Nepal Wild West : Mount Api & Saipal

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23 Days
Sep-Nov
Adventurous/Challenging
5300 m
Overview
  • A Journey into the Far Western Himalayan Range.
  • An exploration safari on almost forgotten region.
  • Breathe taking panorama of highest snow range of mountains of North Western Nepal to India’s   Nanda Devi peaks, pristine forest on the most elusive trail, medieval towns and villages.

 

Introduction:
On a mystical-mysterious exploration journey to the Far North West corners of Nepal, as this part of the world is purely amongst the most alluring of all adventure travel destinations yet to be explored.  The last of the Nepal’s Himalayan chain of mountains situated beyond Dhaulagiri, the Nepal Himalaya stretch westwards for approximately 300 kilometers to the border with India.

This area is the other side of Nepal, not the popular like the over trekked Nepal of the Everest Trail or the Annapurna Circuit; this is some of the most remote trekking on this earth. Access to these areas is generally by way of a short and exciting flight to a scant mountain airstrip, with the alternative being a week to ten days walk-in-just to reach the highest valleys, where the most interesting trekking is to be found.

This is pure reconnaissance and an exploration trekking the conditions that one might encounter are, necessarily, uncertain. We anticipate that for the first part of the journey route, following the Seti River, will find good trails which are used by the local people as they travel between settlements.

Higher up in the Seti Valley, approaching to near Tibetan border, we should also find the remains of the path used by the traders who used to travel on this route. No doubt the people of the lower valleys still take their yaks to the pastures, close to Urai Lagna Pass. As per the information that there is a deep gorge above the camp at Dahachaur and that the trail is forced down onto the boulders of the river bed for a time.

On the return leg of this trip, crossing the Bankhe Lekh, will be looking for the easiest route across a pass that we have only limited information about. Here, one will encounter some easy snow slopes and also rough underfoot conditions, loose scree, moraine and trackless hillsides. At the start of the trip we will be looking to complete long days, to enable us to reach Urai Lagna and return to Dahachaur as soon as possible.This will allow us the maximum amount of time for the second part of the trip, which is the part that we know least about.

The route from the pass on the Bankhe Lekh, down to the place where we hope to meet the trail leading back to Bajhang, may be straightforward or it may be impossible.

We have given this trip the DEMANDING grade on account of the overall length of this un-explored trekking safari, the uncertainty of the route and the remoteness of the location. There are likely to be a number of strenuous days. The high point of the trip is reached at the Urai Lagna Pass 5,300m and by this stage of the trek everyone will be well acclimatized. Highest camp will be close to the unnamed pass on the Bankhia Lekh and this will be at around 500meteres.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu.

Day 02:

In Kathmandu.

Day 03:

Fly to Dhangadi.

Day 04:

Full day drive from Dhangadi to Dadeldhura. (130 km 4-5 hrs. 1,891m/6,204ft)

Day 05:

Drive from Dadeldhura to Darchula.(200 km Approx 7- 8 hrs. (881m/2,890ft)

Day 06:

Trek to Darchula to Huti. 7 hrs (1,628m/5,341ft) camp

Day 07:

Trek Huti to Sunsara. 7-8 hrs (1,815m/5,955ft).

Day 08:

Trek Sunsara to Lower Dumlin. 8hrs (1,850m/6,069 ft)

Day 09:

Trek Dumlin to Gaati Bagart or Buddi. 7-8 hrs (1,790m/5,873ft)

Day 10:

Trek Gati Bagar to Gaga. 8 hrs (3.500m/11,500ft)

Day 11:

Trek Gaga to Tinkar. 5-6 hrs.(3,590m/11,778ft)

Day 12:

Rest day at Tinkar visit the village of Tinkar the last botia people of Nepal.

Day 13:

Trek Tinkar to Nampa Khola, Near Gaga. 5-6 hrs

Day 14:

Trek to Meadow Camp. (4,250m/13,943ft), crossing a high pass around 4,900m/16,000ft – 7 hrs.

Day 15:

Rest day and exploration to Api Himal base camp.

Day 16:

Trek to Buddi.5-6 hrs

Day 17:

Trek to Dumlin. 8 hrs

Day 18:

Return trek to Sunsara. 7-8 hrs.

Day 19:

Return trek to Huti. 6 – 7 hrs.

Day 20:

Trek to Darchula and drive to Dadeldhura. 3-4 hrs treks and drive 5–6 hrs Lodge.

Day 21:

Drive to Dhangadi 4 hrs to catch afternoon flight to Kathmandu.

Day 22:

In Kathmandu at lesiure.

Day 23:

International Departure.

 

Itinerary

Day 01:   

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m. Transfer to Hotel.

 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking / Camping, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

   

Day 02:

A day in Kathmandu ½ Day guided tour. 

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

   

Day 03:

Fly to Dhangadi and transfer to Hotel.

