Humla Limi Valley Trekking
Limi Valley Trek is a journey to the remote and off-the-beaten-path region of Nepal located in the far-western part of the country. This trek takes you through the beautiful and untouched Limi Valley, which is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan range, including the sacred Mt. Kailash. The trekking trail is less crowded, providing you with a sense of isolation and tranquility, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.
Limi Valley is home to the Limi people, who are of Tibetan origin and have their own unique language and culture. During the trek, you will have the opportunity to experience the authentic Tibetan culture and lifestyle of the Limi people, who are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. You will stay in traditional homestays and lodges, giving you a glimpse into their way of life.
Humla Limi Valley Trek offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Mt. Saipal and Mt. Kailash. The trek also takes you through lush forests, high mountain passes, and beautiful valleys, giving you a chance to witness the region's diverse flora and fauna. You may spot rare and endangered animals, such as the snow leopard, blue sheep, and Himalayan black bear, and different species of birds.
The Limi Valley is also significant in terms of religious and cultural importance. The valley is located close to the holy Mt. Kailash, which is considered sacred by Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. You can witness the holy mountain from a distance and visit the ancient monasteries and chortens along the way.
Overall, Limi Valley Trek is an incredible journey that offers a unique cultural experience and a chance to witness the stunning beauty of the Himalayas. It is a must-visit destination for adventure seekers who are looking for a remote and authentic trekking experience in Nepal.
Highlight of Humla Limi Valley Trek
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Manaslu Tours who will transfer you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will be hosted for a welcome dinner in the evening, featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.
After enjoying breakfast in Kathmandu, you will drive to Kathmandu domestic airport to catch your flight to Nepalgunj. During the flight, you will witness breathtaking views of the mountains and landscapes. After landing at Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj, the largest city in the steamy Terai region, located in the border region of western Nepal and India, you will take a drive to your hotel. The drive will take you through an old village, providing a glimpse into the "old" Nepal and taking you on a step back in time. Spend the night at a comfortable and air-conditioned hotel, ensuring a good night's rest as an early wake-up call is necessary for the following morning.
Wake up early to catch your flight north to Simikot, the district headquarters of Humla, situated on a ridge overlooking the Humla Karnali River. The flight is a breathtaking experience, cruising just over the tops of a mass of snow-covered peaks. If the flight is on time, you will arrive before lunch and be greeted by your friendly trek crew. Simikot is an eclectic village, and its location as the gateway to Mount Kailash and Western Tibet gives it a diverse feel. The mix of local Humla and Tibetan cultures provides endless and fascinating opportunities for exploration. As Simikot is located at almost 10,000 ft (3,000m) elevation, you may feel the effects of altitude. It is recommended to take it easy today, drink plenty of water, and take breaks as you wander around the village.
Your trek today will start with a short climb of about an hour to a little pass that's just over 9,800 ft (3000 m) in elevation. After the pass, you will encounter a long and steep descent to Dharapori. The trek will take around 4-5 hours, and it will take you high above the Karnali River, partly through pine forests, and pass through a few villages. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to meet local people, both Hindu and Buddhist, who are sometimes carrying their heavy loads all the way up the steep trail. Tonight, you will be camping for the first time, with the campsite located near the Karnali River. This will be a perfect opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery and serenity of the area. Get a good night's rest and recharge for the next day's adventure.
Today's walk is relatively short, allowing you time to recover from the previous day's trek. The trail continues to follow the Karnali River, sometimes high on the slope with the river far below, and at other times dipping back down so that the trail is almost level with the water. Along the way, you will pass by fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. This section of the river flows through narrow gorges with high rocky slopes, providing stunning views. In the afternoon, you can unwind and relax in one of the two natural hot springs located near the village. It's a 30-minute uphill walk, passing through Kermi village. Kermi is a small agricultural village and the first completely Buddhist village on the trail. From Kermi onwards, all the villages are Buddhist. There are also two interesting monasteries close to Kermi: Laikyo Gompa, which is a few hundred years old and is about 45 minutes from the campsite, and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, which is about 30 minutes away from the campsite. Both of these monasteries are seldom visited by tourists and offer a unique insight into the local culture and religion.
