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Lonely Limi Valley Trek: An Unforgettable Adventure in Humla

Lonely Limi Valley Trek: An Unforgettable Adventure in Humla

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
02-12 persons per group
Region
Humla
Trip Duration
22 Days
Activities
Trekking
Culture
Buddhist, Shakya and Thakuri
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu/Nepalgunj & full board (B/L/D) during trekking
Accommodation
Hotel/Tea House/ Tented Camp
Max Elevation
4580
Best Month
Spring / Autumn
Trip Grade
Moderate to Strenuous
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu
Transportation
Private Vehicle / Flight

Overview

Discover the hidden gem of Limi Valley, a remote Trans-Himalayan region in northwest Nepal bordering Tibet, with Himalayan Dream Team. Limi Valley, consisting of three traditional villages—Til (4100 m), Zang (3930 m), and Waltse (3700 m)—remained unknown to tourists until recently. This secluded valley offers an authentic trekking experience, showcasing pristine mountain scenery intertwined with ancient Tibetan culture. With monasteries over 800 years old still in use, Limi Valley provides a rare glimpse into traditional Tibetan life, making it a must-visit for those seeking a unique and culturally rich adventure.

Experience a journey back in time as you trek along the ancient salt trading routes that connect Nepal and Tibet. The Limi Valley Trek takes you through the remote wilderness of Humla, an area mostly undiscovered by travelers. The region's isolation has preserved its untouched beauty and traditional Buddhist way of life. During this 20-day trek, you'll cross the famous Nara La pass (4620 m) and explore authentic Tibetan landscapes, with opportunities to spot elusive wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, jackals, hyenas, and musk deer. Camping in small Buddhist villages and amidst snowcapped mountains enhances the sense of adventure and connection to this remarkable region.

Starting in Kathmandu, the trek begins with a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Simikot, the administrative headquarters of Humla District. Following the Karnali River, the longest river in Nepal, the trail leads to the border town of Hilsa, offering breathtaking views of Mount Kailash (6638 m) in Tibet. The Limi Valley, known as Shangri-La for its untouched beauty, lies in a unique topographical rain shadow, allowing trekking even during the monsoon season. The valley's Tibetan-like terrain is home to communities practicing the Bon Po religion, with numerous monasteries, chortens, stupas, and prayer flag-laden passes enriching the journey. With Himalayan Dream Team's experienced guides and seamless logistics, the Humla Limi Valley Trek promises an unforgettable exploration of one of Nepal's most remote and culturally vibrant regions.

Trip highlights:

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath.
  • Experience a 22-day complete adventure through the stunning and diverse Limi Valley, encountering varied landscapes and ancient cultures.
  • Follow the magnificent Karnali River as it carves through spectacular rock formations.
  • Soothe your body in the healing waters of Chagzur Hot Springs.
  • Cross breathtaking high passes, reaching elevations of up to 4,900 meters
  • Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries, including the 800-year-old Rinchhen Ling Gompa in Halji and the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery in Yalbang.
  • Discover the unique charm of the three villages of Limi Valley: Til, Halji, and Jang, each offering its own historical and cultural significance.
  • Engage with the ethnic Tibetan Buddhist, Shakya, Thakuri, and Khas communities in the villages of Dharapori, Kermi, Tumkot, Muchu, and Chyadok.
  • Trek alongside the banks of the majestic Karnali River from Simikot to Limi Valley.
  • Witness the traditional crafts and culture in Kermi at Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa.
  • Visit the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery in Tumkot, the only Shakya Monastery in Humla.
  • Conquer high mountain passes like Nara La (4,620m), Langdogd (4,550m), and Nyalu La (4,990m).
  • Traverse the ancient caravan trail in Talung Valley that connects Limi Valley and the Mansarovar trail.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing views of towering peaks such as Mt. Kailash (6,638m), Mt. Api (7,132m), Kanjiroba (6,883m), and Mt. Saipal (7,031m) on clear days.

