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Saribung Pass Trek

Saribung Pass Trek

Overview

Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Saribung Pass Trek

Best Month:

Summer

Max Elevation:

6042 m

Walking hours Per Day:

5-8 hours

Trip Duration:

22 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Grade:

Challenging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotels/Lodge & Tent

Group Size:

+2-10

Destination:

Nepal

Saribung Pass trek is an adventurous and challenging trekking route located in the Mustang region of Nepal, near the border with Tibet China. It offers a remote and less-traveled experience through stunning landscapes and unique Buddhist cultural encounters. The trek involves high-altitude trekking, crossing the Saribung Pass, and exploring picturesque villages in the Upper Mustang region and Nar Phu Valley.

Saribung Pass Trek is one of the best trekking destinations for adventure lovers in the world. It offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains, breathtaking scenery of the surrounding landscape and the unique culture of the remotest parts of western Nepal.

This trekking route is perfect for those who want to explore the challenges and adventures on the mountain trails in the Upper Mustang Region. The trekking route has been open since 2006 for all foreigners’ travelers. Saribung Pass is situated between Nar Phu Valley and Mustang Region. So, this trek includes the exploration of the restricted Upper Mustang, Holy Lake Damodar Kunda, frozen Saribung Pass (6042 m), and hidden Nar Phu valley.

Trek to Saribung Pass, the trail is a mixture of rugged, high altitude terrain, moraine, and barren land.  The features of the trip are beautiful natural scenery, a variety of cultural, wonderful landscape and religious expressions, and geographical contrasts in addition to providing panoramic views.

Saribung Pass Trek Highlights 

  • Camping trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal
  • Traveling in to remote and less-explored trekking route
  • Explore the Mustang region and Nar-Phu hidden Valley
  • Chance to visit ancient and holy caves, Monasteries and beautiful village in Mustang that are mysterious
  • Experience the local culture and lifestyle 
  • Crossing the challenging Saribung Pass (6042 m)
  • Capture the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu and many others Surroundings Mountains
  • Mind blowing view from top of Saribung Pass 
  • Cultural interactions with local communities influenced by Tibetan traditions

Trekking route to Saribung Pass

The journey starts by traveling from Kathmandu to Jomsom, either by flight or road. Jomsom is the starting point of the trek.  After that, the hiking starts toward the north to the Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a charming village and gateway to Upper Mustang Region for Saribung Pass Trek and also gateway to the restricted area.

From Kagbeni, follow the regular trail to Upper Mustang Trek.  So you will continue your trek to Lo-Manthang through charming villages like Chuksang, Chele, Samar, Geling, Ghami and Charang.  The trail offers you fascinating landscapes and glimpses of Mustang's unique culture.

Lo Manthang is situated at an altitude of around 3,840 meters (12,600 feet) above sea level.  It is a historic and culturally rich village and famous for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and stunning landscapes. You will explore around the Lo-Manthang village for acclimatize use to cross the Saribung pass.

Afterwards, the trek follows the Damodar Kunda Trekking Trail through Dhi and Yara Villages for Saribung pass, and descends towards the magical hidden valley of Phu after crossing Saribung Pass.

It considers the few challenges to cross the Saribung Pass due to tough terrain and high altitudes, changeable weather conditions and basic mountaineering skills required for crossing the pass. After crossing the Saribung Pass, you will feel achievement for the journey.  
From Phu Village, the trail descends to Besisahar to complete the wonderful and adventure journey.

Saribung Pass Trek can be done from both sides, either Upper Mustang or Nar-Phu Valley. This trekking route is the regular route for all trekkers but some trekkers can be seen starting from Besisahar (Starting point of Annapurna Circuit Trek) and following the classic Nar-Phu Valley Trek, then ascends to Saribung Pass, and reaching the Mustang Region. 

With an experienced working team who are not only competent for the adventure trip but also assist in creating a memorable and suitable trip as per your preferred itinerary. High Pass Adventure trekking agency, offers all High Passes Treks of the Nepal Himalayas.

Preparation for Saribung Pass Trek 

Trekking to Saribung Pass trek is gratifying challenging journey; it requires careful preparation to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Saribung Pass Trekking itinerary is longer and tougher than others trekking route due to its remote terrains.  Therefore, Proper physical fitness, acclimatization, basic climbing skills, and determinations are necessary. 

