Paldor Peak Climbing
Paldor Peak Climbing Overview
Paldor peak is a very beautiful yet one of the less explored peaks that are tucked between Tiru and Karpu Danda and lines with the Ganesh Himal on its southeastern end. It lies at the height of 5903m and is a moderately difficult peak to climb. According to Nepal Mountaineering Association, the Paldor peak is categorized as group “B” peak climbing.
Bill Tillman, along with Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa, and Da Namgyal, during their course of exploration of Ganesh Himal find out about Paldor Peak. Also, they made their first climb to this peak. Since then, the Paldor peak is slowly gaining popularity. Amazing views of Mt. Pabil, Logsang Karpo, Ganesh I, and Ganesh V from the top of Mt. Paldor is the finest attraction of this trek.
Besides this, the trail also passes through incredible villages of Gatlang and Tangjet. Here, we can see the unique culture and tradition of local Tamang and Gurung people. Their amazing hospitality is worth experiencing. The rare flora and fauna of Langtang National Park make this journey more adventurous. Snow leopards, red pandas, peacocks, Rhododendrons, pines, etc. are the habitants of the park.
In short, Paldor Peak Climbing provides an incredible peak climbing experience. The route to this peak is unique, untouched, and very natural. What could ever be more heart-warming and blissful than trekking in a peaceful area with all the sounds of birds chirping, and flowing rivers?
This route takes around 20-22 days with proper rest. It costs you 2000$ including permits, insurance, clothing, transportation, food, and accommodation.
Highlights of Paldor Peak Climbing
- Amazing hospitality of Gurung and Tamang people
- Diverse flora and fauna of Langtang National Park
- Visit the ancient monasteries, gompas, and prayer walls
- Stunning view of Ganesh Himal, waterfalls, and rivers.
- Climb one of the less climbed peaks.
- Day 1- Kathmandu to Dhunche
- Day 2- Dhunche to Syabru Gaon (5 hours walk).
- Day 3- Syabru Gaon to Lama Hotel (6:30 hours walk).
- Day 4- Lama Hotel to Lang tang village (7 hours walk).
- Day 5- Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3:30 hours walk).
- Day 6- Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel (7 hours walk).
- Day 7- Lama Hotel to SyabruBesi (6:30 hours walk).
- Day 8- Saybru besi to Gatlang (6 to 7 hours walk).
- Day 9- Gatlang to Somdang (6 hours walk).
- Day 10- Somdang to Paldore Base Camp (6 hours walk)
- Day 11- Paldor Base camp to High Camp (5 to 6 hours walk).
- Day 12- Paldor Summit and High Camp (Full day).
- Day 13- Paldor High Camp to Base Camp ( 5 hours walk).
- Day 14- Base Camp to Pangsnag kharaka (6 hours walk).
- Day 15- Pansnag Kharaka to Ruckhe Kharka (7 hours walk).
- Day 16- Rupchet Kharaka to Bhalche (6: 30 hours walk)
- Day 17- Bhalche to Chadanda (6 hours walk).
- Day 18- Chadanda to Betrawati one hrs walk and drive to Kathmandu 4 hrs
Safety and fitness
Even though the Paldor peak is below 6000m, it is considered a very challenging and technical peak. The road to Paldor peak base camp is rough, steep, and can be snowy. The trail above the base camp is more challenging. The steep up and down trails can be very difficult. The final 45-degree angle steep climb through the icy surfaces, to the peak, is very challenging and risky, which definitely requires the right amount of adrenaline push to achieve it! You need to be well familiar with mountaineering gear like ice ax, harness, crampons, etc. The extreme temperature and altitude can be a serious problem if you don’t apply the necessary precaution. Any peak climbing requires concentration, focus, patience, and knowledge. Physical and mental stability is the most important factor. Physical fitness can be built by running, jogging, and doing some light exercise before starting your trek. The average walking hour of 6-7 per day, and overnight camping, risk of altitude sickness, combining all these facts, the trek and climb to Lobuche peak can be moderately difficult.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Travel wallet||Climbing shocks|
|Duffel bag||Synthetic underwear|
|Trekking boots||Synthetic climbing/trekking pants|
|Trekking shocks||Insulated pants|
|Light weight sneakers||Shell pants(water proof)|
|Medium weight Gaiters(water proof)||Medium weight long john tops|
|Foot powder||Synthetic pile jacket|
|Down booties||Down jacket|
|Double insulated climbing boots||Shell jacket (light weight waterproof)|
|Heavy gaiters||Down parka|
|Buff neck gaiters||Face mask|
|Fleece gloves||Winter/summer hat|
|Climbing gloves||Glacier glasses|
|Chemical hand warmers and foot warmers||Dark goggles|
|Climbing pack||Double lenth and single length sling|
|Lightweight harness||Climbing ascender|
|Locking/non-locking carabiners||Prusik cord|
|Helmet||Alpine ice axe|
|Point crampons||Figure 8 and Rappel device|
|Trekking poles||Backpack cover|
|Down sleeping bag||Sleeping pads|
|Water purification tablets||Power banks|
|Travel towel||Safety kit|
|Hand sanitizer||Suns cream and lip balm|
|Altitude sickness medicine||Wash kit|
|Cup, bowl, spoon||Trash bags and tissue papers|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.