Adventures / Summit Fever

Summit Yala Peak (5500M)

Climb one of the few non-technical peaks in Nepal and experience the mighty Himalaya away from the crowds

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Adventures / Summit Fever

Summit Yala Peak (5500M)

Climb one of the few non-technical peaks in Nepal and experience the mighty Himalaya away from the crowds

DURATION

11 nights

LOCATION

Nepal

ANNUAL LEAVE

9 days off work

SEASON

Mar-May / Sep-Nov

GROUP SIZE

Up to 12 people

MEETING POINT

Kathmandu Airport, Nepal

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Teahouse

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

You'll need to be fit and capable of hiking long days; no mountaineering experience is needed but altitude adds to the challenge

Trek through the Langtang Valley, close to the Tibetan border, dodging yaks and bedding down in remote teahouses along the way

Get up close to towering peaks and tumbling glaciers with panoramic views of Mt Shishapangma (8,027m) and Mt Gangchempo (6,387m)

Set off by torchlight and grab your crampons, ropes and ice axes as you navigate the tight ridge to the top

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We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

You'll be led by local, expert, English-speaking mountain guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu, 8 nights in teahouses and 1 night camping

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu and 4 meals while trekking

Equipment

Crampons, ice axe, ropes, helmet and harness will be provided

Transfers

Airport transfers and transfers to and from Kathmandu City

Porterage

A porter will carry your overnight luggage on the trek

Permits

All your permits and entry fees are covered and sorted

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Kathmandu Airport (KTM)

Anytime on Day 12

Transfers

Your host will pick you up on arrival and drop you off in time for departure.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Kathmandu from major airports in the UK, Europe and North America.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Teahouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 6

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9 – Day 10

Teahouse · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 11

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 12

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Breakfast is usually either hot porridge, muesli or Tibetan bread served with an omelette or boiled eggs. The menus in the teahouses are very similar at every stop and there will usually be a choice of traditional Nepalese dhal bhat (a mixed plate of lentils, rice, vegetables and pickles - delicious and healthy), Nepalese dumplings (momo’s), mixed noodles, pasta and even pizza. Although meat is available at some teahouses, we suggest you ask your guide for advice about eating it as it tends to depend on how far it has travelled as to whether it is a safe option.

It is possible to eat vegan food while trekking however you should let you guide know so they can assist when ordering - the options will be limited but dhal bhat is likely going to be your go-to staple. And of course, bringing along some extra snacks is advisable.

What is the accommodation like?

In Kathmandu

You’ll stay in a centrally located tourist hotel in the heart of Thamel, close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. You will stay in twin-share rooms in the Hotel Holy Himalaya or one of a similar standard.

On the trek

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. On the trek you will stay in teahouses for most of the nights - these are mountain lodges that tend to have a communal dining area and basic toilets. The rooms are usually twin-share sorted by gender however if there is an odd number in the group, they may occasionally be mixed. There’s no heating so you'll need your warm sleeping bag. Wifi and hot showers are often available at a small cost, and you can usually charge your phone up, again, you guessed it, for a cost. So remember to take an adapter.

You'll spend one night in a twin-share dome tent at Yala Peak Base Camp. All your camping kit is provided but you might wish to pack a small inflatable pillow.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked, please see Optional Extras for pricing. This is only for the 2 x nights in Kathmandu and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! After checking in you'll have a pre-departure meeting with your guides to run through the plans for the trek. You'll finish the day with a group dinner to get to know your team for the next couple of weeks.

Day 2

Roadtrip to Syabrubesi

Driving

7hrs

Bidding goodbye to Kathmandu, you'll hop on a bus for a bone-rattling journey to Syabrubesi, the set-off point for the trek ahead. The journey will take approx. 7 hours but there's plenty to look at as you drive past numerous roadside bazaars and terraced farms and pass through deep valleys. You'll make a stop at Dhunche to have your permits checked before bedding down in the small town of Syabrubesi.

