This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes are required. First-time climbers can undertake one of our one-day pre-trek ropes and climbing training days to obtain some initial skills and experience.
The 27 days Saribung Peak Climbing journey, a newly explored but popular trek, encompasses the remote regions of Nepal Himalayas Jomsom, Mustang , Nar-Phu Valley and many other landmarks of Damodar Himal in the company of majestic mountain sceneries, diverse cultures, and geographical variations. The Saribung Peak (6,387m) close to the border of Nepal and Tibet lies in Damodar Himal. Though the peak climbing journey is very much pleasant and easy at times the climbers have to cross the high passes like Saribung La over 5,600 meters and many other. At some sections, the trail even passes through the off-the-beaten-tracks and thereby results into the summit of Mt. Saribung. In over all, the panoramic mountain vistas form the top of Mt. Saribung, journeying through the rugged landscapes, and encountering the very much primitive culture of the region bring you an everlasting adventure experience in your life.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days. We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Kathmandu Durbar square.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is a Buddhist religious complex with a history dating back over 500 years. Located on the eastern edge of Kathmandu it is now a site of great pilgrimage for Buddhist followers who circle its massive stupa, spin its many prayer wheels and visit its beautiful monastery. The main feature of Boudhanath is its huge hemispherical white stupa with central golden tower and the all-seeing eyes of the Buddha. Visitors should circle the stupa in a clockwise direction and spin prayer wheels for good fortune and a good life. Visitors may also enjoy visiting the Thangka painting school within the complex to see highly skilled artists at work on religious mandala paintings.
Pashupatinath: Hindu Temple is a very large and complex and focal point for the Hindu religion. This old and very revered complex of buildings and shrines is dedicated to the Lord Shiva, one of the main deities of Hinduism. While Lord Shiva has multiple forms he is often seen as the destroyer. This has great significance for the Pashupatinath temple as it is the site of many Hindi ritual cremations each day. Pashupatinath is considered by Hindus to be an auspicious site for passing from one stage of life to the next through the purifying and destroying flames of cremation. However, on a happier note, visitors may also get to see the temple in a buoyant festival mode with one of the many Hindu festivals celebrated here through the year.
Swayambhunath: You will first visit the Swayambhunath temple complex that sits atop a high hill overlooking Kathmandu and the entire Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is perhaps the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal. It consists of a very large white stupa with the all-seeing-eye of Lord Buddha plus many small stupa and beautifully carved stone shrines. This is a wonderful place to catch your breath and start to understand and appreciate the deep importance of Buddhist belief to the people of Nepal and the Himalaya region. Make sure you ring the many bells to awaken the gods and let them know you are in Nepal. Take the time to enjoy the view over Kathmandu and have your guide point the many other highlights of the city. In the far distance to the east you may also be able to see the hills of Nagarkot where your hotel for tonight is located. If you feel energetic you might also like to try some or all of the 350 steps that lead all the way from Kathmandu city up to your Swayambhunath temple vantage point.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: The next stop today is the beautiful Kathmandu Durbar Square, or the royal palace square of the ancient Malla kings of the Kathmandu Valley. This square and all its architectural treasures are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While some damage to buildings occurred in the 2015 earthquake the site still contains many stunning architectural gems. The original royal palace courtyards are open to visitors and you will marvel at the intricate timber carving and beautifully crafted brickwork of the palace. The open square outside the palace has many beautiful multi-storey pagodas and temples with ornate carving and carpentry artwork that tells some of the story of the ancient kings and their mystical time and beliefs. The square also contains many important Hindu temples and statues such as to Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Durbar Square also contains the unique and intriguing Kumari Chok. This is an ancient and ornate house where resides the Raj Kumari – the Living Goddess. She is a young girl chosen through an ancient and mystical selection process to become the human incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess, Durga. If you are in the courtyard of the home at the right time in the afternoon you may see a brief glimpse of the Goddess at her window.
Drive or fly to Pokhara. Pokhara is situated on the side of Lake Fewa, it is a beautiful area with Fishtail mountain (Machhapuchhare) rising not far behind within the Annapurna range. Only 200km from Kathmandu it can take 6/8 hours by road depending on the season.
