Increasing popularity in recent years, Saipal Himal Expedition has been proffering its trekkers a fruitful journey with beautiful memories since it is explored. Saipal Himal Expedition is one of the fascinating journeys one could ever have. Api, Nampa, and Saipal are the trio of high mountains located in the northwest of Nepal that together form a small range of sharp, icy peaks, rising from a long, steep and snowy crest.
This trek is perfect for those who want to conquer the journey to the summit above 7000m with wilderness along with unknown, untouched and unexplored pureness and freshness of nature. Saipal Himal Expedition offers a panoramic view of Saipal Himal (7031m), Api Himal (7132m), and Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5368m) along with the view of snow-capped peaks of Uttar Pradesh of India that includes Rajramba (6537m), Kap Chuli (6825m) and Nanda Devi (7816m). Unlike other popular trekking routes like Annapurna and Everest region, Saipal Himal Trekking and Expedition requires a special trekking permit as the region falls under restricted area.
The region is rich in culture, tradition, and rituals with different myths related to the places. The trekking routes cross many Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Shrines that leads to the majestic view of the Saipal Himal. This Majestic Himal resembles a golden ox sleeping in the beautiful valley carrying all the richness of natural varieties of flora and fauna which adds beauty to this region.
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7031 m/ 23067.6ft
Saipal Himal (7031m) is the second highest mountain in the western part of Nepal.
Saipal region is less crowded and untouched destination located in the western part of Nepal.
Highlights of Saipal Himal are snow-capped mountains, lush valleys, unique Trans-Himalayan plateau, rocky cliffs, quiet lakes, long straining ricers and abundance of wildlife.
With the panoramic views of Saipal Himal (7031m) and Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m), Api Himal (7,132m) as well as Rajramba (6,537m), Kap Chuli (6,825m), Nandadevi (7816m) located in Uttar Pradesh of India and many other snow capped peaks.
Best seasons for Saipal Himal Expedition are Spring and Autumn.
Why this Trip
Rewarding with the breathtaking panoramic views of splendid Saipal Himal, Thado Dhunga Tuppa, Api Himal, Rajramba, Kap Chuli, Mount Nandadevi and numerous other snowy peaks, the journey to Saipal Himal Expedition is off-the-beaten pure route full of rocky lands, jungles, rapid cold rivers, beautiful mountain landscapes, cultural diversity, pristine forests, lush valleys, unique Trans-Himalayan plateau, rocky cliffs and abundance of wildlife and nature. This is a type of journey which you get to experience once in a lifetime, full of excitement, adventure, and thrill.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C
•What follows is a general flow of events. Except for the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit
•5% of the total cost of the package will be allocated for the benefits of local people in Saipal region
After your tiresome flight, you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will already be there to pick you up and freshen up your mind. S/He will transfer you from the airport to the hotel on private transportation without any problems on the way. In the evening, we dine Nepali cuisine together and after dinner, we discuss about the further trip detail, trekking permits and TIMS.
Airport Pick up/ Private transfer from airport to Hotel
This day, we visit the Ministry of Tourism to get brief discussion about the expedition process and Do’s and Don’ts of the journey. We will finish all the official works for expedition this day and all other final preparation for the journey is carried out. We rest at the same hotel that night.
Today after having warm breakfast in the early morning, we transfer from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj on domestic flight. In the evening, we can visit the places like BP Chwok, Muslim Bazaar and Grasscutters’ lane and even can go for a bite into the street foods. We spend our night in Nepalgunj today.
After having warm breakfast, we leave Dadeldhura and drive towards Chainpur which is approximately 79km far from Dadeldhura. Chainpur is an ancient town in Jaya Prithvi Municipality in Seti Zone of Nepal. We stay at Chainpur after about 6 hours of drive.
This day, our trek starts. We walk for our today’s destination: Talkot. We leave behind Chainpur and walk through the unique landscapes of village trail of far western region. Our walk is about 7-8 hours for this day. We reach there and stay at Talkot.
Today, we leave behind Jima and head towards Panshera which is our end point for this day. We trek from Jima right after our morning breakfast and reach Panshera for our dinner. We spend our night in Panshera.
This day is our beautiful journey as we get one step closer to the Saipal Himal. We head forward for the Saipal Himal Base Camp. Our track is full of splendid views of mountains and hills. We get to see the beautiful nature of this place this day. The trail to the High Camp is icy and snowy so we take our time and ascend slowly to the base camp. We rest at High Camp tonight.
