Humla Limi Valley Trek

Officially opened in 2002 for foreigners, Humla Limi Valley Trek is an Off the Beaten Trek in the Himalayas of Nepal that lies in the far northwest corner of Nepal. This trek takes you to the heart of unexplored upper valleys of Limi. Limi is one of the remote valleys extending from the border of Hilsa to another pass Chang-La between Nepal and Tibet left to visit an entire The Himalayas.

This Valley is full of gorgeous landscapes with waterless and desert-like terrain surrounded by towering Himalayas. The serenity, tranquility of rugged landscape, ancient Tibetan traditions and charms are the main attractions of this area. The largest river of Nepal, Karnali flows in Nepal border at Hilsa. Trans-Himalayan Limi Valley is beautiful, historic and scenic. While on Humla Limi Valley Trek, you also see panoramic scenery of the Himalayas such as Saipal (7031m), Byas, Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, Kanti, Gorakh Himalayan range and revered holy Mount Kailash across the border in Tibet.

Along with all these pristine Himalayan beauties, you can also see rare flora and fauna like a marmot, wolf, wild yak, blue sheep, wild ass (kiang), musk deer, hare, Himalayan bear, jackal and occasionally the snow leopard in this exotic region. The trekking route continues the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route to the border of Nepal and China, crossing the Nara La Pass (4620m). The nature and culture of the area are still untouched from modern developments and people have a simple and easy way of life very much dependent on the mercy of nature.
Trip Code: HLVT52
Starts: Nepalgunj
Finishes: Nepalgunj
Duration: 21 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Apr-Jul,Aug-Sept
Elevation: 4940m/ 16207.3ft
Trip Views: 1111
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 20
Lunch: 16
Dinner: 17
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Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 15 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Off the beaten route, untouched by modern day civilization.
  • A mix of Buddhism, Hinduism and Bonpo culture along with Tibetan culture.
  • Rare flora and fauna.
  • Panoramic scenery of the Himalayas in west Nepal.
  • Crossing Nara La Pass(4620m) and Nyalu La Pass (4949m)

 

