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Pisang Peak (6,091m/19,984 ft), also known as Jong Ri is located in the northeastern side of Annapurna Region, Nepal. It was first acclaimed successfully by a German Expedition team in 1955. Pisang Peak Climbing is a 14 days blend of an off-the-beat trek and climb to the pyramidal peak above the village of Pisang. The peak summit offers striking close-up views of the surrounding mountains like Annapurna Massif, Chulu Range, Damodar, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, and Tilicho Peak.

A fairly symmetrical terrain, Pisang Peak is regarded to be a ‘trekkers peak’ that offers one of the easiest and shortest climbing experiences. The trip starts off with a drive from Kathmandu to Chamje then traverses to Upper Pisang Village. Trek from Base Camp to High Camp to Pisang Peak Summit, the climax of the trek. Descending down the same route concludes with a drive from Chame to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Witness the ancient architecture and history of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, and Swayambhunath Stupa
  • Pass the scattered settlements in the villages of Chamje, Dharapani, Koto, and Chame 
  • Pass by rhododendron and Bamboo adorned forest beside turquoise Marsyangdi River on the way to Dharapani village 
  • Observe the mysterious and amazing steep mountainside, Swarga Dwari, Gates to Heaven, on the way from Chame to Upper Pisang
  • Interact with the ethnic Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetan Immigrant communities in the Upper Mustang village 
  • Experience of successful ascending the Pisang Peak Summit at 6,091m with our experienced climbing guide
  • Panoramic views of Chulu range, Annapurna Massif, Damodar, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, and Tilicho Peak from the summit of Pisang Peak

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1,400m/4,593ft)
Day 2 Cultural Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu then Trip Preparations
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft, 209km, 8 to 9 hours)
Day 4 Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft, 9.25km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 5 Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/8,694ft, 15.5km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 6 Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft, 13.7km, 5 to 6 hours)
Day 7 Rest and Acclimatization Day at Upper Pisang
Day 8 Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft, 3 to 4 hours)
Day 9 Hike to Pisang Peak High Camp (5,400m/17,716ft, 3 to 4 hours) and pre-climbing training
Day 10 Pisang Peak Summit (6,091m/19,983ft, 8 to 10 hours) and Descend Back to Base Camp
Day 11 Contingency day
Day 12 Trek from Pisang Peak Basecamp to Chame (7 to 8 hours)
Day 13 Drive from Chame to Kathmandu
Day 14 Final departure from Nepal

Trip Overview

Pisang Peak is located in the northeast of Annapurna I peak, just above Pisang Village. Pisang Peak climbing is a most sought-after adventure by professional trekkers. The 14 days trip is one of the relatively moderate peak climbing experiences in Nepal that reaches the summit at 6091m/19984ft.

Upon your arrival at the airport in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel in Thamel. Choose to visit our office or stroll around the streets of Thamel to enjoy the night market. Then, the next day head on a guided tour to the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, to witness the ancient architecture and history of Nepal.

Pisang Peak Climbing Itinerary will begin with a drive from Kathmandu to Chamje village in the Marsyangdi Valley. It is the starting point of your trek. From there you will walk through rhododendron and Bamboo forests to Tal and Karte. The trail passes by a landslide area towards Dharapani. From there, walk past a Tibetan refugee village on the side of Marshyangdi river to the administrative headquarter of Manang District, Chame.

From Chame, your trek begins to the remote Upper Pisang village after passing by Bharthang village and Dhukur Pokhari. On the way observe the amazing gradient called Swarga Dwari. Enjoy the authentic vibe in the traditional village settlements of Gurung, Tibetan Refugee, and Ghale communities with Annapurna massif scenery in the backdrop, during acclimatization day at Upper Pisang.

Trek begins at the Base Camp of Pisang Peak. The camp is set at a wide grassland called Kharka. On the next day hike up to the High Camp through snowy terrain. Indulge in pre-climbing training where your climbing guide will demonstrate key climbing skills, equipment, tips, and techniques.

On the following day, passing by snowy slopes, realize your dream of acclaiming the summit of Pisang Peak. Be graced with close-up views of Chulu Range, Annapurna Massif, Damodar Peak, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, and Tilicho Peak. Descend from peak summit to base camp. Then, retrace your steps back to Chame village. Bid goodbye to the Masyangdi Valley as you take a drive towards Kathmandu. Then final departure from Nepal via Tribhuvan International Airport.

Route Map

Pisang Peak Climbing 14 Days Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel (1,400m/4,593ft)

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. After completing your customs formalities, our representatives will pick you up from the terminal and escort you to your respective hotel in Thamel. 

After having some refreshments, you can either relax at the hotel or choose to visit Third Rock Adventure’s office. In the evening you can stroll around the streets of Thamel to explore the vibrant marketplace. You will be invited for a welcome dinner in the hotel where you can try some local Nepali delicacies and bond with your team members.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.  