 

Depending upon the flight time transfer to domestic airport for the sweeping flight to Dhangadi in the Far Western Nepal 55-60 minutes scenic flight where you can marvel the chain Himalayan peaks from Langtang-Ganesh-Manaslu-Annapurna to Dhaulagiri mountain range, on reaching at Dhangadi airport transfer to hotel. Dhangadi an Indian influenced border town. Nothing special to see in the town, but in early autumn all the paddy fields will be in full swing with the rice harvest.

   

Day 04:

Full day’s drive to Dadeldhura 130 km 4-5 hrs.  1,891m.

 

An interesting driving journey with lots of short bends and zig zags, with diverse scenery, on leaving Dhangadi towards Atariya, coming to a crossroads where the road heads splits one going west to India and towards north to Darchula. From this spot the road starts climbing up leaving the low lands of Nepal. The driving journey continues with a climb through the foothills with fresh mountain air, as you feel much cooler. 
The road zig zagging bends leads all the way up through some serene verdant forest, eventually reaching at Dadeldhura, a large town on the top of the ridge, and quite in commotion in this local bazaar, a simple and typical hill town with banks and basic hotels. In a fine clear day one can Saipal Himal, as well as the Api Himal and the snow capped peaks over the Indian side, overnight at a local hotel with usual Nepali meals.

   

Day 05:

Drive to Darchula distance 200 km 7–8 hrs journey 881m

 

The driving journey to Darchula is remarkable as you get the first views of Api and Saiphal Himal and way over to the Panch Chuli and Nanda Devi range of Indian Himalaya mountains then reaching to the nice village at Patan the first hill village with rice paddy’s agriculture, after Patan the drive continues passing through mountain ridges with ups and down then coming to a large village at Gokelsori,  with few hairpin bends to encounter reaching to the pass and then descending towards Mahakali river, finally reaching at Darchula for the overnight after seven hours of adventurous drive.

   

Day 06:

Trek to Huti 7 hrs  1,628m

 

The first day of our exploration adventure a pure Himalayan safari begins from here onwards the walk passes through Darchula town then following the rough dirt track along the river side for 40 minutes, this trekking leads to an old path to Huti. with gradual climb crossing small bridges and a hot spring, journey leads to a Hindu shrine, from here the walk climbs steeply up on a winding track coming to make a high ridge and then traversing through a terraced farm-filed, from the village of Kalgad then crossing a suspension bridge, then climb a steep hill all the way up to the attractive Huti village.

   

Day 07:

Trek to Sunsara 7-8 hrs 1,815m.

 

On these second days of our mysterious journey the walk is gradual following through nice villages on the open dirt road with grand views of the surrounding landscapes and of distant snow capped peaks, trekking on the high side of the hill above the river on the winding track then finally coming to the village of Sunsara for the overnight stop.

   

Day 08: 

Trek to Lower Dumlin 8hrs 1,850m

 

After a wonderful stop at Sunsara our trekking safari leads downhill in the serene forest and waterfalls with grand views of the Himalaya in Indian side along with Api Himal & Mt. Saiphal towards North, after reaching a fresh clear stream the route climbs for an hour coming to a large meadow with picturesque scenery of Mahakali River and of surrounding hills and valleys, the walk leads to Mall village, the path then leads to Kotadar Village before Dumling village the route passed through gorgeous forest of rhododendron then with a downhill walk to Dumlin village for the overnight halt.

   

Day 09:

Trek to Buddi Gaati via Bagar 1,790m, 7-8 hrs

 

Today our Himalayan Safari leads through Mahakali River gorge, the walk from Dumlin leads on the bank of the river with dramatic scenery overlooking the hills and steep mountains over the Indian side, while our route passes through dense forest the walk passes Tinkar village and Tampa khola before reaching at Buddi  Gaatti  a small spot with a tea-hut trek continues for another hour to camp at Bagar where there is some good camping space for the overnight stop.

   

Day 10:

Trek to GaGa, 8 hrs  3.500m.

 

Our Himalayan Safari and exploration leads closer to Api and Saiphal area on leaving the forest and the camp at Budhi, reaching alpine climatic change and in vegetation as well, one of the beautiful day following the river reaching at Api river just before Kutisang in the middle of the forest, with a break here walk continues to a climb to a small ridge pass with great views of Mt. Api , after a nice pleasant moment descend towards a large green valley through a wonderful forest to Gaga for the overnight camp, close to this camping there lies a small village called Changru  a short uphill hike to reach this village.

