Naya Kanga and the Ganja La
Nepal, Climbing, 18 days - from £1,895 (land only) - from €2,655 (land only) - from $3,060 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: 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 the group hotel.
Day 3: 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 4: 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 (2470m). 6 - 7 hours with 1070m ascent.
Day 5: 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) with its several lodges and shops. 5 - 6 hours. 980m ascent.
Day 6: Crossing yak pastures, we make the easy morning's walk to our next camp at Kyanjin Gompa (3870m). 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 (4773m). 3 - 4 hours trekking, 460m ascent.
Day 7: A day for exploration above Kyanjin Gompa. One of the finest viewpoints in the area is the summit of Tsergo Ri (4984m). This involves a 7 to 8-hour round trip and is never more than a strenuous hike. Overnight at our camp in Kyanjin.
Day 8: 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 (4400m). 4 - 5 hours.
Day 9: A day for rest and preparation ahead of our climb on Naya Kanga. There are lots of opportunities for easy acclimatisation walks above this camp.
Day 10: 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. Elevation here is 4800 metres. 5 - 6 hours.
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 our High Camp. 10 - 14 hours..
Day 12: A spare day in case the weather conditions (or other factors) cause us to be held up on the ascent.
Day 13: We hike steeply back up to the Ganja La (5130m), 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 (4270m). 6 - 8 hours.
Day 14: We continue to traverse below the ridge-line, with lots of up and down, as far as our camping place at Dukpu (4040m). There are great views across the valley of the Yangri Khola and back to the peaks on the south side of Langtang. 5 - 6 hours.
Day 15: 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 (2590m).
Day 16: 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 to 2000 metres at Kakani.
Day 17: 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: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.