Saribung Peak Climbing

Peak Climbing in Nepal

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    24 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    6328 m m

  • Difficulty

    strenous

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private Jeep & Flight

  • Region/Type

    Annapurna Treks
  • Best Season:

    Saribung Peak Climbing or Saribung Expedition is truly an off-the-beaten-path excursion, which adds to its new, untamed, allure, and mystique location, where few people go. This journey is newer and more interesting than many others with a climb up to the magnificent Saribung Peak (6346 m) that lies near the Damodar Mountain Range in a remote section of Mustang and a stone's throw from the Tibetan border. 

    This is considered a challenging expedition that takes you over an otherworldly landscape of sculpted canyons, surreal rock formations, medieval villages, ruined fortresses, Tibetan Buddhist gompas, soaring snow peaks, and distinct Himalayan cultures. Upper Jomsom, the restricted region of Upper Mustang, strikingly beautiful Nar Phu Valley, and the lonely Hidden Valley are all included in one excellent adventure.

    In addition, this newly discovered trekking route crosses challenging Saribung Pass (6042 m), which is one of the highest passes in Nepal. The trail to the pass is surely not easy, but the views you will get to see from the top of this pass are truly rewarding. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Nilgiri Himal (7061m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), and Annapurna II (7937m) from the summit of Saribung Peak.

    The region is also part of the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal's largest protected area and home to Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), the world's seventh highest mountain. Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri South (6839m), Yakwakang Peak (6462m), and Damodar Himal (6004m) are among the 6000m+ peaks in the area. 

    Hence, Saribung Peak Climbing is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime journey that includes mythological sites, wild and remote locations, spectacular pass crossings, special trek, and one-of-a-kind trips.

    Saribung Peak Climbing Trip Highlights 

    • Discover an isolated part of the Mustang region that lies within the Damodar Himal Range
    • Trekking experience through low sub-tropical woods to high alpine rocky terrain
    • Upper Jomsom, Upper Mustang, isolated Nar Phu Valley, and Hidden Valley in one excellent adventure
    • Get the insights into Tibetan like environment, culture, and people
    • Face the challenges of not only climbing Saribung Peak at 6,328m but also traversing the 6,042m Saribung La pass 
    • Wonderful views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and the Annapurna range
    • Take in the striking vistas of Himlung Himal, Nilgiri Himal, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and many other peaks

    Difficulty Level of Saribung Expedition 

    Saribung Peak Expedition is not a technical climb, but it is considered a difficult excursion due to the altitude change and isolation of the location. With the challenging routes and off-the-beaten paths linked with Saribung Peak, this journey is where you will be ascending to a staggering height of 6,328 meters.

    Between the Damodar Kunda (lake) and the Nar-Phu valley, there are numerous passes with ice and crevasses. Two of the most notable challenges are the Kang La high pass and Saribung La pass, which is located above 5200 meters. For the most part, these will necessitate glacier travel mode, with only a few portions of fixed-line requiring the use of a jumar. As a result, climbing the Saribung Peak necessitates a basic understanding of mountaineering methods excellent physical shape, and a lot of determination.

    Trekkers must walk an average of 6 to 7 hours per day off-trail or over tough terrain, with a total elevation gain of more than 1000 meters or 20 kilometers. And, if you are an experienced mountaineer, ascending Saribung Peak will be quite easy for you. 

    Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) during Saribung Peak Climbing 

    The well-planned Saribung Peak Climbing itinerary includes two practical and beneficial acclimatization days and pre-climb training which helps in the adaption of the thin air and reduces the chance of mountain sickness.

    However, to avoid getting AMS, we recommend that you stay hydrated and walk at a relaxed pace. If any symptoms are seen, immediately inform the guides as our guides are always equipped with a first-aid kit and a pulse oximeter (which measures the amount of oxygen in your blood). Every one of our mountain commanders is experienced, smart, and insightful and can deal with any health risks or unforeseen occurrences.

    Best time to do the Saribung Peak Climbing 

    Saribung Peak climbing is best done in the spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November). 

    During these seasons, the weather is pleasant, providing perfect circumstances for hiking and climbing with less snow and clear mountain vistas. 

    Monsoon and winter are considered off-seasons, and climbing during these times is not recommended due to wet, slippery trails and unsatisfying vistas and heavy snowfall and extreme cold. 

    Permits for Saribung Peak Climbing 

    • Saribung Peak Climbing needs the following permissions:
    • Immigration Documentation and Permits for Saribung Expedition
    • Saribung Peak climbing fees/Royalty 
    • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
    • Upper Mustang Special Permit 

    Itinerary in Details

    Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU

    🕑 30 Min Drive

    Max Altitude: 1350 m

    On arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, a representative from the Himalayan Trekkers will greet you and transfer you to the respective hotel at the city center. You will be guided till your check-in formalities and you are on your own after that.
    In case of your early arrival, we will sit for a short discussion regarding your Saribung Peak Climbing. In the evening if you got extra time, you can make a short introductory stroll around the streets of the Thamel area. 
    O/N at a hotel/resort.

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 2: SIGHTSEEING & EXPEDITION PREPARATION

    🕑 Full Day

    Max Altitude: 1350 m

    After breakfast at the hotel, your city guide will receive you at the hotel and assist you with the Kathmandu city-guided sightseeing tour. The first sightseeing spot will be Boudhanath Stupa, which takes half an hour of drive. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world that represents Mahayana (Tibetan Buddhism). Built-in the 14th century, the stupa is the biggest one in the country and one of the biggest in South Asia. It is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites which was listed in 1979. 
    Fifteen minutes drive from the stupa takes us to one of the four Hindu holiest sites in the world, the Pashupatinath Temple. The main temple in the complex is dedicated to the ‘God of destruction - Lord Shiva’. The temple area is flocked with pilgrims every day and is crowded during auspicious days like Shivaratri. It is also one of the oldest sacred sites believed to be built during the 4th century in pagoda style. Every evening, an arati ceremony (religious ritual of worship) is held and you can witness the open cremation of the dead bodies by the holy Bagmati River every day. 
    After sightseeing, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. And the remainder of the day is on your own. You can spend the rest of the day preparing for the expedition journey that starts tomorrow. 
    O/N at a hotel/resort.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 3: DRIVE TO JAGAT

    🕑 9/10 Hours Drive

    Max Altitude: 930 m

    We depart Kathmandu early in the morning and drive along with the stunning views of mountains, lush hills, terraced fields, small villages in the route. Not going on the Pokhara Highway, we turn right and continue our drive to Dumre and drive along the Marshyangdi River and reach Besisahar. We continue on past this town, passing a Chinese-built hydroelectric station at Bhulbule. When we reach Ngadi, we transfer from our bus to local jeeps. We continue our journey to Jagat and spend the night.
    O/N at a lodge. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 4: TREK TO DHARAPANI

    🕑 7 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 1940 m

    After breakfast at the lodge, we leave Jagat and start our trekking journey towards Dharapani, today’s destination. We get to relish the view of the 200m waterfall at Chamje soon after we leave Jagat. Then, we descend to the river, cross the bridge and the East side of the valley. We walk past small farms and terraced fields and follow the stone stairs trail that climbs and descends the valley's spurs. The trail travels past lush jungle and massive rocks that have been thrown down from the mountains above. We reach the picturesque and colorful village of Tal and stop for lunch. 
    After lunch, we walk alongside the Marsyangdi River at the base of a cliff and we cross the suspension bridge made of iron before arriving at the Gurung settlement of Dharapani.
    O/N at a lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 5: TREK TO KOTO

    🕑 6 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 2700 m

    Our trail leads us to the Bagarchap village from Dharapani. Then, we trek through the thick forest of pine and fir. We ascent from here and reach Timing village that offers the wonderful view of Lamjung Himal (6983m). After a lunch break at a teahouse in Timing, we descend for a bit then make ascend to reach Thanchok settlement. We follow the steep trail from here until we make up to Koto village. There are fantastic views of Annapurna II (7,937m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), Manaslu (8,154m) and Peak 29 (Ngadi Peak/ 7833m) from Koto. 
    O/N at a lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 6: TREK TO META

