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Starts at: Nepalgunj Ends at: Nepalgunj
Trek Region: Far West Transport: Flight
Duration: 18 days Trip Grade: Demanding
Max Altitude: 4900 m / 16076 ft Accommodation: Tent

The Limi Valley trek only opened to foreigners in 2002 as this area borders on Tibet in the far west of Nepal. It follows an ancient trading and pilgrim route over challenging trails and high passes. In order to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Limi Valley, only limited permits are issued every year, keeping the number of visitors down, and ensuring the flora and fauna of the area remains intact for generations to come.

This is one of last true wilderness area, tucked away inside Humla District where century old Buddhist traditions still exist and the people of the north-western part of the district are more like their Tibetan neighbour to the north than their Hindu neighbour in the south-east part of the district. On this trek, not only can hikers see the great mountains of Saipal, Byas, Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, and Kanti in Nepal, but also the revered holy Mount Kailash across the border in Tibet.

The trail goes through yak pastures, cultivated land, along rivers and water falls, down ravines and through interesting villages. At the view point of Yak Kharka (4900 m) there is stunning views of Mount Kailash in Tibet. Until very recently it was possible to continue this trek along the traditional pilgrim trail to Mt Kailash, but this practice has been halted by the Chinese Government. Evidence of the ties between Humla and Tibet can be seen by the prayer flags and mani stones that line the trails as well as the beautiful stone (Tibetan style) villages, and the 1,000 year old Rizing Ling Gompa.

Possible wildlife on view includes marmot, wolf, wild yak, and Himalayan black bears. Of the rare mammals, snow leopards and blue sheep are known to live in this area.

This amazing trek highlights a different side of Nepal than that seen in some of the more usual trekking routes. It also gives a glimpse into the mystical land of Tibet without having to go through the formalities of getting there! The pristine sights and sounds of this trek more than makeup for the challenging hiking with some long days.

Humla Limi Valley Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (Flight)

Nepalgunj – 150 m / 492 ft – 1 hr

Day 2: Nepalgunj to Simikot (Flight) to Dharapuri

Dharapuri – 2270 m / 7447 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Dharapuri to Kermi

Kermi- 2629 m / 8625 ft – 5 hrs

Day 4: Kermi to Chumsa Khola valley

Chumsa Khola Valley- 3400 m / 11154 ft – 6 hrs

Day 5: Chumsa Khola valley to Dharmashala

Dharmashala – 4000 m / 13123 ft – 7 hrs

Day 6: Dharmashala to Talung

Talung- 4380 m / 14370 ft – 7 hrs

Day 7: Talung to Jang

Jang – 4070 m / 13353 ft – 6 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Jang – 4070 m / 13353 ft – 2 hrs

Day 9: Jang to Halji

Halji – 3670m / 12040 – 5 hrs

Day 10: Halji to Til

Til – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 5 hrs

Day 11: Til to Manepeme

Manepeme – 3970 m / 13024 ft – 8 hrs

Day 12: Manepeme to Hilsa

Hilsa – 3740 m / 12270 ft – 5 hrs

Day 13: Hilsa to Palbang

Palbang – 3389 m / 11118 ft – 7 hrs

Day 14: Palbang to Muchu

Muchu – 2929 m / 9609 – 4 hrs

Day 15: Muchu to Chumsa Khola

Chumsa Khola – 3400 m / 11154 ft – 5 hrs

Day 16: Chumsa Khola to Dharapuri

Dharapuri- 2270 m / 7447 – 5 hrs

Day 17: Dharapuri to Simikot

Simikot – 2910 m / 9547 ft – 5 hrs

Day 18: Simikot to Nepalgunj (Flight) to Kathmandu (Flight)

Kathmandu- 1300 m / 4265 ft – 3 hr

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  • 16 nights accommodation in tents
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj (Hotel Sneha or similar)
  • Guide for 18 days
  • Cook for 18 days
  • Required number of porters for 18 days
  • Kathmandu Nepalgunj Kathmandu flight
  • Nepalgunj Simikot Nepalgunj flight
  • Restricted area permit
  • 18 x set breakfast, 17 x set lunch and 17 x set dinner while on trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepalgunj

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FAQs For Humla Limi Valley Trek:

General Information

What is the Humla Limi Valley Trek?

The Humla Limi Valley Trek is an 18-day trek in the remote Humla District of Nepal, offering stunning views of mountains and Tibetan culture.

When was the Limi Valley Trek opened to foreigners?

The Limi Valley Trek was opened to foreigners in 2002.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the trek is 4,900 meters (16,076 feet) at Yak Kharka.

How long is the trek?

The trek lasts for 18 days.

What type of accommodation is provided?

Accommodation includes 16 nights in tents and 1 night in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

What are the starting and ending points of the trek?

The trek starts and ends in Nepalgunj, with flights to and from Simikot.

