Ama Yangri Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Ama Yangri Trekking
At a Glance
  • Duration7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Langtang Region
  • Max Altitude 3,771m/12,372ft
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Starts Kathmandu
  • Ends Kathmandu
  • Activity Homstary Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumng/Winter

Ama Yangri Trek - An Off-the-Beaten Gem Near Kathmandu

Tucked away in the shadows of towering Himalayan peaks lies Nepal’s hidden trekking gem - the Ama Yangri Trek. Located just a short distance from Kathmandu in the Helambu region, this sacred trail remains surprisingly pristine and unexplored.

Legend traces the name “Ama Yangri” to two words - “Ama” meaning mother and “Yangri” meaning goddess". Local beliefs hold that Ama Yangri is a protective deity shielding the villages of the Hyolmo Valley from harm.

Reaching an altitude of 3771m, the Ama Yangri Peak treats you to jaw-dropping 180-degree vistas. Snow-dusted giants like Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, and Jugal Himal encircle you in a breathtaking ring. Both sunrise and sunset views are from the summit are one among the best, it's something nowhere to be found.

The moderate Ama Yangri Trek leads you through thick rhododendron forests, terraced farms, and remote hamlets where you can experience Sherpa and Tamang culture first-hand. The warm locals welcome you with smiles, stories, and simple homestay accommodations.

As an emerging trek, Ama Yangri offers the rare chance to explore unspoiled terrain devoid of crowds and commercialization. With local experts from Nepal Pyramids, you will have the best opportunity to enjoy this beautiful trek in full.

Let the heavenly goddess Ama Yangri weave her magic over you on this trip of a lifetime!

History of Ama Yangri Peak:

According to ancient texts and oral folklore passed down through generations in Helambu, Ama Yangri was originally a benevolent goddess who inhabited the mountains north of Kathmandu valley. She was regarded as a Maternal Guardian deity watching over the villages dotted along the slopes. Local tradition tells that many centuries ago, a powerful demon named YAMA escaped from the underworld and unleashed havoc across the mountains. Spreading death, disease, and destruction in its wake, the fearful demon seemed unstoppable even by the other native gods.

Terrified cries of the Helambu residents reached goddess Ama Yangri, stirring her into action. Taking the formidable form of a giant falcon with fiery golden wings, Ama Yangri engaged Yama in a great battle that lasted days. With her celestial weapons and intimate knowledge of the terrain, the goddess eventually overpowered the demon on the mountain now known as Ama Yangri. Local myths speak of the entire mountain turning red from the blood of the vanquished demon.

Victorious but gravely wounded herself, the goddess petrified into the rocky summit to continue her eternal vigil over Helambu’s wellbeing. The local communities erected a shrine for their beloved goddess benefactor, worshipping the peak as a sacred protector. They named her “Ama Yangri”, combining the reverent term for mother with “yang” meaning a female mountain deity.

Centuries later, devotees still gather at her mountaintop shrine during village festivals to offer flowers, incense, and ritual dances aimed to invoke her divine grace. They participate in spiritual ceremonies before her shrine seeking her blessings before major endeavors like marriages, births, harvests, migrations, or long journeys.

To this day, the benevolent goddess Ama Yangri remains the revered guardian watching over the villages of Helambu from high above, protecting the people and land from evil just as the legends say.

Travelers Testimonials on Ama Yangri Peak:

For travelers who are on a quest for the most stunning Himalayan vistas, the Ama Yangri Trek stands tall above classic viewpoints like Poon Hill and Mohare Danda. While these established destinations have attracted multitudes over the years, Ama Yangri remains a pristine hidden gem known only to a few travelers.

Trekkers who have done prominent vantage points like Poon Hill and Mohare Danda in the Annapurna Region confirm that the views from Ama Yangri surpass anything they have seen before. As one traveler reveals, "I'd seen photographs of Poon Hill and its pretty sunrise landscapes featuring Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. But when I reached Ama Yangri's summit at dawn, I was blown away. The scale and magnificence are incomparable - a 360° extravaganza of 8000m giants like Makalu, Everest, and Manaslu framing the spectacles of Langtang ranges and Ganesh Himal."

