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Pisang Peak 6,901m. Expedition 20 Days

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Trekking and climbing in the Annapurna Region

This trekking trip between Kathmandu and the beginning of the trek is by a drive, which takes us quickly away from the city and towards the foothills. Then the walks follow a well-established classic round Annapurna Circuit trail based on an early start, moderate daily distances, and a stable and easy guided walking. This walking ratio allows us much time to enjoy the views, talk to people, and take essential pictures, and even painting.

The famous Annapurna region is undoubtedly one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. The main attraction is the Annapurna range including its highest peak, Annapurna I 8,091 metres, the first of the 8,000-Metre Peaks to have been climbed in human history (by a French team in 1950). Many other mountains such as Annapurna II 7,937 metres, Annapurna III 7,575 metres, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, and Dhaulagiri 8,167 metres remains on scene endlessly.

Forty miles away to the east of Mount Annapurna stands the dominating peak of Mount Manaslu 8,156 metres and to the west stands the Dhaulagiri Mountain 8,167 metres, 7000 meters vertically over the Kali Gandaki gorge, in about 30-kilometres of horizontal distance. Between Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri Himal range, the Kaligandaki River flows through the deepest gorge on earth, giving a unique example of two eight-thousanders facing each other over a deep valley.

The entire region of Annapurna falls into the Annapurna Conservation Area. To the east of Mount Annapurna is the area of Mount Manaslu and Manaslu Conservation Area making it a unique and safe sanctuary for many endangered mountain animals.

This region is well known for its beautiful landscape, its forests full of rhododendrons (April-May), its villages full of charm, and the simpleness of the people. Since the opening of Nepal, in 1950, the Annapurna region has been the top ten destinations of trekkers in the World.

Tourism is the backbone of the people of this area still the distribution of economy, and benefit of tourist movement is not equal. So the changes were demanded by the people; roads are under constructs from both valley of Annapurna, there is already electricity in many villages, telecommunication is available everywhere with internet access, but it is still heaven to trek.

The trip itinerary also includes a 6,000 metres Peak requiring 4-nights of camping stay above 4,000 metres above the sea level. The peak included in the itinerary is Pisang Peak of 6,091 metres rising beautifully above the Pisang village and Gyaru Village. This peak is one of the best trekking Peaks for viewing the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range and Chulu range. To climb this peak one needs to allow minimum 5-days on the trekking routine.

Pisang peak 6,091 metres have been one of the most interesting peaks of Annapurna region for trekkers dreaming a climbing test in the Himalayas while trekking in Nepal. The western flank of the mountain, which is guarded by a hanging glacier, offers considerable challenge. However, access to the western end of the ridge is more problematic, guarded by huge rock slabs. It looks more like a curved ridge, with the face above Pisang being the truncated southern end on the valley. It offers truly splendid views of the Annapurna group including Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna and the Glacier Dome, Manaslu, and Peak-29, and Naar Phu valley and its famous seven thousand Himlung Himal. Pisang is indeed a “sightseeing peak of Annapurna region” as the Mera Peak in Everest region.

The return route passes through the Thorang Pass 5,416 metres, one of the famous Himalayan passes, and drops to Kaligandaki region, which allows us to visit the Muktinath and see the Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris in their full scale. The trek ends at Jomsom Airport and a short 20 minutes Himalayan sightseeing flight takes us to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal. We spend a night in this city and take another short flight to Kathmandu to round off this quintessential Himalayan trek and expedition.

