- HB Kham
Mt. Yalung Kang (8505m) located in the Taplejung district in the eastern parts of Nepal is one of the best destinations ascribed for trekking and expeditions.
Yalung Kang became popular after a Japanese alpinist Yukata Ageta summited this peak for the first time on May 14, 1973, from Southwest face. This was followed by Nepalese climber Ang Dawa Sherpa scaling the peak on December 20, 1969, from Southeast face.
By the end of 1014 over 53 mountaineers had climbed this mountain. The number of climbers conquering this peak is on the increase gradually.
The spectacular and exotic Yalung Kang situated near the other fascinating Kanchenjunga offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks for the trekkers.
The mountain offers an expedition replete with divine experience at a height of 8505 meters where nature’s bare beauty is a mesmerizing and tantalizing sight for the trekkers.
The mountain of not too technical steady 1500 m ascent to the summit may offer a technical and intricate mixed ice and rock climb while climbing it. The mountain is Mt. Kanchenjunga’s western face.
Tone Skarja, Planinska Sveza Slovenije team while climbing Yalung Kang comments, “Our Slovene expedition had as its objective the first ascent of Yalung Kang from the north. There were several possibilities. The most attractive but the least sure and most dangerous was to follow the north buttress directly to the summit. The north ridge seemed a little easier but longer and more exposed to the same avalanches as the north buttress. A third possibility was to climb one of the existing routes on the north face of Kanchenjunga and traverse right to Yalung Kang.”
How to get there?
The usual route is a departure from Kathmandu-Taplejung-Mamankhe-Yamphudin- Cheram and finally trek to Yalung Kang base camp.
The best to trek or go on an expedition to Yalung Kang Mountain are March-April-May during spring and September-October-November during the autumn season.
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