Himlung & Saribung

ITINERARY

   

Day

 

 

 

 1

 

Arrive Kathmandu

 

2

 

Gear checks, day in Kathmandu

 

3

 

Fly to Pokhara

 

4

 

Fly to Jomsom and trek to Kagbeni (2,720m)

 

5

 

Trek to Chele (3,050m)

 

6

 

Trek to Syangboche (3,660m)

 

7

 

Trek to Dakmar

 

8

 

Rest day at Dakmar

 

9

 

Trek to Lo Monthang (3,810m)

 

10

 

Explore Lo Monthang

 

11

 

Trek to Yara

 

12

 

Trek to Luri Gonpa (3,850m)

 

13

 

Trek to Ghuma Thati (4,708m)

 

14

 

Trek to Damodar Kund (4,990m)

 

15

 

Rest at Damodar Kund

 

16

 

Trek to Saribung Base Camp

 

17

 

Rest at Base Camp

 

18

 

Climb to High Camp (6,042m)

 

19

 

Summit Saribung (6,238m)

 

20

 

Descend to Advanced Base Camp (5,800m)

 

21

 

Trek to Phu (4,000m)

 

22

 

Trek to Himlung BC (4,900m)

 

23

 

Rest day (4,900m)

 

24

 

Climb to Camp 1 (5,620m)

 

25

 

Climb to Camp 2 (5,990m)

 

26

 

Climb to Camp 3 (6,320m)

 

27

 

Climb to Camp 4 (6,400m)

 

28

 

Summit Himlung summit (7,126m)

 

29

 

Descend to Base Camp

 

30-34

 

Spare summit days

 

35

 

Trek to Phu

 

36

 

Trek to Junam Goth

 

37

 

Trek to Koto

 

38

 

Trek to Tal

 

39

 

Drive to Kathmandu

 

40

 

Depart Kathmandu

TRIP OUTLINE

Our trip will initiate in Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal and the next day, we fly to the picturesque town of Pokhara. After an evening discovering the pleasures of Pokhara, we fly to the high village of Jomsom beneath the 8,000m massifs of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. 

This is where we leave the tourist route and trek through the lower Mustang, where spectacularly fluted cliffs of red hues overlook the Kali Gandaki River. The Kali Gandaki flows from the high plains of Tibet through Mustang into Nepal before flowing into India.

The upper Mustang is dominated by an endless expanse of yellow and grey rolling hills made smooth by the wind. We traverse this lonely landscape via several passes (the highest being the Nyi La at 4,010m), camping in villages nestled in the midst green irrigated oasis until we reach the spectacular ancient walled town of Lo Monthang. Visually, this is an extraordinary place and home of the Mustang Raja (King) as well as some beautiful temples and monasteries. The people of Upper Mustang are always curious about new arrivals, and we can expect children with windblown hair and apple red cheeks will gather to confront the spectacle of foreign visitors. The abrasive lifestyle required to survive is easily evident here.

After taking time to explore the area and interact with the local population. It is from here that we will start to really move away from the beaten path. Over the next days we will slowly make our way through a barren Tibetan landscape towards the 6,050m Saribung Pass. Our acclimatisation schedule is gentle and we will ensure that we have plenty of time to adjust to these new heights. From the pass we will then climb the non-technical but glaciated Saribung at 6,328m.

After this ascent we will continue the trek onto Himlung Base Camp via the phenomenally scenic village of Phu. The Base Camp is in a beautiful grassy spot with a waterfall and amazing views around us.

Since we are well acclimatized by now, we can climb Himlung ‘Alpine Style’ which means that we can head straight up the mountain utilising four camps as we go. No need to go up and down to acclimatise and then rest as in a standard expedition.

Over the next week we will wait for a suitable weather window and climb Himlung, hence completing an amazing remote double ascent. Our summit phase has several alternate days available to provide weather contingency and give us the best opportunity to enjoy our climb, and reach the top in good condition.

The climb will be sufficiently strenuous that participants should come with a very good level of fitness and be prepared to carry a pack at altitude up to 20kg. We can arrange Sherpa support to help with your personal load carrying if this is required.

The walk out from Himlung will be relatively quick with stunning scenery as we re-enter the greener lowlands, and we will eventually find ourselves back on the Annapurna Circuit and driving back to Kathmandu.

 

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