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PISANG PEAK CLIMBING

pisang peak climbing

(Pisang Peak Climbing) Pisang Peak rises above from Pisang village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang Peak climbing is considered one of the easy climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Nepal. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse wood and pasture to a Kharka at 4,380 meters (14,366ft) which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,400 meters (17,715ft) 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.

The well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slope which is quite steep but not difficult to reach the summit. Descent is made on the same. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse forested areas and pasture lands 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.)

Pisang Peak Climbing

Outline Itinerary

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

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (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.

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.

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 (4,420m. / 14,501ft) 3-4 hours.

Day 14: Thorang Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m. / 17,764ft), continue trek to Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) 9-10 hours.

Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft) 5-6 hours.

Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours.

Day 18: Final departure.

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

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, here our guide will brief with information regarding climbing/trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and not do’s, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1300m. / 4264ft) & trip preparation.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Pisang Peak Climbing.


Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani (1,960m. / 6,430ft) 11-12 hours.

After breakfast, we will take a long journey drive to Dharapani via beautiful Nepalese townships. Our trial is alongside the meandering river Trishuli passing through the popular Lake city Pokhara before reaching Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at Dharapani.


Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m. / 8,891ft) 5 - 6 hours

On route, we negotiate a few step forested ridges along with several landslides where we will not look back , as we will be greeted with wonderful views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. After some relax in hot springs on the way, it will be easy for us to hike. Overnight in Chame.


Day 05: Chame to Upper Pisang (3,700m. / 12,136ft) 5-6hours.

En-route, we will reach at dramatic curved rock face, rising 1,500m. from the river as we pass through narrow steep and a very dense pine forest. As the trial widen, we found ourselves surrounded by Himalayan peaks all the way to Pisang. Furthermore, we will ascend towards a huge hill and reach to Upper Pisang. Overnight in Upper Pisang.


Day 06: Acclimatization Day

As per itinerary, today we will spend whole day for acclimatization to be physically fit in higher altitude. We can ensure the guarantee of successful trip, if we spend an extra day at a high altitude. We will explore the local villages and lifestyles of local people, chatting with the locals will help us get a better glimpse of their culture & religion. Whole day, we marvel at the views of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna. Overnight in Pisang.


Day 07: Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m. / 14,370ft) 4-5 hours.

After breakfast, we ascend towards the Pisang Base Camp passing through a thin forest and grasslands. The pasture we follow are used to graze a yak and a best location to make our camp for overnight stay. Overnight at the Pisang Peak Base Camp.


Day 08: Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,400m. / 17,712ft) 3-4 hours

Ascending to the south-west ridge take us to the high camp, where we will set up our camp and engage in basic climbing courses.  The climb leaders will guide us about peak climbing techniques and the best ways of using climbing equipment i.e. ice axe, harness, ascender, climbing boots and crampons, etc. Although, it is not mandatory to use ropes on Pisang Peak Climbing, our leader will give us a train about using ropes which will boost up your confidence and climbing skills. Overnight at Pisang Peak High Camp.


Day 09: Summit Pisang Peak and back to base camp (6,091m. / 19,980ft) 8-9 hours.

Today, after breakfast our trial will be mostly on rocky surfaces and due to the steep peak, we do not found much snow over there. With the use of rope we will climb on a ridge and a summit, which is around 70 degree of slope. We can view the extra-ordinary picturesque of Annapurna ranges and other from the summit. We will back to the Base camp. Overnight Base Camp.


Day 10: Contingency Day.

Extra day reserved for any contingency, if we fail to attempt the summit of Pisang Peak on the day as organized due to any unforeseen event or bad climatic condition.


Day 11: Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang Valley (3,450m. / 11,316ft) 5-6 hours.

After reaching to Pisang village, the trials divides into two routes to Manang. We will choose the one which will take us through Upper Pisang via Geru. This way offers an outstanding view of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak and several others. We can see the changing in climate as we go near to the Manang valley, becomes more cold and dry although we will visit the biggest monastery named Barge Monastery of Manang districts. Overnight at Manang.


Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m. / 13,484ft) 3 - 4 hours.

We will cross a stream and climbs to the village of Tenki above Manang, and again climb out of the Marshyangdi valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola following a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Now the trial goes through meadows where yaks and horses graze, passing an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow reaching  in village of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.


Day 13: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi (4,420m. / 14,501ft) 3-4 hours.

An uphill walk to Thorang Phedi, makes us to cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. Further ascending and passing through towering cliffs take us to the last village before Thorong La, named as Thorang Phedi. Thorang Phedi rewards us with the best views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gundang, and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

 


Day 14: Thorang Phedi to Thorong La (5,416m. / 17,764ft), continue trek to Muktinath (3,800m. / 12,467ft) 9-10 hours.

Today, we will cross the world’s highest pass of the world and the main day of our entire trekking period. By choosing the safest and easiest way we will cross this pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath).

To make it to the top, we have to wake up early and begin to walk before the sunrise, which makes our journey worth to enjoy. At the foot of the Thorong La Pass, we can capture an awesome view of massive mountains as memento. Next, we will continue trekking to Muktinath, a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists.


Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,715m. / 8,910ft) 5-6 hours.

Muktinath, a holy places for Buddhists and Hindus alike. After breakfast, we will visit the religious temples and monasteries located near to the Muktinath. Next we will head to Jomsom, popular for its strong winds and sweet apples. In Jomsom, we will explore the Ecological Museum that provides information on Jomsom’s culture along with the flora and fauna that are native to the valley. Overnight in Jomsom.


Day 16: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

We will take an early flight to lake city Pokhara from Jomsom. After check-in to hotel we will visit the lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake or just get relaxed in hotel. We can pamper in buying some elegance, as a memento. Overnight in Pokhara.


Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, 6 hours.

After breakfast, we will say good bye to beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. At evening, Visit View Nepal Trek will host a farewell dinner with typical Nepali cuisine to  celebrate the successful completion of our climbing.


Day 18: Final departure

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Pisang Peak Climbing around amazing Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Tea houses/Lodge and tented accommodation during trekking and climbing session
  • All necessary staffs with experienced English speaking climbing and trekking leader (guide)
  • Cook, assistant climbing leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section.
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits and Pisang Peak climbing permit
  • Group Mountaineering climbing and camping equipment for climbing part -very high quality North Face or Mountain Hardware tents for camping and kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrance fees during Kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • 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 climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

The equipment listed below can be taken as a guideline to pack a items for trekking and peak climbing, and these items listed below may vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. We suggest you to pack only what is necessary and the items with an asterisk (*) are provided by a Visit View Nepal Trek inclusive in the service.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. 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).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Day pack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Personal Climbing Gears

  1. Ice axe, Crampons, Harness, Tape slings(2)
  2. Screw-gate karabiners (2 lock, 2 unlock), Descender / eight figure.
  3. Plastic mountaineering boots, Ascend-er / Jhumar, Helmet.

Group Climbing Gears

  1. Snow bar*
  2. Rope*
  3. Ice hammer*
  4. Ice screw*

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 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.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

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.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. 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.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow