MUSTANG Saribung pass

  • Country: Nepal
  • Duration: 27 Days
  • Region: Upper Mustang / Nar Phu Valley
  • Max Altitude: 6,050 meters / 19,850 feets
  • Group Size: 4 to 6 People
  • Grade: Hard
  • Meals: Dinners in Kathmandu, All meals in the Trek
  • Accommodation: 4* Boutique Hotel, Lodges in the Trek
  • Prime Activity: Trekking
  • Minor Activity: Cultural Sightseeing
Trip Price:
USD 6,550 per person
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Highlights of Trip

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers Mustang with Saribung pass, an awesome trekking experience in the heart of the Himalayan mountain range, which includes the crossing of the 6050-metre high Saribung pass.

  • Introduction of Nepal, its culture and traditions
  • Sightseeing of the UNESCO world Heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Domestic flights to Pokhara and Jomsom above the impressive Himalayan range
  • A challenging and un-crowded trekking with campsite experience in a remote hidden and recently permitted area of Nepal with stunning views of the Tibetan plateau
  • Discovery of ancient Himalayan people settlements
  • Crossing of the Saribung pass at 6050 meters
  • Extraordinary panoramic views of the Manaslu Range, Annapurna Range, Lamjung Himal, Machapuchare, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna and many other beautiful mountains
  • Importance placed on high quality organisation, staff, equipment and services to a small team of trekkers.

Trip Overview

Mysterious Mustang trek above the cloud

The Mustang Saribung pass, also known as “Medieval age or Forbidden Kingdom trek”, in the old hidden Buddhist kingdom of Mustang (“Mun Tan” meaning literally in Tibetan “the fertile land”). The region of Mustang, officially opened to tourism in 1992, only allows a limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local traditions and its fragile environment. Mustang lies to the northwest of the Annapurna range and extends on to the Tibetan Plateau. Its mountain range forms a frontier basin to Tibet.

Our trekking starts from the lower Mustang and follows the paths to the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, meaning literally “fertile plain” in Tibetan language. Our route continues to the mysterious hidden valley of Phu, which was only recently opened to tourism, the aim of which is to help protect and conserve the local tradition and fragile environment of such region of Nepal.

During this trek, the route will take you through breathtaking scenery of the wild and isolated region of the Mustang valley with its eroded canyons, typical Tibetan villages, Buddhist Gompas (monasteries), cave monasteries in the cliffs, old cave settlements and the view on the massive Dhaulagiri (8167m), the seven thousand metre peaks of Tilicho, Nilgiri and Tukche before crossing the Saribung pass at 6050 meters. It is also known as “Tibet outside of the Tibetan border”. We then reach Lo Manthang, the capital of the remote area of Mustang, where the way of living has not changed since the last centuries and is still not overrun by visitors.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS offers this Mustang Saribung pass in the remoteness of Nepal with experienced staff, excellent food and good lodges/campsites, the appropriate medical and emergency aid, regular weather updates, means of communication and the necessary safety gear.

Come and discover the magic of Himalayas with comfort and quality that you deserve with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS style.

