Saribung Peak, standing tall at an elevation of 6,328 meters, offers a thrilling and challenging climbing experience in the remote Mustang region of Nepal. This expedition combines the best of trekking and mountaineering, taking adventurers through stunning landscapes, high mountain passes, and hidden valleys. Saribung Peak Climbing demands technical skills and physical fitness as climbers navigate icy slopes, crevasses, and steep ridges. Along the way, trekkers are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, as well as encounters with local Tibetan-influenced cultures and ancient Buddhist monasteries. This unforgettable journey is a true test of endurance and an opportunity to conquer a lesser-known gem of the Himalayas.
Awe-inspiring view of Himlung Himal at 7,126 metres, Annapurna II at 7,937 metres, Manaslu at 8,156 metres, Nilgiri at 7,061 metres.
Annapurna region in the midWest of Nepal is a wonder of nature. Among such wonders, Saribung Peak, at 6,328 metres, stands tall and attracts aspiring climbers every year. Located on Upper Mustang, this peak is a newly discovered climbing location.
Northeast to the Lo Manthang, Saribung Peak sits at the border of Tibet and Nepal. The preserved Tibetan lifestyle of the people of Lo and the flat Tibetan plateau gives the experience of off-beaten regions. Lo Manthang was once a forbidden kingdom of Tibet. This place later became part of Nepal, and since then it has been a beautiful place for trekking and climbing. Permitted for trekking in 1993, climbing of Saribung Peak and other peaks here only started after 2006. This place is only accessible with permits, and once they expire, you have to either renew them or leave the Lo Manthang.
Saribung Peak rises between the Nar Phu valley and Damodar Kunda near Damodar Himal. The summit of Saribung Peak is an ideal place for spectacular viewing of the Annapurna ranges and other 7,000-metre peaks. Himlung at 7,126 metres, Nilgiri at 7,061 metres, and Annapurna II at 7,937 metres are best when viewed from the summit. Also, Manaslu at 8,156 metres looks spectacular on a clear day when viewed from the summit of Saribung Peak. Further, the panoramic view of the elegance of Nar Phu Valley and Lo Manthang is best from the peak.
On top, we'll trek to Lo Manthang first, where you'll see the remains of the once-forbidden Kingdom of Lo. Even the local people here hail their former king like they used to. Other places like Luri Cave monastery and Ghuma are worth the visit. For most, reaching Saribung Peak base camp is challenging. For the climbers who make it to the top, the reward of climbing is the spectacular view of all the prominent mountains.
The 25 days of adventure-filled Saribung Peak climbing expedition begins with a scenic flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we'll take another flight to Jomsom, the heaven of the Annapurna Region. You'll witness the greatness of Kali Gandaki Gorge, the luring beauty of Kagbeni, and the arid landscapes around.
From Kagbeni, we'll hike to Lo Manthang first via the traditional Caravan Route. We'll trek for six days via Chele, Syangboche, Ghami, Tsarang, and beautiful Lo Manthang.
En route to Saribung Peak climbing, we'll see the greatness of Tilicho Peak, Nilgiri mountains, and several other peaks.
We'll also tour the ancient city of Lo Manthang and the lifestyle of the Tibetan people of Lo. The centuries-old Namgyal Gompa, ruined forts, and Lo Palace.
After a day of acclimatising at Lo Manthang, we'll continue hiking to Yara, Luri Cave, Ghuma Thanti, Namta Khola, and Saribung Peak base camp. The trekking route to Saribung Peak between Damodar Kunda and Lo Manthang is challenging. We'll have to cross some high passes filled with rocks, snow, and ice while crossing this section. The rest of the trails are moderate grade.
At Saribung Peak base camp, we'll stay in a tented style overnight. The next day will be a training day delivered by our climbing guides. They will train you on using crampons, ice axe, and rope skills for walking on a fixed-line. Even though this peak is PD graded, some portions near the summit are steep and require technical skills to cross. Other than that, your physical endurance becomes the key.
We'll first hike to Saribung Peak Camp I from base camp. The next day, we'll go for a summit push in the early morning. It would be a 9 hours long hike to the summit and return to Saribung Peak base camp. From the Saribung Peak summit, you'll get awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna range, Damodar Peak, Tilicho Peak, Himlung, Manaslu, and other prominent peaks.
We'll retrace back to the route to Nar Phu valley. From here, we'll further descend to Meta, Koto, and Besisahar. From Besisahar, we'll drive to Kathmandu.
You'll get tea house-based accommodation throughout the Saribung Peak climbing expedition. At Saribung base camp, you'll stay in tented-style accommodation where our chefs prepare meals. The overnight rest would be enough to soothe your tired legs. The food menu includes noodles, spaghetti, momos, Nepali Dal Bhat, etc. We recommend carrying chocolate bars and pickles for your taste and instant energy.
We'll provide sleeping bags for you overnight at base camp tents. Here, you'll have to accommodate on a twin-sharing basis.
While in Kathmandu, you can stay at a Three Star hotel for luxury services.
Classified as PD alpine grade, Saribung Peak is best for intermediate climbers. Also, with proper climbing training, this peak is the best introductory peak for amateur climbers.
But, besides the semi-technical part, climbing this peak requires endurance. The trek to Saribung Base Camp takes 14 days. Thus, you must be in the best physical condition to hike each day for at least 6 hours. Also, the summit day is 8 hours long, which is tiring. Thus, you must train in cardio exercises, mini-marathons, and hiking for two months before this expedition.
Some ridges below the summit and the section between Damodar lake and Lo Manthang are icy. Here, you have to pass some high Passes. Thus, physical fitness is a must for these sections.
World Expedition Nepal focuses on and promotes peak climbing and expeditions in Nepal. We have been providing tour services since 2017 by registered and licensed under Nepal Government. In the Annapurna region, we'll make sure that you'll have complete joy alongside the adventure of high-altitude climbing.
Our professional and experienced guides will ensure your utmost comfort and safety on Saribung Peak climbing. We'll make this tour an unforgettable experience for you. Also, the health and safety of our clients is our primary motto. Our guides for these expeditions have mountain skills certification. They come with expertise in mountain medicine, first aid, and rescue operations.
Step 1: Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA)
Your journey begins as you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). After landing, you will proceed through immigration and obtain your visa (if you haven't already obtained it before arrival) and complete any necessary customs formalities.
Step 2: Airport Pickup
Once you clear the airport procedures and exit the terminal, you'll be greeted by our representatives from the World Expedition Nepal. They will be holding a sign with your name or the World Expedition Nepal's name for easy identification.
Step 3: Transfer to the Hotel
After meeting your guide and/or trekking agency representative, you will be escorted to a waiting vehicle that will transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. The drive from the airport to your hotel usually takes around 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
Step 4: Hotel Check-in and Rest
Upon reaching your hotel, the check-in process will be handled by the hotel staff. You'll be given your room keys and any necessary information about the hotel facilities. At this point, you can rest and freshen up after your journey.
Step 5: Welcome Briefing and Trip Preparation
Later in the day (usually in the evening), there will be a welcome briefing by the world Expedition Nepal or our guide. During this meeting, they will provide you with a detailed itinerary of the entire trip, including the Saribung Peak Climbing expedition. They will also answer any questions you may have and discuss essential trek details such as the route, gear requirements, and the overall adventure plan.
