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Pisang Peak Climbing in Nepal – 21 Days

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About Pisang Peak Climbing

  • 21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Nepal
  • Altitude: 6091m (19,983ft)
  • Coordinates: 28°38'53"N, 84°11'16"E
  • Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size : 2-12 Pax
  • Trek Style: Tea House / Camping
  • Transport: Domestic Air / Land transportation

Pisang Peak (6091m) is situated in the north of Manang Valley, from where Annapurna Circuit starts. Pisang is a village from which you can begin your Pisang Peak climbing, but you must be fully prepared before you decide to be there. Once you have reached there, you will be gifted with wonderful views of beautiful scenery from the peak of the valley of Manang and the range of Annapurna. Pisang Peak is not tricky to climb, yet it is supposed to be difficult because Pisang Peak is known for its sloppy features that may cause problems. 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 Kharka 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 from the summit. Descent is made on the same route.

The total duration of the Pisang Peak climbing in Nepal 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 transportation, you can go by tourist bus, private car, or taxi, or there is the option of a flight too. The best season for Pisang Peak Climbing is from March to July and September to early November. Pisang Peak is considered to be the most well-liked and admired peak to climb by trekkers. It is suitable for beginners in terms of features, but it also requires stamina and strength.

Pisang Peak Climbing Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)

The Great Nepal Representative welcomes you at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), and you will be transferred to the hotel. The Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon airport arrival. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2:Preparation, Trip Briefings and last minute Shopping

The warm day will be very joyful. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Department of Tourism (DOT) for trip booking, permits, and necessary documentation. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3:Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (850m/2788ft, 7-8 Hrs)

On the third morning, our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7 am to pick you up. After a 7/8-hour drive (185 km) from Kathmandu, along the Prithvi Highway. It is a 7/8-hour drive from Kathmandu through Trishuli and later the 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 the guesthouse.

Day 4:Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310m/4297ft, 6-7 Hrs)

After having a hot and heavy breakfast at the guesthouse on the fourth morning, you will start your trek to Bahundanda from Besisahar. You will enjoy crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up-and-down hill sections, and rice paddies with subtropical forests. Slowly, you ascend to Bahundanda (a hill named after a special caste in Nepal known as Brahmins), a village set on a long ridge at 1310m overnight. Since it is a dense village with Brahmin-caste people, you can enjoy the culture and tradition of that locality. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 5:Trek Bahundanda to Chamji (1430m/4691ft, 6-7 Hrs)

Take a delicious organic breakfast and start your trek by descending 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 you to Jagat, where you will have a delicious lunch. After lunch, take a few minutes to rest and trek one and a half hours further on a rocky trail to reach Chamje. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 6:Trek from Chamji to Dharapani (1950m/6397ft, 6-7 Hrs)

After a warm breakfast, stretch your body and start trekking, crossing a suspension bridge in the Marshyangdi river just right after you leave Chamje You will enter Manang district after walking up hills 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 cross the river and continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river to reach Dharapani. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 7:Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2630m/8628ft, 6-7 Hrs)

You are exploring 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 to typical Tibetan villages en route before reaching Chame. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang. You can view Beautiful Mt. Lamjung and Annapurna II from your hotel. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 8:Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3700m/12139ft, 6-7 Hrs)

You will cross a 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 to climb an extra half an hour towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang. Overnight stay at Gursthouse.

Day 9: Acclimatization day

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.

Day 10:Trek from Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4380m,/14370ft, 3-4 Hrs)

Today you start walking up towards Base Camp after a day of relaxing in Upper Pisang. The path ascends through sparse 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.

Day 11:Trek from Pisang Peak Base Camp to High Camp (5400m/17716ft, 3-4 Hrs)

You have to walk for 4–5 hours and set up your high camp at a height of 5400m after climbing to a shoulder on the south-west ridge. You may suffer from an altitude problem, but don’t worry; 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.

Day 12:Acclimatize for summit push

This day is planned as an acclimatization day in High Camp. If you think you can do it, this day can be used for your summit push. Otherwise, I will have a rest and prepare for the next day. Overnight stay at tent camp.

