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Api Saipal to Simikot Trek

The Api Saipal to Simikot trek is ideal for experienced trekkers and adventurers as it combines diverse natural beauties, the breathtaking Himalayas, glacier lakes, pansy woods, and high mountain passes, and untouched culture and traditions.

The Api Saipal to Simikot trek is intended for the trekkers and hikers who desire to travel a distant, pristine, and underdeveloped region of Nepal. A fewer number of trekkers desire to travel this region of Nepal as it is a challenging and extremely strenuous trek. This trek is for adventurers who love the calm Himalayan atmosphere and desire to explore the undiscovered territory.

A fewer number of travelers have traveled this path as it lies in the part of the Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), and also the area is still not extremely popular with tourists. The Api Saipal trek to Simikot provides you with the full-phase exploration and details of how the authentic settlements in the far western region of Nepal, along with the blend of the  religious diversities among the local communities along the way to Simikot, the capital of the Humla district of Nepal as well as take you to the close to the laps of  Api mountain (7,312m) and Saipal Himal (7,031m) respectively. The Api Saipal to Simikot trek is ideal for those trekking and adventure enthusiasts who want to visit a distant and untouched region of Nepal. This strenuous walk can last all day in secluded settings and includes steep slopes to cross some of the high passes.

The Api Saipal trek is ideal for all trekkers and adventurers who enjoy discovering Nepal's unspoiled wilderness. Off-the-beaten-path adventure through a striking contrast of various terrains and real wildness removed from contemporary civilization. You will visit some of the remote villages and regions of Nepal's far western region on one of the most challenging trek levels along the Api Saipal to Simikot route.  Overall, the trek combines far western Nepal's natural splendor and cultural richness. The Api Saipal to Simikot trek in western Nepal's wilderness is home to diverse cultures and breathtaking vistas.

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Trip Facts

duration Duration 27 days
trip-difficulty Trip Difficulty ? Extreme
trip-difficulty Highest Point 5380m
Average Group Size 4-10
trip-code Trip Code ASSTAH
trip-code Area Western Nepal
trip-code Start Point Kathmandu
trip-start-point Trip End Point Kathmandu
trip-accomodation Accomodation As Mentioned
trip-meals Meals As Mentioned
transportation Transportation On Private Basis

Trip Highlights

  • Adventurous camping trek towards the unspoiled region of Nepal.
  • Trek in the Api Saipal massif, a remote region that has changed very little compared to the Annapurna circuit trek and Everest base camp trek.
  • Awfully persuasive for birds’ surveillance.
  • Explore the local and authentic cultures of different local communities.
  • Experience different types of trails leading from Api to Saipal to Simikot.
  • Crossing the high passes also situated above 5000 meters.
  • Walk along the vibrant, remote, and off-beaten trails of far-western Nepal.

Trip Overview

Api Saipal to Simikot Trek facts:

Trek Name

Api Saipal to Simikot trek 

Location

Far-west region of Nepal

Trek Starting Point

Makarighat

Trek Ending Point

Simikot

Country

Nepal

Trip Duration

27 days

Difficulty Level

Extreme

Accommodation

Lodges and Camping 

Required Entry Permits

  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

  • Api Nampa Conservation Area Permit

  • Humla Special Permit

Best time to trek

  • Spring season

  • Autumn season

 

Major Attractions of Api Saipal to Simikot Trek:

Following are the major attractions of this trek:

Api Himal:

The tallest peak in the Yoka Pahar region of Gurans Himal is Api Himal, which is located at an elevation of 7,132 meters above sea level. It is situated in Nepal's far western Darchula district, close to the Tibetan border. Although Api Himal was first explored in 1899, W. H. Murray and John Tyson made their peak-climbing effort in 1953. The Doshisha Alpine Society of Japan accomplished the first successful ascent of the Api Himal in 1960. Even though Api is one of the lower-lying mountains in Nepal, it stands out by its climb above the surrounding valleys, which are much lower than those that surround the majority of higher Himalayan peaks.

