Yala Peak Climbing is a popular mountaineering activity in the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. Yala Peak lies in the Langtang region and stands 5,637 meters tall. Despite its massive height, Yala peak is considered to be one of the less difficult mountains to climb and actually doesn’t include any technical climbing section. You only need a little bit of outdoor climbing experience and an average level of physical fitness, and you are good to go.
The expedition presents enchanting views of the high Himalayan mountains, rich Tamang culture, ancient Tibetan monasteries, and gorgeous landscape. What more would a visitor need for the perfect mountaineering trip?
For all that, before you decide to take this exciting expedition, you should know the following things:
The first and most important thing that you need to consider is selecting the right itinerary. Even though Yala Peak is not a challenging expedition, you will still be ascending on a high altitude, and that undoubtedly requires adequate acclimatisation days in between the expedition. At Adventure Sports Nepal we usually prepare packages with enough acclimatisation days for the Yala Peak Climbing. We also offer flexible packages with an itinerary that suits to your needs and the time you have.
Best time to climb Yala Peak
Yala Peak is ideal to climb around the dry seasons when the weather conditions are stable. In the summer the strong winds can make climbing very hazardous, and in the monsoon season, the heavy snow and rain makes climbing the peak very difficult.
The best time to go on this expedition avoiding the bad weather hazards is in between the months of October and November or between March and May. While the mountain is always cold and covered with snow at the top, the ascent is much easier during the dry seasons.
Before starting the expedition, you will be staying in a teahouse for some time. A teahouse is essentially a combined form of guesthouse and lodge. You can find private rooms easily in the lower altitudes, and dormitories at the higher altitude. The rooms include some furniture with twin beds and blankets.
It’s likely that you will not find electricity in many tea houses, unless the region is connected to the national grid. However, most teahouses have solar panels installed for electricity. Thus visitors won’t need to worry about not being able to charge their mobile phones and cameras – but it’s possible that the teahouses may add a small charge for these facilities.
Supplying food items to such difficult mountain terrains without access to road is an arduous task. Thus, the variety of food that you can get at this region can be limited. However, you can find good meals at lodges and restaurants along the way.
The rates can vary depending upon the season and the wishes of the teahouse owner. As the elevation gets higher the food tends to get more expensive. The cheapest and most filling dish is Dal-Bhaat in the lower altitude villages, but once you ascend higher, potatoes and Tsampa get more abundant.
You can also buy normal snacks like cookies, biscuits, instant noodles, and candy bars on the way. However, it is not necessary that you will find this everywhere.
You can get boiled water throughout the trek, as every shopkeeper and guesthouse has a thermos of hot water. You can also bring your own water purification device like Steripen, which you can use to double purify your water.
We advise and request visitors to not buy mineral water bottles during the trek, and instead suggest carrying your own reusable water bottles, with the intention of reducing pollution around the pristine Himalayan mountains, where waste management is a major problem.