Limi Valley Trek
Embarking on Limi Valley Trek is like going back in time. The houses, gompas, and monuments are ancient yet preserved. You can clearly see the amazing vistas of bordering snow-capped peaks.
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Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Limi Valley Trek is a once in a lifetime 19-day long experience in far western Nepal. It showcases off-beat trekking route in the Humla district of Nepal. Limi Valley explores the remote villages close to the Nepal-Tibet border.
As a result of its isolation, culture and traditions are still intact till date. The trek focuses on the ancient trading route between Nepal and Tibet.
Limi Valley Trek is especially good for or those who love off-beat treks and exploring. Also, trekkers need to obtain special permits. Similarly, the trek is a difficult one and the trekkers must have great physical fitness. Spring and autumn seasons are the best times to enjoy the Limi Valley Trek.
We, at Eternal Himalaya, are always ready to provide the best services to our clients. We have a number of trip packages around Nepal. Similarly, we also allow you to make changes to your itinerary.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
- Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj flight fare.
- Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight fare.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m), transfer to Hotel.
Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and meet our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You have the option of visiting the sites like Pashupatinath and Boudhanath if you have enough time. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Flight Kathmandu to Nepalgunj |150 m| 45 Mins flight
A quick flight from Kathmandu takes us to Nepalgunj which is the biggest city in the Terai region. The flight lasts for about 45 minutes and offers a mesmerizing view of the diverse landscapes of Nepal. Once in Nepalgunj, you head to your hotel and rest. You can also explore the area and make any last-minute preparations for the trek. Overnight in Nepalgunj.
Flight Nepalgunj to Simikot |2950 m|30 Mins Flight
Another flight awaits us today which will take us to the headquarters of Humla district, Simikot. It is a quaint village and is revered among travelers for being a gateway to the treks to the holy Mount Kailash (6638m) and Western Tibet. The residents here are both Nepalese and Tibetans. Take a breather today and acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight in Simikot.
Trek from Simikot to Dharapuri |2300 m| 4 Hrs
The trek sees a short decrease in altitude as you trek alongside the Humla Karnali River. As you exit Simikot, you’ll head down to Dharapuri by navigating through the serene pine forests. The road provides a great opportunity to witness Hindu and Tibetan infused culture. Interact with the locals and learn their way of life as you rest in Dharapuri. Overnight in Dharapuri.
Trek from Dharapuri to Kermi |2670 m| 4 Hrs
The road takes us along the Karnali River and we can admire the narrow gorges and high rocky slopes. As we walk along paddy fields, we reach a natural hot spring which is a great place to relax. A short and steep walk takes us to Kermi village which is home to centuries-old Laikyo Gompa. Here, you can visit the Lhundrup Choeling Gompa as well. Overnight in Kermi.
Trek from Kermi to Yalbang |3020 m| 5 Hrs
The trail sees a sharp increase in altitude before stopping at an iron suspension bridge over the Salli River. The road goes through the pine forests along the Karnali River. We might share the trails with mules and yaks which carry cargo in these desolate lands. The Yalbang village has a monastery called Namkha Khyung Dzong monastery, which has a huge stone with mantras. Overnight in Yalbang.
Trek from Yalbang to Tumkot |3380 m| 5-6 Hrs
From Yalbang, we shall walk along the Humla Karnali River and take a quick break at Yangar. From here, the trail flattens before ascending with a spectacular panorama of the Himalayas in Tibetan ranges. As we cross the Karnali River, we can see a deep gorge. After observing the local people at Muchu, we begin the walk to Tumkot. There is a small Shakya monastery near Tumkot which bears great significance to the people in the village. Overnight in Tumkot.
Trek from Tumkot to Yari |3700 m| 5-6 Hrs
As we head forward, the trail climbs steadily and then we can observe the landscape transcend form greenery to rocky. We shall go through the Pani Palbang and then cross Thado Dhunga before finally arriving at Yari. This whole trek takes approximately 5 to 6 hours. The residents of Yari are mostly Thakali and also offer a brilliant insight into their culture and traditions. Overnight in Yari.
Trek from Yari to Hilsa |3720 m|, crossing the Nara La |4560 m| 7 Hrs
The major objective for the day is to cross the Nara La Pass (4560m) and then slowly head towards Hilsa. Yaks and mules are a common sight in these parts. As you move ahead, small teahouses and Tibetan-infused culture make the trip appealing. After you cross the pass, the terrain becomes barren and somewhat resembles Tibet. The village of Hilsa sits on the border with Tibet. Overnight in Hilsa.
Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme |3990 m| 5 Hrs
In Hilsa, you might find Hindu pilgrims who are on the pilgrimage to the Mount Kailash (6638m). Have breakfast and cross the Humla Karnali River to reach the road that leads towards the Limi Valley. This valley is famous for snow leopards and ancient Tibetan culture. The trail heads northwest to Manepeme where you settle for the night. Overnight in Manepeme.
