Paldor Peak 2017

Trek to the remote Ganesh Valley and climb Paldor Peak.

Paldor Peak 2017

Lying at the south-east end of the Ganesh Himal, northwest of Kathmandu, Paldor Peak (5,896m) represents a satisfying and relatively uncomplicated climb with superb views from the summit of the Ganesh Himal peaks, Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Manaslu (8,156 m), Annapurna as well as the mountains of Tibet including Shishapangma (8,013m)..

Highlights

  • Remote wild expedition
  • Trek in the Ganesh Himal and Climb Paldor Peak 5896m
  • Explore the beatuiful Ganesh Himal
  • Experience the hospitality of Nepal

Grading

  • Challenging / Demanding
  • Altitude range 3100 - 5896m
  • Day temperature range 5C to 15C
  • Night temperature range -10C to 5C

The Plan

Day 0 - Travel from Home Country.

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu, Relax, Recover.

Day 2 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu and organise permit and expedition.

Day 3 - Drive to Syabru Besi (1400m).

Day 4 - Trek to Gatlang (2,200m).

Day 5 - Trek to Yuri Kharka.

Day 6 - Trek to Somdang (3,270m).

Day 7 - Trek to Jasta Khani.

Day 8 - Trek to Paldor Base Camp (4,280m).

Day 9 - Rest Day at Base Camp.

Day 10 - Climb to High Camp.

Day 11 - Rest Day at High Camp.

Day 12 - Climb to Summit of Paldor Peak (5,896m). Camp

Day 13 - Trek to Somdang (3,270m) Camp.

Day 14 - Trek to Narchet Kharka. Camp

Day 15 - Trek to Sertung. Camp

Day 16 - Trek to Jharlang. Camp.

Day 17 - Trek to Khahare Bazaar.

Day 18 - Drive to Kathmandu.

Day 19 - Spare day / Contingency day.

Day 20 - Depart Kathmandu, International flight home.

Date

  • 29 Oct - 18 Nov 20 days
  • Start and end in Kathmandu, airport code KTM

Cost

  • USD 3500 / GBP 3000
  • Min 6 bookings, max 10 bookings

Leader

Panden Sherpa, Tom Richardson & Ade Summers
  • All have lead numerous expeditions in Nepal
  • High quality Sherpa Guide and local team

Other Points

  • Comprehensive gear list will be provided on booking

Our service includes

  • Experienced Western Leader
  • Centrally Located Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All meals on trip
  • Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Group transportation by private vehicle
  • Expedition-style trek
  • All permits for the the trip
  • experienced guides and local staff

Our service excludes

  • International flights
  • Nepal Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personnel equipment
  • Local Staff tips
  • Drinks

Day 0 - Travel from Home Country.

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu, Relax, Recover.

Welcome to the land of Himalayas and the nation of diversity, contrast, adventure and mysticism. As you complete the formalities in the customs and reach outside, you shall be received by the representative of Nepal Mountain Trekkers. You shall then be transferred to the hotel in a private vehicle. Get rest to your jetlagged body and later in the evening stroll around in the streets of Thamel, the favorite tourist hub in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2 - Trekking preparation day.

Today we shall have preparations for the climbing expedition that is to begin from the following day after we head for Syaphrubesi. Check that all the equipment’s and necessary materials are in proper condition. Go for the shopping of the equipments and other necessary things if you need any. You shall also have the interaction or pre-trip meeting with the trekking and climbing guide about the expedition. Use this opportunity to clarify your doubts, if any. We may also go for the sightseeing to the ancient and historical sites of Kathmandu listed in the UNESCO heritage site list on request. Pashupatinath Temple, sacred Hindu Temple, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath Stupas, Durbar Squares are some of the major attractions of sightseeing. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 3 - Drive from Kathmandu to Syaphrubesi (1503m/4931 ft) by private vehicle.

