This challenging and difficult trek offers not only adventure trekking experience but also an unique cultural exploration such as the last forbidden Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, known as the land of Tibetan Buddhism, isolated villages with white washed typical houses, the most ancient Buddhist monasteries (Gompas), stone walled Stupas, ancient Chhortens with colorful Buddhist holy flags, ancient wall painting arts (Thankas), Buddhist holy books, hiding ancient cave monasteries in the mountain foot hills, polyandry marriage system in society, Tibetan Buddhist cremation offering the pieces of death body to the vultures etc.
After exploration the hidden treasure of Mustang, trek goes ahead to follow “off the beaten trails” in North – East valley of Mustang . Then, trekking trail joins in Damodar Kunda Lake to continue for the challenging and massive Saribung pass 6040m through the Japanese Base Camp to explore another hidden Nar Phu valley of Annapurna region. During the pass, we should walk in turning rocky trails, ice, crevasses and snows. We must be well equipped by high altitude cloths, gears, equipment etc. Saribung peak 6347m is technically not so difficult to climb. We just can climb with the support of main ropes though we carry fix ropes and some snow bars for the security climbing.
Trip summery in facts: Trip Title: Saribung Pass Trek Trip Duration: 26 days Maximum Altitude: 6347m. Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day. Mode of Operation: tea house + camping trek Best Season: Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov. Trip Grade: Moderate and strenuous Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 15 people
Outline Itinerary: Saribung Pass Trek Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast twin basis. Day 02: Formalities for special permits of Mustang and Nar Phu Valley bed and breakfast twin basis. Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara 6 hours by tourist bus and transfer to hotel comfort bed and breakfast twin basis. Day 04: Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni 2800m about 30 minutes by plane and 2 hours walk. Lodge. Day 05: Kagbeni - Chele 3050m 6 hours walk. Lodge. Day 06: Chele - Samar - Gheling 3740m 6 hours walk. Lodge. Day 07: Gheling - Drakmar 3800m 6 hours walk. Lodge. Day 08: Drakmar - Ghargumba - Tsarang 3620m 6 hours walk. Lodge. Day 09: Tsarang - Lho-Monthang 3790m 5 hours walk. Lodge. Day 10: Lho-Monthang - Yara 3700m 6 hours walk. Lodge. Day 11: Yara - Ghuma Thanti 4600m 6 hours walk. Camping Day 12: Ghuma Thanti - Namtha Khola 4900m 6 hours walk. Camping Day 13: Namtha Khola - Damodar Kunda 5600m 6 hours walk. Camping Day 14: Dhamodar Kunda - Base camp 5200m 4 hours walk. Camping Day 15: Base Camp - Camp 1 5750m 4 hours walk. Camping. Day 16: Saribung Pass 6040m - Saribung Summit 4346m ( Optional ) - Nagoru 4400m 7 hours walk. Camping Day 18: Nagoru - Phu 4100m 6 hours walk. Camping or Lodge Day 19: Phu - Meta 3000m 8 hours walk. Camping or Lodge Day 20: Meta - Koto 3800m 6 hours walk.Lodge Day 21: Koto - Dharapani 2800m 5 hours walk.Lodge Day 22: Dharapani - Jagat 5 hours walk. Lodge Day 23: Jagat - Bhulbhule 7 hours walk. Lodge Day 24: Bhulbhule - Besi Sahar - Kathmandu bus 7 hours by bus and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast twin basis. Day 25: Kathmandu free day bed and breakfast included twin basis. Day 26: International departure.
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-4 nights 2 star level hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-1 night comfort hotel in Pokhara bed and breakfast.
-Trekking permits of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, special permits of Mustang and Nar Phu Valley.
-Accommodation in tea house lodge + tented camping with foam mattress twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) during the trek.
-Camping equipment: tents, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, chairs, tables etc.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide, cook and porters.
-Kathmandu - Pokhara by bus, Pokhara - Jomsom by plane + domestic airport tax, Bhulbule-Besisahar-Kathmandu by bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory government tax and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, chef cook, kitchen boy and porters.
-Nepal tourist visa fee 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, sleeping bag -20 degree etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
Clothing & Equipment Check List: Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc. Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required) Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal) Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional) Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash Extras/Luxuries
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow