Saipal Base Camp Trek - Hidden Gems of West Nepal

Trip Overview
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Very Strenuous or Grade D (****)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking and Camping
  • Major AttractionSaipal Himal
  • Maximum Altitude4709 Meters
  • Best TimeMarch, April May, September, October, November


  • Hike through the route with subtropical to alpine forests, streams, grasslands, lakes, and steep gorges. 
  • Encounter Unique cultures, lifestyles, and traditions of the people inhabiting the region. 
  • Visit the rural places Far-flung from the modernization touch.
  • Visit the base camp of Mount Saipal.
  • Trek in complete wilderness and remote routes
  • Experience unique Masto traditions in the villages
  • Views of the peaks like Saipal Himal, Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m.), Api Himal, Rajamba (6,537m.) etcs.

Mount Saipal, whose height is 7031 meters, is the second-highest peak in Far West Nepal. The peak is so beautiful, whether you look in from the north side or the east side. This means there are generally two base camps- an East Saipal Base camp and a North Saipal Base camp, both accessible from Simikot. Likewise, if you choose an East Saipal Base camp as your destination, you will head south from the Simikot, going through the steep-sided forested valleys. 

The Saipal region where the peak is located is culturally rich but geographically isolated compared to their popular peak routes. 

In addition, the vast expanse of this area is adorned with expansive and undulating mountain passes, covered in dense forests of majestic Deodars, spruces, and ancient blue pines. Scattered amidst these natural wonders are villages inhabited primarily by Chhetris and Brahmins, while the Thakuris and Bhotias represent other ethnic communities. What distinguishes this region from others in the Himalayas is the exceptional cultural and economic interplay between Hindus and Buddhists.

Saipal Base Camp Trek is an adventure that takes you to the base of Mt Saipal Himal (7031m). Likewise, the base camp is located in a remote area, providing vistas of the beautiful and unclimbed mountains in Nepal's far western region. Our Saipal Base Camp Trek itinerary takes you to the route with the subtropical to alpine forests, lakes, streams, steep gorges, and pastures, finally ending your trek once you reach Saipal Base Camp Trek. 

The region is culturally rich, so its Unique traditions, local lifestyles of people, and culture interest you as they seem to have cut off their ties with the modern world still today.

Saipal Base Camp Trek is not as famous as Everest Trek or Annapurna Trek, and due to its remoteness, very few people visit, creating less cornered areas here. That said, some days, you see very few foreigners roaming and exploring this off-beaten path trail. 

Why This trip is unique?

Saipal Base Camp trek is for those who intend to hike around Nepal's pristine, distant, and underdeveloped region. This trip is unique compared to the popular treks in Nepal as the trek very few people travel to this region as it lies in the remote areas and is both a strenuous and challenging trek. This trek is for adventurers who love the calm Himalayan atmosphere and desire to explore the undiscovered territory.

This trek makes a unique journey for travelers who love the remote areas' calm Himalayan atmosphere and want to cover the remote areas' hidden path. 

Mount Saipal was conquered initially in 1960. However, access to this area was restricted in the early 2000s because of the conflict between the Maoists and the Nepalese government. But It wasn't until 2006 when they reached a peace agreement, that people could revisit this place. Chetris, Brahmins, some Thakurs, and Bhotias inhabit the region. And with the Saipal base camp trek, you can experience thrilling trails in a unique, untamed landscape.

The Saipal Base Camp Trek takes you to a remote and less-traveled part of Nepal, which is exceptionally beautiful and captivating. Likewise, the untouched paths and the scarcity of crowds enhance the trekking experience. Along the way to the Saipal Base Camp, you will be treated to breathtaking views of picturesque landscapes, diverse cultures, rushing rivers, and pristine forests.

Furthermore, this trek also provides panoramic vistas of Mount Saipal, Thado Dhunga Tuppa, Kapchuli, and even Mount Nanda Devi, which is situated in Uttar Pradesh, India. 

