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Yala peak climb

Yala Peak Climb

Excellent introductory peak climbing trip in Langtang

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:14 Days
  • Max Altitude:5,550m/18,209ft
  • Accommodation:Lodge/Camping
  • Activity:Peak Climbing In Nepal
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Challenging
All inclusive cost$ 2,200.00
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Trip Overview

  • Excellent introductory peak climbing trip for beginners
  • Perfect peak to build mountaineering skills
  • Relatively comfortable and non-technical climb to 5550m
  • Trek through Langtang Valley

Yala Peak Climb serves as an excellent introductory peak climbing trip in the Himalayas due to its relatively simple and non-technical climb. Yala peak can be climbed in total two weeks time allowing proper rest & acclimatization and training day. Combined with the Langtang valley trek, this is an excellent climbing holiday in Langtang region for beginners and for people having limited time.

Climbing Yala peak does not require any previous mountaineering experience. Reaching the summit of the Yala peak is relatively more comfortable as compared to other trekking peaks in Nepal. It is a perfect peak for beginners to build their mountaineering skills. The summit of Yala peak affords you the unparalleled view of mountains like Langtang Lirung (7246 m), Dorje Lakpa (6990 m), Gangchempo (6388 m), and even Shishapangma (8027) in the Tibetan region.

Yala peak climbing journey takes you through the wonderland of the Langtang region, combining the beauty of nature and culture to offer you an enjoyable experience. The magic of the mighty glaciers, beauty of dramatic landscapes, spiritual bliss of ancient monasteries, and the integrity of Tamang culture and lifestyle is something sure to delight you. 

The trek begins from Syabrubensi along the Langtang Khola, and you climb up the Langtang valley to reach Lama Hotel. You continue your walk through the forested hills and pastures until you reach Kyanjin Gompa and stop for acclimatization. In the last couple of days, you move upward to reach Yala Base Camp and summit the peak to complete the adventure. After the successful summit of the Yala peak, you retrace your steps along the familiar trail and drive back to Kathmandu.

Except for the base camp, you will stay in teahouse lodges with minimum necessary facilities. For the climbing period, it will be a tented accommodation. We have also kept a climbing course at the base camp before the actual climb. 

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather and health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Trek & Climb leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if requiredYala peak altitude chart

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

    • Meal: None
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 02 - Trek and Climb Preperation

    After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for gear preparation. In the evening, you will be briefed by your trek and climb leader about your trekking program the next day. In case you have fallen short of any trek and climb equipment that you may need, this time can be used to arrange for it.

    • Meal: B,D
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 03 - Drive to Syabrubesi [1,460m/4,791ft]

    From Kathmandu, we take a 9 - hour scenic drive to Syabru Besi, a little trading town for the Langtang area. After driving for 30 km, we approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. We also get to view the enthralling panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and peaks of the Langtang region. Overnight at your lodge

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
  • Day 04 - Trek to Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104ft]

    The first part of the trail crosses through the Bhote Koshi and follows the Langtang Khola. This trail is a gradual ascent up to Bamboo passing through landslide zones. Afterwards, we trek down gently to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) which lies at the banka of Langtang Khola. En-route we can see red pandas, playful monkeys and bears if you are lucky.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Langtang Village [3,430m/11,254ft]

    After breakfast, we continue climbing amidst occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghore Tabela [3000m], the trail emerges from the forest. While walking hereabouts, we get to observe playful white monkeys enjoying themselves and hear the sweet chirping of merry local birds. The trail continues to climb gently and the valley widens, passing a few temporary settlements used by herders who bring their livestock to graze in the high pastures during the summer months. There is a monastery we can visit shortly before arriving at the village of Langtang, the headquarters of the Langtang National Park. The houses of Langtang and its neighbouring villages are of the flat-roofed Tibetan style, surrounded by stone walls enclosing fields of buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Trek to Kyanjin Gompa [3,850m/12,632ft]

    The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting customary villages of Muna to Singdun. We cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, we arrive at Kyagjing Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory hereabouts. We can sample some of the fresh cheese down here. Overnight at our lodge

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 07 - Rest and Acclimatization Day

    We get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. We can climb Kyangjin Ri located at 4,773m/15,656ft from where great views of snow-capped mountains are spread out in wonderful display right next to you. We can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers. Overnight at our lodge

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3 hrs
  • Day 08 - Trek to Yala Peak Base Camp [5,033m,16,512ft]

    Today we trek to Yala Base Camp (5033 m), which is about six hours away from Kyanjin Gompa. You walk through the beautiful pastures and then climb a rocky trail to reach Yala Base Camp. Besides, the view of Langtang Lirung peak, you can relish the stunning views of mountains like Yala Peak, Ganchempo, Naya Kanga, Tserko RI, and many others. Overnight in base camp. 

