Pisang Peak Climbing involves trekking in the famous Annapurna region and summiting Pisang Peak. Additionally, we also visit Muktinath and trek in the beautiful Manang region of Nepal. Our 18-day journey begins from Kathmandu where we meet our climbing leaders/guides and fellow climbers. We drive to Dharapani the next day and begin trekking from there. We enjoy views of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna on our trek leading to Pisang Peak and summit the peak on the ninth day of our journey.
The views of the Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri and other Himalayas from the top are magnificent. On our way back we follow the route that leads us to cross Muktinath which is a sacred pilgrimage site for Nepalese people. We cross Thorong La Pass which is the highest mountain pass in the world to reach Muktinath. Our Pisang Peak itinerary also includes the beautiful Jomsom region which will be a worthwhile experience. From Jomsom, fly back to Pokhara and then drive to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).
We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterwards, there is Allied adventure representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel. We can then spend the rest of our day visiting sightseeing.
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation.
Meeting at the office for trip discussion, where we meet our climbing guide and fellow climbers. Our guide or leader will check our set of equipment in order to make sure that they are in a perfect condition for the coming trip.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 11-12 hours.
We begin our drive to Dharapani after breakfast. It is a long journey via beautiful Nepalese townships. During the beginning of our trip, our trail is alongside the winding Trishuli River. We also pass through Pokhara, popularly known as the Lake City before reaching Dharapani which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours.
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which should help us relax for a while.
Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3,700m/12,136ft): 5-6hours.
A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring us to a dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, we will be surrounded by Himalayan peaks all the way to Pisang. We ascend around thirty minutes towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang.
Day 06: Acclimatization.
Today is set aside for acclimatization alone. Spending extra time at a high altitude location will guarantee that we have a successful trip. We spend the whole day resting and exploring the village. Exploring the village and interacting with the locals will help us get a better glimpse of the local lifestyle. Throughout the day, the views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho are ours to marvel at.
Day 07: Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft): 4-5 hours
We begin our trek after breakfast towards the Pisang Base Camp. We ascend on a trail that passes through a thin forest and grasslands. The pasture is used for grazing yaks and is also the best place to set up our camp. The ground is flat and falls on a frequented trail.
Day 08: Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft): 3-4 hours.
We ascend on the south-west ridge and reach the high camp. After setting up our camp, we participate on a basic climbing training. Our guides will provide training on peak climbing techniques and the proper ways of using climbing gears such as the ice axe, climbing boots and crampons, harness, ascender, etc. The training will also include using ropes to go up and down. Although it is not mandatory to have prior training for Pisang Peak climbing, we strongly believe that some training experience will boost your confidence and climbing skills to increase the chances of scaling the summit as well as to fully enjoy the experience.
Day 09: Summit Pisang Peak and back to base camp (6,091m/19,980ft): 8-9 hours.
We begin our trek early in the morning after breakfast. Today’s trail will be mostly on rocky surfaces. The peak is steep; therefore, there is not much snow. We will require around 20m of rope to climb on a ridge. Around the summit is around 70 degree of slope which will require the usage of around 200m rope. Both fixed rope and main rope will be used. The views of the Annapurna ranges and others are extraordinary from the summit.
Day 10: Contingency.
This is a separate day reserved for any contingency. If we are not able to summit the Pisang Peak on the day as planned due to bad weather or any unforeseen event, this day can be used.
Day 11: Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang Valley (3,450m/11,316ft): 5-6 hours.
From the base camp of Pisang peak we trek towards Pisang village. From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we walk near Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District should cheer us up.
Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours.
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Small but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.
Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours.
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan.
Day 14: Thorang Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft), continue trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 9-10 hours.
Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. We continue trekking to Muktinath which is an important place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus alike. In the morning, we tour the temple area and a Buddhist monastery located close to the temple. After the short tour, we continue our trek to Jomsom which is popular for its sweet apples and strong winds. In fact, there are even Nepalese songs that pay tribute to the strong gush of wind that blows in Jomsom around noon. After reaching Jomsom, we can visit its Ecological Museum that provides information on Jomsom’s rich culture as well as the flora and fauna that are native to the valley.
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes.
Today we fly to Pokhara, the lake city in the earliest possible airplane. After checking-in at our hotel, we may take a rest or visit the lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake. Here, we can indulge in buying some souvenirs or sampling some local delicacies.
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off.
Day 18: Final departure.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Office representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan next adventure in the wonderful country Nepal.
Maximum elevation: 6091m
Trek starting point: Dharapani
Trek ending point: Pokhara
Meals: All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trip.
Accommodations: Tea houses, camps/tents etc.
Included in the Cost:
• Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
• 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
• Teahouse accommodation during the trek
• Tented accommodation during the climb
• All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek and climb
• All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
• Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara)
• English speaking, trained and experienced trekking guide(leader), climbing guide (leader) and assistant guides
• Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
• Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
• Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
• All necessary paperwork; trekking permits and Pisang Peak climbing permit
• Good quality tents and kitchen utensils for camping
• Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
• Medical kit (carried by your guide)