The early morning flight to Jomson is very short and very scenic. In the 30 minutes of flight time you will be treated to spectacular views as your aircraft flys up the Kali Gandaki Valley towards Jomson. The Annaourna Massif and its many stunning peaks will be to your right and the mass of 8,172m Mount Dhaulagiri will be to your left. But too soon you will be on the ground at dusty Jomson Airport. Once all your team and gear is organised your guide will lead you out on to the trail and commence the four hour trek to the village of Kagbeni. The ancient mud and stone village of Kagbeni sits on a ridge high above the dry riverbed where it is safe from the occassional flood that roar down the valley after heavy rains higher in the catchment.
The trek continues along the twists and turns of the hugh Kali Gandaki Riverbed. The gradient is gentle and the walking easy as you gain about 400m in altitude over the course of the walk. You will pass through the unspoiled traditional villages of Tangbe and Chhusang and take short detour breaks to rest and explore their narrow lanes and architecture. A chance to share a cup of tea with the local people is also very likely. As you get closer to Chele the river valley narrows to a deep gorge and the gradient steepens. The last effort for the day is to trek up the steep trail that takes you to Chele village and its fields perched above the narrow southern gorge exit. There are many vantage points around the village where you can look down into the dark gorge and contemplate the surging torrents of water that have cut this spectacular gorge over thousands of years. The views to the east and the Annapurna Massif peaks and Mount Nilgiri are spectacular as the sun sets and the peaks fade to pinks, greys and then nightfall.
The Trek becomes a little more challenging today as you leave the riverbed and follow the ancient trails along the western slopes of the valley. There is hardly a level step today as you always seem to be climbing or descenting a ridge or hugh gully slope. The landscape to the east is dominated by the giant gorge that cuts a gash through the solid rock of the lower valley. You trek through arid land that barely supports hardy goat herds of the few tiny villages you pass though. Eventually you will summit the main ridge and high point of 3540m before slowly descending towards the welcome sight of Geling sitting high above its terraced fields stretching down the foothill slope.
As you continue north inti the heart of Upper Mustang the valley widens and the deep gorge you have been skirting oepns out again to a wide and gravelly river bed. However, the trail today continues its winding path through the lower foothills. As you descend the valley slopes you pass spectacular red cliffs that glow in to strong sunlight. You then cross a small bridge over the Tangmar Chu River and ascend again to be rewarded with one of the longest and most interesting prayer walls, or mani, in all of Nepal. Say a prayer as you pass just as many thousands of local people have done before you for perhaps a thousand years or more. Upon reaching Tsarang you will be amazed by the sight and community effort that has gone into the construction of the five–story Dzong, or fort, and the nearby Buddhist gompa or monastery. Take the time to appreciate the wonderful statues and thanka paintings of the Buddha.
Start the day by exploring more of Tsarang and its rich heritage. Then head north on the trail along the wide valley floor towards Lo Mantang. You will see the walled town well before you reach it and then discover there is just one entrance gate to this once well defended town. The every happy and welcoming people of Lo Manthang will be delighted to see your arrival
The geographic extend of the Upper Mustang district is just 53km from north to south and about 60km east to west. However after your five days on the winding trails you will feel you have travelled very much further than that and a day of rest is a great idea. As you spend the day exploring the ancient town you may contemplate to events the defensive walls have seen and what the Kingdom of Lo must once have been like.
This section of the trip leaves the Lo-Manthang village and within 4 hours’ journey we will be at Dhi Village. Then the trail descends down to a small stream from where the trail climbs up to reach at Yara Village. The journey will be accompanied by the sights of innumerable caves at the stone walls.
This short part of the trip moves to the site of Luri Gompa. At Luri Gompa, we will visit at two monasteries. At first a short steep ascent brings us to Luri Cave Monastery (4,005m) – the oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region which was constructed in the 15th century. Inside the cave we can see a big Old Chhorten, a highly sacred religious text and many images and statues of Protectors and Deities. In the second place, we will visit at the other monastery which is situated below of Luri Cave Monastery.
After discovering Luri Cave Monastery, the trail descends through the gorge to join the main trail Yara – Ghuma Thanti. It will be a fantastic walk from hilltop to hilltop through the pastures. At 4,780m, the mountain trekking route crosses a wide grassy plateau offering fabulous views of Mount Dhaulagiri. The trail continues climbing up to a pass (4,940m) and descends to Ghuma Thanti – a place built for sheltering the Buddhist pilgrims going to the sacred Damodar Kunda Lakes.
