You have most likely never heard of Saribung Peak and the Damodar Himalayan Range. It is truly an off-the-beaten-track adventure that makes it more alluring and mysterious – a place where few people travel.
This is all the more reason to go and explore this new, wild, untamed, and remote region of Nepal. It’s new, exciting and involves climbing the majestic Saribung Peak (6346m). The trail leading to Saribung is less used due to it not being on the usual trade routes from Tibet. The area is rich in Tibetan culture and is tucked away in the very isolated Upper Mustang region – beyond Lo Manthang (3840m) and right on the Tibetan border. It is also well known for being part of the ancient trade route that connects China's Tibetan plateau with India in the south. It is also part of the famous “Silk Road”. The Damodar Kunda lies in an altitude of 4890 meters in this windswept arid region.
The region falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area, the largest protected area of Nepal, and also where you can find the world’s 7th highest mountain, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Geographically Mustang is part of the high altitude Tibetan highlands and lies within the rain shadow of Dhaulagiri Massif in the south and west and the Annapurna Massif in the north and east. The area is home to a number of 6000m plus peaks, such as Tukuche peak (6920m), Nilgiri South (6839m), Yakwakang Peak (6462m), and Damodar Himal (6004m) and the highest pass in the world - Thorong La Pass (5416m).
The trail takes you to high alpine passes and to glaciers in the Damodar Kunda region and Nar-Phu Valley. At the summit of Saribung Peak you will be blessed with absolutely amazing views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Nilgiri Himal (7061 m), Lamjung Himal (6983m),Himlung Himal (7126m), Mt. Manaslu (8156 m), and Annapurna II (7937m).
Saribung Peak climbing begins at Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang District and then on to Kagbeni, Chele, Geling, Tsarang, Lo Manthang, Dhi Gaon, Luri Gomba, Ghuma Tanti, Namta Khola and then to Saribung Base Camp where you will acclimatize before your climb to the peak.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness and endurance for this expedition, but by the time you reach higher altitudes you should be ready for the summit.
Sherpa Expedition & Trekking has been a major provider and leader in trekking and climbing expeditions in the Himalayan region. With over 40 years in the business we are proud of our reputation for providing a first-class service.
You will be carrying all of your gear and share some of the cluster gear. Keeping your pack light is important, so choose light-weight clothing and equipment. Be sure to have a range of clothing suitable for all conditions. Sudden change of weather may require layering of clothing. Three layers will meet your needs. Avoid cotton or fabrics that do not maintain heat when cold. Comfortable durable wool (or proven fabrics) that breathe and expel sweat lends itself to an additional pleasant experience!'
We will offer complimentary water and a windproof duffle that you'll use on the trek - carried by porters. The duffle is yours to keep once at the end of the trek. You can safely leave your bag, together with your non-trekking requirements, at our office in Katmandu and collect them upon your return.
All equipment, such as base camp tents, room accessories, climbing rope, ice screws, snow bar and ice hammer is provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking.
Airline departure details. Please leave your airline ticket at our office in the event you need to alter your departure date.
"While you're needed to bring everything on this list, there are suitable variations that are also suitable. Many of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu from stores that cater to mountain trekking.
It is obligatory to possess smart travel insurance or emergency evacuation insurance that covers evacuation from high altitudes. It is advisable that you have cancellation insurance - just in case of an accident or for some reason, due to unforeseen circumstances, the trip is canceled.
For your personal safety and success, we recommend physical activities like running, swimming and some smaller climbs to lower peaks which incorporate climbs that involve the use of crampons. Be prepared for extreme exposure and steep drop-offs and be capable of carrying around 30lbs/15 kilos. If possible, get some experience in technical rock and mountaineering climbing to prepare for your trek and climb to Island Peak. Be familiar with using other climbing equipment, such as jumar ascenders, crampons, and ropes.
Trekking at altitude requires a lot of energy. We recommend you bring your own healthy snack foods to snack on along the trek.
In Kathmandu, you will stay at deluxe hotels and while on the trek your accommodation is in native lodges/guesthouses. At base camp your accommodation is in tented camps. All accommodation is based on a twin share basis.
In case of any high hypoxia problems, it is recommended as a primary precaution to return to a lower altitude. If the problem persists you will need to be evacuated if necessary by helicopter rescue and jeep.
During the climb, your guide will have access to current weather conditions.
Any questions can be directed to Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. We are here to ensure you are well-equipped and prepared for this fantastic adventure.
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