One of the holy lakes is Kali Dhunga Lake, which is close to the Api Himal Base Camp. To get to Kali Dhunga Lake, which is located at a height of 4,100 meters above sea level, it will take you around 3 hours of walking. Lord Shiva is worshiped in the glacier lake known as Kali Dhunga Lake.

Saipal Himal:

Saipal himal is located in Nepal's furthest west as well. Saipal is located 7,031 meters above sea level. Saipal Himal is one of the main mountains in Nepal's far western region. It had its first ascent in 1960. It is one of the challenging camping treks and is situated in the northwest Bajhang district of Nepal. Saipal Himal (7031 m), Thado Dhunga Tuppa (5,368 m), Api Himal, Rajamba (6,537 m), Kapchuli, and Mt. Nandadevi (7,817 m), are all seen in the panoramic Himalayan panorama. The mountain's magnificence is enhanced by its diverse flora and fauna.

Api Nampa Conservation Area:

Located in the Darchula district of the Far Western part of Nepal, lies Api Nampa Conservation Area which was established in 2010 A.D. The two mountains that comprise the conservation area are called Mt. Api and Mt. Nampa. On its western border, the protected area is bordered by the Mahakali river. The establishment of Api Nampa Conservation Area aims to safeguard the region’s distinctive biodiversity and rich cultural heritage. Among conservation areas, Api Nampa Conservation Area is one of the best preserved. The area is home to various stunning flora and animals such as Himalayan Thar, snow leopard, red panda, and many more.

Best time to visit Api Saipal to Simikot Trek:

The Api Saipal Trek is a fantastic trekking adventure. This lovely trail is most frequently traveled during the spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) seasons. These seasons bring with them clear, gorgeous skies. Despite the clouds' distraction, you can clearly see the Himalayan ranges and snow-covered peaks.

The trekking routes are filled with lush foliage and lovely flora and fauna. During various times of the year, the scenery, rivers, gorges, and waterfalls are especially stunning. However, this trek is also feasible during other times of the year. To deal with the weather and temperature, careful planning and the appropriate trekking equipment are essential.

The finest months for the Api Saipal to Simikot trek are March, April, and May. The lower portions of the walking trail are covered in blooming rhododendrons throughout these months of the year. These months of the year also offer breathtaking views of the snow-covered mountain ranges surrounding the Api Saipal area. Also, the trails are not difficult and slippery to walk and you can complete your trek without facing such different difficulties.

Likewise, In the Api Saipal to Simikot region, September through November are the ideal months for trekking. When the sky is clear during those months, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Api and Saipal as well as other natural sceneries along the trek. These months provide a suitable and hassle-free platform for trekking enthusiasts to do Api Saipal to Simikot trek. Moreover, the Spring season  and autumn seasons are the most preferable to do Api Saipal to Simikot trek.

Api Saipal to Simikot Trek Difficulty:

Api Saipal to Simikot trek is one of the extreme treks that include an average of 4000m elevation. It is really an adrenaline rush trek that will unleash all the categories of an adventurous trek as a whole. Only those having prior trekking experience and have a will to experience the real trekking experience in one of the remote and unexplored regions are called upon to do this trek. 

This is a strenuous walk that can last all day in secluded settings and includes steep slopes to cross the passes. Trekkers need to set up tents in several places. As a result, there are no additional comforts along the trekking route. For this trek, a high level of physical fitness and experience is advised. 

This trekking area is situated at an elevation of more than 4000 meters. Consequently, it is possible to get extreme altitude sickness. With the use of suitable medical and other interventions, the risk of severe altitude sickness, which may finally result in HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) and HACE, can be decreased (High Altitude Cerebral Edema). Because of this, it's important to hydrate adequately, have a balanced diet, and, if altitude sickness persists, take the necessary drugs and go through acclimatization.

