Yala Peak Climbing - 14 Days

Yala Peak Climbing - 14 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Peak Climbing In Nepal
Accomodation Lodge/ tea house/Tent during the trek
Region Langtang Region
Start / End point Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration 14 Days
Max. Altitude Yala Peak(5732 m)
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2-10
Nature of Trek Lodge to lodge/Camping Trekking
Best Season Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
Trip Code DWTTYP
Activity Per Day Approximately 4-6 hr walking
Transportation Kathmandu - Syabrubesi - Kathmandu by Local Transportation.
Grade Strenuous

About the Trip

Yala Peak climbing combines adventurous trekking with peak climbing in the Langtang region. During this 14-day adventure, you will be trekking inside the Langtang National Park to Yala Peak, which you will conquer. From the top of Yala Peak, you will get fantastic views of several mountains, including Lantang Lirung, Dorje Lakapa, and Shisapagma.

Yala Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Yala Peak (5,500m) climbing
  • Langtang village inhabited by ethnic Tamangs
  • Stunning views of Langtang Lirung(7246m), Langtang Ri (7205m), Shisha Pangma (8,027m), Dorje Lakpa (6990m), Naya Kanga (5,844m) , and so on
  • Trek through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests, majestic waterfalls, and ancient monasteries, including Kyanjin Gompa
  • Experience ethnic Tamang and Gurung hospitality
  • Forests home to endangered red panda

Benefits of trekking with Discovery World Trekking

  • Free airport to hotel transfer in a private vehicle on arrival and vice-a-versa during departure
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags arrangement (if you do not have your own)
  • Medical kits
  • Free luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store for the duration of the trek
  • Pulse oximeter for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes to detect early signs of altitude sickness

Yala Peak Climbing Comprehensive Overview

Yala Peak, 5732m, lies amidst a beautiful and serene Langtang region, close to the Tibetan border. Yala Peak climb is a non-technical climb. To reach Yala Peak, you will be traveling inside the impressive Langtang National Park. The whole experience you will be gaining will be an adventurous one. 

You will not need any mountaineering experience to scale this summit. However, you need to be healthy and fit. From the top of Yala Peak, you will get a panoramic view of the mountains in Nepal and Tibet. Most trekkers use this peak as a warm-up for Naya Kanga on the opposite side of Langtang Valley. 

You will arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, and the next day we will take you on a sight-seeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley. 

The next day, we drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and spend the night at Syabrubesi. From Syabrubesi, we start on our trails. You will cross Bhote Koshi and Langtang River to arrive at Lama Hotel, where you will spend the night. 

You will then trek from Lama Hotel to reach Langtang Village. On the way lies Ghoda Tabela, where we will register our permits and trek until Langtang Village. After spending a night at Langtang Village, you will head to Kyangjin Gompa, walking past several river tributaries and a glacial moraine. You will spend one more day at Kyangjin Gompa acclimatizing and exploring the places around this village.

After resting for a day at Kyangjin Gompa, you will take a glacial route to the Yala Base Camp (YBC). From the YBC, you can get fantastic views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, and Tserko Ri. At the YBC, our climbing guide will conduct basic training on how to use gears to climb.

On your ninth day, you will be summiting Yala Peak early in the morning. From the top, you can see a panoramic view of mountains, including Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, and Langtang Lirung. After spending enough time at the peak, we will descend to the Base Camp. In case, you are not successful to summit the peak on this day, we have allocated an extra day for this purpose.

After successfully summitting Yala Peak, you will return to the Lama Hotel, and the next day you will reach Syabrubesi, from where we will take a bus to return to Kathmandu. 

Day to Day Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Arrival to Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport-TIA (1,350m / 4,450ft). Transfer to hotel.

    Our representative will welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be holding a pamphlet with your name and our company name. After greeting you, they will present you with a garland as a welcome gesture and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. 

    • Overnight stay at a selected Hotel
  2. day 2

    Full-day Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour

    After breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu Valley. DWT guide will provide information about the places as you visit them, including their architecture, culture, and history. 