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna region is the first region in Nepal permitted for trekkers.
  • Annapurna is amongst the Top ten destinations of trekkers in the World.
  • See the beauties of the first eight-thousand mountain to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet.
  • Enjoy the most beautiful mountain views of Annapurnas, Lamjung, and Dhaulagiri in a single shortest trek.
  • Enjoy the fauna and flora into the Annapurna Conservation Area, one of the unique and safe sanctuaries for many endangered mountain animals.
  • Enjoy one of the beautiful landscape full of rhododendrons, Magnolia and orchids (April-May).
  • Experience the culture, life and religion of multi-ethnic groups within the shortest of the period.
  • Admire the breathtaking sceneries from many points throughout the trekking and expedition.
  • Visit the medieval towns of Kathmandu valley full of ancient monuments ever built.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 20 days from arrival to the day of departure.
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 3-nights/visiting UNESCO sites.
  • Trek starting point: Besisahar.
  • Trek ending point: Jomsom.
  • Daily Walk: 4 to 6 hours.
  • Domestic flights: Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.
  • Highest elevation: Summit of Pisang Peak 6,019 metres.
  • People/Culture: The area from Dharapani to Manang is the home of Manangis of Buddhist belief and the area from Torang to Jomsom is the home of Mustangis and Thakalis of Buddhist belief. The lower valleys from Besisahar till Chemche area are home multi Hindu caste groups. The Kathmandu and Pokhara are major cities and homes of all caste and religion, dominated by Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
  • Accommodation: Star Hotels (Category selectable) with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Tea-house Lodge on full board basis on the trek, and tented camp on full board basis during the Pisang Peak Expedition.
  • Meals: A open menu in each meal and in each tea-house lodge to choose from clients. And a complete meal will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff during the Pisang Peak expedition.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous.
  • Best season to trek: from the second week of March to May and from the first week of October to November.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Day 02: Drive to Ngadi 880m. An 8-hours’ drive.

Day 03: Trek to Jagat 1,342m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,943m. A-5 hours’ trek.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,713m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,200m.A 5 ½-hours’ trek.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang Peak Basecamp 4,380m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Day 08: Acclimatising rest 4,380m.

Day 09: Move to Pisang Peak High Camp 5,400m. A 4-hours.

Day 10: Summit Pisang Peak 6,091m.

Day 11: A reserve day.

Day 12: Trek to Ngawal 3,657m. via Gyaru 3,670m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Day 13: Trek to Manang 3,540m. A 3-hours’ trek.

Day 14: Trek to thorang Phedi 4,216m. A 4 hours’ trek.

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m. A 7-hours’ trek.

Day 16: Trek to Jomsom 2,660m. A 5-hours’ trek.

Day 17: Fly to Pokhara 820m. A 20-miutes panoramic flight.

Day 18: Sarangkot Viewpoint and fly to Kathmandu.

Day 19: Visit Soyambu, Basantapur and Boudha.

Day 20: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m.

Upon your arrival, you will be received with a traditional welcome at the airport in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, you will be briefed about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.

Day 02: Drive to Ngadi 880m. An 8-hours’ drive.

After early morning breakfast, we start the day with a long drive. The first phases of the journey take us out of Kathmandu valley, which crosses the busiest section of Thankot pass, the main entry, and exit toward the south. Just after crossing Thankot, there is a fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, the Manaslu Range, and even the Annapurnas on a clear day. From here the road drops to the valley bottom and follows the Trishuli River enjoying a thrilling high way drive to Pokhara. The beautiful scenery along the way includes terraced fields, vast river valleys and villages, and on a clear day, sights of the snowy mountains. Eventually, we turn off from the main highway to Pokhara and head north to Besi Sahar, where we will leave our vehicle from Kathmandu and ride a local Jeep for the rest of the trail till Ngadi.

Besi Sahar is the administrative centre of the Lamjung district. This region was one of the strongest parts of the Twenty-four domains from the 15th to 18th centuries when there were two confederations of kingdoms, twenty-four to the west and twenty-two to the east. In 1782 the domain of Gorkha absorbed its neighboring domain of Lamjung. Looking southwest from Besi Sahar, one can see the remains of Lamjung Palace on a hilltop, and beyond it mount Lamjung.

The area is the farmlands of the lower Middle Hills, predominantly inhabited by a majority of Hindu caste. The trail leads through Khudi Khola village, Bulbule village, and on to Ngadi. Ngadi is a small village of people from Manang which grew up as a winter settlement. There is an electricity powerhouse just below the village in the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 03: Trek to Jagat 1,342m. A 5-hours’ trek.

This day's trek starts with a gradual climb to Bahun Danda (Brahmans' Hill), going through the forest and across rice fields. Bahun Danda village is on the saddle of a ridge at an altitude of 1,311m, and between two Gurung hillside communities. From Bahun Danda, the trail descends and crosses the Marshyangdi River and several mountain streams. After crossing the Marshayngdi River, the valley begins to narrow and pass through a cliff where the trail gets carved into the rock face. Finally, amidst a jumble of rock and isolated trees, we come upon the village of Jagat. Its name derived from the customs office that was once levied there on the salt trade with Tibet.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,943m. A-5 hours’ trek.

