Humla & Limi Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  1. Trekking in Nepal, into one of the most isolated areas.
  2. Up close with the Tibetan Buddhist culture within Nepal.
  3. Mountain View and villages away from modernization.
  4. Unique mountain culture and traditions.
Humla & Limi Valley Trek
Photo Stunning view of Mountains and its reflection on water on lake on the way to Limi Valley
Trip Duration: 20 days(s) / Trek Duration: 15 days(s) Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Camping
Transportation: Private vehicle & flight
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any

Trip Overview

Thus Humla Limi valley trekking is one of the new trekking routes in Nepal. This Humla & Limi Valley trek goes to the area near by the Tibetan border from the central hilly region of Nepal with contrasting landscape, scenery and cultures. The trip is a enriching one as you can see the  Mt. Kailash, Gurlamandata, Api-Saiphal and other peaks of far east Nepal and Tibet.
The trip starts from Simikot which is reached after a flight from Nepalgunj. The trip then goes into the Limi valley; a controlled area till the 90’s restricted for foreigners. Most of the trek goes through high altitude terrain more than 2900 m high from day 3 till day 17. This is a challenging trek involving remote areas and difficult trekking trails and terrain.

Note on Humla & Limi Valley Area:

Limi is a mountain valley situtated near the boder with Tibet near Hilsa. The Karnali river, longest river in Nepal comes down through this area from Tibet. This area used to be a important place in the trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Besides the Tibetan influence in the area and its culture the area is also famous for various flora and fauna including marmot, wolf, wild yak, blue sheep, wild ass (Kyang) musk deer, hare, Himalayan black beer and the elusive snow leopard.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharpuri 2,600m. 03 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Sally khola 2,690m 05 hrs walk. 
Day 06: Trek to Muchu 2,920m 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Torea. 3,380m. 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Sip-Sip. 3,800m via Muchu  05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna. 06 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Manepeme 3,990 m 05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Til 4000 m.  06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Halji 3,660 m.  03 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Jang 3,930 m. 04 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Talung 4,370 m. 08 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620 m) via Nyalu La 4,949 m 08 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Kermi 2,670 m.  07 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Simikot 2,950 m  06 hrs.
Day 18: Fly to Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
Day 19: In Kathmandu at leisure.
Day 20: International departure to respective countries.

Note:

This Itinerary is only a guideline and you can customize the trip as per your budget and time availability. While you are in Nepal we recommend you to try some extra activities such as Paragliding in Pokhara, Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia, Bungee Jump in the Nepal-Tibet border at the last resort etc. You can also try rafting in some of the best white water rivers. A day trip or trips with multiple nights rafting can be arranged as per your requirement. The early morning mountain flight to Mount Everest is also a worthy activity you can do. It needs just couple of hours yet provides you a life time experience.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu  flight
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • Humla Limi Valley special permit,
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIMS card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj & transfer to hotel.
After an hour flight from Kathmandu we reach Nepalgunj, a border town near UP in India. Explore the market area in the evening. This is one of the cities with the biggest concentration of Muslims in Nepal.

Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,910m & trek to Dharapuri 2,600m. 04 hrs.
We will board the flight to Simikot in the morning from Nepalgunj airport. After landing at the airport we will head towards Dharapuri. The trail is rocky and we will go down for some time before climbing up towards this village of mixed ethnic groups who are farmers mostly.

Day 05: Trek to Sally khola 2,690m 05 hrs walk. 
We will head towards Shally after breakfast. The trail goes past some small settlements until reaching Chachera, which is a summer pasture land for cattle’s of the villagers at sally. The trial goes up to the camp at Sally.

Day 06: Trek to Muchu 2,920m 05 hrs.
After breakfast the first village we will walk past is Yangar. Since the trail goes past a village we have to walk through the houses sometimes. After an hour walk from Yangar we will cross the Humla Karnali, and climb up to the Muchu village. This is a bordering village with a Tibetan style monastery.