    You will be visiting the sacred, ancient shrines and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most important Shiva shrines. Boudhanath is one of the largest and grandest Stupas in Asia. Swayambhunath, also known as The Monkey Temple, perched on a hill overlooking the city, is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. You will also visit the otherworldly Patan Durbar Square. We will also conduct a trip briefing on this day.

    • Overnight stay at a selected hotel
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  3. day 3

    Drive from Kathmandu (1400m / 4,393ft) to Syabrubesi (1,503m / 4,655ft) 8hrs

    After early morning breakfast, we will take you out of Kathmandu valley along the picturesque highway northwards on a local bus.

    You will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way - rivers, terraced fields, villages, and sights of the snowy mountains. The initial section of the drive is relatively pleasant up to Trishuli Bazaar. The road then becomes more rugged as it ascends to Dhunche and drops back down to Syabrubensi, a bazaar town with much to explore, including riverside hot springs.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Trekkers Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek From Syabrubesi (1,503m / 4,655ft) to Lama Hotel (2,470m / 8,103ft) 6hrs

    From Syabrubensi, you will start on the trails. The route crosses the Bhote Kosi River and follows pleasantly north along the rushing Langtang River through the fertile jungle and terraced fields. You will pass through rural settlements and bamboo and birch groves. Here, you might spot rare local wildlife, including the red panda. The trail gradually rises to reach Lama Hotel.

    • Overnight stay at Lama Guest House
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Trek from Lama Hotel (2,470m / 8,103ft) to Langtang village (3,430m / 11,255ft) 6 hrs

    Today, you will continue alongside the Langtang river tributary through the lush landscape while ascending. On your way, you might occasionally see the snow peaks ahead, calling you to move forward. Eventually, the narrow river valley widens out at Ghoda Tabela. 

    In the past, at Ghoda Tabela, there was once a Tibetan resettlement project running. Currently, Ghoda Tabela has an army check post where we will register our papers and then trek forward. You will continue trekking past prayer wheels driven by flowing water and prayer flags to reach the scenic Langtang, a large settlement of mostly Tamang people.

    • Overnight at Village View Hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Langtang village (3,430m / 11,255ft) to Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m / 12,675ft) 3hrs

    You will continue your gradual ascent as you pass through small villages and several meadows. The wide valley offers far-reaching panoramic views. The route crosses several tributaries and a glacial moraine, and you finally arrive at the last and the highest altitude settlement for this trek, a place known as Kyangjin Gompa, named after an ancient monastery of Kyangjin Gompa. After lunch at the lodge, you have the option of an afternoon climb to Kyajo Ri, a spectacular viewpoint that lies to the north of this settlement.

    • Overnight stay at Namaste Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Exploration Day at Kyangjin Gompa

    The upper Langtang Valley offers much to explore for trekkers. The high elevation landscape is broad and affords fabulous views of the incredible landscape. It also provides opportunities to approach the mountains and associated glaciers more closely. There is much to see and do as you enjoy a day of exploration of the area. Beyond the requisite visits to the monastery and cheese factory, you have opportunities for optional hikes to Langshisa Kharka and the viewpoint of Tserko Ri (5450). We return to Kyangin Gompa for the evening.

    • Overnight stay at Namaste Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m / 12,675ft) to Yala Peak Base Camp (4400m)

    Your journey to Yala Base Camp continues on a rocky glacier route. Upon reaching the base camp of Yala (4600m), you can enjoy the views of Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala peak, and several others. Our experienced climbing guide will conduct basic training on climbing techniques and a proper way of using gears at the Yala Base Camp.

    • Overnight stay at a tent camp
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Summit Yala Peak (5732m) and trek back to Kyangjin Gompa (3,865m / 12,675ft) 8hrs

    You will start summiting Yala Peak early in the morning. From the summit, you will be stunned by a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas, including Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Ganchenpo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Langtang Lirung, and many more. After spending enough time at the summit, soaking in the fantastic views and taking pictures, you will head back to the Base Camp. The whole round trip to the Yala Peak summit takes around six hours.

    • Overnight stay at Namaste Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Spare a day in case of bad weather.

    Most probably, you will be able to summit Yala Peak on the previous day, but if you are unable, we will use this day to summit the peak. Then you will return to Kyangjin Gompa. Otherwise, you will use this extra day to rest, relax and explore the Kyangjin Gompa vicinity.