Today we shall leave the medieval city of Kathmandu and head on to the trailhead of this expedition in the Langtang region. Through the winding roads and scenery by a private vehicle of local bus, you shall reach to Syaphrubesi. En route you shall witness the green and lush valleys and hills, settlements on the roadside and perched on the hillside to the other side of the road, occasional glimpses of the Himalayas standing proud, perennial rivers accompanying the trail far below, and encounter the welcoming local-s if you happen to interact with these hosts in your trekking trail. After a road trip of around 8-9 hours where the road till Trishuli Bazaar is relatively smooth which turns into gravel road after Trishuli, you shall reach to Syaphrubesi, settled along the mighty Bhote Koshi River. Stay overnight in Syaprubesi.

Day 4 - Syaphrubesi to Gatlang (2340m/7677 ft) via Goljung: 6hrs.

The walking and trekking in this trekking region starts from Syaphrubesi as we move for Gatlang as the destination for today. Trek starts with the walk on a relatively comfortable terrain for sometime after which the uphill climb begins. In a twisting and turning trail, we shall reach to the viewpoint of Goljang valley, Ganesh Himal Peak and Gosaikunda range as the backdrop. This hiking above the Rongga Pass which is a beautiful viewpoint, we then descends to the Goljung village. A village dominated by Tamang Community, Goljung village has the basic amenities necessary for the trekkers and explorers. After this much needed stoppage for lunch and rest we further move ahead in the trail. The trail to Gatlang village, the traditional Tamang village with authentic lifestyle and unique folk-dances, is a gentle climb. Intermittently, we shall pass through some apple farm, pristine lake, rolling and lush hills, and scenic view of the snow-capped mountains, chortens and Mani walls. In Gatlang, you can witness the local and popular Syabru dance and savor delicious cuisines and observe the well preserved aura of Tamang culture. Stay overnight in Gatlang.

Day 5 - Gatlang to Yuri Kharka (3280m/10761 ft): 5 hrs.

The ascent further up the trail continues as we shall today head for Yuri Kharka. In this trek of around 5 hours, we shall trek through the trail with rich natural heritages. Passing through the forest hosting the varieties of vegetations such as rhododendron, fir, juniper and other local vegetations, we reach to Yuri Kharka. It is a seasonal settlement where locals bring their cattle for grazing during the monsoon season where the vegetation is lush green. Surrounded by high hills and overlooking the beautiful landscape, Yuri Kharka shall serve as the place of overnight stay.

Day 6 - Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3260m/10695 ft) via Khurpudanda Pass (3750m/12303 ft): 5 hrs.

In the trek today, we shall leave the beautiful Somdang village and head further up the trail. The higher we go, the more beautiful will be the scenery. The trek starts from Yuri Kharka with a straining climb to the higher altitudes till the pass of Khurpudanda from where the view is breathtaking. The humongous peaks of Paldor, our ultimate destination, Langtang Peak, Ganesh Himal Peak, Pasang La Peak and many other snow-capped mountains are visible. From the bit strenuous pass, you shall then have a downhill walk to the Somdang village. Intermittently we shall pass through dense forest, varieties of wildlife and scenic landscapes. At Somdang, you may also observe the zinc mines. Stay overnight in Somdang.

Day 7 - Somdang to Jasta Khani (3700m/12139 ft): 6 hrs.

The trek today shall take us a day closer to the base camp of Paldor Peak. In this trail, we start our trek in a rather gradual fashion as the trail elevates gradually till you reach another temporary graze land of Paigutang Kharka past other small grasslands. Trekking along the glacial stream of Mailung River, we further ascent in the trail and walk cautiously on a steep trail for our destination for today. Trekking up in the trail gradually, we pass through the rocky and rough path surrounded by juniper trees before finally reaching the destination for today, the Jasta Khani. You can observe the Zinc mines at Jasta Khani; the name is given after zinc mines in the area as jasta means zinc and mine is khani as translated from local language. Stay overnight in Jasta Khani.

Day 8 - Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp (4280m/14041 ft): 6 hrs.