Altitude Chart of Trip

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

  • Day 2 : Flight to Pokhara (850m), about 35 minutes

  • Day 3 : Flight to Jomsom, hike to Kagbeni (2800m), 3 hrs

  • Day 4 : Kagbeni to Chele (3660m), 6 hrs

  • Day 5 : Chele to Geling (3560m), 7 hrs

  • Day 6 : Geling to Dhakmar (3810m), 7 hrs

  • Day 7 : Dhakmar to Tsarang (3600m), 5 hrs

  • Day 8 : Tsarang to Lo Manthang (3800m) 5 hrs

  • Day 9 : Lo Manthang to Yara (3900m), 6 hrs

  • Day 10 : Yara to Luri Gompa (4100m), 4 hrs

  • Day 11 : Luri Gompa to Ghuma Thanti (4600m), 6 hrs

  • Day 12 : Ghuma Thanti to Parsche Khola (4200m), 6-7 hrs

  • Day 13 : Parsche Khola to Damador khunda (4880m)6 hrs

  • Day 14 : Damador Khunda to Base Camp (5240m) 4hrs

  • Day 15 : Base camp to Moraine Camp (5700m) 5 hrs

  • Day 16 : Saribung Pass (6042m) to Bhurkhuti Base Camp (5070m), 10 hrs

  • Day 17 : Bhurkhuti Base Camp to Phu (3990m), 6 hrs

  • Day 18 : Rest Day at Phu

  • Day 19 : Phu to Mahindra Pul (3450m), 7 hrs

  • Day 20 : Mahindra Pul -Khangla Phedi via Nar Village (4510m) 6hrs

  • Day 21 : Khang-La Phedi (5340m)/Khang-La Pass-Ngawal (3750m) 6hrs

  • Day 22 : Ngawal-Bharthang via Gyaru (2840m) 4hrs

  • Day 23 : Bharthang-Dharapani (1900m) 4hrs

  • Day 24 : Dharapani-Syange (1050m) 4hrs

  • Day 25 : Syange/Besisahar-Kathmandu 7hrs drive

  • Day 26 : Kathmandu Rest Day or Beer Day

  • Day 27 : Fly Back

Date & Price

The given prices are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price (USD) Voyage Status Book Now
08 Sep, 2017 14 Oct, 2017 USD 6,550 SPACE AVAILABLE Book Now

Price Includes

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ has its own philosophy: as much as possible is included in the quoted price so that customers know the total costs of their adventure trip in advance!

  • Domestic flights Kathmandu-Pokhara and Pokhara-Jomsom, incl. the local taxes
  • All airport/hotel transfers in Nepal
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles (minibus/jeep)
  • Accommodation in a 4**** on a sharing basis, including breakfasts (3 nights). Additional charges occur for single room (upon request)
  • 1 night in Pokhara in a high standard hotel, on a sharing basis, including breakfast. Additional charges for single room (upon request)
  • 3 dinners in Kathmandu and 1 dinner in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All entry fees to the UNESCO world Heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in lodges/campsites during the trekking, on a sharing basis
  • All major meals during trekking
  • A well-trained and experienced team: Guide, assistant guide (depending on the number of participants), cook, kitchen boys, porters to carry the luggage, including their salary, insurance, transportation, food and lodging
  • Tented accommodation with all necessary equipment
  • Trekking permits
  • The technical equipment to secure the pass, if necessary
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Communication devices radios and satellite phone
  • Oxygen, mask and regulator in case of emergency
  • Medical first aid kit
  • Camera solar battery charging device
  • WYE postcards
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Excess baggage charges for the international and domestic flights
  • Extra night(s) accommodation in Kathmandu/Pokhara or on the way to/from trekking due to early arrival, late departure, early return from the trekking due to any reason which is not caused by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS than the scheduled itinerary
  • Any extra night in lower altitude for personal reason (altitude sickness, etc)
  • Lunches in Kathmandu and Pokhara, as well as all the meals in case of the two upper points
  • Individual beverages
  • Travel cancellation and rescue insurance
  • Personal trekking and climbing equipment
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, Internet, laundry, bar bills, recharge and showers in the lodges, extra porters and all other personal items)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing, if extended
  • Tips (Guide, assistant guide, cook, kitchen boys, porters, drivers, City guide, etc.)
  • Any other expenses which is not included in the above-mentioned price.

 International flight possibility of booking by Wild Yak Expeditions.

Logistics

TREKKING PHILOSOPHY

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is focusing on Mustang Saribung pass trekking for group sizes of 4 to 6 participants for this trek because our experience have found this to be the best way to have a successful trip while providing excellent services. Furthermore, it creates a pleasant ambiance within the group, including an exchange of cultures and traditions with our team and the local guides.

