Trekking around Langtang valley & Ganja-La to Helambu area an awesome picturesque destinations with Annapurna Encounter Adventure Company leading to traditional villages enriched with old culture and religion on the Tamang Heritage trail and into beautiful forest of tall rhododendron, pines, hemlocks, magnolia and firs tree lines and further leading to high alpine pasture in amazing Langtang valley and Kyanjin Gomba where the first part of the journey begins enclosed with high snow capped mountain range of Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6,571meters), Langtang Lirung (7,425meters) Kimshun (6,745meterst) and Shalbachum (6,918 meters) and towards south, the Chimsedang Lekh with range of peaks of Naya-Kanga 5,846 meters, Gangchempo known as Tilman’s beautiful Fluted Peak.
Langtang valley & Ganja-La to Helambu trekking within the Langtang National Park the 1st Park established in mountainous region of Nepal Himalaya covering 1,710 sq.km areas, but this trekking also leads to its buffer zone near Kathmandu valley and beyond east extending to Jugal Himal range linked with Dorje Lakpa at 6,980 meters.
The Northern wall of mountains straddles the border with Tibet. After a wonderful and enjoyable time at Langtang journey continues heading towards high Keldrong Kharka Ganja-la area near the peak of Naya kanga with its serene surrounding in perfect wilderness from here heading back to Kathmandu towards South East crossing Ganja – La pass at 4,609 meters and 15,100 ft high with awesome panorama of surrounding landscapes with hills, valleys and snow capped mountains and then with a long descend through beautiful woodlands and traditional mid hills farm villages and concluding this overwhelming adventure with a short drive from Sundarijal at the rim of Kathmandu valley to reach Kathmandu city after a remarkable trip to Langtang valley & Ganja-la to Helambu Trek with Annapurna Encounter.
Starting this wonderful journey driving towards North West of Kathmandu passing interesting villages and towns with fabulous scenery of hills, farm terraces and snow capped peaks after the warm area reaching to cooler region at Langtang National Park entrance in Dhunche 1950 meters, the one and the only major town of Rasuwa district and Langtang area, inhabited mostly of Tamang ethnic tribes throughout the area of this trekking.
From here heading downhill for another 2 hours to the fist overnight stop in Langtang area at Syabrubesi the gateway to Langtang, Ganesh and into Tamang Heritage Trail and as well to the Tibet border at Kyarong just 2 hrs of driving distance from this village.
The first day walk of this adventure leads to cross a bridge over Langtang Khola (river) later joins the great Trisuli River, and then on the uphill walking through scattered farm villages and terraces with views of surrounding landscapes and into a cool shade of forest reaching near a place with small lodges and tea house at Riverside where the trail from Upper or Thulo Syabru meets, after a rest or lunch break trek continues with a climb through beautiful forests of rhododendron, pines, bamboo tree lines, Langtang area is famous for rare and elusive Red Panda and other wildlife’s, after a good day’s walk reaching at Lama Hotel located in between forest surrounding and by the Langtang Khola with 5-6 simple lodges.
Morning walk heads higher up through the river gorge in the middle of enchanting woodlands of tall trees of pines, rhododendron and following the river upstream passing few houses and cattle herders shelters and then to more cooler place at Ghoretabela for lunch break in beautiful forest surrounding with few lodges around. From here another 2-3 hours of good walk and the leaving the tree lines behind reaching at Langtang village for overnight stop, the last village before Kyanjin. Here explore this interesting village of Tamang and Bhotias people of Tibetan origin with similar life style of Tibet religion and culture.
After a wonderful stop in this last village, while other up are temporary settlement of yak herders and lodge to serve the trekkers, moving on the winding up trail and then the gorge opens to a wide beautiful valley with awesome views of snow capped peaks that lines this Langtang valley, walking on encountering few prayer or mani walls and then reaching our first destination of this trip at Kyanjin Gomba for two nights in this lovely valley surrounded by many peaks around with Langtang Lirung glacier just close by from the lodges.
A perfect spot for rest day to acclimatize at this high altitude before our next exciting journey to cross over Ganja – La at 5,121 meters pass the highest point of this adventure and beyond, here many places for short hike and climb like to the hill top of Tsego and Kyanjin ri at over 4,000 meters top for better panorama of surrounding mountains.
