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Yala Peak (5,550m/18,208ft) sits in the isolated Langtang region in the northeast of Nepal. Considered by Nepal Mountaineering Association as a ‘trekkers peak’, it offers one of the easiest and shortest peak climbing trips in Nepal. Yala Peak Climbing - 14 days experience boasts the major highlight of viewing the Himalayas in Nepal and Tibet. Apart from the riveting vistas of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, and Tserko Ri, Yala Peak summit is also an exceptional vantage point for closeup views of Shishapangma (8,013m/26,289ft), the highest mountain in Tibet.

Yala Peak Climbing is feasible for avid trekkers who want to experience peak climbing for the first time. Previous mountaineering skills could be a bonus, but it is not essential. Moreover, it now does not require any climbing permit. The Yala Peak Itinerary begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi then traverses on foot to Kyangjin Gompa then Yala Peak Base Camp and conquers the peak summit. The trail then retraces back to Syabrubesi then drives off to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Chance to embark on a peak climbing trip with the experienced climbing crew and receive pre-climbing training from a professional guide
  • Climb from Base Camp then conquer one of the easiest, Yala Peak summits, at an elevation of 5,550m/18,208ft
  • Views of Langtang Lirung (7227m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m/22,854ft), Sishapangma (8013m), Ganchenpo (6378m), Naya Kang (5846m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m/24,350ft), Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,500ft) peaks from Yala Peak Summit
  • Witness the ancient architecture and history of Nepal with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath or Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and back, with views of mountains, rolling hills, and rivers
  • Interact with the ethnic Tamang community locals in the Langtang Village
  • Follow two predominant rivers in the Langtang region; the Bhote Koshi /Tibet River and Langtang Khola
  • Chance to witness rare fauna in the Langtang National Park, like Red Panda, Wild Boars, Blood Pheasant, Langur Monkeys, and more.
  • Hike up to the Kyangjin Ri (4773m/ 15655 ft) viewpoint for spectacular Himalayan scenery of Langtang Lirung

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Cultural Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu then Trip Preparation
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft, 122 km, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 4 Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2480m/8136ft, 11 km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 5 Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m/11255ft, 14km, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 6 Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3830m/12,566ft, 7 km, 2 to 3 hours)
Day 7 Rest and Acclimatization day at Kyangjin Gompa, hike up to Kyangjin Ri (4773m/ 15655 ft)
Day 8 Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Yala Peak Base Camp (4600m/15093ft, 5 to 6 hours) then pre-climbing training
Day 9 Climb to the Yala Peak Summit (5,500m/18,046ft) then return to Yala Peak Base Camp (8 to 9 hours)
Day 10 Trek from Yala Peak Base Camp to Kyangjin gompa (3830m/12,566ft, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 11 Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2480m/8136ft, 14 km, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 12 Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft, 11km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 13 Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft, 122 km, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 14 Final Departure from Kathmandu

Trip Overview

Yala Peak Climbing is a 14 days trip in the Langtang region of Nepal blended with trekking and climbing experience. Yala Peak at the elevation of 5,550m/18,208ft is a perfect introduction to peak climbing in Nepal to avid trekkers without prior climbing experience. Yala Peak climbing could also be a good warm-up for greater mountaineering expeditions in the future. The peak summit views of mountains in the northeastern region of Nepal as well as bordering Tibet makes the trip ever so exciting.

The trip commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which is the gateway to many treks in the Langtang region. From there, the trek begins to Lama Hotel, crossing the Bhote Koshi/Tibet river. Passing through high Bamboo, rhododendron, and Oak forest in the Langtang National Park, you might spot the rare Red Panda.

From the Lama Hotel, trek proceeds to the core of the Langtang region; the Langtang Village, inhabited by the ethnic Tamang community. Continue to Kyangjin Gompa after passing by the village of Mundu. Visit the local cheese factory and the small Kyangjin monastery in the Kyangjin village. During the acclimatization day there, you can choose to hike up to the Kyangjin Ri for spectacular Himalayan scenery.

Trek to the Base Camp of Yala Peak on the next day with clearer and up-close views of the adjacent Langtang range and other mountains in Nepal as well as Tibet. You will be offered pre-climbing training by the experienced climbing guide. Begin climbing on the next day to the much-awaited Yala Peak. The route is generally well-marked so the climb is rather easy. The summit is flat and offers spectacular views of surrounding panoramic mountains like Langtang Lirung, Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Tserko Ri, Ganesh Himal, Naya Kang, and Ganchenpo.

After enjoying the riveting moment and amazing views, head back to the Base Camp. From there retrace your steps back to Kyangjin Gompa, Lama Hotel, and Syabrubesi for a drive to Kathmandu for final departure homeward.

Route Map

Yala Peak Climbing 14 days Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel

Welcome to the land of Himalayas, Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our team at the terminal. You will be escorted to your hotel in Thamel. After reaching your hotel take some rest. You can choose to stay at the hotel, visit our office, or stroll around the Thamel area to explore the evening market. 

