Yala Peak Climbing

Yala Peak, beautiful and serene in the heart of the Langtang region of Nepal, is considered one of the easier Himalayan treks. The Langtang region lies close to Nepal's border with Tibet, allowing a fascinating overflow of influence and traditions unique to the mountain people. This is one of the world's few peaks that are manageable without any prior climbing experience - anyone with general trekking knowledge is fit for this trip! Don't fret, though... you'll have ample time to utilize your climbing tools if you wish! On the way up and down the mountain, fall in love with the natural beauty of Langtang and its welcoming people. This is a trip one doesn't soon forget.

    What's Included?

  • All airport transfers from arrival to departure
  • 11 day trek, all accommodations and meals included
  • Round-trip transportation between Kathmandu and Syabru Bensi
  • 10kg baggage allowance in flight and during trekking
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • English-speaking, government-licensed Sherpa guide
  • Porter service
  • All applicable trekking and climbing permits
  • Sightseeing day tour in Kathmandu
  • Government taxes, entrance fee, equipment fee, and other applicable fees
  • First aid kit
  • Trip Certificate
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Himalayan Wonders T-shirt
 
* Travel Insurance is required on all Treks (read more)
* No Extra Fees for Solo Travelers (read more)

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Beautiful, historic Kathmandu is your first taste of Nepal! We'll be waiting at the airport to greet you with a warm welcome and transfer you to your hotel in the city. The next two weeks are going to be some of the most memorable of your life... rest up!

Day 2 - Kathmandu: Planning and Preparation Day

You'll have the chance today to meet others in your expedition party as well as your tour leader! Your first meeting together will consist of an initial meeting and discussion of last-minute preparations. This is the time to pick up anything that may have escaped your home packing list - trekking and mountaineering supplies are readily available in the city. Today is also your chance to do a small bit of independent exploration of the Nepalese capital. Stretch your legs and simply soak up the happy, peaceful vibe all around you.

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi

We hit the road today with a lengthy but scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Bensi, where our trek originates. Our road follows the Trishuli River Valley through pretty Dhunche Village, Trishuli Bazaar, and Betrawati. White and green are the predominate colors of this trip: distant snow-capped mountains in the background, and verdant hillocks and valleys up close! Upon arrival at Syabru Bensi, we'll check into our teahouse lodging. Trekking begins bright and early tomorrow, so rest is essential!

Day 4 - Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel

Today is our first official day of trekking. After breakfast, we depart from Sybru Bensi, following the Bhote Koshi River, which originates in Tibet, and the Langtang Khola. The trail wends its way up past Bamboo Village, which is famous for its resident red pandas. Keep your eyes peeled! We'll arrive at the popular trekking stop over of Lama Hotel and check into another cozy teahouse for the night.

Day 5 - Lama Hotel to Langtang Village

Another day of vigorous walking is ahead of us as we start seriously ascending up the mountain. The hearty exercise comes with the attendant reward of fantastic scenery as we wend our way through forests of pink and white rhododendron, hemlock, and oak high above the Langtang Khola. We'll pass Ghodatabela as our halfway point, and end up in Langtang Village, the heart of Langtang National Park. The village is rife with flat-topped Tibetan-style lodgings, crop fields, and yak grazing grounds.

Day 6 - Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa

A large Mani wall greets us on the initial leg of our trek today, with the small village of Mundu as our first significant landmark. We'll be treated to the sight of ice flow trickling down multiple mountain peaks as we encounter panoramic Himalayan views. The air is definitely thinner at this altitude, and we'll be sure to arrive at Kyanjin Gompa nice and early to begin our acclimatization process.

Day 7 - Kyanjin Gompa: Acclimatization Day

Today's a day of rest and acclimatization, so we linger in Kyanjin Gompa and adjust to the altitude. The monastery for which the village is named is well-worth a visit, as is the renowned cheese factory. For those willing to stretch their legs, a short hike to Kyanjin Ri (behind the village) affords breathtaking panoramas of the Langtang peaks.

Day 8 - Kyanjin Gompa to Yala Peak Base Camp

It's a seven hour hike to the base camp of Yala Peak today, and then we'll go over some climbing basics in advance of tomorrow's summit.

