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Ganja La

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 6 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Hotels: None
Seasons: October- November, March – May
Maximum Elevation: 5106m

The Ganja La trek stands as a test even for the most experienced trekkers. When trekking along this region, you are required to be equipped with proper trekking gears and to have a guide, as it is easy to get lost here. You will be crossing over the Helambu and Langtang region at over an altitude of above 5000m. The pass is usually open from May to early November, and the pass is also often snow covered during winters. A 10-hour bus trip from Kathmandu will bring you to Syabrubesi. To get to Kyanjin you may choose from, several routes. One such alternative is to follow the first three days of Langtang valley route. If you choose the Lantang valley route, you will first begin from Syabrubesi and it would take another 2 days to reach Kyanjin Gompa. Ganja La is flanked by pinnacles of mountaineers call gendarmes and is topped by prayer flags and cairn of rocks. From Ganja La you will be able to see Naya Kangri (5846m) peak, one of the trekking peaks you can climb, given that you have a permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Tarke Gyang is not necessarily the end destination of this trip, from Tarke Gyang you may choose to trek along the Helambu circuit.


Kyanjin Gompa, Gekye Gompa (3020m), Ganja La and more. Peaks at sight: Shisha Pangma (8013m), Naya Kangri (5846m) and other peaks in Tibetan mountain range.


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Tour Itinerary

Day Section and Altitude Hours
1 Kathmandu Arrival-Transfer to Kyanjin Gompa
Kyanjin Gompa
2 Kyanjin Gompa – Ngegang (4000m)  
3 Ngegang – Keldang (4270m)  
4 Keldang – Dupku (4080m)  
5 Dukpu – Gekye Gompa (3020m) - Tarke Gyang (2590m)
Departure to Kathmandu
6 Tarke Gyang (2590m) to Kathmandu
Departure from Kathmandu

*** From Tarke Gyang you can either join the Helambu circuit, or trek further to Thimbu/ Kiul, or even head to Sundarijal to catch a bus back to Kathmandu.  

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Ganja La

Duration: 5 Days
Max. Elevation: 5106m
Difficulty: Hard Season: October- November, March – May
Hotels: None
Cross from Langtang into Helambu over a steep and exposed high pass that is often closed by snow. You’ll need camping gear and a guide as it’s easy to get lost.

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