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Yala Peak Climbing

Abhishek Subedi June 23, 2020

Yala Peak Climbing is the best adventure trip in Nepal which comprises the best views of the Langtang Valley. Yala Peak is a small mountain in the Langtang area of Nepal.  It is considered a trekking peak by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and is a somewhat simple, non technical climb. The summit is very well-liked for being a superb vantage point from which Shishapangma (8013m), the highest mountain wholly in Tibet, and the lowest of the 14 eight-thousanders, can be seen. Yala Peak Climbing trip is combined with Langtang Valley Trekking in Nepal is the best choice for those who wish to stand on a Himalayan summit but have a limited amount of time and budget available. This trip rewards the visitors with a thrilling venture of trekking and climbing in the Langtang region way beyond simply hiking. 

The Yala peak climbing is non-technical. Prior climbing experience is not required however outfit experience and a reasonably good level of physical fitness and stamina is necessary. You begin your voyage to Yala peak climbing with a half day drive to Syburbesi from Kathmandu. Hiking through the lush green forest and beautiful hamlets of Domen, Bamboo, Lama Hotel, Langtang village and Kenjin Gompa, we arrive at the wonderful base camp of Yala peak. We will also witness the damage done by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal mainly in the Langtang village which totally swept away the whole beautiful village. You will have stunning views of many beautiful mountains – Langtang Lirung (7246m), Lenpo Gang 7083m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Gangchenpo (6388m) and mighty Shishapangma (8027m) on the Tibetan side.

Yala Peak Climbing

Yala Peak Climbing 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 using a high camp at Yala Kharka (4900 m). 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). The Langtang National Park is a protected area where the majority of residents are Tamang and the climatic zones range from subtropical to alpine. The beautiful Langtang Valley contains several glacial lakes including Gosainkunda Lake which is sacred to Hindus, and a number of high peaks including Yala Peak (5732m) which is an achievable goal for fit, high level enthusiasts wishing to ascend a snow-covered non-technical peak.

Day 1 Kathmandu to Syabrubesi

The start of the Yala Peak Climbing begins with the 8 hours drive from Kathmandu valley to Syabrubesi. The Syabrubesi is the starting point of the trek. On the way, the trekkers can get the lovely views of the Trishuli rivers and its surrounding landscapes as well as local villages and hills. After reaching here trekkers can stay overnight and explore the Syabrubesi village. It lies on the altitude of about 1460 metres from sea level.

Yala Peak Climbing

Day 2 Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel

The trekking from this point starts with an uphill hike through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest.  There is about an hour climb through the steep hill to reach an interesting and amazing place called Bamboo.  It is the place where trekkers take rest and have lunch to regenerate their body energy. The trail continues upwards through the bamboo forest to reach the final destination for today’s Lama Hotel which is the quiet famous area of this place.

Day 3 Lama Hotel to Mundu via Langtang Village

The Langtang village lies at the altitude of about 3430 metres from sea level. The trails start with the rhododendron and pine forests along with the scenic paths of waterfalls and landscapes. Nature will make you feel intrigued as you enter the interesting wide valley of Langtang. This is the home to the famous Langtang National Park which is the habitat to many wild lives. The trekkers stop at the famous GhodaTabela for lunch before heading towards the Langtang village and up the Langtang Valley to Mundu.

Day 4 Mundu to Kyanjin Gompa

The trek to the Kyanjin Gompa is relatively shorter than other trekking days. The trail passes through the watermills, chorten (Buddhist Shrines) and prayer wheels on the way to Kyanjin Gompa. The Kyanjin Gompa lies at the altitude of 3870 metres from the sea level. This route also acts as an acclimatization day before climbing Tserko Ri in the morning. The trekkers can explore the gompa and surrounding area and take in the mountain views in the afternoon.

Yala Peak Climbing

Day 5 Rest day at Kyanjin Gompa

This is a day to rest and relax. There are several worthwhile excursions up to the glaciers. The valley is in the midst of exceptionally rugged and beautiful mountain ranges, ringed with glaciers, snowfalls and huge moraines.  

Day 6 Kyanjin Gompa to Tserko Ri and Back to Kyanjin Gompa

The trekking approximately takes about 5- 6 hours to reach the summit of Tserko Ri. From here you can see the majestic and amazing views of Yala Peak 5520m, Langtang Ri 7205m, Langtang Lirung 7227m and Naya Khang 5844m. Here you can enjoy your packed lunch while enjoying the majestic views of the mountains and landscapes. After this, trekkers descend back to the Kyanjin Gompa where they will again spend the night. 

Day 7 Trek to Yala Base Camp

Today you will trek along the rocky glacier trail. While trekking you will enjoy the views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala peak and others. Your overnight stay will be at the tented camp and the food will be prepared by the guide.

Day 8 Summit Yala Peak and Back to Kyanjin Gompa

Today the main adventure day begins. In The early morning you will wake up and prepare yourselves for the climb. When you reach the summit of Yala peak, you will be stunned by the panoramic views of Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Langtang Lirung and many other Tibetan mountains. After the summit you will return to Kyanjin Gompa .

Day 9 Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

The trail is relatively long but straight forward so the trekkers can walk at their own pace. They gradually descend back to Lama Hotel through the rhododendron and pine forests and interesting villages. They can see the amazing view where mountains continue to dominate the sky of the Langtang valley.

Yala Peak Climbing

Day 10 Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

Syabrubesi will provide you with the opportunity to take the final photographs and memories from the Langtang region. The trekkers can enjoy this moment and appreciate their last day by enjoying the different Himalayan cuisines and drinks.  They will stay overnight here and prepare for the departure to the Kathmandu valley. 

Day 11 Syabrubesi to Kathmandu

This is the last day of the trek in Langtang Valley. The trekkers will bid farewell to the Langtang mountains and drive back to Kathmandu bringing wonderful memories and photographs with them.

This is the best trip to enjoy the beauty of Langtang valley with the thrilling feel of climbing the Yala peak and enjoying the soft snowy paths and stunning mountain views.

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