- Trip Duration : 16 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Pokhara
- Highest Altitude : 6091 m
- Difficulty : Very Strenous
- Season : Mar-May, Sep-Nov
- Activity : Peak Climbing
- Trip Grade :
Pisang peak lies north of Manang valley at the height of 6091 meter. The western flank of the mountain is guraded by a hanging glacier and offers considerable challenge.
We follow the classic route of Annapurna circuit to climb this technical peak. The peak offers good scope for exploration. The western end of the ridge is guarded by huge rock slabs which make it difficult to climb. Our trip start going through Marshayangdi river valley passing through beautiful village and landscape and head toward the alpine zone and snow and ice covered giant Pisang peak and descend to Manang and slowly climb again to cross over the classical Thorung la pass and descent down to Kaligandaki valley via the most popular and sacred place of Muktinath and a spectacular flight back from Jomsom.
|Day 01 :||Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (Approx:1100m)|
|Day 02 :||Syange to Tal (Approx:1700m)|
|Day 03 :||Tal to Thanchok (Approx:2500m)|
|Day 04 :||Thanchok to Pisang (Approx:3200m)|
|Day 05 :||Pisang to Pisang Base Camp (Approx:4480m)|
|Day 06 :||Base Camp -Rest Day|
|Day 07 :||Base Camp to High Camp (Approx:5400m)|
|Day 08 :||Summit Pisang - Return to Base Camp|
|Day 09 :||Base Camp to Pisang (Approx:3300m)|
|Day 10 :||Pisang to Nawal (Approx:3600m)|
|Day 11 :||Nawal to Manang (Approx:3540m)|
|Day 12 :||Manang to Yak kharka (Approx:4018m)|
|Day 13 :||Yak Kharka to Phedi (Approx:4450m)|
|Day 14 :||Thorangphedi- Thorung La (Approx:5416m) - Muktinath (Approx:3760m)|
|Day 15 :||Muktinath trek to Jomsom (Approx:2670m)|
|Day 16 :||Jomsom Fly to Pokhara|
Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange
You leave in the morning for about 8 hours scenic bus drive to Syange'. Its a black topped and bumpy road which takes us to syange. You might need to change the bus at Besisahar depending on the road condition
Driving time: approx. 7-8 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Syange 1100m
Day 2: Syange to Tal
After breakfast we continue our trek following the dusty road for about 2 hours to chamje and after crossing over the bridge we head up hill walking following the trekking trail to Tal. Enjoy the natural water fall and stay overnight in tal.
Trekking time: approx.4-5 hours
Heights: Tal 1700m
Day 3: Tal to Thanchok
We continue our trekking trail after breakfast for about an hour and we hit the dusty road again for about two hours to Danaque. On the way we could see view of Mt. Manaslu. After Danque we avoid the dusty road and walk steep up hill through forest to Timang for about 1 hrs from where we could have nice view over mountain. After having lunch we follow the road again to Thanchok. Thanchok is a big Gurung village and we could also see nice mountain view from here.
Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hours
Day 4: Thanchok to Pisang
We follow the road again throw the pine trees all the way to Chame. Chame, the administrative centre of the Manang district. It is a large village packed with small shops and tea-houses, an army post and a large school. From here we follow the marshyangdi river all the way to pisang from where you could have nice view of Mountain.You could enjoy the Buddhist cultural here.
Trekking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Day 5: Pisang to Pisang Base Camp
After breakfast we have steep uphill track through the pine forests to Pisang Base Camp. The trail opens up with dramatic view of monstrous mountains. The trail further ascends through spare woods and pastures. An open flat alpine section at Base Camp is where we nestle overnight.
Trekking time: approx. 5-6 hours
Heights: Pisang Base Camp 4480m
Day 6: Base Camp Rest Day
A perfect location to witness mountain from such a close distance persuades us to spend one spare day here. It is also crucial for us to have a rest day here so that we can acclimatize. We can hike to a view point as well so that we can have better views. We can also have small practice session with ropes and gears.
Day 7: Base Camp to High Camp
The trail gets released with steep track to High Camp. The trail to west ridge through alpine meadows with no sign of human takes us to take us to High Camp allowing you to have overview of Pisang peak and confluences.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hrs
Height: High Camp 5400m
Day 8: Summit Pisang - Return to Base Camp
Trekking Time: 8-9 hrs
Height: Pisang 6091m
Day 9: Base Camp to Pisang, 5-6 hours
Following the spare woods and pastures initially and pine forest later on we descend back to Pisang again. En route farewell glimpses of mountains make us feel good. On arriving Pisang we can have small celebration. If you are bit tired of sleeping in tents, then you can have wonderful sleep here in the tea house.
Trekking Time: 5-6 hours
Day 10: Pisang to Nawal
After breakfast we head up hill to upper pisang where you could see nice monastery and super
view of Mt. Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Lamjunghimal and others. After here we continue our trek throw pipe forest and climb steep up hill for about an hour to gharu and level walk from here takes us to Nawal. Nawal is a big village with lots of mane wall. Nice view of mountain could be seen from here as well.
