Saribung Trek is one of the longest adventures in the Himalayas that involves walking through rugged trails, cross high passes, walk on ice and snow. This is a newly explored trekking route in 2006 that shortly became quite popular among trekkers. This trail takes us on a fascinating journey through exceptional landscapes with an orange colored rock wall, multicolored canyons and impressive forms of alpine terrain.
The pioneer trekking through the desert like alpine territory provides the trekkers with an authentic experience. Located between the kingdom of Mustang and Manang border just near to famous holy pilgrimage lake Damodar Kunda and close to the border of Tibet, Saribung is quite challenging with off the beaten track that leads the trekkers to the place with crystal clear river water, close to rushing waterfall and green fields that flows the scenic mountain path with picturesque villages and unique cultures.
Although it is quite strenuous, once you complete the trek, there will be no regrets regarding the journey. The travelers will hardly find such a mysterious and alluring place of Saribung at any part of the country. The major advantage of this trek is that we will end up with the same point from where we started but without repeating the single trek route, back and forth. It is once in a lifetime type of journey in Nepal Himalaya which will be your unforgettable and interesting trip so far.
2 - 14
6042 m/ 19822.8ft
Off the beaten track that offers magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti, and Annapurna I Peak, Sonam Himal, Saribung Himal, Kharsang Peak, and many other snowy peaks.
Crossing through numerous passes such as Kang La Pass (5200m), Thorong La Pass (5416m), Saribung La Pass (5600m), Nyila Pass 94020m), Taklam La Pass (3640m), Bhena La Pass (3830m), Yamdala Pass (4010m), Chogo La Pass (4230m), Kyuma La Pass (5300m) and Batsyak La Pass (55450m).
Inhabited by Tibetan influenced Buddhists and thus you can find Bon-Po Monastery, Lo Gyakar Ghar Gompa, Tsarang Gompa, Nyphu Gompa, Chungsi Cave Monastery, Lury Gompa, Tashi Lakhang Monastery, Red Thugchen Gompa, Lhyodi Gompa, Chosar Cave, and many other Chorten.
Passes through Damodar Kunda, Narphu Valley and Kagbeni (main gate of Upper Mustang).
Why this Trip
Saribung Trekking is a strenuous and popular trekking trail that proffers us with an alluring view of Peri Himal, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Tibetan mountains and the Kingdom of Mustang, dry landscapes along with the fantastic scenery, diverse cultures, and religions with a wide topographical variation. It also includes the mesmerizing high passes like Saribung La Pass (5600m), Kyuma La Pass (5300m), Batsyak La Pass (5450m), Thorong La Pass (5416m) and Kang La Pass (5200m) with multiple unique Gompas and Monasteries on its way.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a Plan B and Plan C
•What follows is a general flow of events. Except for the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekker will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in Teri La pass region.
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will already be there to receive you. S/He will accommodate you to the hotel from airport safely. Our representative will help you check-in the hotel and in the afternoon, we will discuss the detail trip itinerary, trekking permits, and TIMS.
On the second day, we will visit the important places inside the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing purpose. We acquaint with historical and culturally important places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist Shrines and Temples. Other formalities of permits will be finalized today.
Today, we drive to Pokhara which is known as the “City of Lakes”. After 6 to 7 hours of drive from Kathmandu, we will reach Pokhara. If time permits, we will go for boating in Phewa Lake and go for the evening walk in the lakeside of Pokhara.
Pokhara is a beautiful city and has much natural beauty to offer to tourists. We have enough time to visit the places that are popular here in Pokhara like White Stupa, Tal Barahi Temple, Rara Lake and many other Lakes, temples, and monuments with their ancient history and cultural importance. We can go for boating and cycle around the lakeside and enjoy the most wonderful time. We can also go shopping around the city. This day, you can also roam on your own and enjoy the trip.
Soon after our breakfast in the early morning, we head towards Jomsom by domestic flight from Pokhara. After reaching Jomsom, our journey begins and we walk for about 3-4 hours and reach Kagbeni crossing riverbank of Kaligandaki and Bon Po Monastery. We can visit the red painted Gompa which is said to be 1000 years old.
