Saribung Trek and Expedition

Saribung Trek and Expedition

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Though not necessarily a technical climbing, it is however a very challenging undertaking due to the altitude variation and remoteness of the area and at some point demands fixed lines requiring the use of Jumar.

Max. Elevation :  6328m Grade : 
Best season :  Mar-May&Sept-Dec Type of trek :  Lodging/Camping
Duration :  27 Days Starting point :  Besisahar
Ending point :  Kathmandu Highlights :  Nature

Explored in the year 2006, Saribung Trek and Expedition is one of the newly initiated adventure trips to the north of Nepal’s Mustang region and is the least frequented areas of Nepal.  Located in the remote parts of Mustang region of Damodar Himal and close to the border of Tibet, the Saribung trails are rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and villages that have changed littler over the centuries revealing unique interpretation of lands forgotten by time.  On this stunning traverse from Mustang, we cross numerous high passes including the Saribung La (5600m) and emerge into the region of Nar and Phu where the pristine Tibetan culture thrives in the small villages and monasteries we pass through. The scale and grandeur of the high plateaus and the solitude of this region is simply spellbinding. 

 This trip can be undertaken anti clockwise during which the trek normally starts from Phu and then ascends to Saribung pass and enters in the “Hidden Vallley” of Mustang region. As with the clockwise, the trip starts from Jomsom following the Upper Mustand trail to Lo-Manthang and Lury Gomba before heading into the wilds of Namta Khola valley and finally descending to Nar Phu valley and ending at Besisahar.

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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport (1300m/4264ft) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Guided sightseeing of Kathmandu valley. Welcome dinner in the evening hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese Culture Show.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Besisahar, Trek to Nagdi (930m).
Day 04: Ngadi to Jagat (1300m)
Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1860m)
Day 06: Dharapani to Koto (2600m)
Day 07: Koto –Meta (3650m)
Day 08: Meta – Khyang (3820m)
Day 09: Kyang –Phu (4080m)
Day 10: Phu – Tsharing (4615m)
Day 11: Tsharin – Saribung Base Camp (4950m)
Day 12: Acclimatization
Day 13: Saribung Base Camp – Glacier camp (5425m)
Day 14: Camp I (5730m)
Day 15 – 17: Saribung Summit attempt (6328m). Back to Base Camp
Day 18: Crossing of Saribung La (6042m) and trek to Damodar Kund (4890m)
Day 19: Rest day in Damodar Kund
Day 20: Damodar Kund – Bas Khola (5074m)
Day 21: Bas Khola – Yara (3670m)
Day 22: Yara – Lo Manthang (3810m)
Day 23: Explore Lo Manthang
Day 24: Lo Manthang –Tsarang (3560m)
Day 25: Sarang – Ghami (3520m0
Day 26: Ghami – Samar (3660m0
Day 27: Samar – Chhusang (2980m)
Day 28: Chhusang – Kagbeni (2810m)
Day 29: Kagbeni – Jomsom (2720m)
Day 30: Jomsom – Pokhara by plane, overnight at Pokhara hotel.
Day 31: Pokhara – Kathmandu
Day 32: Sightseeing of Patan and Bhaktapur
Day 33: Final departure


Itinerary Two:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport (1300m/4264ft) and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: After breakfast we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley’s cultural, historical, religious and world heritage sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site.  The whole are of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home of Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition.  In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure.

Day 03: Drive (6 hrs) or fly (35min) to Pokhara (820m).
After an early breakfast, we fly or drive to Pokhara. Upon our arrival, the rest of the day is kept free for you to explore this beautiful lakeside city on your own or if you would like you can just sit back and relax. Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 915m, Pokhara is a place of natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and tranquility. The most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range.
 Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.

Day 04: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3-4 hours,
Early in the morning, we go to the airport by taxi and we fly to Jomsom and have breakfast. Then we continue our trail passing the River bank of Kaligandaki until we reach Lubra where we visit the Bon-Po monastery. It takes about 3 hours. We keep walking to Eklebatti. We have lunch. After lunch, we continue until Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. We can visit the red-painted Gompa which is said to be about 1000 years old. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/5-6 hours:
In the morning after breakfast, we must register our Restricted Area Permit in check post which is situated at the end of the village. Then the route continue passing the river bank of Kaligandaki. Repeating small ascents and descents until Tangbe village which takes about 3 hours walk. We can see beautiful landscapes and the Buddhist influence like Chhörtens , Maniwalls. Then we continue our trek for 1 hour to Chhusang village passing over a rocky trail. We have our lunch break in this village. After lunch, we again continue on our route by the river bank and we cross over an iron bridge where the Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel naturally built in a huge rock. It takes about 1 hour. Later we can see 16 caves above the tunnel. We walk up a steep ascent untill we reach the village of Tsaile which takes about 30 minutes. We have a good view of Nilgiri Himal and the Kaligandaki River. Overnight in Lodge.

