A fantastic two week trekking through the Langtang National Park in Nepal culminating in an ascent of the spectacular but non-technical Yala Peak. The summit is renowned for being an excellent viewpoint. The feeling is of being high up in the remote Himalayas and with few people around, and without experiencing too much technical difficulty.
We will be in the heart of the Himalaya with awe inspiring views across into Tibet and out over Nepal. 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 less populated and visited region than Khumbu or Annapurna.
Yala Peak is close to the Tibetan border and north-east of Kyangin Gompa (3870 m) in the Langtang Valley. The mountain can be climbed in two days from Kyanjin Gompa with using a high camp at Yala Kharka (4900 m). However you can also climb it in a single long day with a pre-dawn start and with good acclimatisation. It is one of the easier trekking peaks to climb, and sometimes climbed as a preparation for Ganja La Chuli (5844 m).
LANGTANG NATIONAL PARK AND YALA PEAK HISTORY
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.
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.
For more information about this trip and booking please visit: Adventure Alternative - Yala Peak
Please note that the required number of participants is at a minumum of 2 and a maximum of 12 participants. Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you have to be a group of 2 to book the trip.
16 Days - Summary
Day 8 Kyangji – acclimatization day
Day 9 Kyangji - Yak Kharka
Day 10 Yak Kharka – Yala Peak high camp
Day 11 Yala Peak Summit
Day 12-15 Return to Kathmandu by trekking from Yak Kharka to Kyangjin Gompa, Lama Hotel and Syabru and 4WD to Kathmandu.
Day 16 International flight home
Days 1 to 2 Arrive in to Kathmandu and briefing
Day 3 Kathmandu - Dhunche (drive)
Day 4 Dhunche - Thulo Syabru
Day 5 Syabru - Rimche
Day 6 Rimche - Langtang
Day 7 Langtang – Kyangjin
For a more detailed itinerary please click here.
$ 2,322 or £ 1,795
- 24 March - 08 April 2019
- 21 April - 06 May 2019
- 20 October - 05 November 2019
- 23 September - 08 October 2018
- 21 October - 05 November 2018
- 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
- 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