Paldor Peak Climbing

Trip Duration

18 Days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5903m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

2-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

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.

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

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • 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 

  • Acetazolamide 
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea) 

Packing List

Clothing and equipment

Travel wallet Climbing shocks
Backpack Thermals tops/bottoms
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
Batteries Headlamps
Water bottles Camera
Thermos Charger/adapter
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

Other requirements

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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
Peak climbing is not just a thing you can do whenever you feel like doing it. There are things you need to consider and good weather is one of them. The best seasons to climb this peak is in autumn and spring. The temperature is cold but bearable, the days are less windy, the clear atmosphere makes this peak more appealing. During the spring season, you can see the flower blooming everywhere along with green vegetation. Autumn provides a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains with crystal blue skies. Moreover, these seasons come with few challenges which make the climb relatively easier. The winter season has harsh weather and is covered with snow, sometimes blocking the way. The monsoon is warmer but the trails are muddy and slippery due to heavy rainfall.
Food and accommodation
Paldor peak trek is a sort of camping trek. If you start your journey from Balche you need to camp from the very first day. Or if you start your trek from Syabrubesi there are teahouses available. But you have to return back to Syabrubesi and head towards Gatlang after you explore Kyanjin Gompa. In Gatlang again, you have to start camping. You have to prepare food by yourself. All the equipment like tents, sleeping bags, mats, cooking gas, utensils are very much important in this trek. If you choose to travel through the agencies they will hire a cook for you and also manage the camping for nights.
Transportation
The gateway of Paldor peak is Syabrubesi to which a bus is available from Kathmandu. It might take around 8-9 hours to reach Shyabrubesi from Kathmandu and cost you 1200-1400 NRS. After your arrival at Shyabrubesi, you need to walk further to Paldor Base camp.
Electronics and communication
In the teahouses, every facilities are available like electricity, phone coverage, and internet. You can charge your electronics, phones, and talk to your family and friends. However, during your camping days, these facilities are not available. Satellite phones are available for emergency use. You need to bring extra batteries and power banks.
Guides and porters
Paldor peak is one of the less climbed peaks therefore, it is unlikely to meet many people on your way. If you are climbing solo, it can be riskier. When it comes to peak climbing, professional, licensed, well-educated, and experienced guides are everything you need. They lead you, they have great knowledge about directions, people, villages, camping sites, etc. Since you will be carrying all the stuff for camping you will definitely need a porter to help you. Guides usually charge up to 35-40$ per day and porters charge around 25-30$ per day. However, if you choose to travel through agencies they will hire a guide and a porter for you.
Permits and fees
1) Langtang National Park entry permit NON SAARC countries- 3000 (excluding VAT) SAARC countries- 1500 (excluding VAT) 2) TIMS- 1000NRS 3) Paldor peak climbing permit Spring (March-May)- 250$ Autumn (September-November)- 125$ Winter (December-February)- 70$ Summer (June-August)- 70$

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