Is the trek suitable for beginners?

No, the trek is demanding and requires good physical fitness and some trekking experience.

What permits are required for the trek?

A restricted area permit is required for the trek.

What cultural experiences can be expected?

Trekkers will experience ancient Buddhist traditions, Tibetan-style villages, and historic gompas.

What wildlife can be seen during the trek?

Possible wildlife sightings include marmots, wolves, wild yaks, Himalayan black bears, snow leopards, and blue sheep.

Itinerary and Highlights

What is the first day’s itinerary?

The first day involves a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj.

What is the main highlight of Yak Kharka?

The main highlight of Yak Kharka is the stunning view of Mount Kailash in Tibet.

How many acclimatization days are included?

One acclimatization day is included, in Jang.

What is the significance of Rizing Ling Gompa?

Rizing Ling Gompa is a 1,000-year-old monastery reflecting the ancient Buddhist culture.

How is the trek from Dharapuri to Kermi?

The trek from Dharapuri to Kermi covers 5 hours and reaches an altitude of 2,629 meters.

What can be expected on the trek from Talung to Jang?

The trek from Talung to Jang takes 7 hours, reaching an altitude of 4,070 meters, with cultural and scenic highlights.

What is the destination on the 12th day?

On the 12th day, the trek reaches Hilsa, at an altitude of 3,740 meters.

What is the final trekking day’s destination?

The final trekking day ends in Simikot.

How are meals managed during the trek?

The trek includes set breakfasts, lunches, and dinners while on the trail, with vegan and vegetarian options available.

What are the scenic highlights of the trek?

Scenic highlights include views of Saipal, Byas, Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, and Kanti mountains.

Preparation and Packing

What physical preparation is required?

Trekkers should engage in regular cardio and strength training to prepare for the demanding trek.

What essential gear is needed for the trek?

Essential gear includes trekking boots, a warm sleeping bag, layered clothing, and a good-quality backpack.

Are porters available for carrying gear?

Yes, porters are provided to carry gear during the trek.

Layered clothing suitable for both warm and cold weather is recommended.

How should one prepare for altitude sickness?

Acclimatization days are included, and trekkers should stay hydrated and avoid alcohol.

What kind of medical supplies should be packed?

Medical supplies should include a first aid kit, altitude sickness medication, and any personal medications.

Is travel insurance necessary?

Yes, comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking is necessary.

How should one train for the trek?

Training should include long hikes, stair climbing, and strength exercises for legs and core.

Yes, trekking poles are recommended for stability on uneven terrain.

What personal items are important to bring?

Personal items include sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a refillable water bottle.

Cultural and Environmental Insights

What cultural experiences are unique to this trek?

Unique cultural experiences include visiting ancient Tibetan-style villages and monasteries.

How does the trek contribute to local communities?

The trek supports local communities through employment and tourism revenue.

What environmental precautions are taken?

Strict limits on permits help protect the fragile ecosystem, and trekkers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles.

What is the significance of prayer flags and mani stones?

Prayer flags and mani stones signify the deep-rooted Tibetan Buddhist traditions in the region.

What is the historical significance of the trade routes followed?

The trade routes have been used for centuries by traders and pilgrims traveling between Nepal and Tibet.

How are wildlife conservation efforts managed?

Limited permits and responsible trekking practices help conserve the local wildlife.

What festivals might trekkers witness?

Trekkers might witness local Buddhist festivals, depending on the timing of their trek.

How do local customs influence daily life in the Limi Valley?

Local customs, influenced by Tibetan culture, shape the daily life, architecture, and religious practices of the inhabitants.

What are the main languages spoken in the region?

The main languages spoken are Tibetan and Nepali.

How can trekkers respectfully interact with local communities?

Trekkers should dress modestly, ask for permission before taking photos, and learn basic greetings in the local language.

Logistics and Safety

What is the best time of year to trek the Limi Valley?

The best times to trek are spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October).

How are meals provided during the trek?

Meals are provided by the trekking team, with set menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What are the transportation options to the starting point?

Transportation involves flights from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and from Nepalgunj to Simikot.

How is communication managed during the trek?

Communication is limited, but guides typically have satellite phones for emergencies.

What safety measures are in place for trekkers?

Safety measures include experienced guides, acclimatization days, and medical kits.

Are there any restrictions on the number of trekkers?

Yes, limited permits are issued annually to protect the environment.

How are emergencies handled?

Emergencies are handled by the guides, who are trained in first aid and have access to emergency communication.

What is the policy on tipping guides and porters?

Tipping is customary, with amounts varying based on service quality and trek length.

How are permits obtained?

Permits are arranged by Magical Nepal as part of the trekking package.

What should trekkers do if they experience altitude sickness?

Trekkers should inform their guide immediately, stay hydrated, and rest to acclimatize.

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