Pisang Peak Climbing- 20 Days

Climbing Pisang Peak will add a very exciting mountaineering element to your Annapurna Circuit Trek Although it is one of the lower peaks in the Annapurna Region, it is one of the most technically challenging.  From High Camp there is loose scree and rock, and a couple of pitches of nearly vertical, ice-snow covered rock slabs which demand at least basic expertise with fixed rope and climbing equipment. The final push to the summit is steep and fairly exposed snow slopes of 45 to 55.

Pisang Peak, 6091m, is a nearly perfect pyramid of ice and snow. From the summit there is a spectacular panorama: Himlung, 7126m and the trans-Himalayan Tibetan plateau to the north; Manaslu, 8163m and Khangaru, 6981m to the north east; Annapurna II, 7937m, and IV, 7525m, Lamjung, 6983m to the south; Gangapurna,7454m, Annapurna III, 7555m, Glacier Dome, 7069m and Tilicho Peak, 7134m to the west.

Pisang Peak Climbing follows the beautiful Annapurna Circuit trail to the north side of the Annapurna massive where we are surrounded by peaks on all sides and branches off to the Tibetan style village of Pisang. From Pisang village, we can see Pisang Peak to the north.

We set up our base camp, 4380m on the yak pasture called Kharka.  The trail from base camp is rocky and the landscape increasingly barren as we approach the South-West Ridge, where we set up High Camp, 5400m. The ice, snow and lack of protection from the wind make High Camp very cold.

After climbing to the summit of Pisang Peak, we descend to Manang, on the Annapurna Circuit trail. Manang is a culturally interesting village, but after Pisang Peak, perhaps its bakery and comfortable guesthouse hold the most appeal.

From Manang, its a two day trek through juniper forests and yak pastures to Thorung Phedi, 4550m, from where we make the ascent to Thorong La Pass, 5416m. The trail descends into the Kali Gandaki Valley to Muktinath, a famous pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists. A short trek from Muktinath takes you down to Jomsom, from where you will get a flight to Pokhara.

Note: Although some trekking companies offer packages climbing from Pisang in only three days, we at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions consider this a high risk for this peak. We allow at least 4-5 days summiting Pisang Peak to allow proper acclimatization and a successful attempt on a challenging peak.


Trip Highlights


  • close to Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • slightly technical peak
  • insight into Tibetan-like culture
  • extremely beautiful peak
  • incredible panorama from the summit

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Besisahar, 800m and Trek 2hrs to Bhulbule

Day 4 : Trek to Ghermu Phant, 1136m, 5-6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Dharapani, 1946m, 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chame, 2800m, 5-6 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Pisang, 3200m, 5-6hrs

Day 8 : Rest Day at Pisang

Day 9 : Trek to Yak Kharka Base Camp, 4380m, 5-6 hrs

Day 10 : Day to Acclimatize

Day 11 : Trek to High Camp, 5400m, 5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Ascend Pisang Peak Summit and return to Base Camp, 6091m, 7-8hrs

Day 13 : Trek to Manang 3500m, 4-5 hrs

Day 14 : Trek to Phedi, 4545m, 6 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Muktinath, 3694m, 7-9 hrs

Day 16 : Trek to Jomsom, 2710m, 5 hrs

Day 17 : Fly to Pokhara

Day 18 : Pokhara to Kathmandu 6hrs by Road

Day 19 : Free day Kathmandu

Day 20 : Departure

Cost Include(s)

  •     Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  •     Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included)  Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  •     Accommodation during trek ; local lodges 11 days (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms, beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)
  •     Meals on the trail during 4 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)
  •     All Camping Equipment required during the trek, sleeping tents/mattresses, kitchen tent, kitchen equipment
  •     Experienced English-speaking Sherpas; Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guides
  •     Porters: 2 persons- One porter basis; max load 30 kg per porter
  •     Climbing rope, Ice screws, Snow bars
  •     Kathamndu – Besi Sahar by tourist Bus
  •     Staff and necessary porters
  •     Peak Permit
  •     Equipment Fee for climbing guide
  •     Garbage Deposit
  •     Annapurna Conservation Fee TIMS permits and all required permits and official documentation
  •     Personal Insurance for Nepalese staff
  •     Our Service charge
  •     Airfare: Jomsom – Pokhara
  •     Local Airport Tax
  •     Accommodation in Pokhara, one night Hotel Meera or Lake Star
  •     Pokhara to kathamndu by best tourist Bus Green land or Coaster

