SARIBUNG PEAK CLIMBING 6328 - MUSTANG TREK | Alpinist Club

SARIBUNG PEAK CLIMBING 6328

Group Size

2-7 peoples

meal

breakfast, lunch, dinner

accomodation

hotel, lodge,tent

arrival on

kathmandu

departure from

kathmandu

trip level

hard

max. altitude

6,328

Best season

Autumn

trip highlights

  • The ascent of Saribung Peak (6328 m).
  • The Mustang, Damodar Himal, and the Annapurnas on the same trip.
  • The villages of Phu and Naar, and the panoramic Kang La (5320 m).
  • Supervision by a high mountain guide.
  • All permits included in the program.

trip introduction

Summit Saribung Peak 6328 meters and Explore the secret valley.  The Saribung peak climbing lies in the remote part of the upper Mustang in the  Damodar Himal area. of course, We follow the upper Mustang trek route to climb a  Saribung peak. therefore, you will have an opportunity to experience the remote and traditional villages. which is high influences by ancient Tibetan culture and tradition.

Saribung peak climbing 6328 is an exceptional glacial crossing of the Damodar Himal range. After the successful Saribung climbing. therefore, we trek out through the Nar and Phu valleys. The Nar Phu Valley is a true Himalayan wilderness experience. which is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. This valley is secret between the  Annapurna and Manaslu regions. It is a real secret gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore preserve valleys.

After exploring the valley we return by crossing the high pass kangla (5320m).  Moreover, the great variety of landscapes, colorful cliffs, authentic villages, monasteries, sacre lakes, glaciers, and high Himalayan mountains makes this journey one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal.

Before planning your trek in Nepal, it is always suggested to consider its season. The spring and autumn seasons are the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather becomes clear with warm days and cold nights. You will get a clear view of magnificent mountains, colorful flowers, and lush greenery during these seasons. Which makes the spring and autumn season the busiest time to trek in Nepal. 

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide.

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

Departure by vehicle for Pokhara. The road first offers magnificent views of the valley of the Trisuli river, then we cross superb tropical landscapes, before going up to Pokhara and having a view of the Annapurna massif and the Machhapuchhare. Free time in Pokhara

Transport: by private vehicle or group transport if less than 4 participants
Duration of transport: approximately 7 hours
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the hotel

The small twin-engine aircraft flies over the deep valley of the Kali Gandaki: spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, landing at Jomsom. In order to avoid hiking on the dusty trail of the lower Mustang, where the wind often blows in gusts, we take advantage of a transfer to Samar (3660 m). We are entering a world of great mineral beauty. We cross the villages of Kagbeni (2810 m) then Tangbe (3030 m), a pretty little fortified village, before reaching that of Samar (3660 m) where we will spend the night.

approximately Transfer:  15 min flight to Lukla 
Final altitude: approximately 2,960 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Descent into the river bed followed by a quiet climb. Then it is a magnificent balcony path facing the Nilgiri and the Annapurna range. Here, a few mountain pastures where the shepherds settle in summer. We quickly dive into a superb canyon with steep walls. A round trip, from 40 minutes to an hour, to visit the sacred grotto where many pilgrims come to pray, before quietly joining Syangboche, a tiny white village with flat roofs tightly packed in on itself. We take a vehicle to take us to Dhakmar (3820 m). The village is overlooked by extraordinary red ocher cliffs which close to the horizon. As usual, a few chortens mark the entrance to the village.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,820 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Departure from Dhakmar towards the ridges and climb in the multicolored cliffs with jagged rocks. At the top, the panoramas are breathtaking as far as the eye can see. To the west, these are the fields of Dhakmar where the contrasts are surprising and intense in summer and to the east stretches the wide valley of Tsarang. The village of Tsarang is relatively important by its position in the valley and shelters an imposing monastery by its size and its red color which overhangs the valley of Kali Gandaki.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,560 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We start the day west along the Tsarang Khola then we quickly reach the village of Marang before heading north and the capital of Mustang. We visit the Lo Gekar Monastery, built in the 8th century, created by the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, and which features splendid murals. In a landscape of magnificent colored hills ranging from white to red ocher with all shades of yellow, all crowned with snow-capped peaks, we reach Lo Manthang, the fortified capital of the ancient and mythical kingdom of Lo. It has two doors: a north side, a main entrance passing under a large porch, and a south side, a hidden door, hidden and discreet. Traditionally, only the north door was open during the day and closed every night.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,8100 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

A day to enjoy the walled city founded in 1380 by Ame Pal and rest. Visit the monasteries of Chode and Jampa, with ancient frescoes, including dozens of mandalas. We take the time to stroll through the alleys. Short hike possible to Namgyal Gompa or optional excursion to the village of Garphu and its splendid monasteries.

NB: optional visit to the village of Garphu, north of Lo Mantang, optional, travel by Jeep, the cost to be divided by the number of participants. Indicative prices: 65 $ / Jeep and 10 $ / person for entry to the monasteries.

approximately 2 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,820 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Direction Lo La (3945 m) by the track. Then the sandy path, very pleasant, takes us quietly, bypassing each valley, overlooking cut and colored canyons, with the Annapurna massif and the Dhaulagiri as a backdrop. The last pass at 4100 meters, before the descent in the middle of earthen penitents on the village of Dhi Gaon. We follow the bed of the Puyun Khola river for about an hour, then the path straightens sharply to lead to Yara, a small hamlet with white houses tightly packed together. Beautiful very wild day in splendid landscapes. Tonight, we find a new part of the local team who will accompany us in the Damodar Himal.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,650 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