Today's trek takes you through a relatively flat or slightly uphill trail, passing by fields of barley and buckwheat. You might even spot lizards basking in the sun on rocks. After about two hours, you'll cross a small pass before descending steeply for about 20 minutes to reach a large iron suspension bridge over the Sali River. The trail passes through beautiful pine forests, with the emerald Karnali River flowing below. Occasionally, you might come across caravans of mules and dzo pas, carrying goods for trading across the border with Tibet. After 5-6 hours of trekking, you'll arrive at the village of Yalbang. Above the village, there's a stunning monastery called Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. You'll know you're approaching the monastery when you see a huge stone with a Tibetan mantra engraved on it. This is the largest monastery in the region, with about 130 resident monks. A Buddhist monk will be happy to guide you around and invite you for tea upstairs. You can also attend the daily puja (Buddhist prayer ceremony) at 7 am and 4 pm.
As you depart Yalbang, the path ascends high above the Karnali River once more. A short 20-minute walk leads you to the small village of Yangar, and the trail mostly follows a "Nepali Flat" terrain, with some uphill and downhill sections. Some parts of the path are impressively carved out of rocks, forming a three-sided tunnel for you to walk through. You'll notice the environment changing, as the landscape becomes rockier and the towering pine trees give way to smaller bushes. A massive wooden suspension bridge crosses the Karnali River, taking you to the upper side of a deep gorge where you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the emerald-green river below. Keep an eye out for large flocks of sheep carrying salt, which is still an old trade that exists in this region today. After 3-4 hours of trekking, you will reach the charming village of Muchu. From there, it's an hour's walk to Tumkot, a small village with a few teahouses and a campsite. Not far from the campsite and village lies the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most significant Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. Though it's a 20-30 minute climb to get there, the effort is well worth it: it's the only Sakya Monastery in Humla and one of the few monasteries of this lineage in Nepal.
Upon leaving Tumkot, the trail gradually ascends with intermittent steep climbs. As you depart the village, the landscape transforms into rocky and barren terrain, with low juniper trees being the only remnants of vegetation. Along the way, the trail intersects with a dirt road that is presently under construction, but it remains uncertain when or if the road will ever be completed. After crossing the small village of Pani Palwang, which boasts a couple of teahouses, it makes for an ideal spot to rest and enjoy a cup of tea or have lunch. From there, it takes approximately 1 ½ hours to reach Thado Dunga, just beyond Yari. In total, your trek today will span 7 hours, and you will set up camp just beyond the Yari village.
Today, you will be crossing the Nara La pass, which stands at an altitude of 14,000 ft (4,330 m). Although it's a long and tiring climb, the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape are worth the effort. As you ascend, the vegetation becomes increasingly sparse until the landscape resembles the Tibetan plateau. You may encounter caravans of mules or yaks, which are an impressive sight, especially the larger yaks. Along the way, you will pass several teahouses at Tado Dunga, and beyond that point, the trail becomes steeper. The climb to the pass takes about two hours, and if there is snow on the ground, it may take a bit longer. Generally, this trek takes between 5-6 hours. About half an hour before reaching the pass, you will come across a few large tents, which serve as tent hotels offering food and drinks. Although you can see the Nara La pass in the distance, it's still a challenging climb to reach due to the high altitude. Once you reach the pass, you will see a pile of stones where it is customary to add a stone for good luck. You will also notice the strings of Tibetan prayer flags, which carry prayers far away with the strong wind. The panoramic views from the pass are breathtaking, extending into Tibet and back towards Yari far below. On the other side of the pass, the barren mountains in shades of brown, copper, ash, and dark yellow give the impression of being in Tibet. From the pass, it's a long descent to Hilsa, which is close to the border with Tibet.