Day 2: Cultural Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu then Trip Preparations

Swayambhunath Stupa Swayambhunath Stupa - An ancient religious architecture located atop a hill west of Kathmandu kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu is noted for its architecturally beautiful monuments with religious and historical significance. Although Kathmandu Valley boasts seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, we will be able to visit only 2 to 3 of these sites on this day. 

Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will be driven to Kathmandu Durbar Square located in Basantapur. You can witness the former Royal Palace of the past monarchs, laden with elusive architecture. From thereon, you will be driven to Pashupatinath Temple, revered by pilgrims as the most popular Hindu Temple. 

Moving on, you can visit the spherical Buddhist Pilgrimage site; Swayambhunath Stupa/ Monkey Temple, sitting on a hilltop to the west of the city. You can choose to visit the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Stupa’s in the world, located in the northeastern skirt of the city, if time permits.

Additionally, you will also complete the necessary paperwork with the assistance of your guide. Furthermore, we will have pre-trip discussions where you can clear any doubts you might have about the climb. Check your packing list so that you do not miss out on anything. 

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft, 209km, 8 to 9 hours)


Early in the morning after having breakfast, we will catch a bus to Chamje. Driving through the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River will be lengthy. The road at times is bumpy and can get tiring. However, the views compensate for the difficulty, if any. 

Along the way, you will come across rolling hills and scattered settlements. Nearing the destination, the ride will proceed from the banks of the Marsyangdi River. Before the road construction, it was only possible to drive up to Besisahar, but now the motorable road leads further to Chamje. 

Chamje is a small village in the Marsyangdi Valley, which is also the starting point of our trek. After the long drive, take some rest at the lodge and prepare for the next day’s trek. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Chamje. 

Day 4: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft, 9.25km, 5 to 6 hours)

After breakfast, begin your journey to Dharapani. The trail crosses many suspension bridges along the way. After crossing a bridge over the Marsyangdi River in the initial phase of your trek, pass through fields of corn barley, and potatoes. Enter into a forest covered with rhododendron and Bamboo. Rocky routes will eventually lead to Tal, then Karte. 

Cross a slopy landslide area and walk past a Buddhist prayer wheel. Navigating through grassy trails in the slim bamboo and terraced sugarcane fields, arrive at Dharapani. It is inhabited by the ethnic Gurung community. After the first trekking day, help yourself with a generous serving of rice, lentil soup, and curry to quench your hunger. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Dharapani. 

Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/8,694ft, 15.5km, 5 to 6 hours)


Start early in the morning to Chame. Begin by walking over a bridge to a small Tibetan refugee village of Bagarchhap. You will then head to a secluded forest before being graced with the views of snow-capped mountains. 

Walking along the side of the Marshyangdi river, you will reach Koto. The remote Nar Phu Valley Trek begins from the village of Koto. But we will enjoy some dried apples here then head to the trail that leads to Chame. 

Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manage District. You will find relatively good lodges here. Enjoy a hot shower and other basic facilities before the following day's trek leads to remote areas where these facilities are difficult to find. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Chame. 

Day 6: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft, 13.7km, 5 to 6 hours)

Upper Pisang Upper Pisang

The trek for today takes you to Upper Pisang, further inside the Marsyangdi Valley. In the initial stage of the trek, it will take you around 2 hours to reach Bharathang village with the sun shining above your head and the crisp air around. The village is famous for sweet apples. 

Then you will follow a trail with Himalayan scenery in the backdrop towards Dhukur Pokhari. The trail has been carved on the side of the road and beneath, you can see the turquoise river flowing swiftly. Be mesmerized with the views of the giant natural carved steep mountainside called Swarga Dwari meaning ‘Gates to Heaven’. It is unlike anything you will have ever seen. Following a zig-zag trail, you reach the settlement of Dhukur Pokhari. 

From thereon, you begin your high route hike by crossing over three bridges and a football field towards Upper Pisang. The ancient village of Upper Pisang on the banks of the Marsyangdi River boasts amazing views of Annapurna II. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Upper Pisang. 

Day 7: Rest and Acclimatization Day at Upper Pisang

After the initial days of the trek, today has been set aside as your first day for rest and acclimatization. As there will be a drastic rise in altitude, your body needs to adjust to the climatic change to prevent altitude sickness. 

After having breakfast, you will leave your gears and heavy backpack in the lodge and head for a hike to nearby viewpoints. First, you can explore the village of Upper Pisang that is inhabited by Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetan Immigrant communities. There are no more than a handful of lodges in the area.

In the scattered settlements around the area, you will find old brick houses. There is a school, moreover a football ground in the area where you can interact with the joyful kids. You can head to the nearby monastery for vistas of mountains like Mt. Gangapurna and Annapurna. Head back to your lodge and try some authentic dishes made from rare Himalayan herbs. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Upper Pisang. 

Day 8: Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft, 3 to 4 hours)

Pisang Peak Base Camp View from Pisang Peak Base Camp - Annapruan-II

After having breakfast, early in the morning, you will head on to the base of Pisang Peak. In the initial phase of the trek, walk through thick forests until Kharka. Kharka is a wide grassland where locals graze their cattle in summer.  

