Pisang peak (6091 m) is one of the easier climbing peaks in Nepal. It looks like a pyramid in shape and has soared in- between Mt. Annapurna I and Mt. Manaslu above the yak pastures of Pisang village in the Manang District of Nepal. After crossing the Marshyangdi suspension bridge we follow the southwest route up to Pisang Village. Leaving Pisang Village we move ahead to alpine pastures to set up Base Camp. Here we spend two nights for altitude acclimatization and do some physical exercise to keep our body well and fit for the summit climb. Then, we ascend to a Kharka at the elevation of 4380 m to set up High Camp. Next day early morning from High Camp we push to the summit at 6091 m. From the summit one can enjoy an astonishing 360-degree panoramic view of Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna II and Lamjung, Machhupuchare, Annapurna I and the trans-Himalayan plateau of Tibet stretching in the far distance to the north.
Snowfall at the high camp begins from the end of Nov to the end of March. We can also choose another route to the summit via the south-west ridge although it is quite steep but not that difficult to step foot on the summit. After the summit, we descend through the same route to the base camp and keep going down to Jomsom. From Jomsom, we take a flight to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.
A great lovely and pleasant country walks on high hills and valleys of the Annapurna region, passing through the sparse Marshyangdi valley, Walk into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron, magnolia, fir and pines trees, Breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Thorong-la pass, technically difficult to reach the summit, Physical fitness & good health is required.
This Peak climbing requires a bit mountaineering experience and equally needs to be physically fit. If you are fit enough and have a sense of adventure you will enjoy both trekking and peak climbing. This program is designed to acclimatize you gradually and to protect you from high altitude sickness. However, you are requested to check your health, altitude fitness before the trip begins. We suggest you to strengthen your knee muscles and prepare for several days of steep descents.
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed by our airport representative and transferred to hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour in Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue on to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour with a lunch. After that you will view ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early bus drive to Besisahar (850m), the starting point of the trek. Your adventure begins! Passing through many small villages on the way will fascinate you with snippets of everyday living in these lowland villages. You will reach Besisahar in late afternoon.Overnight at lodge.
First day of your walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several ups and downs hill sections, across rice paddies and sub -tropical forest. The villages and people are an interesting mix. You eventually ascend to Bahundanda (Hills of Brahmins) set on a long ridge at 1310m. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast we descend through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. We start gradually walking up after crossing suspension bridge in the Mayshyangdi River and get Jagat where we will stop for lunch. We will have one and a half hours further rocky trail walk to reach Chamje. Spend the night at Chamje at lodge.
Today you will cross a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi River just right after you left Chamje and you will enter to Manang district after walking uphills before reaching Tal, through corn, barley, potatoes fields and then through forests of bamboo and Rhododendrons. Just right after Tal, you will across the river and continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani in late afternoon. Overnight at lodge.
Today you will walk through a few steep forested landscapes, along with several landslides on route. When you look up you will have some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks. Today you will encounter some typical Tibetan villages en route before reaching Chame. Chame is a district’s headquarter of Manang. Beautiful views of the Mt. Lamjung and Annapurna II can be seen from your lodge. Overnight at lodge.
A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. You will have an extra half an hour climb towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. Overnight at lodge.
Today you will have a rest day here. Check and set up all the gears for climbing and acclimatization. Enjoy the whole day with very nice magnificent views of all the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and Tilicho. Overnight at lodge.
Today we start walking up towards Base camp after a day’s rest in Upper Pisang. From Upper Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse wood and pasture to a Kharka at (4,380m) which is considered the best place for setting up camp at the base camp. It is in a flat alpine section along the well worn trail. Overnight at tent.
Today we walk for 3 -4 hours and set up our high camp at the height of 5400m after climbing to a shoulder on the south west ridge. There will be snow at the high camp from the end of November to the end of March. Overnight at Tent.
Today is a day to fulfill your dream of Summit on Pisang Peak. From the High Camp, the well defined ridge leads to the final snow slop which is quite steep and more technical to reach the summit. Our guide will fix the rope and lead you to the successful summit of the Pisang peak. After a successful summit, you will walk down to Base Camp and stay overnight at tent.
Today you will trek to Pisang village and continue trek to Manang village walking across the riverside. Here, you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment.You will have incredible views of the towering Himalayan Peaks and observe a traditional lifestyle of Manangi people (one of the Ethnic Group of Nepal). Overnight at lodge.
Today we start trek after breakfast and leave the trail off to Tilicho Lake on the left corner and continue a short walk up to Yak Kharka, a small settlement set at (4,110m/13,484ft). We will have a gradual ascent towards a little hill and way goes more right behind the hill and reach yak aharka. Overnight at lodge.
Make your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. A small place although busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. It is situated at the bottom of the Thorong La and the trails continually step up to Thorong La afterwards. Overnight at lodge.
An early start is most important to begin a long day trek over the pass. Crossing this fabulous Throng La pass (5,416m) will be an unforgettable experience. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It may cause problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding. We will enjoy being at the top with a hot cup of tea/coffee and enjoy the celebration of success at the pass. And start a long descent to another part of the Annapurna and reach Muktinath (3,800m). Overnight at lodge.
