Limi Valley Trek is located in the western part of Nepal. Most of the people in the Humla District follow Tibetan Culture. The Limi Valley trek was only opened to foreigners in 2002 as this area borders Tibet in the far west of Nepal. It follows an ancient trading and pilgrim route over challenging trails and high passes. This is one of the last true wilderness areas, tucked away inside. Humla District where century-old Buddhist traditions still exist and the people of the north-western part of the district are more like their Tibetan neighbors to the north than their Hindu neighbors in the south-east part of the district.
On this trek, not only can hikers see the great mountains of Saipal, Byas, Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, and Kanti in Nepal, but also the revered holy Mount Kailash across the border in Tibet. Possible wildlife on view includes marmot, wolf, wild yak, and Himalayan black bears. This amazing trek highlights a different side of Nepal than that seen in some of the more usual trekking routes. It also gives a glimpse into the mystical land of Tibet. The major highlight of Limi Valley Trek involves the trek up to Gyuo Kharka 5150 m, which caters to an opportunity to sight the view that would make you fall in love with the beauty of nature and their snow leopards and blue sheep are known to live. Dolpo Trek
From the top of this pass, we see the breathtaking beauty of alpine nature that includes the Himalayas like Saipal (7031 m), Byas Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, Kanti, Gorakh Himalayas. The beauty nature from here stretches until the Himalayan Peaks in Tibet, which include sacred Peak, Mt. Kailash, and Gorlamdanda. The view of Lake Mansarovar lying at the foothills of Kailash is the enchanting view. Rara Lake Trek
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m) Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed heartily by a company representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel with a short briefing session reflecting ancient local traditions, shrines, and temples found over here. Overnight in Kathmandu. (1000m).
Trip arrangements, meeting with staff, and Perpetration for the Trip This is your second day in Nepal; we introduce the Guide and other staff and organize permits and paperwork. While organizing a restricted area permit, we need your Nepal visa which must be validated the entire trip, and an original passport with 4 copies of PP Size pictures of each of you. So, normally it is not possible to organize all your permits before your Nepal arrival, according to Nepal immigration rule. Or you may explore the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Durbar Squares and shop for trekking.
Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj, 1 hour. Today, you will fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. There is no direct flight from Kathmandu to Simikot, so at least you need to stay one night in Nepalgunj before you catch a plane to Humla. Nepalgunj is a business hub for both the city dwellers and those who live in high mountains. As Nepalganj is just five miles (8km) by the Indian border, so the traditional and culture is similar to Indian. And it comes as no surprise that it looks more like an Indian city than it is a Nepali one. Nepaljung is Terai region the temperature is high here and the condition is humid for the most part of the year. You will check in to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950m), 45 munities. Today you will fly to Simikot. It takes about 45 minutes flight from take-off to touch down from Nepalgunj. The flight is amazing through the ridges and ravines in the spectacular mountains. Landing at the Simikot Airport is no less adventure as it is just a graveled airstrip but it has planning to become asphalt soon. You feel like you are in a different world due to the sudden rise in altitude and decrease in temperature. The high mountains climate with fresh air makes your breathing cool and feel refreshing. You are staying the night in the tented camp or you can stay at Guest House.
Simikot to Dharapuri(2300m), 4 – 5 hours. This is your first-day trip. After hot breakfast day starts with the hike to a pass (3,150m) which is approximately an hour. Then the trail is a descent of about an hour to Majgaon. Mostly the trail goes through the pine forest where you can see local Hindu and Buddhist people in their traditional dress accompanied by their herds of cattle. Cattle are the main transportation modes in this area. They carry the load for the people in this part of the world because there is no motorable road. If people do have not their cattle then people carry their loads on their backs with head strips and take them to their destination. When you pass Majgaon, the trail gets rough; one corner is descent and it is ascent the next corner. Some people called the Nepali flat for this particular topography. At higher you have green and lush scenery. When you decide to call it a day, your night will be spent in a tented Camp.
