January 28, 2014
Chulu Far East Peak with Tilicho Lake trip brings you to the region of fine villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups at the vicinity of Annapurna Himalayas. The trip at the one hand offering the captivating views of Himalayas climbs to the apex of Chulu Far East Peak (6,059m) and on the other hand brings you to the proximity of a rich variety of natural landscapes and cultural heritage thrived at the foothills of Annapurna. Besides, the mountain trail even encompasses the beautiful Tilicho Lake (4,949m) and crosses the Thorang La Pass (5,416m) – the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit to bring you to the site of famous Muktinath temple. As usual, the trip also explores Kathmandu and Pokhara and eventually offers the taste of scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day to Day
DAY 01 International Arrival in Kathmandu and Transfer to Hotel [1,300m]
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After the completion of custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for the representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or similar rating hotels in Kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening on our reception, Himalayan Glacier will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
DAY 02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. At the noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Overnight at Kathmandu. Included meal: Breakfast (B)
DAY 03 Drive Kathmandu to Chame [2,710m]: 9 – 10 hrs
We have to begin the trip very early today as we need to go a long drive to reach at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and nearly after 9 -10 hours’ drive we reach at Chame. Enroute, we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, terraced rice fields and beautiful mountain sceneries. Overnight at Chame. (B, L, D)
DAY 04 Chame – Pisang [3,300m]: 5 – 6 hrs
This will be the beginning point of trekking section of this trip. A steep and narrow trail through a very dense forest brings us to the dramatic curved rock face of Paungda Danda. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. After walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang. (B, L, D)
DAY 05 Pisang – Humde Village [3,330m]: 3 – 4 hrs
After having breakfast in the morning the trip commences towards Humde village. As you commence the short trek today you can see in the distance the only airport on the east side of the trail. After reaching at Humde, you can find the Manang airstrip and a few houses and lodges in a small spread out settlement. One of the longest prayer wheels in the region, consisting of 266 wheels, runs through the center of this village. Overnight at Humde. (B, L, D)
DAY 06 Humde – Julu Khola [3,500m]: 3 – 4 hrs
This section of the trip today follows thinly forested trail to bring us at Julu Khola. While following through the level trail on the route to the today’s overnight destination, we can capture the Annapurna Valley Himalayan views. The trail today also offers the sight of Pissang peak. Tented Camp Overnight at Julu Khola. (BLD)
DAY 07 Julu Khola Acclimatization and preparation
This will be the day for proper acclamation. Today we will engage on hiking activities in the surrounding areas. Hence, following through a forested trail along the river we hike up to Julu Peak Base Camp. The summit of the base camp rewards us almost all the views of Annapurna Himalaya range including the sight of Pisang Peak. After enjoying Annapurna Valley Himalayan views, we will retrace back to Julu Khola. Camping Overnight at Julu Khola. (B, L, D)
DAY 08 Julu Khola – Chulu Far East Base Camp [5,000m]: 5 – 6 hrs
Today, we will follow a steeply climbing trail to reach at Chulu Far East Base Camp. The climbing trail at times crosses rocks as well. During the trek, our journey will be accompanied with Annapurna Valley Himalayan views. Camping Overnight at Chulu Far East Base Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 09 Chulu Far East Base Camp Acclimatization and preparation
It will be another acclimatization day for us at a high altitude. Today, we involve on peak climbing training with our guides. Besides practicing peak climbing, we also hike to nearest glacier on the base camp. In over all, all these sorts of activities let us to prepare and arrange our trekking gear at the one hand and on the other side it will boost our confidence to conquer the upcoming peak. Overnight at Tented Camp at Chulu Far East Base Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 10 Base Camp – Chulu Far East High Camp [5,500m]: 3 – 4 hrs
Today we follow a steep climbing trail through snow slopes. As we continue climbing, we can see amazing vistas of Annapurna Valley Himalayas including the views of Chulu East, Chulu West, and the Chulu Far East. To the most, the trip today offers you the crystal clear views of Pisang Peak. After reaching at today’s overnight site, we will set the High Camp on a rocky platform near a small lake. Overnight at tented camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 11 Summit Chulu Far East [6,059m] & return to Base Camp: 8 – 9 hrs
The peak climbing trip today brings us to the glorious point of this adventure in the Himalayas as we conquer the top of Chulu Far East. Hence, today we will begin the peak climbing trip around 2 – 3AM in the dark morning. Initially, we will follow a level trail. The next section of the trail gradually becomes steeper and even crosses rocks in the mountain tracks. The demanding trek eventually brings to the point of climax of this section of the trip that is the top of Chulu Far East. From the top of the peak, we can enjoy the incredible views of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Manaslu, Pisang Peak, Chulu west and the Himlung Valley at the north side. After capturing the captivating views from the top of the peak, we will descend all along the vertical slopes to the high camp at first and then again follow a descending trail to reach at the base camp of Chulu Far East. Overnight at Tented Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 12 Base Camp – Contingency Day
There is no such guarantee that we can get quite a favorable weather on our planned day for the summit. So this day is used as a contingency in case if we are unable to summit the Chulu Far East Peak on the scheduled date due to bad weather condition or some other reasons. Sometimes somebody in the group may get some problems in acclimatizing well enough to make the ascent. Since, the day can be used in that condition too. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need this spare day. (B, L, D)
