Pisang Peak Climbing

  • Trip Code

    MKA-1009

  • No of days

    18

  • Challenge level

    Moderate

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About trip

Trip Overview

We combine this peak climbing with a world famous 'Annapurna Circuit' trekking.

Pisang Peak is one of the non-expedition peaks in Nepal and rises opposite of Annapurna II (7937). Pisang Peak lies roughly in between the giants’ Annapurna I and Manaslu both eight thousand’s.

Pisang Peak rises above from Pisang village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. This peak is considered as the easy climbing peak in Nepal. To reach the base camp from 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 the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,400m 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.

This trek after all is difficult to match for its rugged mountain scenery, trekking challenges and the expose it provides on the variety of ethnic Nepalese cultures. Starting in the lowland paddy fields the trek steadily gains altitude passing through oak and pine forests and eventually emerging into high desert country at Manang (3597 m.). The descent is equally amazing and varied.

Strenuous trekking is well rewarded at both low and high altitudes, on the approach to the Thorung La (17,769 ft) as well as during the descent from it. Close up views of the Annapurna range (40 miles between the two river valleys contain at twelve 7000 m peaks and many more above the 6000m mark). Varied ecosystems, diverse cultures and an ever-changing landscape - lush, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this one of the most popular treks in the world.

What you will get

Includes

  • All ground transfers, airport pickup / drop by private vehicle.
  • Thamel Eco Resort hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing, including breakfast & all taxes)
  • Welcome Dinner with live Nepali cultural program we host.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including all applicable entrance fees.)
  • All domestic airfares (Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.).
  • Fully organized capming trek (including world class equipments, tents, mattresses and etc).
  • Everyday three times meals on trek prepared by our kitchen crew.
  • National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees.
  • Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary arrangements.
  • Accommodation at Tibet Resort in Pokhara (including breakfast, and all Taxes)
  • Pisang Peak Climbing Permit and all other necessary fees.
What you wont get

Excludes

  • All International Airfares / Airport Taxes.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as bar bill, laundry bill, telephone bill, tips and etc.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance.
  • Helicopter Rescue & Evacuation - If needed.
Things To Do

Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02
    Full day guided sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley.

    Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepali cultural program we host. Hotel

  • Day 03
    Drive: Kathmandu / Bensisahar (2670m 8 hrs.)

    After breakfast you will board your private transport and start the drive to Dumre. This drive can take up to 4 hours. From Dumre we head towards Bensisahar. 

  • Day 04
    Drive from Bensisahar to Chame (2670 m)

    Five hrs drive by jeep brings us to Chame.

  • Day 05
    Chame / Pisang (3300m / 6 hrs.)

    From Chame the trail condition changes, somewhat. The continuing trail is not as well maintained as the one up to Chame. Pass through pine forests, over fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang. Like all villages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an entrance chorten and an exit chorten.

    Pisang Annapurna II can be seen to the south and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rain shadow area. After crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges you enter a spruce and fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest. After days in the gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left bank you reach your lodge at the village of Pisang. You may want to visit the village before dinner. Camp

  • Day 06
    Rest day at Pisang for acclimitisation
  • Day 07
    Pisang / Pisang Peak Base Camp (4380m / 4 hrs.)

    Pisang Peak Base Camp

  • Day 08
    Rest day Pisang Peak base camp.
  • Day 09
    Base camp / High camp (5400m / 2 hrs.)
  • Day 10
    High Camp – Summit (6091m) – return to Base Camp (4380m / 8 hrs.)
  • Day 11
    Continue to Manang (3540m / 5 hrs.)

    You are now in the dry arid region of Manang called Nye yang. Since this area falls in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The population is mostly farmers and traders though it is the men that do most of the trading. People in this area keep comparatively less domestic animals and the consumption of meat is very limited.

    Mananag

    There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang valley. The one you will follow stays to valley floor, on the left bank. Spectacular views of Annapurna III and IV along with Gangapuran and Tilicho peaks abound. This is possibly the best day for viewing mountains. You will pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing the Manang district. Camp

  • Day 12
    Manang / Letdar (4200m / 4 hrs.)