Get a taste of authentic Nepali cuisine at night during a welcome dinner where you will get to bond with your climbing team. 

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 2: Cultural Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu then Trip Preparation

Pashupatinath-temple-kathmandu Pashupatinath temple Kathmandu

Kathmandu valley is known for hosting seven UNESCO World Heritage sites. On this day, we will be visiting a few of these sites located within the city. After breakfast, you will meet your guide and drive off to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Explore the ancient palace of the former kings of Nepal. From thereon, the guided tour takes you to the holy Pashupatinath Temple, revered by Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. 

From there on, we can proceed to the Monkey Temple/Swayambhunath Stupa located in the western skirts of the city. You can choose to visit a similar Buddhist Stupa called Boudhanath located in the northeastern region of Kathmandu. After the tour, you will discuss about the upcoming trip with your team. Clear all your doubts if you have any. Later, check your packing list. 

 Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft, 122 km, 7 to 8 hours)

You will take a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi after breakfast. The ride will follow the Trishuli River on the Prithvi Highway but will soon head north to the Himalayan foothills. Eventually pass through Trishuli Bazaar, Betrawati, then Dhunche village. Throughout the way, you will come across green hills, swift-flowing rivers, and distant views of mountains. At Dhunche, the permits for the Langtang National Park entrance will be viewed at the entrance checkpoint. 

Further north, you will be offered closer views of snow-clad mountains. Arrive at Syabrubesi after a descend to the valley side. Syabrubesi is a busy residential village that is a beaming hub for treks and tours in Langtang Region. It is entrenched between two hills. Being a pitstop for many trekkers, you will find small shops with all necessities. 

Overnight stay at a tea house in Syabru Besi. 

Day 4: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2480m/8136ft, 11 km, 5 to 6 hours)

lama hotel Lama Hotel

Trekking starts from this day onwards as we head to Lama Hotel early after breakfast. You begin your trek into the wilderness as you cross the Bhote Koshi/Tibet River. The route will take you through Bamboo village which Is a prime habitat for the rare Red Panda. Following a stone-paved main street, you will head out of town over Langtang River then cross a suspension bridge. 

Climbing to the lush oak and rhododendron forests, you might spot Langur monkeys jumping from trees. While it is a rarity, you might come across Wild Boars. Through a steep path, ascend gently then level off to Lama Hotel. After the first day’s trek, enjoy a hot local meal in a teahouse. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Lama Hotel.

Day 5: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3430m/11255ft, 14km, 6 to 7 hours)

langtang-village Langtang Village - The village which was largely hit by the Earthquake of 2015

After having breakfast, you will begin your trek alongside the lush green forest with occasional views of snow-capped Langtang Lirung (7,244m/23,766ft). Passing through white rhododendron, hemlock, and oak forest with Langtang River down below, the experience Is refreshing.

As you reach Ghodatabela, the narrow valley widens. From thereon, the trail passes by streams to the core of Langtang National Park, Langtang Village. The village which was largely hit by the Earthquake of 2015, now has flat-roofed Tibetan-styled lodgings. Inhabited mostly by the ethnic Tamang Community, it offers an ideal experience in the Tamang Trail trek. The village surroundings with crop fields and yak grazing make for a cozy and relaxing vibe. Intermingle with the lovely locals and hear ancient folk stories as you spend the night away. 

Overnight stay at Tea house in Langtang Village.

Day 6: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyangjin Gompa (3830m/12,566ft, 7 km, 2 to 3 hours)

On the initial leg of our day, after having breakfast, you will be greeted by a huge Mani wall. After a while, you will reach Mundu village along the trail. Observe the old houses in the area, which is a living reminder of the days before the Earthquake devastated the land. You will cross several streams and moraines with an extensive view of mountains. 

Kyangjin Gompa is a popular spot for many treks in the Langtang Region. You might also spot trekkers who reached here from the Langtang Valley Trek trail. After arrival, you can take some rest at your tea house then head to the nearby government-operated cheese factory. You can also visit a small local Tibetan Monastery. Being a tourist area, you can even enjoy some baked goods at the nearby bakery and café. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Kyangjin Gompa. 

Day 7: Rest and Acclimatization day at Kyangjin Gompa, hike up to Kyangjin Ri (4773m/ 15655 ft)

Kyangjin Gompa Kyangjin Gompa - Popular spot for many treks in the Langtang Region

With progress in elevation, the oxygen level in the air becomes thin, so the body cannot get accustomed to the sudden change. This results in altitude sickness where you might experience headaches, vomiting, tiredness, and such. It can all be avoided by taking an acclimatization day, where your body familiarizes itself with the altitude change. As you will see a sudden rise in elevation from hereon, this day has been set for acclimatization and rest.

You can take some rest, have some breakfast then leave your heavy bags in the tea house and head for a short hike to Kyangjin Ri. It is a ridge behind the village that offers stunning close-up views of the mountains. If you are lucky, the sky may be clear to offer views of Langtang Range. After the ascend, you will take a descend and head back to the village. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Kyangjin Gompa. 