Step 6: Explore Kathmandu (Optional)
If you have some extra time and energy on the first day, you can venture out to explore Kathmandu on your own. The capital city is rich in culture and history, with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Durbar Squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan.
Our compony offers you a welcome dinner in a Nepali Typical Restuarant.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Step 1: Breakfast and Rest
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu. Take some time to rest and ensure you are well-rested and prepared for the day's activities.
Step 2: Organizing Climbing Permits and Paperwork
The World Expedition Nepalor its representative will handle the paperwork required to obtain the necessary permits for climbing Saribung Peak. These permits include the "Restricted Area Permit" and the "Special Climbing Permit." The permits are essential as Saribung Peak lies in the restricted area of Upper Mustang.
The World Expedition Nepal will collect your passport and passport-sized photos to process the permits. The process can take several hours, and our guide will keep you informed about the progress.
Step 3: Gear Check and Rental
While the permit arrangements are being taken care of, you will have a gear check with your guide. You'll need specific mountaineering gear for Saribung Peak Climbing, such as crampons, ice axes, harness, helmet, and other climbing equipment. If you have your gear, the guide will inspect it for suitability and condition. If you need to rent any equipment, your guide will assist you in finding reliable gear rental shops in Kathmandu.
Step 4: Acquiring Additional Supplies
Depending on your gear check, you might need to purchase additional supplies, such as extra batteries, snacks, personal medications, or other items essential for the expedition. Your guide can help you locate suitable stores in Kathmandu.
Step 5: Briefing and Itinerary Review
In the afternoon or evening, you will have a comprehensive briefing session conducted by The World Expedition Nepal or guide. During this briefing, the following topics will be covered:
Step 6: Packing and Final Preparations
After the briefing, you will have time to pack your gear and belongings for the trek and climbing expedition. Make sure you have all the necessary items and that your backpack is well-organized for easy access during the trek.
Step 7: Rest and Early Sleep
Following a busy day of preparations, rest and an early sleep are essential to ensure you are well-rested and ready to embark on the adventure the next day.
Step 1: Departure from Kathmandu
Our journey to Pokhara will typically begin early in the morning. The World Expedition Nepal will arrange for transportation, and you'll be picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu.
Step 2: Leaving Kathmandu Valley
The drive starts by leaving the Kathmandu Valley, passing through the city's busy streets and suburbs. The road initially follows the Prithvi Highway, and we'll witness the bustling life of Nepal's capital city.
Step 3: Scenic Drive through Hills and Valleys
As we leave the city behind, the road gradually climbs uphill, offering beautiful views of terraced fields, hills, and small villages. We'll pass through scenic landscapes, and if the weather is clear, we might catch glimpses of the Himalayan peaks in the distance.
Step 4: Lunch Break
After a few hours of driving, We'll reach a suitable place for a lunch break. There are several roadside restaurants and eateries where we can enjoy some local Nepali cuisine and take a short rest.
Step 5: Trishuli River and Marshyangdi River
The drive continues along the Trishuli River and later the Marshyangdi River. These rivers are well-known for rafting and kayaking adventures, and we might see rafters tackling the rapids.
Step 6: Arrival in Pokhara
As we approach Pokhara, the landscape changes, and we'll be surrounded by lush green hills and the serene Phewa Lake. The sight of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges towering in the distance makes for a breathtaking view.
Step 7: Arrival at our Hotel in Pokhara
Upon reaching Pokhara, our driver will take us directly to our hotel. After a long journey, we can relax and unwind, enjoying the calm atmosphere of this beautiful lakeside city.
OVernight stay in Pokhara.
Flying from Pokhara to Jomsom and trekking to Kagbeni offers a beautiful introduction to the Mustang region, giving you a taste of what lies ahead on your Saribung Peak Climbing expedition. The unique landscapes, cultural heritage, and mountain views make this journey an exciting part of our overall adventure.
Step 1: Early Morning Flight to Jomsom
We will start early in the morning to catch a scenic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. The flight duration is approximately 20 to 25 minutes. During the flight, we'll have spectacular views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, passing through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world.
Step 2: Arrival in Jomsom (2700m)
The flight lands at Jomsom's small airstrip, which is the administrative center of the Mustang region. Jomsom is a significant town along the Annapurna Circuit trek and is renowned for its windy and arid landscape. There are several restaurants and eateries where we can enjoy some local Nepali cuisine and take a short rest.
Step 3: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
From Jomsom, we'll begin our trek towards Kagbeni. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River, and we'll walk on the wide riverbed, which is relatively flat and easy to trek on. The walking duration is around 3-4 hours.
Step 4: Scenic Views and Unique Landscapes
As we trek from Jomsom to Kagbeni, we'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. The landscape in this region is semi-arid, and you'll encounter unique terrain with eroded cliffs and barren hills.
Step 5: Arrival in Kagbeni (2800m) 5-6 hour trek
Kagbeni is a charming village with traditional Tibetan-style houses and narrow alleys. It is the gateway to the Upper Mustang region and is the last settlement before entering the restricted area.
Step 6: Explore Kagbeni
Upon reaching Kagbeni, we'll have some time to explore the village and its surroundings. Kagbeni is steeped in culture and history, with ancient monasteries, prayer wheels, and the iconic red cliffs in the backdrop.
Overnight stay in Kagbeni.
Trekking from Kagbeni to Chele is an exciting and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the cultural and natural beauty of the Mustang region as you progress further on your Saribung Peak Climbing expedition.
Step 1: Departure from Kagbeni (2800m)
We'll begin our trek from Kagbeni, which is the last village before entering the Upper Mustang region. The trail starts with a gentle ascent as we leave the village behind.
Step 2: Crossing the Kali Gandaki River
Shortly after leaving Kagbeni, we'll cross the Kali Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. The river is known for being one of the world's deepest gorges, and we'll have excellent views of the surrounding landscape.
Step 3: Entry Checkpoint
After crossing the river, we'l reach a checkpoint where our permits will be checked by authorities. Make sure you have your Restricted Area Permit and other necessary documents ready for inspection.
Step 4: Climbing the Hillside
The trail gradually ascends through a steep hillside, leading us above the Kali Gandaki River. The landscape begins to change, and we'll notice the area becoming more arid and barren.
Step 5: Chortens and Mani Walls
Throughout the trek, we'll come across chortens (Buddhist shrines) and mani walls (stone walls with prayer inscriptions). These religious structures are an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Mustang region.
Step 6: Syangboche and Lunch Break
Around midway through the trek, we'll reach the village of Syangboche. This is a suitable spot for a lunch break, where we can enjoy local food and take some rest.
Step 7: Continue to Chele
After lunch, the trek continues, passing through beautiful landscapes with striking red cliffs and rock formations. We'll trek along the barren hills, and as we approach Chele, we'll see the village nestled amidst the hills.
Step 8: Arrival in Chele (3110m) after 5-6 hour of trek
Chele is a small village situated at an altitude of 3110 meters. It is one of the first villages we encounter in the Upper Mustang region. The village offers a glimpse into the unique culture and traditional architecture of the region.
