Days: 26 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Saribung Trek and Expedition is a newly opened Trekking route in 2006. It is a challenging trekking trail off the beaten track crossing also a difficult pass. Saribung is part of Mustang and Damodar Himal, close to the border of China (Tibet). The trails are rugged, cutting high into cliff sides and pass villages that have changed little over the last centuries. Saribung Trek can also be donen the other way round for which the trek would start from Phu and then ascend to Saribung pass and enter in the Mustang "Hidden Valley" and return to Jomsom or clockwise for which the trek starts from Jomsom and follows the Upper Mustang trail and descends to Nar-Phu valley and ends at Besisahar. There are many passes with ice and creases in between the Damodar Kunda and the Nar-Phu valley. The trek leads through great sceneries and different cultures.The main important thing is the spectacular mountain scenery, which will see from the top of Mt. Saribung.
Saribung Trek and Expeition Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by A/C Tourist Bus 6-7 hours,
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara at 8:00 O’clock in the morning by A/C tourist bus passing by the Riverside of Trisuli, about 7 hours to Pokhara. Short sightseeing in Pokhara with our guide. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni 2800m/3-4 hours,
Early in the morning, we go to the airport by taxi and we fly to Jomsom and have breakfast. Then we continue our trail passing the River bank of Kaligandaki until we reach Lubra where we visit the Bon-Po monastery. It takes about 3 hours. We keep walking to Eklebatti. We have lunch. After lunch, we continue until Kagbeni which takes about 1 hour. We can visit the red-painted Gompa which is said to be about 1000 years old. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Tsaile 3100m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we must register our Restricted Area Permit in check post which is situated at the end of the village. Then the route continue passing the river bank of Kaligandaki. Repeating small ascents and descents until Tangbe village which takes about a 3 hours walk. We can see beautiful landscapes and the Buddhist influence like Chhörtens , Maniwalls. Then we continue our trek for 1 hour to Chhusang village passing over a rocky trail. We have our lunch break in this village. After lunch, we again continue on our route by the river bank and we cross over an iron bridge where the Kaligandaki River runs through a tunnel naturally built in a huge rock. It takes about 1 hour. Later we can see 16 caves above the tunnel. We walk up a steep ascent untill we reach the village of Tsaile which takes about 30 minutes. We have a good view of Nilgiri Himal and the Kaligandaki River. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Tsaile to Ghiling 3570m/6-7 hours,
In the morning, we climb up an unstable path and arrive at a plateau. We keep ascending the gentle slope and later we climb steep cliff way and arrive at a small pass. We keep gently descending to Samar village. It takes about 2 and half hours. We have lunch break here. After lunch, we leave the village and keep on going up and down until we reach the Chungsi cave monastery. It is an incredible place and we enjoy the strong spiritual environment. It is a steep ascent about 1 and half hours. We visit the monastery where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in 8th century. Then we continue our trek passing narrow way between two big huge rocks. It takes 1 and half hour to reach Syangmochen village. Again we climb up until we reach a small pass. After a you gentle descend we reach the village of Ghiling. We see a big Chhörten and two Gompas whose walls are notably painted in red. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Ghiling to Tsarang 3560m, 6-7 hours
In the morning, after breakfast, we visit the monastery. Then we keep on walking ascending gently until we reach Zaite village which takes about 1 hour. After the village a long ascent awaits us to Nyi-La 4020m. We cross over this pass entering the center of Mustang which is called the Lo region. Then we keep gently descending to reach a small pass again. After that pass it really goes steep down in a zigzag way to Ghami village. It takes 2 and half hours. We have lunch break. After lunch we walk again through Nepali flat which means down and up and finally crossing the small Khola. We can now see the longest Mani Wall in the Mustang region which is painted with vertical stripes of white, red and black. Then we have again a long steep ascent to a small pass and descend gently to Tsarang village. It takes about 3 hours. We can see a big huge Chhorten in the entrance of village, an Old Palace and Tsarang Gompa which we will visit in the evening. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3840m: Upper Trail 7-8 hours, Lower trail 4-5 hours
We follow the upper trail which allows us to explore the Lo-Gyakar-Ghar Gompa. First we follow the river side trail to Marang village. It takes about 1 hour. Then we cross the River on a suspension bridge and continue to Ghar Gompa which takes about another 1 and half hours where we visit the Gompa. It is one of the oldest Gompas of upper Mustang. It was built by Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the 8th century. After visiting the monastery, we continue our trek crossing the small river and keep walking on the plateau and where we have at some point our packed lunch. After lunch, a long gentle ascent continues to reach Chogo-La 4230m which is the highest point in this region. Then we keep descending to Lo-Manthang which takes about 4 hours. Now we are in the ancient wall city of Mustang. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Acclimatization Day or Resting Day
Hike to Chhoser 7-8 hours or hike to Namgyal monastery 2-3 hours
today, we have 2 options to explore the forbidden kingdom. To visit Chhoser Village and another to explore Namgyal Monastery. Both are nice hikes. If we decide to go to Chhoser, we can visit many caves and a cave monastery. We need to carry our packed lunch. Or we just go to Namgyal monastery. Later in the day you have a time to explore the other monasteries in Lo-Manthang or just do some shopping. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Lo-Manthang to Yara 3900m/6-7 hours
We start our trek after breakfast, leave the village and keep by gently ascending going until we reach Day-La which takes about 1 hour. This is the last point where we can see Lo-Manthang. After 3 hours we reach Dhi village then we descend for about 1 hour down where we have lunch break. After lunch we pass the small Khola and make a short steep climb to Yara village. It takes about 1 and half hour. We can see innumerable caves at the stone walls. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 11: Trek from Yara to Luri Cave Monastery 3-4 hours,