Day 07: Trek to Torea 3,380m 04 hrs.
We will star the downhill walk to Thumkot; the trail goes in flat land for a while before we reach the Bumchiya Khola. From here onwards we climb up to the village of Torea that is reached after a gradual climb of 3 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Sip-Sip 3,800m 05 hours.
A 6 hours walk through the villages of Yari. Jhyakthang chu and fields of barley and potato takes us to Sip sip. This area can be crowded during May and June as hundreds of pilgrims and trekkers to Mount Kailash are going up or coming back.

Day 09: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m via Nara Lagna approx 6 hours.
We will walk past the small settlement at Nara Lagna at 5,000 m / 15,030ft, a little below from the pass view of Tibetan plateau, the Humla Karnali and the green barley fields of Sher or Sera. From the pass a long descend on the dusty path to Humla Karnali River, a few minutes’ walk along the river to the overnight stop at Hilsa, a couple of tents and stone houses surrounded by barley fields. A stone pillar marks the Nepal-Tibet border, just across the bridge.

Day 10: Trek to Manepeme 3, 990 m 05 hrs.
We will leave Hilsa in the morning after breakfast and head down towards the Karnali After crossing the river we will walk for almost 3 and half hours to Manepeme. We need to camp for this night as there are no villages or tea houses in the trail until Til.

Day 11:  Trek to Til 4,000 m 06 hrs.
The most interesting thing in the trek to til today in this Humla Limi valley trek the cave in which Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo a Buddhist monk meditated.  It is called Ya Yip trek. The trial to Til after the cave is little bit green with few trees and bushes along the trail. We will cross the pass called Lamka La before descending down to the village of Til. This is a small Tibetan village with fields of barley and some Mani walls and Chortens.

Day 12: Trek to Halji 3, 660 m 03 hrs.
Today is the shortest day in the trekking of Humla Limi valley.  We will head towards Halji; we will go down for a while before climbing up to Halji on a narrow trail. As we will reach the camp site at Halji early in the afternoon you will have plenty of time to rest and then explore the little Tibetan village. Rinchenling Gompa that belongs to the Kagyugpa lineage is a must visit at this village. A small hydropower nearby village is also a place worth visiting. We can experience the community hall’s accommodation which can be used after contributing small sum of money to the community.

Day 13: Trek to Jang 3,930 m 04 hrs.
We will head towards the last village of Limi valley, Jang. We will follow the trail along the Limi River and in 4 hours we will reach our camp site at Jang.

Day 14: Trek to Talung 4,370 m 08 hrs. 
After a wonderful time at Jang, leaving one of the best interesting village of Limi Valley and its authentic Tibetan villages with their friendly people, the trail goes up slowly but steadily. The high altitude air makes the walking slowly, trek leads on barren hills with grand views of fantastic landscapes and slowly leading in the middle of nowhere in the grassy valley for the overnight stop after 7-8 hrs hard walk today.

Day 15: Trek to Shinjungma 3, 620 m, cross Nyalu La 4,940 m 08 hrs.
The major highlight of this trek today in the Humla Limi valley trek today is the crossing of the Nyalu La pass which is around 5000 m high. The climb up to the pass can be challenging in snow conditions. The other side of the pass has a beautiful lake called Selma Tso. After spending some time at the lake we will go further down to Shinjungma.

Day 16: Trek to Kermi 2,670 m 07 hrs.
After so many days in isolated area we will be seeing a big village today at Kermi. The walk is long so we will start early than the previous days. The greenery

Day 17: Trek to Simikot 2, 950 m 06 hrs.
This is the last day of walking in the Humla Limi valley trekking.  We will walk past the villages of Dharapuri 2,300 m and Majgaon 2,290, from here we will climb up to the pass that leads to Simikot.

Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel.
After packing our breakfast we will walk to the airport to board the plane. We will take a flight back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Day 19: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 20: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen reason.

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The round Humla Limi valley trek is a slightly challenging trekking with. Some part of the trek is difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Pokhara and Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.
The accommodations during the trek are basic and may not have attached bathrooms most of the time. You must share the toilets and bathrooms with fellow trekkers. Even though hot showers are not available you can get buckets of hot water for 1-2 USD depending upon how high you are in the mountains. The tea houses have restaurants with limited options but the foods they prepare are really delicious. The tea houses are often managed by individual families and are very welcoming and friendly. They are neat and clean and not bad for a single night. 

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

 Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra either in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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