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. Limi is in north-west Nepal on the Tibet border. 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 Gompa (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.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 03: Flight to Nepalgunj,
Day 04: Flight to Simikot (2.950m, 45minutes)
Day 05: Simikot to Dharapuri (2.300m /4hrs)
Day 06: Dharapuri to Kermi (2.670m/4/5hours)
Day 07: Kermi to Yalbang (3.020m/5/6hours
Day 08: Yalbang to Muchu (3.120m/4 hours) or Tomkot (3.380m/5hours
Day 9: Trek to Yari (3.700m/4hrs) or Thado Dunga (3.750m/5 hrs)
Day 10: Walking to Hilsa (3.720m) across the Nara La Pass (4.620m/7 hrs
Day 11: Walking to Manepeme (3.900m/ 5/6hrs)
Day 12: Walking to Til (4.000m/6hrs)
Day 13: Walking to Halji (3.660m/3 hrs)
Day 14: Trek to Jang (3.930m/ 4/5hrs)
Day 15: Waking to Talang (4.370m/ 8hrs)
Day 16: Walking to Shinjungma (3.620m) across the Nyalu La Pass (4.940m/8hrs)
Day 17: Walking to Kermi (2.670m/ 7hrs)
Day 18: Walking to Simikot (2.950m/6 hrs)
Day 19: Flight Simikot to Nepalganj 46 minutes, Nepalganj to Kathmandu 55 minutes Flight.
Day 20: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu Bhaktapur (1401) Sightseeing 3-4 hours
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu (1337)
Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern to Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. Please understand that the HV Treks trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is found prudent. Unfavorable circumstances may occur during the trek. Such as dangerous weather conditions, the condition of a group member, natural events like landslides, can force changes in the itinerary. All efforts will be made to keep to the planned itinerary. The HV Treks leader will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give a 24-hour emergency response to an accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.
The Airport is at high-altitude and flights in or out are prone to delays due to weather conditions. In the wetter, cloudy months, flights are sometimes delayed or canceled until next day or when the weather permits. Guests should please make sure their timetable for the trip allows for these possible delays.
Himalayan Vacation Treks & Expedition requires that trekking and expedition guests have Insurance Policies. A Travel Insurance Policy should cover the cost of emergencies (including altitude sickness), injuries, and evacuations. Please, it is essential to bring your Travel Insurance Policy, or copies of your pertinent existing insurance coverage with you to Nepal. HV Treks will require a copy for our office records. We, as well, advise you to inform your existing insurance agent/company of your itinerary, including trekking, climbing, and hiking, and insure your current policy provides sufficient coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After having breakfast in the morning, we start climbing with rocky trails. The climb is challenging as it has long uphill sections that contains short trees and low junipers . When we reach the village Pani Palwang ,we can have tea and lunch there. People of Pani Palwang are friendly and interactive. From Pani Palwang ,we continue our walking to Yari and stay overnight at camp there. Yari is the fomous ancient trade route for Humla which continues to Nara.
Today is the day of adventure . We start our walking by leaving the trees and the landscape seems Tibet. We can see the herd of dzopas , mules and yaks which are used for transportation there.We pass through the Nara La Pass ( 4,620 m ) today.We can experience the Buddhist flags ,slogans and the prayer there. The Buddhist flags and the lungder makes the trekking more attractive today.The barren soil is in the color of brown , copper and yellow.From the Yari village we head to down below and we find ourselves at the border of Tibet. We continue to climb and reach HIlsa , the famous border of Nepal and Tibet.
From Hilsa , we start our trek to Manepeme.Again we meet Karnali river and and cross an iron bridge from Hilasa. The trail is narrow and it goes to uphill and downhill and the landscapes are amazing as it contains landscapes , barren mountains that makes our trekking more difficult and challenging.We set our camp to Menepeme.
After having breakfast in Menepeme, we start our walking to Til . We follow trails with lush stand of Juniper to the interesting cave called Ya Yip Phunk , a famous Buddhist Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo who was active in spiritual feeling exchange between India and China.
We pass through Lamka La from where our trail is a bit flattens and we reach series of Gompas on the way before entering the famous fertile valley named Til. The village til is beautiful village with people of Tibetian rituals and appearance.
Comparing to other days, today’s trek is a bit easy . We may see herd of goats , snow leopards and blue sheep along with mountains. The Halji village is beautiful village full of natural beauties and the most of the people who live here are Tibetians. The Rinchenling Gompa and the Kagupa Lineage depicts the Tibetian culture there. The Buddhist deities are carved in milestones. Most of the monasteries are built in Eleventh century. Teahouses and local shops are available to buy some goods .However ,we can feel the change in environment due to global warming. We stay overnight in Haji village today.
Today, we have light trek comparing to the other days in our itinerary. We follow the Limi river and a trail that lead us to Jang. The village Jang is very beautiful so people say that it is a surprisingly beautiful in nature and rich in Tibetian culture..
Today is very interesting as it contains the amazing landscapes. Our route lead us to Talang wher no human settlements. It is a bit tough trek as we have to cross river and some ups and downs which provide us new experience of nature . We set our camp at Talang for tonight.
After having breakfast we will start our trek and reach Nyalu La pass which is really a challenging part of our trek.On the way, we can view Mount Saipal ( 7031m), mount Kailash (6714 m. After the pass we climb down and plummets down to 4630m at Lake Selma Tso. The downhill continues to the point to Shinjungma.We stay overnight at Shinjungma.
Today, we head back to Kermi village at an altitude of 3000m. We can see the Pine Tree , Birch tree at the side of Sali river.. The trail follows towards the Karnali river where we can view beautiful springs and experience the friendly people there.
After having breakfast in the morning ,we start our trek today. We follow some ups and downs road . We pass through Dharapuri ( 2300m) and Maligaon (2290m) , the beautiful villages of Himalyan side. We reach Simikot just walking half hour from there. We camp at Simikot today.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Himalayas. Though it gets colder in a night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively fewer 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 a splendid view of nature. During this period, we arrange a family tour to experience natural beauty with short hikes 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 Sailing Timal homestay, Tamil homestay, Tamang Heritage Homestay, Ghalegaon Homestay are the special places to visit. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges a tour for these places. Chitwan National park Bardiya National Park is also the places to have an 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 are felt all over the country. Sunny days and clear weather are the supportive factors for trekking in this season. Presence of a 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 an expedition and climbing high peaks in Nepal. So many tourists from different parts of the world come to climb peaks above 7000m in this season. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges tour and journey for climbing during this period. Peak climbing period can be in length up to June so Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition arranges attractive programmes during this period. This period offers 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.
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 slightly 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 treks. 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 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 favorable factors of this season for treks and tours in Nepal. Every kind of treks and tours can be done during this period. So many tourists come to see beautiful Nepal in this season. Many trekking routes are full of tourist during this season. Peaks 6000m to 7000m is 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.
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 the 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
Rucksack and Travel Bags
-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.