Three summits of Layla
Just as any big mountain (like Monte Rosa in the Alps) Layla has more than one summit.
So which one to choose? Their elevation being almost equal (South 4000m, Central 4008m, North 4001m) makes little difference.
Our goal is to reach the top, also enjoy the views and have an exciting climbing experience.
What DOES make difference is the route we choose. Central and North peaks are climbed most often. Things I always take into consideration:
My knowledge is based on many years of experience climbing Layla in any possible condition (from June to November) and guiding people of different abilities. You can be sure I will choose the best option for you to enjoy the climb and return to valley unharmed.
And last (but not least) is an aesthetic value of different routes. In terms of views the North summit offers the best of all.
Horses on approach to Layla
photo: Milor Kaldani , Kolia (the horse) and students from Germany on day 1
Most people choose a 3-day option for climbing Mt.Layla (4008m). From my extensive experience with groups of various ages and fitness levels I must stress that this is NOT an easy task. However I don't remember anyone who gave up and turned back!
The first day involves an impressive elevation gain of 1800m. Early morning start and lunch break at Lashira make all the difference.
Yet, the most help comes from local horses each of whom able carry up to 3 backpacks.
Initially some people consider this help as some way of getting around the challenge...
They always change their mind soon after leaving the village. Even going light is not easy!
Saving energy for the next (summit) day is imperative. Moreover you enjoy the landscape without excessive sweat!
Some groups choose to hire horses even for return trip! But this is completely optional.
How to book this horse service ?
I will do this for you and will negotiate the lowest rate.
Note for animal lovers (all of us are!)
Although this whole job is far from easy, horses are always treated well and given frequent breaks . At least once all the load is completely removed for total rest and relaxed grazing .
photo: Kolia is grazing at Laldesgalar meadows
Some important tips: