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Mt. Saribung Expedition (6,346m) - 22 days

Mt. Saribung
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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 trail” 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” 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.
 
The highlights of Saribung Expedition in Damodar Saribung traverse includes the beautiful landscapes, dry stretched rugged terrain and glacier. 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 base camp. The climbing is not technically difficult but challenging and tough. So, high level of fitness is required and it can be compared to Mera Peak 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. 
 
Journey
 
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 Bhrikuti base camp the same day. Now we trek back the same way via Phu, and to Koto and we drive from Koto to Beshishar and to KTM. 

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Expert & experienced cook and crews
  • Excellent and comfortable camping logistics
  • Medical back up with Oxygen mask set throughout the trip
  • Trek & Climb in the area without crowd.
  • Trek via the world famous trekking route “Annapurna Circuit”
  • Trek into the mystical and peaceful area “Narphu” where the pure Tibetan cultures and tradition still exist.
  • Climb the non-technically challenging peak, Mt. Saribung (6,328m) with professional and Everest climbed Sherpa Guides

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1

Kathmandu Arrival, transfer to hotel and briefing

After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will have to go through custom formalities. You will be greeted by our representative who will be anxiously waiting for you with a placard displaying your name in his hand. You will be transferred to the 3-Star category hotel in a private vehicle. Once you get refreshed, you will get briefing regarding the itinerary. Enjoy welcome dinner in the evening where you can taste authentic Nepali dinner. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu Sightseeing tour, preparation and packing

You will be transferred to our office for documentation work. You will also be introduced with your crew members and other trekkers who are going to join you on the trip. In the afternoon, half day sightseeing tour will be organized during which you will be taken on memorable UNESCO Heritage Tour. Tour begins with visit to Nepal’s holiest Pashupatinath Temple Complex and takes us through Nepal’s largest Bouddhanath Stupa and 2500 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa. We will return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3

Drive to Besisahar (800m) 8hrs O/N guesthouse

Leaving Kathmandu early in the morning, we will follow Prithvi Highway till we reach Dumre. We will take a branched path from Dumre to Besisahar which is the district headquarter of Lamjung. Our journey is exciting with scenic views of green hills, river and forest at the backdrop. Hotels and lodges are found in abundance in Besisahar. Stay overnight at Besisahar.

Day 4

Drive to Koto (2600m) 7-8hrs

From Besi Sahar, we will take a jeep drive to Koto passing through quite a lot beautiful local villages. Instead of walk, we take jeep drive to save few days on the lower altitude; the drive goes through along the main trekking trail. It takes about 7-8 hours to reach Koto. The road isn’t blacktopped pitch road; its muddy road. The road follows the famous Marsyangdi River. 

Day 5

Trek to Methang Pati (3,560m) 6hrs

We will cross river that continues to Nar Phu valley and walk to the forest located above Phu River. The trail continues further along cave to Dharmasala. Walking along canyon, we will reach pasture land and continue walking to the temporary settlement of Methang Pati. Stay overnight at Methang Pati.   

Day 6

Trek to Kyang (3820m) 6hrs

Leaving Methang Pati, we will pass through temporary winter settlement of Nar where we can see yak grazing lazily on Himalayan herbs. Walk through the low shrubs and bushes with scenic mountain views at the backdrop to Junam which is the semi-permanent settlement. Enjoy the views of glaciers as we head towards semi-permanent settlement of Chako. Taking series of ups and downs from Chako, we will reach Kyang where we will stay overnight.  

Day 7

Trek to Phu (4080m) 5hrs

We will follow the descending trail to river. Following the river, we will walk through settlements where we can see colourful chortens. The trail continues along glacial stream, Canyonlands and gorges and arrive at Phu gate. This ancient gate is known as Pupigyal Kwe. Enjoy the views of three villages of Phu from this ancient gate. Enter Phu Gaon for overnight stay.

Day 8

Explore the area of Phu

This is a rest day. We will visit local villages to meet with locals. Dzong and remains of two forts are also place of interest in Phu gaon. Time permitting, we will visit Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to meet with Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche. Stay overnight at Phu Gaon.

Day 9

Trek to Yak Kharka (4615m) 5-6hrs

As today’s walk is also quite long day walk, so we eat early morning breakfast and start our long day walk to Yak Kharka (4,615m). We follow the trek route towards to Damodar Kund to Bhrikuti base camp along with Layju Khola (river) and crossing the Nagoru. On today’s walk we won’t get any teahouse in between so possibly having pack lunch, we keep walking until we reach to Yak Kharka for our over night camp.

Day 10

Trek to Bhirkuti Base Camp (4980m) 5hrs

We will cross the glacier and follow the escalating trail to Bhrikuti Base Camp. The trail continues through lateral moraine and rubble strewn glacier. Later, we will arrive at point where there is no distinct path. We will set our camp under the shadow of southern face of Bhrikuti Mountain. The camp site will be located close to the frozen lake. We can enjoy the close-up view of Saribung Mountain from our camp. Stay overnight at Bhrikuti Base Camp. 

