Pisang Peak Expedition

Package Details
  • Total Duration: 20 days
  • Trek Duration: 14 days
  • Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Max Elevation: 6091m at Pisang Peak
  • Mode of Trek: Teahouse + Camping
  • Trek Starts: Jagat
  • Trek Ends: Jomsom
‘Amidst diverse picturesque scenery, from the paddy terraces to the high artic terrain, constant views of the world’s highest mountain range including Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiris. In the worlds deepest Gorge in the backdrop of traditional Buddhist culture with charming villages in the ancient trans-himalayan trade route’.
This is one of the classic and most rewarding trekking and climbing expeditions in Nepal. The dramatic deep valleys and scenery of mountain landscapes, diverse climate and its rich vegetation makes this trip a memorable and truly awe-inspiring. Trekking northwards from the road head at Beshishar onwards, entering the gorge of the Marsyangdi River, which cuts through the great Himalaya chain of high peaks between the Annapurnas and Manaslu, creating a valley that transcend by the high pass of Thorang-la to the deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki river Valley which again passes through the high mountain range of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, beginning this adventure from the low subtropics farmland of Nepal’s ‘middle hills’ into the high alpine region on the north side of the Annapurnas, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism culture making this adventure a very picturesque from every aspect of trekking environments. Pisang Peak rises from yak pastures above the village of Pisang, in a uniform slope to the final summit pyramid which is an undistinguished snow and ice slope. Looking from above Humdre the peak is more interesting and can be seen as a curved ridge, with the face above Pisang being the truncated southern end of the mountain. This is made up of steeply tilted rock, the dip slope of which faces the valley and is well seen in this peak and the great rock slabs further down the valley. The peak obviously has a lot of scope for exploration and pioneering. The whole of the western flank, which is guarded by a hanging glacier which might appear to offer a considerable challenge, whilst a traverse of the whole summit ridge which connects to a more northern summit before curving back west looks a superb possibility. Access to the western end of the ridge, however, looks problematical as the ridge is guarded by a huge rock slabs, a feature on this side of the valley.

The climb South-West face and ridge

The first ascent was made solo by J.Wellenkamp in 1955 during a German expedition to Annapurna. This same expedition also made an ascent of Chulu East. From upper Pisang village ascend a path through sparse wood and pastures to a kharka (sherpard shelter) at 4,380 meters (14,370ft) which provides a good site for base camp. A faint trail continues on open hillside, following a ridge and climbing to a shoulder on the south-west ridge at 5,400m/17,716ft a suitable site for high camp. Under some conditions this may be under snow. Above, a well defined ridge leads to the final snow slope which leads quite steeply although without difficulty to the summit. Descent is made by the same route.

Departure date

 Spring/Autumn – 2014
14 April to 05 May
10 September to 01 October

Price

Standard accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis
Single supplement
Deluxe accommodation in cities 2-6 pax 7-16 pax
Camping basis
Single supplement

Outline itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02 Full day guided sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley
Day 03 Drive to Jagat (1300m) via Besisahar (760m)
Day 04 Trek to Dharapani (1860m)
Day 05 Trek to Chame (2670m)
Day 06 Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 07 Rest day at Pisang
Day 08 Trek to Pisang Base Camp (4380m)
Day 09 Trek to Pisang High Camp (5400m)
Day 10 Contingency day
Day 11 Summit to Pisang Peak (6091m) and retrace back to Base Camp
Day 12 Trek back to Manang (3540m)
Day 13 Trek to Yak Kharka (4050m)
Day 14 Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Day 15 Trek to Muktinath (3760m) via Thorong Pass (5416m)
Day 16 Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 17 Trek to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 18 Fly to Pokhara
Day 19 Drive to Kathmandu
Day 20 Final departure

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, we will be greeted by the office representatives, who will escort us to the hotel, where the Sherpa guide or office staff will give us a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast today it's time for a relaxed and easy guided tour of some of the many highlights of Kathmandu and the valley. We'll visit central Durbar Square at the heart of old Kathmandu and site of the ancient palace, the living goddess Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav temples. We'll also visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, with its fine views over Kathmandu and many interesting, features as well as the great spiral stupa itself. Join the pilgrims and saddhus (holy men) at Pashupati, one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Enjoy the ambience at Bouddha, one of the largest Buddhists stupas in the world and centre of the Tibetan community in Nepal. Later this afternoon return to the hotel and rest of your evening at leisure to rest and relax. Overnight in hotel

Day 03: Drive to Jagat (1300m) via Besisahar (760m) 09 Hrs

We ride to Jagat by private jeep. We stop at Besisahar for lunch which is 173km from Kathmandu and can be reached by 6 hrs bus ride, where we encounter our first permit check-point. To start with most of the trail is fairly flat until just after Besisahar when the track narrows and the valley becomes a deep river gorge and when reaches Besisahar and permit clearance, we further drive to Jagat passing Bhulbule and Syange. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1910m) 05 Hrs

From Jagat the path follows the river to the stone village of Chamje. By crossing suspension bridge on Marsyangdi river the path follows steadily uphill to Tal (1,675m), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now the trek enters the Manang district. The trail crosses a wide, flat valley before climbing a stone stairway to 1,860m. The trail continues with several ups and down before halting at Dharapani and overnight at Dharapani or can decide to go Bagarchhap after half an hour walk. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2670m) 05 Hrs

This section of the trail offers rough and rocky climbing up to Tyanja at 2360m and then continues through pine and fir forest up to Chame (2685m.). Here is the headquarters of the Manang district. There are fine views of Annapurna II from Chame. Evening time explores the market and visit small natural hot spring and you can take a bath. Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200 M) 05 Hrs

The trail runs through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crossing a river on a long bridge at 3040m. Nearing the village of Pisang one has a view of the whole of the Manang valley, a wide U-shaped valley between two huge snow peaks. Lunch will serving at Dhukur Pokhari the perfect view of Mountain and pine forest.  After an hour walk reaches at Lower Pisang and overnight at Hotel. You can visit same day to Upper Pisang village looks Tibetan types of houses and traditional people and finest monastery with amazing view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 07: Rest day at Pisang

It’ a leisure day in Pisang for optional hike around and to upper Pisang village. This free day enables and helps you to acclimatize before heading towards higher elevation.

