Yala Peak is a perfect introduction to mountaineering in Nepal and also gives you a chance to explore the Langtang valley. Located in the Langtang region near the Tibetan border, Yala Peak is one of the lower trekking peaks of Nepal. Thus compared to other trekking peaks, the climb to Yala Peak is considered to be an easy and a non-technical climb.
Trek to Yala peak begins with 8-9 hour drive to Dhunche or Syabrubesi from Kathmandu. The trail passes through Langtang Valley, a beautiful valley located just thirty kilometres north of Kathmandu. The valley is surrounded by Langtang Lirung which is the highest peak in this region. On your way, you will pass through the sub-tropical jungle, dense forest of oak, birch and pine, alpine meadows and yak pastures. The Langtang forest looks extra exquisite in the spring when the tree orchids and vibrant rhododendrons are in full bloom. This forest is also home to endangered animals such as Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild boar and Langur monkeys.
The trail after crossing the Langtang valley heads to Kyanjin Gompa where you will make camp. This place offers the first view of Yala Peak which lies towards the north. In Kyanjin, you can visit an old Buddhist monastery, Kyanjin Gompa and a Cheese factory which produces the famous Yak Cheese of Nepal, which in taste is similar to Parmesan Cheese. From Kyanjin Gompa, it takes two to three days to reach the summit after crossing Yala and building a base camp at the top of Tsergo Ri. The climb towards Yala Peak is straightforward. From the base camp, you will get a panoramic view of Naya Kang, Tserko Ri, Yala Peak and Gangchenpo.
Once you reach the summit, you will be astounded to see the excellent view that it offers of several peaks including Langtang, Lirung, Langsisha Ri, Dorjee Lhakpa, and Gangchenpo. Mt Shishapangma which is located in Tibet and also the smallest of the 14 eight thousand above mountains can also be viewed from atop Yala Peak, from where you will also be able to see other Tibetan mountains. It truly feels like being in a paradise, surrounded by calm snow-capped mountains.
Majority of the inhabitants of the area belong to the Tamang and Sherpa ethnic group. These people are warm, kind and religious. Bearing a close resemblance to Tibetans in terms of physical features, culture and tradition, they also speak a similar language.