Yala Peak Climbing Highlight
- A true experience of mountain climbing without any technical climbing knowledge
- Learn technical climbing skills for Naya kanga and other high peaks of Nepal
- Visit Kyangjing Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in the Langtang region and the religious center of the place
- Explore the extremely beautiful landscape and biodiversity of subtropical forest within the Langtang National Park
- Experience the comfort of tea house trekking even while you are heading to the remote land for peak climbing
Facts Of Yala Peak Climbing
- Duration: 13 Days
- Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
- Activity: Trekking and climbing
- Maximum altitude: Yala Peak (5732 m)
- Trek Starting Point: Syabru Besi
- Trek ending point: Syabru Besi
- Pick up point: Tribhuwan International Airport
- Group Size: 1 to 10 people
- Walking distance: Approximately 4-6 hr walking
Yala Peak Climbing Overview
Looking for the perfect adventure in the mountains?
If you are planning to learn mountain climbing in Nepal, and don’t know where to start, one shall look no further than Yala peak at 5,723 meters. Stopping at the Yala Base camp (4500 meters) for a day and then climbing to the summit gives you a true mountain climbing experience.
The terrace farms, subtropical forest of Rhododendrons, and alpine grassland of the high mountains complete your rejuvenating experience. Like all treks in the Langtang region, your Yala Peak climbing also commences with a drive from Kathmandu Valley to Dunche.
Wandering through the typical Tamang and Sherpa village of Kathmandu’s north, we get from Lama Hotel to Langtang village. Trek to Kyangjing Gompa is the core of Yala peak climbing, a natural ad culturally peaceful experience. While most trekkers returns from the Kyangjing Gompa, we keep on heading further north.
Strolling in a path full of colorful prayer flags, we walk close to the Himalayas of Nepal, heading for Yala Peak. We settle in Yala base camp for a night and conquer the peak on the second day. After the victory, we retract our route back to Kathmandu.
Yala Peak Climbing Difficulty And Fitness
The initial trail leading to the Yala Peak Base Camp at 4800m is not too difficult. This route has been used by trekkers to the Langtang valley for many years and remains one of the easiest trekking routes of Nepal. From the Yala base camp, the stunning Yala glacier and its tough rocky south face both keep us excited. The path then goes along the rock ridge and to the boulders.
The final 40m taking us to the submit is vertical and needs technical support. However, since the Himalayas master’s expert guide will be there to assist you, one can overcome every difficulty and get to the top quickly. If the trail has snow, it tends to be more difficult. To celebrate the victory at the top, we take a prayer flag and cherish the hard journey.
Yala Peak Climbing Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
As soon as you land at the airport in Kathmandu, our team will already be waiting for you. You will be welcomed by Himalayan masters and transferred to the hotel in Thamel. In the evening, we shall gather for the briefing session. Shopping and packing of Yala peak climbing gears will be done as per the guide’s instruction and we shall end the day with a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Drive to Syabrubesi
Altitude: 1,600 meters
Walking time: 7-8 hours
Our plan is to quickly move towards Kathmandu’s north so that, we start getting closer to the Himalayas for the Yala peak trek. After the morning breakfast in the hotel itself, we start driving in the outskirt of Kathmandu. Diving on the bank of the Trishuli River for a while, we stop at Trishuli Bazaar for a moment.
Then, on a rather rugged mountain road, we drive down to Dhunche and to Syabrubensi. Syabrubensi, a small town at the beginning of Langtang has riverside hot springs and makes a wonderful stop for our first night.
Day 3: Trek to Lama Hotel
Walking time: 6hrs
Now, our aim is to walk via the Bhotekoshi River and start walking along with Langtang village. We meet the Langtang River rushing through the terraced fields at different points. Witnessing the mountain wildlife like a red panda on the way, we get to Lama Hotel by evening. This is your first tea house experience of the Yala peak trek.
Day 4: Trek to Langtang village
Walking time: 6 hrs
Walking further north on the bank of the Trishuli River, we now enter into the dense forests. With the occasional glimpse of a beautiful mountain, our valley widens into the GhoraTabela. GhoraTabela has an army check post where we have to show our permit before observing this Tibetan resettlement.
Walking beyond prayer wheels and prayer flags, we reach Langtang village by evening. The huge Tamang settlement at such remote land will make you delighted. In the evening, we visit a nearby monastery and also observe the local lifestyle from a close distance.
Day 5: Trek to Kyangjin Gompa
Walking time: 3 hrs
Today’s among the very exciting day of the trip as we hike through the small villages and meadows. The wide valley of Langtang now ends in several tributaries and beautiful glacial moraine. After a few hours, we reach Kyangjin Gompa, the highest situated community of our journey. Our stop for the night is the oldest monastery of the region i.e. Kyangjin Gompa. In the evening, we get to KyajoRi which is a spectacular viewpoint located north of the settlement.
Day 6: Exploration Day
We take one more day at Kyangjin Gompa to explore the beauty of Langtang and acclimatize ourselves to the increasing altitude before heading for the Yala peak trek. The broad landscape and alpine vegetation of the higher lands make completely different views for the area. We also get to witness the clear panorama of the mountains and other nearby glaciers.
Our plan for the day is to visit the local monastery and join the prayers with the nun. We shall also visit the cheese factory and enjoy some delicious yak cheese. Lastly, we might hike to Langshisa Kharka or head for the TserkoRi (5450m) viewpoint for an even more adventurous trip.
Day 7: Trek to Yala peak Base camp
Altitude: 4400 m
Walking time: 5 to 6 hrs
Now, we leave the final human settlement in the highlands and head towards the rocky glacier route. With the awesome view of the pristine glacier and Himalayan peaks before us, we walk towards the Yala base camp at 4600 meters. Upon arrival, our team sets a camp in an appropriate spot and we start preparing some warm food. Then, it’s time for some basic training of climbing skills from our guide for the Yala peak trek.
Day 8: Trek to Summit Yala Peak and back to Kyangjin Gompa
Altitude 5732 m
Walking time: 8 hrs
Ready for the most exciting day of your Yala peak Itinerary? We leave our camp quite early in the morning and start the climb to Yala Peak. Our plan is the get to the summit before noon so that the weather is still stable. Since the final 40 meters will be the most challenging one, make sure that you listen to your guide well.
Once we get to the top, we can witness the mighty Himalayas ranges such as Shishapangma, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Langtang Lirung, and others. We stop here for a brief time, capturing some of the best pictures.
Then, we slowly retrace our descent on the south face getting to the base camp in about two hours. After collecting our bags from the base camp, we start walking back to the Kyangjin Gompa for the night’s stay. It’s high time to celebrate the victory.
Day 9: Additional Day
Climbing to Yala Summit is quite technical. If the weather is bad or the crew member isn’t filling well, we might have to stop at the base camp for an additional day. So, this day of Yala peak Itinerary has been reserved for such an unfortunate situation.
Day 10: Trek To Lama Hotel
Altitude: 3,430 meters
Walking time: 6 hours
After another beautiful night in the Kyangjin Gomba, it’s now time to say goodbye to the mountains. As we start to descend in the Langtang Village, we can see those beautiful houses for one last time. If possible, we get to GhoraTabela for the lunch and then head further down along the dense forest. Soon, we will be staying in a tea house at Lama Hotel.
Day 11: Trek To Syabrubesi
Altitude: 2,230 meters
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Today, we have two options for the trek. We can either re-trace our initial route or take a rather interesting path via Rimche. On the way to Rimche, we visit the village of Sherpa Gaon and get to Syabru Besi by evening.
Overnight in Syabru Besi
Day 12: Drive To Kathmandu
Altitude: 1400 meters
Driving time: 7 to 8 hours
It’s your last day in Nepal. Today, we enjoy a lavish breakfast in the morning and then hop in a private Jeep. Driving via the winding hilly road, we get to Kathmandu by evening. In Kathmandu, we will have some time for souvenir shopping, and then we shall all gather for a farewell dinner. It’s our final dinner as a team.
Day 13: Departure
So, it’s time to get back to your home country. Inform us about your schedule so that we can drive you to the airport before time. Although the journey ends, the memories of the trip remain with you forever.
We hope that you have an incredible journey ahead.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the permits for Yala peak climbing?
Yala peak climbing does not need any kind of climbing permits. Earlier, it was listed under the climbing mountain and needed a special permit. Now, you will only need these two kinds of Yala peak permits.
1. Langtang National Park permit for entering the preservation area (cost NRP 600 for SAARC country citizens, and NRP 3000 for the foreigners).
2. TIMs card cost $20 for solo trekkers and $10 for the group trekkers.
Independent trekkers can issue TIMS cards from Nepal tourism broad, Kathamandu. Langtang National Park permit can be issued from the entry point during the trek or in Kathmandu. These permits will be arranged by the Himalayan master’s team and you shouldn’t worry about anything.
2. What does Yala Peak’s climbing cost?
The cost of Yala peak climbing is higher than other treks since it’s a technical climb. We live in the base camp for one or two nights in tents, making it more expensive. Also, the cost of an expert guide and porter for such a long tour is higher. The cost of food in Langtang covers the largest sum. The Yala peak climbing cost falls between $2000 to $3000. Himalayan masters offer the most reasonable Yala Peak climbing cost.
3. What is the best time for Yala Peak climbing?
The season between March to November is suitable for Yala Peak climbing. Between these months, June, July, and August are less preferred due to summer rain. However, climbing to Yala is possible in the monsoon with the right guidance from the Himalaya masters team. October, September, and April is the most crowded month. Winter trek is not recommended due to the thick layer of snow.
4. What Mountains peak is seen from Yala peak?
- Here, are the list of mountains one can see during the trek
- Langtang Lirung(7,246m),
- Lenpo Gang (7083m),
- Dorje Lakpa (6990m),
- Ganesh Himal,
- Naya Kanga,
- Gangchempo (6388m), and
- Shishapangma( 8027m)
5. How long does it take to climb Yala Peak?
As per our Itinerary designed by the expert, Yala peak climbing takes about 14 days. However, we might have to make the trip longer in case of unstable weather and bad health. If it’s rainy and snowy in the morning, we don’t head for the summit climb to the base camp. Also, we might have to stop for rest if any members of the crew fall sick. Although such cases are rear, you should keep your Itinerary flexible. The expert climber can complete the trek in about 10 days, but this might cause altitude sickness (not recommended).
6. What kind of accommodation is available during Yala Peak climbing?
Up to Kyangjin Gomba, you will be staying in the tea houses. These small hotels in Langtang run by the local people provide cozy rooms with Twin beds for two. The food is served inside the tea house and there is plenty of National and international food on the menu. Beyond Gompa, there is no human settlement. We set camps in the Yala peak base camp for one night and prepare our own food. There will be an entire team to assist you with setting the camps and preparing the food.
7. What is the experience you need for Yala peak climbing?
Yala Peak is one of the easiest mountain peaks in Nepal to climb. Since its altitude is below 60meters and the climbing trail is also quite easy, it’s a good peak to learn. However, Yala peak climbing is easier for people who have previous experience of the high-altitude trek. You need to train yourself with cardio and strength exercises before the trip.
Other skills of using ax, crampons, ropes, and walking in snow will be given by our guide once you come to Nepal. In short, this Yala peak can be climbed by the newbie, but you must prepare yourself physically and mentally.
Yala trekking peak is suitable for adventurous hikers who want to go beyond the easy Langtang Trek and experience the proximity to mountains like never before. Let Himalaya masters be the part of your Journey and make this trip of Yala in Langtang even more exciting
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