Pisang peak climbing is one of the most popular and cherished peak climbing experiences in Nepal. It takes you to the top of Pisang peak; a beautiful peak that rises above the Manang valley in the backdrop of two giant mountains – Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Manaslu. Pisang peak at an elevation of 6091 meters is an alluring peak that stands tall above the Pisang village like a white pyramid in the northern border of Manang valley. It follows the classic route of the Annapurna circuit and offers good scope for mountain views, walks along the diversified landscape and peak climbing. Pisang peak is classified as a moderate climbing journey. Pisang peak climbing is not so challenging but demands glacial walking, which can be tough.
Pisang peak climbing starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani. We follow the trail of Annapurna Circuit Trek to the valley of Manang and then to Pisang village. The trail to Pisang is full of natural wonders. We will be rewarded with some striking views of mountains like Mt. Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri and many more. From Pisang, the trail follows a route through the yak pastures to the uniform slope of ice that will lead us to the top of the Pisang peak. The climb is not so technical and can be a good opportunity for the amateur climbers. After proper acclimatization in Pisang village, we follow a path that ascends up through sparse wood and yak pastures to Kharka (base camp). The trail further ascends up via Kharka to the southwest ridge of the peak. The final climb up to the peak is steep but well defined.
The adventure of Pisang peak climbing doesn’t end here. After accomplishing the top of the peak, we follow a trail that will lead us to Thorong La pass. We ascend the pass, cross the pass and descend to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy site for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims located in a dramatic location amidst the towering mountains in the Annapurna range. One can enjoy some magnificent views of Annapurna panorama from this temple. From Muktinath, the trail drops down to Jomsom, and our journey ends with a flight to Pokhara followed by a drive back to Kathmandu.
Pisang peak climbing as a whole is a superb combo of mountain beauty, challenging trail, traditional villages and exposure to peak climbing adventure. From the foothills of Annapurna, the route traverses through different ethics settlements to the desert-like landscape of Manang and then to Thorong La pass, the highest pass of the world. Pisang peak climbing experience is a wonderful approach to explore the natural, cultural and biodiversity of Nepal. So, are you ready to immerse yourself into this varied ecosystem? World Alpine Treks is all set to escort you for this lovely journey.
The first day marks your arrival day in Kathmandu. Clear all the visa requirements and customs clearance if any at the arrival section of the airport. As you come out, you will find a representative from World Alpine Treks waiting for you holding a board with your name. You will then be transferred to your hotel at Kathmandu. The representative will shortly inform you about the plans ahead.
The second day is a day tour just to warm up prior to your trekking journey. Kathmandu is a city enriched with artistic palaces, beautiful monuments, ancient temples and other constructions of historical and cultural importance. No wonder, the city has seven out of ten UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Today, you will be guided to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. These heritages are perfect examples of rich history, fine culture and architectural treasures of Nepal. At first, you will be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The art, crafts, and carvings in the palaces, temples and other monuments of the durbar square are excellent. After that, you will be escorted to Swayambhunath stupa (Monkey temple), Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa respectively. (Inclusive of breakfast)
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a drive to the lakeside city of Besisahar. Today, we take a scenic drive along the Prithvi highway for around six to seven hours to Besisahar. We pass through some amazing landscapes throughout the journey. On the first half portion, we will be able to get some stunning views of the Trishuli river along with hills and villages. In the second half, the countryside landscape and the greenery will keep you engaged. At Besisahar, we catch a jeep that will take us to Jagat. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse in Jagat (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
From Jagat, we start our walking journey of the trip. Early in the morning, after breakfast, we follow a trail that leads us to Chamje. We come across a long suspension bridge over a river there. We cross the bridge and start ascending up through the lush forests of oak until we open up to a beautiful valley. On the route, we come across the beautiful village of Kodo. A few hours walk uphill from Kodo, we reach Dharapani, another beautiful village in that region. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Dharapani. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
At the entrance gate of Dharapani, there is a stone-built chorten that reflects the influence of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. Ahead of the gate, get ready to get some insights on the villages with Tibetan Buddhist influence. After a few hours of walk, we come across Bargachaap which is a delightful village with flat-roofed stone houses that resembles the Tibetan style houses. From Bargachaap, the trail ascends up through rough and rocky trail and extends through the forests to Kopar. From Kopar, we continue ahead until we reach our guesthouse in Chame. Chame is the headquarter of Manag district. As we reach Chame, we can get some fantastic views of the mountains in the region. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Chame. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Pisang. With the amazing views of LamjungHimal and Pisang peak, we follow a trail that goes steep into the dense forests. On the way, we pass a waterfall and cross suspension bridges over the river with amazing views of meadows and mountains on sight. We also get some soaring views of PaungdaDanda rock that begins to appear as we climb up towards Pisang. As you open up to the valley of Pisang, you will be blessed with some close of views of Pisang peak and Mt. Annapurna II. After relishing the amazing views, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pisang for the night. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We spend an extra day in Pisang. It’s for acclimatization purposes. During the daytime, we hike to some higher elevation locations and get down to Pisang village for exploration. We can spend the day exploring traditional villages and interacting with the locals. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Pisang for the night. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
