Langtang Helambu Trek via Ganja La Pass

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

Max Altitude: 5122 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private and Comfortable Drive

Trip Grade



13 Days

Trip Overview

The Langtang Helambu Trekking via Ganja la pass is located at northwest of Kathmandu valley in the Langtang region. It is one of the most popular and challenging trekking destinations. It offers snow-covered high passes, spectacular mountain views, ancient religious villages, beautiful Langtang and Helambu valleys and abundant wildlife. This trek takes you from the crowded trails of Langtang to the quiet trails of Helambu across the icy Ganja La Pass (5130m), allowing you to be in the midst of pristine nature free of human disturbance.

The Langtang Valley is home to magnificent rhododendron and bamboo woods, beautiful waterfalls and snow-capped Himalayan peaks. One of the most diverse treks near Kathmandu is this one. This trek also allows you to visit Tibetan and Tamang villages, climb tiny peaks and view glaciers all while staying at a low altitude. The Langtang Helambu trek via Ganja La Pass is difficult yet rewarding, offering stunning views of nature and Tibetan tribal cultures.

The Langtang Valley is a compact, diversified and exciting trekking destination. You will travel across the lower Himalayan foothills in just a few days to reach active glaciers in the high Himalaya. Within the magnificent Langtang Valley, there are numerous options for side treks, circuit treks, high mountain pass climbs and peak climbing.

Langtang Helambu Trekking via Ganja la pass connects the stunning Langtang and Helambu valleys. If you go trekking in the spring, the forest along the trail is vibrant and full with Rhododendrons. Crossing the Ganja-La pass (5122m) from Langtang to Helambu valley is a hard effort that necessitates adequate equipment and local guides with experience.

Trekking through the Ganja la pass requires the use of advanced climbing equipment, which trekkers must be familiar with and willing to aid porters who are less well-equipped. With bad weather conditions, the climb to Langtang via Ganja La pass is one of Nepal's most difficult treks.

This demanding trek starts with a magnificent 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. The trail will take us to the stunning Langtang valley, where we climb to Lama Hotel before continuing on to Mundu (3,403m) via the traditional Langtang village. We will continue on the paths to Kyangjin Gompa, where we will acclimate for a couple of hours. We can tour the valley and riverbeds surrounding Kyangjin Gompa, which are stunning. From here, we will hike to Tserko Ri (5000m), which offers a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang Himalaya ranges and peaks such as Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Kimshung (6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m).

We then continue our journey to Ganja La Phedi, passing across the Ganja La Pass (5122m). As the elevation rises, the trip becomes more difficult. Langtang Lirung (8013m) and Shishapangma (8013m), both in Tibet, are visible from the pass's summit. We will hike to Keldang and then to Yak Kharka before arriving at Tarke Gyang. Buddhism is practiced in these areas, and we will see several Buddhist stupas, monasteries and monuments.

Further trekking to Sermathang and finally Melamchi Pul Bazaar reveals the beauty of nature and the sight of communities. We will then return to Kathmandu after a 2-hour road trip.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our representative will greet you at the Kathmandu international airport and after that you will be driven to the hotel. After you've completed the check-in process, you can rest at the hotel. After a little break, we will take you on a short tour of Kathmandu's main tourist hub, Thamel, to familiarize you with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changers, supermarkets, gear shops, and other required items for your trip. Following a quick exploration, you will be brought to our office for a travel briefing.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu – Syabrubesi

The journey to Syabrubesi begins after an early morning breakfast. You will leave Kathmandu and get on the highway, gently making your way north along a major valley road. If the sky is clear, you'll get numerous beautiful sceneries of the river, terraced farms, little settlements and snowcapped mountains. The road leads to Dhunche, a small bustling town, and then to Syabrubesi, a town with plenty to see and do, as well as a riverbank hot spring.

