Main Highlights of Ganja la pass trekking: Isolated Langtang valley inhabited by warm and welcoming Tamang people, magically beautiful Himalayan views, old and significant Buddhist monasteries, chortens, religious monuments and shrines, Yolmo Heritage Trail, diverse flora and fauna, wildlife such as Red Panda, Snow leopard, Musk Deer, Black Bear, Tahr, Ghoral and common langur etc.
An adventurous and challenging Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking ascends from 1470m, Syabrubesi, a day drive from Kathmandu then the trail follows Classic Langtang Valley Trek, until reaching Kyanjin Gompa through Lama Hotel, Ghoda Tabela, culturally and traditionally rich Lantang Village. This trek is less trekked trail of the region because of its difficulty, requires some basic mountaineering knowledge and climbing equipment but offers an opportunity to explore Tibetan style Tamang Villages, high alpine pasture, spectacular close-up views of surrounding peaks and glaciers of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Kimshung (6781m), Langshisha Ri (6370m) with breath stopping views of Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Yala peak, Naya kanga, Gaurishanker etc. is an entirely wilderness adventure experience and thrilling trekking for body and mind experience. After an exciting explore or acclimatization day in Kyanjin Gompa we trek about 3-4 hours to Ngegang crossing Lantang Khola which is a last good place to camp then set up for awesome Ganjala Pass. There are some yak and goat herder’s places and during the rainy season the carry bamboo mat to provide roof for huts. The trek from Ngegang to Keldang is hardest part of this trip via 5106m high Ganjala pass. The view from the top of pass is Lantang Lirung, Shishapangma (8013m) in Tibet are outstanding.
After crossing the Ganjala Pass, we enter to Helambu area, known as ‘Yolmo Heritage’ beautiful villages Malemchi Gaun, Tarke Ghyang, culturally and traditionally magnificent. The locals call themselves Sherpa but the different than Sherpa of Khumbu. The dialects spoken are also different. People here follow the Buddhist religion so we find many old Buddhist monasteries in the villages. Tarkeghyang 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 (Kantipur) 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.
Many great Buddhist masters practiced in the area, including the Tibetan yogi Milarepa , Guru Rinpoche and Yolmopa Terton Ngagchang Sakya Zangpo. Yolmo is famous for innumerable holy and sacred sites. Among the famous caves there are Tag-phug Sen-ge Jong (The Tiger Cave Lion Fortress) just below the village of Tar-kye Gyang, where Milarepa sang his "Song of a Yogi´s Joys", Yang-dag Tsoe-ki Drag-phug (Completely Pure Supreme Cave) which is locally known as "Drub-phug" (Cave of Accomplishment) at an altitude of 14,000 feet, where Guru Rinpoche stayed. Nearby there is a small cave called "Khandro Sang-phug" (The Dakini´s Secret Cave) where his consort Shakya Denma (Shakya Devi) stayed. Another cave of Guru Rinpoche is found in Pema-thang (Tibetan: Zema-Thang= Sandy Flats) a small hidden valley within Yolmo. Please kindly read more for Langtang Ganjala Pass Trekking itinerary, Ganjala Pass trek cos. We, GIH arrange experienced Ganjala Pass Trek guide and porter this adventurous trip.
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