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Yalung ri peak climb

Yalung Ri Peak Climb

Relatively comfortable and non technical climb to 5630m

  • Group Size:Min 1 Max 12
  • Duration:14 Days
  • Max Altitude:5,630m/18,472ft
  • Accommodation:Teahouse/Camping
  • Activity:Peak Climbing In Nepal
  • Meal:Meals Included
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
Package difficulty Challenging  

Trip Overview


  • Attainable peak with no previous climbing experience
  • Panoramic views of mountains and lower valleys
  • Mixed climbing of Ice, Snow and Rock 
  • Good entree for beginning mountaineers

Yalung Ri Peak Climb is a non-technical mountain located in the eastern part of Nepal, Rolwaling Valley. At 5630m altitude, Yalung Ri peak climb consists of a mixed climbing of Rock, Ice and Snow. An ideal peak for beginner, Yalung Ri is a perfect peak for people with limited to no previous experience of climbing. The peak serves as a good entree for beginning mountaineers.

Yalung Ri climb is not a walk-up though and requires the usage of Crampons, Rope work and Ice-Axe. The climb of Yalung Ri begins with a traverse of rocky terrain from the base camp and slowly progresses through the ice glacial section, the crampon point. From here, the ascent to the summit is moderate non-technical snow and rock climb that poses few technical challenges. The route to the summit follows through a ridge. Combined with a mixed climb of snow, ice and rock, the steepness extends up to 40 degrees at some angle. 

Although the altitude of Yalung Ri is relatively less as compared to other trekking peaks of Nepal, Yalung Ri demands respect and requires proper mountaineering gears. We have devised a proper itinerary keeping every important aspect in mind to maximize the success ratio. We will tackle the 700m climb from base camp to the summit in one day. 

Yalung Ri Itinerary Overview

We begin our trip with a trek to Rolwaling valley keeping enough rest and acclimatization. Following the Rolwaling Khola, we pass by Kyalje, Dongang, Beding and Naa. We have kept two nights at Beding and Naa for better acclimatization purpose. From Na Gaon, 4 hrs of the steep climb will take us to the base camp of Yalung Ri at 4900m. As usual, the climb to the summit will begin early morning before dawn and the total duration of the climb will be 6-8 hrs on average depending on your performance. 

Yalung Ri summit provides a panoramic view of Rolwaling Himal and wide valley of lowland. The view from the summit is simply breathtaking. One would find it hard to believe that you are only at 5630 metres above sea level. 

Most of our guides hail from Rolwaling region and we take great pride in being able to offer guided climbs to Yalung Ri with the best service possible. 

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 luggage 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 lookout for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of the 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 - In Kathmandu for preparation and exploration [1,350m/4,430ft]

    A free day in Kathmandu for gear check, last-minute shopping and exploration. At evening, a trip briefing will be conducted.

    • Meal: (B)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 03 - Drive to Chechet and trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    Leaving Kathmandu, we will drive toward Chechet Khola via Charikot. Located atop the hill, Charikot offers scenic views of Gaurishanker Mountain, Melungtse Mountain and other peaks and mountains. We will drive past rustic villages and town to reach Chechet which is located near to Jagat village. From here, we trek 2 hrs uphill to reach our first overnight place, Simigaun.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 2 hrs
  • Day 04 - Trek to Dhongang [2,800m/9,189ft]

    From Simigaon, our route leads towards North East. Beginning the walk on a gradual uphill slope, we pass through the thick rhododendron and magnolia forests, and the pastures with numerous clearing that are used for summer grazing. In this area, the change from lush Tama Koshi to the mountainside of Rolwaling Valley is very apparent. We will pass through the small settlement area of kyalche and reach the wooden bridge. Crossing the bridge, we will make it to Dongang where we will stay overnight.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 05 - Trek to Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    Today, crossing the Rolwaling Khola we take a path leading through the jungles on the northern side, the walk heading to a gradual climb & then coming to a clearing passing along little settlements of Nyimare, Ramding and through the farm fields and reaching at Beding for the overnight stop after a good walk of five hours or more with time to visit Beding village where we can do some chatting with the local folks. It is the principal Sherpa village in the Rolwaling area. Situated in a narrow gorge, it is enlivened somewhat by its well-positioned Gompa, comprising of about thirty-six houses.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6-7 hrs
  • Day 06 - Rest and acclimatization day at Beding [3,790m/12,437ft]

    A day for rest and acclimatization at Beding. Beding is the main settlement in this region. Visit Monastery, School and explore the area.