Chele is the first overnight stop within the restricted Upper Mustang region. We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge for the night, and your guide will ensure our accommodation is arranged.
Trekking from Chele to Geling is a rewarding experience, offering a mix of challenging terrain, cultural exploration, and breathtaking views. As you progress further on your Saribung Peak Climbing expedition, you'll continue to be amazed by the beauty and uniqueness of the Mustang region.
Step 1: Departure from Chele (3110m)
We'l start our trek from Chele, a picturesque village in the Upper Mustang region. The trail begins with a gradual ascent as we leave the village behind.
Step 2: Climbing up to Taklam La Pass (3624m)
As we continue trekking, we'll reach the Taklam La Pass, which is situated at an altitude of 3624 meters. The pass offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and mountain ranges.
Step 3: Descent to Samar (3360m)
After crossing the Taklam La Pass, we'll descend to the village of Samar. Samar is a beautiful village with traditional Tibetan-style houses and cultural significance. We might take a short break in Samar to rest and explore the village.
Step 4: Continuing the Trek
Leaving Samar behind, the trail continues with ups and downs, taking us through the beautiful Mustang landscapes. We'll pass through small settlements and cross streams along the way.We'll stop in the teashop where we can enjoy delicious local food as lunch and then continue our trek.
Step 5: Crossing Bhena La Pass (3838m)
One of the highlights of this trek is crossing the Bhena La Pass, located at an altitude of 3838 meters. The pass offers fantastic views of the Mustang region's unique terrain and the surrounding mountains.
Step 6: Descending to Geling (3500m)
After crossing the Bhena La Pass, the trail leads us downhill to the village of Geling. Geling is a charming village with a distinct Tibetan atmosphere, featuring colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
Step 7: Arrival in Geling (3500m) 5-6 hours of trek
Geling is your destination for the day, and you'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in the village. Take some time to rest and enjoy the serene surroundings of Geling.
Overnight stay in Geling.
Trekking from Geling to Charang is a rewarding and memorable experience, combining natural beauty, cultural exploration, and the thrill of being in the remote and unique Upper Mustang region. As we continue your journey towards Saribung Peak, we'll encounter more wonders of the Himalayas, making each day of our expedition truly special.
Step 1: Departure from Geling (3500m)
We'll start our trek from Geling, a beautiful village in the Upper Mustang region. The trail begins with a gradual ascent as we leave the village behind.
Step 2: Crossing Nyi La Pass (4020m)
One of the significant highlights of this trek is crossing the Nyi La Pass, situated at an altitude of 4020 meters. The pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the vast Mustang landscape.
Step 3: Descent to Ghemi (3520m)
After crossing the Nyi La Pass, we'll descend to the village of Ghemi. Ghemi is a quaint village with traditional Mustang architecture and cultural significance. We might take a short break in Ghemi to rest and explore the village.
Step 4: Continuing the Trek
Leaving Ghemi behind, the trail continues with ups and downs, taking us through the captivating Mustang landscapes. We'll pass through barley fields, ancient chortens, and traditional settlements.we'll be stop for our lunch in the teahouse and continue our journey.
Step 5: Arrival in Charang (3570m)
After a few hours of trekking, we'll reach the village of Charang. Charang is a significant village in the Mustang region, known for its ancient monastery and unique architecture. The village is often referred to as "Charang Lo" due to its historical importance.
Step 6: Explore Charang
Upon reaching Charang, we'll have some time to explore the village and its cultural and historical sites. The Charang Gompa (monastery) is a major attraction, featuring intricate artwork and Buddhist relics.
Step 7: Accommodation in Charang
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Charang for the night. Take this time to rest and immerse ourself in the serene atmosphere of this ancient village.
Yes, you are correct. The trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang typically takes around 3 to 4 hours, depending on your walking pace, weather conditions, and any rest breaks you may take. Here's a more detailed overview of this part of the trek:
Step 1: Departure from Charang (3570m)
We'll start our trek from Charang, an ancient and culturally significant village in the Mustang region. The trail begins with a gradual descent as we leave the village behind.
Step 2: Crossing the Charang River
As we descend, we'll cross the Charang River over a wooden bridge. The trail meanders through the barren landscape, with striking views of the surrounding cliffs and rock formations.
Step 3: Ascending to Lo-La Pass (3950m)
After crossing the river, the trail gradually ascends, leading us towards the Lo-La Pass. This pass is located at an altitude of 3950 meters and is the gateway to Lo-Manthang.
Step 4: Arrival in Lo-Manthang (3840m)
Upon crossing the Lo-La Pass, we'll be rewarded with our first glimpse of Lo-Manthang, the ancient walled city of the Upper Mustang region. The city is surrounded by a tall wall, and the views of the white-washed houses against the barren backdrop are truly captivating.
Step 5: Exploration of Lo-Manthang
After reaching Lo-Manthang, we'll have some time to explore the city and its cultural and historical attractions. Lo-Manthang is rich in history, with its unique architecture, ancient monasteries, and cultural heritage.
Step 6: Accommodation in Lo-Manthang
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Lo-Manthang for the night. Take this time to rest and soak in the mystical atmosphere of this ancient city.
Step 1: Rest and Sleep
Start our day with a relaxed breakfast at our teahouse or lodge in Lo-Manthang. Allow your body to rest and recover from the previous days of trekking.
Step 2: Exploring Lo-Manthang
Lo-Manthang is a culturally rich and historically significant city with many attractions to explore. Take the day to wander around the city, soaking in the unique architecture, narrow alleys, and traditional Tibetan-style houses.
Step 3: Visit the Royal Palace
One of the highlights of Lo-Manthang is the ancient Royal Palace, also known as the King's Palace or the Lo-Manthang Palace. The palace has a rich history and cultural significance. Although visitors are not allowed inside, we can admire the exterior and the impressive architecture from the outside.
Step 4: Explore Monasteries
Lo-Manthang is home to several ancient monasteries, each with its own unique charm and cultural treasures. Visit the monasteries, such as the Jampa Gompa, Thupchen Gompa, and Chodey Gompa, to witness beautiful murals, religious artifacts, and the spiritual ambiance.
Step 5: Visit the Local School and Library
Lo-Manthang has a school and library that play a crucial role in preserving the local culture and traditions. If you're interested, you can visit these institutions and interact with the students and teachers.
Step 6: Enjoy the Local Culture
Lo-Manthang is known for its vibrant culture, and if you're fortunate, you might witness traditional dances, cultural performances, or local festivals (depending on the time of year). Interacting with the locals and experiencing their customs can be a memorable part of your acclimatization day.
Step 7: Hydration and Rest
Throughout the day, stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Hydration is crucial for acclimatization at higher altitudes. Take it easy and avoid strenuous activities that could strain your body during this acclimatization period.
Step 8: Acclimatization Hike (Optional)
If you're feeling up to it and your guide approves, you may consider a short acclimatization hike to a nearby viewpoint or hill. This hike helps your body adjust to the altitude even better.
Overnight stay in Lo Manthang.