Dharapuri to Kermi (2670m), 5 – 6 hours. Today the trail goes through the Karnali River Side with an unusual one for some in that the track keeps altering the elevation within a matter of a couple of hundred meters. Sometimes the trail goes through the narrow gorges of Karnali River with high rocky slopes and there will be moments when you find yourself walking right at the bank of the river. Then you will walk by a pattern of cultivation land by local. They grow barley, buckwheat, potatoes, bean, and rice and do animal husbandry. Today you will enjoy a hot spring at Kermi after 30 minutes of hiking. People of here and further above are following the Buddhism, you can see Monastery and Chorten with beautifully crafted Mane wall every village. There are popular two monasteries, Lakiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. The first one was from a few hundred years old, within 45 minutes walking distance from the camp. To get latter one takes 30 minutes from the camp is relatively new and was built less than a century ago. The trekkers do not often visit the monasteries, but you may batter you visit this for a new experience.
Kermi to Yalbang (3020m), 4 – 5 hours. Today the trail is more easer. Except for a small pass, most of the trail to the Yalbang is flat with nice scenery alongside the fields with different species of lizards and other creatures. The walk-on big iron suspension bridge over the Sali River will be great fun for your journey. From here the trail descends from this point forward. You might want to stop a few minutes for sipping tea and coffee nibbling some cookies. The trip is better from here as there are beautiful pine and rhododendron trees above your head and bright green Karnali down the hill. As cattle are the main transportation means of this area, you do not be surprised if you bump by caravans of mules and Dzomo (a hybrid of yak and cow). The local villagers are traveling for trade from Simikot to Nyinba Valley and Taklakot. This is the main trade hub across the Tibetan border. In the Yalbang village, there are many places and heritages site to spend extra days as explore. You may visit the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. The monastery is an ancient structure with beautiful craving and Tibetan mantra at the wall. This is one of the biggest monasteries in the region there are about 130 monks living. The monastery originally comes from the Nyingmapa Lineage, the oldest Buddhist lineage. According to the legend it was founded by Guru Rimpoche in the 7th century, who is a great magician. Inside the monastery, there is a huge statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and other smaller statues along with that of Guru Rimpoche. There is a Buddhist school and a clinic. You may participate in a praying ceremony in the monastery which is happened at every morning and noon. You will soak with the spiritual vibes by being a part of the ritual.
Yalbang to Muchu (3120m) 4 hours or Tumkot (3380m), 4 – 5 hours. After having breakfast, the journey continues on as we catch up with the trail from where we left off. The trail is heading to the Yangar village where the Karnali River leaves below. Today most of the path is flat except at some parts of the journey there are three-sided tunnel-like trails that are fixed out of huge boulders. The climate is changing every half or an hour walking. The greenery begins to disappear and so do the smaller bushes. The pine forest finished here and appraiser huge part of rocky hillocks. Then, you will cross the big wooden suspension bridge over the Karnali River. Begin to climb through the Rocky Mountains, where the party is only getting started and you can tell that by looking. The trail continues to climb until it reaches the climax of the deep gorge. You flow emerald green Karnali bottomless under the gorge still embrace the same charm and continue to keep you company. Do not need to be surprised, when you witness ancient trade methods still existing in the same old fashion as the sheep carrying the sacks of salt on their backs. Then, the trail goes through the army camp and stops for the quick tea coffee with snacks. It takes 3 to 4 hours to get t in Muchu village. If you have energy left, we heading to Tumkot about additional an hour's walk. Tumkot is a beautiful village; where the main trail breaks down two parts for a small market. The north part of the same market is Tumkot. If walk 20 minutes on top of a rocky mountain, you get to Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, which is affiliated with Shakya Lineage. This is considered one of the important monasteries in the Tibetan region. This is the only Shakya Monastery in the Humla district. Should the warden of the monastery be available he will give you insight into every minute detail that the monastery has in its bosom. You will stay overnight in a tent.
Tumkot to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m), 4 – 5 hours The track of today continues to go up and steeper with similar climates, vegetation, and landscape. After a few hours hike, the climate begins to change. The landscape becomes more rocky and barren despair green pine trees and starts to see short and low junipers. You have sight of an under-construction trail. Furthermore at the end of the road brings you to the Pani Palwang village with some tea houses. This place is perfect for the lunch break. From here the Yari or Thado Dunga is just an hour and a half.
Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), across the Nara La (4,560 m), 6 – 7 hours. Today the trail is quite harder; we need to cross Nara La Pass at an elevation of 4,560 meters. The trees are despairing and start to see dry marine land with a beautiful landscape that looks more like that of Tibet. Often you will see a herd of Dzopas, Mules, and Yaks on the trail. Especially yaks with a huge body and long hair interested to see. The trail from Thado Dunga is steeper and harder. Often you might want to stop for a cup of tea and water enjoying with beautiful scenery. To get on the top of Nara La, there are still two more hours. Today you might see some snow on the trail for the first time on the trip. The trail for today will be just half after the top. On the top, you can see the piles of stones, and Buddhist prayer flags looming in the air, this is a symbol of bring good luck to you. Furthermore, you are captivated by the breathtaking view of Tibet on the one side and the spectacular view of Yari Village down below. Beautiful landscape with barren mountains in brown, copper, ash, and dark yellow colors as far as you can see. The rest of the trail from here is an unstable descent down until Nepal.
Hilsa to Manepeme (3900 m), 5 – 6 hours. You will leave the Hila after crossing the big iron bridge over the Karnali River, time there is a traffic jam of donkeys and trekkers. Then, walk along a narrow trail that winds its way up until you connect with the main route on the higher hill. Again the trail follows the Karnali River all the way to Manepeme. Most of the trial today is up and down, this will be perfect training rest of the trip. Due to amazing landscapes, jungle and barren mountains blow your mind away and you won’t feel tired. And no prizes for guessing, you will be spending your night in a tent.
Manepeme to Til (4000m) 5 – 6 hours. This is your day twelfth of the trip, still, you need to climb up continues. After a couple of hours of walking you will choose a small path that stays at the same level for a while and the wider path that starts going up instantly. This narrow trail takes you to a very old meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk. A famous translator of Buddhist scriptures Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 AD), meditated in this very cave. He had a great contribution to the exchange of cultural exchange between Tibet and India by his movement. Finally, he led to spread the of Buddhism in Tibet. Now the trail is appearing teeming with lush and green plants. You can see uncontrolled juniper trees along with some other shorter greenery. The trail keeps going up until you have arrived at Lamka La an elevation of 4,300 meters. Then its descent all the way to Til, you will find it batter walking. As you get closer to the Til, you will find Chörtens (Stupas) as a sign of settlement. You will see white buildings attached to the slope, which got to be the monastery with some retreat houses on the edge of the Gumpa. But you still have some time before you see the actual human settlements. The houses are perfectly colored to disguise the surroundings. Finally, you have arrived at Til, you will find the background has gotten green curtains for it. There is cultivation land around with barley fields. During September and October, it looks bright yellow color with beautiful snow mountains behind you. Til is a beautiful village like any other village in Limi Valley. The culture and people's lifestyle here are similar to Tibetan people. There is a Chorten to the village gateway. They conserve former Tibetan culture, they wear their traditional dresses, men wear a long thick brown coat, with one sleeve down and the women wear a long brown or blue dress with a colorful apron made from yak wool. They have a long colorful cape to keep their heads worm. 0n at the tent and get a sound sleep.
Til to Halji (3660 m) 3 – 4 hours. The thirteen-day trek is less work and more fun relatively easy and smooth walk. You will walk a few hours to get in Halji and have spare daylight, by the time this gives you the opportunity to wander around the village and have a look around the monasteries. The Limi River fills Karnali’s shoes as Limi River accompanies your trail. Keep an eye around because you never know when those highly endangered species are going to show up. Please, do not miss out on such an opportunity. With luck on your side, you might come across mountain goats, deer, snow leopards, and even blue sheep. This place is behind the Himalaya treasure. The trail goes through the Chörten and big Mani walls, Mani walls are low walls built up with many stones with holy mantras and Buddhist deities carved on them. The Rinchenling Gompa is affiliated to Kagyugpa Lineage; it is the holiest Monastery in the region built in the 14th century and is also the center of religious activities in the Limi Valley. The main hall has a well-decorated idol of Shakyamuni Buddha. Other rooms have smaller statues, a completed version of Kenjur (the Buddhist scripture), masks, and costumes used during different cultural carnivals. They do not charge you for the entrance but you have to pay 500 NRS for the picture. Your stay overnight will be at one of the tea houses or your own tented camp.
