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Saribung Pass Trek From Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek From Upper Mustang is a recently establish trekking route which has gain a huge popularity lately.

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Trip Facts

Best Season :
Apr-Nov
Trip Grade:
Challenging
Altitude:
6346msl, Saribung Peak
Per Day Hiking:
4-6 hrs
Accomodation:
Lodge/Camping
Transportation:
Flight/Drive

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Beautiful views of himalayas of Annapurna region
  • A trail towards the rugged and isolated upper Mustang and Nar & Phu Valley
  • A walk through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley

Overview

Saribung Pass Trek From Upper Mustang is a recently establish trekking route which has gain huge popularity lately. Over a short period of time, this trekking trail has become famous for an expedition adventure. Saribung pass trek takes you along the rugged trail to the north of Mustang region from where you can see the Damodar Himal that is placed quite close to the Tibetan border. Saribung pass trek in overall is a superb combination of Himalayas, Tibetan Culture and other natural bliss. The views of the mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Mt.Annapurna and many other peaks look spectacular. Damodar Kunda, Nar Phu Valley, Upper Mustang and Jomsom add to the glory of this trek.

Saribung is one of the remote parts of Nepal. No sign of modernization can be seen in this area. In 2006, it was first open for trekking and was known to only a few trekkers. Also, the trail is rough which passes some of the ancient Tibetan villages to the high cliffs. On the way to the Saribung peak, you may have to go through many high passes with ice and creases which makes this trek even more challenging. The route is quite difficult as can you find yourself walking through many passes with ice folds from Damodar Kunda to Nar Phu valley.

Damodar Kunda is a popular lake in Upper Mustang that has high value amongst the Hindu pilgrims. Many people around the globe come to visit this place annually for the religious importance it possesses. Likewise, Nar Phu valley is a highlight of Saribung pass trek. Due to its wild landscape, many trekkers cherish this place. The ancient monastery, natural and cultural diversity with religious and graphical variation is a unique aspect of this journey.

Furthermore, this trek commences with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara we take another flight to Jomsom. Your actual trek will start from Jomsom. You get to walk through the beautiful Kali Gandaki valley. On the way, you pass some amazing places like Kagbeni, Chele, Gelling to Lo Manthang. You can also visit Luri Gompa and Damodar Kunda via Thanti. The trail will lead you to the Saribung peak from where you can relish the magnificent views of mountains and glaciers like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Annapurna and many more. Saribung pass trek is a challenging and physically and technically demanding trek.

So, if you think you are able to be a part of this beautiful journey, join Himal Eco Treks to make your journey even more enriching and exciting!


Itinerary Overview

Day 1-4

You will arrive in Kathmandu and go for sightseeing as well as prepare for the trek also. Then on the 3rd day you will take an early flight to Pokhara which will be followed by the flight to Jomsom.

Day 5-15

You will start your trekking upon arrival in Jomsom .from there you will follow the trail from Kaligandaki to Damodar kunda at the maximum height of 4890m. During this whole journey you will be staying in the guesthouse or tea house or camping too.

Day 16-23

From Damodar kunda you will follow your next trekking trail from  Japanese base camp to Koto. Along the way there will be stop at different place each day.After several days of trekking you will reach saribung pass then we trek to saribung peak at the elevation of 6346m. Also during this time also you will be staying in tea house or guest house and camping.

Day  24-27

We will take jeep from Besisahar to Kathmandu. This will be long drive along the scenic Trishuli river. On your 26th day you will have a leisure day and farewell dinner. On 27th day its your departure day.