The Kharka located near a ridge offers stunning views of mountains, this is the best place to set up your camp for the day. It is your first day sleeping at a camp. The excitement of the entire trip begins from this point onwards as you get a step closer to reaching the Pisang Peak summit. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Pisang Peak Base Camp. 

Day 9: Hike to Pisang Peak High Camp (5,400m/17,716ft, 3 to 4 hours) and pre-climbing training

You get more closer to the summit on this day as you navigate to the Pisang Peak High Camp. You will witness a sudden change in the altitude with over 1000m in this day alone within just a few hours. Commence by taking an ascend and follow narrow paths. The trail gets even more snowy with no traces of greenery around. Before you reach the destination, your camps will have been set by the crew. Once you reach the High Camp keep your belongings in the camp, get refreshed then join in for pre-climbing training. 

The climbing guide will demonstrate the proper usage of climbing equipment like Harness, Ice axe, Ascender, Crampons, Karabiner, and others, essential while climbing on the next day. You will also be offered tips and technics from our experienced guide on successful and easy climbing. The guide will teach climbing skills like rappelling and belaying. It is a great confidence booster and skill enhancer before the actual climb. Feel free to ask queries if you have doubts regarding the process. 

After the training, head to your camp and make necessary arrangements for tomorrow as you will have to wake up early in the morning. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Pisang Peak High Camp. 

Day 10: Pisang Peak Summit (6,091m/19,983ft, 8 to 10 hours) and Descend Back to Base Camp

Pisang Peak Pisang Peak Summit Day

This day is the highlight of your entire trip as you will finally reach the Pisang Peak summit after days of the trek. With enthusiasm and excitement, wake up early in the morning to avoid the unpredictable mountain winds in the daytime. 

The trail begins with a steep climb to a rocky ridgeline. Not much technicality is required during the climb, however, mind each step in the snowy slopes. The climbing guide will have fixed the ropes along the trail where necessary. The peak itself is very steep so, there won’t be much snow. 

You will be overwhelmed as you take your final step at the summit of Pisang Peak. The rewarding feeling is unlike another you have had. After the tough climb, you are graced with majestic views of the Chulu range, Annapurna Range, Damodar peaks, Manaslu, Glacier Dome, and Tilicho Peak 

It will take a moment for you to fully grasp the victorious moment. After fulfilling your dream of reaching the Pisang Peak summit, take a descend to the Base Camp. Have some hot soup and warm drinks to cope with the cold weather at night. 

Overnight stay at Tented Camp in Pisang Peak Base Camp. 

Day 11: Contingency day

A day has been set aside for any unforeseen events that might happen during the trip. There might be slight shifts in the plan due to unpredictable bad weather in the summit, major injuries, altitude sickness, or any other incidents. 

If everything goes as planned then you can effectively use this extra day to traverse to the nearby viewpoints that fall on the route or anytime during the trip afterward. 

Day 12: Trek from Pisang Peak Basecamp to Chame (7 to 8 hours)

The descend is generally easier than the ascend. Hence, although a long day’s trek, it will be an easier one today. You will pass through the remote Upper Pisang village, then head on to Dharapani village while bidding farewell to the warm locals and beautiful views. From Dharapani hike up to Chame. 

Chame is the first point of lodge service after many camping days. Hence, you can fully utilize a hot shower, internet, and other facilities. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Chame. 

Day 12: Trek from Pisang Peak Basecamp to Chame (7 to 8 hours)

Chame Manang Chame Manang

The descend is generally easier than the ascend. Hence, although a long day’s trek, it will be an easier one today. You will pass through the remote Upper Pisang village, then head on to Dharapani village while bidding farewell to the warm locals and beautiful views. From Dharapani hike up to Chame. 

Chame is the first point of lodge service after many camping days. Hence, you can fully utilize a hot shower, internet, and other facilities. 

Overnight stay at Lodge in Chame. 

Day 13: Drive from Chame to Kathmandu

After having breakfast, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu. As you leave the Marsyangdi Valley beside the swiftly flowing river, you will already miss the Himalayan scenery. Pass through rugged dusty roads on the first part of the ride, then the road conditions get better eventually. 

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. After having refreshment, you can choose to take a rest at your hotel or head out to the evening market of Thamel. Stroll around the market for souvenir shopping. You can even head to a local pub with your new-found friends during the trip and your climbing crew to enjoy your final day in Nepal. End with a farewell dinner. 

Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 14: Final departure from Nepal

The final day of your stay in Nepal has come. In the morning, you will be driven to the Tribhuvan International Airport by our team. We will drop you at the terminal and bid farewell. As you board on your flight homewards, you will remember the wonderful time you had in the Annapurna region of Nepal. You are bound to remember the vivid memories of the Pisang Peak Summit and the views of all the surrounding mountains. 

For similar climbing experience or variant trekking adventures in the Annapurna region, remember Third Rock Adventures again.


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