As we move to the higher altitude, the speed of trekking and walking is slowed down due to the altitude and difficult terrain. Trekking today shall take us to the base camp of Paldor Peak. In this uphill climb, you shall encounter the rocky path and the moraines due to the glacier formed out of the snowy Himalayas. En route to the base camp, you shall have the view of the beautiful Paldor Peak and the surrounding snowy peaks and high, rocky hills overlooking the trail. After reaching the base camp we shall set up our camp and prepare for further activities. Stay overnight in Paldor Base Camp.

Day 9 - Rest day at Base camp for acclimatization. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Paldor peak summit.

Before we start our final phase for the ascent of the Paldor Peak, we shall have an acclimatization day for rest. Today we shall explore the base camp of the peak and make sure that the climbing equipments are in good condition. If the climbing guide perceives the need, climbers may also go for some climbing practices at higher altitude under the guidance of the climbing guide. Stay overnight in Paldor Base Camp.

Day 10 - Paldor Base Camp to Paldor High Camp C1 (5300m/17388 ft): 5 hrs.

This shall mark the final phase of our climb to the beautiful Paldore Peak. Along the rocky and glacial terrain we shall climb to the High Camp on the slopes of the peak. The twisting trail along this difficult terrain shall lead us past the foothills of Lari Peak (4868m). After climbing gradually we shall reach to the High Camp. The use of ropes, crampons depends on the season you are climbing, level of difficulty, and the crevasses found. After reaching the High Camp, the final preparation for summit is made and in the case need arise climbers may receive final practice session on the use of equipments and ropes. Take proper rest and make yourselves prepared for the final push to the peak. The marvelous view of Paldor East and Paldor West is breathtaking from the High Camp. Stay overnight in Paldor High Camp.

Day 11 - Rest Day at Paldor High Camp(5300m/17388 ft).

Day 12 - Summit Paldor Peak (5896m/19343 ft) and back to Base Camp..

The ultimate destination of this expedition has arrived. We shall leave very early, before the day breaks and leave for the peak of the Paldor Mountain. Through the glacial moraines covered with heavy snow we move ahead for the summit. On reaching the Col of the mountain we have two routes or options for reaching to the peak. The first option is a straightforward climb to the summit using the ropes and another option is to continue climbing to the back of the peak which has crevasses but a gentle slope of around 45 degrees. Either way, the climb to the summit of this ‘not-difficult-to-climb’ peak is a gradual and technical effort. The view of surrounding from the summit is marvelous: lofty peaks such as Ganesh Himal I, II and III, Langtang Lirung (7,227m), Manaslu Peak (8,516m) as well as the Tibetan mountain including Shishapangma (8,013m) including other unnamed peaks. After the triumphant feeling, capturing of the breathtaking views in the picture we shall gradually descent from the peak and head on to the Base Camp of the peak. Stay overnight in Paldor Base Camp.

Day 13 - Base camp to Somdang (4305m/14124 ft): 7 hrs.

Today on the climbing slowly turns to trekking as we move down to the lower altitudes. From the base camp, trekkers trek along the glacial river and on the rocky trail as they continue to move down the peak. The trail then turns leftward and reaches to Paigutang Kharka, one of the several graze land to be encountered in this section of the trail. Continuing further along the trail, we shall cross a glacial stream and pass through couple of grass lands before reaching to the Army Camp. Past the army camp, we shall see some chortens and prayer stones, and pass through another graze land before reaching Somdang, the destination for today. Get relaxed at the camp as you shall feel much relieved in the lower altitudes. Stay overnight in Somdang.

Day 14 - Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m/12467 ft): 7 hrs.

The trail today shall be as long as the section of the trail the previous day. The difference in these sections is in terms of the vegetation and landscape encountered. The trekkers shall, today, walk on the ridges of hills which are more lush and green as compared to the initial section of yesterday’s trek. Through the forest and green hills, you shall reach to the seasonal grassland of Narchet Kharka. Besides the trail being overlooked by the mountains, the views of snow-capped peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and other neighboring peaks are visible to the trekkers. You shall trek with the feeling of being mesmerized by the beautiful surrounding. Stay overnight in Narchet Kharka.