At first the trail of the day reaches to a pass at 5,320 meters from where we can have tremendous views of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna I. Secondly, the trail makes a steep descent to the bottom of the Parche khola. Then in the third section, the trail climbs up a long steep slope. In the fourth place, the trail makes a long crossing from hilltop to hilltop till to reach a pass at 5,490 meter. The high pass on the trail offers us the clear views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Damodar Himal. While moving ahead from the high pass, the trail brings the sacred site of Damodar Kunda. At this site we observe the sacred and pristine lakes situated in the yard of Damodar Himal. At the holy spit you can locate a small Hindu shrine and a very old Buddhist Chorten. After enjoying the must see attractions of Damodar Kunda, our journey moves forth towards Namta Khola.
The mountain trail of the day passes through a high altitude route and the landscapes that resemble like the Tibetan Plateau until reaching at Saribung Base Camp.
Enjoy the acclimatization day by exploring the surrounding hills of the Saribung Base Camp. The acclimatization day helps you prepare for the further climbing journey.
This section of the mountain trails include walking on the moraines of en route glacier and hard snowy trail. The mountain trail journey will be accompanied by views of the Khumjunggar Himal (6,959m), and the Damodar Himal.
It will be the day for reaching to the peak of Saribung – the ultimate and highest point of the trip. Early in the morning, the trek starts to climb the summit of Saribung and then the journey descends down to Saribung Base Camp. From the summit of Saribung we have outstanding scenery of Gyajikang, Himlung, Bhrikuti, etc.
At first the morning trek leads us to cross the Saribung Pass and then the snowy trail steeply descends down till to reach a small stream on the trail. Next, the trail following through the stream connects us to Nagoru.
The journey from Nagoru passing through the Tibetan resembling plateau in the company of fine views of barren valley and snowy peaks reaches to Phu Gaon. This is the exact location where we will be in the midst of the unique Lost or Hidden Valley. In the valley we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It will be also the day for exploring the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the very old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region.
This section of the climbing trip descends down at first at Kyang passing through a narrow valley on the trail. Kyang offer us the sites like the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement. Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang are such places where Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally. Witnessing these places, our journey continues till to reach Meta. The journey will be accompanied by the very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Initially, the trek of the day for a while goes through steep downward trail and walks through a pine forest passing many small streams and charming water fall near the Dharmashala on the trail. Our peak climbing trip at this section also comes across many suspension bridges before reaching at Koto.
The first part of today’s journey passes through the small villages till to reach at Timang in the company of Pine forest on the trail. While moving forth, the trek will be accompanied with a short glimpse of Mount Manaslu and other snowy peaks. The next section of the trail steeply drops down to Danque from where we follow the level trail till to reach at Dharapani.
This section of the climbing trip walking along the Marsyangdi River crosses and re-crosses suspension bridges over the Marsyangdi River. While continuing the trek, our journey at first arrives at Kotro and then reaches at the Tal village. From Tal, the next section of the trail while following through the rocky track at first drops down to the river and again climbs up through a dense forest area to reach at Chyamje. Passing through Chyamje, we will eventually reach at Jagat Village.
Our journey today initially walks down through a rocky trail till to reach Syange at where we can view a very pretty water fall. Then the upcoming trail follows along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule. This is the place where we end the trekking section of the trip. We say goodbye to mountain trails. Keeping the memory of trekking experience we prepare for a bus or jeep drive in the forth coming days.
In the morning after loading all the equipments, the bus journey passes alongside the Marsyangdi river which will results into Bsesi Sahar. Then the undulating road again passes through the cultivated terraces, forest, and green hills. The bus drive will be accompanied by the sights of Manaslu, Ganesh, and the Annapuran Himalayan range in the north distance. Eventually the scenic drive stops in Kathmandu where we will be transferred at our Hotel.
This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping. In the evening you will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate.
Personal Climbing Gear:Mountaineering boots ,Rope , Climbing Harness. ,Crampons, Ice axe, Ascender and descended , Carabineers ,Figure 8 ,Climbing helmet .
Footwear : Well broken-in walking shoes - these must be suitable for snow, thick socks, light socks, camp shoes.
Clothing : Down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and trousers, sweater or fleece jacket, underwear, warm and cotton trousers or jeans, shirts and T-shirts, shorts, long underwear, wool hat, sun hat, gloves, bathing suit, track suit.
equipment: Sleeping bag (5 seasons), lock, day pack, water bottle, sun cream, sunglasses, flashlight with spare bulbs and batteries, lip salve, gaiters
Other items: Insect repellent, toilet articles, diary, toilet roll, laundry soap, wet ones, pocket knife, towel, sewing kit, plasters, binoculars, camera, film, cards and personal medical kit, Oxygen . mask and regulator
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