Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 5,360 m
Trek Type: Tea House
Best Season: March to May; June to Aug
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Transportation: Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
Settled between the Indian subcontinent and the solid savannahs of the Tibetan Plateau, Humla lies concealed in the far northwest crook of Nepal. Limi Valley, situated in the northern part of Humla, was exposed for trekkers only in 2002 AD. Since then, only a few tourists have explored the remote yet beautiful villages of Limi Valley. Limi Valley is one of the most amazing places in the Himalayas that are yet to be explored; hence the valley still houses the purest form of Tibetan Buddhism. The tranquility of the quiet paths, the peacefulness of rugged scenery, antique Tibetan civilizations, and charms, are the main highlight of Limi Valley Trek.
Limi Valley Treks begins from Nepalgunj to Simikot by air, and it is from Simikot, the directorial headquarters of Humla, that the trek begins. Trekkers get to move along the ancient salt trading route and the spiritual tracks of Humla all the way up to the border of China and Nepal in Hilsa. The trekkers also get to relish the beauty of the holy Mount Kailash (6714m) from afar. Humla Limi Valley Trek is an appropriate “off the beaten” trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. This journey leads you to the core of uncharted upper valleys of Humla. Discovering the deep valleys of Karnali River and relishing the turquoise color of the stream is another feature of this trek. The trans-Himalayan terrain, amazing passes, and the captivating Tibetan culture in the settlements of Halji, Til, and Jang are the major charms of the Humla Limi Valley Trek. Apart from the untouched beauty, old-fashioned looking villages, culture, and an age-old way of life can be explored personally on this trek. The remote environment of Humla Limi Valley Trek has greater chances of finding the blue sheep and also the erratic and mysterious snow leopards.
This popular tour is deemed guilty of hypnotizing people as it combines the country’s most famous landmarks and sacred sites along with diverse natural landscapes into a package. With the team of highly experienced and friendly guides of Expedition Himalaya, the tour is undoubtedly going to be even more hypnotizing. All your permits, transportation and accommodations are arranged by us so that you can have a hassle-free trip.
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. You can later visit the nearby market to get a taste of Kathmandu. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150 m)
After our short stay in Kathmandu, we take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a town near the Nepal-India border. Nepalgunj is a mixed settlement situated on the western plains of Nepal and is also the gateway to Simikot, Humla. In Nepalgunj, we visit the local marketplace, mini-zoo and nearby settlements. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Day 3: Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950 m)
Early in the morning, we take an hour-long flight to Simikot with sights of the snow-white peaks. Simikot is a small city balanced on an edge above the Humla Karnali River and rewards you with delightful sights of the deep gorge. Overnight in Simikot.
Day 4: Trek from Simikot to Dharapuri (2300 m) 4 Hrs
Ascend to arrive at a small pass and descend to Majgaon. The trail takes you through a pine forest with a chance of meeting the locals in their traditional clothing accompanied by their herds of cattle. Once we cross Majgaon, the trail gets rough and bumpy. The scene along the trails will be green and you will have an enjoyable journey today. Overnight in Dharapuri.
Day 5: Trek from Dharapuri to Kermi (2670 m) 4 Hrs
We start our trek as we ascend and then descend to Chankhil. From here, we walk on the bumpy track to reach the waterfall. Following Humla Karnali River, we pass the fields of barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and rice to arrive in the Buddhist village of Kermi. After resting for a while, we will explore Kermi and visit the monastery as well. Overnight in Kermi.
Day 6: Trek from Kermi to Yalbang (3020 m) 5 Hrs
We follow the under construction road alongside Humla Karnali River to reach Yalbang from Kermi. Cross a suspension bridge over Sali River and ascend on a forested trail. The view of emerald green Karnali River, below the cliff, accompanies throughout the trek. Above the settlement of Yalbang, there is an ancient monastery by the name Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery that houses 135 monks at present. After a short visit to the monastery, we head to the village of Yalbang for the overnight stay.
Day 7: Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot (3380 m) 5-6 Hrs
From Yalbang, the trail goes above Karnali River to the village of Yangar. Mostly the trail is flat and bumpy, and at some point, the trail is enormously engraved into the rock face. We cross the Karnali River on a suspension bridge before arriving at the delightful village of Muchu. Onward to Tumkot, it’s an hour walk through some small teahouses and a camp. Near to the campground lies a very exciting monastery of the Sakya lineage, Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most significant Sakya monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Tumkot.
