Limi Valley Trekking

  • Limi Valley Trekking

Code TH-NP-014 •   22 Days •  

  • Trip Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
  • Group size: 1-20 Pax
  • Ends in: Kathmanducv
  • Departure City: Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude: 5100m
  • Activities: Sightseeing/Trekking

Overview

Trip Information

Limi valley Trekking, Simikot Limi Valley Trek or  Limi Valley Trek follows The longest river of Nepal, Humla Karnali enters Nepal border at Hilsa where the Limi valley starts from West Side. The Trans Himalayan Limi valley trek is very beautiful, photogenic, wide and wonderful. Trek up to Gyuokharka (5150m) would be a life time experiences to see the spectacular views of Nepal’s Himalayas like Saipal (7031m), Byas Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, Kanti, Gorakh Himalayas and Tibetan Himalayas like Mt. Kailash and Gorlamdanda and tranquil Mansarovar lake. This region is famous for rare flora and fauna. It can be seen the marmot, wolf, wild yak, blue sheep, wild horse (kyang), barking deer, musk deer, hare, Himalayan black bear and occasionally the snow leopard in this exotic region.

Indigenous Tibetan cultured people are settled there and they have their particular Tibetan language, tradition and culture. Very big and beautiful villages like Halji and Gombayok are located in the wide patches of Limi Khola. The limi valley trek is one of the perfect wilderness trek toward beaten track for every adventure lover.

Accommodations

Hotels in Humla are basic, These days there is couple of tourist standard hotel and guest houses have been built in Simikot. After that either you choose home stay or prepare camping trek because most of places are remote and no guest house available.

Meals

A variety of meals are available in most hotels the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common continental food in Simikot in your Hotel or Guesthouses. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh in season. For the actual trekking days, our company will send wide assortment of food. We will be provided 3 meals a day breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way, and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. Tibet Holidays trekking cooks are well trained and can whip up delicious meals at any altitude. Food are basic in homestay trek, It is prepared by house mother and it is mostly local organic food.

Physical Fitness

Trekking in Humla is physically demanding because of the distance and abrupt changes in elevation. Depending on the day of the trek, you will have to walk for an average of 5-7 hours covering a distance of around 10-20 kilometers daily to reach the campsites. Most of the climbs run through deep forests on rocky trails and sometimes the trails traverses through wet mud where you need agility to hop between round river stones. But if you have experience walking long distances with a back pack and you do not have history of knee pains on descents, it should not be difficult for you.

Best Time to Take the Trip

Spring (May) Summer (June - August) and autumn (September to October) are the best time for touring and trekking in Limi Valley. 

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Domestic airlines for Kathmandu to Nepalgunj sector has a 20kg weight limit for checked luggage and another upto 7/8 kg weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. While for Nepalgunj to Simikot sector has a up to 12 kg weight limit for baggage and 5 kg hand bag is allowed. carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8".

Packing List

The packing list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum possible weight. Please bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and the field staff.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring lg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (negative 8-10 degrees centigrade) 
  • SM first aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin &/or ibu, cough drops, tape)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, bring a nalgene, also) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

Suggested clothing list
Down parka, Gore-Tex shell and pants, Warm fleece jacket, Comfy trekking boots (we like lowa), Lightweight shoes, 4 pair of trekking socks, 2 long sleeve capilene shirts, 2 capilene bottoms (mid and heavy weight), 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best), Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better), 1 pair of shorts, 1 bandana, 1 pair of winter gloves (ie: ski), 1 pair of lightweight gloves (ie: fleece), Flip flops, Warm hat, Sun hat, 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items
Anti bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands), 10 or so energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!), Prescription medications, Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Our representative will welcome you at Airport and you will be dropped to the booked hotel.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: N/A

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu

Today we have full day for Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit most of all world heritage sites in Kathmandu such as bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Patan, Darbar square, Swoyambhunath. Evening walk around market.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast

Day 04: Afternoon: Fly to Nepalgunj, transfer to Hotel

Morning until 2 PM you are free on your own, In the evening we will depart for Nepalgunj by flight. Nepalgunj is lowland Terai region it is 500m from sea level. You will be dropped to hotel.
 

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 05: Fly to Simikot (2856m) then trek to Dharapuri (2400m)

After landing in Simikot, at 2910m, the thing is lunch. Our 65-km trek to the Tibetan border begins by climbing from the Simikot air-strip, and passing by the water source for the upper Simikot Khasa village. Climbing the trail from here, we reach the Simikot Lagna Pass, at 3000 m. It does not look far, but it is a long 300-metre pul to the top of forested ridge overlooking the town. After decending for 1 hour the trail goes toward Darapori for overnight halt.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Trek to Kermi (2690m)

