Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

17 Days
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The Saipal Himal Base camp trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the far-western region of Nepal. It stands at an impressive height of 7031 meters and offers a stunning view of peaks from either side east or the north. It’s known for its stunning scenery, including snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and traditional villages.

Trip Info for Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

  • Camping & Teahouse
  • Special Permit
  • Kathmandu
  • March to May & Sep to Dec
  • Plane & Private Vehicle
  • Moderate
  • 4800 M
  • Eco-Tour, Hiking, Trekking
  • 2-16

Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek Overview

The Saipal Himal Base camp trek is an off-the-beaten-path adventure in the far-western region of Nepal. It stands at an impressive height of 7031 meters and offers a stunning view of peaks from either side east or the north. It’s known for its stunning scenery, including snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and traditional villages.

To reach the East Saipal Himal Base camp trekkers must hike south from Simikot, leaving crowds behind. Experience the untouched beauty and forested lands rarely seen by tourists. Fine hidden charm and beauty of the typical trekking route through south of Simikot. Connect with nature and traditions far from the modern world. Unlike the standard route, the North Trail takes you into rarely-seen valleys. Imagine crossing beautiful glaciers, passing ancient ice movements, and setting foot on a unique adventure. This trail rewards you with rarely-seen peaks like the Api Himal (7,132m) and the challenging Nampa Peak (6,146m). These giants will leave you speechless with their snow-capped beauty.

The saipal Himal base camp trek difficulty depends on your ability to trek. However, the trek difficulty is tough, especially for the beginners. Compared to the standard route, the North Trail is extremely difficult due to high passes and steep ascents and descents. Paypal Himal base camp trek itinerary is around 18-21 days. Saipal Himal base camp trekking routes start in Kathmandu passing through Nepalgunj, Simikot, Dharapori camp, Kermi, Yalbang villages, Puekharka so on till you reach your destination. Choose the route that best suits your experience and fitness level. The north trail is only recommended for seasoned trekkers.

If you’re sensitive to altitude, the best time to trek Saipal Himal is during shoulder seasons (April-May or September-October) for milder temperatures at higher elevations. Saipal Himal Base Camp Weather is Warm (15-25°C) in lower altitudes and cooler (5-10°C) at higher elevations during spring days. Nights are Cool to cold (5-0°C), possibility of frost at higher altitudes. The best time for you to trek Saipal Himal Base Camp depends on your individual preferences and weather tolerance. Choose a season that aligns with your comfort level and desired experience.

Permits for Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

Special Trekking Permit: This permit is required for all trekkers visiting the Saipal Himal region. This region is restricted due to its environmental sensitivity and Tibetan border. You can obtain this permit from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu or Pokhara. This is a mandatory permit for all trekkers. The cost of the permit is USD 500 per person for a 15-day trek, with an additional USD 50 per person for each additional day.

TIMS Card: The Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card is required for all trekkers in Nepal. Trekkers hiking in any region, this card is necessary to obtain. You can obtain this card online or at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu. The cost of the card is USD 20 per person. 

Local Area Permit:  If you plan to trek off the main trails or visit any sensitive areas within the Saipal Himal region this permit is your entry card. You can obtain this permit from the District

Administration Office in Humla. The cost of the permit varies depending on the duration of your trek and the areas you plan to visit.

The best time to visit Saipal Himal trek

Each Trek in Nepal has its unique flavor. Saipal Himal trek is no exception. The best time to visit Saipal Himal for trekking is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) seasons. These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and minimal chances of rain or snowfall. During spring, the Saipal Himal region comes alive with vibrant wildflowers in bloom, creating a stunning visual spectacle. The temperatures are pleasant, ranging from 10°C to 25°C, making it comfortable for trekking. Autumn is another ideal time to visit Saipal Himal, offering clear skies, breathtaking mountain views, and comfortable temperatures ranging from 5°C to 20°C. However, this is also the peak trekking season, so expect larger crowds and potentially higher prices.