Why this Trip

  • Humla is one of the most culturally fascinating places in all of Nepal, a cultural tapestry is woven from ancient Khasa kingdoms, ancestors of the grand Zhangzhung kingdom of the north, with Rajput and Thakuri, blended into the mix. This is a trek for those with a real sense of adventure, who are happy to embrace basic living conditions in order to experience remote, rural mountain people’s life in Nepal and Tibet.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Welcome to the jumbled city of Kathmandu from where your venture starts. Our representation will be picking you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport from where you will be transferred to the hotel by our private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel. At evening, we will be discussing about the itinerary, trekking permits and TIMS over the hearty dinner in cultural restaurant.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport pickup
    • Thamel tour
    • Nepali Dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : FINAL PREPARATION FOR EXPEDITION AND SIGHTSEEING
    Second day, our city guide will take you to the important places within the Kathmandu Valley for sightseeing. You will be acquainted with historical and cultural places as well as the Hindu and Buddhist Shrines. Other formalities like permits will be finalized today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu
    • shopping arrangements
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : FLY TO NEPALGUNJ
    Fly to Nepalgunj in western part of Nepal which is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is very interesting place with Hindu and Muslim cultures. After reaching to Nepalgunj, you will be able to see its differences and beauty. Sightseeing in Nepalgunj includes Mini Zoo, Muslim Bazaar and different cultures of Hindus and Muslims. You will be then staying at the hotel there and prepare for the next day flight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Flight to Nepalgunj
  • placeDAY 4 : FLY TO SIMIKOT
    Fly to Simikot with the splendid glimpse of Snowy Mountain like Mount Saipal (7031m). Simikot is a small beautiful town above the Humla Karnali River which offers wonderful views of deep valleys around the town area.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO DHARAPURI
    Trek starts from here in the morning after we are done with the breakfast. We start with a short walk about an hour to reach a mountain pass at an altitude of 3150m and another hour of descend walk to Majgaon. Once we pass Majgaon, the track gets uneven, around one corner it’s a descent and around another corner, it’s time to ascend. This particular topography is called Nepali flat. The scenery will be green and lush along this pleasant journey today.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and cooking by porter
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO KERMI
    This is a relatively easy day of trekking. The trail stretches alongside the Karnali River to the way through narrow gorges. After about two and a half hours of walking, you will see the stunning Chya Chhahara waterfalls. The trek continues along the farming areas of the local people where most of them grow barley, buckwheat, potatoes and rice for living. After reaching Kermi, you can walk for about half an hour to visit one of the two local hot springs. As the habitat of Buddhists is mainly found there, we can be able to see two monasteries namely Lakiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa that are about half hour far from Kermi. We will settle down for the night while the howls of jackals and hyenas keep reminding us that we are in the lap of nature.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO YALBANG
    The day starts with easy hike to Salli Lagna Pass which will take us about 2 hours of short walk along with lush green landscape. During the trek, we cross through the beautiful pine forest which will mesmerize you in a unique way. After 2 hours of walk, it is a steep 20 minute descent from where you will reach at a big metal suspension bridge over the Sali River. We will have to further walk for about 3 hours to reach Yalbang. Just above the campsite, there is a beautiful monastery; the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery which is the biggest in the region with around 130 monks living there where the big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and some smaller statues, among which a statue of Guru Rinpoche can be found. At 7 am and 4 pm, there is a daily puja (a Buddhist prayer ceremony) that you can attend if you desire.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO MUCHU TO TUMKOT
    Today the trek starts with the ascending trail that leads to rocky landscapes with mesmerizing pine forest alongside. After about 4 hours of walk, we reach to the beautiful settlement of Muchu. After passing Muchu, we will be heading towards Tumkot which is about an hour of walk far. Just above the campsite, there is a very interesting monastery of the Sakya lineage, the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. It is the only Sakya Monastery in Humla and one of the few monasteries of this lineage in Nepal. The monastery itself is around three hundred years old and is in poor condition.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO YARI TO THULO DUNGA
    Early morning after breakfast, we start our trek and leave behind the Karnali River. The landscapes are now rockier and part of the trail goes over the dirt road being built. Crossing small village of Pani Palwang with a couple of teahouses along the way we take rest for little bit for a cup of tea or lunch. After about an hour of walk, we will be finally reached Yari which is located in a breathtaking picturesque location with a great view of snowcapped Erega Mountain and adding a short walk from Yari, we will reach Thulo Dunga (base camp for Nara La Pass).

