Pisang Peak Climbing

Duration
18 Days

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Pisang Peak 6092 m. rises above Pisang village and lush green Yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final pyramid like summit. Pisang peak is considered one of the easier climbing peaks among the trekking peaks of Nepal. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse forested areas and pasturelands to Kharka (4380m), which is considered the ideal place for setting up Base Camp. High Camp is set up at 5400m, after climbing to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge.There is snow at the high camp from the end of November to the end of March. The well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slop, which is quite steep, however, it is not difficult to reach the summit. The descent is made along the same route. Although this climb is considered to be among the easier ones of the Himalayan region, a reasonably high level of physical fitness and health is still strongly recommended.
This interesting climb starts from Besisahar in the Valley of the Marsyangdi River. The trail leads you through vastly contrasting flora & fauna towards the majestic peak of Mt. Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. A major intersection of the trail meets at Dharapani while trekking through Larkya La. The Massif of Manang valley is really rich in unique culture and landscapes in fact the Annapurna and Damodar peaks dominate the valley. The trail from here follows a demanding walk to the Pisang Peak.
A technical section takes you to a place from where you can catch the entire panorama of the Annapurna Range. The trail then ascends from the Manang valley to reach the top of the Thorong Pass at 5416m. After this you have a chance to visit the famous temple of Muktinath (3802m). The final part of the trek takes you to Jomsom from where a flight transports you across the great Himalayas to Pokhara

US$ 2099 Per Person
 

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
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • 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
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • mountain Hking 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)
  • All government and local taxes

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 11-12 hours
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3,700m/12,136ft): 5-6hours
Day 06: Acclimatization
Day 07: Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft): 4-5 hours
Day 08: Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m/17,712ft): 3-4 hours
Day 09: Summit Pisang Peak and back to base camp (6,091m/19,980ft): 8-9 hours
Day 10: Contingency
Day 11: Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang Valley (3,450m/11,316ft): 5-6 hours
Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 14: Thorang Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft), continue trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft): 9-10 hours
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m/8,910ft): 5-6 hours
Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hours
Day 18: Final departure
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Accommodations

We will be staying in Hotel Moonlight, a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, Mt. Kailash Resort in Pokhara, standard teahouses during trekking and tents when climbing. Most teahouse accommodation will only have shared toilet facilities. For tent accommodation, a 4-season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. In climbing section, toilet facilities will be provided with necessary natural preservation. All accommodation are on twin-shared basis. However, single room will be provided on request and by paying a single supplement of USD 350. Also, understand that there are several places that do not allow single room accommodation. On paying single supplement, you will get a single room in Kathmandu but sometimes it is feasible only in trekking routes at lower elevations and not throughout the whole trek.

Meals

During our trip, we can enjoy Nepali, Tibetan, Indian as well as the more common continental cuisines. Breakfast (only) will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be available during the trek and climb. While trekking, breakfast will be taken in the same place we stay the night. Similar arrangements can also be made for dinner. Lunch will be taken en route to the next destination. During climbing session, hygienic, freshly-cooked food will be provided. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.

Team Composition

Trekking: While trekking, we will provide you a fully-trained, English-speaking, experienced trekking guide. Every 4 members are entitled to 1 assistant guide, also 1 porter for every two members to carry the luggage. Climbing: We will provide you a licensed, English-speaking, veteran climbing guide. There is also the provision of assistant guides, for a group size of 2-4 people; there will be 1 main guide and 1 assistant guide. In a group size of 5-8 people, there will be 1 main guide and 2 assistant guides. Finally with a group of 9-12 people, we shall be offering you 1 main guide and 3 assistant guides. Other staff members will include one experienced cook and necessary Sherpa staff, mostly assistants who will assist in setting up camps during the climb. This arrangement of staff will ensure the safety of each and every member in the group; also if any member falls ill, the trip will still go ahead as planned. Please also note that the maximum number of people in a group will be 12, as this is the optimum size for a successful trip.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Pisang Peak is not very technical but you are required to have at least some rock climbing or mountain climbing (easier trekking peaks) experience. There will also be a basic training which will help us familiarize us with using climbing equipments. On most days we will be trekking for 5-6 hours a day. On the day of the summit, including your trek back to Pisang Peak base camp, we need to walk climb for 8/9 hours. Therefore, reasonable physical fitness is a must. We can build our strength by jogging everyday for at least four months prior to the beginning of the trip. High altitude trekking experience can be an asset.
It is important for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip. Also make sure you make your conditions known to Mountain Hiking at the time of booking.

 

 
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

We complete our custom formalities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Afterwards, there is a Himalayan Glacier representative waiting for us at the gate who will take us to our hotel.  We can then spend the rest of the day taking a rest. In the evening, we get to try Nepalese cuisine at a welcome dinner hosted by . Mountain Hiking Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals:Dinner
 
Day 02: Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft): trip preparation

We visit Himalayan Glacier's office sometime in the afternoon today. At the office, 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. In the short meeting, the Himalayan Glacier representatives will also help us understand what we can expect throughout the trip so as to make us familiar with our trek. We can spend the rest of the afternoon resting and/or in leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Included meals:Breakfast
 
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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight in Chame.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight in Upper Pisang.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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.  Overnight in Upper Pisang. 

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight at the Pisang Peak Base Camp.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight at Pisang Peak High Camp.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. We return to the base camp for an overnight stay.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight at Manang.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight in Muktinath.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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. Overnight in Jomsom.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
 
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. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:Breakfast
 
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. There will also be a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.

Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
 
Day 18: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Mountain Hiking & Trekking  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 our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals:Breakfast
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Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Mountain Hking & Trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
 

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
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • 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
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Montain Hking ’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)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Services not listed in the ‘What Is Included’ section

 

Information/Clothing & Equipment

The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recommend that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable

Footwear

  1. Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof.
  2. Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for traveling.
  3. Warm socks for colder areas.
  4. Gaiters, in case of rain or snow

Leg wear

  1. Loose, casual trousers for trekking.
  2. Thermal leggings for colder areas.
  3. Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers.
  4. Waterproof trousers

Body

  1. Selection of T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton.
  2. Thermal shirt for colder areas.
  3. Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas.
  4. Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper.
  5. Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for higher altitudes.
  6. Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  1. Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava.
  2. Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking.
  3. Sunglasses or goggles.
  4. Warm gloves

Other items

  1. Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters.
  2. Day sack to be carried personally.
  3. Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag.
  4. One liter water bottle.
  5. Personal first aid kit to include essential items.
  6. Sleeping bag, 4 season.
  7. Torch, ideally head torch.
  8. digital Camera and spare battery and battery charger! - For those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya.
  9. Toilet items and towel.
  10. Large handkerchief/bandana for neck

Optional items

  1. Binoculars
  2. Books (see Recommended Reading)
  3. Altimeter
  4. Compass
  5. Playing cards / backgammon / chess set

Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.

Peak Climbing

  1. fleece trousers
  2. Additional mitts and gloves suitable for climbing
  3. Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axe can be hired in Kathmandu)
  4. Climbing harness
  5. 2 x tape slings
  6. 2 x screw gate karabiners
  7. Descended/abseil device
  8. Ascender

And finally

The most important things that you must take with you are a sense of humor, an open mind, and an understanding that a trip to Nepal is an adventure to a land which is very different to your own.

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 18 Days
Accomodation: Tea House & Camping during climbing time
Seasons : sep, oct, Nov and Dec, march, April, may
Type: Hard
Activities : Trekking & Climbing
No. of Pax : from 2 Person above
Starts From : Kathamandu
Ends at : kathamandu

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