Day 15 - Narchet Kharka to Sertung(3270m/10728 ft): 7 hrs.

In another trail marked by small streams, dense forest, permanent settlements and terraced landscapes, we shall today have Sertung village as the destination. Beginning the trek with a gradual descent, we shall then climb up for sometime before we reach to the first round-the-year settlement since our ascent to the Paldor Peak, the village of Tipling. A village dominated by Tamang community, Tipling has mixed culture, houses built up of wood, tin and stones, and the locals are involved in making bamboo products. Traversing ahead from the terraced farmlands of this village producing wheat, barley, buckwheat and vegetables, we now encounter a steep descent to suspension bridge over a small stream. Short uphill past the stream is the village of Sertung. A village with ever-welcoming locals, Sertung is a Gurung dominated villge. Stay overnight in Sertung village.

Day 16 - Sertung to Jharlang (1600m/5249 ft): 7 hrs.

The trek continues along the ridges as we march along the green, lush hills and several settlements. In the earlier section of the trail, the walk is rather gentle until a small ridge comes along the trail. Spectacular scenery of the village, terraced hills, waterfalls, lofty peaks including the mighty Ganesh Himal Peak is visible from the ridge-top. Descending down from the hilltop we traverse through lush landscape, terraced lands and villages as the walk continues till Borang village for lunch. Post-lunch trek has some uphill and downhill walk until we reach to Jharlang village, the destination of overnight stay for today. This is a village dominated by Tamang community, though the influence of various cultures can be seen here. Stay overnight in Jharlang.

Day 17 - Jharlang to Khahare Bazaar (720m/2362 ft): 5-6 hrs.

The uphill and downhill trek continues today as well as we have the final section of trek before moving back to Kathmandu for ending this trek. Start the trek with a gradual ascent to the village of Darkha passing through dense forest, waterfalls and terraced farmlands, small settlements, and the view of mountains including Manaslu,, Ganesh Himal Peak among others. After witnessing the beautiful view from Darkha, we shall continue on the trail by first climbing to the Darkhu Phedi and then along the river bank to the Khahare Bazaar. Stay overnight in Khahare Bazaar.

Day 18 - Drive Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu.

The adventurous, exciting and enriching adventure of Paldor Peak climbing comes to an end today as we shall travel back to Kathmandu. Through the major settlement of Dhading besi, driving on paved and unpaved roads, past the beautiful scenery, waterfalls and pristine rivers, hills and terraced lands we reach Kathmandu. You shall then be transferred to the hotel. Prepare for the travel to onward destination, in which you shall be assisted by our representative.

Day 19 - Spare day / Contingency day.

Day 20 - Departure for home.

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Paldor marks the junction of the Tiru and Karpu Dandas (ridges) at the head of the Mailung Khola, a tributary of the Trishuli Gandaki river. The peak was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa and Da Namgyal during the monsoon of 1949 via the North-East Ridge. This is the traditional route, but Paldor can also be climbed from the South-East, West and South-West ridges.

The main route across the glacier is crevassed and requires careful route-finding.  On reaching the col there are two options: Either climbing the straightforward ridge using ropes, or continuing around to the crevassed back for a simpler, 45-degree ridge. In good conditions, making a traverse of the mountain is possible.

The trek in to the peak is one of the most renowned trekking routes in the Ganesh Himal region, offering climbers and walkers a range of outstanding scenery – lush, green, terraced fields, stunning tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls and spectacular mountain vistas – as well as glimpses into the lifestyle and culture of the local Tamang and Gurung villages we pass through.

Due to the proximity of the Ganesh Himal to Kathmandu, the journeys to and from the start/end of the expedition can be accomplished easily in one day. The trek begins from Syabru Besi, around nine hours’ drive from Kathmandu. It ends in Khahare Bazaar from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.