DAY 13 Base Camp – Manang [3,35m]: 5 – 6 hrs
This section of the trail at first brings us at Julu Khola from where we follow a level trail along the forests to reach at Manang – a beautiful village just below the Thorong La Pass situated within the Annapurna conservation area. Gurung, Ghale, and Lamas are the inhabitants of this Trans-Himalayan village. Overnight at Manang. (B,L,D)
DAY 14 Manang – Siri Kharka [4,060m]: 4 – 5 hrs
From Manang we head out through the western gates and follow the path down to the river. We cross the river and continue walking on the south side of the river through coniferous forest towards Khangsar village. From Khangsar we move further towards Siri Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep our company. Overnight at Siri Kharka. (B, L, D)
DAY 15 Siri Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp [4,140m]: 5 – 6 hrs
From Siri Kharka to the Tilicho Base Camp, it is mostly going downhill, but it has landslide areas that can be dangerous. They are not difficult to walk, but the trails are very narrow. The trail goes through the middle of the landslide area. The rock formations along the trail are very impressive. Overnight at Tilicho Base Camp. (B, L, D)
DAY 16 Visit to Tilicho Lake (4,949m) then back to Siri Kharka: 5 – 6 hrs
From Tilicho Base Camp the path continues up along moraine ridges and grassy slopes to some large switch backs carved out of the slope. We then reach the watershed. On the other side is Tilicho Lake, a large spectacularly set lake nestled at the foot of the north face of Tilicho Peak, part of the snowy wall that the 1950 French expedition team referred it as “The Great Barrier”. The leader of the French team, Maurice Herzog referred to Tilicho Lake as “The Great Ice Lake”. The Lake also holds an important place for the Hindus as this sacred lake features in one of the holiest texts of the Hindus – “The Ramayan”. After enjoying the views of the lake, we retrace our steps towards Siri Kharka. Overnight at Siri Kharka. (B, L, D)
DAY 17: Siri kharka – Yak kharka [4,040m]: 4 – 5 hrs
On returning from Tilicho Lake, this route from Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka, which lies on the main circuit trail, avoids backtracking to Khangsar and Manang. We descend from Siri Kharka toward Thare Gomba and in only a few minutes reach a trail junction. Again, we stay left and reach Old Khagsar after walking for a while. Khangsar is uninhabited place used only for occasional herders and during festival times in the region. Then, we follow rock wall north out of Khangsar. We walk further more until we reach a seasonal bridge in the Thorang Khola valley. Next, we cross the river to the east band and ascend along for a while to reach at a plateau. The forthcoming trail brings us at Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka (B, L, D)
DAY 18 Yak kharka – Thorang Phedi: [4,420m]: 3 – 4 hrs
This section of the trip follows a climbing trail till to reach at Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We again ascend towards Thorang Phedi which is only about an hour walk from Leder. The whole climbing trip will be accompanied by the captivating views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight at Thorang Phedi (B, L, D)
DAY 19 Thorang Phedi – Muktinath (8 – 9 hrs): Drive to Jomsom [2,743m]: 1 hour
Today we cross the famous Thorung La Pass (5,416m) and continue ascending towards Muktinath. The pass is exhilarating to reach and is a transition from one major Himalayan valley to another. From here, far below to our west is the Kalai Gandaki River. The descent from the pass is gradual at first then later becomes considerably steeper and keeps to the south side of the valley. We cross a suspension bridge, walk furthermore beyond the famous Muktinath temple and then reach at the village of Muktinath/Ranipauwa. From here, we can enjoy the beautiful Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya ranges. At the end, we will follow a driving trip to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom (B, L, D)
DAY 20 Jomsom – Pokhara [820m]: 25 minutes by flight
Today we say goodbye to the trekking section of the trip in the Himalaya. Hence, our representative in Jomsom will make all the arrangements for your scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The scenic flight passes through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri till to land in Pokhara. Upon reaching in Pokhara, we will have to check in at the hotel. Then, we can either take a rest or stroll in the beautiful streets of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara (B)
DAY 21 Pokhara – Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hrs
Early morning drive to Kathmandu in a tourist bus where you get to enjoy the river side scenery garnished with terraced farms and some local villages along the way. Upon reaching in Kathmandu we check in at our hotel. Then, we can spend the rest of the day taking rest or perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or even explore any landmarks in Kathmandu that we may want to visit. In the evening, we will join the trip celebration dinner with the adventure team. Overnight in Kathmandu (B, D)
DAY 22 Farewell Friend
Our journey in the Himalayas comes to an end today! Hence, approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal. (B)
December 27, 2013
The 27 days Saribung Peak Climbing journey, a newly explored but popular trek, encompasses the remote regions of Nepal Himalayas – Jomsom, Mustang “Hidden Valley”, Nar-Phu Valley and many other landmarks of Damodar Himal in the company of majestic mountain sceneries, diverse cultures, and geographical variations. The Saribung Peak (6,387m) close to the border of Nepal and Tibet lies in Damodar Himal. Though the peak climbing journey is very much pleasant and easy at times the climbers have to cross the high passes like Saribung La over 5,600 meters and many other. At some sections, the trail even passes through the off-the-beaten-tracks and thereby results into the summit of Mt. Saribung. In over all, the panoramic mountain vistas form the top of Mt. Saribung, journeying through the rugged landscapes, and encountering the very much primitive culture of the region bring you an everlasting adventure experience in your life.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of immigration formalities, we will be transferred to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. At leisure time, we can either visit at Himalayan Glacier’s office site where we can meet with our trekking guide or roam around the streets of Thamel – a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening we attend at a welcome dinner organized by Himalayan Glacier on our reception which will be accompanied by a Nepalese cultural program. (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
