Limi Valley Trek

Trip Summary

Label Detail
Geography Mountain/Rivers/Forest
Location Humla
Level Of Difficulty Strenuous
Duration 19 days
Max Aaltitude 5001 m
Religion Hindu, Buddhist
Ethnic People Tibetan, Tamang, Gurung
Accommodation Tented Camp/Teahouse/Lodge
Transportation Flight/Tourist Bus/Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax 2

Detail Information

Limi Valley Trek Highlights:

  • Adventurous trek in the untouched and isolated far-western region of Nepal
  • Cross two high passes over 5000 m
  • Explore the rural settlements, their culture, and way of life

Limi Valley Trek is a fairly new trekking route that explores one of the most remote travel destinations in the whole of Nepal. Heading to the far-western Himalayas, the Trek navigates around the Nepal-Tibet border to reveal a series of scenic landscapes. The people in this region live a simple life and follow traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. During this trek, you will walk through numerous high passes including Nara La (4560m) and Nyalu La (5001m). All in all, the trek is a marvel of both nature and culture.

The 19-day adventure starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you fly to Nepalgunj and then take another flight to Simikot. The trekking to Limi Valley starts from Simikot. The trail threads along the high green cliffs above the rushing Karnali River and makes its way through the rural settlements.

Passing Dharapuri, Kermi, and Tumkot, the trek nears the Tibetan border. Passing moderately forested areas, you reach Yari and continue to Hilsa. On the way, you also cross Nara La (4560m) and Chor Lagna (4107m). Heading north-east from Hilsa, the trail takes off along arid lands and glacial moraines. You might even encounter rare wildlife such as musk deer, Himalayan blue sheep, mountain goat, and Snow Leopard during the trek.

The major villages in the Limi Valley are Jang, Halji, and Til which are highly influenced by Tibetan culture and practices. There are many monasteries in these villages which provide an insight into the history of the region and the culture that followed. The trail continuously goes up and down to reach Nyalu La Pass (5001m) which is the highest point of the trek. The majority of the takes place in an altitude excess of 3000 m so you need to be physically fit for this trek. Humla is a rain shadow region and very less rain takes place during the monsoon so you can trek from April – October. Another trekking option in this area is Phoksundo Lake Trek in Dolpo Region and, Rara lake Trek in Jumla and Rara Region.

Nepal Alibaba Treks is a leading operator of treks, tours, and expeditions in Nepal. You will be accompanied by a highly professional team that consists of your trek guide, cooks, potters, and other personnel. During the trek, we will offer the finest services including transportation and accommodation as well.

