Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek and Peak Climbing cover an exhilarating journey opened only in 2006 to tourism. This exciting route connects Upper Mustang with the Nar Phu region over a remote pass and through the isolated territory. It is ideal for adventure seekers looking for a challenging journey in an altogether astonishing landscape.
The first part of the journey begins in Upper Mustang, referred to as The Lost Kingdom for its remoteness and isolation. This is a high elevation desert landscape with surrounding peaks soaring into the blue skies. The Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek and Peak Climbing traverse a region that is just south of the border with Tibet in an area of Nepal referred to as the Damodar Himal. The strikingly beautiful journey has so far received only a handful of trekkers and the rewards of mountain scenery will be an unforgettable lifetime highlight.
Along the way from Upper Mustang to the village of Phu, the route traverses a challenging pass called the Saribung La. Nearby is the breathtaking Saribung Peak (we also offer a chance to climb this peak for people with the time and interest) and more.
During the fascinating Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing journey, visitors will experience ancient villages with an ageless lifestyle. The residents of this highland area maintain traditional customs. The Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek and Peak Climbing journey takes trekkers off the beaten path and offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier routes. The starkly beautiful landscape was once part of the Tethys Sea 140 million years ago. Relics of this sea, ammonite fossils are still abundant in Upper Mustang. Hindu pilgrims believe these fossils represent Lord Vishnu.
The residents of this highland area have strong cultural ties Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the arid tranquil terrain. Along the trails are exquisite monasteries, mani prayer stones, and prayer flags and other icons of Buddhist faith along with high elevation pack animals, the yak!
The first section of this other world Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing journey treks deep into the upper Kali Gandaki River Valley. Beyond the ancient gateway village of Kagbeni, you will find a unique way of life and spectacular scenery. We reach Lo Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang and home of the former royal family. The settlement is surrounded by an earthen wall and the former royal family is still very involved in community affairs. Visitors are often given a chance to meet the ex-king during his daily office hours with the public.
We then traverse an isolated section of the Himalaya near the Damodar Himal. The panoramic scenery can be overwhelming! After traversing the challenging Saribung Peak Climbing and Pass, we descend to remote Phu village and eventually tie into the main Annapurna Circuit Trail.
Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek and Peak Climbing is a camping journey. High Camp Adventure will arrange a crew of porters to transport provisions and gear, including food and a dining tent, tables, chairs, a toilet tent, and personal sleeping tents. Our skilled chef will provide the day’s meals and in the evening we will enjoy a magnificent camp under the stars, surrounded by the Himalaya and jaw-dropping surroundings while we enjoy a supper and a warm drink.
There is a lot to explore on this adventurous trek including sacred caves and elegant monasteries.
Please Note: Our Upper Mustang Saribung Pass Trek and Peak Climbing has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Trek preparation day (Sightseeing optional). Overnight at hotel.
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.Driving 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720 mt.) and trek to Kagbeni (2810 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 05Kagbeni to Chele (3050 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 06Chele to Syanboche (3475 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 07Syanboche to Ghami (3520 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 08Ghami to Tsarang (3575 mt.). Walking 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 09Tsarang to Lo-Manthang 3760 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 10Rest day for acclimatization and exploration. Overnight at guest house.
Day 11Lo-Manthang to Yara (3900 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 12Yara to Luri Cave Monastery (4005 mt.). Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 13Luri Cave to Ghuma Thanti (4600 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 14Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola (4890 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 15Namta Khola to Saribung Base Camp (4950 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 16Rest day for acclimatization and exploration. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 17Base Camp to Camp I (5730 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 18Summit to Saribung Peak (6346 mt.) and back to Base Camp. Walking 8-9 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 19Saribung Base Camp to Nagoru (4400 mt.) via Saribung-La Pass (6020 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
Day 20Nagoru to Phu Gaon (4080 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 21Phu Gaon to Meta (3560 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 22Meta to Koto (2600 mt.). Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 23Koto to Dharapani (1860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 24Dharapani to Chamje (1430 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.
Day 25Drive from Chamje to Kathmandu. Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at hotel.
Day 26Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.
Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.
All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.
Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst fare well dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.
An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a tea house trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.
Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing is a technical climbing trip which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking up hill and down hill in a day carrying a personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing is high altitude trek and climbs which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better and some technical skill is required for this trip. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.
This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.
Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Upper Mustang Saribung Peak Climbing. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view. You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.
Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. Air travel between Jomsom to Pokhara is frequently delayed due to weather conditions and poor visibility. Flights often get behind schedule and delays can even last for days. Under these situations, High Camp Adventure will do its best tore-schedule flights to and from Jomsom at first availability. However, the possibility of postponements of flights and even cancellations is a real possibility. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra two days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.
Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, We can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.