The Kathmandu sightseeing tour covers the several historical and spiritual landmarks of Kathmandu which are also enlisted in UNSCO World Heritage Sites list. The guided tour at first takes us to Hanuman Doka Darbar – a historical palace square in Nepal. Then the tour covers Pashupatinath – one of the most sacred temples in Nepal. Next, we will be at Swayambhunath – a famous Buddhist temple which is also recognized as Monkey Temple. In the froth place, the city tour includes the sacred Buddhist sites-Bouddhanath – one of the largest Stupas in the world. After strolling around the tremendous treasures of Kathmandu, we will come back at Himalayan Glacier’s office site where we attend a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader for the upcoming adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B)
Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara Bus Drive: 6 – 7 hrs
It will be a tremendous bus journey commencing at 7:00 am in the morning from Kathmandu. The bus journey to Pokhara passes at first through Trisuli River till to Mugling and then the route bends toward Pokhara. The scenic journey passing through greeneries and mid hill villages reaches in Pokhara. Pokhara is an attractive tourist spot in Nepal which also popular for pristine lakes and trekking junction among domestic as well as international visitors. Upon reaching the lake city, we will make short sightseeing tour of Pokhara with our guide. Overnight in Pokhara. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Pokhara to Jomsom Flight and Jomsom to Kagbeni Trek (2,800m): 3 – 4 hrs
The early morning flight lands us in Jomsom from where we begin our trek towards Lubra passing through the trail over Kaligandaki River. After visiting at Bon-Po monastery at Lubra, our upcoming trail continues till to Eklebatti. Then the trail with one hour’s walk links us with Kagbeni. At Kagbeni, we visit at the red-painted Gompa which is believed to be about 1000 years old. Overnight at Kagbeni. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Kagbeni to Tsaile (3,100m): 5 – 6 hrs
This section of the trek continues around three hours till to reach at Tangbe village over the bank of Kaligandaki River in the company of beautiful landscapes, the Buddhist Chhörtens and Maniwalls. Then one hour’s walks brings us at Chhusang village at where we can have lunch. After the lunch break again the journey continues over the bank of Kaligandaki River. While in this part of the trail we can see 16 caves above the tunnel of Kaligandaki River. Next, the trail goes steep upward to connect us Tsaile – a small village with a fantastic view of Nilgiri Himal and the Kaligandaki River. Overnight at Tsaile. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Tsaile to Ghiling (3,570m): 6 – 7 hrs
The trek of the day begins following through an unstable trail to reach a small pass on the trail and from the pass the trail moves forth to reach at Samar village – it will be the village for lunch break. After lunch, the onward journey reaches at the Chungsi cave monastery. The site of the monastery is so incredible that its environment is sufficient to inject a feeling of spirituality into the mind and hearts of travelers. Next, the nearly two hours’ steep ascent brings us at a monastery where Guru Padmasambhava meditated in 8th century. From this site our journey moves forth to reach at Syangmochen Village and then the trail links us to Ghiling – a small village on the trail where we can see a big Chhörten and two Gompas. Overnight at Ghiling. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Ghiling to Tsarang (3,560m): 6 – 7 hrs
This part of the trip takes us into the center of Mustang passing through Zaite Village and crossing the Nyi-La Pass (4,020m). After crossing the pass, the steep downward trail leads to Ghami village and then the trail crosses a small Khola. Walking on the edge of small stream we can see the longest Mani Wall in the Mustang region – painted with vertical stripes of white, red and black. Then the mountain journey again marches a long steep ascent to a small pass and then descends gently to Tsarang village. At the village, we can move around a huge Chhorten in the entrance of village, an Old Palace and Tsarang Gompa. Overnight at Tsarang. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,840m): 7- 8 hrs
There are two trails that pave the way for Lo-Manthang. If we follow Lower Trail then it will take 4 -5 hours to reach the today’s destination. But, it is advisable to go through Upper trail though it takes 7 – 8 hours to reach there. It is in the sense that the Upper Trail allows us to explore the Lo-Gyakar-Ghar Gompa. Ghar Gompa is one of the oldest Gompas in Upper Mustang built by Guru Padmasambhava – the founder of Tibetan Buddhism in the 8th century. After visiting the monastery, we continue our trek to reach the Chogo-La Pass (4,230m) – the highest point in this region. Next the descending trail paves the way for Lo-Manthang – the ancient wall city of Mustang. Lo-Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures. Lo is the culturally and linguistically Tibetan northern two-thirds of Mustang District, while the southern third is called Thak, the homeland of Thakali people who speak a different language and have a synthesis of Tibetan and Nepalese culture. Overnight at Lo-Manthang. (B,L,D)
Day 9: Acclimatization Day
It will be the acclimatization day in the forbidden Kingdom. We have two options to explore the landmarks of Lo-Manthang. Either we can visit at Chhoser Village which will take 7 – 8 hours or choose to hike 2 -3 hours to Namgyal Monastery. Both are nice hikes for acclimatization purposes. The hike to Chhoser Village rewards us the sites of many caves and a cave monastery. Later in the day we can explore the other monasteries in Lo-Manthang. Overnight at Lo-Manthang. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Lo-Manthang to Yara (3,900m): 6 – 7 hrs