   

Day 11:

Trek to Tinkar 5-6 hrs 3,590m

 

After a wonderful time at Gaga today’s journey leads to one of the finest and charming village of Tinkar with the backdrop of fine peak Tshering Changaa meaning “The Long Life” walk follows the Tinkar river reaching at a small settlement called Rathang, from here the path climbs and then descends to reach the Tinkar village one of the old and beautiful village of this region, the inhabitants are from Tibetan origin migrated and settled here more than 600 hundreds years  ago the village houses more than 60 stone built houses with intricate carved wooden windows, this village has a small hydro power as well, the native here speaks Tibetan and local dialect known as Bayjshe practice Tibetan Buddhism and as well Hindu religion, they are known as Bhotia and Tinkara also.

   

Day 12:

Rest Day at Tinkar for local hike.

 

A well worth day here at Tinkar one can do several hikes and visit around this area, hike near Tinkar la pass on route Tibet or walk towards the base of the Tshering Changa Mountain. From the high ridge a grand view of Yokanandi Valley including the peak Byas Risi Himal 6, 710 m north of Tinkar.

   

Day 13: 

Trek to Nampa Khola, near GaGa, 5-6 hrs

 

The journey from here nears higher ground as the altitude gains slowly following the path back to Gaga village, to explore the beautiful Nampa valley on the plateau above the Nampa Khola, after the overnight camp which is 20 minutes from Gaga. One can go for a long hike near the Nepal-Tibet border where the trail leads to pilgrimage path to Mt. Kailash in Tibet, a well worth walk around the village Nampa.

   

Day 14:

Trek to Camp at 4,250m, after crossing a pass at 4,900m 7 hrs.

 

Today’s trekking leads close towards Api Himal and its range of other smaller snow capped peaks, again from Gaga going back the steps and climbing through the forest of pine to the top of the ridge looking down to the Api river, and the view of Api Himal massif, the walk after the top at 4,900m with the grand scenery descend towards a large grazing meadows for the overnight camp near the fresh water stream. This area is busy in early monsoon season s the villagers from this Far Western region comes here to harvest the unique plant / insect Yarsagumba which fetch a handsome price for each of this medicinal herb, this will be the last camp on this high route to explore the Api Himal base camp area.

   

Day 15:

Rest day and exploration to Api Base Camp

 

Final and last day of this wonderful trekking safari, exploration and reconnaissance journey hike to higher ground towards the base of Api Himal and Saipal Himal and its glacier and the great Ice cap which forms the upper part of the mountain. Some of the path are well defined by the Yarcha Gumba harvester on the steep hillside, a moderate path leads towards tussock grass land and to Api Base Camp.  The whole hike and exploration can be made in 5-6 hours.

   

Day 16: 

Trek to Buddi 5-6 hrs

 

After a wonderful time in this high mysterious, mystic highland our return journey back to Buddi through the alpine forest which is mostly downhill walks.

   

Day 17:

Trek to Dimlin 8 hrs

 

From Buddi retrace the journey on the same trail all the way back to Darchula passing Sunsara and Huti villages.

   

Day 18:

Retrace the trek to Sunsara 7-8 hrs.

 

Trekking back with wonderful feeling after achieving our aim in this far western pockets of Nepal Himalaya.

   

Day 19: 

Retrace the trek to Huti 6 – 7 hrs.

 

Walking back on the same path is quite interesting as you can discover what you have missed on the way up, the flora-fauna and views.

   

Day 20: 

Trek to Darchula and drive to Dadeldhur 4 hrs and drive 5–6 hrs. 

 

The last final day of this odyssey an exploration on the unknown, unmapped region of Nepal, a long walk towards Huti for the another long driving journey to Darchula for the overnight stop before leaving to Kathmandu.

   

Day 21:

Drive back to Dhangadi 4 hrs with afternoon flight to Kathmandu.

 

Early morning a scenic drive to Dhangadi and towards airport, depending upon the schedule flight time, sometime the flight time can be delayed due to bad weather and other reason; the flight from Dhangadi to Kathmandu which takes about an hour, a panoramic view of the snow capped can be seen from window of the plane. Arriving at Kathmandu domestic terminal, HimEX staff will receive and transfer you back to the Hotel.

   

Day 22:

Free day at leisure.

 

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley.

   

Day 23: 

Transfer to Airport for the International departure. 

 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy our staff will transfer you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

Notes: The above itinerary and trip dossier are just a guide line the walking hours the elevation might differ upon one physical fitness, some of the walking and driving hours can be changed in due times when this region will be well mapped, this area at present and for few years or more is pure explorations, reconnaissance a real challenge and a quest for something new change in the Nepal Himalaya trekking.

 

Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Accommodation sharing twin at basic Hotel in Dhangadi and Dadeldhura on full board basis.
3. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Dhangadi.
4. Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
5. Internal flight Kathmandu / Dhangadi / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.
6. Transportation Dhangadi / Dadeldhura / Darchula / Dadeldhura / Dhangadi by non AC private vehicle.
7. Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
8. Applicable Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
9. Insurance for Nepalese crew.

 

Our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2. Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
6. Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
7. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
8. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
9. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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