Limi is in north-west Nepal on the Tibet border. Because the Limi Valley is in the remote wilderness of the Humla district and unfrequented, Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition has only recently begun to offer this trek. The villagers of the Limi Valley maintain an ancient Buddhist way of life untouched by outside influences. They speak their own language, and for some the Nepali language is unknown. The Guenpa (Buddhist Monasteries) of the area were constructed in ancient times and are still in use today. Though the Limi Valley is in Nepal, it closely associates with Tibet. almost all goods and supplies are brought in from Tibet using goats and Yak, and are not brought from the lower elevations of Nepal. There are three main villages: Til (4100 m elevation), Zang (3930 m), and Waltse (3700 m). These villages lay on the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route between Tibet and Nepal, and are reached by crossing the famous Nara La pass (4620 m). From Limi/Humla, Mount Kailash is an eight day Walking .
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas. Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.
Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj,
Today ,we fly Nepalgunj from Kathmandu watching beautiful scenes of Himalayas . Nepalgunj is one of the business hub of Terai region of Nepal and famous Bardia National Park is just 45 km away from here. Nepalgunj is close to border of Utter Pradesh of India. Dhamboji is the heart of Nepalgunj city where many business houses , banks , book shops and lodges are situated. It is one of the hot city of Nepal . We stay overnight at Nepalgunj in comfortable Hotel with air condition.
Day 04: Flight to Simikot (2.950m, 45minutes)
We take flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot today which is thrilling and full of amusement . During the flight we may see the splendid view of ridges and ravines with spectacular mountains in the horizon . Simikot lies in Humla district on Nepal which is known as one of the remote district of Nepal. Simikot airport is known as one of the shorter runway airport in Nepal. So small planes are landed here. It is situated in 3000m altitude from the sea level which also taken as the airport in altitude in Nepal . Simikot is famous for runner beans . Beans means Simi in Nepali so the name of place became Simikot by the name of beans. In Summer time, here is flock of house flies like bee in houses and roads. Today, the first day,we camp at Simikot and stay overnight there.
Day 05:Simikot to Dharapuri (2.300m /4hrs)
Today is our first walking day . We take need time for preparation for our walking as it is the first day of walking. We hire Yak and donkeys for carrying our luggage .We take breakfast in the camp and start walking to Limi Valley. We start ascending to mountain pass to the altitude of 3,150m. From there, we descend to Maigon .We see local Buddhist culture while walking in the trail .The herd of grazing cattles and the natural vegetation make our walking more interesting.
Day 06: Dharapuri to Kermi (2.670m/4/5hours)
Today ,we walk, following the Karnali river passing through the Buddhist village where we can see many religious villagers following Buddhist culture.The trail is like rocky trail containing ups and downs.We may have chance to see the cultivation of buckwheat , potatoes and barley.
When we reach Kermi, a Buddhist village which contains famous monasteries and Gompas, Lakhiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition guides lead us to visit Gompas after having tea or coffee at camp.
Day 07: Kermi to Yalbang (3.020m/5/6hours
After having breakfast in the morning around 8’ o clock, we start our walking today towards Yelbang.. After walking almost plain surface, we ascent about to hour to small pass. We witness natural vegetation and various species . Passing through the iron suspension bridge on Sali river ,we reach a small village with local teahouses and cafes.
Today’s walking is even more interesting when we see pine tress, emerald water in Karnali River along with caravans of mules and dzopas who were led by local villagers of Simikot and Taklakot valley. Taklakot is in the border of Tibet the autonomous region of China and Simikot is famous place for runner beans ( Called Simi in Nepali). Yalbang is famous for heritage sites Namkha khyung Dzong Monastery. It carries the Buddhist culture Nyingma . About 150 Buddhist monks stay in the monastery. You may interacts with monks and they are also happy to make your visit upstairs in the Monastery. Moreover ,you can watch the activities of monks yourself very easily there.
Day 08: Yalbang to Muchu (3.120m/4 hours) or Tomkot (3.380m/5hours
Today, we start our walking in the morning after having breakfast towards Muchu. We leave to follow Karnali river and pass through the small village Yangar. The path look like three sided tunnel amd decorated by gigantic boulders. We feel the change in climate and greenaries are changed by pine trees in the trails
After crossing the wooden suspension bridge, we ascent some time and reach a deep gorge . We witness the small villages where we can see the Yaks and Dzopas are used for carrying food grains and salt from Tibet as the agriculture product of there is insufficient for survival. In some places we find teahouses and cafeterias to serve snacks. In the afternoon , we reach Tamkot where we can watch famous Tibetian Monastery which was built about 500 years ago at the village., We can see various Buddhist activities to promote Buddhism there. The Dunkar Choezom Monastery is famous for it which has saved famous milestones , Buddhist text and statues even today. In the monastery ,we can feel the hierarchy of Shakya lineage who are active in promoting Buddhism there.
Day 9: walking to Yari (3.700m/4hrs) or Thado Dunga (3.750m/5 hours Day 10: walking to Hilsa (3.720m) across the Nara La Pass (4.620m/7 hrs in total) Day 11: walking to Manepeme (3.900m/ 5/6hours Day 12: walking to Til (4.000m/6hrs) hours Day 13: walking to Halji (3.660m/3 hours Day 14: walking to Jang (3.930m/ 4/5hours Day 15: walking to Talang (4.370m/ 8hours Day 16: waking Shinjungma (3.620m) across the Nyalu La Pass (4.940m/8hours Day 17: walking to Kermi (2.670m/ 7hours Day 18:walking to Simikot (2.950m/6 hours
Day 19: Flight Simikot to Nepalganj 46 minutes, Nepalganj to Kathmandu 55 minutes Flight.
