Pisang Peak Climbing with Thorung La Pass Trek 18 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous plus
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Public Jeep and Domestic Flights
  • Activity Sightseeng Tour, Trekking and Climbing
  • Best Season Feb- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2 to Max 12 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 6,091m/19,985ft

Highlights

  • Summiting 6,091m Pisang Peak in the beautiful Annapurna region
  • Crossing  one of the world’s highest mountain passes, Thorong La at 5,416m
  • Views of the world’s 10th highest mountain Annapurna I, Annapurna range, Mt. Tilicho, Gangapurna, Pisang, etc.
  • The Holy site of Muktinath Temple in the restricted Mustang District
  • Trekking in the world- famous Annapurna region.

Pisang Peak Climbing in Nutshell 

Pisang Peak Climbing with Thorung La Pass Trek takes us to the top of 6,091m Pisang Peak and crosses one of the world’s highest mountain passes, Thorong La at 5,416m. Pisang peak ( also called Jong Ri) is a pyramid-shaped trekking peak towering above the Pisang village in the Annapurna Circuit. The peak lies in the Manang District and was first climbed in 1955 by a German Expedition.

 Pisang peak Climbing involves trekking in the coveted Annapurna region. We also cross Thorong La and visit Muktinath in the beautiful Manang region after the climb. Our 18-day-long Pisang Peak and Thorong La trekking adventure begin in Kathmandu with a short sightseeing tour and a trip introduction. We drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani from where the actual trekking starts the next day.

We walk past cascading waterfalls, and picturesque villages, cross more suspension bridges than we can keep a record of, enjoy the views of mountains like Annapurna, Gangapurna, and Tilicho, and pass through dense forests to reach the village of Upper Pisang on the 5th day of our trek. Upper Pisang at 3,700m is a village towered by the pisang peak and views of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna. We acclimatize here on the 6th day.

The hike through forests and yak pastures to reach the Base Camp is rather pleasant.  The next stop before the summit is the high camp at 5,450m situated on the South-West Ridge. You can expect snow at the high camp from the end of November till the end of March, and occasional snow in April as well. We summit Pisang Peak on the 9th Day and follow the same route to descend. The next day is set aside as a contingency day in case of bad weather on the day of the summit.

The next highlight of the adventure is the trek to Thorong La ( pass) through the beautiful Manag district. From Thorong La, we move to the unrestricted parts of the Mustang district, Muktinath, and Jomsom. Muktinath is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We take a flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara then a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu the next day.  Adventure Club Trek also offers other treks in the Annapurna region- Annapurna Circuit Trek-17 Days. For those who want a shorter trek in the Annapurna region, we also have Annapurna Circuit Trek short-14 Days.

When is the Best Time for Pisang peak Climbing?

The best time for Pisang Peak Climbing is  March to May and September to December. Pisang peak can be done both in Spring and Autumn seasons. However, we recommend you plan to climb Pisang peak during the Spring season as the weather remains clear during these months.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.

    We rest for most of the day and unpack. We will meet in the afternoon and discuss with your climbing leaders and we will check your set of climbing equipment to make sure that they are in good condition for our coming journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.

      We start the day with a drive to Dharapani after breakfast. We take the Prithivi Highway alongside the Trishuli river to reach Pokhara then drive towards Dharapani, one of the biggest villages in the Manang Valley.

        The actual trekking starts today. The trail starts along the hillside which gets steeper as we go further. We have to overcome a few steep climbs and cross a few streams. Before arriving at Chame, we cross a few villages including Bagarchhap and Danaque. It is a pleasant trekking day with fantastic views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna IV, and Annapurna II. There are two small hot springs near Chame where we can go to relax our tired muscles.

          As we leave Chame we enter a dense pine forest to follow on a steep and narrow trail. We cross the river twice via a suspension bridge which then opens up to spectacular views of Paungda Danda, a rocky mountain rising 1500m above the river. Magnificent Himalayan views accompany us till Upper Pisang.

            Acclimatization is a key factor for a successful trek in the Himalaya. As we climb higher the air gets thinner, so it is important that we acclimatize to adjust better to the high altitudes. We spend the day roaming around the village, exploring and interacting with the locals, to understand their culture and lifestyle. Also, enjoy the fantastic views of the Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna from the village.