This section of the trip leaves the Lo-Manthang village and within 4 hours’ journey we will be at Dhi Village. Then the trail descends down to a small stream from where the trail climbs up to reach at Yara Village. The journey will be accompanied by the sights of innumerable caves at the stone walls. Overnight at Yara. (B,L,D)
Day 11: Yara to Luri: 3 – 4 hrs
This short part of the trip moves to the site of Luri Gompa. At Luri Gompa, we will visit at two monasteries. At first a short steep ascent brings us to Luri Cave Monastery (4,005m) – the oldest and most famous cave monastery in the Mustang region which was constructed in the 15th century. Inside the cave we can see a big Old Chhorten, a highly sacred religious text and many images and statues of Protectors and Deities. In the second place, we will visit at the other monastery which is situated below of Luri Cave Monastery. Overnight at Luri. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Luri Gompa to Ghuma Thanti (4,600m): 5 – 6 hrs
After discovering Luri Cave Monastery, the trail descends through the gorge to join the main trail Yara – Ghuma Thanti. It will be a fantastic walk from hilltop to hilltop through the pastures. At 4,780m, the mountain trekking route crosses a wide grassy plateau offering fabulous views of Mount Dhaulagiri. The trail continues climbing up to a pass (4,940m) and descends to Ghuma Thanti – a place built for sheltering the Buddhist pilgrims going to the sacred Damodar Kunda Lakes. Overnight at Ghuma Thanti. (B,L,D)
Day 13: Ghuma Thanti to Namta Khola (4890m): 7 – 8 hrs
At first the trail of the day reaches to a pass at 5,320 meters from where we can have tremendous views of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna I. Secondly, the trail makes a steep descent to the bottom of the Parche khola. Then in the third section, the trail climbs up a long steep slope. In the fourth place, the trail makes a long crossing from hilltop to hilltop till to reach a pass at 5,490 meter. The high pass on the trail offers us the clear views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Damodar Himal. While moving ahead from the high pass, the trail brings the sacred site of Damodar Kunda. At this site we observe the sacred and pristine lakes situated in the yard of Damodar Himal. At the holy spit you can locate a small Hindu shrine and a very old Buddhist Chorten. After enjoying the must see attractions of Damodar Kunda, our journey moves forth towards Namta Khola. Overnight at Namta Khola. ( B,L,D)
Day 14: Namta Khola to Saribung Base Camp (4,950m): 6 – 7 hrs
The mountain trail of the day passes through a high altitude route and the landscapes that resemble like the Tibetan Plateau until reaching at Saribung Base Camp. Overnight at Base Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 15: Acclimatization day
Enjoy the acclimatization day by exploring the surrounding hills of the Saribung Base Camp. The acclimatization day helps you prepare for the further climbing journey. Overnight at Base Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 16: Saribung Base Camp to Camp I (5,730m): 5 – 6 hrs
This section of the mountain trails include walking on the moraines of en route glacier and hard snowy trail. The mountain trail journey will be accompanied by views of the Khumjunggar Himal (6,959m), and the Damodar Himal. Overnight at Camp I. (B,L,D)
Day 17: Camp I to Saribung Peak (6,346m) to Saribung Base Camp (4,950m): 8 – 9 hrs
It will be the day for reaching to the peak of Saribung – the ultimate and highest point of the trip. Early in the morning, the trek starts to climb the summit of Saribung and then the journey descends down to Saribung Base Camp. From the summit of Saribung we have outstanding scenery of Gyajikang, Himlung, Bhrikuti, etc. Overnight at Base Camp. (B,L,D)
Day 18: Saribung Base Camp to Saribung Pass (6,042m) to Nagoru (4,400m)
At first the morning trek leads us to cross the Saribung Pass and then the snowy trail steeply descends down till to reach a small stream on the trail. Next, the trail following through the stream connects us to Nagoru. Overnight at Nagoru. (B,L,D)
Day 19: Nagoru to Phu Gaon (4,080m): 5 – 6 hrs
The journey from Nagoru passing through the Tibetan resembling plateau in the company of fine views of barren valley and snowy peaks reaches to Phu Gaon. This is the exact location where we will be in the midst of the unique Lost or Hidden Valley. In the valley we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It will be also the day for exploring the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the very old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight at Phu Gaon. (B,L,D)
Day 20: Phu Gaon to Meta (3,560m): 5 – 6 hrs
This section of the climbing trip descends down at first at Kyang passing through a narrow valley on the trail. Kyang offer us the sites like the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement. Jhunam, Chyakhu and Kyang are such places where Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived illegally. Witnessing these places, our journey continues till to reach Meta. The journey will be accompanied by the very spectacular view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Meta. (B,L,D)
Day 21: Meta to Koto (2,600m): 6 – 7 hrs
Initially, the trek of the day for a while goes through steep downward trail and walks through a pine forest passing many small streams and charming water fall near the Dharmashala on the trail. Our peak climbing trip at this section also comes across many suspension bridges before reaching at Koto. Overnight at Koto. (B,L,D)
Day 22: Koto to Dharapani (1,860m): 5 – 6 hrs
The first part of today’s journey passes through the small villages till to reach at Timang in the company of Pine forest on the trail. While moving forth, the trek will be accompanied with a short glimpse of Mount Manaslu and other snowy peaks. The next section of the trail steeply drops down to Danque from where we follow the level trail till to reach at Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani. (B,L,D)
Day 23: Dharapani to Jagat (1,300m): 5 – 6 hrs
This section of the climbing trip walking along the Marsyangdi River crosses and re-crosses suspension bridges over the Marsyangdi River. While continuing the trek, our journey at first arrives at Kotro and then reaches at the Tal village. From Tal, the next section of the trail while following through the rocky track at first drops down to the river and again climbs up through a dense forest area to reach at Chyamje. Passing through Chyamje, we will eventually reach at Jagat Village. Overnight at Jagat. (B,L,D)
