Pisang Peak (6091m) is situated in the North of Manang Valley from where Annapurna Circuit starts. Pisang is a village from where you can move for Pisang Peak but you must be fully prepared before you decide to be there. Once you have reached there, you will be gifted with the wonderful views of beautiful sceneries from the peak of the valley of Manang and the range of Annapurna. Pisang Peak is not tricky to climb yet it is supposed as a difficult one because Pisang Peak is known for its sloppy feature that may cause a problem. Pisang peak is considered one of the busiest climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Nepal. The path ascends through sparse wood and pasture to aKharka at 4420 meters, which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5450 meters, 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 slope, which is quite steep but not difficult to reach the summit. Descent is made on the same route.
The total duration for the Pisang Peak is 21 days. It can be minimized to 13 days too as per your request. It is famous for sightseeing, trekking, and Peak Climbing. For the transportation, you can go through tourist bus or private car/ taxi or there is the facility of flight too. The best season for the Pisang Peak Climbing is from March-July and September to early November. Pisang Peak is considered to be the most well-liked and admired peak climbing by the trekkers. It is suitable for the beginners in terms of features but it also requires stamina and strength.
Day 1: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Preparation, Trip Briefings and last minute Shopping
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (850m/2788ft, 7-8 Hrs)
Day 4: Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310m/4297ft, 6-7 Hrs)
Day 5: Trek Bahundanda to Chamji (1430m/4691ft, 6-7 Hrs)
Day 6: Trek from Chamji to Dharapani (1950m/6397ft, 6-7 Hrs)
Day 7: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2630m/8628ft, 6-7 Hrs)
Day 8: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3700m/12139ft, 6-7 Hrs)
Day 9: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Trek from Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4380m,/14370ft, 3-4 Hrs)
Day 11: Trek from Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5400m/17716ft, 3-4 Hrs)
Day 12: Acclimatize for summit push
Day 13: Summit Pisang Peak and back to Base Camp (6091m/19983ft, 8-9 Hrs)
Day 14: Trek back from Pisang Base Camp to Manang Valley (3450m/11318ft, 5-6 Hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Manang Valley to Thorong Phedi (4600m/15091ft, 8-9 Hrs)
Day 16: Cross Thorong La Pass (5416m/17769ft) and reach Muktinath (3800m/12467ft) 8-9 Hrs
Day 17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2895m/9498ft, 3-4 Hrs)
Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (25 minutes)
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu (200km/6 hrs)
Day 20: Explore the real essence of Kathmandu valley at a glance
Day 21: Final Departure to TIA
Great Nepal Representative welcomes you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) and you will be transfer to the Hotel. Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at Hotel.
The warm day will be very joyful. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Department Of Tourism (DOT) for trip brefing, permits and necessary documentation. Overnight stay at Hotel.
On the third morning, our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7am to pick you up. After 7/8 hours drive (185 kms) from Kathmandu, along the Prithvi Highway. It is 7/8 hours drive from Kathmandu through Trishuli and later Marshyangdi River to reach Besisahar. Upon arrival at Besisahar, you will view the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama. Besisahar is a little town and also the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Overnight stay at guesthouse .
After taking hot and heavy breakfast at the guesthouse on the fourth morning, you will start your trek to Bahundanda from Besisahar. You will enjoy crossing few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several ups and downs hill sections, across rice paddies with subtropical forest. Slowly you ascend to Bahundanda (Hill named after a special caste in Nepal known as Brahmins) a village set on a long ridge at 1310m for the overnight. Since it is a dense village from Brahmin caste people where you can enjoy the culture and tradition of that locality. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Take delicious organic breakfast and start your trek descend through amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests and some culturally intriguing villages. Your trek will cross the suspension bridge in the Marshyangdi River and get Jagat where you will take delicious lunch. After lunch take few minutes rest and trek one and half hours further rocky trail walk to reach Chamje. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
After a warm breakfast, stretch your body and start trekking crossing a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi river just right after you left chamje and You will enter to Manang district after walking up hills before to reach tal, after passing fields of corn, barley and potatoes and then through forests of bamboo and Rhododendrons. Just right after the tal, you will across the river and continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
You are exploring with more greenery and forested landscapes, along with several landslides on route, don’t stop clicking your camera otherwise you will miss those endless opportunities.Apart from these, you will receive some sensational views of major Himalayan peaks. You will be exposed with typical Tibetan villages en-route before to reach Chame. Chame is districts headquarter of Manang. You can view BeautifulMt. Lamjung and Annapurna II from your hotel. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
You will cross narrow steep path through a dense pine forest. Your trek will follow through the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. You will have an extra half an hour climb towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. Overnight stay at gursthouse.