    • Overnight stay at Namaste Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Trek from Kyanjin Gompa (3,865m / 12,675ft) to Lama Hotel (2,470m / 8,103ft) 6hrs

    From Kyangjin Gompa, you will say goodbye to the upper highlands and begin descending and out the valley. You will retrace the route that you took previously to reach Yala Peak. On the way lies Langtang Village and Ghoda Tabela, where we will register our exit. Then we will continue down through the dense forests of the Langtang river valley to the Lama Hotel.

    • Overnight stay at Lama Guest House
    • Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Trek from Lama Hotel (2,470m / 8,103ft) to Syabrubesi (1,420m / 4,655ft) 5 hrs

    By now, you have reached the final day on the trekking trail. Today, you will make a pleasant hike along the Langtang River as you head further down the beautiful Langtang Valley. You will gradually descend through bamboo and birch forest amidst a spectacular landscape, crossing the Langtang and Bhote Kosi rivers to reach Syabrubensi, the starting point of our trek.

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Trekkers Inn (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Drive from Syabrubesi (1,420m / 4,655ft) to Kathmandu (1400m / 4,393ft) 8hrs

    You will take an early morning bus for a journey back to Kathmandu. The road follows the scenic Trishuli River Valley as you move south through the hills. On the way, you will get spectacular views of the lush scenery, terraced farmland, and some final glimpses of the mountains.

    • Overnight stay at a selected Hotel
    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)
  14. day 14

    Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)

    Our representative will take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport in a private vehicle for your final departure. We hope you enjoyed the trekking holiday in Nepal’s majestic hills. We hope that you will come back to Nepal for more trek adventures.

    • Included standard meal (Breakfast)

What is included?

  • Three-night accommodations with breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full-day Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a tour guide, private transportation, entrance fees to world heritage sites
  • Both-way transportation service between Kathmandu and Syabrubesi by local bus
  • Government licensed Discovery World Trekking trek leader. An assistant guide for a group of 12 or more. One porter for every two trekkers. The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker.
  • All standard meals during the trek - 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Total 10-night accommodations at trek regions. 7 days in rooms with attached bathroom at Syabrubensi (2N), Langtang Village, and Kyanjin Gompa (4N). 2 nights at Lama Hotel in standard rooms. 1 night at a tent at Yala Base Camp.
  • Yala Peak Base Camp camping and kitchen equipment
  • Permits for the trek
  • First aid medical kits
  • DWT experienced & licensed high altitude climbing Sherpa/Guide
  • All government and local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate after the successful trek
  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu after the trip

What is excluded?

  • International flight costs
  • Nepal entry visa fees on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - the current rate is USD 50 for a 30-day.
  • Excess luggage charges (Luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled/bottled water, hot (tea, coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks, hot shower, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery recharge fee, extra porters, etc.)
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance that has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond your control, for example, landslides, adverse weather, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc
  • All the costs and expenses not listed in "What is included?" will be counted as excludes

Route Map

Route Map

Packing list for Yala Peak Climbing Trip

Equipment Checklist

We advise you only to bring the must-have items to the trek. Though we will assign porters to carry your luggage, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. If you do not have the required gear and equipment, you can buy them in Kathmandu. Though individual tastes may differ, here is a list to help you pack for the Yala Peak trek.


Climbing gear for Yala Peak climbing

  • Ice ax 
  • Crampons - a traction device that will be attached to your footwear to improve mobility on snow and ice
  • Climbing Harnesses - It will secure you to a rope or an anchor point during peak climbing
  • Tape slings- an essential part of a climbers' kit to wrap around the section of rock and hitch to other
  • Figure 8 Descender - to use it as a zip flyer either on friction mode or smoothie mode.
  • Snow bar
  • Helmets
  • Ascender/Jhumar
  • Screwgate Karabiners
  • Ice hammer
  • Ice screw
  • Plastic mountaineering boots
  • Rope

 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Headlamp with extra bulbs and batteries 
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • A warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic to keep you warm)
  • Headscarf (can be used in dusty conditions)
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if you have medical prescriptions)


Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


For Hands

  • A pair of mittens containing a Gore-Tex over mitt matched, waterproof, polar-fleece mitt liner
  • A pair of lightweight poly-liner trek gloves
  • A pair of lightweight fleece gloves (or wool)


Sleeping

  • One sleeping bag 30 degrees DC
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • One medium rucksack or One large duffel bag
  • Daypack/backpack of 50 liters maximum for carrying your valuables. Should have good shoulder padding.
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • Two large waterproof rucksack covers (if you need them)


Body (Upper-Lower)

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Expedition grade down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Thick thermal Merino bottoms (Icebreaker 200, Odlo Revolution Thick)
  • Polar fleece trousers or similar mid-layer trousers
  • Gore-Tex (over)trousers or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips
  • A pair of hiking shorts, trousers, lightweight thermal bottoms
  • A pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • A pair of breathable fabric, waterproof shell pants 
  • Goose-down trousers or bibs. Or a down suit
  • Liner gloves for tying knots
  • mitten
  • Waterproof sacks to keep your clothing dry 
  • Non-cotton undergarments


Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Goretex hiking boots with ankle support
  • A pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Two pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Two pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • A pair of hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, broken-in)
  • Gaiters
  • Cotton socks


Essentials

  • Trekking pole
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification tablets/drops
  • Trekking pole


Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Deodorant floss
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Multi-purpose soap (must be biodegradable)


Medical Needs

  • Personal simple and light first-aid kit
  • Anti-diarrhea, headache pills
  • Cough and cold medicine for sure
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • First-aid tapes and plasters
  • One skin-blister repair kit
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
  • One set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lens supplies


Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera


Extra items

  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products for females
  • Book if you love reading
  • Trail map/guidebook
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet paper roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook and pen (if you want to write your moments)
  • A modest swimsuit
  • A voltage converter (from 220 to 110 ampere)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (optional)

 

Essential Documents

Please provide us the following documents to arrange permits.

  • A copy of your passport, three passport-size photos, and travel/health insurance documents with contact details
  • Please have a notepad and pen handy to note information.
  • Additionally, we recommend you maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents, including insurance policy, international flight tickets, travelers' cheques, and bank/ATM card contact numbers, emergency contact numbers, etc.

 

Trip Information

Free airport pick-up and hotel transfer

After booking the trip, please send us your flight details. It will enable us to arrange an airport pick up for you. We do not want you to face difficulties navigating in a foreign country. If we have your flight details, our company representative will be awaiting you at the Tribhuvan International Aiport, holding a pamphlet with your name and our company logo. After receiving you, they will present you with a marigold garland and then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. 

Journey start Yala Peak climb

We advise you to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu at least a day before your package starts. The next day you will go on a sight-seeing tour in and around Kathmandu Valley. We will also conduct a trip briefing on this day. During this briefing, we will provide important information about your trip and check your luggage to ensure you have not missed packing any required gear or equipment for Yala Peak climbing. On the trip departure date, we will take you from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi on a public bus.

Accommodation details during Yala Peak Climbing

This 14-day trip culminates in summiting Yala Peak and includes 10 nights lodge to lodge stays at trekking regions, where we will choose the best available hotels/lodges. You will stay in rooms with attached bathrooms at Syabrubensi (2N), Langtang Village, and Kyanjin Gompa (4N). Similarly, you will spend two nights at Lama Hotel in standard rooms and a night in a tent at Yala Base Camp. This package includes three-night accommodations at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

You can use hot showers and Wi-Fi at lodges by paying service fees.

The Meals

During Yala Peak Climbing, you will be spending time trekking and climbing at high altitudes, which requires plenty of nutrient-rich food. Hence, we will provide you with plenty of nutritious, tasty, and hygenic food. However, as you elevate, your food choices may get limited.  

We will provide you with 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 10 dinners in the trek regions. This package also covers 3 breakfasts in Kathmandu.

Some of the popular menu items are -

Breakfast - Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Oatmeal, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Lunch - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Thukpa, Pasta, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Tibetan Bread, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk, Spaghetti Noodles, Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Dinner - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Various Soups, Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc

The food that we serve will be traditional local, Asian, and western cuisine. However, the menu gets shorter as you elevate.