Extend Your Adventure with a Wildlife Safari at Bardia National Park

After completing the Limi Valley Trek, why not extend your stay in Nepal and explore the wonders of Bardia National Park? Instead of flying back to Kathmandu on Day 20, you have the opportunity to set off on an unforgettable Wildlife Safari tour from Nepalgunj.

For further information or to customize your Wildlife Safari tour, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office. The Himalayan Dream Team is here to help you create the perfect adventure, combining the serenity of Phoksundo Lake Trek with the thrill of Bardia's wildlife.
Join us for an extraordinary adventure, knowing that everything is arranged to suit your desires. Let Himalayan Dream Team make your travel dreams come true.

Lonely Limi Valley Trek: An Unforgettable Adventure in Humla Itinerary

Details Outline

Upon arriving at Kathmandu airport, a team member will greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. In the evening, join us for a delightful dinner at one of the city's renowned restaurants, where you'll have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and discuss the exciting lonely Limi Valley Trek adventures ahead.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a tour of Kathmandu’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): Our first stop is the ancient Swayambhunath Stupa, perched on a hilltop, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu. This sacred site is a beautiful symbol of faith for both Buddhists and Hindus.
  • Pashupatinath Temple: Next, we visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and cremation site. Here, you can witness and photograph traditional Hindu rituals along the Bagmati River, immersing yourself in the local spiritual life.
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square: After a delicious lunch, we head to Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historic site showcasing stunning Newari architecture. Enjoy a photo session with locals in traditional attire or Hindu holy men (Sadhus), perfect for capturing unique and memorable portraits.
  • Vegetable and Spice Markets: End the day with a visit to the bustling vegetable and spice markets. Capture dynamic street photography of vibrant colors, energetic atmosphere, and diverse faces, providing a glimpse into everyday life in Kathmandu.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

In the afternoon, embark on a scenic flight to Mahendra Airport in Nepalgunj, the largest city in the Terai region bordering western Nepal and India. Upon arrival, enjoy a drive through a charming old village, offering a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of 'old' Nepal. Relax and unwind in a comfortable, air-conditioned hotel for a restful night, preparing for an early start the next day.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
150 m

Rise early for a breathtaking flight north to Simikot, the district headquarters of Humla, perched on a ridge above the Humla Karnali River. This flight offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks. Arriving before lunch, you’ll be greeted by your friendly trek crew. Simikot, a vibrant village at nearly 3,000 meters, serves as the gateway to Mount Kailash and Western Tibet, blending local Humla and Tibetan cultures. Take it easy today to acclimatize, staying hydrated and exploring the village at a leisurely pace.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2950 m

Begin your trek with a short climb to a pass just over 3,000 meters. From there, descend steeply to Dharapori over 4-5 hours, trekking high above the Karnali River through pine forests and small villages. Encounter locals, both Hindu and Buddhist, navigating the challenging trails with their heavy loads. Tonight, camp near the Karnali River, immersing yourself in the serene natural surroundings for your first night under the stars.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
2300 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

Today’s trek follows the scenic Karnali River through rocky slopes and narrow gorges. The trail varies between high paths and sections close to the water, passing fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, and potatoes. The shorter trek allows for a leisurely pace.

In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing soak in one of the natural hot springs near Kermi village, a 30-minute uphill walk. Kermi, the first entirely Buddhist village on your route, offers a glimpse into local life. Explore the nearby Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa monasteries, both easily accessible and rarely visited by tourists.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
2670 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today's trek is mostly flat or slightly uphill, passing through fields of barley and buckwheat. After two hours, you’ll cross a small pass and then descend steeply for about 20 minutes to a large iron suspension bridge over the Sali River. The path leads you through beautiful pine forests with views of the emerald green Karnali River below. Along the way, you might encounter caravans of mules and dzopas, villagers traveling to or from Taklakot in Tibet for trade.

