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Saribung Expedition

Saribung Expedition is an adventurous trip from Phu village through a very remote region to the semi-independent Kingdom of Upper Mustang near the Tibet border. After leaving the Annapurna Circuit at Chame/ Koto we walk to the isolated village of Phu then from there walk up the remote Phu valley. At the end head of this valley we cross the rarely trekked Saribung La pass (6,042m) to enter Upper Mustang. There is the option to climb Saribung peak from the pass which is another 300m higher (6,328m).

 

Our Saribung Expedition in April/May 2019 is now guaranteed to run and there is currently availability, please get in touch soon if you like to join this group.

Upper Mustang is arid and dry with colourful rock formations containing many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs. The first trekking parties were allowed into Upper Mustang in 1992 and it is one of the few places left where one can see undisturbed Tibetan culture.

We organised a reconnaissance expedition led by Jo Clark in November 2018 where she and our Nepalese crew successfully crossed Saribung La pass. Jo will also lead our Saribung Expedition in April/ May 2019.

Our itinerary has been carefully designed for gradual acclimatisation to high altitude in order to maximise your chances of safely crossing Saribung La pass and making an ascent of Saribung peak. Acclimatisation works much better by starting from Phu side and before our approach to Saribung we trek up to Pokharkang Base Camp (5,030m). This trail is rarely visited by other trekkers and is a beautiful valley is rarely visited with blue sheep often seen grazing near Base Camp.

Saribung Peak would be a suitable objective if you have trekked to high altitude on previous trips and have basic mountaineering skills including use of ice axe and crampons. If you are interested in joining this group and would like to check whether this trip is a suitable objective for you please send in your pre trip application through our website and we will reply with feedback and any further training required.

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    Trip Details

    • Destination: Nepal
    • Holiday Type: Mountaineering
    • Duration: 26 days from Kathmandu
    • Leadership: Jo Clark
    • Minimum Group Size: 5 people
    • Cost: 2019 - £3,695 (US$4,795 or €4,195) | If you would like to climb Saribung Peak the permit and associated costs are an additional GBP595, US$775 or €675 per person
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    What does this include

    Price includes:

    • Upper Mustang Restricted Area Permit
    • Peak permit to climb Saribung (if paying the supplement of GBP595/ US$775/ €675 per person)
    • Internal flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and onto Kathmandu 
    • All transfers including airport collections
    • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu
    • Breakfast only in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek
    • Twin share tents while on trek using our Western branded tents. These are three person domed tents with plenty of space for two people sharing plus gear
    • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, tents, Western and Sherpa guides, porters and cook
    • The porterage allowance for your main bag to be carried by a porter is 20kg. For the internal flights the weight allowance is 20kg for your main bag checked into the hold and 5kg for day pack carried with you inside the aircraft.
    • Bespoke weather forecasts for Damodar Himal from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this expedition
    • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost
    • We use GPS on Thuraya satellite phone to upload daily your location onto Google Maps so your friends and family can track your progress during the trek
    • Complimentary Saribung Peak trekking map
    • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921)
    • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone and face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send you our comprehensive "Nepal Pre Trip Information" notes 

    Price excludes:

    • International flight to/from Kathmandu
    • Travel & trekking insurance
    • Nepal visa for 30 days
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Personal clothing & equipment
    • Tips
    • Other items not listed in "What is included"
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    Trip Grade Challenging

    Trip Grade Challenging

    Suitability: a good choice for regular, long distance hill walkers. A very high level of fitness would be required for our toughest treks and expeditions. Previous trekking experience at high altitude is preferable although not mandatory given sufficient experience, preparation and training. These trips may involve mountaineering and glacial travel.

    1) Walking times: average 7 to 9 hours walking per day (with several longer days up to 15 hours) for up to 28 days with some rest days included.

    2) Altitude: up to 6,500m.

    3) Terrain: you will experience a wide variety of mountain terrain from reasonable trails to crossing technical mountaineering passes and climbing to summits sometimes including use of fixed ropes.

    4) Remoteness:  usually in more remote areas and likely to be a long distance from nearest road and facilities available in a city.

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    Trip Dates

    • April 24th to May 19th 2019
    • October 9th to November 3rd 2019
    • April 22nd to May 17th 2020
    • October 7th to November 1st 2020

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    Trip Itinerary

    • Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu 
    • Day 2Briefing and kit check etc 
    • Day 3Drive to Jagat (930m) 
    • Day 4Trek to Dharapani (1,940m) 
    • Day 5Trek to Koto (2,700m) 
    • Day 6Trek to Chhongche Cave Camp (2,960m) 
    • Day 7Trek to Meta (3,500m) 
    • Day 8Trek to Kyang (3,891m) 
    • Day 9Trek to Phu (4,080m) 
    • Day 10Acclimatisation walks around Phu (4,080m) 
    • Day 11Trek to Nagoru (4,442m) 
    • Day 12Trek to Pokharkang low camp (4,840m) 
    • Day 13Trek to Pokharkang BC (5,030m) 
    • Day 14Trek to Bhrikuti BC (5,070m) 
    • Day 15Trek to Moraine Camp (5,339m) 
    • Day 16Trek to Saribung HC (5,684m) 
    • Day 17Cross Saribung La (6,042m) and climb Saribung Peak (6,328m) Japanese Base Camp (5,250m) 
    • Day 18Trek to Bacha Khola Camp (4,859m) 
    • Day 19Trek to Ghuma Thati (4,800m) 
    • Day 20Trek to Yara (4,300m) 
    • Day 21Trek to Lo Manthang (3,840m) 
    • Day 22Trek to Ghemi (3,500m) 
    • Day 23Jeep to Jomsom (2,670m) 
    • Day 24Fly to Pokhara & Kathmandu 
    • Day 25Day in Kathmandu (buffer) 
    • Day 26Fly back home 
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