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 09 - Climbing course and route assesment [5,033m,16,512ft]

    You will receive a pre-climb training from our climbing guide on this day. You will get instructions on peak climbing techniques. You will also be taught how to use the climbing gears like ice axe, crampons, harness and ascender properly. You will learn how to use ropes while you move up and down.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3 hrs
  • Day 10 - Summit Yala peak [5,550m/18,209ft] and back to Kyanjin Gompa

    Today is the most exciting as well as challenging day for you. Early in the morning, you will start your summit to the Yala peak. The moment you reach the top, you will feel a sense of pride and great achievement. From the top, you can enjoy the unparalleled view of Dorje Lakpa, Naya Kang, Langtang Lirung, and many other snow-clad peaks in the mountain range. After your successful summit, you will trace your steps back to Kyanjin Gompa.  

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 8-9 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Lama Hotel [2,470m/8,104ft]

    From Kyanjin, we take revert back to Lama Hotel. As we retrace our steps, we follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. We haul up briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel to bunk out for the night

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Syabrubesi [1,460m/4,791ft]

    Today is the last day of the trek. You will walk through the terraced field and green hills to reach Syabrubensi. En route, enjoy the rewarding views of the mighty mountains, Langtang Himal and Ganesh Himal. Walking through the uphill forest of oak and hemlock, you will then gradually decline towards the rhododendron forest and pastures to reach the ridge at Phoprang Danda. Gently climbing the uphill, you will pass through a few Buddhist monasteries and reach Syabrubensi village.

    • Meal: B,L,D
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 13 - Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    It’s a seven hours easy-going cruise through a scenic highway and typical countryside on our way back to Kathmandu. We check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free to chill out and reflect on a wonderful trip. Overnight at our hotel

    • Meal: B,L
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 14 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this climb and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.

    • Meal: B
    • Accommodation: None
    • Trekking Hours:

Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

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Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price Status
14 Oct, 2020 27 Oct, 2020 USD 2200 Available Book Now
09 Nov, 2020 22 Nov, 2020 USD 2200 Available Book Now
13 Apr, 2021 26 Apr, 2021 USD 2200 Available Book Now
04 May, 2021 17 May, 2021 USD 2200 Available Book Now
12 Oct, 2021 25 Oct, 2021 USD 2200 Available Book Now
10 Nov, 2021 23 Nov, 2021 USD 2200 Available Book Now

Group tours are unavailable for this trip, however, you can opt for the private trip. The private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with your query now.

Cost Inclusion

  • Fully guided climb with climbing guides at 1:3 ratio (Guide to Client Ratio)
  • All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation at Teahouses/Lodges during the trekking period.
  • Meals and High-quality mountain tents during the climbing period
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 3 nights with breakfast
  • All required permits for the trek and climb
  • Porterage of all equipment
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive first aid kit with a supplementary oxygen system
  • Satellite phone for emergency purpose and a nominal charge for personal use
  • Use of waterproof Duffel bag, a Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket 
  • Group climbing gears
  • Use of personal climbing gears [Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Crampons, Helmet, Ascender, Rope, Ice Axe, Screw-gate Carabiners (Lock & Unlock), Prusik Loop)
  • Guides summit bonus, insurances and allowances
  • Summit certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
  • Rescue arrangements

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff

Essential Information

Difficulty

Longer treks reaching up to an elevation of 5500m where some of the famous mountaineering Base Camps are located and you need to sleep at an elevation of 5000m for a few days. Physically strenuous, involving daily trekking of approximately 6–8 hours. No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and must enjoy walking and adaptable to high altitude conditions.

Prerequisite

To partake in Yal peak climb, an excellent physical level is required as this trip involves a longer duration of trek/climb. Previous experience of high altitude treks is not mandatory to take part in this trip. While the previous experience of trek/climb is a requirement, our carefully planned itinerary allows people without previous experience to join as well. Proper rest and acclimatization days have been kept in the itinerary. You should also be both mentally and physically prepared for this trip. A fierce determination, burning desire and teamwork is required. We have allowed ample time for acclimatization on our itinerary and there will also be a climbing course at the base camp where your guide will teach you the proper way to use the equipment. 

Weather

The best seasons for Yala Peak Climb are Autumn (from October till the end of November) and Spring (April to May). Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day. The nights are cold (between 5C to -5C) and the days are sunny and hot (between 10C to 20C).  Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. Trekking and climbing during the monsoon seasons and winters are not recommended as the visibility is poor and limited whilst upper parts and high passes could be covered with snow.

April, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.