    🕑 8 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 3500 m

    We begin at a police checkpoint where our permits are checked and registrations are made before departing the Annapurna Circuit. The trail enters the Naar Khola valley, which is quieter and less used by trekkers. We walk through a pine forest and cross the Naar Khola on a bridge after a short drop. We arrive at a little clearing in the pine forests with a few tea houses after about 4 hours of walking. We proceed up the valley, passing by a waterfall. We continue for another hour up a hard trail to Meta, which is surrounded by Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. 
    Meta is also known as Methang and is used as a winter shelter by Naar locals. The views of the surrounding area are spectacular, including a vista of Mount Kang Guru (6981m).
    O/N at a teahouse.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 7: TREK TO PHU

    🕑 6 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4080 m

    From Meta, we follow the valley's contours till we reach Kyang (3891m), passing through some abandoned villages and the Kyang Pass. Following the Layiju Khola, we continue rising the valley. To get to the gates of Phu village, we have to cross many ridges on our way in and out and pass many settlements such as Chyakhu, Jhunam, and Khampa. We continue along the river's edge until we reach the village on the far bank. A line of beautiful chortens colors the landscape just before crossing the bridge into Phu. In the evening, we will have free time to explore this lovely village located on a hilltop. You can also take a short stroll up to the historic Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. 
    O/N at a teahouse.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 8: ACCLIMATIZATION DAY AT PHU

    🕑 Full Day

    Max Altitude: 4080 m

    Acclimatization is very important when moving to higher altitudes. Today is the day for us to rest and explore the isolated area of Phu. We go for a brief walk in the morning to help us acclimate and acquire altitude. We have the option of walking towards Himlung Base Camp or the Naar Phu Pass in the opposite way. We can also explore the town's narrow alleyways where people are seen spinning yak and sheep wool, pounding mustard seeds into a paste for oil, or going about their daily activities.
    O/N at a teahouse. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 9: TREK TO YAK KHARKA

    🕑 4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4494 m

    We leave Phu village after breakfast and climb up the valley and cross the river. Our trail becomes more remote and hard as we pass through several tiny villages populated primarily by Lama, Gurung, and Ghale ethnic groups. We follow the contours of the mountainside and pass by multiple stupas. From here, we descend into Nagarou, the valley’s last abandoned village. Many domestic yaks, as well as blue sheep, may be seen roaming the valley slopes near the town. Keep an eye out for the cave located above the village. There is a ridge below Nagarou village where we shall cross the river to the opposite side. We continue up the trail, which gradually steepens before continuing to our today’s destination, Yak Kharka or yak herder’s camping site. 
    O/N at a tented camp. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 10: TREK TO POKHARKANG BASE CAMP

    🕑 6 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 5030 m

    From our camp at Yak Kharka, we start ascending following the Layju Khola and arrive at a small secluded valley on the northwest. Our camp for two nights will be set 300 meters uphill at the Pokharkang Base Camp. This base camp is rarely visited as the majority of the trekkers stick to the main valley on their way to and from Saribung. Though it is a lesser-known place, it is a wonderful place with lovely surroundings. 
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 11: ACCLIMATIZATION/REST DAY AT POKHARKANG BC

    🕑 Full Day

    Max Altitude: 5030 m

    This is an exploration day near Pokharkang Base Camp to aid our acclimatization. If we are lucky enough, we might spot the rare blue sheep grazing on the meadow. To acclimatize, we will take a short hike to the lake above our camping area. 
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 12: TREK TO BHRIKUTI BASE CAMP

    🕑 3/4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 5070 m

    After our breakfast, we will soon start our trek towards the Bhrikuti Base Camp and spend the remainder of the days resting and preparing for the climb. We will pass by a pass at 5190 meters today en route from the Yak Kharka to the Bhrikuti Base Camp. 
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 13: TREK TO SARIBUNG BASE CAMP

    🕑 4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 5339 m

    Today we will move to the Saribung Base Camp from the Bhrikuti Base Camp. We will set our camps, rest, and make necessary checking of our climbing equipment. 
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 14: TREK TO SARIBUNG HIGH CAMP

