Ganjala Pass

Langtang Ganjala Pass Trek starts from Syabru Bensi, ends at Melamchi Pul Bazaar. From Syabru Bensi, you will follow the Langtang River to the east until you get to Kyanjin Gompa. Some 5 km to the south of Kyanjin Gompa are the peaks of Naya Kanga (5,846m) and, to the south east, Ponggen Dopku (5,930m). Kyanjin Gompa is surrounded by Mt Langtang Lirung (7245m ) on the west, Yala peak on the north , Dorje Lhakpa(6966m), Urkeinmang(6387m), Loenpo Gang (6979) and Kangchenpo on the north-east. In Kyanjin Gompa there is a small Buddhist monastery and a cheese factory started in 1955 by the Swiss Association for Technical Assistance. When you are crossing the pass there are spectacular views of Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks beyond. Much of this route is spent above 3,000m (10,000ft) .The highest point of this trek is Ganjala Pass (5,122m). On the very pass of Ganjala, the last few 100m trail is precarious so we use a rope there for safety, though the utmost care is enough. The descent from the pass is on a steep slope for over 1 km which requires good care again. But the rest of the trail is easy and comfortable. As there are no lodges and no settlements for three days along the way, the group should be well equipped with enough food. Only organized camping treks are possible for this region. The use of firewood is also prohibited within the park, so all supplies should be taken with us. The trek requires 13 days .The people living in Langtang are of Tibetan origin, though they introduce themselves as Tamang or Gurung. After passing the Ganjala Pass, the trail takes you to Malemchigaon and Tarkye Gyang .People here call themselves Sherpas but their relationship with the Sherpa of Solu Khumbu is distant. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so you will find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarkye Gyang is another Sherpa town along the way, which bears its own story. The town name means temple of “100 horses” and was taken from the name of a temple established in 1727 by a Lama (Buddhist monk) who was called on by the king of Kathmandu to stop an epidemic. As his reward the Lama asked for 100 horses, which he brought here. The local temple, rebuilt in 1969, follows the Bhutanese style.

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Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB).
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After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N in Hotel at  Kathmandu.(BB).
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You are driven to Syabru Bensi from Kathmandu (8 hrs drive). O/N in Lodge at  Syabru Bensi.
After crossing the suspension bridge the trek proceeds through the trees where langur monkey’s frolic and takes you to Doman (1680m). The trail then makes a steep climb over a rocky ridge to Paira Lodge (1810m) and further the route climbs gently to Bamboo Lodge (1960m). Climbing steeply the trail will get to Rimche (2400m) and then to Lama Hotel. O/N in Hotel.
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From Lama Hotel the trail climbs through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron observing glimpses of Langtang Lirung, reaches to Gumanchok (2800m) and then climbs to Ghora Tabela (2970m) after which it descends to Thangshyap (3140m). The trail further climbs to Langtang, which is the head quarter for Langtang National Park. O/N in Lodge at  Langtang.
From Langtang Valley the trail climbs gradually to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). Crossing the Laja Khola then climbs a moraine to a viewpoint where you can see Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. Then the trail descends to Kyanjin Gompa. O/N in Lodge at  Kyanjin Gompa.
Crossing the Langtang Khola below Kyanjin Gompa the trail makes a steep climb through a forest of rhododendron and juniper. Then the trail reaches the yak pasture of Ngegang. On any day here you can see Yaks peacefully grazing. O/N Camping in Ngegang.
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The trail continues south, following streams and moraines and climbs steeply towards the pass. The trail makes a final steep ascent to the pass, from the pass the trail descends steeply and enters the Yangri Khola Valley. Following the stream through grassy meadows, the trail reaches Keldang. O/N Camping in Keldang.
The trail descends a long ridge, making many ups and downs and before heading down to the Valley. Then following the ridge line through small settlements, you will reach Dukpu. O/N Camping in Dukpu.
From, Dukpu the trail descends, and then make a climb to a pass. The pass offers a stunning view of the Himalaya. The trails descend through pine and rhododendron forest, then drops steeply to Gekye Gompa. Finally the trail continues its steep descent to the large Sherpa village of Tarkye Gyang. O/N in Lodge at  Tarkegyang.
After having breakfast you will visit the village of Tarkegyang. If you want to observe the peak of 3771m which is north of the village, you will have to climb half a day to reach the destination. Here you can see panoramic views of the mountains to the north, its well worth the optional half day climb. O/N in Lodge at  Tarkegyang.
The trail leaves Tarkye Gyang and heads off to meet the pretty Sherpa village, Gangyul. The trail drops a little bit and climbs through deep forests, crossing a number of streams, before reaching Chumik. Making a gentle climb you come to the large village of Sermathang. O/N in Lodge at  Sermathang.
Making a drop, the trail reaches in the settlements of Nigale and Gyalsha and further to Raithani Gyang (2290m). Descending through the chir pine forest the trek gets to the large fascinating village of Dubha Chaur and finally descending you will reach Melamchi Pul Bazaar. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N in Lodge at  Malemchipul Bazaar.
Drive back to Kathmandu. O/N in Hotel at  Kathmandu(BB).
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N in Hotel at  Kathmandu(BB).
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight.
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Priya ShyamsundarProgram Director South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us.  It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends.  Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it.  The help we got during the trip made all the difference –   our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to.  The kids still talk about Subash.  We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”

