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Pisang Peak Climbing

Duration
13 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Pisang Peak climbing with altitude of 6091 meters above the sea level is one of the major and popular peak climbing destinations in Nepal. It is situated in the North of Manang Valley from where the Annapurna Circuit trail begins. Pisang actually is the name of a village from where one can move for scaling the Pisang Peak. As most of the Peak Climbing in Nepal are quite strenuous and challenging, the trekkers must be fully prepared before they decide scale the peak. However, as the altitude of Pisang Peak is not that much, the mountain climbers can easily scale the peak within a short period of time. Climbing Pisang Peak with the Ace Treks is a 13-day long itinerary during the course of which the trekkers will come across the peak and climb it while experiencing the beauty of peak climbing in Nepal. Once the trekkers reach the top of the Peak, they will be blessed with the wonderful views the Manang Calley and also the range of Annapurna Mountain. Though Pisang Peak is not tricky to climb, it is yet considered as a difficult one because of its slippery nature.

The total duration of Pisang Peak Climbing as mentioned above is 13 days. Besides the adventures of peak climbing and expedition, it is also famous for sightseeing of the natural scenery and beauty of the surrounding region. Peak Pisang Climbing begins with a short and scenic drive from the Capital City of Kathmandu to the small town of Besisahar, which is also the headquarters of Lamjung district. Besisahar, hence, is the starting point of the Pisang Peak Climbing while the best season for the Pisang Peak Climbing is from March-July and September to early November. It is considered as one of the most well liked and admired peak climbing destinations in the country, both by domestic and international trekkers. It is more suitable for the beginners but it also requires equal physical stamina and strength.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar & trek to Bhulbhule
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1340 m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1940 m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2710 m)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3240 m)
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Pisang
Day 09: Trek to Kharka (Pisang Peak Base Camp) (4380 m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day
Day 11: Trek to Pisang Peak High Camp (5400 m)
Day 12: Trek to Peak Summit (6091 m)
Day 13: Return to Pokhara/ Trek to Manang i.e. continue Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
On the first day of the itinerary, you will be welcomed by our representatives at the Airport in Kathmandu and then be transferred to the Hotel in the City. There at the Hotel, you will be briefed about the itinerary and you will spend the rest of the night at the Hotel.

Day 02: Preparation for the trek and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
As Kathmandu Valley is very much rich in its cultural heritages and sculptures, you will busy yourself with the sightseeing tour and trek preparation on the second day. During the course of the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, you will visit and explore several world heritage sites including the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Besides, you will also visit the Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa which are the holy sites for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims respectively. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar & trek to Bhulbhule
On the third morning of the itinerary, you will have breakfast at the Hotel and start your driving journey to Besisahar along the Prithvi Highway from the Capital City. It will be a 5-hour of scenic drive from Kathmandu along Trishuli and Mayshyangdi River. Besisahar is a small town in the western part of the country which is also the district headquarters of Lamjung. After reaching Besisahar, you will then trek to Bulbule and stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1340m)
After finishing breakfast at the guesthouse in the fourth morning, you will begin your trek to Jagat from Bhulbhule. It is a short and mild trek which takes around 4 hours of walking before reaching the village of Jagat. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
 
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1940m)
After having breakfast in the morning on the fifth day, the trekkers will resume their trek walking through the jungle. Once you cross Chame Village, the trail passes along the banks of Marshyangdi River typically rising before you reach Tal. From here, the trekkers continue to walk into the Manang district, moving all the way through rice, barley and potato fields and past the villages of Kodo. Finally, you will reach Dharapani, which is one of the popular villages in the Manang Valley. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
 
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2710m)
The trail climbs to Tyanja at about 2360m, then moves on through the forests near the river, to Kopar which is located at 2590m. When we reach there we are finally rewarded with the awesome views of Annapurna II. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
 
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3240m)
The next day is the most important day of the Peak Climbing as you will now resume your walk and head towards the Pisang Village. The walking starts along deep forest in a step and narrow valley, and it crosses a river on at 3040m. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang which sprawls between 3200m and 3300 meters of altitude. Once you reach there, you will be gifted with the wonderful views of beautiful sceneries from the peak of the valley of Manang and the range of Annapurna. Pisang Peak (3240m) is not difficult to climb but it is difficult because of its slippery nature which might cause a problem for the trekkers. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 08: Acclimatization day in Pisang
On the eighth day of the itinerary, you will stay and take rest in Pisang for acclimatization purpose. Acclimatization is very much important during Peak Climbing in Nepal as you need to adjust yourself to the changing conditions and the rising altitude. Pisang Village is good for viewing the tall mountain peaks and also for learning about the local culture of the villages and the villagers. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Kharka (Pisang Peak Base Camp) (4380m)
On the next day, you will be trekking to Kharka also known as the Pisang Peak Base Camp situated at an altitude of 4380 meters. It will be a difficult day of trekking as it requires a lot of stamina and strength. So, the trekkers should be prepared for that mentally and physically. You will however enjoy the adventures of trekking on the day. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 10: Acclimatization day
The next day will again be spent for acclimatization as you will be tired from the earlier day’s trek. Acclimatization is very much important during Peak Climbing in Nepal as you need to adjust yourself to the changing conditions and the rising altitude. Besides acclimatization, you can also explore Kharka Village on this day. There are lots of things that you can explore in Kharka and without any doubt you will be fascinated with nature and environment. Overnight stay at a guest house.

Day 11: Trek to Pisang Peak High Camp (5400m)
The next day, you will move further up from the Base Camp and head towards for the Pisang Peak High Camp (5400m). The High Camp is very popular and it provides some of the best views of Pisang and the surrounding areas from the High Camp. Before you finally scale the Summit, it is good to study something about the features of Pisang Peak High Camp so that you can enjoy this adventurous trek on the next day. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 12: Trek to Peak Summit (6091m)
Trek to Peak Summit (6091m) will offer the most speculator view of the high mountains. It will be one of the memorable Peak climbing moments for you as you scale the summit of the Pisang Peak. If you are dying to trek in Peak Summit but you do not have time or strength you can use the mountain flight too. Overnight stay at a tented camp.

Day 13: Trek to Pisang & return to Pokhara/ Trek to Manang
On the 13th day, you will start the return trek to Pokhara from the Pisang Peak. Continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, this district doesn’t get any rain during the time of the monsoon due to the Annapurna Range. People of this region are yak herders and raise crops for the part of the year. Leaving Pisang we have alternative trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang. Overnight stay at a guesthouse. From there, you can continue with the Manang trek or else return to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.
 
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Flight ticket for guide Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Flight ticket for Clients Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.
Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 13 Days
Accomodation: Camping and Tent/ Guesthouse
Seasons : March-July::September-November
Type: Modarate
Activities : Climbing
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Pisang Peak climbing with altitude of 6091 meters above the sea level is one of the major and popular peak climbing destinations in Nepal.
  • Pisang actually is the name of a village from where one can move for scaling the Pisang Peak.
  • Pisang Peak Climbing while the best season for the Pisang Peak Climbing is from March-July and September to early November.

  • Climbing Pisang Peak with the Ace Treks is a 13-day long itinerary during the course of which the trekkers will come across the peak and climb it while experiencing the beauty of peak climbing in Nepal.
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