Yala Peak Climbing- 12 Days

Yala Peak, 5550m, is the perfect introduction to Himalayan peak climbing, a safe way to have a true alpine peak experience, even for those without any previous climbing experience. Any physically fit person can safely summit Yala Peak. The final scramble to the summit is fairly straightforward and only an additional 700m.  Yala Peak, the smallest of all the trekking peaks in Nepal, can be done in the shortest time, while still at a pace to allow proper acclimatization.

Since the Langtang Valley is a less popular destination than Everest or Annapurna, there are fewer tourists in this area.  The Langtang Valley stretches up to the Tibet border, so it’s a chance to experience a culture that is strongly influenced Tibetan heritage and geographical proximity.  Langtang Valley is rimmed to the north, by peaks rising to around 6500m, and smaller range of 5-6000m to the south.  Yala Peak falls in the northern range.

The Yala Peak Climbing trail starts at Syabrubesi, 1505m, after a spectacular 9 hour drive that follows the winding Trishuli River gorge.  The trek starts in sub-tropical forests, but as it climbs higher into the Langtang Valley the forests grow thinner and the valley widens.  Approaching Langtang Village, 3300m, on the second day, there are great views of Lantang Lirung, 7246m, Lenpo Gang, 7083m, Dorje Lakpa, 6990m, and even the mighty Shishapangma, 8013m, Tibet’s only 8000+meter mountain.

The 4th day reaches the last settlement on the trail, Kyanjing Gompa, 3970m, the site of an ancient Buddist monastery. There are many chortens by the path, and it is the custom to walk with them to our right.  Spending an extra day to acclimatize gives us time to explore the Langshisa glacier or climb to Kyangjin Ri, 4350m, for more amazing views of the snow-capped mountains.

The trail to Yala Peak Base Camp, 4800m, is not too difficult and there are beautiful views on the way.  From just above base camp we can see the rocky south face of Yala Peak and the Yala Glacier on the south-west face. 

From Base Camp we make our pitch for the summit, which is more difficult if there is snow.  The trail ascends to a rock ridge, and then drops and ascends steeply on boulders.  There is a flat area before the final 40m of vertical snow/rock cliff leading to the narrow summit ridge. 

To celebrate our achievement we attach our new prayer flags to the summit pole which covered with flags from past expeditions.   The view from the summit is amazing. We can see Langtang Lirung to the west. Yansa Tsenji, 6500m a mountain on the Nepal-Tibet border, Shishapangma, 8013m, in Tibet, Morimoto Peak, 6750m, and Langshisa Ri, 6800m, to the east.

By the time we start our careful descent to Kyanjin Gomba, the Yala Glacier will be groaning in the heat of the sun.

The Best Time to Climb Yala Peak

The best seasons for the Yala Peak Expedition are spring ( mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November). Most of the tourists come during these seasons, so the routes may be a bit crowded. Some may prefer to avoid the crowds, and climb Yala Peak during the winter months (December to February), when the weather is crisp and cold and the views of the mountains are crystal clear. If you are well prepared for the cold weather, the winter is also a great time to climb.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • safe introductory peak for novice mountaineers
  • shortest expedition=less expensive
  • less altitude risk
  • experience Tibetan-like culture
  • amazing summit view

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Kathmandu –Syabru Besi,1505m

Day 3 : Trek to Lama Hotel, 2415m

Day 4 : Trek to Langtang, 3430m

Day 5 : Trek to Kyanjing Gompa, 3870m

Day 6 : Rest day in Kyangjin Gompa

Day 7 : Trek to Yala Peak Base Camp, 4400m

Day 8 : Summit Yala Peak, 5550m

Day 9 : Trek to Lama Hotel 2784m

Day 10 : Trek to Syabrubesi

Day 11 : Drive to Kathmandu

Day 12 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation at Hotel Holy Himalay or Hotel Shakti in Kathmandu, two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included)
  •     Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 8 days (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  •     Meals on the trail during 2 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpa guides; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder
  •     Porters -2 persons: One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Cook, Climbing guide and necessary porters from Kyangjin Gompa – Yala Peak Base Camp – Kyangjin Gompa
  •     All ground transfers Kathamndu – Syabru Besi - Kathmandu Bus
  •     Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  •     Langtang National Park fee, TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
  •     Our Service charge

Cost Exclude(s)

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tips for Guide and Support Staff (customary)
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls

Personal Climbing Gear

  •     Crampons
  •     Harness
  •     Ice Axe
  •     2 x Tape slings
  •     2 x Screwgate Karabiners
  •     Descender / Abseil Device (Jumar)
  •     Prussic Loops
  •     Helmet
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 February, 2017 21 February, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
27 February, 2017 10 March, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
13 March, 2017 24 March, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
20 March, 2017 31 March, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
06 April, 2017 17 April, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
18 April, 2017 29 April, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
09 May, 2017 20 May, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
16 May, 2017 27 May, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
27 May, 2017 07 June, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
18 August, 2017 29 August, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
04 September, 2017 15 September, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
14 September, 2017 25 September, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
25 September, 2017 06 October, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
05 October, 2017 16 October, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
16 October, 2017 27 October, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
26 October, 2017 06 November, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
08 November, 2017 19 November, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
15 November, 2017 26 November, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
27 November, 2017 08 December, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
06 December, 2017 17 December, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
10 February, 2018 21 February, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
27 February, 2018 10 March, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
13 March, 2018 24 March, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
20 March, 2018 31 March, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
06 April, 2018 17 April, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
18 April, 2018 29 April, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
09 May, 2018 20 May, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
16 May, 2018 27 May, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
27 May, 2018 07 June, 2018 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now

Yala  Peak Climbing  Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Yala Chuli Peak Climbing  . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  

 

Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.

Clothing

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.

 

Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)

 

Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood

 

Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments

 

Feet

  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)

 

Hands

  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves

 

Head

  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection

 

 

Accessories:

  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries


Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)

 

Toiletries/hygiene:

  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)

 

Extras/Luxuries:

 

  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

The Best Time to Climb Yala Peak

The best seasons for the Yala Peak Expedition are spring ( mid-March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November). Most of the tourists come during these seasons, so the routes may be a bit crowded. Some may prefer to avoid the crowds, and climb Yala Peak during the winter months (December to February), when the weather is crisp and cold and the views of the mountains are crystal clear. If you are well prepared for the cold weather, the winter is also a great time to climb.

Why Climb Yala Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)

Logistics:

You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.

Yala Peak Trip Accommodation:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

During the climbing period, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions supply all camping equipment and meals. Three hot meals per day will be served; breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee and boiled water. The meals will be tasty and hygienic. On summit day we provide a packed lunch of high calorie foods that are easily eaten at high altitude. As well as your Sherpa guide there will be a team of porters to carry the camping gear and set up tents and a well- trained cook.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Safe Drinking Water

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek

You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.

Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.

Safety for Yala Peak Climb
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.

In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.


 

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 12 Days

Price : US $1400 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 1B

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:5550m

Activities:Trekking / Climbing

Transport:By Bus

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 8 days (8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the trail during 2 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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