PALDOR PEAK CLIMBING | ITINERARY | COST | ROUTE | Alpinist Club

PALDOR PEAK CLIMBING

Group Size

2-16

meal

breakfast , lunch ,dinner

accomodation

hotel , lodge , tent

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Kathmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5,923m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A varied route in a high mountain atmosphere.
  • The crossing of many Tamang villages
  • All meals included during the trek.
  • very few people have climb
  • Reinforced security: hyperbaric chamber and satellite phone included

trip introduction

Paldor peak climbing is one of the best and most famous trekking routes. Paldor Peak (5,923m) is located in the Ganesh Himal, northwest of Kathmandu. It was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa, and Da Namgyal during the monsoon of 1949 by the North-East Ridge. Paldor peak climbing is under  6,000m and it provides an enjoyable and easy climb. The main route across the glacier is crevassed and takes some finding. Continue climbing,  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 of the paldor peak, you can observe excellent views of 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). The spring and autumn seasons are the best trekking peak season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights. During these seasons, you will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery. Which makes the spring and autumn seasons the busiest time to trek in Nepal. 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We will leave our hotel in the early morning and drive to Sybrubensi. A scenic drive along the foothills to Sybrubensi will be an exciting start to our trekking journey. The trail mostly passes through the bank of Trishuli River with the magnificent views of Ganesh Himal (7422m), green fields, and small valleys. We will cross a few settlement areas like Dhunche and Betrawati on our way to Sybrubensi.

approximately 7 hours of driving 
Final altitude: approximately 14,60 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Today’s path traverses along the bank of Chilime Khola initially. We will cross a suspension bridge over the Chilime Khola to the north bank and ascend until we will cross another suspension bridge to the south. The trail passes through Gholjong Sango and follows a water channel leading us to Tangjet. From here, we will ascend along the farmlands of rice, millet barley crossing many huge Mani walls, carved stones, and lotus Mandalas to our destination Gatlang.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 22,38 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

After having our breakfast we will continue along the trail passing through the Khumbu Danda (3,739m). From here our path will head towards the north along the crest and then ascend steeply to the west. Our walk will be along with the forested landscapes of pine, fir, and rhododendron enjoying the beautiful views of Langtang and Annapurna ranges to a newly constructed road. Following the road for some time, we will make a steep climb ascending to Somdang.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 32,58 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

 

Today we will ascend to Lari from Somdang. The trail mostly passes through the rhododendron forests and continues along the tree, shrubs, and by the open fields. We will clearly view the majestic Himalayas namely being Ganesh Himal (7422m), Manaslu (8163m), and others in the Annapurna range. The trail passes along the east side of Ganesh Himal (7422m) until Lari. It will take us almost five to six hours to reach Lari. From Lari, we can clearly see Paldor Peak (5860m).

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 48,68 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

At a higher altitude, we need to acclimatize to the environment to make our further trek easier. We will do a short day hiking or take a rest at Lari. We can enjoy the magnificent views of high mountains and the glaciers of this region. We can also stroll around the village to observe the lifestyle of the people. 

approximately 3 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 48,68 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We will cross a manganese mine and which will be the last tree-line at this height. We will steeply ascend along the rocky ridges towards the north-east direction along the moraines below the glaciers of Paldor Peak (5860m). The climb is almost steep along the ridge-line. On reaching the junction of East and west Paldor glacier,

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 49,80 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Today, we will begin our trek along the steep moraine slopes to the beautiful campsites. The trail continues to climb along with the boulder fields to a lake called Fang. Our campsite will be set just to the east of Fang, enjoying the beautiful view of towering peaks, the snowy glaciers, and lakes. We will practice using climbing gear for the remaining time under the guidance of our trek guide.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 52,00m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent 

From our high camp, we will follow the trail leading the Paldor Glacier in the east. The trail is steep with loose rocks and hard snow along the trail. We must be careful to properly follow the instructions of the guide while summiting the peak. Continuing along the trail we will finally arrive at the peak. The stretching views of the mountain peaks like Machhapuchhre Himal (6997m), Shisapangma (8013m), and the brown hills of Tibet can be easily seen. After spending some time on the peak and admiring the beauty of nature, we will descend back to the Basecamp. We will choose a campsite set up in our camp.

approximately 6 -7hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 49,80 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

This will be a reserve day for us. Due to unpredictable weather, we might not be able to make the ascent. If such a case arises on the scheduled summit day, we will make the climb today.

Night at the tented camp

After enjoying the beautiful mountain views, we will retrace our path along the moraines to reach Somdang. The path will be steeply descending so we must be careful and watch our step. On crossing the manganese mine, we will encounter a few green vegetation and waterfalls. On reaching Somdang. 

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 32,58 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The steeply descending trail leading to a road and will continue to the forested landscapes leading us to Khumpu Danda. We will again retrace the same path which we made the ascent to Somdang. The trail winding around the Khumpu Danda will take us to our destination, Gatlang Village. Enjoying the local culture and food, we will find a suitable place for camp set up.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 22,38 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

After taking our breakfast, we will head toward the descending trail along the Bhotekoshi River to Thangbuche which lies just near to Chilime village. We will stop at Thangbuche for our lunch and we will see the Chilime hydropower dam. From here, the trail will ascend along the hanging bridge until reaching Tatopani. We can take a refreshment bath at the local hot springs believed to heal all pains and aches.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 26,07 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Today, we will hike to Nagthali Danda which is a beautiful viewpoint for the high snow-capped mountains. The trail passes mostly through the forested landscapes to Brimdang village. We will stop there for our lunch and rest for a while. From there, we will ascend to the Nagthali Danda. Enjoying the panoramic views of the stretched mountains, we will descend back to Tatopani.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 26,07 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

After having our breakfast, we will descend along the farmlands of rice, barley, and paddy to Tatopani. We will cross densely forested areas and a few tranquil villages before reaching Sybrubensi. Today marks the final day of our peak climbing journey in the Paldor periphery. We can admire the view of the mountains and the beautiful landscapes of the Langtang region for a final time.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 14,60 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Today will be our last day of trekking. A scenic drive along the Trishuli River with the magnificent views of illustrious mountain peaks and lush vegetation will finally take us to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu we will transfer you to the hotel and you can spend the remaining time shopping or resting.

approximately 6 -7 hours of driving
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you to the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 15 minutes  of driving 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

 

Best Time to Visit

WHEN TO GO NEPAL

 AUTUMN

During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER

Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING

From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER

In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • A hyperbaric chamber (decompression chamber).

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

 Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.
  • Tips

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

 DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat it with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles, which must then be recycled. You can buy already treated water (safe drinking water) in the villages, which limits the problem of bottles.

 

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