Crossing from Upper Mustang to the Naarphu Valley

Crossing the ancient kingdom of Mustang is in itself a superb introduction on this circuit to beautyful landscapes: canyons, troglodyte hermitages, monastery and fortified city of Lo Manthang, the capital, surrounded by ramparts of this ancient Buddhist kingdom in a semi-desert region. drew its wealth from caravans…
The wonder continues with the crossing of the Damodar Himal glacier with a pass at over 6000m and the possibility of climbing Saribung Peak (6 346m), before reaching the isolated Naarphu valley and visiting the splendid hilltop village of Manangis of Phu gaon.
This circuit without great technical difficulty, however, requires excellent physical shape because of the fast pace and the many days at very high altitude.
HIGHLIGHTS
- Discovering the landscapes and cultural heritage of the Mustang region
- The ascent of Saribung, a technically easy 6000m
- The isolated valley of Narphu and the splendid hilltop village of Phu gaon
- A Himalayan crossing totally off the beaten track and wild between Luri Gompa, Damodar Kund and the Naarphu valley
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Very Difficult
  • Best Period: May - June & September - October
  • Duration: 28 Days
  • Number of walking days: 22
  • Highest Altitude: 6346 Meters
  • Flights: Pokhara - Jomsom
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu & Lodge/Homestay/Camp during trek