  • Day 07 - Trek to Na [4,200m/13,783ft]

    From Beding onwards, we can feel the increasing altitude and the cold chill from the surrounding high mountains getting into our bones. Our trek today will be a short walk of three hours or more along the Rolwaling River, as we take it easy on this high altitude terrain with its impressive vistas of the surrounding high landscapes and the snow-capped peaks. Our walk continues slowly in order to acclimatize, just before Na the valley opens out into a classic, glaciated U-shape. On reaching our overnight camp at Na, which is a scattered village and a temporary settlement of the villagers of Beding and beyond, it is a summer yersa (grazing pasture) and potatoes are grown hereabouts. There is a roughly built monastery around here. Ahead, up the valley beyond Na, the majestic summit of Chobutse 6,689m rises above the Tsho Rolpa at the confluence of the Ripimo Shar and Trakarding glaciers. We just relax & relish these stunning surroundings.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 08 - Hike to Tso Rolpa Lake and back to Naa [4,200m/13,783ft]

    Today, we hike up to Tso Rolpa lake [4,600m/15,092ft] which takes around 3 hrs up and down. This hike is particularly done for an acclimatization purpose. We retrace back to Naa by lunch and rest for the remaining of the day.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 09 - Trek to Yalung Ri Base Camp [4,900m/16,067ft]

    From Naa, we head towards the Yalung Ri base camp following an uphill ascent for nearly 3 hrs. As we ascent, the view of the surrounding mountains become surreal with the valley-wide opening. After lunch, we will run the climbing course, where your guide will teach you the required skills for climbing Yalung Ri.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Tented Camping
    • Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs
  • Day 10 - Summit Yalung Ri [5,630m/18,472ft] and back to Naa

    We wake up early in the morning at around 3 am and get ready to hit the trail before dawn. After early morning breakfast, we leave the base camp and begin our summit push. The total duration of the climb will be 8 hrs on average from base camp to base camp. From base camp, it is 2 hrs descent to Naa gaon.

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 10-12 hrs
  • Day 11 - Trek to Kyalche

    From Na, we retrace back to Kyalche following the same route. Overnight at teahouse in Kyalche

    • Meal: (B,L,D)
    • Accommodation: Teahouse/Lodge
    • Trekking Hours: 6 hrs
  • Day 12 - Trek to Simigaun [2,036m/6,682ft]

    Trek to Simigaun following the Rolwaling Khola. Overnight at Simigaun.

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

    Trek to Chechet for an hour from Simigaun. From here, drive to Kathmandu for 7 hrs via Charikot.

    • Meal: (B,L)
    • Accommodation: Hotel
    • Trekking Hours: 1 hr
  • Day 14 - International Departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek 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

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Dates & Price

Our trips are available on both fixed departure and private group basis.

If you are looking for a group to join this trip please click the Fixed Departures tab for more information on departure dates, availability and price. All our fixed departures are guaranteed to run. Or, if you would like to do this trip alone, or with your friends, families & colleagues in a private group style, please fill out the contact form in Private Group tab and send us your message. We will organize a private trip for you at your preferred dates catering any request you may have.

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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
  • 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


Grading: 5-6 (Challenging)

Yalung Ri is graded as Alpine PD, which suggests it to be a challenging climb with a very little technical climb and less objective hazards. Majority of the climb involves walking in a glacier at a relatively fair degree of steepness with the use of crampons and ice axe. The final section of the climb involves an ascent following a ridge at 4o degree angle with the use of a short rope system or ascender/jumar on a fixed rope system depending on the group size.  

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.


To partake in Yalung Ri 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 beneficial, 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. 


All meals are included on a trek and climb from Day 03 to 13 lunch. We will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. The menus in the teahouses are limited as compared to other regions of Nepal but you can still find varied foods. Besides, we will also be providing supplementary foods. 

During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the teahouse/lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. For Yalung Ri peak base camp, it will be a fully camping style. Our kitchen 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 600-650 are included on this trip. 


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.


Hotel: 3 Nights, Teahouse/Lodge: 9 Nights, Camping: 1 Nights

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 Rolwaling region these days don't 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.  Most of the teahouses/lodges have a spacious warm dining room-lounge. The rooms are fairly basic. Blankets are generally provided by the teahouse but we will 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.

Yalung Ri Base Camp:
At Yalung Ri Base Camp, your accommodation will be on fully tented camping. 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. 

Single supplement: 
Single supplement will be charged if someone wishes to have their own room in Kathmandu. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of the same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of a single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement. Please note that on the trek, a single supplement is not available due to limited rooms


The best seasons for Yalung Ri 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, May, October and November are the favoured months. Please choose the date that is convenient for you.


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

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.


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

Group Joining / Private Trip

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 (For both trekking and climbing purpose)


- 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)


- 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

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Additional Information

Other information such as (Insurance, 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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