Limi Valley is located in the far western region of Nepal in the Humla district of Karnali region. The trek takes you up to Hilsa, the last town along Nepal and Tibet (China), and some of the remote villages in the shadow of the Himalayas.
Limi in the Tibetan language means the land between two rivers. Limi Valley is a restricted area which means trekkers are required to obtain special permits and travel only in groups. Every year very few trekkers dare to visit this valley making it the most unexplored and uncrowded trekking trail in Nepal.
The starting point of the Limi Valley trek is Simikot (2,950 m) the headquarters of Jumla district, which is connected only by a direct from Nepalgunj in southern Nepal. The trail goes upstream of Karnali River, Nepal’s longest river, going past some of the most memorable settlements Tumkot (3,380 m), Yari (3,700 m), Hilsa (3720m), Til (4,000 m), Talug (4,370 m) and Shinjungma (3,620 m).
The highest point of Limi Valley Trek is the Nara La pass which at an altitude of 4940m makes it one of the high Himalayan passes. The trekking path winds through rivers, villages, barley fields, and a semi-arid desert-like landscape.
The Limi valley has a population of just around 1000 people. The people here are of Tibetan origin and speak the Tibetan language. For them, Nepali is their second language which they use mainly for trade. The people here follow Tibetan Buddhism. You can learn more about their lifestyles and Buddhist culture by visiting Kunzum Do-Nag Choeden Monastery in Til, Rinchenling Monastery as well as the ancient villages of Jhang and Halji.
Limi valley trek is 22 days journey including your arrival and departure from Nepal. This is the most isolated and rain shadow trekking region with a distinct language, culture, and way of life. If you want to be above the clouds and hide from the rain then surely monsoon is the best time for this trek.