Nepal Langtang Trek
Yala Peak & ganja La Expeditions
27 days round trip, 22 day trek and 5 night hotel
This is trekking in the heart of the Himalyas's. The Lantang valley is located
some 30 km. north of Kathmandu and is close to the border of Tibet. The valley
became Nepal's second largest national park in 1976. The park has healthy
forests of rhododendron, fir, blue and chair pine and birch. Wildlife includes
leopard, musk deer, Himalyan black bear, and rhesus and langur monkeys. The
influence of trekkers has not been as great in this area of Nepal and lends to
rewarding cultural exchanges with the inhabitants of the region.
The valley is dominated by Langtang Lirung (7246m), the highest peak in the
area. The trek with its optional climb of Yala Peak 5732 and the necessary
ascent of Ganja La 5106m, provide a perfect introduction to Himalyan climbing
and an unsurpassed trekking experience. The clib of Yala Peak whilst not
technical will require the use of crampons, ice axe and rope, particularly over
the last 400m, and the knife edged summit arête demands a certain commitment
and mind focusing that will keep the adrenalin pumping. From the summit we will
have a 360 degree panorama and will take in such sights as Shisapangma 8046m
and the fluted Gangchempo 6388m.
Those who chose not to climb, will have the opportunity to explore further u the
Langtang valley to Langshisa Kharka and beyond. This will provide a unique
opportunity for exploration in an area rarely visited by trekkers and provide
stunning glimpses of Langshisa-Ri 6412m and Urkeinmang 6151 to name but a few.
Following on from the climb, we will regroup, and head for the ascent of Ganja
La which will take us out of the Langtang valley and into the Helambu region.
The La or Pass will need commitment and team work from us all and may require
the use of fixed ropes to achieve our objective. Our efforts will be rewarded
with superlative views of a myriad of peaks and ridgelines to our north
extending to the Tibetan border and beyond.
Our trek south will take us over a high snow covered plateau down to the village
of Tarkeghyang, which is the largest Sherpa village in the Helambu, where we
will have ample time to mix with the locals and undoubtedly realize the subtle
cultural differences between the Helambu Sherap and the Solukhumbu sherpa that
inhabit the Langtang valley. Pressing on we will make a rather rapid descent to
Talamarang following the Melamchi Kohla, then turning sought west, cross and
climb to Patibhanjyang and Chisapani before, once again descending to Mulkharka
and finally Sundarijal where will board our bus for Kathmandu. The people of
this last, ling undulating ridge are Tamang, an ethnic group with their own
distinct customs and language. You will also note that as we descend we will
return to forested areas that contain many Rhododendrons (Nepal's National
flower) with some that grow into medium sized trees.
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu, Day 2 Kathmandu, Day 3 Bus to Dunche commence trek, Day 4
to 10 Trek from Syarbru to Kyanjing Gompa, Day 11 to 14 Explore the upper
Langtang valley and climb Yala Peak. Day 15 to 16 ascent of Ganja La, Day 17 to
24 trek through Helambu and Back to Sundarijal. Day 25 and 26 Kathmandu, Day 27 Departure.