Humla, Limi Valley Trekking 21 Days


The Humla region which lies in the far western region of our country Nepal has exclusively embraced Limi Valley. Limi Valley is one of the most isolated and unexplored valleys in the Nepail Himalayas. Limi valley borders Humla on the northern side with Tibet and resembles a miniature Tibet. The Limi valley is chock-a-block with dazzling landscapes with waterless as well as desert like terrain surrounded by towering Himalayas. Inhabitants of this area are Tibetan origin mostly and their background, custom and way of life are highly influenced to Tibetans. Trekking to Limi valley has been opened only since 2002.

This trek is a inclusive source of adventure where from we can content to embrace basic living conditions in order to experience remote, rural mountain people`s life in Nepal and Tibet. This trek can be qualified as moderate, with occasional strenuous days and thus a reasonable level of fitness is required. Accommodation on this trek is shared tents and thus basic, with little opportunity to wash either yourselves or your clothes unless, you wish to brave the cold communal village tap or the rivers we will be passing.

The Simikot Limi Valley trek starts from Simikot, Elevated 2910 meters and climb up Nara La pass, 4530 meters and make a circle back to Simikot via Limi valley through picturesque Nyalu La, 4950 meters. This strapping and worthwhile trek presents the opportunity to convene the sociable villagers of upper Humla. 

We can explore the monasteries which are up to 1000 years old and knowledge the sole culture of the past still in perform. Most focused of this trek Limi valley is very beautiful, pictorial, broad and astonishing. This region is also the destination for rare flora and fauna. Himalayan black bear , marmot, wild horse, wild yak, blue sheep, wolf, barking deer, musk deer, hare and infrequently the snow leopard can be glimpsed here. The trekking route continues the olden salt trading and pilgrimage route to the border of Nepal and China, crossing the Nara La pass. Today it has been one of the ultimate trekking dreams for hikers and those who wish to discover the unique natural and cultural landscape of Tibetan Buddhists.

This trip rewards travelers with tranquility and a tremendous voyage. This trek traverses the beautiful landscapes; rivers, meadows and jungles, offering a meeting with an exquisite array of animals, birds and vegetation. Every single day a traveler spends here is full of surprises and it will literally take you back in time. We can encounter a narrow valley perched on the banks of the Karnali River, a steep climb above the clouds, or an encounter with a local, honoring time tested traditions. The ever-cheerful people and the practices of traditional rituals are enough for a life changing experience and a better understanding of what cultural diversity really means. Although the trip to Limi Valley is strenuous and challenging, the unique monuments and monasteries, the historical location, the tranquil trails and the exclusive Tibetan cultures are reward enough.

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
As you advent to this sacred land undoubtedly you will horde your reminiscence with accumulating blissful experiences you can ever clutch anywhere else from. Historically treasured, culturally rich as well as naturally boon Kathmandu welcomes you with all its heart. As soon as you step here you will be greeted by our Earth Matter Trek`s authentic member. You after then will be escorted to the luxurious hotel where you will be provided a welcome cuisine and you will overnight stay there.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today after having breakfast we will take you to the most admired sightseeing areas of Kathmandu which is proud as well as pride of Nepalese people. You will relish an ancient treasure Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and  Swayambhunath Stupa which reflects the local culture and tradition of Nepalese society. We will take you back to the hotel where you will spend overnight.

Day 3: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
The very next day we will take a flight to Nepalgunj because of lack of direct flight facility to the Humla region and spend the night in a hotel. This city is close to the Indian border and you will find a fusion of Indian and Nepali cultures. The weather here is usually hot and humid for most of the year. We will stay overnight in guest house.

Day 4: Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950m)
It takes just 45-minute via  flight to Simikot from Nepalgunj. The trip is a thrill ride through ridges and ravines in the spectacular mountains. When you leave the plane, you will feel like you are in a different kingdom because of the sudden rise in altitude and sudden fall in temperature. To leave the scorching hot climate behind, to be in a tiny mountain village and to be breathing cool and fresh air gives you a refreshing adrenaline rush. We will stay overnight in our first camp site.
 
