Paldor Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration 20 Nights/21 Days
Trip Code NAP-GAN – 055
Trip Cost USD 1645 per passenger
Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Best Time Sept – Nov/March - April

Overview

Paldor base camp trek is located in the range of Ganesh Himal just northwest of Katmandu. The Paldor Peak (5903m) was climbed first time by Bill Tilman in 1949. North East, South East, West and South West Ridge are normal climbing routes to the summit of Paldor eak. In this remote tented camp trek can be observe the different ways of life, culture and come to contact with the rural people in the small village, passing through the dense forest and meadows.

During the trekking you enjoy the dramatic views of Langtang Lirung (7245m.), Langtang Kerung, Chimse Danda ridge crossed by Ganjala Pass (5122m.), Dorje Lakpa (6989m.), Jugal Himal, Paldor peak, Ganesh Himal, , Manaslu, Shringi Himal, and Sanjen Himal ranges.

Highlights

  • Rim of the Kathmandu valley sightseeing 
  • Scenic road drive to Trisuli Bazzar
  • Panoramic view of many majestic mountains
  • Tamang historical and traditional experience
  • Quite and peaceful environment
  • View of numerous white peaks and natural resources mines
  • Colourful rhododendrons forests and various kinds of medicine herbs
  • Red panda and wild animals
  • Paldor Base Camp
  • Really an unforgettable journey

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Moderate to strenuous trail.
Trip Duration 20 Nights/21 Days
Trip code NAP-GAN – 055
Trip Start/Ends Trisuli Bazar/Syabrubensi
Maximum Altitude Paldor Base Camp (4980m)
Trip Cost USD 1645 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Drive to Trisuli Bazzar to trailhead from Kathmandu, start the trek according to the itinerary and trek back to Kathmandu.
The Route Paldor Base Camp (4980m), 5/7-hrs average walking per day, moderate Strenuous to trail
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Permit Fee Per week per person US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Tourist standard hotel in city and camping on mountain.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

You have breakfast being of the early morning and we drive to Trisuli by regular bus, its takes approximately 4/5 hrs. You see along the driving time good view Himalayas of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang before Rani Pauwa where the most of the local buses stop for the tea break then drive down to Trisuli Bazzar (550m). From Trisuli Bazzar one can further drive to Dhunche to do Langtang Gosaikunda trekking. We camp beyond the village, at noon we make a short walk around Trisuli Bazzar.

The walk begins by passing through free area and to rice field. We soon come at a bunch edge where a firm slope of about 1000 meters starts. We can see the local people walking on this trail as this is mainly used by the local people. We have lunch in the village Harkapur, small village. After lunch we continue walking and the last part of the walk is easily leads concerning flat unpaved. We camp on the school square area in Deaurali. This day walk would be 5 to 6 hours, an ascent of 1000 meters. Overnight at Deaurali

The trail starts with firm steady walk up to Menggang (2050m). The stunning views of some Himalayas from here possibly of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and Annapurna range are seen. After a short but steep descent we let us reach the lunch place at noon. After lunch, we continue our walk about 4 hours, where descending down firmly during the first hours. We camp, if it is possible, in a rice plantation for the village of Thambu. The walk of day would be 6 to 7 hours, ascent of 500m and descent of 800m.

We start today an easy walk through the trail used by the local villagers along the fields. We descend steep by the old stones staircase, and reaching to Ankhu Khola. We camp, depending on of the harvest time, in or beyond Singang in the field. We walk 5 to 6 hours, an ascent of 250m and descent of 200m.

We start our walk with a descent in a superb gap where we have good chance to see the monkeys in the trees. We keep on walking and the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal get on the way. During our walk, we frequently see the impact of deforestation in the form of landslides which we pass and finally reach to the bank of Lisne Khola in a millet field; this will be our camp for the night. We walk about 5 to 6 hours, an ascent of 700m and descent of 500m.

We cross the large part of landslide area and continue by the rice fields. We reach Borang Village; a colorful Buddhist portrait can be seen at the beginning of the village. After the lunch at Borang, we continue our trail firmly and get beautiful views of Ankhu Khola and the Ganesh Himal ahead of us. This area has been strongly cultivated. We descend now slowly in the direction of the Ankhu Khola and camp in the valley to the river of Chalise Khola. From here we can see 3800 meters tall Pangsang in East side which we will reach in 6 days later. We walk today 6 to 7 hours, an ascent of 400 meters and descent of about 450 meters.

