Limi Valley Trekking

19 Days from US$ 2450pp*

Trip Code: HD772

Trip Grade
  • Activities: Cultural Tours, Trekking & Walking
  • Group Size: Guarantee Departure from 2
  • Trip Seasons: April to October

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Trip Highlights

  • Come face to face with authentic Buddhism and Bonpo culture
  • Cross two high passes around 5000 meters
  • Walk through beautiful landscapes
  • Sleep in small Buddhist villages and camp closer to the snowcapped mountains
  • Chance to see snow leopard, blue sheep, jackals, hyenas and musk deer
  • Visit sleepy stone villages, where the Tibetan culture lingers on.

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Limi Valley Trekking

The ancient salt trade route in the Himalayas unquestionably commemorates man’s mightiest strength of resilience and growth. We take this trade root which still seems hidden from the modern world. This takes us straight to the border of Nepal and China. This is a region which still actively follows Shamanistic traditions mingled with Buddhism.
The main road takes us across the Nara La pass at 4269m. Once we reach the border town of Hilsa, the road splits and we turn northeast to the Limi Valley. This trek contains within itself the very length and breadth of the Himalayas’ ultimate delights. Its landscapes range from alpine pastures and wild rivers to inspiring hills and mountain vistas. In many ways, Humla is a distillation of all that the Himalayas offers: isolation, grand scenery, gentle people and mountain wildlife at natural ease. We delight in crossing the two high mountain passes of Nara La and Nyalu La and savor the stark and spectacular panoramas, from the hills, himalayan peaks and meandering waterways and riverine forests to some of Nepal’s finest vistas.

Day by Day

  • Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m)

    • Arrive Katmandu. Assistance upon arrival and transfer to Hotel Shangri-La. Experience Nepal's unique hospitality at the airport. Enjoy a traditional Tika welcome with a welcome drink at Hotel Garden.  Room keys will be distributed and an overview of the program will be given.  Evening: – A cultural evening with folk music and ethnic dancing with fine Nepalese cuisine at Bhojan Griya.  Enjoy and savor a welcome with RAKSHI, local Nepali wine at the courtyard, illuminated with butter lamps. Overnight at Hotel Shangri-La.

      The Shangri-La Hotel Kathmandu with it's magnificent prize winning garden endeavors to provide excellence in service to all our clients. The beautiful garden is highlighted by the Shambala Cafe along with a unique swimming pool depicting the architecture and art of the ancient bricks and stone-carved royal bath from 16th century Kathmandu. []
    • Dinner
  • Day 2 Kathmandu-Bhaktapur, Pashupati and Boudha

    • Explore Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon city, home of medieval art and architecture. This city, shaped like a conch-shell, covers an area of 4 square miles. Bhaktapur means a city of the devotees. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. This Durbar Square has innumerable temples and architectural showpieces like the Lion Gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, the picture gallery, the Golden Gate, the Palace of 55 Windows (newly restored), the Batsala Temple, the Bell of Barking Dogs and a replica of Pashupatinath Temple. During the tour of Bhadgaon, a visit to Durbar square is unique experience. 

      Lunch at Café Nyatapola, (This cafe is in a building that was once a traditional pagoda temple. It has some erotic carvings on some of the roof struts and a great vantage point to watch Taumadi Tole come to life.)

      Drive to Pashupati . Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple, that is also known as 'The Temple of Living Beings'. Continue with a pleasant walk to Boudanath. Boudhanath, built in 5th century A.D. by Lichchhavi King Mana Dev is on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels.  This colossal and ancient Stupa is one of the biggest in the world and has all the seeing eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions, keeping the eternal watch over the people and their doings. This spherical Stupa is held in great veneration both by the Lam as of Nepal and Tibet
      Overnight at Hotel Shangri-La.
    • Breakfast
  • Day 3 Fly Kathmandu - Nepalgunj

    • Transfer to Kathmandu domestic terminal and fly to Nepalgunj on southern border of Nepal. You pass the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and see horse carts full of colorful people going to or coming from the Indian border. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well. Overnight at Guest House.
    • Breakfast
  • Day 4 Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2960 m) trek to Dharapuri (2300m) 4 hrs

    • During a 45 minutes flight to mountainous town Simikot, enjoy spectacular views of snow-capped mountains including Saipal Himal 7031m and entire width of western Nepal. Feel crispy cold breathing air upon arrival in a completely different world.

      Assemble your trekking gears and a camera to click people weaving at small looms at their backyards. Take gentle walk to give your body a chance to acclimatize and adjust.

      Enjoy the climb passing wheat and barley field. After 1 hour steep descent to the town of Majigoan, where your crew have cooked your first lunch. Along the way you meet local Hindu and Buddhist people in their traditional dress with their pack animals, or carrying their heavy loads all the way up the steep trail themselves. The trail passes through walnut and apricot trees.Overnight at Tent
  • Day 5 Dharapuri to Kermi (2670 m) 4-5 hrs

    • The trail runs parallel to the Karnali River. Walking follows some serious ascents and then you reach down to almost level with the river. The river meanders through narrow gorges with beautiful high rocky slopes. You tread along fields of barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. Soon we will reach the village of Chachera, situated at a height of 2350m. From here the trail climbs steeply to the Kermi village (2670m). In the afternoon you can relax your muscles in one of the two natural hot springs close to the village. It’s a 30 minute walk, passing Kermi village. Kermi is a small village and is the first completely Buddhist village on the trail.

      All the villages that you meet after Kermi are inhabited by the Buddhists. A little further away from Kermi, you come across two Buddhist monasteries; the Laikyo Gompa, which is a few hundred years old and Choeling Gompa, less than half a century old.
      Overnight at Camp
  • Day 6 Kermi to Yalbang (3020 m) 5 hrs

    • From Kermi, the trail is slightly uphill but comparatively flatter. We move alongside barley fields for two hours to cross a small pass. From this pass onwards, we make a steep descent to reach a suspension bridge over the Sali River. Here you find a few teashops where you could stop for tea or lunch. The walk goes through beautiful pine forests now, with below you the emerald green Karnali river flows.

      We could encounter mule caravans. These are mostly villagers from Simikot and the Nyinba Valley, to the east of Simikot. They are going to (or are coming back from) Taklakot, just across the border with Tibet, to buy goods for trading or for personal use. In and around Yalbang there are so many interesting things to see that it is easy to spend an extra day here.

      The hill above the village is adorned by the beautiful monastery called Namkha Khyung Dzong. You will notice as you get near the monastery, a huge stone with a Tibetan mantra carved on it. The Namkha Khyung Dzong is the biggest monastery in the region, with around 130 monks living there. It belongs to the Nyingmapa lineage, the oldest Buddhist lineage, which is founded by Guru Ringpoche, an important magician of the 7th century. Inside the monastery you can see a big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and some smaller statues, among which a statue of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has a school and a clinic, which you can visit as well. A Buddhist monk will be happy to show you around, after which you will be invited for tea upstairs. At 7 am and 4 pm there is a daily puja (a Buddhist prayer ceremony) that you can attend (please remain silent and sit down along one of the side walls, behind the monks).
  • Day 7 Yalbang to Muchu (3120 m) 4 hrs or Tumkot (3380 m) 5 hrs

    • Once we leave Yalbang, the trail is relatively flatter. The path winds up and the Karnali River is left far behind. We pass through the small village of Yangar. Some portions of the road have been laid out with carved rocks on both sides. As you keep ascending, the environment gradually changes as big fine trees become scarce giving way to bushes. After a while, we cross the Karnali River on a wooden suspension bridge. A little later you come across tents which are actually tea shops. We will rest here for a while. About 4 hours of walking, we reach the village of Muchu. From here it’s an hour walking to Tumkot. Our trail does not take us past the Tumkot village. It falls about 20 minutes to the south of the trail. Closer to this village is the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region. This monastery is perched on the top of a hill and will take us about 30 minutes to reach this monastery. We camp close to the Tumkot village.
  • Day 8 Tumkot to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m) 5 hrs

    • The trail initially involves ascents. Right after we leave our campsite, the landscape dramatically changes. It gets more rocky and barren. Juniper trees in this region are scarcely populated. After a few hours we reach the village of Pani Palwang which consists of a couple of teahouses along the road, which makes a nice place for a cup of tea or a lunch break. Two hours later, we reach the village of Yari and then to the village of Thado Dhunga, beyond it. We camp in between these villages.
  • Day 9 Yari to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m) 6 hrs

    • Today’s trek is a little strenuous. A tiring climb awaits us. As we ascend, the landscape gets more barren. The landscape looks more like a cold desert. On the way, you are likely to encounter mule or yak caravans. Right past the tea houses at a place called Tado Dhunga, the trek involves steep climbing. Two hours later, you come across a few big tents that offer food and drinks. From this point, you can see the Nara La Pass at a distance. You recognize the pass by the pile of stones (it brings good luck to add one!) and the strings of Tibetan prayer flags, carrying the prayers far away with the strong wind. The other side of the pass looks more like Tibet. Barren mountains flaunting myriad strange colors in the sun surrounds you. From this pass, we descend to the village of Hilsa where we camp for the night.
  • Day 10 Hilsa to Manepeme (3990 m) 5 hrs