Day 24: Jagat to Bulbhule (840m): 5 – 6 hrs
Our journey today initially walks down through a rocky trail till to reach Syange at where we can view a very pretty water fall. Then the upcoming trail follows along the Marsyangdi River until reaching Bulbhule. This is the place where we end the trekking section of the trip. We say goodbye to mountain trails. Keeping the memory of trekking experience we prepare for a bus or jeep drive in the forth coming days. (B,L,D)
Day 25: Bulbhule to Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hrs
In the morning after loading all the equipments, the bus journey passes alongside the Marsyangdi river which will results into Bsesi Sahar. Then the undulating road again passes through the cultivated terraces, forest, and green hills. The bus drive will be accompanied by the sights of Manaslu, Ganesh, and the Annapuran Himalayan range in the north distance. Eventually the scenic drive stops in Kathmandu where we will be transferred at our Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,L,D)
Day 26: Free day in Kathmandu
We can meticulously enjoy the taste of Kathmandu in the free day. We can either taka complete rest in our Hotel and concentration for upcoming trip to homeland or walk around the streets of Thamel for souvenir shopping or even we can stroll around nearest areas of Thamel. In the evening, we will have to attend a trip completion celebration dinner with our adventure team. The celebration dinner will be hosted by Himalayan Glacier. Overnight in Kathmandu. (B,L,D)
Day 27: Final Departure
This relatively time consuming Saribung Peak Climbing adventure comes to an end today. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier transfers us to the airport. On way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure trip in the Himalayas. (B)
December 24, 2013
When we think of mountaineering, people wearing heavy jackets full of down, waterproof and breathable trousers, hiking boots etc come to our mind.
However, this may sound you wacky but it is true that two escapades are aiming to conquer Mt. Island peak (6189 meter) of Nepal, on their business suit this winter at a time when the mercury has fallen below minus 25 degree Censius, but with a cause.
The young adventurers from Australia, Danny Roberts-Clarke and David Grech, are attempting Mt. Island, also known as Imja Tse, with a mission to donate an orphanage with the fund they raise.
Talking to The Rising Nepal, David shared that the idea for suited escapades came from a trip to Nepal in 2012 to visit Everest Base Camp.
“It was during this trip that it became clear to me. I am so fortunate to have the time and opportunity to partake in these amazing things while so many others will never get the chance. From that moment onwards I decided that for every unique adventure I took part in, I would do my best to raise money or awareness for a local cause.”
He said that they had been to the Base Camp on their business suits for 19 days of trekking. “We had 3 business suits, 2 business shirts 5 ties and a briefcase,” he said.
“I hope to use this inaugural suited escapade to inspire others to challenge themselves whilst also showing that in doing so we can always help those in need.”
Asked about the risk during the adventure, he responded, “At 6,189 metres in the Himalayan winter with temperatures reaching -25°C a thirst for adventure and a worthy cause is all that is driving them.”
These two escapades are going to donate $ 40,000 to a children school in Pokhara, Kaski.
“We are raising money for a new building to house around 30 children in Pokhara, so that they may have a safer and healthier environment in which to live, learn and grow,” he said.
These young students have already participated in scores of charity works in many countries, including their homeland Australia.
Lauding their charity and adventure works, Danny said that it was their duty as a foreign tourist, whose flights may have cost more than a local’s yearly salary, to give back to the local people.
This demonstrates how much of an impact local charities supported by others can make in a community that needs their help.
Nepal is somewhere I have always wanted to visit. My father worked there as a guide for some time before I was born, and had always planned to take the family to see his spiritual home. We never got that chance, as he passed away in 2006 from a brain tumour, Danny said.
“This journey will bring me closer to him, and let me experience the place he loved so much,” he said.
Source & References
Pokharel, Y. 2013. Two escapades aim at conquering Island Peak on business suit, but with a beautiful cause. The Rising Nepal, [online] 22 December. Available at: http://trn.gorkhapatraonline.com/index.php/2012-10-16-04-54-48/6265-two-escapades-aim-at-conquering-island-peak-on-business-suit,-but-with-a-beautiful-cause.html [Accessed: 24 Dec 2013].
December 1, 2013
Himalayas in the world have fascinating high mountains and glittering peaks to get the extreme pleasure of mountain expedition. The beauty, vastness, and mystery always have an everlasting appeal for those who venture in this vast Himalayan region for mountain trekking and mountain expedition. Eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8000 meters including Mt. Everest (8848m), Kanchanjunga (8598m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8462m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Cho Oyu (8153) and Annapurna (8091m), are only in Nepal Himalayas. The listed top 8 extreme mountain expeditions for 2014 are presented here.
Mt. Everest Expedition, the top most mountain expedition in the world, has proved to be a yardstick of climbing achievement. Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, is the greatest challenge and one of the most famous mountains on earth. The mountain receives around 1000 summit attempts every year. The southern approach to Everest via the Khumbu Valley is popular among the climbers. Mt. Everest was first summitted in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary. Most of the mountaineers dream to reach the summit of Everest in their life time. Successful Everest Expedition leaves one with the sense of most proud and adventurous people on Earth. However, Everest expeditions encounter many seen and unseen obstacles including high altitude, harsh weather and even sheer exhaustion. Hence, Everest is a deadly inexplicable, beguiling, and magnificent mountain.
