Pisang Peak Climbing Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
    A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.
    • Day 2 Climbing and Trekking preparation day (Sightseeing Optional). Overnight at hotel.
      A day to proceed and obtain climbing trekking permit in Kathmandu. All kind of preparation and sightseeing in UNESCOs' World Heritage sites are the other options of the day.
      • Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.
        Our destination today is Chamje via Beshishar. We start early on a local bus, which stops for breakfast and lunch on the way, and brings us to Beshisahar in about seven hours’ time. We change the bus and drive further to the destination.Along the way, the ride to Chamje Village on a public transport includes the Ghermu and Chamje waterfalls, the Marshyandi River and the sight of the beautiful Mt Manaslu beyond the hillls. This ride comes to a stop after around two and a half hours. For today, this is where we stop for the night.
        • Day 4 Chamje to Dharapani (1,860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
          From Chamje, our trailhead, the walk to Tal Village lasts for around two hours. Up a gentle uphill and through a dense forest, we arrive in Tal Village, on our walk to Dharapani/Bagarchhap where we stop for lunch, is on a trail along the Marhyandi River all the way. Lasting for around three and half hours, this mostly a gradual uphill is certainly not a difficult walk. where we stop for the night.
          • Day 5 Dharapani to Chame (2,670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
            Once leaving Dharapani/Bagarchhap and reaching Danaque Village, the trek walks everyone up a sharp ascent until TimangDanda. The vantage point offers an excellent view of Mt Manaslu and other mountains in its close proximity. On a flat trail and reach Thanchok Village in about an hour and a half. Many choose to stop here for a cup of tea. Along the way, the addition of the mighty Annapurna II beyond the hills to the West is a treat to watch. We walk again, on a similar trail, for the next two and a half hours to Chame, the headquarters of Manang District and our stopover for the night.
            • Day 6 Chame to Pisang (3,300 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

              Our walk to DhukurPhokhari, where we stop for lunch, is on a trail that passes through pine forests, crosses several suspension bridges, and is a combination of ups and downs with a steep incline just before we reach the Village on a ridge. After lunch, we walk, with the Pisang Peak and Mt Chulu in sight, for about two and a half hours and reach Lower Pisang. This is where we stop for the night.

              A tour to Upper Pisang is often a part of everyone’s itinerary. This traditional village, with monasteries and houses reflecting Tibetan style also happens to be a vantage point for a panoramic view of the Annarpurna range, Gangapurna range and the valley below.

              • Day 7 Rest day for acclimatization at Pisang. Overnight at guest house.
                The day today is for acclimatization. Once in higher altitudes, it is important that we allow the body the opportunity to adapt since the amount of oxygen in the air now becomes less and less. This process requires us to walk higher up but come down for the night. 
                • Day 8 Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,573 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
                  Our destination today is the Base Camp to Pisang Peak. The uphill we start out on is a sharp one and lasts for about four hours or so. Once we arrive in Kharka, basically a barn, we set up our tents here. This is where we stop for the night. 
                  • Day 9 Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5,030 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
                    Our walk to the High Camp often lasts for around four hours or so. The incline is a steep one. At around 5,400 metres, we set up our tents. That our gears need to be good condition is not something that requires any exaggeration. It is here we therefore ascertain that our climbing equipment is ready for the climb.
                    • Day 10 High Camp to Pisang Peak Summit (6,091 mt.) and back to Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
                      We start out early today. Inspection of the equipment once again and after a quick breakfast, we put on all the gear necessary. Once we reach the snowline, we put those crampons on and continue. Once on the summit of Pisang and it’s a time for a celebration for many, our actions highlighting the emotions – smiling, taking photographs and hugging one another. We may not be able to stay for long on top, however, owing much to the unpredictable weather conditions. We therefore climb down to the High Camp and continue since our stopover for the night is the Base Camp. Retracing our footsteps back to the Base Camp after a successful summiting is an experience only those who have made to top would be in a position to aptly feel. The Base Camp is where we stop for the night.
                      • Day 11 Pisang Peak Base Camp to Manang (3,540 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

                        Our stop in Humde Village for lunch comes after around a walk of three hours. The walk to this village, with a short airstrip, is an experience many choose to remember: through a pine forest and with Mt Gangapurna, Mt Tilicho and the gigantic Annapurna II and III in view.

                        With the trail levelling off and the woods thinning out, the path, from here on, first takes us to Braga, with a centuries old monastery, and then to Manang Village in roughly two hours. We stop for the night in Manang.

                        • Day 12 Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.

                          An altitude of around 3,500 metres is an ideal high for an acclimatization. We start our day with a tour of the Village, the biggest in the entire District. With prayer wheels, flags, stones and mani walls at regular intervals, the faith of the people is clearly visible.

                          Before lunch, a walk to Ganagpurna Lake and a climb of around 300 metres to a vantage point just above the lake is an experience worth looking forward to. From around 3,800 metres, a big portion of the Annapurna Range is a treat no one should miss out on.