During this rather quiet day, with a passage through the village of Gara (3875 m), we join Lori by a side road that allows reaching the village from the top (pass at 3935 m). We are entering the more “intimate” part of our trip. The afternoon is devoted to the visit of a sanctuary from another time, to acclimatization, and to the “good start” of our local team. In a hermitage above the village, we discover chorten and ancient frescoes.

approximately 2 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,650 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We descend the gorge to join the main path that goes from Yara to Ghuma Thanti, a ride from croup to croup in the pastures. At 4780 meters, crossing a large grassy plateau from which emerges the majestic Dhaulagiri. Passage of a large pass (4940 m), before descending to the shelter of Ghuma Thanti (4745 m), built for pilgrims going to the sacred lakes of Damodar Khunda.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,745 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We go up against great slopes in a lunar setting. The path, well-marked, is easy to follow. At the passage of the pass, at 5320 meters, the view of the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) is magnificent. Further down, after a long crossing, you can admire Annapurna I. Steep descent to reach the Parsche Khola river at the bottom of the thalweg. Short day, because at these altitudes, it is advisable to acclimatize gently.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,890 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We go up the gorge for 200 meters before following a large slope on the left bank of the river by a path that allows us to quickly gain altitude. A long crossing leads to the pass (5490 m) – a breathtaking view of the Dhaulagiri and the peaks of Damodar Himal -, then joins a new path that avoids a landslide. We join the river at 4,920 meters to cross it easily. Through a wide valley, we reach the sacred lakes. A small Hindu shrine upstream of the camp and a very old Buddhist chorten on the ridge marks the sacredness of the place.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We follow small paths that lead to the kharkas. A magnificent Marco-Polo mouflon trophy and numerous saligrams decorate these high-altitude sheepfolds. The end of the route in the river bed is uncomfortable. You can have lunch directly at the camp, where there is a large chorten built by the Japanese.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 5,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Transition day to approach the high mountains and change the universe. The first part of the climb takes place on the moraines on the left bank of the glacier. Small cairns indicate the passage. You have to reach the glacier itself to follow a great alley of penitents to the end, splendid! At around 5,700 meters, we cross the glacier almost horizontally to change banks and join the right bank moraine. We discover the highest peak of the Damodar Himal: the Khmjunggar Himal (6759 m).

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 5,720 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The climb to the pass takes place on the moraine, then on a slightly crevassed glacier; then, for the more athletic and the best acclimatized, climb to the top of Saribung Peak (6328 m) by an easy path with large snow slopes at 30 degrees then a very wide ridge. From the summit, the view is splendid on the surrounding peaks: Gyajikang, Himlung … Descent from the summit by the same route. From the pass, the long descent on the opposite slope requires attention to navigate between ice and permafrost. We set up our camp at the foot of a moraine.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 5,300 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We continue an interminable path along the edge of the left bank moraine to the Bhrikuti base camp (5070 m). Descent on a ridge with boulders to cross a tributary. We continue along the river to a second tributary that crosses by ford. A climb opposite on the glacial shoulder allows you to reach a well-marked path in the mountain pastures that you can easily follow to Ngaru, a formerly abandoned village. Restorative night after several days above 5000M.

Approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,600 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

 

A short steep climb then a magnificent balcony path leads us to the medieval village of Phu, perched on a rocky peak. A gurung community lives in this tangle of cube-shaped houses with flat roofs. Lunch in Phu and afternoon devoted to rest and the discovery of this magnificent village.

Approximately 4 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,995 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

The path goes down the Phu Khola gorge. We pass through the abandoned villages of Kyang and Chyako. What a pleasure to find the trees! We continue beyond Jhunum. The main trail leads to Meta, we leave it for the Naar trail and stop at Mahendra. The camp is located after the bridge which overhangs the gorge of a hundred meters, impressive!

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,425 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

A first steep climb then quiet to the village of Naar. Exceptional views of Pisang Peak and Kang Guru. A large chorten and imposing mani walls mark the entrance to this remarkable village. Above Naar, we go up a wide valley to Kangla La Phedi, where a shelter has been built for the porters. Last night in a tent and last evening with part of our team who will descend directly on Chame rather than passing the Kang La.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

Steep climb, we pass near a small lake before starting the final climb. The view of the Kang Guru is majestic. From the pass, breathtaking panorama of all the peaks of the Annapurnas massif. The first 100 meters below the pass require attention. We dive in the direction of Marsyangdi Kola, to the village of Ngawal.

Approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3.680 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the tent

We take the balcony path with extraordinary panoramas of the Annapurnas and cross the magnificent village of Gyaru (3670 m), before joining the classic path of the Annapurna tour. We join the track at Pisang (2675 m). Transfer by Jeep by the track to Dharapani.

Approximately 4 hours of walking & 2H Drive
Final altitude: approximately 3.680 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early in the morning, departure by Jeep to join Besisahar by the track. From Besisahar, bus to reach Kathmandu.

Approximately 5 hours of  Driving
Final altitude: approximately 1,350m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 15 minutes of driving to the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast

Best Time to Visit

WHEN TO GO NEPAL

 AUTUMN

During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER

Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING

From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER

In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  •  Domestic flights described in the program.
  • Collective and individual camping and cooking equipment.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • A hyperbaric chamber (decompression chamber).

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

 Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Nepalganj
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.
  • Tips

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate. It is essential to check that the water is not heated with wood, as this contributes to deforestation. Most of the time, the water is heated with solar energy.

SARIBUNG TREK: accommodation in tents in total autonomy, with sleeping material, Dinningtents with tables, table, and chair seats, kitchen tent, toilet tent. One foam mattress per participant is provided. Three-person “dome” type tents for two people

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

 DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat it with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles, which must then be recycled. You can buy already treated water (safe drinking water) in the villages, which limits the problem of bottles.

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