After breakfast, we start our walk towards Pisang Base Camp. We slowly ascend up through a trail with thin forests and grasslands. We continue gradually enjoying some spectacles of mountains and surrounding landscapes. We stop once we open up to pasture in Pisang Base Camp. We set up our camps in the base camp for the night. Tonight, we stay in the tented camps in Pisang Base Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Leaving base camp, we climb up higher towards the southwest ridge of the peak to high camp. Once we reach the high camp, our team will set up camps. Meanwhile, you can practice the use of climbing gear and take some climbing training from our guides. You can practice the use of ropes, crampons and ice axes to boost up your confidence for the climbing day ahead. Tonight, we stay in the tented camps in Pisang High Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We start very early in the morning. Our target is to accomplish our climb by noon. Hence, we start climbing up following the path showed by our climbing leader. One in the summit, we will be showered with some astonishing views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and many more. After that, we descend down the peak to the Pisang Peak Base Camp. It would be a wonderful day of our journey where we accomplish our climbing mission. Tonight, we stay in the tented camps in Pisang Base Camp. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
It’s an extra day set aside for any contingency situations. In case, we couldn’t reach the peak for whatsoever reason like unfavorable weather or any other, we can utilize this day for climbing purposes. It’s just an extra day set aside for any probable situations.
Today, we leave Pisang and head towards the upper part of the Manang district that is more dry and arid in nature. The route offers some astounding views of majestic mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. With these views on sight, we take an upper route to Manag that goes through Ghyaru – Ngawal and Munji. As we move up, we can notice the change in climate, landscape, and vegetation. We come to dry places with a harsh environment. Though harsh, the dry and arid landscape looks very compelling with the close of views of mountains in the backdrop. On the way, we come across a large monastery of the region – Barge monastery. We visit the monastery and continue our walk until we reach our guesthouse/ lodge in Manang. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Manang. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we leave Marshyangdi valley and head towards Thorong La pass. at first, we cross a stream and climb up steadily to the village of Tenki that lies just above Manang. Then we come out of the valley and turn to the north to climb up the valley of the Jarsang river. We follow the pastures and head towards the north that will take us to the village of Ghunsa. Further, the trail extends through the meadows where we can see some yaks grazing along with the yak herders busy with their own stuff. We then cross a wooden bridge over a river and pass some ancient mani walls before we arrive at the village of Yak Kharka. The village is actually the summer settlements of the yak herders. Tonight, at a guesthouse/ lodge in Yak Kharka. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
We leave Yak Kharka and head towards Thorong La Phedi. Thorong La Phedi is a small settlement is the high altitudinal region that caters the food and accommodation need of the trekkers visiting the Thorong La pass. it is actually a stopping point to cross the Thorong La pass tomorrow. Thorong La pass is the highest pass of the world. It is challenging to cross the path. Its rocky and slippery terrain with ever-changing weather conditions make is one of the toughest parts of the journey. Today, we stop at Thorong la Phedi for an early walk through the pass tomorrow. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
The pass is prone to strong and harsh winds after the afternoon. Hence, we wake up early to cross the pass. We walk along the rocky ridges of the pass with outstanding views of mountains and glaciers in the Annapurna region. From the pass, we will be able to get 360-degree panoramic views of mountains that extend to Tibetan plateaus in the north. After crossing the path, we descend down to Muktinath which is a very popular spiritual hub of the Annapurna region. The place holds a high value amongst Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Many Hindu pilgrims visit this place early with high dedication and devotion. Tonight, we stay at a guesthouse/ lodge in Muktinath. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Early in the morning, we walk to Muktinath for amazing views of mountains in the Annapurna range. Later appreciating the glories of the mountains, we descend down to Jomsom and complete our circuit walk around the Annapurna. Hence, we accomplish our Pisang peak climbing with Annapurna Circuit Trek. Tonight, enjoy your time in Jomsom with the warm hospitality of the local people. (Inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Today, we take an early flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy your time at the hotel in Pokhara. In the evening, you can walk to the lakeside and enjoy the serenity in the environment. (Inclusive of breakfast)
Concluding our trip, we drive back via the same route along the Prithvi Highway to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Tonight, we stay at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Inclusive of breakfast and lunch)
Before a few hours of your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the international terminal of Tribhuwan International airport. (Inclusive of Breakfast)