Depth of Saipal Trek

The Saipal base camp trek is a 15-day adventure into the wilderness and untouched valley. Out of these 15 days, you will trek for at least 12-13 days; on the remaining days, you will take a flight to and from the trek's starting and ending points.

Your journey starts with a short flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. This flight takes about 50 minutes to complete in total. Hoerv, if you want to take another route, let us know, and we will arrange it for you per your preferences and interests. 

Once you reach Nepalgunj, you will stay the night in the hotel and take another flight to Simikot, which will take another 25 minutes to complete. After landing at the domestic airport of Simikot, you will filter, take a local mule driver in Simikot, and trek towards the upper road to Hepka Khola. You will stay for the night here in a small lodge with camping. 

The trek now begins from here. The next day takes you on a path that winds alongside the Karnali River, meandering through delightful Thakuri and Bhotia communities. Moreover, this route unveils the splendor of traditional village existence, native crop fields, and ancient monasteries deeply intertwined with the region's historical and cultural heritage.

As you progress further, a breathtaking spectacle awaits you—the awe-inspiring Saipal Himal, towering at an impressive elevation of 7,035 meters(23,080 feet) after passing through places like Yalbang monastery, Sankya La pass, Nun Kharka, etc. 

Its regal presence resembles a slumbering golden ox, leaving trekkers in a state of awe, captivated by its magnificence.

The Saipal Base Camp Trek generally has four alternative return routes. The first alternative return route takes Rani Kharka and  Dharamsala, and the next day, you will return via the Chote La pass to the Khagalgaun Lake route. If this route does not suit your interests, you can take an alternative route via the Dharapani (a small lodge with camping near the police post). 

Why Saipal Trek With Mountain Rock Treks?

At Mountain Rock Treks, our primary goal is to offer an exceptional holiday experience in a region far from modernization. We also strive to ensure that our clients thoroughly enjoy their trip while minimizing any potential risks or inconveniences, whether financial, physical, or emotional. We take care of all the necessary logistical arrangements before your arrival, ensuring your travel is hassle-free. During the trek, you will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and medically trained guide/leader, guaranteeing high safety and a favorable staff-to-client ratio.

To prioritize safety, all our Saipal Base Camp trekking groups are equipped with a supplementary oxygen system, oximeter, and medical kit, regardless of whether the group consists of one participant or twelve. Additionally, all meals and accommodations are included during the trek. We provide you with the flexibility of an open/choice menu, allowing you to select your meals directly from our options. 

In addition to the above facilities we mentioned, our itineraries are carefully organized, considering important factors such as acclimatization, suitable campsites, and authentic experiences. Moreover, we provide each participant with a down jacket and waterproof duffel bags, so you save some portion of money here on gear and equipment. 

We aim to create a hassle-free and enjoyable experience for you, and we look forward to hosting you on your upcoming adventure.

Also, we provide you with many alternative routes and ascend and return from. Moreover, you can customize your trek and choose your own starting and ending point with us. 

Is This Trek Right For You?

Saipal Base Camp and the mountains are so beautiful that other treks like Everest or Annapurna cannot match. Everything about its beauty and trekking is unique, like its local people, local food, culture, traditions, customs, and farming practices.

Saipal, with its enchanting waterfalls, serene lakes, meandering rivers, and picturesque ponds, boasts a gorgeous landscape that rivals the best in the country. Moreover, this hidden gem remains undiscovered in the Far West, making it a true haven for the wise traveler. However, exploring this region has its fair share of challenges and benefits due to its location among Nepal's most remote areas.

Unlike popular trekking destinations like Everest or Annapurna, Saipal lacks the amenities and infrastructure commonly found along well-trodden paths. The absence of established settlements at the base camp means you must come fully prepared with your camping gear and supplies. The journey to reach the Saipal Base Camp takes you through diverse terrain, including steep gorges, lush subtropical forests, alpine meadows, shimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls, and meandering streams. So to make this trek right for you, be well prepared with the gear, equipment, maps, and itineraries. 