Day 3

Through the forest to Lama Teahouse via Bamboo

Hiking

5hrs · 850m up · 100m down

Time to lace up your hiking boots up and hit the trail. The gently undulating track weaves up and over the Bhote River suspension bridge through dense forest and past Langtang Khola. Passing through the hamlet of Bamboo, keep your eyes peeled for red panda, these elusive creatures can sometimes be sighted in the forest.

Day 4

To Langtang village

Hiking

5hrs · 11km · 1200m up · 150m down

Start the day with a walk through beautiful wild forests of hemlocks, oaks and huge rhododendron. After a steady climb, you'll pass the army checkpoint at Ghodatabela before reaching Langtang village. This sombre spot was one of the worst-hit areas when the earthquake hit in 2015 and is still being rebuilt - income from tourism is fundamental to its recovery.

Day 5

Stomp on to Kyanjin Gompa

Hiking

5hrs · 7km · 450m up · 100m down

Leaving Langtang behind, the trail crosses yak pastures and follows a meandering stream. Gengchempo (6,387m) is a prominent landmark off to the east and your first sight of a mighty peak. The trail reaches the Tamang settlements of Mundu (3,410m) and Sindum (3,410m) flanked by equally spectacular peaks, as the full Langtang range makes an appearance. Time for some dal bhat at your teahouse in Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 6

The Kyanjin Gompa loop

Hiking

3hrs · 10km · 950m up · 950m down

No need to pack up this morning as you'll return to the same spot this evening. Today is a relatively easy day as you acclimatise to being at altitude (currently at 3830m). You can wander to a monastery, visit a local cheese factory or walk up the moraine to see the spectacular ice faces and tumbling glaciers of Langtang Lirung. For those with energy to burn, your guide can also take you up Kyanjin Ri (4773m) for a breathtaking panorama of the Langtang peaks. Overnight at Kyanjin Gompa, don't forget to look up!

Day 7

To Yala Base Camp

Hiking

6hrs · 10km · 780m up · 100m down

Leaving behind the last settlement you'll see for a couple of days, you'll start to trek along the rocky glacial trail. You'll arrive at base camp (4600m) mid-afternoon with plenty of time to settle in, grab a hot drink and marvel at the peak ahead. Sunset this high up is something to behold and worth checking out before you gather together in the mess tent for a hearty meal prepared by your crew.

Day 8

Summit day!

Hiking

10hrs · 16km · 1000m up · 1200m down

Headtorches at the ready as you set off for the summit in the early hours when conditions are usually at their best. The summit generally takes approx. 8 hours, with the last 700m usually needing ropes, crampons and ice axes. You'll make your way along a small ridge to the top at 5500m - Yala Peak bagged! Your reward - panoramic views of Shishapangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gangchempo, Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Langtang Lirung and many other Tibetan mountains. After summiting, you'll head back to base camp for a quick refuel before descending back down to Kyanjin Gompa.

Day 9

The long descent to the Lama Teahouse

Hiking

5hrs · 18km · 100m up · 1400m down

With lung fulls of oxygen, you'll hop, skip and jump back down the valley all the way to the Lama Teahouse in Rimche, time to grab a local beer and celebrate your achievements (now at a sensible altitude to do so!).

Day 10

Back to Syabrubesi

Hiking

5hrs · 11km · 100m up · 900m down

Last day on the trail today with an easy walk through the forest, retracing the track past Bamboo and Dovan and onto the overnight spot at Syabrubesi. This small town perched above a river is the perfect place to end your hiking journey and to reflect on your achievement before saying goodbye to the mighty Himalaya tomorrow.

Day 11

Road trip back to Kathmandu

Driving

7hrs

Jump on the bus back to Kathmandu where a hot shower and your clean clothes await. You'll be staying right in the centre of Thamel, an area popular with travellers and packed with street food and back street bars. Head out for a final group meal and perhaps onto a local cocktail bar for a final celebratory nightcap.

Day 12

Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a well-earned lie in and breakfast at your hotel, then spend your last day exploring the city before heading back to the airport, and reality.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Day pack with rain cover (35 litre +)
  • Rucksack or duffle bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit)
Clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • 4-season down jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • 2 sets of thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal, pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • 2/3 trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • 2 x fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Merino glove liners
  • Hiking socks and merino liners
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar
  • Gaitors
Shoes

You will need boots graded at least B1 for crampon use. If you are planning on doing more mountaineering in the future on higher or colder routes it may be worth investing in B2 hybrid or B3 rigid plastic boots both of which will also be suitable. Full 8000m triple boots are not needed for this climb but could be used if you already have them.

Sleeping
  • 4-season sleeping bag with hood (with a comfort rating down to around -20degC)
  • Sleeping bag liner (a good liner can add a few degrees extra warmth)
  • Pillowcase (optional)
Other
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel towel
  • Sun protection
  • Glacier sunglasses
  • 2 water bottles (1 litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle)
  • Headtorch
  • First aid kit and/or personal medication
  • Water purification tablets/system
  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper/tissues
  • 1 x passport photos for trek permits
  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/Kindle/cards for downtime

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

What's available to hire?

The below can be rented in Kathmandu:

  • Down jacket: costs approx. $1.5/day with a deposit of $50
  • Sleeping bag (3-season only available): costs approx. $2/day with a deposit of $80

(Please ask your host if this is needed so they can assist you with how to arrange the hire)

What can you buy in Kathmandu?

Kathmandu has many outdoor gear shops - some with kit that is the same price you will find it at home and some are filled with cheaper imitation gear that may not be of the same quality. You will, however, find a soft duffel bag easily that the porters can carry.

Weight restrictions

There will be one porter for every person on this trip. They will each carry up to 20-25kg of kit (including your climbing gear). Please pack no more than 15kg per person of personal clothing/items (including your sleeping bag) in a soft backpack or duffel bag, allowing for the climbing equipment to make up the remainder of the porterage limit. You will only need to carry a ‘day pack’ with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade (Kathmandu x 2 nights)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Single)

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post-trip accommodation in Kathmandu (Twin/Double)

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 343kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness who are keen trekkers. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations. Some training beforehand will help and we advise doing at least one weekend of back to back days walking. The guide will set the pace and as with all altitude treks, the theme is ‘slowly slowly’ to ensure you adjust to the altitude. So although this trek is rated ‘challenging’ there are plenty of hours factored into each day to ensure it is completed by all.

The ascent of Yala Peak is non-technical so you do not need previous mountaineering or high altitude climbing experience. You will, however, summit using ropes, crampons and an ice axe - you will learn the basics and practice using these while hiking on the previous days and there will be plenty of time to go through these skills with your guide before you start the summit. It may be that you use these items for a short period only or for a couple of days as you approach the summit, the weather is highly changeable so you will prepare early on in the trek to ensure you feel confident with the ascent.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

We do not include meals on the trek as from experience we know that altitude and physical exercise can mean appetites vary hugely. The cost of food rises as you ascend as it is all carried in by porters and yaks and as you get higher up, very little food can be grown. How much you spend per day will vary according to your choice of meal but generally, people spend between $25-$35 per person per day on meals and hot drinks. Below is an approx. breakdown of some items:

  • Dal Baht: $4 to $7
  • Chow Mein: $2 to $4
  • Eggs: $2 to $4
  • Toast: $1.50 to $3
  • Tea/Hot Chocolate: $1.00 to $3.00
  • Chocolate Bars: $2 to $4

Teahouses will provide cold water free of charge however it needs to be treated to enable you to drink it. Please read the FAQ re our advice here.

Other extra costs to be considered:

  • Shower: $2-$4
  • Wifi: $2-5
  • Electricity: $2-5

It is customary in Nepal to tip guides and porters. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. You can give any tips to your lead guide at the end of your trip. This will then be shared amongst the whole team. For full transparency, the lead guide will distribute the tips to the guides and porters in your presence. A good rule of thumb is around $140pp as a tip, although the amount you give is entirely your choice. 