Itinerary Summary

Outline

Day Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu |1300m

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our company representative will welcome you at the airport. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can explore the city and prepare for the journey for the rest of the day.
You take an early morning flight from Kathmandu and fly to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is one of the biggest city in Nepal and lies on the plains of Terai. Upon arrival, you can explore the town of Nepalgunj and check out the local bazaar. If you need any additional supplies for the trek, you can buy them at the marketplace.
From Nepalgunj, you take a short flight to Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district. You meet the rest of the crew at the airstrip and then make preparations for the trek. Since you will be trekking for many days enjoy the rest in Simikot. You can explore the local market and observe the lifestyle of the people there.
The first day of trekking starts with a hike to a pass and then the trail descends to Dharaphaya. The trek initially goes uphill along the fields of wheat and barley. You pass through the pine forest and follow a rough trail. Later, you enjoy green and lush scenery of Humla Karnali Valley and make your way to Dharapuri.
The trail leaving Dharapuri follows Karnali River for a while through the high slope. You find your way through the narrow gorges and then walk along with the barley, wheat, and potatoes. The trail is pretty level as you pass Kholsi and continue the trek. On the way, you will also pass through Thakuri villages where you will see the last of rice fields on this harsh land. Later, you arrive at two natural hot springs where you can relax. After spending some time here, you take a short walk to reach Kermi.
You pass through barley and buckwheat fields, and pine forest. You cross the bridge over Salli Khola and continue the trek enjoying the green scenery and terraced lands. Passing Guran Tangna, you begin to trek along the Karnali River. The trail then reaches Yulwang where you can visit Namkh Kyung Dzong monastery.
Leaving Yulwang, you follow the trail that goes beyond Karnali River and then passes through the village of Yangar. Few distinct parts of the trail are carved out on rocks as well. You cross Karnali River again to head towards Ig Lagna (3516m). The path climbs high above Karnali River along the upper side of a gorge and passes through Muchu village. You will pass through Mani walls and prayer flags to arrive at Tumkot.
The trail ascends up to a hill on a steep path. The vegetation changes as you climb further up. The landscape gets rockier and you will see low junipers and bushes. The trek continues to the village of Pani Palbang where you stop for lunch. From Pani Palbang, it is a short walk to Yari. You cross the Pani Palbang River and head east along the Yari River on the final parts of the trek.
Today’s trek is a lot harder compared to the previous days. You need to cross the Nara La pass (4560 m) which itself is a big challenge. From the top of Nara La, the views of the surrounding landscapes in both Nepal and Tibet are quite surreal here. A short descent again leads to the ascent of the Chor Lagna Pass (4107m). You descend down from Chor Lagna Pass and walk ahead to Nepal – Tibet border. Hilsa sits at the Nepal-Tibet border and the people here are mostly of Tibetan origin.
You leave Hilsa and cross the iron bridge over Karnali River. Then, you walk on a narrow trail that winds its way up until you connect to the main route on the hill. The trail follows Karnali River and passes through grasslands going uphill towards a glacial moraine. Entering a valley famous for the snow leopard, you follow the trail used by local traders to arrive at Manepeme.
The trail climbs on and winds its way through high, steep rocks. Along the way, you come across an ancient cave where you can make a quick stop for exploration. The trail gradually ascends until Namka La through juniper forests and short bushes. From here, you descend to Tiljung which is a beautiful Tibetan village with many monasteries.
The 12th day of trekking is quiet easy and relatively more fun. The path follows the Limi River upstream. You will walk through the mostly plain level trail. On this route, you might encounter wild animals such as mountain goat and Himalayan sheep. Upon arrival at Halji, you can check out the Rinchenling Gompa. It was built in the 14th century and is a revered religious monument in the area.
Today’s trek is easy and short. The trail goes uphill and downhill along barley fields up until Halji Danda. You will be accompanied by Limi Khola till Jang, which is the last village of the Limi Valley. This is a wonderful place to explore the Tibetan culture which remains completely unspoiled thanks to the region’s isolation from the modern world. The Rinzin Ling Gompa in the village is one of the most important monasteries in the region.
Leaving Jang behind, you walk through a beautiful path with a magnificent view of Saipal Himal (7,031 m) and Mount Kailash (6,636m). There are no settlements on the way till Kermi so it will be a completely isolated experience. The trail at times will get tough and it will pass through the river and streams before taking you to Talung.
On this day, you walk up to the highest point in the entire trekking journey. The trail ascends to the top of Nyalu La (5001 m). From the top, you can relish the overall views of Humla and Tibet. You descend down and pass through the beautiful Selima Tso Lake and continue the trek to Shinjungma. The trek offers plenty of views of the lakes scattered around the region.
You retrace your steps back to Kermi today. This trek to Kermi is downhill. The trail takes you through the pine and birch forests along Salli Khola. You then, follow the Karnali River again and head east to reach Kermi. You drop below 3000 m for the first time after days of travel. Passing Okharthala, you arrive at Kermi.
Today’s trail goes uphill and downhill along a rough rocky road. You will pass through the villages of Dharapuri and Majgaon. After ascending up to the small pass of 3000m, you descend down and trek all the way to Simikot. The Simikot Temple greets you before you reach the village. In Simikot, you can celebrate the completion of one of the most illustrious treks in Nepal.
From Simikot, first, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, you take a direct flight back to Kathmandu. Both these flights reveal the outstanding geographical diversity in Nepal. After checking into the hotel, you can head out and do some souvenir shopping.
The 19-day trip comes to an end. As you prepare to leave the country, a company representative will accompany you to the airport. Goodbye!
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Costs Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All Airports/Hotel transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3 stars category Hotels in Kathmandu and in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj,  Nepalgunj to Simikot and when we return back from Simikot to Kathmandu, we provide transportation.
  • Accommodation in Tea Houses or Local Lodges or Local Hotels on twin sharing basis during your trekking days.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during your trekking days.
  • Permit fees for National Parks and Conservation Area entry as well as Trekkers Management Information Service
  • (TIMS) Permit. Visit: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/about-trekking-permit
  • All government officials and authorization necessary fees for your travel purpose.
  • Local tourist guide (according to your need) and Local Porter during your treks: – 1 Porter for 2 Tourists.
  • All your travel and rescue arrangements. (during any emergencies)
  • First Aid Kits and Medical supplies.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner programs.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa fee and charges in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu. Visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
  • International Air Fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night accommodation and meals during your early arrival, late departure as well as any domestic flight delays (due to any specified reasons) especially in Everest Region than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Other any your personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, extra porters, bottled/boiled waters, hot shower, etc.
  • Other food items than normal meals as specified.
  • All your travel and rescue insurance in emergency situations.
  • Personal buying and souvenirs.
  • Tips during your hotels and restaurant visit.
  • To purchase or rent any type of equipment or gears for personal use.
  • To purchase special medicines and kits.

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