PALDOR PEAK – 5896m

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Hotel/ Lodges/ Camping

Meals

Trip Grade

Challenging

Maximun Altitude

5150m

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeing, Trekking, Climbing

Overview

Paldor Peak lies at the south-east end of the Ganesh Himal northwest of Kathmandu. It marks the junction of the Tiru and Karpu Dandas at the head of the Mailung Khola, a tributary of the Trishuli Gandaki River. Lying in a remote location, it provides an interesting trekking trail for its climbers.

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. 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 Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours drive from Kathmandu. You end your trekking in Khahare Bazaar and again drive back to Kathmandu.

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. You take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5km away from Kathmandu. You walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.

From Kathmandu, you drive for approximately 9 hours to Syabrubesi. After driving 30 kms, you approach pristine villages on the banks of the river Trishuli. You also get to view the enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. Once you reach Syabru Besi, your trek starts.

Today you start early, beginning your trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang. On the way to Gatlang, the Goljung viewpoint will, after a short 3 hours walk, give you an amazing panorama of the Ganesh Himal including Shishapangma (8013m) and Langtang Lirung (7246m). You climb the first half of the day and the second half, you follow the road. The second part of the trek is easier than the first half.

From Gatlang, you walk for about an hour and a half and reach a local village. As you continue along the trail, you pass through forests of fir, juniper, rhododendron and local vegetation. After walking for about five hours, you reach Yuri Kharka.

Today is a rest day to acclimatization in Yuri Kharka and we spend the day exploring around the village.

Today, you trek from Yuri Kharka to Somdang via Khurpudanda pass (3620m). Till Khurpudanda pass, the trail moves uphill and you begin to follow a decent path to reach Somdang. From the viewpoint 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.

Leaving Somdang, you continue along the trail to Jasta Khani, which literally means zinc mine. 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.

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.

Today is a rest day at Base Camp for proper acclimatization and the preparation of Paldor summit.

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.

Today is a rest day at High camp for acclimatization for summiting Paldor peak.

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 the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Shishapangma, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh I, II, III, Manaslu along with views of Tibetan mountains.

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.

Continuing along the trail, you trek from Somdang to Narchet Kharka. To reach Narchet Kharka you trek gradually along an ascending path passing through forests and green hills. En route, you get to enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and so on. Today you trek for about seven hours to reach Narchet Kharka.

Leaving Narchet Kharka, you continue along the trail, which descends at first and then climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross through forests of bamboo, pine and rhododendron. You also get to view stunning waterfalls. On the way, Tipling is the first village you come across. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chortens and church. People living here have their distinct lifestyle and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. Now you climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross the river, the trails go uphill to Sertung, another Gurung village. People of here are friendly and they warmly welcome the trekkers. Today you trek for about seven hours.

As you leave from Sertung, the early part of the trail goes gently up until you arrive at a small ridge. From here, you can enjoy spectacular view of Ganesh Himal, lush green terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now you climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After your lunch at Borang, you walk downhill and uphill respectively to reach Jharlang. It is a Tamang village with mixed culture. Today you trek for approximately eight hours.

Leaving Jharlang you trek to Darkha which takes about seven hours. You begin today’s trek by crossing a landslide near Jharlang, and then ascending up along the trail with views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, jungle, waterfall, farming terraces and villages. Darkha is the first Brahmin village on this trek. From here you can enjoy the view of Aankhu stream at some distance.

Today you trek from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar which takes about seven hours. The early part of your trek is decent up to Darkha Phedi and your route moves along the riverbank until you reach Khahare. Khahare Bazaar has a big market with lodges, tea shops, big school and other important buildings. This place is famous for magnificent views of green farming terraces.

From Khahare Bazaar, you will be driven for about eight hours to Kathmandu. The road till Dhadingbesi is unpaved and then you drive along the well paved road to reach Kathmandu. The road journey from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu is stunningly scenic with beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages.

Our Nepali support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Or if you prefer to stay longer you can go for short tours such as Safari at National parks, Rafting, Tibet tours, mountain biking, etc.- ask us.

General Information

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Accommodation during trek in Local Lodge/Tea House (standard room)
    • Accommodation in tent during climbing period
    • All meals during trek and climbing period
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters
    • Supplement for Local climbing Sherpa during the climbing period
    • National Park Fee
    • Peak climbing permit
    • 3 nights’ accommodation at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu on sharing room with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to sightseeing monuments
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)
    • Rope, Ice screw, Snow bar etc.

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • International flight and airport taxes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, extra meals, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Personal gears & clothing
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
    • Personal Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

     

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this trek will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $1000 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 1000) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

TRIP EXTENSIONS

In addition to this trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan etc. You may want to try water rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet or Bhutan, whichever seems more appealing to you.

DISCLAIMER

It is fundamental to acknowledge that trekking is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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