The trail passes a series of charming waterfalls amidst a forest that assumes more the character of a climate-liking temperate–filling with oaks–as you travel onward to Chamche village. From Chamche we climb to arise. Long ago a landslide blocked the river here, forming a taal (lake) at 1,707m. Only its flatbed remains today, along with a magnificent waterfall. This marks the boundary to the district of Manang. The river valley narrows again as we approach Dharapani. The people there are mostly Tibetans and Manangis. The main village, including a monastery and school, lies five minutes from the main trekking trail.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,713m. A 5-hours’ trek.

A half-hour walk from Dharapani brings us to Bagarchap, a village primarily inhabited by butchers, at 2,100 metres. As you approach the town, there is the view of Annapurna II and will feel like you have entered another ecological zone, will feel colder and the air is drier, which means we are in the rain shadow of Annapurna. Then the trail continues to Lattamarang, 2,454 metres, and Chame, the administrative centre of Manang district. From some part of this town, there is a beautiful view of mount Lamjung. The village forms under a sheer cliff face on the bank of the Marshyangdi River.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,200m.A 5 ½-hours’ trek.

We breakfast and try for an early start because the morning is better for steadily climbing to higher altitudes. Today we’ll see pine forests and the beautiful upper Marshyangdi valley and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. For a tea break or merely rest we’ll stop at Brathang, a village and one-time used by Tibetan Khampas (warriors). The village is still prosperous, with rows of large mani-walls, prayer-wheels, and main entrance and exit gateways at the ends of the village.

After leaving Brathang, we’ll cross the Marshyangdi River and begin a gentle climb. The beginning point just after the bridge is also known as Sorgadwari in Nepali and Paungi Dandi in the local Gurung language, which means Gateway to Heaven. It means the entrance into the valley of Manang, which is locally known as Nye-shyang, formed with six main villages: Pisang (3,200m) (lower), 3,300m (upper), Gyaru (3,670m), Ngawal (3,657m), Braga (3,450m), Manang (3,540m) and Khangsar (3,800m).

Continuing on, we arrive at Upper Pisang village, which is all the more interesting, for still being untouched by modernity. You will have a good chance to experience its medieval atmosphere, including a monastery above the village that watches over all devotees. The people here are called Gurungs, but their character and way of life are more reminiscent of Tibetan people; they wear Tibetan dress and are browner and harder than the Gurungs of Gurkha further down to the south.

Women wear long wrap-around dresses (called chubus) and necklaces of turquoise and coral. Elderly men may have a piece of turquoise dangling from an ear, giving them a pirate look in keeping with their reputation. The edges of each town are marked by gateways of chortens (Buddhist monuments). There are also stone walls mounted with spinning prayer-wheels and the sacred mantra Om Mani padme hum (Hail to the jewel in the lotus) carved repeatedly on stone slabs everywhere into the valley of Manang/Nye-shyang.
  • Full board
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang Peak Basecamp 4,380m. A 4-hours’ trek.

Just after leaving the Pisang village, the trail starts to climb and take us above the tree line. The views toward the Annapurnas, Swargadwari, Humde Airport, and Pisang valley are very impressive. We set our camp at an altitude of 4,390 metres, in a small open place used as cow shade by the locals. While the cook prepares a hot lunch, we pitch our tents and set a comfortable camp. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free for view finding stroll, rest, and being busy with the changes in the colours on the mountain summits. Dinner and overnight in the tented camp.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tented Camp.

Day 08: Acclimatising rest 4,380m.

A complete rest day for the acclimatization. We climb high up to high camp and return to base camp.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tented Camp.

Day 09: Move to Pisang Peak High Camp 5,400m. A 4-hours.

Try to wake up early in the morning to get some fantastic view around and back to the tent to enjoy the warmth of the tent. The kitchen staff will come with wakeup tea/coffee. We then enjoy a hearty breakfast, prepared by our own mobile cook, and move our camp to the high camp. The trail climbs steadily up to the southwest ridge shoulder. We set our high camp and take lunch and after lunch, we continue a further climb for rope fixing. This day we fix the ropes in the main rock and ice mixed parts and descend to our high camp which will also help for proper acclimatization and save our time for summit day. The views are wider and very impressive.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tented Camp.

Day 10: Summit Pisang Peak 6,091m.

The climb starts very early, at around 2 a.m. to reach the summit for sunrise! Pisang Peak 6091 meter above the sea level rises above the Pisang village and Gyaru Village. This peak is one of the best trekking Peaks for viewing the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, and Chulu range. To climb this peak one needs to allow minimum 4-days on the trekking routine.

Pisang peak 6,091m. has been one of the most interesting peaks of the Annapurna region for trekkers dreaming a climbing test in the Himalayas while trekking in Nepal. The western flank of the mountain, which is guarded by a hanging glacier, offers considerable challenge. However, access to the western end of the ridge is more problematic, guarded by huge rock slabs. It looks more like a curved ridge, with the face above Pisang being the truncated southern end on the valley. It offers truly splendid views of the Annapurna group including Tilicho Peak, Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna and the Glacier Dome, Manaslu, and Peak-29, and Naar Phu valley and its famous seven thousand Himlung Himal. Pisang is indeed a "sightseeing peak of Annapurna region" as the Mera Peak in the Everest region.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tented Camp.

Day 11: A reserve day.

A reserve day for if the weather or unforeseen factors forces us to retreats. If all goes well we will use this day in Pokhara or in Kathmandu.

Day 12: Trek to Ngawal 3,657m. via Gyaru 3,670m. A 4-hours’ trek.

An easy and beautiful morning trek leads us to Gyaru village. Gyaru is another medieval village of the stone house above the Marshyangdi valley and overlooking the Annapurna mountain range. We take the lunch here and visit its monastery and the village, the village toward the lower valley and across are very impressive. We then continue a lovely trek with a never-ending great panorama and a comfortable flat trail all the way to Ngawal. Ngawal is another medieval village with a monastery and mani-walls, and with prayer flags fluttering on each house. Gyaru and Ngawal villages are said to have been the seat of the Ghale kings, from where they ruled the Nye-Shyang territory 300 years ago.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Manang 3,540m. A 3-hours’ trek.

We take our breakfast and set out toward Manang village via Braga villages over a winding trail with breathtaking views all day. From Ngawal we descend to Humde and take an easy trail up to Manang village, the views toward the Sabji Khola and Annapurna III basecamp are quite impressive. On the way, we will visit the village and 600-years-old monastery of Braga, one of whose four sections is off-limits to females. Another 40 minutes of walking brings us to Manang. This village is not as impressive as the amazing view from it across the river: Annapurnas II, IV, and III, Mt. Gangapurna, the glacier and its lake below, and the formidable north face of Mt. Tilicho.

At Manang, we arrive for lunch. The rest of the day is for exploring around or just relaxing on the rooftop to read or write or photograph. Whatever, you’ll have your guide and Sherpas always close at hand.

  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to thorang Phedi 4,216m. A 4 hours’ trek.

After breakfast, we start trekking gradually up toward Thorang Phedi. The trail leads through high pastures. In some places, we come across small shops. All the way up to Thorang Phedi is very scenic: the Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Rock Noel, Thorang Peak, Chulu West, and Chulu East, Yakawa Kang, and many more peaks surrounding us from all directions.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Muktinath 3,800m. A 7-hours’ trek.

The trek starts early in the morning, to avoid the wind at the pass, and also to have some spare time, in case of delay, to cross Thorang La 5,416 metres so as to arrive in Muktinath 3,802 metres before dusk. The pass, and indeed the entire route, offers fine new views of the preceding day's peaks.

We arrive in Muktinath, tired but with a sense of accomplishment. Muktinath (Lord of Salvation) is a holy place both for Buddhists and Hindus. Every year thousands of devotees from Nepal, India, and Tibet come to visit. The Muktinath region, facing Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the south-east, Dhaulagiri to the south-west and Thorang Peak and Yakawa Kang to the north, is a living museum of old villages, such as Dzar, Dzong, Khingga and Purang.

Muktinath, also known by Chumig Gyatsa (One Hundred Springs) is situated some 18 kilometres north-east of Jomsom. The Muktinath temple was constructed in 1815 A.D. by Queen Subarna Praba, the wife of Rana Bahadur Saha, king of Nepal after she had a dream. This temple is built in a Tibetan pagoda style and contains a huge brass image of Phagpa Chenrezig (or Lord Vishnu, as Hindus call him).