Detail Itinerary

Arrive in the airport after clearing your immigration and via procedure. A representative from Himal Eco Trek will pick you up and escort you to a hotel for check in. Enjoy our night at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Get an authentic taste of history, culture and art of Nepal in the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and head towards Swayambhunath stupa. Experience the unique aspect of Hindu culture in Pashupatinath temple and go to the highest stupa of the world – Boudhanath stupa. As you conclude your guided tour, return back to hotel. Enjoy your night at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today, we take an early flight to Pokhara. After around thirty five minutes flight, we will find ourselves at the airport in Pokhara. You will be transferred to the hotel for check in. After lunch and rest, you will be guided to some beautiful places of Pokhara for sightseeing. Walk along the PhewaLake and enjoy boating. Visit a temple in between the lake and make your way to Gupteshwor temple, a famous Hindu temple in Pokhara. Your sightseeing tour is followed by visit to David’s fall and International Mountaineering museum. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara

We take an early flight to Jomsom. The flight in itself is captivating as we will be flying up between the two mighty mountains i.e. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. As we fly up, we can also see a change in landscape from lush to arid. The lushness of Pokhara slowly disappears and dry landscape comes to sight. Jomsom used to be the administrative center of Mustang. Upon our arrival in Jomsom, we start our trekking journey. We take a gravel path along Kaligandaki river to Kagbeni. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Kagbeni

We leave Kagbeni and follow our trail to the bank of Kaligandaki river upstream. We then enter Mustang region and pass various ridges on the path. On the way, across the river, a popular gompa called Kang Gompa comes to our sight. We visit the gompa and continue towards Chuslang village. As we approach towards the village, we can see the colourful prayer flags and chotens on the way. The white washed houses looks alluring. We pass the fields of wheat, potatoes and apple orchids as we ascend to the village of Chele. Overnight at a guesthouse in Chele

Today, we follow the trail up to Taklam La pass. As we climb up the pass, we will pass through the narrow stretches and Tibetan plateaus. What is more interesting is the views of the Nilgiri, Tilicho peak, Yakawa Kang and Damodar Danda that will energize you throughout the day. We further walk for around three hours and pass some small streams and juniper forests to Syangbochen. Overnight at a guesthouse in Syangbochen.

Leaving Syangbochen, we ascend up and follow our trail to Tama gaon. We continue walking to Chhung – Kah from where we ascend up to Jaite and then to Dhakmar via Ghemi. Overnight at guesthouse in Dhakmar

Our destination for the day is Tsarang and our trek today is quite easy. We descend down to Ghemi khola and pass mani walls on the way to Tsarang. Overnight at a guesthouse in Tsarang.

Today, our trail descends down until we cross the Tsarang Chu from where our trail climbs up steep through a rocky trail to a pile of stones on a ridge followed by Tholung Valley. The trail from the valley turns north and climbs up to a large Chorten which actually marks the boundary between Tsarang and Lo. We further climb up and cross a stream to a desert like landscape. As we reach a top of ridge, the walled city of Lo comes to our sight. After a short descend, our trail climbs up to the plateau of Lo Manthang at 3730m. we cross an irrigation canal and walk towards the entrance gate of the Lo city. Overnight stay at Lo Manthang.

Lo Manthang is a city of wonders. There and many must visit places here therefore, we have set aside two day here for excursion. Today, we visit the walled city in Lo. There are four temples within the city walls. However, the buildings are locked and the key to the temples are given to the caretaker which makes the access to the temple quite challenging.The tall Champa Lhakang is dated back to 1420s. The central courtyard has beautifully carved wooden pillars and inside the temple is a huge painted statue of Maitreya, (the future Buddha). This huge clay statue sitting on a pedestal occupies the entire area on ground floor. We visit the walled city and the villages nearby and spend our day exploring the unique attire of this city. Overnight at Lo Manthang.