From view point hill overlooking at Langtang Himal, beyond which lies Tibet. The major peaks include Ghengu Liru (Langtang II 6571m / 21,560ft), Langtang Lirung (7,425m / 23,765ft) Kimshun (6,745m / 22,137ft) and Shalbachum (6,918m / 22,699ft) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh forms a ridge of peaks which includes Naya-Kanga 5,846m and Gangchempo, Tilman\'s beautiful Fluted Peak. Beyond it continues to the Jugal Himal, ending with Dorje Lakpa (6,980m / 22,929ft), extending further east on the upper meadows of the Langtang range ends in a huge and massive mountain wall, forming the border with Tibet.
After a nice rest in the beautiful Langtang valley at Kyanjin heading towards our next adventure crossing the Langtang River on a small wooden bridge and then a climb through sparsely wooded forest of birch and smaller trees of rhododendron heading higher to camp at Branchen Kharka a summer pasture for grazing Yaks, this will be the first and for two more nights camping of this trip before reaching at Helambu area on route Kathmandu, this camping beneath the towering peak of Nayakanga also called as Ganja-la peak.
From this camp heading higher to establish a high camp close the pass cairn of Ganja-la beneath Nayakanga peak, walk leads on the faint path leaving the trees behind for rocks and moraine continue on the trail to Ganja-La to reach the upper ridge filled by glacier beneath the North-East Face of Nayakanga peak at 5,844 meters high, and then climbing a steep up moraine to set the high camp for last overnight in Langtang area, with tremendous views of all the peaks that this fantastic place has to offer with Mt. Shisapangma within Tibet at 8,013 meters the last world’s 14th highest mountains.
Today a Big Day! Starting earlier before the break of dawn with slow climbcrossing from right to left on a cairned top of this pass, with a thin glacier on the far side; and then on the downhill (sometime a fix rope is needed for the descend in case of difficulty in snow and ice our expert team of guides will fix ropes where necessary for members to cross safely and for porters and staff as well) to camp by two small glacial ponds on the side of a glacier beneath the moraine covered site. If time and conditions permits reaching here on good time safely, walk 2 hours further to Keldrong Khaka at 4,298 meters.
From this campsite starting with lazy morning after the hard activities of previous day, walk leads to a descend on a steep vague trail from the glacier into moraines to Kharka a shelter and camp of cattle herders; this nice spot provides excellent camping site for the last night in tents before
Tarkyeghyang is reached, as this fine place also provides shelters for the porters in a cave of overhanging rocks on the flat valley beneath the glacier looking over the Dukpu Danda hill ridge.
After this last camp in tents, walk leads for an hour to Dupku at 3,993 meters, here crossing the high ridge lined with prayer monuments and chortens at about 4,054 meters ridge top, and then a long downhill walk into Helambu area passing several meadows and nice pastures and reaching back to tree lines with thick vegetation and finally ending the day walk at a nice village in Tarkeghyang, the people of this village although similar sect of Buddhist of Langtang or Khumbu area, the people are of Hyalmo ethnic tribe looking similar to Tamang and Sherpa with the culture, religion and customs.
A nice place to have a free day after few days of hard walking, here visit the monastery and explore the neat and pretty houses of this village, Helambu area is famous for apples, there are few orchard around.
To complete this journey using a new alternative routes to Timbore a small village, where the newly built motor road has reached recently of few years ago (2012) that connects to Kathmandu and other Helambu area, after a wonderful time at Tarkeghyang walking downhill to Melamchi River to reach Timbore for last overnight stop of this trekking and adventure.
From Timbore village morning drive back to Kathmandu on the dirt rough jeep trail for some time and then reaching the main road that connects Kathmandu / Lhasa, Tibet highway and towards Dhulikhel town a scenic spot for mountain views with fine hotels and resorts around. From here an hour scenic drive brings you back to hustle bustle of city life of Kathmandu and back to respective hotels after concluding an adventure of a life time.
The difficulty level of the trek is considered to be moderate to challenging, as it involves steep climbs, high altitude, and rugged terrain. Therefore, it is recommended for experienced trekkers or those with good physical fitness.
The best time to do the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, as the weather is dry and clear, and the views are breathtaking.
The highlights of the trek include the Langtang Valley, Kyanjin Gompa, Ganja-la pass, and Helambu region, which are all blessed with natural beauty, cultural diversity, and stunning landscapes.
The altitude of the highest point on the trek is 5,122 meters (16,800 feet), which is the Ganja-la pass.
Permits are required for this trek, including a Langtang National Park permit and a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card.
It is generally safe to trek in this region, but it is always advisable to take necessary precautions and hire a licensed guide or porter for safety and convenience.
Accommodation options on the trek include teahouses, lodges and camping, which offer basic facilities such as shared rooms, hot showers, and local food.
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