In terms of difficulty, anyone with a rudimentary understanding of trekking may complete the journey. When trekking in this region, physical fitness is crucial. Since you'll be trekking above the elevation of 5000 meters above sea level, it's highly helpful to have a clear and precise awareness of high altitude sickness.

The packing list is one of the things you should keep in mind. You shouldn't carry too much luggage because it will put too much stress on your body. Only carry what is absolutely necessary. Visit the Nepal trekking gear checklist for advice on what to pack.

How to get to the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

Api Saipal trek starts after sightseeing at the UNESCO World Heritage sites inside Kathmandu Valley. You can also use this day as the trek preparation day.  You will take a flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadi on the morning of the first day of the Api Saipal to Simikot trek. You will drive to Makarighat and trek towards the Ghunsa village and stay overnight at tented camps. Your trek will continue to Dhaulo Odar  leaving the Ghunsa village. The day will be a steep climb up and down which will be a strenuous trek throughout the day. From Dhaulo Odar, you will reach the Api Base Camp and explore the beautiful Api Himal and other magnificent peaks as well as the serene nature. After exploration, you will return back to Dhaulo Odar and stay there for the night. You return back to Ghajir and move forward to Camp 1. You leave Camp 1 and reach Camp 2 crossing a pass called Pathar Rashi Bhanjyang. You will reach camp 3 spectating a lake mid-way the trail.

Your trek will continue towards Camp 4 which  is going to be a very long walk as you have to climb straight uphill,  cross a pass and descend downwards. Your trek will continue from Camp 4 to Camp 5 which is not too strenuous. Likewise, you will be accommodated at Camp 6, 7, 8, and 9. Camp 9 is called Kairang Khola Camp. From this camp, you will go to Saipal Base Camp and have an exploration day there. From Saipal Base Camp, you trek your way Chala,  Yalbang, Kermi, Dharapuri, and Simikot. From Simikot, You will return back to Nepalgunj by flight and connecting flight to Kathmandu and finally return to your home destination.

What to expect from the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

The incredible Api Saipal to Simikot trek journey takes you across Nepal's far western area. The unique cultural practices found in Nepal's isolated and unspoiled far western area are well known. The Api Saipal to Simikot trek is ideal for experienced trekkers and adventurers as it combines diverse natural beauties, the breathtaking Himalayas, glacier lakes, pansy woods, and high mountain passes, and untouched culture and traditions. This walk incorporates the woods and the western region's natural splendor. During this trek, you get to see the western plains and high mountain massifs. This Api Saipal  trek to Simikot offers a varied and unique experience that is separate from other commercial trekking in the Annapurna and Everest regions.

The Api Saipal trek to Simikot is far away, unusual, and uncharted. As a result, it is immaculate and unaltered by man. You will discover the best natural beauty in this area, which includes the Himalayan mountain ranges, mountain cultures, glaciers, and incredible flora and fauna. Every person who participates in this trek is drawn in by the breathtakingly bare environment and its breathtaking attractions. The remote villages in Nepal's western area are similarly beautiful since you may discover the breathtaking rural settlement and the nature that the inhabitants have best cultivated. 

Saipal Glacier, Nunekharka Glacier, and other glaciers are just a few of the glaciers you can see while trekking. Additionally, you can see breathtaking panoramas of mountains like Mount Saipal (7031m), Mount Api (7132m), Mount Nandadevi (7817m), and Phirankop Chuli (6730m). A few lookout sites along the route provide you with wonderful views of the mountain range.

Moreover, the Api Saipal to Simikot trek provides you the perfect experience and a wonderful experience for a lifetime and helps you to experience the authentic touch of western Nepal by providing you with one of the pristine, off-beat, and unexplored trekking trails of Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Kathmandu Arrival

Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.

At. 06:00 PM: In the evening, our office representative will meet you for a coffee talk and will brief you on the details of your trekking program.

duration 30 Minutes
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals N/A
Day 02

Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

At. 08:30 AM: Have your morning meal and get ready for your cultural tour, you will devote your full day to cultural sightseeing inside Kathmandu valley.