Leaving the mystic city of Lo Manthang, we climb up to a glacial valley with reddish brown historical wall city on our sight. The picturesque view of the city as we climb up gets perfect than ever! We walk along the mountain ridge for about an hour and descend down to the village popular as DHI. From here, we cross a river to follow a path that takes us to Yara. Overnight stay at Yara

We have set this day for exploring Yara village. Today, we visit the Luri Gompa (also known as Kagyukpa cave monastery). This gompa was founded in the 13th century and has its own religious importance. After visiting the monastery, we head towards Damodar Kund. This place is popular amongst hindu pilgrims. We can find black ammonite fossils here which and collected and worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims as a form of God Vishnu. Overnight stay at Yara

Today, we leave Yara and follow our trail that winds up into large grassy plateau which opens up to a beautiful place that gives some awesome views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and many other mountains. We walk for around five hours and descend down to the camp at Ghuma thanti. Ghuma Thanti is a beautiful place that lies near a river. It is a popular halting spot for the pilgrims who come visit the sacred lakes of Damodar Khunda. Overnight stay at Ghuma Thanti

Today, we head towards Bacha Khola. We climb up steep through the slopes and cross a long steps that goes through two passes over 5000 metres altitude. The trail is easy and well marked therefore safe however high altitude can be a problem. After walking through the steps, we descend down steep until we reach Bacha Khola. Overnight stay at Bacha Khola

Leaving Bacha Khola, we ascend up the gorge before we take a large slope that lies on the left bank of the river. Then we follow a steep path that helps us gain the alttitude quickly and cross a pass that offers some fascinating views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Damodar Himal. We continue our trail until we reach Damodar Kunda. Overnight stay in Damodar Kunda

Damodar Kunda is a holy site for Hindu pilgrims. It is a beautiful place where you will find Hindu shrine upstream from the camp and an old Buddhist chorten on the ridge that denotes the religious significance of this place. We spend our day in Damodar Kunda appreciating the beauty that lies in nature. Overnight stay in Damodar Kunda

Our destination for the day is Japanese Base Camp. We follow small path that takes us to kharkas where we can see sheep grazing all along. On reaching the Japanese Base Camp, we can see a large chorten built by the Japanese therefore named as Japanese Base Camp. Overnight stay at a tent in Japanese Base Camp

Tody, we leave Japanese Base Camp and move towards the High Camp. The initial part of our climb starts from the left bank moraine of the glacier. This part of journey is quite difficult due to the snowy path that makes our walking difficult. We must pass across a snowy glacier horizontally to reach the other side of the bank. We join the right bank of the moraine and open up to the high camp where we can get some splendid views of towering peaks like Damodar Himal: the Khumjungar Himal. Overnight stay at a tent in High Camp

Today is a free day at High Camp. We spend our day exploring around the surrounding places and acclimatizing to high altitude that is essential for our expedition journey ahead. Overnight stay at a tent in Japanese Base Camp

Today is an exciting day where we summit the peak of the Saribung peak. We wake up early in the morning and climb up to Summit of Saribung. We climb up for around three hours on the moraine. After climbing for around three hours, we find a cracked ice which separates us from the summit by an easy path with large snow slopes. We continue climbing until we reach the top. Once we reach the top, we can get some splendid views of the surrounding peaks. After spending some time on the top, we descend down to the base camp from the western side. Overnight in a tent at base camp

Early in the morning, we leave the base camp and move ahead towards Nar Phedi. We walk for around six hours today. We traverse the Saribung pass and trek down steep through the snowy trail to follow a small stream. Our descend down the pass is quite challenging as we come across many crevasses. We continue descending down until we reach the Phedi which will be our halting point for the day. Overnight at a guesthouse in Phedi

Our walk for the day is quite pleasing and interesting as we walk along the barren valley with magnificent views of Himalayan peaks around. We continue walking along the trail until we reach Phu Gaon which is considered as one of the hidden valleys in the Mustang region of Nepal. The culture, religion, lifestyle, and natural diversity of this village is phenomenon and our walk can be an interesting encounter with the people of different ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. We can see the people engaged in activities like subsistence agriculture and animal breeding for livelihood. An old Buddhist Monastery -Tashi Lakhang Monastery is also an interesting place to visit in Phu gaon. Overnight at a guesthouse in Phu Gaon

Today, we leave the deserted valley and walk towards Meta. On the way we come across the Phu river. We follow the river until we reach Meta. On the way, we will be blessed with the beautiful views of Kangaroo Mountain, Pokharkan and Amotsang Himal. Overnight at a guesthouse in Meta

Today, we make our way to Koto. We walk along the Nar Khola and pass thick pine and rhododendron forests to Koto. Our way today will be quite tiring as the path undulates ups and downs, however, the enchanting views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Hiuchuli, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II will keep us going. We stop at a guesthouse in Koto for overnight stay.

Early in the morning, we take a local jeep that will take us to Besisahar. We pass villages like Dharapani and Jagat to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take a tourist bus that will bring us back to the buzzling city of Kathmandu. The scenic route along the Trishuli river for the day will make your ride wonderful. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Today is your leisure day in Kathmandu. You can either rest or stroll across the valley for shopping or anything else as per your preference. In the evening, you will be treated with an authentic Nepalese cuisine as a farewell dinner. Overnight in the hotel

Finally, it is time for us to bid you a goodbye. Your guide will escort you to the airport before your scheduled flight for your journey ahead. Hope you had a very good time with us!


Service Includes

  • Accommodation for nights spent at the hotel in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast at the hotel.
  • All the road transport along with pick up and drop at the airport upon your arrival and departure.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour inclusive of the entry fees, a travel guide and a private vehicle.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Accommodation in guesthouses throughout trek.
  • A guide and a porter to assist you throughout your journey and all park permit fees
  • Permit for climbing.
  • Fees to be paid for Trekkers Information Management System - TIMS. (Note: You are required to bring two passport size photo for this purpose)
  • All guide and porter insurance
  • All necessary climbing gear
  • All other government fees and taxes.
  • First aid safety kit with basic medicines essential.


Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Nepal Entry visa fees.
  • Meals (lunch, dinner) in the cities
  • Airfare from your country to Nepal.
  • Snacks, soft drink during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment are not provided by HET.
  • Tips to the guide, porter, driver or any other trekking staff

Essential Infos

Regarding your arrival

As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, you will have to pay the Visa charges to enter in to Nepal. Two passport size photos are necessary for this purpose.

Your guide will be there at the airport to pick you up and escort you to the hotel for check in. After a bit of refreshment, your guide will explain your itinerary and your plan ahead.

Accommodation

We offer you the best accommodations possible. The rooms will be clean, comfortable and homely. In Kathmandu, you will stay at a hotel with deluxe rooms. During the trek, you will stay at the best guesthouses or lodges. Generally, accommodation during the trek in guesthouses are on sharing basis. However, the rooms are clean, comfortable and the warm welcome of the people in the guesthouses will make you feel greeted and homely.

Meals and Drinking water facility

The meals during the trek are included in the package that we offer. The meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek. Other snacks and personal preference items are not included in our package.

Currency Exchange

If you want to exchange your currency with the Nepalese currency, you can exchange it at the counters in airport. It is reliable when you exchange the currency through banks or other certified money exchangers. You can find the exchange rate for the day in website of Nepal Rastra Bank.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is highly recommended as it is for your own safety and security. Our package doesn’t include the cost of travel insurance. You are responsible for your travel insurance.

Import and Export during the travel

You can import some duty free items prescribed by the Custom Act in Nepal. You can bring a 1.15ml bottle of distilled liquor, 200 cigarettes and 50 cigars. Also you can also bring laptop, video camera, binoculars and other portable items that are essential for you. In case of export, it is prohibited to carry the paintings, manuscripts or other things of cultural importance which carries over 100 years of history. In case you purchase any kind of statues of paintings, you need to verify it at the Department of Archaeology before export.

High altitude sickness

Many people suffer from high altitude sickness while they opt out for trekking in high altitude regions. There might be various causes for high altitude sickness. It may be due to lack of your body endurance or due to lack of proper acclimatization and many more, Therefore, one needs to be alert about the possible risks. Himal Eco Treks (HET) team always carries a first aid tool with them in case of emergencies. However, it is recommended for you to keep the knowledge of high altitude sickness.


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