Langtang Valley and Ganja-la Trek starts after a bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From Surya Besi, you will start your trek towards Langtang Himal area. You will take a direct approach via the Langtang Khola. You will trek for days on a gradual winding path through the dense forest of oaks, birch, pines, and rhododendron and reach Kyanjin Gompa (3,749m).
The trek takes place inside the Langtang National Park. This national park is the country’s first Himalayan National Park. It is home to 46 mammals including animals like Assamese monkey, grey wolf, red panda, clouded leopard, leopard cat, snow leopard, musk deer, and Tibetan sheep.
The Langtang Valley and Ganja La trek is a high altitude trek that takes you to an altitude of 5121 meters in Ga. So, you will spend a day acclimatizing in Kyanjin Gompa. It is the perfect base for acclimatization. It has a wonderful surrounding of high snow-capped mountains.
After a good Ganja La pass in Kynagin at Langtang Valley, you will trek to set up a high camp below the Naya Kanga peak and Ganja La 5,121m. Ganja La pass also allows you to head towards Helambu region with stunning views of towering mountains of the Langtang region. These include Ganchenpo (6387m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Pemthang Karpo Ri (6830m), Langtang Lirung (7245m) and Shishapangma (8046m).
A visit to the Langtang valley is a wonderful opportunity to explore Tibetan and Tamang Villages. You will also climb several small peaks and ridges that offer delightful a visit to glaciers placed at low altitude regions.
After crossing Ganja-la pass, you will walk through charming villages of Helambu. These villages like Sermanthang, Dupku etc. are home to warm, hospitable people. Finally, you get to the town of Melamchi, which lies near the tip of Kathmandu. A scenic drive from Melamchi leads you to Kathmandu. This marks the end of this adventurous trip of a lifetime with The Great Adventure Treks & Expeditions to Langtang Valley & Ganja La.
Best Time for Langtang Valley and Ganja La Trek
The most popular seasons for the Langtang Valley and Ganja La trek are the seasons of spring and autumn.
Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. These months have a moderate amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation. So the trekking trails are dry and the views of mountains are crisp.
Although the winters might be cold, you can do the winter (December, January, February) trek to Annapurna Circuit. Similarly, with appropriate gear and planning, Langtang Valley and Ganja La trek in the summer (June, July, August) is also possible with appropriate clothing.
Langtang Valley and Ganja La Trek Difficulty
Langtang Valley and Ganja La trek is a moderate trek which also has some strenuous trails along the way.
Langtang Valley and Ganja La trek lasts 14 days. You will reach an altitude of 5121 meters in Ganja La pass. When you trek to such a high altitude, there are always possibilities of altitude sickness. So you should prepare to avoid such risks.
For the most part of the trek, you will trek uphill. So, you will have to prepare for this trek by preparing your body physically for around 2-3 months before embarking upon the trek. Physical preparation is the best way to keep the threat of altitude sickness away.
We also advise you to take a hike of a day or two before coming to this trek. This will give you some idea about how demanding Annapurna Circuit Trek might be.
Main Attractions of the Langtang Valley and Ganja La Trek
- A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi.
- Trek to beautiful villages like Manang, Marpha, Ghorepani, and Muktinath.
- Visit Kyanjin Gompa.
- A chance to view exotic animals in the Langtang National Park (ACAP) like snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan Tahr etc.
- Cross Ganja La pass (5121 meters)
- UNESCO World Heritage Tour in Kathmandu
- Panoramic view of snow-capped mountains from Kyanjin Ri
Langtang Valley and Ganja-la Trek Map
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,300m) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,460m) (7 hours)
Day 04: Trek to Lama Hotel (2,420m) (5 hours)
Day 05: Trek to Langtang village (3,430m) (3 hours) walk.
Day 06: Trek to Kyangin Gompa (3,850m) (3 – 4 hours)
Day 07: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for a hike around.
Day 08: Traverse Ganja-la (5,121m) descend towards Keldrong Kharka.
Day 09: Trek to Kharka before Dukpu (4,023m)
Day 10: The Kharka before Dupku to Tarkeghyang (2,560m) (6 – 7 hrs)
Day 11: Trek to Sermathang (2,621m) (4 – 5 hrs)
Day 12: Trek to Melamchi Pul (840m) (3 – 4 hrs) and Drive to Kathmandu (2hrs)
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
If you want to go to Syabrubesi by Jeep then we are happy to arrange it as you like, but the cost will be different. Please feel free to contact us if you want to choose these options.