This is a terrific two-week adventure trekking across Nepal's Langtang National Park, culminating in a stunning yet non-technical ascent of Yala Peak. The summit is recognized for being a superb perspective, providing those who reach it with a true sense of being high in the isolated Himalayas with few people around and without too much technical difficulty.
We will be in the center of the Himalayas, with breathtaking views across Tibet and Nepal. The valley of Langtang is famous for its flora as well as breathtaking vistas of the gorgeous Himalayan peaks, and it is the nearest national park to Kathmandu, needing a drive to reach there.
Yala Peak is located in the Langtang Valley, close to the Tibetan border and to the north-east of Kyangin Gompa (3870 m). With a high base camp at 4800m, the peak can be ascended in two days from Kyanjin Gompa. However, with a solid acclimatization and a pre-dawn start, you may climb it in a single long day. It is one of the more accessible trekking peaks, and it is sometimes used as a warm-up for Ganja La Chuli (5844 m). On the Itinerary tab above, you'll find a thorough day-by-day itinerary.
Climbing Yala peak
Yala Peak is a great place to start if you're new to Himalayan mountain climbing. The approach trek is straightforward, with stunning scenery, and the climb itself will allow you to master new abilities, which you will have practiced thoroughly before beginning the ascent. Yala Peak is not technically difficult, but it is high at 5500m, so you'll feel the lack of oxygen and extra energy, and you'll be exposed to the weather. Maintain hydrated and a steady, controllable pace.
We will practice moving on a man rope, clipping in, and keeping an efficient speed and a safe line during the trek phase. You'll also be comfortable walking on crampons and using your walking axe to self-arrest. For this peak, we use a high camp, so you'll need camping experience as well as the ability to be warm, dry, hydrated, and well nourished to be in the greatest shape for summit day. On the way in and throughout the acclimatization days, we'll have lots of opportunities to practice the abilities we'll need on the ascent. If you have any questions about your suitability, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The panoramic views of the Himalayas from the top are spectacular, including 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) to name a few.
Experince Needed For Yala Peak
Yala Peak is a great place to start climbing in the Himalayas if you don't want to go over 6000 meters. Because the rise is gradual, it is also an excellent challenge for folks who have never gone to altitude before. Prior winter walking / mountaineering skills, such as using a walking axe and crampons, are a plus, but not required, as the guides will provide training while you're trekking to the peak - you'll have plenty of time to learn and practice skills like clipping into a rope and walking safely with the group.
Climb Yala Peak, 5500m
TERRAIN ON THE TREK AND CLIMB OF YALA PEAK
Your trek begins in Dhunche and continues through the Langtang Valley to the north east. The topography is rugged but not steep, with forest, terraced hill slopes, and valley treks rising to high meadows and, eventually, glacier moraine and summits. Although this region is less populous and visited than Khumbu or Annapurna, the trail travels through communities and villages. We have well-worn paths underfoot that can be rough at times, slippery when wet, and uneven in others. With an ascent of Tserko Ri and a descent in altitude before to our climb of Yala Peak, our schedule allows for excellent acclimatization. The walk is straightforward, with no complex or difficult aspects.It undulates naturally, given that it is the Himalayas, but there are no loft heights or technical constraints.
Once on the mountain, scrambling on very loose rock to get below the snow line will be required at times. Once on the snow, the route may change according on local conditions, and you will be roped up in groups of three or four if necessary. Although the terrain is not tough, it does necessitate caution and vigilance. The way is usually well-marked, and groups tend to stick to the same 'path.' Although there is no technical climbing required, you will need to employ winter skills and equipment (axe, crampon) when on the snow, and you will have plenty of opportunities to learn and practice these abilities on the walk and at Yala Peak base camp.
ACCOMMODATION ON THE YALA PEAK CLIMB / TREK
Unless visitors mention a preference for tents, accommodation on the journey is in nice lodges managed by local families, both before and after the climb of Yala Peak. Each lodge contains a central communal space with a stove, as well as unheated bedrooms with two beds, mattresses, blankets, and pillows. You must bring your own sleeping bag. The lodges usually have gas-powered showers, and some still have the famed 'drop' toilets, however most now have flush toilets.
The trek's food is of excellent quality, including a mix of traditional Nepali and western dishes. The native Dal Bhat or Momos are delicious, and burgers and fries are also popular.In the lodges and little shops along the trail, you'll find everything from beer to batteries to Mars bars.
We'll be sleeping in mountain tents at Yala Peak base camp, which normally sleep two people per tent. Bring a three-season sleeping bag as well as a high-quality sleeping mat. Use a sleeping bag liner to sleep in an open zipped 3 season bag lower down if you don't want to become too heated.
Experience needed for climbing Yala Peak
Yala Peak is a great place to start climbing in the Himalayas if you don't want to go above 6000 meters. The gradual ascent makes it a wonderful challenge for folks who have never traveled to altitude before. Previous winter mountaineering skills, like as using a walking axe and crampons, are a plus, but not required, since the guides will provide training while you're trekking to the summit - you'll have plenty of opportunity to learn and practice skills like clipping into a rope and traveling safely with the group.
YALA PEAK KIT LIST
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Climbing boots must be of a type that allows crampons to be fitted. They must also be warm and well-fitting to your feet. For crampon use on Yala Peak, you'll need boots rated at least B1. If you plan on doing more climbing in the future on higher or colder routes, B2 hybrid or B3 rigid Plastic boots, both of which are acceptable, may be worth investing in. This climb does not require full 8000m triple boots, although they can be used if you already have them.
How Fit Do I Have To Be To Climb Yala Peak?
The climb up the valley is pleasant and easy, making it ideal for hikers and walkers. Although altitude is a factor to consider, the route allows for plenty of rest and acclimatization. To get to the base camp, you'll have to cross the snowline, but the land isn't too steep and the campground is in a great spot.
.The route winds its way up from base camp, starting early in the morning, onto the snow slopes, which are initially readily inclined. Because the last 700 meters are on steeper ice, we'll need crampons, an ice axe, and a man rope. General fitness is obviously advantageous in this situation, as the effort required at such a high altitude is amplified. Because you'll be carrying a daysack, any home training should be done with something on your back. Breathing properly is vital to keep the pace consistent but not excessive. Your body will get the most energy out of the lower oxygen in the atmosphere if you take long deep breaths from the diaphragm rather than gasping.Climbing at altitude with a rope is exhausting, but with excellent coordination, everyone can settle into a nice, safe, and controllable pace.
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 / Farewell. A representative from MountainMate Trek & Tour will drop you to the airport according to your flight time. Return back home with memories that last lifetime. “NAMASTE!”
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