The trail this day starts off reasonably level. We pass by a Thakuri village called Tuling, and wild nut and apricot trees provide welcome shade along the bank of the River Karnali as the trek passes through Dharapori at 2300m. We cross the Yabka Khola (also known as Dhara-pori Khola), and soon We reach the campsite of Dharapori, which has a few teashops. Walking another 10 minutes brings us the Thakuri village of Dharapori situated on the top of a ridge which also has a police check-post. Below this village, a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to a couple of Lama villages called Jad Kholsi and Khangalgaon. These villages belong to the Tugchulungba community and the route to these villages passes the Thakuri village of Hitan (thakuri) Kholsi. This is the last Thakuri village in the valley and the upper limit of rice cultivation. From Dharapori, the trail goes straight along the right bank of the Karnali River to the Gharapori Khola, a small tributary of the Karnali. Ascending from this stream of Dharapari Khola,the trail undulates along the Karnali River up to Chachera at 2350 m, a cave campsite used by sheep caravans. Thre is also nice waterfall nearby. Just above this waterfalls is a Lama village called Chyadog, which also belongs to the Tugchulungba community. Then climb over a ridge past swarms of lizards sunning themselves as we approach Kermi, situated besides a stream, at 2690 m. Kermi is the last Tugchulungba village.The actual route by passes Kermi and the only camp nearby is below the village.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Yalbang Gompa (2920m)

This day, we begin by walking over a ridge to a big valley with walled potato and buckwheat fields, and climb through a sparse pine forest to a rock cairn on a ridge at 2900 m. This is the Salli Pass, where the trail meets up with the on from Limi. If we want to be proceed via Limi, turn right and follow the path into the jungle. Otherwise,descending steeply to the Tsongsa Khola (Salli Khola), We will cross a suspension bridge.After this, climb a steep rocky ridge and drop back towards the fast-flowing, light grey waters of the Humla Karnali.Climb over another ridge before descending to Yalbang Chaur, a meadow and goat herders' camp beside the river at 2760m. An annual barter trade between traders from Taklakot and the Humli people used to take place at this site in November. But, since the Taklakot people no longer face food shortages,they have stopped coming. From Yalbang Chaur, after climbing over two more ridges, We reach Yalbang village at 2890 m.From this village onwards to Yari, all villages belong to the community of the Yultsodum.Yalbang shares its hydroelectric power supply with its neighbour, Yangar,a few kilometers away. After a half-hour ascent from yalbang, We reach a newly built Nyingmapa monastery called Taglung Gompa or Yalbang Gompa at 3000 m, which has a good camping site.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 08: Trek to Tumkot (2850m) , 7 hrs.

From this monastery, walk straight for about 15 minutes until the trail branches into two alternative trails to Muchu. The route to the straight is the old route that follows a steep trail over a high ridge called Hilling La (pass) at 3500 m. From Hiling pass, we can see the beautiful valley of Muchu and Yari. This is one of the advantages of taking the upper route. From there, the route descends sharply to the Karnali River to reach a suspension bridge where we meet the newly built trail. Fortunately, we can now follow a new route, a lower path that avoids the climb. The newly built Yangar-Muchu trail passes through the compact settlement of Yanga, in some places going through tunnels beneath the houses, then climbs behind a rock spur to a fast –flowing stream. From there, the route descends smoothly to the bank of the Karnali River at 2770m. After walking along the river, with more than an hour of ups and downs, we reach a new suspension bridge, at 2800 m, which crosses over the Karnali below Muchu, where one meet the Hilling pass trail . After crossing the suspension bridge over the Karnali river ascend to a stream, rock-hop across it and climb past apricot orchards to a totally defunct Kangnyi, marking the entrance to Muchu village at 2920 m. In this village there is a gompa where the image of Jowo (Bodhisattva) Sakyamuni has been installed. The trail passes below the gompa and stone houses of Muchu. Climb through the orchards and fields of the village to a ridge, then drop into a ravine and climb to a chorten on the opposite side. There are a few houses on the ridge, and a border police post hidden just behind it. The ridge near the chorten offers a good view of the upper part of the valley and of Tumkot village and its large white gompa on the next ridge. At the foot of the gompa is Tumkot Khola, which,at 2850m, is our campsite.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Trek to Thado Dhunga (3800m) / 6-7 hrs

We walk straight to Bungmachhe Khola (a tributary of the Karnali) at 2900m. There you cross a wooden bridge and the Humla Karnali disappears into a steep cleft northward behind the high ridge that will make you climb uphill for the next two days. The first part of the climb from the Bungmachine Khola is quite steep. The route enters a steep, rock-filled gully. It is a long, slow slog up to Lanang ridges at 3270m. The path levels out as it ascends to a cairn, at 3310m, then descends gently through juniper trees and climbs again to Palbang, with its single tea house at 3380m. Palbang, has a Nepali name, Pani Palbang. After walking straight for about an hour, we reach the teashop of Bhyagute Pani. From there, walking straight for about half an hour, we enter the villages of Yari. After Chang Ngoi village of Yari, you reach the customs office and check post, at 3670m, and ascending about 15 minutes, you reach the beautiful Zing Jyan campsite of Yari at 3750m. Then we acend a bit toward Thado dhunga to the base of Nara La Pass (4330m) for overnight halt.