Today we fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu on the same day. OR from Nepalgunj we may catch a bus to Kathmandu too. The flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj takes 45 minutes only. And Nepalgunj to Kathmandu flight takes 40 minutes. But flight has no certainty due to the special climatic reason: sometimes windy, sometimes cloudy etc. Flight cancellation and delay is the common phenomenon in this point. So, we may have to pay extra charge US $ 250-350 for the plane charter so that we will not miss our flight to our home country from Kathmandu. But the extra charge depends on the number of pax in the group. If it is small group, then the price will be higher. The flight route also may be changed. We may fly to Pokhara or Kathmandu from Juphal instead of Nepalgunj.
When we get off the plane in Nepalgunj, suddenly we feel very hot since we were in the high alpine climate for several days. So we suddenly need to put off our warm clothes and shoes and socks we had been wearing for several days.
We feel again, we came to the new world after having walking in the silent, barren lands for several days where there is no crowd, no rush, no noise of city life etc.
Day 20: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged. The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu (1337)
Today, we check the list of all necessary documents and goods of our guest. We confirm the flight tickets before 72 hours of departure flight. We advise our guest to put passport and tickets at their handbag for convenience. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.
Included in the Cost
Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Simikot by flight
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the walking
Simikot National Park fee
Welcome or farewell dinners
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed friendly guide and assistant guide (Upto 4 persons one guide and assistant guide for more than 4 persons)
Nepali staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, , food and accommodation
Himalayan Vacation treks and expedition trekking bag/15kg capacity bag, and trekking map/ card are yours to take
Horse for carrying luggage
Chinese visa fee
First Aid Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes
nights in double/single tents
Not Included in the Cost
Excess baggage charge(s)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
Travel and rescue insurance
Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
Down jacket and sleeping bag and trekking Walking Hiking shoes .
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
Tips for Nepali staff, Horse maids and driver(s)
Number of participants
Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 12
Max Altitude 4620 meters Best Season: March – April and Sep – Oct Difficulty Level: Moderate
December ,January and February
It is called the winter season in Nepal. It is a season for snowfall in mountain region above 4300m in Nepal. So trekking is possible below 4500m during this period. This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail.Sunrise and Sunset are seen very clear and beautiful in this season. So tourist who wants to pass short holidays during this period Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes to see splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikings and cultural tour.It is suitable for homestay tour through which different rituals and culture can be experienced during this period. The famous homestay like Sailung Timal homestay,Timal homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour for this places. Chitawan National park Bardiya National Park are also the places to have live experience of culture and rituals.
March , April and May
It is spring season which is known as trekking season in Nepal. A smooth wind and gentle breeze is felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of cloud can be seen in the sky during this season.So a short rainfall can be felt during this period. It is the season of expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal .So many tourist from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalyan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period.Peak climbing period can be enlength upto June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period.This period offer plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom, and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendrons – coat the mountainsides with its colorful beauty throughout the spring.Except rhododendrons , many kind of natural flora and fauna makes Nepal very beautiful during this season
June ,July and August
It is rainy season in Nepal. As it is the season of heavy rainfall. it is also known as the crops harvesting season in Nepal. In this season, trekking is slight difficult in Nepal. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection. However, Himalayan vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and trek during this period in dry areas. We arrange treks and tour in dry areas like Mustang , Upper Dolpa , Leh Ladakh (India) and Tibet.
September , October and November
Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.This is the season of feast and festivals. This is also known as the special season for flowers in Nepal. Marigold is the popular and found best in this season. Temples and holy places are visited during this period. Festivals like Dashain , Tihar and Chhath are celebrated during this season. Long national holidays are offered for this festival for civil workers. This season is known as the king of the season. No rainfall, sunny days and moderate temperature are the most favourable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal.Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period.So many tourist come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m are the best destination for climbing in this season.Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition welcomes tourist to feel the splendid view of nature of Nepal in this season.
Equipments & Packing List
This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Please understand that the items listed below will vary according to the season and the duration of the trek. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Your gear will be carried by your porter and you will be required to carry your own day-pack (with your valuables and things of immediate importance to you). We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. Our list of equipment is prepared on the basis of our long experience. The Himalayan Vacation Trek & Expedition Team leader will check your gear to insure you have all necessary equipment at the start of the trek. If necessary, the HVTreks’ guide will request additions of necessary equipment when and where it is available.
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional are “low” ankle high version
1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Hot water bag under sleeping bag
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry-on)
1 large duffel bag
A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
-Note: In the larger towns and cities of Nepal, pharmacies have available common over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. Western/foreign brand name products and prescription drugs are not. We suggest you bring the pharmaceuticals you use in enough quantity.
Small, personal first-aid kit with first-aid tape, antiseptics, and plasters (Band-Aids) (please simple and light)
Aspirin or preferred comparable
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc.
Water filter or water purification tablets
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Please Do Not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.