Hilsa is the nearest port of entry to Tibet, and during the high season, you will see thousands of Indian pilgrims crossing the border to visit Mount Kailash in Tibet. After breakfast, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Humla Karnali River and then turn north along the newly built road towards Limi Valley, as crossing the Nepal-Tibet border is not permitted. This valley is well-known for its wildlife, including snow leopards and bharal, also known as Himalayan blue sheep. After trekking for 4-5 hours, you will reach Manipeme, where you will camp at an elevation of 12,900 ft (3,930 m). The camp gets its name from the Mani Mantra, which is engraved on a large rock nearby.
From Manipeme, you will cross the Chenglungma caravan campsite before reaching the old cave of Cha-sa Nam-ka Dzong, located just up the hill below the trail on a rocky cliff facing south into the sun. Its convenient location and proximity to plentiful firewood have made it a popular spot for retreats. Today's distance may look short, but the trail from Hilsa to Til is tough and takes close to 7 hours. It's a dry, sloping trail that goes up and down, and you will be walking through the Trans-Himalayan Dread Path, named for its rough terrain and heavy pack animal traffic. Tread carefully as you navigate the yaks and sheep returning from the border with fully loaded trading packs.
Today's trek begins with a descent for about an hour until you reach Tiljung. Just below Tiljung, you will come across the Tagtsi Khola, the main tributary of the Karnali River, which flows from the east along the Jang and Halji villages towards Til. Cross the suspension bridge over the river from Tiljung and proceed to your right. Follow the Tagtsi River into the narrow valley towards the east for about two hours until you reach another bridge over the same river. After crossing the bridge, turn left and walk northeast for about half an hour until you reach the beautiful plain area of Halji village. Halji is the largest and most significant village in Limi, and its centrally located 800-year-old Rinchhen Ling Gompa monastery is a must-visit. Explore the monastery and continue walking east, following the wide trail past the stunning Buddhist entrance gate and Mani walls. Keep walking for another 1.5 hours until you reach the village of Jang at an elevation of 12,900 ft (3,930 m), which houses a 250-year-old monastery. From Jang, you will need to trek for an additional hour (bringing the total for the day to 7 hours) to reach your final destination, the Chagzur hot springs, where you can relax and rejuvenate after a long day of trekking.
Today is a well-deserved rest day after a long and tiring 10-day journey. You have two options: either take a break and relax in the natural hot-spring baths while catching up on laundry or, if the weather permits, take the opportunity to witness the magnificent Mt. Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar from Lapcha Syar, which stands at 16,000 ft (4,900 m). For those adventurous trekkers who want to experience a panoramic view of Kailash and Manasarovar, you will need to arrange for a truck, as the road access from Tibet can be rough. The trip to the viewpoint and back to the campsite will take approximately 5-6 hours.
From Chagzur hot springs, you will follow the trail towards Tagtsi, where the old caravan routes of Humla-Manasorover and Humla-Limi intersect. About half an hour before reaching Tagtsi, you will come across a new settlement called Tugling. To reach the Nyalu base camp, you have two options: a shorter route along a new road after crossing the river or a longer, more scenic trail via Tagtsi. Just after crossing the Tagtsi Bridge on your right, you will spot one of the Limi valley's ruined villages, Tshamdo or Zambuk (also known as the ruined village of Lama Palya). The ruins and a chorten (Buddhist stupa) are all that remains of what used to be the oldest village in Limi. From Zambuk, you will need to cross the Nyingchhu River, which flows into Tshomgo Lake. You can take in the breathtaking views of Tshomgo Lake and the Talung meadows' stream, as well as see the camp of Limi and Humli shepherds and yak-herders at Jade/Nyalu base camp. Today's trek will take around 7 hours.