Step 1: Departure from Lo-Manthang (3840m)
We'll begin our trek from Lo-Manthang, bidding farewell to this culturally rich and historical city. The trail starts with a gradual descent as we leave the city walls behind.
Step 2: Crossing Dhi La Pass (4100m)
After descending from Lo-Manthang, the trail gradually ascends towards the Dhi La Pass. This pass is located at an altitude of 4100 meters and offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
Step 3: Descent to Dhi Village
After crossing the Dhi La Pass, we'll descend to the picturesque village of Dhi. Dhi is a charming village with traditional Tibetan-style houses and a serene atmosphere.
Step 4: Continue to Yara
Leaving Dhi behind, the trail continues with ups and downs, taking us through the enchanting Mustang landscapes. We'll pass through barley fields, unique rock formations, and traditional settlements.
Step 5: Arrival in Yara (3900m)
After a 5-6 hours of trekking, we'll reach the village of Yara. Yara is a remote village in the Upper Mustang region, known for its ancient caves and cultural significance. The village offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and cliffs.
Step 6: Accommodation in Yara
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Yara for the night. Take this time to rest and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this secluded village.
Trekking from Yara to Luri Cave Monastery is a rewarding and spiritual experience, allowing us to explore the cultural and historical treasures of the Upper Mustang region. As we continue our journey towards Saribung Peak, We'll be enriched by the encounters with local culture and the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
Step 1: Departure from Yara (3900m)
We'll start our trek from Yara, leaving the village and its serene surroundings behind. The trail initially leads us through barren hills and unique rock formations.
Step 2: Ascending to Luri Cave Monastery
The trek to Luri Cave Monastery involves an ascent to reach the sacred site. The trail gradually climbs up the hills as we make our way towards the cave monastery.
Step 3: Explore Luri Cave Monastery (4005m)
Luri Cave Monastery is a fascinating and historically significant site. The ancient cave complex houses numerous caves that were once used by meditating monks. The monastery is adorned with religious paintings and ancient artifacts, making it a cultural treasure of the region.
Step 4: Enjoy the Views
From the vicinity of the monastery, we'll be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, including the barren hills and cliffs of the Mustang region.
Step 5: Return to Yara
After exploring Luri Cave Monastery and immersing yourself in its spiritual ambiance, we'll retrace our steps and trek back to Yara.
Step 6: Arrival in Yara (3900m)
Upon returning to Yara, we'll have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the village.
Trekking from Luri Cave to Ghuma Thanti is a challenging yet rewarding experience, preparing us for the next stages of our Saribung Peak Climbing expedition. The stunning scenery and the thrill of high-altitude trekking make each day of your journey a memorable and exciting one.
Step 1: Departure from Luri Cave Monastery (4005m)
We'll start our trek from the Luri Cave Monastery, leaving behind the sacred site and its spiritual ambiance. The trail begins with a descent from the hill where the monastery is situated.
Step 2: Crossing the Luri River
After descending from the hill, we'll cross the Luri River over a bridge. The trail then gradually ascends, taking us through the rugged landscape of the Mustang region.
Step 3: Climbing up to Ghuma Thanti
As we continue trekking, the trail involves an ascent towards Ghuma Thanti. The route gradually gains altitude as we approach the high camp.
Step 4: Arrival at Ghuma Thanti (4600m)
After 5-6 hours of trekking, we'll reach Ghuma Thanti, which is a high camp situated at an altitude of 4600 meters. Ghuma Thanti serves as a resting point for trekkers, especially those heading towards Saribung Peak Base Camp.
Step 5: Enjoying the Views
From Ghuma Thanti, we'll have breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the stark, rugged terrain of the high Himalayas.
Step 6: Accommodation at Ghuma Thanti
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge at Ghuma Thanti for the night. Rest and relax to prepare for the next leg of our trek to Saribung Peak Base Camp.
Trekking from Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola is a challenging and rewarding experience, bringing you closer to the final stages of your Saribung Peak Climbing expedition. The high-altitude adventure and the natural beauty of the Himalayas make this part of your journey truly memorable and awe-inspiring.
Step 1: Departure from Ghuma Thanti (4600m)
We'll start our trek from Ghuma Thanti, leaving the high camp behind. The trail begins with a gradual ascent as we make our way towards Namta Khola.
Step 2: Climbing up to the Saribung Pass
As we continue trekking, the trail becomes steeper, and we'll be climbing up to the Saribung Pass, which is located at an altitude of around 5600 meters. This pass is a significant high point of the trek, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Step 3: Descent to Namta Khola (4890m)
After crossing the Saribung Pass, the trail descends steeply, leading us to Namta Khola, which is a river valley situated at an altitude of 4890 meters.
Step 4: Arrival at Namta Khola
After 6-7 hour of trekking, we'll reach Namta Khola. This scenic river valley is surrounded by majestic mountains and offers a serene and picturesque camping spot.
Step 5: Accommodation at Namta Khola
we'll be camping at Namta Khola for the night. Our team member or guide will set up tents and ensure all necessary arrangements are in place for a comfortable night's rest.
Step 1: Departure from Namta Khola (4890m)
We'll start our trek from Namta Khola, leaving behind the picturesque river valley and its serene surroundings. The trail begins with a gradual ascent as we make our way towards Saribung Base Camp.
Step 2: Climbing up the Rocky Terrain
As we continue trekking, the trail becomes steeper and involves a rocky terrain. The climb to the base camp is challenging but offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.
Step 3: Arrival at Saribung Base Camp (4950m)
After 6-7 hours of trekking, we'll reach Saribung Base Camp, which is situated at an altitude of 4950 meters. This camp serves as the starting point for our summit attempt of Saribung Peak.
Step 4: Rest and Preparation
Upon reaching the base camp, we'll have some time to rest, acclimatize, and prepare for the summit push. Our guide and support staff will assist with organizing the necessary equipment and briefing us on the summit climb.
Step 5: Acclimatization Hike (Optional)
Depending on our acclimatization needs and the guidance of our team, we may choose to do a short acclimatization hike in the surrounding area to further prepare for the summit attempt.
Step 6: Accommodation at Saribung Base Camp
We'll be camping at Saribung Base Camp for the night. The World Expedition Nepal will provide all necessary camping equipment and ensure a comfortable and safe stay.
Today is the acclimatization day .we should prepare our body for upcomming difficulties like altitude sickness.
Step 1: Rest and Sleep
Start our acclimatization day with a leisurely breakfast at the base camp. Allow your body to rest and recover from the previous days of trekking and the altitude gain.
Step 2: Light Exercise
While it's essential to rest, it's also beneficial to engage in light exercise to keep your body active and maintain blood circulation. We can take short walks around the base camp or perform gentle stretching exercises.
Step 3: Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to stay well-hydrated. Proper hydration helps with acclimatization and reduces the risk of altitude sickness.
Step 4: Enjoy the Views
Saribung Base Camp is likely situated in a breathtaking location, surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas.
Step 5: Acclimatization Hike (Optional)
Depending on our acclimatization needs and the advice of our guide, we may consider a short acclimatization hike to a nearby vantage point. This hike allows our body to further adapt to the higher altitude.
Step 6: Gear Check and Preparation
Use the day to double-check your climbing gear and equipment. Ensure everything is in proper working condition for the summit push.
Step 7: Briefing and Planning
Gather with your climbing team for a summit briefing and planning session. Our guide will discuss the route, weather conditions, safety measures, and the itinerary for the summit climb.
Step 8: Enjoy the Camp Atmosphere
Take advantage of the camp atmosphere at Saribung Base Camp. Interact with other trekkers and climbers, share experiences, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow adventurers.
Step 9: Rest and Early Sleep
As we prepare for the summit attempt the following day, rest early and get a good night's sleep to ensure you are well-rested and energized for the challenging climb.
Step 1: Departure from Saribung Base Camp (4950m)
We'll start our trek from Saribung Base Camp, leaving behind the comfort of the campsite and preparing for the higher altitudes. The trail begins with a gradual ascent as we make our way towards Camp I.
Step 2: Climbing up to Camp I
As we continue trekking, the trail becomes steeper, and we'll be ascending to reach Camp I, which is situated at an altitude of around 5730 meters. This camp serves as the first high camp for our Saribung Peak summit attempt.
Step 3: Rocky Terrain
The terrain becomes more rugged and rocky as we climb higher. We'll need to use proper trekking gear and follow the guidance of our climbing team to navigate safely.
Step 4: Arrival at Camp I (5730m)
After a challenging but rewarding few hours of trekking, we'll reach Camp I. This camp is strategically located to minimize the altitude gain and ensure a safer summit push.
Step 5: Rest and Preparation
Upon reaching Camp I, take some time to rest and acclimatize further. Our team will help set up tents and prepare for the summit climb, ensuring all necessary gear and equipment are in place.
Step 6: Acclimatization and Hydration
At Camp I, it's essential to continue acclimatizing and staying well-hydrated. Our team will monitor our health and readiness for the summit attempt.
Step 7: Final Briefing and Preparation
Gather with our climbing team for a final briefing before the summit push. Our guide will go over the route, safety protocols, weather conditions, and the overall plan for the summit attempt.
Step 8: Early Rest and Sleep
As we prepare for the summit climb the following day, rest early and get a good night's sleep to ensure we are well-rested and ready for the challenging ascent.
Summiting Saribung Peak is a remarkable accomplishment and a testament to our determination and mountaineering abilities. The experience of standing atop this stunning peak in the remote Mustang region is bound to be one of the most memorable moments of our life. As we descend back to Base Camp, take time to reflect on our journey and the beauty of the Himalayas that you were privileged to witness.
Step 1: Departure from Camp I (5730m)
Our summit day begins early in the morning. After a light breakfast and final preparations, we'll leave Camp I and start our ascent to the summit of Saribung Peak.
Step 2: Ascent to the Summit
The climb from Camp I to the summit of Saribung Peak is challenging and involves technical sections. We'll navigate through rocky terrain and potentially some crevasses, so it's crucial to follow our guide's instructions and use proper climbing gear.
Step 3: Crossing the Glacial Zone
As we gain altitude, we'll cross the glacial zone on the way to the summit. Roped teams and proper mountaineering techniques might be employed to ensure safety.
Step 4: Summiting Saribung Peak (6346m)
Reaching the summit of Saribung Peak is an incredible achievement. From the summit, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and the vast landscapes of Nepal and Tibet.
Step 5: Celebration and Photos
Take some time to celebrate our successful summit and capture the memorable moments with photographs. The sense of accomplishment and the awe-inspiring views make this a truly special experience.
Step 6: Descend to Camp I
After spending some time at the summit, we'll begin our descent back to Camp I. Descending carefully is equally important as climbing up, as fatigue and altitude can impact our focus.
Step 7: Rest and Rehydration
Upon reaching Camp I, rest and rehydrate. This will allow us to recover and replenish our energy for the rest of the descent.
Step 8: Return to Base Camp
From Camp I, we'll continue our descent to Saribung Base Camp, where our journey began. The return journey may take a few hours, and we'll likely be exhausted but filled with a sense of accomplishment.
Step 9: Celebration at Base Camp
Upon returning to Base Camp, celebrate your successful summit with our climbing team. Enjoy a warm meal and a sense of camaraderie after an exhilarating day.
This day is kept as a contingency day to account for any unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, difficult climbing conditions, or personal factors that may have affected the summit attempt on the previous day.
However, if the summit was not possible on the previous day due to unfavorable conditions, this contingency day allows for another attempt to reach the summit.
In case the contingency day is not needed for the summit attempt, it can also be used as an extra acclimatization day or for adjusting the itinerary as required.
Overnight: Tented Camp at Saribung High Camp.
Trekking from Saribung Base Camp to Nagoru via the Saribung Pass is a memorable and rewarding experience, providing you with a sense of accomplishment and allowing you to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Himalayas. As we continue our journey through the Mustang region, we'll be captivated by the majestic landscapes and the unique cultural experiences along the way.
Step 1: Departure from Saribung Base Camp (4950m)
Our day starts early in the morning as we leave Saribung Base Camp behind. The initial part of the trek may involve crossing rocky terrain and moraines.
Step 2: Ascent to Saribung Pass (6020m)
The trail gradually ascends as we make our way towards the Saribung Pass. As we gain altitude, the trek becomes steeper, and we'll need to take careful steps and maintain a steady pace.
Step 3: Crossing the Saribung Pass
Reaching the Saribung Pass at an elevation of 6020 meters is a significant achievement. From the pass, we'll be treated to stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
Step 4: Descent from Saribung Pass
After spending some time at the pass, taking pictures, and appreciating the scenery, the trail descends steeply on the other side of the pass.
Step 5: Trek to Nagoru (4400m)
As we continue trekking, the trail takes us through rocky and sometimes snowy terrain. The descent from the pass can be physically demanding, so it's essential to be cautious and use trekking poles if needed.
Step 6: Arrival at Nagoru
After a challenging but rewarding 6-7 hours of trekking, we'll reach the village of Nagoru. Nagoru is a remote and picturesque settlement situated at an altitude of around 4400 meters.
Step 7: Rest and Overnight in Nagoru
Upon arrival in Nagoru, take some time to rest and recover from the day's trek. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the village and interact with the locals to learn about their unique culture and way of life.
Trekking from Nagoru to Phu Gaon is a captivating and rewarding experience, allowing you to discover the lesser-known regions of Mustang and Manang. As we continue our journey, we'll encounter unique cultural experiences and breathtaking Himalayan scenery, making this section of our expedition truly unforgettable.
Step 1: Departure from Nagoru (4400m)
We'll start our trek from Nagoru, leaving behind the serene village and its unique charm. The trail begins with a gradual descent, taking us through rocky terrain and barren hills.
Step 2: Crossing the Namta Khola
As we descend, we'll reach the banks of the Namta Khola River. We'll need to cross the river via a bridge or stepping stones, depending on the conditions.
Step 3: Ascending towards Phu Gaon
After crossing the river, the trail starts ascending towards Phu Gaon. The ascent is gradual but steady as we make our way to this traditional Himalayan village.
