Humla Limi Valley Trek

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19 DaysKathmandu to Kathmandu Grade:

Destination: Nepal

Tour region: Humla, Karnali, Nepal

Location: Limi valley and Nyalu La

Beginning Altitude: 1310 m at Kathmandu

Highest Elevation: 4949 m at Nyalu La

Best Season : Spring- Autumn

  • Explore the Tibetian, buddism and Bon po culture
  • Witness rare flora and fauna like Pine trees, Blue Sheep, Jackle, snow leopard, musk deer, and more
  • Cross the highest elevation of 4949 m at Nyalu La Pass and 4620 at Nara La pass
  • Visit Laikyo Gompa, Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery, Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, Richening Gompa
  • Serene view of the Limi river, Sali river, Lake Selma Tso, and Karnali River
  • Panoramic view of Mt. Kailash and Mount Saipal
  • Pass through Majgaon, Simikot, Kerni village, Yanger village

Limi Valley is a mystical land in the most remote area of north-western Nepal, Humla district. The isolated villages which have not been touched by modern development show the authentic and raw side of Karnali region.  The ancient Buddhist monasteries, Gompa, Chortans, and mani walls take you back in time. Sitting near the border of Nepal and China, you get to experience the variant cultures and traditions of different communities living in harmony.

The day to day lifestyle of the communities living in Humla is interwoven with their age-old customs and traditions which you will vividly witness as you walk pat numerous villages. With spectacular views of snow-capped Mt. Kailash, and Mount Saipal following you throughout the trail towards the highest elevation of 4949m at Nyalu La pass, the trek is one of a kind. Since the region falls under Restricted Area, that has been left isolated, there is a great possibility of potting wildlife like snow leopard, blue sheep, jackals, musk deer, hyenas, and more. Sleeping amidst the age-old Buddhist villages and eating the authentic Tibetan, Nepali food gives you a warm sense of belonging during the tour. 

After a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, you begin your trek from Simikot and eventually pass through Kermi, Muchu, Yari, Hilsa to cross Nara La pass. You will then walk across Limi River and numerous villages like Yanger, Majgaon and other Tibetian and Hindu villages. The off-beat track leads you to Talung, Shinjungma to cross the Nyalu La pass and eventually back to Kermi.


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02:Morning sightseeing tour and afternoon flight to Nepalgunj.

Day 03:Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950 m)

Day 04:Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m) - 4 hrs

Day 05:Trek to Kermi (2670 m)- 4 hrs

Day 06:Trek to Yalbang (3020 m) – 5 hrs

Day 07:Trek to Muchu (3120 m) or Tumkot (3380 m) – 5 hrs

Day 08:Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m)- 6 hrs

Day 09:Trek from Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m). 7 hrs

Day 10:Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m) - 5 hrs

Day 11:Trek to Till (4000 m) – 6 hrs

Day 12:Trek to Halji (3660 m) – 4 hrs

Day 13:Trek from Halji to Jang (3930 m) - 4 hrs

Day 14:Trek to Talung (4370 m) – 8 hrs

Day 15:Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4949 m) – 8 hrs

Day 16:Trek to Kermi (2670 m) – 7 hrs

Day 17:Trek to Simikot (2950 m) – 7 hrs

Day 18:Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Day 19:International departure for homeward bound.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel Our representatives at Nepal Adventure Team will pick you up from the Kathmandu International Airport as per your request. You will be taken to a hotel and will be briefed on the travel plan. On the same day, you can also try the authentic Nepalese food at a Nepalese restaurant with cultural, ethnic dance and music. Stay overnight at the hotel

Day 02Morning sightseeing tour and afternoon flight to Nepalgunj. You will be introduced to the guides who will take you for sightseeing around Kathmandu in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath( Little Tibet), Swayambhunath ( Monkey Temple) and other temples and monasteries. In the afternoon you will depart for Upper Dolpo Trek by taking a 50-minute scenic flight to Nepalgunj. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 03Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950 m) After breakfast, you will leave for a flight towards the Simikot airport. Simikot which is the administrative headquarters of Humla lies in the midst of Himalaya. It serves as the starting point of the trek/drive to the Famous Kailash/Manasarovar as well. Stay overnight at hotel/ lodge.

Day 04Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m) - 4 hrs The day starts with an hour walk after which you will cross a small 3000m high pass and go down one towards Majgaon. Majgaon is a village with both Hindus and Buddhist community living harmoniously. The trail gradually leads to a greener pasture at this lower altitude. You will reach Dharapuri after a 4 hours walk. Stay overnight at Dharapuri.

