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CLIMBING IN NEPAL : PALDOR PEAK
 

 

 
Paldor Peak Climbing : 17 days

Paldor lies at the south-east end of Ganesh Himal marking the junction of the Tiru and Karpu Dandas at the head of the Mailung Khola, a tributary of the Trisuli Gandaki river. On a clear day the Ganesh Himal, with the icy fangs of Pabil (7,101m.), Logsang Karpo (7,150m.), Ganesh I (7,406m.) and Ganesh V (6,950m.) can be seen forming an imposing backdorp to the north-west of Kathamndu

Into this region you would be welcomed by tranquil lakes, tremendous waterfall along the trail and majority of Tamang people and great Himalayan landscapes. This peak was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa and Da Namgyal during the monsoon of 1949 by the North-East Ridge, although it must be said that it is difficult to fit Tilman’s description to the actual route.

 
Facts of the climb
Duration: 17 Days
Trek type: Camping
Max Altitude: 5896 m.
Minimum Pax: 1 +
Mode of travel: Land
Grade: Strenuous
 

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi which takes about nine hours. You head north out of Kathmandu driving through scenic foothills and ridgeline vistas to Syabru Besi passing through Dhunche. While passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli river you catch a glimpse of Ganesh Himal, terraces and green hills. As you pass through Dhunche you feel as if you are heading towards deep land. At the same time, you notice that the road is still under construction.

Day 02: Trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang (2238m.) via Goljung and it takes about six hours. While trekking you experience of the Tamang culture. You can see scenery from view point. This day you walk through village. The 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.

Day 04: Trek from Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3,270m.) via Khurpudanda pass (3,620m) and it takes about five hours. Till Khurpudanda pass the trail moves uphill and you begin to follow descent 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 gradual ascent 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) and it takes about five hours. The path is ascent 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 rocky glacier. The views of Paldor East and Paldor West completely mesmerize 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 and it takes about nine hours. At the summit of Paldor you will be speechless by the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Sisapangma, 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 gradual descent path to Somdang.

Day 12:  Trek from Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m.) and it takes about seven hours. To reach Narchet Kharka you trek gradual ascent 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 trails you follow is quite 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 mixed culture and has chorten and 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 upto Sertung. It is also a Gurung village. People of this area welcome the trekkers with their local culture.

Day 14: Trek from Sertung to Jharlang which takes approximately eight hours. The early part of your trails is gently up until you arrive at small ridge. From here, you can enjoy spectacular view 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 take lunch at Borang, your trails turn downhill and uphill respectively to Jharlang. It can be best described as Tamang village with its mixed culture.

Day 15: Trek from Jharlang to Darkha and it takes about seven hours. Crossing landslide nearby Jharlang, you begin your trek through ascent 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 descent upto 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 magnificent 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 unpaved road and then you drive along the well paved road until you reach Kathmandu. It can be best defined as scenic journey due to the beautiful views of rivers, hills, terraces, forests and villages.

 
 
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