Today you will have a rest day here. You have to check and set up all the gears for climbing and acclimatization. Stroll around and enjoy whole day with very nice and magnificent views of all the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and Tilicho. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Today you start walking up towards Base camp after a day relax in Upper Pisang. The path ascends throughsparse wood and pasture to a Kharka at (4,380m) from Upper Pisang village which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. It is in a flat alpine section along the well worn trail. Overnight stay at tent camp.
You have to walk for 4 -5 hours and set up your high camp at the height of 5400m after climbing to a shoulder on the south west ridge. You may suffer from altitude problem but don’t worry for that, you will digest easily. There will be snow at the high camp from the end of November to the end of March. Overnight stay at tent camp.
This day is planned as acclimatization day in High Camp. If you think you can do it, this day can be used for your summit push. Otherwise will have a rest and preparation for next day. Overnight stay at tent camp.
Today is a day to fulfill your dream to step the Summit on Pisang Peak. From the High Camp,the well defined ridge leads to the final snow slope which is quite steeply and more technical to reach the summit. Our professional guide will fixed the rope and lead you to the successful summit of the Pisang peak. Spend few minutes on the summit and after a successful summit, you will walk down to Base Camp and overnight stay at tent camp.
Today you will trek to Pisang village and continue trek to Manang village walking across the riverside. Here, you will notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment with incredible views of the towering snow capped Himalayan Peaks. Manang Valley has a rich customs & tradition. You will get endless opportunities to observe a traditional lifestyle of Manangi People (one of the Ethnic Group people of Nepal). Overnight stay at guesthouse.
After warm breakfast, setup your trek to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small place although busy settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. Thorong Phedi is situated at the bottom of theThorong La and the trails continually step up to Thorong La afterwards. Overnight stay at guesthouses.
You have a long trek today. Stretch your painful muscles and begin a long day trek over the pass. Crossing this fabulous Throng La pass (5,416m/17,769ft) will be an unforgettable experience. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. You may face problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. Our professional guides will wave the flag of green signal then only you will trek through the pass. The views from the trail and from the pass are outstanding high Himalayan scenes. You will enjoy the top with a hot cup of tea/coffee (But not available at Dec – Feb) and enjoy the celebration of successful victory over the the pass. And start a long descent to another part of the Annapurna and reach Muktinath at evening. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Your trek will start with the blessing of Muktinath a holy temple of Hindus. Your trek will follow easy walking day down to Kagbeni. After one hour walk from Muktinath, you will reach Jharkot, a rich village which still have similar culture and tradition like Tibet. Thenafter, you will follow the pleasant walking through the sand bar of Kali Gandaki river. You can give few hours en route to look for fossils on riverside while walking because it is believed that finding a natural fossil from the Kali Gandaki River brings good luck & prosperity in your life. You have to cross the walk before the wind start blowing in Kaligandaki valley. Jomsom is the headquarter of Mustangand it is inhabitant of Thakali people with rich culture and tradition. During the afternoon, you can visit Ecological Museum of the Jomsom which gives you more information of the old traditional culture, tradition, flora and fauna of the valley. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
Though you will not feel easy to leave your blanket and warm bed, it is your compulsion to do so becauseyou are boarding to Pokhara. Pack your bags early in the morning and get ready for the Trans Himalayan flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri . You will get endless opportunities to capture wonderful views of surrounding Himalayas. You will land on the lap of Pokhara which has many Lakes and caves. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Today we will have an early scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Our drives of today is very much natural drive which comes through the cultivated lands,Local villages and engage together with rafting river at the lunch time. And we will arrive Kathmandu at afternoon. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Swoyambhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the wonderful Himalayan country.
To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT SHOULD I CARRY?
Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
DOES HIGH ALTITUDE EFFECTS AND BENEFITS?
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude.The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.
WHAT IS ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS? (AMS)
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body.
Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMS?
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
• Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
• Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
• Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
• Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
• Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:
• Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
• Chest tightness or congestion
• Coughing up blood
• Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
• Grey or pale complexion
• Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
• Shortness of breath at rest
At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.
LIFE THREATENING FORMS OF AMS.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HAPE (fluid in the lungs)?
• A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
• Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
• Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
• Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HACE (fluid in the brain)?
• Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
• Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
• Loss of balance or coordination
• Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
HOW TO PREVENT?
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
• Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
• Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
• Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
• Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
• Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
• Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
• Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.
Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
• Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.
With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
HOW DO WE HANDLE DURING THE CASE OF EMERGENCY?
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition. So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal,please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
HOW TO GET SAFE DRINKING WATER?
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
DO WE BE SECURE DURING OUR JOURNEY?
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.
IS YOUR COMPANY GOVERNMENTALLY RECOGNISED?
Our company is not only governmentally recognize but also affiliated with several other national and international agencies related to tourism. Our Managing Director Mr. Surya Bahadur Ghimire has already performed Media and press coordinator role being the Executive Member for two years (2015-2017) in TAAN (TREKKING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF NEPAL), which is only an umbrella organization of all trekking agencies’ in Nepal.
Why is Tipping essential?
There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the same percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly be invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.