Saribung Expedition (6,346m) situated between Mustang and Annapurna region of Nepal and only few tourists have visited the area and few have climbed this mountain because of its remoteness and due to the lack of information about the area and the peak. Damodar Saribung traverse is at the perimeter close to Tibet, where rugged landscapes and primitive culture merge in a very unique interpretation of land forgotten by time.
Dream Himalaya Adventures start the trek from one of the world’s famous trekking route “Annapurna Circuit” to the hidden valley of Narphu area, and then on to Saribung Peak, via Bhrikuti base camp. This climbing expedition includes crossing of the few high passes including Saribung La (6,020m), and emerge to the mystical land of Narphu valley and upper mustang, where Tibetan culture thrives in every villages and monasteries.
These days, Saribung Expedition is gaining popularity among trekkers because this trip includes a trek to mystical areas of Himalayas viz. “Upper Mustang” and “Narphu” and above all, it's due to altitude variation and remoteness of Damodar Saribung traverse. Saribung Expedition is challenging but doesn't require technical experience.
Before we climb the mountain, we will be trekking through the hidden valley of “Narphu” and after being climbed the peak, we trek towards the ancient Kingdom of Mustang; a place where we can experience the Tibetan cultures and traditions with the border only a few days walking distance. This region is dominated by people of Tibetan origins. The landscape is similar to Tibet in the north as the area is much higher, drier and dustier than the rest of Nepal. We should see some great examples of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries which are some hundred years old. It's a restricted area for trekking, which requires special trekking permit (min US$500 for 10 days).
The highlights of Saribung Expedition in Damodar Saribung traverse includes the beautiful landscapes, dry stretched rugged terrain and glacier and retraces the inverse path of Upper Mustang area. This trip is must for keen photographers who love to appreciate the scale and grandeur of the high Himalayan plateaus.
High Camp & Climbing Routes
This mountain doesn’t require higher camps above Advance base camp.
The summit attempt can be made from the advance base camp and on the same day we will descent to the advance base camp on the other side. The climbing is not technically difficult but challenging and tough. So, high level of fitness is required and it can be compared to MeraPeak in technical difficulty.
We will have highly experienced Sherpa guides who do the fix lines, setting of camps and looking after the entire team. On the trek, even the high altitude porters will never hesitate to assist the team. Everyone has to carry their own daypack with wind jacket, water, camera and some dry foods in it. In case of bad weather, we have two extra days and your guides will work out if those extra days have to be used or not.
From Kathmandu we drive to Beshishar by bus and to Syange by jeep. This is the starting point of our trek. Here, our trekking crews will prepare the loads and organize the porters for all the expedition equipments to go to the base camp (BC).We trek to Tal, Koto on the famous Annapuran Circuit trail and enter the hidden valley of “Narphu” for about 4/5 days. We explore the region and get acclimatized before heading to the mountain.
After leaving behind the Narphu area, we make our way slowly upwards crossing Yak Kharka (4,615m) and to Bhrikuti base camp, which is the bottom of the mountain. We snake our way up towards the moraine intermediate camp (5,400m) which will take us around 4 hours time and next day, another 4 hours walk to advance base camp (5,700m) on the glacier. From here we will strike out to the summit in 4 hours and descent to Japanese base camp spending another 4 hours time. Now we trek about 6 days to get Lo manthang through the high terrains, crossing over few high passes above 5000m of altitudes. This section would be tough if the bad weather and heavy snowfall occurs. Finally, we will get into the kingdom of mustang, where you can have a chance to meet with the KING of mustang and visit the ancient Buddhist monasteries. We trek down to meet the Annapurna trail to Jomsom and fly to KTM via Pokahra.
Day 1Kathmandu Arrival, transfer to hotel and briefing
Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing tour, preparation and packing
Day 3Drive to Besisahar(800m) 8hrs O/N guesthouse
Day 4Drive to Koto (2600m) 7-8hrs
Day 5Trek to MethangPati (3,560m) 6hrs
Day 6Trek to Kyang (3820m) 6hrs
Day 7Trek to Phu (4080m) 5hrs
Day 8Explore the area of Phu
Day 9Trek to Yak Kharka (4615m) 6hrs
Day 10Trek to Bhirkuti Base Camp (4980m) 5hrs
Day 11Stay at BhirkutiBase Camp and fix rope climbing trainings
Day 12Trek to Interim camp (5,400m), on the moraine 5-6hrs
Day 13Trek to Advance Base Camp (5700m), on the glacier 3-4hrs
Day 14Climb the Pass (6020m), Summit the Peak (4 hours), cross to the another side and trek continue to the Japanese base camp 7hrs
Day 15Spare day for Climbing
Day 16Trek to Damodarkunda (4890m) 5hrs
Day 17Rest day at Damodarkunda
Day 18Trek to BarsyoKhola, 6hrs
Day 19Trek to Yara (3650m) 6hrs
Day 20Stay atYara and explore the area (entry point to Lomanthang)
Day 21Trek to Lo Manthang (3810m) 5hrs
Day 22Explore the area, visit to the King and monasteries
Day 23Trek to Charang (3560m) 5-6hrs
Day 24: Trek to Ghami (3520m) 6-7hrs
Day 25Trek to Chele (3050m) 7-8hrs
Day 26Trek to Kagbeni (2810m) 4-5hrs
Day 27Visit to Muktinath (Hindus holy monastery), and continue to Jomsom by jeep 6hrs
Day 28: Fly to Pokhara, O/N pokhara
Day 29: Fly to KTM and free evening, dinner
Day 30Depart for Int’l flight to home
Our 6,000m expedition peaks are more challenging than trekking peak climbing trips. Your tough level of fitness is really important for this trip; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical fitness level. You do not need to be an athlete, but a good level of overall fitness is important. Being fit will certainly improve your chances of reaching your chosen summit. As an indication, you should be able to walk 8 km / 5 miles with a maximum height gain of 800m/2,000ft with a 10kg rucksack in 5 hours or less.
In order to get ready for this challenge, you need to be trained at least for about 5 to 7 months to prepare yourself as strong candidate. You can go to fitness center every morning for about 2 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack (i.e. 7kg, 10kg, 13 kg, 16kg and up to 20kg), manage some time for cycling for couple of hours for 3 or 4 times a week. However during climbing, there might be little symptoms of an altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue etc. but take it as normal and just drink a lot of water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, youneed to be able to hike 6 – 10 hours over hilly terrain up to 6,000m of altitude with daypack. On the summit push, extra effort is required walking on ice and climbing up to 10 – 12 hours. We will have porters to carry our heavy camping equipment, food and also the climbing gears.
All of our 6000m expedition trips are accessible to experienced trekkers and those who have done some climbing trips in European mountains in order to take another challenge on the Himalaya's Mountains. This trip will be helpful if you want to gain some knowledge about the mountaineering and have future plan to climb BIG Mountains.
If you have any previous mountaineering experiences and well knowledge about how to play with mountaineering gears, good with rock climbing and ice climbing, will surely increase the chances of reaching thesummit andalso previous trekking and mountaineering experiences is mandatory but doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you are participating on one the technical climbing peak then you must have well knowledge about how to use the mountaineering climbing gears (i.e. crampon with boot, Ice axe, harness, ropes, jumars, prussiks, abseiling, moving past knots, anchor etc.).Crampons are use for maximum grip and harness and ropes are use for maximum safety during climbing. But for those who have no mountaineering experience and skill but have gottough level of fitness, , you will be have basic training session by our guides about how to use the climbing gears during rest/acclimatization day. So we always make it sure regarding the safety of the team and successful climb of the peak.
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