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Difficulty : Strenuous

Reference Code: MPLDRNP

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trek Start: Shyaphrubesi

Trek Days: 15 days

Peak Climbing Period: 3 days

Maximum Altitude: 5896m.

Age: 20-60

Season: Spring and Autumn

Accommodation: Camp

Service: Full Board

Destination: Nepal

Trip End: Kathmandu

Trek End: Shyaphrubesi

Trip Durations: 19 days

Peak Grade: Extreme

Physical Rating: Strenuous

Group Size: 2-10

Theme: Expedition

Meals: Standard

Mt. Paldor lies at the south-east end of Ganesh Himal range at the junction of the Tiru and Karpu Dandas (ridges). While it is under 6,000m, it provides a satisfying and not-to-difficult climb. The main route across the glacier is crevassed and takes some finding. On reaching the col there are two options. Either climb the straightforward ridge using ropes, or continue around to the crevassed back for a simpler, 45 degree, ridge. In good conditions making a traverse of the mountain is possible.From the summit there are excellent views of the Ganesh Himal peaks, Langtang Lirung (7,227 m) and Manaslu (8,156 m) as well as the mountains of Tibet including Shishapangma (8,013 m).

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Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.

Approximate Driving Hours: 30 minutes
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: None

Day 02 Rest, NMA peak permit issue and preparation day

A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. In this day our staff will issue NMA Peak climbing permit. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 03 Drive to Shyaphrubesi 1440m.

Early in the morning, we take a local bus or a private four wheeler jeep from Kathmandu to reach Shyabri Besi which is the gateway to Langtang valley, meeting Bhote Kosi and Langtang River. Passing through Trishuli Bazaar, Dhunche Bazaar and Ramche Gaon, makes our drive the most mesmerizing scenic drive ever. Though, the road is narrow and crooked, we can view an amazing landscape along the way.

Driving Hours: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 Trek to Gatlang 2238m.

Today’s path traverses along the bank of Chilime Khola initially. We will cross a suspension bridge over the Chilime Khola to the north bank and ascend until we will cross another suspension bridge to the south. The trail passes through Gholjong Sango and follows a water channel leading us to Tangjet. From here, we will ascend along the farmlands of rice, millet barley crossing many huge Mani walls, carved stones, and lotus Mandalas to our destination Gatlang.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 Trek to Somdang 3258m.

After having our breakfast we will continue along the trail passing through the Khumbu Danda (3,739m). From here our path will head towards the north along the crest and then ascends steeply to the west. Our walk will be along the forested landscapes of pine, fir, and rhododendron enjoying the beautiful views of Langtang and Annapurna ranges to a newly constructed road. Following the road for some time, we will make a steep climb ascending to Somdang.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 Trek to Lari 4868m.

Today we will ascend to Lari from Somdang. The trail mostly passes through the rhododendron forests and continues along the tree, shrubs and by the open fields. We will clearly view the majestic Himalayas namely being Ganesh Himal (7422m), Manaslu (8163m) and others in the Annapurna range. The trail passes along the east side of Ganesh Himal (7422m) until Lari. It will almost take us five to six hours to reach Lari. From Lari, we can clearly see the Paldor Peak (5860m).

Walking Hours:5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07 Rest for AMS

At the higher altitude, we need to acclimatize to the environment to make our further trek easier. We will do a short day hiking or take rest at Lari. We can enjoy the magnificent views of high mountains and the glaciers of this region. We can also stroll around the village to observe the lifestyle of the people.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 08 Trek to Paldor Base Camp 4980m

We will cross a manganese mine and which will be the last tree-line at this height. We will steeply ascend along the rocky ridges towards the north-east direction along the moraines below the glaciers of Paldor Peak (5860m). The climb is almost steep along the ridge-line. On reaching the junction of East and west Paldor glacier, we will stay at the tented camp.

Walking Hours:6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 Rest, basic climbing training and preparation day

This day most of the time we rest at our camp. Afternoon, the climbing support sherpa will brief the team about peak climbing skill and safety on the mountain. After that we will check all our group and personal climbing equipment.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Climb to High Camp 5200m

Today, we will begin our trek along the steep moraine slopes to the beautiful campsites. The trail continues to climb along the boulder fields to a lake called Fang. Our campsite will be set just to the east of Fang, enjoying the beautiful view of towering peaks, the snowy glaciers, and lakes. We will practice using climbing gears for the remaining time under the guidance of our trek guide.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: High altitude food

Day 11 Summit Mt. Paldor 5896m. and back to base camp

From our high camp, we will follow the trail leading the Paldor Glacier in the east. The trail is steep with loose rocks and hard snow along the trail. We must be careful to properly follow the instructions of the guide while summiting the peak. Continuing along the trail we will finally arrive at the peak. The stretching views of the mountains peaks like Machhapuchhre Himal (6997m), Shisapangma (8013m) and the brown hills of Tibet can be easily seen. After spending some time on the peak and admiring the beauty of nature, we will descend back to the Base camp.

Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: High altitude food, Dinner

Day 12 Reserve day for incase

If any problem encounter on the summit day, we will use this day for summit.

Accommodation: Camp
Meals include: High altitude food/ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 Backtrack to Somdang 3258m.

After enjoying the beautiful mountain views, we will retrace our path along the moraines to reach Somdang. The path will be steeply descending so we must be careful and watch our step. On crossing the manganese mine, we will encounter few green vegetation and waterfalls.

Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 Trek to Gatlang Village2238m.

The steeply descending trail leading to a road and will continue to the forested landscapes leading us to Khumpu Danda. We will again retrace the same path which we made the ascent to Somdang. The trail winding around the Khumpu Danda will take us to our destination, Gatlang Village. Enjoying the local culture and food, we will find a suitable place for camp set up.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 Trek to Tatopani 2607m.

After taking our breakfast, we will head toward the descending trail along the Bhotekoshi River to Thangbuche which lies just near to Chilime village. We will stop at Thangbuche for our lunch and we will see the Chilime hydropower dam. From here, the trail will ascend along the hanging bridge until reaching Tatopani. We can take a refreshment bath at the local hot springs believed to heal all pains and aches.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 Explore to Nagthali Ghyang 3165m

Today, we will hike to Nagthali Danda which is a beautiful viewpoint for the high snow-capped mountains. The trail passes mostly through the forested landscapes to Brimdang village. We will stop there for our lunch and rest for a while. From there, we will ascend to the Nagthali Danda. Enjoying the panoramic views of the stretched mountains, we will descend back to Tatopani.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp
Meals include:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 Trek to Shyaphrubesi 1440m.

After having our breakfast, we will descend along the farmlands of rice, barley, and paddy to Tatopani. We will cross densely forested area and few tranquil villages before reaching Sybrubensi. Today marks the final day of our peak climbing journey in the Paldor periphery. We can admire the view of the mountains and beautiful landscapes of the Langtang region for a final time as well as enjoy evening the success of the trip with Nepalese staffs altogether.

Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Camp/Lodge
Meals include:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 Drive to Kathmandu 1350m.

We should be ready at 6:00 morning in hotel lobby to have your breakfast or ask questions to your trekking guide. We will drive back to Kathmandu through the road passing terraces, streams, rivers, local settlements, high hills along the Trishuli river side. It takes about 7 to 8 hours (conditional) to reach your hotel in Kathmandu by bus/ private 4WD.

Driving Hours: 7-8 hours
Altitude gain/loss:
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast and Lunch 

Day 19 Rest and final shopping day

A chance to do some shopping, explore at leisure or merely relax by the hotel. We enjoy a final night together, reliving the trek and our extraordinary achievements.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals include: Breakfast

Day 20 Final departure

We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.

Driving hours: 40 minutes
Meals include: Breakfast

Inclusion

All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Langtang Helambu National Park Entry fee
Peak climbing permit
Food for the members on Lodge/camp basis
All camping equipment and camping charges during climbing period
All required group climbing equipments( like fixed  ropes, man rope, ice bar, ice screw.....)
All required Nepalese staffs including climbing support sherpa
Climbing support Sherpa equipments
All Nepalese staffs insurance
Company service charge and government taxes etc.

Exclusion

International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu
All personal equipment and personal expenses
All personal climbing gears
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Personal Medicine
Telephone and internet charges
Laundry charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...

Equipment List

This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.

Climbing equipment:
» Climbing harness;
» One 3 metre/10 foot sling and three 2 metre/6 foot slings.
» Figure 8/Abseil belay device;
» 1 large mitten sized ascender (most members use the large petzl) and arm length leash;
» 2 locking carabiners, (1 large and 1 small)
» 4 regular carabiners;
» Good quality Ice axe with leash;
» Crampons - must fit boots perfectly. Steel crampons with anti-balling (anti-bot) plates are the best;
» Optional; Adjustable trekking poles;

Upper Body:
» 2 cotton t-shirts;
» 1 polypropylene t-shirt;
» 1 long sleeve polypropylene shirts, lightweight;
» 1 polar fleece pullovers, medium weight;
» 1 polar fleece jacket.
» Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable;
» Lightweight down jacket for those chilly days in camp;

Hands:
» 1 pr. lightweight poly-liner gloves. These will be worn when tying knots, but not inside your mitts;
» 1 pair mittens, consists of 1 Gore-tex over mitt matched with the very warm polar fleece mitt liner (For more about high altitude mitts.

Head:
» Warm hat wool or synthetic that covers your ears;
» Balaclava;
» Face mask;
» Ballcap or brimmed suncap;
» Glacier sunglasses with side shields (you can purchase these inexpensively in Kathmandu,
» 1 pair ski goggles (Optional) with light and dark lens;
» Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs;
» Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions.

