Pisang Peak climbing can be an adventure of assorted flavors. Climbing Pisang peak will allow you to observe the local and festive lifestyle, participate in village life and observe the natural and cultural wonders of the greater Jomsom, Manang, and Annapurna region.
Pisang Peak is one of the most well known trekking peaks in Nepal. It lies in the Annapurna region roughly between two massive peaks, Annapurna I and Manaslu, both of which are over 8000m high. The trekking path along this route offers plenty of space for exploration with magnificent panoramic views.
With an altitude of 6091 m, Pisang Peak is a mountain without technical difficulties that is a perfect way to start high altitude mountaineering. Considered an easy climb mountain, Pisang Peak offers its climbers an interesting journey past different ecosystems, diverse cultures, and fantastic landscapes. Along the way, you will learn about the beautiful natural wonders such as breathtaking waterfalls, lush green paddy fields, arid deserts, oak forests, and the deepest canyon in the world. All these highlights help make this tour one of the most popular treks in Nepal.
Pisang Peak rises above the eponymous village and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to its summit pyramid. The west flank of the mountain is covered by a hanging glacier that presents a considerable challenge. The west end of the ridge is traversed by huge slabs of rock that add to the challenging climb. If you are looking for an exciting and adventurous expedition crammed with exquisite visual treats, then this tour is for you.
A team of German expeditions made the first ascent of the peak in 1955, which also made the first ascent of East Chulu. There are two alternatives available for a trek to Pisang Peak. On the lack of time, the trek can begin with a panoramic flight along the main Himalayan ridge from Kathmandu to Pokhara. However, if you have excess days and want to explore ethnic beauty up close, you can start your trek via road with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, Dharapani, Chame, and to Pisang villages.
Pisang village exists in a quiet corner of northern Nepal, offering insights into the way of life and ethnic traditions of the Gurung and Tamang tribes. It is divided into two parts by the Marsyangdi River; Lower Pisang (3,200m) and Upper Pisang (3,300m).
After an approach to trekking and a rest day in the village of Pisang, the ascent towards the summit begins. The base camp will be laid at about 4400 m. Another camp is set up at about 5100 m altitude. Even from these two camps, there is a fantastic view of the mountains of the Annapurna Himal. The ascent to the summit first leads over steep rock steps and then over steep snow slopes. The tour usually ends on the southern summit, which is about 20 m lower. The further path to the main summit leads over a sharp, heavily interwoven, and therefore dangerous ridge.
A trek in the Annapurna area with its outstanding views, discovering the Manang village, its Tibetan and Nepalese culture, a varied tour past old monasteries, ice giants, fluttering prayer flags, waterfalls, through rhododendron forests and the deepest gorges in the world, adventure, relaxation and views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal await you on old trade routes and the hospitality of the locals remain in good memory.
It is commonly climbed in two different seasons, pre-monsoon (March to June) and post-monsoon (September to November). Summer with the monsoon season (July and August) and winter season ( December to February) are unfavorable for climbing the peak due to unpredictable weather conditions on the way to the summit. Heavy rainfall and slippery passages with a potential risk of landslides in summer and heavy snowfall with the chilling temperature at night on the peak in winter are definitely not the best time to trek Pisang. The post-monsoon season tends to be a bit crowded. However, the best weather is guaranteed. Unfavorable weather can be detrimental.
Since Pisang peak is situated in the Annapurna region and the mountain itself is 6091 m high, your trek on Pisang peak requires three permits: Pisang Peak Climbing Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and TIMS Card.
Pisang peak is a trekking peak exceeding the height of 5000 m. Therefore, a permit should be obtained from Nepal Mountaineering Association which has modified its rules regarding climbing permits in 2015. Accordingly, the permit cost depends on the trekking season that is valid for 1 month. A trek in the Spring season ( March to May) can cost you $250 per person for a period of 1 month. An autumn season (September to November) trek can cost you $125 per person for 1 month. A winter (December to February) and summer (June to August) trek will charge you $70 per person for 1 month. On the expiry of the permit validity, $10 per person for each additional day from September to November and $7 for each additional day from December to August have to be paid.
Since you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit for that as well. An entry permit worth $30 per person is required, as well as a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card issued by the Association of Travel Agencies. You can purchase both cards in Kathmandu at the Tourism Information Board Office. Although if your idea is to hire a porter, the agency where you hire him, he does the paperwork for you at no additional cost. You will need 3 passport-size photos and your passport. The permit has an approximate entry and exit date; you can request up to the number of days your visa lasts. Of course, each permit is for a single entry.
The Pisang Peak is technically not very difficult, but it is not a hiking peak. A 6000m peak in the Himalayas requires a certain amount of mountaineering experience simply because of the height. However, climbing a peak like Pisang Peak still requires serious organization and attention to detail. Still,the difficulty level is no longer comparable in complexity to expeditions to the highest peaks in the world. Crampons, an ice ax, and insurance are needed to overcome some ice and rocky areas, but weather and logistics issues play a smaller role. The organization of several intermediate camps most likely will no longer be required – on all parts of the route of peaks of this level, work in the alpine style is possible. The probability of altitude sickness is still there. Around the camp of Pisang village, the trail ascends through sparse wood and pasture to Kharka Hill (4,380 m), which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is at (5,400m) climbing on a shoulder on the Southwest Ridge. The well-defined ridge ushers to the last snow inaccuracy, which is relatively steep but not difficult to reach the summit. The descent follows the same route. Thus, optimal physical and mental health and fitness are recommended.