In Yalbang, visit the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery, the largest in the region with around 130 monks. You'll notice you're near the monastery when you see a huge stone with a Tibetan mantra carved on it. A monk will give you a tour and invite you for tea. You can also attend the daily puja (Buddhist prayer ceremony) at 7 am and 4 pm, providing a unique cultural experience.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3020 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Leaving Yalbang, the trail ascends high above the Karnali River, passing through the village of Yangar. The path is mostly "Nepali Flat," with a mix of flat, uphill, and downhill sections, and some parts are dramatically carved out of the rocks, creating a three-sided tunnel effect. The landscape becomes rockier with fewer pine trees and more bushes. You'll cross the Karnali River on a large wooden suspension bridge and then climb high above the river along a deep gorge. You'll pass the village of Muchu and continue to Tumkot, where you'll find teahouses and a campsite. Close to Tumkot lies the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, a significant Sakya monastery in the region, worth the 20-30 minute climb for a visit.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3380 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After breakfast the ascent continues and the landscape becomes more and more rocky and desolate. The climb will be challenging, with long uphill sections and rocky trails. The trees that you see now are now short and low junipers. We will pass through the village of Pani Palwang where there are some tea houses which offers also a perfect place for a short time out having a lunch. We continue after Yari to our camp for the night. Yari is the last village in Humla before the old trade route climbs to the Nara.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3750 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today's journey takes you over the Nara La pass at 4,580 meters. The climb is long and tiring, but the stunning views are worth the effort. The landscape becomes more desolate, resembling Tibet, with no trees and barren mountains. You'll encounter caravans of mules or yaks along the way. After passing a few teahouses at Tado Dunga, the trail becomes steeper. The climb to the pass is marked by a pile of stones and Tibetan prayer flags. From the pass, enjoy breathtaking views into Tibet and back toward Yari. The descent to Hilsa, near the Tibetan border, is long but rewarding.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3720 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Start your day in Hilsa, the nearest port to Tibet, bustling with Indian pilgrims heading towards Mount Kailash. After breakfast, cross the suspension bridge over the Humla Karnali River and head north along the newly built road towards Limi Valley, as the Nepal-Tibet border is off-limits. This valley is renowned for its snow leopards and Himalayan blue sheep. After a trek through this stunning landscape, you will arrive at Manipeme, your campsite at an elevation of 3,930 meters. The camp is named after the Mani Mantra engraved on a large rock, adding a spiritual touch to your stay.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3900 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Leaving Manipeme, you'll cross the Chenglungma caravan campsite before reaching the old cave of Cha-sa Nam-ka Dzong, nestled in a rocky cliff facing the sun. This spot is known for its retreats due to its convenient location and abundant firewood. Despite the short distance, the trail from Hilsa to Til is challenging, with dry, sloping paths and frequent ups and downs. You’ll navigate the Trans Himalaya Dread Path, famous for its rough terrain and heavy pack animal traffic. Be cautious as you make your way through, avoiding yaks and sheep loaded with trading packs. Til Village, at approximately 4,100 meters, is the smallest of the three Limi Valley settlements, surrounded by barley fields. Don't miss the 300-year-old Kunzum Do-Nag monastery on the village's right side.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
4000 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Start with a downhill walk to Tiljung, where you'll reach the Tagtsi Khola, the main tributary of the Karnali River. Cross a suspension bridge and follow the Tagtsi River east through a narrow valley. After a couple of hours, cross another bridge and continue northeast to the plain area of Halji Village, home to the 800-year-old Rinchhen Ling Gompa monastery. From Halji, head east on a wide trail past a Buddhist entrance gate and Mani walls. Continue to Jang Village, which boasts a 250-year-old monastery. Finally, trek for another hour to reach the welcoming Chagzur hot springs, perfect for a relaxing end to the day.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3660 m
Walking Hours
4/5 hrs

Enjoy a relaxing rest day at Chagzur hot springs. This is a perfect time to unwind, do laundry, and soak in the soothing hot-spring baths, allowing your body to rejuvenate before continuing your trek.

Alternatively, if the weather is favorable and you’re feeling energetic, consider a truck ride to Lapcha Syar to see Mount Kailash and Holy Lake Manasarovar in Tibet, sites of great spiritual significance. You can arrange this trip locally. Be aware that the road conditions can be rough, and the journey to the viewpoint and back takes considerable time. Ensure you’re well-prepared with food, water, suitable clothing, and necessary permits. Consult with your guides for the latest information on road conditions and safety.

Decide based on your energy levels and weather conditions. Both options offer unique experiences, so choose what best aligns with your preferences and well-being, always prioritizing safety.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Leaving Chagzur Hot Springs, trek along ancient caravan trails connecting Humla to Limi and Manasarovar. Pass through the new settlement of Tugling, which offers a restaurant and VHF telephone services. Upon reaching Tagsti, choose between two routes to Nyalu Base Camp: the shorter road route or the scenic trail through Tagtsi, where you can see the ruins of the ancient village of Tshamdo. Cross the Nyingchhu River, enjoy views of Tshomgo Lake, and encounter Humli shepherds and yak herders before arriving at Jade/Nyalu Base Camp.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
4350 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Departing from Nyalu Base Camp, ascend to the Nyalu Pass at 4,990 meters for breathtaking views of surrounding peaks. Descend past the picturesque Sheliman Lake and head towards Tshongsa meadow, crossing the Tshongsa River and passing through a lush rhododendron forest. Continue past imposing Tshongsa rocks and the stunning Tshongsi Tsan waterfall before reaching Sheng Jungma, a serene pastureland. Set up camp in the dense forest, enjoying the tranquility and sense of accomplishment from the day's trek.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3620 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Cross the Tshongsa River and trek along the left bank of the Zhetse Khola, visiting the summer camp of Chyadok villagers. Continue through the stunning Zhetse Valley to the Dinga village herders' camp, also known as Langdogd Base. Immerse yourself in the local herding culture and enjoy the serene surroundings before crossing the stream again and heading upstream. Respect the natural environment and practice responsible trekking as you take in the beauty of the Zhetse Valley.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
4164 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Trek through a dense juniper and birch forest to reach Langdogd Pass at 4,550 meters. Descend carefully through the forest, crossing the Takhor Khola river before continuing to the historical campsite of Lekh Dinga, once an autumn trading center. Set at 3,890 meters, this serene campsite offers a glimpse into the region's rich history and natural beauty. Enjoy the tranquility and practice responsible camping as you settle in for the night.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Tented Camp
Highest Altitude
3890 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Trek through several villages, including Yapka, Tangin, and Aul Dinga, before climbing to the Thakuri village of Okhreni. Enjoy panoramic views and immerse yourself in the local culture. Descend to the Yapka Khola, then hike along a newly constructed road to Simikot Lagna, with breathtaking views of the Nyinba Valley. Finally, arrive in Simikot, where you can enjoy the comforts of civilization, including a hot shower and a bed in a guest house.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2950 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Conclude your trekking adventure with a flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu. After an early breakfast, head to the airport for a smooth departure. Reflect on the incredible experiences and memories gathered during your trek as you return to the bustling city of Kathmandu. Enjoy modern amenities and take the time to relax, explore the city, and share your journey's stories and photographs with fellow trekkers.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

Today is reserved in case of any flight delays or cancellations between Nepalgunj and Simikot. If all flights operate on schedule, this day offers an excellent opportunity for additional sightseeing. We can arrange an optional tour to the historic cities of Bhaktapur and Patan.

Optional Sightseeing Tour:

Bhaktapur: Explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur, renowned for its rich culture, temples, and intricate wood, metal, and stone artworks. Highlights include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the 55-Window Palace, Nyatapola Temple, and the Pottery Square.

Patan: Visit the historic city of Patan, also known as Lalitpur, famous for its architectural heritage and vibrant arts scene. Key attractions include Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Mandir, and the Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar).

This optional tour provides a deeper insight into the cultural and historical richness of the Kathmandu Valley, making your trek experience even more memorable.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

On your final day after completing the Limi Valley Trek with Himalayan Dream Team, it's time to bid farewell. With hearts filled with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of Nepal's rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, our dedicated representative will ensure a smooth and comfortable transfer to the international airport.

As you board your flight, take a moment to reflect on the enriching experiences and knowledge gained during your trek. We hope to welcome you back for more adventures with the Himalayan Dream Team. Safe travels and best wishes for your future endeavors!

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Breakfast

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Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers from International and domestic airports
  • Welcome dinner hosted by HDT
  • Accommodation in a 4-star hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel with breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • Kathmandu city tour as per the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea, coffee, and hot/cold filtered water during the trek
  • Tented camp accommodation during the trekking
  • Trekking camping equipment (tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils, etc.)
  • All land transportation by private vehicle
  • Round trip domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu, including airport taxes
  • 1 experienced, helpful, and friendly English-speaking guide, 1 cook, and porters/donkeys, including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
  • Down sleeping bag (rated for minus 30-40 degrees Celsius), duffel bag, and trekking map
  • Humla Simikot Restricted Area Permit and all other necessary permits
  • First aid medical kit
  • Office service charge
  • Government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa fee USD 50 for 30 days and 2 passport sized pictures, see: Nepal Visa
  • Any meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as items and expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone calls, internet, battery charging, monastery entrance fees, and hot showers
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue)
  • Any costs arising due to changes in the itinerary because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbances, strikes, etc.
  • Horse rental and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek
  • Tips for guide, cook, porters, and driver
  • Any other costs not mentioned in the included section

Lonely Limi Valley Trek: An Unforgettable Adventure in Humla Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the best time to trek the Limi Valley?

The best time to trek the Limi Valley is during spring (April to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable, and the views are clear.
 

The Limi Valley trek is moderate to strenuous, requiring good physical fitness due to high altitudes and long trekking days. Prior trekking experience is beneficial.
 

Yes, you need a special permit for trekking in the Limi Valley, including the Restricted Area Permit and the Shey Phoksundo National Park permit.
 

The highest point of the Limi Valley trek is Nyalu La Pass, which reaches an elevation of 4,990 meters (16,371 feet).
 

The trek starts in Simikot, accessible by a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then a connecting flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot.
 

Accommodation options include hotels, tea houses, and tented camps, providing basic facilities along the trek route.
 

Essential items include trekking gear, warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and personal items. A detailed packing list will be provided by your trekking agency.

Independent trekking is not allowed in the Limi Valley. You must trek with a registered guide and obtain necessary permits through a licensed trekking agency.
 

Meals include traditional Nepali dishes such as rice, lentils, vegetables, noodles, soup, and Tibetan bread. It is advisable to carry some high-energy snacks.

You may encounter wildlife such as snow leopards, blue sheep, jackals, hyenas, and musk deer in the remote wilderness of the Limi Valley.
 

The trek itinerary includes acclimatization days. It is important to walk slowly, stay hydrated, and follow your guide's advice to prevent altitude sickness.
 

Yes, the trek features ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional Tibetan villages, and significant cultural sites such as Rinchhen Ling Gompa and Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery.
 

In case of emergencies, helicopter evacuations can be arranged. Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuations.
 

Yes, you can extend your adventure by visiting Bardia National Park for a wildlife safari. Customization options are available with your trekking agency.
 

The Limi Valley trek offers a rare combination of untouched natural beauty, ancient Tibetan culture, and the opportunity to explore remote and less-traveled regions of Nepal.
 

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