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Yala Peak Climbing

Yala Peak Climbing

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Strenuous

  • Destination

    Destination: Langtang region

  • Activities

    Activities: Trekking/Peak Climbing

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Lodges

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Yala Peak (5500m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Mar-May, Sep-Nov

Yala Peak is one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal located in the Langtang region. Yala Peak at 5,732 meters is a relatively easier peak to climb that offers stunning views of the Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, and Shishapangma mountains.Yala Peak is one of the shortest periods of climbing in Nepal. 

Yala Peak climbing is following the Langtang Valley trek route with the 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. In the beginning, we trek through the sub-tropical jungle and then the dense forest with oak trees, birch and pine before the valley opens out into the alpine meadows and yak pasture. These high meadows are carpeted by a rich variety of alpine flowers such as genitals, violets, edelweiss and primulas in the spring.

The Lantang forest is also known for its wildlife such as red pandas, Himalayan black bears, wild boar and langur monkeys. We trek up to the valley of Kyangjin Gompa. From Kyangjin, we move further up the valley to Yala at Yala Peak Base Camp (4500m) where we set up our camp in a superb setting. The next day is attempting Yala Peak which isn't a difficult or technical climb. From the summit, one can witness a majestic panoramic view of the snow-capped like Langtang Lirung, Pemthang Ri, Langshisha Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and Kangchenpo peaks. Then back to Kyanjin Gompa and trace your way back to Syabrubesi to drive back to Kathmandu.

Yala Peak Climbing Highlights

  • One of the easier peaks requires no technical climbing skills.
  • Amazing views of snow-capped Langtang Lirung, Pemthang Ri, Langshisha Ri, Dorje Lakpa, and Kangchenpo peaks.
  • Views of Shishapangma peak (8027m) with extra massive Himalayan range of Tibet side.
  • Experience the alpine meadows and Yak pastures.
  • Visit Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), the most beautiful village in Langtang surrounded by mountains.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1460m/7-8 hrs)
Day 03: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2420m/5 – 6 hours)
Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m / 5 – 6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Langtang to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m / 3 – 4 hrs)
Day 06: Excursion day in Kyangjin Gompa; Hike to Yala Cheese Factory (4633m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Yala Peak Base Camp (4500m/5-6 hrs)
Day 08: Summit Yala Peak (5500m) & back to Kyangjin Gompa (3870m/8-9 hrs)
Day 09: Spare day in case of a bad day for a climb
Day 10: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2420m/5 – 6 hrs)
Day 11: Trek Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1460m/6 –7 hrs)
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi (7-8 hrs)
Day 13: Final departure

Once you land at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and accomplish your entry/visa formalities, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to the hotel. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel after which we will have a quick pre-trip meeting and discuss the itineraries. You can then take your time to relax, unpack and spend the time as you wish. In the evening, stroll around the nearby places and get the feel of this energetic city. 

Hotel

After breakfast, hop into our transport vehicle and head off for a guided tour of the renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu. You will be visiting the sites like – Pashupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and the Boudhanath (the Maha Stupa). All these sites have been listed on the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. After this entertaining and informative tour, drive back to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the time as you wish or probably prepare for the next day’s drive to Syabrubesi.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

After breakfast, we drive to Syabrubesi, first along the crowded streets of Kathmandu and then later through the bumpy and dusty, single-lane road tucked at the base of northwestern hills. As we move ahead, the terraced farms and orthodox villages whip past us. We’ll halt for lunch at Trishuli Bazaar. We then resume our drive to Dhunche, the headquarter of the Rasuwa district, from where we take a descent to finally arrive at Syabrubesi. Well, to be honest, you might not enjoy the road conditions and could shake off at times, but yes, the views of mountains, the lush green terraced farms and stone house clusters alongside, could easily cheer you up, diverting your attention away from the rustic roads.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The real trek begins today. All jacked up, we commence our trek along a flat route, passing through the Langtang National Park. On the way, we come across a police checkpoint. We show our permit there and then continue along a downhill route for about 10 minutes crossing a suspension bridge. We advance further following the Langtang River and pass through a jungle. On the way, we might catch quick glimpses of different species of monkeys. We now cross one more suspension bridge and arrive at a place called Dobang (1672 m), where we can relish the view of a waterfall. Trailing ahead along the steep route to a rocky ridge for about 2o minutes, we pursue a flat track to Pahare Hotel and then to Bamboo Hotel, where we halt for lunch. We continue our move making an ascent to the route alongside the north bank of Langtang Khola (river) and further make a steep climb to the landslide, which gets us to a place called Rimche. A 20 minutes ascent from here, brings us to Changtang, popularly known as Lama Hotel.   

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Let’s begin our trek with a gentle climb which becomes steeper and steeper through the wild forests of hemlocks, oaks, maples and rhododendrons, high above the Langtang River. You can’t help glaring at the majestic Langtang Lirung (7,234 m) through the trees. We now cross a stream and further ascend to a pass marked with prayer flags. Crossing the Bailey bridge over another stream, we arrive at our lunch spot, the Ghora Tabela (2972 m), which is currently a Nepal Army and a National Park check post. By now, will have walked for almost 3 hrs. After lunch, we ascend further across the helipad, yak pastures and rhododendron bushes, which gets us to Thangshyap (3140 m). Continuing our climb ahead, we trail up the hillside above the potato, barley and buckwheat fields. We pass by a few restaurants and guesthouses through the Ghumba village. We are now just about 15 minutes away from Langtang village. Briskly, we cross a stream and climb past several water-driven mills and prayer wheels, finally arriving at the settlement of Langtang.  

