Naya Kanga and the Ganja La

Nepal, Climbing, 18 days - from $3,155 (land only)

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Naya Kanga TrekNaya Kang and the Ganja La climbing Sherpa

A real 'Alpine' peak and trek across the Ganga La

Naya Kanga is the perfect Himalayan 'next step' after an ascent of Island Peak. Combined with a superb circuit trek and crossing the Ganga La, Naya Kanga's sub-6000 metre altitude makes it achievable within an 18 day holiday.

  • The best Langtang trekking and climbing holiday
  • Exciting climbing on Naya Kanga with views of Shishapangma
  • Crossing the Himalayan watershed of the Ganja La
  • Superb walk out through the rarely visited villages of Helambu
  • Great circuit trek with no internal flights

Situated just 50 kilometres north of Kathmandu, the Langtang National Park includes some of the most amazing mountain scenery in Nepal. This adventurous trekking and climbing holiday 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. Steeper and more technical than Island Peak or Lobuche East, Naya Kanga is the obvious choice for those who want to progress their Himalayan climbing experience to the next level but without the additional difficulties or time constraints of the bigger peaks. 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 nearby peak on view is 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 some fantastic ideas to extend your holiday in Nepal, from riding elephants in Chitwan to tours in Bhutan or Tibet - check out extensions

Is this holiday for you?

For the most part, the trekking conditions that we will encounter on this climbing holiday are relatively straightforward. The trek begins 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. Technically, Naya Kanga is more difficult than Island Peak and its alpine grade in normal conditions would be PD/PD+. It is usual to fix ropes on the steeper sections of the route and to climb roped together over the glacier. Naya Kanga is not suitable for a first mountaineering experience and previous experience of roped climbing in exposed situations is a prerequisite for this holiday. Participants should be physically fit and prepared for the rigours of climbing above 5000 metres.

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