Day 13:Summit Pisang Peak and back to Base Camp (6091m/19983ft, 8-9 Hrs)

Today is a day to fulfil your dream of stepping on the summit of Pisang Peak. From the High Camp, the well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slope, which is quite steep and more technical to reach the summit. Our professional guide will fix the rope and lead you to the successful summit of Pa Isang Peak. Spend a few minutes on the summit, and after a successful summit, you will walk down to base camp and overnight stay at tent camp.

Day 14:Trek back from Pisang Base Camp to Manang Valley (3450m/11318ft, 5-6 Hrs)

Today you will trek to Pisang village and continue trekking 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 rich customs & traditions. You will get endless opportunities to observe the traditional lifestyle of the Manangi people (one of the ethnic groups of Nepal). Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 15:Trek from Manang Valley to Thorong Phedi (4600m/15091ft, 8-9 Hrs)

After a warm breakfast, set up your trek to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small, although busy, settlement catering to the needs of trekkers and climbers. Thorong Phedi is situated at the bottom of Thorong La, and the trails continually step up to Thorong La afterwards. Overnight stays at guesthouses.

Day 16:Cross Thorong La Pass (5416m/17769ft) and reach Muktinath (3800m/12467ft) 8-9 Hrs

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 (5,416 m/17,769 ft) will be an unforgettable experience. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. You may face problems crossing the pass if it is covered by snow. Our professional guides will wave the green flag, and then only you will trek through the pass. The views from the trail and the pass are outstanding. You will enjoy the top with a hot cup of tea/coffee (not available in Dec or Feb) and enjoy the celebration of a successful victory over the pass. And start a long descent to another part of the Annapurna and reach Muktinath in the evening. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 17:Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom via Kagbeni (2895m/9498ft, 3-4 Hrs)

Your trek will start with the blessing of Muktinath, a holy Hindu temple. Your trek will follow an easy walking day down to Kagbeni. After one hour of walking from Muktinath, you will reach Jharkot, a rich village that still has similar culture and traditions as Tibet. Thenafter, you will follow the pleasant walking through the sand bar of Kali Gandaki river. You can spend a few hours en route to look for fossils on the riverside while walking because it is believed that finding a natural fossil from the Kali Gandaki River brings good luck & prosperity to your life. You have to cross the walk before the wind starts blowing in Kaligandaki Valley. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang, and it is the home of Thakali people with rich culture and traditions. During the afternoon, you can visit the Ecological Museum of the Jomsom, which gives you more information about the old traditional culture, tradition, flora, and fauna of the valley. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 18:Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara (25 minutes)

Though it will not feel easy to leave your blanket and warm bed, it is your compulsion to do so because you are boarding to Pokhara. Pack your bags early in the morning and get ready for the Trans Himalayan flight to Pokhara. The flight transits through two high peaks, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. You will get endless opportunities to capture wonderful views of the surrounding Himalayas. You will land on the lap of Pokhara, which has many lakes and caves. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu (200km/6 hrs)

Today we will have an early scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Our drives of today are very much natural drive which comes through the cultivated lands and local villages and engage together with the rafting river at lunch time. And we will arrive in Kathmandu in the afternoon. Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 20:Explore the real essence of Kathmandu valley at a glance

Today you will be going sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Vaalley 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 a cultural l program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 21:Final Departure to TIA

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 home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour in the wonderful Himalayan country. 

Inclusion

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel or same category in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel or same category in Pokhara. Breakfast included.
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.
  • All your standard 3 Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and Camping with a cup of tea or coffee ( B-L-D).
  • Lodges, Guesthouses and tented accommodation during the trek (Twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay from Pisang Peak Base Camp and above).
  • 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 (6091 m).
  • Satellite phone carrying by Guide for communication and available for members with the cost of US$ 4 per minute call.
  • Garbage deposit fee.
  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing fixed and dynamic Rope, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including Airport Departure Tax.
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Farewell dinner in typical nepali restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks except the itinerary.
  • Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Expenses of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations,
  • Additional staffs if required extra from itinerary.
  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.
  • Oxygen Cylinders, Masks, Hoses and Regulators. We will provide the same, usage of Oxygen Cylinders, Masks. Hoses and Regulators will be charged extra.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.

FAQ

Acclimatization

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 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:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips

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.

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.

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.

Symptoms of HAPE

Breathlessness
– 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

Symptoms of HACE

– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Nausea/vomiting
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

How to prevent Altitude Sickness?

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 treatment of Altitude sickness?

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.

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