Nearby is another temple, where water that is considered very holy gushes out of a rock. There is also a Buddhist monastery (Salamebar Dolamebar monastery) in the eastern corner of the Muktinath precinct; it is dedicated to Jwala Mai (the goddess of fire). There, shielded by curtains, are burning eternal flames. Hindus believe the flame to be Agni, the god of fire.

There are two other places of worship within a single structure nearby; the Shiva-Parvati temple and a Narsingha gompa. The lower storey is the gompa, while the upper storey is the temple. At the back of the temple are 108 waterspouts (chumig gyatsa), fashioned in the shape of boars' heads, the boar is one of the ten incarnations of Phagpa Chenrezig/Lord Vishnu. This water is channeled from a stream running above the temple.

For Hindus, the importance of Muktinath, besides its holy water, lies in the belief that Lord Vishnu takes the form of saligrams. Saligrams are fossils found in the Kali Gandaki River, just a few hours' walk from Muktinath.

The traditional caretakers of Muktinath are Tibetan Buddhist nuns under the abbacy of the Gyelhaki Dung.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Jomsom 2,660m. A 5-hours’ trek.

The descent to Kagbeni takes one and a half hours. Kagbeni, the main gate to Upper Mustang, is situated at an altitude of 2,807m. It has been one of Nepal's important trading centres for centuries. The village was formed around the 14th century as a check post for traders between Nepal and Tibet, and a checkpoint still stands to control all groups departing toward Muktinath and Mustang. There is a monastery, a police check post, and an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) office in this village, which is well worth exploring.

After looking around we'll continue the trek to Jomsom along the Kali Gandaki River. You can look for saligrams along the way. We’ll arrive at Jomsom for lunch. The rest of the time is free.

In Jomsom, we spend our last night on the trek or in the Annapurna region. This is the occasion to enjoy a farewell party with your Sherpa friends who have accompanied you. They depart separately on a 3 days' trek and bus ride to Kathmandu.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the Tea-house Lodge.

Day 17: Fly to Pokhara 820m. A 20-miutes panoramic flight.

We board an early morning flight to Pokhara. Arrive and drive to our hotel. The rest of the time is free to relax in this beautiful city.

The City of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has several beautiful lakes and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail, and Lamjung mountains.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 18: Sarangkot Viewpoint and fly to Kathmandu.

Early in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower, to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its fine panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Fishtail, etc. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara, on the way back we also visit the Bindhyavashini temple which is also the mini Pasupatinath for the people of Pokhara. Most of the people of Pokhara City visit this temple on their main occasions to worship.

Return to hotel, breakfast, and half-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara including David's fall and Tibetan refugee camp. After a hearty lunch in one of the best restaurants in Pokhara, we drive to the airport for our domestic flight to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu and departure to your hotel the rest of the day is to enjoy free time.
  • Full board.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 19: Visit Soyambu, Basantapur and Boudha.

After breakfast, we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the most fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to have been built around 250 b.c. Its main feature, the white dome, is identified with the spotless pure jewel of Nirvana, and it is crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that originally filled the Kathmandu Valley.

From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the Valley. The Stupa is reached by a long stairway up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go.

Then we'll head on to Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (Durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908), Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace), Kumari Chowk (the residence of the Living Goddess), and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur.

Some two hundred years ago a Western visitor wrote that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed, Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical monuments and shrines ever built. Duly recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. One particularly fascinating part of this palace complex is the towering Nautale Durbar (Nine Storey Palace) overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square where King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the Valley in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts, and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.

In the evening a visit will be paid to the Boudhanath Stupa. Boudhanath, located about 8 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, is one of the world's largest stupas. The base of the stupa is composed of three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the finial represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its finial. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. This stupa is said to have been built in the 5th-century a.d. The site attracts great numbers of Buddhist pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region, and indeed the world.

  • Breakfast.
  • Accommodation in the hotel.

Day 20: Departure

Breakfast and free time till the time limit to drive to Airport. At the indicated time our office representative and vehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport, see off formalities, and depart.
  • Breakfast.