Day 9 - Yala Peak Base Camp: Summit Day!

We'll start very early today, our long-awaited adventure day, to make the summit push for the top of Yala Peak! It's a six hour round trip, with plenty of time at the top to take pictures of the soul-stirring Himalayan panoramas. After, we'll return back to base camp for the night before starting our descent.

Day 10 - Yala Peak Base Camp to Kyanjin Gompa

Our descent starts today, as we double back from the Yala Peak base camp to Kyanjin Gompa. You'll be surprised how the mountain looks different from this perspective.

Day 11 - Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

Take some time, as you're descending the mountain, to stop and smell the literal flowers. The Langtang region is kissed by an abundance of Alpine flora, with violets, gentian, and edelweiss blooms forming sprawling carpets over the hills. It's only a four hour trek back to Lama Hotel today, so you'll have some time to wander the village and explore.

Day 12 - Lama Hotel to Syabru Bensi

This is our last day on the mountain, and we spend it trekking six hours from Lama Hotel back to Syabru Bensi. A notable milestone on our way today will be the Chilime Hydropower Power Plant of Sherpagaon, which powers the surrounding area. This is the land of the Tamang people, and it is a gorgeous one. If you are so inclined, tonight would be a great night to have a farewell party with your trekking group and guides. You've been through a lot together!

Day 13 - Syabru Bensi to Kathmandu

The time has come, at last, to rest your weary legs - today we drive back to Kathmandu the same way we came. Our return trip will offer your final glimpses of the mountains and all the beauty surrounding them. Upon arrival back in the capital, we'll bring you back to your hotel for some much-needed relaxation.

Day 14 - Kathmandu: Sightseeing Day

There's no better way to savor your last day in Nepal than to indulge in a leisurely sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites - and no easier way to get around than with us as your guides! Have your camera ready as we make the rounds of all the Kathmandu Valley has to offer: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath, among others. As if that weren’t enough, let us treat you to dinner at one of the city's best Nepalese restaurants. We'd love to hear your feedback on the trip.

Day 15 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

It's your last morning with us as we prepare to say our final farewells. Whether you are off to the airport for a flight home or en route to your next adventure, we hope that your memories of the Himalayas and our staff are warm and fond.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

    Extra Costs and Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa ($40 USD).
  • Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
  • All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu.
  • We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated).
  • We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle).
  • The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour.
  • Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.


Solo Travelers

We generally don’t charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request.

If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your deposit minus a $150 cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper prices, remember Nepal is the home of Mount Everest, there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

    Climbing

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Screw gate
  • Descended abseil device
  • Prussic loops
  • Plastic mountaineering boot


    Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch


    Upper Body

  • Cotton t-shirts or thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket


    Lower Body

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof pants


    Feet

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable hiking boots


    Hands

  • Gloves


    Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
  • Trekking bag/duffel bag
  • Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking Poles (optional, recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
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FAQ

The basics

What is trekking peak?

Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.

What are physical fitness criteria to climb a peak in Nepal?

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.

Who can go?

I have never climbed before. Can I go for peak climbing?

There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.

Who can climb a peak?

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.

Is there any age limit for trekking Peaks Climbing?

Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?

Preparation

What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?

Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. We suggest World Nomads as it covers Helicopter and medical evacuation up to 6000m. Some standard policies only cover up to 4000 meters for evacuation so please confirm with your insurance company if you purchase it from another company. If you get to Nepal and don't have insurance already we can help you purchase it for a reasonable price before you start the trek.

What is climbing permit?

Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.

Do I need climbing permit?

Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.

Which is the best season for peak climbing?

In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.

Do I need to join in a climbing group?

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.

About the trek

How much time is generally required for trekking peak?

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.

How difficult are the trekking peaks?

It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.

Room and board

What are the sources of drinking water supply during Peak Climbing?

On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.

Where do we eat our meals?

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.

Health and safety

What problems can arise on altitude?

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

Practical matters

Is there any communication while we are on trekking?

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.

What type of shoes or boots should I wear?

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.

What is the cost of Peak Climbing?

The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are going solo and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

Its sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we can not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

What is your cancellation policy? How about other terms and conditions?

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