Note: You can reach to Muktinath either by hike from Jomsom or travel by jeep from Jomsom to Muktinath . On Local Jeep, it takes 45 minutes to reach Muktinath from Jomsom, and while hike down from Muktinath to Jomsom it takes you 6 hours.
Today we will have an easy walking day down to Kagbeni. After 30 minute walk from Muktinath, we will arive Jharkot, a rich village which still have similar culture and tradition like Tibet. It is probably the best village to overview the landscapes and combination of dry hills with green field. We trek further down to Kagbeni. Overnight at lodge.
Today we will have pleasant walking through the sand bank of Kali Gandaki River. You can allow an hour en route to look for fossils on riverside while walking because finding a natural fossil from the Kaligandaki River brings good luck in your life. We will make this walk before the wind starts blowing in Kaligandaki valley. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang and inhabitated by Thakali people with rich culture and tradition. You can rush your afternoon to visit Ecological museum in Jomsom which gives you more information of the old traditional culture, tradition, flora and fauna of the valley. Overnight at lodge.
We pack our bags at early morning and get ready for the Trans Himalayan flight to Pokhara. The flight transits through between two high peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and gives us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Himalayas. We will have full afternoon in Pokhara to enjoy strolling around the lake side and overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Today we will have an early scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Our scenic you will drive passes through the cultivated lands, local villages and arrive in Kathmandu in late afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold passport and valid visa. Visa can be obtained at the Nepalese diplomatic missions and consulates abroad. Visa is also issued at the entry points. It can be extended at the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Children under 10 years need not pay any visa fee. People willing to get entry Visa at the airport or any of the land entry points are required to fill a visa form with passport photograph.
* Tourist visa can be extended for a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (January – December).
On arrival in Kathmandu, our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our pre-booked hotel. There won’t be any activity on this day. We will host a pre-trip meeting at the hotel lobby on the 2nd day of your itinerary in the evening. It will be an opportunity for you to meet your trekking guide and introduce each other. The guide will brief you about the trek and check your gear to ensure the smooth running of your trekking trip.
All accommodations will be on a twin sharing basis during the trek in family-run teahouse (lodge), with a large sociable central dining area and a cozy chimney burning fire. We recommend you to use your own sleeping bag. A typical lodge in Annapurna region offers muesli, porridges, Pancakes, bread with jam or eggs, fried eggs on toast, tea/coffee in breakfast and in dinner Dal, Bhat, lentil soup and other cuisines.
Most lodges offer hot showers and in the ones that don’t a bucket of water. In Annapurna, we find many western toilets and in some places there are usually just the Asian squat type toilets.
We organize this trek away from the more frequented trails and provide a wilderness experience in both natural and cultural aspect. You can observe the remote mountain villages of Nepal where people are surviving by growing their own food, untouched by modern civilization, no development. Despite the fact the local people are still leading happy life with their own distinctive culture and traditional lifestyle that might be very interesting & unique for you to observe. If there are no tea house/lodges along the trail we organize on full board camping basis and it is only an option.
Accommodations will be in tents, and your food will be well cooked by one of our cook and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. 20- 30 Minute Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic and Potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Staff will carry all the necessary equipment, leaving you free to enjoy the scenery. You carry your small backpack with a water bottle, camera and your day clothes. We employ the appropriate number of porters to carry all equipment, trekking gear & necessary stuff.
We choose our spots wisely, disturbing as little of the eco system as possible. We take nothing but pictures and leave only footprints behind. We provide unique and fresh food without harmful chemical by using less number of tin foods, as much as possible we will use fresh fruits and vegetable. High quality of kitchen equipment, sleeping tents, staff tents, dining tents, toilet tents, dining table, Chairs, mattress, foods, sleeping bags are provided.
Small groups provide a more intimate atmosphere allowing you to get to know your Sherpa guides better and to develop lifelong friendships. Therefore, the maximum group size for this trek is 16 people. The minimum is 2 people.
All our trek leaders and crew come from different parts of Nepal with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, but we all share our valuable experience, accept each other beliefs and work together to give our clients the best experience in Nepal. Whatever the ethnical background they belong to, differ in sex or age all members of our team work together as a family that makes us what we are.
The climate in the Annapurna region varies from subtropical to alpine. The southern slopes of the area has the highest rainfall rate in the country- 3000mm per year, whereas the northern slopes lying in the rain shadow has the lowest rate – less than 300mm per year. The difference in the climatic conditions in this region is responsible for its varied flora and fauna.
Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November
This is the main trekking season in Nepal. While trekking in mountains weather will be sunny and mild with clear mountain views. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as to negative 8o C (7.6o F) at the highest altitudes.
Winter: December to end February
Even it is cooler conditions this is an ideal time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually very clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their best. Nights will be very cold with temperatures down to negative 10o C (14oF) to negative 17o C (1.4oF) at the highest altitudes but days are pleasant and sunny. The trails are also much less busy at this time of year
Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May
Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but cloudiness will be occurred up in the afternoons. Seasonal flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.
