Pisang Peak takes top place for trekking/climbing among a host of peaks in Nepal. Located in the Annapurna region, Pisang Peak lies roughly in between two enormous peaks, Annapurna I and Manaslu, both of which are at the height of approximately 8000m. The trails on this route are a huge window for unknown discoveries and the landscapes will literally warm your heart…
We set out on our trip from the quiet little town of Besisahar in Lamjung district and this is the same route that we use for the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. We reach Pisang after 5 days of trekking at a moderate pace. For us to get to base camp from Pisang village our route ascends through thin woods and green pastures to a Kharka at (4,380m) and this is held by many hikers to be their most favourite point to set up base camp. Our High Camp is made up at (5,400m) as we clamber to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge. At most times there is snow at this altitude from the end of November to the conclusion of March. The familiar distinct ridge takes us to the final snow slope where it’s pretty steep and somewhat difficult to climb to the summit. The pinnacle of Pisang Peak gives us breathtaking views of the Annapurna group including Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna and the awesome Glacier Dome. It is little wonder that Pisang Peak is commonly referred to as a "sightseeing peak”.
Our descent is made on a similar route. After we successfully reach the pinnacle of our summit, we proceed further to Manang valley and hike our way up to Thorung Phedi to prepare for our early morning climb over Thorung La pass (5416m) and on to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, another section of the beautiful Annapurnas. We then descend further down through charming Jharkot village, and the well-known Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang and finally complete our trip at Jomsom, the capital of Mustang. At Jomsom we board an early morning flight back to Pokhara.
Said to be an easy climbing peak, Pisang peak provides its climbers a stimulating journey passing along mixed ecosystems, diverse cultures and amazing landscapes. En route, it’s a charming hike that provides a variety of nature’s natural shows such as cascading waterfalls, lush farmlands, patches of arid deserts, oak forests and the deepest gorge in the world - Kaligandaki. With so much to offer, Pisang peak really is an adventure that can’t be missed.
Pisang Peak rises up from Pisang village and yak meadows form through serial slopes of ice and snow that makes up the dizzy heights of a pyramid. The western flank of the mountain is guarded by a hanging glacier offering a significant challenge. The western section of the ridge is protected by enormous rock slabs which puts more grit into the formidable climb. Backed by the experienced climbing team at Down to Earth Adventure, you are in safe hands to conquer Pisang Peak.
These treks typically require you to do 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but with no real extremes of weather. Treks in this category can include trekking to elevations of up to 5500m with daily ascends of around 400-700m.When trekking at higher altitudes, your body needs to adjust to lower levels of oxygen and this provides added physical challenge to the trek. It is important to be physically fit and to prepare your body by doing regular exercise prior to embarking on your trek. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.
Although the climbing expeditions do not require you to be an athlete, you must be fit and healthy before embarking on the expedition. Training and equipment for technical elements are provided. To roughly assess your fitness level, see that you can easily walk about 8 km gaining a height of 600m/2,000ft with a 8 t0 10kg rucksack in about 2-1/2 hours or less. Note that you should be able to follow the regime for several consecutive days
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to hotel (3-4star), welcome dinner with group and overnight hotel.
Day 2Half day sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley, overnight hotel.
Day 3Drive to Besisahar and Bhulbhule (800m), overnight teahouse.
Day 4Trek to Chamje (1410m), overnight teahouse.
Day 5Trek to Dharapani (1960m), overnight teahouse.
Day 6Trek to Chame (2,710m) overnight teahouse.
Day 7Trek to Pisang (3,100m), overnight teahouse.
Day 8Acclimatization day at Pisang, overnight teahouse.
Day 9Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m), overnight tent.
Day 10Trek to high camp (5,400m), overnight tent.
Day 11Summit day (6,091m)and return to Base Camp or Pisang, overnight tent.
Day 12Reserve day in case of Weather contingencies, overnight tent.
Day 13Trek to Manang (3,440m), overnight teahouse.
Day 14Trek to Yak Kharka (4,350m), overnight teahouse.
Day 15Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,420m), overnight teahouse.
Day 16Trek to Muktinath (3,850m) via Thorong La (5416m), overnight teahouse.
Day 17Trek to Jomsom (2,713m), overnight teahouse.
Day 18Fly to Pokhara, overnight hotel.
Day 19Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m), overnight hotel.
Day 20Free Day in Kathmandu, overnight hotel, farewell dinner.
Day 21International departure/ onward travel.
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