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO HILSA CROSSING NARA LA PASS
    Today is quite challenging day so we start our walk quite early in the morning. After an hour of walk or more, we reach Sip Sip (4300m) which is a small settlement. You can rest there for a while. From there the trail ascends crossing Nara La Pass (4620m). Ahead is the breathtaking view of Tibet and back there is Yari. We are surrounded by barren mountains of brown, copper, ash and dark yellow shades. From the pass, it’s a long descent to Hilsa (about 4-5 hrs of walk), close to the border of Tibet. We will be accommodating at Hilsa that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO MANEPEME
    This day, we will leave Hilsa after crossing a big metal bridge in order to rejoin the trail and the Karnali River. The trail follows the Karnali River to the east right up to Manepeme. The trail is slightly difficult as the path climbs gradually with a few steep ups and downs. The next 4 to 5 hours of walk will be heading towards Manepeme where we will enjoy the peace and nature along with the stunning landscape of bare and steep rocks of amazing shades.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO TIL
    Today will be challenging day as the trek starts very early in the morning right after breakfast. This day starts with two small passes i.e. Chukrangma pass (4145m) and Namka Lagma (4340m). Before reaching to Namka Lagma, we encounter an interesting Buddhist meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk which was the meditation cave of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo, famous translator of Buddhist scripture. The path climbs very steeply for about half an hour to Lamka La (4300m) then it’s an easy downhill walk to Til for about an hour and half. This traditional Tibetan settlement has notable stone architecture and is nestled in a gorgeous valley along the Til River. Two beautiful snowcapped mountains with impressive glaciers tower above the village. The campsite lies 45 minutes downhill from Til next to a river.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO HALJI
    This day will be full of wanderings as we roam around the village and visit the monasteries. The path follows the Limi River and gorgeous rock formations. After walk of about 2 hours, we come to the Tibetan Settlement, Halji. Halji has also similar notable stone architecture. In Halji, there is Drikung Kagyu Waltse Rincheling Monastery which was built in 10th century which belongs to the Kagyugpa lineage and is the main Gompa in the Limi Valley serving as its religious centre. It has been beautifully preserved. We can take rest there and explore more of the village.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO TATOPANI
    This day is easy trek of just about 4 hours of proper walk from Halji to Jang. Jang is the third and last village of Limi Valley. The architecture and placement of Jang resembles that of Til and Halji. The Falgeling Monastery of Jang is a must to be visited. It is an extra special feeling to be in such a hidden undisturbed place far from the busy public place. The Tatopani Campsite is 45 minutes’ walk from Jang where we can have natural hot spring bath and relax.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : TREK TO TALUNG
    Today, we have to walk for about 6 to 7 hours. The walk starts from Tankche Khola for about 2 hours until we reach Tungling Tea House which is the last teahouse for next two days. After an hour of walk, crossing Tankche River, we encounter Tshom Tso Lake. We walk through completely desolate landscapes. The trail goes up slowly and steadily. After about two hours of walk, you will be reaching to Talung where we will spend night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 16 : TREK TO SHINJUNGMA CROSSING NYALU LA
    This day is quite challenging as you will be taken to the highest point of the trip. We will have to walk for about 3 hours to reach at the top of the pass. The climb surely is challenging but the top view from there, is just striking. After half hour of descending we reach beautiful Selma Tso Lake. While descending, we can see the Sung Sa Waterfall, Mesmerizing view of Mount Saipal (7031m) and Mount Kailash (6714m). The downward slope continues on its course all the way down to Shinjungma crossing the Nyalu La Pass where we will be staying for night rest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 17 : TREK TO KERMI
    In the morning after breakfast, we leave for Kermi Village. The pleasant walk through pine forest along with beautiful Salli River will drop you below 3000m. The trail again meets the Karnali River and turns east to Kermi Village. It is roughly 4 hours of walk to reach at Kermi where we can relax our muscles. Camping at Kermi that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 18 : TREK TO SIMIKOT
    Today we will head towards Simikot. The trail will take us about 3 to 4 hours of walk to reach you Majgaon. From Majgaon, the next two hours of walk is ascent to reach Lakhna Pass. After the pass, it is just about half hour of walk to Simikot. We stay at Simikot that night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 19 : FLIGHT FROM SIMIKOT TO NEPALGUNJ TO KATHMANDU
    After morning breakfast, we will be leaving for Kathmandu via Nepalgunj through flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred safely to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day and enjoy the luxury service of the hotel. You can also go for evening walk around the Kathmandu Area.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 20 : SPARE DAY
    You can spend this free day sightseeing around the area. The evening ceremony of chanting at Pashupati can be on the list. You can go for shopping as well. We can arrange Spa and trekkers’ massage treatment for you on this day or you can spend your free day independently as you desire.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Shopping
    • Trekkers' Massage
    • Yoga retreat(Optional)
  • placeDAY 21 : DEPARTURE
    For those departing Nepal on this day, you will probably have some energy left for shopping in the city. We will eat together and then accompany you to the airport in traditional Nepali farewell mode.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport drop
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast and dinner
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with entrance fees and a professional guide
    • Accommodation during the trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Equipment and clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for staffs –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Humla Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Humla region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim card service 
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu  because of early arrival or late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use camping for our clients. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is Travelling in Humla Limi Valley Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 6. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    During camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals empowering you with enough strength for your strenuous climbing. All the cooking materials will be carried by our porters.
  • 8. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 9. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private transportation sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley. And we use domestic airlines to fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. We do drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.
  • 10. What is the best season for trekking ?
    March to April and Mid-September to October are the best time to do this trek, although in winters it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 11. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 12. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking in Humla Limi Trek is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 13. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 14. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination and make a camp for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 15. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 16. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 17. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In some village, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
  • 18. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 19. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 20. How many hours do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hour of walk depends on client's speed. So it's really relative.
  • 21. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 22. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 23. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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