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Simikot-Limi Valley Trek

Trip Highlights:

Region: Other Trekking Region

Trip Duration: 21 days

Trip Type: Camping/Lodge

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Min. Group Size 2+

Max Altitude: 4988 m.

Trip Start: Kathmandu

Trip Ends: Kathmandu

Best Season: Autumn: Sep-Oct-Nov
Spring: Mar-Apr-May
Monsoon: Jun-Jul-Aug

Transportation: Land & Flight Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Accommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Camping or Lodge Accommodation during Trek

Simikot-Limi Valley is a restricted trekking zone in Nepal located in the far western region of Nepal. Since the valley lies in the trans-Himalayan region, it receives no rainfall during monsoon season and is perfect for trekking during summer, spring and autumn. However in winter the temperature drops below zero and is often not recommended.

As it is a restricted zone, trekkers are required to obtain trekking permits offered by the Department of Tourism. Also, trekking groups will have to hire government licensed trekking guide and trekking company. The trekking route is also a popular route for tourists who would like to visit Mansarovar or Mt. Kailash.

The region features unique Tibetan culture and customs practiced by Bhotia people who still retains close relation with their Tibetan counterparts. The trekking starts from Simikot, headquarters of Humla district. Crossing over Nara La Pass (4530m) before reaching Hilsa will be a challenge filled with adventure. Hilsa is a border point along Tibet and Nepal and the last point of our trek. You will trek back the same route passing through enchanting Limi Valley and traversing Nyalu La Pass at 4940m, which is the highest point of the trek.

Along the route you will be ableto catch splendid views of the Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Api (7132m), Mt. Saipal (7031m) and Kanjiroba (6883m) on Nepal side and Mt. Tise or Mt. Kailash and Mt. Gurla Mandata on the Tibet side! Wild animals such as Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard are some of the signature species of the region.

The mode of trekking in this trail is mainly camping though home stays and lodges are also available. Travelers will have to fly or drive from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take a flight to reach Simikot.

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Cost Info

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Trek preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950m)

Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri (2300m)

Day 06: Trek to Kermi (2670m)

Day 07: Trek to Yalbang (3020m)

Day 08: Trek to Tumkot (3380m)

Day 09: Trek to Thado Dunga (3750m)

Day 10: Trek to Hilsa (3720m)

Day 11: Trek to Manepeme (3990m)

Day 12: Trek to Til (4000m)

Day 13: Trek to Halji (3660m)

Day 14: Trek to Jang (3930m)

Day 15: Trek to Talung (4370m)

Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma (3620m) Nyalu La 4949m

Day 17: Trek to Kermi (2670m)

Day 18: Trek to Simikot

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu. You’ll meet our representative who will drive you to your hotel. Stay Overnight in hotel

Day 02: Trek preparation and Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After breakfast, sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Syambhunath, Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Introduction and Briefing session in the afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes about an hour. Nepalgunj is a border town along Nepal-India border in the southwestern part of Nepal. Stay overnight at Lodge/Hotel.

Day 04: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950m)

Take early morning flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot in Northwestern Nepal. Simikot is a gateway to Humla as well as Tibet. Enjoy scenic mountains such as Mt. Saipal and wonderful valleys. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri (2300m)

Your trekking starts from today. Most of the trail passé through uninhabited land dotted with green vegetation and pine forests till you reach Majgaon. One of the peculiar experience is of seeing donkeys carrying loads-the only mode of transport in this remote area. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 06: Trek to Kermi (2670m)

The trail further goes alongside the Humla-Karnali River passing over high rocky slopes. You will see typical Neplali houses flanked by blooming barley, buckwheat, potatoes and rice. Once you reach Kermi you will get introduced to Buddhist culture. Lakiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa are two popular monasteries in the area. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Yalbang (3020m)

Much of today’s walk is through barley and buckwheat fields and pine forests. You will be crossing the first suspension bridge over the Sali river. Don’t forget to visit the monastery of the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. The monastery hosts a big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha as well as of Guru Rinpoche. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Tumkot (3380m)

You will continue walk through villages and forests. The landscape changes into barren open meadows studded with low bushes. This track follows the Karnali River, an ancient trade route for bring salt from Tibet. You will pass Muchu village and walk toward Tumkot. One of the prominent landmarks of Tumkot is Dhungkar Choezom Monastery which is made in Tibetan architecture with statues and rare mural designs. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Thado Dunga (3750m)

By this time you should already be acclimatized with high altitude. Our trek further goes up into the Alpine region with less vegetation. The trek to Thado Dunga will take about 3-4 hours. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 10: Trek to Hilsa (3720m)

Be prepared to overcome some tough challenges today. You will be trekking along Yak and mule tracks and passing through a landscape familiar to Tibet. It will be interesting to watch local people leading caravans of mules and yaks. It will be another 2-3 hours before you come to Nara La pass (4620m), one of the highest passes in the Himalayas. An impressive view of the Himalayas and Tibet can be observed from the pass. The houses here are adorned with Tibetan prayer flags. It is an easy descent from the pass to Hilsa. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Manepeme (3990m)

Today you will do a short and easy trek to Manepeme. Much of the trail is straight with few ups and downs. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Til (4000m)

The path ahead is rocky and barren adorned with few Juniper trees here and there. Along the way you will stop by to observe Ya Yip Phuk an ancient cave used by Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures, for meditation. You will pass through Lamka La at 4300m, before descending down to the village of Til. Til is a scenic village with monasteries, whitewashed building, well paved courtyards and surrounded by fields of barley. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Halji (3660m)

From here on the trail will be rocky. By now you have reached the upstream of Limi river. The river provides a good ecology for such rare animals as mountain goats, snow leopard and blue sheep! Halji is a small village of Bhotia people who follow Tibetan ritual and practices. The 14th century monastery of Rinchenling Gompa is located right in the center of the village. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 14: Trek to Jang (3930m)

It’s an easy 4-hour walk from Halji to Jang, along the Limi Khola (river). Jang is the third and the last village in the Limi Valley. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Talung (4370m)

Trek to Talung will take at least 4 hours. You will be again gaining altitude as you pass through uninhabited landscapes. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma (3620m) Nyalu La 4949m

The trek from Talung to Shinjungma is the high point of the entire trek. Our challenge to cross the Nyalu La Pass (4949m) one of the highest passes in the world. The cross affords a spectacular views of Humla district along with Tibet in the north. Impressive mountain ranges such as Mount Saipal (7031m) and Mount Tise or Kailash (6714m) will leave you spell bound. Once you leave the pass you will head towards Shinjungma passing through beautiful high altitude lake of Selma Tso. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 17: Trek to Kermi (2670m)

Your next stop is Kermi village. You will be making a impressive descend of almost 1000m today. It’s a pleasant walk through pine and birch forests and along the beautiful Salli Khola, with rocks towering on both sides of the trail. Kermi is popular for hot spring, where traveler can relax. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Simikot

Today you will pass through Darapuri and Majgaon is to return to Simikot. Stay overnight at Camp/Lodge.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

You will catch early morning flight to Nepalgunj and then a connecting flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu

This day is off for you for relaxation and winding up in Kathmandu. Stay in hotel or go for sightseeing. Overnight in hotel.

Day 21: Final Departure

Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure to your country.

The Trip includes following services:

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • One day city sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and tour guide
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking/Climbing

  • Trekking permits for Simikot-Limi Valley
  • Entry permits for the National Park/Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Cook/s
  • Kitchen helper/s
  • Sherpa/s
  • Necessary porters (one porter carries 25 kilograms of Lodge)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, tea/coffee and hot water
  • Necessary camping equipment's such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags, trekking poles etc.
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • Two nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in Nepalgunj
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Flight tickets from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, from Nepalgunj to Simikot, Simikot to Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
  • Cargo charge of 30 kilograms each participants
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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