License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:16 Days
  • Trek Style:trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:langtang region
  • Trek Starting Point:Dhunche
  • Trip Grade:Moderate / Challenge
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:tea house, tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Max-Altitude:5106 m
  • Transportation:tourist coach / local vehicle
  • Trek Ending Point:Melamchi
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Ganja La Pass

Langtang Ganja La Pass Trek offers a classic adventure north of Kathmandu. It is an extension of our Langtang Valley Trek and turns into a real wilderness adventure. Camping is mandatory for three nights.

On a clear day, the scene from the summit of Ganja La (5106 m) offers an incomparable view of the 150 km long Himalayan panorama, which extends from the 8000 m high Annapurna Mountains in the far west to Langtang Lirung (7227 m) in the “foreground”, Shisha Pangma (8013 m) in the north in Tibet and further east in Langpogang (6733 m) or Jugal Himal (6535 m) and a view to the south of Naya Kanga (5846 m).

Get on a bus early in the morning at the central bus station in Kathmandu and the adventure begins with a scenic drive of 7 to 8 hours and 142 kilometers through typical Nepalese villages, countless rows of carefully maintained terraces and dramatic mountain and valley views. These friendly people will help you immerse yourself in their culture and traditions.

Porters seen during Ganja La Pass trekking

The path gradually rises along the Langtang Khola and leads through forests of bamboo, maple, oak and pine. Langurs, musk deer, bears and the endangered, shy, red panda live in these forests. Birds can be heard all the time, rarely seen in Ganja La Pass Trek Nepal. Our Ganja La Pass trekking offers new sights and experiences as you gradually climb many ridges to the village of Kyanjin Gompa – and a free day to explore the Ganja La Pass region.

Go slowly from Kyanjin Gompa to Ngegang and climb 4,000 m. Then rest in your tent before tackling the 1,000 m ascent to Ganja La (5,106 m) and descending 800 m to sleep “deeply” again. Ganja La Pass Downhill Trekking Route Tarkeghyang is the first Sherpa town. It means “100 houses”. In 1727, a llama founded a monastery and asked to build 100 houses as a reward. The temple was rebuilt in 1969 in the Bhutanese style.

Enjoy the hospitality of these friendly people. The path then leads along the hills through Sherpa settlements decorated with prayer flags, to the road to Melamchi and by bus back to Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Morning wake-up and breakfast in hotel.

Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Ganja La Pass trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.

After that, we then do a Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.

Overnight at Hotel.

After a delicious breakfast in the early morning we drive to Balaju and then follow the route from Kakani, Trisuli Bazar, Betrawati and finally stop in Dhunche. The scenic 7 – 8 hour drive through dense forest, a rustic village, terraced farmland, narrow ridges and off-road trails offers pristine green scenery, turquoise surroundings, mountain ranges and snow-capped mountains, including the mountain. Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and some other peaks. We spend the night in Dhunche for today’s accommodation and delicious meals.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

In the early morning we have breakfast and start our first day tour from Dhunche. We walk along the road for a few minutes and then we reach the village: Thulo Barkhu. From here we slowly climb through dense forests of rhododendron, oak, bamboo and pine trees until we reach Barble. The trip from Barble is wonderful and pleasant to have a spectacular view of Ganesh Himal. After a few hours we climb the ridge and end today’s hike in Thulo Syabru.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today, the first part of the trail crosses through Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascents up to Bamboo passing through Landslide. Afterwards, our trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400 m) through Bamboo (1960 m) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. We take our lunch at this place and at the end the trail leads to the Lama Hotel. If we are lucky, we could see red pandas, monkeys and bears on our way.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

From Lama hotel, we continue gently ascending above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. From time and again we can have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further, we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 2992 m. We will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages showcasing water-driven mills and prayer wheels. On descending for a while, we arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching to the height 3430 m.

Langtang village is the headquarter for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending along the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Kyanjin Gompa is the most popular destination for acclimatization and exploration. After a delicious breakfast we hike to the Tserko Ri summit, from where you have a breathtaking view of the entire Langtang valley and the fascinating peaks: Langtang Lirung, Yangsa Tenji, Langtang Range and some other peaks. Kyanjin Ri (4,850 m) and Tserko Ri (5,000 m) are the best viewpoints of Kyanjin. On this day we also visit the traditional yak cheese dairy, the holy Kyanjin Gompa and some trekking peaks if time, climate and health make us feel right.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today we have to climb to the first non-human settlement on the hike: Ngegang; So we have breakfast and start the hike in the early morning. We descend from Kyanjin for a few minutes, cross the suspension bridge over the Langtang and climb through the dense rhododendron forest and the meadow. Enjoy the spectacular view of Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), the Langtang Glacier, streams, gigantic peaks and snow-capped mountains and reach the flat section of the yak pasture of Nyengang. There is no tea house or hut high above Kyanjin Gompa. So we have to spend our night in the tent. Our guides and porters set up the tent and cook delicious food for the group.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today’s hike is exhausting and challenging as we have to cross one of the region’s difficult passes and descend to Keldang to seek shelter. After a warm and heavy breakfast in Ngegang Kharka we climb steeply through the icy moraine along the glacier, the small lake and reach the Ganja La Pass on a rock moraine. Enjoy the tranquil landscape, the exciting icy pass road and the breathtaking view of the Langtang Range, including the snow-covered Langtang Lirung. The pass remains covered in snow all year round; So stay alert and calm on your way through the pass. Descent from the pass over a meadow to Keldang.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

After a delicious breakfast in Keldang we make our way to Dukpu and follow the downhill route along the ridge. After a few hours of descent, the path follows the straight path through farmland and the tiny human settlement of the Helambu valley. and finally climb through the thick forest to Dukpu. Dukpu is the non-human settlement where we set up camp for today’s accommodations in the forest. Our helpers cook hot and delicious food for us as we share the Ganja La Trek experience and enjoy the night by singing and dancing next to the firewood.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

We enjoy our morning breakfast at the camp and then start the hike from Dukpu to Tarke Ghyang. Today we hike through dense rhododendron and pine forest to the lower region and enjoy the spectacular view of Annapurna and the Everest region. After a few hours downhill the path leads us to the lower village of the Helambu valley: “Tarke Ghyang”. Today’s overnight stay takes place in the lodge in the village of Tamang: “Tarke Ghyang”.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

The day is planned as a day of rest after a long and adventurous hike to the highest pass in this region: Ganja La Pass. On this day we explore the traditional beautiful villages of the Helambu valley and experience the Sherpa culture as well as the ancient monasteries, which were built in the Bhutanese style. After exploring the village, we rest completely and enjoy time with the humble and gracious Sherpa people.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today’s hike is shorter and easier than the other hike. From Tarke Ghyang we fall through the dense forest and see the quiet green surroundings and the gigantic snow-covered mountain. After a few hours we reach the Sherpa Village Shermathang, from where we witness Jugal Himal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Rolwaling Range and even Mt. Everest.

Overnight at Guesthouse.

On the last day of our hike we descend from the Shermant slope to the Melamchi Pul Bazaar, through dense forest, terraced farmland and many small Sherpa villages. In the bazaar of Melamchi Pul we rest for a few minutes or have lunch and finally drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we have some leisure time in the evening.

Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.


  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip).


  • Travel and rescue insurance (Essential: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
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