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On the way from Langtang to Kyangjin, you will see a perfectly shaped snowy peak, which is situated slightly south of Naya Kanga (5,844m). Seen from the southwest, Urkema peak almost looks like Ama Dablam, which is situated in the Everest region. However, from the southeast – the side we approached the 5,800m peak – the summit appears like a snowy cone, with a perfect ridge to be climbed on its southeast side.
The best base for the climb is the village of Kyangjin (3,900m), which is a good place to acclimatize to local people and weather. Surrounded by majestic peaks such as Langtang Lirung, Naya Kangga and Dorje Lakpa, Kyangjing is about 2.5–hours walk from Langtang village (3,480m). Once you get there, it is best to take it easy, drink plenty of fluids and rest. You can also visit Nepal’s first cheese factory, which was set up with Swiss technical assistance in 1965, and is now government-run.
A good peak to acclimatize you for the climb is Tserko Ri (4,984M). It is situated like an island just north of Kyangjin and is regarded as one of the most rewarding day trips. From Kyangjin, it takes about 3-4 hours till the destination. Just follow the upper trail out of the village, cross the river and climb up the ridge to your left. From the top, which is awash with color due to the prayer flags, you can see Kyangjin Peak and Kyimoshung, with Langtang Lirung towering above them. To the northeast, you’ll see the Yala Glacier and Yala Peak. Across the main valley, Naya Kanga dominates the scenery, with Urkema Peak peeping up behind its southwest ridge.