One of the fascinating aspects of Saipal lies in the local inhabitants' unique customs, cultures, and ways of life. Their traditional lifestyle appears to exist outside the confines of modern society, offering a fascinating glimpse into a world untouched by time for its visitors. 

Alternative Return Routes Via Chote La Pass (instead of via Chala + Salli Khola)

We also offer alternative routes to our clients for a better and more unique experience than the regular Saipal base camp trek. Moreover, you can also take these alternative routes to include a specific highlight, avoid difficult terrain, or experience certain accommodation options.  

We provide alternative routes from Sankya La pass to the Chote La camp. You will be following the itinerary from day 1 to day 10. This means you will start your Journey with a short flight to Nealjung and take another flight to Simikot. Our trekking Journey starts from Simikot towards the upper road to Hepka Khola. From here, we will again trek forward toward Yalbang monastery, Chala, Karang Khola viewpoint, and Labuk Devsa.

Moreover, we will continue to trek and pass through places like Sankya La Pass, Rani Kharka, Nun Kharka, Nun Kharka Glacier Lake, and Mt. Saipal East Face Glacier. From here, we take a return journey back to Rani Kharka and then to Dharamsala. From Dharamsala, we do not take a regular return Journey; instead, we will trek towards Chote La camp via Sankya La pass. We will spend the night here in Chote La camp in a tented camp. The following day we will make our way over Chote La pass to Khagalgaun Lake and finally to Dharapori. As our journey nears its end, we will travel to Simikot and board a flight back to Nepalgunj, concluding our adventure in Kathmandu.

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Welcome to Nepal. Your Sabase camp trek starts as soon as you land in Nepal. Your journey for the Saipal begins with a one-hour flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which offers wonderful window views of the Himalayas of the region. 

Nepalgunj, a town in southern Nepal (Terai), is the central transportation hub for accessing the highlands of Western Nepal. We will take a 55-minute flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. After a tiring day, you can relax in your hotel or explore this lively city. Nepalgunj is a Sub-Metropolitan City located in the Banke District of Nepal. It is situated on the Terai plains near the southern border with Bahraich district in Uttar Pradesh, India. This city is renowned as a central transport hub for thrilling treks to Simikot (the gateway to Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake), Dolpo Plateau, Rara, and Jumla region.

  • Nepalgunj Elevation- 150 m (490 ft)
  • Flight Duration- 40 minutes
  • Distance Travelled- 366 km
  • Overnight- Hotels of Nepalgun
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast - Lunch - DInner
  • 40 Minutes
  • 150 Meters

Today our destination for the day is Simikot Airport and Hepka Khola. Simikot Airport, situated in Simikot, serves as a domestic airport catering to the needs of the Humla District in Nepal's Karnali Province. This airport is the primary entry point for tourists visiting Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar from the Nepalese side. 

Our journey for the day starts with a short 25-30-minute flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot. We will land at Simikot Airport, meet the local guide and local mule driver in Simikot, and start our trekking journey from here towards Hepka Khola. Hepka Khola is a beautiful place surrounded by green vegetation like Faily's dense, open, and mixed forests.

The trail from the Simikot begins westward and uphill, moving away from the village center. The initial climb is relatively easy, covering a distance of approximately 300 meters (3270 meters from the airstrip) and taking about an hour. At the top, you'll find a couple of tea shops. After that, the trail descends steeply with switchbacks through a pine forest, gradually opening up to reveal more of the hillside. 

From above the village, the main trail leads up to the Humla Karnali valley on the left side of the bank and continues to descend toward the river. After an hour, you'll pass through Manjgaon, where there is a tea shop, and the trail levels out somewhat, approximately 150 meters above the Karnali. A final short descent of another 11⁄2 hours will bring you to the campsites at Dharapuri (2360m). Along the way, you'll encounter a small camp next to the trail just as you pass a grove of walnut trees. Additionally, there are two larger, grassy sites after crossing a small bridge over the Hepka Khola.

