Saribung Ski Expedition

  • Duration23 Days
  • GradeChallenging
  • Max. Altitude6,346
  • AccommodationTea Houses & Camping
  • Best SeasonAutumn
  • Group Size2-15

The mysterious Saribung Himal, located in Nepal's isolated Upper Mustang area, is a mountain that few people have heard of. Saribung Peak, at 6,346 meters, is a symbol of adventure, it's off-the-beaten-path attracts trekkers seeking the route less traveled.

This region, located in the Damodar Himalayan Range, has a rich Tibetan culture and a history connected with the ancient Silk Road, which connects China's Tibetan plateau with India. Saribung is located within the Annapurna Conservation Area. You'll travel through high alpine passes and glacier-studded landscape to reach Saribung's summit, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Nilgiri Himal (7,061 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Manaslu Himal (8,156 m) and Annapurna II (7,937 m).

The journey begins in Jomsom, continues through picturesque areas such as Kagbeni and Lomanthang, and concludes at Saribung Base Camp, where you'll prepare for the adventurous ascent and a wonderful ski descent. Saribung Himal is a one-of-a-kind blend of culture, rugged beauty, and unspoiled nature, attracting people who dare to explore its enchanting mystery and become a part of an exclusive adventure.

 

Mountain Facts

  • Elevation: 6,346 meters; 20,820 feet
  • Basecamp: 4,950 meters; 16,240 feet
  • Location: Mid-Western, Gandaki Province, Nepal
  • Range: Damodar Range 
  • Classification: 6000er
  • Standard Climbing Route: Normal Route

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 23 days
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Kathmandu
  • Climb Grade: Challenging
  • Best Season: Spring (Apr-May) and autumn (September- November)
  • Activities: Ski Mountaineering
  • Meal Plan: Full Board (B/L/D)
  • Accommodation: Tea Houses and Camping
  • Transportation: Road transportation, Fixed Wing Aircraft

Climbing History of Saribung 

2003 - American climbers made a successful ascent of Saribung via NE Ridge under the leadership of Peter Ackroyd

2008 - French climbers made a successful ascent of Saribung via NE Face under the leadership of Paulo Grobel

Day Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1330 m/ 4,634 ft) Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our company representatives will greet you and accompany you to your accommodation. In the evening. you will meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner.

Day Day 02 Trip Preparation Day Day 2 will be a day of rest and preparation for your expedition. On this day, you'll meet your expedition team and attend a briefing class organized by ESE. You can also tour Nepal's colorful capital city, see world heritage sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, and do some last-minute shopping in Thamel.

Day Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850 m/ 2,789 ft) Today, you’ll drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The scenic route offers breathtaking views of landscapes, rivers, terraced fields, and small settlements. After a 6-7 hour drive, you'll arrive in Pokhara and check into your accommodation. In the evening, you may explore the lakeside and experience the city's nightlife.

Day Day 04 Fly to Jomsom (2,700 m/ 8,858 ft) ) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800 m/ 9,186 ft) In the morning, you'll take a short flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, which is located at 2,700 meters. Your journey to Kagbeni, a lovely town in the Kali Gandaki Valley, begins from Jomsom. You'll follow the picturesque trail along the Kali Gandaki River, passing through apple orchards and charming villages. As you make your way, you’ll see beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche Peak. You’ll spend the night in Kagbeni.

Day Day 05 Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,110 m/ 10,203 ft) You'll start early today to avoid the heavy wind later in the day. Today's path follows the eastern bank of the Kali Gandaki River, providing stunning views of Kagbeni village and the majestic Mt. Nilgiri (7061m). By going east, you'll enter Mustang's arid landscape. You'll arrive at Chele with views of the Himalayan Ranges and spend the night surrounded by breathtaking beauty.

Day Day 06 Trek from Chele to Geling (3,500 m/ 11,483 ft) On Day 6, you'll traverse difficult slopes to a stone cairn at 3,500 m, then descend to Samar village, which is home to Buddhist chortens. You'll descend into a canyon, climb to a 3,800m ridge, pass through Shyangmochen Village, and finally reach Geling village, where you’ll spend the night.

Day Day 07 Trek from Geling to Charang (3,570 m/ 11,713 ) You'll continue your trek from Geling to Charang on Day 7, reaching an elevation of 3,570 meters. Today's adventure will take you across the beautiful Nyi La Pass, with stunning views of the Annapurna and Nilgiri ranges. When you arrive at Charang, take the opportunity to tour its famous red-walled monastery and five storey Dzong monastery, a cultural site located in this remote Himalayan region.

Day Day 08 Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang (3,840 m/ 12,598 ft) Today, you'll trek to the renowned walled city of Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang, through a unique route. Your adventure begins with an uphill hike to Lo-Gekar, home to one of the world's oldest Tibetan monasteries. After exploring the historical riches of Lo-Gekar, you'll continue your journey on horseback to Lo-Manthang. The path takes you past the historic walled city of Lo-Manthang before descending and crossing a peaceful stream to reach your destination.

