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Langtang Gunja La Pass Trek

Duration 14 days
Max-Altitude 5,033m/16,512ft
Transportation Bus / Private Jeep
Grade Moderate
Accommodation 3 * category hotel in kathmandu and Teahouse During Trek
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
Best Season Mar-May, Sep-Dec
Communication Avialable
Group Size 1+

Langtang Gunja La Pass Trek starts from Sybru Bensi and ends at Melamchi Pul Bazar. From Sybru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang river to the east until you get to Kyanching Gompa (3,049.). Some 5 km to the south of Kyanching Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and, to the southeast, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west, Yala peak on the north, Dorje Lakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east surrounds Kyanching Gompa. In Kyanjing Gompa there are a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. While crossing the pass there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is above 3,000m (10,000ft).

The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m). On the very pass of Ganjala, the last few 100m trails are risky so we need to use a rope there for safety, though the utmost care is enough. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. But remaining part of the trail is easy and comfortable. There are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way so that we should be well equipped with enough food.

Only organized camping treks are possible for this region. There is the restriction for the use of firewood within the park, so all supplies should bring with us. The trek requires 13 days. The people living in Langtang are of Tibetan origin, though they introduce themselves as Tamang or Gurung.

After crossing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchigaon and Tarke Ghyang. People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so that you will find so many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarke Ghyang is also another Sherpa town along the way, which bears its own story. The town name indicates the temple of “100 horses” and was derived from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama (Buddhist monk) who was called by the king of Kathmandu (Kantipur) to stop an epidemic. As a reward, the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here. The local temple was found in 1969 and follows the Bhutanese style.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Day 03: Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km/ 7 hrs

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs

Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3 hrs. Explore the area.

Day 07: Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 7-8 hrs

Day 08: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5-6 hr

Day 09: Cross the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6/7 hr

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5/6 hr

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5/6 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3/4 hr

Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar and Drive back to Kathmandu: 3/4 hrs trek/ 3 hr drive

Day 14: Departure

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our representative . After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative displaying your name at the arrival terminal gate. You will be then taken to your hotel.  

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Today after breakfast we start a tour to several most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day also for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. we visit the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be leaving for the Himalayas tomorrow.

Included meals: Breakfast  

Day 03 : Drive to Syabrubesi (1,550m/5,100ft): 145 km , 7 hrs

After morning breakfast we drive out along the north-western hills of Kathmandu. Enjoy the Himlayan views and mountainous lifestyle through the terraced fields and rustic villages. Take Lunch at the Trishuli Bazar before continuing further to Dhunche. From Dhunche, we descent down to Syabrubesi.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft): 6 hrs

This is our first day of trekking today. Follow the Langtang Khola River. Pass through the dense forests. Cross several suspension bridges. We also pass by a tea houses. The trail goes up and down but it’s not that challenging.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lnch and Dinner  

Day 05: Trek to Mundu (3543m/11,621ft) via Langtang village (3,430m/11,253ft): 6-7 hrs

Today after breakfast, we start our trekking day towards the village of Mundu. Our trail continues along dense forests. After making a steady climb up through the valley, we leave the tree line behind us. Enjoy the marvelous views of Langtang Lirung. On the way to Mundu, you will also pass the Langtang Village, which was severely affected the the earthquake last year. Langtang Valley alone lost 400 lives, flooded away by an earthquake-triggered avalanche, destroying an entire village and infrastructures. We also see the ruins of Langtang Village, where life is slowing building back and a few tea-houses are reopened.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa (3,870m/12,697ft): 3 hrs.