Today, we make short trek to Luri Gompa. In the morning, we continue through the river route to Luri cave Monastery which takes about 2 hours. There are actually two monasteries. First we visit one which is situated below of Luri Cave monastery. Then a short steep ascent brings us to Luri Cave Monastery which takes us about 30 minutes. This is the oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region which was constructed in the 15th century. It is situated at an elevation of 4005m. Inside the cave we can see a big Old Chhorten and many images and statues of Protectors and Deities. There is an also highly sacred religious text which is always closed. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 12: Trek from Luri Gompa from Ghuma Thanti 4600m/5-6 hours,
We follow the barren valley after crossing 5100meter pass; today we prepare pack lunch due to no appropriate cooking possibilities on the trek. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 13: Trek from Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola 4890/7-8 hours,
In this day, we start after breakfast, the trail continues with ups and downs. After crossing another 5600meter pass we will reach High Altitude Damodar Kunda. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. We continue to Namta Khola after passing Lake. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 14: Trek from Namta Khola to Saribung Base Camp 4950/6-7 hours,
In this day, walk in the Tibetan plateau gaining high altitude with passing high traverses until reaching Base Camp. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 15: Acclimatization day,
Today is free day for exploring the surrounding hills and acclimatizing to high altitude for the further expedition. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 16: Trek from Base Camp to Camp I 5730m/5-6 hours,
In the morning, after breakfast, trek to Camp I, the trail is very hard because of the snowy. We will climb up very slowly with gaining altitude. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 17: Summit to Saribung Peak 6346m and back to Base Camp 4950m/8-9 hours,
Early in the morning, wake up and start to climb up to Summit of Saribung and back to base camp. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 18: Trek from Base Camp to Nagoru 4400m via Saribung Pass 5600m,
Morning after breakfast, we will traverse over the Saribung pass and trek steep down through the snowy trail and follow the small stream until reaching Nagoru. We need to make lunch pack due to no appropriate cooking possibilities in the trail. Stay overnight at tented camp.
Day 19: Trek from Nagoru to Phu Gaon 4080m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek from our camp and walk on the Tibetan plateau and barren valley viewing very good view of snowy peaks until reaching Phu Gaon. Now we are in one of the unique Lost/ Hidden Valleys. We can see their cultures, natural diversity, and religion of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. The people are depending on subsistence agricultures, animal breeding and seasonal migrations. The very old Buddhist Monastery known as Tashi Lakhang Monastery is listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is believed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. We have a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 20: Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta 3560m/5-6 hours,
Morning after breakfast, we will walk on the Tibetan plateau and pass the kani/gate end of the village and drop down in the narrow valley and arrive in Kyang where we just see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally) at places like Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang. Then we continue the trail until reaching Meta. We can see the very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 21: Trek from Meta to Koto 2600m/6-7 hours,
In this day, we start trek steep down for the while and walk through the pine forest passing many streams and picturesque water fall near the Dharmashala. We cross over the many suspension bridges and arrive in Koto after 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 22: Trek from Koto to Dharapani 1860m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we will start our trek in the level trail passing small villages until Timang through the Pine forest which takes about 2 hours. We can see short glimpse of Mt. Manaslu and other snow peaks. Then, we drop down to Danque through the knee crunching trail and have a lunch. After lunch, walk on the level and flat trail until reaching Dharapani. It takes about 2 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 23: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat 1300m/5-6 hours,
Climb down along the Marsyangdi River, first cross by an iron bridge just end of the Dharapani village. Then, continue up stream of Marsyangdi Riveruntil reaching Kotro and cross by a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River. The trail continues right hand through the small battis in the canyon. There is again other suspension bridge, cross over the bridge and drop down to sandy area near the Tal village. After Tal, the trail drop down to the River in rocky trail and climb up the through the dense forest area and again cross by a suspension bridge near the Chyamje where lunch break. Then, the trail continues in the left hand until reaching Jagat Village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 24: Trek from Jagat to Bulbhule 840m/5-6 hours,
In the morning after breakfast, we walk down through the rocky trail until reaching Syange where we can see very picturesque water fall about 200m. Then, pass the water fall and continue along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule following the road trail for short-cut. It takes about 5 hours to reach and enjoy with last day trekking treat. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 25: Drive from Bulbhule to Kathmandu 6-7 hours,
Morning, after packed all the equipments and upload to the bus and drive back to Kathmandu passing beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages. The views of mountains are spectacular during the driving and transfer to Hotel.
Day 26: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Trek Cost in Group Basis
Trek Cost for Lodge Trek and partly capming
Trek Cost per person; USD 5600
Trek Cost per person; USD 4443 (2-5 persons group basis)
Trek Cost per person; USD 4274 (6-10 persons group basis)
Trek Cost per person; USD 4096 (11-15 persons group basis)
Trek Cost per person; USD 3948 (16-20 persons group basis)
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 4 night accommodation with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Camping Equipments: Kitchen Tent, Dining Tent, Member/Client Tent, Guide Tent, Kitchen Equipments for Cooking during the camping trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples) Guide, Cook and Suport Staffs/Porters Salaries, Insurance and Equipment Charge.
* Lodge to Lodge accommodation during the trek.
* Tented Camp during the climbing period.
* All the domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom) and airport tax.
* Annapurna Conservation Area permit and all necessary permit (Tims).
* Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit.
* Naar Phu Restricted Area Permit.
* Climbing Peak Permit.
* Garbage Deposit.
* Climbing Sherpa’s Equipment Charge and Insurance.
* All Transportation by A/C Tourist Bus and private car.
* First Aid Kit.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays,political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.