Trek from Manepeme to Til |4000 m| 6 Hrs
The road to Til village goes through the Cha Sa Nam Ka Dzong cave which is perched on a hill overlooking the barren cliffs. The trail is rough and hard with a considerable number of yaks and mules that carry various goods. Til is the smallest village in the Limi Valley and it is surrounded by fields of barley. There is a 300-year-old monastery on the right side of the village which is worth a visit. Overnight in Til village.
Trek from Til - Halji |3660 m| 3-4 Hrs
The road to Halji village takes us along the Limi Khola which flows from the east. Cross the suspension bridge from Tiljung and head right by navigating through the narrow trails and stone tracks. We reach Halji which is the biggest village in the Limi Valley. The major landmarks of this village are the Rinchen Ling Gompa which is believed to be 800 years old. Walk past the beautiful trail and stop at a teahouse in Halji. Overnight in Halji.
Trek from Halji to Jang |3930 m| 4 Hrs
We head to another important village in the Limi Valley which is the village of Jang. The trail is similar to the day before and it involves walking through the barren and rugged terrain. At Jang, you’ll see a 250 year old primitive monastery which tells you about the myths and mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a maximum of 50 families living here. Overnight in Jang.
Trek from Jang to Talung |4370 m| 8 Hrs
Taste some authentic Tibetan cuisine at Jang and then head towards Talung. The trail becomes much more isolated now as the only things you can see is barren hills and empty fields. The trail continues alongside the Takchhe River and reaches a lake. Thereon, we trek south and reach the Talung Village. It is a quaint Tibetan settlement with small teahouses. Overnight in Talung.
Trek from Talung to Shinjungma |3620 m|, crossing the Nyalu La |5001 m|8 Hrs
The road for the day is rather long and demanding. As we pack up at Talung, we ascend initially to the Nyalu La Pass (5001m). The summit of the pass offers dramatic views of the Himalayas in Tibet and far western Nepal. We make our descent towards Shinjungma and on the way, we can see the Lake Selma Tso. We shall reach Shinjungma during the evening and we will reside in one of the teahouses. Overnight in Shinjungma.
Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi |2670 m| 7 Hrs
After breakfast, we leave Shinjungma and follow the trail decorated with Birch and pine forests. The trek continues along the Salli River and we are blessed with views of rocky ridges. The trail later joins the Karnali River and after a while, we will reach the Kermi village. There is a hot spring in Kermi which is perfect for relaxing. Overnight in Kermi.
Trek from Kermi to Simikot |2950 m| 6-7 Hrs
The trail to Simikot takes us along the dense forests and lush vegetation. We shall take a quick break at Gadapari and then continue descending until we arrive at Dharapuri. From here, the trail heads southeast along the Humla Karnali River to Simikot. You can also visit the Simikot Temple as you spend the rest of the day exploring the village. Overnight in Simikot.
Flight Simikot to Nepalgunj from/to Kathmandu |Farewell Dinner
Our return journey to Kathmandu takes place today as we shall initially board a flight which takes us to Nepalgunj. After having lunch, we shall board another plane that leads us to Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, go for souvenir shopping in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Sightseeing/Final Departure
Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will initially take you for a brief sightseeing tour of the major UNESCO world heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. After a quick visit, you shall head to the airport for your final departure. Thanks for choosing us as your travel partner and Goodbye!
Highlights of the Limi Valley Trek
Embarking on Limi Valley Trek is like going back in time. The houses, gompas, and monuments are ancient yet preserved. You can clearly see the amazing vistas of bordering snow-capped peaks. One can also find several high altitude climatic fauna along the trekking trails. Moreover, the culture and tradition of the villages along the ancient Silk Route.
Itinerary of the Trek
Firstly, the Limi Valley Trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Another flight from Nepalgunj leads to Simikot as you soar above the hilly landscape of far-western Nepal. The ascent to Dharapuri begins the trek. Continuing along, the trip passes Kermi and Yalbang to reach Tumkot. Tumkot to Yari officially marks the crossing of 3700 meters in altitude. Yari leads to Hilsa by crossing the Nara La at 4620 meters. As the trip officially enters the Limi Valley, you explore the villages of Til, Jang, and Halji. The trek then descends to Talung. Crossing the Nara La Pass (4949m), the highest point on the trek, you return to Kermi. Finally, two consecutive flights to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu marks the end of the trip.
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Duration of Trek: 19 Days
Max Altitude: 5001m
Ethnic People: Thakuri/Tibetan/Khas
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Tented Camp
Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Minimum Pax: 2
- Explore the primitive monasteries in the Limi Valley
- Climbing the Nyalu La Pass (5001m) and the Nara La Pass (4560m)
- Amazing glimpses of the landscapes in the Tibetan Mountains and far western Nepal
- Learn about the culture and traditions of the people residing in the Limi Valley
Minimum Pax: 2
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