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Annapurna Circuit and Pisang Peak Climbing

22 days

Trip fact

Duration: 22 days

Grade: Moderate to hard

Activities:  peak climbing and cultural trek

Max elevation: 6091m meters

Transport: Flights & Private vehicle

Best Time: Oct -Dec & March-May

Group size: 2+

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Cost info
  • Trekking Gears
  • Map

Pisang Peak is the most popular peak among the trekking peaks in Annapurna Region. Pisang Peak is a peak made up of steeply tiled rock which ascends with ice slopes that are uniform above the Pisang village and yak pastures. Pisang Peak (6091m) is a nearly perfect pyramid of ice and snow. From the summit there is a spectacular panoramic view of  Himlung (7126m) and the trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau to the north; Manaslu (8163m) and Khangaru (6981m) to the north east; Annapurna II (7937m), and IV (7525m), Lamjung (6983m) to the south; Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna III (7555m), Glacier Dome (7069m) and Tilicho Peak (7134m) to the west. Those trekkers with little experience in climbing can combine the popular classic Annapurna circuit trek with Pisang Peak climbing to have the taste of climbing in Himalayas in Nepal.

Firstly, we drive to Besishahar from Katmandu and start trek through Annapurna Circuit trails and reach Pisang. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path rises through spare wood and meadow to a Kharka at (4,380m) which is the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,400m ascending to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge. The well defined ridge clues to the last snow slop which is quite sheer and little difficult to touch the summit. Summit of the peak offers truly superb views of the Annapurna group including Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna and the Glacier Dome. After a fruitful summit, we carry on our trek to Manang valley and linger further up to Thorong Pedi. We will cross a highest pass of the world, Thorong La pass, early in the morning and will reach Muktinath, another part of the Annapurna. We go downhill further through picturesque Jharkot village, Kagbeni, a gate way to Upper Mustang and reach Jomsom, a capital of Mustang where a small airstrip has on the bank of Kaligandaki River from where we take an early morning flight back to Pokhara.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu tour.

Day 03: Trek upto Besishahar.

Day 04: Trek from Besishahar to Bahundanda.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani.

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Manang.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Pisang.

Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day.

Day 10: Trek upto Pisang Base Camp.

Day 11: Trek upto Pisang High Camp.

Day 12: Day to climb Pisang Peak.

Day 13: Pisang village to Manang Valley.

Day 14: Trek upto Yak Kharka.

Day 15: Path to Thorong La Pass.

Day 16: Trek from Thorong La Pass to Muktinath.

Day 17: Trek upto Kagbeni.

Day 18: Kagbeni to Jomsom.

Day 19: Fly to Pokhara.

Day 20: Sightseeing at Pokhara.

Day 21: Drive towards Kathmandu.

Day 22: Final Departure.

Day 01: Upon arriving in Kathmandu at Tribhuvan International Airport, we will pick you up and assist you to your hotel and discuss about the trek. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Today we will have a full-day guided tour around Kathmandu city's historical and cultural sites like Boudhhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swaymbhunath temple, public squares and former royal palaces at Durbar Square. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Today passing through many small villages on the way, we will enjoy the beautiful snippets of daily lifestyle of the people living in these lowland villages; we reach Besishahar (850m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Today, we cross few suspension bridges, several ups and downs, waterfalls, paddy fields and subtropical forests and reach Bahundanda (1310m). Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Today, we trek through rice terraces along a steep vertical cliff, green lush forests and some cultural villages. Then, walk uphill crossing suspension bridge in the Marsyangdi River and get to Jagat. Further crossing rocky trail we to reach Chamje. We will stay overnight at Chamje.

Day 06: Today, after crossing a suspension bridge in Marsyangdi River we will enter Manang district after walking uphill before to reach Tal after passing corn, barley and potatoes fields, and then through the forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. After wards we continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani (1950m). We will stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Today, we trek through steep forested landscapes along with several landslides and enjoy the astonishing views of major Himalayan peaks like Mount Lamjung, and Annapurna II. Then we reach the district headquarter of Manang; Chame (2630m). We will stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Today we trek through narrow steep path through dense pine forest. As we continue the trail opens up and we will be bounded by Himalayan peaks all the way to Pisang (3700m). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Today is rest and acclimatization day. We will enjoy the view of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho all day. We explore the places around and set up all our climbing gears. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Today the path comes up through bare wood, pasture and mountains around. After about four hours trekking we reach Pisang Base Camp (4380m). Stay overnight at camp in Pisang Base Camp.

