Langtang area: Ganja La
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 5:38 PM Last Post By: forrest99
Feb 22, 2013 1:46 AM
Langtang area: Ganja LaHi!
I read in various guide books that Ganja La is to be crossed with experienced guide.
Can someone give me more details about that pass and what is to be expected by the and of April on Ganja La?
What skills are required? What equipment? Crampons and ice picks? Or is it just a walk in the snow?
Any information is very welcomed.
Also, I'm considering to combine Langtang Valley trek with Ganja La when returning to Kathmandu.
I have some Himalaya experience. So far I walked Annapurna Base Camp, Goecha La (Sikkim) and Markha Valley combined with Stock La (Ladakh).
Regarding Ganja La, I'm not so much concerned about altitude, but the trail itself and weather conditions.
Any help is very welcomed.
Feb 22, 2013 8:19 PM
1Ganjala pass is one of middle level trekking in Nepal. This trekking requires trekking experience and a good physical shape.
From Ganjala base camp to top of Ganjala pass is quite steep up if very icy requiring crampons and off course Ice axe. We always recommend taking about 50m rope. Descent from the pass is steep slope about 200m before emerging onto a snow slope. The route descends through the basin along a distinct trail, marked occasionally by rock Cairns, to a small stream at 4400m. surely snow and some ice on the top and way down from the top.
01: Kyanjing gompa to Lang sisaha Kharka (4080m) (5-6 hour) overnight at Camp.
02: Langsisa Kharka to Ganjala Base Camp (4600m) (5-6 hour) overnight at Camp.
03: Cross Ganja – La pass (5106m) continue trek to Yangri Kharka (4390m) (7-8 hour) overnight at Camp.
04: Yangri Kharka to Dukpo (4040m) (4-5 hour) Overnight at Camp.
05: Dhukpo to Tarkeghyang (2600m) Lodge available,
This mean tea house basis over Ganjala is not possible, if wanted to over Ganjala need to prepare camp for those 4 days.
Hope it will help you bit.
Feb 22, 2013 9:12 PM
2Very good information posted above. I'll also add that you need considerable route finding experience because the trail is not obvious like the other treks that you've done. If you don't have good alpine and route finding skills and have the ability and gear to be self reliant for 4 days, you should hire a guide to do this or do the Langtang/Gosainkund/Helambu trek and then trek to Sunderijal. From there, you can take a 45 minute taxi ride or a hour plus bus ride to Kathmandu.
Feb 23, 2013 12:45 AM
3See a recent discussion here about Ganga La: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2294855
Feb 24, 2013 4:09 AM
4If you have reasonable trekking skills and the weather's good, the hardest part about it is getting is getting away from the would be unprepared porters in Kachen Gompa, and the last 10 meters which you approach on the left from the north side. It is harder than what you have done already and as mentioned above be prepared to camp for more than 4 days. Remember even the best guide will struggle badly in a storm. Be prepared for a a snow plod though.
Feb 25, 2013 3:25 AM
5Sorry the approach from the north is by veering somewhat to the right just under the col. My mistake. Once over the pass tend to stay left this time to to avoid the small glacier on the right down some 200 meters which as mentioned above is a scramble or slide that will put holes in your pants. After some more decent there is a clear mounting trail to the right. Take this but on the long ridge that follows I was short of water. Maybe carry just enough for an overnight camp. I know of several average girls who have crossed with a companion with no issues as I reccommended this option as they wanted something more. Remember to be patient if the weather is bad and end of April will have more snow than later.
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