    Half an hour away from Braga, upstream and after a slight climb is the village of Manang, which lends its name to the whole district upward of Chame. Manang has a few shops where one can re-stock on supplies like chocolates, films and alkaline batteries - all, of course, for a price. Past Manang, the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. Climb a little further and then contour slowly past pastures to Yak Kharka (literally meaning Yak Pastures) at Letdar. Camp

  • Day 13
    Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m / 6 hrs.)

    Thorung PhediContinue through pastures, which eventually give way to high arid desert at Phedi, at the base of Thorung La. Camp

  • Day 14
    Cross Thorung La (5416m / 6 hrs). Continue to Muktinath (3800m / 2 hrs.).

    Leaving the river valley you set out early in the morning provided the weath is good and it is not snowing. From Phedi ascend to a notch and turning left head for the Thorung La. A chain of rocks marks the pass, which might not be visible if there is snow. Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent from the pass to Muktinath is steep but not difficult.

    MuktinathMuktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists who flock there annually for their respective festivals. A rest day here allows you the opportunity to explore the area and the ancient shrines. Of particular interest is the temple of the Hindu God Vishnu and the one hundred and eight waterspouts where devotees bathe. From Muktinath there are beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Camp

  • Day 15
    Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m / 4 hrs.)

    Jomsom

    Drive from Mutinath to Jomsom

  • Day 16
    Flight: Jomsom – Pokhara (900m)

    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

    Take your flight back to Pokhara. Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara yourself freely. Overnight Hotel

  • Day 17
    Flight: Pokhara - Kathmandu Overnight hotel
  • Day 18
    Final Departure.
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Safety and Precautions

At high altitudes and other flights of fancy

Traveling at high altitudes

On many of our trekking tours, it goes high. Traveling at high altitudes often allow unique experiences. However, the height should always be treated with respect. In increasing amount of oxygen is decreasing (the oxygen content of the air remains the same), our bodies can absorb less oxygen and therefore it is possible to suffer from altitude sickness.

Mountain Sickness

The first symptoms may be shortness of breath, etc., headache, fatigue, poor sleep, poor appetite. Upon arrival at high altitudes (above 3000 meters), these symptoms may occur temporarily, but they usually disappear after 1 to 2 days.

The incidence of altitude sickness symptoms has less to do with age or the personal fitness, but much more with the speed of the ascent to high altitudes and their own behavior. Our programs are very carefully put together in order to allow an easy acclimatization. But even so, it is possible that trip participants are rarely as strong altitude sickness that eventually the journey must even be canceled..   

Therapy

In an ongoing, mild form of altitude sickness (slight but persistent headache, little sleep, etc.) should if possible a rest day without climbing are turned on. In most cases, the victims recover completely and be able to continue the tour. In such a case, headache agents can reduce the discomfort associated with the active ingredient, ibuprofen or any Diamox. On many trekking group we lead with an extra horse. If someone feels not fit, you can also ride a distance, if permitted by the terrain.

People with severe headache or signs of brain dysfunction must descend (recommended at least 1000 meters in altitude). Dexamethasone can reduce the discomfort.

Acute are the Höhenlungen- and altitude cerebral edema. Extreme shortness of breath, dry cough and sudden drop in performance may indicate a high altitude pulmonary edema. In this case, nifedipine may be employed.

Walking and standing uncertainties may indicate a height edema. The treatment can be done with dexamethasone (possibly Diamox).

Safety Measures

Some of the Treks that Makalu Adventure has designed involves crossing over high passes some over 5000 meters. It is the utmost important for us to provide safety equipment. Some of the equipments that we provide are listed below.

Safety Equipment

In all of our group tours this is standard:

  • Extensive emergency pharmacy and pulse oximeter
  • Gammow Bag
  • Gammow bag
  • Many trekking at high altitudes, this is usually this:
  • Height pressure chambers of PAC
  • Satellite phones Thuraya
  • 24h SOS -Telephone : Makalu Adventure has its own 24-hour SOS phone.
  • Experienced Swiss Tour Guides: Many of our Swiss tour guides have a very great experience when traveling at high altitudes, some were even dozens of times in the Himalayas. Nevertheless, we form every year more in medical and height issues.
  • Vaccinations:No vaccinations are mandatory for the Himalayan countries.  Please consult on before leaving your house or tropical doctor vaccinations or contact us.
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