Explore the Pashupatinath Temple devoted to Lord Shiva which is famous for its awe-spiring and astounding pagoda architecture. Visit Boudhanath stupa, where you will be welcomed by the divine smell of incense and the cooing and grunting of pigeons. After arriving at the Boudhanath stupa the divine aura will declare peace among people's souls. You can also enjoy the rooftop view of the entire place while sipping aromatic coffee and yummy food. A few mins from Boudhanath Stupa there is another important Buddhist pilgrimage Kopan Monastery. This tranquil place is perfect for refreshing activities such as meditation.

Pay a visit to the ancient Buddhist complex Swayambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey temple. These are the three prominent Buddhist sites that have immense importance in Buddhist culture. At last, Once sightseeing completes, you will be dropped back at your hotel. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek if needed.

duration 6-8 Hours
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B
Day 03

Fly to Dhangadhi | Drive to Gokuleshwor

At. 08:00 AM: You will take a flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadi on the morning of the first day of the Api Saipal to Simikot trek. The administrative center of Nepal's Kailali district is Dhangadhi. If the weather is clear, you can take in the breathtaking aerial views of landscapes while flying. Following a little break and lunch in Dhangadhi, you will continue on to Gokuleshwor, where you will arrive at your day's end destination. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
ascent 2580m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 04

Drive to Makarighat | Trek to Ghunsa Village

At. 08:00 AM: This day, the journey towards the new destination that is Makarighat starts through the drive. The distance from Gokuleshwor to Makarighat is about 40 km and takes around 2 hours to reach. After reaching Makarighat, your trek starts and you will be trekking towards the Ghunsa village. It will take around 4 and a half hours to reach  the Ghunsa village from Makarighat.

In the beginning, the trails are not so much uphill and relatively flat, but half of the trail is steep and uphill and you can also see mules along the way. Upon reaching the village, you will get time to relax and observe the local settlement of the village. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
descent 1840m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
transportation On Private Basis
Day 05

Trek to Khayekot

At. 08:00 AM: This day, the trails will lead you to another place with sparse settlements which is Khayekot. It will take around 5-6 hours to reach Khayekot from Ghunsa village. The trail is steep in some areas, and you have to walk uphill and downhill simultaneously until you reach Khayekot. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 1900m
trip-accomodation Local Lodge
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 06

Trek to Dhaulo Odar

At. 07:00 AM: This day, you will be trekking towards Dhaulo Odar leaving the Khayekot. The day will be a steep climb up and down which will be a strenuous trek throughout the day. You will arrive at an open grassland along the route that is bordered by steep mountains, a rhododendron forest, and a few little caves. The night will be spent in a tent camp at Dhaulo Odar where you may take in the stunning surroundings. Overnight accommodation in tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
ascent 3770m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 07

Api Base Camp Exploration | Return to Dhauli Odar

At. 07:00 AM: This is the day when you will be trekking to the Api base camp. From Dhaulo Odar, it takes about two hours to ascend to the Api Himal base camp. You can take a stroll through the base camp and take in the breathtaking mountain vistas and their unspoiled natural beauty. This day gives you the opportunity to experience the stunning Api base camp's peacefulness firsthand.

You can reach the glacial lake known as Kalidhunga Lake, located at an altitude of 4100m from sea level, after a few hours of hiking from the base camp. One of the most sacred lakes in the area, Lord Shiva is primarily worshiped there. After exploring the Api Base Camp, you will return back to Dhauli Odar after a reminiscing memory for a lifetime.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 4250m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 08

Trek to Ghajir

At. 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will continue your trek to Ghajir which is a village that will take around 6-8 hours of walk. Upon reaching Ghajir, you will get to explore the ethnicity's living style, cultures, and traditions. Overnight accommodation at the tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
descent 2770m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 09