Day 11

Stay at Bhirkuti Base Camp and fix rope climbing trainings

This is the preparation day. Our Sherpa crew will explore the glacier for a location for our high camp while the guide will share Saribung climbing strategy with team. He will also provide you with necessary instructions and teach you what to do and how should you call for help if in case of emergency. Sherpas will make way and fix cables wherever necessary and set up High camps while we will practice climbing glaciers. Stay overnight at Bhrikuti Base Camp. 

Day 12

Trek to Interim camp (5,400m), on the moraine 5-6hrs

Saribung Climbing begins on this day. We will pack our things and get ready for the challenging climb. Walking through the moraines of en route glacier, we will follow the snowy trail that allows the close-up views of Khumjunggar Peak (6,959m) and Damodar Mountain. We will arrive at our Interim Camp that is located on moraine at an altitude of 5400m where we will stay overnight.

Day 13

Trek to Advance Base Camp (5700m), on the glacier 3-4hrs

We will continue our journey along the moraines and glacier till we reach the point where the glacier separates two valleys. The valley to the right side head towards the Kunlun Pass (6035m). We will choose the left trail to Bharchauk Cwm. The path is scenic where we will be surrounded by snow covered mountains. We will set our camp on ice. Saribung Mountain will be towering above us. Stay overnight at Advance Base Camp. 

Day 14

Summit the Peak (4 hours), descend to the Bhirkuti base camp, 4hrs

We will reach to the summit of Saribung on this day. We will start much early before sunrise. Although the trail is not much slope, we may need to use rope to climb to the summit through crevassed route. The summit allows incredible views of Tibet to the north. We will descend from summit to the Bhrikuti Base Camp and stay overnight there. 

Day 15

Spare day for Climbing/Trek to Yak Kharka

Including a spare day in our itinerary makes sure that our trip goes according to plan even if we get delayed by unforeseen circumstances like bad weather and other factors, otherwise we start our walk back to Yak Kharka for the over night stay.  

Day 16

Trek to Phu (4080m) 5hrs

As we have started our return way, so we slowly walk to Phu and take a good rest there. 

Day 17

Trek to Methang (3060m), 5 hrs

We will walk slowly to the lower altitude, which makes us stronger. We pass through Kyang & Chyako and Nar Phedi and finally reach at Methang Pati where we stay for the overnight

Day 18

Trek to Koto (2600m), 5hrs

From Methang Pati, we walk for the Koto leaving behind the Dharamsala camp. We cross over the few wooden bridges along side the Naar Khola. We stay over night at Koto, now are back to the Annapurna Circuit trail.   

Day 19

Drive to Beshishar (800m) 8-9hrs

We take local jeep drive to Beshishar, which takes about 8/9 hours and at Beshishar we stay at the Guesthouse with more warmer bad and room. 

Day 20

Drive to Kathmandu, 8 hrs

Today we drive for Kathmandu with nicer road. Once we reach KTM, we will be transfer to the hotel, we do check in and go straight to hot shower. In the evening will be a group celebration dinner with the staffs. We will enjoy the meals and beers. 

Day 21

Free day in Kathmandu

Today is free day, every one is allowed to do their own stuff, see around the Thamel, buy gift for the family, friends, girl friend/boy friend etc. 

Day 22

Depart for Int’l flight to home

We will transfer you to the Airport as per your scheduled flight for your onward destination. Safe journey. We hope to see you soon.

COST INCLUDES

  • Climbing Royalty fee and all govt. taxes for Mt. Saribung
  • Special trekking permit fee for Nar & Phu
  • 4 nights, 3 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing BB basis
  • KTM – Beshishar – Koto and same way return by private transport (Bus and Jeeps)
  • Expedition Sherpa Guide
  • Climbing support Sherpas on 1:3 ratios
  • Cook (s) and necessary kitchen staffs
  • Require number of porters and yaks to & from Base Camp (BC)
  • All necessary Climbing hardware gears including fixed ropes
  • All necessary camping and kitchen gears
  • Meals (B/L/D), during trekking and climbing period
  • High altitude food for higher camps
  • Best quality single or twin-shared tent with sleeping mattress at Base Camp
  • High altitude tents as require
  • Oxygen with regulator set for medical purpose at BC
  • A group medical kit and Walkie-talkie sets
  • Satellite phone for emergency call purpose (personal calls on payable basis)
  • High camps stoves and gases (EPI gas with burners)
  • Insurance of climbing Sherpa and local team members
  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicles
  • Celebration dinner after the expedition

COST EXCLUDES

  • Medical/Personal high-risk travel insurance
  • Personal climbing gears
  • Major meals in Kathmandu
  • Cost of personal nature expenses
  • Cost of electronic appliances
  • International air ticket and departure tax
  • Tip to the local staff
  • Cost occurred due to delay and cancellation of flights, extension of trek and climbing period etc.
Fitness
 
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, you need 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.
 
Experience Required
 
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 the summit and also 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 got tough 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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Trip Info

Trip Code: DHA/M-01
Grade:
Best Month of the Year : Early April to 1st week of May & early Oct to 1st week of Nov
Trekking Duration: 15 days
Hotel Accommodation : 4 Nights 3 Star Twin Shared BB
Trek Type : Camping
Maximum Elevation : 6M.
Average hours of walking per day : 6 hours
Destination: : Nepal

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