Day 3: Trek from Syabrubesi – Lama Hotel

We will start our trek in Syabrubesi and follow the Bhote Koshi and Langtang rivers. We will pass through rural towns with bamboo and birch trees, as well as rich jungle and terraced fields. We may have the opportunity to see unique and local species such as the red panda in this location. Following the route, we will arrive at the Lama Hotel, where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Trek from Lama Hotel – Mundu via Langtang village

After breakfast, we will continue our journey to Mundu village. The trail will take us through a dense forest before forcing us to climb up into the valley. We will pass via the Langtang village on our approach to Mundu. Many Tibetans and Tamang live together in this old community, adhering to the Buddhist religion. This village was severely damaged by the earthquake and is now slowly recovering. On the route, we'll be able to see Langtang Lirung, a snow-capped mountain (7,246m).

Day 5: Trek from Mundu – Kyangjin Gompa

Our adventure awaits us after a wonderful cup of tea and breakfast. We'll pass through little villages and fields, passing by water mills, prayer wheels and sacred rock mounds with inscriptions engraved into them. This is when we arrive at the Kyangjin Gompa, an ancient monastery. We eat lunch at our accommodation and then will go for exploring around the place.

Day 6: Explore Tserko Ri

The journey begins with a walk-through yak pastures and lovely natural scenery. The Tserko Ri will be visited for mountain views, and as the elevation rises, the air thins out, causing altitude sickness. Then we'll return to Kyangjin Gompa, taking in the views of the mountains, birds, yaks, and glacier, among other things.

Day 7: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa – Ganja La Phedi

As we cross the Langtang River and reach the lush Rhododendron trees, our trek to Ganja La Phedi is unquestionably magnificent. The trek becomes difficult due to the high altitude. The trek may take longer during the winter due to the snow. We will stay overnight in the tea house.

Day 8: Cross Ganja La Pass and then trek to Keldang

Ganja La Pass will be a difficult trek to complete because it is one of the hardest passes to cross due to its high elevation and the fact that it is generally covered in snow throughout the year. Ganja La Pass is perched on a rocky debris, providing a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The trek is tough, but it is also rewarding in terms of aesthetics, as you will be astonished. After delighting in the scenery, we'll descend to Keldang, which, as previously stated, may be a difficult journey.

Day 9: Trek from Keldang – Dhukpa

The route becomes simpler to pass as we descend down. We'll be trekking through a lot of fields and forests. It would just take 5 to 6 hours to complete the journey. Your camping spot will be located within the forest. This will be a lengthy day of walking along the ridge, through grassland, in complete silence, with excellent mountain views.

Day 10: Trek from Dhukpa – Tarke Gyang

As we continue down the path, we'll pass through more meadows and become closer to little villages. The route gets easier to walk through as time goes on. Appreciation for nature will be evident at this point, since there will be greenery everywhere. 

Day 11: Trek from Tarke Gyang – Sermathang

The trek today begins in the forest and continues through a Helambu area village before looping around the valley and ending in the midst of Parachin and Gangyul. The people who live in this area practice Drikpa Kagyu Buddhism. Bhutanese Buddhism is practiced by the people living in this religion. We will stay at the tea house for the night. 

Day 12: Trek from Sermathang – Melamchi Bazar then drive back to Kathmandu

Finally, we'll make our way down to Melamchi Bazaar, where we'll continue to explore the intriguing Sherpa village. We'll take the local bus back to our accommodation in Kathmandu from the Bazaar.

Day 13: Departure

After a few weeks in Nepal, a Firante representative will drop you out at the airport according to your flight time. You'll return home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop service by a private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category hotel in Kathmandu 
  • Kathmandu-Syabrubesi and Melamchi-Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
  • Other ground transportation to and from trekking destination
  • Necessary documents and permits including TIMS card
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters and the expenses for their flights, food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment and so on
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek(with tea and coffee)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Your Nepal entry visa fee
  • All kinds of beverages (soft/hard)
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation expenses
  • All entrance fees during KTM sightseeing
  • Additional days accommodation expenses 
  • All personal expenses 
  • Tips for guides and porters


 Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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