Offering the opportunity to take a peek into the lives of the Annapurna inhabitants, the Pisang Peak Climbing including a trek over the Thorung La Pass (5416m) is a brilliant sum of both trekking and peak climbing. Exploring the villages beyond the Himalayas, the trek also ensures that the climbers are introduced to the Tibetan-Buddhist culture. Ravishing mountains, smiling inhabitants, glorious culture, toiling treks, and mesmerizing bio-diversity all make up the Pisang Peak Climbing and Thorung La Pass journey.
The trip begins from Kathmandu and a brief exploration of the valley ensues. Following the excursion, we head to Besisahar on a drive and follow with a trek to Khudi. Next, on the trip, we trek to reach Ghermu. With a pleasant company of the bio-diversity, the trek continues on to Tal and then Chame. Extending on the trekking front of the trip, we reach Pisang where the peak climbing venture begins. From Pisang, we head to Upper Pisang and then to Pisang Base Camp. Following with a climb to High Camp, we begin the ascent to the Pisang Peak summit. The summit hosts a mesmerizing display of the chains of mountains in the Annapurna region. After enjoying the breath-taking views, we head to Manang which is a village heavily influenced by the Tibetan-Buddhism. After exploring the village and nearby monasteries, we head to Tilicho Lake. The lake and the surrounding environment are quite serene and the company of the Himalayas is similarly sublime. We stay at Khangsar village, also said to be the last village of Nepal. Heading on to Yak Kharka, we head to Thorung La Pass (5416m). One of the largest passes in the country, we can observe mesmerizing views from the top. Descending along the forested path, we arrive at Muktinath, a religious shrine of great importance to both Hindu and Buddhists. Continuing the descent, we pass Jomsom, Marpha, and Ghasa to reach Tatopani. At Tatopani, we can rest and relieve aches from the climb and the trek at the natural hot springs there. Further ahead on the trip, we arrive at Ghorepani. Next, we take a hike to Poonhill viewpoint on the following day which hosts Himalayan panorama like no other. Finally, the trek reaches Ghandruk, a Gurung village affluent in natural and cultural prospects, and follows with a drive to Pokhara.
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||TIA Kathmandu|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||6039 m|
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Welcome to Nepal. You will be picked from the airport and taken to the hotel. Overnight at a 3-star hotel.
You go for a guided tour to different ancient and divine attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these milestones are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath. At noon, there will be a pre-trip meet where you can get acquainted with the team members who will help you prepare for the trek. Overnight at hotel.
Commence our journey by driving along the highway to Dumre. Follow black-topped road to Besisahar to view remarkable peaks and scenic villages. After 7 hours ride and spellbinding view of Marshyangdi River, we reach Besi Sahar. We start to trek towards Khudi shortly after reaching Besi Sahar. Walking through the jungle and a few villages, we arrive in Khusi situated on the opposite side of Bhulbhule. Get astounded by the simplicity of the site and warm gestures of the locals. Overnight at a guest house.
Khudi to Ghermu is a slow climb alongside the gorge of Marshyangdi River. The trail consists of a lot of ups and downs, taking us from one beautiful village to another via the deep forests. On our way to Ghermu, we come across a few waterfalls and cross several bridges over Marshyangdi and its tributaries. Later, we make a steep incline from Bahundanda to reach Ghermu. Overnight in Ghermu.
After a steep descend to Syange, we cross the suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River and start our uphill climb to Tal. Relishing the beauty of the waterfalls in Jagat and Chamje, we ascend with the soothing hiss of Marshyangdi River. From Sattale, it is a long climb on steep hills to reach Tal. In Tal, enjoy the view of Lamjung Himal (6983m) and Annapurna II (7937m). Overnight in Tal.
From Tal, we cross a Mani wall and ascend crossing Marsayangdi River many times. Upon reaching Dharapani, we make a steep ascend to Bagarchhap and then an even steeper uphill climb takes us to Timang. We make a few more descends and ascends through the rhododendron and oak forest to reach Chame. A gorgeous view of Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Kangaru Himal (6981m) can be seen from Chame. Overnight in Chame.
We follow the east bank of Marsayangdi River accompanied by the view of Annapurna II (7937m) to reach Brathang. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend to a point and move downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we hike across dry grazing land at Dhukur Pokhari and reach Pisang. There are good views of the Annapurna range to the south and Pisang Peak (6091m) to the northeast. Overnight in Pisang.
To acclimate to the growing altitude, we only walk for a couple of hours today. We will spend the first half of the day exploring the beautiful Lower Pisang village and later we hike up to reach Upper Pisang. In Upper Pisang, we will visit the monastery and temple which host beautiful views of Pisang Peak (6091m) and the Annapurna range. Overnight in Upper Pisang.
Moving ahead from Upper Pisang, we start our trek towards Pisang Base Camp. We climb on a trail that goes through forest and savannahs. The meadows are used by yaks for grazing and are also the best place to set our camp up. From a distance, we can see the surrounding villages going about their lives. Overnight at Pisang Peak Base Camp.
We go up on the south-west ridge following Kyum Khola and reach the high camp via the moraines. After making up our camp, we take part in a basic climbing training using an ice axe, climbing boots, and other necessary gears. Although it is not compulsory to have prior preparation for Pisang Peak climbing, we intensely believe that some training experience will increase your confidence to summit the peak. Overnight at Pisang Peak High Camp
We begin early in the morning as today’s path will be typically on rocky sides. The top is steep, therefore, there is not much snow. We will need around 20m of rope to climb on an edge. Upon reaching the summit of Pisang Peak (6091m), the sights of the Annapurna ranges and others are astonishing to witness. Later, we descend from the top of Pisang Peak (6091m) and head directly to Upper Pisang. Overnight in Upper Pisang.
