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Paldor Peak Climbing (5,896m/19,331ft)

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Facts of the Trip

Highest access: 5,896m (19,331ft)

Duration: 19 (typically) Days

Location: Langtang Region

Grade: Peru Difficult (PD+)

Himalayan sights: Langtang-re Luri himal, Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal

Accommodation: Teahouse/camping

Transportation: Car, Jeep, Mini Bus

Group Size: 2 – 12 person

Best season: spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November)

Major Activity: trekking/climbing

Include Activity: monastries and sight trip of kathmandu

Country: Nepal

Airport: Kathmandu Airport

Departure From: Kathmandu Intl Airport

Meals: B/B plan in Kathmandu & B,L,D in during trekking and climbing

Culture: Tamang, Rai, Limbu

First Ascent: 1974 Ad. Mr. John Cleare & Ian Howell

Mode of Travel: Tea House/Camping

Co-ordinates: 28°16'37''N, 85°11'10''E

Paldor Peak (5844m) is located in the range between Ganesh Himal and Langtang. It was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa and Da Namgyal in 1949 by Northeast Ridge. Paldor climb is a total alpine adventure with a pleasant and quick access trail passing through Thamang villages. Paldor has 4 climbable ridges: Northeast, Southeast, West and Southwest. Southeast Ridge, which is the most straightforward route.

The alpine setting of the Paldor peak is amazingly beautiful with 4 glacial amphitheatres and 4 massive ridges rising from the glaciers below presenting an exquisite alpine climb by any standard. Each route is a true alpine classic involving glacier travel, rock scramble, ice and rock mixed sections and stunning finish by the snow ridge, a true dream come true for alpine climber. The view from the summit is panoramic with Ganesh Himal peaks Ganesh I, II and III, Shishapangma, Manaslu and Langtang Liring and many smaller but not less spectacular peaks competing for attention. To the South there is an amazing view stretching over endless lower peaks and Himalayan foothills.

The access trek from Syaphrubesi although quick has perfect acclimatization topography with two passes 2240m and 3750m situated in the right place for the appropriate acclimatization stages. The peak being only 5896m high presents very moderate acclimatization objective and our 6 days acclimatization program during the approach provides a generous margin for any climber. On the exit we take a different trek and in a way more spectacular route to Khahare Bazaar along section of Great Himalaya Trek skirting along the ridge from Pasan Bhanjyang Pass to the village of Borang and then following Ankhu Khola valley, where we experience nature from alpine meadows to subtropical forests and diverse village cultures.

Within our standard Paldor climbing itinerary we offer a climbing service via Southeast ridge from the Base Camp located at 5300m, which makes the climbing route of 700m elevation gain on the summit day with the route length of 2.3km.

05 April/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer;

06 April/Day 02: We take 8hrs a scenic drive from Kathmandu along Trishuli River Valley to Syaphrubesi (1503m) North of Kathmandu via Dhunche village; teahouse accommodation or camping

07 April/Day 03: We trek 6hrs from Syaphrubesi to Gatlang (2340m) via Goljung; teahouse accommodation.

08 April/Day 04: We trek 5hrs from Gatlang to Yuri Kharka (3280m.); teahouse accommodation or camping

09 April/Day 05: We trek 5hrs from Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3,260m.) via Khurpudanda pass (3,750m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

10 April/Day 06: We trek 6hrs from Somdang to Jasta Khani (3700m.); camping.

11 April/Day 07: We trek 6hrs from Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp (4280m); camping.

12 April/Day 08: Rest day at Base camp for acclimatization (4280m). This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Paldor peak summit.

13 April/Day 09: We trek 5hrs from Paldor Base Camp to Paldor High Camp C1 (5300m); camping.

14 April/Day 10: We wake up early in the morning (at 3am), take some tea, coffee and light breakfast then summit Paldor Peak (5896m); we will down climb to the Base Camp.

15 April/Day 11: We trek 7hrs from the Base camp to Somdang (4305m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

16 April/Day 12: We trek 7hrs from Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m.); teahouse accommodation or camping

17 April/Day 13: We trek 7hrs from Narchet Kharka to Sertung(3270m); teahouse accommodation or camping

18 April/Day 14: We trek 7hrs from Sertung to Jharlang (1600m); teahouse accommodation or camping

19 April/Day 15: We trek 7hrs from Jharlang to Darkha (1557m); teahouse accommodation or camping

20 April/Day 16: We trek 7hrs from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar (720m); teahouse or camping accommodation.

