PISANG PEAK CLIMBING
PISANG PEAK CLIMBING
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Pisang Peak Climbing is one of the strenuous yet thrilling trekking routes that exist in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trip is a fabulous combination of adventurous road trips, challenging trek and fascinating flight over the Himalayas. Pisang Peak, also known as Jong Ri, is an exquisite peak with an altitude of 6,091m. This climbing trek will take you to the peak of this mountain, which is also the highest elevation of the trip, and bless your eyes with the majestic landscapes around the Annapurna Circuit trek route.
This mountain was first climbed in 1995 by a German expedition team. Since then, scores of climbers and trekkers have already been at its peak. The trip begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Lamjung district. The place where you start walking differs and can be chosen for your interest. We join the Annapurna Circuit trek route and trek along. After passing Chame, our path diverts from the circuit trek and heads north towards Upper Pisang, Pisang Peak Base Camp, High Camp and finally the top of the mountain. After ascending to the summit, we then start climbing down and head towards Muktinath. On the way, we cross Thorong La, which is the highest pass in the world. Then we reach Jomson and take a flight back to Pokhara from where we again fly to Kathmandu.
The views of the Annapurna Ranges, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna , Tilicho and many other mountain peaks and landscapes will leave you speechless with the beauty they unfurl. Visiting Jomson and Muktinath adds to the religious and spiritual experience in the trip. You will also be able to learn more about the lifestyles in upper Himalayan regions of the country and see how the facilities and services differ from those areas which are situated in the southern part of the country, and easily accessible.
Similar to any other high altitude trek route in Nepal, the perfect season to do this trek route is spring (Feb-May) and autumn (Sept.-Dec). Because winter causes heavy snowfall, it blocks our trail and even causes life-threatening problems and summer causes unpredictable weather situations.
Day 01: Airport pickup and hotel transferOur Representative will be waiting for you at the airport and welcome you in our typical Nepali culture. You will be quickly arriving at the hotel afterward where you can expect luxurious accommodation. There will be a welcome dinner tonight and afterward a proper sleep which is much needed after the long trip from home.
Day 02: Rest and Tour Day at KathmanduToday we will discuss our trekking and make necessary preparations and we will take a quick city tour of Kathmandu as well. After all the briefings regarding the trek and acquiring necessary permits, we will arrange a short trip to a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city such as Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and so on. A quick stroll in the streets of Kathmandu and last minute gear shopping is a perfect thing to do in the evening.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1,130m) – 9 HoursIt is going to be a long day of a drive from Kathmandu; about 9 hours. We will drive to Besisahar which is approximately 173 km west of Kathmandu. We will be doing this road trip on the Prithvi Highway; this highway allows you to travel through beautiful landscapes and adventurous roads with twists and turns. We can also see various towns and villages during our drive. We can also see rafters enjoying the swift of Trishuli and Marshyangdi Rivers on the way. After reaching Besi sahar, we change our ride from a bus to a local jeep and drive up to Syange which is approx. 30 km of dirt road. We stayed overnight in Syange.
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,860m) – 7 HoursOur trekking journey begins today and we walk on the Annapurna circuit trekking trail. The trail goes higher along the Marshyangdi river valley towards Dharapani village. We can see some awesome landscapes on our trek today. As we walk further, we pass beautiful villages of Jagat, Chamje and reach Tal village on the bank of Marshyangdi River. We cross Marshyangdi River over a suspension bridge near Tal village; we ascend to Dharapani to stay overnight.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) – 6 HoursWe are heading to Chame, on the second day of trekking on the beautiful Annapurna Circuit route. Mesmerizing views of Manaslu and Annapurna II makes our day joyous. Moreover, the landscape and the lifestyle of the people living in this region are eye-catching too. As we climb higher, we can see the change in vegetation. We take enough breaks along the way and eventually reach Chame village to stay overnight.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,240m) - 6 HoursAs we gain elevation on each day of our walk, we can feel the change in the landscape, vegetation and lifestyle. The trek of almost 6 hours will take us to the beautiful village of Pisang. Pisang village is the gateway for the Pisang Peak climbing adventure. On our stretch today, we can enjoy majestic views of Annapurna II and Manaslu from Chame and Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal as we advance along the trail.
Day 07: Acclimatization DayTo avoid high altitude sickness it is very essential to take a rest and acclimatization day during our trip. The purpose of today’s rest day is to keep us both physically and mentally stable. In the place where we stay today, we can see fascinating Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho and many other landscapes.
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4380m) - 5 HoursToday is the day we trek to Pisang peak base camp for our Pisang peak climbing adventure. We will be gaining over 1,000 metres of elevation when we reach the base camp. The path will pass through tiny villages, wooden parts and pastures. When we reach the base camp we will have plenty of time to soak into the atmosphere of the base camp and prepare ourselves for the hike to the summit. Strolling around to enjoy the charm of the place and to acclimatize with the growing elevation can be a good idea to spend the rest of the day.
