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Pisang Peak Trek

Duration :

15 Days

Description :

Pisang Peak is north of Pokhara, in the north Annapurna area. On easy trails and over suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forest, the approach follows the world famous Annapurna Circuit itinerary, through a wonderful variety of landscape and culture, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi valley, where Gurung and Thakali dominate, to the northern arid Buddhist area.

The Pisang - Manang region lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurnas and the landscape supports little in the way of forest apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron. Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. Pisang Peak offers spectacular climbing, directly opposite the Annapurnas, and ranks amongst the finest of Nepal’s trekking peaks. The ascent starts in Pisang and includes little technical climbing along a well-defined ridge, which leads to the final steep snow slope, with breath-taking views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II and IV. We complete this fantastic adventure by crossing the Thorong La (5415m) to Jomosom.
Day   Activity
  1   Katmandu Besishar Khudi
    Leaving Katmandu we make our way to the starting point near Dumre- driving time depends on road conditions. There are good views of Annapurna as soon as the road leaves the Katmandu valley and descends into the gorge beyond. Walk along the gravel trail to Khudi.

  2   Khudi to Syange
    There are good views of Himchuli and Manaslu as we descend to the Nadi Khola and then cross the Musi Khola on a suspension bridge and begin long ascent to Bahundanda (1310m­). There are excellent views of the Marasyandi Valley ahead from the top of the hill. Cross the river to its west bank more to Syange (1190m). About 7-8 hours walk with one long ascent.

  3   Syange to Tal
    We walk through forest to the settlements of Jagat and Chamje (1430m) then we cross the Marsyandi to the east bank. Walking up though forests, we reach the board flat grassy valley of Tal (1075m) and enter into the district of Mustang. Tal resembles a 'Wild West' town with its many painted wooden verandahs. 6 hours walk, ascending for most of the day.

  4   Tal to Koto
    Leaving the valley on a rocky path close up against the valley wall, we descend to cross the Marsyangdi yet again reach the village of Dharapani (1930m) Continuing through we pass waterfalls to reach the police check post at Kuparkodo. There are wonderful views of Annapurna and Langtang from this point. We camp in the fields just before entering the village. About 6 hours walk gradually uphill all day.

  5   Koto to Pisang
    A short walk from Kuparkodo brings us to Chame (2630m), the administrative center for the Manang area. Continue to walk through pine forest crossing the river once again to reach the settlement of Tibetan Khampas before the village of Pisang.

  6   Pisang Pisang Peak Base Camp
    The trail passes through a narrow forest and meadows to reach the base camp (4180m). Approximately 5 hours hike.

  7   Base Camp High Camp
    Climb up to the High camp (5200m), Approximately 5 hours. Preparation for summit the next day

  8   Pisang Peak Summit
    Summit Pisang Peak at 6091m. The last leg is on a steep and snowy slope, a good effort but without noticeable difficulties. Breath-taking views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II and IV. Return to Base camp. Approximately 9 hours.

  9   Base Camp Manang
    Approximately 5 hours hike from the base camp to Manang at 3530m.

  10   Manang
    A day free to rest and acclimatize. There is an opportunity to visit the monastery at draga, which is reputedly 800 years old, and the village of Manang. The inhabitants of Manang are mainly Gurung who practice Buddhism and dress in a Tibetan style. The flat-roofed houses are closely grouped together in this high arid area. Here we have superb views to the south of Annapurna II and IV, Glacier Dome and the glacial lake below the village formed by water from Gangapurna and Annapurna.

  11   Manang- Leder
    Leaving Manang we trek mostly above the tree line. From here there is a gradual ascent to Yak Kharka (4090m) to camp. The surrounding area is used mostly for grazing horses and yaks, but there are quite often herds of 'blue sheep' nearby. We will have time in the afternoon for an excursion from camp in search of local wildlife. About 4 1/2 hours walk.

  12   Leder to Phedi
    After breaking camp we cross the Jargeng Khola on a wooden bridge (4265m). Cross the remains of an old, rocky landslide to reach our campsite at Phedi (4400m) an open, rocky, flat area beside the river and our base for the crossing of the Thorung La the next day. There will be an acclimatization walk towards the pass during the afternoon. 5 to 6 hours of steady ascent.

  13   Phedi- Muktinath
    Ascent, sometimes over loose rocks, to reach a rocky pass marked with the gradient and after several false summits, the Thorung La (pass) finally comes into view marked by two large cairns with prayer flags flying (5416m). The views from the top are simply stunning. We make a long, steep, descent to Muktinath (3800m) and camp in a field in the village. The ascent can take 3 1/2 hours or longer and the descent from 2 1/2 to 4 hours. Muktinath is a village situated close to the Thorung La pass. It is also an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We'll spend some time here relaxing and participating in some leisurely explorations of the village, visiting the gompa which houses the 'water that burns'. Hindus believe that bathing here gives salvation after death and it is an important site for many including the 'Bho Tiya' people who inhabit the valley of Muktinath. They are also known as the 'Baragaa Ule' or 'people of the 12 villages'.

  14   Muktinath-Jomsom
    In the early afternoon we will descend through Jarkot with its impressive fortress to Kingar and Kagbeni (2810m). Kagbeni is like an oasis on this arid area with orchards and fields of barley along the banks of the Kali Gandaki. We are rewarded with good views of Dhaulagiri during our descent. From Kagbeni we turn south for Jomsom (2713m) in the Kali Gandaki valley with the peak of Dhaulagiri directly in front of us.

  15   Fly Jomsom/Pokhara/Kathmandu

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