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Simikot-Limi Valley Trek (21 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-SLVT1

  • Trip Type Camping/Lodge
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 4988 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
Limi Valley

Limi Valley

Simikot Limi Valley lies in the remote part of far western Nepal across the trans-Himalayan region. The trek to Simikot-Limi Valley is one of the longest treks and is filled with adventure, culture and pristine nature. Trekkers will be able to experience Tibetan culture and customs, beautiful snow capped mountains and cross some of the highest Himalayan passes. 
 
The trekking starts from Simikot and crosses over Nara La Pass (4530m) before reaching Hilsa. Hilsa is a border point along Tibet and Nepal border and is a popular route used by travelers to visit Mansarovar and Mt. Kailash (Mt. Tise) in Tibet. You will trek back the same route however passing through Limi Valley and Nyalu La Pass at 4940m, which is the highest point of the trek.
 
Along the way you will be awarded with picturesque views of valleys and crisp snowcapped Himalayas on the horizon. Some of the prominent peaks along the trail include the highest mountain in the region, Mt. Api (7132m), Mt. Saipal (7031m), Kanjiroba (6883m) among others. The passes will even afford you close up glimpses of Mt. Tise or Mt. Kailash and Mt. Gurla Mandata. Wild animals such as Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard are some of the signature species of the region.
 
The region is inhabited by Bhotia people, who have close religious and cultural affinity with Tibetans. Their unique culture and tradition will mesmerize any travelers visiting this region. 
 
You will have to fly or drive from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then take a flight to reach Simikot. Flights and land transportation area available on the route. The best season to visit the region is from April to October. 
 

 Trip code: NET-TR-SLVT1
  Region Other Trekking Regions
 Trip Rating
 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
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Kathmandu
Camping or Lodge Accommodation during Trek

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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 lugage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including fresh fruits, tea/coffee and hot water
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle 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 equipments 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 incase required.)
     
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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