 Day 06: Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m/6-7 hours:
In the morning, we climb up an unstable path and arrive at a plateau. We keep ascending the gentle slope and later we climb steep cliff way and arrive at a small pass. We keep gently descending to Samar village. It takes about 2 and half hours. We have lunch break here. After lunch, we leave the village and keep on going up and down until we reach the Chungsi cave monastery. It is an incredible place and we enjoy the strong spiritual environment. It is a steep ascent about 1 and half hours. We visit the monastery where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in 8th century. Then we continue our trek passing narrow way between two big huge rocks. It takes 1 and half hour to reach Syangmochen village. Again we climb up until we reach a small pass. After a you gentle descend we reach the village of  Ghiling. We see a big Chhörten and two Gompas whose walls are notably painted in red. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m, 6-7 hours:
In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the monastery. Then we keep on walking ascending gently until we reach Zaite village which takes about 1 hour. After the village a long ascent awaits us to Nyi-La 4020m. We cross over this pass entering the center of Mustang which is called the Lo region. Then we keep gently descending to reach a small pass again. After that pass it really goes steep down in a zigzag way to Ghami village. It takes 2 and half hours. We have lunch break. After lunch we walk again through Nepali flat which means down and up and finally crossing the small Khola. We can now see the longest Mani Wall in the Mustang region which is painted with vertical stripes of white, red and black. Then we have again a long steep ascent to a small pass and descend gently to Tsarang village. It takes about 3 hours. We can see a big huge Chhorten in the entrance of village, an Old Palace and Tsarang Gompa which we will visit in the evening. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m:
Upper Trail 7-8 hours, Lower trail 4-5 hours
 We follow the upper trail which allows  us to explore the Lo-Gyakar-Ghar Gompa. First we follow the river side trail to Marang village. It takes about 1 hour. Then we cross the River on a suspension bridge and continue to Ghar Gompa which takes about another 1 and half hours where we visit the Gompa. It is one of the oldest Gompas of upper Mustang. It was built by Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the 8th century. After visiting the monastery, we continue our trek crossing the small river and keep walking on the plateau and where we have at some point our packed lunch. After lunch, a long gentle ascent continues to reach Chogo-La 4230m which is the highest point in this region. Then we keep descending to Lo-Manthang  which takes about 4 hours. Now we are in the ancient wall city of Mustang. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day or Resting Day
Hike to Chhoser 7-8 hours or hike to Namgyal monastery 2-3 hours
today, we have 2 options to explore the forbidden kingdom. To visit Chhoser Village and another to explore Namgyal Monastery. Both are nice hikes. If we decide to go to Chhoser, we can visit many caves and a cave monastery. We need to carry our packed lunch. Or we just go to Namgyal monastery. Later in the day you have a time to explore the other monasteries in  Lo-Manthang or just do some shopping. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m/6-7 hours
We start our trek after breakfast, leave the village and keep by gently ascending going until we reach Day-La which takes about 1 hour. This is the last point where we can see Lo-Manthang. After 3 hours we reach Dhi village then we descend for about 1 hour down where we have lunch break.  After lunch we pass the small Khola and make a short steep climb to Yara village. It takes about 1 and half hour. We can see innumerable caves at the stone walls. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 11: Trek from Yara to Luri Cave Monastery 3-4 hours:
Today, we make short trek to Luri Gompa. In the morning, we continue through the river route to Luri cave Monastery which takes about 2 hours. There are actually two monasteries. First we visit one which is situated below of Luri Cave monastery. Then a short steep ascent brings us to Luri Cave Monastery which takes us about 30 minutes. This is the oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region which was constructed in the 15th century. It is situated at an elevation of 4005m. Inside the cave we can see a big Old Chhorten and many images and statues of Protectors and Deities. There is an also highly sacred religious text which is always closed.