While choosing your food, please pay attention to health benefits. Experts advise high-altitude trekkers to eat lots of fresh vegetables and liquids such as lemon, ginger, and green tea, garlic soup (must), and hot lemon.

You will have plenty of non-veg items available during the trek, but we do not advise you to take them because the meat at trek regions may not be hygienic. Similarly, we advise you to avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks in addition to hot chocolates. 

 

This package does not include personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/lodges or cafes except for standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits).

Best time for Yala Peak Climbing

For the best experience and easy climb, we recommend Yala Peak Climbing for autumn or spring. In Nepal, spring starts in March and lasts till May, and autumn begins in September and lasts till November. During this time, the temperatures are cool, the skies are clear, and there is almost zero chance of rain.

Summer in Nepal starts in June and lasts till August. Though the temperature is tolerable, the monsoon coincides with summer, making the trek paths wet and slippery. Yet, the forests look lush, and waterfalls look spectacular during this time.

Winter starts in December and lasts till February. During this time, the high trek altitudes have heavy snowfall, and nights are frigid. The heavy snow makes it challenging to climb Yala Peak. 

The weather in the high Himalayas is unpredictable and can change very quickly.

Acclimatization

Your 14-day Yala Peak Climb package includes a day that we have allotted for acclimatizing at Kyanjin Gompa.

During this day, you will explore various local destinations like the Kyanjin Gompa monastery or the cheese factory. You can also hike to Tserko Ri Viewpoint. From this viewpoint, you can get clear views of side mountains next to Yala Peak. 

Altitude sickness is common among trekkers, and it can strike anyone anytime. However, with Discovery World Trekking, you are in safe hands. Your guide will suggest ways to avoid altitude sickness. It includes drinking enough liquids and walking at your own pace.

Our guides have completed extensive first aid training and are well experienced at handling altitude sickness. Your trek leader will also monitor your blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitudes.

Severe altitude sickness needs immediate treatment, so you should share the first signs and symptoms of altitude sickness with your trek leader. 

Please note that your group leader might stop the group from ascending based on the overall condition of all trek members. Some people are more vulnerable to altitude sickness than others. 

Trip Grade: Fitness level and Health

Yala Peak climbing trek is quite challenging. You will be hiking up to six hours a day based on the destination and the nature of the trails. The trails include long steep ascends, descends, and straight-forward easy paths. Some portions of the trail pass through dense forests. Please remember that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trek. So, we advise you to participate in stamina-building exercises a few weeks before starting the Yala Peak Climbing trip. We do not advise persons suffering from certain health conditions such as heart, lung, or blood diseases. 

A typical day on the Yala Peak Climbing Trip

As you trek, each day will bring a new trek experience, and you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery, traditional villages, and heartwarming Nepali hospitality. You will find yourself reaching for your camera to capture the stunning geography. As you trek, our guide/Sherpa will also provide information about the places as you visit them. Our climbing instructor will teach you how to use the climbing gear and safely climb.

Our porters will carry most of your luggage. However, please note that per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We assign one porter for every two trekkers, and the combined luggage weight limit they will carry will not be more than 18 kg. If you need to bring more luggage, we can arrange a porter just for you for an extra cost.

Though porters will carry most of your luggage, we expect you to bring a small regular backpack to ensure the safety of your essential documents and other valuables.

You will start the day with a cup of tea. After a wholesome breakfast, you will start the trek. If that day's hike is short, we will trek from around 8. if the hike is long, we will start earlier, at around 7 am. After hiking for 3 to four hours, you will have your lunch, often on route to the next destination.

The afternoon hike is mostly shorter, lasting 2 to 3 hours. After reaching your destination, you can snack on your extra diet and explore the new place until it gets dark.

We serve dinner between 6 to 7 pm. After dinner, your guide will brief you about the plan for the next day. Then, you are free to engage in friendly conversations, read books, or watch mountaineering videos if available.

You can also play board games like cards, monopoly, or chess before going to bed. Most of our guests also choose to learn a few light Nepali words before sleeping. 

 

Communication

During the Yala Peak Climbing, you can use the internet from lodges/hotels/tea houses where you will be staying. At high altitudes, we will communicate with mobile/cell phones. Discovery World Trekking will remain in contact with all its trek teams at least once a day via the trek guide to ensure that the trek is progressing as planned. If you want, you can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but depending on your network, the signals may not be strong enough.