Day 08: Trek to Pisang Base Camp (4380m) 06 Hrs

From Pisang, trek follows uphill with grand views of the high snow capped peaks, the climb continues further for half an hour to the top ridge where the scenery of the beautiful landscapes along with the first view of the Pisang and Manang valley can be seen, a wide U shaped valley hanging between the two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot offers dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli East, ahead lays Pisang peak.This great dramatic walk leads higher up till a yak herd or a Shepard shelter is reached which is an ideal spot for the Pisang peak base camp. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 09: Trek to Pisang High Camp (5400m) 05 Hrs

A faint trail continues on open hillside, following a ridge and climbing to a shoulder on the south-west ridge at a suitable site for high camp the highest camping spot of this trip. Which offers an excellent view of the surrounding snow capped peaks, landscapes and valleys. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 10: Contingency day

Today is an important day for proper acclimatization for the climb. Today the climbing Sherpa will scout the route of the climb and fix ropes where necessary for the next day climb. Of if possible and the weather permits then you will get ascent over the Peak. Overnight at Tented Camp

Day 11: Summit to Pisang Peak (6091m) and retrace back to Pisang 08 Hrs

A big day today, the most awaited moment, the climb leads towards the upper ridge with awe some view of Pisang Peak. Under some conditions this may be under snow. Above, a well defined ridge leads to the final snow slope which leads quite steeply although without difficulty to the summit. The strenuous climb for 3-4 hrs leads you to the top of the summit, a magnificent panoramic views awaits you. After a great memorable moment here, descent is made on the same route care should be taken on the downhill slope, on reaching the safe side back to the high camp and continue towards Pisang village for the overnight stop. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 12: Trek to Manang (3540m) 05 Hrs

The trail climbs a steep ridge that extends into the valley. At the top of this spot are excellent views of the Manang valley, Humde airport with Tilicho peak (7132m) at its head and a view backing to Pisang peak (one of the famous trekking peak in Annapurna). The trail crosses the Marsyangdi on a large wooden bridge near Mungji at 3360m then traverses to Bryaga, a Tibetan style village consisting of about 200 houses stacked one atop another, each with an open veranda and monastery. You can find some fine hotels as well. Few hundred meters further to reach at Manang village and Overnight at Teahouse

Day 13: Trek to Yak Kharka (4020m) 04 Hrs

The trek now begins an ascent of almost 2000m to Thorung La. From Manang village the trail crosses a stream before climbing to Tenki Manang. We then continue to climb the Marsyangdi valley, passing the small village of Gunsang may have stop for tea or drinks for the Himalayan scene. After crossing a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000 m. beyond here is Yak Kharka, also known as Koche. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 14: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4430m) 03 Hrs

After an hour we reach Letdar (4250m). From Letdar the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong-La Pass (5416 M) 07 Hrs

Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. The trail becomes steepest immediately after leaving Thorong Phedi, and takes four to five hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass. Thorung-La pass with its traditional Chorten prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m which is the highest point during your trip. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are of outstanding high Himalayan scenery. One can see to the South the entire Annapurna range, a heavily glaciated peak, the barren Kaligandaki valley far below to the West and the peak of Thorungtse (6482m) to the north. The trail descends to Muktinath with a nice mountain desert view of Upper Mustang part from here. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 16: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m) 04 Hrs

We will wake early in the morning to the divine sound of a temple bell, and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area. After breakfast, it is an easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kali Gandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Late afternoon, we will visit a two hundred years old monastery, and visit the small alley ways in the village. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 17: Trek to Jomsom (2720m) 04 Hrs

Trek onwards to Jomsom and further to Marpha village, a major village on the Kaligandaki trading route. This is very windy path and cross before noon following the downstream of Kaligandaki (Holy River) with different views of mountain and sandy path. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around. Overnight at Teahouse

Day 18: Fly to Pokhara (820m) 25 Min

As per your flight schedule in the morning, you will fly to Pokhara. As you land in Pokhara, we will be transferred to hotel for relax and refreshment. Overnight in Hotel

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu

After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, we will board the bus for the 5- 6 hour scenic journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel

Day 20: Transfer to airport for final departure

Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.
  • The Company is not liable for any refunds after the departure date of the scheduled itinerary.
  • Cancellation should be made 48 hours before departure and a 40% cancellation charge is approved besides tax, transportation and permit. See specific information below.
  • No refund will be given if the program ends before the provided itinerary date.
  • The Company is not to be held responsible for your early termination of a trek should our experienced leader feels it is unsafe for you to continue due to fitness and/or health issues
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  • The Company is not responsible for the financial implications of rescue. Please ensure you have the appropriate insurance to cover these situations before you arrive in Nepal
  • Our staffs are very experienced in leading treks at all altitudes. It is their responsibility to ensure your safety, their conclusions regard safety are final and should you not follow their advice the Company cannot be held responsible for the outcome.

If you wish to cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of charges will apply:

Date of Cancellation Charge Incurred

2 months before departure Loss of deposit (40% of Total Trip Cost TTC)
29 days to 2 months before departure 50% of TTC
10 to 28 days before departure 70% of TTC
Less than 10 days before departure 100% of TTC