The Langtang Climbing Camp is a unique opportunity to include within a two week holiday, a trek to the Langtang Valley, a Classic in its own right and an introduction to the basic skills of mountaineering culminating with the ascent of Yala Peak (5500m).
Within two weeks in Nepal this trip gives an ideal cross-section of all that is the essence of this wonderful mountain kingdom: the alleys, courtyards, palaces and temples of Kathmandu, the terraced “middle hills’, the high glaciated valleys and pastures, the stunning views of the Himalaya, including several of the world’s highest peaks, and an amazing mix of cultures, religions and races. And combined with the trek into the dramatic Langtang Valley the main objective will be to climb Yala Peak, technically straightforward but very much a Himalayan summit with stunning views in all directions and surrounded by high, snowy peaks and glaciers.
This trip will allow participants to have a through grounding in basic mountaineering skills from our experienced and qualified leaders for those who are keen to take up mountaineering as a pursuit, or for those who are curious about mountains and mountaineering and simply wish to give it a try, for the enjoyment of experience alone. Either way by the end of this trip participants will have enough in the way of skills, as well as the confidence gained from the achievement, to go on to greater things in the future-and what better place is there to learn about mountaineering and to be inspired to climb peaks than the Nepal Himalaya!.
Trip length: 15 Days
Activity: Climbing course
Starts in: Kathmandu / Ends in: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Hotel & camping
Transportation: Bus, 4WD Land cruiser with support truck, 1 flight transfert
Maximum altitude: 5500m
Day 01 – Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02 – Charter bus to Syabrubesi
Day 03 – Lama Hotel (2380m)
Day 04 – Langtang village (3500m)
Day 05 – At Langtang Village
Day 06 – Kyanjin Gompa (3800m)
Day 07 – Kyanjin Gompa
Day 08 – Yala peak base camp 4800 m
Day 09 – Acclimatization day
Day 10 – Summit day (5500 m)
Day 11 – Lama Hotel
Day 12 – Syabrubesi
Day 13 – drive to Kathmandu
Day 14 – Sightseeing Kathmandu
Day 15 – depart Kathmandu
06 APR 2010 – 20 APR 2010
12 OCT 2010 – 26 OCT 2010
USD 1910 per person (Single Supplement USD 55)
(Group joining – required minimum of 3 participants to run this trip)
The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb.
Flight to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, welcome meal and evening illustrated briefing on the trip.
Charter bus to Syabrubesi. A dramatic ride over the high ridges surrounding Kathmandu with awe-inspiring views including the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang, Jugal and Rowaling Himal. Introduction to camp life, health and hygienic in remote areas.
The Tamang village of Syabrubesi, makes a fascinating start to the trek. Straightway, we will be climbing up through forest and the occasional terrace of rice or millet, with hazy glimpse of the high peaks beyond, to camp at Lama Hotel (7hrs. 2380m). Evening discussion on the effects of altitude the importance of acclimatisation and how to achieve this safely and well.
Continuing steadily uphill, we pass through the narrowest part of the Langtang valley, a gorge of tumbling forested ridges and rock faces, with the roaring torrent below. Quite suddenly, all this gives way to the wider and quieter glaciated valley as we approach our camp at Langtang village. There is a very strong feeling of having arrived amongst the environment and culture of the high mountains (6hrs.3500m). This is also the cue to think about weather and hazards in the mountains in particular snow conditions, avalanches, problems of cold and the effects of the sun. it is the development of the awareness of these aspects that ensures safe and enjoyable mountain experiences and climbs.
After 2 days of climbing we need to stop and acclimatise. A chance to explore the Tibetan-style Langtang village and get some enticing views of the snow peaks and glaciers from nearby high points. This is also our first chance to start familiarization with some of the specialist equipment that we need for the ascent of Yala peak, fitting crampons rope handling and so on. We will use an area of local crags and rocks to practice tying into the rope, moving singly or together whilst roped up and securing the rope in different way to safeguard out ascent and descent.
A morning’s walk brings us to Kyanjin Gompa, the highest proper settlement in the valley at 3800m. the glaciated walls of the 7000m . Langtang Lirung are directly above our campsite by the gompa – the combination of grazing yaks, fluttering prayers flags and Tibetan looking people, all overshadowed by ridges of snow and ice, leaves us in no doubt about where we are. We will spend the afternoon discussing and trying the equipment and techniques needed for walking on snow and ice, including the use of rope, ice axe and crampons. This is also a convenient time to look more closely at the planning and logistics of the ascent of a peak with particular reference of course of Yala Peak.
Depending on progress we will either spend a second night at Kyajin or move to a higher campsite close to Yala Peak. If we do not move, we will do a walk right up to the edge of the tumbling icefalls coming off Langtang Lirung and then continue on to our first (small!) peak of about 4700m for a dramatic view of the glaciers. This will also give us a chance, both during the day and in the evening, to practice techniques of walking and scrambling on steep ground as well as looking closely at glacier terrain, how glaciers work, principles of glacier travel and dangers to ba aware of e.g. crevasses, snow-bridges, seracs etc.
We are now ready to go up to Base Camp at about 4800m nestling high above the Langtang Valley. This steep walk only takes about 3 1/2hrs. but we need to go quite slowing at this altitude. There is plenty of time to revel in the situation and also our first close up views of the peak – with the anticipation of the climb to come! With our increasing altitude and remoteness, we can think about the “what ifs’ , how we should react if there is an emergency, what the priorities should be, how to organize help and rescue, and so on. All vital consideration at the start of a mountaineering career.
A last acclimatisation day before the summit. An important day to check over equipment and the planning and organization of the group ready for our summit attempt. Also a day of rest and relaxation, to give the best chance of success in the ascent.
Summit day. A pre dawn start ensures plenty of time for our ascent and allows us to witness the magical spectacle of the sunrise over Nepal. The route traverses stony hillsides and crosses steep “moraine” ridges before stepping onto the Yala glacier. Axe and crampons make the climb of the snow and ice slopes quite straightforward whilst all around the views of mountains, glaciers and deep valleys become more incredible as we ascend. Pulling over a snowy ridge, we suddenly find ourselves on the summit ridge. A new vista is revealed of the tangle of peaks at the head of the Langtang valley as well as mighty Shishapangma, at just above 8000m., over the border in Tibet. At last airy walk brings us to the summit itself. After the efforts of the climb the sense of achievement, the enjoyment of the situation and the amazing mountain panorama will ensure that this moment will be remembered for years to come. Depending on conditions on the mountain, it will have taken between 4 and 6 hrs. to reach the summit. It is now downhill all the way and we descend right past Base Camp and on down to Kyanjin to rest, reflect on the day and celebrate!
Now well acclimatized and following the valley the easy way-downwards! We will trek all the way to Lama Hotel.
The last day of walking returns us to the sub-tropical world of Syabrubesi, a warm and relaxing place to share a final convivial evening with our Sherpas and porters.
We retrace our route to Kathmandu by bus and as we look back at the snow peaks it will be with the satisfaction of knowing that we have been right in amongst them – and to the top of one of them.
A day to enjoy all that Kathmandu has to offer: a city tour will be included, there will be with the satisfaction of knowing that we have been right in amongst them – and to the top of one of them.
Departure from Kathmandu. The flight out of Kathmandu, with its unique panorama of the Himalaya, is in itself one of the highlights of the trip. Nepal will continue to amaze and impress until the last possible moment!
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