We start from Chalise Khola (1400m) with a short, rather steep cliff from the valley of the Chalise Khola and continue our route along the Ankhu Khola River, which flows deeply under us. We pass a number of large landslides and see the Ganesh Himal, which always seems approaching towards us; the view is magnificent and impressive. We pass different Buddhist Chortens and already can see the village Hindung lying, in the middle of between the uncountable terraces. After lunch at Hindung we still walk a long piece of trail steep increases to the camp site which is situated on pasture (Kharka). We walk today 5 to 6 hours, an ascent of 1050 meters and descent of 50 meters

This day we explore Hindung by going up to steep mountain trail to the peak of a hillock, from where the magnificent views of mountains like Ganesh IV (7052m) and the Ganesh II (7150m) and VII (6350m), can be seen. Also, are chances of seeing Langur from the big long standing trees? And we retreat back to Hindung again and sleep there for the night. We may have walked about 4 to 5 hours this day and an ascent of 550m and descent of 550m.

We retreat back again to Chalise Khola that we have passed couple of days ago. We reach the camp site in noon by walking about hardly 3 to 4 hours. Our ascent of today would be 50 meters and descent of 1050m. It is all the way coming down to Chalise Khola and camp for the night

The trail starts going towards an old commercial trail in the direction of the Pangsang Danda (3800m), where our destination is yet to come. The trail and landscape becomes widened grand. We also cross the suspension bridge of the river along with enjoying the marvelous views on the trail, after Adha Khola by crossing suspension bridge we immediately climb to in the village Tipling. Beyond Tipling we find Mani wall, the stone made Mani wall built by the villagers with mantras, often heard chanting “Om Mani Padme Hum” Tibetan culture is witnessed in this region. Our camp will be here for the night. Our walk of the day would be 5 to 6 hours, by climbing up about 950 meters and going down of 50 meters.

This day we will be gaining the height. The landscape is simply eye catching with crossing the forests of rhododendron and watching our national bird Danphe. We still keep on continuing until we come to a big pasture, called as Mergang Kharka, where the cattle come to graze. We stop here for the lunch. Our walk will be immediately steep up after lunch, but, outstanding views of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna Mountain erases our fatigue. After 45 minutes of again steep walk and gentle level path we walk through the jungle of rhododendron and we camp in the middle of the forest where small Kharka is there. Our camp site will be here at Marmelung Kharka. 4 to 5 hours walk this day.

This day we cross Pangsang-La Pass (4002m), it takes about 2 hours of steep walk, it is tough one, the place is considered as the phenomenal physical return investment due to outstanding and rewarding views of majestic mountains like Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and of Annapurna. We descend down our trail for this day is several ups & down crossing again through the rhododendron forest. The path continues with tress, shrubs and by the open field. Along the trail we will be witnessing the spectacular view of massive Langtang which view is amazing. Here the lifestyle is influenced by the Tibetan culture. After a short descent we reach the lunch spot, where the various kinds of large birds can be seen. After lunch we keep on walking our trail towards Somdang and after sometime we reach the camp site of Somdang. This day we walk for 7 hours with about 700 meters ups and down, more or less. We camp at Somadang for the night.

We walk east side of Ganesh Himal to reach at Lari (4868m) from where we can see the beautiful views of Paldor Himal. This alpine place is full of vegetation then continues walk to Paldor Base camp.

After visiting Paldor base camp we retrace to Pangsang Khaka via Somdang.

The trail continues by several ups down path and also crossing Khurpu Danda pass of (3700m), we walk through the fall slate of the Bamdang Khola. We come to see the nice views of Langtang very clearly on the way. The trail also crosses through heavily forested area. Sometime we may see Langur again. This day walk would be of 5 to 6 hours, and almost descending about 1050 m and climbing up about 450 meters. Our camp site will be at Gatlang

Our last day of the trek, we come to a Gompa where we can visit inside and learn the art & the culture of Buddhism, we again walk the trail which is known as the pilgrimage trail uses by the pilgrims. This beautiful trail leads along a lot of Mani walls and small Chorten which has been built by the pilgrims themselves. The colorful village is an enjoying sight of spot to cross. We keep on walking and now have the steep descent; we come at the river which we follow till Syabru Bensi. This day we walk about 7 hours, climbing up about 100 meters and getting down about 1300 meters we stop at Syabru Bensi where few lodges are available but we camp at a nice place at Syabrubensi for the night.

Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu and it takes 8 to 9 hours. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu with splendid views of hills, mountains, terraces and villages. You drive along the unpaved road till Betrawati and you begin to follow narrow well paved road.

This full day at leisure to rest, relax or explore the local area in Kathmandu or do a bit of last minute shopping. You also have the option of doing some sight-seeing. Evening will have farewell meeting & dinner at Nepali typical restaurant.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

  • Documents: Ganesh Himal regions permit, National Park entrance permit & TIMS card
  • Activities: Sightseeing, hiking and trekking trip as per the itinerary.
  • Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, kitchen utilize
  • Accommodation: 4 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 16 nights tented accommodation during trekking
  • Food: Full board on camping [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking and 4 breakfast and one farewell Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
  • Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer, Kathmandu to Syabrubensi and Syabrubensi to Kathmandu transportation.
  • Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

  • International and domestic flight
  • Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
  • Personal equipment
  • Lunch and dinner while in City
  • Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Tips/Gratuities foryour trekking crews
  • Temple and Monastery entrance fee while sightseeing in city
  • Optional activities
  • And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +977985105037 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting and trip briefing: On this trek, we give a short brief about Ganesh Himal Paldor Base Cam Trekking trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: This trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size & group joining: The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Ganesh Himal Paldor Base Camp Trekking trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During the Ganesh Himal Paldor Base Camp Trekking trip, you will be sleeping and eating on tents. Camping trek team includes a team of leader/guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staffs and porters. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food & Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. We provide plenty of hygienic, tasty and nutritious meals three times a day which could be in form of a variety of local and western dishes. Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a plain dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided with all meals. Nepal Adventure Point always encourages using locally produced grains and vegetables to make sure they are fresh enough. Our experienced staffs always make sure to feed you with hygienic and well cooked food of remarkably high standards as they know good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. The vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate/iodine and you are always served with boiled water. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing.

Daily feature of Camping Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6AM with a cup up hot tea and followed by a small bowl of hot water to wash your face brought to your tent. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's walk around 3-hrs lunches will service en-route each day at a picturesque sport at around 12/01 PM usually an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our tents builder Sherpa will go ahead and set up the camp. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the camp, everything will be ready and afternoon tea will be served. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Staffs: Ganesh Himal Paldor Base Camp Trekking trip is accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 8 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and guide the trek will be accompanied by one porter or pack animal for every two people. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 25 kgs in tea-house and 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be reaching at 4980 meters high. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.

Safety & Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Trekkers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Medical Supplies: The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc.

Basic first aid supplies

Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream
Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)

Foot powder

Bandaids (plasters) and tape

Moleskin or other blister pads

Elastic (Ace) bandage

Antiseptic cream

Aspirin

Throat lozenges or cough drops

Decongestant tablets

Iodine - small bottle for water purification

Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP

Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Checklist for Ganesh Himal Paldor Base Camp Trekking

Essential Gears - A pair for running shoes, a pair of lightweight pants and long shirts for day time, one pair short pant for trekking, a pair of warm trousers, rainproof jacket with hood, gloves, woolen socks, underwear, water bottles, day pack (30–35 liter), toiletries, towel, small torch or headlamp with spare batteries, sun block, personal medical supplies if any, camera and film.

Seasonal gears - In addition to the essential gears, one need to bring other gears relevant to the months (season) and altitude of your chosen trek as follows:

Months: (Nov / Dec /Jan / Feb / March trek below 3000 Meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sept / Oct / April / May trek below 3000 meters) - Lightweight walking boots, woolen jumper, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Nov / Dec / Jan / Feb / March trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, 2 woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Months: (Sept / Oct / April / May trek above 3000 meters) - Medium walking boots, a pair woolen jumpers or polar fleece, thermal under wears, woolen pants, wind proof / water proof over pants, snow gaiters, scarf, cotton t-shirts, sunhat, sunglasses.

Optional Gears - Small padlock, money belt, penknife, binocular, energy bars, chocolates / sweets, personal diary, playing cards, books, small swing kid etc.

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

Last minute booking: We accept your last minute booking with 100% payment no later than seven days prior to trip starting date only in case of Nepal trips, but last minute booking will not be accepted for Tibet and Bhutan.

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