In case we were not able to climb Pisang Peak (6091m) as planned, due to bad climate or any unexpected event, this day is kept in store to summit the gorgeous peak. But if we’ve climbed Pisang Peak (6091m) as planned, then this day can be removed from the itinerary.
From Pisang, there are two ways to Manang. We choose the one which goes through Upper Pisang via Ghyaru as it offers exceptional views of the Annapurna and Kangla Himal ranges. We walk through the villages of Ngawal and cross many monasteries before arriving at the 900 years old Braka Gompa in Braga. After a visit to the ancient monastery, we make a steep ascend to reach the famous village of Manang. Overnight in Manang.
The entire day today will be spent walking around the village while enjoying the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. We can also climb up to Gangapurna Glacier via Gangapurna Tal to get a closer view of the Annapurna range, Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m). We can also visit ancient monasteries and the old village of Tengi Manang. At the end of the day, we return back to our room for the overnight stay.
After resting in Manang, we continue our exploration and head towards Tilicho Lake (4920m), one of the highest lakes in the world. From Manang, we head out through the western gate and then move along the path down to the stream. After crossing Khangsar Khola on the bridge beneath Khangsar, we move uphill on the slope to the village. We then follow Khangsar Khola and reach the mesmerizing Tilicho Lake via Tilicho Base Camp. Surrounded by bare hills and snow-capped mountains from all sides, Tilicho Lake in its turquoise form is an enchanting view for all spectators. After spending some time around the mostly frozen lake, we return to Khangsar for the overnight stay.
We start ascending through the forest to meet Thorung Khola. After crossing Thorung Khola a couple of times, the trail ascents steeply past a large Mani wall and leads us through the meadows to reach the yak herders’ settlement at Yak Kharka. Surrounded by glistening mountains from all side, Yak Kharka serves as an amazing overnight stop.
We walk a little further from Yak Kharka and cross a suspension bridge, from where a little hike takes us to Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorung Phedi, the last village before Thorung La Pass (5416m). During the trek, we are able to see one of the finest views of Mt. Gundang (5312m), Mt. Syagang (6026m), Thorung Peak (6144m), and Mt. Khatungkang (6144m). Overnight in Thorung Phedi.
Today we start early as we cross the frozen pass of Thorung La (5416m) today. As local people have used this track for hundreds of years, the path is well defined but is mostly covered in snow making it a difficult climb. From Thorung La (5416m), one can enjoy amazing views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Later, the trail goes downhill to Muktinath, Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Muktinath is also sacred to many Buddhists, who come here to visit the temple in which fire astoundingly burns in a torrent of water. Overnight in Muktinath.
Early in the morning, we hike to the holy temple of Muktinath. You can see the 108 taps and the Muktinath temple standing to preserve Vishnu, a Hindu God. Below the temple, there is a Buddhist monastery which displays the mixture of earth-water-fire that gives for Muktinath great spiritual importance. A superb view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m) can also be seen from Muktinath. We then walk steadily to Jharkot and reach the windy town of Jomsom. Walking on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki River, we walk through beautiful apple orchards right before entering the apple capital, Marpha. Overnight in Marpha.
The track follows Kali Gandaki River through the thin valley, crossing through traditional Thakali villages. We will explore the red-roofed Taglung Gompa situated on a hill alongside a huge holy tree. Ghasa is the main residence of the ethnic group known as Thakali. It has kept its customary narrow paved lanes and halls, and a widespread drainage system flows throughout the village. Overnight in Ghasa.
From Ghasa to Tatopani is a steep descend through verdant forests. On the way, we come across Rupse, a village with remarkable waterfalls. There is a nice place to eat breakfast and cakes nearby. After Rupse, we’ll move through Dana and walk alongside Kali Gandaki River to reach Tatopani. Tatopani has natural hot springs, some guest houses, and good food. It is a decent place to rest and relax.
The way from Tatopani to Ghorepani is a hard a climb. We can take a short break in Shikha which is a delightful Magar village in an attractive area of green meadows and terraces. From Shikha, we climb to Ghorepani through the lush forest of rhododendron and enjoy the view of Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) that accompany us throughout the trek. Overnight in Ghorepani.
An early morning hike to Poon Hill (3195m) will allow us to witness the most beautiful sunrise seen from the Annapurna region. This vantage point provides an unhindered sight of the sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After spending about 45 minutes here, we come back to Ghorepani for breakfast and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani, the track ascends along the edges and through the glorious pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. We then move downhill to reach Banthanti and then Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
We climb downhill on the stone staircase through the gorgeous forest of rhododendron, which fills up the landscape in colors during the spring season and head towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region hence allows the trekkers to peek into the culture. We can visit the Gurung Culture Museum where you can try on their traditional wear. An enthralling panorama of Annapurna South (7219m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) add charms to the already beautiful village of Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk.
We descend through the rhododendron and oak forest on a cliff paved with flag-stone steps to reach Nayapul. Accompanied by gorgeous landscapes, we arrive in Nayapul, from where we get in our private car and drive to Pokhara. The 2-hour drive brings us back to the hustle and bustle of the city after being away for almost a month. Enjoy the evening at a pub or restaurant in the lakeside area. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.
Today is the end of the trek as we drive back to Kathmandu. You can show gratitude to the team members through tips or incentives. Enjoy the landscape along with the feeling of accomplishment. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, rest or stroll around the city. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
We bid farewell to you after a quick photo. You will be dropped at the airport prior to your flight time.