Cost Exclude(s)

  •     Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, which can be arranged upon your request.
  •     Personal Insurance for your travel to Nepal.
  •     Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  •     Emergency Rescue/Evacuation
  •     Trekking Sleeping Bag
  •     Personal Expenses
  •     Tips for guide and Support crew (customary)
  •     Liquor, Mineral Water and Soft Drinks
  •     Hot Shower charge at trekking lodges
  •     Batteries and Telephone calls
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
31 October, 2016 19 November, 2016 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
08 November, 2016 27 November, 2016 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
09 March, 2017 28 March, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
16 March, 2017 04 April, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
27 March, 2017 15 April, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
03 April, 2017 22 April, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
20 April, 2017 09 May, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
24 May, 2017 12 June, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
30 September, 2017 19 October, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
10 October, 2017 29 October, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
18 October, 2017 06 November, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
31 October, 2017 19 November, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now
08 November, 2017 27 November, 2017 $ 2050 Per Person Available Book Now

Pisang Peak Climbing Equipment and Packing list 

This list is only our suggestion  for Pisang Peak Climbing . You will want to adjust the list according to your personal requirements, interests, and season of your trip.  Well-seasoned trekkers will surely have their own ideas about what to pack.

Almost all of these items on the list are available in Kathmandu.   Kathmandu has a good selection of gear stores where many outdoor brands are available at a reasonable price (eg.North Face, Mountain Hardware, Everest Hardware and Marmot.) It is also possible to save money by renting equipment in Kathmandu.  


Please remember that Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition provides one porter for every two clients.  The weight limit for each porter is 30 kg.  That means your duffle bag carried by the porter must not exceed 15 kg (about 33lbs).  You will carry a day pack with extra windbreaker, sunscreen, water bottle and items you need on the trail.

Because most items are available in Kathmandu we have marked the items which you should bring from home with an asterisk (*). Some marked items are available, but the exact variety may not be available in Kathmandu.


It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Climbing Gear

  •        Alpine climbing harness with adjustable leg loops- should fit over clothing
  •        2 locking screw gate carabiners- Large, pear-shaped carabiner  type recommended
  •        3 regular non-locking carabiners- Light weight Black Diamond Hot wire are recommended
  •        Ice axe with leash - Black Diamond, Raven, or Camp
  •        Plastic Mountaineering boots -La Sportiva, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha
  •        Crampons fit to plastic boots
  •        Adjustable trekking poles
  •        Belay\ rappel device (Figure 8 preferred)


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved (medium weight merino or equivalent)
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)
  •        1-Down parka with hood


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trousers
  •       1-Heavy weight hiking trousers (wind proof soft shell for warmth at higher altitude)
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       Waterproof shell pants (lightweight, breathable)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       *4- Lightweight Cotton Trekking socks
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)
  •       *Spare laces for hiking boots
  •       Snow Gaiters (optional)
  •       Camp shoes/sandals (crocs are ideal)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro
  • 1-Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • 1 pair expedition shell gloves



  •         Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •         Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organise and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag (- 30’C)
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         *Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sunblock lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)




  • *Lightweight reading material
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  •  *Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  •  Small pillow
  • Thermarest (optional – in case the mattress in the lodge is inadequate)
  •  *Earplugs (in case group member snores)
  • Personal treats and snacks
  •  *Zip-lock bags for snacks so you can divide each day
  •  A bag to leave these in Kathmandu (very cheap in Kathmandu)
  • Shoulder bag or small backpack for exploring around town (optional)
  • *Music player
  • *Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Town clothes and shoes
  • *Swimming costume (for Kathmandu)
  • Tips for your Sherpa guide and porter

The Best Time to Climb Pisang Peak

The best seasons for Climbing Pisang Peak are from mid March to mid May and mid September to late November.

