Although, easier to climb compared to its counterparts, namely; Mera Peak and Island Peak, a high level of physical fitness is required to summit Pisang Peak. The challenge exists in countering with sudden drop in temperature and fatigue.
Pisang village exists in a serene corner of Northern Nepal; offering insights into an ethnic lifestyle and traditions of Gurung and Managi tribes. It is divided into two parts by the River Marsyangdi; Lower Pisang (3,200 m) and Upper Pisang (3,300 m).
History of Pisang Peak
Pisang Peak (6,092 m/19,987 ft) Alpine PD+, rising above Pisang village of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP), is one of the most popular trekking peaks or small peaks in Nepal.
A German Expedition made the first ascent of the Peak in 1955, which also went to make the first ascent of Chulu East (6,200 m/20,341 ft). The western flank of the mountain, guarded by a hanging glacier, offers considerable challenge during climb. However access to the western end of the ridge is more problematic due to blockade of huge rock slabs.
The summit offers panoramic sightings of surrounding mountains, namely; Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Machapuchre.
Pisang Peak Climbing can be an adventure travel of assorted flavors; observing local lifestyle and festive, accommodating oneself into village life and observing natural and cultural wonders of the greater region of Jomsom, Manang and Annapurna.
It is commonly climbed in two different seasons, Pre-monsoon (March to June) and Post-monsoon (September to November). The post-monsoon season tends to be somewhat crowded, however, best weather is guaranteed. Unfavorable weather can be detrimental.
Day 00: Rock climbing course in Kathmandu
Day 01: Drive to Beshishahar (830 m/2,723 ft), 6-7 hrs drive
Day 02: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m/4,298 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Chamje (1,410 m/4,626 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lower Pisang (3,700 m/12,139 ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Upper Pisang & preparation for climbing (3,810 m/12,497 ft)
Day 08: Trek to Base Camp (4,380 m/14,36 ft)
Day 09: Climb Pisang Peak High Camp ( 5,400 m/17,712 ft)
Day 10: High Camp to Pisang Peak Summit (6,092 m/19,982 ft) & hike back to Upper Pisang
Day 11: Climbing Reserve Day
Day 12: Upper Pisang to Manang Valley (3,500 m/11,482 ft), 4-5 hrs