- duration 23 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Explore a region seldom visited, near Mustang and Tibet
- Trek some of Nepal's most remote trails including the stunning Saribung Pass (6042m)
- Discover Tibetan culture and visit Luri Gompa, hewn into the rock in the 15th Century
- Stand in awe at spectacular vistas of the Tibetan Plateau, Damodar Himal and the Annapurna
A challenging traverse through Mustang and the Damodar range to the Annapurna region. Situated to the north of Mustang is a region of Nepal seldom visited by westerners - Damodar is one of the last frontiers close to the Tibetan border, where rugged landscapes and ancient culture merge in a land forgotten by time. On this remote and stunning traverse through Mustang and the Damodar Range we cross numerous high passes including Saribung Pass (6042m), and finally emerge into the Annapurna region. Tibetan culture thrives in the small villages and dramatic landscapes we pass through on this truly adventurous trek. It is a must for someone wishing to experience rugged Himalayan trekking and keen photographers will appreciate the scale and grandeur of the high plateaus and solitude this region has to offer.
Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Day 2 : In Kathmandu, sightseeing
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 4 : Fly to Jomsom (2713m), trek to Kagbeni (2810m), walk approx. 3hrs.
Day 5 : Kagbeni to Chele (3030m), walk approx. 6hrs.
Day 6 : Chele to Geiling (3440m), walk approx. 6-7hrs
Day 7 : Geiling to Tsarang (3490m), walk approx. 7hrs.
Day 8 : Rest Day - Tsarang
Day 9 : Tsarang to Yara (3650m), walk approx. 7-8hrs
Day 10 : To Luri Gompa (4005m), walk approx. 2-3hrs
Day 11 : Luri Gompa to Ghuma Thanti (4600m), walk approx. 7-8hrs
Day 12 : Ghuma Thanti to Parse Khola, walk approx. 4-5 hrs.
Day 13 : Parse Khola to Lakes of Damodar (4890m), walk approx. 7 hrs
Day 14 : Damodar Kunda to Base Camp (4950m), walk approx. 3-4 hrs
Day 15 : Base Camp to High Camp (5600m), walk approx. 4-5 hrs
Day 16 : High Camp (5600m) to Glacier Camp (5000m), walk approx. 7-8 hrs.
Day 17 : Descend To Glacier Camp and to Phu, walk approx. 8 hrs
Day 18 : Phugaon (3980m) To Meta (3500m), walk approx. 6 hrs
Day 19 : Meta (3500m) To Koto (2600m), walk approx. 6 hrs
Day 20 : Koto (2600m) to Tal (1700m). Walk approx. 7hrs
Day 21 : To Chamche (1136m), walk approx. 2-3 hrs. Drive to Besisahar (800m, approx. 2-3 hrs)
Day 22 : Drive to Kathmandu (approx. 5-6 hrs)
Day 23 : Trip concludes Kathmandu
- Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 23 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
- Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
- 22 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 19 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$850
- Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara/Jomsom valued at US$266
- An extra 5kg luggage allowance on Jomsom to Pokhara flight, total 20kg
- Private transportation
- Expert bilingual guide & medical kit
- Restricted area permits valued at US$600
- The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
- Porters to carry all personal and group equipment & porter's insurance
- Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
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- Airport and departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Damodar Saribung Traverse tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 12 February 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 February 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Damodar Saribung Traverse tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Damodar Saribung Traverse tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
- Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
How much money do I need to bring with me?
Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.
How much should my backpack weigh?
A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.
- Do I need a porter?
Do I require a porter for carrying water?
On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.
- When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?