Moving out of Nyalu base camp, it takes about two to three hours of climbing to reach the top of Nyalu Pass (14,000 ft/ 4,990 m). At the top of the pass, you will be surrounded by several mountain ranges. As you descend from Nyalu Pass, you will come across a small, beautiful lake known as Sheliman Lake, located at 15,000 ft (4,570 m). From Sheliman Lake, you will continue descending towards Tshongsa meadow at 13,600 ft (4,140 m) and cross the Tshongsa River, where you will encounter the first vegetation, a rhododendron forest. While trekking through the forest, you will see the towering Tshongsa rocks and the beautiful Tshongsi Tsan waterfall (known as the Wild Demon of Tshongsa). After trekking for 7 hours, you will reach the pastureland of Sheng Jungma, situated in the thicker jungle habitat, which is about an hour away from the Tshongsa rocks.
Today's trek will take you across the Tshongsa River. Begin your journey by heading towards the east, along the left bank of the Zhetse Khola river. After 3-4 hours of ascending, you will need to cross the same stream to your right. Before crossing the bridge, take some time to explore the summer camp of the Chyadok village herders, take in the stunning scenery of the Zhetse valley, and visit the Langdogd Base campsite of the Dinga village herders.
The journey from the campsite involves ascending through the jungle towards Langdogd Pass, which stands at an altitude of 14,900 ft (4,550 m). From the pass, there is a steep descent through juniper and birch forests until reaching the Takhor Khola. After crossing the stream and trekking for around 1.5 hours, you will arrive at Laga Dinga campsite, also known as Lekh Dinga, which is situated at 12,800 ft (3,890 m). This is the summer village of Laga Dinga and was once the autumn trading center for the Limi and southern Humli People. It's a charming and delightful place to spend the night.
You will begin your day bypassing the villages of Yapka and Tangin on your left, and Lower Dinga on your right. Descend steeply for an hour and a half until you reach Yapka Khola, at an altitude of 8,600 ft (2,600 m). After crossing the wooden bridge, climb for a little over two hours towards the Thakuri village of Okhreni. From the village, continue straight for about three hours along a new road until you reach Simikot Lagna. Here, you will have a beautiful view of Nyinba valley. After a fifteen-minute downhill walk, you will arrive at Simikot, the district capital of Humla. Spend the night at a guesthouse in Simikot before continuing your journey back to Kathmandu the next day. It will be a 7-hour journey today.
Your trekking journey comes to an end today. After an early breakfast, there will be little time to relax as you make your way to the airstrip for your return journey to Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore other areas of interest or to do some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. You can catch your flight back home from Tribhuvan International Airport or extend your stay in Nepal. Regardless of your choice, always remember that the mountains you trekked through will stay with you forever, and you are always welcome to come back soon!
Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as the Bhaktapur, or Patan which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the cityâ€™s many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.
Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid adieu to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.
Limi Valley Trek cost on the website applies to 6-12 people groups. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can avail of a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on factors such as group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.
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What is the best time to do the Limi Valley Trek?
The best time to do the Limi Valley Trek is during the months of September to November and March to May when the weather is mild, and the skies are clear.
How long is the Limi Valley Trek?
The Limi Valley Trek is typically an 18 to 22-day trek, depending on the itinerary and route taken.
Is the Limi Valley Trek difficult?
Yes, the Limi Valley Trek is considered a strenuous trek due to its high altitude and rugged terrain. Trekkers should be physically fit and prepared for long hours of walking.
Do I need a permit to do the Limi Valley Trek?
Yes, a special permit is required to do the Limi Valley Trek. This permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
What is the highest point of the Limi Valley Trek?
The highest point of the Limi Valley Trek is the Nyalu La Pass, which stands at an elevation of 16,040 ft (4,890 m).
Are there any cultural sites to visit on the Limi Valley Trek?
Yes, the Limi Valley Trek offers trekkers the opportunity to visit several ancient monasteries and traditional villages, including the village of Halji, which is home to the renowned Rinchenling Monastery.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on the Limi Valley Trek?
Accommodation on the Limi Valley Trek ranges from basic teahouses and guesthouses to camping in tents. The availability and quality of accommodation may vary depending on the season and location.
What kind of food is available on the Limi Valley Trek?
Most teahouses and guesthouses along the Limi Valley Trek offer a range of local and international dishes, including Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan momos, and pasta. However, as you go higher, the food options become limited and may be more basic.