Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass – 23 Days

Pisang Peak and Thorung La Pass – 23 Days

Pisang Peak stands at an elevation of 6,091 m up above from Pisang village in Annapurna Himalaya range and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang peak
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  • Trip Code: ATH3277
  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 23 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Advanced Beginners
    Climbers should have basic snow and ice-climbing skills and should be comfortable with glacier travel, which includes moving in a rope team, self-arrest, and basic crevasse rescue. Climbers who have the prior climbing experiences like our beginner or similar peaks can have the maximum chances of success in this category. Our Three Peaks Climbing Course, Pisang Peak, Lobuche peak, and Khumbu Icefall climb etc lie in this class.
  • Max Altitude: 6,091 m /19978.48 ft
  • Activity: Climbing involve with Rope and Ice Axe, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Kathmandu
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu - Besishar - Pisang - Pisang Peak Summit - Manang - Thorong La Pass - Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu

  • Best Season: 
March to May; October and November

Trip Highlights

  • City tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Ascending Marshyangdi River valley
  • Pisang Peak 6,091 meters
  • Visiting oldest Buddhist monastery in Braga village
  • Sight seeing around Manag village
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass over 5,416 meters
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • Scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Trip Information

Pisang Peak stands at an elevation of 6,091 m up above from Pisang village in Annapurna Himalaya range and yak pastures in a uniform slope of ice and snow to the final summit pyramid. Pisang peak is considered one of the busy climbing peaks among the trekking peaks in Nepal. To reach the base camp from Pisang village, the path ascends through sparse wood and pasture to a Kharka at 4,420 m, which is considered the best place for setting up the base camp. High Camp is set up at 5,450 m, climbing to a shoulder on the South-West Ridge. There will be snow at the high camp from the end of November to the end of March. The well-defined ridge leads to the final snow slop, which is quite steep but not difficult to reach the summit. Descent is made on the same route.

After the main adventure of Pisang Peak, the trek leads to Thorong La pass (5,416 m), through Manang, which are the main attraction of whole Annapurna Circuit trek. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction.

After you cross the Thorong La pass the trail take you to the Muktinath then Jomsom from where we can take flights to Pokhara.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 meters). Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02 – Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03 – Drive to Besisahar (8,30 meters) by bus – 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 04 – Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 05 – Trek to Chamje (1,400 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 06 – Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 07 – Trek to Chame (2,630 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 08 – Trek to Pisang village (3,300 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 09 – Acclimatization and explore around. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 10 – Trek to Pisang Peak Base Camp (4,420 meters) – 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11 – Base Camp to high camp (5,450 meters) – 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 12 – Acclimatization and explore around high camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 13 – Summit day (6,091 meters) and return to Base Camp. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 14 – Spare day in case of bad weather. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 15 – Trek to Pisang Village (3,300 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 16 – Trek to Manang (3,500 meters) – 6 hours Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 17 – Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 18 – Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 19 – Cross Throng la pass (5,416 meters) and trek down to Muktinath (3,800 meters) – 7 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 20 – Trek to Jomsom (2,715 meters) – 5 hours. Overnight at guesthouse.
  • Day 21 – Morning flight to Pokhara Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 22 – Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus – 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 23 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure.
Day 1 - Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport (1,345 m).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at Hotel. No meals included

Day 2 - Pre-trip meeting & sightseeing in Kathmandu.

In the morning, after breakfast, at around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist  shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying  in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty- five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 3 - Drive to Besisahar (830 m) by Public Bus- 7 hrs.

Our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7:00 am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7-hours drive (185 kms) from Kathmandu, we reach Besishar. Upon arrival at Besisahar, you will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama.

Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 4 - Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m) - 5 hrs.

Today our 5 hours journey starts at Besisahar, following the trail until we reach the first Gurung village at Bhulbhule. Our first day on the trail introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter houses and the local people, exchanging greetings of “Namaste” as we pass by.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 5 - Trek to Chamje (1,400 m) - 5 hrs.

The trail drops steeply by Syange at (1,070 m), from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forests to Chyamje at 1,400 meters, a day’s walk of five hours.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 6 - Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160 m)- 5 hrs.

Our five hour trek day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi River steadily uphill to Tal (1,675 m), the first village in the Manang district. We cut a trail across a wide, flat valley, reaching a stone stairway to 1,860 m. We then climb up another stairway, continuing up and then down to Dharapani (1,890 m). There we find a stone entrance, typical of the Tibetan influence to be seen in villages from here northwards. We then reach Bagarchhap (2,160 m), which offers the typical flat-roofed stone houses of Tibetan design, although the village is still in the transition zone, before the dry highlands.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 7 - Trek to Chame (2,630 m)- 5 hrs.