Day 05Trek to Kermi (2670 m)- 4 hrs On this day, you will walk for 3- 4 hours before reaching Kermi. In the morning you can explore the Dharapuri village after having breakfast. Since the trek is not of long duration so you can start a little later. The trail will pass through Karnali Filled with fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. After an easy hike, you reach Kermi which has the majority of Buddhist people. If you reach Kermi early, you can visit its major attractions like Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 06Trek to Yalbang (3020 m) – 5 hrs After having breakfast we walk 2 hours and cross the Sali River. You can take a brief rest in the small settlement on the bank of the river where there are a few tea shops. The trek takes you to a high trail through a pine forest. You will witness the clear Karnali River below the cliff. You will also get to encounter Mule caravans along the way. The caravan leaders are the local villagers moving from one place to another for barter and trade for a livelihood. After 4 hours of the hike, you will reach Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. The monastery is of Nyingmapa lineage and has about 135 monks living there. After visiting the monastery, head towards Yalbang. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 07Trek to Muchu (3120 m) or Tumkot (3380 m) – 5 hrs After breakfast, you will leave the Karnali River again and pass through the small Yangar village. The path is not so difficult and is mostly flat. The trail then leads you to a path carved out of the rocks after which you will be walking on a three-sided tunnel. The path eventually gets rockier, and there are no more big pine trees. Instead, they are replaced by small bushes. After a four hour walk, you will reach Muchu. If you get there early, then you can further walk an hour and camp at Tumkot. Muchu is an interesting village and is also home to Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, but it is not the main trail for this trek. Do not exhaust yourself if you are already too tired. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 08Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m)- 6 hrs The day begins by taking a steep climb. As you keep walking, the landscape gets more rocky and desolated. There aren’t many trees in this area and the few trees left are low junipers. After a little walk, the trail will pass through a construction road. Eventually, you will walk past the village of Ani Palwang where you can take rest and stop for lunch. In a couple of hours, you will reach Yari where you can set your camp. If you reach there early and are not exhausted, you can continue to walk one more hour to reach Thado Dunga where you can set your camp instead. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 09Trek from Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m). 7 hrs This the marks the most extended hike of the entire trek since you will have to walk for more than 7 hours. The trail is also known to be physically demanding as you will cross the Nara La sitting at the elevation of 4620m. The view throughout the trail gives off a view of Tibetan landscape which is very enticing. The path then leads to Tado Dunga and gets steeper. You will reach Nara la pass in a few hours. It is which is visible from a distance. Nara La has a pile of stone-clad on top of one another. There is a belief that adding stones to the pile brings good luck and represents a house for your next life. You will see prayer flags fluttering with the wind and panoramic view of Tibetan plateau. The path from the pass is difficult. You will have to take a steep descent to Hilsa. You can choose between Homestay or camping. Homestay might not always be an available option during the peak tourist season. Stay overnight at camp if so.

Day 10Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m) - 5 hrs The trek for today is for 5 hours to reaching Manepeme. After having breakfast, you will cross a big iron bridge. Once you reach the other side of the river, you will have to walk through a small, slightly difficult trail which takes you over a slope, and finally connects with a more extensive trail high on the slope. The trail gradually follows the Karnali River in an eastern direction up to Manepeme. You will climb gradually with a few steep ups and downs. Then you will walk through the dramatic landscape of bare, steep rocks in fascinating colors. Since there are no settlements between Hilsa and Till, you will have to camp at Manepeme. Manepeme is a small flat area which is close to the trail and has a water source. Stay overnight in camp.

Day 11Trek to Till (4000 m) – 6 hrs After breakfast, you will have to walk for two hours to reach Ya Yip Phuk cave. This cave was used by Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 A.D.), who was a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures for meditation. The historical importance of the cave makes it a huge pilgrimage attraction. It is believed that the activities of Sangpo were decisive to the renewal of cultural exchange between Tibet and India. It is known to have paved the way to the second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. The path eventually gets greener and rocky at times. After a 30 minute climb, you will reach Lamka La from where you can see Till. As you enter the Till village, you walk pass a Chorten gate which is the entrance. You will notice various white monasteries. Till has been highly influenced by Tibetan culture for a long time. The lifestyle, buildings and the clothes of the locals prove the Tibetan influence. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 12Trek to Halji (3660 m) – 4 hrs After 3 to 4 hours easy walk from Till you will reach the village of Halji. The trail follows the Limi River upstream. You might get a chance to spot the local animals including the snow leopard if you are lucky enough. In Halji you can visit the Richening Gompa which was built in the 14th Century. Because of its huge religious significance, Richening Gompa is the central attraction of Limi Valley.

Day 13Trek from Halji to Jang (3930 m) - 4 hrs After breakfast, you will take the path that follows the Limi Khola. Jang is the last village in the Limi Valley. Located in the most secluded place, Jang has a lively Tibetan culture present with its ancient roots. Jang is the most remote village and is untouched by modern day world. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 14Trek to Talung (4370 m) – 8 hrs On this day you will depart from the Limi Valley. The path that you will take has no settlement before reaching Kermi. The isolated area with only the winds blowing and the mesmerizing landscape gives a sense of solitude. The trail is moderately challenging, so it requires slow pace. Eventually, the path leads to Talung. Stay overnight at Camp.