Why Climb Pisang Peak with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest ethical business practices. Our team of mountaineering guides is dynamic, professional, and qualified as instructors.

Why Climb with a Sherpa?

Annapurna Foothills Treks is here to save you the unnecessary expense of going with an expatriate company and an expatriate guide. Our qualified and experienced guides are well able to guide your expedition safely and can provide an accurate cultural perspective as well. Additionally, when you book with Annapurna Foothills Treks, you are supporting the Sherpa community who are dependent on the trekking/climbing industry for their livelihood.

Our climbing guides are dedicated mountaineers and license-holders who always put your safety first. They use harness and ropes below the every peak whether for crevasse danger or steep slopes. Our Sherpa guides are there to fix the rope as well as teach climbers how to fix the rope or set up a belay for glacier travel.

While some people spend unnecessarily to go with a foreign company, others risk their lives to save money by going without a guide. We encourage you to play it safe, and climb with our experienced guides. Our packages are reasonably priced and afford the safety of an experienced guide who will allow you the independence you desire.

The routes we suggest are almost always the most straightforward. Under good conditions, none of the routes are challenging for skillful technical alpinist. Safety-conscious amateurs have potential to provide satisfaction and experience without much risk.

Sherpa Support Staff:

Even our support staff are well experienced, so you can look forward to a well organized trip. The relationship we have developed among us over the years makes for a wonderful exchange of ideas, laughter and assistance. Your personal packs will be carried by the porters, saving you time and energy to fully enjoy the surrounding environment.

Each staff member at Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions is insured for their appropriate roles. (Some companies are cutting corners here.)


You can fully enjoy the world of mountains unfettered by the rigors of food preparation, lodging and logistics. Annapurna Foothills Treks provides a wide variety of quality meals to keep climbers healthy and strong. Most of the food is flown in from Kathmandu.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.

Altitude Advice:

It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Walking, let alone climbing, uphill at 5000m is harder than you think. The trek in is a means of acclimatization and getting fit. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness.

Pisang Peak Trip Accommodation:

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in the Standard Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

During the climbing period, Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions supply all camping equipment and meals. Three hot meals per day will be served; breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea/coffee and boiled water. The meals will be tasty and hygienic. On summit day we provide a packed lunch of high calorie foods that are easily eaten at high altitude. As well as your Sherpa guide there will be a team of porters to carry the camping gear and set up tents and a well- trained cook.

Travel Insurance:

To must be adequately protected in terms of insurance. You will need special travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. We recommend a complete travel insurance policy that covers cancellation, lost baggage, theft, injury, liability, medical treatment, death and expenses. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal including trekking and climbing.
If a client requires medical treatment, all hospital expenses, including doctors fees and repatriation costs, are the clients responsibility.
If you are injured and unable to walk in a remote area, a helicopter rescue will be arranged. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.

Safe Drinking Water:

We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek:

You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.

Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Spending Money per Day:

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.

Safety for Pisang Peak Climb:
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

We should also plan for few extra days as bad weather may affect the designed schedule. This doesnt guarantee the successful ascent but often avoids the disappointment of a cloudy summit day.

How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition is a government licensed trekking and touring company in Nepal. On the following terms and conditions, we accept your bookings.

In order to confirm your bookings we require a non-refundable deposit US$ of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book the flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process too. Bookings must be done 60 days prior to your planned trekking date, to reserve a place. This amount can be sent by bank-to-bank transfer, Western Union, money grams, or credit card (telex transfer or wire transfer). And the rest of the money must be paid to us upon arrival.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 20 Days

Price : US $2050 p/p

Trip Grade : Alpine Grade 3C

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:6091m


Transport:By Air & Bus



Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:1 night B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 11 days (11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included)

Camping services:Meals on the trail during 4 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee)

Mountain Energy-supply:Chocolates: Snicker, Mars, Twix and Boundary and Biscuit

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