After breakfast, we will start our journey to Kyangjin Gompa, a principal monastery of the region. You will pass by water mills, prayer wheels, chortens, with sacred mounds of rocks with inscriptions carved on them. Also pass the largest mani wall in Nepal, made from stone with prayers written on them. The prayers written on the mani wall is supposed to be blown away by the wind. After the short trek, you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the buddhist shrine and surrounding areas with the amazing views of the mountains.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 : Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) 6 -8 hrs

After taking morning tea and breakfast,we get out of the village and pass on through yak pastures and start for visiting to Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft) for mountain sunrise views. Since, we are really getting into the high altitudes, you might start feeling the thin air. In the afternoon return to Kanjin Gompa- surrounded by the Himalayas all around. You can take a walk around Kanjin Gompa enjoying the views, glaciers, icefalls, birds and yaks.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 08: Trek to Ganja La phedi (4300m/14,104 ft): 5- 6 hr

Taking today’s breakfast, we embark on our today’s journey to Ganja La Phedi. Cross the Langtang River. Ascend through rhododendron forests. Since, we’re already in high altitude, the time for getting to our destination also depends upon the season of the trek. Since, during the winter snow, it might take longer time to cross the snow strewn path.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 09: Cross the Ganja La pass(5122m/16,800 ft) Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft): 6- 7 hr

Today we cross the Ganja La pass. It’d be a strenuous day since Ganja La is one of the difficult passes. Ganja la pass is covered with snow almost throughout the year. Make the long ascent through the boulders, pass the small lakes, and summit the Ganja La which situated on a rocky moraine. Enjoy the spectacular views from the pass. Climbing up and down the pass can sometimes be tricky due to snowfall and ice. From the pass, we descend down to Keldang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft): 5- 6 hr

Trek from Keldang to Yak Kharka. From Keldang, we descend further down following a prominent ridge line. In our 5-6 hrs trek today, we continue losing our altitude through forests, ridges, and grasslands.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 11: Trek to Tarke Gyang(2,590m/8,497ft): 5- 6 hrs

Today, we lose altitude considereably, about 1500 meters. The trail would be similar, except that as you descend lower, you will notice more vegetation.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 12: Trek to Sermathang(2,610m/8,563ft): 3- 4 hr

We cross small forest with the view of beautiful village of Helembu region. The trail makes a sweep around the wide valley end between Parachin and the pretty Sharpa village of Gangyul. The people of this village practice Drukpa Kagyu Buddhism, the same as the national religion of Bhutan.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Malemchi Puul Bazaar and  drive to Kathmandu: 3- 4 hrs trek/ 2 hr drive

On our final day of the trek, we walk down to Malemchi Pul Bazaar with many Sherpa village. From the Bazaar, catch a bus to Katmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner  

Day 14: Departure Day

Today , you’ll be transferred to the International Airport for departure flight to your onward destination.

Included Meals : Breakfast

What Is Included

  • Pick ups and drops from Airport.
  • 3 star Category hotels accommodation in Kathmandu  including Breakfast.
  • Teahouses/Lodge  accommodation including Breakfast , Lunch  and Dinner during the trek.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of Trek.
  • Transportation by Local bus to the Trekking Starting Point.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment,food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work ( Tims and permits )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Entrance Fee for Sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from Trekking(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, Tea, Coffee, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Our main paramount is to offer safe and enjoyable trek for your clients.Experienced trekkers will often take only a selection of these items based on what has worked in the past.

Please find the equipment list below for your personal use during your traveling period.

Foot wear:

Walking boots, Wool and liner socks, sandals

Clothing:

Waterproof jacket and trousers, Trekking trousers, Long sleeve shirts, Micro fleece, Mid to heavyweight fleece, Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece, Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic), Fleece pants, Medium weight down jacket

Hand wear:

Fleece gloves, Warms mittens and/or gloves

Head wear:

Wool or fleece hat, Sun hat, Scarf, Head torch and extra batteries,Sunglasses

Personal Equipment:

Sleeping bag, Backpack large enough to carry water bottles, camera and extra clothing, Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organized, two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best), Sunscreen and lip salve with a high SPF, Insect repellent, Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Aqua or Aqua Mira), Favorite snack food, Books, iPod and cards etc, Trekking poles, Camera with spare batteries and memory cards, Insurance certificate.

Travelling:

large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter), Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag, Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu, Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit:

Any personal medications, Diamox (optional) helps with acclimatization.

Each trekker should carry one backpack for items required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, and personal first aid kit and day snacks. The maximum weight allowance is 15 kgs/33 pounds

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