Saribung Peak |22 Days

Trip Highlights

high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote valleys and villages, unique Himalayan cultures and some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.

 

Trip Overview

Situated in the remote Damodar Himal near Mustang and a stone’s throw from the Tibetan border, Saribung (6,346m) is a recently introduced mountain expedition that offers trekkers the challenge of summiting a rarely-climbed peak combined with adventurous trekking in a rugged and remote region that sees few trekkers. This is a strenuous trek that combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, remote valleys and villages, unique Himalayan cultures and some of the most spectacular scenery on earth.

We start our journey with a trek through the restricted area of Upper Mustang, a remote and starkly beautiful region, that is part of the Tibetan plateau. Hiking through an otherworldly landscape of sculpted canyons, surreal rock formations, medieval villages, ruined fortresses, royal palaces, Tibetan Buddhist gompas and soaring snow peaks, we will reach the fabled Mustang capital, Lo Manthang and spend some time exploring this fascinating place before heading east into the wild Namta Khola Valley to reach Saribung. After summiting Saribung, we cross the Saribung La (pass) and descend through the remote Nar-Phu Valley, before finishing in the village of Syange.

This expedition is not a technical climb, but is considered a challenging expedition because of the altitude variation and the remoteness of the area. There are many passes with ice and crevasses in between the Damodar Kunda (lake) and the Nar-Phu valley. These will require glacier travel mode for the most part with a couple of sections at most of fixed line requiring the use of a jumar. Previous experience with crampons and ice axe is necessary.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 Fly to Pokhara
Day 04 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m)
Day 05 Trek to Tsaile (3,100m)
Day 06 Trek to Syangbochen  (3,570m)
Day 07 Trek to Tsarang (3,560m)
Day 08 Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,840m)
Day 09 Acclimatization and exploration day in Lo-Manthang (3,840m)
Day 10 Trek to Yara (3,900m)
Day 11 Trek to Ghuma Thanti (4,780m)
Day 12 Trek to Barkhe Khola (5,500m)
Day 13 Trek to Damodar Kunda (4,990m)
Day 14 Rest day at Damodar Kunda (4,990m)
Day 15 Trek to Japanese Base Camp (5,200m)
Day 16 Trek to Advance Base Camp (5,800m)
Day 17 Trek Rough Camp via  Saribung peak summit (6,342m)
Day 18 Trek to Bhrikuti Base Camp (4,950m)
Day 19 Trek to Phu Gaon (4,080m)
Day 20 Rest day at Phu Gaon (4,080m)
Day 21 Trek to Meta (3,560m)
Day 22 Trek to Koto (2,600m)
Day 23 Trek to Dharapani (1,860m)
Day 24 Drive Dharapani to Kathmandu
Day 25 Depart Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03 Fly to Pokhara
Day 04 Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m)
Day 05 Trek to Tsaile (3,100m)
Day 06 Trek to Syangbochen  (3,570m)
Day 07 Trek to Tsarang (3,560m)
Day 08 Trek to Lo-Manthang (3,840m)
Day 09 Acclimatization and exploration day in Lo-Manthang (3,840m)
Day 10 Trek to Yara (3,900m)
Day 11 Trek to Ghuma Thanti (4,780m)
Day 12 Trek to Barkhe Khola (5,500m)
Day 13 Trek to Damodar Kunda (4,990m)
Day 14 Rest day at Damodar Kunda (4,990m)
Day 15 Trek to Japanese Base Camp (5,200m)
Day 16 Trek to Advance Base Camp (5,800m)
Day 17 Trek Rough Camp via  Saribung peak summit (6,342m)
Day 18 Trek to Bhrikuti Base Camp (4,950m)
Day 19 Trek to Phu Gaon (4,080m)
Day 20 Rest day at Phu Gaon (4,080m)
Day 21 Trek to Meta (3,560m)
Day 22 Trek to Koto (2,600m)
Day 23 Trek to Dharapani (1,860m)
Day 24 Drive Dharapani to Kathmandu
Day 25 Depart Kathmandu

Equipment List

Footwear:

  1. Plastic mountaineering boots (B2 boots)
  2. Water repellent boots with ankle support for walking
  3. A pair of Gaiters.
  4. Socks
  5. Trainers which can be used in teahouses & camps

Clothing:

  • Waterproof (trousers & jacket)
  • Trousers for trekking (Waterproof)
  • Long sleeve shirts/T-shirts (preferably non cotton)
  • Micro, Mid to heavyweight fleece & Fleece pants
  • Body warmer fleece
  • Thermals (top & bottom)
  • Down jacket

Climbing equipment:

  • Harness with 1m sling,
  • Screw gate carabiners
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Jumar
  • Mountaineering helmet

Head & Hand Gear:

  • Hat (Woolen or fleece)
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
  • Head-torch with extra btteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Mountaineering sunglasses
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Woolen gloves

Personal Equipment:

  • Duffle bag (to be carried by porter)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat. We also provide everyone mats. Your extra mat will be helpful at the Base Camp
  • Backpack to carry water bottles, camera, lunch packs and personal clothing
  • Pee bottle
  • Sunscreen & Insect repellent
  • Water purification tablets
  • Snacks, books, MP3 players, cards etc
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hand sanitizer & wipes
  • Toiletries

Personal first aid kit:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Electrolytes
  • Analgesics & throat lozenges
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatization)

Cost Included

  • Arrival & departure by private vehicles
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
  • Tea House trek with 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in local lodge/guest houses/camp
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom airfare
  • National park fee & TIMS
  • Climbing Sherpa during expedition & 2:1 climbing Sherpa
  • Full service during climbing duration
  • Ministry of Tourism permit (on sharing basis)
  • Garbage bond & liaison officer fees
  • Experienced Sherpa guide & porters
  • Equipment, Insurance for guide & porters
  • All necessary permits for climbing

Cost not Include

  • Nepal visa fee
  • International flight & departure taxes
  • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
  • Expenses of a personal nature like table drinks, telephone calls, and laundry service etc.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire in Kathmandu)
  • Costs incurred during rescue & emergency evacuation
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance

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  • Trip Duration: 22 Days
  • Trip Grading: Strenuous
  • Max Altitude: 6,654m
  • Best Time: March to May; September to November
  • Trip Mode: Teahouse/Camping
  • Group Size: 2-10 People
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