              Today we trek to the Pisang Peak Base Camp. The trek to the base camp is comparatively easier and shorter than previous days. The trail starts with a climb followed by grasslands/summer pastures where we can see the yaks grazing. It is the perfect place to set up a camp as the land is flat and near the trail to the High Camp.

                Today, we gain around 1000 m in altitude. We have to conquer the rocky glacier trail. It is a challenging climb, however, the astounding views of the Nawal Peak, Annapurna Range, Chulu Far East, Chulu East, and Tilicho Peak among others keep our spirits high. Upon reaching the High Camp we rest for a while and then participate in a brief peak climbing training. Our guide will teach us the basic techniques and safety measures to prepare us for the big day tomorrow. We learn the proper use of climbing equipment such as crampons, harness, ice ax, ascenders, and climbing boots. The training also includes the use of ropes for climbing up and down.

                  Today is the big day. We start our expedition to summit Pisang Peak early in the morning. The path to the top is mostly rocky as there’s not much snow. We’ll use fixed ropes on many occasions to get through ridges. As we near the summit we have to conquer a 70-degree slope to get to the top. We can enjoy close up views of Annapurna Range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, and Tilje peak among others from the top of Pisang Peak. We then return to the Base Camp for a good night’s sleep.

                    An extra day is set aside for any unforeseen events or in case of bad weather on the day of the summit. If everything goes as planned, the extra day will be used as a rest day.

                      We descend towards Pisang Village and then to Manang. There are two routes to Manang-one via Humde and the other via Ghyaru. Both routes meet up at Mungji. We take the via Ghyaru as it offers spectacular views of Annapurna and Pisang Peak. Manang is much drier than Pisang. While at Manang we also visit Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District.

                        Our trail passes through a few streams to Tenki village and then out of Marshyangdi Valley towards Jarsang Khola. We pass by scrubs of juniper trees and pastures to reach Ghunsa village. We come across a meadow and leaving it behind, we cross a river to a Mani wall on the other side. A short walk and we arrive at the small village of Yak Kharka.

                          We mostly have to walk uphill to Thorong Phedi. A short walk from Yak Kharka leads us to a suspension bridge and upon crossing the bridge we arrive at Letdar Village. As we ascend towards Thorong Phedi we are rewarded with breathtaking views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Katungkulan and Thorung Peak among others. It is the last village before Thorong La.

                            Today is another highlight of the trip. We start early in the morning at around 4 am so as to reach the pass at 9 or 10. Thorong La is one of the highest mountain passes in the world. Crossing the pass in the afternoon is impossible due to strong winds. It will take us around 4 hours to reach the top of the Thorong La Pass. Another major factor that will make the climb difficult is the snow if we are trekking in winter or early spring. Our destination for the day is Muktinath, a holy town in Mustang District. It is a famous pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. There are around 108 waterspouts and an eternal flame that burns from natural underground gas.

                              We explore the temples and the monastery in the morning before heading down to Jomsom. Then, we descend through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom accompanied by magnificent mountain views of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other surrounding mountains. Jomsom is a town known for apples and products made from apples.

                                We fly to Pokhara today. It is a scenic 30-minute-long flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After checking in our hotel room, we take a brief tour of the City of Lakes. We take a tour of some of the famous places including Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and Phewa Lake.

                                  After breakfast, we board a tourist bus to Kathmandu. We follow the same track to the capital city. After checking in to our hotel we can either rest or explore the city, shop for souvenirs or any other activities you prefer.

                                    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.

                                      Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

                                      Cost Details

                                      Price Includes

                                      • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
                                      • 3 nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
                                      • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
                                      • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
                                      • Tented accommodation during the climb
                                      • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private car and from Beshisahar to Dhanrapani by local jeep
                                      • Jomsom - Pokhara airfare including departure tax
                                      • Welcome and farewell dinner.
                                      • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek and Climb
                                      • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
                                      • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
                                      • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
                                      • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
                                      • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
                                      • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
                                      • Pisang peak climbing permit.
                                      • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)
                                      • Group mountaineering (climbing) equipments
                                      • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, duffel bag, and trekking map
                                      • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
                                      • Travel and rescue arrangement 
                                      • All Government and Local taxes

                                      Price Excludes

                                      • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
                                      • International airfares (fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
                                      • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks).
                                      • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
                                      • Personal travel insurance and medical bills.
                                      • Personal climbing equipment
                                      • Personal climbing guide if requested
                                      • Personal trekking equipment.
                                      • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).

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