Paungda Danda

Coordinates: 28°35′10″N 84°13′06″E / 28.58611°N 84.21833°E / 28.58611; 84.21833
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Paungda Danda
Swarga Dwar
Paunda Danda's western rock face
Highest point
Elevation4,755 m (15,600 ft)
Parent peakPisang Peak
Coordinates28°35′10″N 84°13′06″E / 28.58611°N 84.21833°E / 28.58611; 84.21833
Paungda Danda is located in Nepal
Paungda Danda
Paungda Danda
LocationGandaki Zone, Nepal

Paungda Danda is a Himalayan mountain located in Manang District, Western Region, Nepal. The mountain is not significantly prominent, and is a subsidiary peak to the southeast of Pisang Peak. Paungda Danda is notable for its western rock face that rises dramatically 1,700 m (5,600 ft) above the Marshyangdi River.[1] The mountain's smooth western face, also known as the Great Wall of Pisang, is composed of slate rock and formed as a result of an ancient lakebed being uplifted during the creation of the Himalayas.[2] Today, the mountain is a recognizable feature along the Annapurna Circuit, a popular trekking route.

The Paungda Danda is locally referred to as Swarga Dwar. Swarga meaning Heaven, Dwar meaning Gate. The local people believe that the spirits of the deceased must ascend the wall after leaving their bodies to reach the heavens. There is an absolute taboo on climbing to the top of this cliff.


  1. ^ Mayhew, Bradley; Bindloss, Joe (2009). Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Lonely Planet. p. 178. ISBN 9781741041880.
  2. ^ Bezruchka, Stephen; Lyons, Alonzo (2011). Trekking Nepal: A Traveler's Guide. The Mountaineers Books. p. 233. ISBN 9781594854101.