There are many things which make Mustang an astonishing place to visit. Luri Gompa is one. Set high on a cliff face the main temple building has been carved out of the hillside to create a cave-temple. Lining the walls are a series of 14th century paintings which depict Indian Mahasiddhas. They are saints of the early Mahayana tradition who achieved siddhi, or extraordinary powers by meditation. Some were real individuals and others mythical. This is painting depicts Savaripa: a hunter who gave up killing animals after an encounter with Avaolkiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. The paintings of Luri are very different from the walled gompas of Lo Manthang or other nearby villages. No written record exists for the construction of Luri. The style of paintings suggests they were done by Nepalese artists from Nepal working for Tibetan patrons. The freshness of composition and free depiction of the figures makes Luri unique. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Trek from Luri Gompa from Ghuma Thanti 4600m/5-6 hours,
We follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 13: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola 4890/7-8 hours,
In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. We continue to Namta Khola after passing Lake. Stay overnight at tented camp.   

Day 14: Trek from Namta Khola to Saribung Base Camp 4950/6-7 hours,
In this day, walk in the Tibetan plateau gaining high altitude with passing high traverses until reaching Base Camp. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Acclimatization day: Today is free day for exploring the surrounding hills and acclimatizing to high altitude for the further expedition. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 16: Trek from Base Camp to Camp I 5730m/5-6 hours:
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 lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 17: Summit to Saribung Peak 6346m and back to Base Camp 4950m/8-9 hours:
Early in the morning, wake up and start to climb up to Summit of Saribung and back to base camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 18: Trek from Base Camp to Nagoru 4400m via Saribung Pass 5600m:
Morning after breakfast, we will traverse over the Saribung pass and trek steep down through the snowy trail and follow the small stream until reaching Nagoru. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.

Day 19: Trek from Nagoru to Phu Gaon 4080m/5-6 hours:
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek from our camp and walk on the Tibetan plateau and barren valley viewing very good view of snowy peaks until reaching Phu Gaon. Now we are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. We can see their cultures, natural diversity, and religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of 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. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m/5-6 hours:
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 continue the trail until reaching Meta. We can see the very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung. Overnight at hotel.

Day 21: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m/6-7 hours,
In this day, we start trek steep down for the while and walk through the pine forest passing many streams and picturesque water fall near the Dharmashala. We cross over the many suspension bridges and arrive in Koto after 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 22: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek in the level trail passing small villages until Timang through the Pine forest which takes about 2 hours. We can see short glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and other snow peaks. Then, we drop down to Danque through the knee crunching trail and have a lunch. After lunch, walk on the level and flat trail until reaching Dharapani. It takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 23: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m/5-6 hours,
Climb down along the Marsyangdi River, first cross by an iron bridge just end of the Dharapani village. Then, continue up stream of Marsyangdi River until reaching Kotro and cross by a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail continues right hand through the small battis in the canyon. There is again other suspension bridge, cross over the bridge and drop down to sandy area near the Tal village. After Tal, the trail drop down to the River in rocky trail and climb up the through the dense forest area and again cross by a suspension bridge near the Chyamje where lunch break. Then, the trail continues in the left hand until reaching Jagat Village. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 24: Trek from Jagat to Bulbhule 840m/5-6 hours:
In the morning after breakfast, we walk down through the rocky trail until reaching Syange where we can see very picturesque water fall about 200m. Then, pass the water fall and continue along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule following the road trail for short-cut. It takes about 5 hours to reach and enjoy with last day trekking treat. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 25: Drive from Bulbhule to Kathmandu 6-7 hours:
Morning, after packed all the equipments and upload to the bus and drive back to Kathmandu passing beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages. The views of mountains are spectacular during the driving and transfer to Hotel.

Day 26: After breakfast we will set out for a sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur and Patan and return to our hotel at late afternoon.

Day 27: Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home

Trip Cost Includes
  • All airport/hotel pick up and transfers
  • All accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and wherever stated
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Kathmandu valley city tour as per the above itinerary
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea & coffee and hot water during the trek
  • Camping Equipments: Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Member/Client Tent, Guide Tent,
  • Kitchen Equipments for Cooking during the camping trek.
  • Guide, cook, helper, porters and support staff, Sherpa porters including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All the domestic flight and airport tax
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits
  • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
  • Nar Phu Restricted Area Permit
  • Climbing Peak Permit
  • Climbing Sherpa’s Equipment Charge and Insurance
  • All transportation by A/C Tourist Bus and Private Car
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tourist Service Charge
  • Office Service Charge
  • All Government Tax where applicable.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Airport departure tax (International)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Garbage deposit (500 USD Refundable0
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, showers etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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