Cost

What is included

  • Airport pick-up and departure services as per itinerary.
  • Three nights of hotel accommodation at Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • One trekking + climbing guide and porters.
  • Kathmandu to Ngadi transportation in a comfortable tourist vehicle
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permit fee
  • Pisang peak climbing permit and permit fee
  • Tent, mattresses and food and drinks required for the Pisang peak climbing period.
  • Climbing rope, fix rope, ice screw, rock piton etc for Pisang peak expedition
  • Climbing Sherpa guide and all his expenses.
  • Trek with all meals and accommodations.
  • Insurance and all expenses of all local staff.
  • A good sleeping bag to each member (if required).
  • A pair of a trekking pole to each member (if required).
  • A trekking duffel bag to each member (if required).
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight (all tax included).
  • One night of hotel at Pokhara with breakfast
  • Airfare Pokhara / Kathmandu (all tax included).
  • Guided tour of Pokhara and Kathmandu as per itinerary (transport and entrance fee included).
  • A small Medial kit box for first aid medical purpose.
  • A Satellite telephone with enough recharge for emergency use.

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Please cover emergency evacuation and cancellations).
  • International air tickets to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visas ($25) http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as mineral water, bar bills, and bottled drinks, laundry etc.).
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters.

Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best season to Travel Nepal is from mid-September to mid-December or from the end of February to the end of May. June to August are rainy months for Nepal and December to February are winter months, but each season has its richness.

During the summer month, the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops. During summer month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During summer months the parts of Terai may see with flood and traveling during these months is hot and temperature may reach around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands.

During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe.

The end of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time, one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids, and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February is winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 to -30 degrees (after sunset to before sunrise). During the day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European countries and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE
The best months to take this itinerary is from the first week of March to mid-June and from the last week of September to the end of November. However.


Spring season:
March to May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal with a long daylight period. The mid-hill starting from 1,400 to 3,800 metres is generally beautiful with a lot of Rhododendron flowers, magnolia, and full of wild orchids. It is also the best time to enjoy the bird and wildlife in all parts of Nepal and famously in its nature reserves such as Chitwan and Bardia National Parks. It is also the primary mountaineering season, and more than 600 climbers reach Everest Basecamp targeting the summit of Everest. Bright days remain hazy and may expect some thunders and light rains in the lowland and light hailing all around the country. The temperature remains -5 at Everest Basecamp to 32 degrees in the Terai belt.

Summer season:
June to August is the monsoon season of Nepal, the most important natural phenomena to recharge the mountains, hills to terrains, feeding with a tremendous amount of snow and rainwater. The primary rainy months are July and August and may expect daily rains after a late afternoon with heavy rains in the night. In this season of the year, the forest turns to lush rain forests; rivers get swelled to its full to destructive strength. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, may suffer from the flood. Low land to hill terraces gets attractive with full of crops, and the high land valley gets carpeted with colourful flowers and beautiful streams. During these months, from May, people traveling to Tibet including Mount Kailash from Nepal flock to its capital Kathmandu. Indian tourists and others living in the hot-lowlands enjoy traveling to Nepal to escape the heat in their parts. Japanese and many other tourists arrive in these months to sight rare flowers and butterflies of the Himalayas. Summertime is also the best time to trek in the areas of Mugu, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Naar-Phu, and Upper Mustang regions. In this time of the year falls several important festivals such as Janai Purnima, Gaijatra, Gaura Parba, Shree Krishna Janmasthami, Teej, Rishi Panchami, Dumjee, Indra Jatra, Sakadawa, and Tiji, etc. The temperature remains 17 to 35 degrees, and the average temperature remains 22 degrees.

Autumns season:
September to November is the most stable weather season in Nepal, characterized by crystal clear blue skies and very little precipitation. Autumn is the most traveled season in Nepal, especially to enjoy the crystal-clear mountain sceneries. The Autumn season is a prosperous time; the country collects all its corps. During autumn/fall, several important festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, and mask dance festivals such as Manirimdu in Chiwang monastery and Tengboche monastery of Everest Region. The temperature starts dropping from mid-October and remains 0 to 22 degrees.

Winter season:
December to February is generally the coldest months, temperature ranging minimum 0 to -2 degree in Kathmandu (after sunset to before sunrise) to -17 to -30 degrees at Everest Basecamp (after sunset to before sunrise), the winter's bitterest cold with short daylight period. Above 1,500 metres the day remain sunny and the night sky remains crystal clear enabling to count stars. The southern lowland of the country, known as Terai, and other lowland deep valleys remains under a misty cloud until late morning (11 a.m.). In this season, the southern lowlands of the country get beautifully decorated with mustard flowers and Papaya in ripe. From the mid of January, frequent snowfall could expect in the hilly regions above 2,700 metres and into the deep mountain valleys. Wintertime is still an ideal time to visit Nepal; the mountain sceneries are wider all around the Himalayas, and the famous destination such as Everest and Annapurna with fewer tourists. The temperature is still much more favorable than in many western countries. The night time temperature remains -17 to -30 degree (Everest BC) to -0 to -2 degrees in Kathmandu (sunset to sunrise). The day time temperature remains -5 degree (Everest BC) to 8 to 15 degrees in Kathmandu.

The altitude Weather in the Spring season:
Mid-March to mid-May is the second-best trekking season in Nepal and the first best season for mountaineering activities, especially for Mount Everest, Shisapangma, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu. These months are also beneficial for climbers due to their long daylight periods. In terms of season, it is the pre-monsoon and post-winter weather season. In pre-monsoon, the mountain weather is still in full winter, and the temperature remains freezing. The hilly regions of above 4,000 metres and deep mountain valley remain under snow cover. There will be occasional light rain and hailing in the lowland bellow 2,500 metres and snowing on mountains. From around mid-April to mid-May is the primary time of developing the monsoon weather in Bay of Bengal with several small to the significant cyclone and which may affect the high mountains above 6,800 metres. In 2019 Spring a hurricane named “Fani” developed in the Bay of Bengal and was predicted to enter to Nepal Himalayas from the eastern part of Nepal at around the mid-afternoon of 03 May 2019, Friday. Still, the cyclone arrived on Everest at 02:45 hours of 03 May 2019, twelve hours before it was supposed. In 2020, a hurricane named "Amphan", developed in the Bay of Bengal and classified as a super cyclone and first since 1999, landed on 20 May 2020 on the India-Bangladesh border killing at least 84. It resulted in severe damage in the property and life base while the World was suffering from Covid-19 virus and fortunately/unfortunately all mountaineering activities in Nepal was closed.

Due to the sheer sizes of Everest, Makalu, Cho-you, and the vast valleys between and around them, a kind of local weather gets developed and, it may affect the climb with unpredictable wind movements. Such local weather and cyclonic effect make the Himalayan weather pattern, most of the times, unpredictable. A Jet stream with a high speed of wind could affect climbing above 6,800 metres. Any significant cyclonic development far to the Sea of Japan, the Indian Ocean, or the Arabian Sea could affect the high mountains of the Himalayas with unpredictable changes in hurricane speed. Even the international weather giants do not map the route of such cyclones once it moves from its origin or even if they map the accuracy is not available. Still, sheer Himalayan barriers play a significant role to disrupt a part of such hurricanes but result in avalanches and fatality if coincided with a mountaineering movement in the Himalayas.

The altitude Weather in the Autumn season:
Mid-September to mid-November is generally the most stable weather even into the deep mountain valleys. The temperature above 5,400 metres starts dropping from the end of August while it is still part of monsoon in the lower altitude and may expect rain until the first week of October. The temperature in the Tibetan plateau starts dropping rapidly from mid-October, which means an extreme cold is developing in Everest and other 8,000 metres. Above 5,600 metres one could expect occasional snowing until the first week of October and start stable and cold weather after that. A Jet Stream wind may also hit in autumn with a wind speed of 100+ miles per hour and which may result from delaying the summit several days back but it is also possible that the Jet Stream wind surface route is not centralized around Everest. For Everest climbing, the autumn season, after the end of the monsoon, is regarded as more dangerous because there is much new snow accumulated by summer weather. But in the mountain atmosphere end of summer or the autumn is the pre-winter and the temperature starts dropping from the end of August. This new snow and temperature phenomena also benefit for skiing, snowboarding, and other snow required activities. A sunny day temperature, in the mountain, may reach up to 26 degrees on exposed ridges and faces and 28 to 32 degrees into deep snowy valleys. Undertaking an Everest Expedition in this season may get a sheer joy of climbing a virgin snowy route to the summit without disturbances of many other climbers as in Spring.

