Humla Limi Valley Trekking

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Limi Valley lies in the north-western region of Nepal in Humla district, in the remote and underdeveloped Karnali Zone. It borders Tibet on the north side. This valley houses three villages: Til, Zang and Watse. Due to its remoteness and high altitude, this region is largely unexplored and has remain untouched for a long time. In the recent times, the valley is getting popular as a remote high altitude trekking destination. Being close to Tibet, the culture and lifestyle of the people in this region is highly influenced by Tibetan culture. The primary occupation of the people is agriculture. Homemade handicrafts are also traded for salt and other goods in Tibet. The valley has several ancient monasteries belonging to Buddhist and Bon Po religions, the primary religions in this region.

The mountain ecosystem holds endangered animals such as snow leopard, hyenas, musk deers and blue sheeps.In this trek, we will be passing Nara La at 4620 meters. It will be a tough and challenging but an adventurous trek. During the trek, we will be camping in the tents.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival

After arriving at the international airport in Kathmandu and clearing the customs formalities, you will meet our representative. The representative will greet you and take you a booked hotel. Depending on the available time, you may visit shops and places near to the hotel. You will stay in the hotel tonight.

Day 2 - Sightseeing & Preparation

On this day, you will visit the places of historical and religious significance in the valley such as Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath temples and Basantapur Durbar Square. While you are busy in sightseeing, we will prepare for the trek. As you arrive back to the hotel, we will brief you about the whole trip.

Day 3 - Flight to Nepalgunj

Today, we will take a domestic flight to Nepalgunj. The flight will take less than an hour. Nepalgunj is a city close to the Indian border in Terai region at an altitude of 150 meters. It is one of the hottest places in Nepal. People of mixed culture.reside in this city. In the evening, when it gets cooler, we can have city tour in a rickshaw. We will stay in a hotel in Nepalgunj.

Day 4 - Flight to Simikot

An early morning flight will take us to to Simikot. The flight will last a wonderful 45 minutes as you will be able to enjoy the magnificent mountain views along the way. Simikot is a small village near the mountainous region. From a height of 150 meters, in less than one hour, you will be roaming around in the altitude of 2950 meters and acclimatize. Starting this day, we will get into the trekking mood by staying overnight in tented camps.

Day 5 - Trek to Dharapani

Trek begins on the fifth day of our program. On this day, we will have easy walk with few ups and downs through beautiful pine forests and villages. We will reach Dharapani after four hours of walk. At the altitude of 2300 meters, the village is full of greenery. We will stay in tented camps.

Day 6 - Kermi village

We will continue our journey along Karnali river passing through narrow gorges and fields of rice, potato and buckwheat. You will get a lot of photo taking opportunities this day as we need not to hurry. It’s just a 3-hour walk to Kermi, today’s destination. Kermi village is predominantly Buddhist village at an elevation of 2670 meters. There are two Gompas nearby: Iaikyo and Choeling Gompas. In the night, we will camp at a suitable place in the village.

Day 7 - Kermi to Yalbang

Today’s trek will be mostly leveled with slight ups and downs. We will cross Sali river and walk through pine forests. Caravans will be met along the way as it is also a trading route to the Tibet. We will come across Narma Khyung monastery, the biggest monastery in this region. After five hours of walk, we will reach Yalbang at an altitude of 3020 meters. We can stay whether in a guest house or by camping in our tents.

Day 8 - Tumkot

We ascend up through a rocky trail, cross Karnali river and climb further. As we move up to higher altitudes, the vegetation gets thinner. Now we can see sparse pine trees. We will cross the villages of Yangar and Muchu arriving at our campsite in Tumkot (3380 meters). On the hill above our campsite, there is a beautiful monastery - Dhungkar Choezom Monastery. It’s the only Sakya monastery in the Humla region. We will stay in the camps at Tumkot.

Day 9 - Tumkot to Yari

Today’s journey starts with a slow descent and after some time, we start to climb up. We will see fewer trees, mostly juniper in the rocky path and few bushes. We will move past Pani Palwang village and reach Yari at an elevation of 3700 meters. Today, we would have walked for five hours. We can stay in a tea house or camp in Yari.

Day 10- Yari to Hilsa

It is an important and adventurous day. Moving along the barren rocky trails and meeting yaks and mules on the way, we climb to Nara La pass at 4620 meters. It is marked by piles of stones and prayer flags which are considered to be lucky. After crossing the pass, we come down to Hilsa. The total duration of walk will be about six hours. We will camp in Hilsa at 3720 meters.