The Lhotse Expedition, one of the top mountain adventures in the world, takes to the proximity of Mount Everest. Lhotse means South Face. Three peaks that make up the Lhotse massif are: Lhotse East or middle, Lhotse Shar and Lhotse. South Face of Lhotse is the most technical face of Lhotse. The Lhotse South Face is also one of the largest mountain faces in the world. The section during the climb, which has been unanimously declared the most dangerous, is the Khumbu Icefall. Both Mt Everest and Lhotse share the same base camp. In fact, Lhotse is a part of Everest massif itself. However, Lhotse is considered to be an independent mountain. After several unsuccessful attempts, the South Face was successfully climbed only in 1984.
Cho Oyu Expedition, one of the extreme mountain expedition for 2014, takes to the peak of one of the world’s highest 8000er mountains. Despite being the 6th highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu has the highest success rate among the world’s fourteen 8,000er Himalayan peaks. The ascent to the summit is short and direct with a few small technical sections which can be climbed safely using fixed lines. However, climbing Cho Oyu is still a demanding undertaking, the mountain being one of the highest on earth. Cho Oyu lies about 20km west of Mt. Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. An Austrian team first climbed Cho Oyu in 1954 followed by the Indian and German teams in 1958 and 1964 respectively. Cho Oyu consists mainly of five ridges – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West with the Jabula Glacier on the north, Lanba Glacier on the south, and Gecongba Glacier.
Makalu Expedition, a must go extreme mountain expedition, summits to the fifth tallest mountain in the world. A close neighbor to Mount Everest, it lies in the northeast region of Nepal. It is relatively less attempted mountain. Mountaineers need to have a lot of mountaineering experience including one attempt on an 8,000 meter to climb Mount Makalu. The first attempt on Makalu was made by an American team in 1954, but it was first climbed by a French Team in 1955. The mountain has two important subsidiary peaks. The route to Makalu Base Camp (4823m) involves a sustained steep slope with magnificent views of Makalu to the north.
Manaslu Expedition, a must summit mountain expedition, climbs the world’s eighth highest mountain – Mt. Manaslu. Mt. Manaslu resides at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys in the central-western Nepal Himalaya – Kali Gandaki valley 40 miles east of Annapurna. The Manaslu’s long ridges and valley glaciers provide feasible approaches from all directions culminating in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape. At least six different routes to Manaslu exist today of which the south face is the toughest in climbing history. The first attempt to Manaslu was made in 1953 by a Japanese team from the Budhi Gandaki Valley, however, the first ascent was made only in 1956. Actually, all the three peaks of Manaslu were first summitted by the Japanese.
Kanchenjungha Expedition, an extreme mountain expedition, maps out the third-highest mountain in the world. Located in the Eastern Nepal the border of Nepal and Sikkim, Kanchenjunga is the most easterly of the 8,000 meter Himalayan peaks and consists of four separate summits – Main Summit, Middle Summit, South Summit and Yalung Kang or West Summit. Kanchenjunga was first summitted in 1955 by a British Expedition team. The three of the five peaks, the main, central, and south, lie on the border of Nepal and Sikkim, India. Other two peaks lie completely in the Taplejung District of Nepal.
Annapurna Expedition, one of top extreme mountain expeditions in Nepal for 2014, covers the top of Mount Annapurna (8091m) – the 10th highest mountain in the world. Annapurna, adjacent to Pokhara, was the first eight-thousander to be climbed. The four summits with the entire massif of Annapurna form the northern barrier of Pokhara Valley. The main summit stands to the west of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The mountain has glaciers on its western and north-western slopes which drain into a great gorge cut through the Himalaya by the Kaligandaki River. However, despite being the first eight-thousander to be climbed, Annapurna is still one of the least climbed 8,000er peaks. The reason is that all the routes on the mountain pose severe difficulties for climbing.
Dhaulagiri Expedition, one of the extreme mountain climbing adventures to the seventh highest peak in the world, reaches to the top of Mount Dhaulagiri. Mt. Dhaulagiri lies on the north-west of Pokhara and south of the Nepal- Tibet border. Dhaulagiri was first climbed by the Swiss team in 1960 via the North East Ridge. Dhaulagiri, along with another eight thousander Annapurna, make Kaligandaki the deepest gorge. It is also one of the most difficult mountains in the world. Dhaulagiri is an interesting peak with more than six different routes. The normal climbing route is considered a reasonable climb with only short technical climbing sections and moderate avalanche danger. The South and West faces of Dhaulagiri both feature massive drops; each rises over 4000 meters from its base, and each has been the site of epic climbs. The tangled topography of twisting ridges, glaciers, and ice falls is crested by a stretch of thirty miles. Several pyramid-shaped peaks rise along the main crest. Four of the summits, numbered form east to west, rise above 25,000 feet.
November 21, 2013
Mera Peak (6,461m), an exciting and scenically stunning mountain, is the popular and highest trekking peak in Nepal at Khumbu Valley. Situated on the edge of famous Khumbu Region and dominated by Mt. Everest, climbing Mera peak is an opportunity to all the adventure seekers who are physically fit. Climbing Mera Peak through Amphu Lapcha Pass offers you a lifetime adventure experience in Nepal. The 10 best Mera Peak climbing facts are shown below.
- Mera Peak is one of the finest viewpoints in Nepal. Mera Peak Climbing trip unleash an opportunity to all the experience trekkers and amateur climbers who dream and dare to stand on the Himalayan summit with a sense of great achievement.
