Paldor peak lies at the south-east end of the Ganesh Himal northwest to Kathmandu and is at an elevation of 5923m. Although being below the 6000m mark, it is one of the most thrilling and challenging climbs in Nepal.
Paldor Peak climbing is one of the most popular and well-known treks in the Ganesh Himal region. The trail leading to it blesses you with some magnificent views of the mountain range, sparkling waterfalls, and eye-catching tranquil lakes. The peak also offers incredible views of Machhapuchhre (6697m) in the Annapurna range, high peaks of the Khumbu region and the beige colored hills of Tibet region.
The Paldor Peak has come a long way since it was first climbed in 1949, by explorers Bill Tilman, Tenzing Sherpa, Peter Lloyd, and Da Namgyal. Only a few people have explored the Paldor Peak making it pristine and untouched. So, you get to experience some rare flora and fauna as well as the unique wilderness of the mountains.
This 20-day Paldor Peak Climbing package offers you the best adventurous experience along with the fantastic views of the untouched beauty of nature, diverse landscapes & serene villages. If you’re an adventurer looking to explore the most pristine landscapes, then the Paldor Peak Climbing might be the right option for you!
The Paldor Peak Climbing commences with a 7-hour drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to the village of Dhunche. The next day we begin our trek walking from Dhunche to Syabrugaun.
We further travel from Syabrugaun to Lama Hotel and even further to Langtang village via the Tamang heritage trail. This trail offers exquisite views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and the Tibetan peaks. You can also view the diversity of castes in Langtang, ranging from Newars, Chettri, Tamangs, Gurungs, and many more.
Following the trail, we pass through Langtang Khola, the Tamang villages and many other rivers, finally arriving at Kanjing Gompa. Once we reach Kanjing Gompa, we can view the incredible scenery of the mountains in all its glory. We further follow the trail leading to Syabru Besi, Gatlang, Somdang and finally into Paldor Base Camp from where we will be attempting the summit.
The view from the top of the peak is absolutely incredible and worth every time and money you spend on the trip! The summit rewards you with the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu, Shishapangma, and many more.
The trail is also not a mainstream route. So you observe only a few tourists even in the favorable seasons. However, due to the less traffic, the wildlife here remains pristine and natural, which is perfect for any enthusiasts looking to indulge themselves in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.
Being below 6000m, you might expect this mountain to go easy on you. But this is not the case with the Paldor Peak Climbing. It requires excellent physical and mental strength to accomplish it. Experienced climbers will have a greater edge over beginners although novice climbers can also opt for the trek with suitable training.
But despite your experiences, physical endurance is a must in this climb. You have to walk approximately 6-7 hours every day through rough and robust terrains. Also, the steep up and down trails can cause fatigue to your muscles if you’ve not trained enough. The final 45-degree angle steep climb through the icy surfaces, to the peak, is very demanding, and you need the right amount of adrenaline push to achieve it!
Knowledge of using mountaineering equipment such as ice-axes, crampons, carabiners, ropes are a bonus although the guides will provide necessary training.
Since the Paldor Peak climb is not mainstream, you will find only a few number of tourists along the way. So, if you’re traveling solo, navigating can be an issue. Thus it is always best to travel this route with a guide or a porter to avoid any troubles.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, there is one thing that troubles us all — altitude sickness. We have designed the itinerary in such a way that you get acclimatized to the climate before making higher elevation hikes. Yet, sometimes you can fall prey to altitude sickness, and thus, it is best to slow your rate of hike or descend to a lower altitude to get things back to normal.
Climbing mountain peaks takes a lot more than just self-determination. One of the things that should be supporting you is the weather. Bad weather not only disrupts the climb but can cause hazardous and risky situations. Heavy winds, snowfall, and thick layers of ice can all pose as barriers during your climb. So, it is best to avoid these situations by traveling in the favorable seasons of the year.
The most favorable seasons for the Paldor Peak Climbing lies during the autumn and the springtime. The winds are a little lighter, and the temperatures though cold are still tolerable. Plus the sunny days and the clear blue skies make the mountains more appealing than usual.
The spring lies between April to May, and the autumn lies between October to November. Both have their distinctive features. Between April and May, the flowers are in full bloom, and the vegetation is abundant. Thus the scenery you witness is more colorful with the mountains in the backdrop.
From October to November, you can experience the chilly Himalayan climate. Also, the rainy season brings some heavy snowfall on the mountains, which makes the mountains fully snow-capped, offering fantastic views to the travelers. The weather though cold during mornings and evenings gets relatively warmer and pleasant during the daytime.
So the next time you’re opting for this trek, we recommend that you visit during the favorable seasons to capture some fantastic views of the mountains for creating a lifetime experience!
Paldor Peak climbing is quite challenging and demands a lot of physical endurance. So, it is vital to increase your stamina before the trek. Make sure you hit the gym for some cardio 2-3 months prior to the trek. Home exercises, running, swimming, or bicycling can also help to increase physical endurance.
Flexibility is also a crucial factor when it comes to climbing. Since you have to walk through steep uphill and downhill paths, the more flexible you are, the easier it is. You also lower the chances of getting injured during the climb.
Altitude sickness causes a nuisance to many people. So it better to carry medications such as Ibuprofen or Diamox, which help speed up acclimatization. Home remedies such as garlic also contribute in acclimatizing quicker.
And finally, always carry essential medications, you might never know when you might fall sick. Painkillers, sprain ointments, bandages can all prove useful for any unpredicted incidents.
The highest point we will be traveling during the Paldor Peak climbing trek is the Paldor Peak, which lies at an altitude of 5923m.