Ghajir to Camp 1

At. 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will commence your day by bidding farewell to the Ghajir village towards the next stop for the day which is Camp 1. In order to reach Camp 1, you have to walk past no settlement areas and upward trails which is going to be a little strenuous. It will take around 5-6 hours to reach Camp 1 from Ghajir and the distance covered is about 7.5 km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
duration 8 Km
ascent 3600m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 10

Trek to Camp 2

At. 07:00 AM: This day, you will be leaving Camp 1 and moving towards Camp 2. You will have to walk past through up and down trails that are not monotonous. It will be a hectic but enjoyable trek today. Additionally, you also need to cross the pass which is called Pathar Rashi Bhanjyang in order to reach Camp 2. It will take around 7-8 hours of walking to reach camp 2 and the total distance covered is 12.5 Km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 12.5 Km
ascent 3730m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 11

Trek to Camp 3

At. 07:00 AM: After fueling up yourself, your trek for the day will commence. The final destination for the day will be Camp 3. As the elevation increases, it will be strenuous and adventurous. In order to reach Camp 3, you have to walk past a lake which is in the mid-way of Camp 3. It will be a tiresome yet reminiscing trek towards Camp 3. It will take around 6-7 hours to reach there and the total distance covered is 8km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps near the river.

duration 6-8 Hours
duration 8 Km
ascent 4220m
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 12

Trek to Camp 4

At 07:00 AM:  After breakfast, your trek will continue towards Camp 4. It is going to be a very long walk today as you have to climb straight uphill, cross one pass, and descend down towards Camp 4.  The trails will be moving up at first and later on, you have to descend down. It will take around 7-8 hours to reach Camp 4 and the total distance covered is 11km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 3450 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 13

Trek to Camp 5

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, your trek will continue from Camp 4 to Camp 5. This day, the trek will be average i.e. not too strenuous as the previous day. You can reach Camp 5 in about 5-6 hours of medium-pace walk. Overnight accommodation at tented camps. 

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 3780 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 14

Trek to Camp 6

At 07:00 AM: After having breakfast, your trek for the day will commence by leaving Camp 5 and moving forward to reach the final stop for the day which is Camp 6. It will also be an elevation gain walk. So, you need to be properly hydrated throughout the trek. It will take around 5-6 hours to reach Camp 6 and the total distance covered is 9km. 

duration 5-6 hours
ascent 4520 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 15

Trek to Camp 7

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will trek forward to reach Camp 7 which is the final destination for the day. It is going to be a strenuous and long trek day as you have to climb uphill as well as cross the pass of elevation 5150m. After crossing the pass, you will descend down and finally reach Camp 7. It will take around 7-8 hours to reach Camp 7 and the total distance covered is about 10km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 4250 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 16

Trek to Camp 8

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will trek to Camp 8 today. It will be a simultaneous downhill descent at first and then an uphill ascent for some time. After following these trails, you will finally reach your final destination of the day which is Camp 8. It will take around 8-9 hours to reach camp 8 and the total distance covered is about 12km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 4440 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 17

Trek to Camp 9

At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, you will move towards Camp 9 which can be also called  the Kairang Khola Camp. In order to reach there, you need to ascend a long pass which is of 5330m elevation. You need to walk uphill to cross the pass and then descend down for some time to reach Kairang Khola Camp which is Camp 9. It will take about 7-8 hours to reach the Kairang Khola Camp and the total distance covered is about 12km. Overnight accommodation at tented camps. 

duration 5-6 Hours
descent 4240 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 18

Trek to Saipal Base Camp

At 07:00 AM: You resume your ascent to the base camp after breakfast. It's crucial to exercise caution and properly abide by the rules because the trail might become icy and steep. You may marvel at the breathtaking views of Saipal (7031m), Api (7132m), Nandadevi (7817m), and the surrounding peaks after you arrive at the base camp. Additionally, the adjacent Phirankoph Chuli (6730m) gives breathtaking Himalayan views. The remainder of the panorama may be seen from the Saipal Base Camp on the Nunekhara Glacier, Saipal Glacier, and Humla Danda. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
descent 4250 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 19