The autumn season is also taken as the only best mountaineering season in the Himalaya. Amadablam, Manaslu, Himlung, Tuche Peak, Baruntse, Makalu, Putha Hiumchuli, Pasang Lhamu Chuli, Tukche Peak, Tawoche, etc. are some of the most preferred mountaineering peaks to climb in the autumn. Autumn is also the best season to climb the technical routes in any mountain. The trekkers enjoy climbing Peaks of 5,800 to 6,700 metres, categorizes as trekking peaks, in this season.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we stay in comfortable 3-5-star hotels with private en suite bathrooms, category selectable.

While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathrooms, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

At Pisang Peak Basecamp, we sleep in two-men-domed-tents on a sharing basis. You get a single tent if you have signed for a single occupancy basis.

What equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots for the trekking part. And a complete set of climbing equipment. A full equipment list gets supplied when you sign up.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange acclimatizing trekking or Everest climbing training climb, then there is a range of options to choose from. Please, let us know.

Do we join a group during trekking and climbing?
No, we do not join/mix groups in Nepal unless you come as a group. The numbers of persons coming together with you are a group and served privately.

Can I have a single room in Kathmandu and during the trek?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the Expedition that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue, and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for mountaineering to altitudes above 6000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks, and a warm or waterproof jacket.

The main kitbag containing your daily required clothing and equipment will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

What kind of food do you provide for high altitude at Pisang Peak Expedition?
Our mobile cook and kitchen boys prepare a rich set of a detailed meal with lots of energy-filled quantity food for climbing period + unlimited tea/coffee, hot chocolates, hot milk, and other supplementary drinks. Healthy and adequate food promotes health and happiness and helps to achieve your goal without much problem.

What currency do we need to pay for everything?
It would be best if you had Nepali currency, to pay for everything, which you can convert after you arrive in Kathmandu. You can bring in euro or dollar or any convertible foreign currency. Most of the restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, trekking shops, and Tea-house Lodges (on the trekking trails) accepts US Dollar, Euros, Canadian Dollar, UK Pound Sterling, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Chinese Yuan and Indian Rupees. But it is always better if you had Nepalese Rupees. It helps to avoid the exchange rate fluctuations, which are not regarded reasonably, in some places.

How much extra money should we allow on top of the package?
Most of the major expenses are included in the trekking package, please check what is include and what is not included section. Still, you will need some extra money to bear the expenses such as meals in Kathmandu, bottled drinks during the trek (Mineral water/Coke/Beer/Juice), laundry service, and hot shower (the lodges does not include this service in the room!). In general, please, allow about 500$ per person, which should be sufficient and ++ if you plan to buy climbing gears or other items in Kathmandu.

What kind of transport are we going to get?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we use a comfortable, full air-conditioned tourist vehicle (Car/Van/HiAce) as required by the numbers of persons travelling together. Between Jomsom and Pokhara, we fly in a 19-passenger STOL utility aircraft or a (Do 228) twin-turboprop STOL utility aircraft, and Pokhara to Kathmandu, we fly in a 70-passenger ATR 72-500 aircraft.

What about the climbing Sherpa guides?
All the Sherpa guides we use have much experience in the mountaineering field and are of exceptionally high quality in technical skills and altruistic behaviour. We use the guides trained and recognized by Nepal mountaineering Association and having climbed the peak several times before. Please, let us know if there is any Sherpa guide you have climbed together before and prefer to have him.

Can we buy some climbing gears in Kathmandu?
Yes, many local trekking shops sell and rent climbing gears, and there are some of the branded shops such as North Face and Mountain Hardware, only for sale. However, it is wiser to bring all of them from your country to avoid the risk of failing to find the one you have thought.

Do I need vaccinations to travel to Nepal?
No vaccination is required to travel to Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get an injection in Kathmandu, but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

What are the required documents to be sent before I come and after I arrive?
The documents required before your arrival are a copy of your passport with a minimum validity of six months from the entry date to Nepal, a recently taken passport size photograph in high resolution.

The document required after your arrival is a copy of your insurance, contact number/email of your family member.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $ as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice of 400$ per person for the confirmation deposit.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation
To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged.

  • Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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