  • Simikot Elevation- 2910m (9547 feet)
  • Flight Duration- 25/40 minutes
  • Trekking Hours- 3/4 hours
  • Overnight- small lodge with camping in Simikot
  • Camp and lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 4 Hours
  • 2910 Meters

Today we will head towards Salli Khola from Hepka Khola. For this, we start our trekking journey early in the morning after a hearty breakfast. We continue to trek and reach a waterfall near Chachera. Continuing our trek, we will climb a ridge and cross the village named Kermi. 

Moreover, our path continues to trace the course of the Karnali River, occasionally meandering along the elevated slope, offering breathtaking views of the river far below and, at times, descending to align with the water's level. This particular stretch of the river navigates through narrow canyons flanked by towering rocky cliffs. Your journey will take you through fields predominantly cultivated with barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. We finally will arrive at Salli Khola after trekking for almost 4 -6 hours. Overnight will be at one of the tented camps in Salli Khola.

  • Salli Khola Elevation- 2700m (8856ft)
  • Trekking Hours- 5/6 hours
  • Overnight- small lodge with camping in Salli Khola
  • Lodge and camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 6 hours
  • 2700 Meters

After a night at the Salli Khola(river) bank, we trek towards the Yalbang Monastery. We cross the suspension bridge located here and trek further hours until we reach Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. This monastery also houses statues of famed gurus like Sakyamuni Buddha and Guru Rinpoche. 

This monastery is also known as the biggest monastery in the region, accommodating a community of over one hundred monks. Its remarkable renovation work has added to its splendor. Every day, puja ceremonies are held at seven in the morning and four in the evening, and you are warmly invited to participate. Neighboring the campsite, you will find a children's hostel and school conveniently located for your convenience to spend the night here. 

  • Yalbang Monastery Elevation- (3010, 9,875 ft)
  • Trekking Hours- 6/8 hours
  • Overnight- small lodge with camping
  • lodge and camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 hours
  • 3010 Meters

We wake up early, have a hearty breakfast, and trek towards the Chala from here today. To reach Chala, we will be trekking toward the northern route today. And en route, we can see magnificent peaks like Saipal and Sumjum Himal ranges rising in glory. 

As the day dawns, you will find yourself ascending higher above the Karnali River. As we trek, the terrain transforms into a rockier landscape with fewer trees. Along the trail, you will encounter numerous sheep and goats transporting salt from China.

We continue to trek, embracing the enchanting Himalayan vistas, and ascend towards Syakup Lek / Syakup La, situated at an altitude of 4,214m. From there, we will start our descent trek towards Chala. The ethnic villages here provide an exceptional opportunity to appreciate the cultural life of the locals and gain insights into their traditional way of living. Overnight stay at Chala at one of the tented camps or camping at school or homestay in the village.

  • Chala Elevation- (3690m/ 12,106 ft)
  • Trekking Hours-7/8 hours
  • Overnight- camping at school or homestay in the village of Chala
  • Homestay and camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 hours
  • 3690 Meters

After breakfast in Chala, we continued forward toward the Karang Khola. 

Today's trek takes us through the stunning Karang Valley, with a shorter day of hiking. 

We begin by heading out of Chala and encountering a trail split. One path leads to Syakup Lagna, while the other follows the Kalungba River, offering breathtaking views of Karang Valley and the North Saipal Glacier. We continue on the western trail, passing by Karang Taal and the Saipal ranges, until we reach our destination, Labuk Depsa. The last leg of the journey leads us through a lush forested area before reaching Karang Khola, where we will settle. Overnight will be at the tented camps of Labuk Devsa.

  • Labuk Devsa Elevation- 4,000 m/ 13,123 ft
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- Camping at Labuk Devsa
  • camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 4000 meters

Today we will start our journey early in the morning and head towards the Rani Kharka, a camping destination at an elevation of 3900 meters. Along the way, you will be passing through a mountain pass called Sankya La. This pass will likely offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including mountains, valleys, and possibly even glaciers. 

