Paldor Peak Climbing - 21 Days

Paldor Peak Climbing

Paldor Peak Climbing trip starts after a day drive to Gyangsang from Kathmandu. Paldor Peak lies at the south-east end of Ganesh Himal range at the junction of the Tiru and Karpu Dandas (ridges) at the head of Melung Khola, a tributary of Trisuli River. As the peak is below 6,000m, it provides a satisfying and non-difficult climb. The main route across the glacier is crevassed and takes some finding. On reaching the col there are two options. Either climb the straightforward ridge using ropes, or continue around to the crevassed back for a simpler, 45 degree, ridge. In good conditions making a traverse of the mountain is possible. From the summit there are excellent views of the all the Ganesh Himal peaks, Langtang Lirung (7,227 m) and Manaslu (8,156 m) as well as the mountains of Tibet including Shishapangma (8,013 m).

This peak can be climbed from North East, South East, West and South West Ridge. It was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa and Da Namgyal during the monsoon of 1949 by the North-East Ridge. Trekking to Paldor is one of the best and famous trekking routes in Ganesh Himal region. The route lies in Ganesh Himal region and it links Langtang and Manaslu section of Great Himalaya trail. In this region you get to view stunning tranquil lakes, beautiful waterfalls, great Himalayan landscapes and lush green farming terraces. You also get an insight into the lifestyle and culture of the local Tamang and Gurung majorities. The trek begins from Gyangsang and ends at Syabrubesi or either you start the it from Syabrubesi and end the trekking in Darkha Phedi. Paldor Peak Trekking lying in a remote location, it provides an interesting trekking trail for its climbers. This trek can be extended with Tamang Heritage, Classic Langtang Valley Trek or and revers the trek via Singla Pass and end the trek at Betrawati in the bank of Trisuli River.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet at airport, transfer to Kathmandu Guest House.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing (optional)
Day 03 Drive to Gyangsang from Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 04: Trek to Borang (1700m)
Day 05: Trek to Sertung (1920m)
Day 06: Trek to Narchet Kharka.
Day 07: Trek to Somdang (3,270m)
Day 08: Trek to Jasta Khani (3700m.)
Day 09: Trek to Paldor Base Camp (4,280m)
Day 10: Rest Day at Base Camp
Day 11: Climb to High Camp
Day 12: Rest Day at High Camp
Day 13: Trek to Summit of Paldor Peak (5,896m) and come back to Base Camp
Day 14: Trek to Somdang (3,270m)
Day 15: Trek to Gatlang (3800m)
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (2607m), approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Day 17: Trek to Nagthali (3165m) - Thuman (2338m), approx. 7-8 hours walk.
Day 18: Trek to Bridim (2229m)
Day 19: Trek to Syabrubesi (1450m)
Day 20: Drive Back Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 21: Fly back to home.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)
Meet and greet upon your arrival at airport. You will be received by our company representative and transferred to the selected hotel. Welcome drink and a short brief about your trip. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Today we arrange Paldor Peak climbing permits, you can do trip preparation or go visit ancient old Hindu and Buddhists temples such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. We can arrange guided sightseeing on client request. We leave choice on you.

Day 03: Drive to Gyangsang from Kathmandu (1400m)
From Kathmandu, you take approx. nine-hours drive to Gyangsang. You will have first glimps have Ganesh Himal from there. Stop there for overnight stay.

Day 04: Trek to Borang (1700m)
Today, we trek to Borang, a beautiful Tamang village. In the begging, we cross the Dundure Khola and walk through the Jharlang Village then steep climb up of about 3 hours brings us to Borang. Stay overnight in tented camp in Borang.

Day 05: Trek to Sertung (1920m)
From Borang, you walk for about an hour to reach a beautiful terraced farm land. Again we will see the Ganesh Himal IV (Pabil Himal) Ganesh III and Ganesh VII soaring high above Kalu Kunda near Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We will pass through Awi Village and walk up to Galka Danda the about half hour's walk will take to Sertung, the biggest Tamang Village in the region. Home village of founder CEO Wilderness Excursion.

Day 06: Trek to Narchet Kharka.
As you leave from Sertung, the early part of the trail goes gently down to Aata Khola then steep walk up to Kami Gaun, a beautiful black-smith community on the top small ridge. Then we trek through Tipling Village to Narchet from here, you can enjoy spectacular view of Ganesh Himal, lush green terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance.

Day 07: Trek to Somdang (3,270m)
Today, you trek from Yuri Kharka to Somdang via Khurpudanda pass (3,620m). Till Khurpudanda pass the trail moves uphill and you begin to follow a decent path to reach Somdang. From the view point of Khurpudanda pass you can enjoy the spectacular views of Paldor, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Pangsang La, etc. En route you pass through forests. At Somdang you can observe the zinc mines. Today you trek for about five hours.

Day 08: Trek to Jasta Khani (3700m.)
Leaving Somdang, you continue along the trail to Jasta Khani, which takes about five hours. Today you make a gradual ascent along the path passing through forests until you reach Paigutang Kharka. From here, the trail steeply goes up to Jasta Khani. On the way you cross rocky paths covered by juniper. There is a zinc mine at Jasta Khani as well.

Day 09: Trek to Paldor Base Camp (4,280m)
Today, you trek from Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp which takes about five hours. The trail ascends along the rocky glacier path. En route, you can enjoy the views of the Paldor Peak and other rock hills.

Day 10: Rest Day at Base Camp
Today is a rest day at Base Camp for proper acclimatization for the preparation of Paldor summit.

Day 11: Climb to High Camp
Today you climb from Paldor Base Camp to High Camp which takes about five hours. As you continue along the trail, it moves through rocky glaciers. En route, you get completely mesmerized by the views of Paldor East and Paldor West. You also get to enjoy the views of green and rocky hills around you.

Day 12: Summit of Paldor Peak (5,896m) and come back to Base Camp
Leaving the High Camp, you trek to the Summit of Paldor Peak and return to Base Camp, this takes approximately nine hours. At the summit of Paldor, you get panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh I, II, III, Manaslu and along with views of Tibet mountains.

Day 13: Trek to Somdang (3,270m)
From the Base Camp, you walk straight downhill all the way to Paigutang Kharka. From here, the trail gradually descends to Somdang. Today you trek for about seven hours.

Day 14: Trek to Gatlang (3800m)
Cross the river at Somdang and continue flat road for a while then take short cut trail to Khurpu Danda, continue walk down to Gatlang Gompa where we can also vistit sacred Parbati Kunda. Another descend down to beautiful Tamang village of Gatlang. Stay overnight there.

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (2607m), approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Today, our trek begins by descending to Thangbuchet, near Chilime village by the Bhotekoshi River. Chilime Hydropower dam is situated here. After Chilime, we start to ascend first by crossing a small hanging bridge and continue until we reach Tatopani. Enroute, we have outstanding views of the Langtang Range and Ganesh Himal. Tatopani literally means ´hot water´, where one can cleanse in the natural hot springs. Locals believe that the waters have a healing quality that eases away your aches and pains. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 17: Trek to Nagthali (3165m) - Thuman (2338m), approx. 7-8 hours walk.
This will be the longest trekking day. This morning we climb to Nagthali which is at the height of 3165m, which was once used as a popular meditation center for the local monks and priests. This is the highest pass of the area, lies in high open grassland and offers panoramic views of snow covered Langtang Lirung, Kerung, Ganesh Himal and Sanjen Ranges. We descend down to Thuman, a heavily Tibetan influenced Tamang village. If we are lucky, we might come across large troops of Nepal Gray Langur Monkeys. The ancient monasteries and houses adorned with rich wood engravings here are an unforgettable experience.

Day 18: Trek to Bridim (2229m)
Walking through rhododendron forests and meadows we trek towards Bridim, another Tibetan influenced Tamang community located in the bosom of the Langtang Himal. About 43 houses are spread in Z shape. Most of the houses are made up of stone and have roofs of split shake. Here, we may meet other trekkers on the Langtang trail. Stay overnight in lodge or home.

Day 19: Trek to Syabrubesi (1450m)
We follow the Bhote Kosi River on the left side of the valley to the north and then return on the opposite side. Passing through paddy and corn fields we finally descend to our campsite at Syabrubesi. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 20: Drive Back Kathmandu (1300m)
In the morning, we take breakfast and ride the bus to Kathmandu. Your guide will tell you reporting time and departure time for the bus ride. Last our hang around at Thamel to chill out. Stay overnight in hotel. "Our paramount concern is your safety" while traveling with Wilderness Excursion. Please note that your leader has the authority to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is supposed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as it is; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous areas, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day 21: Fly back to home

Footwear

  • Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for traveling
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow.
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around

Leg wear

  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and
  • Waterproof trousers

Body

  • Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal shirt for colder areas
  • Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles, glacier glasses for climbing
  • Warm gloves

Other items

  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag
  • One liter water bottle, Personal first aid kit to include essential items
  • Sleeping bag, 4 season, Multi-Led head lamp with spare batteries
  • Duct Tape, Thermos/Vacuum Flask
  • Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck, towel and toiletries.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • MP3, Smart phone set
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
  • Recommended Mountaineering Kit
  • In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.

Necessary Gear for Peak Climbing

  • Mountaineering boots, gaiters, Fleece trousers
  • Additional mitts and gloves suitable for climbing
  • Sleeping bags suitable for peak climbing expedition.
  • Down suits (dangri), Summit shoe, Crampon
  • Summit Glove (Mitten), Summit Snow goggles
  • Glacier glasses, Down filled Mattress, Summit socks, Climbing bag
  • Down jacke, Down Trouser, Climbing bag,
  • hardshell and soft shell jackets
  • water bottle, Screw Gate Karabiner
  • Harness: A good climbing harness should be light and simple in design, easy to put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
  • Crampons: Crampons must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice. The lighter the better – extra weight on your feet is much more strenuous than anywhere else on your body.
  • Ice axe: Ice axe should be versatile and light. A general purpose technical ice axe (T rated) but not too aggressive.
  • Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens. Practice using it with thick gloves on again and again.
  • Head Lamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential; we do not recommend single bulb lights due to lower reliability.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your rappel device (which happens a lot).
  • Trekking poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best (preferably with a simple outside locking mechanism).
  • Slings: One 3m(10ft) and three 2m(6ft).
  • Prusik loops: Never hurts to carry a few (e.g. 0.6m and 1.2m), they come in handy in many situations, Masks, hoses, and regulators: Good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter: ABC watches or more advanced GPS watches will do the trick. Watch for battery life.
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is essential.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

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  • Max Altitude: 5896m
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Best time: Sept, Oct, April, May

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