Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass Trek takes us to the top of 6,091m Pisang Peak and cross one of the world’s highest mountain pass, Thorong La at 5,416m.Pisang peak ( also called Jong Ri) is a pyramid shaped trekking peak towering above the pisang village in the Annapurna Circuit. The peak lies in the Manang District and was first climbed in 1955 by a German Expedition.
Climbing pisang peak involves trekking in the coveted Annapurna region. We also cross Thorong La and visit Muktinath in the beautiful Manang region after the climb. Our 18-day-long Pisang Peak and Thorong La trekking adventure begins in Kathmandu with a short sightseeing tour and a trip-introduction. We drive from Kathmandu to Dharapani from where the actual trekking starts the next day.
We walk past cascading waterfalls, picturesque villages, cross more suspension bridges than we can keep record of, enjoy the views of mountains like Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho, and pass through dense forests to reach the village of Upper Pisang on the 5th day of our trek. Upper Pisang at 3,700m is a village towered by the pisang peak and views of Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna. We acclimatize here on the 6th day.
The hike through forests and yak pastures to reach the Base Camp is rather pleasant. Next stop before the summit is the high camp at 5,450m situated on the South-West Ridge. You can expect snow at high camp from end of November till end of March, occasional snow in April as well. We summit the Pisang Peak on the 9th Day and follow the same route to descend. The next day is set aside as contingency day in case of bad weather on the day of the summit.
Next highlight of the adventure is the trek to Thorong La ( pass) through the beautiful Manag district. From Thorong La, we move to the unrestricted parts of the Mustang district, Muktinath and Jomsom. Muktinath is a holy site for both Hindus and Buddhists. We take a flight back from Jomsom to Pokhara then a bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu the next day. Adventure Club Trek also offers other treks in the Annapurna region- Annapurna Circuit Trek-21 Days. For those who want a shorter trek in the Annapurna region, we also have Annapurna Circuit Trek short-14 Days.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, there will be a meeting held to introduce you to the guide of the trip and fill up on the details of the trip. This is the right time to put forward any queries regarding the trip. We continue with the day’s plan of visiting different UNESCO sites in Kathmandu.
We start the day with a drive to Dharapani after breakfast. We take the Prithivi Highway alongside the Trishuli river to reach Pokhara then drive towards Dharapani, one of the biggest villages in the Manang Valley. Overnight in Dharapani.
The actual trekking starts today. The trail starts along the hillside which gets steeper as we go further. We have to overcome a few steep climbs and cross a few streams. Before arriving at Chame, we cross a few villages including Bagarchhap and Danaque. It is a pleasant trekking day with fantastic views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna IV and Annapurna II. There are two small hot springs near Chame where we can go to relax our tired muscles. Overnight in a teahouse at Chame.
As we leave Chame we enter a dense pine forest to follow on a steep and narrow trail. We cross the river twice via a suspension bridge which then opens up to spectacular views of Paungda Danda, a rocky mountain rising 1500m above the river. Magnificent Himalayan views accompany us till Upper Pisang. Overnight in Upper Pisang.
Acclimatization is a key factor for a successful trek in the Himalaya. As we climb higher the air gets thinner, so it is important that we acclimatize to adjust better to the high altitudes. We spend the day roaming around the village, exploring and interacting with the locals, to understand their culture and lifestyle. Also, enjoy the fantastic views of the Annapurna, Tilicho and Gangapurna from the village. Overnight in Upper Pisang.
Today we trek to the Pisang Peak Base Camp. The trek to the base camp is comparatively easier and shorter than previous days. The trail starts with a climb followed by grasslands/summer pastures where we can see the yaks grazing. It is the perfect place to set up a camp as the land is flat and near the trail to the High Camp. Overnight in tents at Pisang Peak Base Camp.
Today, we gain around 1000 m in altitude. We have to conquer rocky glacier trail. It is a challenging climb, however, the astounding views of the Nawal Peak, Annapurna Range, Chulu Far East, Chulu East and Tilicho Peak among others keep our spirits high.Upon reaching the High Camp we rest for a while and then participate in a brief peak climbing training. Our guide will teach us the basic techniques and safety measures to prepare us for the big day tomorrow. We learn the proper use of climbing equipment such as crampons, harness, ice axe, ascenders and climbing boots. The training also includes the use of ropes for climbing up and down.Overnight in tents at High Camp
Today is the big day. We start our expedition to summit Pisang Peak early in the morning. The path to the top is mostly rocky as there’s not much snow. We’ll use fixed ropes on many occasions to get through ridges. As we near the summit we have to conquer a 70 degree slope to get to the top. We can enjoy close up views of Annapurna Range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, and Tilje peak among others from the top of Pisang Peak. We then return to the Base Camp for a good night’s sleep.
An extra day is set aside for any unforeseen events or in case of bad weather on the day of the summit. If everything goes as planned, the extra day will be used as a rest day.
We descend towards Pisang Village and then to Manang. There are two routes to Manang-one via Humde and the other via Ghyaru. Both routes meet up at Mungji. We take the via Ghyaru as it offers spectacular views of Annapurna and Pisang Peak. Manang is much drier than Pisang. While at Manang we also visit Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District. Overnight in Manang.
Our trail passes through a few streams to Tenki village and then out of Marshyangdi Valley towards Jarsang Khola. We pass by scrubs of juniper trees and pastures to reach Ghunsa village. We come across a meadow and leaving it behind, we cross a river to a Mani wall on the other side. A short walk and we arrive at the small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
We mostly have to walk uphill to Thorong Phedi. A short walk from Yak Kharka leads us to a suspension bridge and upon crossing the bridge we arrive at Letdar Village. As we ascend towards Thorong Phedi we are rewarded with breathtaking views of Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gudang, Mt. Katungkulan and Thorung Peak among others. It is the last village before Thorong La. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.
Today is another highlight of the trip. We start early in the morning at around 4 am so as to reach the pass at 9 or 10. Thorong La is one of the highest mountain passes in the world . Crossing the pass in the afternoon is impossible due to strong winds. It will take us around 4 hours to reach the top of the Thorong La Pass. Another major factor that will make the climb difficult is the snow if we are trekking in winter or early spring. Our destination for the day is Muktinath, a holy town is Mustang District. It is a famous pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. There are around 108 waterspouts and eternal flame that burns from a natural underground gas. Overnight in Muktinath.
We explore the temples and the monastery in the morning before heading down to Jomsom. Then, we descend through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom accompanied by magnificent mountain views of Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and other surrounding mountains. Jomsom is a town known for apples and products made from apples. Overnight in Jomsom.
We fly to Pokhara today. It is a scenic 30-minute-long flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. After checking in our hotel room, we take a brief tour of the City of Lakes. We take a tour of some of the famous places including Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and Phewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we board a tourist bus to Kathmandu. We follow the same track to the capital city. After checking in to our hotel we can either rest or explore the city, shop for souvenirs or any other activities you prefer. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a pleasant experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
Flight delays in Jomsom
Our primary modes of transports from the airstrip at Jomsom are the Twin Otter planes. Even though the flights are fairly dependable, they can be cancelled or delayed due to unpredictable weather conditions in the Himalaya and/or other technical issues.In cases of such delays, Adventure Club Trek will arrange road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The expenses for the road transport will be managed from the compensation received from the flight ticket after deducting charges for cancelation. Therefore, there will be no refund of the Jomsom to Pokhara flight in case we take the road back to Pokhara.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.