The surroundings now start to get more remote as we trek higher, so don't expect to see a lot of villages and tourism around here. We will spend the night at Rani Kharka at one of the tented camps. 

  • Rani Kharka Elevation- 3900m/ 12,795 ft
  • Sankya La Pass Elevation - (4709m/ 15,449 ft)
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- Camping
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 hours
  • 3900 Meters

We head toward the Nun Kharka from Rani Kharka Today. For this, We start our joint after a delicious breakfast and head towards the Nun Kharka (camp). We are here for some time and head towards the Nun Kharka glacier lake and Saipal east face glacier, providing an amazing view of Mt Saipal and the surrounding beauties. As you ascend the trail, it becomes steep and covered in ice, necessitating carefulness and adherence to the guidelines. Upon arrival at the base camp, a breathtaking panorama unfolds, showcasing the majestic peaks of Saipal (7031m), Api (7132m), Nandadevi (7817m), and their neighboring summits.

Additionally, the enchanting Himalayan spectacle includes the captivating presence of Phirankoph Chuli (6730m). The mesmerizing landscapes of Saipal Glacier, Nunekhara Glacier, and Humla Danda complement this scenic wonder. After exploring the Nun Kharka glacier lake and Saipal east face glacier, we retrace our steps back to Nun Kharka. Overnight will be at one tented camp at Nun Kharka. 

  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- Camping
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 4000 meters

Day 9 has been set aside as a contingency plan at Nun Kharka in case unfavorable weather conditions arise. This extra day is a precautionary measure to account for any disruptions caused by inclement weather. By allocating this additional day, the itinerary allows flexibility and ensures the group can adapt to adverse conditions without compromising the overall schedule.

  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 5 hours
  • 4000 meters

After Breakfast, we move towards our following destinations towards Dharamsala via Rani Kharka. You descend to the banks of Karang Khola. You trace back the trail through which you ascended. Enjoy the scenic view of the region and the yaks you occasionally see. You can also take a short detour near the areas. The trek continues along lush pasture land to settle at Dharamsala. Overnight will be at tented camps at Dharamsala. 

  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- Camping at Dharamsala
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 hours

Today will follow the same path we ascended. Our journey begins with a challenging trek over Sankya La Pass, which stands at an impressive elevation of 4709m (15,449 ft). After conquering the pass, we will descend toward our destination, Labuk Devsa. Situated at an altitude of 4000m (13,123 ft), Labuk Devsa offers a picturesque camping spot for the night. As we set up camp at Labuk Devsa, we can look forward to a well-deserved rest, sharing stories and laughter under the starry sky.

  • Sankya La Pass Elevation - (4709m/ 15,449 ft)
  • Labuk Devsa Elevation- 4,000 m/ 13,123 ft
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- Camping at Labuk Devsa
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 4000 meters

Once we have finished our breakfast, we take a return journey towards Chala and, after that, Salli Khola. Our trek begins along hidden paths, which unveil breathtaking vistas of the encompassing terrain. The trail gradually becomes more manageable as we descend toward Salli Khola or Yalbung. Along the way, we cross alongside the Puiya River until we reach our final destination for the day. Upon arrival, we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the rich cultural heritage of the village, inhabited by the Bhotia and Thakuri communities. Exploring this beautiful village's customs, traditions, and way of life becomes an enchanting experience. Overnight will be at a small lodge or tented camps at the camping site of  Salli Khola.

  • Chala Elevation- (3690m/ 12,106 ft)
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- small lodge with camping at Salli Khola
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 3690 Meters

Once we've had our breakfast, we set off on our journey to Dharapuri. The path gradually leads us through lush greenery and residential areas. Dharapuri is home to the indigenous Bhotia, Jhakri, and Thakuri communities, adding a fascinating cultural element to our exploration. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in their distinct traditions and customs after you've revitalized yourself. Overnight will be at a small lodge, camping near the police post. 