Most lodges/ tea houses have Wi-Fi you can use by paying a small service charge.

Electricity and water during the trip

The lodges at the trek route to Yala Peak have electricity. So, you can use the electricity for battery recharge by paying a small fee. You can recharge your camera, mobile/cell, power bank, or laptop. 

Similarly, you can easily buy bottled water from en-route shops. However, some trek regions may not allow plastic bottles. So, we suggest you carry a water bottle and fill it with boiled water that you can easily buy in the lodges/tea houses. We also advise you to use water purification pills before drinking water. If you do not have water purification pills, we can provide them for you.

Please do not drink water directly from rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because the water may not be potable.

Extra personal expenses

This package covers major costs. However, it does not cover all the costs. So, trekking guests need to bring spending money for meals (except breakfast) in Kathmandu, travel insurance purchases, visa processing, beverages (hot (tea/coffee), cold, and alcoholic drinks), tips, souvenirs, etc. We recommend you to carry cash (major currencies) and convert them to Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu as trek regions do not have cash exchange facilities. We estimate you will need USD 10 to 20 per trekking day for spending.

Yala Peak Climbing Travel Insurance

As with other high altitude treks and climbing, Yala Peak Climbing entails a risk of catching high altitude sickness and other unfortunate high altitude mishaps. Hence, adequate travel insurance is compulsory for this trip. Your insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation up to the highest trek altitude. 

If you need, we can recommend you travel insurance companies based on our previous clients' experiences. However, we are not involved in selling insurance policies directly or indirectly. In emergencies, we will use your insurance documents to arrange rescue operations. So, we request you to send us your insurance policy certificate after booking your trip. 

Before purchasing your travel insurance, call the insurer and recheck if they cover treatment costs as well as helicopter rescue up to the highest trek elevation (6,000m) Do not just rely on what insurance companies state on their website.

Passport and visa

Foreign nationals, except Indians, need a visa to enter Nepal. Fortunately, citizens from most countries can get an on-arrival visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport or immigration checkpoints along Nepal borders. 

You will need a passport with at least six months of validity, a passport-size photo, and visa application fees to apply for the visa. The current visa application for a 30-day stay costs USD 50. Children under the age of 10 get a free visa. 

Citizens from China and SAARC (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Pakistan) get free visas. 

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan are not entitled to on-arrival visas. So, if you are a citizen of these countries, please consult your nearest Nepal embassy. 

The Nepal government can change visa rules without notice. Hence for the latest information, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupee (NPR) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ Rs.125 NPR)

Money exchange is easily available in Nepal. You can exchange most major currencies through financial institutions, such as banks and co-operatives, or private money exchanges all over Kathmandu. 

You can see the ongoing exchange rates displayed for the public at the legal money exchangers. If you have Indian Rupees (INR), please note that only INR notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal. Though you may want to bring traveler's cheques due for security, we advise you to carry cash (major currencies) because cashing traveler's cheque entails lengthy processes and high bank commission rates.

There is another option. You can withdraw cash in Nepali Rupees from ATMs all over Kathmandu and in Thamel, itself. Many of these ATMs are open 24/7. However, using a foreign card, the maximum you can withdraw is Rs. 35,000 for Rs 500 as a processing fee.

You can also use banks and financial institutions for money exchange, but you may have to pay 4% or more depending on the institution. Since trek regions do not have money exchange facilities, you must exchange your foreign currency in Kathmandu based on your expense estimations. Trek regions do not accept foreign currency. We recommend that you carry USD 10 to 20 per trek day. 

Since most established Asian banks do not accept old, torn, or faded foreign currencies, please carry only new, clean and crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Yala Peak Climbing?

Your trek package includes porter cost. However, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We assign one porter for two trekkers and do not allow our porters to carry more than 18 kg combined weight. If you need, for an extra cost, we can arrange a porter for you. We also expect you to carry a regular backpack to keep your valuables and important documents safe. If you have extra luggage, you can keep them at our store for free for the duration of the trek.

During the trip briefing before starting the trip, we will recheck your luggage to ensure that you have not missed packing crucial things.