If you don't have the essential previous trekking experience, we highly recommend you having good physical fitness and need preparation to easily complete the Saribung Pass trek, such as normal walking, day hiking, running, biking, jogging, rock climbing and swimming.  These practices are beneficial in preparing for the trekking to Saribung Pass. 

The altitude gain of 6042 meters from the 2743 meters, the journey goes through high-altitude terrains, narrow trail, rocky path and number of ascents and descents. Thus, a good level of physical fitness is essential to maintain 5 to 9 hours of daily walking. Mental flexibility is equally crucial, as self-doubt can often give rise to discomfort and anxiety. It is highly recommended to seek medical advice prior on embark to trekking, particularly, if respiratory concerns are applicable.

Saribung Pass Trek Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure (P).Ltd. welcomes you to in Nepal, One of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying on A4 size paper with your and company name. This person will take to you hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into hotel, rest and fresh up and ready for the meeting to your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

You will enjoy your breakfast in the hotel and get ready for the Kathmandu valley tour with experience tour guide. Our tour is of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pasupatinath and Boudhanath, which are best and popular place 4 out of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu Valley. You will be visiting by comfortable privet vehicles before walk tour of these sites. There are interesting tour for full of fascinating insights in to Buddhism, Hinduism, ancient art and historical architecture, lifestyle, cultural of people of Kathmandu Valley. After this tour you will come to office and finalize your trekking clothing and gear.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today we will have to leave early in the morning after breakfast from Kathmandu hotel and take a tourist bus to Pokhara. The road is heading along river valleys, few town, terraced fields and green hilly scenery to Pokhara. You will take a rest in Pokhara hotel for next trekking day. Overnight at hotel

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
850

We take an early flight to Jomsom from Pokhara. You will be enjoying the short scenic mountain flight for 20 minutes between the two massif mountain Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). After landing in the Jomsom Airport you will meet your trekking porter and heading to Kagbeni following Kaligandaki River. Kagbeni is the traditional gateway to the Upper Mustang. That day is easy hike and you will enjoy the beautiful Mountain Views and explore the temple, monasteries and Kagbeni Village.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
2810

After breakfast, our day is starting by checking the special Upper Mustang Trekking permits and we head in to Mustang Region pass various ridges, Tangbe Village and Chuksang Village. There are colorful prayer flags, Chorten and mani wall along the trail as well as se the apple, wheat, potatoes and buckwheat farm before reach the Chele. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3050

Today is hiking become a bit difficulty as we cross the Samar and Vena settlement on a barren land as well as cross few passes before reached camp. You will have wonderful mountains view and exciting cliff cave, colorful chortens and prayer flag hanging on the pass. There is another alternative trekking trail through Chungsi cave which is popular and have been place of the meditations for the famous Guru Ringpoche. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3770

Today is bit long hiking day and you will cross two high passes namely Nyi-La (4020m) and Charang-La (3850m) before reached the Camp. After cross the Nyi-la you will get Ghami Village for Lunch and cross the Ghami river and ascending the Charang-La to continue Charang Village. You can see spectacular landscape and panoramic mountain views along the trail. Charang Village is second largest village of Upper Mustang and it was the capital of Mustang before Lo-Manthang.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3560

Today you will reach the final destinations to Lo- Manthang of your trip and it is one of the main highlights of the Upper Mustang Trek. Lo-Manthang was the capital city of the forbidden kingdom of Mustang and there is still wonderful old royal palace. The trekking trail is gentle up and down through barren land with beautiful views of wonderful scenery to get camp. That day 4 hours walk and you will explore beautiful old monasteries in Lo-Manthang. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3809

Today you will explore to Choser Cave which is mysteries place of Upper Mustang Trek. Either you will hire a horse or walk because some trekkers hire a horse to go there. If you like to walk there, only takes 3 hours for one way. The Choser Cave is made by people is long years ago in the cliff. You can explore some of others caves, monasteries and same way back to camp with wonderful landscape.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3809

Today we will trek same way back until Day-La (3950m) and trail moved to south east to Dhi Village. The trail is gradually up and steep descends before reached the Dhi Village. We will have lunch at Dhi Village and trek continues to Yara Village for the overnight. On the way you will see barren land, beautiful landscape, meadows of farming fields and you can find mineral of salty dust before reached the Yara Village.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Guest House.
Elevation
3650

