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Humla Limi Valley Trek

Duration 16 days
Max Altitude 4380m
Meals Breakfast , lunch and Dinner
Accommodation Tent/Camping
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Season March, Apr, May ,Sept,October and November
Group Size 2+
Trekking Route Simikot-Nara La – Hilsa-Limi Valley-Nyalu La-Kermi-Simikot
Start and End Kathmandu
Trek Difficulty Moderate

The Limi Valley trek only opened to foreigners in 2002 as this area borders on Tibet in the far west of Nepal. It follows an ancient trading and pilgrim route over challenging trails and high passes. In order to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Limi Valley, only limited permits are issued every year, keeping the number of visitors down, and ensuring the flora and fauna of the area remains intact for generations to come. This is one of last true wilderness area, 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 neighbours to the north than their Hindu neighbours 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. Of the rare mammals, snow leopards and blue sheep are known to live in this area.

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 without having to go through the formalities of getting there! The pristine sights and sounds of this trek more than make up for the challenging hiking with some long days.

The major highlight of Limi Valley Trek involves the trek up to Gyuo Kharka 5150m, which caters an opportunity to sight the view that would make you fall in love with the beauty of nature. From the top of this pass, we see breathtaking beauty of alpine nature that include Himalayas like Saipal (7031m), 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 enchanting view to observe from the acme.

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
Day 02: Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950 m) and Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m)
Day 03: Trek to Kermi (2670 m)
Day 04: Trek to Yalbang (3020 m)
Day 05: Trek to Muchu (3120 m) or Tumkot (3380 m)
Day 06: Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m).
Day 07: Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m)
Day 08: Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m)
Day 09: Trek to Till (4000 m)
Day 10: Til to Halji (3660 m)
Day 11: Halji to Jang (3930 m)
Day 12: Trek to Talung (4370 m)
Day 13: Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4949 m).
Day 14: Trek to Kermi (2670 m)
Day 15: Trek to Simikot (2950 m)
Day 16: Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

Day 01: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
We board a plane to reach Nepalgunj situated in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai. This is a flat land area with a majority of Hindus and Muslim community. Nepalgunj is hot and humid most of the year. You can spend the evening strolling around the Market which is crowded but yet interesting.

Day 02: Nepalgunj – Simikot (2950 m) and Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m)
After breakfast, we board the aircraft to fly to the Simikot airport. As you step out of the aircraft you witness a different world. Simikot lies in the midst of Himalaya and is headquarter of the Humla district. Simikot airport also serves as the starting point of the trek/drive to the Famous Kailash/Manasarovar.After walking for an hour we cross a small 3000m high pass and go down one more hour to Majgaon. We further go down as the trail goes greener at this lower altitude. After walking for about 4 hours we reach Dharapuri.

Day 03: Trek to Kermi (2670 m)
We have a short day to walk today as we only walk for 3 hours before reaching Kermi. So we can have a late start after exploring the Dharapuri village in the morning. We start following the trail along the mighty Karnali where we see the fields of barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. Kermi has the majority of Buddhist people and its major attractions are Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, both are about half an hour walk from our campsite.

Day 04: Trek to Yalbang (3020 m)
After a warm breakfast, we walk for 2 hours and cross the Sali River. On the bank of the river, there is a small settlement with a few tea shops. We walk further on a high trail through the pine forest and the clear Karnali River below the cliff. On the way, we encounter a lot of Mule caravans. Usually, the caravan leaders are the local villagers moving from one place to another for barter and trade. In 4 hours we reach the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery of Nyingmapa lineage with about 135 monks living in. further 45 minutes of walk leads us to Yalbang our overnight camp.

Day 05: Trek to Muchu (3120 m) or Tumkot (3380 m)
We leave the village of Karnali River again and pass the little village of Yangar. The path is mostly “Nepali Flat”. At some parts, the path is spectacularly carved out of the rocks, and you find yourself walking in a kind of three-sided tunnel. You’ll notice that the environment is changing as it is getting rockier and the big pine trees make way for smaller bushes. In 4 hours we are at Muchu. If you want to further walk for an hour we can camp at Tumkot rather than Mucha. Although Muchu doesn’t lie in the main trail it is an interesting village and the famous Dhungkar Choezom Monastery lies in this village. So depending on how tired you are on a particular day we can camp as per that.

Day 06: Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m).
We have so steep climb at the beginning of the day. The landscape gets more rocky and desolate. The few trees left are low junipers. A little bit of walk goes through an under construction road. We will walk past the village of ani Palwang where we stop for lunch. In another couple of hours we reach Yari for the camping but if you wish to continue for one more hour we can reach Thado Dunga.

Day 07: Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m)
This is the longest day and one of the most physically demanding as we cross the Nara La. The view is very much similar to the Tibetan landscape so is very enriching. We reach Tado Dunga from where the trail becomes steeper. Further walk of a couple of hours leads to the Nara la pass but it is visible from distance. The pass has a pile of stone as people believe adding stones to the pile brings good luck, prayer flags, and panoramic view of the Tibetan plateau. From the pass is a hard and steep descent to Hilsa. You have the choice of Homestay but we recommend camping as home stays may not be available in peak tourist season.

Day 08: Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m)
Today we walk for about 5 hours before reaching Manepeme. You leave Hilsa, crossing a big iron bridge. At the other side of the river, a small, slightly difficult trail winds its way over a slope, until it connects with a larger trail high on the slope. This trail follows the Karnali River in an eastern direction up till Manepeme. The path climbs gradually with a few steep ups and downs. You walk in a dramatic landscape of bare, steep rocks in amazing colors. Accommodation: There are no settlements between Hilsa and till. Manepeme is a small flat area close to the trail and close to a water source where it is possible to camp.

