Yala Peak Climbing is an adventure that reaches you on top 5,732 m and 18,800 feet high. Facing a spectacular panorama of the tallest mountain range that surrounds you on the summit of Yala Peak.
A great feat that leads to strenuous climbs, but compared to other trekking peaks of Nepal. This is quite easy with less technical effort, but adequate climbing gear is required for safe and successful ascent and descent. Yala Peak Climbing, where treks take you right to the heart of massive Langtang Himal, is located within Nepal Central Himalaya.
The closest snow-mountain range is from the capital Kathmandu city, where the drive reaches you from low mid-hills to the cooler alpine high area. Around the district of Rasuwa within the Langtang Himal region, the home of indigenous Tamang people, the hill tribes of the Langtang area.
The Tamang have descended from Mongolia and Tibet for some thousands of years one of the largest populated hill tribes in the country. Practice Buddhism and ancient Bon practice of pre-Buddhism and Shamanism, which you will witness on the treks heading through several villages.
Yala Peak climbing and Langtang Valley trekking start from the Tamang village of Syabrubesi, which also falls en route to the Tibet border. From heading towards high cooler hills following a river gorge, covered in a dense forest of rhododendron, pines, oaks, and firs with some bamboo stalks.
As the walk progressed reached Langtang village, which was devastated by the landslides effect of the huge earthquake of 2015. Where many life was lost, one can notice a memorial monument of the people who lost their lives with a few foreign trekkers. The village is getting back to normal life, spending overnight here then the journey continues to reach a wide-open Langtang valley.
Kyanjin Gompa, located within the scenic valley enclosed by an array of snow-clad peaks, is a beautiful location with nice lodges. At Kyanjin Gompa for two overnight stops before our bid adventure to Yala Peak climb, a necessary extra day for acclimatization. While in Kyanjin with a rest day, hike to nearby Tserko or Kyanjin-Ri high hills to add more heights.
As well as a spectacular panorama of the surrounding giant mountain range of Langtang Himal and Jugal peaks including some mountains across the border of Tibet. From Kyanjin, our adventure starts heading due east towards the near end of Langtang valley, leaving human settlements for absolute mountain wilderness.
Reaching Yala Peak base camp, after overnight in Yak Kharka a summer temporary shelter of cattle and yak herders. Yala Peak Climbing, the grade ‘F’ means “Facial Easy” used from French / Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification Systems. Which is popular worldwide on an alpine-style climb of a day or more, although a non-technical peak to climb. Requires good climbing equipment, such as ice-ax, crampons, and good climbing boots, requires main ropes, especially for a long safe descent. Our Big Day! Starting before the crack of dawn following our expert guide who has summited many peaks including the Yala peak several times.
Following a snow ledge and steep slopes of the vigorous climb due to gain in elevation, then finally stand on top of Yala Peak Summit. Feel the great exciting moments in the backdrop of undulating snow mountains that encircles you on top. After a triumph of the adventure head down safe and slow to reach Kyanjin in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge.
From here on the long downhill with a few short ups back into lush green vegetation and tree lines to reach the road head at Syabrubesi. Where an exciting drive reaches you to Kathmandu, after a great adventure and memorable experience on Yala Peak Climbing.
We should also plan for a few extra days as bad weather can affect the designed schedule. This does not guarantee a successful climb but saves the frustration of an often cloudy summit day.
The normal level of fitness required to climb Yala Peak In general, this climb can be done with an average level of fitness. More important than fitness or experience is one's personal determination and positive attitude to complete and enjoy the expedition.
Autumn and spring are considered to be the best time to climb the Yala peak because the weather and temperature of the Langtang region are very favorable during this season. Both autumn and spring provide ideal conditions for trekking and summit climbing expeditions.
Similarly, you can expect minimum rainfall during this time as autumn is the post-monsoon period and spring is the pre-monsoon period. The climate of the Langtang region is neither too hot nor too cold in autumn and spring, making it a favorite of various trekkers.
Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -22 degrees C or 29 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag, A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksacks covers (optional).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic.
Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark on trekking.
Start early as possible in the morning after breakfast, because of the long and scenic drive to reach the high hills and mountainous areas of Langtang Himal. An interesting drive of little more than 6 hours, during the ride, observe Nepalese farm villages and towns. As drive reach you at the large town of Dhunche, located at 1, 950 m high.
The headquarter town of Rasuwa district, as well as the entrance of Langtang National Park. From Dhunche winding downhill to reach Syabrubesi village for an overnight stop, mostly inhabited by the indigenous Tamang, hill tribes of Langtang and Central Himalaya, interwoven to Buddhism religion and fascinating culture.
From Lama, Hotel morning starts with a slow climb into a river gorge covered with dense forest trail, after a few hours reach a small place of Ghoretabela, a nice place in the middle of woods with few lodges around. A possible lunch stop, from here the walk continues into the forest of fir, hemlocks, and rhododendron trees to reach an open area at Langtang village, the last permanent settlement before Kyanjin Gompa. Overnight in a nice lodge, the village is populated by Tamang the hill tribe of Langtang area, and central Himalaya as well on the suburb of Kathmandu valley.