The preferred currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). Whilst ATMs are available in the main cities, please do not rely on them as they are often out of order and most have a maximum withdrawal limit equivalent to about GBP300.

It's best to bring the bulk of your money with you in cash and exchange it at a bank or at one of the many money changers in Nepal - your guide will help you with this. Most major currencies are accepted, including GBP (Sterling), Euros and US Dollars, however Scottish or Irish currency cannot be changed. Keep your exchange receipts in case you want to change any unused Rupees back into hard currency when you leave Nepal (it is illegal to export Nepalese Rupees as it is a closed currency).

You will need to carry a fairly large amount of cash while trekking for the meals. We advise that you keep this in a waterproof bag and in your day bag along with your passport.

Although most teahouses have the option to buy bottled water, we advise against it to reduce the use of plastic in the mountains (this ends up being burnt or in landfill out of sight). You will instead be provided with cold water that needs treating. There is a wide range of products available these days which are more effective than traditional purification tablets - some trekkers like to use UV handheld devices such as a Steripen but other options are available (just check the performance in freezing conditions).

There are 2 key seasons for trekking Yala Peak in Nepal:
Pre-Monsoon / Spring (March-May): Temperatures rise significantly in spring and flowers are in full bloom in the lower lands. Although it can still drop below freezing at night, the daytime temperatures tend to sit between 10-15°c.
Post-Monsoon / Autumn (Sept-Nov): This is the most popular time to trek in Nepal with sunny and mild days generally. It can get cold and windy at higher altitudes however skies are usually clear.

Snow is likely in early March and late November but for other dates later in Spring and earlier in Autumn, it will be less prevalent. If there is no or minimal snow, the summit will be approached as more of a scramble than a snowy hike so crampons and ice axe won't be needed. Of course, mountain weather is notoriously hard to predict and snow can be expected on any trip so all the kit will travel with you in case it is needed.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed and very experienced. In order to ensure the guides high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management and Leave No Trace (LNT) principles.

As you are summiting a peak in mountainous terrain, it may be that the weather isn't perfect - if this is the case, you are likely to get another chance to summit the next day. So to play it safe we advise you to consider booking an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu at the end of the trip.

We’ve sourced some great optional activities for you to do in and around Kathmandu should you wish to explore that little bit further. Please discuss these directly with your host who will be able to book them for you.

Cook Like a Local: This short cooking workshop (approx. 3 hours) teaches you how to cook popular Nepali dishes like MoMo and Dal Bhat. You’ll meet your teacher and accompany them shopping, then head to the kitchen and learn to cook alongside them. Price: Pay what you think the workshop is worth!

Shop Local: A 2/3 hour guided exploration of the markets of Kathmandu. Prepare to learn about the vendors that line the crowded narrow alleyways and to witness everything you could ever imagine being sold, haggled and bargained for. A great experience to learn about the melting pot of cultures that exist in Kathmandu. Price: $9-$50pp depending on the group size.

Master of the Arts: Patan Durbar Square is popular for its Fine Arts and this trip will explore the local factories where handicrafts are made. You’ll visit 2-3 factories and learn about traditional processes and see art being produced. Price: $14-$59pp depending on the group size.

Introduction to Shamanism: Shamanism, which is believed to heal many diseases, is not practised widely these days however this trip enables you to meet a practising Guru and learn all about this age-old tradition. You’ll visit a small house to have an introduction, followed by lunch and a drumming session where you’ll learn the importance of rhythm pattern to healing. Price: $90-$150 depending on group size.

You can leave any luggage not needed on the trek at your hotel in Kathmandu.

There will be one porter for every person. They will each carry up to 20-25kg of kit (including your climbing gear) so your overnight bags will be transported for you. Please pack no more than 15kg per person of personal clothing/items (including your sleeping bag) in a soft backpack or duffel bag, allowing for the climbing equipment to make up the remainder of the porterage limit. You will only need to carry a ‘day pack’ with essentials in (extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc).

For current advice re travelling in Romania, have a read of the FCO pages here

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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