Step 4: Arrival at Phu Gaon (4080m)
After 5-6 hours of trekking, We'll arrive at Phu Gaon, a unique and remote village situated at an altitude of around 4080 meters. Phu Gaon is known for its ancient monasteries, traditional architecture, and friendly locals.
Step 5: Explore Phu Gaon
Upon reaching Phu Gaon, take some time to explore the village and its cultural treasures. Visit the monasteries, interact with the locals, and immerse ourself in the unique atmosphere of this remote Himalayan settlement.
Step 6: Rest and Overnight in Phu Gaon
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Phu Gaon for the night. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the village and savor a warm meal before resting for the next day's trek.
Trekking from Phu Gaon to Meta is a captivating and rewarding experience, allowing us to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and cultural treasures of the Manang and Mustang regions. As we continue our journey, we'll be captivated by the majestic views of the Himalayas and the unique cultural experiences along the way. This section of the trek marks the transition from the remote Mustang region to the more frequented trails of the Annapurna Circuit, giving us the opportunity to witness the diversity of Nepal's landscapes and cultures.
Step 1: Departure from Phu Gaon (4080m)
We'll start our trek from Phu Gaon, leaving behind the charming village and its traditional houses. The trail initially descends, and we'll pass through barren hills and rugged terrain.
Step 2: Crossing the Meta Khola
As we trek, we'll come across the Meta Khola River. The trail might involve crossing the river over a bridge or using stepping stones, depending on the conditions.
Step 3: Ascending towards Meta
After crossing the river, the trail gradually ascends towards Meta. The ascent is moderate, and we'll be surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Step 4: Arrival at Meta (3560m)
After a few hours of trekking, we'll reach the village of Meta, situated at an altitude of around 3560 meters. Meta is a picturesque village with a tranquil atmosphere and traditional Tibetan culture.
Step 5: Rest and Overnight in Meta
Upon arriving in Meta, take some time to rest and explore the village. We can visit the local monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their way of life.
Trekking from Meta to Koto is a refreshing and enriching experience, allowing us to immerse ourself in the stunning landscapes and cultural treasures of the Annapurna region. As we continue our journey, we'll be captivated by the majestic views of the Himalayas and the unique cultural experiences along the way. This section of the trek marks the transition from the Upper Mustang region to the Annapurna Circuit, adding another dimension to our adventure in the Himalayas.
Step 1: Departure from Meta (3560m)
We'll start our trek from Meta, leaving behind the village and its mountainous surroundings. The trail initially descends, and we'll pass through forests and lush vegetation.
Step 2: Crossing the Meta Khola
As we trek, we'll come across the Meta Khola River. The trail might involve crossing the river over a bridge or using stepping stones, depending on the conditions.
Step 3: Ascending towards Koto
After crossing the river, the trail gradually ascends towards Koto. The ascent is moderate, and we'll be surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Step 4: Arrival at Koto (2600m)
After 6-7 hour of trekking, we'll reach the village of Koto, situated at an altitude of around 2600 meters. Koto is a picturesque village with traditional architecture and a tranquil atmosphere.
Step 5: Rest and Explore Koto
Upon arriving in Koto, take some time to rest and explore the village. We can visit the local monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their culture and way of life.
Step 6: Overnight in Koto
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Koto for the night. Enjoy a warm meal and embrace the peaceful ambiance of the village as we prepare for the next day's trek.
Trekking from Koto to Dharapani is a delightful experience, allowing us to witness the stunning landscapes and cultural treasures of the Annapurna region. As we continue our journey, we'll be captivated by the majestic views of the Himalayas and the unique experiences along the way. This section of the trek marks the progression from the remote Upper Mustang region to the more popular and well-trodden trails of the Annapurna Circuit, giving us the chance to connect with fellow trekkers and embrace the vibrant culture of the region.
Step 1: Departure from Koto (2600m)
We'll start our trek from Koto, leaving behind the tranquil village and its picturesque surroundings. The trail initially descends, and we'll pass through forests and terraced fields.
Step 2: Crossing Suspension Bridges
As we trek, we'll come across several suspension bridges that span across the Marsyangdi River and its tributaries. These bridges add a sense of adventure to the trek and offer beautiful views of the river and the valley.
Step 3: Ascending towards Dharapani
After crossing the suspension bridges, the trail gradually ascends towards Dharapani. The ascent is moderate, and we'll pass through charming villages and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
Step 4: Arrival at Dharapani (1860m)
After a few hours of trekking, we'll reach the village of Dharapani, situated at an altitude of around 1860 meters. Dharapani is a popular stop on the Annapurna Circuit and is known for its traditional houses and friendly locals.
Step 5: Rest and Explore Dharapani
Upon arriving in Dharapani, take some time to rest and explore the village. We can visit the local monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and immerse ourself in the local culture.
Step 6: Overnight in Dharapani
We'll be staying at a teahouse or lodge in Dharapani for the night. Enjoy a warm meal and embrace the peaceful ambiance of the village as we prepare for the next day's trek.
Driving from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisahar is a convenient way to return to the capital city after completing our trek or expedition in the Annapurna region. As we journey back to Kathmandu, we'll have time to reflect on our adventures and immerse ourself in the rich cultural experiences that Nepal has to offer.
Step 1: Departure from Dharapani (1860m)
We'll start our journey from Dharapani, bidding farewell to the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region. The road initially descends through the Marsyangdi River valley, passing through charming villages and terraced fields.
Step 2: Passing through Besisahar (760m)
As we continue our drive, we'll pass through Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung District. Besisahar is a bustling town and an essential stop on the way to Kathmandu.
Step 3: Scenic Views
Throughout the drive, we'll be treated to scenic views of the Himalayan foothills, lush green hills, and traditional villages. The road meanders through the Trishuli River valley, offering beautiful landscapes along the way.
Step 4: Crossing the Trishuli River
We'll cross the Trishuli River via several bridges as we make our way towards Kathmandu. The river is a significant waterway in Nepal and is well-known for rafting adventures.
Step 5: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
After several hours of driving, we'll reach Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a rich cultural heritage and bustling markets.
As our Saribung Peak Climbing and trekking adventure comes to an end, it's time for our final departure from Kathmandu. Here are some important steps to follow before you leave:
Step 1: Check-Out from the Hotel
On your departure day, check-out from your hotel in Kathmandu. Ensure you settle any outstanding bills and return the room key.
Step 2: Pack Your Belongings
Double-check your luggage to make sure you have all your belongings, including your passport, trekking permits, and any souvenirs or items you've purchased during your trip.
Step 3: Leave No Trace
Before you depart, ensure you have properly disposed of any waste and left the hotel room or accommodation in good condition. Practicing Leave No Trace principles helps preserve the beauty of Nepal's natural environments for future visitors.
Step 4: Airport Transfer
Arrange for airport transfer with your hotel or tour operator. Many hotels offer this service for their guests. Be sure to leave with ample time to reach the airport, considering traffic conditions.
Step 5: Boarding and Departure
Upon reaching the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, check-in for your flight and proceed through security and immigration checks. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and your boarding pass before proceeding to your departure gate.
