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Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass – 23 Days

Pisang Peak stands at an elevation of 6,091 m up above from Pisang village in Annapurna Himalaya range and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang peak

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
Trip Duration: 23 Days
Max Altitude: 6,091 m /19978.48 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
March to May; October and November
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Besishar - Pisang - Pisang Peak Summit - Manang - Thorong La Pass - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Trip Information

Pisang Peak stands at an elevation of 6,091 m up above from Pisang village in Annapurna Himalaya range and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang peak is considered one of the busy 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 4,420 m, which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,450 m, 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 slop, which is quite steep but not difficult to reach the summit. Descent is made on the same route.

After the main adventure of Pisang Peak, the trek leads to Thorong La pass (5,416 m), through Manang, which are the main attraction of whole Annapurna Circuit trek. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction.

After you cross the Thorong La pass the trail take you to the Muktinath then Jomsom from where we can take flights to Pokhara.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 meters). Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 02 – Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 03 – Drive to Besisahar (8,30 meters) by bus – 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 04 – Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 05 – Trek to Chamje (1,400 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 06 – Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 07 – Trek to Chame (2,630 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 08 – Trek to Pisang village (3,300 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 09 – Acclimatization and explore around. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 10 – Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,420 meters) – 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 11 – Base Camp to high camp (5,450 meters) – 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 12 – Acclimatization and explore around high camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 13 – Summit day (6,091 meters) and return to Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 14 – Spare day in case of bad weather. Overnight at tented camp.

  • Day 15 – Trek to Pisang Village (3,300 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 16 – Trek to Manang (3,500 meters) – 6 hours Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 17 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 18 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 19 – Cross Throng la pass (5,416 meters) and trek down to Muktinath (3,800 meters) – 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 20 – Trek to Jomsom (2,715 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.

  • Day 21 – Morning flight to Pokhara Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 22 – Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus – 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 23 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (1,345 m).

    Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

  • Day 2 - Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    In the morning, after breakfast, at around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist  shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying  in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty- five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

    The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 3 - Drive to Besisahar (830 m) by Public Bus- 7 hrs.

    Our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7:00 am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7-hours drive (185 kms) from Kathmandu, we reach Besishar. Upon arrival at Besisahar, you will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 4 - Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m) - 5 hrs.

    Today our 5 hours journey starts at Besisahar, following the trail until we reach the first Gurung village at Bhulbhule. Our first day on the trail introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter houses and the local people, exchanging greetings of “Namaste” as we pass by.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 5 - Trek to Chamje (1,400 m) - 5 hrs.

    The trail drops steeply by Syange at (1,070 m), from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forests to Chyamje at 1,400 meters, a day’s walk of five hours.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 6 - Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160 m)- 5 hrs.

    Our five hour trek day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi River steadily uphill to Tal (1,675 m), the first village in the Manang district. We cut a trail across a wide, flat valley, reaching a stone stairway to 1,860 m. We then climb up another stairway, continuing up and then down to Dharapani (1,890 m). There we find a stone entrance, typical of the Tibetan influence to be seen in villages from here northwards. We then reach Bagarchhap (2,160 m), which offers the typical flat-roofed stone houses of Tibetan design, although the village is still in the transition zone, before the dry highlands.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 7 - Trek to Chame (2,630 m)- 5 hrs.

    The trail climbs to Tyanja (2,360 m), continuing through forest parallel to the river, until we reach Kopar (2,590 m). When we reach Chame (2,630 m), headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we pass through a local community said to have migrated from Tibet long ago, evidenced by their physical features, which notably differ from those of other Nepalese. With them, they bought Tibetan architecture and traditions.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 8 - Trek to Pisang (3,300 m) - 5 hrs.

    The day begins by passing through a deep forest located in a steep and narrow valley. From there we cross a river on a long suspension bridge (2,910 m). We then cross another bridge (3,040 m), after which the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. From there the trail climbs up to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200 m & 3,300 m, a day’s trip of 5 hours. 

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 9 - Acclimatization & exploration.

    Today is spent acclimatizing in Pisang. We’ll explore the area, catching the magnificent views around the village. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 10 - Trek to Pisang peak base camp (4,420 m)- 6 hrs.

