25 Days: TREKKING JOURNEY TO THE FAR EDGES OF NEPAL
▪Exploration to the Far Edges of Nepal
▪Remote Saribung La Pass at 18,370 feet
▪Buddhist Wonders of Upper Mustang
▪The Lost Tibetan Valley of NarPhu
There are not many recently-opened and little-traveled regions remaining in the Himalayas, but the remote Damodar Himal in northwestern Nepal is certainly among them. Our new Saribung La Trekking Expedition will be run as a true exploratory journey. During this challenging itinerary, we will attempt to complete a unique route on the off-the-beaten paths of the Upper Mustang and Damodar Himal regions and located a stone’s throw from the border of China (Tibet). The trails here are rugged, cutting high into cliffsides and passing through small Buddhist villages that have changed little over the centuries.
In order to allow for as much acclimatization as possible before crossing the 18,000-foot Saribung La Pass, we will run our research trek in a clockwise direction beginning our approach from the culturally-rich Buddhist region of Upper Mustang and descend through the remote NarPhu Valley before joining the Annapurna Circuit trail. The crossing of the exciting Saribung La Pass is not a technical endeavor but, taken as a whole, this trek offers adventurous souls the opportunity to cross many high mountains passes often covered with snow and will see our group spending consecutive days trekking and camping in remote valleys situated between the Damodar Kunda and NarPhu Valley.
The diversity in scenery, interaction with locals, ability to immerse ourselves in pure Tibetan culture and opportunity to walk where few have before us, will surely make this a truly incredible Himalayan walking experience. Run as an exploratory trek, we will be writing our itinerary as we go!
2017 GROUP TRIP DEPARTURE DATE:
September 10 to October 4, 2017
The Saribung La Exploratory Trek (Camping Trek) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series! These trips are led by one of our experienced trekking guides and represent the gourmet trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
2017 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 People: $4555.00
3 to 5 People: $4275.00
6 to 8 People: $4105.00
9 to 10 People: $3935.00
Hotel room and tent single supplement: $540.00 per person
Price includes the Special Permit Fees for Mustang & NarPhu
25 days, 5 nights hotels, 19 nights of full service tented camping, 17 days trekking.
All three main meals on trek are included.
Trek Grade: Strenuous.
Maximum altitude: 18,370 feet on top of the Saribung La Pass.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our group hotel.
Day 2: In Kathmandu to prepare for the trek and finalize group trekking permits. Hotel.
Day 3: Relax in the morning and afternoon flight to Pokhara. Hotel.
Day 4: Flight to Jomsom 9,000 feet and drive to Kagbeni. Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Muktinath at 12,170 feet. Camp.
Day 6: Trek to Chele. 13,375 feet. Camp.
Day 7: Trek across the Schyangmochen La (12,630 feet) and Yamdo La (13,155 feet) to Tama Gaon.
Day 8: Trek to Dhakmar Village. 12,400 feet. Camp.
Day 9: Trek to the ancient walled city of Lo Manthang (12,600 feet) the capital of Mustang. Camp.
Day 10: In Lo Manthang. Excursions to the local monasteries and the royal palace. Camp.
Day 11: Travel southeast to Yara at 11,810 feet. Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Luri Cave Monastery (13,500ft / 4,115m). 3 to 4 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 13: Trek to Ghuma Thanti (15,090ft / 4,600m). 5 to 6 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Namta Khola (16,040ft / 4,890m). 7 to 8 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Saribung Base Camp (16,235ft / 4,950m). 6 to 7 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 16: Rest and acclimatization day at Saribung Base Camp.
Day 17: Trek to Nagoru (14,435ft / 4,400m) via Saribung La Pass at 18,370 feet. Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Phu Gaon (13,385ft / 4,080m). 5 to 6 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 19: Trek to Meta (11,675ft / 3,560m). 5 to 6 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 20: Trek to Koto (8,530ft / 2,600m). 6 to 7 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Dharapani (6,100ft / 1,860m). 5 to 6 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 22: Drive to Ngadi Village. Camp.
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 24: Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 25: Transfer to the airport. Depart Kathmandu.