    • Once you leave Hilsa, you will need to cross the Karnali River by an iron bridge. Once you reach the other side of the river, the trail gradually winds up on the slope. It keeps following the Karnali river till you reach Manepeme. Manepeme is not a village, but a small flat area and because it has a water source, it serves as our campsite.
  • Day 11 Manepeme to Til (4000 m) 6 hrs

    • From Manepeme, the trail ascends across a rocky slope. After two hours you come across two roads diverged. One is a smaller leveled path while the other is a larger path but steeper than the first. The small path passes a meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk. This cave is religiously and historically significant because it is believed that this cave was used for meditation by of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 A.D.), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures. His activities were significant to the revival of cultural exchange between Tibet and India, paving the way to the so-called second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. Some portion of this trail is generally green while others are not. An hour later we come face to face with Lamka La, a pass at 4300 meter. The trail becomes easy from this point onwards. We walk for about 2 more hours to reach the village of Til.

      Small chortens appear as we are entering this village. From a distance you will see white buildings on the shadow of a hill. This is actually a monastery. The village is surrounded by birches and terraced fields with barley, which both are bright yellow in September-October. Two beautiful snow capped mountains with impressive glaciers are towering above the village. The village of Til is a beautiful Tibetan village where the men and women still wear traditional Tibetan outfits. Most women wear beautiful jewelry with big turquoise stones. About 45 minutes downhill from this village, next to a river, we camp for the night.
  • Day 12 Til to Halji (3660 m) 3 hrs

    • Today the trail follows the Limi River upstream. Since the walk today is comparatively gentle, we will have time to look for blue sheep and mountain goats on the way. After 3 hours of gentle walks, we reach the village of Halji. The entrance of the village is marked by a chorten and a big mani wall appears before you. The village of Halji is famous for its monastery, the Rinchenling Gompa. This monastery was built in the 14th century and belongs to the Kagyugpa lineage. It has now been restored (with help of Nepal Trust) and has many interesting parts to visit. The main hall has a beautifully decorated statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. In smaller rooms you can find more beautiful statues, the complete Kenjur (Buddhist scriptures) and masks and costumes used during festivals. We will camp close to this village for the night.
  • Day 13 Halji to Jang (3930 m) 4 hrs

    • An easy four hour walk from the village of Halji will take us to the village of Jang. The trek today involves following the Limi River. Jang is the third and also the last village of the Limi Valley. It is a beautiful village and the ethnic Tibetan culture still remains unruffled. The campsite is close to the village and is run by the youth club of Jang.
  • Day 14 Jang to Talung (4370 m) 8 hrs

    • From this point onwards, you might not be able to see such beautiful villages. A gentle trek will take us across a beautiful road to Talung where we camp for the night.
  • Day 15 Talung to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4940 m) 8 hrs

    • This day we will climb to the Nyalu La Pass which is quite strenuous. Because of the snow and ice the climb can be difficult at times. You can have beautiful views of the Humla region and Tibet from this point. Amazingly even Mt. Kailash in Tibet, can be seen from here. You can also see Mount Saipal (7031 m) and many more snowcapped mountains which are stretching out before you. After you cross the pass we make a steep descent to the Lake of Selma Tso situated at 4630 m. We keep descending to reach our campsite at Shinjungma. Beautiful views of Mount Saipal are available from the campsite.
  • Day 16 Shinjungma to Kermi (2670 m) 7 hrs

    • We walk back to Kermi village today. From our campsite we descend about 3000mthrough birch and pine trees. The trail pursues the Sali River until we come across the Karnali River. We camp at Kermi.
  • Day 17 Kermi to Simikot (2950 m) 6 hrs

    • Today we will first move to Darapuri and then make a pleasant walk up to Majgaon. The trail is relatively leveled and with some small highs and lows in between. From Majgaon, however, we make a climb to reach Simikot where we camp for the night.
  • Day 18 Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu

    • Early morning flight back to Kathmandu, via Nepalgunj.
  • day 19 Departure from Kathmandu

    • Leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Rest of the day on your own for last minute shopping, catching up with new acquaintances or bidding farewell to old ones. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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What is included

  • International and domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle and check - in assistance.
  • Accommodation at Hotel Shangrila in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner with live Nepalese culture program at Bhojan Griha.
  • Domestic flights with cargo charges
  • Provision of all meals on the trek
  • Fully camping trek inclusive of 2 men tent, dining tent and table & seating chair, toilet tent
  • English speaking trekking guide, supporting Sherpas and necessary porters and cook
  • Necessary kitchen equipment
  • Insurance & clothing for trekking staff

What is not included

  • Nepal visa fee (check latest travel to Nepal link)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry, bar bills
  • Applicable incurred cost due to cancelled or delayed flights

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