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Nepal Langtang Trek
Yala Peak & ganja La Expeditions
Intermidiate/Challenging level
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.

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