  • Dharapori Elevation- 2,581 meters (8,468 feet)
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Overnight- small lodge with camping Near police post
  • Camp
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 8 hours
  • 2581 Meters

After having breakfast, we set off for our next destination, Simikot. We retrace the route we took earlier, and upon reaching Simikot, we can explore the town.

Our trek starts from Dharapori through the Majgaun, a quaint village inhabited mainly by the Thakuri community, who primarily speak Hindu and Nepali. As we make our way towards Simikot, the final ascent to Simikot Lagna may be frustrating, but it remains a rewarding journey, especially on our last day. The trail descends briefly along a stony path, leading us back to the comforts of Simikot.

Throughout the trek, we encounter a diverse landscape consisting mostly of blue pine forests and conserved community forests adorned with juniper and pipal trees. The air is filled with the delightful pine aroma, adding to the immersive experience. We finally reach Simikot and spend the night here in a lodge. 

  • Simikot Elevation- 2910m (9547 feet)
  • Trekking Hours- 5/6 hours
  • Overnight- Lodge of Simikot
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 6 hours
  • 2910 Meters

Today is the last day of our journey, which means we will return to Kathmandu. We will take two flights to our final destination, Kathmandu, one from Simikot and another from Nepalgunj. The first part of our return journey involves boarding the flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj. Simikot is located at an elevation of approximately 2,910 meters (9,547 feet), while Nepalgunj is at a lower height of around 150 meters (490 feet). The flight duration for this leg is approximately 50 minutes.

After we land at Nepalgunj, we will board another flight directly to Kathmandu airport. The flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu takes around 30- 40 minutes. Once we land in Kathmandu, we will spend the night in the comfortable lodges of Thamel.

  • Kathmandu Elevation-1,400m (4,600ft)
  • Nepalgunj Elevation- 150 m (490 ft)
  • Flight Duration- 80 minutes in total
  • Overnight- Kathmandu lodges
  • Lodge
  • Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
  • 80 Minutes
  • 1400 Meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Upon arrival and departure, the airport picks up and drops in Kathmandu (international and domestic).
  • Pre-trek briefing.
  • Provide a sleeping bag, Duffle bag, and down jacket (Refundable)
  • One Company T-shirt.
  • Three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation/ Camping during the trek.
  • Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara, then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • All Permits 
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • One map of the Saipal Base Camp trek
  • Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
  • All applicable taxes are as per the government rules and regulations.
  • All organizing costs.


  • Food and accommodation in Kathmandu.. 
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed while trekking).
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide, porter, driver, etc.

Essential Info

Best Time for Saipal Base Camp Trek?

The Saipal base camp trek is a lovely trekking adventure that can generally be completed at any time of the year. Still, every place has its best time arriving, its best beauty and experience for its visitors, and the best time for the Saipal base camp Trek would be either the spring months or fall months.

Moreover, this picturesque trail is often traveled during thespring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons, which boast clear, captivating skies. And amidst the occasional clouds, the majestic Himalayan ranges and snow-capped peaks remain distinctly visible too. 

The trekking routes are adorned with abundant greenery and exquisite flora and fauna. At various times of the year, the landscape transforms into a breathtaking spectacle with mesmerizing rivers, ravines, and cascading waterfalls. 

The best months for the ultimate Saipal base camp trekking experience are March, April, and May. During these months, the lower sections of the trail are adorned with vibrant rhododendron blooms. Additionally, the panoramic views of the snow-clad mountain ranges enveloping the Saipal region are truly awe-inspiring too. Furthermore, the trails present manageable terrain without difficulty or slipperiness, ensuring smooth and obstacle-free trekking. 

Similarly, after March, April, and May, September through November are optimal for the Saipal Base Camp trek. These are the months when just the monsoon season has ended later, providing beautiful clear 

skies. The clear skies in these regions offer the breathtaking spectacle of the Saipal peaks alongside other captivating natural landscapes along the trail. 