After early morning breakfast, today we start our journey from Kagbeni. We have to check special permit in Kagbeni (main gate of upper Mustang) and enter Upper Mustang gate and then continue walking with beautiful sceneries with repeating ascents and descents until Chhusang which will take us about 4 hours of walk providing gigantic red, orange and silver grey cliffs spotted with cave dwellings. After further an hour of walk, we reach Chele where we spend our night.
Today, we leave Chele. After our warm breakfast, we have to climb up an unstable path up to Taklam La (3640m) and reach Samar Village. After a short walk from Samar Village, we pass Bhena La Pass (3830m) and Yamdala (4010m) and down to Syangboche. The cave monastery of Ramchung is located there in Syangboche where Guru Rimpoche is said to have spent time in meditation. After gentle descend, we reach the village of Ghiling where we find a big Chorten and two Gompas whose walls are painted in red. We spend our night at Ghiling.
Early morning after breakfast, we visit few monasteries in Ghiling and a continue our trek. We will walk ascend and cross Nyila Pass (4020m) and then descend to Ghami Village which will take about 2 hours of walk. After crossing Ghami, we can see the longest Mani Wall in Mustang region which is painted with vertical stripes of white, red and black. With all 3 hours of ascend and descend walk, we will finally reach Tsarang Village which has an old royal palace and Tsarang Gompa and monasteries to explore. We spend our night today in Tsarang.
Today, after wrapping up with our breakfast, we trek to Lo Manthang with magnificent views of Nilgiri, Tilicho, Bhrikuti, and Annapurna I Peak. The trail follows the ascending path to explore Lo Gyakar Ghar Gompa which is the oldest Gompa of Upper Mustang built by Guru Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the 8th century. After visiting the Gompa, we further continue our trek to reach Chogo La Pass which is the highest point in this region. From there, we trek downhill to Lo Manthang which takes us about 4 hours of walk. We spend our night there at Lo Manthang.
This day is full of wandering because it’s the day of exploration. Today we get a chance to encounter with the real beauty of Lo Manthang. We have multiple numbers of choices for exploration. We can visit Choser Cave by jeep or horse, visit village tour including 3 main monasteries. There are four major places and several other places like the Tall Champa Lakhang “God House”, the red Thugchen Gompa, Chyodi Gompa and the Entrance Hall are the main attractions of this town. We can also visit the four-storey building of Raja’s Palace as well as the surrounding panoramic views of the Himalaya. Besides that, Kimling and Phuwa as well as Gompa of Nangyals “The Monastery of Victory”, Garphu and Nyphu Gompas and Chosar are also the alluring attractions of Lo Manthang. After exploring, we can also go for short shopping around the village areas and spend our quality time in making beautiful memories.Meal:
We start our day with about an hour of ascent until we reach Day-La from where we can see Lo Manthang as a whole. We further walk for about 3 hours and by then; we reach Dhi Gaon where we can relax for a while. From there, after about 3 hours of walk, we reach Yara where we can find cave housing a beautiful stupa and some paintings in Pala idiom. There is also a high possibility of fossil hunting in the riverbed below the cave. We accommodate in Yara tonight.
Early morning after breakfast, we start our trek and leave behind Yara and head towards Lori Gompa. After 2 hours of walk, we encounter with one of the famous cave monastery of the region. Again after about half hour of walk, we encounter with another oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region which was constructed in 15th century where we can find old Chorten and many images as well as statues of protectors inside. There is also highly sacred religious text which is always closed. We stay at Luri Gompa this night.
After breakfast, we leave behind Luri Gompa and head toward Ghuma Thanti, which is our ultimate night stay point for today. The trail descends through the George to join the main trail Yara-Ghuma Thanti. We follow the trekking route which crosses a wide range of grassy plateau offering fantastic view of Mount Dhaulagiri. After walking for about 6 hours approximately through uphill and downhill, we reach to Ghuma Thanti –a place for sheltering the Buddhist Pilgrims going to the sacred Damodar Kunda. We will relax throughout the night there at Ghuma Thanti.