Lower Body:
» Cotton underwear briefs;
» 1 pair walking shorts;
» 1 pair walking trousers for trekking and around camp;
» 1 pair lightweight thermal bottoms;
» 1 pair medium or expedition weight thermal bottoms;
» 1 pair polar fleece trousers;
» 1 pair Gore-Tex trousers, salopettes, or bibs. Waterproof/breathable with full side zips;
Your clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Feet:
» 1 pair Double Plastic boots (Koflach);
Modern single waterproof-leather climbing boots with special insulation for cold weather/winter climbing on 4000 metre/13,000 foot high peaks are OK, as long as they will fit comfortably with two thick pair of socks and a vapour barrier liner and the boot will fit the crampon perfectly.
» 1 pair sturdy leather walking boots with good ankle support (we mean leather trekking, not climbing boots) for the trek;
» 1 pair trainers, running shoes and/or sandals for Kathmandu and in camp;
» 1 pair down booties (optional);
» 2 pair med-heavy poly or wool socks;
» 2- pair of liner socks. Polypropylene or wool;
» Vapour barrier liner socks or plastic bread-bags;
» 2 pair lightweight trekking socks, poly or wool;
» Cotton socks for in town.

Sleeping:
» 1 good quality sleeping bag (good to -30 degrees C)
» At least 1 closed cell foam kari-mats. We do not recommend inflatable mats, as we have never seen one not puncture. You can buy these non inflatable mats very inexpensively in Kathmandu. Why carry foam mats around the world, when you can purchase them inexpensively in Kathmandu?
Your sleeping bags should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks, bin-liners, or large plastic bags.

Rucksack and Travel Bags:
» 1 medium rucksack (50-70 litres / 3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for airplane carry);
» 1 or 2 large (120 L / 7500 cubic inch) duffle kit bags for clothing and equipment. Must be durable for use on pack animals or porters;
» Small padlocks for duffel kit bags.

Personal Hygiene:
» female or male hygiene supplies;
» 2 tubes lip sun cream, 1 large tube skin sun cream (min.factor 15);
» anti-mosquito cream;
» 1 toothpaste/brush;
» 1 bar soap or hand sanitizer gel/1 small towel;
» hand wipes.

Medical:
Medications are inexpensive and readily available in Kathmandu with no Doctor`s prescription:
» small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin, first-aid tape, plasters (band-aids), personal medications, etc. The leaders will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb;
» 1 skin blister repair kit;
» 1 small bottle anti-diarrhea pills;
» 1 small bottle anti-headache pills;
» 1 small bottle cough and/or cold medicine;
» 1 small bottle stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.;
» 1 small bottle anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox, Acetylzolamide.
» Do not bring sleeping pills. They are a respiratory depressant;
» 1 small bottle of water purification tablets or water filter;
» 1 set earplugs;
» Extra prescription glasses, contact lens supplies. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency. A new pair could be quickly made in Kathmandu, Lhasa, or Kashgar for just $20. Please order upon arrival if you are interested.

Personal Food:
On the mountain we supply plenty of food for you to cook 3 hot meals each day. This food will consist of soup, local cheese & sausage, biscuits, dried noodles, potatoes, rice, porridge, butter, dried and tinned vegetables, fruit, meats, and fish, tea with milk and sugar, powdered juice drink, and drinking chocolate. Our sherpas/local porter will be carrying this food to the higher camps.
» We ask each member to bring their own imported daily snack and energy foods. We do not provide cold “snack” food such as chocolate or "energy-bars". We ask that you bring or buy your own "snack" or daily cold energy food, 2-3 kilos/4-6 pounds is a good amount (for the trek and Island Peak combined). A growing variety of imported foods such as European and American cheeses, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, nuts, and locally made power-bars are now available in Kathmandu, at realistic prices. However, imported power bars, GU, re-hydration drinks, dehydrated food, "freeze-dried meals", imported cheese and sausage are not available. If you want these items, you must bring them from your home country. Many of our members, especially Britons, Europeans, and Australians with tiny baggage allowances, now purchase their daily snacks in Kathmandu. Our schedule in Kathmandu allows plenty of time for shopping.

Practical:
» 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing repair kit;
» 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box matches;
» 1 compass or GPS;
» Recent good quality map of visiting area.
» 1 battery powered alarm clock/watch;
» 1 camera and film, or digital camera with extra cards and extra batteries;
» nylon stuff sacks For food and gear storage, large Ziplocs are useful also;
» 3 Water bottles (1 litre) wide-mouth Nalgene (1 is a pee bottle);
» 1 plastic cup and spoon;
» 1 small folding knife;
» binoculars (optional);
» 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks;
» passport, 2 extra passport photos, flight ticket, flight itinerary;
» separate photocopies of passport and relevant visa pages, proof of insurance;
» dollars, pounds or euros cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, Tibet visa, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts;
» credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for use for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.;
» 1 bathing suit/swimming costume (you never know);
» basecamp entertainment. It is good to bring additional items which you have found to be useful on previous expeditions. For example: paperback books, playing cards, ipod mp3 player, short-wave radio, game boys, musical instruments, ear plugs, lots of batteries, etc.;
» travel clothes for basecamp and in town;

This Peak Climbing equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.
Please submit any equipment questions or concerns to: info@advzambuling.com

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