldang. Stay overnight in Keldang.
Following breakfast take the trail over the ridge. Move past the yak pastures and descend steeply through rhododendron forest. It takes 6 hrs to reach Tarkeghyang which is a beautiful Sherpa village in Helambu valley. Stay overnight in Tarkeghyang.
Enjoy today’s trek through Helambu valley. The first village you will pass en route is Sermanthang. The trail continues to descend till Thimbu. Stay overnight in Thimbu.
Early morning drive from Thimbu to Kathmandu takes about 8 hrs. In the afternoon take a stroll through Thamel streets. Stay overnight in Kathmandu
As per your flight schedule, our office staff will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Tribhuvan international airport. We will bid farewell to you and hope to see you again next time.