The trail climbs to Tyanja (2,360 m), continuing through forest parallel to the river, until we reach Kopar (2,590 m). When we reach Chame (2,630 m), headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we pass through a local community said to have migrated from Tibet long ago, evidenced by their physical features, which notably differ from those of other Nepalese. With them, they bought Tibetan architecture and traditions.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 8 - Trek to Pisang (3,300 m) - 5 hrs.

The day begins by passing through a deep forest located in a steep and narrow valley. From there we cross a river on a long suspension bridge (2,910 m). We then cross another bridge (3,040 m), after which the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face begins to appear. From there the trail climbs up to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200 m & 3,300 m, a day’s trip of 5 hours. 

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 9 - Acclimatization & exploration.

Today is spent acclimatizing in Pisang. We’ll explore the area, catching the magnificent views around the village. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 10 - Trek to Pisang peak base camp (4,420 m)- 6 hrs.

On today’s 6 hours trek the trail makes a steep ascent, passing through Upper Pisang. En route we cross forests of pine and local vegetation. The views of the Annapurna range welcome you. From today the accommodations will be tented camps for a few days, with food cooked on site by our professional chef.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 11 – Trek from base camp to high camp (5,450 m)- 6 hrs.

Today another 6 hours trek leads along a rocky glacier path to the high camp (5,450 m). You’ll be met by panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak and many other unnamed mountains and peaks.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 12 - Acclimatization & exploration.

A day will be spent here for us to acclimatize and adjust to the high altitude. We’ll also take a short trek around the camp to prepare for the 6,000 m adventure tomorrow morning.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 13 - Summit day & return to base camp (6,097 m).

Today is our main adventure day. Weather permitting, we’ll set out early to climb Pisang peak. At the summit of Pisang (6,091 m), you have a closer panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Chulu East, Chulu Far East, Nawal peak, Tilicho peak, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, the Tibetan mountains, Kang Guru Peak, Gyaji Kang peak, Tilje peak, Kuchubhro peak, and many more. After an easy trip to the top, we make our way back down to the base camp.

Overnight at tented camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 14 - Spare day in the event of bad weather.

This is spare day just in case the weather is not supportive. We will take a good rest on the way down, if we have the successful climb on day 13.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 15 - Trek to Pisang Village (3,300 m)- 5 hrs.

The trail moves steeply down during the 5 hours trek to Pisang Village (3,300 m). The view of the Annapurna range accompanies the descent. Beginning today, accommodations will once more be guesthouses for the rest of the trip.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 16 - Trek to Manang (3,500 m)- 5 hrs.

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. The people of this region herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy the special trading rights they gained back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have a choice between trails heading north and south of the Marsyangdi River, meeting up again at Mungji. The southern route goes by Hongde (3,325 m) and involves less climbing than the northern route by way of Ghyaru. While containing a more rigorous path, the route along the northern bank of the river holds better mountain views than the southern. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga (3,475 m) to nearby Manang (3,540 m). Overnight at guesthouse.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 17 - Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)- 5 hrs.

Today we leave Manang, the trail making an ascent of nearly 2,000 m to the Thorong La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka (4,000 m) after five hours, where the many yaks and abundant vegetation begin to grow steadily sparser.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 18 - Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)- 5 hrs.

Today the trail descends to cross the river, then climbing up to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m), a 5 hours trek.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 19 - Cross Thorong La pass & trek down to Muktinath (5,416 m)- 5 hrs.

Today holds a long trek beginning at 4:00 a.m., enabling us to reach the pass by 9 or 10 a.m. Otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters, and can be exposed to strong winds if the crossing is made too late. We start climbing up a steep path that is regularly used and easy to follow. Problems may arise, however, due to the high altitude and snow. Snow often makes the crossing for more difficult. About four hours’ climb we’ll reach the pass, marked by chortens and prayer flags. At the top we’ll be rewarded by the magnificent view, after which another four will take us to the holy town of Muktinath (3,800 m).

Muktinath, meaning “place of Nirvana,” is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows are relieved when visiting the temple, a scared pilgrimage site to Hindus and Buddhists alike. The chief pilgrimage usually takes place in September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and features 108 waterspouts from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple, which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 20 - Trek to Jomsom (2,715 m) - 5 hrs.

Our descent continues five hours through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom, headquarters of the Mustang district and home to many apple orchards and apple delicacies. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste during the journey.