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David Wells, United Kingdom

“The service provided by Basanta Adventures was excellent from the time we were met at the airport and taken to the Hyatt where Basanta Adventures came to our hotel with a detailed itinerary including 2 days sight seeing and then a 6 night trip from Lakpa to Nanche Bazaar with Gelzing acting as the Sherpa guide and 2 porters for a group of 3. We stayed at comfort lodges and the trip was excellent in terms of organisation and the trek itself to the base of Everest.

One of the most exciting trips that we have undertaken.

I can highly recommend Basanta Adventures.”

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Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France

“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”

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Thea Gibbs, Gap Year student 2001, United Kingdom

“Thank you all the help and support during my time in Nepal.

It has been such comfort both me and family to know that I could come to you with any problem and that you would do your best to help.”

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Helena, Gap Year Student, 2006

“This is just a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last few months. I really have had a time of my life and I am so sad to leave.”

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Birte Milne, Denmark

“I can’t find the words to express a big enough Thank You to you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Everything was just such and wonderful experience. The first days with Kristian and his friends, the Trekking with Yam’s and Prem’s consideration, the scenery, villages and people, and finally our stay at Dwarika’s. We couldn’t have hoped or asked for anything more.

This is definitely a holiday I’ll never forget and would like to repeat. “

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Elizabeth and Robert Johnson, United Kingdom

“My Mum and I wanted to write and thank you for making our holiday so special, and for looking after us so well.  Many people in Britain were concerned about our safety when they saw Nepal on the news, but we never felt in danger – a credit to your expertise and care.  It was reassuring to know during our stay, that you had our best interest at heart in order for our itinerary to be completed safly, thank you also for both flower arrangements, those personal touches were very welcome. It was such an amazing time to visit your country, making it a holiday, which we will never forget.”

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Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.

“I regard Basanta Adventure as one of the best trekking organizations in Nepal- I recommend it for any individual who values a highly personalized, excellent service”.

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David Finnegan, United Kingdom

I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.

What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.

Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

In summary, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to many places around the world and with many companies….if you can, you MUST go to Nepal and if you do, you cannot do better than let Basanta Adventures arrange your trip.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

Cost Per Person:

Pax 01pax 02 – 03pax 04 – 06pax 07 – 09pax 10 – 12pax S/S
Cost US$ 2270 US$ 1763 US$ 1513 US$ 1254 US$ 1166 US$ 47

Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation in Nirvana Garden Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB basis
  • One half day guided sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • All necessary transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All necessary entrance fee during sightseeing
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary in best available lodge en-route during trek
  • 3 nights accommodation in tented camp en-route during trek
  • All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter @ 2 clients (weight max. 15 kg per clients)
  • All camping equipment and arrangement
  • Extra porters for carrying food supply
  • Cook and Sherpa for the trek
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs
  • National park fee
  • Nepali staff daily wages
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Syabrubesi by private vehicle for clients & guide
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Syabrubesi by local vehicle for porters
  • Transportation Melamchi – Kathmandu by private vehicle for clients & guide
  • Transportation Melamchi – Kathmandu by local vehicle for porter
  • Fully loaded medical kit box
  • Trekking kit bag to each group member

Cost Excluded:

  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc.
  • Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Services not mention herein.

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