Today we will leave early in the morning for visit Luri Gompa which is established in the thirteen century. After explore the Gompa, we will back to Yara for breakfast to leave Ghuma Thati.  The trekking trail steep ascend to cross 5000 miters high pass and few hours descend to camp for overnight. We have to take our packed lunch because there is no place to cook lunch. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4810

Today is longest day with compared others trekking days. That day also we will have taken packed lunch and enough drinking water because there is no place to cook and water station. The trekking trail is leads with two high pass and cross river as well as you will see wonderful Mountain View before reach Damodar Kunda for Overnight. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4890

 

Damodar Kund trek to Japanese Camp (5200m): walking time about 4 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
5200

Japanese Camp trek to High Camp (6042m): walking time about 5 hours, overnight at tented camp.

 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
6042

Cross Saribung La Pass (6232m) to Phedi: walking time about 8 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
6232

Phedi trek to Phu Gaun (4080m): walking time about 6 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
4080

Phu Gaun trek to Meta (3560m): walking time about 6 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
3560

Meta trek to Koto (2600m): walking time about 6 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
2600

Koto trek to Tal (1700m): walking time about 6 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
1700

Tal trek to Syange (1211m): walking time about 6 hours, overnight at tented camp.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Elevation
1211

Syange drive to Besisahar (820m) by jeep and drive back to Kathmandu by bus, overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Transfer to Tribhuwan international airport for your final departure.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up & drops by private vehicle 
  • 2 night's Hotel in Kathmandu on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • 1 night Hotel in Pokhara on Bed & Breakfast plan
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara by tourist bus (all trekking staff)
  • Pokhara- Jomsom air fare (guest and guide) 
  • Syange-Besisahar-Kathmandu by bus 
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner) and one cup of tea with per meal
  • Accommodation on Tea-house and tent camp during the trekking
  • An experience English Speaking trained, Government license Holder Guide
  • Necessary strong Porter 1: 2 (one porter for two Guest), the porter will Carry 20KG/ 25 KG
  • All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations
  • Special Saribung Pass Trekking Permits  
  • All trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • First Aid medical kit, Oxy-meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude
  • Guide and porter salary, Food, accommodation and insurance during the trek
  • Tour Certificate, Company T-shirt as a Souvenir
  • Farewell Dinner with Typical Nepali Restaurant

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee and your International flights
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Travel insurance and Mountain rescue service (covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation)
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, water, bar drinks, battery recharge, extra porters, hot shower etc.)
  • Trip Cancellation cost accident or Health, Loss Theft or Damage and personal effects
  • Tips to Trekking staff (Tips is expected)
  • Any other expenses that aren’t mentioned in the section above

FAQs

The elevation of Saribung Pass stands at 6,042 meters (19,820 feet) above sea level.

Saribung Pass Trek is located in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. The trek normally starts from the village of Yara in the Mustang District and goes through various high-altitude and remote areas before reaching Saribung Pass.  After crossing the Saribung Pass, the trek will reach the Phu Village of Manang District.

The total cost for Saribung Pass Trek can range from USD 2,000 to USD 4,000 or more per person for the whole trek from arrival to departure in Nepal.  This cost is dependent on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the route chosen, the number of participants, the services and facilities included, your personal preferences,  and the trekking agency you choose (local or international).

Summer season is the best time for Saribung Pass Trek because there is significantly less rainfall compared to other trekking routes.  During the summer season, the weather is relatively stable and favorable for trekking and climbing in the Upper Mustang Region. The skies are usually clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurna and Mustang regions. This makes for excellent photography and a more enjoyable trekking experience.

The difficulty level of the Saribung Pass Trek is demanding and adventurous. It requires physical fitness, previous trekking experienced with proper preparation, training, and support.

It requires an Upper Mustang special and Nar-Phu Valley special Trekking Permits.  We manage all necessary permits to make your trip hassle-free. These permits are relatively expensive compared to other trekking permits in Nepal.
 

Traveller Useful Information

Best time to Trek Saribung Pass

The best time for the Saribung Pass Trek in Nepal is normally during the end of spring to beginning of autumn seasons, its means trekking in Saribung Pass during the summer will be a great option for those looking to explore this culturally rich and geographically distinct region while avoiding the heavy rains associated with the monsoon season in other parts of Nepal.

