Ama Yangri Peak is located to the north of Kathmandu in Helambu village of Sindupalchowk District. It must be the highest peak that is nearest to Kathmandu. The view of Lantang Range is so amazing, that you’ll feel like you’re seeing it from Kathmandu with a super zoom lens. The mountains are so close that you can almost touch them. Although Ama Yangri Peak is a mountain itself, for the land of Himalayas, even the altitude of 3800 meters is just called a hill.
Comparing Ama Yangri Peak with Poon Hill:
Ama Yangri Peak is hard to explain in words, but if I had to do it in numbers, it’s 3.5 to 3.9 times better than Poon Hill, period. In terms of height, Poon is hill just 3210 meters and it takes atleast three days to get there from Kathmandu, while you can reach Ama Yangri in a single day. The mountains feels closer as well from Ama Yangri peak then from Poon Hill. Plus you can’t see Mount Everest from Poon Hill.
How to get there?
It is shortest and fastest to get to Ama Yangri by a motorcycle. First we went to Melamchi, which is 3 hours ride from Kathmandu taking the Dhulikhel route or 2 hours taking the Sankhu route. Sankhu route is unpaved, but fun, because you know, shortcuts are fun, although bit dangerous. And from Melamchi, its a 2 hours uphill offroad ride from there, to a small vilage in Helambu called Takeyghyang (2800m). The road is full of adventure, and that’s the whole point of travelling, to have adventures.
But as told by locals, it’s extremely hard to go up there during the rainy seasons as the roads get damaged and blocked.
So now you are at Tarkeyghyang. You can do two thing, you can climb Ama Yangri right away or you can relax there at Tarkeyghyang. It is best to stay a night at Tarkeyghyang, because you get to know the place, you get to know the people and you get to get prepared for tomorrow.
Now you wake up with the chill air of Helambu. Pack your bags, pack it light, leave your unnecessary belongings at the hotel. Carry enough food supplies and water because there’s only one source of water on the whole way, and without water, trek gets harder. You wont have to read this part of the blog if you’ll socialize with the locals or atleast the hotel owner, since they will provide you with all the necessary informations and even the supplies. You can even get the tents and sleeping bags and a local guide/porter there. Camping would be even more fun there.
Ok, you’re all ready for the hike. But before you start, atleast do a little bit of stretching for a minute or two, flexibility helps. You will barely feel tired through the half way, because the up hill is not as steep, and enough vegetation that produces fresh air. With much energy and excitement, you reach at Jhumothand (you can reach there on a motorcycle as well, but because of high altitude and low oxygen, they wont’t run well. Bikes need oxygens too). The hike start to get tough after the second half because you know the oxygen level starts to drop, so the higher you climb, harder it gets, but of course closer to your destination as well.
First, fuel your tank full, which will cost around Rs. 1000. The food there costs Rs. 250, that is non Veg dal bhat tarkari, the bed at hotel will cost around Rs.200 per person, yeah they charge the room based on the number of people. The cost of other iteams are only around 20% higher than what you pay in Kathmandu. Like, a can of Redbull that cost Rs. 80 costs around Rs.100 there, which is totally resonable. Now, you can calculate yourself for how many days you’ll want to stay there.
What will you see from there?
I can’t tell man, to know, you need to get your ass up there. #thuglife
Ok, Ok, I will tell you the 0.55% of what you will see: the Mt. Everest, and the mt. Everest is only the 2 degree of the 360 degree view you will see from there. Trust me, there is not a sinle degree out of 360 degree with an unpleasant view.
What else should I know?
Just go there, you will know.