Day Day 09 Acclimatization day at Lo Manthang Day 9 at Lo-Manthang will be dedicated to acclimatization. You will have the opportunity to explore the city, visit monasteries, or go on short hikes to Namgyal Gompa and Tingkhar, ensuring that you are well-adjusted to the higher altitude for the days ahead.

Day Day 10 Trek from Lo Manthang to Yara (3,900 m/ 12,795 ft) Today, you'll leave Lo-Manthang and make your way to Yara. The trek will provide you with magnificent views of the spectacular Himalayan peaks. Eventually, the route will take you to the peaceful village of Yara, which is situated at an elevation of 3,900 meters.

Day Day 11 Trek from Yara to Gumba Thanti (4,600 m/ 15,092 ft) Today, you’ll leave Yara and head towards Gumba Thanti. As you make your way, you’ll pass through Luri Cave monastery, which is said to be the oldest (15th century) cave monastery in the Mustang region

Day Day 12 Trek from Gumba Thanti to Damodar Kunda Today will be a challenging day, but the spiritual and natural beauty of Damodar Kunda will make it an amazing experience. As you approach the beautiful Damodar Kunda, you will be greeted with spectacular views. You will camp by a sacred Damodar Kunda, surrounded by stunning Himalayan landscape.

Day Day 13 Trek from Damodar Kunda to Saribung Base Camp (4,950 m/ 16,240 ft) Today, you’ll begin with a descent from Damodar Kunda. As you make your way, you’ll be treated with the rugged beauty of the Himalayas. After a day of hiking, you’ll reach Saribung Base Camp, where we’ll set up our camp.

Day Day 14 Acclimatization day at Base Camp You'll spend the day at Saribung Base Camp recovering and acclimatizing. Our guides will train you on various climbing techniques and how to use climbing equipment.  This is also a good opportunity to unwind and prepare for the summit push.

Day Day 15 Trek from Saribung Base Camp to Camp I (5,730 m/ 18,799 ft) The ascent to Saribung Peak begins on Day 15. You'll hike to Camp I at 5,730 meters, where you'll prepare for the last summit push.

Day Day 16 Summit (6,346 m/ 20,820 ft)  and return to Phedi Camp  (5,550 m/ 18,209 ft) Day 16 is a summit day. You'll start your day before dawn and ascend to the summit. After reaching the summit and celebrating your accomplishment, you'll return to Phedi camp at 5,550 meters for a well-deserved rest.

Day Day 17 Trek from Phedi Camp to Nagoru (4,400 m/ 14,436) Today, you’ll continue from the Phedi Camp to Nagoru, which is located at an elevation of 4,400 meters.

Day Day 18 Trek from Nagoru to Phu Gaon (4,080 m/ 13,386 ft) Today, your trek will take you to the lovely village of Phu Gaon, which is located at an elevation of 4,080 meters. Upon your arrival, you'll have the opportunity to visit Tashi Lhakhang, an old Buddhist monastery which is said to be one of the world's major Buddhist monasteries built by the famed Karmapa Rinpoche.

Day Day 19 Trek from Phu Gaon to Meta (3,560 m/ 11,679 ft) Today, you’ll trek along the Tibetan Plateau and then descend to Meta Village. Along the way, you’ll encounter the ruins of older Khampa towns, which were once home to Tibetan refugees. When we reach Meta, we'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Day Day 20 Trek from Meta to Koto (2,600 m/ 8,530 ft) Leaving Meta, you’ll descend towards Kota, which is located at an elevation of 2,600 meters. You'll notice a change in the landscape as you descend, with the surroundings becoming greener and more colorful.

Day Day 21 Drive from Koto to BesiSahar (760 m/ 2,493 ft) Today, you'll drive towards Besi Sahar . As you make your way, you’ll be treated with the sight of Mt. Manaslu and other snow-capped peaks.

Day Day 22 Drive from BesiSahar to Kathmandu(1,330 m/ 4,634 ft) Today is the last day of your adventure. You'll board a private vehicle in BesiSahar and travel to Kathmandu. This picturesque path provides spectacular views of landscapes, rivers, terraced fields, and small settlements. You'll arrive in Kathmandu after 4-5 hours on the road.

Day Day 23 Final Departure One of our personnel will meet you at your hotel and help you with your departure arrangements.

