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Saribung Expedition Summary
- Expedition Periods: 21 Days
- Summit Altitude: 6,346 meters/20,821 feet
- Trekking Hour: 6 Hours daily
- Climbing Group-Size: 2 – 12 People
- Best Time: April – October
- Trip Mode: Guest House + Tent Camp
- Meals on Trekking/climbig: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Transportation: Car/Plane/bus
The Saribung expedition newly discover an expedition route, in the Mustang region of the Damodar Himalayas. Saribung is situated in an isolated part of the Mustang region of Damodar Himal, close to the border of (Tibet).
Trek to Saribung pass is rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and passing villages that have changed little over the centuries. Climb the Saribung is possible to do anti-clockwise for which the trek starts from Nar-Phu Valley “a hidden valley” and then rises to Saribung pass and enters the Mustang” known as little Tibet in Nepal”.
Likewise, clockwise for which the trek starts from Jomsom and follows the Upper Mustang trail and descends to Nar-Phu valley and Besisahar to end. Hike to Saribung La is a challenging and less popular wilderness trip in the Nepal Himalayas.
Furthermore, you can do also an expedition but you need to have special mountaineering permits. There are many passes with ice and crevasse in between the Damodar Kunda region to Nar Phu valley. Moreover, you can visit different localities, monasteries, cultures, and Buddhism.
From the pass you can see the spectacular mountain scenery including Saribung peak itself. Trek to Saribung la takes about three weeks without climbing the Saribung peak but possible to visit all seasons except winter months.
Saribung expedition itinerary details
The particular route is designed for adventure world travelers who wish to hike to upper mustang combine with Nar Phu but are not restricted in time. Email us if this itinerary does not suit you or if you wish to have a tailor-made customize itinerary.Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you in a private vehicle and move you to the hotel in Kathmandu. Our representative will brief you on Expedition Saribung travel programs.
Drive to Pokhara by tourist bus. On the way, we will see the natural beauty like the Trisuli river which is the most popular in Nepal for rafting and we will follow the way almost the bank of the Trisuli and Marsyandi River when we arrive in Pokhara transfer to the hotel.
Early flight to Jomsom located at an altitude of 2720m/8,894 feet. You will land at the District headquarters of Mustang and will start trekking to Kagbeni, the starting point of the Upper Mustang, where you can make your eyes busy with the spectacular views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak, and Dhampus. Kagbeni is the most interesting typical Tibetan village and the entry point of the upper Mustang for an overnight stop. Overnight camping at Kagbeni.
The trail leads up toward the east bank of the Kaligandaki that climbs over many ridges as it heads north and reaches Tangbe Village. Continues to loom massively at the foot of the valley. The trek now leaves the Kaligandaki valley and climbs steeply up a via rock trail to chele at 3030 meters.
The climb continues along steep, treeless, waterless terrain, along the side of the spectacular steep canyon to pass and cairn of rock at 3540m. Then the trail makes a long gradual descent to some chortens on a ridge, and then the trail descends further on a pleasant trail to Samar. The Annapurna, still dominated by Nilgiri, is visible far to the south. Climb above Samar to a ridge, descend into a large gorge and the trail goes into another valley field, crosses a stream, and climbs up to a ridge at 3800 meters. The route climbs sharply up and down over a series of high passes, before the final descent to Geiling.
From Gelling, the trail climbs gently to the interesting pass on our trek NYILA and descends below the blue, gray and red cliffs. After crossing a steel bridge of the Tangmar Chu (river), we will arrive at a MANI (Prayer WALL) perhaps the longest and most spectacular stretch and main wall in Nepal. Climbing over another pass at 3600m the route makes a long gentle descent to Charang. The huge five-story white Dzong and red Gompa is an interesting visit to observe collections of statues and Thangkas as well as many large paintings of seated Buddha.
The trail descends about 100 meters down from Charang, crosses the Charang – Chu and climbs steeply up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge and continues to climb. Finally, from a ridge at 3850 meters. There is a view of the walled city of LO. After a short descent, cross a stream then climb up into the plateau of Lo- Manthang.