Day 11: Today we trek up the difficult rocky and snowy path to reach Pisang High Camp (5400m). It’s a short trek of about four hours. We prepare for the summit rest of the day. Stay overnight at cap in Pisang High Camp.

Day 12: Today is the day to fulfill the purpose of the trek. Today we summit Pisang Peak. We will make it to the summit using ropes, snow axes, expert guidance and other climbing equipment.  On the top we will enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain ranges around from the top and breathe in the thin air. Afterwards we will walk down the base camp for overnight stay.

Day 13: Today, we trek down to Pisang Village and continue trek to Manang Valley (3450m) walking across the riverside. We walk through landscape, vegetation, views of towering Himalayan Peaks and villages with rich customs & tradition. We will stay overnight at lodge in Manang.

Day 14: Today we trek through Tilicho Lake on rough road and continue downwards to reach a small Tamang village called Yak Kharka (4110m). We explore the cultural lifestyle of people in this village and stay overnight at guest house.

Day 15: Today, we make our way to the foot of the Thorong La Pass; Thorong Phedi (4600m) which is a small settlement and people are busy supplying the needs of tourists. Stay overnight at guest house.

Day 16: We start our trek early in the morning and cross the wonderful Thorong La pass (5416m) which will be a memorable experience. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes. Then, we will start hiking towards Muktinath (5416m). Overnight, we will stay at Muktinath.

Day 17: Today, we will have calm walk down to Kagbeni.  After few minutes we reach Jharkot which is a rich settlement still having similar culture and tradition like Tibet. Jharkot is a best village to overview the landscapes and combination of dry hills with green field. We trek further down to Kagbeni and spend Overnight at Lodge.

Day 18: Today, we walk through the sand bank of Kali Gandaki River. Observing Saligram and fossils at the Kaligandaki bank we reach Kagbeni before the strong wind blow. Through here we reach Jomsom (2800m): the head quarter of Mustang and it is inhabited with of Thakali people with rich culture and tradition. We will visit the museum and we will stay overnight at Jomsom.

Day 19: Today on a Trans Himalayan flight we fly to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and give us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Himalayas. We will stay overnight at Pokhara.

Day 20: Today we will start our sightseeing of Devi’s fall, Gupteswor Cave, International Mountain Museum, Seti Gorge, and finally boating in the Fewa Lake. Stay overnight at Pokhara.

Day 21: Today we will drive towards Kathmandu through beautiful landscape and Nepali countryside. We will have farewell dinner at night and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Today we will assist you to the airport for your departure home prior to your flight

Cost include

  • All ground and air transportation throughout the trek. 
  • Best available accommodation and full board meals throughout the trek.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All national park and conservation areas permit fee.
  • Government taxes & office service charge

Cost exclude

  • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa charge.
  • All beverage and others personal expenses.
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek

For Low and Moderate Altitude Trekking

  • Water bottle
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Flash light
  • personal towel
  • Swiss army knife
  • Ruck sack
  • Sun lotion
  • Medical & first-aid kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Poly propylene/wool socks
  • Other required equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Camp shoes
  • Jumperorpile jacket
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shirts
  • Full–sleeves shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat

 For Higher Altitude Trekking (Above 4000m)

  • Gloves
  • Woolen hat
  • Long underwear
  • Goggles or sun glasses
  • Gaiters
  • Sun block for lips
  • Light cotton socks
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Nylon wind breaker
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind pants

Peak Climbing & Expedition Equipment

  • Long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Long cotton hiking shorts
  • Fleece/wool for climbing
  • Lightweight fleece
  • Sleeping pad (karri mat) or thermarest
  • Down high altitude sleeping bag
  • Down jacket/trousers/vest
  • Light cotton athletic socks and wool socks
  • Water proof climbing jacket
  • Head torch/batteries/bulbs
  • Climbing sunglasses
  • Lightweight thermal/insulated ski gloves
  • Sun screen
  • Warm climbing trousers
  • Wool long underwear
  • Other required equipment
  • Climbing boots
  • Gaiters
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Karabiners
  • Tapes/slings
  • Snow bars
  • Ice screws
  • Rock pegs
  • Deadmen
  • Crash hat
  • Day bag
  • Rucksack
  • Lip salve
  • T-shirts
  • Ascenders
  • ascenders
  • Kit bag

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