Yala Peak - Nepal
A fantastic two week trek in the high Himalaya of Nepal culminating in an ascent of the spectacular but non-technical Yala Peak. We will be in the heart of the Himalaya with awe inspiring views across into Tibet and out over Nepal. This is the chance to experience a real life adventure encompassing all the best elements of a Himalayan mini expedition in an enjoyable and accessible way. Langtang is the closest national park to Kathmandu, requiring a drive to get there, and the valley is famous for its flora, aswell as beautiful himalayan peaks.
We drive to the Park with 4x4 vehicles and then trekking and possible horse riding through the Park using lodges and porters with a Sherpa guide. Tents are used for the high camp at Yala Kharka. The terrain is mountainous but not precipitous, with forest, terraced hill slopes and valley hikes leading to high pastures and eventually the moraine of the glaciers and the peaks. The route passes through settlements and villages, although this is a far less populated and visited region than Khumbu or Annapurna. We will provide the staffing and group equipment, the guides and a horse hired locally.
This trek gives fourteen days spent in the spectacular Langtang region of Nepal, situated to the north of Kathmandu and bordering Tibet. The Langtang National Park is a protected area where the majority of residents are Tamang and the climatic zones range from subtropical to alpine. The beautiful Langtang Valley contains several glacial lakes including Gosainkunda Lake which is sacred to Hindus, and a number of high peaks including Yala Peak (5732m) which is an achievable goal for fit, high level enthusiasts wishing to ascend a snow-covered non-technical peak.
Staff – all our main staff speak either good or fluent English, and they all work for Adventure Alternative Nepal full time. We also have a team of porters, assistant guides and cooks who all come from the village of Bupsa and Bumburi in the solu Khumbu and work seasonally while also managing their farms.
Pasang Tendi Sherpa is the director and lead guide for the company, and has made many expeditions to the high peaks. Pasang is one of the few Sherpas to have experience of other mountain ranges such as the Andes and his attention to detail and western requirements is very good.
Chiring Sherpa is not a climber but has been guiding treks for 25 years. He is a little older, quietly spoken, polite and patient, and he takes his time while trekking. He particularly loves the flora and speaks knowledgeably about the land use and culture.
Wongdi Sherpa was employed by Thamserku trekking as a head trekking guide and expedition cook for eighteen years, and has visited most regions in Nepal. He has made the pilgrimage around Mt Kailash seventy two times and is an exuberant personality, particularly good at organisation and handling daily logistics.
Lopsang Sherpa is a climbing guide in his mid twenties with two summits of Everest to his name and a keen desire to become a lead climber on high altitude expeditions. He has a wife and son, speaks good English and is quite laid back, attentive with clients on climbing days, and confident on the mountain.
Parks and Animals
Langtang remained unknown until Bill Tilman’s expedition in 1949, the same year that the Royal Geographic Society and the Alpine Club asked for permission to explore the south side of Everest; this was refused, but Tilman and Peter Lloyd were allowed into Langtang, where they searched for a way into Tibet. Tilman discovered a pass (still called Tilman’s Pass) beyond Gangchempo leading south through the wild Jugal Himal and back to Kathmandu.
Today, despite the road going up the Trisuli Valley all the way to Dhunche, the valley is still a rarely visited area and retains an air of remoteness and adventure. The Park has similar climatic pattern to Sagamartha National Park, but the subtropical area to the south ensures a wider variety of animals, including musk deer, Himalayan black bears and the Himalyan tahr (a large ungulate), langur monkeys, ghorals, and the rare snow leopard and red pandas. Trees include oak, blue pine, birch, maple and in the springtime the hillsides are heavy with rhododendron flowers.
