- Adventurous camping trek towards unspoiled region of Nepal.
- Breathtaking views of mountains including Api, Saipal, Rajamba, Nandadevi etc.
- Explore local culture of different community
- Hike to off the beaten track.
Api Saipal Himal Trek
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Api Saipal Himal Trek is for those trekkers/hikers who want to visit a remote and unspoiled area of Nepal. It lies in far western Nepal. The name Api cames from the Tibetan word, which means grandmother. This route is still off touristy and very few tourists have visited this area. Api Saipal Himal trek gives the great opportunity to explore the real wilderness of nature of Nepal. Besides these, it offers the massive mountain view, cultural diversity, beautiful forests, rapid rivers, mysterious culture and off beaten trail. While on the trail you can enjoy the spectacular views of Api Himal (7,132m), Saipal (7,031m) Mt. Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368m), Mt. Nandadevi (7,817m), Rajamba (6,537m) and other peaks as well. Api Saipal base camp trekking via Simikot required a special permit. Most trekking agencies operate this trekking via Mahendranagar where you have to drive a long journey at least 15 hours one way. Chala will be the last settlement from this route. And here, keep to their child with tight by fixed rope for not to fall down from house during parents away from the house (in the day time) on Api Saipal Himal trek.
Api Saipal Himal trek via Mahendranagar, even though Api Himal trek is the adventure trek from this place is equally popular among those travelers who are interested in bird watching. And agriculture is the main occupation of the local people in this area. Kali Dhunga Lake is a famous holy lake in this area which is about 2 hours walking from the Api Himal Base Camp. Bramin, Chhetri, Mahara, Bohora, Thekare, Jhakari, and Lohar are the local community of this region. Normally, they have their own different language and culture. They are not able to speak fluent Nepali language as well. A nomad community was known as “Raute” is also found here. They speak their own language and they used to live in caves in the past. During summer they ascend up to Api Himal Base Camp and during winter they descend to Terai and reach as far as the Indian border.
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. (1400m)
Welcome to the Himalayas! Our airport representative will receive you at Kathmandu airport with a private tourist vehicle. He will transfer you to your respective hotel and help you check-in. After some refreshment, you can explore the outskirts of Thamel and do some shopping. Our senior guide will visit you to give a briefing about the trip and you will be invited for a warm welcome dinner which includes typical Nepali cuisine and cultural dance. Overnight at Hotel inclusive breakfast.
Kathmandu sightseeing and trip preparation
The Kathmandu city tour is the experience you would not want to miss while in Nepal. The city holds numerous heritage sites, old arts, and ancient temples. There are 7 world heritage sites in Kathmandu alone, which includes Syambhunath Stupa (The Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, and more. All these sites carry a lot of cultural importance that traces back to an ancient civilization. We will visit 3 to 4 places as visiting all sites is not possible in a single day. Overnight at a hotel inclusive breakfast.
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m) - 1 hrs flight
Our trekking guide will receive you at your hotel for our domestic flight. We will be flying to Nepalgunj in south-west Nepal. Nepalgunj is considered as the gateway to the far west and is famous for adventure treks to Dolpa and Jumla region. Overnight at the hotel inclusive breakfast.
Flight to Simikot (45 minutes flight) and trek to Dharapuri (2310m) - 4 hrs walk
After breakfast early in the morning, we will take the 50 min flight to Simikot on a tiny airplane. Upon arriving at Simikot airport, we will officially start our trek by heading to Dharapuri. We will go through pine forests walking on a rough and rocky trail, passing Gwalekhor, Syada, and crossing a suspension bridge over the Karnali River before reaching the Dharapuri. We will stay overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek to Kermi (2670m) - 6 hrs walk
We continue our trek moving towards our next destination, Kermi. Following the trail along the banks of Humla Karnali River, we will come across beautiful waterfalls and visit the famous Buddhist monasteries: Lakiyo Gompa; and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. After a visit to these monasteries, we will come across a hot spring and stop to take a dip before we reach Kermi. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek to Yalbang (3020m) - 5 hrs walk
After breakfast, we leave Kermi and move trek to our next destination Yalbang. En route, we can enjoy the dramatic scene of the high Himalayan landscapes. We will be walking along with the buckwheat and paddy fields, then through a pine forest. First, we cross Okharthala and cross a bridge over the Salli River and continue west towards Yalbang. After reaching Yalbang, we can visit the Namkh Kyung Dzong monastery which houses statues of Guru Rinpoche and Lord Buddha. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek to Chala (3690m) - 6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we set-off for Chala heading north. En route, we can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and see the wonderful peaks in Sumjum and Saipal Himal ranges.