Yala Peak climbing safety

We guarantee your safety, security, and satisfaction, safety being the utmost concern. For the trip, we will carry all the necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Moreover, we use the best equipment available in the market. Our guides have completed extensive first aid training and can handle mishaps. Furthermore, for safety, you will be traveling in a group. 

For Yala Peak, a Sherpa climbing guide who has summited Yala Peak multiple times will climb alongside you. If, in case, you fall sick, your guide has the authority to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately based on the overall team condition.

If a participant falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trek leader to decide whether to continue the trek or descend immediately. We will be trekking together for group safety.

Responsible travel

For sustainable tourism, we must save our environment against the adverse effects in trek regions. Unsustainable tourism activities may lead to an environment no tourist would visit. It is detrimental to the local communities as well as trekkers. Hence, we partner with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to conduct eco-friendly, sustainable treks. We aim to balance the trekkers' expectations with that of the locals who reside in trek regions. We take nothing from the trek regions and leave only our footprints behind. Our team disposes of waste in proper places and doesn't pollute the rivers. We strive to leave behind the campsites in better condition than when we arrived. 

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Yala Peak Climbing, our local, Nepal-government licensed, and well-experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your trip more enjoyable and memorable. Your trek group will also include our porters, who will carry your luggage. However, the luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg. We never overload our porters. They will carry a maximum of 18 kg of luggage. We add an assistant guide for a group of 12 or more.

Our crew members come from remote high Himalayas, which makes them tolerant of high altitudes. We highly value our staff - we pay them well and cover their insurance, food, clothing, and lodging during the trip. They also have access to medical care when ill or injured. We believe that by caring for each employee, we keep them happy, and only a happy person can keep others happy.

Our guides are competent, skilled, and professional. They are

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid Trained
  • Government-authorized 
  • Fluent in speaking English and other major languages (Spanish/Japanese)
  • trained on how to conserve nature and biodiversity
  • experienced in rock climbing

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as a validation of the service provided. However, tipping is at the trekker's discretion. While tipping, we urge you to consider the length of the trip, trip cost, and quality of service you received. We advise you to trek at the end of the trek and as a group.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal-government authorized, registered, and bonded trekking and touring operator. We have been providing our services for over a decade.

We are also members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Hence, you can book our services with confidence. 

For booking confirmation, we require 10 % of the trip cost in advance. You can pay by bank transfer, western union, or directly online. The rest of the trip cost is due once you arrive in Kathmandu. Again, in Kathmandu, you can pay in cash, using a credit card or bank transfer. We will also email you payment details, including the modes of payment you can use. 

After you receive a booking confirmation, you need to send us your necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, and arrival and departure flight details. We expect to receive these documents within a week of trek booking. 

Last-minute booking for Yala Peak Climb

For those unable to book Yala Peak Climb early, we have a provision for a last-minute booking. To make use of this facility, you need to complete 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the departure date. However, please bear in mind that though we are ready to conduct trips at any time, in case of last-minute booking, there is a slight chance of delays due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather or lodging unavailability.

For more information, call: 977- 9840055491 (Paul Gurung) or email us at [email protected]

Trip extension

If you are staying in Nepal for some more days, we can arrange fun activities for you. You can go on a sight-seeing tour in and around Kathmandu valley, a jungle safari in Chitwan, rafting, paragliding, or canoeing.

Feedback

After completing the Yala Peak Climbing, we will organize a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. It is our way of bidding you goodbye. After the dinner, we will present you with a certificate stating your climbing achievement. This is also a great time to provide your feedback. Your feedback will help us better serve our customers in the future.

Useful Info

The Yala Peak Climb trips have fixed departure dates from Kathmandu. However, if your departure date does not suit you, let us know so that we can conduct your trip at your convenience. 

Please also note that the trip itinerary is a general guideline. We might need to change the itinerary for reasons beyond our control, such as bad weather, unavailability of lodging and campsites, inaccessibility, etc. Though rare, if there is a need to change the itinerary, you cannot hold us responsible for the delays or circumstances that result from such delays. In case of need for itinerary adjustment, your guide has the authority to decide after consulting with all group members.

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