Full of excitement throughout this trip from villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains with a climb of classic Pisang peak, are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, beneath world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m and 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, , trekking around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung, Manang & Thakali tribe villages, super mountain panorama with a visit of holy Muktinath area.
Pisang Peak climbing is one of the picturesque & adventurous climbing in Nepal, offering magnificent grandeur close up vista of Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,459ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,787ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m-22,740 ft and towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m-26,781 ft, Pisang peak 6,091m-19,984 ft, Chulu East 6,584 m-21,601 ft, Chulu West 6,419m-21,060 ft and the massive range of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m-26,795 ft with adjoining Nilgiri’s, Tukuche peaks and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang with Mt. Machhapuchare ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m-22,956 ft.
Pisang Peak climbing starts from Lamjung and Manang with cultural Annapurna Semi Circuit route, where one can experience an adventure of a life time, listed as world’s 10th top scenic travel destinations by Lonely Planet with outstanding views and walking through friendly traditional hill villages in the land of legendry Gurung, Manang and Thakali peoples. This trek is concluding at Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang district, from here taking a super sweeping flight to picturesque Pokhara valley one of the main touristic spot in all Himalaya, where the mountains reflects on its tranquil Phewa and Begnas lakes. On this journey walk leads to high mid green mid hills villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar tribes, and as the walk progress heading closer to mountainous and in the alpine zone with pretty scenic villages of Dharapani and Chame.
On reaching the picturesque windswept and dry terrain of Manang valley in Pisang village at an altitude of 3,185 meters high, Trexmount Ventures reserved the day at Pisang village for rest and necessary acclimatization before heading higher area beyond Manang valley for the classic climb of Pisang Peak at 6,091 meters high offering stunning panorama of whole of Annapurna Himalaya, including Damdor Himal, hidden beyond Chulu’s range of peaks around Mustang area.
Adventure begins from Pisang area, leading towards complete isolation in pure wilderness in the harmony of surrounding high mountains with only the sound of winds, on reaching the high ridge above Pisang village setting base camp and high camps 4,380 m and at 5,400 meters high to make this climb to Pisang Peak safe and possible, where our expert climbing guide will make necessary arrangement briefing regarding the climbing technique use of ice axe, crampons and fix and main ropes, although the climb is PD + this grade from French and Swiss alpine system recommended and in use world over.
Starting early morning with enough acclimatization with spare days at base and high camps for preparations, our guide will lead and support you all the way to the summit of Pisang Peak, standing high at 6,091 meters after a successful and safe climb, marvel the breathe taking panorama after a great life time experience and endurance. This awesome adventure leads towards high pass of Thorang-la at 5,416 meters, after visit of Braga and Manang villages with glorious views of snow capped peaks, as the walk follows River Marshyangdi right up to its source near Manang lake fed from the glacier of Tilicho, A II and Gangapurna Himal.
After a fantastic walk over the high ridge of Thorang with captivating views, walk descends to holy Muktinath area, regarded as holy since ancient times with 108 spout flowing pure natural spring. Muktinath meaning Liberation, pilgrims visits to offer prayer and to liberate from the sin of a life time, walk leads on the dry windy valley of Kaligandaki river to Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip, where the people are from the Thakali tribes, a traders for many years on this Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route, at present running hotels and lodges with appealing food menu.
Jomsom and Mustang area famous for apple orchard and its products, after a marvelous trip taking a scenic flight to amazing Pokhara with super views along the short flight, on reaching at Pokhara, enjoy relaxing the beauty of snow capped peaks and take a boat ride on serene Phewa lake, and then back to the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu after a wonderful and great adventure to Pisang Peak Climbing with great service of Trexmount Ventures with its friendly expert staff and guides.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will covers trip related information’s & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance).
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum, monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note: this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.
As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards Chamje via Beshishar, drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Dumre town, and leaving the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway towards Beshishar a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, from here driving on the newly built dirt road leading to Chamje via Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues passing rice terraces and villages and then uphill on leaving the Marsyangdi River to reach at Chamje for overnight stop via Jagat village, Chamje a small farm village with many lodges and the people from here are Manang of Tibetan origin.
After a first night in local lodge with homely hospitality service, morning starts walking back to Marsyangdi River crossing and in the alpine woodlands, with super views of Annapurna, Lamjung and on the back Manaslu mountain ranges, walk leads on the wide trail to a nice village of Tal Besi, after having a break a few hours walk brings to Dharapani village for overnight halt, located on the mid way of around Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek.
From Dharapani on wards temperature gets cooler with alpine temperature climate walk leads on the winding wide trail through serene rhododendron, pine woodland through small villages of Bagachap, Danque, and then climbing higher to Timang village with super views of snow capped peaks towards North, from this village onwards in the land of Buddhist tradition and culture, an hour walk reaches to Koto and then towards Chame a large town and the district headquarter of Manang area, here with time to browse around the streets of Chame with wonderful views of AII and Lamjung Himal.
From here onwards feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop, afternoon at leisure and rest as the high altitude starts from here onwards.
A nice and ideal spot for rest day in Pisang village with right altitude, an important to get well acclimatized before Pisang Peak climb, on this day with free morning take a short hike around, as walking higher and sleeping at low elevation is the art of acclimatization. This rest day also helps to plan the climb where our guide will offer necessary information of the area, culture, religion and of the climbing technique as well.
After a nice rest in Pisang village, our route leads towards north through upper Pisang village where tree lines drops for sparse vegetation or none, with only summer pasture and grazing land, called as kharka a Sheppard’s shelter. Walk continues reaching the high ridge line near Pisang peak, our lead guide will make decision for overnight as base camp around 4,380 meters high, here first night in tents with camping facilities and meals prepared by our expert cooks and kitchen staff. Afternoons just relax and enjoy the views of surrounding high Annapurna and Chulu peaks with Pisang close by.
A short day but tough due to high altitude, morning walk follows on a faint path where few trekkers, climbers and Yak herders have seldom used. Route to high camp continues over rocks and gravel, ice and glacier to reach beneath the towering Pisang Peak where high camp is set for the climb. Afternoon our guide will scout the area for safe and possible route to the summit and fixing ropes and making ice ledges where necessary. High Camp situated to a long ridge shoulder on the South -West Ridge of Pisang Peak, under some conditions this area may be under snow, afternoon free to sort the gear with preparation for the early morning climb.
A Big Day! Our main target and destination starting before the crack of dawn as the climb leads over moraine and rubble of ice falls, following the route set by our lead guide reaching high above on a well defined ridge towards last snow slope, leading quite steeply without any difficulty but with some technical sections and then climb all the way to Pisang summit with great help and support of our expert guide. On reaching the summit take a rest and admire the beautiful panorama of whole Annapurna Mountains and towards north and west Chulu range with Damodar peaks as well beyond Chulu peaks, view of Manaslu towards east horizon. After being in the highest spot of this adventure descent by same route to base camp, as time permits and possible with physical strength after the climb descend all the way to Pisang village.
Trexmount Ventures allows a spare as contingency / reserve day in case of bad unusual weather situations, if all goes well as per the designated itinerary days our guide will make the decision after informing all, how and where this spare can be used before or after Thorang-la on route Jomsom.
On reaching Pisang or Nagwal village, the upper trail to Manang village walks is easier descending with views of high snow capped peaks, reaching at Hongdre village with a short air-strip. Walk from here is on gradual path most of the way to Manang via Braga village with interesting monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overnight stop. From Pisang onwards to Manang houses are built in traditional Tibetan style as people of Manang practice rich Buddhism religion, culture and traditions.
After a nice break in Manang, morning walks is easier on the gradual path passing the last village of Manang at Tenke and then in complete wilderness with gentle uphill walk to Ghunsang village with great views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks, then slowly reaching at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop with great views,
Slowly and steady journey gets closer to another highlights of this trip at Thorang-la pass, walk is pleasant except for the altitude the trail follows crossing a bridge after Ledar and then a short steep climb after the river reaching at Jarjung around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goats or the rare and elusive Snow Leopard if lucky. Walk then reaches at Thorang Phedi (base of Thorang-la), after a break here walk on the scree zig zag slope path which is quite steep for an hour till High Camp is reached for lunch and overnight stop. A great place with super views of Gangapurna, Damodar and Bhirkuti Himal and range of snow capped peaks.
Starting quite early after breakfast to reach the top of the pass earlier before the cold wind catches with chill factors, the walk is gradual with ups and even trail most of the way and then slowly with a climb reaching the highest point of this trip and one of the highlights at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft high, the pass is festooned with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags and with sign board ‘Thorang-la’ and its heights, this place with awesome views of snow capped mountains looking over West at Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal as well. After a great success with great moment descend a long way to reach the bottom with few teahouses to refresh and for lunch before setting towards Muktinath for overnight after a long hard but interesting and adventurous day. The walk to Muktinath is pleasant for few hours, on reaching at Muktinath check into respective nice lodges for overnight stop and nice rest. This place is a holy for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
After a long walk of previous day, today the last day of trekking leading on a pleasant trek on the downhill path passing Jharkot village with a drop of 1,200 meters to Kaligandaki river bed, on reaching the wide Kaligandaki River valley at a small place of Ekale bhatti, continue walk on the flat wide valley for few hours reaching at Jomsom, head quarter of Mustang area. Jomsom with an airstrip above Kaligandaki River (operates daily morning schedule flight to and from Pokhara). At Jomsom enjoy the afternoon exploring the town and having the best of apple products as Mustang area is famous apples.
Today the last day in the high hills and mountains, morning transfer to Jomsom airport for the sweeping flight to Pokhara with alluring views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna and Machhapuchare, this wonderful flight taking less than half hour to reach at Pokhara for overnight stop by the pristine Lake Phewa, time in the afternoon to browse around the lake side stores and shops and relax in this beautiful setting.
With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departure towards your next destination.