Limi Valley Trek

Duration: 19 Days / 18 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Style: Camping Trek
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus, Car, Jeep, Air-plane
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Lodge &Tent
  • Group Size: 2 to 10 person
  • Max Altitude: 4940m

The Limi Valley Trek organized by Orbit Alpine is a journey into Humla, one of the remote remote regions of northwest Nepal near the Tibetan plateau. As recently as 1993, this was a closed region and was only opened for trekking with special permit. Today, however, it has gained popularity for the untouched and unspoiled landscapes and the immersive experience it provides to visitors. The region has a culture and tradition that’s unique in not only the world, but also in the whole of Nepal. In a matter of three weeks, you will travel from tropical regions up to the alpine climate and back to Kathmandu.

You will begin from Kathmandu and fly to Nepalgunj and further to Simikot, the place where the actual trekking begins. In the following days, you will trek in the vicinity of the longest river in Nepal, Karnali. Humla, where the trek happens is still by far the least encroached region in Nepal. The wilderness remains intact here, which is one of the reasons why you are likely to come across yaks (domesticated and wild), blue sheep, marmots, wolf, Himalayan black bear, mountain goats, and if luck persists, the snow leopard. Along the way you will have amazing views of Mt. Kailash, a section of Mt. Saipal, and other peaks of the Himalayan Range.

You will camp in natural beauty that has been untouched even at this day and age - an area that is one of the last virgin regions of the planet. It is only testified by days and days of walking when you might not even encounter a human being apart from your trekking group! Lying in the rain-shadow of the mighty giant peaks in the north, the barren and arid landscape is an open playground for animals of all sorts - and for trekkers like you, it is a rare chance to enjoy the wilderness in its crudest form. Even in monsoon when rest of Nepal is enjoying above-average rainfall, areas lying in this rain-shadow do not get a single drop of rainfall - making it possible to visit this region during high monsoon.

It is difficult to verify or keep track of the all the names of communities - but some of them are Bynsi, Khampa, Limipa, and Nyinba - who still practice their centuries-old religion and lifestyle. In this trek you will come across several monasteries, chortens, mani walls, stupas, and prayer-flags - signifying that you are near a hamlet, a village, or a religious site. Apart from these sites, the trekking route will take you   through forests (alpine and tropical), barren lands, gorges, passes, valleys, and hilly trails. So, prepare for a challenging but a satisfying trek in the remote regions of Nepal.

Immerse in the splendid natural beauty and a unique cultural heritage in a memorable trek to Limi Valley. See the medieval ways of the people, and surprise yourself as every other village in the route speaks a different dialect! Leave the planning, limited special permits, and logistics to the experienced team at Orbit Alpine - and focus on the journey ahead in one of the unforgettable landscapes of Nepal.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

After you have arrived, we will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Later, you will be given a brief about your program and in the evening you are invited for a welcome dinner from Orbit Alpine. Stay overnight at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast and well come dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1360 m
  • Time: 30 minutes drive to hotel
  • Distance: 6 Km

Kathmandu is an influential mix of modern and ancient cultures of Hinduism and Buddhism. Kathmandu (or Kantipur), Patan (or Lalitpur), and Bhaktapur are three of the major cities that make up the core habitation of Kathmandu Valley. The rich historical and cultural legacy is reflected by several religious sites, time-worn temples, and countless monasteries. In this veritable city, you will go on a guided sightseeing tour taking pictures, seeing the sights and trying to understand the place. You will visit Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, and other sites that will give you an insight into the people and the places.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1360 m

In the afternoon, you will take a flight to Nepalgunj, which takes about an hour from Kathmandu Airport. From there, transfer to your hotel in Nepalgunj. Usually, Nepalgung is a hot city, so drink plenty of water during your stay here. Stay overnight at Nepalgunj.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Nepalgunj
  • Altitude: 165 m
  • Time: 55 minutes flight

After an early, we will go to the airport and take a flight to Simikot. In this 45-minute flight, we can have views of the mountains in the north. Once we touch down upon Simikot Airstrip, we will check into a lodge and spend the rest of the day in Simikot. This old village is far from pollution or modern touches, and it is also a chance for acclimatization. Stay overnight at the lodge in Simikot..

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Simikot
  • Altitude: 2950 m
  • Time: 45 m flight

After breakfast we will begin the trek - first with a quick ascent to a hilly pass and later descend to the a beautiful forest of pine. After a shaded cool trek through the forest, we will reach Majhgaun. Take a break here, and gradually descend through the green landscapes to come at Dharapori (or Dharapuri). Here, we will set up camp for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Dharapori
  • Altitude: 2300m
  • Time: 4 hour

Start with a leisurely breakfast as it’s a short day of trek today. First we will follow the Kamali River and then ascend and descend through the hilly landscapes. We will take breaks in between, trek through terraced farmlands, relax in a natural hot spring, and trek through narrow gorges before arriving at Kermi. It’s an old village with old monasteries - Laikyo and Lhundrup Choeling Monasteries. Stay tonight in a tented camp here with wonderful views the peaks ahead.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Kermi
  • Altitude: 2670m

Today our trek will take us through barley and buckwheat fields, and through pine forests as well. We will leave after breakfast and head along the fairly flat trail. Later, we will cross a river and trek further through dense forests of pine. Later in the afternoon we will arrive at Yalbang, a village with the Monastery of Namkha Khyung Dzong - the biggest monastery in the region with a school and a medical center. Set up camp here for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Yalbang
  • Altitude: 3020
  • Time: 5 hour

