- Hiking / Trekking
You'll be plunged into the heart of Buddhist territory, with prayer wheels and stupas dotted here and there - make sure you go round them anti-clockwise!
Under clear, early morning skies, head up to heights above Pisang (no choice, as all accommodation is below in Pisang itself). The sunrise is amazing as you look over the kingdom below. I loved the approach to this town, across a flat landscape to the west that's bordered by the staggering Pisang and Annapurna ll peaks, which reach over 8,000m.
It was here that I tried Dal Bhat, a delicious, traditional Nepalese dish of rice and lentils. Consisting of white rice served with lentil soup, the dish is completed with a yummy vegetable curry. Mouth-watering!
*After the devastating earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May 2015 the country is slowly getting back on its feet. This article was written before these catastrophic events occurred.
The village of Pisang is one of my favourite memories of the trek. I reached it after a long hike from Chame, understandably a bit tired, but I was rewarded with incredible scenery. I must admit that it is the final climb towards Upper Pisang (and not Lower Pisang) that took my breath away.
Why this decision? The urge to leave the beaten track the following day and to stop by Ngawal before finding the next place to stay, probably Manang. As an aside: That is another route that I would strongly recommend, if you ever make this trek whilst travelling in Nepal.
In any case, it was the right move to make, to take my rucksack to the highest point of Pisang: the atmosphere was noticeably quieter, houses made out of stone and pretty woodwork and especially the panorama - incredible. I still remember watching the sunrise over some Himalayan giants from the terrace of the tea-house...breathtaking!
I must add that I visited Nepal before the earthquake of 2015, so it's possible that it has changed a lot since then.