Today, we don’t walk. This is our acclimatization day so we rest and prepare for the further walk for next climbing days. Our guide will give us a brief description about the process of climbing and the trail around this region. Our whole day is to prepare ourselves physically and mentally strong for the further days.
From this day, our climbing days are on. We have to walk few days and rest few days and acclimatize ourselves with the surrounding to avoid altitude sickness and other problems. Our Sherpa guides will help us with climbing and hygiene in our further days. The climbing days will be tough and challenging but once we reach to the summit of Saipal Himal, we are rewarded with the sumptuous views of Api Himal (7132m), Rajramba (6537m), Kap Chuli (6825m) and Nanda Devi (7816m) along with the views of other beautiful high peaks. The feeling of conquering the summit of Saipal Himal is on one hand and in the other hand; we get to spot the most amazing views of Himalayas of Nepal. We follow the same path to descend back to the High Camp.
Today, after our morning breakfast, we leave Labuk Depsa and walk through the green terrain passing Chala Village where we rest for a while. We can gather beautiful sceneries from Chala Village and make our move further through the pine forest and reach Yalbang. Just above the campsite, there is a beautiful monastery; the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery which is the biggest in the region with around 130 monks living there where the big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and some smaller statues, among which a statue of Guru Rinpoche can be found. If time permits, we can go visit there. We spend our night here in Yalbang.
After our breakfast, we today, leave behind Yalbang and continue our journey. After 3 hours of walk, we reach to a big metal suspension bridge over Sali River. We cross that and ascend further through pine forests and lush green landscapes and reach Kermi after about 7 hours of walk.
This day, we leave Kermi and head towards Dharapuri. We walk through the farming areas where people of that region grow barley, buckwheat, potatoes and rice for living. After passing through the farming area, we reach to the place where we can see Chya Chhahara waterfall and from there, we walk about 2 and half hour alongside Karnali River to the way through narrow gorges.After certain hours of walk, we then reach to Dharapuri where we stay for that night.
Today is our final walk. The trail today is so uneven that we have to ascend around one corner and walk through the plain trail and descend down the other corner. After about 2 hours of walk, we reach Majgaun and rest there for a while and again walk ahead. After half hour of walk, we reach to a mountain pass at the altitude of 3150m and after half hour of crossing that mountain pass, we finally reach to our today’s destination: Simikot which is a small beautiful town over Humla Karnali River that offers wonderful views of deep valleys around the town area. We rest there at Simikot that night.
We don’t have to walk today. After our breakfast, we then, fly to Nepalgunj in the western part of Nepal which is the interesting place with Hindu and Muslim cultures. After reaching Nepalgunj, we can visit different places of Nepalgunj that includes Mini Zoo, Muslim Bazaar and different cultures of Hindu and Muslims. We stay at hotel in Nepalgunj.
Transfer to Nepalgunj from Simikot on domestic flight
Bidding farewell to the west Nepal we today move towards capital city. Taking a brief flight of about 1hour we reach Kathmandu and you will be transferred to hotel immediately so that you can take rest. Whole day is free for you to relax, moreover you can use our complimentary service for Trekkers’ massage and spa to rejuvenate your muscles. Enjoy the cozy hotel of Kathmandu after the long trekking days.
Transfer from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu on domestic flight
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in a cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be held by the tour leader and guides before we embark on our adventure.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/camping/home stay for our clients or whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, as per their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized guides/Sherpa’s to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
During Camping, our expert Camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are totally insured. In case of emergencies, like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions let your Guide know about your problem and subsequently, as soon as we are informed of a situation, we'll send an emergency helicopter rescue team. You will be transferred to the hospital for the treatment.
Climbing is a hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for climbing in rough and snowy terrain, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. For mountaineering, you will require special clothes that can be bought or hired from us.
In cases emergency you can change the day trips but it’s better to not change it. Still, we customize the trip according to your preference, but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide and company.
Yes, Our Sherpa’s are trekking experts and also authorized license holders from Nepal Government. The Sherpa’s know the climbing route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
Yes, for the first few days, it's possible to have telephonic communication. In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. For higher altitude climbing, we usually have satellite phones with our Sherpas.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complications.
To confirm your booking, a non-refundable deposit of minimum of 15% of total trip amount is required, which can be made by bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash or card.