Pisang peak is relatively one of easy climbing peaks and is the most popular one in the Annapurna region. Among the peaks of Nepal, Pisang demands for technical knowledge about climbing. It is on the way to the highest pass of the world and offers the spectacular expedition for adventure lovers. The western portion of the mountain is protected by draped glacier and the end of the ridge has ice blocks making the climb challenging. The first successful climb over Pisang was done in 1955 by a German team. The climb starts from Pisang village and the path which is sparsely forested and is pastured ultimately leads us to Kharka(4,380m) which the best location for setting base camp. High camp will be placed at an altitude of 5,400m on one arm of west ridge. From the end of November to the end of March high camp will be covered by snow. This slender ridge at the west which is followed by steep and challenging snow slopes ultimately lead us to summit.Pisang peak is usually considered as sightseeing peak which bestows climbers miraculous view of Annapurna associates including Tilicho peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna and Glacier dome.
After a successful victory over the Pisang peak we will return back through the same route. We will continue our trek to Manang valley and further up to Thorang fedi. Next morning we will cross Thorang La pass and reach to the sacred Muktinath. From Muktinath we will do downhill trek to beautiful village of Jharkot, Kagbeni which is a door to Upper Mustang and reach Jomsom which is capital of Mustang. Jomsom has a small airstrip on the bank of Kaligandaki River from where we will take our morning flight back to Pokhara.
Day 01: From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon we will invite you to our office for briefing about the each day program.
Day 02: After having breakfast we will do some sightseeing which includes Pashupatinath Swoyambhunath and Bouddhanath.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. It takes around 7 to 8 hours from the starting point of the trek. Overnight at guesthouse in Beshisahar.
Day 04: Trek for around five to six hours for Bahundanda. The walk involves crossing few suspension bridge, waterfalls and across rice field and sub tropical forest. You eventually ascend to Bahundanda for overnight. Bahundanda is a small village set on a long ridge at 1310m,
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1430m) which takes 5-6hours. After having breakfast we trek downhill passing different villages, forest, suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River and get to Jagat where we have our lunch. After having lunch trek for one and half hour to reach Chamje. Spend overnight at Chamje in guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Dharapani (1950m) which takes 5-6 hours. Crossing the suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River we left Chamje and left Manang district. After walking uphill and crossing Tal through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame(2630m) which takes for around 5 to 6 hours. In the trail you can observe ironic landscapes along with the mind blowing vista of Himalaya’s. Chame is the districts headquarter of Manang which offers the spectacular vista of Mt Lamjung and Annapurna II. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 08: Today we will climb a steep uphill to Upper Pisang (3,700m) which takes around 5-6 hours. As the trail opens up you will be surrounded by Himalayan Peaks all the way to Pisang. From Pisang you have to climb another half an hour towards a big hill for Upper Pisang. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09: Today we rest and get acclimatized. Whole day you will be bestowed by the magnificent vista of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho.
Day 10: Today we will trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,380m) after resting a day in Upper Pisang which takes around 3 to 4 hours. From Upper Pisang the path is uphill which passes through the sparse woods and pasture to the Kharka at an altitude of 4380m. Kharka is the best place for setting camp as it is in flat section along the trail. Overnight at tent.
Day 11: Today we will trek for around 4 -5 hours to Pisang Peak (5400m). We set our camp after climbing the shoulder on the south west ridge hich will be covered by snow from the end of November to March. Overnight at tent.
Day 12: Today we will trek to the summit6091m) of Pisang peak and climb back to the base camp. We will trek for 7 to 9 hours. After successful ascend to summit we will walk down to the base camp. Overnight at tent.
Day 13: Today from Pisang Peak Base Camp we will trek to Manang valley (3450m) which takes for around 5 to 6 hours via Pisang village walking across the riverside. Overnight at guesthouse in Manang.