Day 09: Trek to Till (4000 m)
After starting the day in 2 hours we reach Ya Yip Phuk cave which was used by Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 A.D.), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures for meditation. His activities were crucial to the revival of cultural exchange between Tibet and India, paving the way for the so-called second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. The trail is green and rocky at times. We climb 30 minutes to Lamka La from where you can see Til and its white monasteries. We walk downhill for another one and a half hours before reaching the Chorten gate, which is the entrance to the village of Till. This village has a big Tibetan influence which can be seen in the lifestyle, buildings and the clothes of the locals.

Day 10: Til to Halji (3660 m)
Today we have a 3 hours easy walk to the village of Halji. The path follows the Limi River upstream and it is relatively flat walking. The trail offers a nice view and in addition, you can see some local animals including the snow leopard if you are lucky enough. Upon reaching Halji we see the Richening Gompa, built in the 14th Century. This is the central attraction of the Limi Valley because of its religious importance.

Day 11: Halji to Jang (3930 m)
We follow the trail along the Limi Khola and in 4 hours we reach Jang, the last village in the Limi Valley. It’s very special to be in such a secluded place where the Tibetan culture still continues relatively untouched, as far from the modern day world as you can be.

Day 12: Trek to Talung (4370 m)
We are departing from the Limi Valley today and its authentic Tibetan villages with their friendly people. There is no settlement en route before we reach Kermi and we will be walking through the very isolated area. The trail is windy in the second half and requires slow pace. We end up in Talung after 4 hours.

Day 13: Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4949 m).
This is another long day comprising a high pass, the Nyalu la. The climb is difficult because of ice and snow. After reaching the top of the pass we can witness Tibet and Humla. Two of the most fascinating peaks you can see from Nyalu la are Mt. Kailash (6714 m) and Mount Saipal (7031 m). We go down from the pass to the Lake Selma Tso at 4630 meters then go down until we cross the Sali River. Overnight at Shinjungma.

Day 14: Trek to Kermi (2670 m)
This is the first time in 1 week that we go below 3000m. It’s a pleasant walk through pine and birch forests and along the beautiful Sali River with rocks towering on both sides of the trail. The trail meets the Karnali River again and turns east towards Kermi village. In Kermi you can relax your tired muscles in the hot springs, a great reward for your efforts in the last days

Day 15:Trek to Simikot (2950 m)
We walk through a pleasant trail in the first half. Walking past Majgaon we climb about 2 hours and reach the 3000-meter high pass. After 30 more minutes of going, we reach down back to Simikot. Overnight at Simikot.

Day 16: Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Early morning you fly back to Nepalgunj and onwards to Kathmandu.

Price Included

  • All ground transport by private vehicle.
  • Trekking Lodge /Tea House Accommodations throughout the trek.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Humla limi valley trek.
  • All necessary paper works for special humla trekking permit, National Park Entry Permit and TIMS card.
  • A highly experience and knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport to and from, insurance.
  • Himalayann Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Friendly and helpful porters with proper walking equipment, his salary, foods, accommodation and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Comprehensive medical box (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance company).
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Emergency life saver oxygen and mask support.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepalese restaurant.

Price Not Included

  • 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 non alcoholic 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)

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks – 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers
  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

Accommodation during the Trek
we use Normal Teahouse/Lodge/Camping  for the accommodation during the Trek Previous

Experience and Physical Fitness
Trekking in Nepal above 3000 – 4500 meter from sea level is a moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 6-7 hours a day with a light rucksack. Trekking such as hiking Kala Patthar or crossing Thorong La in Annapurna requires previous hiking and trekking experience. In some days we might even need to walk for 7 to 8 hours. Walking in higher altitudes is actually more challenging than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health condition with moderate body fitness, have a positive attitude and strong willpower, we can complete the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to develop your strength and firmness. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Member with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Guide in Himalaya before booking the trek. We also recommend that you consult your doctor(s) before the trip plan.

Electric Sockets and Plug in Adapter
The electrical sockets in Nepal are one of two types: the most common being the European two pin plug and also in some places the Indian three-pin plugs is also used. It is possible to recharge your electronic items and batteries for a small cost at most of the trek lodges in Annapurna regions of Nepal. To ensure you are prepared for both of these possible sockets in Nepal we recommend that you purchase a universal travel adaptor.

If there is an emergency during the trek
All of our guides got basic first aid training and classes and can deal with the basic sickness that may happen on the trip. In the occasion of an emergency the guide will immediately communicate with the company in Kathmandu to arrange rescue or airlift in such a critical condition then your travel agency will communicate with your insurance agency back to home country. It is a condition of booking that you are adequately insured for such an event as these expenses will need to be recovered from your insurance company. In the more frequented regions there are health posts, which have been settled government of Nepal and by some foreign doctors and overseas personnel staff we have full knowledge about Himalayan Rescue Association.

Flight Delays in Nepaljung to Simikot
Flight between Nepalgunj to Simikot is generally reliable. Being Short Take-Off & Landing (STOL) mountain airstrips, flight is dependent on the weather. Delays often happen if there is poor visibility or high winds. In case of bad weather, flight is cancelled often and to avoid missing international flights, we recommend 2-3 days extra at end of your trip.

Travel Insurance
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.

Trekking Days
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek

Climate
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).

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