Mt Saipal: The first effort to climb Saipal in the Bajhang district failed.
Even after 70 years of human engagement with the Himalayan heights, this mountain (7,031 meters) has yet to be conquered.
A 37-member mountaineering team attempted to ascend Mt Saipal four years ago but was unsuccessful. In 2075 BS, the tourism marketers received initiation for a mountaineering expedition on Mt Saipal, claiming that the mountaineers were only interested in climbing peaks in the eastern Himalayas.
The Department of Tourism has granted permission to twenty climbers from three expedition teams to climb Mt Saipal from mid-October to mid-November. Four Sherpas and two Spaniards who attempted to summit the peak gave up after reaching 5,500 meters, according to Pechhumbe Sherpa, a mountaineering guide.
Sherpa Himalaya Under Company was in charge of their expedition. “This peak is technically challenging,” he explained, “therefore we had to abort our excursion due to a lack of preparedness.” Mt Saipal, according to Sherpa, can still be climbed if climbers are capable and prepare properly.
According to him, despite the Sherpa guides attaching 1,200 meters of rope to open the summit climbing path, the climbers, including four Nepali women, declared they couldn’t ascend and the endeavor failed. Mt Saipal
Skilled mountaineers attempting alpine climbing or climbing without a rope, according to the guides, may be able to reach the summit.
Despite the fact that more than 100 peaks in the country’s far west have been recognized and opened for climbing, none have yet been conquered. As a result, the tourism industry has encouraged the Department to cooperate in order to make the ascension of certain peaks a success.
“The Department should entice mountaineers by building routes up to the base camp and other physical infrastructures, as well as advertising these virgin peaks to encourage mountaineering tourism and activities in this region of the country,” Mt Saipal Expedition base camp manager Bhojraj Bhatta stated.
Despite the fact that the government waived the royalty for climbing expeditions in the western region over the past 20 years in order to promote tourism in the area, it has yet to be climbed.
However, in recent years, the Department has begun to collect royalties. The Department has received Rs 481,000 in revenue from mountain excursions in the far-western region since 2075 BC.
According to a climber who trekked up Mt Saipal, Saipal is the most attractive of the 403 mountains identified and opened by the government for expeditions.
He claimed that there are roughly 150 mountains in the western region that have yet to be climbed, and that the three levels of government could boost expeditions by providing special packages.
Locals had greeted the mountaineers, who had returned for the final time, in Chainpur, Bajhang’s district headquarters, expressing their delight that the adventure was taking place for the first time in the far west.
A total of 37 persons had gone to the base camp, including members of the expedition team and locals. The squad also included two expeditors who had already climbed 14 of the world’s highest peaks above 8,000 meters.