Day 11 - Manepeme

After crossing the river by an iron bridge, we climb up following the upstream of Karnali river. The trail will continue with ups and downs along barren lands. There are no permanent settlements in this region. After walking for five hours, we reach at an altitude of 3990 meters, and camp at a camping site called Manepeme.

Day 12 - Til village

The day starts with a two hours of climb to a cave, known as Meditation cave. Few vegetations are seen as we climb to Lamka La pass at 4300 meters. From the pass, we make an easy descent to Til, today’s stopping point. Til is a village at an altitude of 4000 meters with typical Tibetan culture. There are traditional houses adjoining the fields of barley. We camp at a suitable place in Til and get a much needed rest after walking for six hours total on this day.

Day 13 - Halji village

From Til, we descend further on a comfortable path along Lumi river. After walking for just three hours, we reach Halji village. The village is situated at an altitude of 3660 metres and has a chorten, mani walls and 14th century monastery named Rinchen Ling Gompa. We will stay in our tented camps in this village.

 

Day 14 - Jang village

On the fourteenth day, we will be continuing our journey still following the easy path along Limi Khola. After four hours of walk, we reach Jang village at 3930 meters altitude. We get to see a pure and unaltered tradition in this village. It is the last village in Limi valley and completely isolated from the external world. We camp in a campsite overnight.

Day 15 - Talung

Leaving the last village behind, we will move ahead ascending slowly but steadily. From here on, there will be no permanent settlements or villages for coming few days. It can be a tough day as we will be walking for about eight hours. We find a suitable place for campsite near Talung at an elevation of 4370 metres and spend the night there.

Day 16 - Shingjungma

Today also, it will be a tough climb as we walk up to Nyaulu La pass at 4940 meters. From the pass, we can have great views of the valley below and on the other side, we can see some parts of Tibet. Mount Saipal (7031m), Mount Kailass (6714m) and the surrounding peaks come into view. We walk along steep downhill slope and follow Sali river for some time to reach Shingjungma after walking for eight hours in total. We will camp there at an elevation of 3620 meters.

Day 17 - Kermi revisited

We will be slowly descending now and getting to the lower alitude. This can be felt as we see more vegetations and the air gets thicker. We walk through the forests of pine and birch. We meet Sali river again and follow it until we reach Karnali river. After walking for seven hours on this day, we will finally reach Kermi village, where we had stayed in the sixth day. It will feel nice to see a settlement after three days. We will be staying in the camps.

Day 18 - Simikot

From Kermi village, the path to Majgaon is full of slight ups and downs. From there, a two hour climb to a pass and then a half hour descending walk will take us to Simikot. We will reach the altitude of 2950 meters after six hours on this day. In Simikot, we can stay in a lodge or camp for the last time.

Day 19 - Fly to Kathmandu

We will get another chance to see the mountains from high above as we take flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we will take another flight to Kathmandu. You will be taken to a fine hotel in Kathmandu. After trekking and camping for all these days, you can rest in the luxurious hotel. You will stay in the hotel overnight.

Day 20 - Leisure Day

This is a leisure day in Kathmandu. If you like, you can visit the nearby places of your interest, go for some shopping in the local markets or just rest at the hotel. If you want to take some souvenir to your friends or family, you can get them in markets like Thamel and Ason. For the last time during this program, you will spend the night in a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 21 - Goodbye

Finally, it’s time to separate after being together for over 20 days. We hope that you enjoyed the trip. Our staff will take you to the international airport for your flight to the home country or onward destination. We wish for your safety and wellness hoping to meet you again and make yet another exciting trip. Thank you.

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard)
  • 14 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because 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 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 guides and porters

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Hotel and Lodge:

Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.

Meals and Drinks:

We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.

Best Season to Travel:

The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.

Luggage/Backpack:

Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.  

Guide/Porter on Trek:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:

Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides. 

Personal Expenses on Trek:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Gears Available in Kathmandu:

For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.  

A Typical Day on Trek:

On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary of the trek is 21 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation:

Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of.  If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 21 Days

Difficulty: Strenuous

Activities: High Altitude Trekking & Excursion

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Camping Trek

Country: Nepal

Region: Humla (Restricted region)

Price: USD 3,300

Group size: Minimum 2

Best Season: Apr to Oct