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.