Ganjala pass trekking

Ganjala pass trekking starts from the lower Langtang valley trekking through its rhododendron forest and among the village and farmlands of its people. Many of them are Tibetan origin but now knows as “Tamang” one of the ethnic people. This area is rich of Tibetan culture, typical way of their living. We can explore Buddhist monastery, Chorten, Mani wall and prayer wheel along the villages. This place was once an important trading route with Tibet so that most of the local people are involved in the trade. 

 Although wildlife is never easy to spot in a forest setting, there we get the chances of seeing some interesting animals and birds. Among those found in the park are monkeys, musk deer, Peacock and the national bird of Nepal, the colorful danphe.

To explore further isolation, through some of the magnificent Nature, least ventured before, pristine Himalaya view etc. Teahouse facilities are not available in Ganja La region, and hence trekking should be fully supported and self-sufficient to meet all requirement and contingencies that come up for 3/4  days and rest of  the trip we will have tea houses.. The highest point of this trek is Ganja La Pass (5122m). This region remains one of the alluring trekking corners of Nepal where your effort becomes meaningful!

FACT OF THIS TREK
Trip Duration      10 days
Max. Altitude: 5200m./17160ft
Minimum Altitude: 846m./8462791ft.
Grade: Strenuous 
Activities: Trekking 
Accommodation: Lodge/Tented
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Private or Local land transport
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 2 person to 14 persons
Best season: March, April,May, Sep, October & November
Available Time: All months 
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours per day

Suggested itinerary 

Day 1: Kathmandu – Dhunche -Safru bensi ( 1800m./5940ft.) 7 hours drive
We drive to Safrubensi then head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Dhunche. Stay overnigth there at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 2: Syafru Bensi - Lama Hotel ( 2470mt./8151ft.) 5 hours walk
The trail ascend to Lama Hotel .  En route you will see red pandas, monkey and bear if you are lucky. Stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lama Hotel -Langtang Village ( 3430m./11319ft.) 5 hours walk
The trek continue to ascend gradually to Langtang village. As you continue climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. As you reach Ghora Tabela, the trail emerges from the forest. While walking here, you can catch a glimpse of white monkeys and local birds. Once there was a Tibetan resettlement project, but now it is a Nepalese army post though it has no permanent inhabitants. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery which we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighboring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Stay there overnight at lodge .

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Langtang Village -Kyanjing ( 3980m./13134ft.) 3 hours walk
Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin. The trail climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Lakpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and so on. We stay there overnight at lodge .

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Explore around Kyanjin 
We explore the side hikes today. You will have four major different choices to visit as: walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung, ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], climb Tserku ri ( 5350m.) or walk to Langsisa Kharka. We recommend you to climb ascend Kyangjin Ri for good view and easy ascend though we will take you any of those places as your interest after we brief  you about them. We will stay at same lodge overnight .

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kyanjin-Negang ( 4000m./13200ft.) 5 hours. walk
Trek to Ngegang . Here you can not see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with little natural vegetation. Since there are no lodges available we will stay overnight at tent. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Negang- Keldang Via Ganjala  ( 4300m./12190ft.) 6 hours wlak
Trek to Keldang via Ganja La (5200m./17160ft.). Today is comparatively strenuous as you need to cross the Ganja la pass over 5200 meters. On the Ganja la pass, you can find it covered with snowy ice most of the times through out the year. We stay overnight at tent.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Keldang-Dukpu ( 4080m./13464ft.) 6 hours walk
Trek to Dukpu. A long day walking along the ridge, grassland, with amazing views of Mountains will be seen. Your camping site will be inside the forest. We stay overnight at tent.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Dukpu- Tarkeghyang ( 2560m./8448ft.) 6 hours walk
Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560m./8448ft.) 5.30 hours walking . Trail descends about 200mtrs, climb the 4100meters pass. Views from Pass are spectacular towards the Annapurna Region and Mt. Everest region as well. From the pass the trail descends through pine forest, rhododendron forest past tiny herder's to the settlement of Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monastery and Sherpa villages. These villages are well settled where friendly and cheerful natured people inhabit. We stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Tarkeghyang- Thimpu 2 hrs. wlak- Kathmandu 6 hours drive
Trek to Thimu  then drive to Kathmandu. Transfer to your hotel. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch

Trek ends

Langtang National Park Fee

Langtang National park fee is cumpolsury to obtain to enter Ganja la pass Trekking through Dhunche. You can obtain it in Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB) or government registered trekking agency as Nepal Alternative Treks or you also can pay directly at Dhunche . It costs NPR 3300 per person for foreigner and Rs. 1700 for indian nationality. You will need passport copy and cash in rupees to obtain it. 

Trekking Clothing equipment

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 

- Light weight pants, shorts

- At night -track top, pants 

-  T-shirts. 

- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap 

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 

- Small daypack - 25 liters. 

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 

- Small towels 

- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 

- A pair of gloves 

- Snow glasses and strap 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

 

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu as there will various choices to select yourself. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges and two men tents in pass during the trek. We will provide shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) at lodges and our cook will prepare food along the pass. There will be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice and most of the days Nepali national food " Dal Bhat " will be tested in route .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Ganja la pass is hard trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 5200 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

Maik Reger
Germany

Hi All,
I have a nice trip with my family. My guide Dhan was the best. I will come back. Thank you !

Siobhan Murphy
UK

The trek was excellent. The service has been brilliant from before we left the Uk and the whole trip. I can’t fault the services-problems sorted out immediately Mr. Dillip and Lal porter were excellent, helpful, and always cheerful. We will always remember this trip. I will recommend this company to everyone and I hope you continue to be successful Tej.

 

Kornkamon Chittreekhun
Thailand

For the whole package is so good. I am very satisfied with the service, guide and porter while trekking. Good guide for sightseeing is also Ok. I will probably come back and use the company’s service again soon! Thanks for everything!

 

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