- Day 1
: Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
- Day 2
Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided
Upon arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport and clearing immigration and customs, we will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel where you will have an opportunity to meet with the other group members.
- Day 3
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara. Afternoon at leisure in this lakeside town
On this day we will fly early to the lakeside hamlet of Pokhara in central Nepal, just south of the Annapurna Massif. Take a stroll through town, and enjoy an outdoor café as you gaze at the grandeur of the snowy white peaks around Pokhara.
- Day 4
Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and drive to Kagbeni (2810m)
On day three we will take an early morning flight to the gateway of Mustang, Jomsom and then enjoy a scenic drive to Kagbeni (2800m).
- Day 5
Trek into the restricted part of Mustang, via Tangbe to Chhuksang (2980m)
This is the beginning day of the trekking portion of the tour. From Kagbeni to Tangbe is about an hour and will take us along the Kaligandaki River where the village lies along its banks. Another few hours allows time to see the beautiful landscape and Buddhist Chortens along the way to Chhuksang where we will spend the night.
- Day 6
A short day, but largely uphill, via Chele to Samar (3660m)
The day will be fairly long, and a bit more intensive as we ascend from Chhuksang to Samar which lies at an elevation of 3660 meters. Expect the hiking to last roughly 6 hours, however, the views are outstanding and completely otherworldly.
- Day 7
A long day of trekking to Dhakmar (3820m)
With most of the elevation gain for a few days out of the way, we will enjoy a long meander through the dry moonscapes of Mustang, and see many Chortens or stupas of the Buddhist faith along the way, sometimes extremely old. Passing through villages like Syangboche, Ghami and walking towards the alternative route we will finally arrive at Dhakmar. This day will be long and tiring as you have to walk steeply up towards Dhakmar.
- Day 8
Trek via the Mui La (4170m) and Ghar Gompa to Lomanthang (3810m)
On this day, we will pass through Mui La pass and then continue towards Lomanthang. Before entering the ancient walled city of Lomanthang, we will explore the archeological wonder of the Ghar Gompa. Here is one of the oldest monasteries of Mustang just past the small settlement of Lo Gekar. Lomanthang is supposed to be capital of Upper Mustang and is surrounded by huge walls from all the sides.
- Day 9
A day for exploration at Lo Manthang
This day is for exploring this almost untouched city surrounded by walls and feels completely primeval. This walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the people, though Tibetan are referred to as Lobo Culture. They are warm and very welcoming and are excited to share their almost purely Tibetan culture with any who visit this once the capital of an ancient kingdom called Lo. Then we will visit the Chhoser Gumba where there is a small monastery as well as century old cave dwelling situated high in the rocks. From Lo Manthang one can enjoy the amazing views of mountains like Nilgiri (7061), Annapurna (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m).
- Day 10
Trek up to the impressive 13th century Luri Gompa (3900m)
One of the many treasures of the Upper Mustang Region is that there are hundreds of ancient caves and each valley is more unique than the last. We will have a great opportunity to explore an archaic system of caves sometimes a thousand years old. Often these caves are full of Buddhist iconography that with each passing year yield to the passage of time.
- Day 11
Continue to Ghuma Thanti (4745m) beyond the ridge of the Yaripangje Danda
This day is considered a moderate hike, but we will be steady in hiking most of the day to reach Ghuma Thanti past the extensive ridge system of Yaripangje Danda. The views will leave you breathless as we move through vast, sweeping terrain looking out to the incredible mountains of the Himalayas.
- Day 12
A short trekking stage to the Bharche Khola (4890m)
On this day, the hike will be somewhat shorter to offset from the previous days hiking and get ready physically and mentally for the upcoming climb. On this day you will pass Kyuma La (5300m) and then continue the trail and in the heavy spring snow, that trail may be blocked sometimes so you have to be very careful with that. After arriving in Bharche Khola we will set a camp and have rested there.
- Day 13
Across the Damodar Kund Danda to Damodar Kund (4890m)
Along the hike on day twelve, we will pass one of the sacred lakes of Mustang, Damodar Kund Danda (5800 m) and then descend to Damodar Kund for the night. Faint trails lined with rocks leads the way through this stark sub-alpine environment. Passing through French Camp and continuing the trail we will finally reach Damodar Kunda.
- Day 14
A short and easy approach to Japanese Basecamp (5240m)
Today will be the fairly short day to arrive at the base camp, often called the Japanese Basecamp of Saribung Peak. This was once the bottom of the Khumjungar Glacier; however, it has receded in recent years about 700 meters.
- Day 15
Trek up to Moraine Camp (5720m), our highest camp
A steep climb on day 14 takes us to the high camp and puts us in a great place for the summit push early in the morning. From here we will have the summit set in our eyes and be able to see the route to Saribung Pass (6042m) and up onto the summit.
- Day 16
Climb Saribung Peak (6328m) and descend to Bhrikuti Basecamp
Typically, the summit attempt will start around 3 am, and summit by early morning. The sun will rise on our flanks as we enjoy the ascent on snow-covered slopes. From the top of Saribung Peak, we will view the beautiful other peaks such as Kharsang Peak (6225m), Chhib Himal (6650m), Bhrikuti Peak (6476m) and many other peaks. We then will descend to Bhrikuti Basecamp. Here we can rest and share in the adventures of the day.
- Day 17
Follow the Layju Khola downstream to Phu (4080m)
The hike along the Layju Khola is a wholly pleasant experience and one that is a great relaxing meander out of the Mustang Region into the Manang District where we will spend the night in Phu, a small village of about 200 people.
- Day 18
Trek down-river (now called the Phu Khola) to Meta (3560m)
We will continue on day 17 along the river, now called the Phu Khola to Meta. This area was once the original start of the Annapurna Circuit, though it is still a restricted area, and the circuit now starts closer to Pokhara. Don’t expect many travelers in this area as the wilderness is still wild and remote here, and few explore this hidden wonderland of natural beauty.
- Day 19
: Trek out of the Nar-Phu valley to Koto (2600m)
The soft exit from the valley to Koto will now take us into the Annapurna region proper as the Annapurna Massif (8,091m) dominate our views. This area in itself is a gem to explore and will leave everyone breathless with the unspoiled beauty of Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture. Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (7216m), Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (7134m) all play backdrop as the tour leads deeper into the Manang District.
- Day 20
Trek to Dharapani (1860m)
The trek to Dharapani will feel like another world, and the high, dry, windswept landscape of Mustang is now completely replaced with warm, lush green valleys with roaring rivers running through them. The trail flows through the Marsayangdi Valley canyon, though views of both Annapurna (8091m) and Manaslu (8,163 m) play peek-a-boo through the trees.
- Day 21
Drive back to Kathmandu, arriving in the late afternoon. Celebratory dinner in Kathmandu
The drive back to Kathmandu from here is a wonderful chance to talk about the adventures, or take a nap as the drive lulls you to sleep along valley roads. In Kathmandu, we will all meet in the evening for a delicious celebratory feast and relive great memories of the days past.
- Day 23
two extra days for any contingencies in climbing Saribung peak.
We have built in two extra days around the summit attempt for Saribung peak in case of any inclement weather
- Day 24
Final departure from Kathmandu
For your final day, we will say farewell as we transport you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight home, or to your further destinations