Step 6: Farewell to Nepal
As you bid farewell to Kathmandu and Nepal, take a moment to cherish the memories and experiences you've had during your Saribung Peak Climbing and trekking journey. The landscapes, culture, and people of Nepal will surely leave a lasting impression.
Climbing Saribung Peak is a challenging and adventurous endeavor that requires careful preparation and consideration. Here are some of the difficulties and challenges you may encounter during the trip to Saribung Peak Climbing:
High Altitude: Saribung Peak stands at an elevation of 6346 meters (20,817 feet). Acclimatizing to the high altitude is crucial to avoid altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening. The trek involves ascending to high altitudes, and it's essential to follow a proper acclimatization schedule to give your body time to adjust.
Technical Climbing: Saribung Peak is a technical climb that requires mountaineering skills and experience with high-altitude conditions. You'll need to navigate through steep and icy terrain, use ropes and crampons, and employ proper climbing techniques.
Weather Conditions: The weather in the Himalayas can be unpredictable and harsh. Rapid weather changes, snowstorms, and extreme cold are common challenges faced during the climbing season. Climbers must be prepared for adverse weather conditions and plan their ascent accordingly.
Physical Fitness: Climbing Saribung Peak requires a good level of physical fitness. You'll be trekking for several days, carrying a backpack, and enduring long and demanding climbing days. Prior physical training and preparation are essential to meet the physical demands of the expedition.
Remote and Isolated Terrain: The trek to Saribung Peak takes you through remote and isolated regions of Nepal. Medical facilities and amenities are limited in these areas, so you must be self-reliant and well-prepared with first-aid supplies.
Logistics and Supplies: Proper logistics and supply management are crucial for a successful climb. Expedition teams need to carry sufficient food, fuel, and equipment to sustain themselves during the trek and summit attempt.
Permitting and Regulations: Obtaining the necessary permits and climbing approvals can be a complex process. It's essential to comply with all local regulations and work with experienced climbing operators who can handle the paperwork and logistics.
Risk of Avalanches and Rockfalls: In high-altitude areas, the risk of avalanches and rockfalls is real. Climbers need to be cautious and stay informed about the current conditions to minimize exposure to such hazards.
Team Coordination: Effective teamwork and coordination are vital during the climbing expedition. Climbers must trust and communicate effectively with their team members and guides.
Physical and Mental Endurance: Climbing Saribung Peak requires mental toughness and determination. The expedition can be physically and emotionally demanding, especially during the summit push.
The best months for Saribung Peak Climbing are generally during the spring and autumn seasons. The two primary climbing seasons for Saribung Peak are:
Spring Season (March to May): This is the most popular and preferred season for climbing Saribung Peak. During spring, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. The snow and ice on the mountain are more stable, making climbing conditions safer and more predictable. Additionally, the vibrant rhododendron blooms create a beautiful and colorful backdrop during the trek to the base camp.
Autumn Season (September to November): Another excellent time for Saribung Peak Climbing is during the autumn season. The weather is generally dry, with clear views of the surrounding peaks and landscapes. The temperatures are moderate, making it comfortable for both trekking and climbing. The autumn season is also the post-monsoon period, ensuring that the mountain trails are more accessible and less muddy.
Both the spring and autumn seasons provide a stunning backdrop of the Himalayas and offer excellent conditions for trekking and climbing in the Upper Mustang region. However, it's essential to remember that the weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and conditions can change quickly.
So be updated about recent condition.
The cost of Saribung Peak Climbing can vary based on several factors, including the climbing season, the duration of the expedition, the services and inclusions provided by the climbing operator, the size of the climbing group, and the level of support and amenities required. Generally, Saribung Peak Climbing can be more expensive compared to some other trekking peaks in Nepal due to its remote location and technical challenges.
Here's a rough estimate of the cost for Saribung Peak Climbing:
Climbing Permit Fees: The climbing permit fee for Saribung Peak is typically higher compared to other trekking peaks. The cost can vary for foreign climbers and is subject to change. It ranged from USD 500 to USD 1,000 per person.
Trekking Agency and Guide Costs: Climbing Saribung Peak requires a climbing guide and support staff for logistical assistance. The cost of hiring a trekking agency, guides, and support staff can vary, depending on the level of service and inclusions.
Logistics and Equipment: The cost includes the expenses for transportation to the starting point of the trek, accommodations during the trek, climbing equipment, food, and other logistics required for the expedition.
Permitting and Documentation: The cost includes the fees for obtaining necessary permits and documentation for the trek and climbing.
International and Domestic Flights: The cost of international flights to and from Kathmandu and domestic flights to the nearest airport for the trek (Jomsom) may or may not be included in the package, depending on the climbing operator.
Travel Insurance: It is essential to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and climbing activities. The cost of insurance can vary based on coverage and duration.
Miscellaneous Expenses: Additional expenses may include personal gear and clothing, visa fees, tips for guides and support staff, and optional activities or services not included in the package.
As Saribung Peak Climbing is a technical and challenging expedition, it's crucial to select a reputable climbing operator with experienced guides and a strong safety record.
To climb Saribung Peak, several permits and documents are required. The permits are issued by the Nepal Government through the Department of Immigration and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). The necessary permits for Saribung Peak Climbing are as follows:
Restricted Area Permit (RAP):
Special Restricted Area Permit (SRAP):
Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card:
The World Expedition Nepal help you to get all these permit the day before your expedition begins from Kathmnadu to Saribung Peak Climbing.
During the expedition to Saribung Peak, you'll find a range of accommodation options and food choices along the trail. However, it's essential to understand that the facilities and amenities may vary depending on the location and altitude. Here's what you can generally expect in terms of food and accommodation during the trek to Saribung Peak:
High Camp and Base Camp:
It's essential to be mentally prepared for basic facilities and sometimes challenging conditions during the trek and climbing journey.
Yes, for Saribung Peak Climbing, it is highly recommended to have both a guide and porters as part of your expedition team. Here's why:
The region around Saribung Peak, including the Upper Mustang and restricted areas, has unique cultural and geographical features. Having a local guide with experience in the region ensures that you have the necessary knowledge about the trail, local customs, and potential challenges. They can also help you navigate through the permit process and ensure compliance with regulations.
Saribung Peak is a technical climb that involves challenging terrain, high altitudes, and potentially hazardous conditions. A qualified climbing guide will have the necessary expertise to lead the expedition safely. They can assess weather conditions, manage risks, and navigate through the trekking and climbing route.
The journey to Saribung Peak requires carrying essential equipment, food, and supplies for both trekking and climbing. Porters can assist with carrying heavy loads, which allows you to focus on the climbing aspect and conserve your energy. They also help in setting up base camps and high camps, making the expedition more organized and efficient.
Proper acclimatization is crucial when climbing at high altitudes. A knowledgeable guide can help you plan the itinerary in a way that allows for gradual acclimatization, reducing the risk of altitude-related illnesses. They can also recognize early signs of altitude sickness and provide necessary assistance.
Having a local guide enriches your overall experience. They can share insights into the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle, providing a more immersive journey through the region.
Climbing Saribung Peak with a qualified guide increases the chances of a successful summit. They can assess your climbing abilities and adjust the pace accordingly. In case of any unforeseen circumstances, they can make informed decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of the team.