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka(4110m) from Manang leaving the trail off to Tilicho Lake which takes around 3 to 4 hours. Yak Kharka is a small village. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 15: Today we will trek to Thorang Phedi(4600m) from Yak Kharka which takes 3 to 4 hours. Thorang Phedi is a small village catering the needs of trekkers and climbers. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 16: Cross Thorang La early in the morning and get to Muktinath which takes around 8 to 10 hours. Crossing Thorang La (5416m) pass will be a amazing as well as thrilling experience. The mountain vista seen from the trail and pass are outstanding. After crossing the pass walk downhill to another part of Annapurna and halt the walk at Muktinath (3800m). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 17: After visiting Muktinath Temple early in the morning we will walk downhill for around 3 to 4 hours to Kagbeni via Jharkot. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2800m). Walk for around 3 to 4 hours through the sand bar of Kali Gandaki river we will be at Jomsom. Jomsom is head quarter of Mustang and Thakali people inhibit here. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 19: Early in the morning after having breakfast enjoy the scenic flight to Pokhara. In the afternoon you can explore Pokhara city. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 20: We will have a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure for your onward flight.
Note: Above Itinerary can be customized as per client’s interest and time frame
Nepal, the country that we had been hoping to visit since many years ago. A mystical country to us and many of other people. We had our travel plan studied a year before we come into decision for flight ticket purchasing. We were lucky that AirAsia finally launched is Nepal route from Malaysia with promotion fare. We were 4 of us traveling from Penang Island (Malaysia). We bought our flight ticket with low cost airline AirAsia somewhere in Sept 2012 with flying route of PEN-KUL-KTM-KUL-PEN.
PEN-KUL-PEN was with AirAsia and KUL-KTM-KUL was with AirAsiaX and at the same time we contacted Mr. Devi Baral the Managing Director from ANET via email about the trekking trip for Everest Mini Trek. His spontaneous email response with good English writing gave us very good impression about the reliability of this company. We were having close in touch with him through email until our departure date of 27 Apr 2013. Throughout the email responses, Devi Baral did an excellent job by replying our inquiries with detail which are very helpful for us as the first timer to visit Nepal. From his email replying which had built up our confident level to visit our inaugural Himalayan country and showing the good personality of himself as Nepalese. They are friendly and helpful people.
On 27 Apr 2013, our flight departed on time from Penang to KL-LCCT then again to Kathmandu. We were then pick up from Devi's arranged transport and safely arrived in Hotel Access Nepal. Room was OK with clean toilet, WIFI signal is only good in lobby. Breakfast from this hotel was ok, importantly the service was excellent and helpful waiters. Electricity in Nepal is expensive, therefore, this hotel practices cost saving by resuming its power starting from 4:30pm local time daily which we understand from the hotel staff. No big deal as Apr/May still a cool month in Kathmandu. Hot water was running fine in this hotel as well.
Thamel, the place where this Hotel Access Nepal located was excellent. You may shop till you drop and eat till you bloat. Devi met us up at hotel lobby that evening and we were brought to Himali restaurant for our dinner which was serving very tasty Nepalese food called "Dal Bhat" Literally, "Dal" means lentils and "Bhat" means rice in Nepalese language. It's not just purely the lentils with plain rice but with some delicious side dishes such as chicken curry & other vegetables as well. Himali restaurant is just about 150m walking distance from Hotel Access Nepal. Right after walking out from the main gate of the hotel walked straight until seeing the huge Coco-cola signboard then turn left into the the narrow alley which selling lots of beanie.
After the dinner, we were then brought to Devi's office for trekking permit registration as well as full payments. Thanks for the shirt as well as the complimentary Everest Map. Thereafter, we were then back to the room to relax, met up Devi again before our bedtime. We were introduced by him our trekking guide Mr. Kumar Khadka. That evening, both Devi & Kumar were brief us on our trekking trip.