Another experienced trekker who had hiked to Mohare Danda considers those to be the best Himalayan views he had ever witnessed. But he changed his mind after the Ama Yangri trek. Lost for words, he could only exclaim, "It makes you realize how tiny you are against the sheer enormity of these glittering white titans all around. I must have sat there for hours, staring speechless as the first light set the multiple ranges aflame in golden hues."

Such reactions are common among trekkers returning from Ama Yangri's lofty heights at 3771m. The mother goddess after whom this peak is named seems to have bestowed special blessings on the surrounding landscapes - as if nudging travelers to pause their boisterous lives and absorb the majestic stillness.

If you are looking for a Himalayan vista that would move your soul as none other have before, the Ama Yangri trek indeed delivers a visual abundance beyond your imagination. As personal accounts claim, no number of Poon Hills or Mohare Dandas can add up to this experience!

Ama Yangri Peak Facts:

  • LOCATION: Helambu region, just outside Kathmandu Valley in Sindhupalchowk district
  • HEIGHT: Peak altitude of 3,771 meters / 12,372 feet at the summit of Ama Yangri
  • VIEWS: Spectacular mountain views of Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Jugal Himal, Everest, and more
  • LANDSCAPES: Rhododendron forests, terraced farms, remote villages
  • CULTURE: Opportunity for cultural immersion with the Tamang and Sherpa communities
  • LEGEND: Sacred peak named after the revered mother goddess "Ama Yangri" who protects the region
  • DIFFICULTY: Considered a moderate trek suitable for novice to experienced trekkers
  • TOURISM: A hidden gem still off the beaten path and less explored compared to major trekking routes in Nepal.
  • PEAK ALTITUDE: One of the nearest highest peaks easily accessible from the Kathmandu Valley.
  • COMPARABLE TREKS: Often called the "Poon Hill of Helambu" for stunning mountain views rivaling popular Poon Hill

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Pick up from Kathamandu Airport and Transfer to Hotel located at the Heart of Thamel Town.
  • Day 02:Drive to Timbu (1580m/5,183ft)
  • Day 03:Trek from Timbu to Tarkeghyang (2,600m/8,530ft)
  • Day 04:Trek to Ama Yangri (3,771m/12,372ft) and back to Tarke Gyang
  • Day 05:Trek to Sermanthang (2,621m/8,599ft)
  • Day 06:Drive to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
  • Day 07:Trip Ends - Transfer to International Airport

Ama Yangri Trek Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at the airport, our office representative or your Group Leader (trek Leader) will be there to receive and welcome you. Shortly you will be transferred to the Hotel in Thamel. Depending on what time you will arrive the trek briefing will be organized in the hotel conference hall. Your Leader will cover all the details regarding the trip where there will be an exchange of questions and answers. 

After the briefing, a Welcome Dinner will be organized close to the hotel. A great time to know one another. 

  • Altitude: 1,400m/4,592ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will leave the hotel casually and depart for the Timbu village. A private vehicle will be organized for the scenic drive to Timbu which is located just 60 km away from Kathmandu. We will dive through terraced villages and via Melamchi Helambu Road we will get to Timbu in approximately 3 to 4 hours. Upon arrival in Timbu, you will have the remainder of the day to unpack, relax, and explore the charms of the village at your leisure in preparation for the adventures that await you the next day. We will retire for the evening with an overnight stay in Timbu.

  • Altitude: 1580m/5,183ft
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hrs Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

We will begin our day early with a light breakfast to fuel our trek to the Tarkeghyang village, a scenic settlement tucked amidst the Helambu region's forests and hills. As we embark on the trail, our path winds through verdant woodlands and across terraced hillsides, unveiling glimpses of remote mountain villages that dot the landscapes.

After approximately 4 to 5 hours of enjoyable hiking, we will arrive at our destination of Tarkeghyang. Known as the "Gateway to Ama Yangri Peak," Tarkeghyang charms visitors as a peaceful Buddhist enclave nestled in nature. We will settle in for a well-earned overnight stay and rest in this picturesque mountain retreat to rejuvenate the adventures ahead.