Saipal Base Camp Trek Difficulty

The Saipal Base camp trek's difficulty ranges from moderate to extreme difficulty level

The Saipal Base Camp trek, known for its extreme terrain and an average elevation of 4000m, offers a thrilling adventure that caters to all types of adventurous trekkers. Moreover, this trek is specifically designed for those with prior trekking experience and a strong desire to explore remote and uncharted territories.

Trek demands trekkers with great endurance as it involves challenging walks through secluded areas and steep slopes while crossing mountain passes. Likewise, Trekkers must be prepared to camp in various locations since there are no additional facilities along the trekking route due to its remoteness and less developed era compared to Everest and Annapurna. Therefore, possess a high level of physical fitness and prior trekking experience to undertake this demanding journey.

Cost Of Saipal Base Camp Trek

The Saipal base camp trek fluctuates typically due to many factors and choices like Accommodation, food, preferences, transportation, starting point, ending points, dining options, etc. 

Talking about the normal cost of the Saipal base camp trek, the price for the trek can range between approx $4000-$6000 per person. However, this is just a rough estimation, so the final piece of the track will be on which level of luxury you desire and seek during your trek. 

Moreover, Mountain Rock Treks offers Saipal Base Camp trek starting from $4300 per person. When you pay for the Saipal Base Camp Trek, the payment generally covers various services such as transportation, food options, guide flight fares, and more. Moreover, there are certain things that the pay does not cover: International flight airfare, Nepal entry Visa fees, Travel, high-altitude insurance, Rescue Evacuation, Personal Expenses, Personal Equipment, etc. Additionally, we provide group pricing with the following options.

Pax                                                                                             Cost 

1-1                                                                                      $4700 per person

2-7                                                                                      $4500 per person

8-12                                                                                     $4300 per person

Camping Accommodation During Saipal Base Camp Trek

Generally, three camping options are available for any Trek in Nepal- hotel/ lodges, tea house, and camping accommodations. However, if you are trekking in the Everest or Annapurna region, hotel/ lodges accommodations and tea house accommodations are normally popular here as the area is visited by almost more than 1000 visitors every month. Since you are trekking towards the Saipal region, especially towards the Saipal Base Camp, the camping option will be best suited for you due to its remoteness. 

Camping is for those travelers wanting to experience something unique than the regular Everest and Annapurna region trek. Moreover, camping beneath the starlit sky following an exciting day of traveling the awe-inspiring landscapes and remote areas of the Himalayas in the Saipal region presents an unforgettable adventure in Nepal.

With our Saipal base camping trekking option, you will get access to stay in the most remote parts of the Saipal region while trekking. Saipal area is generally not as developed as Everest or Annapurna region, so there is no infrastructure, meaning fewer lodges and tea houses will be along the trek. 

Permits Required For Saipal Base Camp Trek

Saipal base camp lies in the Bajhang district in Nepal and is famous for Mt Saipal view itself and surrounding views. This trek takes you to the restricted areas of Nepal's Humla and Bajhang districts. This means a special trekking permit is necessary to trek to the Saipal base camp. You need to obtain three permits for this trek, two restricted area permits to pass through Humla and Bajhang, and an extra permit named TIMS. 

You can get these permits from the Nepal Tourism Board. The process to get the permits is relatively simple but can be daunting for you, so to get the permits, you can seek the help of travel agencies in Nepal. Let's discuss the required permits and the costs to purchase them below. 

Permits to Trek around the Bajhang district

You will be trekking to the Saipal base camp region. So you will need to get a Saipal Rural Municipality  (All areas of ward no. 1 to 5). The cost to acquire these permits is:

USD 90 per person/week for the first week

USD 15 per person/day (beyond one week)

Permits to Trek Through Simikot, Humla 

Your Saipal trekking journey starts from Kathmandu with a short flight to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot. Likewise, your official trekking journey to the Saipla base camp begins here, so you must get to another restricted area called Simikot Rural Municipality. The cost for this permit is as follows. 