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Day
Arrive in Kathmandu, check in to hotel, Rest and visit
- Accommodation : Hotel
Free day.
- Accommodation : Same hotel
Morining drive for pokhara and end of afternoon free time at  phewa lakeside.
- Accommodation : Hotel
About 40 minutes of flight. We are at the foot of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Meet members of the Nepalese team who will accompany us on this adventure, formalities for entering Mustang and loading mules. Walk along the valley to reach our evening stage, a village with Tibetan architecture, gateway to the ancient kingdom of Mustang.
- Number of hours of walking: 3h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
It takes three hours of walking to reach Tangbe, a magnificent village with its beautiful Chortens and its maze of alleys. The surrounding high cliffs are full of caves and overlook the valley which changes its name to become the Mustang Khola. Another 1.5 hours walk to reach Chhuksang at around 3000m altitude. Arrival in Chele where we spend the night.
- Number of hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Climb to a pass at 3,700m from where we see the spectacular village of Gyagar. Descent to Samar at 3,600m from where we take the pilgrim path, passing by a sacred cave and descent from a canyon raid. Then we go up another canyon to Shyangmoche perched at 3,800m. Passing a new pass to reach Geling where we set up camp.
- Number of hours of walking: 7h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Walk to the village of Chunkar. Passing a pass over 4,000m and descending to Gemi, a magnificent village in its green setting. Then we take a balcony path to reach Dhakmar.
- Number of hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Passing the Mui La pass at an altitude of 4,170m and crossing to Lo Gekar with its 11th century monastery of Ghar Gompa. Then in the middle of the barley fields, we reach Tsarang where once king used to live. Visit the monastery.
- Number of hours of walking: 5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
At the exit of the village one can see cave dwellings which overhang the valley. Climb to a very beautiful pass at 3,900m which dominates the valley of Lo Manthang, former fortified capital of the mythical kingdom of Lo. The small city is protected by surrounding walls and is accessed by one of the two doors that mark its entrance.
- Number of hours of walking: 4h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
The small town of Lo manthang was founded by Ame Pal in 1380. Rest and visit of the city and its monasteries, Namgyal Gompa and Tynghar.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Go up to the pass above the small town then a path leads us into a valley to the Mustang Khola. Some delicate passages. After passing a steep pass we descend into the middle of the fairy chimneys and overlook the village of Dhie. Magnificent descent through lunar terrain to the hamlet. Rise of a tributary of the Kali Gandaki which is crossed by a suspension bridge, up to the village of Yara.
- Number of hours of walking: 5:30
- Accommodation: Lodge
We leave Yara by a wide gorge surmounted by very important cave dwellings. Crossing Gara where we stop and then walk to the village of Luri Gompa, "Gompa" means monastery.
- Number of hours of walking: 4:30
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Beautiful stage by ridges, crossing a pass at 4,900m and walking in a very beautiful landscape to the shelter of Ghuma Thanti.
- Number of hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Intermediate step for perfect acclimatization.
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
In an arid universe of altitude and by the passage of two passes over 5000m we make a long and trying stage. Splendid view of the Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and its close neighbor, the Tukuche (6,920m). Our two passes are at 5,300 and 5,500m above sea level! Walking in difficult terrain.
- Number of hours of walking: 7h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
We pass at Damodar Kund lake, a major pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Here the trails are not very marked and our sirdar (local guide) is very appreciated to avoid us the painful passages. Then we join the course of a torrent coming from the glaciers by a lateral moraine. A large Chorten built by Japanese sits in the middle of the base camp.
- Number of hours of walking: 3:30
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
again once more beautyful day for acclimatization at base camp before going to more high.
- Accommodation : Bivouac under tent
Here we go to join the universe of glaciers and altitude. Ascent of the long moraines and crossing of magnificent forests of penitents. Carrying of all our material and altitude equipment We are at the end of the world!
- Number of hours of walking: 5h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Nice ascent of the glacier of about two and a half hours to the pass. Then and to reach the beautiful ridge which leads to the summit of Saribung we take snow slopes at 30 °. Summit at 6,328m above sea level! The panorama is breathtaking.
During our ascent the rest of the team crosses the pass and sets up camp on the other side of the mountain where we join them by a delicate descent on the glacier then by complex and testing moraines.
- Number of hours of walking: Very long day of about 11-12 hours of walking
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Long descent following the rivers flowing down from the surrounding glaciers. Crossing torrents which sometimes requires getting your feet wet and then going up on a moraine path which leads us to the old abandoned hamlet of Ngoru at around 4,400m. Then we reach the beautiful village of Phu. The houses of this Bhotia (Tibetan) village have flat roofs and are organized in an original arrangement.
- Number of hours of walking: Another long step of about 6-7 hours of walking
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Rest day and visit of this extraordinary village!
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Descent a long river in an gorges.
- Elevation: + 600m / -1050m
- Number of hours of walking: 6h
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Long descent into the forest, not interesting. In Koto we join with the Annapurna tour.
- Elevation: + 360m / - 1300m
- Number of hours of walking: 5:30
- Accommodation: Lodge
Descent on the Annapurna tour with the crossing of many villages along the Marsyangdi.
- Number of hours of walking: 6:30
- Accommodation: Lodge
To reach the country Gurung we follow the beautiful rice fields of the region. The valley opens at the confluence of the two great rivers of the Ngadi Khola and the Marsyangdi. The landscape is now very agricultural: terraced crops shaped for centuries by Nepalese peasants.
- Number of hours of walking: 6-7h
- Accommodation: Lodge
We will join a bus first on the track and then on the paved road to Dumre. Then we return by private bus to Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
- Travel time: 8h
- Accommodation: Hotel
Free day.
- self meals
- Accommodation: Hotel
Airport transfer for the return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle according to itinerary
- 4 nights at the Manaslu ** hotel or similar in Kathmandu in BB
- 1 night at Lake Side Retreat in Pokhara in BB
- Trek full board in tented bivouac according to the itinerary
- Camping equipment and collective kitchen for camping parts
- English-speaking high altitute mountain guide for the entire trek and its flight
- 1 altitude Sherpa / Assistant guide
- Trekking team: 1 cook, 2/3 kitchen boy (s), 11/15 porters
- Carrying of luggage up to 15 kg / person during the trek
- ACAP trekking permit
- Staff life insurance ($ 790) and repatriation ($ 250 / Sherpa)
- Staff bonus for the pass
- Team and equipment routing
- Guide equipment, collective climbing equipment
- Hyperbaric chamber or oxygen bottles
- Garbage deposit and administrative procedure
- Domestic airport taxes
- Satellite phone rental (paid communication)
- Pokhara Jomsom flight (110 US $ subject to variation)
- Royaltees Saribung Fall season
- Special Narphu permit (90 US $)
- Guide ascent and Sherpa bonus
- Local Jeep privatized from Jagat to Besisahar

What's not included

- Meals in Pokhara and Kathmandu excluding breakfast
- Royaltees and special permit to be paid locally
- Domestic flight: price indicated in supplement
- Nepal visa to be obtained at the airport ($ 50 + photos)
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses and equipment, drinks, hot showers, recharging of batteries during the trek etc.
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