We can also find a few teahouses along the trail. We arrive Chala after a short descent from Syakup Langa. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek to Karang Khola/ Labuk Depsa (4000m) - 6 hrs walk
After breakfast, we head for Karang Khola; our next destination. We will follow the trail along the Kalungba River, seeing the beautiful Karang Valley. As we continue ahead, we also see the Saipal ranges and Karang Taal along our way. We will also get to catch the glimpses of North Saipal Glacier as well. The final part of our trail is through a lush forest before we arrive at the settlement of Karang Khola. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek to Base Camp (4250m) -
We continue our trek moving towards the Saipal Base Camp following a trail that gets steep and icy. So we ought to be cautious and follow the guidelines of our guide. Upon reaching the base camp, we can enjoy the picturesque views of Api (7132m), Saipal (7031m), Nandadevi (7817m), and surrounding peaks like Chuli (6730m) which also offers a mesmerizing display. The rest of the scenery from the Base Camp also includes Saipal Glacier, Nunekhara Glacier, and Humla Danda. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
We will spend another day at the Base Camp exploring around the Base Camp. To get more amazing views of the mountain ranges, we can hike up to the nearby vantage points with the help of our guide. We need to be careful and follow our guide as the terrain here is snow and ice-covered most of the time that can get tricky at times.
Overnight stay at the Base Camp at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek back to Karang Khola (4000m)
After breakfast, we trace our way back the trail descending down to the banks of Karang Khola. Enjoying the alternative view of the Karang Region, our trek continues along with lush pasture land. We can also choose to take a short visit to Karang Tal before we further continue our trek to the settlement fo Karang Khola. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek back to Yalbang/ Salle Khola (3020m)
The trail today is easy as we descend to Yalbang. We will trek along the isolated trails that offer remarkable scenery of surrounding landscapes. En route, we will walk along the Puiya River before concluding the trek for the day. Once we reach Yalbang, we can explore the village inhabited by Thakuri and Bhotia community. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek back to Dharapuri (2310m)
We continue our journey, heading back to Dharapuri. The trail gently descends to vegetation and settlement areas inhabited by indigenous people. Once refreshed, we can go explore the lifestyle and unique culture of Jhakri, Thakuri, and Bhotia community. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Trek back to Simikot (2910m)
Today is the last day of our trek. We retrace our way back to Simikot after our breakfast. Upon reaching Simikot, we can explore many unique stupas, monasteries, and many other places in this town.
Herein, the cultures and practices are unique and one-of-a-kinds. Overnight at a tented camp on full board meals.
Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj (1400m) - 1 hrs 45 minutes flight
It was a wonderful time in the mountains! We will take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj. We will further take another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu and celebrate our final dinner together with the crew. Overnight at a hotel inclusive dinner and breafast.
Farewell day (Have a Safe Journey!)
This is your final day in Nepal. Our Airport representative will drive you back to the airport for your flight back to your home at least 3 hours prior to your flight. Congratulations! You made it! We hope to see you again and pray for your safe journey!
- All the airport pick-offs and drop-offs by private vehicles.
- 3 nights of 3-star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive breakfast.
- 11 nights of twin sharing tented accommodations while on the trek.
- 1 night of deluxe hotel accommodation in Nepalgunj city inclusive breakfast.
- 1-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour includes city tour guide and private transport.
- All the domestic airfares including airport taxes as per the itinerary. (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Kathmandu)
- All the required trekking permits and official paperwork for the trip.
- An experienced and government certified local trekking guide for the trek.
- An expert local trekking cook to prepare your meal for the trek.
- Supporting local porters to carry your belongings while on the trek. (1 porter for 2 clients)
- All the camping gears including tents, kitchen utensils for the trek.
- The full board of meals while on the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
- Foods, Salary, accommodation and accidental insurance of all our trekking staffs.
- Glorious Himalaya Company duffel and sleeping bags to use while on the trek.
- First aid medical kit with an oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek.
- Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
- Complimentary welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- All the government taxes and company service charges.
- International airfare and Nepal’s travel visa.
- Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj hotel stay.
- Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral water while on the trek.
- Tips to the guide and porters.
- Any other extra cost which is beyond our includes.
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Although it was our fifth trek in the Himalayas, going to remote Western Nepal was a little daunting. Thanks to Ganesh organization’s skills, his patience,his courtesy and his caring team we enjoyed immensely the sense of adventure this trek provides, away from the highways of jumbuck or the Annapurnas. The track follows the ancient mule, donkey, and yak track linking Tibet with Nepal. The hamlets we crossed gave us an insight in the way of life of its people unspoilt from mass tourism. The camp was always ready to welcome our weary bodies and the food amazingly varied and good considering it had to be carried with us. One piece of advice : take a face mask to ward some of the dust off when you encounter a yak train. Some high boulders and rocks require complete attention on your footsteps but there is plenty of time to stop, catch your breath and admire the pristine landscape.
We would recommend Glorious Himalayas trekking Company and his team to anyone as well as the kind mules Gurmu, Pandam and brave Sunderli.
Visited November 2015
Francoise & Scott Banner
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We relied on Ganesh to organize this remote trek on the border with Tibet. It included 2 different flights from Katmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot. All went smoothly from start to finish. The trek itself required mules, porters, muleteers, all food and beverage. The organization was faultless, the men friendly, efficient and caring, at all times endeavouring to help, assist and make our trek as safe and enjoyable as possible.
It was a rewarding adventure which would not have been possible with the assistance and professionalism that our guide, Ganesh and his team, offered us.
We are planning another trip to Tibet with them this year.