                          • Day 13 Manang to Throang Phedi (4,450 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

                            As the thin air in high altitudes comes into play, even our gradual uphill today is exhausting for many. A stop at Gunsang on the way for tea after around two hours or so is a welcome relief. Now that the view also includes the Manaslu Range, the break can often stretch to as long as half an hour. After the break, we walk the next two hours to Yak Kharka.

                            On a route that brings Thorang Peak closer with every step forward and Chulu West round a hill, we take a break and stop for tea in one of the two huts on the way. Along the way, a herd of Tahr jumping about does ease the relative uneasiness of the path, due largely to higher altitudes. After the tea break, our walk to Thorang Phedi stops for lunch in Yak Kharka then finally to the camp after another 3 hours of walking.

                            • Day 14 Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3,800 mt.) via Thorang-La pass (5,416 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.
                              This early morning trek starts at around five after an early tea and packed lunch.The hour long ascent to Thorang High Camp from here on is arduous. This most demanding of all the ascents so far takes all willing to Thorangla Pass in about three hours and a half. We have our breakfast at this altitude of 5,416 metres, weather permitting. After breakfast, it’s time for a walk downhill, crossing into bordering Mustang District. ThorangPhedi at the other side is where we rest for a while. After this tea break, we hit the road again, walking past Muktinath Temple and reaching Ranipauwa where we stop for the night.
                              • Day 15 Muktinath to Marpha (2,670 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

                                Our walk to Jomsom, where we stop for lunch, starts out a downhill. Kagbeni on the way is an inviting settlement and we stop for a look around. Nestled in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni boasts of its Red Monastery, which offers a peak into the ways of the practitioners of the belief. The relatively flat path from here on through a barren, almost lifeless, landscape walks everyone against fierce winds from the opposite direction and brings them to Jomsom in about four and a half hours.

                                After lunch, we leave Jomsom, the administrative as well as the commercial centre of the District, and reach Marhpa in roughly two hours. Known for apples, this is where we stop for the night.

                                • Day 16 Marpha to Tatopani /Hotspring, (1,189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
                                  We start out along the banks of Kali Gandaki on a gentle descent. The next 4 hours of Jeep/Bus drive leaves few other notable settlements –Tukuche, Largung, Kalopani and Lete – before reaching Ghasa. Rupse Chahara (a beautiful waterfall) at least for some time is another attraction before moving on to Tatopani where we stop for lunch, dinner and the night. The hot springs of the area invite many for relaxing dip.
                                  • Day 17 Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,835 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
                                    Today’s trek starts out alright until crossing Kali Gandaki and GharKhola. The steep uphill from here on is very demanding for many, with the dense forest around serving as the only relief. Tea break in Ghara Village also comes as that rest for those legs. Sikha, also presents Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South for a view where we stop for the lunch. We trudge on after lunch. Our journey continues with a two-hour walk to Chitre, where we stop for a bit with the addition of Mt Nilgiri in view to the North. We move on aiming for Ghorepani. A final steep ascent of around half an hour brings us to Ghorepani amidst a forest largely dominated by rhododendrons. This is where we stop for the night.
                                    • Day 18 Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2,520 mt.).Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.
                                      Early morning is a time for a walk to Poon Hill for that sunrise view: the brightening of the tops of the Dhaulagiri Range in an array of bright shades with the peaks of the Annapurna Range to the East in shadow. Back in Ghorepani and we leave for Tadapani after breakfast. It starts out up a steep incline for almost two hours before eventually arriving atop a ridge. It’s a downhill from here on through a forest one more time until Banthanti, where we stop for lunch. After a downhill for some time then a sharp uphill, we arrive in Tadapani. This is where we stop for the night.
                                      • Day 19 Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1,920mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.
                                        With Mt Machhapuchré, Mt Huinchuli and the Annapurna South still magnificently on display, leaving Tadapani is a compulsion; our itinerary suggests we reach Pokhara today. Down a steep descent for nearly three and a half hours, we finally reach Ghandruk and a gently downhill from this point on takes us to Syané. We catch a local bus from here and head off for Pokhara, reaching the place in some two hours and a half.
                                        • Day 20 Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Driving 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.
                                          Our return to Kathmandu is on a tourist bus, a ride that should last for around six-hours. With breakfast and lunch on the highway, the bus stops in Sorhakhutté in Kathmanddu. Thamel, the tourist hub, is a stone’s throw from here.
                                          • Day 21 Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
                                            This is totally a free day in Kathmandu for relaxation after a long journey. On the other hand we can say its a reserve day, in case of bad weather if the flight from Lukla to Kathmandu is cancelled on the earlier day. Sightseeing trip in UNESCOs' World Heritage sites and shopping are the other options of the day.
                                            • Day 22 Transfer to Airport for your final departure from Nepal.
                                              Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.