Ganesh Himal & Paldor Peak Climbing

Nepal
Trip Grade
TripGrade:
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)

You will have a scenic flight to Kathmandu from your country as you will be able to see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Mission Nepal (AMN) will greet and assist you to your hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing of Kathmandu

After breakfast at the hotel, a tour guide will take you to the historical and cultural places of Kathmandu. The Kathmandu city presents a fabulous mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath.

Day 3

Drive to Syabrubesi

We drive from Kathmandu, following the Dhunche initially on the northeast side of the ridge. The drive is an enjoyable one through the serene forests of hemlock, pines, oaks and rhododendron. After crossing the forests we will enter a fascinating landscape of terraced fields and isolated small farms. From here we reach the Syabru. From this village, we continue descending as the path snakes around the ridges for about 2 hours through the thick forests and then eventually we will reach the Tamang village of Syabrubesi.

Day 4

Trek to Gatlang (2,438m)

The path leads us into the valley of the Chilime Khola; crossing the river by a suspension bridge to the north bank and following a path upstream to another large suspension bridge. Here we again cross the river and reach the south bank, passing through Gholjong Sango, where the valley now widens. The trail follows a well-engineered water channel and leads eventually to Thangjet, near the confluence of the Chilime and Brindong Kholas.

The valley has been used for extensive terrace farming where rice, millet and corn are produced. The villagers also have large herds of buffaloes and goats. The trail climbs steeply through terraced hillsides to Gatling, passing Mani walls piled with carved stones and lotus flower Mandala. Gatling is a teeming village with stone houses huddled together. The smoke from the kitchen fires perpetually filters through the wooden tiled roofs to mingle with the prayer flags that drape the bamboo poles. Man, animals and mountainside are so closely bound that none seem to have an identity separate from the other. We will be camping just before or after this village, depending upon the suitable campsite around Gatling.

Day 5

Trek to Yuri Kharka (3280m)

We will pass through the local village of the main trekking trail that goes through the forest of fir, rhododendron and juniper. After a walk of about 5 hours, we will reach the Yuri Kharka.

Day 6

Trek to Somdang (3,270m)

We start our climb again through the forests, zigzagging to Khumpu Danda at 3,739m / 12,267ft. From the ridge there is a magical view of the Annapurna in the west, Langtang and beyond in the east. On the far side of the Mailung Khola are the ridges of the Tiru Danda and the Pansing Bhanjyang Pass. From the Kurpa Danda, our route follows a path north along the crest at first and then traversing the steep hillside on the west flank. The walk is quite spectacular in places and descending into the pine forest to meet the new road which is being extended to the army post at Samathang. We will continue to walk up the main valley by the stream. All along the way, there are thousands of small garnets and other minerals that you can find. Approaching the head of the valley the path then gets steep, climbing on the right side of the stream. Merrily flowing waterfalls enter from the right. Here there are several possible campsites, where we will be camping for the night before heading towards the Paldor Base Camp past the small village of Somdang.

Day 7

Trek to Jasta Khani

From Somdang we will be walking towards the beautiful region of Jasta Khani enjoying the scenic beauty spread all over the place. The trekking trail will offer us a great view of the surrounding high hills and some of the most beautiful forests.

Day 8

Trek to Paldor Base Camp (4,500m)

We climb above the Somdang village and the manganese mine, and soon beyond the last tree line, climbing steeply above the gorge of the river. The path, in some places, is quite rocky as we climb between outcrops and then traverse towards the north-east to a small valley bounded by moraines below the glaciers of the Paldor Peak. We make our Base Camp here, below the confluence of the Paldor West and Paldor East glaciers just north of a fine rock pinnacle that earliest climber named Cleare called ‘Neddy’s Thumb’, at an altitude of 4,500 meters.

Day 9

Rest day at Base Camp.

Today is the rest day as time is needed for acclimatization and for sorting out the equipment which we will be taking to our high camp. The further strategy will also be discussed and planned out. You will also get time to explore the area around the base camp.

Day 10

Climb to High Camp (5,150m)

Today begins the steep and stony walk scrambling up across the moraine slopes and further through the boulder fields to the glacier and eventually to the wonderful campsite. En route the glacier is a small and inconspicuous lake to the south of the peak called Fang. Here you can also see the stream flowing from the lake and aiming for the screen and boulder slope which lies to the east of the East Ridge of Fang. High Camp will be placed just east of the Fang on the Paldor East Glacier, in a magnificent amphitheater of alpine scaled peaks. It would take us all morning to reach it. At night, one can even see the glow of the lights in Kathmandu even though it is at a far away distance. Rest part of the day is spent in sorting out the climbing gear for an early start to the summit of the Paldor.

Day 11

Summit of Paldor and return to Base Camp

From High Camp follow the Paldor Glacier East, without difficulty, north towards a col on the North-East Ridge (Windy Col). We will cross and climb a steep snow slope to gain the col. This may be difficult, in which case we can ascend by the slopes to the left, climbing diagonally towards a rocky pinnacle. This can be hard ice sometimes. Once on the ridge, climb over several pinnacles of loose rock leading to a horizontal snow arête that narrows dramatically; follow this to the foot of the final 150 meters 492 ft headwall. Then we will ascend this on steep snow to the junction of the South-East Ridge, which may be corniced, finally continuing our trek to the summit. The Paldor’s position and its summit provide views stretching from Machhapuchare in the west all the way across to the peaks of the Khumbu. Shishapangma and the brown hills of Tibet are another part of this stunning summit panorama. After spending about half an hour on the summit, we turn back and continue to climb down, carefully along the narrow ridges and then down to the spaciousness of the glacier and on to our high camp. After rest continue our descent to the Base Camp.

Day 12

Spare day for in case

If the weather is favorable and our physical condition permits us to walk then we will walk down or in case if there is bad weather then we need to take a spare day and on this day we will walk around the surrounding area and capture the memorable picturesque view.

Day 13

Trek to Somdang

From the base camp of the Paldor peak, we will trek towards Somdang taking the same way back. The trail gradually descends through the main trail.

Day 14

Trek to Narchet Kharka

We will return back to the Yuri Kharka taking the same path through the forest and green hills. While returning back to Narchet Kharka, we can see the glorious Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung and other mountains.

Day 15

Trek to Sertung

We will trek towards Somdang passing through the forest of juniper and rhododendron. Then following the main trail we will pass through the Tamang village to reach Shertung walking for about 7 to 8 hours.

Day 16

Trek to Jharlang

We will climb up to the ridge and after enjoying the spectacular view of the high hills along with the glorious view of the Ganesh Himal and green forest along with some villages at a far distance. After having the wonderful view we will continue to climb towards the Jharlang passing through the Borang.

Day 17

Trek to Darkha

We will make our journey straight towards Darkha which will take us about 6 to 7 hours. The trekking trail of today will offer us a great view of the high hills along with the green forest of the region. After walking for several hours through the main trail we will reach the Darkha where we will stay the night.

Day 18

Trek to Khahare Bazaar

 

From Darkha we will trek towards the Khahare bazaar. In the early part of the trekking, we will walk towards the Phedi of the Dharka.

Day 19

Drive to Kathmandu

From Khahare bazaar we will catch the bus back to Kathmandu. The drive back to the Kathmandu will be interesting as it will pass through some of the beautiful viewpoints.

Day 20

Depart Kathmandu to reach another destination or fly back home with memories of the trek

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal

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Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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