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Ganja La Pass Trekking

Gosaikunda, also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake in Nepal Langtang National Park, located at an altitude of 4,380 m (14,370 ft) in the Rasuwa District with a surface of 13.8 ha (34 acres).Together with associated lakes, the Gosaikunda Lake complex is 1,030 ha (4.0 sq mi) in size and has been designated a Ramsar site in September 2007.
The popular start to the trek to Gosaikunda is in Dhunche Village or Syabru Besi both from the Langtang side. Alternatively, trekkers may also start from Sundarijal, which lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu. If you are starting from Dhunche, the first day involves a long steady climb to reach Chandan Bari, which is at a height of about 3200 meters. On the second day, one reaches Laurebinayak at about 3700 meters. At this point, some trekkers choose to climb ahead to Gosaikund, though altitude sickness is a concern due to rapid ascent. Many trekkers choose to stay at Laurebinayak which also provides excellent sunset and sunrise views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal. The descent from Gosaikund to Sundarijal takes about four days. The first day involves a short climb to Laurebina pass (4600 metres) and a rapid descent to Phedi or Ghopte. Depending on pace, there are options to stay at Tharepati, Mangengoth, Kutumsang and afterwards at many village habitations every two hours. Accommodation is quite easily available, though basic and a variety of food options are also available at tea house stops. The trails are very well marked, except between Ghopte and Thorepati, where chances of losing ones way are real.

Trip Highlights

Duration 13 Days Country Nepal
Trip Name Ganjala Pass Trekking Region Langtang
Best Time Sep-Nov, Mar-Jun Walking Hour 6/7 hours per day
Culture Tibetan Buddhist Max Altitude 5250m
Min Group Size 2 pax Max Group Size 15 pax
Meal Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accomodations Guest House, Tea House
Transportation Van/ Car/ Bus/ Flight Trip Grade Moderate
Trip Start Point Suabru Beshi Trip end Point Melamche Pull Bazaar


Day 01 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley.

Day 02 – Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462m)

Day 03 – Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500m)

Day 04 – Trek to the Langtang village (3,307m)

Day 05 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798m)

Day 06 – Kyanjin Gompa exploration day.

Day 07 – Trek to Ngegang (4,000m)

Day 08 – Trek to Keldang (4,300m) via Ganja La (5, 200m )

Day 09 – Trek to Dukpu (4,080m)

Day 10 – Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560m)

Day 11 – Trek to Shermathang (2,621m).

Day 12 – Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m)

Day 13 – Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley.

Day 02 – Drive to Syabru Besi (1,462m) on a public bus – 8 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.

Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about eight to nine hours by public bus. Driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing Dhunche, we’ll get a glimpse of Ganesh Himal after driving along the mighty Trishuli river. Terraced green hills and lush forests make the drive very pleasurable. Parts of the road though may be bumpy and under construction.

Day 03 – Trek to Lama Hotel (2,500m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi river and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail gradually ascends up to Bamboo (1,960m) passing rugged paths. Afterwards, your trek climbs gently to Rimche (2,400m) through Bamboo which lies at the bank of Langtang Khola. You can have lunch at this place if you like and at the end your trail is the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkeys and bears if you are lucky.

Day 04 – Trek to the Langtang village (3,307m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

The trek route follows Gumanechok at Ghoda Tabela which literally means the Horse Stable. After this the trail climbs gradually to the beautiful valley with yaks about. Langtang is a typical village and one of the oldest along this trekking route. The views of the mountains are spectacular and become more imposing as well trek closer.

Day 05 – Trek to Kyanjin Gompa (3,798m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

t is shorter walk today, but adequate for acclimatizing. There are some interesting things to explore, especially the famouse cheese factory – don’t forget to try some locally produced cheese as fresh as it could get. This beautiful valley is on the lap of the Langtang Lirung. This is the spot where we can explore the valley and climbs several small peaks (hillocks)

Day 06 – Kyanjin Gompa exploration day. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Today is a day to rest as we explore the area. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4,350m) which is the highest point of this trek, directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.

Day 07 – Trek to Ngegang (4,000m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

The trail goes on ascending and the area is covered with few natural vegetation. No villages can be seen in this area, hence no lodges are available.

Day 08 – Trek to Keldang (4,300m) via Ganja La (5, 200m ) – 6 hrs. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Today is comparatively more strenuous as you cross the Ganja La Pass (over 5,200m) covered with snowy ice in most months.

Day 09 – Trek to Dukpu (4,080m) –  6.5 hrs. Overnight at a Tented Camp.

A long day walking along the ridge and grassland, with amazing views of Himalayas. The camping site will be in the forest.

Day 10 – Trek to Tarkeghyang (2,560m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

The trail descends slightly before climbing over a 4,100m pass, from where spectacular view of the Annapurna and the Everest regions can be clearly seen. From the pass the trail descends through the pine forest, rhododendron forest past a tiny herder settlement called Tarkeghyang. You can visit one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and Sherpa villages in this region. You will be welcomed by cheerful and friendly people of this village.

Day 11 – Trek to Shermathang (2,621m) – 5.5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

This day the trail is quite easy through flat land with beautiful forests and small streams along the way. We’ll visit a beautiful village half way to Shermathang, another pretty Sherpa village where you can see many ancient monasteries and also the Jugal Himal range on the north face of the village.

Day 12 – Trek to Melamchi Pul Bazaar (846m) – 5 hrs. Overnight at a guesthouse.

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 unique traditions. The walk today is quite pleasant with great mountain views.

Day 13 – Drive from Melamchi Pul Bazaar to Kathmandu – 4 hrs . Overnight at a hotel.

After breakfast you travel along a bumpy gravel path up to Lamidanda, then follow the metalled road up to Kathmandu.

Cost Details

Cost Includes
For this trip cost USD 1845 Per/person

  • Airport pickup and drop to (TIA) Airport Transfer to Hotel.
  • Drive to syabru beshi by private bus / Jeep
  • One English speaking Guide (government license holder trek Guide)
  • 2 client have 1 porter ( porter carry only 25 Kg)
  • All Nepali trekking stuff Insurance and accommodation food transportation salary.
  • 3 time meal I.e (breakfast, lunch, Dinner, Tea, coffee, Hot lemon)
  • Accommodation at local guest house twin sharing
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 3/ 4 star categories twin sharing with B/B Basic
  • Langtang National park fee and TIM card.
  • Drive back from Melamchi pull bazar to Kathmandu
  • Porter equipment

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa fee (you must have your own accurate USD cash along with two passport sized photo)
  • International airfare charges
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, you will have to pay yourself)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge,
  • Extra porters, boiled water, shower, heater, etc.
  • Tips for Guide and porter

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