- Mera Peak has 3 distinct summits and they are North Mera Peak (6,476m/21,240 ft), Central Mera Peak (6,461m/ 21,190 ft), and South Mera Peak (6064m/ 19890 ft). Generally trekkers climb to Mera Central although the highest one is Mera North. Due to huge crevasses and glacial changes happening there in the route to Mera North, it is safe to climb Mera Central
- The major peaks observable from Mera peak include Mt. Everest (8848m), Cho-Oyu (8201m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8463m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Nuptse (7855m) and Chamlang (7319m) amongst many others.
- Mera Peak stands to the south of Everest and dominates the watershed between the heavily wooded valleys of the Hinku and Hongu Drangkas.
- J.O.M. Roberts and Sen Tenzing made the first successful ascent of Mera Peak on 20 May 1953. The route they used is still the standard route. The honor of being the first to reach the true summit goes to the Frenchmen Marcel Jolly, G Baus and L Honills, who climbed Mera North in 1975. There are many other routes to the peak, but none of them are easy. Some of them require crossing very high and difficult passes. The path goes through the spotless Rhododendron, oak, silver fir, birch and Jennifer’s forest. On the way, trekkers can see Meera Glacier, beautiful alpine lake and traditional Sherpa villages of the Solukhumbu.
- Mera Peak climbing begins following a short and exciting flight to the mountain airstrip of Lukla and after continuous trek for days through the high and lovely valleys travelers get to the area of Mera. Although physically very demanding on account of the altitude, the climb on Mera Peak is not technically difficult as ascending snow slopes rarely exceed 40 degrees. The only qualification trekkers need to ascend Mera peak is they have to be physically fit and have an extrovert sense of adventure.
- Mera Peak has some crevasses around, and the way can be long and challenging. The trip from Mera La to the summit is steady with a spectacular mountain vista of the Eastern Nepal Himalayas.
- The ascend of Mera Peak is made from the Mera La pass (5415m) on the Northern Face, which joins the valley of Hongu to the Hinku valley. Mera Peak expands to the South of Everest and dominates the attractive and remote valleys of Hinku and Hongu of that region.
- Mera Peak offers a panoramic view of Chamlang, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, and Baruntse in the east and the peaks of Cho-Oyu, Ama Dablam and Kangtega to the west. Everest can be viewed to the north over the massive unclimbed south face of Lhotse and the Nuptse/Lhotse ridge. Under favorable conditions, it is possible to climb the peak and descend back on the same day.
- As there are no lodges in either the Hinku or Hongu valleys, adventure trekkers need to be self-contained which makes it even more attractive to those in search of mountaineering adventure.
November 15, 2013
Are you interested to know something interesting things about Island Peak (6189m) in the Khumbu region of Nepal? The peak also recognized as Imja Tse adds the beauty of Everest region. The combination of Everest Base Camp Trek and Island Peak Climbing is probably the best adventure trip in Nepal. Besides, Island Peak Climbing fulfills the dream of every amateur and serious climber, who has been seeking the thrill of adventure climbing. The 7 things you would like to know about Island peak is given here.
- This mountain was named “Island Peak” in 1952 AD, by a climbing team of Eric Shipton, due to its striking location in the middle of the Chhukung valley, like an Island on a sea of ice. Island peak was first ascended in 1953 by a British team as preparation for climbing Everest.
- Among numbers of trekking peaks in Nepal, Island peak is the most popular that offers exhilarating climbing experience beyond simply trekking for novice climbers and trekkers alike. The climbing is physically demanding but not technically challenging.
- For many mountaineers climbing Island Peak marks the beginning of climbing on Himalayas to prepare for a big Himalaya expedition in Nepal.
- Island peak is an extension of the ridge that comes down from the south end of the Lhotse shar, situated at less than 10 kilometer away from the Everest.
- Island Peak not only provides an enjoyable climb but also provides some of the most spectacular scenery of Himalayas in the Everest region. Seen from the summit the giant mountains, Nuptse (7,879m), Lhotse (8,501m), Lhotse Middle Peak (8,410m) and Lhotse Shar (8,383m) make a semi circle in the north. The views of Makalu (8475m) in the east, Baruntse and Amadablam in the south add more charm in climbing Island Peak.
- Descending from the peak, the route takes into many cultural sites, such as Pangboche, a traditional Sherpa village; Tangboche, famous for its ornately decorated Tibetan monasteries and Khumjung with Hillary school inside the clouds and mysterious Yeti scalp.
- The journey to Island Peak begins from and comes to conclusion at one of the most famous airstrip in the world, the Lukla Airport in the Khumbu region.
November 12, 2013
A report submitted by the panel formed to review mountaineering royalty and mountain tourism has suggested the government to open 166 new peaks for commercial expeditions.
According to Ang Tshering Sherpa, honorary member of UIAA (World Mountaineering and Climbing Federation), the sub-committee formed under his leadership for the review under the main committee has suggested opening 166 new peaks which are of 6,000m to 8,077 m.
“Of these peaks only West Yalung Khang (8,077m) is above 8,000 m,” said Sherpa, adding that 32 peaks are suggested to open immediately in the first phase while remaining peaks are suggested to be opened in a phase-wise manner in 6 to 7 months.
The panel has also urged the government to officially recognize five peaks above 8,000 m namely: Yalung Khang (8,505m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Lhotse Middle (8,413m), and Lhotse Shar (8,400m).
The eight-member main committee led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, head of Tourism Industry Division of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and two observers recently submitted the report to the ministry.
