Paldor Peak Climbing

Duration18 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5896
Group Size1-12
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
ActivitiesPeak Climbing
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Paldor Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Langtang Valley trekking plus peak climbing
  • 5,500m+ Peak climbing
  • Biodiversity Langtang Valley region
  • Eco-diversity of Langtang National Park
  • Astounding view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Mt. Shishapangma (8,027m)Annapurna (8,091m), Manaslu (8,163m), Langtang Lirung (7,234m), Langtang Ri (7,205m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m) and Leonpo Gang (6,979m)
  • Customizable package
  • Non-technical peak, which the beginners can also ascend

Paldor Peak Climbing Overview

One of the NMA “B” peaks, Paldor Peak (5,896 m) lies at the Southeast end of Ganesh Himal (7,422 m). It is located at the center of Tiru and Kapru Danda. Paldor Peak climbing is historically important because it is one of the first climbed peaks in Nepal. It was first climbed by Bill Tilman, Peter Lloyd, Tenzing Sherpa, and Da Namgyal in 1949 during monsoon season. You know Bill Tilman was one of the great adventure writers and explorers of the Himalayas. He was one of the first persons to receive trekking permits in Nepal. In his respect, there is Tilman Pass (5,308mn) that connects Rolwaling Valley with the Langtang Helmbu Circuit Trek route.

The popularity of Paldor Peak climbing came into the limelight because it lies en route to the Great Himalayan Trail (1,700 km). Gatlang Village is the transition between the Langtang Valley trek and the Ruby Valley trek. Doing this trip is a lifelong experience of nature and culture. The major inhabitants of this region are from Sherpa and Tamang ethnic communities. They are highly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle and socio-cultural practices. Therefore, the ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls beautified by the colorful prayer flags and wheels appear more vibrant.

Langtang Valley Paldor Peak climbing rewards you with the unique traditional practice of Shamanism. The Tamang Shamanism is a traditional method of healing the diseased people by connecting their souls with the spiritual world. Guerrilla trekking is popular for Magar Shamanic culture whereas Langtang Valley trek is an abode of Tamang Shamanic culture.

Natural Beauty of Paldor Peak 

Doing Nepal trekking plus peak climbing in Nepal rewards you with the amazing mixture of nature and culture. The sight of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Shishapangma (8,027 m), Annapurna (8,091 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Langtang Lirung (7,234 m), Langtang Ri (7,205 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Leonpo Gang (6,979 m) and many more is incredible! The ecological diversity of Langtang National Park is equally thrilling. A large variety of flora and fauna of this first Himalayan conservation area and the fourth protected zone of Nepal welcome you to their vicinity.

The entire national park premise is covered by pine, fir, birch, hemlock, and rhododendron forests. Out of 30 rhododendron species of Nepal, 25 are found in this protected area. It means doing Paldor Peak climbing in spring serves you with the most colorful forests due to blossoming rhododendron flowers.

Paldor Peak climbing takes you through this conserved area extended from upper tropical forests to alpine scrub and perennial ice. Different bird species like the Himalayan Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, and different sub-species of partridges can be seen here. Likewise, the Himalayan animal species like snow leopard, red pandas, Himalayan black bear, etc. play hide-and-seek with you throughout the trip.

Peak Climbing Difficulty in Nepal

You can reach the Paldor Peak Summit from the Northeast, Southeast, west, and Southwest ridges. However, the Southeast ridge route is most often used for Paldor Peak climbing. The height of Paldor Peak (5,896 m) is not a factor contributing to Paldor Peak's climbing difficulty. However, it is considered to be challenging for some reasons like the last section of the route, weather, altitude, and climbing experience you have.

The Paldor Peak climbing route runs through the rugged trails inside Langtang National Park. You have to walk through the steep uphill and downhill trails for about 6/7 hours per day. As soon as you reach higher than 2,500 m, there is always a chance for altitude sickness. The weather of the Himalayas cannot easily be predicted as it keeps changing in no time. Sometimes, you have to hold the climbing from High Camp to the Summit. Thus, there is the provision of contingency day. Doing this Peak climbing in winter and summer is more difficult than in spring and autumn.

