Everyone wants to climb Everest. But before being able to do so, you need to climb other mountains. And if you are in that phase of summiting smaller mountains before you can summit your ‘’Everest’’ or are looking forward for interesting summits that you can handle, Pisang is a great choice.
It is one of the most popular peaks in Annapurna region in Nepal. The highest pass of the world; Thorong La Pass (5,416m) is on the way to Pisang, therefore there are plenty opportunities of exploring around while you are on the way to the climb. Pisang peak is 6,091 m tall and is a very familiar name in the Annapurna region with villages named after it. Pisang has hanging glacier guarding the serenity of the mountain in the western flank and is therefore not easy to cross. The huge rock slabs on the on western ridge end does not really make the climb easier, but mountains were never supposed to be easy to climb. The first ascent on Pisang peak was made by a German expedition team in 1995, not long ago. Even with few difficult sections, this is actually a fairly easy mountain to climb with some help. If you are doing the Annapurna circuit trek then you can easily fit Pisang peak climbing into the itinerary with some added days. Pisang is kind of a technical climb, so an experienced mountaineer will be easily able to lead you to the top. We have some of the best professional mountaineers in our team in Eco Himalaya travels and treks.
We start this journey with a 7 hour ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar. We start on the famous Annapurna circuit trail till we reach pisang that takes 5 days. Then the goal is to reach the pisang Base Camp, the trail to the base camp runs uphill through forests and pasture till a Kharka at an elevation of 4,380m were the base camp is set up. The high camp is set up at a height of 5,400m, you will on the south-west ridge’s shoulder. Snow at the high camp is expected from the end of March to the end of November. The ridge is pretty well-defined and it leads us to the final snowy slope that is hindering us to summit the peak, once you reach the summit, you will experience the most splendid view of Annapurna range; Annapurna II and IV, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and also of the glacier dome. Pisang is seen as the peak to climb for sightseeing. We descend the same route down and from there continue trekking till Thorong Phedi. Whether you want to do the rest of the Annapurna circuit, head to mustang or head back, all depends on your decision and pre-agreements. For the standard case, we descent from Thorong La pass to Muktinath and then come down to Jomsom passing Jharkot village and Kagbeni which is known as the gaetway to Mustang. We can catch a flight to pokhara from Jomsom and back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
During autumn season, October and November are the best months while in Spring, April and May are considered the best months.
Where? : Annapurna region, Nepal
Duration of the trip: 21 days (includes covering other Annapurna region apart from the summit)
upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu our representative will be there to greet you and pick you up and to take you to your hotel.
As this is an expedition to summit a mountain and not just regular trekking we will need a day for preparation, you will have time for sightseeing the same day.
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, 850m ( 7 hours) , overnight at a hotel in Besisahar.
5-6 hours of trek from Besisahar to Bahundada (1,310m). Overnight stay will be at Besisahar.
5-6 hours trek from Bahundada to Chamje (1,430m), overnight at a guesthouse in Chamje.
5-6 hours of trek from Chamje to Dharapani, (1,950m) , overnight at a gueshouse in Dharapani.
Trek for 5 hours more or less from Dharapani to reach Chame (2,630m), overnight at a guest house in Chame.
5-6 hours of trek from Chame to upper pisang (3,700m), overnight stay at a guesthouse in Upper pisang.
day for acclimatization and warming up.
From Upper pisang to Pisang Base camp (4,380m) in 3-4 hours, overnight in camped tents.
From base camp to high camp (54,00m) in 4-5 hours, overnight in tents
9-10 for sumiiting the Pisang (6,091m) and coming back to the base camp. Overnight in tents
5-6 hours from basecamp to Manang (3,450m), overnight in a guest house in Manang
4- 5hours of trek to Yakkharka (4,110m) from Manang, overnight in a guest house in Yakkharka.
4-5 hours of trek from Yakkharka to thorang phedi, overnight at a guest house in Thorang Phedi ( 4,600m)
from Thoronaga phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La pass, 5,416m (8-10 hours)
6-7 hours from Muktinath to jomsom, overnight in a guest house in Jomsom
Fly or drive back to pokhara from Jomsom. If you choose the option to fly to pokhara you will be able to fit sightseeing Pokhara in the itinerary scheduke.
drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara , 6-7 hours
Departure to your next destination.
The itinerary is of 21 days because we have kept one extra day in reserve for climbing time, if things don’t go on time we will need that extra day.