Humla Limi Valley Trek

The isolated terrain that you’ll pass through on the Humla&Limi Valley Trek means that there is a good chance you’ll spot blue sheep and the rare, elusive snow leopard.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration - 21 Days
Trekking Duration - 17 Days
Trekking Mode - Camping Trek
Trip Level - Demanding
Max. Altitude - 4620 meters
Min. Group Size - 2+

The Humla Limi Valley Trek, in Western Nepal, is a real ‘off-the-beaten-path’ adventure that takes you into the unexplored upper valleys of Limi. You will explore the deep gorges of the turquoise Karnali River, as well as the terrain of the trans-Himalayan regions while encountering Tibetan-influenced culture.

Highlights of the Humla Limi Valley Trek.

  • The Tibetan-derived culture of the Limi people
  • Wilderness of remote gorges and valleys, as well as the beautiful Karnali River
  • Views of Mt Kailash and others in Tibet

In the Tibetan language, ‘le’ means land between two rivers, and ‘mi’ means people. So, the Limi Valley is named for the people living on land between two rivers. According to local beliefs, Tibetan people crossed onto this land for business purposes and later settled, becoming the people who live here today. The Limi Valley is still culturally connected to Tibet, and the local people still trade with Tibet, particularly wooden handicrafts and hand-made goods.

The fascinating Tibetan culture and lifestyle in the villages of Halji, Til, and Jang are highlights of the Humla and Limi Valley Trek. The villages look straight out of the middle ages, and the lifestyles of the local people are almost the same as they have been for centuries. In Haliji, the largest village of the Limi Valley, there is an 800-year-old Buddhist monastery that is still in use.

The isolated terrain that you’ll pass through on the Humla&Limi Valley Trek means that there is a good chance you’ll spot blue sheep and the rare, elusive snow leopard.

The Route Followed

This adventure begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, a city on the western Terai. From Nepalgunj, it’s necessary to take another short flight to the mountain airstrip at Simikot, the start of this trek.

The Humla Limi Valley Trek starts by following the Karnali river, and largely stays on the ancient salt trade route. Spend the first few days ascending steadily, over undulating terrain, and even getting the chance to stop at some rejuvenating natural hot springs.

On a challenging day you will need to cross the high pass, Nara La (4620m), and then make a steep descent to Hilsa (3720m). A couple of days later, cross another high pass at Lamka La (4300m), en route to which you can stop at an interesting meditation cave.

After another couple of easier days, two of the hardest days of the trek await. Enter the wilderness after Talung (4370m), after which you won’t encounter any villages for a couple of days. On the next day, cross the Nyalu La (4949m), from which you can see incredible views of mountains in Nepal and Tibet, including Kailash (6714m).

Return to Simikot via a different route, to keep the trail interesting.

Accommodation

The Humla Limi Valley Trek is a camping trek as it passes through very remote areas with little tourism infrastructure. This is part of the fun of visiting this remote region!

Humla Limi Valley Trek’s Short Itineraries

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 19: Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
Day 20: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 21: Departure.

Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma
Trek to Yari Village

Detail Itinenary

Arrival In Kathmandu 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).
Sightseeing in Kathmansu Day 02
Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions listed under the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO. In the evening one of our office representative will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed information for the entire trek. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)
Flight to Nepalgunj Day 03
Fly to Nepalgunj.
Take 45 minute a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj Lowlands of Terai and it is located at the altitude of 150 m in the South Western Nepal, it is also known as one of the extremely hottest city of Nepal. If you have some time to visit after your flight then you may Take a cycle Rikshaw for a ride in town. Main attraction of the city is the Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples and is worth a visit as well. Overnight at Hotel.
Fly to Simikot Day 04
Fly to Simikot (2950 meters).
Early in the morning take about 45 minutes flight to Simikot. The picturesque flight takes you over the green high hill, some snow-capped mountain ridges with beautiful views on them. Coming out of the plane, you enter in a completely different world in the middle of the Himalayas, and taking a breath of cold air makes you calm. Meet your crew who is already waiting for you in Simikot and have a breakfast and chill out in Simikot. It is a small village mostly Hindu people around. You see people weaving at small looms at their backyards. As Simikot is situated at an altitude of almost 2950 meters, it is wise to take it easy today to give your body the chance to acclimatize.
Trek to Dharapuri Day 05
Trek to Dharapuri (2300 meters) 4 -5 hours.
The trek starts with a short climb of about an hour to a little hill (approximately 3150m) and then decent of about 1 hour to Majgaon, passing through pine forests. Along the way you will encounter with lot of local in their traditional dress with their pack animals, or carrying their heavy loads all the way up the steep trail themselves. After Majgoaon, the trail is going down more gradually, and at some parts would be going up: this is what they call Nepali flat. You will notice that the landscape is a lot greener at this lower altitude. And finally you will reach the destination. Overnight at Dharapani on Camp.
Trek to Kermi Day 06
Trek to Kermi (2670 meters) around 3 hours.
Today is a relatively short and easy days so no need to be hurry, after breakfast the day start with undulating trail but continuously follows Karnali River all the way up to Kermi. There are hot springs (Tato Pani) nearby the village as well you you can go and spend some time. Kermi is a small agricultural village and is the first completely Buddhist village on the trail. From Kermi onwards, all the villages are Buddhist. There are two interesting Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi: Laikyo Gompa, a few hundred years old, is about 45 minutes from the campsite and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, less than half a century old, is about 30 minutes from the campsite. Both are still seldom visited by tourists. Overnight at Kermi on Camp.
Trek to Yalbang Day 07
Trek to Yalbang (3020 meters) 5 hours.
After we set of the trail the first couple of hours in the morning is fairly comfortable terrain but slowly gains the elevation and reaches a small pass. Then the steep descent leads to suspension bridge. Here you find a few teashops where you could stop for tea or lunch. The walk goes through beautiful pine forests continue to destination of the day overnight at Yalbang on Camp.
Trek to Tumkot Day 08
Trek to Tumkot (3380 meters) 5 hours.
The following trail leaves Karnali River and climbs towards the little village of Yangar. After Yangar, the trail gets a bit rocky and goes on to cross Karnali once again on a wooden bridge. The path climbs high above the Karnali River and goes along the upper site of a deep gorge. A climb follows and after couple of hours, gets to Muchu and from Muchu walk another hour to Tumkot. Overnight at Camp.
Trek to Yari Village Day 09
Trek to Yari (3700 meters) 6 Hours.
After breakfast in the camp we have to ready to take over most part of the day with uphill including some steep section as well. Pretty soon after leaving Tumkot, you can see the landscape changing: it’s getting more and more rocky and desolate. The few trees left are low junipers. Part of the trail goes over the dirt road that is being built at the moment. In about 4 hours we reach Pani Palwang and then from Pani Palwang another 2 hours of we reach to Yari Overnight at camp.
Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa Day 10
Cross Nara La (4620 meters) and trek to Hilsa (3720 meters) 6-7 hours.
Today is comparatively A tough day lies ahead of you, as today you cross the Nara La pass at 4620 meter. And the landscape looks like more desolate similar like Tibet. Around 4 hours of walk you get to the Pass. From where you have breathtaking views ahead into Tibet and back towards Yari far below. At the other side of the pass, it looks like you are in Tibet. You are surrounded by barren mountains in brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colors. From the pass then after another couple of hours of walk to Hilsa overnight at Camp.
Trek to Manepeme Day 11
Trek to Manepeme (3990 meters 5 hours).
The day starts with a crossing of yet another bridge and another climb for a short period. Most of the trails follows the Karnali River in eastern direction up till Manepeme. Manepeme is only a small camp site area close to the trail and close to a water source where it is possible to camp at Manepeme overnight at camp.
Trek to Til Day 12
Trek to Til (4000 meters) 6 hours.
The trail climbs on and winds its way through the high, steep rocks. After walking around 4 hours you will reach Lamka La at 4300 meters. A detour en route to the pass leads to a medication cave call Ya Yip Phuk. This cave plays an important role in the history of Buddhism. The famous Buddhist script translator “Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo“was meditated in this cave in 985-1055 A.D.). After the pass, it’s a pretty easy walk which is mostly going down to Til (more or less 1 ½ hrs). Overnight at Til on Camp.
Trek to Halji Day 13
Trek to Halji (3660 meters) 4 Hours.
An easy and very short day to Halji which allows you time to wander around in the villages and visit the monasteries. Along the way, look out for mountain goats and blue sheep! If you are very lucky you might even see a snow leopard from here on as well. The terrain is slightly uphill but still very comfortable throughout the day and finally you are at Hilja overnight at camp.
Trek to Jang Day 14
Trek to Jang (3930 meters) (4 hours).
Another easy day of the trek is from Halji to Jang for about 4 hours of walk, most of the walk pass following the Limi Khola. Jang is the third and last village in the Limi Valley where they display the Tibetan Buddhist Culture still continues relatively untouched, as far from the centaury or more. Jang has a beautiful tibetain Monastery where you can visit one you are there. Overnight at Jang on Camp.
Trek to Talung Day 15
Trek to Talung (4370 meters) 8 hours.
One of the Second hardest day of the trek and also marks the treks entrance into the wild. In the coming days there would not be any more villages until you get Kermi and you will be walking through impressive, completely desolate landscapes. The trail is not always easy to find however, the trail is quite steady but gradually keeps climbing the whole day. At the end of the day you will be at Talung overnight at Camp.
Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma Day 16
Cross Nyalu La (4949 meters) and trek to Shinjungma (3620 meters) 8 hours.
Another tough day of the trek but regarding the best day for the views. Climb uphill 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. There can be snow and ice, along the trail which makes the climb more challenging. After the pass the trail drops to Selma Tso Lake and further continues going down to Shinjungma overnight at Camp.
Trek back to Kermi Day 17
Trek to Kermi (2670 meters).
From today onward you get back to the civilization and walk back to Kermi village. A steep drop leads to Sali Khola, which goes on to meet Karnali River again and turns east towards Kermi village. You will drop below 3000m for the after 10 days of walk. Overnight at Kermi on Camp.
Trek to Talung Simikot Day 18
Trek to Talung Simikot (2950 meters) (6 hours).
After breakfast the pleasant walk lead uphill till Darapuri (2300 m) and Majgaon (2290 m). From Majgaon it’s a long climb of about 2 hours from the Karnali River up till a pass just over 3000 meter. But after the pass it’s just 30 more minutes back to Simikot. Which is your final day of the Trek. Enjoy your last day trek celebration. Overnight at camp.
Fly back to Nepalganj Day 19
Fly to Nepalgunj and continue to Kathmandu.
We say good bye for our crew who was with us during the trek and left them behind and We take the early flight to Nepalgunj and connect with onward flight to Kathmandu back to the city life. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included).
Free Day at 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).
Final-Departure 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).

