Altitude: 5100 Duration: 21 days Grade: Strenuous Group: 2 - 15 Country: Nepal

Saipal Himal Base Camp (West Nepal) Camping

Api Saipal Himal Trek is for those trekkers who want to visit remote and unspoiled area of Nepal. It lies in far western Nepal. The name Api is came from 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...
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Api Saipal Himal Trek is for those trekkers who want to visit remote and unspoiled area of Nepal. It lies in far western Nepal. The name Api is came from 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 mountains 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 (7132m), Saipal {7031m}Mt. Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5368m), Mt. Nanda Devi (7817m), Rajamba (6537m) and other peaks as well. Api Saipal base camp trekking via Simikot required special permit. Most of 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 house {in day time} on Api Saipal Himal trek.

Api Saipal Himal Trek is best trekked between mid-October and November after the harvest has cleared fields to camp on, as there are no designated campsites. It’s logistically complex; you need to bring your own porters on this trek as locals in this rarely visited region are unfamiliar with foreign trekking routines. A 24 days itineraries runs from Silgadhi (a sealed road reaches Silgadhi from Dhangadhi) through Khaptad National Park to reach the Seti River Valley and the Bajhang District capital of Chainpur, from where you continue on to Saipal Base Camp. There are flights of Chainpur at the end of the trek. If you wish to flying in and out of Chainpur, Budget three weeks. Xtreme Climbers supporting team should move ahead by bus, the fair weather road stops at Tamil Bazaar, about 2 hours from Chainpur. The people of this region are extremely welcoming towards trekkers.

Api Saipal Himal trek via Mahendranagar, even though Api Himal trek is the adventures 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 of this area. Kali Dhunga Lake is a famous holy lake of this area which is about 2 hours walking from the Api Himal Base Camp. Brahmin, 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 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 Indian border.

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  • February, March, April, May, October, November
  • Teahouse / Ten
  • By Bus
  • Helicopter : AS 350 B3E (H125)
  • Capacity : 1 pilot + 6 Passengers
  • Max takeoff weight : 2250 kg
  • Power Plant : 1 Turbomeca Arriel 2D
  • Service Sling : 23000 Ft
  • Rate of Climb : 1818 fpm
  • Cruising Speed : 137 knots
  • Call Sign: 9N – AKP & 9N AKG
  • Day 1 : Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Drive / Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (517 km) – (1 hour flight, 10 / 11 hrs drive) Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 3 : Drive from Nepalgunj to Mahendranagar (219 km) – 3 / 4 hrs drive Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 4 : Drive from Mahendranagar to Gokuleshwor (290 km) – 5 / 6 hrs drive Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 5 : Trek from Gokuleshwor to Karkale (900 m) – 2 / 3 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 6 : Trek from Karkale trek to Chiureni (1100 m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 7 : Trek from Chiureni trek to Makarighat (1800 m) – 6 / 7hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 8 : Acclimatization at Makarighat Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 9 : Trek from Makarighat trek to Seti (2800 m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 10 : Trek from Seti to Lawathi (3000 m) – 4 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 11 : Trek from Lawathi to Simar (3300 m) – 5 / 6 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 12 : Trek from Simar to Dhawaliwadar (3800 m) – 4 / 5 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 13 : Trek from Dhawalidwar to Api Base Camp (4100 m) – 2 hrs walk Overnight at camp. Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 14 : Trek from Base Camp to Saheb Bagar (2800 m) – 6 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 15 : Trek from Saheb Bagar to Makarighat (1800 m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 16 : Trek from Makarighat to Bitule (1200 m) – 5 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 17 : Trek from Bitule to Gokuleshwor (850 m) – 5 / 6 hrs walk Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinne
  • Day 18 : Drive from Gokuleshwor to Mahendranagar – 5 / 6 hrs drive Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 19 : Drive from Mahendranagar to Nepalgunj – 3 / 4 hrs drive Meal includes:Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Day 20 : Flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Meal includes:Breakfast/Dinner
  • Day 21 : Final Departure
Note: The above itinerary can be tailor made as per client's request, we can make the itinerary shorter/Longer by cutting or adding days, People who have longer time can add the White Water Rafting, Jungle safari tour in Chitwan National park, Paragliding and Zeep Flyer in Pokhara and other extra activities so feel free to write us on for further details.How to book a trip ?

