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  • Kathmandu, Nepal
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Yala Peak

Duration
16 Days
Altitude
1460m/5500m
Group
1-10
Grade
Strenuous

Overview

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This is a fantastic two week adventure trekking through the Langtang National Park in Nepal culminating in an ascent of the spectacular but non-technical Yala Peak. The summit is renowned for being an excellent viewpoint giving those at the summit a true experience of being high up in the remote Himalayas with few people around, and without experiencing too much of a technical challenge.

We will be in the heart of the Himalaya with awe inspiring views across into Tibet and out over Nepal. Langtang is the closest national park to Kathmandu, requiring a drive to get there, and the valley is famous for its flora, as well as stunning views of the beautiful Himalayan peaks.

Yala Peak is close to the Tibetan border and north-east of Kyangin Gompa (3870 m) in the Langtang Valley. The mountain can be climbed in two days from Kyanjin Gompa with using a high base camp at 4800m. However you can also climb it in a single long day with a pre-dawn start and with good acclimatisation. It is one of the easier trekking peaks to climb, and sometimes climbed as a preparation for Ganja La Chuli (5844 m). A detailed day by day itinerary is available on our Itinerary tab above.

CLIMBING YALA PEAK

Yala Peak is a perfect introduction to Himalayan mountain climbing. The approach trek is straight forward with beautiful scenery and the climb itself will allow you to learn new skills, which will be well practised before starting the ascent. Yala Peak is not technically demanding but it is high at 5500m which you will feel the lower levels of oxygen and the extra energy being used up, and you are of course open to the elements. You need to take care of your hydration and maintain a slow manageable pace. 

During the trek section we will practise to ensure that you are comfortable moving on a man rope, clipping in and maintaining an efficient pace and a safe line. You will also be familiar with walking on crampons and being able to self arrest with your walking axe. We use a high camp for this peak so experience camping and keeping warm, dry, hydrated and well fed is important to ensure you're in the best shape for summit day. We have plenty of time on the walk in and during acclimatisation days to practice the skills needed on the climb. If you're unsure of your suitability do feel free to contact us for a chat on office@adventurealternative.com 

From the summit the panoramic views of the Himalayas are excellent as you drink up the views of Langtang Lirung (7,246m/ 23,773ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,990m/ 22,933ft), Gangchempo (6,388m/ 20,985ft) and Sishapangma (8,027m/ 26,335ft).

EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR YALA PEAK

Yala Peak is an excellent starting point for Himalayan climbing without going about 6000m. It is also a good challenge for people who haven't been to altitude before as the ascent is gradual. For the peak itself previous winter walking / mountaineering skills such as using a walking axe and crampons is a bonus, but is not essential as the guides will offer training whilst you're trekking to the peak - you will have time to learn and practice the skills needed such as clipping into a rope and walking safely with the group. 

Yala Peak

Climb Yala Peak, 5500m

This is a fantastic two week adventure trekking through the Langtang National Park in Nepal culminating in an ascent of the spectacular but non-technical Yala Peak. The summit is renowned for being an excellent viewpoint giving those at the summit a true experience of being high up in the remote Himalayas with few people around, and without experiencing too much of a technical challenge.

We will be in the heart of the Himalaya with awe inspiring views across into Tibet and out over Nepal. Langtang is the closest national park to Kathmandu, requiring a drive to get there, and the valley is famous for its flora, as well as stunning views of the beautiful Himalayan peaks.

CLIMBING YALA PEAK

Yala Peak is a perfect introduction to Himalayan mountain climbing. The approach trek is straight forward with beautiful scenery and the climb itself will allow you to learn new skills, which will be well practised before starting the ascent. Yala Peak is not technically demanding but it is high at 5500m which you will feel the lower levels of oxygen and the extra energy being used up, and you are of course open to the elements. You need to take care of your hydration and maintain a slow manageable pace. 

