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Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek- 13 Days

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About Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek

  • 13 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 5122m/16800ft
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : Min 2 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek / Camping
  • Transport: Land Transportation

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass trek offers you breathtaking wilderness experience in the heart of Langtang region. This route traverse from famous Langtang village to Helambu crossing Ganja La Pass (5122 meters). Follow the Langtang Himalayan Range exploring Authentic Tibetan and Tamang culture and bio diversity. The combination of Rhododendron forests, Majestic Himalayan ranges, gigantic waterfalls and extreme passes makes this Trek one of the most diverse trekking in Nepal. 

The Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek starts with a drive from the crowded Kathmandu Valley and goes along the Tibetan-originated river of Trishuli to get to Syabrubesi. From there starts your real trekking trip along the Lama Hotel and village of Langtang until we get to the Kyanjin Gompa. From Kyanjin you will cross high pass of Ganja La traversing your route to Helambu region via beautiful villages of Tarke Gyang and Sermanthang. 

Langtang Valley Ganja La Pass Trek- 13 Days Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4429 ft)

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1350 meters. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2:Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1467m/4,812ft) via Trishuli (Nuwakot) - 150 Km/8 hrs

After breakfast, you will be driving north out of the Kathmandu Valley to Syabrubesi via Dhunche. This scenic drive through the mountainous terrain gives you an ample time to observe the scenic villages of Dhunche and Syabrubesi. Also, enjoy the Himalayan views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangma, Dorje Lakpa, and various other mountains. You will be passing one of the important Hydro Projects of Nepal, the Trishuli Hydro Project along the way. Overnight in a tea house in Syabrubesi.

Day 3:Trek to Lama Hotel (2470m/8,103ft, 6 hrs)

After breakfast, you commence your trek as you cross the Bhote Koshi River and follow the Langtang River. This trail gradually ascends through the dense bamboo forest. You ascend close to 1000 meters on the third day as the popular Lama Hotel is located at an altitude of nearly 2470 meters. Overnight in a tea house in Lama Hotel.

Day 4:Trek to Langtang Village (3400m/11,154ft, 5 hrs)

Today you ascend almost 900 meters as you reach the Langtang Village. The trekking route follows the route of ‘Ghoda Tabela’ which in Nepali means the ‘Horse Stable’. Leaving the stable, you move on and the trail becomes quite even as you pass the beautiful scenery watching the Himalayan Yaks grazing on the field. Langtang Village is one of the oldest villages in Nepal and the view of breathtaking Himalayas from Langtang is quite famous. Overnight in a tea house in Langtang village.

Day 5: Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3850m/12,631ft, 4 hrs)

Get up, perform some stretching exercises to warm your body up and get set for your trek. You start your trekking from Langtang to Kyanjin Gompa which despite being a mere 500 meters is quite fascinating because you come across several Cheese factories that are quite popular for the quality of Yak cheese they produce. Moreover, there are several Buddhist Monasteries in Kyanjin. The most popular one is the Kyanjin Gompa which is well known amongst the tourists. You will pass through the largest Mani Wall in Nepal made from stone with prayers written all over them. You will cross many wooden bridges and slowly get higher in altitude. The Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by the Himalayas. You can wander around and experience the chirping of birds, grazing Yaks, beautiful glaciers & icefalls. Overnight in a tea house in Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 6:Acclimatization. Explore Tserko Ri (5000m/16,404ft, 7 hrs)

Explore Tserko Ri which is situated at an altitude of 5000 meters. A well known spot for sunrise views over the himalaya and glaciers. Visit yak pastures and Monasteries, meet locals and learn the culture. We have the rest of the day to explore the Gompa and the surrounding area. Overnight in a Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 7:Trek to Ganja La Phedi (4300m/14,104 ft,5-6 hrs)

After breakfast trek through Rhododendron forests following the Langtang River. You will need to ascend steep paths until you reach Ganja La Phedi. Overnight stay in a Tented Camp.

Day 8:Trek to Keldang (4250m/13,940ft) via Ganja La Pass (5122m/16,800 ft) 6-7 hrs

You will have a strenuous day as you are crossing Ganja La pass situated at an altitude of 5220 meters. The pass is covered with deep snow almost throughout the year which makes it tricky and really difficult to cross. The summit will give you an Ample opportunity to witness the dramatic Himalayan vistas. Descend down to Keldang for overnight stay. Overnight stay in a Tented Camp.

Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000m/13,120ft, 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast descend down to Yak kharka. Follow the ridge line through pine and Rhododendron forests until with some ascends and descends until you reach Yak Kharka. Overnight stay in a Tented Camp.

Day 10:Trek to Tarke Gyang (2,590m/8,497ft, 6 hrs)

After breakfast, descend to Tarkheghyang forests crossing a pass of 4100 meters. Walk through pine, juniper and Rhododendron forests until you reach Tarkegyhang which boasts several beautiful monasteries along with the traditional Sherpa culture. Overnight in a Local Guest House Lodge.

Day 11:Trek to Sermathang (2600m/8530ft, 4 hrs)

You further explore the Helambu region as you leave Tarkegyang and head towards Sermathang (2600m/8530ft). Sermathang is a beautiful village which offers insights into some of the oldest Hyolmo cultures and traditions. There are impressive views of the Dorje Lhakpa and looking North-East is the Panch Pokhari Lake, a part of the Jugal Himal Trek. Rest your body and mind with a pleasant breeze from the Himalayas. Overnight in a tea house in Sermathang.

Day 12:Hike to Melamchi Bazaar. Drive back to Kathmandu (45km, 3 hrs)

After a short walk to Melamchi Bazaar, you will travel by a vehicle to Kathmandu. A couple of hours drive from Melamchi Bazaar takes you back to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival to Kathmandu, you will be dropped at your hotel. This is an opportunity to have a rest in your hotel once you arrive. Overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Departure from TIA

Your trip concludes. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Inclusion

  • Airport transfers using private A/c vehicle.
  • Two Nights accommodation using Three star Hotel in Kathmandu on Twin sharing basis (BB).
  • Accommodation in the best available lodges, guesthouses, and tea houses, during trekking days using twin sharing/dormitory rooms. Upgrades to private rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
  • Three meals a day followed by tea/coffee while on trekking days. All included meals are notated as B-Breakfast, L-Lunch and D-Dinner)
  • Government licensed English speaking guide throughout the entire trek.
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek. (02Trekkers:01Porter)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Syabrubesi and Melamchi-Kathmandu on Local Jeep or Bus.
  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show and Authentic Nepalese Cuisine in Kathmandu.
  • Langtang National Park fees and TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits.
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit.
  • Necessary service charges and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our treks. This must include helicopter rescue, medical testing, treatment, and hospitalization expenses. You will be asked to provide proof of such coverage upon arrival and before departing on the trek.
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu (Each item costs about $4 - $7 dollars depending on place where you eat)
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges, fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa cost. Most visitors can obtain a visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa is good for 30 days and costs US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained for US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like(natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.  While tipping is not mandatory it is highly appreciated.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Any other items not mentioned in the included section.

Accommodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu and Pokhara. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

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FAQ

Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness

What kind of personal first aid should i carry?

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

Does high altitude effects and benefits?

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’ metabolism.

What is Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

What are the symptoms of AMS?

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.

Life threatening forms of AMS.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

Symptoms of HAPE

Breathlessness
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

Symptoms of HACE

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to prevent Altitude Sickness?

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

What is treatment of Altitude sickness?

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

How do we handle during the case of emergency?

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

How to get safe drinking water?

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Do we be secure during our journey?

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.