Overnight at guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 21 - Morning flight to Pokhara.

This morning a 35 minutes flight takes us to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once at the Pokhara airport, we’ll drive you to a hotel. In the afternoon will be a sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s Waterfall, a museum, a Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower Cave, and more.

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast Included

Day 22 - Drive to Kathmandu (1,345 m) by Toursit Bus and farewell Dinner.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).

Overnight at hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included

Day 23 - Transfer to airport for flight departure.

An Ace airport representative will escort you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast  Included

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Pisang Peak and Thorung-La Pass Trek. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax $2980
    2 pax-4 pax $2700
    5 pax-7 pax $2450
    8 pax-10 pax $2200
    10 pax+ $2100 Complementary trip for one person
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 8 minus six =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • nine + 1 =

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.

  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Pokhara breakfast included.

  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.

  • All your standard Meals during the lodge to lodge trek and Camping (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).

  • Lodges, Guesthouses and tented accommodation during the trek (Mostly on twin sharing and occasionally dormitory room at guesthouse and Tented camp stay from Pisang Peak Base Camp and above).

  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.

  • Climbing Sherpa from Base camp to the summit and back to the base camp.

  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.

  • Pisang peak climbing permit.

  • Garbage deposit fee.

  • Group climbing equipment (Climbing Rope, Ice Screw, Snow Bar, Ice Hammer, Camping Tents and Kitchen equipments)

  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).

  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara including Airport Departure Tax.

  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Kathmandu-Besisahar by local bus and Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus).

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).

  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Farewell dinner in typical nepali restaurent with cultural dance show on second last day.

  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

  • Official expenses.

Price Does not Include

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.

  • Personal trekking and Climbing Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

All the equipments like Base camp tents, kitchen accessories and all the group climbing equipments ( climbing rope, ice screw, snow bar, ice hammer) is provided by the company.

Climbing gear

The Climbing equipments are much more expensive to buy. So, please let us know if you want to rent the equipments at the additional cost of USD 250 per person. The Following equipments are essential for climbing the peak.

  • 1 Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners
  • 1 Pair of crampons (steel, no aluminum).
  • 1 Alpine climbing harness.
  • 1 Mountaineering axe with leash (sized properly for your height)
  • 1 Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)
  • 1 Belay device (Black Diamond ATC or ATC Guide are good options)
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners
  • 2 Non-locking carabiners
  • 1 Pair expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)
  • Neck gaiter
  • Ski goggles (optional)
  • Climbing helmet

General

  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  • Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
  • Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  • 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
  • 1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  • 1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
  • Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof/breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  •  All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250 mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional

  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).
  • Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

Pisang is a little more technical peak compare to other 6,000 meters peak in the Himalayas. You need good stamina for a long day effort while climbing it. You can climb this peak without any previous climbing experience and skills of using climbing equipment but knowledge on using equipment and previous experience would be beneficial although not mandatory because a pre-ice climbing training is provided to you in Base Camp to make you skillful on using climbing gears such as ropes, ice pick, harness, crampons.

To prepare for a strenuous trek you should begin training at least three to four months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp-witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers it is a paradise and even avowed non-walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

We use standard rooms at two or three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.

Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment. The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bon fire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.

From the Base camp and above the accommodation will be at basic Tented camp.

 

Most teahouses (lodges) in Annapurna trails cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization – eat some every day. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge you’ll stay at while lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

At Tented camp stay, our professional cook will provide you the best veg-delights according to your advice.

 

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD Jeep, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.

 

Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November are the best time to do Pisang Peak adventure.

 

Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -20 deg C low.

 

No problem at all because the lodges mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

On camping site, our cook will provide you the vegetarian meals.

 

Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.

 

Yes, all our climbing guides are licensed by the Nepal Mountaineering Association. They are experienced in many 6,000 and 7,000 meters peaks and also been to 8,000 meters peaks few times.

 

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!

There is no charging facilities at Pisang Peak Base Camp.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.

 

In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.

 

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.

 

In major places, we arrange guesthouse with hot shower. And in rest of the places, hot water in the bucket will be provided for shower.

 

Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.

Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

 

Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.

 

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.

Yes, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.

 

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Flight Delay in JOMSOM

    Twin Otter is the primary mode of transport from the airstrip at Jomsom. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be cancelled due to mountain weather conditions or other technical problems. In such case, Ace the Himalaya will organize the alternative available road transportation to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight.

    The expense of the road transport will be managed from the reimbursement received from the flight ticket after the deduction of cancelation charge. So please note that there will be no refund of the flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, if the alternative road transportation is consolidated.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org