On 28 Apr 2013, we were departed from Kathmandu domestic airport as per plan to Lukla with Tara Air AKE twin otter. Flight journey took us about 25mins along the scenic Himalayan mountainous view from the left side of the aircraft. We were lucky to have a clear morning to fly and safely landed at one of the world deadliest Lukla Tenzing-Hillary Airport with 2,850m asl. From there we started our trek all the way to Benkar. Then we overnight in Benkar at Waterfall Hotel overlooking Tamserku snowy mountain.
Kumar our trekking guide was very considerate and booked us the top floor of twin bedroom. The room is clean and beautiful Tamserku peak just directly view from our window. That starry night sky was so clear with moonlight shined into our bedroom. Trekking journey continue the next morning all the way to Namche Bazaar @ 3,440m asl. and we remained in Namche Bazaar for 2 nights. Again, Kumar booked us the top floor twin bedroom with scenic view overlooking Kongde peak. Between the days in Namche Bazaar we did a day trek to Everest Hotel at Syangboche also the small little Namche Bazaar monastery. Trek to Syangboche is a MUST do trek which we were stunt with the world highest peak of Everest, Lhotse & Amadablam. We were speechless with the beauty of mother earth when we were there.
After 2 days in Namche Bazaar, we started our descend back in Benkar where we stayed for the 1st night of trek. Then the following day we continued the final trek back in Lukla and spent our last night of trek there. Day after, we caught our flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Upon arriving in Lukla, we were back in Hotel Access Nepal for the final night before heading back to Malaysia. Final day we did a few places sightseeing such as Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) & Kathmandu Durbar Square.
On the final night, we were glad being invited by Mr. Devi for his generosity to dine with his family & relatives at home. Although it was just the 1st time we had dinner with them, but the excellent hospitality just made us felt that we had been known each other for decade. That's the precious moment that money can't buy.
Although it was a budget trip throughout the trekking journey, the trekking guide Kumar just made us felt that we were being treated as friend rather than client. Lots of chats & fun which made the strenuous trek a rewarded & easy one. We really appreciate from our heart. Without him our trekking trip probably may not be the happiest one. A million thanks to Kumar for his guidance. Also, not to forget the 2 jovial and fun porters from Lukla.
We would described Devi as a very well organized and knowledgeable person in term of trekking trip planning. He has jovial and friendly personality.
For our trekking guide Kumar Khadka, he is the best ever trekking guide we ever experienced throughout our 10+ years non-stop travelling experiences. He's honest, caring, jovial and helpful person. Along the trekking trip he has find many ways helped us to save lot of unnecessary expenses. With his trekking experience, we learn a lot from him about mountain life.
We are now looking forward to join his next adventure to Annapurna Base Camp in near future!! Counting down for the next trip with them. :)
Tips form Malaysian
We embarked on the 16 day package on 1 May '16, trekking through the villages to ABC before heading up to Tharpu Chuli for a taste of mountaineering.
Kumar was our guide. But he was also our comedian, friend, cook, and big brother, going the extra mile to ensure our safety and enjoyment of the trip. Kumar enthusiastically shared his knowledge and told us about local culture. Kumar also recognised our financial constraints as students, and helped us save money by advising where we could get the best deals for food and whatnot. He even spent an extra day with us in the city showing us the temples. He also treated us to a local meal! Without doubt, the trip would not have been as enjoyable without him! The whole crew was very enthusiastic and friendly as well, with the porters talking to us and singing songs during our free time.
Mr Devi Baral, of Nepal Eco Treks, runs his company well and everything went smoothly. We had no issue with accomodation, food, and park permits. The company is really reliable and price their packages competitively.
I will not hesitate to come back for another trip with him! Perhaps Mera Peak in the near future!
If you're interested, checkout my travel short film at youtube(dot)com/MrChangCJ
Destination: Pisang Peak
Region: Annapurna/ Manang valley
Route: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Beshishahar - Pisang
Best season: Sept. to Nov. & April to june
Facility: Teahouse lodges- on the way of trekking route & camping in the period of climbing
Duration: 21 Days
Duration: 21 days