Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking
Langtang Ganjala pass trekking is well-known as a strenuous and adventure trekking in the northern Himalayan region of Langtang. This is a wonderful trek for those seeking something extreme and advanced trekking holidays in the Himalayas. Ganjala pass trekking is one of the stunning treks in Nepal offers a magic blend of nature, culture, lush forests, landscapes and awe-inspiring vistas of the high Himalayan giants. The views from Ganjala pass are just marvelous.
North of Kathmandu, Langtang Ganjala pass trekking is most demanding and unique than other trekking in the Himalayas. Spring and autumn are the best time to do Ganjala pass trek and it can be done as teahouse plus camping or whole trip as camping. There are no guest houses available while crossing the pass and we need to camp at least three days before and after the pass. In these days we never see human settlements we just encounter some yak shelters where we can set our camp.
Langtang Ganjala pass trekking starts with a scenic 9 hour drive from Kathmandu. At the beginning of our trek we walk through terrace farming lands, Tamang villages, lush rhododendron forests, and alpine valleys. The trek keeps continue and enter in to the amazing Langtang valley that provides superb views of the great peak of Langtang Lirung (7250m). The valley is surrounded by the high Himalayan peaks and snow ridges. It is also an ideal place to spot species of birds and flowers of Nepal.
Kyangjin Gompa is another attraction of our trek, here we visit cheese factory, ancient monastery and try climbing some trekker’s peaks which help us to gain proper acclimatization to summit and cross the Ganjala Pass.
After crossing pass, on our return we again trek through another region called Helambu, we continue our trek exploring mountain scenery, lush forests, and terrace farming villages, Tamang and Sherpa people with their culture, religion and way of village life. Our trek will be end at Melamchi Bazaar from where we take a scenic 5 hours drive to Kathmandu.
Attraction of the Langtang Region
Langtang National Park:
In Langtang Region we will get an opportunity to walk through the area of Langtang National park. Langtang National Park was established in 1976 to conserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the region. It is one of the nearest national parks from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. This park is spread in the Central Himalayan Region. The area of this park is 710 sq. km. It extends over parts of Nuwakot, Rasuwa, and Sindhupalchok districts in the southern mountainous terrain of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border... See more.
In 1998 an areas of 420 km square in and around the park declare as a buffer zone. The park represents a meeting point between indo-Malayan and Palearctic realms, and holds a rich biodiversity. The Buffer zone management is a joint venture between the park office and the local communities. Local communities have a decision-making role in the management of such areas. Additionally, the local communities or the BZ receive 30 to 50 % of the park revenue for the better management of natural resources to ensure a sustainable supply of resources and community development.
From the beginning of September to end of May the region offers a variety of natural splendors, from lush temperate river valleys with screeching langur to spectacular old growth forest and glacial-craved cliffs rimmed by snow-covered peaks. The weather is also relatively dry except January-February when one may come across snow. Autumn is the best time to visit the Park. By April bursts of red, pink, and while rhododendrons stretch into towering canopies of fir and oak forests. Advent of warm weather makes the Yak and Chauri herds ascend to higher elevation, making occasional camps in the pasturelands, to follow years of tradition. From June to august, skies are heavy with monsoon rains. During August, a lively festival at Gosaikunda Lake attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims and September witnesses' spectacular display of wild flowers, while livestock herds, once again, return to lower pastures
Flora & Fauna:
Alpine and Sub-tropical vegetation characterized by Sal (Shorea robusta) forest in the southern section of the park is gradually taken over by hill forest (2000-2600m) consisting of Chirpine, Rhododendron, and Nepalese alder.
The temperate zone (2600-3000m) is covered mainly by oak forest fading to old growth forest of silver fir, hemlock, and larch in the lower sub-alpine zone (3000-3600m). The Nepalese larch (larixnepalensis), the only deciduous conifer in the region, is found in this park and few places elsewhere. Throughout these zones different species of Rhododendron such as R. arboretum, R. barbatum, R. campanulatum, and R. lepidotum (scrubs) to name a few, form a colorful under story. Tree species such as birch, silver fir, Sorbus microphyla and twisted Rhododendron campanulatum are found near the tree line. It is here at 4000m Juniper and Rhododendron shrubs (R. anthopogon) slowly dissolve into expansive alpine grassland meadows.
In Langtang region there is high expansion of high meadows. These meadows provide summer habitat for numerous ungulate species such as musk deer and Himalayan tahr. One of the endangered animal red pandas is found in this protected area. The park is also well known for its populations of Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, wild dog, ghoral, serow and more than 250 species of birds.
Langtang Ganjala Pass trekking short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathamndu to Syabru Bensi, 8 to 9 hours drive by bus or private jeep.
Day 04: Trek from Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 05: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang valley, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin Gompa, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa.
Day 08: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Ngegang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from Ngegang to Ganjala Pass (5200m) to Keldang, 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 10: Trek from Keldang to Dukpu, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 11: Trek from Dukpu to Tarkeghyang, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from Tarkegyang to Sermathang, 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 13: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi Bazaar, 2 to 3 hours walk and 5 hours drive.
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final departure.
Trip cost: Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.