All About Pisang Peak Climbing
Pisang Peak 6,091 m is also known as Jong Ri. It is located on the northeastern side of Annapurna Regin in Nepal. The peak is located between Annapurna I and Manaslu. The peak is featured as the most popular trekking peak of the Annapurna region. The peak is also one of many easiest peaks of Nepal. It was first scaled successfully by a German Expedition team in 1955. Pisang Peak Climbing is a combination of trek and climbs to the pyramidal peak above Pisang Village. 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 uniform slope to the summit, Pisang Peak is regarded to be a ‘Trekkers’ Peak’ that offers one of the easiest and shortest climbing experiences. The trip starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Chamje, then the journey heads towards Upper Pisang Village. Trek from Base Camp to High Camp to Pisang Peak Summit is the climax of the trek. Descending the same route concludes with a drive from Chame to Kathmandu.
Table of Contents
- 1 Highlights of Pisang Peak Climbing
- 2 Itinerary of Pisang Peak Climbing
- 2.0.1 Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
- 2.0.2 Day 02: Sightseeing and Trip Preparations
- 2.0.3 Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft, 209km, 8 to 9 hours)
- 2.0.4 Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft, 9.25km, 5 to 6 hours)
- 2.0.5 Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/8,694ft, 15.5km, 5 to 6 hours)
- 2.0.6 Day 06: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft, 13.7km, 5 to 6 hours)
- 2.0.7 Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization Day at Upper Pisang
- 2.0.8 Day 08: Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft, 3 to 4 hours)
- 2.0.9 Day 09: Hike to Pisang Peak High Camp (5,400m/17,716ft, 3 to 4 hours) and pre-climbing training
- 2.0.10 Day 10: Pisang Peak Summit (6,091m/19,983ft, 8 to 10 hours) and Descend Back to Base Camp
- 2.0.11 Day 11: Contingency day
- 2.0.12 Day 12: Trek from Pisang Peak Basecamp to Chame (7 to 8 hours)
- 2.0.13 Day 13: Drive from Chame to Kathmandu
- 2.0.14 Day 14: Final departure from Nepal
- 3 Climbing Route of Pisang Peak
- 4 Best Time for Pisang Peak Climbing
- 5 The difficulty of Pisang Peak Climbing
- 6 Altitude Sickness during Pisang Peak Climbing
- 7 Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
- 8 Permit for Pisang Peak Climbing
- 9 Climbing Packing List
Highlights of Pisang Peak Climbing
- Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley
- Traditional or scattered settlement en-route.
- Varied ecosystems, diverse cultures, and amazing landscapes.
- Observe unique cultural practices, beautiful mountain panoramas, and
- 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
Itinerary of Pisang Peak Climbing
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
As soon as you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our office representative will receive you and you will be taken to the hotel. They will help you until you check-in at the hotel. You will then rest and recreate. You can also visit our office to discuss the itinerary if you like. In the evening we will dine together where you can introduce us to our technical team.
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trip Preparations
This is the day before you head towards the destination. It is a spare day that can be used to witness the famous landmarks of Kathmandu, prepare for your adventure, shop or hire essential gear, complete the necessary paper works, etc.
Early in the morning, after having breakfast, we will take you on a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu is famous for its architecturally beautiful monuments with religious and historical significance. Although Kathmandu Valley has seven UNESCO Recognized World Heritage Sites, we will be visiting a few of them. Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square are some of them.
During the day, you will complete the necessary paperwork with the assistance of your guide. And in the evening, you will buy some necessary stuff and prepare your baggage.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft, 209km, 8 to 9 hours)
On the third day, after having breakfast, we will catch a bus to Chamje. We will be traveling across the Prithivi Highway by the side of the Trishuli River. Although the journey is lengthy and tiresome, the views are stunning and that will compensate for the entire hardships. During your journey, you will come across rugged hills and scattered settlements. The journey will continue from the banks of the Marsyangdi River. Chamje is a small village in the Marsyangdi Valley, which is also the starting point of our trek. After the long drive, we will take some rest at the local teahouse and prepare for the next day’s trek.
Day 04: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft, 9.25km, 5 to 6 hours)
We will head towards Dharapani today. The trail crosses many suspension bridges along the way. First of all, we will cross a bridge over the Marsyangdi River and then pass through fields of corn, barley, and potatoes. After that, the trail will pass through a forest covered with rhododendron and bamboo. Rocky routes will eventually lead us to Tal, then Karte. Traveling through the grassy trails in the slim bamboo and terraced sugarcane fields, we will arrive at Dharapani. Dharapani is a small Gurung settlement. We shall be spending our night in a teahouse at Dharapani witnessing the typical Gurung lifestyles.
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,650m/8,694ft, 15.5km, 5 to 6 hours)
Our destination for today is Chame. We will begin our journey early in the morning. Ahead from Dharapani, we shall walk through a small Tibetan refugee village of Bagarchhap. Walking along the side of the Marshyangdi River, you will reach Koto. 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. We can enjoy a hot shower and other basic facilities at Chame. The trek above Chame is relatively remote and there are limited options of food and accommodations. We shall spend a night at a local Lodge in Chame.
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3,300m/10,826ft, 13.7km, 5 to 6 hours)
On the sixth day of our trek, we will head towards Upper Pisang. Early this morning, we will move towards Bharathang village where you can witness 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 Dhikur 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 settle Dhukur Pokhari. From here, you will begin your hike by crossing over three bridges and moving towards Upper Pisang. Upper Pisang is a traditional settlement that provides the best views of Annapurna Massif. We will spend this evening here.
Day 07: Rest and Acclimatization Day at Upper Pisang
Acclimatization plays a significant role in the success of your trek. Until now, we have gained a remarkable rise in altitude. Therefore, we need some adjustments to protect us from altitude sickness. Rest also helps to repair your broken tissues and re-energize your adventure spirit. Therefore, we shall spend an extra day at Upper Pisang. We shall rest and head for a hike to nearby viewpoints. On the same day, we shall explore the village of Upper Pisang that is inhabited by Gurung, Ghale, and Tibetan Immigrant communities. The incredible panoramas of Mount Gangapurna and Annapurna at the backdrop will encourage your further journey. The monasteries scattered around the Pisang village also provide authentic pieces of evidence of traditional Buddhism Nepal.
Day 08: Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m/14,370ft, 3 to 4 hours)
After having breakfast, early in the morning, we will head on to the base of Pisang Peak. First of all, we will 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 our camp for the day. It is our first day sleeping at a campsite. The excitement of the entire trip begins from this point onwards as we get a step closer to reaching the Pisang Peak summit.
Day 09: Hike to Pisang Peak High Camp (5,400m/17,716ft, 3 to 4 hours) and pre-climbing training
This is the most adventurous day for us because we will be heading towards Pisang Peak High Camp today. We will ascend and follow narrow paths towards the summit. The trail gets even snowier with no traces of greenery around. Before you reach the destination, your camps will have been set by the crew. After reaching the high camp, you will be given some basic training on climbing. The climbing guide will teach you 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. We shall spend this night in a 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
This is the most important day of your entire trip as you will finally reach the Pisang Peak summit after a lot of struggle and hardships. We will start the trek 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 grasp the victorious moment fully. After fulfilling your dream of reaching the Pisang Peak summit, we shall descend to the Base Camp. Have some hot soup and warm drinks to cope with the cold weather at night.
Day 11: Contingency day
Sometimes an unforeseen event might happen during the trip. Unpredictable bad weather in the summit, major injuries, altitude sickness, and other incidents are some of them. In case of such unforeseen events, there might be slight shifts in the plan. Therefore, our itinerary has a contingency day. This day will compensate if any disturbances arise. If everything goes as planned, you can effectively use this extra day to traverse to the nearby viewpoints that fall on the route or anytime during the trip afterward. We shall spend this night at a Tented Camp in Pisang Peak Base Camp.
Day 12: Trek from Pisang Peak Basecamp to Chame (7 to 8 hours)
Descending from the mountain is generally easier than ascending. Today’s trek will be a relatively long journey. However, it will be much easier to cover this distance. 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. Upon arrival at Chame, you will have a teahouse facility after many camping days. Hence, you can fully utilize a hot shower, internet, and other facilities.
Day 13: Drive from Chame to Kathmandu
After having breakfast, we will catch a bus to Kathmandu. We will leave the Marsyangdi Valley and the Himalayan Panoramas at the back and pass through rugged, dusty roads on the first part of the ride. The condition of the road will be good after a few kilometer’s off-road ride. 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 newfound friends during the trip and your climbing crew to enjoy your final day in Nepal. You will be welcomed in a farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 14: Final departure from Nepal
Today is your departure day. We will offer you a memorable farewell before you head towards the airport. Our office representative will drop you at the international airport before your flight schedule.
Climbing Route of Pisang Peak
Pisang Paek is one of the most iconic mountain peaks of the Annapurna Region. This peak is considered the most popular adventure in the entire region. The trek starts from Chamje. You can have a ride up to Chamje via Besisahar. The classic route to the Pisang Peak passes through Dharapani, Chame, and Upper Pisang.
The climbing route is one of them off the beaten trails of Nepal. It has relatively few teahouses. The route is uneven, rugged, and steep. The route also will be veiled with snow.
Best Time for Pisang Peak Climbing
The success of the trek depends upon the weather condition. Therefore, trekkers consider the best time to go for Pisang Peak Climbing. Generally, Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons to climb Pisang Peak. Spring and autumn are the ideal seasons for anyone who wants to travel to Pisang Peak. The weather remains calm throughout the day and allows for a successful ascent to the top. The days will have sufficient sunlight and there will be unobstructed views. The nighttime temperature is also bearable. Climbing during monsoon and winter is not recommended due to poor visibility and unpredictable weather.