  • Kathmandu Service includes arrival & departure transfers, domestic airport transfers, and three nights in a Kathmandu hotel with breakfast and a welcome dinner.
  • Government fee climbing and ski permit. Includes all the permit charges to climb Saribung Peak, including the garbage deposit fee.
  • Trekking service includes all the necessary arrangements required during the Trek: i.e. domestic flight/transfers, accommodation and three meals a day in local lodges, a trekking guide and portage of personal trekking & climbing gear.
  • Basecamp Service includes three-course meals a day and unlimited hot drinks while at basecamp, a required number of kitchen crew with their wages, transfers and insurance, a personal tent and a toilet tent.
  • High camp Service beyond the base camp; includes the necessary number of tents, high-altitude food, cooking pots, epi gas, gas stove, walkie-talkie and a satellite phone.
  • High Altitude Climbing Sherpa, one Sherpa for two clients, daily wages, load ferry charge, meals, accommodation, flight/transfers and insurance for the expedition duration
  • The price does not include your international airfare, climbing gear, visa fees, evacuation costs, insurance and other personal nature expenses. In addition, the clients are accountable for paying the summit bonus and tips to personal Sherpa once they reach camp II and tipping for the kitchen staff.

USD ACCOUNT

Bank Name: Nepal Investment Mega Bank Limited (NIMB) 

Account Name: Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Swift Code: NIBLNPKT

Account No: 13201100003780

The Trekking Day

The day usually begins between 6.30 am and 7.30 am, with breakfast. During breakfast, the crew members make up the loads for the porters. You often start hiking by 7:30 am, though we wait for the sun to warm the air at higher altitudes.

The pace for the day is set at a lower speed. Instead, you will have time to become aware of everything around you and to enjoy it. Our guides are excellent timekeepers but cannot make you rush over the mountains!

The afternoon walk follows a similar pattern to the morning; it is often shorter, and your lodge is usually reached between 4 pm and 5 pm. There is plenty of time to relax or explore the surrounding area until the evening meal is served at about 6.30 pm. After dinner, there is time to chat, read or enjoy a game of cards with our crew. Most members are asleep by 9 pm.

We provide a highly experienced team of IFMGA/UIAGM guides, assistant guides if required, cook and kitchen staff, rope fixing team, and high-altitude workers. Our team is committed to ensuring your safety and satisfaction during your adventure.

The Company offers a variety of trekking, peak climbing, mountaineering expedition, and tour services through its website (everestsherpaexpedition.com).

Our Terms & Conditions contain legal obligations, we encourage you to read them carefully. They form the basis on which bookings are accepted by the Company.

Inquire, Booking & Payment Details

  1. You can make further queries about your desired trip through the “Get a Quote” form available on each trip detail page, we will reply to you within 24 hours with the best possible answer, and the rest of the communication will be through our official mail info@everestsherpaexpedition.com.
  2. To make confirmation of the booking, you need to make a non-refundable deposit prior to your departure date (the prior deposit and amount required to pay will notify you through our official mail because it depends on the season, and the nature of the trip you have chosen).
  3. You can pay non-refundable deposit via wire transfer to our company bank account. Or any payment method that is easy for you. For our banking details see the Bank Details section.
  4. The service charge taken by Bank or service provider during the money transfer whether that is wire transfer or credit card use will be your liability.
  5. The rest amount of the trip needs to pay upon your arrival in Kathmandu before the departure date.
  6. If you are not able to pay the due amount before your trip departure will be treated as the cancellation of the trip.
  7. Unforeseen situations like domestic flight delays, bad weather, and natural disasters causing trip delays are not our responsibilities and additional personal expenses will not be covered by us.

Payment Refunds & Cancellations

  1. If the trip is cancelled 45 days before the trip start, 50% of the deposited amount will be charged, but if the trip is postponed for some other date within 1 year time period, no charge will be made.
  2. If the trip is cancelled two weeks before the departure date, No refund will be made.
  3. If you are not able to continue your trip once it begins because of health or another other situation, no refund will be made.
  4. Trip cancellation because of an unforeseen situation like bad weather, we will assist you to follow other trips because most of the thing required for the trip has already been purchased, and making a refund for such thing is not possible therefore by mutual understanding, a certain percentage of amount will be refunded.

Only Staff Insurance

  1. Our company is responsible to make proper insurance (accident and medical insurance) for all the field staff including guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staff, and porters.
  2. We are not responsible for any type of insurance for the clients, therefore, we would like to suggest you to make proper insurance before you travel. If you need to know further about this you can contact us at info@everestsherpaexpedition.com

Disclaimer

  1. Our field leader and guide of the company have full rights to make decisions on changing the trip routes, and walking hours to make your trip comfortable and secure because of bad weather, and health-related issues.
  2. Everest Sherpa Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Can cancel any fixed departure but we will notify you prior to one month. The cancellation of the trip can be because of bad weather, natural disaster, or insufficient group size, all the deposit will be refunded in this case.
  3. It is your responsibility to take care of your valuable belongings in a safe place, if anything went wrong because of your carelessness, we are not responsible for such cases.
  4. Activities like Trekking, peak climbing, and mountaineering in the remote area could have high levels of risk, if anything goes wrong like serious injuries or death (very rare case), the company is not responsible which is beyond anyone’s hands.

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