Highlights Of Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

  • Trek through pristine forests, meadows, and glaciers, rarely seen by tourists.
  • Visit remote Villages and experience Buddhists and Hindus celebrating a unique way of life.
  • Witness breathtaking vistas of the Saipal Himal “the Gateway to Mount Kailash” including the 7,031m Saipal Himal peak.
  • Hike over high passes and through diverse landscapes, demanding physical fitness and resilience.
  • Embark on an off-the-beaten-path journey, far from the crowds and usual tourist destinations.
  • Create memories that will last a lifetime as you explore this hidden gem of Nepal

Itinerary for Saipal Himal base camp trek

Tidy Himalayan staff will welcome you at the airport as you land in Nepal. Detailed plans for the next few days of your trek will be provided including permits, accommodations, and answers to other trek-related questions. Settle in at your hotel and rest for the night.

On your second day in Kathmandu, explore the wonders of Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO site packed with ancient temples and palaces. Visit Kirtipur, a charming town offering a glimpse into Newari culture and unique architecture. Savor delicious Newari cuisine and fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a transit hub for your western Nepal adventures. Spend the night in Nepalgunj

Take a breathtaking 45-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot. Enjoy stunning views of plains, the Siwalik Range, and maybe even East Dhaulagiri and Churen Himal. Upon arriving enjoy the perfect blend of Buddhist and Hindu cultures in Simikot. You can load your bags on pack animals or carry your luggage and start your trek. Descending through valleys, passing the Karpunath shrine you finally reach Bargaun village. Your overnight stop is nestled in the Khapunath Gaupalika area.

Bid farewell to Bargaun after enjoying your homestay and set off for Lali village. Follow the historic sheep trail down to the Karnali Valley. Immerse yourself in the remote, pristine landscapes of Humla Karnali. Enjoy changing vistas as you hike through forests, meadows, and hills. Descend towards the Karnali River for stunning scenery and adventure. Rest and reflect on your. campsite, surrounded by nature's peace.

Start your day with steaming coffee/tea by the roaring Karnali River, feeling energized for the day's adventure. Continue your hike southward on the Humla Karnali River valley trail, surrounded by diverse flora like oak, walnuts, and bamboo. Regain your energy at a charming tea house in Bokche Gauda, enjoying local hospitality. Refuel at the Bluff of Lali, offering stunning river and valley views. Follow the river, passing through a breathtaking pine forest in Biubare. Trekkers can camp under the Stars Settle into your peaceful Rip Ghat, surrounded by the company of fellow adventurers. Sleep under a starlit sky, lulled by the river's sound, creating lasting memories.

Today your trail heads west, winding through untouched forests and rarely visited settlements, offering a glimpse into unique local cultures. Leave the mighty river behind and follow a smaller one towards the scenic Kheta Khola Valley. Reach this off-the-beaten-path village, soaking in the sense of exploration and remoteness. Camp in this stunning spot near the Khet Khola, surrounded by peacefulness and breathtaking scenery.

Hike towards the Dhid Lagna Pass (3650m), leaving snow-capped peaks behind. The trail becomes steep and difficult from the Khet Khola, as you gain elevation. This trail tests your physical fitness and pain endurance. As the trail descends from Dhid Lagna Pass follows the valley towards the northwest. The path leads you to Lampate-your destination for a night.

As you embark on another day of trekking, trade the dense forest for open land covered in grass. Ascent up the hills for lush greenery and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views as you progress through the valley. Save your energy and navigate the distance to Rani Kharka from Lampate. The trail leads you to Dhaule Kharka where you can witness the awe-inspiring landscape. Set up your camp at Rani Kharka and let the magnificence of the surroundings sink in. Spend the night under the stars, embracing the tranquility and peacefulness of your surroundings.

Today's trek adapts to your needs. Set your destination based on your comfort level, aiming for the awe-inspiring East face of Saipal. Witness the Nunekhara Glacier snout, a magnificent display of nature's power. Surround yourself with diverse vegetation; pines, juniper trees, rhododendrons, and herbal bushes paint a picturesque backdrop. Keep your eyes peeled for Himalayan Monals, eagles, and vultures soaring through the skies, enriching the Himalayan ecosystem. Settle in for the night, enveloped by the serene sounds of nature. Reflect on the day's adventures and recharge for tomorrow’s exciting day. Savor the magnificent views, memorable experiences, and peaceful surroundings as you prepare for a good night's sleep in the heart of the Himalayas.