Last but not least, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ focus on small groups permits more flexibility and support to the participants individually. 

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Kathmandu: We stay at 4-Star Boutique Hotels on a sharing basis, including breakfasts. Depending on availability, single rooms can be booked upon request at an additional cost. All dinners are served in excellent restaurants in town where you can enjoy various types of cuisine, from the typical Nepali, Thai, and even steaks and Italian meals. Each restaurant has been screened by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS representatives to ensure that it is of suitable quality for our guests.

During our Campsite Trekking: According to our itinerary, at some specific defined places, we settle a campsite and enjoy the meals prepared by our kitchen team. The tents are provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS on a sharing basis.  Each member has to bring his/her own sleeping bag, we provide you a individual mattress and  a thin isolation mattress for entire sleeping tent.
Considering the roughness of the landscape and the hygienic conditions, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the team with its own cook, kitchen tent, sleeping tents, dining tent and toilet tent with the necessary staff to serve us delicious dishes and drinks. You can enjoy espresso coffee, a selection of teas, as well as Italian, Tibetan and local cuisines except while crossing the passes. Packages lunch are given on some days.
For our clients’ convenience, considering the remoteness of the region, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS provides the lightening for the dining and kitchen tents and solar batteries charging facilities at disposal of the participants.

In some places, we stay in the lodges (small traditional mountain guesthouses) that are recommended by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS as per defined itinerary destination. Please be aware that single rooms are not available. 

Many lodges serve a variety of cuisines such as continental, Indian, Tibetan and local cooking. Please note that the beverages are on each participant’s own charge, except coffee and the selection of teas that are served for breakfast and in the afternoons upon your arrival, as well as some special snacks provided by WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. Lunch packages are also available some days while crossing the passes.

SAFETY FEATURES

Your safety is of supreme concern while traveling with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. In case of emergency, the group has a four (4)-litre oxygen bottle with a mask and regulator, along with a first aid kit and a 24-hour medical assistance by a high altitude medical team of doctors.

The Guide is also equipped with communication means, only to be used in emergencies. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is associated with the rescue and national helicopter rescue airlines.

In order to minimise risks, in particular during the crossing of the higher passes, weather forecasts are provided to the Guide on a regularly basis.

Depending on the difficulty of some itineraries, guide and assistant guide will secure the route using the necessary technical gear, if needed.

Please note that the above-mentioned itinerary information is purely indicative and can likely be modified during the course of the trekking by your Guide, who has the authority to make such changes if it is deemed necessary (due to safety concerns, etc.). Every effort will be made to keep to the scheduled itinerary; however, as this is an adventure travel in remote mountain regions and at high altitude, we are not able to fully guarantee it as it is necessary to take into consideration each situation as it occurs and consequently to adapt the program in its best way. Elements such as weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, among others, can all contribute to changes in the scheduled itinerary.

The Guide will try to ensure that the trekking runs according to the foreseen plan to the benefit of all the participants, but we thank you to be prepared to some flexibility and comprehension if so required.

Please check the degrees of difficulty while choosing a trekking trip with WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS. The majority of the itineraries proposed in our trekking programs are in remote areas of the Himalaya and at high altitude, mostly higher than the Alps. A good physical condition is necessary to appreciate the whole richness of this adventure.

OUR TEAM

The success of Mustang Saribung pass Trek depends on both the personal condition of each participant and the experience of our Team. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ team has been carefully selected according to their experience in the specific environment and personal aptitudes. Our team is thus highly experienced, skilled, trained, courteous and helpful. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ is proud to support our local staff by providing them with a fair salary, encouraging them to take mountaineering workshops, wilderness first aid training, environmental preservation courses, garbage management, team leadership, and language refreshers on a regular basis.