The difficulty of Pisang Peak Climbing
Pisang Peak Climbing is a moderately difficult adventure. One should be physically fit and have prior trekking experience, though the climb may not involve technical endeavors. Long-hour trek/climb in a remote and isolated area can be challenging for first-timers and novice climbers. Though alpine climbing experiences may be advantageous.
Climbing to a high altitude can never be taken lightly. Though the climbing adventure is not much technical, the techniques to climb and proper usage of climbing equipment is always the essential part of the trek. If you are physically fit, have high-altitude trekking experience, and are determined to climb this peak, then Pisang peak is the best option for you.
Altitude Sickness during Pisang Peak Climbing
One of the major challenges of climbing the Himalayan peak is Altitude Sickness. Altitude Sickness occurs when one travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is a medical condition in which one feels nausea, headache, vomiting, and dizziness, etc. due to the low level of oxygen in the air. For a successful ascent, one must acclimatize while walking at high altitudes. Acclimatization helps to adjust your body to a high altitude.
To prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), we advise you to keep your body hydrated and abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking.
Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them.
If a client shows AMS symptoms and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps for the client’s well-being.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness
- Fatigue and loss of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
Prevention of Altitude Sickness
- Stay hydrated
- Don’t smoke/ don’t drink alcohol
- Climb high, sleep low
- Use Diamox tablets
Food and Water during Pisang Peak Climbing
During the Pisang Peak Climbing trip, all meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be served to you. You will be staying at a local teahouse in the mountains during trekking. The teahouse offers a wide array of western and local food delicacies. You will stay overnight at a tented camp at a higher altitude (above Pisang Peak Base Camp). Your climbing cook will prepare food for you.
Accommodations During Pisang Peak Climbing
During the Pisang Peak Climbing, you will have three types of accommodations. In Kathmandu, you will have a wide range of hotels: from three-star to seven stars. But we recommend you to stay at a 3-star because such hotels are budget hotels with a high standard of facilities. During your trek, you will stay overnight at the best available local teahouses.
Teahouses offer basic rooms with twin beds. You can opt for a single room, but it will incur extra cost. During climbing, we offer tent accommodation and assign a single tent to you with foam mattresses.
Permit for Pisang Peak Climbing
Pisang Peak Climbing requires three permits that are Pisang Peak Climbing Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and TIMS Card. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit costs RS 3000 per trekker whereas TIMS Card costs USD 20 for individual trekkers or USD10 if you are part of a group. SAARC trekkers pay USD 6 (USD 3 for groups). You need to show the TIMS card at the beginning of every trek of the Annapurna region. Pisang Peak Climbing permit cost also depends upon the season you choose to travel.
Spring (March to May): USD 250
Autumn (September to November): USD 125
Winter (December to February): USD 70
Summer (June to August): USD 70
Climbing Packing List
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 protection karabiners
- 3 regular carabineers
- Ice axe w/leash
- Plastic mountain boots
- Belay/rappel device
- 2 cotton jerseys
- 1 polypropylene jersey
- 2 long sleeve polypropene shirts
- 2 girls sports bras
- 1 soft-shell
- Down/synthetic sweater or vest
- Hard Monkey jacket with hood Waterproof and breathable
- 1 expedition down windcheater with hood
- 2 pairs of liner gloves
- 1 pair of standard expedition shell mitts or professional mitts
- Warm hat
- Face mask
- Shade hat or jockey cap
- Glacier glasses
- 1 extra pair of further dark glasses
- 1 ski spectacles with UV protection
- 4 pairs of liner socks: plastic or Capilene & 3 pairs of light-weight trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of medium-heavy wool socks
- 1 pair of nylon shorts
- 1 pair of nylon pants for trekking and around camp
- 2 light-weight pairs of underwear
- 1 pair of fleece pants with facet zipper or “puff-ball pants”
- 1 pair of the soft-shell pant
- 1 pair of quality shell pants
- 1 pair of gaiters
- 1 pair of down booties
- 1 pair of trekking shoes
- 1 pair of sandals
- All luggage and packs need to be waterproof or plastic luggage.
- 1 light-weight internal frame pack
- 1 daypack
- 1 large duffel for gear
- Small padlock for a duffel
- 1 small duffel for bags stored in Katmandu
- Sleeping Gear
- 1 down sleeping bag
- Sleeping Pad
- 1 kit with non – steroidal anti-inflammatory pills and other medications suggested by your doctor
- Lip balm
- 3 Water bottles
- Hydration bladder
- Packets of electrolyte powder for rehydration
- Plastic mug
- Bowl and spoon
- Pocket knife
- Water purification
- Toiletry kit
- 3-4 massive plastic bags
- Nylon stuff sacks
- Hand wipes
- 1 tiny chrome steel vacuum bottle
- Favorite snack foods
- Paperback books, cards, iPod, etc.
- Fanny pack or notecase for travel documents, cash & passport
- Passport and passport photos
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