HELAMBU GUNJALA PASS – ONE OF THE CHALLENGING TREKS (CAMP/LODGE) / NPL – 12
Langtang Ganja la pass trekking is challenging trekking trail in langtang Himalaya region. Lantang ganja la pass trekking offers panoramic Himalayan views, lush valley and beautiful Helambu valley. Since langtang valley ganja la pass trekking trail has been open, Langtang Ganja la pass trek begins from Melamchi Bazar, which is linked, with Katmandu motorable road. Langtang ganja la pass trek follows through alpine forests, rich flora and fauna and high altitude pasturelands. It is a unique wilderness trek route followed by very few tourists in the past.

Kyangin Gompa is the point for acclimatization at a height of 3800m.The views to the north from the pass, of Langtang Lirung and the snow peaks in Tibet, including Shisha Pangma at 8013m, are outstanding. On a clear day there are also views of many ranges of hills to the south. West of the pass is Naya Kanga (5846m), previously named Ganja La Chuli. The descent from the pass is steep and dangerous as it follows a loose screen slope for about 200m before emerging onto a snow slope. Somehow, the descent from Ganja La pass, like most mountain descents, seems more treacherous than the ascent, no matter which direction one uses to cross the pass. The route descends through the basin along a distinct trail, marked occasionally by rock Cairns, to a small stream at 4400m. we come down past a waterfall to a pretty Helambu region, making our way on one of several alternative trails through small Sherpa villages towards the road head at Melamchi pul bazaar. Himalaya Journey Treks and Expedition will arrange langtang Helambu trekking according to trekkers’ holiday schedule.
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Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m).
02 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
03 Drive Kathmandu - Melamchi Bazar (846 m).
04 Trek Melamchi Bazar – Sermathang (2590 m).
05 Trek Sermathang – Tarkegyang (2743 m).
06 Trek Tarkegyang – Dukpu (4,090 m).
07 Trek Duppu - Keldang Fu (5106 m)
08 Trek Keldang Fu - Gunjala (5130 m).
09 Trek Gunjala Phedhi - Langtang side High Camp (4975 m)
10 Trek High Camp - Kyanjien Gompa (3900 m)
11 Rest day at Kyanjien Gompa
12 Trek Kyanjien Gompa - Lama Hotel (2410 m)
13 Lama Hotel - Syabru besi (1400 m)
14 Syabru besi – Kathmandu.
15 Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
16 Departure.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1340 m).
Arrive in Kathmandu. Meet/assist by our representative at the airport and transfer to hotel. On reaching, short briefing on day to day program by our tour guide. Rest of the day is in leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour with our guide. Normally, we start sightseeing tours at 9 in the morning. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan City. Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace from 16th century and is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west ofKathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. Later, you will be escorted to Patan City for sightseeing tour. Patan is also known as city of fine art, is one of the major cities of Nepal and is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. Return to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu - Melamchi Bazar (846 m).
You drive (5 hours approx.) along well paved road up to Zero Kilo and then you travel through gravel and bumpy path. This is a picturesque journey as you will be surrounded by green hills, terraces, streams, human settlement respectively from place to place. Melamchi Pul Bazaar, at the bank of Melamchi River is a small town where people from surrounded villages come to buy commodities as there are numerous shops, lodges and few small hotels.
Overnight at Local House.
Day 04: Trek Melamchi Bazar – Sermathang (2590 m).
The trail gradually ascends all the way to Shermathang through meadows ad cultivated fields. On the way, you come across several old villages with their own particular tradition. Walking this day is quite pleasant with views of green hills and interaction with local and friendly people. There you can see Jugal Himal range at the north face of Shermathang village.
Overnight at Local House.
Day 05: Trek Sermathang – Tarkegyang (2743 m).
This day the trail is quite easier through flat land with beautiful forests on the way. You trek on crossing some small streams on the way. There is situated a beautiful village on the half way to Tarkeghyang. To add your joy, Tarkeghyang is another pretty Sherpa village where you can visit many ancient monasteries. Tarkeghyang, also known as Helambu is named after the Helmu caste. The Sherpa people living here originally belong to Helmu caste.
Overnight at Local House.
Day 06: Trek Tarkegyang – Dukpu (4,090 m).
From Tarkegyang the trail ascends along the ridge through the pass. From here you see the Dorje Lakpa and some peaks of Khumbu Regions. Now we walk ascent through the pine and rhododendron forests then, finally we reach to Dukpu.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 07:  Trek Duppu - Keldang Fu (5106 m)
This day we trek from Dukpu to Keldang which takes about 6 hours. We would be walking along ridge, grassland experiencing pin-drop silence and enjoying the panoramic views of Himalayas.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 08: Trek Keldang Fu - Gunjala (5130 m).
Having breakfast at Keldang Fu, we trek to Gunjala (5130 m) this day. Gunja La Pass is to be attemted with the local advice, adequate acclimatization, good equipments and some experience. The pass is usually blocked by snow from December to the last week of February and at any time a bad weather change can make crossing the pass decidedly challenging.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 09: Trek Gunjala Phedhi - Langtang side High Camp (4975 m)
This day we trek to Langtang High Camp which takes 6 hours approx. We will make our camp here and this is the place.
Overnight at Camp.
Day 10: Trek High Camp - Kyanjien Gompa (3900 m)
The trek continues for about 6 hours to Kyanjing gompa. Kyanjing gompa is a small and beautiful village where we can visit a very old monastery.Most of the people of this area are uneducated and mainly believe in wizard for treatment if they became sick.from here you can see the wonderful views of Ganchenpo and Langtang Himal.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 11: Rest day at Kyanjien Gompa
Here we have free time for hiking and during the day we explore around the village .On this day you can see the beautiful Monestery, the life stlyle of the Tibetan people and we spend overnight there.From here we can see the beautiful scenery of Lamgsisa, Bhairab Takura, Dorgee Lhakpa,Yala and Lirung etc.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 12: Trek Kyanjien Gompa - Lama Hotel (2410 m)
From Kyangjin Gompa, we trek the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghore Tabela. After lunch, you continue the steep descend to Lama Hotel. It takes 5 hours approx. of walk.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 13: Lama Hotel - Syabru besi (1400 m)
You continue your steps part of the way to Thulo Syabru, but it branches off to the left up a steep path through forest to when suddenly a view of Syabru and its extensive area of terraced fields become visible. An undulating path brings you to this fascinating village where each house is set above its neighbor, in a long line up to the very crest of the ridge. It’s a great place to wander about, observing the Tamang way of life, admiring the beautifully carved wooden windows or simply relaxing in the sun.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 14: Syabru besi – Kathmandu.
Drive Syabru besi - Kathmandu by bus.
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. On reaching, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is in leisure for personal activities.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 15: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is not known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple was founded. But according to holy books, the deity here gained great fame there as Pashupati, the Lord of the Animals. Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Bhaktapur which literally means a city of devotees is the oldest city of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct square (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square) [1], the whole are is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square, and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 16: Departure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for onward journey.
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
 
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
 
Highlight of this Trek
Langtang Ganja la pass trekking is challenging trekking trail in langtang Himalaya region. Lantang ganja la pass trekking offers panoramic Himalayan views, lush valley and beautiful Helambu valley. Since langtang valley ganja la pass trekking trail has been open, Langtang Ganja la pass trek begins from Melamchi Bazar, which is linked, with Katmandu motorable road.
 
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 1340m.
Maximum altitude: 4975m.
Grade: Easy
Mode: Camp/Lodge
Duration of Trek: 10 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Melamchi Exit: Sryafrubesi - Kathmandu
 
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