YALA PEAK CLIMBING
Yala Peak Climbing is one of Nepal’s easier trekking peaks, just to the north of Kathmandu in the beautiful Langtang valley region, this 5,500 meters peak does not require mountaineering experience. From Katmandu we drive to Dhunche or Syabru Bensi, and then trek up the valley for four days. We explore the Langshisa glacier to help us acclimatize, establishing a high camp at 4,800 meters from where we make our summit. After an alpine start under stars we are on the summit by late morning, with some amazing views into Tibet and across to Shisapangma (the only 8,000 meters peak situated wholly in Tibet). This trek enables you to explore through the Langtang National Park, home of the Tibetan looking people the Tamangs. We begin our journey by drive towards the north west of Kathmandu to a mountain village of Dhunche, a major village of Langtang area.
The trek commences from here to the farmland, villages and forest of Rhododendron, conifer, bamboos, oaks and pines. In the spring season forest looks enchanting with flowers all around. After passing this fascinating scenery we follow the narrow gorge of Langtang River till we ascend to the large alpine grass land of Kyangin Gompa where the glacier meets the meadow. You can see Yaks grazing around with the backdrops of snowy peaks of Langtang Ri, Langtang Lirung, Dorjee Lakpa and many other unnamed mountains around you.
Yala Peak Climbing
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m. / 4,428ft).
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m. / 5,100ft) 7 hours.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m. / 7,830ft) 6 hours.
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m. / 11,253ft) 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m. / 12,697ft) 3- 4 hours.
Day 07: Acclimatization.
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Yala Base Camp (4600m.) 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Summit Yala Peak (5500m.). Return to Yala Peak Base Camp, 8-9 hours.
Day 10: Yala Peak Base Camp to Langtang village, 7-8 hours.
Day 11: Langtang village to Thulo Syabru, 5-6 hours.
Day 12: Thulo Syabru to Gosainkunda. 7-8 hours.
Day 13: Gosainkunda to Tharapati (3600m.) 7-8 hours.
Day 14: Tharapati to Timbu, 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Drive from Timbu to Kathmandu, 4-5 hours.
Day 16: Final departure.
On arrival in Kathmandu at international airport, received by our Visit View Nepal guide and staff with warm welcome and then take to your respective hotels. Here, our leader will brief you of the trip to Yala Peak Climbing, including other related information and welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurant with folk culture programs.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
After breakfast and at given time our city guide will meet you for sightseeing tour at places of interest around Kathmandu valley steeped with world heritage sites, temples, monasteries, old king’s palaces. After an interesting tour, back to hotel, preparation for Yala Peak Climbing
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,550m. / 5,100ft) 7 hours
Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which takes about seven hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive up to Trishuli Bazaar is quite smooth. The path now moves along the gravel road. During the rainy season, the way is sometime blocked due to landslides.
Your drive from Kathmandu to the destination is to be made by either local bus or land cruiser. As you enter Syabru, you descend to the ridge line that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridge line. The sunset is spectacular brilliantly back lighting the houses perched on the ridge line above. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.), Tibetan Himal ranges and so on. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m. / 7,830ft) 6 hours
Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) and it takes about five hours. The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru’s main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.) and again descends to the Landslide (1810m.). Afterwards, you trek ascends gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end your trail is level to the Lama Hotel. En route you could see red pandas, monkey and bear if you are lucky. There are few lodges and shops which provides the trekker supplies. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 05: Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3,430m. / 11,253ft) 6-7 hours
From lama hotel, we continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. We have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung lying at 7246 meter. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further we come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela which is situated at 3000m. above the sea-level.
We will see several lodges and a police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. We arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3500 meters. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 06: Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m. / 12,697ft) 3- 4 hours
Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin (3870m.) which takes about three hours. The trail 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 moraines, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin. Here, there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory.
We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatize and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with snow covered peaks surrounding us in all directions. At this point, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Dorje Larpa (6990m.), Langtang Ri (6370m.), Langtang Lirung (7245m.) and so on. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 07: Acclimatization
We take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. We can climb Kyangjin Ri located at 4350m from where amazing views of snow-capped mountains are spreading right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 08: Kyanjin Gompa to Yala Base Camp (4600m.) 5-6 hours
It takes about five hours. The early part of the trail moves along the leveled path till Marku and then leaving Langtang Khola you trek ascent path all the way to Yak Kharka. The views you can enjoy are of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang and others. It takes about four hours to reach Yala Base Camp, you trek along the rocky glacier trail. You will be quite accompanied by the views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri , Yala peak and others. Overnight stay at Tent.
Day 09: Summit Yala Peak (5500m.). Return to Yala Peak Base Camp, 8-9 hours
It takes about eight hours. At 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 Tibetan mountains. Overnight stay at Tent.
Day 10: Yala Peak Base Camp to Langtang village, 7-8 hours
It takes about four hours. You trek descent path all the way to Kyangjin Gompa. The views you can enjoy are of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang and others. From Kyangjin, we take the route back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Langtang village. Overnight stay at lodge.
Day 11: Langtang village to Thulo Syabru, 5-6 hours
From Lama Hotel, we head back to Syabru Bensi. We can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community. We can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the majestic Himalayan Mountains. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12: Thulo Syabru to Gosainkunda. 7-8 hours
Today, we follow a ridge for most part of the day to the holy lakes, Lake Gosainkunda. The lake is fully surrounded by massive mountains on almost all sides and has a great ensemble of nine other lakes to accompany it.
It is of particular religious and cultural significance for the Nepalese and once a year during festival “Janai Purnima” in August, thousands of Hindu pilgrims visit the lake for a holy bath. We get to enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Hiunchuli, and Langtang. Overnight in Gosainkunda.
Day 13: Gosainkunda to Tharapati (3600m.) 7-8 hours
Exploring and moving around the lake’s shore make us to ascend towards the Laurebina Pass (4610m.). From Lauribina La Pass we descend to the Melamchi valley passing through the rough trial and crosses moraines.
Before crossing the pass we will pass through three more small lakes and climbing in a small hills, offers us to enjoy the views of the area. Before reaching the Tharepati, we will pass through Surajkunda, Ghopte and dense forests. Overnight in Tharepati.
Day 14: Tharapati to Timbu, 6-7 hours
Today, as a last walk of our entire journey we leave Tharapati to Timbu and from Timbu we will be driving. Our drive descends through lush rhododendron forests and several chortens and mani walls before reaching Timbu, a beautiful and well cultivated village. Overnight in Timbu.
Day 15: Drive from Timbu to Kathmandu, 4-5 hours
We drive back to Kathmandu enjoying the changing landscape of Nepal. After check-in to hotel, we will have enough time to freshen-up and take a rest. In the evening, we celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a farewell dinner hosted by Visit View Nepal Trek.
Day 16: Final departure
You are free in the morning for the last minute shopping or time as your own. Our driver and airport representative drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you leave Kathmandu with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime.
What are included ?
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
- Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion & if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
- All the climbing equipment’s.
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary.
- Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
- Government Tax.
- Airport drop.
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
- Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
The equipment listed below can be taken as a guideline to pack a items for trekking and peak climbing, and these items listed below may vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. We suggest you to pack only what is necessary and the items with an asterisk (*) are provided by a Visit View Nepal Trek inclusive in the service.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Day pack
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Personal Climbing Gears
- Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape slings(2)
- Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender / eight figure.
- Plastic mountaineering boots, Ascend-er / Jhumar, Helmet.
Group Climbing Gears
- Snow bar*
- Ice hammer*
- Ice screw*
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow