A small Yala Peak is a fabulous mountain located on the northern side of Kathmandu. It is situated nearby the Tibetan border with an altitude of 5500 m above sea level. This peak is the perfect and safest climbing destination in Nepal that belongs to the Langtang region.
Only a physically and mentally fit person can summit Yala Peak. It does not require any previous trekking and climbing experience because it is a non-technical mountaineering peak. So, it is preferable for novice trekkers too.
It’s a Yala Peak Langtang package. It includes two different activities in a single itinerary such as Langtang trekking and Yala Peak Climbing. The former is one of the beautiful regions with ethnic Tamang communities. Their hospitality is admirable. They follow the Tibetan culture. While the latter offers panoramic views of towering peaks.
Yala Peak is popular as a viewpoint for seeing the spectacular mountain views including Langtang and Sisapanga Himal. The former mountain lies in Nepal while the latter is situated in Tibet over 8000 meters above sea level.
From the summit of Yala peak, you can observe the panoramic and soaring mountainous sceneries like Langtang Lirung on the west. Yansa Tsenji (6500m), Shishapangma, Nepal- Tibet border, Langshisa Ri (6800m), and the Morimoto Peak (6750m) on the east.
The Peak Yala is located in the Langtang region of Nepal. So, the trail goes through the Langtang National Park in the beginning. You can explore the beautiful Langtang Himal ranges and other neighboring peaks during trekking. The natural floras and the rare faunas are other features of this Langtang region. Blue pine, oak, birch, rhododendron, and others come under the former while the latter includes musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Himalayan black bear, langur monkeys, red panda, and the snow leopard.
Most of the residents of this region are Tamang. It is an ethnic tribe in Nepal, but the Tamangis of this area follow the Tibetan culture. They can even speak the Tibetan language for trading their goods. This region is more populated when compared to other trekking destinations like the Everest base camp and the Annapurna base camp. It covers various glaciated lakes including beautiful Gosaikunda lake, numerous mountains, and high peaks like Yala Peak.
This Langtang region is known only after the expedition of Bill Tilman and Peter Lloyd in 1949 when they discovered the peak, named as Yala Peak.
The question always arises in the mind of every trekker why choose the Yala Peak climbing in Nepal as there are other popular trekking and climbing destinations like Everest base camp. Because it is very close to the Kathmandu valley and is the cheapest and easiest climbing destination in Nepal. The climbers do not need to pay the expensive amount for the local plane. They do not need to face the tiring bus riding as well.
Besides, Yala Peak meets certain conditions such as it is an easy and non-technical climbing destination. It is the perfect destination for those who have their first expedition to Nepal Himalayas and also for trekkers who already engage in simple trekking activity in Nepal but have a strong desire to summit the peaks to see them closer and original mountain views.
Only a seven-hour of road drive from Kathmandu takes you to Syaphru Besi. It is a trekking starting point, that lies in the Langtang region.
The next day, trekking begins and follows the Langtang Valley trekking route. This trail goes on through the sub-tropical forest of Langtang National Park in the beginning. You may see some rare animals as well.
As the trail moves up, the green forests become thinner to thinnest, and finally, there would not be any appearance of any greenery. Then the trail leads you to the widened area.
It is a Langtang Valley, equally a wonderful place. This valley touches the border between Nepal and Tibet. It is rich in Tibetan tradition and culture. It offers magnificent Himalayan views such as Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Lenpo Gang (7083m), Shishapangma mountain, and many other climbed and unnamed mountains added more beauty to this region.
The continual ascending through the pasture takes you to the meadows of Khyanjin.
Kyanjin Gompa at 3970 meters altitude is the last settlement of this trekking. It is an ancient Buddhist monastery site. You can explore more chortens on the way while going to Kyanjin where you will have a day for acclimatization. And this day can be spent by hiking to Kyanjin Ri with an elevation of 4350 meters. You can uncover the majestic snow-capped peaks' views from its summit.
Passing through the lush jungle of rhododendron, farmland, villages, rivers, and forest of bamboo you will reach the elegant Yala peak. It is closer to the border between Tibet and Nepal. It is located on the northeast side of Kyanjin Gompa. It takes two days to complete the climbing from this place. You will spend your night in a tent for two days at the High camp of this peak Yala.
During winter, the terrain of Yala Peak may be full of snow, but it is not difficult. You just need to be careful and alert while walking. Due to the heavy snowfall, it may require a rope for climbing. However, the route is marked usually, so you can climb by following such marked routes. It is non-technical climbing, but you need to learn about the using style of some equipment like a crampon and axe and our climbing guide will definitely teach you before you mountaineering
While trekking to the Yala Peak Base Camp (4800m), you will witness Kyanjin, the beautiful Yala glacier that meets the meadow, and the south face of Yala Peak to the south-western side of you. Then the actual Yala Peak climbing begins. Though it is a descending walk for some times in between climbing, it is considered an ascending walk totally on boulders.
After summiting the top of the Yala peak, the trail descends from the Upper Langtang Valley and follows the previous route to Syaphrubesi and also retraces the same roadways to Kathmandu.
At last, Yala Peak Climbing is an excellent activity for mountaineering beginners.