Retracing back skipthe tough Sakya Lagna climbs and enjoy a relaxing day at Rani Kharka Valley. Rest at Tharang Kharka, and then ascend towards Lepcha Khola for stunning views. Camp near Lepcha Kharka (4450m) for peace and breathtaking scenery.

Climb the tough Sakya Lagna (4709m) for stunning views of Saipal and Tibetan peaks, or relax in the Rani Kharka valley. Both options lead through diverse landscapes with rich flora and fauna. If choosing Sakya Lagna, descend through Khaniphuk Kharka to reach Chala, a traditional Tibetan village (3750m) requiring pre-planned local guides and mules. Enjoy the cultural experience and breathtaking scenery before camping for the night. Choose relaxation or challenge - either way, immerse yourself in the beauty and recharge for tomorrow's adventures.

On your 12 days, the trail pushes you with the steep climb of Syakup Pass (4214m). After conquering Chala, descend into the beautiful Puiya Khola Valley and cross the historic Humla Karnali Bridge. Ascend toward Yalbang, a village with a serene Buddhist monastery. Hike this ancient salt trade route teeming with diverse flora and fauna. Reflect and feel the adventure under the stars at your peaceful campsite. Embrace the challenge and cultural immersion of this unforgettable Himalayan journey.

Descend Yalbang Chaur, navigate the thrilling Karnali cliffs, and reach the scenic Salli Khola Valley. Continue Climbing at Salli Lagna for stunning views, then follow an eastward trail adorned with majestic Blue Pines and diverse flora. Look out for vibrant Himalayan animals. Engage in the relaxing Kermi hot springs (if time permits). Camp at Kermi under the stars, reflecting on the incredible landscapes, unique wildlife, and shared experiences of your unforgettable Himalayan trek.

As the trek comes to an end immerse you in Kermi's charming Tibetan culture and traditions. Follow the easy trail alongside the scenic Karnali River valley, enjoying peaceful nature. Consider visiting Dharapori to witness the region's diverse religious and cultural mosaic. Camp under the stars, surrounded by blue pines, junipers, and diverse flora. Reflect on the cultural encounters and natural wonders of your Himalayan journey, cherishing this unique experience.

Trek back to Simikot passing through the Thakuri village of Majgaun, another cultural gem. Conquer the final challenging climb towards Simikot Lagna, rewarded with stunning panoramic views. Hike through pristine blue pine forests, breathing in the fresh air and appreciating the community's conservation efforts. Rest and reflect in a comfortable Simikot guest house. Cherish the memories, lessons, and connections formed on this unforgettable Himalayan trek.

Simikot offers a final glimpse into the region's vibrant tapestry before your flight to Nepalgunj. Soak in the breathtaking mountain views if the weather permits. Connect to Kathmandu by afternoon, settling into a comfortable hotel for a well-deserved rest. Reflect on your incredible journey – the remote landscapes, unique communities, and cultural encounters. Steeped in history, Kathmandu provides a perfect backdrop for reminiscing and exploring further.

Day 17 :

On your final days in Nepal, our team member will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours early.

Cost Includes & Excludes During The Saipal Himal Base Camp Trek

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop
  • Domestic tickets from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-simikot-Nepalgunj-kathmandu.
  • Three-night stay at the 3-star hotel including breakfasts. (Private room can be organized as per request on added cost)
  • Restricted Area Permits and DDC charge Humla fees and other required permits for each region are included too.
  • camping equipment( tents, Mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, etc)
  • Three men tent (for 2 trekkers one tent) for the trekking.
  • Friendly and trusted potters for carrying your luggage of 2 clients each.
  • water in the trails using a water filter or water purification tablet.
  • T-shirts and caps as souvenir
  • Assistance guide for clients.
  • Medical expenses and official expenses for all staff.
  • A farewell dinner, on the last night in Nepal.

Cost Excludes

  • Meal wish list, except for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Personal expenses in any manner.
  • International flight fare and departure tax.
  • Nepal tourist visa fee
  • Travel as well as emergency evacuation coverage.
  • Tips for potters, drivers, and staff.
  • Hot shower, battery charges, and snacks in the tea houses
  • Excess bags of more than 15 kg.
  • Horse renting and additional porters and gear due to natural calamities during the trek.

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