Saribung Peak Expedition (6,387 meters)

Duration: 28 Days   |   PhotosDownload

We organize the Saribung peak expedition with full services that start in Jomsom and continue to Saribung peak via Upper Mustang (Lo-Manthang) and Lauri Gompa.

Saribung Expedition is a high demanding trip from Lo- Manthang through a very remote region to the ancient Kingdom of Upper Mustang near the Tibet border. After leaving the Jomsom we walk to the isolated land of Luri Gompa then from there walk up the Damodar Kunda Base camp. At the end head of this beautiful base camp, we cross the rarely trekked Saribung La pass (6,042m) to enter Phu village.  

Upper Mustang is arid and dry with colourful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.

Our itinerary has been carefully designed for gradual acclimatization to high altitude in order to maximize your chances of safely crossing Saribung La pass and making an ascent of Saribung peak. Acclimatization works much better by starting from Jomsom side and before our approach to Saribung we trek up to Damodar Kunda Base Camp. This trail is rarely visited by other trekkers and is a beautiful valley that is rarely visited with blue sheep often seen grazing near Base Camp.

Saribung Peak would be a suitable expedition if you have trekked to high altitudes on previous trips and have basic mountaineering skills including the use of ice axe and crampons. If you are interested in joining our group and would like to check whether this trip is a suitable expedition for you please send in your pre-trip application through our website and we will reply with feedback and any further training required. 

Highlights

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, or Boudhanath on your free day in Kathmandu
  • Remote Peak climbing experience by conquering the summit of Saribung Peak at the elevation of 6,387 meters
  • Cross the Saribung La pass at 5,600 meters 
  • Panoramic views of Chhib Himal (6,650m), Kharsang Peak (6,225m), Gyajikhang (7,038m), Bhrikuti (6,460m), and Himlung (7,126m)
  • Get an insight into the livelihood of the ethnic Tibetan Buddhists and Thakalis in the villages of Jomsom, Kagbeni, Chele, Tangbe, Tsarang, and Lo Manthang.
  • Visit the mystical pre-historic Luri Caves in the cliffs of the popular forbidden Upper Mustang 
  • Explore the significant monasteries of Mustang, including Jampa Lhakhang, Tubchen Gompa, Chode Gompa, Choprang Goemp, Ghar Gompa, Tsarang Gompa, Bon Po, and Tashi Lhakhang.
  • Visit the religiously significant Damodar Kunda 
  • Visit the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu with the unique culture of Tibetan Buddhist, Ghale, Gurung, and Lama residing in the villages
  • Enjoy the views of Annapurna II, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal in the Kali Gandaki River valley 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotel
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  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kagbeni
  • Maximum Altitude:2800m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Chele
  • Maximum Altitude:3075m
  • Accommodation:gues thouse
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Geling
  • Maximum Altitude:3560m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dhakmar
  • Maximum Altitude:3820m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Tsarang
  • Maximum Altitude:3580m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Lo Manthang
  • Maximum Altitude:3809m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Yara
  • Maximum Altitude:3,900m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Luri Gompa
  • Maximum Altitude:3500m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghuma Thanti
  • Maximum Altitude:4856m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Parsche Khola
  • Maximum Altitude:4200m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Damodar Kunda
  • Maximum Altitude:4890m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Base camp
  • Maximum Altitude:5240m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Moraine Camp
  • Maximum Altitude:5720m
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Bhrihuti BC
  • Maximum Altitude:5070M
  • Accommodation:Tent
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phu
  • Maximum Altitude:3995m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Phu
  • Maximum Altitude:3995m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Mahendra Pul
  • Maximum Altitude:3425m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kang La Phedi
  • Maximum Altitude:4500m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ngawal
  • Maximum Altitude:3750m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Brathang
  • Maximum Altitude:2840m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Dharapani
  • Maximum Altitude:1900 m
  • Accommodation:guest house
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Syange
  • Maximum Altitude:1050m
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Kathmandu

    Inclusion

    • Transfer from airport/hotel/airport on both domestic and international flights by private vehicle.
    • Necessary hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
    • Freshly cooked full board meals prepared by our cook (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and properly boiled drinking water with tea and coffee while on the trek.
    • Accommodation on 2 men tented camp whilst on the trek.
    • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid including his salary, food, accommodation, equipment, transportation and flight
    • Well-experienced Climbing leader( Guide), assistant climbing leader, cook and other helpers as per requirement for the climbing section including their salary, food, drinks, accommodation, equipment, transportation and flight.
    • Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation
    • All Domestic airfare: KTM to Pokhara to Jomsom including airport tax
    • All ground transportation by private vehicle and local bus.
    • Camping equipment - 2-men tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils, dining table with backrest chair and other necessary equipment during the trek.
    • Expedition Permit fee of Mt. Saribung.
    • Special permit of Mustang and Nar-Phu Valley.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance fees
    • 2 Expedition duffel bag or Barrel for each member.
    • Transport of food supply & expedition equipment to Base Camp and back.
    • High Insurance covering all staff, including Climbing guide and porters as per state law.
    • Warm down jacket and sleeping bag (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement. (Helicopter Evacuation available if required, at clients cost).
    • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life-saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with the comprehensive First aid medical kit.
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a typical Nepali restaurant.
    • All applicable government taxes. 
    • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
    • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory).
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    Useful Information

    Trip Cost: From USD 4500 to USD 5000 each person, minimum group size is 2 people.

