Paldor Peak (5,896m) is located in the Ganesh Himal, northwest of Kathmandu. Besides Paldor, there are several Peaks in this area, which are worth climbing. As the area is relatively near to Kathmandu, it is possible to organize an entire climbing expedition within 17 days.
High camp is relatively far from the summit. It is still quite a distance to climb from this camp. A summit camp needs to be placed another four hours climb from the high camp. From the summit camp, it is a very long day to climb Paldor.
After Syabru Bensi, crossing the Bhote Kosi river the route leads via Tamang villages of Tangjet and Gatlang, then heads northwards along the ridge before dropping into the forest above Mailung Khola to pick up the newly built road that leads to an army post. The moraine filled valley below Paldor is reached from here in another days walk. A more interesting approach is the trek from Sundarijal (on the outskirts of Kathmandu valley) through the hills of Helambu and over the Gosainkunda range to Syabru. The return from the mountain can be made by trekking directly to Trishuli Bazaar in about 4 or 5 days from where a drive of about 3 hours bring one back to Kathmandu.
Paldor is in one of the massif of the Ganesh Himal, but still its position is somewhat removed from the main range of the Ganesh. So as you reach the summit, a grand view awaits you, stretching from Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) in the Annapurna range, all the way to the peaks of the Khumbu region along with the Mt. Shisapangma and the brown hills of Tibet. After the strenuous enjoyable climb a pleasant walk back to the busy bazaar of Trishuli via scenic route of Tiru Danda and Pansing Bhanjyang. A three hours drive on the winding road will brings you back to the civilization in Kathmandu.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi which takes about nine hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridge line vistas to Syabrubesi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraced and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche, you feel as if you are heading towards deep land.
Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m.) via Goljung which takes about six hours. While trekking you will experience the Tamang culture as many village inhabitants are Tamangs. You can see spectacular scenery. A cultural show at Goljung and Gatlang makes your trekking a memorable one. Gatlang set high on a hillside among terraced fields is a Tamang settlement. One can visit a Tamang monastery and beautiful Parvatikunda Lake at Gatlang.
Day 03: Trek from Gatlang to Yuri Kharka (3390m.) which takes about five hours. You trek ascent path all the way to Yuri Kharka passing through forests of fir, juniper, rhododendron and local vegetation. During the monsoon local people bring their domestic animals for grazing in Yuri Kharka. Trek from Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3,270m.) via Khurpudanda pass (3,620m) which takes about five hours
Day 04:Trek from Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3,270m.) via Khurpudanda pass (3,620m) which takes about five hours. Till Khurpudanda pass, the trail moves uphill and you begin to follow descending path to reach Somdang. From the view point of Khurpudanda pass, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Paldor, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Pangsang La and many more. En route you pass forests. At Somdang you can observe zinc mines.
Day 05: Trek from Somdang to Jasta Khani (3700m.) which takes about five hours. This day you trek a gradually ascending path passing forests until you reach Paigutang Kharka. Now, the trail goes steep up to Jasta Khani. On the way you cross rocky path covered by juniper. There is a zinc mine at Jasta Khani.
Day 06: Trek from Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp (4,280m) which takes about five hours. The path is ascending along the rocky glacier trail. While walking, you can enjoy the views of Paldor and rock hills around you.
Day 07: Rest day at Base camp for acclimatization. This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Paldor summit.
Day 08: Climb from Paldor base camp to High camp which takes about five hours. The path moves through a rocky glacier. The views of Paldor East and Paldor West completely mesmerizes you. Moreover, you can enjoy the views of rocky hills and green hills around you.
Day 09: Rest day at High camp for acclimatization. This is another acclimatization day for Paldor summit.
Day 10: Summit Paldor Peak (5,896m) and come back to Base Camp.which takes about nine hours. At the summit of Paldor you will be speechless by the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Shisapangma, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh I, II, III, Manaslu and views of Tibet mountains.
Day 11: Trek from Base camp to Somdang which takes about seven hours. Now you walk straight downhill all the way to Paigutang Kharka and then the trail moves along a gradually descending path to Somdang.
Day 12: Trek from Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m.) which takes about seven hours. To reach Narchet Kharka you trek gradually ascending path passing through forests and green hills. The views you can enjoy are of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Lirung and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.
Day 13: Trek from Narchet Kharka to Sertung that takes about seven hours.
The trail you follow is quite a descent at first and then it climbs up for some distance. En route, you cross forests covered with bamboo, pine, rhododendron and waterfalls. Tipling is the first village you encounter on this route. It is a big Tamang village which is rich in culture and has a church. The houses are made of wood, tin and stones. People living here have their distinct life style and they are involved in making goods from bamboo sticks. You can see farming terraces where farmers grow potatoes, wheat, barley, buck wheat, maize and green vegetables. Now, you have to climb down steeply until you cross a suspension bridge over Gorkhen Khola (stream). After you cross, the trails go uphill up to Sertung. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local traditions.
Day 14: Trek from Sertung to Jharlang which takes approximately eight hours.
The early part of your trail is gently rising until you arrive at a small ridge. From here, you can enjoy spectacular views of Ganesh Himal , farming terraces, waterfall and several villages at a distance. Now, you climb down the ridge and cross farming terraces and local villages. After you have lunch at Borang, your trail turns downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang.
Day 15: Trek from Jharlang to Darkha which takes about seven hours. Crossing landslide nearby Jharlang, you begin your trek through an ascending path 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.
Day 16: Trek from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar that takes about seven hours.
The early part of your trek is a descent down to Darkha phedi and your route moves along the river bank until you reach Khahare. There is a big market at Khahare Bazaar with lodges, tea shops, big school and other important buildings. This place is famous for wonderful views of farming terraces.
Day 17: Drive from Khahare Bazaar to Kathmandu by bus which takes approximately eight hours. The road till Dhadingbesi moves through an unpaved road and then you drive along a well paved road until you reach Kathmandu. It is a scenic journey due to the beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages.
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