21 April/Day 17: From Khahare Bazaar we drive for 7hrs to Kathmandu (1350m) by bus or car and transfer to hotel.

22 April/Day 18 Free day at Kathmandu for rest and shooing; Farewell-Celebration dinner in the evening.

23 April/Day 19: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities

25 Sept/Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport and Hotel transfer;

26 Sept/Day 02: We take 8hrs a scenic drive from Kathmandu along Trishuli River Valley to Syaphrubesi (1503m) North of Kathmandu via Dhunche village; teahouse accommodation or camping

27 Sept/Day 03: We trek 6hrs from Syaphrubesi to Gatlang (2340m) via Goljung; teahouse accommodation.

28  Sept/Day 04: We trek 5hrs from Gatlang to Yuri Kharka (3280m.); teahouse accommodation or camping

29  Sept/Day 05: We trek 5hrs from Yuri Kharka to Somdang (3,260m.) via Khurpudanda pass (3,750m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

30 Sept/ Day 06: We trek 6hrs from Somdang to Jasta Khani (3700m.); camping.

01  Oct/Day 07: We trek 6hrs from Jasta Khani to Paldor Base Camp (4280m); camping.

02  Oct/Day 08: Rest day at Base camp for acclimatization (4280m). This is an acclimatization day for the preparation of Paldor peak summit.

03  Oct/Day 09: We trek 5hrs from Paldor Base Camp to Paldor High Camp C1 (5300m); camping.

04 Oct/Day 10: We wake up early in the morning (at 3am), take some tea, coffee and light breakfast then summit Paldor Peak (5896m); we will down climb to the Base Camp.

05 Oct/Day 11: We trek 7hrs from the Base camp to Somdang (4305m); teahouse accommodation or camping.

06 Oct/Day 12: We trek 7hrs from Somdang to Narchet Kharka (3800m.); teahouse accommodation or camping

07 Oct/Day 13: We trek 7hrs from Narchet Kharka to Sertung(3270m); teahouse accommodation or camping

08 Oct/Day 14: We trek 7hrs from Sertung to Jharlang (1600m); teahouse accommodation or camping

09 Oct/Day 15: We trek 7hrs from Jharlang to Darkha (1557m); teahouse accommodation or camping

10 Oct/Day 16: We trek 7hrs from Darkhu to Khahare Bazaar (720m); teahouse or camping accommodation.

11 Oct/Day 17: From Khahare Bazaar we drive for 7hrs to Kathmandu (1350m) by bus or car and transfer to hotel.

12 Oct/Day 18: Free day at Kathmandu for rest and shooing; Farewell-Celebration dinner in the evening.

13 Oct/Day 19: Transfer to the airport for final departure or alternatively join other activities

Price for the Trip

  • The cost of the peak/mountain Expedition depend group size, Category of the trip (full board / base camp Service), your desire (budget), Duration of the trip, categories of Hotel accommodation (budget to 5 star) in Capital city and parts of mountain, Climbing service above the base camp, the number of climbing guides and porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer will direct affect and same peak/ mountain climbing expedition can be higher and lower prices.

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary.
  • Assistance at the International airport by Snowy Horizon’s representative while arriving and departing.
  • 3 Nights request star hotel  accommodations in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trekking and climbing.
  • Private surface transportation from Kathmandu- Sybrubensi-Kathmandu
  • All trekking and camping equipment like camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc.
  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest Houses or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing in twin sharing basis.
  • Per person 20kg baggage allowance during trekking-up carrying by porter or Yak During the trekking and climbing.
  • Trekking Permit (National Park entry fee)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System)
  • NMA Climbing permit for Paldor Peak(5896m).
  • Required Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climbing Guide(s) during Climbing Period as per the size of group.
  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs.
  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Appropriate food for high altitude and all climbing crew at base camp and above as required.
  • Required fixed and dynamic rope during climbing period.
  • Emergency Oxygen and mask regulator.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Farewell Dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with domestic culture show in Kathmandu before departure.
  • Snowy Horizon Special Gifts (T-shirt/Pashmina etc.)
  • Our service Charges

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars
  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit, Personal Trekking Gears
  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Any additional staff other than specified.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (Visa issuance is easy at the arrival)
  • Ice fall Garbage Deposit fees (Sharing with other member) if applicable.
  • Wake talkies & Filming permit.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION

Our Paldor Peak Climbing Services

In the Base Camp: Snowy Horizon Treks & Expedition provides very professional, helpful and friendly service from Kathmandu to the ABC as well as during the climb. Our objective is to provide a good quality, helpful, safe, friendly, stress free and comprehensive service to maximize summit opportunity.

In the Base camp our cooks and helpers will prepare and serve three delicious freshly cooked and plentiful meals a day and will ensure that hot and cold drinks are available 24hrs a day. In the Base Camp we provide spacious expedition quality personal tents for all our clients both with full board or base-camp service only. In the base camp we also provide dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet facilities and portable shower facilities and tent accommodation for our staff.

In the Base Camp we provide access to communication including satellite telephone and internet access, solar panels to charge your batteries and UHF/VHF hand held radios on the mountain to maintain communications between ABC and high camps.

Our Leader and camp manager as well as climbing Sherpas have an extensive experience of multiple Everest climbs. They will ensure cooperation with other companies and Base Camp organization. The Base Camp is a cooperative to ensure contribution from all operators to the task of route fixing and to ensure the safety of climbers from ABC to the summit.

Full Board: For our full board climbers we set up intermediate facility at camp 2 (6750m); this will include personal tents for full board clients, kitchen and dining tents and the toilet facility. We provide a personal climbing Sherpa guide to help the clients to reach the summit. Personal climbing Sherpa will set up camp 1, 2 o three as necessary including food provisions, fuel and oxygen and will guide and assist the client on the summit day. We provide the climbing Sherpa with appropriate radio communication to the climbing route.

Approach to Base Camp

The approach trek starts in Syaphrubesi (1500m) after long but scenic 8hrs drive from Kathmandu. Our first stage is 850m elevation gain to Rongga Bhanjyang Pass (2240m) over 3.5km distance making the average climbing slope of less then 30deg. From the pass we ascent about 100m over 5km.

On second day we reach Yuri Kharka (3280m), which will prepare us to cross the Khurpundanda Pass (3710m) on third trekking day, from where we descent to the camp at Somdang (3270m).

On forth day we reach camp called Jasta Khani (3700m) at the base of Lari Peak and just before the mine site with 430m of elevation gain to allow a comfortable and safe acclimatization.

On fifth day of trekking we reach the Base Camp (4280m) gaining 580m.

After five days of acclimatization we are ready for the climb. We will take 2 days moving to the Advanced Base Camp (5300m) located at the base of snow-ice arête and summit attempt the following day.

Climbing Routes

Southeast Ridge is our climbing route offered within our standard package. From the ABC (C1) we climb 200/55deg arête to the rocky peak of Fang from which we descent on 30deg snow field to the East Paldor glacier at the base of the Southeast Ridge. We climb up and follow the well protected snow and rock ridge for 600m to the summit ridge gaining just over 300m of elevation on the average slope of 55deg. Summit Ridge is somewhat steep but not difficult.

Trekking Peaks are the mountain which can be approached in a day to the summit from their base camp including return to the basecamp. Trekking peaks are generally between 5000m to below 7000m. The climbing permits for these peaks can be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). These peaks are also called NMA Trekking Peaks.

There are no restrictions to obtain climbing permit and anyone with appropriate fitness and skills can attempt a peak climbing. Climbing difficulty varies for different mountains and routes. Non-technical climbs can be attempted by a fit trekker with little or no climbing experience. For technical climbs one needs to have an appropriate level of climbing experience.

There is always first time for everything including peak climbing. There are non-technical peaks, which can be climbed safely by a fit trekker and even slightly technical peaks can be attempted by a novice climber with a professional climbing guide.

To climb high elevation peak the health and fitness is a paramount criteria. The level of fitness required is proportional to peak elevation and route difficulty and length.

Climbing Permit for trekking peaks is a legal document issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Associationauthorizing the climber to attempt the climb on designated peak or route. Attempting a climb without permit is illegal.

Yes climbing permits are required to climb any peak above 5000m and it is illegal to do so without a climbing permit.

A licensed, trained and experienced Climbing Sherpa Guide will lead you while Peak Climbing.

Yes the rescue insurance is required while climbing.

In general August to November and March to May are two climbing seasons in Nepal.

There is no legal requirement to join the climbing group however climbing solo is an unsafe practice. It is recommended to hire the guide even for simple routes.

During the access trek you will be accommodated in a lodge/teahouse; once in the basecamp you will be assigned a tent and your climbing Sherpa will prepare high altitude food; all your climbing gear and food for the climb will be carried by the porter up to the base camp.

It varies for different peaks and weather condition. Generally most of trekking peaksrequire one or two days to summit from the basecamp. The access time varies also and depends on peak location and peak elevation.

It depends on the Trekking Peak. There is a variety of peaks available ranging from non-technical through easy technical to difficult and very difficult technical routes.

Children below 18 are Restricted for Peak Climbing in Nepal. Is this incorrect?

On most of treks bottled water is available. There are also purified filtered water stations in many lodges. The boiled water will be also available in the lodges and from the camp kitchen.

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available. In the basecamp your Sherpa guide will prepare meals for you from instant dry meals.

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routeshaving local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick vibratim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths. On snow routes you will also require crampons, climbing harness and on many climbs the iceaxe.

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.

You will require a travel insurance, which will not exclude climbing and helicopter evacuation. You need obtain your insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Climbing insurance may be obtained through some climbing clubs and some insurers such as IHI.

The cost depends on peak you wish to climb and the number of climbers in the group. The cost of the climb consists of trekking cost, transportation costs (airfare or surface transportation), equipment and staff requirements, climbing duration and permit costs. Please consult us.

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