Acclimatization and Exploration Day

At 07:00 AM: You will explore the area around the Base Camp after breakfast. With the aid of your guide, you can climb to neighbouring vantage spots for even more breathtaking views of the mountain ranges. Because the landscape in this area is frequently covered with snow and ice, you must carefully follow your guide. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 4250 M
trip-accomodation Camping Tent
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 20

Trek to Chala

At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will trace your way back to the Chala village. You'll start to descend towards Chala. It is one of the most beautiful sites to take in and watch local culture and learn about their genuine and traditional way of life. Overnight accommodation at tented camps. 

duration 5-6 Hours
descent 3700 M
trip-accomodation Tented Camp
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 21

Trek to Yalbang

At 08:00 AM: Your journey toward Yalbang continues after breakfast. The journey starts on solitary pathways that provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The route becomes easier as you approach Yalbang. To end the hike for the day, you will stroll alongside the Puiya River on the way. Once you get there, you can look at the village that the Bhotia and Thakuri live in. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 3020 M
trip-accomodation Tented Camp
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 22

Trek to Kermi

At 08:00 AM: After breakfast, your trek for the day will start and the destination is Kermi. It will take about 6 hours to reach Kermi from Yalbang. You will mostly be walking along the Karnali River’s bank during the day, the trail is downwards and flat. There are two gompas, Lakyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, close to the hamlet where you can visit, respect the Buddhist culture and customs, and take in Kermi village's natural beauty. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
descent 2670 M
trip-accomodation Tented Camp
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 23

Trek to Dharapuri

At 08:00 AM: This day, you will trek towards Dharapuri after breakfast. The path gently descends to regions of population and vegetation and you can see the Ghaghara river flowing along the way. Inhabitants of the Bhotia, Jhakri, and Thakuri communities also live in this village. When you've had time to rest, you can explore the distinctive culture. Overnight accommodation at tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
descent 2310 M
trip-accomodation Tented Camp
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 24

Trek to Simikot

At 08:00 AM: Your trip will continue in the direction of Simikot after breakfast. You go back the same way you arrived. When you get to Simikot, you can stroll around the lovely city. The town is home to numerous monasteries and stupas. The rituals and culture are also unique. Overnight accommodation at the tented camps.

duration 5-6 Hours
ascent 2910 M
trip-accomodation Tented Camps
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 25

Flight to Nepalgunj from Simikot and connecting flight to Kathmandu

At 08:00 AM: An early-morning 45-minute scenic flight through the foothills of the Himalayas and spectacular views of the snow-capped peaks will take you to Nepalgunj. Depending on the time of the connecting flight to Kathmandu, upon arrival in Nepalgunj, if it's in the afternoon, you'll have a few hours in Nepalgunj for relaxation or refreshment. You will catch a connecting flight back to Kathmandu, where you will be picked up and dropped to your hotel.

descent 150 M
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 26

Rest day in Kathmandu

At 10:00 AM: After a long and memorable trek to the Api Saipal, this day will be your rest and relaxation day. You can relax with a cup of coffee in your hotel and in the afternoon, you can go for additional sightseeing if you prefer. You can wander around the streets of Kathmandu and buy some souvenirs to take back home in order to reminisce about the memory of Nepal. 

ascent 1350 M
trip-accomodation Nepali Ghar
trip-meals B,L,D
Day 27

Departure

(Have a safe home return!): You will have leisure time in Kathmandu after breakfast at your hotel. Our office representative will escort you to the Kathmandu airport 3 hours before on time to board your flight. It may take 30 minutes to reach the airport from the hotel. 

trip-meals B

Trip Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the Api Saipal to Simikot Trek?

    For hikers and trekkers who want to visit the remote and pristine area of Nepal, there is the Api Saipal to Simikot Trek. It lies in the western part of Nepal. On this trail, trekkers have a wonderful opportunity to discover Nepal's wilderness. The Api Saipal to Simikot Trek is an experience off-the-beaten-track through a remarkable contrast of varied terrains and genuine nature far from modern civilization.

