Saipal Himal Expedition

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.
Trip Code: SHE82
Starts: Nepalgunj
Finishes: Nepalgunj
Duration: 39 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 7031m/ 23067.6ft
Trip Views: 850
Activities: Mountaineering
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Breakfast: 19
Lunch: 19
Dinner: 19
Private Jeep
Car
Flight
Hotel: 6 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 13 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • 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.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • •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

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    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.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick up/ Private transfer from airport to Hotel
  • placeDAY 2 : OFFICIAL WORKS FOR EXPEDITION AND BRIEFING IN MINISTRY OF TOURISM
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 3 : FLY FROM KATHMANDU TO NEPALGUNJ
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Nepalgunj on domestic flight
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE FROM NEPALGUNJ TO DADELDHURA
    This day, we head towards Dadeldhura which is 169km far from Nepalgunj. We take private vehicle to reach at Dadeldhura from Nepalgunj. We stay at Dadeldhura tonight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Private transfer from Nepalgunj to Dadeldhura
  • placeDAY 5 : DRIVE FROM DADELDHURA TO CHAINPUR
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Private transfer from Dadeldhura to Chainpur
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK FROM CHAINPUR TO TALKOT
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 7 : TREK FROM TALKOT TO JIMA
    From this day, we are able to see the beautiful view of high mountains of western part of Nepal. We walk this whole day to reach Jima from Talkot which takes us about 8 hours of proper walk.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 8 : TREK FROM JIMA TO PANSHERA
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 9 : TREK FROM PANSHERA TO HIGH CAMP
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 10 : REST DAY
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 11 : 11-30 CLIMBING PERIOD
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and cooking by porter
  • placeDAY 31 : TREK FROM HIGH CAMP TO LABUK DEPSA
    After achieving our climbing dream, we descend back to the Labuk Depsa. After our walk to Labuk Depsa, we stay here for this night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 32 : TREK FROM LABUK DEPSA TO CHALA VILLAGE TO YALBANG
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 33 : TREK FROM YALBANG TO KERMI
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 34 : TREK FROM KERMI TO DHARAPURI
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 35 : TREK FROM DHARAPURI TO SIMIKOT
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by Porter
  • placeDAY 36 : FLY FROM SIMIKOT TO NEPALGUNJ
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Nepalgunj from Simikot on domestic flight
  • placeDAY 37 : FLY FROM NEPALGUNJ TO KATHMANDU
    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.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu on domestic flight
  • placeDAY 38 : SPARE DAY
    This is the free day of your entire trip. You can spend it on your own or we can spend it together. We can go sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley or go for shopping around Thamel. We can also go for evening chanting around Pashupatinath Temple and roam around the area. The whole day is free and you can spend it either way you desire.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing around Kathmandu
    • Food and wine tour(optinal)
    • Yoga retreat(optional)
  • placeDAY 39 : DEPARTURE
    Today is your final day of your journey. We will eat together and drop you off in typical Nepali farewell. We accompany you up to the airport from hotel. We wish you a safe journey.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Souvenir
    • Farewell Lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from the Airport
    • Arrival assistance at the International Airport by Swotah representative on arrival and departure
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on BB basis
    • Official works for expedition and briefing in Ministry of Tourism
    • Local English-speaking Guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during the trek and climb
    • All trekking and camping equipment such as camp furniture, kitchenware, dining tents, guest tents, etc
    • 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with tea or coffee) along with available accommodation at Hotel/Lodge/Guest House or tents for members and staffs during trek and climbing on twin sharing basis
    • Per person 30 kg baggage allowance during the upward trek (carried by a porter) and 20 kg baggage allowance while returning from the Base Camp after the climb
    • Trekking Permit and Local permit
    • Oxygen bottles for climber and sherpa with mask and regulator
    • Experienced sherpa guide
    • Climbing permit for Saipal Himal Expedition
    • Experienced, Trained and Government Licensed Climber(s)/Guide(s) as required during the Climbing Period as per the group size
    • Wages, equipment, medical and accidental insurances for all involved staffs
    • First aid medical kits for the Group and staffs
    • Appropriate food for high altitude for all climbing crew at the base camp and above as required
    • Fix and dynamic rope during the climbing period as required
    • All necessary paper works, office service charge, and Government Taxes levied in Nepal
    • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation, and visa extension procedure services (if necessary)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Saipal
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • Lunch is not included for Kathmandu;
    • Emergency rescue evacuation if required;
    • Personal accident insurance or Helicopter rescue (it will be covered by the insurance company);
    • International flights;
    • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos);
    • Any kind of hot and cold drinks, hot shower;
    • Alcoholic beverages, Mineral water, laundry, phone calls, internet;
    • Personal climbing equipment;
    • All kind of Personal Expenses;
    • Icefall fees and Garbage Deposit fees(Shared with another member) if applicable;
    • Wake talkies &Filming permit;
    • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on the Price Includes section;
    • Personal climbing guide if requested;
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended;
    • Tips for guides and porters;
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg);

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport and you will be directly transferred to your hotel.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    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.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    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.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    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.
  • 5. How do you rate the difficulty for this mountain, on a scale of 1 to 10, compared to other mountains over 7000 m ?
    This is certainly one of the highest mountains in the world. In terms of technical difficulty, we'd rate 'Saipal Himal' as 7.
  • 6. Who can climb Saipal Himal ?
    Only mountaineers who have adept mountaineering skills, adequate strength and previous experience in high mountains can climb this mountain.
  • 7. What about security during climbing ?
    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.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect during this expedition ?
    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.
  • 9. Can we get drinking water during climbing ?
    Yes, you will get purified, filtered water in many tea houses. You can also get a hot water during camping.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use a private vehicle for sightseeing inside Kathmandu Valley. And we use Domestic airline to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and back.
  • 11. What is the best season for Saipal Himal expedition ?
    September to October and March to May are two climbing seasons for Saipal Himal expedition.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    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.
  • 13. What are the appropriate outfits we should possess ?
    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.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    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.
  • 15. How long will it take to complete the expedition ?
    It will take almost 1 and half months to climb it and to return only a few days, so to complete this mountaineering you need at least 35-40 days in total, to finish this trip.
  • 16. Are your Sherpa’s reliable and certified ?
    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.
  • 17. Do I need climbing permit ?
    Yes, you need climbing permit. It's not legal to climb without it.
  • 18. Is there any possibility of telephonic - communication while we are on this expedition ?
    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.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trip ?
    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.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    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.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    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.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the climbing ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the climbing. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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