Day 15Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4949 m) – 8 hrs Today is one of the longest and the most strenuous hike of the entire trek since you will have to cross the highest elevation of Nyalu La pass at 4949m. There might be ice and snow along the way so the climb may be difficult. The top of the pass will give you panoramic views of Tibet and Humla. The snowy peaks that you can see from Nyalu la are Mt. Kailash (6714 m) and Mount Saipal (7031 m). The trail goes down from the pass to the Lake Selma Tso at 4630m. Eventually, you will have to cross the Sali River. Stay overnight at Shinjungma.

Day 16Trek to Kermi (2670 m) – 7 hrs This day, you will be going below 3000m after almost a week. You will be walking through pine and birch forests with the Sali River following you. There are huge rocks along the path. The trail eventually meets the Karnali River. The path leads east towards Kermi village where you can relax in the hot springs. Stay overnight at lodge/camp.

Day 17Trek to Simikot (2950 m) – 7 hrs After breakfast, you will walk through a pleasant trail for the first half. You will then walk past Majgaon and climb about 2 hours to reach the 3000-meter high pass. Eventually, you will reach down back to Simikot in about 30 minutes. Stay overnight at Simikot.

Day 18Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu On this day you will depart from Simikot, on a flight towards Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, you will then fly towards Kathmandu. You will get this day for individual activities or last day shopping souvenirs. You can also book for another interesting tour around Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan.

Day 19International departure for homeward bound. You will be departing from Nepal from Tribhuvan International Airport. Our NAT staff will transfer you to the airport for your flight back home or to next port of call, after a great and remarkable adventure to Humla’s Limi Valley trekking with grand and excellent service of Nepal Adventure Team.

useful Info

Permit and rules

  • Since Limi Valley trekking in Nepal falls under Restricted Area, so a Restricted Area Trekking Permit must be taken. Immigration Office in Kathmandu issues it.
  • A District Development Committee (DDC) tax of Nrs. 1000 per trekker must be paid in Simikot. Consult our NAT agents regarding the permit and tax.


Further Information

Transportation

The modes of transportation for this trip will generally be through Jeeps and helicopter/ domestic flight. Most of the days require trekking.

Food and Accommodation
The cost includes all the meals and accommodation facilities. However, luxurious personal expenses will be excluded. You will stay at Hotels, Guesthouses, Homestay or tens as per facilitated. While in Kathmandu, you will be staying at a 3-star hotel. You will be provided with fresh, hygienic, nutritious and authentic Nepali, Tibetan dishes.

Personal Expenses
Travelers are expected to carry additional money in case of emergency or as per their spending habits and luxury needs.

Guide
The guides are thoroughly acquainted with the trip and are well experienced.

Medical Facilities
The limited medical facility will be provided during the trip since we will be traveling to one of the most remote areas in Nepal. The guides will handle any medical issues. However, you should also carry your medical kit.

Notes

  • A day or two shall be kept extra for any possible bad weather condition
  • It is recommended that you don’t carry unnecessary baggage since you will have to walk for 6-7 hours per day.
  • You will have to pay extra cost if you hire porters or pony other than the ones we provide.
  • For those traveling in monsoon, it is advised that you keep 2/3 days extra and the return ticket from Nepalgunj open dated since the weather may be bad.
  • The climate will range from mildly windy or windy to snow cloud on this trip.


Fitness and health
You will be trekking through high altitudes of up to 4949m so you need to provide details about any health conditions you have before the trip. It is best that you have travel insurance while traveling to a foreign country. It is advised that you regularly exercise for over two weeks before going on this trek. You will be required to walk for 6-7 hours per day through steep passes, hilly terrains since it is categorized as a relatively difficult trek. You might also be a victim of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) since the altitude goes up to 4949 m. To avoid AMS you must take rest from time to time and not exhaust yourself.

Safety
You will solely be responsible for your personal belongings that you carry on the trip.

Checklist

  • Duffel/Rucksack Bag
  • Down Jacket
  • Travel Documents and passport size photos
  • Boots or trekking shoes
  • Gloves
  • T-shirt/shirts
  • Shorts/tracksuit
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Cap and woolen hat
  • Walking poles
  • Penknife/Swiss Army knife
  • Torch
  • Personal hygiene products and toiletries

The trek is generally regarded to be moderately challenging and takes up to around 19 days to conclude. The best season for the tour is during spring and autumn which runs from March to May and September to October respectively. The extraordinary view of the high standing mountains and the peaceful rivers and lakes take away all of the challenges that arise on the trek.  Humla’s Limi Valley package is one of the most fascinating and culturally enticing tours you will ever be on. We, at Nepal Adventure Team Pvt. Ltd., have formed a well-constructed itinerary so that you have an enjoyable trip with optimum safety.

Trip Note

We, at Nepal Adventure Team, are very concerned about your safety.  Keep in mind that your leader has the full authority to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if demanded by the safety concerns. Even though the trip is well planned and every effort is made to operate with the itinerary in hand, a little change might occur in the course because of various unfamiliar conditions. So you are requested to be flexible as per the conditions.

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