    🕑 4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 5800 m

    From the base, we continue our trekking journey further one step to Saribung High Camp. The first glance of our ultimate destination, Saribung Peak comes in front of our eyes as we approach the High Camp. The day can be quite challenging as we have to walk on the icy and steep trails. We might have to use crampons if necessary. Once we reach the camping area, we take enough rest and prepare for the most-awaited day of this trip. 
    O/N at a tented camp. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 15: CROSS SARIBUNG LA (6,042M), CLIMB SARIBUNG PEAK (6,328M) & DESCEND TO JAPANESE BASE CAMP (5,250M),

    🕑 10 -12 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 6328 m

    The most anticipated day has arrived on the day 16th. Today, we will be conquering the summit of Saribung Peak. Our climbing journey begins early in the morning around 2 to 3 after breakfast fully acclimatized and equipped with all required climbing gear, because strong gusts after midday might make reaching the top difficult. We will climb to the peak of Saribung Peak, following the instruction and footsteps of our experienced climbing specialists. We are rewarded with wonderful views of breathtaking valleys and high peaks like Himlung, Gyajikang, and Bhrikuti as we reach the summit. We will descend and return to base camp after spending some quality time at the summit.
    O/N at a tented camp. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 16: TREK TO DAMODAR KHUNDA

    🕑 3 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4890 m

    We hike down to Damodar Kunda from Japanese Base Camp. This is a significant Hindu pilgrimage place. According to local legend, if you dive underwater in the lake, you will be cleansed of all sin. 
    O/N at a tented camp.
    Note: This day could be used as a contingency day if the summit is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as terrible weather.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 17: TREK TO BACHA KHOLA CAMP

    🕑 5 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4859 m

    We approach French camp as we travel farther down the valley. After passing across the Upper Mustang region's first pass, we climb for roughly 3 hours on tiny trails via some landslide regions to reach 5,450m on the Batsyak Pass. From the pass, we have a fantastic view of the Upper Mustang. We continue by traversing down, followed by a final steep drop into the Bacha Khola, and set up camp close to them. 
    O/N at a tented camp. 

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 18: TREK TO GHUMA THATI

    🕑 4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4800 m

    We leave camp in the morning for another tough trek. For around 3 hours, we curve around and up towards Kyumu La from where we can see Mount Dhaulagiri clearly. After that, it's a sharp descent into the Kyumupanin Khola, followed by an hour of walking down the river to the Ghuma Thati camp. The views towards Upper Mustang are stunning from this campsite.
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 19: TREK TO YARA

    🕑 7 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 4300 m

    We will be heading down to Yara today, which will be the first village we've seen in almost a week. We make our way around the mountain's edge till we reach a ridgeline. We start downhill towards Luri Gompa. Then, we will follow the Puyung Khola down to the town of Yara.
    O/N at a tented camp.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tented Camp

    Day 20: TREK TO CHARANG

    🕑 4 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 3560 m

    As we depart Yara, we take a beautiful walk down the river valley. To get to Charang village, we will cross the Kali Gandaki (the deepest gorge) ending our trekking journey here. 
    O/N at a lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 21: TREK TO LO-MANTHANG

    🕑 3 Hours Walk

    Max Altitude: 3800 m

    Lomang-thang is a popular town in Mustang. It would be exciting to visit the Lo and surrounding places, ancient monasteries, Cave, and fort since we are close after our peak climbing back trip.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 21: JEEP TO JOMSOM

    🕑 8 Hours Drive

    Max Altitude: 2670 m

    With the end of walking days, we now travel by vehicle, as the new road has replaced the walking path from Yara. We pass through Chele before changing jeeps at Chusang. We carry on to Jomsom through Tangbe. We will stay at a lodge near the airport and have a succession party with the incredible crew in the evening. 
    O/N at a lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Tea House

    Day 22: FLY TO POKHARA & FLY/DRIVE TO KATHMANDU, 25MINS, 25MINS/6-7HRS

    Max Altitude: 1350 m

    We fly to Pokhara early in the morning, then connect to another flight to Kathmandu. Or, you can opt to drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu on a private vehicle along the beautiful highway. 
    O/N at a hotel/resort.

    Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 23: FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU

    🕑 Full Day

    Max Altitude: 1350 m

    The day is set aside for the rest. However, you can see the world heritage sites in Kathmandu that you couldn't see during the sightseeing before. 
    Otherwise, walking around Thamel's busy shopping streets in the evening is a great way to spend some quality time within Kathmandu. In the evening, we will enjoy one last meal together.
    O/N at a hotel/resort.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Day 24: DEPARTURE DAY FROM KATHMANDU

    🕑 30 Min Drive

    Max Altitude: 1350 m

    According to your flight schedule, a Himalayan Trekker representative will drop you off at the International Airport and bid farewell. 

    Meals: Breakfast

    Includes

    • Airport arrival and departure transfers on a private vehicle 
    • Standard hotel/resort accommodation on a twin/double sharing bed  in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
    • Daily Breakfast at hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara
    • Full board meals while on Saribung peak climbing expedition & trekking
    • Properly boiled drinking water, tea, and coffee while on the expedition
    • Tented camp accommodation during the climbing journey 
    • Guided city tour with world heritage entrance fees as per the itinerary.
    • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
    • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
    • All required climbing gear such as crampons, climbing rope, ice axe, Jumar, harness, the figure of eight, Carabiner, etc.
    • All camping equipment gear including the member tent
    • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide 
    • Comprehensive First Aid Kit
    • Trekking map
    • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
    • Trekking cook, kitchen staff, Trek Sherpa, and other support staff
    • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
    • Insurance and trek gear for all staff including porters
    • TIMS / Trekking permit, National park / Conservation entry fees
    • Saribung Expedition Climbing Permit Royalty 
    • Welcome/farewell dinner
    • All applicable government taxes
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    Excludes

    • International Airfare & Airport Tax
    • Nepal entry Visa fee
    • Travel Insurance & emergency evacuation
    • Personal Clothing and climbing gear
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot shower, battery charge, phone bills, etc. 
    • Beverage bills (alcoholic & non-alcoholic)
    • Tips & gratitude
    • Expenses that are caused by unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions, political issues, personal illness, etc. 
    • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusion

     

    In Kathmandu, we provide the Standard category hotel or resort with breakfast on a twin/double bed sharing basis. Upgrades are available on your choice or request at an additional cost. 

    We will arrange and assure the best available local teahouses & lodges for you on the path during your journey. Teahouses typically have two beds, each with a mattress, pillows, a blanket, and flush/squat toilets. And during the climbing period, you will sleep in a tented camp.

    Meals During the Trip in Saribung Expedition and Trekking

    Almost every hotel or resort in Kathmandu includes breakfast within their service. For the other meals (lunch & dinner), there are several restaurants and cafes as per your interest and budget where you can dine. 

    During the trek and climbing period, you will be offered full-board meals. You will be served authentic Nepalese and western (as per our available) cuisine by the local teahouses and lodges. In addition, at tented camps over 4,000 meters, you may enjoy freshly cooked and healthy different verities meals served by a climbing cook.

     

    Reviews

    Peter Dorr

    Germany

    Thank you to the Himalayan Trekkers and team for organizing our Saribung Peak Expedition. Everyone in our group was pleased with the trip's overall environment.

    Ang Dawa, our climbing guide, is a man with excellent technical expertise. It would not have been possible to reach the summit without his guidance. Overall, we would want to express our gratitude to everyone who helped us reach the summit of Saribung Peak. We will definitely return for more adventure activities with this company. 

     

    Simon Shrimpton

    UK

    Never thought we could complete the journey this easily as it is regarded as a demanding trekking trip. It’s all thanks to our fantastic climbing guides, especially Palden and Lekpa, and to our previous trekking experience in Nepal’s rough terrain (Annapurna Circuit Trek). 

    Overall, this heart throbbing journey went smoothly and we all are satisfied with it. Really need to appreciate Himalayan Trekkers’ wonderful assistance and service. A highly recommended for any trip in Nepal’s Himalayan region

     

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