Being it a peak requiring the good knowledge of using climbing gears and techniques to beat the hardships, Paldor Peak's climbing difficulty is not a matter of negligence. Since you have to go across some crevasses from High Camp to the summit in the dark with the help of just a head torch, it is rather difficult.

Next, it is a combination of teahouse and camping trekking because there are not any such stops between Lari Village and Somdang Village. Here, you don’t have any choice for food and accommodation services. You have to compromise with the luxury even though you can afford them. After all, trekking in Nepal or peak climbing is all about forgoing the luxury that you can regain after you get the lifelong experience, right? To beat the challenges contributing to Paldor Peak's climbing difficulty, book this trip with Nepal Trekking Routes!

Peak Climbing Cost in Nepal

To know about the overall Paldor Peak climbing cost, let’s break down the headings you have to pay for. First, you need three permits: a TIMS Card, a Langtang National Park Entry Permit, and a Paldor Peak climbing Permit. For a TIMS Card, you have to pay USD 20 per person whereas the Langtang National Park Entry Permit cost is USD 30 + 13% VAT. Paldor Peak climbing permit cost is different in different seasons. In spring, it is USD 250 as this is the peak season in Nepal. Likewise, you have to pay USD 125 in autumn while only USD 70 in summer and winter. It means Paldor Peak climbing cost differs in different seasons.

As this is teahouse + camping trekking in Nepal, you have to manage considerably a large group by paying their fees. Talking about the incentives to your porter and the guide, there is not any hard and fast rule of Nepal Trekking Routes. However, the cost of food and accommodation is low as you don’t have much choice! The typical Nepali food items are found in most of the overnight stops which are not only cheap but also hygienic.

The overall Paldor Peak climbing cost is lower than climbing other trekking peaks of the Annapurna and Everest regions. It is because you don’t have to use domestic flights before and after this trip. It means nearly USD 500 has to be saved from the overall cost. Regarding climbing gear costs, you can hire some of them while purchasing the others. Nepal Trekking Routes helps you in both purchasing and hiring them at the most reasonable cost.

Itinerary
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As soon as you land at the Kathmandu Airport, our representative receives and transfers you to the hotel. Take a walkabout around Thamel Bazar on your own.

Our tour guide takes you for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing tour as per the suitable time. You will go around the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. The route will be fixed in mutual understanding between you and the guide.

After you return from the tour, visit the office or the Paldor Peak climbing team leader comes to you. Then, he will give you all the information about the peak climbing itinerary and other necessary tips. It is time to manage the trekking as well as climbing gears. We will help you purchase some and hire the others to minimize the Paldor Peak climbing cost.

 

Your journey towards Langtang region begins right after you have breakfast. You have options: to travel by bus or hire a private jeep to Syafrubesi. You will move further along the Pasang Lhamu Highway enjoying the scenery of the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu, Ganesh  Himal and Langtang regions. The green forests and high altitude villages make the trip more memorable.

 

In the beginning, you traverse along the Chilime Khola and then cross a few suspension bridges over it. By crossing Gholjong Sango and a water canal, you reach Tangjet Village. Then after, you move ahead across the cultivated lands with the seasonal crops and vegetables.

Walking past some mani walls, carved stones and lotus mandalas, you reach Gatlang Village at the end of the day. Gatlang Village is the junction that lets you enter into Manaslu region while doing the Great Himalayan Trail Nepal trek.

 

Following a rather steep trail, you climb up a small hillock, Khumbu Danda. From here, you enjoy the amazing vistas of the dense forests and the Himalayas.

Then, the trail leads you across the dense pine, fir and rhododendron woodlands. Witnessing the astounding appearance of Langtang Himal and Annapurna Massif, you now, move along the newly constructed off-road. At the end of the trip, you reach Somdang Village.

 

Today’s trail goes past the thick rhododendron forests and flat plains cultivated with various vegetables and crops. Throughout the journey, you have the stunning sight of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu region and Annapurna region. Making Ganesh Himal on your east, you continue up to Lari Village from where you can see Paldor Peak (5,896m).

 

Today is the acclimatization day to prepare yourself better to cope with high altitude and reach the peak successfully. There are not any particular side trips around Lari Village. Hence, you can stroll around the village and converse with the villagers to know more about their lifestyle, culture and tradition. You can also practise some climbing techniques enjoying the view of glaciers and snowcapped peaks.

