Gonja La Pass Trek

ganja la pass trek

Trip Highlights

Gonja La Pass Trek is a walk into the wilderness of the mountains, yet only a short distance from Kathmandu. Most of the trail prohibits the use of firewood preserving beauty of the trail. Ethnic Tibetan tribes pass along the trail and stop at Gompas and other settlement areas give ample time to absorb the ethnic culture.

Gonja La Pass Trekking passes through Ganja-la at a height of 5,130m forming a challenging feat, yet being the major attraction of this trek in the Langtang region. Close to Kathmandu, yet bearing the thrill of the Tibetan highlands, the trek is a combination of majestic mountain vistas, enchanting waterfalls, forests of rhododendrons.

Gonja La Pass trek starts after a drive to Sybru Bensi. We walk through a Lama settlement to Langtang village and follow the Langtang River until Kyanjin Gompa which is surrounded by Langtang Lirung on the west, Yala on the north and Dorje Lakpa, Urkeinmang, Lorenzo Gang and Kangchenpo on the north-east. Naya Kanga and Ponggen Dooku are only a few kilometers from the Gompa. Here we rest for acclimatization as the climb to Tsergo-Ri for the next day’s hike. Past Kyanjin, we take enough food for a few days and take shelter in tents. Use of firewood is prohibited so supplies are to be taken. Ascending further in the trail we reach Ganjala Pass(5,122m) which is the highest point of the trek. We crossing the pass with the support of a rope for safety as the last 100m is dangerous. The descent again is a steep slope for about a kilometer which requires precautionary steps. From Ganja-la, we descend to Dukpu, Tarke Gyang and finally to Melamchi Bazaar which marks the end of the trek.

Gonja La Pass Trek is a walk into the wilderness of the mountains, yet only a short distance from Kathmandu. Most of the trail prohibits the use of firewood preserving beauty of the trail. Ethnic Tibetan tribes pass along the trail and stop at Gompas and other settlement areas give ample time to absorb the ethnic culture. Ganjala Pass is a marvel of nature and other viewpoints offer exquisite views for photographers delight. Buddhist monasteries and settlements along the route have unique traditional practices and bear mystical stories.


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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 5,130m
  • Activity Level Tough
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.

An early morning drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, the starting point of the trek. The drive takes around eight hours and passes through rural lowland villages where you can observe the procession of an ordinary day. Scenic views of mountains and stretches of rolling hills also accompany you. Overnight stay at a lodge.

The trek to Lama Hotel is mostly along the Langtang River. After crossing a suspension bridge, we pass a stream. The walk continues along forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron and other alpine trees. It’s an easy walk despite the wavy nature of the trail. Overnight stay at Lama Hotel.

After breakfast, we move on through a trail along dense forests that ascends to Ghora Tabela. Views of Langtang Ri and the Langtang Village are magnificent from here. As we move to the Langtang Village, prayer flags, chortens, and water mills welcome us. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Leaving the village after breakfast, we move on through high pasture lands where yaks graze. Walking alongside the mani walls and across wooden bridges, the gain in elevation can be felt with the thinning air as we reach Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight stay in a lodge.

It’s a day set for acclimatization. Sitting idle is not recommended though, and a hike to Tsergo Ri is scheduled in the morning. Incredible views of Langtang range meets the eyes at the elevation. After returning back, you can explore around Kyanjing Gompa which is the last settlement area for some days.

The trail first descends for about half an hour to reach a suspension bridge. Crossing the Langtang Khola, we ascend through a path with juniper shrubs on either side. After climbing for about five hours, we reach Nyengang Kharka from where views of Langtang Lirung and its glacier are outstanding. Overnight on the tent.

The trail we take today is mostly along steep slopes. The ascent is along rocks and glaciers and is a strenuous one, however, views of Langtang Lirung, Tserko Ri and other peaks from the top is worth the effort. Overnight stay in a tent.

The Ganja La pass (5130m) is one of the most strenuous climbs. The pass is situated on a rocky moraine and is covered in snow throughout the year. The climb is mostly through boulders and passes some lakes. Views from the Ganja La are superb. Kelsang is a short descent from the pass where we spread tents for the night.

After a short descent, we reach a pass that opens up for outstanding views of snows capped ranges. Again, we move downhill through forests of pine and rhododendron to reach the settlement area of Tarke Gyang. The place is inhabited by the friendly and cheerful Sherpa people and also contains an old Buddhist monastery. Overnight stay at a lodge.

After the strenuous journey through the high passes, we take a day to rest. You can explore around the periphery of Tarke Gyang and know about the tradition and lifestyle of the Sherpa people inhabiting this highland.

The trail continues through a small forest and passes a village in the Helambu region. The walk to Sermathang is through wide valleys, forests, and streams. Sermathang is a beautiful Sherpa village with a Buddhist monastery. Overnight stay in a lodge.

After the meal, at Sermathang, our last remote village, we descend towards the village of Kakani which is perched on top of a hill. Upon descending further, we reach Dubachaur, another small village from where we walk past paddy fields and alongside the Indrawati River. We cross the river to reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar, a small town popular for delicious fish from the local river. Overnight stay at a lodge

From Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu is a five hours drive through small villages before entering the busy Kathmandu valley. You can use the day to rest or explore around the valley. An evening dinner courtesy Green Valley Nepal Treks to celebrate the completion of your trek.

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with us and move towards the next destination.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport transfers – Pick up and drop.
  • 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu (standard hotel on BB base).
  • Land Transfer Kathmandu- Dhunche & Melamchi-Kathmandu by private JEEP.
  • 3-meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) while you are on Trekking.
  • 4-night accommodation on the tent.
  • 11-night accommodation in tea house while you are on the trek.
  • Camping gear (two-person tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, and toilet tent).
  • Supporting field staff professional trekking guide, cook, kitchen boy, porters as well as their necessary insurance, meals, and allowances.
  • Langtang National Park entrance permit fee.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) pass.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare, Nepal Visa fees, your travel/medical insurance, and emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal equipment including sleeping bag (you can rent them in Kathmandu on very reasonable cost).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverage, donation, tips etc.

FAQs

Gonja La Pass Trek is a walk into the wilderness of the mountains, yet only a short distance from Kathmandu. Most of the trail prohibits the use of firewood preserving beauty of the trail. Ethnic Tibetan tribes pass along the trail and stop at Gompas and other settlement areas give ample time to absorb the ethnic culture. Ganjala Pass is a marvel of nature and other viewpoints offer exquisite views for photographers delight. Buddhist monasteries and settlements along the route have unique traditional practices and bear mystical stories.

The suitable time for this trekking is spring and autumn.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of the visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an additional activity for your time in Nepal. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get the free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of China, as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), get the free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’ cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

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