Saipal Base Camp Trek

Trip Duration

21 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

4700 m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Saipal Base Camp Trek Overview

The Saipal Base Camp Trek is a trekking route located in western Nepal, close to the border with Tibet (China). The trek got its name after the Saipal mountain.

 

Mount Saipal being the 2nd highest peak in far west Nepal lies at a height of 7031 m  and is situated in Humla district in Nepal. This trio of Api, Nampa, and Saipal form a small range of sharp, icy peaks. It rises from a long, steep, snowy crest. Saipal base camp itself lies at an elevation of 4700m.

 

Mount Saipal was first climbed in 1960. In the early 2000s, there was a restriction in this place due to long-lasting conflict between Maoist and Nepal governments until they came to an agreement achieving peace and a chance to visit this place again in 2006. Apart from this, Chetri, Brahmins, and some Thakurs and Bhotias populate this region. The Saipal Base Camp Trek introduces you to adventurous trails on unique terrain.

 

Saipal Base Camp Trek is a kind of off-the-beaten-track and very remote part of Nepal yet very beautiful and fascinating.  The untouched trail with a very less crowded area makes the trek amazing. On the way to Saipal base camp, you can definitely get a view of beautiful landscapes, cultural diversity, rapid rivers, pristine forests, and so forth.

 

Moreover, it also offers you a panoramic view of Mount Saipal, Thado Dhunga Tuppa, Kapchuli, Mount Nandadevi, etc. Some of them lie in Uttar Pradesh of India. To sum up, the trek to the Saipal base camp definitely requires you to step out of your comfort zone and explore the remote, cultural beauty of Nepal.

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Safety/Security/Fitness

Trekking to any place can be physically and mentally demanding. You need to prepare yourself for the journey since the trek to the Saipal base camp is all about walking 6-7 hours per day.

 

It is obvious that you need to be in a good health and a proper physical state in order to make this journey. You can always practice some running, jogging, and light exercise to keep you prepared. However past experiences of trekking or climbing are not really required.  It is also likely to suffer from altitude sickness when you are trekking to high and risky places like the Saipal base camp.

 

Throughout the journey, you need to be hydrated and have nutritional foods. It is better to have an oximetry with you so that you can check your oxygen level from time to time. If you ever feel like having difficulties in breathing then you can immediately contact your guide or friends.

Symptoms of Mountain sickness

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeats

Preventing mountain sickness 

  • Walk slow
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have nutritional food 
  • Have enough rest
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol 

Medicines for mountain sickness 

  • Acetazolamide 
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea) 

Trekking Equipment List

Woolen t-shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down) Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit
Hiking shorts Power bank
Waterproof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifiers
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex Toiletries
Neck gaiter Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat Water bottles

Other Requirements

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance has become part of trekking requirements. If you ever have some medical emergencies your travel insurance will have to bear it and that is why you need to mention the details about the places you are going and the altitudes you will be reaching. Insurance depends on the details you mentioned earlier.

 

Visa/passports

All foreigners except Indians are required to have valid visas and passports to enter Nepal. The visa application will need the passport having a minimum of 6 months of validation along with your passport-size photo. You will receive your visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:

1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival.
3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

 

Cancellation:

1) A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2) The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3) A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4) All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

 

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

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Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
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1 Person
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season to visit
Like many parts of Nepal the best season for trekking to Saipal base camp is certainly March to May in spring and October to December in autumn.
Food and accommodations
Since Humla district is remote part of our country you cannot expect some expensive lodges with best facilities. There are some of the hotels in Simikot but when you start reaching high altitudes you have to prepare yourself for camping or small home stays. The teahouses usually cost you 4-6$ per night. They are very simple and basic. You will have a shared room with shared washrooms. Foods- if you are doing a camping trek you need to bring all the stuff you need for cooking. You can also contact your travel agencies for having a cook. However if you are staying in teahouses you will have options of Traditional Nepali food, Indian foods and continental foods. Foods usually cost 2-4$.
Transportation
Bus- bus is one of the best way to travel to anywhere. Here, you can take a ride from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which will take you 11-12 hours and cost you around 1200-1300 NRS. From Nepalgunj only flight is available to Simikot. Airplane- the only facility of airplane provided is from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Simikot which takes 45 minutes. You need to walk from there to reach your destination.
Communication and electronic
Electricity is provided all along the way. You can charge your phone or electronics by paying the owner extra money. It might cost you 2-3$ for charging. The telephone service is provided by the teahouses itself however you have to pay extra for it as well. The mobile coverage might be slight problem in the way.

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