Dates and Itinerary
This is a fourteen day trek incountry. It would be a good idea to allow yourself time in Kathmandu to overcome jetlag prior to the trek start, and there is plenty to do in the capital after the trek if you want to stay.
|14th October - 28th October|
During the 14 days, the first and last day are spent driving to and from Kathmandu, and there is a 3 day climbing period of Yala Peak.
|1||1966m||Drive from Kathmandu north to Dhunche (1966m) by 4WD which takes about eight hours, following scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas. The road beyond Trishuli Bazaar becomes a gravel route, sometimes blocked by landslide in the rainy season. Overnight in lodge.|
|2||2581m||Trek from Dhunche to Thulo Syabru (2581m) which takes about five and a half hours and onto to Thulo Syabru (6950ft, 2120m). The walk is leisurely through forests and terraced hill slopes, descending to a ridgeline that separates the Langtang Khola from the Trisuli River. Syabru is a beautiful village stretched out along the ridgeline. The sunset can be spectacular; brilliantly backlighting the houses perched on the ridgeline above. From here you can enjoy spectacular view of Lantang Lirung (7245m.) and the Tibetan Himal ranges. Overnight stay at lodge|
|3||2470||Trek from Syabru for about five hours, descending along the ridge and dropping to the Ghopche Khola and then ascending evenly to Rimche (2400m) through bamboo forest where it is possible to catch sight of the red panda, monkey and black bear, although these animals are naturally secretive and shy.|
|4||3500m||Continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola which becomes steeper and leads to a log bridge and the lush meadows of Ghora Tabela beyond. Along the way there is a beautiful sight of Langtang Lirung (7246m), and the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. After crossing a stream we reach Langtang village at a height of 3500 metres, which is the headquarters for the park and has traditional flat roved Tibetan style houses, small hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips and barley. Overnight at lodge.|
|5||3870m||The walk to Kyangjin takes about three hours and 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 patches of moraine, the trail reaches the settlement at Kyangjin where there is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory. We should arrive at Kyangjin by lunch time allowing time to acclimatise and explore the area. It is a dramatic setting, with surrounding snow covered peaks. Overnight stay at lodge.|
|6||3870m||This is a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest, exploring interesting places like the monastery and the cheese factory. You can walk up the moraine and climb Kyangjin Ri at 4350m for views of the surrounding peaks.|
|7||4160m||This is an ascent for five hours to Yak Kharka where the tents are pitched for a night under canvas.|
|8||4600m||A four hour trek along lateral moraine to the high camp. The horse can make it this far if the ground conditions allow, depending on whether there is deep snow or not.|
|9||5732||The optional summit ascent takes about eight hours. At the summit of Yala peak, there are panoramic views of Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri , Langtang Lirung and many Tibetan mountains. The last 700 metres will require being roped up and using crampons and a walking axe. There is a final shapely ridge to negotiate to the small summit. Those who do not choose to add the Yala Peak summit day will rest in Yala Peak basecamp and await the return of the climbers before continuing on back down the valley.|
|10-13||Return to Kathmandu by trekking from Yak Kharka to Kyangjin Gompa, Lama Hotel and Syabru and 4WD to Kathmandu.|
|14||International flight home|
Breakfast is normally around 8.00am, and the trek will last about 5 hours with plenty of stops for photos and cups of tea. Having arrived at the lodge by mid afternoon after an hour of lunch, there is time to relax and read, enjoy the surroundings and drink more tea! On the summit day breakfast will be a lot earlier and it will be a full day out on the hill.
Private Group Option
For small, organised groups we offer an alternative return route which is an interesting and adventurous alternative trek-out from Langtang over Tilman’s Pass through Jugal Himal and the Belephi Khola and out through Helambu. After heavy snowfall this route can be very difficult; for several days you will be in remote country and it would be essential to be self-sufficient and well equipped. This would extend the trip to around 18 days in total. If you have a small team who are experienced in demanding self sufficient high altitude trekking please do speak to us about this alternative.
Yala Peak cost: £1,395.00
Single room supplement: £75.00
- In-country logistics & support
- English speaking trekking guide and climbing guide
- Accommodation, food and hot drinks at lodges
- 3 nights shared room in a hotel or guesthouse in Kathmandu (bed and breakfast)
- Private vehicle for drive to Langtang
- Yala Peak climbing permit
- Tents, camping equipment, fixed climbing ropes and group climbing equipment
- Staff insurances and food/accommodation allowances
- Garbage deposit fee
- Air fare to Kathmandu
- Travel Insurance
- Additional nights in Kathmandu
- Mineral water, soft drinks or boiled drinking water on trek
- Single room supplements
- Meals in Kathmandu
Cost of Add-Ons and Some Optional Extras
Personal climbing kit: £30.00
Climbing harness, 2 screwgate karabiners, jumar and two slings and optional helmet.