Saribung Pass located in the Upper Mustang, Upper Mustang in Nepal is known for its unique rain shadow effect during the summer monsoon season. The region lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, which means it receives significantly less rainfall compared to the areas on the windward side of the mountains. This rain shadow effect is particularly pronounced from June to August when the monsoon rains are at their peak in many other parts of Nepal.

While summer is not a suitable time for trekking in some regions of Nepal, it is the most recommended time for the Saribung Pass Trek due to this rain shadow.  The region is situated in a high desert-like terrain and has a unique landscape with red cliffs, eroded canyons, and barren hills, which contrasts with the lush green valleys in other parts of the country during the monsoon season.

During these months (May to September), the weather is relatively stable and favorable for trekking and climbing in the Upper Mustang Region. The skies are usually clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurna and Mustang regions. This makes for excellent photography and a more enjoyable trekking experience.

Trekking to Saribung Pass during the other months (October to April) and winter season will be extremely challenging due to heavy snowfall, cold temperatures. That makes trekking arduous, and the snow can hide the trail, increasing the risk of getting lost and higher risk of avalanches.

However, it's important to know that the weather in the Himalayas will be changeable, and conditions can vary from year to year. Always need to check current weather forecasts and trail conditions before starting the trek in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. Additionally, it's necessary to be prepared for high altitude trekking and you must choose the best time to successfully complete the challenging trek.

Saribung Pass Trek Difficulty

Saribung Pass trek is known for its high level of difficulty, this journey is a challenging adventure suited for experienced trekkers and climbers.  Trekkers need to be well-prepared, both physically and mentally, and who have the necessary skills and equipment to tackle the difficulties associated with high-altitude trekking in remote Himalayan terrain.

Saribung Pass is itself standing at approximately 6,042 meters (19,820 feet). Acclimatization is necessary to avoid altitude sickness.  There is limited access to medical facilities and basic amenities due to its remote locations. The trekking route is long; it can take around 20-25 days to complete, requiring excellent physical stamina and mental flexibility. Weather conditions of the Himalayan region will be extreme, with cold temperatures, strong winds, and the possibility of snowfall even during non-winter months. The trail might not always be well-defined, and direction-finding skills are necessary because trekkers have to cross glaciers, moraines, and rocky terrain.

Accommodation options are teahouses in lower altitude and tent camp in higher altitude.   Trekkers need to sleep in cold temperatures during the Saribung Pass Trek that makes a challenging trip. So highly recommended to all trekkers have proper gear and experienced trekking guide are necessary, to complete the challenging Saribung Pass Trek

Saribung Pass Trek Cost 

The cost of the Saribung Pass trek will be more expensive than other trekking routes due to its distance and restriction.  This trek requires camping because this area is far from people settlement, especially at higher altitude.

The cost of a camping trek to Saribung Pass trek will be different depending on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the route chosen, the number of participants, the services included, and the trekking agency you choose (local or international).

Many trekkers decide on booking their trek through a reputable local trekking agency because western trekking agencies will charge more than local. We have many local trekking agencies in Nepal to choose for the cost. Every different agency charges different costs but it often includes services such as guide, porter, accommodations, tents, meals, transportation, and permits. It means, this is the full- service trekking package. A full-service trek package can range from USD 2,000 to USD 4,000 or more per person for the whole trek from arrival to departure in Nepal.

Saribung Pass Trekking permits cost

Saribung Pass Trek is a combination of two routes such as Upper Mustang and Nar-Phu Valley. It requires an Upper Mustang and Nar-Phu Valley Trekking Permits.  These permits are relatively expensive compared to other trekking permits in Nepal.

Necessary Permits for Saribung Pass Trek

Upper Mustang Trek Permit cost: 500 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 50 USD per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Nar-Phu Valley Trek Permits cost: 100 USD per person for the first seven days and an additional 15 USD per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit cost: 3000 NPR per person/ per trek

These permits will be issued by the Nepal government through a registered trekking agency.  
 

Client Reviews

Andy Booth

Andy Booth

United Kingdom

Adventure Experience of Saribung Pass Trek

14th June, 2023

This was the third time that High Pass Adventure has organized adventure trekking trip for me and my group have been flexible and very reasonable prices. The service provided first class and quick communication to all question by email. The trekking staffs are experience and professional with no major incident on any of our treks and this Saribung Pass Trek. The Saribung Pass Trek has incredible landscapes and stunning mountain views. After that we did the Saribung pass which was isolated and changeable every day.

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