Mount Saipa ( 7031 m / 23,068 ft ) and Mount Api ( 7132 m / 23,399 ft ) are two Himalayan peaks that stand majestically in the far western region and is standing guard n the border between Garhwal and Tibet. Victorian eccentric Hnery Savage Landor was the first to explore Api in 1899 and not long afterwards by the famed mountaineer Tom Longstaff. In the years that followed, very few Britons have ventured into this region. Our trek commences in the border town of Darchula and north along the Mahakali River. This is a far-flung region where we come face to face with the Botia people as we trek through lush forests and pastoral villages. We come to the last point of our trek past the enclave of Tinkar, at Api Base Camp ( 4500 m / 14,764 ft ) and we get a chance to explore the slopes above.