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PALDOR PEAK

This trek gives one the opportunity to visit the famous Gosaikunda lake, which is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. A large number of pilgrims visit here braving the freezing temperatures and have the temerity to bathe in the frigid waters. The trail also offers glorious views along the way.

Northwest of Kathmandu lies the Ganesh Himal and at its foot is the Paldor Peak (5,896m). Among all the treks this has the closest starting point, which is only an hourís drive away from the city center. The actual trek begins from the little settlement of Sundarijal, immediately below the Shivapuri hills. You will be walking through picturesque landscape of grassland and forests of oak, pine and rhododendron. Many trekkers doing the Langtang trek also use this route hence there are people heading for Langtang as well as Gosaikunda along this trail.

The route to the sacred lake of Gosaikunda (4,600m) goes through rich forest and farmland. On the way to Paldor peak it is advisable to spend time here acclimatizing. Acclimatization is best done by going for day hikes in the vicinity. There is more reward than just fitness as the view is incredibly good with the massive peaks Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang and Ganesh clearly in sight.

After Gosaikunda, the trail leads through craggy hills until you reach the foot of Ganesh Himal. The base camp, which is your next destination lies at 4,580m and is below the Paldor glacier. Another day needs to be spent here acclimatizing, as there is no point taking a risk. A person suffering from altitude sickness has to immediately descend to lower altitudes. The final high of the trip is the ascent itself of Paldor peak. From the top the view is astounding, as you will see different ranges of peaks from Mt Machhapuchhare in the Annapurnas to the mighty peaks of the Khumbu. Shishapangma, which is a mountain in Tibet is also clearly visible.

When the climb is done the hard part is over and the trek back is an easy hike all the way down to Trishuli Bazaar. On the way you pass through Tiru Danda and Pansing Bhanjyang. From Bhanjyang you will be driven back to Kathmandu arriving there five hours later.



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