This challenging trek offers exploration of ethnic Tamang villages, their Tibetan Buddhist culture, traditional agriculture, wide varieties of flora including rhododendron flowers, different kinds of wild animals, glacier rivers, panoramic views of Tibetan Himalayan range, Jugul Himal, Dorje Lakpa Himal, Gangchhenpo Himal, Langshisha Himal, Ganjala Himal ( Nayakang) etc.
Main attraction of this trek is challenging Ganjala Pass 5120m with rocky and snowy trails. If weather condition is in our favor this pass is not so difficult and more chance to get succeed. After crossing Ganjala Pass, we explore the ethnic Tamang and Hyolmo villages, local agriculture in traditional way in terrain farmlands, their warm hospitality, Buddhist monasteries, Chhortens, Stupas etc.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Ganjala Pass Trek Maximum Elevation: 5120m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Trip Duration: 16 Days. Mode of Operation: tea house lodge & camping trek . Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous. Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people.
Outline Itinerary: Ganjala Pass Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport 1300m, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star at bed and breakfast . Day 02: Kathmandu - Dhunche 1960m 7 hours by local bus. Overnight in Lodge. Day 03: Dhunche-Thulo Syabru 2200m, the biggest typical Tamang village in Langtang region 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge Day 04: Thulo Syabru - Lama Hotel 2580m 6 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge Day 05: Lama Hotel - Langtang 3300m 5 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge Day 06: Langtang - Kyangjing Gompa 3800m 4 hours walking, visit Langtang Ri 4700m (optional). Overnight in Lodge Day 07: Kyangjing Gompa - Cherkuri peak 5033m - Kyangjing Gompa 7 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge. Day 08: Kyangjing Gompa - Ganjala Phedi 4300m 5 hours walking . Overnight Camping. Day 09: Ganjala Phedi - Ganja La Pass 5120m - Keldang 4250m 8 hours walking. Overnight camping. Day 10: Keldang - Yak Kharka 3900m 5 hours walking. Overnight camping. Day 11: Dukpu - Tarkeghyang 2590m 5 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge. Day 12: Tarkegyang - Sermathang 2610m 5 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge. Day 13: Sermathang - Melamchipul Bazar 5 hours walking. Overnight in Lodge. Day 14: Melamchi Bazaar - Kathmandu 5 hours by local bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast. Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu bed and breakfast. Day 16: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-3 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast .
-Trekking permits of Langtang National Park and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System).
-Accommodation in tea house lodge + tented camping twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, dinning tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, utensils, chairs, tables etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu to Dhunche & Melamchi Bazaar to Kathmandu by local bus as mentioned in above itinerary.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-An experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, cook and porters.
-Nepal visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, gears, cloths, -20 degree sleeping bag etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow