Humla Limi Valley Trek
Humla Limi Valley Trek – Limi is named after people living in there. The name is Tibetan word. Le – means land between two rivers in Tibetan and Mi means people. Le Mi – means people living or situated on land between two rivers. Later on some kind of mispronounced and written like Limi. According in saying or their history, Long time ago many Tibetan come to business between Nepal and Tibet border and some Tibetan traders settled in that area for the purpose of better transportation and business. Since they are settled in between two great rivers; so called them by “Le-Mi” and later that name derived to area. Limi has strong tie with Tibetan community on traditionally and culturally. There is a long tradition of trade and cultural exchange between this part of Nepal and Tibet. People living in Limi still rely on trade with Tibet.
Humla Limi Valley Trek is a proper “Off The Beaten Path” trek in Himalayas of Nepal. Humla Limi Valley treks take you the heart of unexplored upper valleys of Limi. Exploring the Deep gorges of Karnali River, turquoise colour of the river. The Trans Himalayan terrain, strenuous passes and the fascinating Tibetan culture and lifestyle in the villages of Halji, Til and Jang are the major attractions of the Humla Limi Valley Trek. Apart from the pristine beauty, the Limi valley seems almost forgotten by the time and the intrusion of today’s modernization is minimum. Medieval looking villages, equally old culture and an age-old way of life can be experience firsthand on the trek. Isolated backdrop of Humla Limi Valley Trek has higher chances of sightings of the blue sheep and also the rare and elusive snow leopards.
Haliji is the largest village in Limi valley; more than 800 years old historical monastery is another attraction of this village and even now this old Buddhist monastery is in use. Due to its remoteness, There are so many things which recall some age ago Tibet’s Condition. People in there are still following old way of system. People in the valley are sustained by simple agriculture and traditional way of trading across the border of wooden handicrafts and hand made goods. There is a long tradition of trade and cultural exchange between this part of Nepal and Tibet. Due to its remoteness to other parts of Nepal and district headquarter Simikot, people living in Limi still rely on trade with Tibet.
Limi Valley trek starts following Karnali river and stays mostly on the ancient salt trade route throughout the trek. It goes to the Tibet boarder and then retraces back to Simikot via a different route, adding more excitement to this already majestic adventure.
Humla Limi valley trek itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2950 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri (2300 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Kermi (2670 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Yalbang (3020 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Tumkot (3380 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Yari (3700 meters)
Day 10: Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa (3720 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Manepeme (3990 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Til (4000 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Halji (3660 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Jang (3930 meters
Day 15: Trek to Talung (4370 meters)
Day 16: Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma (3620 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Talung Kermi (2670 meters)
Day 18: Trek to Talung Simikot (2950 meters)
Day 19: Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure.
- Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1335 meters)
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. trekking with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)
- Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation .
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj.
Fly to Nepalgunj, one of the major city of the southern part of Nepal. The city is very hot and humid and a different experience than Kathmandu.
- Day 04: Fly to Simikot (2950 meters)
Simikot is a scenic flight of 45 minutes away from Nepalgunj. Simikot airport is a typical nepali mountain airport and the village itself is one typical nepali mountain village.
- Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri (2300 meters)
An hour climb leads to pass and another hour of steep drop leads to Majgaon. Now the trail stays comfortable and undulates for the next couple hours and leads to Dharapuri. (4 hours)
- Day 06: Trek to Kermi (2670 meters)
This is a short day as the trail undulates but continuously follows Karnali River all the way up to Kermi. There are hot springs nearby the village, where an leisurely afternoon can be enjoyed. (3 hours)
- Day 07: Trek to Yalbang (3020 meters)
The first couple of hours of the day is on comfortable terrain but consistently gains elevation and reaches a small pass. A steep descent leads to suspension bridge and leads through the forest to Yalbang. (5 hours)
- Day 08: Trek to Tumkot (3380 meters)
The trail leaves Karnali river and climbs towards Yangar. After Yangar, the trail gets a bit rocky and goes on to cross Karnali once again on a wooden bridge. A climb follows and after a good couple of hours , gets to Muchu. Another hour finally leads to Tumkot. (5 hours)
- Day 09: Trek to Yari (3700 meters)
Most part of this day is spent climbing and includes some steep section as well. In more than 3 hours, the trail passes through Pani Palwang and then in less than 2 hours the day ends at Yari.
- Day 10: Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa (3720 meters)
A hard day as the trek today passes a 4620 meters Nara La. It takes around 4 hours to get to the top another 2 hours of steep descent to Hilsa.
- Day 11: Trek to Manepeme (3990 meters)
The day starts with a crossing of yet another bridge and another climb for a short period. Afterwards, the trail continuously undulates and follows the Karnali River all the way upto Manepeme. (5 hours)
- Day 12: Trek to Til (4000 meters)
Another climb of around 4 hours takes to Lamka La at 4300 meters. A detour en route to the pass leads to a medication cave. From the pass, it takes another one and half hours to the village of Til. Vegetations can be observed once again at Til. (6 hours)
- Day 13: Trek to Halji (3660 meters)
An easy and very short day to Halji. The terrain is slightly uphill but still very comfortable throughout the day. (3 hours)
- Day 14: Trek to Jang (3930 meters)
Another easy day follows as it takes only 4 hours following the Limi River to get to Jang. (4 hours)
- Day 15: Trek to Talung (4370 meters)
One of the two hardest day of the trek and also marks the treks entrance into the wild. There are no more villages and civilization for the next couple of days. However, the trail is quite steady but gradually keeps climbing the whole day. (8 hours)
- Day 16: Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma (3620 meters)
The hardest day of the trek but the best day for the views. A very tough and hard uphill climb of around 5 hours takes to the 4900 meter Nyalu La. Stunning 360 degrees view with views of Tibet can be enjoyed at the top. The holy mountain Kailash of Tibet (6714 meters) and Saipal of Nepal (7031 m) being the pick of the lot. The trail drops to Selma Tso Lake and further continues going down to Shinjungma. (8 hours)
- Day 17: Trek to Talung Kermi (2670 meters)
A steep drop leads to Sali Khola, which goes on to meet Karnali River again and finally to Kermi. (7 hours)
- Day 18: Trek to Talung Simikot (2950 meters)
The trek retraces the same way back to Simikot. (6 hours)
- Day 19: Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
We take the early flight to Nepalgunj and connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu
- Day 20: Free day at Kathmandu.
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Nagarkot, Dhulikhel etc. Further adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, biking around the Kathmandu valley with bungee jumping, rafting near the valleys can be done on this free day. (This is also spare day in case of cancellation of flights) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
- Day 21: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.
- Airport pick up / drop services
- Airfar Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot & Simikot- Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
- Simikot- Hilsa-Limi special permit
- Full board camping during trek
- Experience English speaking Nepali guide
- Supporter Nepalese staff for Camping
- Mule and Yak or porter for carrying luggage
- All camping cooking equipment
- Hotel in Nepalgunj with Dinner and Breakfast
- First Aid Kit.
- Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry Visa Fee.
- Emergency evacuation if needed
- Beverages and personal expenses
- Personal equipments
- Travel insurance
- Tips and local donation
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overt rousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.