Meals

All meals are included on the trek and climb from Day 03 to 13. We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are varied, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat, Momo (Dumpling) to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. For the climbing period, it will be a fully camping style. Our crew will prepare the food for us. In Kathmandu, only breakfast will be provided to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where what and with whom to eat for lunch and dinner.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to pass your message to your guide. For a gluten-free diet, we highly recommend you to bring extra foods especially for breakfast as your options for the breakfast will be limited. Meals worth USD 400-500 are included on this trip.

Accommodation

Hotel: 3 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 8 Nights, Camping: 2 Nights

Kathmandu: 
In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery. Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have a single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price as stated in the trip costing.
Regardless of whether you're coming back from the mountains or touching base from the airport, come and unwind at the hotel beautiful garden, request some fine Italian espresso or a chilled Beer, and escape in the memorable surroundings of Kathmandu's most adored guesthouse.

On Trek:
Trekking in the (Langtang area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets but with a wonderful view from your window.  All the teahouses/lodges have a warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. The teahouse generally provides a blanket, but we will also provide a warm sleeping bag to everyone. Bathrooms are mostly shared, and toilets are squat type in most places. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily. Please remember that some of them are very basic, and a sense of adventure is necessary.

Tented Accommodation:
Your accommodation will be on fully tented camping during the climbing period. A tent will be provided between every 2 climbers. If in case of a single by default, then we will provide a single tent without any additional cost. 

Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

More information: Travel Insurance

Guides

Our Guide/Sherpa crews are critical to the success of your climbs that you do with us. We, us professionally trained Sherpa guides & sirdars who are just not hikers & climbers on the mountains but have been trained to perform this task with a lot of common sense & guile.

Kunga Sherpa, Everest summiteer and founder of Highland Expeditions, who has successfully guided and organized over 40 expeditions to 8000m as an expedition sirdar oversees our experienced Sherpa crew that will be with you on the climb.  We ensure that they are confident & experienced. Most of our guides were born in these parts & have relatives living in other parts of the regions where they were born in. We know that locally born staffs are a vital cog in that wheel of sometimes dangerous adventure where anything can happen. At Highland Expeditions, we always make sure that our mountain crews are highly motivated & never compromise.

Approach

We begin our trip with a well-paced itinerary following Langtang valley trail to Yala Peak Base Camp. Our itinerary follows the best route which allows proper acclimatization and rest days. After multiple days of the trek, we reach the base camp. We have kept a day for training and refreshment at the base camp. This allows you to move slowly into the mountains. 

Group Size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 1 and the maximum is 12 people.

Safety

Safety is always a priority while travelling with Highland Expeditions. Our itinerary for Yala Peak Climb has been devised carefully ensuring safety and success. We carry supplementary oxygen system, satellite phone and medical kit on our climbing trips be it a group of 1 or 12. Besides, we provide high staff to client ratio on our peak climbing trips. 

Group Joining/Private Climb

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private basis. If you are looking for a group to join this trip please check our departures section for availability, dates and price. If you would like to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient timeframe for any number of people. If you want to do something that is not included in our trip list, we are ready to tailor a trip to suit your exact requirements. In short, we will make every effort to get you on the trip you want, when you want.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for this kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment.   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

- Long-sleeved shirts
- T-Shirts
- Trousers
- Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Thermal
- Inner wears
- Undergarments
- Warm socks
- Warm Hat, Gloves (Down) and Bandana/Scarf
- Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from the trek.
- Trekking shoes (Full)
- Snow Gaiter
- Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
- Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

- Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
- 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
- Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
- Flight tickets
- Credit cards in case of emergencies
- Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

- Thermarest or similar sleeping mat
- Headlamps with extra batteries
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Camera with charger or spare batteries
- A pair of trekking poles
- Water bottle one (1) litre
- Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
- Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
- Padlock
- Binoculars
- Reading materials, notebooks and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

- Quick-drying towel
- Small face towel
- Toothbrush &Toothpaste
- Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
- Face and body moisturizer, Sunscreen and lip balm
- Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
- Hygiene products
- Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of the trek.

- Down Jacket
- Sleeping bag with liner
- Duffel/Kit Bag
- Group climbing gears

Personal climbing gears:

- Plastic mountaineering boots
- Mountaineering/Climbing Harness
- Helmet
- Ice Axe
- Crampons
- Ascender/Jumar
- Descender/ 8 figure (Rappelling device)
- Screw gate Karabiners (Lock 2/Unlock 2)
- Prusik loop

Which boot is best for peak climbing in Nepal? https://highlandexpeditions.com/best-boots-for-nepal-peak-climbing/

Other Information

Other information such as (Arrival Instructions, Visa and Passport etc) required for the trip will be provided after your trip confirmation. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you require more information about the trip.

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