Trekking time: approx.4- 5 hours
Heights: Nawal 3600m
Day 11: Nawal to Manang
Your day start with down hill walk for about an hour and level walk through pine forest and pasture field which takes us to Braga where we meet the road again and follow the road all the way to manang where you see colourfulchortens ,monastery, Tibetan style house,culture and landscape. Perfect mountain view could been seen from here.
Trekking time: approx. 4-5 hours
Heights: Manang 3540m
Day 12: Manang to Yak kharka
Today we cross a stream and start climb to a village over Manang and continue our climb turning northwest. The trail follows northward passing few pastures, village, meadows and old mani wall before we reach to our destination.
Trekking time: Approx 4 hrs
Height: 4018 M
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Phedi
Today you have an easy two or three hour walk up to the lodge at ThorungPhedi where you will have lunch and stay overnight there getting to bed early for your early morning start the next day; the big pass day.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: ThorungPhedi 4450m
Day 14: Thorangphedi- Thorung La - Muktinath
Today you hit the trail early for about 5 hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 5416m. From where you could see surrounding peaks as well as some part of Mustang. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, with a steep rough trail down to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus, sacred for its auspicious combination of earth, fire and water.
Trekking time: approx. 10-11 hours
Heights: Thorung La 5416m, Muktinath 3760m
Day 15: Muktinath trek to Jomsom
This morning you have an easy walk following the road down to the Kali Gandaki riverbed, which you follow down to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley gets very windy in the afternoons so it's a good idea to keep moving on the trail and get into Jomsom in time for lunch if possible.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Jomsom 2670m
Day 16: Jomsom - Pokhara
In the early morning you have an amazing 25 minute flight down the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Pokhara.
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!
Visa for Nepal
All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal which could be obtain from Embassies abroad or on arrival at Tribhuwan international airport in Kathmandu.
You need to have one passport Photo and following fees in US dollars to obtain the visa on arrival.
1. USD 25 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days.
2. USD 40 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days.
3. USD 100 for Tourist visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days.
4. USD 2 per day for visa extensions.
Please Note: The visa regulations and fees for visa changes frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Consulate.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
- A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
- Water and wind proof jacket
- Water and wind proof trousers
- Woolen or thermal/wind proof gloves
- Sun hat and sun/snow glasses
- Woolen and fleece hat
- Warm Down Jacket
- Warm Sleeping Bag
- Warm woolen and normal socks
- Comfortable and warm trekking boots
- Water proof Climbing Boot
- Eight Finger-1
- Ice Axe-1
- A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
- Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
- Sun block and lip balm
- Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
- Camera, music and books
- Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
- An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
- Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
- WATER BOTTLES - please be able to carry 2 liters of water and have bottles that can handle ` boiling/hot water
- HEAD TORCH!
- Batteries for camera, torch etc..
- A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!
- Walking sticks (if needed)
Note: These days most of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu. There are now several leading brand stores selling their own equipment and there are many stores selling cheap imitations and some well established local stores selling under their own labels. Ask your tour leader if you’d like some advice about where to go to get any gear. If you need to do any shopping for gear, please let us know with enough time to do this before leaving for trek!
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.
Trekking trails vary from wide, rode-like avenues to narrow, slippery paths built out over enormous drops. In many places, a fall from the trail would be fatal. One must pay attention at all times to where you are placing your feet. Be especially careful not to move while looking through the view finder of your camera!
The flight to Lukla are with small aircraft and the flight depends on the weather condition, so there are chances of flight being delays for hours or even cancelled due to the weather. You will only be allowed to carry 10kg as luggage and 5 kg as a hand bag and extra charge will be charge by airlines for excess baggage.
ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.
Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).
Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.
The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.
You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.
TIPPING AND CASH REQUIREMENTS
Do not forget to bring some Nepalese rupees for drinks or snacks that you might purchase on the way. You will be surprised by what is available on the popular trekking routes now! The amount to carry on the trekking routes depends on the area you are going to trek in, so please ask your guide for advice.
Tipping is now common in Nepal but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.
CONSIDERING THE ENVIRONMENT
While trekking you have to be careful not to destroy the very environment you are enjoying so much. It is not only for your enjoyment, people and wildlife rely on this environment for their drinking water and food supply and many places are of enormous religious significance to local people.
There are many ways you can help to conserve the environment of the area in which you trek. Here are some simple tips:
-Pick up any litter along the trail
-Burn all your toilet paper and bury your faeces when not in camp, make sure you go at least 50m away from any water source
-In camp, when using a toilet tent, you may deposit paper in the hole, but ensure the hole is at least 30cm deep and make sure it is at least 50m away from any water source
-Do not make campfire, nor consume food cooked on wood fires; your crew uses kerosene stoves to help conserve the local forests
-Drink boiled/treated water instead of mineral water as the plastic is not recycled
-Stick to the trails to prevent erosion and damage to fragile alpine flora
-Ensure all rubbish is packed out (or burnt/buried if appropriate)