Pisang Peak Climbing – 19 Days


Introduction


Pisang Peak (6,092m) rising above Pisang village of Annapurna Conservation Area is considered one of the easy climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Nepal, however a reasonably high level of physical fitness and sound health is required. The climb for Pisang Peak starts from Besishahar. A major intersection of the trail meets at Dharapani after passing through Larkya La Pass (5,140m). The path ascends to Kharka (4380m which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,400 meters climbing to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge. The well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slop, which is quite steep but not difficult to reach the summit. The descent is made along the same route.

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m]

Flying through Nepal on your way to Kathmandu offers tremendous views of snow-capped mountain and peaks. It’s an interesting welcoming through knowing you will have conquered these mountains upon your departure. Upon your arrival, the MSM Tours and Treks staff will be waiting to greet you discuss your travels and escort you to the hotel. We will offer some welcome drinks and let you explore through town during the evening.

Day 02 : Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley [1,300m]

Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its mysterious doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hindu, Tibetan, Buddhist and Western influence in the Valley. The neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur provide immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the infamous Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath “the monkey temple”. Prior to your departure you will receive more information about the trip and offered an English-speaking guide to give you unique insights into the culture and architecture of each destination.

Day 03 : Drive to Besi Sahar [820m]

After ensuring that everyone is in peak condition and have the necessary equipment, we will begin our Annapurna trekking. We will start off with the drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we will pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. The landscape along with the lifestyle of the inhabitants changes radically as we drive leave Kathmandu behind. After a 6 hours long drive by car, we will finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung district and from there we will hike up to Bhulbhule which is a short distance away. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 04 : Drive up to Syanje/Chamje – Trek to Tal [1700m]

From Besi Sahar, we will take a drive up to Syanje/Chamje (local buses are available). And then we will trek along the trail to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. Upon treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we will descend to a grassy riverbank. We will cross the suspension bridge below Chamje and climb two steep sections of the trail to reach the village of Tal. Tal is populated with Gurungs and Tibetans.Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 05 : Trek to Dharapani [1920m]

As we proceed forward, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we will approach a steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs as it cuts across the mountain side, we will finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight accommodation will be in a lodge.

Day 06 : Trek to Chame [2630m]

We will skirt through a narrow field from the village and come across the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the Annapurna II become visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we will pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we will follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We will cross a stream before entering a pine forest. As we enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, we will be treated to a enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place.

Day 07 : Trek to Pisang [3190m]

After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning, we will be heading off for Pisang. En route, we will cross a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi and approach houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we will enter into a fascinating apple orchard which is near a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Before us, the Annapurna mountain range rears up. Further on, continuing on with our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. From this vantage point on the bridge, we can get to view the Paungda Danda rock towering majestically more than 1500 meters above the river. En route, we will be able to capture splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak on the north-east. We will cross a bridge and enter the village of Pisang.

Day 08 : Rest Day at Pisang

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Pisang Village. We can spend the whole day taking leisure walks and soaking in the magnificent mountain and scenic views around the village. It is best to gain altitude during the day. At the end of the day, we will return back to our accommodation and have a goodnight’s rest.

Day 09 : Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4420m)

The trail is a steep ascent, passing through Upper Pisang. En route you will cross forests of pine and local vegetation. As you walk along the trail, the views of Annapurna range grows on you. Finally, you will reach the Pisang Peak Base Camp, where you will be camping for the night.

Day 10 : Trek to High Camp (5450m)

Leaving the Base Camp, the trek leads along rocky glacier path to High Camp where you will be camping for the night. One will be enchanted by the alluring panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.

Day 11: Rest Day at High Camp

We will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the high altitude. We also take short trek around the camp to prepare ourselves for the 6000 meter uphill adventure the next morning.

Day 12: Climb to the Summit (6091m) and return to Base Camp

Today will be the highlight of the whole adventure. We will start off early in the morning to climb the Pisang Peak. However, weather condition will play a critical role on the timing of our ascent. As you climb up and reach to the summit of Pisang peak, you will be able get a overwhelming view of Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Tibetan mountains, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, Tilje peak, Kuchubhro peak,etc. One will be taken aback by the sheer amplitude of nature’s beauty at its rawest form. After a safe trek to the top, we will make a safe retreat back down to the Base Camp where you will be camping for the night.

Day 13: Trek to Pisang [3190m]

The trail from the Base Camp goes steeply down all the way to Pisang village. The views of the Annapurna range will be a constant companion for the whole descend to Pisang where you will be staying for the night.

Day 14: Trek to Manang [3520m]

As we continue with our trek further afield from Pisang, we will be heading along a steep ridge and will be able to savor the beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang’s airstrip, we will come across Hongde which lies beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the north-east face. The route further leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from where we will be able to get the majestic view of Annapurna IV [7525m]. Proceeding further on, we will be crossing a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us. We will enter the beautiful village of Mungji and as we continue treading along the cultivated fields, we will arrive at the village of Bryaga which has a splendid monastery. On trekking down to Manang, we will enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m].

Day 15: Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m]

Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge and leaving behind the Marshyangdi river to climb along the Thorung Khola river. Soon after brightly colored red and yellow plants will decorate the trail. We may encounter herd of yaks stampeding around wildly – running back and forth en masse across the trail. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 16: Trek to Muktinath [3800m]

We will start off early today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately upon leaving camp, but the path is well defined as the trial is frequently used. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and where prayer flags can be seen and heard fluttering in the wind. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent and jaw-dropping views of Dhaulagiri, more than makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom [2713m]

As we began the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, we will be initially passing through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, which are villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we will trek on the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we can sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek.

Day 18: Flight to Kathmandu via Pokhara

We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. We will then catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Farewell

A representative of MSM Tours and Treks will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours from your scheduled flight. On your way home you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost


Cost Included

  • All Transportation-Drive to Besi Sahar and Flight Jomsom / Pokhara /Kathmandu .
  • All necessary permits to trek and climb.
  • One Professional Trekking guide and his wages and salaries.
  • Insurance for the trekking staffs.
  • One climbing guide and his wages and salaries.
  • Accommodation on a normal lodge during trek and accommodation on camp during climb.
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and 3 times of tea or coffee per day during climbing period (4 days).
  • First aid kit for trekking guide.
  • Good equipment for your guide to trek (wind jacket, Water bottle, hiking shoes).

Cost Not-Included

  • Tips and Bonus for Staff and guide
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Entrance fees for temple and monastery.
  • Donations in Temples, schools, Monasteries, etc.
  • Personal trekking and climbing gears.
  • First aid kit (for you).
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Which is not mention on Cost Includes

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