Full Board Service Includes

  •   Domestic Airfare
  •   All Ground Transportation
  •   All Required Entry permits & Fees
  •   Guide and Porter Salary, necessary porters
  •   3 star or same category hotel on BB {Bed & Breakfast} plan in Kathmandu according itinerary
  •   Accomodation in Nepalgunj with full board of meals.
  •   Comfortable high quality VE-25 North face tents for members during camping
  •   Entire necessary High quality Kitchen utilities with Dining, Toilitte, Kitchen tent chair/table.
  •   Company Guarantee for Emergency evacuation (clients are required to have their own traveling Insurance which copied hand over to company)
  •   All food, kitchen & camping staffs and equipment transfers by bus to Nepalgunj and by air to Simikot.
  •   Full board of meals while on trek
  •   Thuraya SAT Phone (Emergency use only)
  •   Radio Walki Talki
  •   Guide and porters will be insured as required by Nepal government regulation
  •   Local supporting staffs wages including their insurance.
Cost and payment details

The cost is depending on group size, affected due to the requirement of number of guides and porters, requisite of Hotel in Kathmandu, method of land/air transport. The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per needs and time frame of trekkers. Cost will be re calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified. Additional activities may be added as per trekkers request with appropriate additional cost. For Total Tour cost EMAIL US, we will send you within 24 hours as your requirements.

Why we dont't include cost in our website?

NOTE: To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement Xtreme Climbers  desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That is why we have decided to clarify our customers that due to the following reasons mentioned below we have not included the cost of each package in the company website.

  1. Climbing season: The climbing permit royalty cost for mountain will be different during Spring and Autumn season. Normally most of the climbers climbs Himalayas in the Spring season. Climbing permit during Autumn will be 50% less than the spring season. 

  2. The cost of the trip depends on Number of persons joining in group for High expedition or Mountain  Climbing including number of climbers, non-climber, base camp supporters, medical doctors, The number of climbing Sherpa guides, high altitude porters, kitchen crew, mode of transport you prefer and many other factors can affect the cost of the trip. Alpine climbing guide as well as the category of the hotel accommodation and the facilities that you aspire in the mountains affect the cost.

  3. We operate the High Expeditions, Peak Climbing in full arrangement package and basic arrangement service (full board or base camp service) which directly affects the expedition cost.

  4. Request numbers of oxygen, mask regulators and the brands the clients require

  5. The itinerary may be changed after reaching an understanding between the agency and the client. Other activities could be added or reduced as per the client's request before processing the trip. Price for reduced activities could be deducted and additional activities could be added in mutual understanding.

  6. Either you want to operate this expedition as international group joining basics of Xtreme Climbers or individual (private arrangement) expedition.

  7. Type of high camp food that clients require. Any specialized food that has to be ordered from foreign countries will be costlier compared to the one available here.

  8.  Either any of the climbers intend to attempt any world records? If so, do they require special services or equipment?

Due to the reasons mentioned above we would like to discuss with our client directly before offering the cost. So please feel free to drop your queries in or login to for any information about your selected package.

Full Board Service Excludes

  •   Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast, welcome and Farewell dinner.
  •   Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
  •   International air fare to and from Nepal.
  •   Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
  •   Items and expenses of personal nature.
  •   Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  •   Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
  •   Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  •   Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
  •   Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
  •   Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
  •   Tips for guide, porters, driver
Cost and payment details

The cost is depending on group size, affected due to the requirement of number of guides and porters, requisite of Hotel in Kathmandu, method of land/air transport. The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per needs and time frame of trekkers. Cost will be re calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified. Additional activities may be added as per trekkers request with appropriate additional cost. For Total Tour cost EMAIL US, we will send you within 24 hours as your requirements.

Altitude Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes sickness. In general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. The symptoms of altitude sickness are due to lower air pressure at high altitudes, which results in lower oxygen levels as you breathe the air in. The air is under less pressure and this makes it harder for your body to get the oxygen out of the air and into the circulation. It's this extra strain on the body that causes altitude sickness.

Symptoms tend to be worse at night and include headache, dizziness, and lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom.

The major symptoms of altitude sickness
Initial symptoms
  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

Advance symptoms
  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

Serious Symptoms
  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

To prevent acute mountain sickness:
  1. If possible, don't fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don't overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don't smoke.
  10. Don't push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit - consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol - for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine - for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you're traveling well off the beaten track' see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate 'blockers' for diarrhea' Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder - for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines - consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.

Note: We have guides trained at the High Altitude Medical Training Center. Our staff is very experienced in dealing with the effects of higher altitudes. As they are natives of Nepal, they easily acclimatize and therefore can care for their clients. They are equipped with necessary medical supplies and will assist you with basic first aid treatment. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk


Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians and Americans
For Australians and New Zealanders
For British
For Europe and Slovenia
For South-Africa
For Indians
Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair
Other Equipments
Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream  
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.  
Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1
Insect Repellent
Toilet Articles
Note Book & Pen
Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap
Pocket Knife
Sewing Kit
Cards And Personal Medical Kit
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