Another day in Lo – Manthang gives you the chance to explore its many sights; the Tall Champa Lakhang (God house,) the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa, and the Raja’s Palace; as well as to gaze at the encompassing panoramic views of the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalaya. Besides Lo-Manthang there are two other interesting valleys worth visiting. The western valley Tingkhar, the sight of Raja’s summer palace, Kimling, and Phuwa as well as the Gompa of Namgyal (The Monastery of Victory) is the newest and most active Gompa in Lo. In the eastern valley lies the village of Chosar, also rich in gompas, and the valley is the main trading route to Lhasa.
Leave the village and keep by gently ascending the last point where we see Lo-Manthang city. Roughly 3 hours later, we reach Dhi village then we descend for an hour where we have a lunch break. After lunch, we pass the small stream and make a short steep climb to Yara village takes about 90 minutes. We can see innumerable caves on the stone walls. Stay overnight at a tent camp.
We continue our journey through the river bank to Luri cave Monastery which takes about 2 hours. There are actually two monasteries. First, we visit one which is placed below the Luri Cave monastery. Then a short steep ascent brings us to Luri Cave Monastery which takes us about 30 minutes. This is the oldest monastery located at an altitude of 4005 meters above sea level and constructed in the 15th century this date is a very famous cave monastery of the Mustang region. Inside the cave, we can see a big Old Chhorten and many images and statues of Protectors and Deities. There is also a highly sacred religious text which is always closed.
We follow the barren valley after crossing 5100-meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trekking.
On this day, we start after breakfast, and the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600 meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make a lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trail. We continue to Namta Khola after passing Lake.
Walk in the Tibetan plateau gaining high altitude by passing high traverses until reaching Base Camp. We need to make a lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trail.
Today is a free day for exploring the surrounding hills and acclimatizing to high altitude for further expedition.
In the morning, after breakfast, trek to Camp I, the trail is very hard because of the snowy. We will climb up very slowly with gaining altitude. We need to make a lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trail.
At early in the morning, We climb to Saribung and get to the summit of 6,346 meters. Then descend down to the normal base camp.
Early morning after breakfast, we will traverse over the Saribung pass and trek steep down through the snow capped trail and follow the small stream until reaching Nagoru. We need to make pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities during the trial.
We will start our trek from our camp and walk on the Tibetan plateau and barren valley viewing very good view of snow-capped peaks until reaching Phu Gaon. Now we are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. We can see the cultures, natural diversity, and religion of ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung, and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed among the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks.
Morning after breakfast, we will walk on the Tibetan plateau and pass the Kani/gate end of the village and drop down in the narrow valley and arrive in Kyang where we just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang. Then we trek continue until Meta. We can see a very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
We trek steep down for the while and walk through the pine forest passing many streams and picturesque water falls near the Dharmashala. We cross over the many suspension bridges and arrive in Koto after 6 hours. Here finally we touch the popular Annapurna circuit trekking trail.
After super delicious breakfast, we take a jeep to return to Besisahar. The drive passes the small villages and tiny waterfalls through the Marshyangdi valley to Besisahar. Upon arrival in the town, Guide will organize a Micro Bus ticket (sharing basis) with the scenic drive to Kathmandu city. Transfer to your hotel, trip is finish.
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How much does the Saribung expedition cost?
Hike to Saribung pass trek cost is USD 5999 per person on a standard double occupancy basis. But of course, the trip price will vary according to group size. If you wish to do only trekking but not climbing Saribung peak then the cost for each person will be US$ 3700.
Taking flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara saves your time and riding the bus reduces the trip expenses. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add Kathmandu to Pokhara airfare, 3-5 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu & Pokhara with breakfast. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZING YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS.
Adventure Saribung pass trek cost includes
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicle.
- Single night double bedroom in 3 star deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu.
- 1-night double bedroom on 2 stars standard accommodation in Pokhara.
- Domestic flight: Pokhara to Jomsom airfare with domestic airport departure tax.
- 20 Breakfast, 20 Lunch, and 19 Dinner during the trekking days
- Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee while on trekking and climbing days.
- Tented camping accommodation during the trekking and climbing days (For expedition group)
- Guesthouse + Tented camping (Yara to Nar village) accommodation on trek days (For only trekking group)
- Saribung Expedition Climbing Permit Royalty, Annapurna Conservation Area permit, and Upper Mustang Trek permit (US$ 500 for 10 Days) and Nar Phu Trek permit fee US$ 100.
- All required Personal and Group Climbing gear: Plastic climbing boot, crampons, climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, the figure of eight, carabineer, etc.