USD 50 per person/week

USD 10 per person/day (beyond one week)


The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is a permit introduced collaboratively by the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). 

TIMS aims to ensure the well-being and protection of trekkers while also regulating unauthorized trekking activities. This permit is mandatory for all trekking regions in Nepal, except for restricted areas that require a separate permit. The cost of obtaining the TIMS card is Rs 2000 (approx. $20). 


  • Q1. Can I Experience luxuries during the Saipal Base Camp Trek?

    Saipal Base camp trekking area takes you through Nepal's Bajhang and Humla districts. Moreover, these trekking routes fall within Nepal's least developed and restricted areas. Therefore, the region is generally underdeveloped, so modern amenities with luxury simply do not exist in these areas. So, it's better not to seek any luxuries during your trek. 

  • Yes, only a camping trek is available for the Saipal Base camp trek due to the less availability of teahouse and lodging options during the trek. 

  • Yes, we at Mountain Rock Treks will customize your trek as per your interest and preferences so you can choose your starting and ending points for the trek. Likewise, you can also select your itinerary and group size per your interests. 

  • Normally all months are best for embarking on a sample base camp trek. But if you want to trek in the best months, choose to trek around in the spring and autumn season. These times of the year are best to experience the unique and beautiful features that the region offers for its visitors. 

  • Pack the following gear and equipment for your Saipal base camp trekking like a duffel Bag, Jackets (Fibre or down)., Woolen shirts and thick, Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho, Tracksuit, Track shoes, Trousers, Thermal Underwear, and Thermal coat, Two pair of loose-fitting long shorts/ skirts, Pair of Gloves, Pair of sandals, Snow glasses, and sunglasses, Trekking Sticks etc. 

  • The Saipla base camp trek is one of the most strenuous and challenging treks requiring a high level of determination and a certain fitness level. 

    It is important to acknowledge the challenges one may encounter during this trek, including the isolated location, the risk of altitude sickness, limited modern amenities, and additional obstacles. Furthermore, this particular trek is classified as demanding and physically demanding.

  • The Saipal Base Camp Trek, a delightful and captivating journey, spans 15 days. This remarkable expedition encompasses numerous awe-inspiring sites, presenting mesmerising vistas of unspoiled landscapes.

  • Yes, you will need three permits for the Saipal Base Camp Trek. Firstly, you will need a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, which can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. Secondly, you will need a Restricted Area Permit for Humla and Bhajnag districts as the trek falls in a restricted region. This permit can be obtained through a registered trekking agency.

  • The Saipal Base Camp Trek is less developed than other popular trekking routes in Nepal. Therefore, camping accommodations are only available during the trek. Regarding dining, you can expect traditional Nepali meals most of the time during your trek. 

  • The Saipal Base Camp Trek involves trekking at high altitudes, so it's essential to acclimate properly to avoid altitude sickness.

Client Reviews

  • Saipal Adventure

    The adventure I experienced was truly extraordinary, thanks to the amazing people I had the privilege of being with - the guides, porters, and organizers from Mountain Rock Treks. The mountains themselves were indescribable, developing a unique connection between us as we relied on each other, the air we breathed, and the majestic peaks. I deeply thank Deepak and Dawa, our guides, who presented kindness, unwavering support, humor, and resourcefulness. 

    Seren JacksonAustraliaJune 17, 2023
  • Great Trek in Nepal

    I recently returned from Saipal Base Camp trek with Mountain Rock Treks, and the experience was indescribable. I began the trek with a cold from Australia, and Mountain Rock Treks gave me some tea bags to make me comfortable in their office. My guide, Dawa and Mingma, ensured I kept my footing and did not turn off the trail. My guide was very friendly and also asked to carry my pack when they thought I was having trouble while trekking. 

    Josie Taylor-GermanyMay 14, 2023
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