During the trek section we will practise to ensure that you are comfortable moving on a man rope, clipping in and maintaining an efficient pace and a safe line. You will also be familiar with walking on crampons and being able to self arrest with your walking axe. We use a high camp for this peak so experience camping and keeping warm, dry, hydrated and well fed is important to ensure you're in the best shape for summit day. We have plenty of time on the walk in and during acclimatisation days to practice the skills needed on the climb. If you're unsure of your suitability do feel free to contact us for a chat on office@adventurealternative.com 

From the summit the panoramic views of the Himalayas are excellent as you drink up the views of Langtang Lirung (7,246m/ 23,773ft), Dorje Lakpa (6,990m/ 22,933ft), Gangchempo (6,388m/ 20,985ft) and Sishapangma (8,027m/ 26,335ft).
 

TERRAIN ON THE TREK AND CLIMB OF YALA PEAK

Our trek heads north east from Dhunche and follows The Langtang Valley. The terrain is mountainous but not precipitous, with forest, terraced hill slopes and valley hikes leading to high pastures and eventually the moraine of the glaciers and the peaks. The route passes through settlements and villages, although this is a less populated and visited region than Khumbu or Annapurna. Underfoot we have well-trodden paths which at times can be rocky, slippy if wet and occasionally uneven in parts. Our itinerary allows for really good acclimatisation with an ascent of Tserko Ri and dropping again in altitude prior to our climb of Yala Peak. The trek is simply on foot in front of the other with no tricky or challenging sections. It does of course undulate, it is the Himalayas after all but doesn't have any loft heights or technical requirements.

Once on the mountain itself there will be scrambling at times on quite loose rock to below the snow line. Once on the snow the route can vary depending on local conditions and if required you will be roped up in groups of three or four. The terrain is not difficult but it does require care and alertness. The route is normally well marked, and groups tend to follow a similar 'path'. The terrain requires no technical climbing, but you will need to use winter skills and equipment (axe, crampon) when on the snow and you have lot's of time to learn and practice these skills on the trek during rest days and at Yala Peak base  camp
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ACCOMMODATION ON THE YALA PEAK CLIMB / TREK

Accommodation on the trek, before and after the climb of Yala Peak, is in  comfortable lodges run by local families, unless people specify a preference for tents. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses, blanket and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas and some use the infamous ‘drop’ toilets, though most now have flush systems now. 

Food on the trek is very good quality, and a mixture of local Nepali food and western recipes. The local Dal Bhat or Momos are an excellent choice and burgers & chips are also a common meal. You will find everything from beer to batteries to Mars bars available in the lodges and local shops along the trail.

At Yala Peak base camp we will be in mountain tents usually sleeping two persons per tent. You should bring a 3 season sleeping bag and also a good quality sleeping mat. For lower down you may wish to use a sleeping bag liner to sleep in an open zipped 3 season bag, so that you don't get too hot.

Yala Peak

EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR YALA PEAK

Yala Peak is an excellent starting point for Himalayan climbing without going about 6000m. It is also a good challenge for people who haven't been to altitude before as the ascent is gradual. For the peak itself previous winter walking / mountaineering skills such as using a walking axe and crampons is a bonus, but is not essential as the guides will offer training whilst you're trekking to the peak - you will have time to learn and practice the skills needed such as clipping into a rope and walking safely with the group. 

YALA PEAK KIT LIST

  • Large duffle bag or rucksack & liner
  • 30 Ltr day pack
  • Stuff sacks, waterproof, various sizes
  • Expedition Jacket, primaloft or down
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers, goretex or equivalent (softshell)
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking trousers and shorts, Tshirts, shirts
  • Fleece or woollen tops
  • Base layer tops and bottoms
  • Thin socks and thick socks
  • Warm hat, buff/balaclava, sunhat
  • Liner gloves, warm gloves, mitts
  • Sunglasses UV polaroid
  • Mountaineering boots graded B1 or B2 to accommodate crampons
  • Trekking boots and hut shoes
  • 3 season sleeping bag (comfort temperature -10C) and compression sack
  • Thermarest or thick foam sleeping mat for camping only
  • Walking poles
  • Head torch & spare batteries
  • 2x 1 litre drinks bottles and covers
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering harness
  • Walking axe & leash
  • Climbing slings 2 x 120cm
  • Screwgate karabiners x 2
  • Wash Kit and first aid, towel

ITEMS AVAILABLE FOR RENT FROM  MOUNTAINMATE TREK & TOUR (PICK UP IN NEPAL)

Mountaineering Harness
Karabiners and slings
Crampons
Walking AxeSleeping bag

Boots for the climb need to be of a type that will allow fitting of crampons. They also need to be warm and fitted well to your feet. For Yala Peak you will need boots graded at least B1 for crampon use. If you are planning on doing more mountaineering in the future on higher or colder routes it may be worth investing in B2 hybrid or B3 rigid Plastic boots both of which will also be suitable. Full 8000m triple boots are not needed for this climb but could be used if you already have them.

HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO CLIMB YALA PEAK?

The walk up the valley is very enjoyable and not difficult, perfect for hikers and walkers. Altitude is obviously something to be mindful of, but the itinerary allows for plenty of rest and acclimatisation. Getting to the base camp will mean possibly crossing the snowline but the ground is not too steep and the campsite is in an excellent location.

From base camp starting up early in the morning the route winds its way up onto the snow slopes which are initially easily angled. The last 700 metres is on steeper ice so we will be using crampons, ice axe and a man rope.Obviously general fitness is a bonus here, because the effort at high altitude is all the more. You will also be carrying a daysack so any training at home is best done with something on your back. The pace needs to be consistent but not excessive, so breathing well is important. Long deep breaths from the diaphragm rather than gasping will enable your body to get the most energy out of the reduced oxygen in the atmosphere. Climbing with a rope at altitude is tiring, but with good teamwork then everyone can get into a good pace that is safe and manageable. 

ITINERARY

 Day 1: Arrive in to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

 Day 2: Meet our team, rest, relax, explore Kathmandu and have a trip briefing.

 Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu north to Dhunche (1966m) by 4WD which takes about eight hours, following scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas. The road beyond Trishuli Bazaar becomes a gravel route, sometimes blocked by landslide in the rainy season. Overnight in lodge.

Day 4:Trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru (2221m) which takes about five and a half hours and onto to Thulo Syabru (6950ft, 2221m). The walk is leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes, descending to a ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset can be spectacular; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridgeline above. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and the Tibetan Himal ranges. Overnight stay at lodge

Day 5: Trek from Syabru for about five hours, descending along the ridge and dropping to the Ghopche Khola and then ascending evenly to Rimche (2400m) through bamboo forest where it is possible to catch sight of the red panda, monkey and black bear, although these animals are naturally secretive and shy.

Day 6: Continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola which becomes steeper and leads to a log bridge and the lush meadows of Ghora Tabela beyond. Along the way there is a beautiful sight of Langtang Lirung (7246m), and the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. After crossing a stream we reach Langtang village at a height of 3500 metres, which is the headquarters for the park and has traditional flat roved Tibetan style houses, small hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at lodge.

 Day 7: The walk to Kyangjin takes about three hours and climbs gradually through small villages and yak pastures as the valley opens out further and the views become more extensive. After crossing several small streams and patches of moraine, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin where there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with surrounding snow covered peaks. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 8: This is a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest, exploring interesting places like the monastery and the cheese factory. You can walk up the moraine and climb Kyangjin Ri at 4350m for views of the surrounding peaks.

Day 9: Today we will ascend to Tserko-Ri which is just behind the village and will allow us to reach 4984m before dropping again to 3840m to overnight. A beautiful panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains of the Langtang range can be seen from here. After enjoying the views, we will descend back to Kyanjin Gumba. Overnight at the Lodge.

Day10: A six hour trek along lateral moraine to the high camp. The horse can make it this far if the ground conditions allow, depending on whether there is deep snow or not.n At Base Camp we'll be camping overnight.

Day11: Our summit attempt generally takes 8 hours. The last 700 metres will require being roped up and using crampons and a walking axe. There is a final shapely ridge to negotiate to the small summit. At the summit of Yala peak 5500m, there are panoramic views of Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri , Langtang Lirung and many other Tibetan mountains. After summiting we'll make our way back to Base Camp and onwards to Kyanjin Gompa if time and energy allows.

Day12: Additional bad weather day

Day13: We drop back down the valley overnighting in Lama Hotel..

Day14:We drop back down the valley overnighting in  Syabru.

Day15: Drive back  to Kathmandu.

Day16: Final Departure / Move to next plan.

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