Pisang peak lies just north of Manag Valley which the famous Annapurna Circuit passes through. While sometime offered as a three or four day excursion from village of Pisang, this can only be done if…
In 2005 climbers summited Naya Kanga peak from the west ridge. The upper part of the ridge just above the high camp 5200m altitude is guarded by huge rock slabs which make it difficult to climb, especially in wet or snowy conditions. Naturally there are fantastic views to be seen from the summit of Manag valley and Annapurna ranges. A Germany expedition made to the top of Pisang peak in 1955.
Once at arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Climbing, Trekking, Do’s and Don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you venture out of the Hotel in our interesting tour.
Travel by Bus to Pokhara on the scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. On arriving Beshishar overnight camp at near the village backyard. Behishar a large town and its the district headquarter of Lamjung area. The first day of this journey following the wide dirt motor able road for an hour or two, the drive continues through the busy bazaar of Beshishar and crossing few streams with short up’s and downs. On reaching Khudi the drive leads to a short climb above the village and the trails follows upstream and arriving at Bhulbule 790 m.. From Bulbule the drive is gradual on the river bed with a great view of the cascading waterfall just on the outskirt of village. The track follows the river, after half an hour reaching at Ngadi.
After a good first day trek, today’s walk begins with an easy winding path from Ngadi, trail follows to a steep climb for half an hour, on arriving the lush farm terraces field the walk again gets gradual for a short while, as the going gets better another half hour climb brings you at the top of Bhaundanda. This village perched on top of the ridge from the Marsyangdi river valley. From here the trek descends passing through the farm terraces then reaching at Syange village after crossing a long suspension bridge; with a short break here walk continues on the gradual path for a short while, then climbing higher above from the river valley, the steep climb lasts for an hour. Once on the top of the ridge a magnificent view of the raging waterfalls can be seen on route to Jagat. From here another hour of pleasant walk brings you to the overnight halt at Jagat.
From this village Jagat, a gradual walk leads through the terraced farms coming to Chamje village, from Chamje a short walk leads to a suspension bridge over the raging Marsyangdi river, after the crossing the bridge it’s another steep climb for another 2-3 hours till Tal is reached, the village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marsyangdi. Leaving Tal the walk gets easier on the gentle path till to a bridge, from here a short climb to a small place with few teahouses, the walk winds on the up and downhill path coming to a large bridge, after the bridge another hour of great walk brings to the village of Dharapani.
From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air will gets cooler, the trail then climb through forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant cool morning walk the altitude slowly gains then reaching the apple country at Dhanaqi and the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, half hour of easy walk brings to the village town of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame an important place of Manang region, and the district headquarters.
The walk from here follows the other side of the river on the northern bank, after leaving Chame, the path passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bratang. From here continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Pisang village. After walking past the tree lines a great view can be seen of Pisang peak and the Chulu peak with Pisang village below, from this ridge a gentle descent for an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang.
An important rest day and to acclmatise for the climb to Pisang Peak and for the trek beyond to Thorangla pass, a leisure day or for energetic people can go for a day hike around.
From the village of Pisang head towards North passing the upper village through sparse wood and pastures to a kharka or the Shepard’s shed as this spot provides an excellent campsite for the base camp after the strenuous climb of 3-4 hours.
From the Base camp a faint path leads to an open area at the hillside following a ridge and climbing to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge which provides a suitable site for the high camp. Under some conditions this area may be under snow. Afternoon free to sort the gear for the climb.
Early morning set for the climb from here the route leads above a well defined ridge to the final snow slope which leads quite steeply although without difficulty all the way to the top of Pisang summit. After a wonderful time at the top return to the base camp, time permitting descend all the way to Pisang village.
From Pisang onwards the walks leads with the constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The walk climbs steeply up for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village then reaching the top of a small hill. This grand spot offers a dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with it’s short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, and on the right Chuli east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk from here is on the downhill and gradual path all the way to Hongdre, from Hongdre the trek is more or less flat on the wide trail most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang, here with time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop.
After a wonderful time at Manang, the trail from here leads to a slow climb for an hour, after the last village of Manang, the track gently winds up offering inspiring views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks from mid and west as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region, coming to a small settlements of Yak-Kharka for the overnight with time for a short hike around.
The trail from here leads to a slow climb up, after the last settlement of Ledar, the track gently winds up offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up view of Chuli peaks as the trail heads up in the barren windswept terrain’s, then slowly reaching at Thorang Pehdi Depending upon your fitness if all is well here at lunch time continue the climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp where there is few teahouses or lodge reaching here makes the walk easier start for the next day and shortens the hour of walking towards the pass.
Starting early after breakfast, so that you can reach the top of the pass on time before the cold wind starts and to catch the best of the magnificent views of the northern Annapurna, Damudhar,Bhirkuti and Dhaulagiri range of mountains. The trail from High Camp follows on the winding scree, gravel path the walk in the beginning can be quite strenuous on the steep zig-zag path for an hour, on reaching at the height of 5,416 meter at Thorang-la, an impressive view of the stunning high Himalayan scenery can be seen from the top of this pass. The descent is steep and rough, but one can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri 8,167 m. A long descend to the sacred village of Muktinath, on reaching at the bottom there’s about two or three teahouses for refreshment, after a break here continue for another hour to Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India.
After Muktinath, journey carries on with a 1,200m of descent to the Kaligandaki river valley floor, with a brief stop at Ekale bhatti meaning a lonely teahouse, at present it’s a small settlement with 3-4 teahouses. From here onwards the valley gets very windy in the afternoon time, the walk from here follows the gentle trail for another two hours till the large town of Jomsom is reached. Jomsom, headquarter of the Mustang region with a small airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River.
The flight time to Pokhara, as per the schedule make way to the terminal for security check, this scenic flight from Jomsom takes about 25 minutes to Pokhara, a panoramic view of the snow capped peaks can be seen from the plane. On reaching Pokhara transfer to Hotel near the scenic Phewa Lake with time to relax and to browse the local market area.
From Pokhara 1/2 hour flight will reaches you to Kathmandu. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, our staff will receive and escort you back to the Hotel.
A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.