Naya Kanga & Ganja La

Naya Kanga & Ganja La

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Situated just 50 kilometres north of Kathmandu, the Langtang National Park includes some of the most amazing mountain scenery in Nepal. This adventurous itinerary combines the ascent of Naya Kanga (5844m), with the crossing of the Ganja La (5200m) and a walk-out through the lovely district of Helambu.

Elevation :  5,925 m Range/Region :  Langtang Himal/Bagmati
Latitude :  28o09'00" Longitude :  85o35'24"
Royalty Group :  B Trip duration :  19 days
Trip Grade :  PD Starts :  Syabrubensi

Situated just 50 kilometres north of Kathmandu, the Langtang National Park includes some of the most amazing mountain scenery in Nepal. Its most adventurous itinerary combines the ascent of Naya Kanga (5844m), with the crossing of the Ganja La (5200m) and a walk-out through the lovely district of Helambu. From the roadhead at Syabrubensi, we trek to Kyanjin Gompa at the heart of the Langtang Valley and set up a basecamp and then a high camp (at around 5000 metres) on the peak. The normal route crosses a glacial shelf and then follows the airy north-east ridge to a summit from which the most impressive peak on view is the nearby Shishapangma (8046m), in Tibet. Crossing the Ganja La and trekking out for 5 days through a high and wild region that sees few trekking groups is a brilliant way to conclude this excellent adventure holiday.

For the most part, the trekking conditions that we will encounter on this trip are relatively straightforward. We start out in the Langtang Valley, one of Nepal's most popular trekking destination and the trails are well used and present relatively easy walking conditions. Higher up, on the crossing of the Ganja La, we will encounter more rugged underfoot conditions - scree, glacial moraine and possibly snow. Once we cross the pass, to enter the upper part of Helambu, we will find ourselves in a remote location with less well-used paths. Trekking at high altitude is of itself quite demanding. The climb on Naya Kanga presents an interesting challenge, with a mix of easy snow slopes and steeper rock and snow ridge climbing. It is usual to fix ropes on a couple of the steeper sections of the route and to climb roped together.

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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport- T I A (1300m) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valleys cultural, historical, religious (world heritage) sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole area of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home to Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture show.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu - Syabru besi(1460m):
This trip begins with a spectacularly scenic drive through the Trisuli Valley, with great views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, en route to Trisuli Bazaar. We set up our first camp at Syabrubensi.

Day 04: Syabru Besi - Lama Hotel (2410m):
We cross a suspension bridge over the Langtang Khola and then follow this river upstream on an undulating forest trail. After a steeper climb beside a number of waterfalls we reach our camp at Chatang, also known as 'Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Lama Hotel - Langtang (3339m):
With views of snowy Langtang Lirung, we continue through Gore Tabela into the upper, glacially carved Langtang Valley. Finally, we reach the larger village of Langtang (3430m/11,253ft) with its several lodges and shops.

Day 06: Langtang - Kyanjin Ri (4773m):
Crossing yak pastures, we make the easy morning's walk to our next camp at Kyanjin Gompa. Occasional teahouses mark our route and provide convenient stopping places. After lunch, there is the option to climb to the nearby viewpoint of Kyanjin Ri.

Day 07: Kyanjin Ri
A day for exploration above Kyanjin Gompa. One of the finest viewpoints in the area is the summit of Tsergo Ri (4984m/16,352ft). This involves a 7 to 8-hour round trip and is never more than a strenuous hike. Overnight at our camp in Kyanjin.

Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa - Naya Kanga Base camp 4400m.
Turning our attention towards Naya Kanga, we cross to the south side of the valley and trek easily up through the grazing area known as Branchen Kharka to our basecamp.

Day 09: Naya Kanga Base camp
A day for rest and preparation ahead of our climb on Naya Kanga. There are lots of opportunities for easy acclimatization walks above this camp.

Day 10: Base Camp –High Camp (5000m):
Taking a steep trail across rock and scree, we move up to our high camp on the glaciated shelf below the Ganja La. There are great views from this camp of all of the Langtang peaks.

Day 11: Summit day:
We have an early start and rope up and use fixed ropes as appropriate on the steep approach to the north-east ridge. The summit ridge is reasonably straightforward with a couple of 'steps'. We descend to a camp below the Ganja La.

Day 12: A spare day in case the weather conditions (or other factors) cause us to be held up on the ascent.

Day 13: Hike to the Ganja La (5130m):
We hike steeply back up to the Ganja La (5130m/16,830ft), a classic Himalayan watershed crossing. Then drop down on scree and old moraine to the first grazing area at Yangri Kharka. Continuing on the east side of a ridge, we reach our camp at Keldang.

Day 14: Ganja La - Dukpu (4040m):
We continue to traverse below the ridge-line, with lots of up and down, as far as our camping place at Dukpu (4040m/13,254ft). There are great views across the valley of the Yangri Khola and back to the peaks on the south side of Langtang.

Day 15: Dukpu - Tarke Gyang:
Today, we drop out of the upper valleys and high grazing areas and return to the world of the farmed 'middle hills', with a final steep descent to the Sherpa village of Tarke Gyang.

Day 16: Tarke Gyang – Kakani:
A great day of trekking through villages and terraced fields of the Helambu region. We follow village paths on the prominent ridge of the Palchok Danda, whilst descending from 2750 metres (9022 feet) to 2000 metres (6560 feet) at Kakani.

Day 17: Kakan - Melamchi Khola
We make the short and steep descent from the ridge to Talamarang, beside the Melamchi Khola, where we meet our transport for the drive back to Kathmandu. We check in at our hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: A day in Kathmandu, with a guided sightseeing tour of the city's main attractions. This will include some of the city's colourful Buddhist shrines and Hindu temples. Overnight at Thamel Eco Resort.

Day 19: Final Departure.

Should you prefer a different route or itinerary for this program, just let us know your interests and we will be more than happy to craft a tailor made trip for you in line with your specific preference.

Trip Cost Includes
  • All ground transfers as per our itinerary.
  • Thamel Eco resort Hotel in Kathmandu (including breakfast and all taxes).
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu (including all entrance fees).
  • Welcome Dinner with Live Nepali Program hosted by Makalu Adventures.
  • Mt. Naya Kanga Climbing Permit Fee.
  • National Park Permit Fees (including all other entrance fees wherever applicable)
  • Mountain guide for climbing support (including his daily wages and insurance).
  • All the domestic Airfare (where and if applicable).
  • Fully organized camping trek arrangement (best camping equipments, tents, mattresses & etc)
  • Guide, cook, kitchen helper/porters - with their daily wages, insurance, foods and other expenses occurring in connection of this trip.
  • Everyday three times meals on trek, prepared by our very professional kitchen crew.

For Lodge-to-Lodge Trek (if and where applicable):

  • Accommodation and foods as available on the local lodges on the way while trekking.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airport taxes.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc).
  • Helicopter rescue and evacuation if required.
  • Tips and gratitude

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