Today, we have uphill and downhill trails to walk through. We walk through the steep up and down route. After crossing the Kyuma La Pass (5300m), we reach the Batsyak Camp. The heavy spring snow may block the trail so we have to prepare more for it. It will take us about 8 hours of walk from Ghuma Thanti to Batsyak Campsite where we stay that night
This day, after early breakfast, we leave behind Batsyak Campsite and walk through the rough terrain. We pass through the Batsyak La Pass (5450m) and after the further walk of 7 hours; we reach French Camp where ultimately we stay for that night.
After done with our warm breakfast, we head towards our journey leaving behind French Camp. After the rugged trail, we reach to Thanti and get to see the amazing view of Damodar Kunda. We rest there for a while. We can also find many monuments and stupas there. After walking for about 4 hours, we reach the Japanese Base Camp which is the end point of the day. We spend our night there at Japanese Base Camp today.
In the early morning, after wrapping up with our breakfast, we leave Japanese Base Camp behind and walk through the alluring terrain with the fantastic view of many snowy peaks. Our today’s walk is just 3-4 hours long. We soon arrive High Camp where we stay that night.
Today is relatively short walk than any other day. We need to walk for just about 3 hours leaving behind High Camp crossing through the splendid Sano Bhrikuti (6328m). After 3 hours of walk from High Camp, we reach to Thulo Dhunga. We rest there for today and prepare for next day walk.
Today, we have to walk more than that of yesterday. Early in the morning after quick breakfast, we leave behind Thulo Dhunga and head towards our journey. We walk through the beautiful terrain with the view of numerous of mesmerizing Himalayas. We cross through Saribung La Pass (6042m) with the mind-blowing views of Sonam Himal (6255m), Saribung Himal (6328m) and Kharsang Peak (6225m) on the way. We walk for about 8-9 hours from Thulo Dhunga to reach Phedi Camp.
This day, our trek steep down through the snowy trail and follows the small stream until we reach Nogaru. We walk from Nogaru passing through the Tibetan Plateau and barren valley with an amazing view of snowy peaks until we reach Phu Gaun which is one of the unique lost/hidden valleys. We have to walk for about 8 hours this day to reach Phu Gaun.
We start our journey and pass the gate which is at the end of the village and we descend down at Kyang which offers the sites like the fort of Khampa settlements. There are places like Jhunam, Chyakhu, and Kyang which was once captured by Khampa refugees from Tibet and lived illegally. After walking for 6-7 hours, the journey continues with the spectacular views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal which will lead us to Meta which is also known as Methang.
After breakfast, we start our journey towards Nar Village, walk past the Chaku in 2 hours we reach a bridge which joins the villages of Nar and Phu. We will cross the bridge and head towards our campsite in the village of Naar Phu. The total hours we need to walk is about 4-5 hours to reach Naar Phu Campsite and we rest the night there at the campsite.
Today, we start our journey steep down and walk through the pine forest passing many waterfalls and streams. Our journey comes across many suspension bridges before reaching to Koto. The wonderful forest attracts each and every traveler there with its alluring beauty. After walking for about 4 hours, we finally reach to Koto and spend our night there.
For departing Nepal on this day, you will probably have some energy left for shopping in the city. Enjoy the complimentary trekkers' massage service provided by us to you for the relaxation from the stiff body. We will eat together and then accompany you to the airport in traditional Nepali farewell mode.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek, we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients or whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
Although it is newly explored trek, it became quite popular among the trekkers that possesses the magnificent view of Peri Himal, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, Tibetan mountains and the Kingdom of Mustang dry landscapes along with the fantastic scenery, diverse culture and religions with the wide topographical variation including the mesmerizing high passes like Saribung La Pass, Kyuma La Pass, Batsyak La Pass, Thorong La Pass and Kang La Pass with multiple unique Gompas and Monasteries on its way.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings.
This region provides a wide range of delicious western meals like pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. Potatoes grown in this region are very delicious which is loved by all the trekkers. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Pokhara, we used car, Minibus or Van depending on the number of people. We use domestic airline to fly from Pokhara to Jomsom and back. We also pickup and drop from the starting and ending point of the trek on private car or jeep depending on the number of travellers.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions, ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange rescue team for you. You will be immediately transferred to hospital for the treatment after that.
Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes too quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination and make a tent for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
While trekking in Saribung via Nar Phu Valley, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying directly to the property. During Camping, you can use your guide mobile in case of emergency.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that nonrefundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.