    On today’s 6 hours trek the trail makes a steep ascent, passing through Upper Pisang. En route we cross forests of pine and local vegetation. The views of the Annapurna range welcome you. From today the accommodations will be tented camps for a few days, with food cooked on site by our professional chef.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 11 – Trek from base camp to high camp (5,450 m)- 6 hrs.

    Today another 6 hours trek leads along a rocky glacier path to the high camp (5,450 m). You’ll be met by panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 12 - Acclimatization & exploration.

    A day will be spent here for us to acclimatize and adjust to the high altitude. We’ll also take a short trek around the camp to prepare for the 6,000 m adventure tomorrow morning.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 13 - Summit day & return to base camp (6,097 m).

    Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll set out early to climb Pisang peak. At the summit of Pisang (6,091 m), you have a closer panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, the Tibetan mountains, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, Tilje peak, Kuchubhro peak, and many more. After an easy trip to the top, we make our way back down to the base camp.

    Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 14 - Spare day in the event of bad weather.

    This is spare day just in case the weather is not supportive. We will take a good rest on the way down, if we have the successful climb on day 13.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 15 - Trek to Pisang Village (3,300 m)- 5 hrs.

    The trail moves steeply down during the 5 hours trek to Pisang Village (3,300 m). The view of the Annapurna range accompanies the descent. Beginning today, accommodations will once more be guesthouses for the rest of the trip.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 16 - Trek to Manang (3,500 m)- 5 hrs.

    Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. The people of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy the special trading rights they gained back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have a choice between trails heading north and south of the Marsyangdi River, meeting up again at Mungji. The southern route goes by Hongde (3,325 m) and involves less climbing than the northern route by way of Ghyaru. While containing a more rigorous path, the route along the northern bank of the river holds better mountain views than the southern. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3,475 m) to nearby Manang (3,540 m). Overnight at guesthouse.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 17 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)- 5 hrs.

    Today we leave Manang, the trail making an ascent of nearly 2,000 m to the Thorong La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka (4,000 m) after five hours, where the many yaks and abundant vegetation begin to grow steadily sparser.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 18 - Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)- 5 hrs.

    Today the trail descends to cross the river, then climbing up to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m), a 5 hours trek.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 19 - Cross Thorong La pass & trek down to Muktinath (5,416 m)- 5 hrs.

    Today holds a long trek beginning at 4:00 a.m., enabling us to reach the pass by 9 or 10 a.m. Otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters, and can be exposed to strong winds if the crossing is made too late. We start climbing up a steep path that is regularly used and easy to follow. Problems may arise, however, due to the high altitude and snow. Snow often makes the crossing for more difficult. About four hours’ climb we’ll reach the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags. At the top we’ll be rewarded by the magnificent view, after which another four will take us to the holy town of Muktinath (3,800 m).

    Muktinath, meaning “place of Nirvana,” is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows are relieved when visiting the temple, a scared pilgrimage site to Hindus and Buddhists alike. The chief pilgrimage usually takes place in September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and features 108 waterspouts from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple, which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 20 - Trek to Jomsom (2,715 m) - 5 hrs.

    Our descent continues five hours through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom, headquarters of the Mustang district and home to many apple orchards and apple delicacies. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste during the journey.

    Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

  • Day 21 - Morning flight to Pokhara.

    This morning a 35 minutes flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once at the Pokhara airport, we’ll drive you to a hotel. In the afternoon will be a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Waterfall, a museum, a Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower Cave, and more.

    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

  • Day 22 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Toursit Bus and farewell Dinner.

    You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

    Overnight at hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

  • Day 23 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

    An Ace airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast  Included


    COST INCLUDES

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Pokhara breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and Camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses and tented accommodation during the trek (Mostly on twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay from Pisang Peak Base Camp and above).

  • Local Aarohi Holiday licensed English speaking guide.

  • Climbing Sherpa from Base camp to the summit and back to the base camp.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Pisang peak climbing permit.

  • Garbage deposit fee.

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Aarohi Holiday (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including Airport Departure Tax.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Kathmandu-Besisahar by local bus and Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus).

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Farewell dinner in typical nepali restaurent with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.


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