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.
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive to Syabru Besi (1400m)
Day 4 Trek to Gatlang (2,20m)
Day 5-6 Trek to Yuri Kharka
Day 7 Trek to Somdang (3,270m)
Day 8 Trek to Jasta Khani
Day 9 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 Narchet Kharka
Day 16 Trek to Sertung
Day 17 Trek to Jharlang
Day 18 Trek to Darkha
Day 19 Trek to Khahare Bazaar
Day 20 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 21 Depart Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. 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..
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
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 in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. .
Drive to Syabru Besi (1400m)
From Kathmandu, you take approx nine-hours drive to Syabru Besi, which the starting point of your trek. After driving 30 kms, you approach pristine villages on the banks of the Trishuli River. You also get enchanting panoramic views of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region. .
Trek to Gatlang (2,200m)
Today you start early, beginning your trek from Syabru Besi to Gatlang. On the way to Gatlang, the Goljung view point will, after a short 3 hour 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. You camp overnight at Gatlang..
Trek to Yuri Kharka (2800m)
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..
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..
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..
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..
Rest Day at Base Camp
Today is a rest day at Base Camp for proper acclimatization for the preparation of Paldor summit..
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..
Rest Day at High Camp
Today is a rest day at High camp for acclimatization for your trek to the Paldor summit..
Trek to 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..
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..
Trek to Narchet Kharka (3800m)
Continuing along the trail, you trek from Somdang to Narchet Kharka. To reach Narchet Kharka you trek gradual 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..
Trek to Sertung
Leaving Narchet Kharka, you continue along the trails, 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 this route, Tipling is the first village you come across. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in mixed culture and has chorten and church. People living here have their distinct life style 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..
Trek to Jharlang
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..
Trek to Darkha
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..
Trek to Khahare Bazaar
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 river bank 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..
Drive to Kathmandu
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 Nepalese 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..
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