Both Mount Saipal and Surmasarowar Lake are located in the Bajhang district. The town Chainpur is the starting point to trek to both locations. Chainpur can be reached by bus from Dhangadhi in around 12h.
With an impressive 7031 m, Mount Saipal is the second highest peak of the Far Western Himalayas. Climbers prefer it to the higher Mount Api, since the trekking route to the base camp is less strenuous. The trail continues up to the Urai Bhanjyang pass, which is the main gateway to the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet. There is no fee for trekking and mountaineering in this area.
Southwest of the Mount Saipal range, there is the beautiful Surmasarowar Lake at an altitude of 4300 m. It does not only have natural and historical significance, but also offers therapeutic value. It is believed that a dip in this lake helps cure skin diseases. There is also the myth that in doing so, the Goddess Surma will be pleased and she will help fulfill your wishes. Every year, during the end of July, a big festival called Birijaat takes place there. Thousands of pilgrims come here for a ritual bath during this annual event. Apart from the lake, the trekking route to Surmasarowar itself is a major attraction.