Service include on Trip Cost. 

  • 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.

Service does not include. 

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Emergency evacuation if needed.
  • Beverages and personal expenses Personal equipment.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Tips and local donation.

Gear List

Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal shirts/underwear
  • Nightwear thermals
  • Fleece/sweatpants
  •  Day-wear shirt/rain pants
  •  Trekking pants
  • Wind pants
  • Warm hat/balaclava
  • Neck gaiter
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Quick drier Towel
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen 35++
  • Water purification
  • A set of Earplugs
  • Trekking Poles
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks
  • First aid kit
  • Antiseptics
  • Camera and video camera
Medical
  • Betadine / Dettol.
  • Hand-plaster
  • Bandage
  •  Eye drop.
  • Eardrop
  •  Sinex.
  • Gauge
  • Cotton
  • Move / Spray
  • Design
  • Diamox
  •  D-Cold
  • Vicks
  • Paracetamol
  • Medicine for diarrhea
  • Medicine for a toothache

 

LET’S MAKE YOUR TRAVEL JOURNEY WITH DESTINATION EXPERT; OPERATING REAL ADVENTURE SINCE 2008.

WORD OF MOUTH: OUR CIENT'S VERDICT

Visit Himalaya Treks takes pride in displaying all the reviews from our guests who have traveled and trekked with us. All the reviews, negative or positive, have been very valuable for us. These words have helped us to improve and also encouraged us to work harder to keep getting better. Please send us your reviews as your valuable suggestions are always highly appreciated.