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Hilsa (3700m) / 3-4 hours

Today we cross over the Nara La pass at 4530m. We trek up to pass is steep climb, the landscape looks more and more like Tibet. also we meet big caravans of mules, dzopkeys or yaks coming over the pass. We can see the view of Hilsa valley and Tibetan village Shera in the distance. At the north side of the pass, it looks like you are in Tibet. You are surrounded by barren mountains in many different colors. From the pass comes a long descent to Hilsa, which is the border with Tibet. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Manepeme (3800m) / 5-6 hours

Once we leave Hilsa, crossing a suspension bridge. At the other side of the river, a small, a slightly difficult trail winds its way over a slope, until it connects with a larger trail high on the slope. We get 100meter close to the Chinese immigration buildings. This trail follows the Karnali River in eastern direction up till Manepeme. The path climbs gradually most part of the path is rocky. We walk in a dramatic landscape, where is a small flat area close to the huge Rock written Buddhist Mantra “OM MANE PADME HUM” the place is name after the Mantra. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Trek to Tilchu or Til Jung (3650m) / 7 hours

The trail leads inside thorny bushy zigzag till Chukrangma than climbs up very steeply for about half an hour to Lamka La, a pass at 4200m. After the pass, easy walk down to Til. We see some white buildings attached high to a slope. This is the monastery from Til with some retreat houses next to it. The village is surrounded by Himalayan red birches and terraced fields, which both are bright yellow in September-October. Til is a beautiful authentic Buddhist village, as are all villages in the Limi valley. Most villagers still wear the original Tibetan dress. We camp at a down below Til village, next to the river in Til Jyung. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Halji (3690m) / 4 hours

Today is an easy walking to Halji village, following the trail upstream of Limi river crossing the wooden bridges. Once we reach at the campsite below the village, visit the Rinchhenling monastery and wander around in the villages. In Halji the monastery, Rinchhenling Gompa, is in the village built in the 14th Century and belongs to the Kagyugpa Sect.  This is the biggest and most important monastery in the Limi Valley. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Tashithang / Zhang Village (3800m) / 7 hours

Today is also an easy walk from Halji to Jang’s Tashithang, following the Limi river. Jang is the one of three villages in the Limi valley and, as with the other villages, it is very special place where the Buddhist culture still continues relatively untouched by the modern world. We camp near the village place call Chekjur on the corner there is hot spring. You can enjoy bath in hot spring. Degung Kyapgon Rinpoche highest guru of Digung Kagyu bless the place and named it Tashithang. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17: Trek to Talung Valley (4350m) / 6-7 hours

The trail goes up slowly but gradually up toward Takchi bridge and enter to right side toward Zhabuk valley. From Takchi there another route leads north that is the way to Chhyakpalung and Lapcha Syar. From Lapcha Syar one can view Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar clearly. That is two days walk from Takchi river. Nowadays easily drive to Lapcha Syar and come back by truck in one day. From Takchi slowly walk toward Talung Tagkarbu via Zhabuk (Gonba Yok) ruined village. Zhabuk was biggest and most prosperous village before it ruins in Limi valley. Lama Palya is the richest one among the villagers. To save his mother, sister and wealth from enemy he had forcefully turned village into ashes, now you still see ashes turned it to white sand. Than continue toward Talung Tagkarbu via Tsomgo Lake. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18: Trek to Shengjungma (3500m) / 6-7 hours

Today is a very tough, but rewarding climb to the highest point during the trek, the Nyalu La Pass 4950m. There can be snow, which makes the climb more challenging. From the pass we can see breathtaking 360 degree views into Humla and into Tibet. We can see the holy Mt. Kailash on nail size in far Tibet and Mt. Saipal 7031m and the many more mountains. From the pass it is a steep down will walk to the lake Seliman Tso at 4630m. The trail continues going down, following the Daramsala and enter to Tsongsa valley, to the campsite at Shinjungma. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19: Trek to Lha Dinga (3350m) / 6 hours

Today we follow the Sechi river toward Langdok La and climb up Langdok La Pass 4200m. From the pass we will have beautiful views of Sechi valley and surrounding peaks. The trail steep descends down to Takhor Khola and continues to Laga the summer house of Dinga village. 

Accommodation: Camping

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 21: Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu Flight & Farewell Dinner

In the morning you will have flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj and in Day time or evening time you will have flight to Kathmandu. After your arrival in Kathmandu our office will host a farewell dinner for last night celebration among crews.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trip Map

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • All necessary permits
  • Hotel with breakfast while in Kathmandu & Nepalgunj
  • Round trip Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot Flight fare
  • Camping and Kitchen crew
  • English speaking local guide
  • Mule and mule driver
  • All camping and kitchen equipments
  • Guided Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu
  • Freshly cooked full board meal during trekking
  • Insurance and expenses of Kitchen and camping crew and guide

What is not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Nepal visa
  • Access baggage charge
  • Travel insurance and personal expenses
  • Evacuation cost in case of emmergency.
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items
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