Day 8: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Yala Peak Base Camp (4600m/15093ft, 5 to 6 hours) then pre-climbing training

Yala Peak Base Camp Yala Peak Base Camp

Feel the excitement flood you as the day brings you a step closer to realizing the dream of climbing the mighty Yala Peak. The trail gets a little challenging due to the rocky glacial terrain. However, as you reach the base camp, you will be flabbergasted by the closeup views of surrounding peaks of Ganchenpo (6378m/20,925ft, Jugal Mountain Range), Naya Kang (5846m/19,179ft), Tserko Ri (5,033m/16,500ft) and the amazing Yala Peak. 

Leave your belongings in the camp and head out for pre-climbing training. In advance of tomorrow’s climb, you will receive some guidance on basic climbing techniques from your climbing guide. Your guide will demonstrate the use of tools like Harness, Crampons, Ice Axe, Ascender, Karabiner, and others which will be used on the next day. Then you will also be taught to use rappelling and belaying skills. This training will offer an idea of what you can expect tomorrow and poses as a confidence booster as well. After the preparation, head to your camp and get some rest as you will have to wake up early in the morning even before dawn. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Yala Peak Base Camp. 

Day 9: Climb to the Yala Peak Summit (5,500m/18,046ft) then return to Yala Peak Base Camp (8 to 9 hours)

Yela peak summit day Yela peak summit day

As the weather in the mountain region changes drastically during the day, you will have to wake up early in the morning before dawn and head to Yala Peak Summit. If the weather is on our side, then there will not be any interruptions in the climb. The ropes will already be set up by the guide where necessary. In a few hours, you will be pushing to the top of Yala Peak. Watch your steps as the route is covered with heaps of snow. The summit is pretty flat. After the amazing climb through the snowy path, the final step at the Yala Peak Summit is paramount, more than words can define. 

Apart from the pride of conquering the peak summit, mountains like Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, and Tserko Ri will come to full glory with a 360-degree view. You can spot a very narrow ridge above, and behind that, the tallest mountain in Tibet; Sishapangma. The vistas are ever so closer than the previous days. Take some pictures and videos for memory. After the soul-stirring experience, descend to the base camp Drink plenty of warm water and hot soup upon reaching the tent.

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Yala Peak Base Camp. 

Day 10: Trek from Yala Peak Base Camp to Kyangjin gompa (3830m/12,566ft, 5 to 6 hours)


Leaving the base camp of the amazing Yala Peak, you will retrace your steps back to Kyangjin Gompa. The descend is easier than the previous days ascend. Also, after the summit climb, you will have the enthusiasm to briskly walk through the trail and head back to the village. At your tea house, enjoy the local delicacies and drinks with your climbing team. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Kyangjin Gompa. 

Day 11: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (2480m/8136ft, 14 km, 6 to 7 hours)

Today is a long trek as you will head from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel passing through the Langtang village. Along the way, you can take quick breaks to look at the hills and mountains that you are leaving behind. Walk in the alpine forest with blooming flowers sprawling across the valley floor. Following the Langtang Khola river, you will pass the remote Tamang villages of Mundu and then Ghodatabela. 

Continue with a descend downhill until you reach Lama Hotel, in one of the oldest isolated valleys in Nepal. Interact with the locals there and enjoy the views of Langtang Lirung before cozying up to bed. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Lama Hotel. 

Day 12: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi (1,500m/4,921ft, 11km, 5 to 6 hours)

Syabrubesi Syabrubesi

After having breakfast, retrace your steps back to Syabrubesi village. Bidding farewell to the warm, welcoming, and naturally mesmerizing Langtang region, you will pass the forested hills. You will be passing by the Chilime Hydropower Plant located in Sherpa Gaon. This is a different and challenging route from Rimche so it will be fun. As you reach near to Syabru village, you will spot locals actively engaged in their daily chores. 

Overnight stay at Tea House in Syabru Besi. 

Day 13: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft, 122 km, 7 to 8 hours)

Today, you will take a long drive from Syabrubesi village to Kathmandu city. The drive will head to the same route that you came from. Enjoy the wonderful views of snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, waterfalls, swiftly flowing rivers along the way. The road is fairly in good condition so the drive will be relatively easier. 

After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can take a hot shower and relax. In the evening, head out to the streets of Thamel to buy some souvenirs. You can also choose to visit a local pub and enjoy with your new-found friends in Nepal and climbing team. Enjoy a Farwell dinner then prepare for your next day’s flight back home. 

Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu

This day marks the end of your trip here in Nepal. If you wish, you can extend your trip in consultation with our team. After having breakfast, our team will escorted to the airport for your final departure homeward. After the successful trip, you will reminisce the proud moment when you set foot on Yala Peak and the Himalayan scenery from there. Our Third Rock Adventures team will bid you farewell with the wish to meet you again in Nepal in the future. 


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