We can provide a horse for the full duration of the trip if you wish. The fee includes the horse owner to attend, and also fodder for the animal.
Adventure Alternative Nepal is the local provider for this trip and we can vouch for proper staff salaries, insurances, training and equipment. Our company invests heavily in our local companies and you will have full access to the staff handling your trip by email or skype if you wish.
You do not need to be super-fit for this trip, however the climbs are moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a backpack. The effects of altitude may also further tax your body. You will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly and eaten nutritiously over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip. You do need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.
Type of Terrain
The trek generally follows a well trodden path all the way though this can be rocky and uneven in parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires equipment. It is a walk all the way to Basecamp, although some of the hills can be steep and never-ending!
You will meet many people along the way, and also yaks. There is only one rule of the road when meeting an oncoming yak, and that is to always ensure you step to one side, towards the inside of the trail. Poles are useful but not necessary, depending on whether you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. Higher up, the open slopes and moraine may give you added reassurance with a pole, but again the path is quite easy to follow
On the Yala peak mountain its self there will be steep scrambling and trekking then steep snow slopes and a ridge top traverse. The upper reaches can feel fairly exposed and you will need to compose yourself and walk carefully and deliberately.
- 1 set of thermal base layer
- 1 pr fleece pants (light,midweight eg Polartec 100 or 200 ) or warm trousers
- Midlayer - can be fleece or warm shirts, jumper etc.
- Fleece jacket (heavyweight eg Polartec 300, full zip jacket better) or thick jacket.
- Down jacket with hood. This is optional only in July and August, although if you do not bring this you
- must be sure of extra warm fleece layers to compensate, and a windproof outer.
- Shell trousers and jacket with hood
- Hiking trousers and shirts for valley treks, T-shirts, underwear etc
- Sunhat and wool or fleece hat (warm with ear flaps)
- Balaclava or something to cover the face like neck warmer
- Headlamp (Petzl with spare bulbs and batteries)
- Glacier or sunglasses (100% UV)
- Leather walking boots, worn in
- Plastic climbing boots (avoid tight fit with heavy socks) for use on snow
- Gaiters (optional)
- 2 pr heavy socks, 2 pr liner socks
- Crampons (step-ins or strap-ons, 10 or 12 point, check fit on boots beforehand, point protectors are also useful for storage and an adjusting tool).
- 1 pr fleecy gloves to fit inside mitts
- Mitts with gore-Tex or waterproof shells or one pair very warm gloves
- Rucksack (minimum 65 litres) or strong duffle bag
- Day pack (around 35- 40 litres)
- Sleeping bag, 4 season
- Water bottles - 2 x 1 litres capacity + covers
- Sunscreen and lipscreen (SPF 30 at least)
- Personal first aid kit
- Walking Axe w/leash
- Ski or trekking poles
- Large plastic bags (to keep things dry, eg sleeping bag)
- Travel Clothes
Additional Kit Info
Personal Medical Kit
Water Purification Tablets
Personal Medication as required:
eg. Anti-Malarials, Asthma Inhalers, Insulin, Epi-Pen etc
Possible Additional Personal First Aid Items
Prochlorperazine tablets (for sickness/nausea)
Ciprofloxacin tablets (general antibiotic; prescription required)
Acetazolamide tablets (altitude prophylactic; prescription required)
Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.
- All our guides are personally trained by Gavin Bate, Company Director and high altitude climber who has made six expeditions to Mount Everest
- You will get to travel with local guides who not only lead trekking groups but are experienced in high altitude expeditions and even Everest climbs.
- We offer small scale, authentic adventures, which support the local economy.
- We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits, and we are continually improving our quality service year on year.
- We follow the IPPG five guidelines on porter safety
- Porters' health and welfare is constantly monitored by local and UK trekking group leaders. Through Moving Mountains we consistently work to improve conditions for porters.
- All the staff in our UK office have been to Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what it’s like to go up for the first time, before you go.
- We are members on Interhealth which gives you access to pre-trip health information and on-site assistance by phone in the event of an emergency.
- We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company supports sustainable development in Nepal in a real way.
- Adventure Alternative underwrites the charity Moving Mountains.
- Financial security guaranteed as we are AITO bonded.