After breakfast, we begin along the ascending trail high above the Karnali River. We will reach Yangar through an easy but rocky trail, and as soon as we cross the river, the trail ascends to the upper ridges of a deep gorge. Take a break here, and later trek to the village of Muchu. If you wish to trek further, we can reach the village of Tumkot with an additional hour of trek; but if you don’t want to go further, we can camp near a monastery here at Muchu for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Muchu or Tumkot
  • Altitude: (3120m/10236) Muchu or (3380m/11089 ft) Tumkot
  • Time: 4 to 5 hour

After a quick breakfast, we will pack the bags and leave. The trail ascends gradually with the vegetation becoming lesser and the rocky landscapes emerging rapidly. We will come to the village of Pani Palwang, stop for lunch, and continue along the trail to arrive at the village of Yari. We then select a suitable site and set up camp for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Yari or Thado Dhunga
  • Altitude: (3700m/12139f) Yari or (3750m/12303f) Thado Dhunga
  • Time: 5 hour

This section of the trail is exciting as we will be crossing through the pass of Nara-La with incredible views of the Tibetan plateau. We will begin immediately after breakfast and trek along a steeply ascending trail. As we cross lines of yaks and mules, we will take several stops before reaching Thadu Dhunga, the base of Nara-La Pass. From here will climb up to Nara-La, soak in the incredibly beautiful views and then descend to the village of Hilsa where we will camp for tonight

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Hilsa
  • Altitude: Hilsa (3720m/ 12204ft), across Natra La (4620m/ 15157 ft)
  • Time: 6 hours

Immediately after breakfast we leave Hilsa, cross an iron bridge, and head along the challenging trail that gradually ascends along the barren landscape. We will come to a trail that follows the Karnali River and continue with gradual ascent and descent until we come to Manepeme. After selecting a good spot for camping, we rest tonight at Manepeme amid the peace and the quiet.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Manepeme
  • Altitude: 3900m/12795
  • Time: 5 hour

Today is a long and exciting day of trek. After breakfast in the camp, we will begin the trek through rocky landscapes. Sometime later, we will come to fork - one leading to a higher altitude, while the second route descend to a cave. Further, we will trek through juniper trees, cross the Lamka-La Pass and gradually descend to Til. The village is marked by shortens and terraced farms. Once here, we will set up camp for the night and relax.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Til
  • Altitude: 4000m/ 15091 ft
  • Time: 6 hour

It’s a relatively short day of trek with around three hours of trekking. Today we will see some mountain goats, blue sheep, and, if really lucky (really really lucky), we might even see the snow leopard. The trail begins with an easy trek following the Limi River and then gradual ascents and descents to Halji. Halji is the village with Rincheling Monastery built around 14th century, where we’ll sleep overnight in a camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Halji
  • Altitude: 3660m/ 12007ft
  • Time: 3 hour

Like yesterday, today is also a short and easy trek. We’ll begin after breakfast and follow the trail along Limi River. The easy trek will take us to the village of Jang in the afternoon. Jang is marked by Falgeling Monastery and the Tibetan-looking houses. Set up camp early and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in an exotic village.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Jang
  • Altitude: 3930m/12893ft
  • Time: 4 hour

It’s a long day of trek today as we’ll be walking around eight hours. We’ll begin soon after breakfast and leave Limi Valley behind. In the vast open landscape we won’t find a sign of habitation until the village of Kermi. Walk gradually through the beautiful untouched landscapes that is lined by a number of rivers. On the bank of one such river, we will set up camp and rest for tonight.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Talung
  • Altitude: 4370m/ 14337ft
  • Time: 8 hour

Like yesterday, today is a long trek of around eight hours. We will pack the bags and leave Talung along a relatively flat terrain crossing rivers en route. Tread carefully through the sometimes frozen surfaces; and then do a steep climb to the top of Nyalu-La Pass. At 4,940 meters, this pass offers exciting unobstructed views of Tibetan plateau and a few peaks such as Kailash and Saipal. After a break here, trek down to the pristine Lake Selma-To and further down to the river Sali (or Salli) before arriving at Shinjungma for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shinjungma
  • Altitude: 3620m/ 11876ft across Nyalu La 4940m/ 16207ft
  • Time: 8 hour

Begin after breakfast through an easy route along the Sali river. Further, we will enter a forest of pine and birch and continue to walk all the way to Kermi. Nearby, we will relax in the natural hot spring for some relief of the muscles. Once you feel refreshed, we will set up camp at Kermi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Shinjungma
  • Altitude: 2670m/8759ft
  • Time: 7 hour

It’s an easy trek but a long one. We will walk nearly seven hours today with plenty of stopovers along the way. Start after an early breakfast and trek along the pleasant route to Dharapori and then to Majhgaun. We are basically retracing our step that we took at the beginning of this trek. From Majhgaun, we will do a steep ascent to a pass and then descend for an hour or so to arrive at Simikot. Once here, we will check into the lodge, refresh, and after dinner, go to bed early.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Place: Simikot
  • Altitude: 2950m/9678ft
  • Time: 6 hour

In the morning we will go to Simikot Airstrip and catch a plane to Nepalgunj. From here, we will take a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Once in the capital, you are free to spend the evening on your own - you can either relax in a sauna, take a drink, catch up on social media, go shopping, or go to bed early.

  • Meals: Breakfast,
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1365m

As the program comes to an end, we will take you to the airport as per your flight schedule.

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