Overall, having a guide and porters on your Saribung Peak Climbing expedition enhances safety, convenience, and the overall quality of your experience. When selecting a climbing agency, ensure that they have a good reputation, experienced guides, and a focus on safety and responsible climbing practices.
During the trekking trail to Saribung Peak, we'll find limited availability of ATMs and internet services, especially as we venture into more remote and high-altitude regions. Here's what you can generally expect regarding ATM and internet access during the journey:
During the trekking trail to Saribung Peak, you'll have the opportunity to encounter various forms of wildlife in the diverse landscapes of the region. The Upper Mustang and Manang regions, where the trail to Saribung Peak is situated, offer a range of flora and fauna. Here are some of the wildlife species you might encounter during the trek:
1. Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal): These agile and sure-footed animals are commonly spotted grazing on steep cliffs and rocky slopes. They are known for their distinctive blue-gray coats, which blend well with the surrounding terrain.
2. Snow Leopard: Although very elusive and rare to spot, the snow leopard is found in the higher reaches of the Himalayas, including the region around Saribung Peak. They are elusive predators and perfectly adapted to the cold, mountainous environment.
3. Tibetan Wolf: The Tibetan wolf is another elusive predator found in the region. They are social animals that usually roam in packs and primarily prey on Himalayan blue sheep and other small mammals.
4. Himalayan Marmots: These social and curious rodents are commonly seen in the higher alpine meadows. They live in burrows and whistle to warn others of potential dangers.
5. Pika: Pikas are small mammals belonging to the rabbit family. They are active during the day and can be seen foraging for food in rocky areas.
6. Various Bird Species: The region is home to several bird species, including Himalayan Monals, Snow Pheasants, Lammergeiers (bearded vultures), and various other species of birds of prey.
7. Yaks and Dzomo (Yak-Cow Hybrid): These sturdy and sure-footed animals are commonly used as pack animals in the Himalayas. They can often be seen carrying goods and equipment along the trekking trails.
Encountering wildlife in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience during the trek to Saribung Peak. However, it's essential to maintain a safe distance and avoid disturbing the animals. Wildlife conservation is crucial in the Himalayan region, and responsible trekking practices help protect these unique and vulnerable species.
Climbing Saribung Peak requires proper clothing gear and climbing equipment to ensure your safety and comfort during the expedition. Here's a comprehensive list of clothing gear and climbing equipment you should consider for Saribung Peak Climbing:
Outer Layer (Shell):
Trekking Shirts and Trousers:
Climbing Harness and Carabiners:
Ascender and Descender:
Other Essential Gear:
Sunscreen and Lip Balm:
Water Bottle and Water Purification:
First Aid Kit:
It is essential to rent or purchase high-quality climbing equipment from reputable outdoor gear stores or climbing operators.
Acclimatization days are crucial during Saribung Peak Climbing to allow your body to adapt to the high altitude and reduce the risk of altitude-related illnesses. The high altitude and thin air at higher elevations can put a strain on your body, and acclimatization days help in the process of adjusting to these conditions. Here's a general outline of potential acclimatization days during the climbing expedition:
Acclimatization Day at Lo Manthang (3840m): Lo Manthang is a significant cultural and historical site in the region. Spending an extra day here allows for exploration of the ancient monasteries, local culture, and customs while giving your body time to acclimatize to the higher elevation.
Acclimatization Day at High Camp (5730m) or Base Camp (4950m): After reaching the High Camp or Base Camp, depending on your itinerary, you may have a rest day to acclimatize further. This will prepare you for the final summit push.
Acclimatization and Rest Days during Trek: In addition to the acclimatization days near the higher elevations, the trekking itinerary may include scheduled rest days at lower altitudes. These rest days give your body time to recover and acclimatize while exploring the stunning landscapes along the way.
Whether Saribung Peak is worth trekking and climbing depends on your personal interests, experience, and objectives. Saribung Peak offers a challenging and adventurous climbing experience in a remote and pristine region of Nepal. Here are some factors to consider when determining if Saribung Peak is worthful for you:
1. Technical Challenge: Saribung Peak is a technically demanding climb that requires previous mountaineering experience and proficiency in using climbing equipment like ice axes, crampons, and ropes. If you are an experienced climber seeking a challenging ascent, Saribung Peak can be a rewarding choice.
2. Remote and Unexplored: The trek to Saribung Peak takes you through remote and less-visited areas of Nepal, offering a sense of exploration and solitude. If you enjoy off-the-beaten-path adventures and crave the thrill of exploration, this expedition can be a unique and fulfilling experience.
3. Stunning Landscapes: The journey to Saribung Peak offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, high-altitude desert, and traditional villages. The rugged beauty of the Upper Mustang region is captivating and makes for an awe-inspiring trek.
4. Cultural Experience: Along the trail, you'll encounter ancient monasteries, chortens, and unique Tibetan-influenced culture. The opportunity to interact with local communities and experience their traditional lifestyle can be culturally enriching.
5. High Altitude Adventure: Climbing Saribung Peak takes you to altitudes above 6,000 meters (19,685 feet). If you have experience at high altitudes and enjoy the physical and mental challenges associated with high-altitude climbing, Saribung Peak can be a suitable choice.
6. Adventure and Achievement: Successfully summiting Saribung Peak can be a tremendous personal achievement and a source of great pride. The climb requires determination, resilience, and teamwork, making it a memorable adventure.
7. Safety and Preparedness: Climbing Saribung Peak requires proper preparation, acclimatization, and adherence to safety measures. It's essential to join a reputable climbing operator with experienced guides who prioritize safety and follow responsible climbing practices.
Having an emergency fund is crucial for Saribung Peak Climbing or any other high-altitude expedition. The emergency fund provides a safety net to handle unforeseen situations, medical emergencies, or unexpected expenses during the journey. The recommended amount for the emergency fund can vary based on individual circumstances and the level of support provided by the climbing operator. Here are some factors to consider when determining the appropriate emergency fund for Saribung Peak Climbing:
1. Medical Emergencies: High-altitude climbing carries inherent risks, and medical emergencies can occur. The emergency fund should cover potential costs for medical treatment, evacuation, and rescue, should the need arise.
2. Evacuation and Rescue Costs: In case of serious injuries or medical emergencies at high altitudes, helicopter evacuations may be required. These evacuations can be expensive. The emergency fund should have provisions to cover these costs.
3. Unplanned Accommodation and Meals: During the trek and climbing, unforeseen circumstances, such as adverse weather conditions or delays, may require additional nights of accommodation and meals. The emergency fund can cover these expenses.
4. Equipment and Gear Replacement: If any essential climbing equipment or gear is lost, damaged, or not functioning correctly, the emergency fund can be used to replace or repair the items.
5. Unforeseen Expenses: Miscellaneous unforeseen expenses related to permits, logistics, and unexpected challenges on the trail should also be factored into the emergency fund.
6. Travel Insurance Deductibles: Travel insurance is essential for high-altitude climbing, and it's essential to consider the deductibles and coverage limits when setting up the emergency fund.
7. Personal Expenses: In case of changes in plans or early return from the expedition, the emergency fund can support your additional personal expenses.
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