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Gonja La Pass Trek

Trip Name: 
Gonja La Pass Trek
Duration: 
17 Days
Transportation: 
By Bus
Start Point: 
Syapru Besi
End Point: 
Syapru Besi

Langtang is a narrow valley that lies just below the main Himalayan range to the north Tibet Border and a slightly lower range of snowy peaks to the south. A visit to the Langtang valley offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan villages, Tamang Villages, to climb small peaks and to visit glaciers at a comfortably low elevations. Kyanjin Gompa is a last Tibetan Village in the valley, from where a trek starts to Helambu over Ganja La Pass (5200m). The pass it self is not easy, during autumn and spring the pass opens for trekkers.

A trek Over Ganja la pass offers an entirely wilderness and adventure experience. If you are trekking during spring the forest on the trail is colorful and blooming full of Rhododendrons. To cross from Langtang into Helambu via the Ganja-La pass which is serious undertaking requiring good equipment and experience from local guides. For three or four days there are no facilities and groups with their staff must be fully self-sufficient. Crossing of the pass requires the use of technical climbing equipment and trekkers must be skilled in the use of this and be prepared to assist less well-equipped porter staff. The trail follows a small valley before reaching the glaciated pass where the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes may be necessary.

Detail Itinerary,

Day 1: Kathmandu (1310m/4298ft)
Our airport representative will be received you at the airport and transfer to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about 10 minutes. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley Sight Seeing & Permit making process
After breakfast beautiful "Kathmandu Valley" sight seeing. This day we visit Shwoyambhunath Stupa, Baudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel, B.B plan

Day 3: Drive to Sybru Bensi (1462 meters) by bus 8 hours.
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours by bus or Land cruiser depending on group size. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 4: Trek to Lama Hotel (2500 meters) 5 hours.
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 the Landslide. Afterwards, your trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400 meters) through Bamboo (1960 meters) which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like at the end your trail is level to Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if your lucky. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 5: Trek to Langtang Village (3307 meters) 5 hours.
The trek route follows Gumanechok, Ghoda Tabela literally it means the Horse Stable. After the trail is slightly gradual providing beautiful valley views with the grazing Yaks. Langtang village is very local and old along this trekking route. The view from here is more spectacular as we are getting closer to the mountains. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 6: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3798 meters) 4 hours.
Today is a shorter walk but enough for acclimatization. The surroundings are interesting because of the famous Cheese factory. This is the beautiful valley in the lap of the Langtang Lirung and other around. This is the place to explore the valley and lots of small peaks to climb. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 7: Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.
Today is a day to rest and explore the area. You can visit the monastery and cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350 meters) which is highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 8: Trek to Ngegang (4000 meters) 5 hours.
Here you can not see any villages. The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with few natural vegetation. Since there are no lodges available. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 9: Trek to Keldang (4300 meters) via Ganja La (5200 meters) 6 hours.
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. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 10: Trek to Dukpu (4080 meters) 6.30 hours.
A long day walking along the ridge, grassland, with amazing views of Mountains. Your camping site will be inside the forest. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek to Tarkeghyang (2560 meters) 5.30 hours.
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. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek to Shermathang (2621 meters) 5.30 hours.
This day the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests along the way. You trek on crossing some small streams. A beautiful village half way to Shermathang. Shermathang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries and also see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846 meters) 5 hours.
The trail gradually descends all the way to Melamchi Pul Bazaar through meadows and cultivated fields. Along the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular traditions. Walking today is quite pleasant with mountain views and interacting with friendly local people. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 14: Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu 4 hours.
After breakfast you travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda and then follow the pitched road up to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Kathmandu
Rest day at Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel. B.B Plan.

Day 16: Kathmandu
Rest day at Kathmandu. Surprise dinner party. Overnight at hotel. B.B Plan.

Day 17: Departure to Airport
Departure to airport for the onward destination.

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