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Enjoy the sip of your morning tea and then gear up for a scenic trek! We trail through the village and climb a ridge top to a large chorten. Continuing our ascent past the splendid Mani walls (the largest in Nepal), we cross a stream and arrive at the village of Mundu (3442 m). We now trail alongside the river beside the pasture of Yamphu (3640 m). Crossing a concrete bridge, we climb a moraine and get our first glimpse of the Kyangjin Gompa and the magnificent icefall of Langtang Lirung.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Rest does not mean being static. We have anchored ourselves at one of the most scenic locations of the trek, so let’s make the most of it. We can go for a short hike to Ngegang, a yak pasture at an altitude of 4000m. Ngegang is sometimes referred to as Base Camp, about Naya Kang’s (5744 m) trekking peak nearby. Exploring the Kyangjin Gompa is also not a bad idea. If you still have the appetite for more, we can go for another hike to the Yala Cheese Factory (4633 m). Walking up a moraine, we will be able the relish the icefalls and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

To reach Yala Base Camp, we will embark on a challenging journey along the rugged glacier trail. Along the way, we will be mesmerized by the breathtaking sights of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala Peak, and many more. As for tonight’s lodging, we will be accommodated in a cosy tented camp, where our skilled camp cook will prepare delicious meals for you.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today is the day we embark on our thrilling adventure. We’ll get up early in the morning and if the weather permits, we will conquer the towering Pisang peak. Once we reach the summit of Yala Peak, prepare to be mesmerized by the breathtaking panoramic vistas of Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Langtang Lirung, and numerous other magnificent Tibetan mountains.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

In case of inclement weather, this day is reserved as a spare for our climb. Alternatively, we can choose to take a day of rest at Kyanjin Gompa and explore attractions like the Langtang Glacier.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Most of our way back to the Lama Hotel is downhill, so shouldn’t be that exhausting! We reverse our journey on days 5 and 4 trailing alongside the Langtang River, passing through the village of Mundu, Langtang and then arriving at the Ghora Tabela. Lunching and resting here for a while, we take another steep descent to the Lama Hotel. The walk is pleasant as it is downhill and more importantly embellished with Mani walls, chortens, pastures and rhododendron clusters. And of course, you can’t help wooing at the beauty of Langtang Lirung, every time you see it through the trees.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

As we bid farewell to the mountains, we embark on our descent towards Syabrubesi, the place where our trekking journey began a week ago.

Mountain Lodge
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We will return to Kathmandu from Syabru Besi after breakfast, with the journey taking approximately 7-8 hours by either bus or Land Cruiser, depending on the size of the group.

Hotel
Breakfast/Dinner included

A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours before your flight schedule. As you wave goodbye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now because, you had come here as a tourist, but you are going back as a friend!

Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again! Trips can always be extended. You can try out some of our other exciting packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc. Please let us know about your desire for a trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.  

Breakfast included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop service.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu/Syabrubesi/Kathmandu transfers by a local bus. (Option: Private Vehicle)
  • All trekking accommodations with Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner at local lodges on twin sharing basis but occasionally in the common dormitory (esp. during peak tourist seasons).
  • All Camping Equipment required during the climbing, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  • Experienced trekking/climbing guide and porters
  • Group climbing gears like climbing rope, ice screws, and snow bars.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Permits for Langtang National Park, & TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Yala Peak climbing permit & all necessary paperwork.
  • Farewell dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • All government and local taxes. 

What is not included?

  • International Airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.)
  • Expenses of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.)
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Personal climbing equipment.
  • Garbage deposit fees (refundable).
  • Tips to guide, climbing guide & porters (Tipping is expected). 

FAQ's

1. What is Yala Peak?
Yala Peak is a popular trekking peak in the Langtang region of Nepal. It stands at an elevation of 5,732 meters (18,806 feet) above sea level and offers a relatively non-technical climbing experience, making it suitable for novice climbers and experienced trekkers.

2. How long does the Yala Peak climbing expedition take?
The duration of the Yala Peak climbing expedition takes 9 days to complete the climb, including trekking to and from the base camp.

3. Is Yala Peak climbing challenging?
Yala Peak climbing is considered a relatively easy trekking peak climb, making it accessible to climbers with basic mountaineering skills and some prior high-altitude trekking experience. However, climbers should still be physically fit and have proper acclimatization to handle the altitude.

4. What is the best time for Yala Peak climbing?
The best time for Yala Peak climbing is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable climbing conditions.

5. Are permits required for Yala Peak climbing?
Yes, climbers need to obtain permits for Yala Peak climbing. The required permits typically include the climbing permit issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Langtang National Park entry permit including TIMS card.

6. Do I need prior climbing experience to climb Yala Peak?
While prior climbing experience is not mandatory for Yala Peak, it is recommended that climbers have some basic mountaineering skills and prior experience of high-altitude trekking. It is essential to be physically fit and comfortable with using climbing equipment like crampons and ice axes.

7. Is it necessary to hire a guide for Yala Peak climbing?
It is mandatory to hire a guide for Yala Peak climbing and highly recommended too, especially for those without prior climbing experience in the region. A trained and experienced guide can provide valuable assistance, navigate the route, and ensure safety during the climb.

8. What is the typical itinerary for Yala Peak climbing?
The typical itinerary for Yala Peak climbing usually starts from Syabrubesi in the Langtang region. It involves trekking through the Langtang Valley, acclimatization days, and reaching the Yala Peak base camp. The summit day is usually done early in the morning to take advantage of better weather conditions.

9. What are the highlights of Yala Peak climbing?
The Yala Peak climbing expedition offers stunning views of the Langtang and Ganesh Himal ranges, an opportunity to explore the Langtang Valley and its unique culture, and the thrill of summiting a Himalayan peak.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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