 

This section of Langtang region is popular for Manganese mines. You have to go across this mine site to reach the barren landscape above the tree lines. Moving along the ridges, you walk past the moraines of the Paldor Peak Glacier. Going a little further along the steep trail, you reach the junction of the West and East Paldor Glaciers. You set up the tent right here in this gap.

 

Following the moraine of the glaciers, you reach a glacial lake named Fang. It is the High Camp of Paldor Peak (5,896m) where you spend a night to prepare for the further ascent. The trail is slippery as it is most of the times covered with the ice. You must be quite careful while traversing further.

You set up the tented camp to the east of the Fang Lake, which is the vantage point of glaciers, lakes and soaring peaks. It’s here the Sherpa guide gives you the refreshment trainings to use the climbing gears and effective techniques to beat the challenge.

 

Today is the most remarkable and challenging day of the entire Paldor Peak climbing trip. This is the last and difficult section as there rocks are loose and the trail is ice-covered plus steep.

Moreover, you begin the trip immediately after midnight with the help of the head torch. By crossing the hardest section, you are on the top of Paldor Peak (5,860m). From here, you can have the breathtaking view of the snowcapped peaks of Nepal and Tibet. Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m) and Mt. Shishapangma (8,027m) are seen in the most pleasant appearance.

Capture the lifetime moments in your camera and the mind to make this trip a testimonial of peak climbing in Nepal! Then, you trek down to Paldor Peak Base Camp.

 

You know Paldor Peak is above 5,500m that sometimes the bad weather hinders the hike to the Paldor Peak Summit from High Camp. Therefore, you should always be ready to keep 1 day spare. If the weather is okay, no problem that you can do it in 1 day less than the proposed itinerary.

 

Following the sloppy and icy trail, you walk past the manganese mine sites and the thick forests. Finally, you reach Somdang Village where you spent a night a few days ago.

 

Descending through the same trail you used a few days ago, you trek down to Gatlang Village by crossing Khumbu Danda amidst the dense forests.

 

You begin the trek from Gatlang Village right after having breakfast following the banks of the Bhotekoshi River. Moving a little further, you reach Thanbuche Village. Then, you will also visit the Chilime Hydropower Project as well. From Chilime Village, you walk across a suspension bridge and reach Tatopani Village. As the name suggests, you find a natural hot waterfalls in this village. You can take bath with the hot water that heals all your travel fatigue.

 

This is another spare day in Langtang region. Today, you hike to Nagthali Ghyang, which is the vantage point of this area. Walking past the dense forests of rhododendron, you cross Brimdang Village to reach Nagthali Ghyang.

From here, you witness the silvery peaks of Annapurna region and as far as Tibetan Plateaus. The splendid vista of snowcapped peaks, dense forests and lush valleys are the prize of this hike. Then, you descend towards Tatopani to spend the second night here.

 

You begin the trip right after you have breakfast. This is the last day of Paldor Peak climbing package. You move towards Syabrubesi, the gateway to Langtang trek by crossing the thick-forested lands, terraced fields. The enthralling view of the Langtang region and high altitude villages makes your trip more joyous. Finally, after 6 hours, you arrive at Syabrubesi.

 

According to the flight schedule, the crewmember of our agency escorts you to the Tribhuvan International Airport

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FAQs

You must have the following permits to climb Paldor Peak:

Paldor Peak climbing permit from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)

Langtang National Park Entry Permit

TIMS Card

Being a 6,000m minus peak, you can do Paldor Peak climbing at all times of the year except the most unfavorable situations. The heavy rainfall in summer and heavy snowfall in winter make this climb almost impossible. The best time for Paldor Peak climbing is spring and summer. In summer and winter, it is difficult to predict the weather above 5,000m. However, in summer and winter, the weather remains stable serving with the better panorama of the snowcapped peaks and pleasant valleys.

 

Yes, it is! Paldor Peak climbing requires knowledge about using the climbing gears and techniques to reach the top. The section from Base Camp to the summit is quite challenging as there are some crevasses. To go across these, you need ropes, crampons, ice axes, etc.

Paldor Peak is 5,896m high from the sea level.

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