Day 09: Trek from Pisang Peak Base Camp to Pisang Peak High Camp (5,400m) - 4 HoursDay nine is yet another day of big elevation gain, of another about 1,000 meters, when we trek up to the high camp. Today’s hike takes us up in the mountain where we plod up towards the destination for the day. After we reach the high camp, we settle into our camp and spend the day praising the views and nature and adjusting with the increasing elevation and decreasing level of oxygen in the air.
Day 10: Hike from Pisang Peak High Camp to the Pisang Peak Summit (6,091m) and trek back to Base Camp – 9 HoursToday is the main day of the entire trip because we summit Pisang Peak. Therefore, we get ready early, much before the daylight breaks. The Pisang Peak Mountain is pyramid-shaped therefore the rocky face of the mountain profers a tough challenge to climb through. We might even need to use fixed ropes and the main rope to climb. After we strive and eventually reach the top, the view that is generated in the place is just spectacular. The mountains in the vicinity soaring high up in the sky are a mesmerizing view. We spend some time at the peak and start climbing down, as we have to stay overnight back in the base camp.
Day 11: Contingency DayThe eleventh day of our trip is going to be a contingency day. We keep this day as a reserve to compensate for any possible delays on the summit climb. We can continue our trek towards Manang if we choose not to use this day.
Day 12: Trek from Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang (3,450m) – 6 HoursAfter hiking the most prominent section of the trek, we now head towards another interesting destination. The trail today passes through tiny and beautiful villages and wooded sections. After we reach Manang village we can have time to explore around the beautiful village.
Day 13: Trek from Manang to Letdar Phedi (4,130m) – 6 HoursAfter savoring our tasty breakfast in Manang, we get ready to leave the beautiful village and trek some very difficult sections of trail in the next few days. Our trek for the day will take us to Letdar Phedi as we walk past Manang village for about 6 hours. The views of the mountain landscapes this trail offers are going to be a completely different experience than that of the experience we did in lower elevation. We finally reached Letdar Phedi and stayed overnight.
Day 14: Trek from Letdar Phedi to Thorang High Camp (4,880m) – 5 HoursToday we trek for approx. 5 hours to reach Thorang High Camp. We will be gaining some altitude today. After walking for about 2 hours from Letdar Phedi we reach Thorang Phedi. At Thorang Phedi we take some good rest and proceed towards Thorang high camp. Another few hours of struggling uphill will reward us with a spectacular view of the mountains from the high camp and around.
Day 15: Trek from Thorang High Camp to Muktinath (3802m) via Thorang La Pass (5,416m) – 10 HoursToday is one of the most demanding days of the trek as we have to cross the highest pass in the world – Thorang La pass which is located at an elevation of 5,416m. After passing through several false passes and climbing slowly and steadily we eventually passed through Thorang La pass. At the top of the pass, we spend some time capturing the great memories of the highest pass in the world. Later, we started climbing down towards Muktinath where there is a beautiful and sacred temple for Hindus. We can explore the Muktinath area as we reach there. We stayed overnight.
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson (2,750m) - 6 HoursWalking on the wonderful landscape of the lower Mustang region along the stretch of Muktinath we reach Jomsom. Initially, the trail descends to Kagbeni village which is situated on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Then we pass through several beautiful places with a spectacular view. Onwards Kagbeni, we trek along the Kali Gandaki River to Jomson. As the Jomsom valley lies in between two gigantic mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, the trail can get windy in the afternoon. Once we reach Jomsom, we stay overnight.
Day 17: Fly back to PokharaTo reach Pokhara we can also continue trekking but this will add a whole lot of trekking days in our trip. Therefore, to make things simpler, we catch a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom and enjoy the whole day in Pokhara chilling around lakes and enjoying the beauty of the place.
Day 18: Fly back to KathmanduToday, we can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu, where a farewell dinner will be organized.
- Trek Duration : 18 Days
- Difficulty : Challenging
- Highest Elevation : 6,091m (Pisang Peak)
- Accommodation : Teahouses(Lodges)/Tented Camps
- Transportation : Four Wheel Drives and Airplane
- Group Size : 4-16 pax
- Best Season : Spring (March-May) and Autumn (Sept.-Nov.)
- Walk Duration : 6 hours Daily (Average)
- Trek Cost :
- Explore Kathmandu and various UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Climb to the summit of Pisang Peak (6,091m)
- Explore the mesmerizing trek around Annapurna massif
- Natural and cultural exploration of Marshyangdi valley and lower Mustang
- Explore the popular religious destination of Hindu people, Muktinath.
- Cross a challenging pass Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
- Explore the highest pass in the world
- Adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Syange.
- Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which allows you to see the complete Annapurna range and other mountain peaks.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- For both international and domestic flights: Airport transfer.
- Drive from Kathmandu to Syange
- Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
- Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Luxurious hotel accommodations in Kathmandu
- Variety of meal choices during the trek.
- Boiled water during the trek.
- Luxurious accommodation at teahouse in the trek route.
- Welcome and farewell dinner with cultural program.
- All necessary permits.
- Supplementary oxygen cylinders.
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- Nepal entry Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance
- International Airfare
- All Drinks and main meals in cities.
- Any items of personal use like beverage drinks, telephone, etc.
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards