Yala Peak (5,732m) lies in the Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan conservation area of Nepal. It is one of the popular trekking peaks of Nepal located in Langtang region trekking. As it is close from the Kathmandu Valley, many trekkers visit this region for peak climbing in Nepal. You don’t need any domestic flight to begin this climbing.
Generally, this peak climbing is combined with Langtang Gosainkunda trek. You reach the destination by exploring the Langtang Valley up to Kyanjin Gompa. Then, by reaching the summit of Yala Peak, you move towards the Gosainkunda Lake via Sing Gompa. While walking along the well-defined trail, you have the wonderful view of snowcapped peaks, landscapes and glacial lakes.
You can have the alluring vistas of the snowy peaks of Central Nepal and Tibetan sides as well. Langtang Lirung (7,248m), Ganchenpo (7,083m), Dorje Lakpa (6,990m) and Mt. Shishapangma (8,027) are some of the significant peaks. While climbing towards Gosainkunda Lake, you can see the mountains as far as Annapurna (8,091m) from Laurivinayak Pass (3,920m).
This trekking and peak climbing starts from a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. From Syabrubesi, you can also go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra as it is close to Kerung of Tibet. From Syabrubesi, you walk along the Langtang Valley surrounded by Langtang National Park. On the way, you might encounter many species of animals and birds playing in the oak, pine and rhododendron forests.
You walk past Langtang Village, one of the largest villages of the entire Langtang region. Then, crossing it, you reach Ghora Tabala, which has an airstrip for Langtang Helicopter tour. Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m) is another important stop where you can visit the government-run cheese factory and a gompa. The village itself is a vantage point of this region.
You can visit the Langtang Lirung Glacier, a glacial lake and Kyanjin Ri during a rest day at Kyanjin Gompa. Kyanjin Ri (4,600m) is one of the best viewpoints to have the majestic Himalayas. After a day’s acclimatization day at the gompa, you move towards the base camp of Yala Peak. The following day, you reach the summit of the peak and climb down to the base camp.
As it is a non-technical peak, you can ascend to its summit with a simple difficulty. As the Sherpa guide trains you to use the climbing gears and gives you techniques, you can do this peak climbing easily. From the top of Yala Peak, you can have the astounding view of Langtang Valley, snowcapped peaks of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Tibetan side.
Next important site of this climbing plus trekking in Langtang region is Gosainkunda Lake. This is one of the holiest glacial lakes of Nepal that it is visited by the pilgrims in the mid August. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both the Hindus and Buddhists. During Janai Purnima Festival, thousands of the people make a pilgrimage to this site.
You can do Yala Peak Climbing without combining it with Langtang Gosainkunda Lake trek. Or you can extend it to Ganesh Himal trek or Langtang Helambu Valley trek as well. For more details, contact Orbit Alpine Adventure which manages many more packages of trekking and tour in Nepal.
1. Where is Yala Peak?
Yala Peak lies in Langtang region trekking which shares its geographical border with Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the closest trekking peaks of Nepal from Kathmandu. It is located in Langtang National Park, which is the first Himalayan conservation area of Nepal. It takes nearly 5 days to reach the summit of Yala Peak from Kathmandu.
2. Do I need previous climbing experience for Yala Peak climbing?
Actually, Yala Peak is not a technical peak that is quite challenging. You can climb it if you have a good physical condition and mental determination. The training given by the Sherpa guide on acclimatization day helps you reach the top. Nevertheless, the previous climbing experience is a plus point to successfully do this peak climbing.
3. How difficult is Yala Peak climbing?
It is moderate type of peak as Yala Peak is a non-technical peak in Nepal. Although you have to use climbing gears, the instructions of the team leader makes you do this journey. The guide gives you simple training and techniques to use the ice pick, crampons, rope and harness.
4. Can I customize Yala Peak climbing package?
Sure, sure, you can customize Yala Peak climbing package by consulting with Orbit Alpine Adventure. You can cut short the given itinerary by doing only Yala Peak climbing. Or, you can extend the duration by adding Gosainkunda Helambu Valley trek or Ganesh Himal trek as well. For more details, click www.orbitalpineadventure.com.