  • How long is the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

    The lovely and mind enthralling Api Saipal to Simikot trek takes 27 days to complete. It includes many breathtaking locations and offers breathtaking panoramas of untainted nature.

  • How hard is the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

    Api Saipal to Simikot Trek is one of the strenuous treks which requires a high level of determination and prior trekking experience. You need to be aware of different difficulties that occur during this trek such as the remoteness of the area, altitude sickness, less modernization, and others. Moreover, it is categorized as a hard and strenuous trek.

  • Can I customize the trip itinerary?

    Yes, absolutely, Altitude Himalaya will be more than happy to customize the trip itinerary to your preference in terms of duration, cost, and group size.

  • Can I expect any luxury in the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

    Api Saipal to Simikot trek falls within one of the less developed regions of Nepal. This region is relatively inaccessible to different modern amenities and facilities. Therefore, it is advised not to expect any luxury during the trek.

  • Is it a camping trek?

    Yes, the Api Saipal to Simikot trek is a camping trek. Due to the less availability of lodging options in the valley and the remoteness around the trekking area, it is best advised to do a camping trek for a beautiful trekking experience.

  • When is the best time to do the Api Saipal to Simikot trek?

    In order to experience the unique and beautiful features of the Api Saipal area and explore the untouched beauty of the area, it is best advised to do the Api Saipal to Simikot trek during the spring and autumn seasons.

  • Is it best to buy the required equipment on arrival in Kathmandu or should we purchase it before we arrive?

    If you prefer branded equipment, it's better to purchase them there as that cost is expensive in Nepal but if you are okay with local brands you can purchase them here in Nepal. You will get enough time for your equipment purchase.

  • What is the minimum number of travelers required for this trek?

    It is required to have a minimum of 4 trekkers for this Api Saipal to Simikot trek. As it is a fully camping trek, taking into consideration all factors such as accommodation requirements, costing, and all, it is best preferred to have a minimum of four trekkers.

  • What things should we have to take into consideration during this trek?

    First of all, you need to take care of the packing and trekking gear list as Api Saipal trek is totally a camping trek and it is required to have all the necessary equipment and gears needed for the trek and the area falls under one of the remote and underdeveloped areas. You need to carry sufficient amenities for yourself as you also have to camp in no settlement areas. The next thing is you should have a nutritious and balanced diet along the trek which will aid you in not arising any medical difficulties and proper hydration and acclimatization should be done to prevent altitude sickness.

Services Includes

  • All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.

  • Flight transfer (Kathmandu to Dhangadhi, Simikot to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary. 

  • Hotel accommodation (3-star deluxe) in Kathmandu on a double/twin sharing basis.

  • Tea house/local lodge/camping tent accommodation during the trek on a double/twin sharing basis. 

  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip.

  • Lunch and dinner from trek start day to trek end day.

  • All necessary paperwork. (TIMS Card and Api Nampa Conservation Area Entrance Permit, Humla Restricted Area Permit)

  • One local SIM card (returnable, if required) during your stay.

  • All government and local taxes.

  • An English-speaking, experienced, and government-licensed trekking guide.

  • An experienced cook throughout the trip. 

  • Required numbers of porters, kitchen staff, and mules to carry camping equipment and arrangements. 

  • Guide and porter’s salary, food, and accommodation during the trek.

  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveler’s insurance company.

  • Sleeping bag, duffle bags, and trekking route maps – if necessary.

  • Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night in Kathmandu.

Services Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu. (Approx. USD 40 Per Person)

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.

  • Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport-size photos and 30 USD)

  • International flight ticket.

  • Travel health insurance. (Highly Recommended)

  • Tips for the guide, porter, cook, and driver. (Not compulsory but recommended)

  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

27 Days from US$ 5600
US$ 5500 pp