Halji to Jang (3930 m), 4 – 5 hours. This is relatively a relaxed trek of about five hours. Most of the time, the path goes through the Limi river bank. The companionship of Limi River makes every single second worthwhile. Jang is the third and the last village of Limi Valley. And like all other villages, it is nothing short of dignity, surprises, and beauty. As far as Jang is from the modern hustle and bustle and as free as it is from modernism, Tibetan cultures come alive here at their purest. Here is a beautiful Gompa which you can visit after paying 500 NRS. You can stay the night in the tea house also.
Jang to Talung (4370 m) 7 – 8 hours. Today is the best part of the trek, that until Kermi through the wilderness trail no human settlements and most fantastic landscapes. The trail gets harder at times and crosses a few wooden bridges on the rivers and streams. The trail remains slow and steady goes up until Talang. You will be staying in a tent overnight at Talang.
Talung to Shinjungma (3620m), across Nyalu La (4940 m) 7 – 8 hours. Today is day sixteenth of the trek, this will take you to the highest point of the tour. Nyalu La pass is the highest point at 5,001 meters from sea level. Walking at such a high elevation with a tiny trail is an adventure itself even though, you will enjoy beautiful mountains and nature. The snowy trail, 360-degree view of Humla and Tibet, the glimpse of glorious mountains like Mount Saipal (7031 m), and Mount Kailash (6714 m) make your an unforgettable trip. Taking some pictures on the top, the rest of the path climbs down after you across the pass. The altitude falls down quickly, at 4630 meters elevation, there is a tranquil Selma Tso Lake. The downward slope continues on its course all the way down to Shinjungma, where you camp setting for overnight stay. The vegetation and climate is changing very much, the Sali River, steep slopes, Mount Kailash.
Shinjungma to Kermi (2670 m) 7 – 8 hours. Your first day walking in the human settlements in days after your trek started. You will get back to Kermi Village today at 3,000 meters below altitude after a long time. But the walk does not get any better because you will be treading on the solid grounds amidst pine and birch trees and the Sali River by your side. The trail takes you to the Karnali River and your parade heads eastbound. You can relax at hot spring; dip your tired body into the hot pound before seeing off your day in a tented camp.
Kermi to Simikot (2950 m), 6 – 7 hours. The day begins with a few ups and downs along the road and a nice landscape. The trail is smooth up to Darapuri (2300 m) and Majgaon(2290 m) you will enjoy very much. Then, after Majgaon the trail decides to turn aggressive. It takes two hours to walk up the hill from the Karnali River until you reach a pass at the height of 3,000 meters. From there on, it is another half an hour walks to get in Simikot. You have hot water proper shower after a long time and walking around the market. You will be spent the night in a tent.
Fly Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Your trip ends on day 18th, with Limi Valley end. Back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj are a long way due to few flights, unpredictable weather, and geographic condition. You will collect some lifelong memories during this tour. Your flight will be the earliest possible in the morning to make sure in the schedule. During spare time, you will scan through the market in Thamel for some souvenirs. We will provide you suite cozy hotel after about two weeks and a half tip.
Final Departure to your home. One of our representatives from Sange Sherpa Adventure Guide/Staff will drive you off to Tribhuwan International Airport, from where you will board your plan for another destination or your home country. Nepal has many other natural and cultural beauties waiting to be explored. We will be always ready to help you travel around this amazing country. We will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements so that you can explore other parts.
Nepal Trekking Equipment List
This piece info is creating data on consumer goods and equipment needs, For those that would love an extra detailed discussion for equipment for the Nepalese Himalayan Trek.
The following equipment list is required for Nepal Trekking and climbing and a list, you have to have suggested equipment just have with you, however, that you just might have your own personal first choice equipment which can be equally as appropriate
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialist items which are required for the trekking peaks.
Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
International Airfare from and to Kathmandu.
Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International
Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner as per itinerary.
Your Personal Expenses and trekking equipment for the trek.
All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses)
All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
Hot and Cold drinks, hot shower, and battery charging on the tea houses.
Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected)
Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees.
Excess baggage more than 12 kg. from Nepaljung to simikot flight. (If you have extra baggage you can leave in Kathmandu with full safety)
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