Day 8: Trek from Tumkot to Yari (3700 m) 5-6 Hrs
The trail ascends slowly after leaving Tumkot. As we ascend, we can observe the altered landscape; it gets stonier and deserted. The few trees left now are low junipers. The track goes over gravel roads which might make the walk difficult. You pass the small settlement of Pani Palbang for a lunch break and then finally arrive at Yari. Overnight in Yari.
Day 9: Trek from Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m) 7 Hrs
As the track ascends, the scenery appears more like that of Tibet with barren yet picturesque hills and stony terrain. From Thado Dunga, the track ascends to Nara La Pass (4560m). We take a path from around the pass as it is still a difficult ascent to get there. We can identify the pass by the heap of stones and the series of prayer flags, carrying the prayers with the strong breeze. From the pass, it’s an extensive downhill walk to Hilsa, the border town with Tibet. Overnight in Hilsa.
Day 10: Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m) 5 Hrs
We leave Hilsa by crossing a bridge over Humla Karnali River. As we move, the track twists over a slope until it leads you to a gradual trail at the top. The trail follows Karnali River upstream towards Manepeme. The trail ascends slowly with a few vertical ups and downs. We trek amid amazing scenery of bare, steep rocks of astonishing shades. Overnight in Manepeme.
Day 11: Trek from Manepeme to Til (4000 m) 6 Hrs
The trek from Manepeme to Til is a quiet walk through the meadows and barren hills as there are no settlements on the way. The trail leads you to the exciting meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk, which was the meditation cave of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo, a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures. The path goes uphill to Lamka La (4300m) then it’s an easy downhill walk to Til. We will be welcomed by the view of the monasteries of Til after crossing the Chorten at the entrance of the village. Til is the first village of Limi Valley and is highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. Overnight in Til.
Day 12: Trek from Til - Halji (3660 m) 3-4 Hrs
The track to Halji, the second village in Limi Valley, goes along the Limi Khola and is moderately flat. En route, watch out for goats and blue sheep grazing in the meadows. In Halji, the monastery of Rinchenling Gompa is the highlight of the day. Made in the 14th century, the monastery belongs to the Kagyugpa ancestry and is the key gompa in the Limi Valley aiding to its spirituality. Overnight in Halji.
Day 13: Trek from Halji to Jang (3930 m) 4 Hrs
It’s a calm 4-hour walk from Halji to Jang, alongside Limi Khola. Jang is the third and the latter village in the Limi Valley, and as with the further villages, it’s an enchanting place to be. In this isolated village, we can witness the practices of pure Tibetan Buddhism. From the clothes the locals wear to the food they eat, everything reflects the Tibetan culture adamant in the region. It is, without a doubt, a completely different place from the rest of the world. Overnight in Jang.
Day 14: Trek from Jang to Talung (4370 m) 8 Hrs
It will be difficult to leave Jang and the Limi Valley for its genuine Tibetan villages with their welcoming people. However, continuing on the trek, we follow the trails of taking Khola until we reach Takchhe, and later we ascend on the riverbed to reach Talung. You will be able to see the under construction roads on this trail. Maintaining a slow pace, we trek up totaling, also known as Limi Camp, and stay overnight there.
Day 15: Trek from Talung to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4949 m) 8 Hrs
Today we reach the maximum point of the trip; hence it is a tough day ahead. After making a steep climb, we reach Nyalu La Pass (5001m) to be awarded by panoramic views of Humla and Tibet accompanied by the snowcapped peaks of Mount Kailash (6714m). Then, the trail descends steeply until we arrive at Lake Selima Tso. From Selima, it is again a downhill walk to Shinjungma. Overnight in Shinjungma.
Day 16: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi (2670 m) 7 Hrs
It’s an enjoyable walk through pine and birch jungles and along the lovely Salli Khola with rocks soaring on both sides of the track as we head on to Kermi. The track meets the Karnali River again and turns east to Kermi village. In Kermi, you can rest your tired muscles in the natural hot spring, a great reward for your tough of the past weeks. Overnight in Kermi.
Day 17: Trek from Kermi to Simikot (2950 m) 6-7 Hrs
Leaving Kermi behind, we retrace our way back to Simikot as the last walk of our trek. The walk till Dharapuri and Majgaon is enjoyable as the track is flat, sometimes bumpy. From Majgaon, we ascend for about 2 hours to cross a small pass. Then, walking alongside Karnali River, we reach the headquarters of Humla, that is, Simikot. Overnight in Simikot.
Day 18: Flight Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Bidding goodbye to the beautiful Humla, we take the first flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj. We then take another flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel. Celebrate the successful completion of your journey. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 19: Final Departure
You will be driven to the airport by our office representative for your scheduled flight back home.