    Altitude Sickness

    Saribung Peak Expedition (6,387m) offers challenging trails to the summit so there is a potential threat of altitude sickness. Although we provide a well-crafted itinerary with enough acclimatization days and pre-climb training to prevent high altitude sickness, we recommend that you keep your body hydrated and avoid alcoholic beverages and smoking. Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The mountain leaders assigned are experienced, astute and perceptive who can quickly assess the situation. In case of health hazards and unforeseen circumstances, the team will handle it.

    Packing Checklist For Saribung Expedition 

    Alpine Eco Trek offers mountaineering equipment such as tents, room accessories, climbing rope, ice screws, snow bar, ice hammer, etc. In case of personal preference, you can bring it from home. Please do note that most of the climbing gear is available on hire in Kathmandu. We have prepared a list of the right equipment and appropriate gear for the Saribung Expedition. Please check the packing list for Saribung Expedition given below:

    Personal Climbing Gears
    --Ice axe
    --Crampons
    --Harness
    --Tape slings (2)
    --Screwgate karabiners (2 locks, 2 unlock)
    --Descender/eight-figure
    --Plastic mountaineering boots
    --Ascender/Jhumar
    --Helmet

    Group Climbing Gears
    --Snow bar
    --Rope
    --Ice hammer
    --Ice screw

    Personal Climbing and Trekking Gear Checklist

    --Rucksack and Travel Bags
    --A small daypack/backpack(30-40L) for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding.
    --Large duffel bag (80-100L)
    --Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
    --Waterproof covers

    Head
    --Bandana or headscarf, very useful for dusty conditions
    --Balaclava that covers your ears
    --Beanie
    --Wide-brimmed sunhat
    --Neck gaiter or warmer
    --Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
    --Snow goggles and Sunglasses with UV protection (carry an extra pair in case you lose or break it)
    --Prescription sunglasses (if required)

    Upper Body
    --Long sleeve shirt (moisture absorbing and breathable)
    --T-shirt (moisture absorbing and breathable)
    --The thermal base layer of merino wool
    --Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
    --Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    --Down Vest
    --Expedition weight insulated down jacket with hood
    --Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

    Hands
    --A pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves or lightweight wool or fleece gloves
    --Summit Mittens (warm insulated gloves with safety straps)

    Lower Body
    --Non-cotton underwear briefs
    --Hiking shorts
    --Lightweight thermal leggings of merino wool
    --Trekking trousers (waterproof, breathable fabric)
    --Hardshell trousers
    --Synthetic insulated pants

    Feet
    --Double insulated climbing boots
    --Good quality hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
    --Gaiters
    --Crampons
    --Lightweight inner socks, heavy poly or wool socks and cotton socks
    --Running shoes and rubber sandals/flip-flops

    Sleeping
    --Sleeping Bag ( a 5 season sleeping bag, suitable for temperatures for as low as -40°C)
    --Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad (NeoAir XTherm) which offers insulation and warmth in sub-freezing temperatures
    --Foam pad
    --Fleece sleeping bag liner
    --Pillowcase

    Medical
    --Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
    --Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
    --Skin-blister repair kit
    --Anti-diarrhoea pills
    --Paracetamol
    --Cough and/or cold medicine
    --Anti-altitude sickness pills - Diamox or Acetylzolamide
    --Stomach antibiotic - Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
    --Throat lozenges
    --Water purification tablets or the water filter
    --Earplugs
    --Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
    --Sunscreen

    Practical Items
    --Small roll of repair tape, sewing-repair kit
    --Compass or GPS(optional)
    --Alarm clock/watch
    --Camera with extra SD cards and batteries
    --Large Ziploc bags
    --2 water bottles (1 liter each)
    --Lightweight steel thermal bottle
    --Small folding or Swiss knife
    --Binoculars (optional)
    --4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
    --Socket adapter Type C (with circular pins)
    --Trekking poles(foldable)

    Toiletries
    --Medium-sized quick-drying towel
    --Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
    --Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
    --Small sachets of shampoo
    --Deodorants
    --Nail clippers
    --Face and body moisturizer
    --Female hygiene products
    --Personal Hygiene
    --Wet wipes (baby wipes)
    --Tissue /toilet roll
    --Anti-bacterial handwash
    --Hand sanitiser
    --Pee Bottle (1 litre, leak-proof, wide mouth)
    --Pee funnel (for female)

    Extras/Luxuries
    --Reading book
    --Trail map/guide book
    --Journal and pen
    --iPod
    --Playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
    --A modest swimsuit
    --Binoculars (optional) 

    Travel Insurance

    For Saribung Expedition, you need a travel insurance policy covering all activities and altitudes included in the itinerary. There are chances of Acute Mountain Sickness at higher altitudes, and therefore travel insurance is highly recommended. However, before buying insurance, make sure it offers suitable coverage for the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency. Also, check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country.

    Ram Kumar Adhikari
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    Mr. Ram Kumar Adhikari

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