Yala Peak is one of Nepal’s easier trekking peaks, just to the north of Kathmandu in the beautiful Langtang valley region, this 5500 meters peak does not require mountaineering experience. From Kathmandu we drive to Dhunche or Syabru Bensi, then trek up the valley for three days. We explore the Langshisa glacier to help us acclimatise, establishing a high camp at 4800 meters from where we make our summit bid. 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 8000 meters peak situated wholly in Tibet).
Usually climbed in 2 days from Kyanjin Gompa (3900m), camping at Yala Kharka (4600m). It’s also possible to do it in one day, without camping, but it’s a long day with a pre-dawn start.
Climb is relatively easy and non-technical, but at some places you have to use your hands, and ice axes are useful but not essential. The last 15 meters to the top is a steep rock pyramid, hands definitely required, and 1500m to fall if you are really unlucky.
Yala Peak is very close to Tibetan border; indeed, the one border mountain is right next to it (connected by a ridge). The view from top includes Shishapangma located in Tibet.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhunche (1966m.) which takes about eight hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Dhunche. The first part of your drive is up to Trishuli Bazaar. Drive from Kathmandu to the destination is to be made by either local bus or land cruiser.
Day 02: Trek from Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (2581m.) which takes about five and a half hours.
Trek to Syabru Gaon (2120 m). The trek is done leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes. As you enter Syabru, you descend to the ridge line that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trishuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. You will continue through the village to your campsite about fifteen minutes beyond on the slopes below the village.
Day 03: Trek from Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (2470m.) which takes about five hours. The trail descends along the ridge on Syabru’s main street and then drop to the Ghopche Khola (2050 m.). Later, we trek to Rimche (2400m.) through Bamboo (1960m.) and at the end the trail is the Lama Hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m.) via Ghore Tabela which takes about six hours. While climbing there are occasional glimpses of Langtang Lirung between the trees. At Ghora Tabela [3000 m], the trail comes out from the forest.
Day 05: 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.
Day 06: Rest day at Kyangjin Gompa and excursion in and around. You can visit the monastery and the cheese factory, walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung or ascend Kyangjin Ri (4350 m), directly behind the village, for a breath-taking panorama of the Langtang peaks.
Day 07: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Yak Kharka and it takes about five hours.
Your trek ascends all the way to Yak Kharka. The views you can enjoy are of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang and others.
Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Yala Base Camp which takes about four hours.
To reach Yala Base Camp you trek along the rocky glacier trail. You will be walking amidst views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala peak and others.
Day 09: Summit Yala peak and back to Yak Kharka and 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.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Kyangjin Gompa which 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.
Day 11: Trek from Kyangjin Gompa to Lama Hotel which takes about six hours.
From Kyangjin you retrace your route, following the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. After lunch, you continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.
Day 12: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi via Sherpa Gaon which takes about five hours. This path is through the different Shepra and Tamang villages. The first half part of the trail is gradually down and then the trail does steeply descent to the Syabrubesi (1600m.).The main inhabitants are the Tamang community and they have adopted the Tibetan lifestyle.
Day 13: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu by bus, which takes about nine hours.
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