“The report that consists of 50-point suggestions such as increasing the royalty fee for Mount Everest on individual basis to US $11,000 per person per expedition for foreign climbers, fixing royalty of other peaks based on their heights, and fixing Rs 75,000 per person per expedition for Nepali climbers or a royalty waiver through a cabinet decision.
Charging garbage management fee instead of deposit, setting up standards for records made by climbers, and pre application for making records to control illegal activities include other suggestions.
“The panel has also suggested that the climbers need to make pre-application on their record plans, regulate the promotional activities carried out by different national and international companies, among others,” Bhattarai informed.
The committee has also suggested the government to name new peaks, the peak point and base camps after the persons who have contributed to mountain tourism in Nepal like Goerge Mallory, Andrew Irvine, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Edmund Hillary, Phu-dorjee Sherpa, Maurice Herzog, Luis Lachenal, Apa Sherpa and Harka Gurung.
“We have also suggested environment friendly measures like charging garbage management fee and using biodegradable bags for management of human waste,” said Sherpa.
According to him, US$ 80 will be charged for Everest, $60 for mountains above 8,000 m, $40 for mountains above 7,000m and $ 20 for mountains below 7,000m has been recommended for foreigners.
Fee to be charged to hoist flags in peaks
The committee has suggested the government to charge fees for the flags that are hoisted at the summits for promotional purposes such as the flag of sponsors and commercial flags.
“We have proposed the government to charge $200 per square feet for commercial flag in Everest and peaks above 8,000 m,” informed Sherpa, adding that fee should not be charged for the flag and sign posts of the expedition team, flag of Nepal and flag of climbers of different nations and religions.
For other commercial purpose, the committee has suggested the government to charge the amount for limited period under contract.
“This will not only help to regulate commercial activities but will also help solve the environmental problems caused by flags and commercial sign posts,” said Sherpa.
The suggestion is based on a report submitted by civil servant Everest expedition team led by the then Secretary of Home Ministry Leela Mani Paudyal in 2011.
Paudyal, who is now the chief secretary, urged the government to regulate the flags after his expedition observed hundreds of flags of international companies hoisted between base camp I and II.
source: republica, 10 NOV 2013
November 10, 2013
A committee formed to recommend on the revision of mountaineering royalty and adoption of necessary measures to make Nepal’s mountain tourism productive has suggested raising the expedition royalty fee for Mt Everest on individual basis.
Identifying 35 issues and recommending urgent reforms to make Nepal’s mountaineering sector more organised, the panel suggested increasing the royalty fee for Mt Everest climbers to $11,000 per person per expedition by eliminating the group royalty system.
At present, the royalty for Everest ranges from $15,000-70,000 per expedition depending on the number of members (maximum seven) and the route. For an expedition that may have a maximum of 15 members (group), a fee of $10,000 per person is charged. The committee has also suggested the royalty amount for other peaks should be based on the height.
For Nepali climbers, it has suggested charging Rs 75,000 per person per expedition, or a royalty waiver through the Cabinet decision, to climb the Mt Everest . “As the royalty fee is very high for Nepalis and takes at least a two-month process to get royalty waiver from the government, they are forced to climb mountains as a guide of the expedition team,” the report said. “The provision of royalty fee waiver will stay, and the minimum royalty amount has been fixed for those Nepalis those who do not have time to go through the long process,” according to ministry officials.
The 10-member committee led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, joint-secretary at the Industry Division of the Tourism Ministry, submitted the report to the ministry on Thursday along with a 50-point suggestion. The report has also suggested the royalty system of the government and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) should be the same. The government manages peaks of 7,000-8,000 m while the NMA manages the 33 popular peaks ranging from 5,587 to 6,654 m.
The panel has suggested opening up 32 new peaks for commercial expedition and recognising five new eight-thousanders. It has recommended making an official reorganisation of five peaks that are above 8,000 metres.
The recommended eight-thousanders are Yalung Khang (8,505 m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473 m), Kanchanjunga South (8,476 m), Lhotse Middle (8,413 m), and Lhotse Shar (8,400 m).
The panel has also recommended naming new peaks, the peak point and base camps after individuals like Goerge Mallory, Andrew Irvine, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Edmund Hillary, Phu-dorjee Sherpa, Maurice Herzog, Luis Lachenal, Apa Sherpa and Dr Harka Gurung, who have made a special contribution to mountaineering. Among the recommended names, eight are mountaineers, while Gurung was a geologist and anthropologist, known for his conservation work. The report has recommended the government make efforts for international recognition of peaks above 8,000m.
The panel has also suggested finding an alternative route to Mt Cho Oyu, 6th highest mountain in the world. “As Cho Oyu is difficult to climb and receives fewer climbers, an alternative route should be arranged from the Tibet side to make it more popular,” according to the report. The 8,201m Cho Oyu stands on the Tibet-Nepal border.
Among other recommendations are establishing a garbage management fund and involving public, private and community in mountains clean-up campaign. It has asked the government to monitor a number of mountains on border points that are not opened from the Nepal’s side, but are being climbed from neighbour countries. Around 222 mountains that lie on the border should be accorded high priority and importance, the report read.
The report said activities in the name of making records were damaging the image and importance of peaks. It has suggested setting up standards for recognising records made by climbers, and the climbers need to make pre-application on their record plans.
The panel has also suggested the government to open the doors for the private sector for promotional activities of popular mountains for a limited period under a contract. There are a large number of issues on the report that need the Cabinet’s approval, while the government’s shelf is already stashed with five such reports submitted earlier.
source: ekantipur, 09 NOV 2013