Mustang to phu trek with saribung peak climbing
Max Altitude: Almost 6328m
Start Date: 27 August 2023
Price per Person: 4684€
Crossing the Mustang to Phu is an incredible trip, one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. today it stands out as a classic route. Its difficulty remains reasonable for a glacial course despite crossing a pass at 6042m and the optional ascent of Saribung Peak at 6328 m. mustang to phu is graded between a trek and a climbing expedition. The logistics are similar to do a trek, its organisation that of an expedition. Technically its a pleasant, easy walk, despite the glacial terrain. On the other hand, the cold and the high altitude, including a 6042m pass to cross, make the planning for more complex. The ascent of Saribung is easy. the effort required is relatively little, around 300m. UIAA Classification is level F in snow. Normally there is no risk of avalanche if you stay in the middle of the valley and avoid the steeper slopes on the left. The col is very with saribung(6328m) on one side and the two small summit of Sonam Himal and Karsang peak(6225m) on the other.
Mustang-phu is one of the most beautiful glacial traverses in Nepal. Its aesthetics and the fact that is not too difficult mean that it has become more and more popular over the last few years. the first traverse from Lo manthang to phu was done in autumn 2007 by a french group and Nepali staff Paulo Grobel team, Under the leadership of UIAGM mountain guide Paulo Grobel.
Sacred Lakes Damodar kund, The Damodar lakes are situated at around 4890m, above the bed of the Namta khola. there are several glacial lakes-Brahmakunda, Rudrakunda, Anantakunda, Damodarkunda,-whose outflows from the Damodari Ganga (another name of the Dhechyang khola). Damodar kunda is the largest of them.
Above the lake is a chorten endowed with numerous prayer flags. Buddhists venerate Avalokiteshvara/Chenresig here, one of the most important deities of Tibetan Buddhism. Note that the historic Buddha sakyamuni is considered by Hindu to be the ninth avatar of Vishnu. This is a very important pilgrimage side for hundu, who consider it to be one of the most spiritual place in the world. There are many religious texts describing this sacred lake. most notably the Puranas, hindu texts written between 400-1000AD. in the Barah Purana, Lard Krishna affirms that everyone who come on a pilgrimage to the Damodar lakes and takes a bath will be absolved of all their sins. It is also mentioned that the sons of Kuber, king of the Yakshas, the God of riches in the Hindu pantheon, suffered because of sins committed in a previous incarnation. Krishna suggested that they take a bath in this lake, and they were purified of all their sins.
The banks of the lake are strewn with rubbish left behind by pilgrims who have come here to venerate Vishnu. Numerous pilgrims come here for the August Full moon. A shelter has been built to accommodate them. A small temple with a metal roof contains a statue of Vishnu and several offerings.
Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most beautiful and famous cultural trek in Nepal. Upper Mustang trek in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. Particularly limited numbers of trekkers are only allowed each year. Thus to protect and conserve the local Tibetan tradition and the fragile environment. This trekking offers a very impressive trekking experience with a semi-arid valley. It is located in Mustang district upper corner of deepest gorge Kali Gandaki gorge, Annapurna Circuit. Here, you will trek through a semi- desert landscape with spires and cliff-top villages surrounded by verdant fields. You can enjoy the panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna Dhaulagiri and Damodar mountain range. This region is cold in winter and windy and dusty through the year. Once Upper Mustang known for the Last Forbidden Kingdom because tourists were not allowed to enter this region until 1992. This region is isolated from the rest of the world as it has unique structure of landscapes with traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture and Bon religion at Lubra. On this trek you will explore the hidden world of the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Lo-Manthang and the lifestyle of true mountain residents, who for hundreds of years and little contact with the rest of Nepal. Till 1950, Mustang was a separate kingdom of Buddhist and still recognized as historical capital Lo-Manthang and the Raja, the last king of Mustang has still a home at Lo. Culturally and geographically, Upper Mustang is more similar to Tibet than Nepal and known for desert beauty.
Upper Mustang lying in Leeward side (rain shadow) of Himalayan range, is suitable for trekking even during monsoons and is not so much difficult as the highest approach is almost 4,000mtrs but challenging. Officially, this region is one of Nepal’s restricted area, hence to access into this region, it requires a special trekking permit. Summer, Autumn and Winter are the best seasons to visit Upper Mustang and spending your holiday in upper mustang make your lifetime memorable.
- Mustang-phu is one of the most beautiful glacial traverses in Nepal and crossing Saribung pass is at 6042m.
- Explores remote area Naar phu valley and tradition Tibetan villages.
- Visit a small Buddhist kingdom that until relatively recently was closed to the outside world.
- Attractive Tibetan-style villages with a strong, well preserved Tibetan culture and intriguing long-abandoned cliff dwellings and ancient cave monasteries.
- A dramatic desert landscape with incredible ‘organ-pipe’ cliffs, set against a backdrop of the mighty snow-capped Himalaya.
- While on trek stay in charming teahouses, small lodges and camping trek in mountain side.
Upper Mustang saribung peak Permit Cost in Summary:
Minimum of two trekkers (2clients) is compulsory for any restricted area in Nepal for issuing the special permits. A company and a local staff is must and in no way you can organize any restricted area trek through independent guide or a porter.
- Restricted Permit Cost: $500 per person for 10 days. If longer is required, an additional $50 per day is charged
- ACAP Permit: $20 per person.
- Saribung peak permit: $ 250 per person.
- Naar Phu Restricted permit: $ 100 per person week( September to November)/$75 per person(December to August) and $15 pes person a day beyond one week.