Trekking Guide and his role: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ Trekking Guide is a professional government-trained guide with experience in guiding and trekking around the Himalaya, including first aid training and deep knowledge about the local flora, fauna and general environment preservation. Our Guide leads you all the way through the trekking and across the passes, while giving you interesting information about the mountains, culture, traditions and landscapes. He will help as an interpreter with the local populations. He is ensuring your safety and is checking your needs throughout the trail, and to the top of the pass, monitoring symptoms of high altitude sickness. The Guide plays a vital role in taking care of our member's  needs, supervising the team and porters, and assuring the safety requirements. He also makes sure that the rubbish is properly managed and the trail is kept clean throughout the whole trekking trip. WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will be frequently informed about the group during the entire trekking experience.

Assistant guide: Our assistant guide has also a government licence but must work as an assistant guide during some time in order to become a company approved Guide. He assists the Guide with all major duties, ensuring the safety and checking that the performance of the group runs smoothly. He is equipped with an emergency first aid kit and walks along with the members  to monitor the group.

Cook: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ cook is a government trained and licensed trekking cook who plays a vital role during the entire Trekking. He has the necessary experience to provide you with different cuisine and bakery. He is highly focusing on hygienic food, clean and best utensils, proper management of the camp and its surroundings. As the Guide, he makes sure that the garbage is properly managed and the camping site is clean after our use. Last but not least, he is providing you as often as possible with fresh vegetables and meat.

Kitchen Boy(s):  our kitchen boy(s), assist the cook in his main duties: in the kitchen, by serving and cleaning the dishes, managing the water and taking care of the maintenance of the campsite.

Porters: WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS has it own reliable porters. It is their responsibility to carry your luggage during the trekking with proper handling standards.

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS is very concerned about the porters. We support and respect the porters’ rights and have high standards to make sure that they are treated well. We pay them a fair salary, including a bonus and providing them with good food allowances, clothes, shoes, sunglasses and insurances.

In some places where the porters are usually replaced by mules, it is the responsibility of the mule driver (“mule man”) to ensure that the transportation of your material is done in an appropriate manner.

Grade

Pre-Training before Trek

Trekking is good for everyone! A daily walk in a beautiful landscape with a consumption of significant volumes of water, chatting with local people and understanding the culture, observing your body limits, all combine to make many healthier your body and mind than they ever have been before.

Before your embark for Mustang Saribung pass Trekking, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS recommends a regular aerobic exercise including some stretching exercises for a couple of hours per week. Ideally you should concentrate on cardiovascular fitness, building an excellent stamina and undertake a bit of strength training to be more efficient in the mountains. It is worth to go for at least once a week for a 3 to 4 hour hike, which familiarises already your body to sustain the long-time effort in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the faster and more easily you will get the trail, acclimatise and enjoy the trekking days.

TREKKING GRADES

WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS proposes a simple grading system that gives you a first idea of the difficulties of the Trekking for which you might apply and enables you to determine which is the best for you. 

MUSTANG SARIBUNG PASS: Hard

A trekking with the grade “hard” implies the following factors:

  • An altitude up to 6000 m above sea level

  • An average trail inclination of about 30%-60% with some sections that may be loose, sandy, with gravel grounds and 
boulders, icy, snowy and to be done by abseiling 

  • An average of 400 to 1000 elevation ascent a day (especially while crossing the passes) 

  • Confident to walk on glacier moraines and glaciers covered with snow 

  • The trail may be rough paved, need to fix a rope, be loose dirt, slippery, in a landslide area, icy and snowy. At some places, you might need the help of your hands and be strongly assisted by a partner/guide 

  • The aptitude to walk 8-12 hours per day especially while crossing the passes 

  • To be confident to cross a river 


It requires the subsequent skills from each participant:

  • The need to have a basic mountaineering knowledge, as glacier walk, crampon and ice axe use 

  • The knowledge of repelling down oneself 

  • A very good stamina; the capacity to walk during several hours at a sustained walking pace for a few days in a row in a high altitude environment 

  • You are familiar with assessing obstacles and hazards along the trail, walk confident in difficult terrain 

  • You are able to carry a small personal backpack (35 litres) 


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