- All camping equipment provided – 2-person member tent, dining tent with table and chair, kitchen tent, staff /porter tent, toilet tent.
- Gokyo Treks and Expedition Trip Gears – sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, down jacket, duffel bag (50 liters capacity), etc for use during the trip. Some Rolls of Toilet Paper and garbage plastic bags.
- Professional climbing Guide [salary, equipment charge, Bonus, Transport, and insurance] for the complete trip.
- Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa, and other support staff.
- Tourist Bus transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara Fewa lakeside.
- Fully escorted trek with English-speaking license holder local Mountain trekking guide
- Each guest will have each porter carry a maximum of 25 kilos of your bag pack.
- First aid medical kit including Oximeter to check your Oxygen level, Pulse rate to monitor every day to prepare for the high risk.
- In a worst case, help with all Helicopter Rescue and evacuation arrangements (but not the rescue bills).
- Bulbule to Besisahar and from Besisahar to Kathmandu transfer by private jeep.
- All land transportation as per written on the above itinerary.
- Insurance, Food, accommodation, and salary for all Nepali trekking staff.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT, and as well as Company service charge.
Saribung pass trek cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls, and hot showers during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, and bar bills.
- Travel Insurance which covers emergency rescue, evacuation, personal loss, or damage.
- Any donation and monument entrance fees.
- Gratuities for expedition crew [Tip is a culture, so they expect highly].
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize a group to join the Saribung expedition with climbing starting on any date but we can also run this private trip if that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick-up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?.
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us with your flight detail and request us to pick you up. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience for the Saribung expedition?.
Answer: Saribung expedition is suitable for experienced trekkers who are able to walk for around 5 hours roughly every day with a lightweight day pack. Because during the trekking, there are some high passes and desert landscapes so at least some basic experience walking over 3000 meters above sea level would be ideal.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Saribung expedition?.
Answer: We provide you with 3-star basis deluxe room accommodation in Kathmandu and 2-star basis standard room accommodation in Pokhara and Tented camping accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent them while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect on a tent-style Saribung expedition?.
Answer: As you are going to do a Tented camping trekking, our professional cook will cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, rice, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season).
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along the Saribung expedition?.
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it often on pay. However, if you are on camping trekking days, the Gokyo Trekking team will provide you hot water bucket, so you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on the express Saribung expedition?.
Answer: During the trekking route, there are places hotels, and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it. But we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these plastic materials. Instead, we do provide you with boiled water (aqua tablets to purify the normal water) as the normal water is available at the campsite/along the way in the camping trekking.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?.
Answer: During the Teahouse, there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair in case. Remember to bring your adapters!
Question: Are there any communication facilities on the Saribung expedition?.
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Saribung pass trek?.
Answer: No! So, for the pathway, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city tours/city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what are the payment terms?.
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last-minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 25% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Kathmandu.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on the Saribung expedition?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, every porter carry a maximum of 24 kilos of your backpack which means 2 guests (12 kilos luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?.
Answer: When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances for each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk for roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking poles for the Saribung expedition?
Answer: Better to hike with walking poles, no matter which type of hiking poles you are using. Learn how to use trekking poles for balance and stability, whether on the sidewalk or on trails. Trekking poles can help prevent slips and falls. They are just recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for a lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on your trek.
Saribung expedition highlights
- Saribung pass offers Annapurna and Dhaulagiri families and some of the border mountains.
- Walking through dry cultivated fields, Excellent views of Annapurna family, Dhaulagiri & Blue Mountain.
- Hidden kingdom, World’s deepest gorge Kali Gandaki and Saribung pass to Nar Phu
- Meet the mixed communities with Tibetan Buddhism, local people, and their lifestyles.
Saribung expedition note
The climbing Saribung peak information stated above is just a guide and standard template that we provide you. However, the expedition Saribung trip is possible to modify at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Local politics, landslides, cancellation of local flights, weather, transport, or a multitude of other factors that are beyond our control can result in a change of travel plan during on trip.
It is, however, very incredible that the itinerary would be extensively altered. If alterations are necessary the leader will decide the best alternative option, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. When 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.
What makes the Saribung expedition special?
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet. You need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. First safety and success is our main concern.
We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others. Not only this but also we give benefits to the local communities and help to conserve natural assets which reduced costs and consumption.
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