Limi Valley Trek - Humla Karnali Trek

Duration: 22 Days
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: By Air
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge & Tented Camp
  • Group Size: 2-16
  • Max Elevation: 4,950 m

Limi Valley is located in the far western region of Nepal in Humla district of Karnali region. The trek takes you up to Hilsa, the last town along Nepal and Tibet (China), and some of the remotes 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 trails in Nepal.

The starting point of 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 highest Himalayan passes. The trekking path winds through rivers, villages, barley fields, and semi-arid desert-like landscape.

The Limi valley has a population of just around 1000 people. The people here 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 ancient villages of Jhang and Halji.

Highlights

  • Trek through remote Humla district in Karnali region
  • Trek to Simikot and Hilsa border along Nepal and Tibet
  • Enjoy mountain flight from Nepalgunj
  • Observe Tibetan culture and lifestyle and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Cross Nara La pass at 4940m
  • Visit Rinchenling, Kunzum Do-Nag Chodeden monastery
  • Explore ancient villages of Jhang and Halji

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu (1,350 m)

Upon scheduled arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by Global Adventure Trekking Company (GAT) personnel and transferred to the hotel. Checking in and if time consent visit GAT’s office for pre-trip briefing and meet the Guide. Then free to wander around Thamel.

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  • Hotel

We take an hour-long flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which is an interesting western Terai town of Nepal nearby India border. We visit the local market, explore the diverse culture of locality, mini-zoo and nearby villages.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

Early morning flight to Simikot which takes about 45 minutes. Soon after land at Simikot airport, we begin our trek going uphill through wheat and barley field. The trail affords the great views of Humla Karnali valley. Then we go steeply down to Masigaon and follow Yakba Khola to Dharapori.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

Walk over a ridge onto the big valley of potatoes, buckwheat and barley field. The path is level and walnut tree and apricot trees make the scenery more beautiful. Pass the Police check post and highest last rice cultivation to the shore of Sally Khola.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

After we left the Sally Khola, the path goes gradually up and then downhill through the forest. Walk through big valley of potatoes and buckwheat field and climb down to Chumsa Khola. Cross the river and walk rocky part of the hill to Muchu.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

Today, we mostly descend to Humla Karnali River. Muchu is a busy village with local police post and a governmental hospital. Our trek goes past mani walls and prayers flags to reach Yari.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

The path ahead goes through pine bush and shortly after over Nara La pass (4,600 m). From here it is a downhill walk to Hilsa.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

We are trekking through the narrow windy path on grassland. Mostly our staffs will try to follow the local traders. This valley is famous for snow leopard and blue ship.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

The convoluted path ahead weaves its way through ravines and up and down trails. The path is challenging as we are walking through the trans-Himalayan valley.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

This is downhill walking Today. We enjoy easy and fairy walk till Halji.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

We are going to climb uphill again today. En route, we will come across Rinzin Ling Gompa which features a large Chorten and prayer flags and reach Jang.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

Jang is the last village of Limi valley. We spend here full day exploring nearby surrounding and valley.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

The path wobbles up and down on a yak and sheep trail. Enjoy the unique real sense of adventure with off the beaten track till Yak Kharka.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

It takes around 3 hours uphill walk from Yak Kharka to arrive at the viewpoint at an altitude of 4,900 m. A splendid panorama of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarover in Tibet is visible from here. Return to camp for overnight rest. 

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  • Tea-house / Camp

The path goes gradually downhill to a natural hot spring. Then the path is barren all the way up to the Base camp.

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  • Tea-house / Camp
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Walk 3 hours slowly to the top of the Talung and descend another 3 hrs to Talung village. You can see all western range of Himalaya from the village.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

first, we cross the Nyalu La (4950 m) then taking the lower path to Yangar village and Shingungma. On the way, we can make a sight trip to Namka Khyung Dzong Gompa.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

Today we are going uphill to go over a small pass at 3,100 m altitude. Pass small village and forest to the Dhinga Laga.

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  • Tea-house / Camp

The trail to Simikot goes by way of a small village and yak pasture land.

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  • Tea-house

Take an early morning flight to Nepalgunj and then a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel.

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  • Hotel

This is a free and Leasure day in Kathmandu. You are free to walk around Thamel or we can arrange the Kathmandu city tour includes UNESCO world heritage sights - Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati Nath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa.

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel

According to your flight schedule, our staff will drop you to the airport.

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What's included

  • Airport pickup and dropoff for your all international and domestic flights in private Vehicle
  • Kathmandu - Nepalgunj - Simikot - Nepalgunj - Kathmandu Flight tickets
  • All necessary paperwork and Trek map
  • All Local and government Tax, VAT and Permit fees
  • An Experienced English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • A trekking Porter for two trekkers and all cooking utensil for the camping trekking
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in a Kathmandu with breakfast
  • One night twin sharing accommodation in a Nepalgunj with breakfast
  • 16 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses and Camping with
  • Full-Board Meal (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) while on the trek
  • Salary, food, accommodation, insurance, equipment and necessary ground transport for all Trek staffs
  • 2-men tent, Metress, Cooking utensil etc.
  • International flights Tickets
  • Nepalese visa fee, Visa can be obtained on your upon arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Visa cost 25 USD, 40 USD, 100 USD for 15, 30 and 90 days respectively
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s)
  • Services which are not mention in the "Included Section" are extra.
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Useful Info

Starts date means arrival day in Kathmandu .

Ending date means Leaving the country. 

Group discount is available so please contact us. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in flights, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary.

We advise allowing a few extra days in Kathmandu at the end of your trip should your return flights from Simikot / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu be delayed due to weather conditions.