The southern subtropical lowlands are enriched with lush subtropical forests consisting of chirpine and alder and in the northern highlands temperate forests of oaks, rhododendron, fir, and blue pine. The wet regions yield a variety of bamboo species. The higher altitude further North give rise to forests of birch, blue pine and juniper trees, which are replaced by juniper and rhododendron in the far North. In the semi-desert rain shadow region, behind the Himalayas, bushes of caragana and juniper species are found.
This region is rich with several species of wildlife. There are around four hundred and seventy-four species of birds, and around a hundred species of mammals. The region serves as an excellent habitat for rare and endangered mammals like the snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep, red panda and many of Nepal’s brilliantly plumaged pheasants
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take out a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Please send us the following details such as your full name, policy number and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number prior to departure. We also strongly recommend that your policy must cover personal liability, flight/trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
We strongly recommend you to have High Altitude (above 3000 meters) Insurance that covers all unseen incidents during the climb.
Though we hope for the best trip, you sometimes might be in need of rescue or evacuation in case of a serious sickness or a personal prolonged health issue. During such emergency you will be rescued by a helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation services. We request you to make sure when you purchase insurance from your country that your policy must cover these expenses or you should remain prepared to pay or sign on Helicopter Evacuation Form before you get on the Helicopter.
The Gurungs form the largest group in the Annapurna region. They come from Tibeto – Burman stock. Some Gurungs follow Buddhism and others Hinduism. They dwell the higher northern slopes of the Annapurna, Lamjung,Chuli and hills around Ganesh Himal. A large number of Gurung youths serve in the British and Indian armies. The low part of the Annapurna region is largely populated by Chettris and Bahuns (Brahmins). The Magars inhabit the lower trail between Baglung and Dana. They live high on the steep ridges along the tributaries of the Kali Gandaki.
Another ethnic group of this region is the Thakalis. Known throughout the country as accomplished hoteliers and skilled traders, they are noted for their aggressive trading spirit. The Jomsom trek passes through Thak Khola, the Thakali homeland.
In the valley of the Muktinath live the Baragaun Bhotiya. Their lifestyle is similar to that of the Tibetans. Another group of people who share a close affinity to the Tibetans are the Lopa people of Mustang, north of Kagbeni. Some of them practice the ancient pre-Buddhist religion of Bon which is infused with animistic and shamanic belief and ritual. The people living in the upper Marshyandi valley are generally known as Mananges. The Nyeshang area, under which fall the villages of Manang, Braga and Ngawal. The people are of Tibetan origin. But their language Nyeshang is not a Tibetan dialect. This area is popularly known by the name of its largest village Manang.
At 6.30 am your guide knocks on your door and greets with a cup of tea. Then it’s time to have breakfast, tight up your bag pack and head off for today’s trekking for the next three to four hours then stop for an hour at pleasant spot along the way for a well-prepared hot lunch. Afterward, walk another three hours or so, before you stop for the overnight. The evening can be spent reading or chatting with your fellow hikers or trekking crew about the trip of the day. Pack of games can be an asset to these nights; your trekking crew love teaching various Nepali card games and learning new Western games. Eventually, it’s time to bed for a well-deserved night.
We recommend you to exchange at least USD 450 for meals during the tea house/lodge trek.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Many hotels in Nepal have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Safety has always been Trek Himalayan’s top priority and we strive to create the safest mountain experience possible. Our experienced team of guides and Sherpa always focus on the successful climb without compromising safety. Our guides and staff are highly trained in emergency mountain medicine and work to maintain our strict standards of safety. Our camps are stocked with comprehensive medical kits and we have two Gamow bags on the mountain throughout the expedition.
When problems arise on the mountain away from medical facilities, the level of training and experience Trek Himalayan guides have makes them some of the most sought-after guides in the profession. Careful planning and vigilant care are taken as we venture into high altitudes. Our well-planned use of climbing oxygen dramatically improves a climber’s chance of success in 8,000 high mountains. Our supply of oxygen is well stocked and designed to meet any climber’s anticipated, and unanticipated, needs.
Many trekking porters come from villages. They live hard and frugal lives and work to carry heavy loads using the traditional ‘doko’ (the bamboo latis basket supported from the forehead). Heights up to 3,500m are part of everyday life and they resist wearing what they consider to be unnecessary personal equipment. Above that altitude, Trek Himalayan urges them the use of kit suited to the varying levels of more extreme conditions. It’s an incredible job that they do and we really appreciate their working nature and try to reward accordingly.
Here are some recommended Equipment’s List for trekking in Everest region
Note: It is possible to buy or rent the above gear in Kathmandu
4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
Duffel bag (We will provide one complimentary)
Down jacket (that suits high altitude weather condition)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Sun hat (We will provide you a complimentary Ace the Himalaya hat)
Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
Sunglasses with 100% UV protection
Heavier shell gloves
Lightweight expedition thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
Synthetic sports bras (for women)
Lower Body – Legs
Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
Nylon hiking shorts
Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Note: Above equipment are available for Rent. If you want to rent these equipment, please contact us.
Tipping is a tradition in tourism in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. We highly suggest you to allow approximately USD 5-6 per person per day for our trekking staff. But, tipping amount is not applied for western tour leader.