  • Altitude: 2,600m/8,530ft
  • Accommodation: Homestay Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After enjoying the pristine wilderness of the Tarkeghyang Valley, today we embark on an ascent of Ama Yangri Peak. From our location in Tarkeghyang, we can expect a 4-hour journey to the summit through a peaceful forested trail with gradually inclining trails. As we get closer to the summit, views open onto the phenomenal vistas of the Helambu region with commanding glimpses of the area's formidable, snow-capped giants.

As there are no teahouses or facilities along the route, it is advisable to pack provisions and adequate water supplies to fuel our modest wilderness trek. Upon reaching the summit you will witness sweeping panoramas including several 8000m peaks including Everest. Later we will mindfully retrace our steps back down to the Tarkeghyang camp for a well-deserved overnight rest after our mountaintop accomplishment.

  • Altitude: 3,771m/12,372ft
  • Accommodation: Homestay Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today we embark on the final stretch leading to Sermanthang village. After days of more strenuous hiking, today's trail provides a gentler climax to our journey. We enter the woods to encounter charming chortens and crashing waterfalls that guide us through vibrant, lively forests.

Emerging from the tree lines, we arrive first at the tiny village of Gangyul, a peaceful mountain community. From Gangyul, we descend slowly on forested paths, taking in our final views of the natural splendor that has been our companion along this trek. As the trail delivers us to Sermanthang, we conclude our trek filled with a sense of accomplishment. In Sermanthang we will settle in for a well-deserved final overnight rest in the mountain wilds before returning to civilization from this village trailhead.

  • Altitude: 2,621m/8,599ft
  • Accommodation: Homestay Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

To conclude our journey, we will board our private transport and bid farewell to the mountains as we make our return drive to Kathmandu. Within a few hours on the road from Sermanthang, the landscapes will transition back into the urban Density of Nepal's capital city.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, I will ensure you arrive safely at your hotel where you will have the remainder of the day to independently relax, shop for souvenirs, and walk around the lively Thamel neighborhood. Thamel offers excellent opportunities to soak in local culture, with colorful streets lined with shops and a variety of restaurants and pubs to restore your energy after our transformative journey in the rare mountain atmosphere.

We will retire for the evening with a final overnight stay in the comforts of Kathmandu as our trek concludes, likely with memories to last a lifetime.

  • Altitude: 1,400m/4,592ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: Private Vehicle

As per your flight schedule transportation will be provided for the airport tranfer.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer
What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
  • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
  • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
  • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: An all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

When is the Best time to Trek to Ama Yangri Peak?

Deciding when to trek on the Ama Yangri Trek requires careful consideration of Nepal's seasonal climate patterns. At a towering height of 3771m, the conditions around Ama Yangri peak vary markedly across the calendar year. 

SPRING: We highly recommend the spring months of March to May as an ideal period for Ama Yangri treks. Clear blue skies prevail, with sunshine illuminating the spectacular 360° mountain panoramas featuring the Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang ranges and even Everest. Temperatures climb to comfortable highs of 15-20°C during afternoon descents. The hillsides burst into life as rhododendron forests erupt in riots of red and pink. For trekkers who enjoy floral scenery, there is no better time. 

AUTUMN: Just after the monsoon, the months of September to November host the clearest skies ideal for unhindered mountain views from Ama Yangri’s summit as well as photographic pursuits. Daytime temperatures hover between 10-15°C but plunge after sundown. With blue skies, chill air, and golden meadows, autumn spells a magical experience.

WINTER: However, now due to climate change cold winter months of December-February are considered ideal for Ama Yangri expeditions. But one requires proper winter gear and mental preparation for such trips, as temperatures can plunge as low as -5 to -15°C. For casual enjoyment, spring and autumn offer the most comfortable weather windows.

Whenever you visit Ama Yangri Peak, be prepared for changing conditions. But during the springs and autumns, the Mother Goddess seems to watch over trekkers.