Here one can witness rock falls and landslide, where all houses were destroyed during the 2015 huge earthquake, and many life was lost. At present, the villages slowly returning to normal as it was before the earthquake.
A great lovely place for a rest day, for acclimatization morning, after breakfast enjoys a few hour hikes with options to high hills of Kyanjin-Ri or Tsego-Ri at above 4,600 m high. Where you can enjoy the grand panorama of Ghengu Liru (Langtang -II 6, 571 m / 21,560 feet), Langtang Lirung (7,425 m / 23,765 feet) Kimshun (6, 745 m / 22,137 feet), and Shalbachum (6, 918 m / 22, 699 feet) to the south, the Chimsedang Lekh.
That forms a ridge lined with peaks of Naya-Kanga 5,846 m and Gangchempo, Tilman's beautiful Fluted Peak. The mountain continues beyond the Jugal Himal, terminating with Dorje Lakpa (6,980 m / 22, 929 feet) in the far east of the valley floor.
After a pleasant and great extra day in Kyanjin within its lively warm lodge, from here onwards overnights in a tented camp for a few nights. After a good breakfast walk begins towards the east of Langtang valley. The trail follows along on leveled ground to a small cattle herder camp Markus, and on crossing over Langtang Khola / stream. Climb up to reach Yak Kharka overnight in a tented camp.
Where our field staff and cook will serve good hot meals from the kitchen tents at dining tents, as per the size of a group. Yak Kharka, yak herder temporary shelter, and a summer grazing pasture field. After getting organized and fixing tents enjoy the views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kanga with other towering peaks.
The morning after breakfast, a short day walk and climb leads to strenuous uphill due to gain in altitude, climb from Yak Kharka to Yala Base Camp which is about four hours of good scenic and exciting climb. As route lead over a rocky glacier path facing views close views of giant peaks with Yala Peak in front, as the climb ends on reaching the base camp.
Set up our last tented camp, with hot lunch served and cooked by our camping cook and kitchen staff, then relax and save energy for the next morning's exciting day to reach the summit of Yala Peak. afternoon preparation and checking climbing gear, where our leader or lead climbing guide will provide more information regarding the climb and use of the right equipment. Even though it is a less technical climb, one needs to be prepared with warm gear and equipment like an ice axe, crampons, etc needed for the summit bid.
Start at the earliest for the Big Day, after a good warm breakfast, and then follow our lead guide, as the climb leads to a long slope and ridges crossing a snow-line with some icy section, using ice-axe quite often where needed. A strenuous climb with a rapid gain of elevation following our guide safe and sure then finally a push yourself one top of Yala Peak summit.
At the summit relax for a moment and catch your breath, and then enjoy stunning views of Langtang and Jugal Himal mountain range extending as far as Ganesh Himal in the west. Feeling on top of the world and then safely descend to base camp, and continue to walk further towards Yak Kharka for last overnight in tented camp. By the time you reach the tents will be ready with warm light meals and refreshments, a great treat after the grand triumph of the adventure.
Yala Peak a normal climb of grade ‘F’ means much easier than other peaks, although the tough part is climbing and walking over a steep snow slope for several hours, with rising altitude gain on each step. But not overall difficult a straight-forward peak to reach the summit but with some tough vertical section to climb. Our expert climbing guide will make the climb much possible guiding and supporting you all the way to the top with a safe descend.
Not much like on other climbing peaks and major mountaineering expeditions, but you need some excellent gear for the climb, a good ice-axe, crampons, harness, helmets, carabineer/karabiner, and main ropes which will be provided by the company and etc. Including personal warm clothing with good climbing boots.
Altitude wise it is safe as it gains gradually for other illnesses, like severe diarrhea or any other medical and health issue. If the member gets into a worse condition, that needs to break from the trip, immediate evacuation by fastest means of transportation. The quickest and reliable is taking a helicopter service, where all medical and other expenses incurred have to be borne by oneself. Which can be reimbursed from your insurance company, Hiker Himalaya will issue a supporting letter including a medical note of the case made by the doctors in Kathmandu.
Nearly all seasons of the year, but best in spring from March to May with autumn/fall of September to November, including pre-winter times of December. Spring is best with wildflowers in full bloom around mid-hills till Langtang village, with clear fine sunshine most of the day can get cloudy by late afternoon but the starry bright night sky. Cold in the morning and nighttimes, shady areas where the wind-chill factor adds more freezing temperatures, can expect snow sometimes on high altitude areas like around Langtang valley. Autumn/fall is another best time with a clear day for views and for Yala Peak climb Langtang Valley trekking. But much cold morning and night time, expect snow around higher altitude.
Every lodge we spend for overnight stops or lunch does have facilities to charge electronic gadgets. From cell-phone, cameras, and laptops on paying a charge per hour for each item. The price differs from one place to another. The only place that you cannot get the facility for charging is after Kyanjin Gompa, where we will be spending away from villages and human settlement in tented camping for some days and after the climb, then back to the village in the comfort of a lodge, where you can charge your electronic items.