Why Choose Nepal Pyramids for the Ama Yangri Trek

For an outstanding trekking experience in the Ama Yangri region that is both safe and insightful, look no further than Nepal Pyramids. As a reputed travel agent, our experienced team offers exceptional guidance for this emerging trail. We create personalized itineraries tailored to your fitness levels and interests while sharing fascinating details about the sacred Ama Yangri Peak and the remote villages that surround it. 

Our knowledgeable, certified Group Leaders (Trek Guides) will make the journey more thrilling with stories about the native Tamang culture and the legends that surround the valley. Our guides have built strong ties with the locals over repeated expeditions and can give you more insight than anyone else.

Our Ama Yangri itinerary is so designed that you will have an opportunity to stay at local village homestays and feel the genuine local experience. Booking with us is getting your burden of all the hassles, we take care of all permits and preparations, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy the stunning vistas of Himalayan giants from Ama Yangri’s lofty summit. As the region’s specialists, Nepal Pyramids promises a journey of a lifetime.

Would the Building of the Roadway to Ama Yangri be Disappointing?

Yes, building roads in the Helambu region to reach Ama Yangri Peak can be disappointing for trekkers. The new roads make the trek less natural and wild. However, in many places, you can still walk along the original hiking trails instead of the roads. You do not need to walk on the roads the whole way to the peak.

Even with some roads now, visiting Ama Yangri Peak is still a great trekking experience. This area is quiet and peaceful, without too many tourists. Walking to the peak is still very exciting and rewarding.

So do not feel too disappointed about the roads. The roads allow more people to access Ama Yangri. But you can still enjoy the charm of the region and trek along trails to the peak. If you stay on the walking trails instead of the roads, you will still greatly enjoy the beauty and adventure of trekking to Ama Yangri Peak.

Accommodations and Food on the Ama Yangri Trek

The Ama Yangri trek is certainly a hidden gem that attracts fewer foreign visitors compared to the popular Everest Base Camp OR Annapurna routes. However, many local Nepali travelers have discovered the area's charms. Given the lower foreign tourist traffic, you won't encounter many teahouses along the trail. Instead, accommodation at Ama Yangri consists mostly of beautiful homestays offering an authentic glimpse into local lifestyles.

Sharing their local homes in humble village houses allows a meaningful cultural connection with very hospitable families. Meals are authentically made with locally grown organic vegetables and they strictly follow clean cooking practices. The local food they prepare is enticed with pure flavors. However, the menus they serve are more of local tastes than Western preferences.

Significantly, the food prepared in homestays gives you a lot about traditional recipes and ingredients that the Himalayan communities use to date. The Ama Yangri trek provides a great opportunity to temporarily embark on an original mountain lifestyle.

How High is Ama Yangri Peak?

Ama Yangri Peak is 3,771 meters which will be 12,372 feet.

Why 2 Day Itinerary is not Recommended for the Ama Yangri Trek?

We don't recommend a 2-day itinerary for the Ama Yangri Trek unless you have recently been on any High-Altitude excursions or expeditions. A 2-day itinerary does not allow enough time for trekkers to properly acclimatize to the high altitude. Starting from Kathmandu at an elevation of around 1,400 meters and reaching Ama Yangri Peak at 3,771 meters in just two days could put trekkers at significant risk of altitude sickness. A gradual ascent is necessary to give the body time to adjust to the lower amounts of oxygen at higher elevations.

Climbing to such elevation in just 48 hours will make the trek extremely strenuous, and tiring, and reduce the fun of trekking. The climb to Ama Yangri Peka which is nearly 4,000 meters gains over 2,300 meters in elevation - all in a very compressed timeline. Acute Mountain Sickness with symptoms like headaches, nausea, and difficulty sleeping could develop. Rapid ascent to such height isn't appropriate for your body functions.

Trekking in the Himalayas should be an exciting adventure, not an exhausting race to the top. Following proper acclimatization protocols over 4-6 days allows you to experience incredible views at your own pace. You have more time to relax, explore villages, sample local cuisine, and make meaningful connections without constantly battling for air. The additional days build endurance and stamina to reach Ama Yangri Peak with the energy left to enjoy the stunning 360° vistas. Don't rush such a special journey that few ever undertake. Allow yourself to create lifelong memories by ascending gradually and safely.

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