Day 5: Trek to Dharapuri. (2300m / 4 hours.)
We start with a short, 1-hour ascent to reach a mountain pass at an altitude of 3150m. From there we descend for about an hour to Majgaon. The trail leads us through a pine forest where you will see local Hindu and Buddhist people in their traditional attire accompanied by their herds of cattle. The cattle carry the load for people in this part of the world because there are no other modes of transport. Once we pass Majgaon, the track gets uneven, around one corner it`s a descent and around another corner, its time to ascend! This particular topography is called Nepali flat. The scenery will be green and lush along this pleasant journey today. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 6: Dharapuri to Kermi. (2670m / 4 hours.)
Today is less work and more fun. The trek is unusual as the altitude persistently changes within a matter of a few hundred meters. The trail stretches alongside the Karnali River as it works its way through narrow gorges. There will be some high rocky slopes and you will suddenly find yourself walking on the banks of the river. You will get to closely observe the pattern of cultivation as your trek continues along the farming areas of the local people. Most of them grow barley, buckwheat, potatoes and rice. Since your day is done early, you can take a 30 minute walk to enjoy bathing in some nearby hot springs. Kermi Village is the first of the many Buddhist villages you will come across on your trek. It is an agriacultural village and has two monasteries, Lakiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. The former is a few centuries old and is 45 minutes away from where we will camp and the latter is relatively new and was built less than a hundred years ago. It takes 30 minutes to get there from the camp. The monasteries are not often visited by the tourists. We will settle down for the night while the howls of jackals and hyenas keep reminding us that we are in the lap of nature. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 7: Trek to Yalbang (3020m /5 hours.)
The track that takes you to Yalbang is flat to start with and then there will be a steep ascent for 2 hours until you arrive at a small pass. You will see different species of lizards and other creatures traversing your path today before we cross the pass on a big iron suspension bridge dangling over the Sali River. It is all downhill from this point! You might want to spend some time here in the cafes for a cup of the local tea before we continue. The trek does not disappoint from here on in as you walk amidst the pine trees looking at the emerald waters of the Karnali River down the hill. Do not be surprised if you bump into caravans of mules and dzopas (crossbreeds of yaks and cows), they are the local villagers of Simikot and Nyinba Valley travelling to and from Taklakot, a trade hub across the Tibetan border. Yalbang has so many places and heritage sites to offer that you could easily spend an extra day here. Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery is one of them. Right in the front yard of the monastery you will be welcomed by a mammoth rock with a Tibetan mantra written all over it. The monastery also happens to be the largest monastery in the region and shelters about 130 monks. The monastery originally comes from the Nyingmapa Lineage, the oldest Buddhist lineage. Legend has it that the Nyingmapa Lineage was founded by a great magician Guru Rimporche around the 7th century. The monastery has a huge statue of Shakyamuni Buddha and other smaller statues along with that of Guru Rimporche. The monastery also runs a school and a clinic. If you ask a monk he will be more than happy to show you around and later you can join others and chat with them over a cup of tea upstairs. Every morning at 7 and afternoon at 4, the monastery has customary prayer sessions. You can easily get immersed in the spiritual vibes by being a part of the ceremony. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 8: Trek to Muchu (3120m / 4 hours) or Tumkot. (3380m / 5 hours.)
The path leaves the Karnali River  behind for a while as we reach the tiny village of Yangar. The path is mostly flat except part of the journey where there is a three-sided tunnel like trail that is carved out of gigantic boulders. You will notice a change in the climate and greenery begins to disappear, it gives way to pine trees and rocky hillocks. You go across the Karnali River through a big wooden suspension bridge. The trail gets tougher as we begin climbing a rocky mountain until we reach the apex of a deep gorge. You will see ancient modes of trade still existing in the same old fashioned way; sheep and yak carrying sacks of salt on their backs to trade for grain. You may come across some big army tents set up in a few places, acting as mobile restaurants and cafeterias serving tea, coffee and quick snacks. We reach Tumkot in the afternoon and is the proud home to the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, which is affiliated to Shakya Lineage. It is considered one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan region. The monastery sits on top of a rocky mountain which takes about 20-30 minutes to climb. Dhungkar Choezom Monastery is the only Shakya monastery in Humla and there are only a few of such monasteries throughout the country. Should the curator of the monastery be available, he will give you insight into its history and current function. You will notice that the monastery is in a bad shape and needs renovation. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 9: Trek to Yari (3700m / 4 hours) or Thado Dunga (3750m / 5 hours.)
The ascent continues and the landscape becomes more rocky and desolate. The trees that you see now are now short and low junipers. We will pass through the village of Pani Palwang where there are some tea houses which is a perfect place for a short time out and a cup of tea or lunch. We continue after our refreshments to our camp for the night.

Day 10: Trek to Hilsa (3720m) across the Nara La Pass. (4620m / 7 hours in total.)
A challenging day today as we head to a high mountain pass. We leave the trees behind and the landscape looks more like that of Tibet. Every few hundred meters you will bump into a herd of dzopas, mules and even yaks. After you conquer the Nara La Pass, you will see piles of Buddhist good luck stones and prayer flags lining the way. You will be instantly captivated by the breathtaking view of Tibet on one side and by the spectacular views of Yari Village down below. You will find barren mountains in brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colors as far as you can see. From here on, it is a shaky descent down until you find yourself standing on the border of Nepal and Tibet. The choice is now yours; you could take a longer route along a dirt track or make a steep but shorter ascent to our camp for the night. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 11: Trek to Manepeme. (3900m / 5 hours.)
A big iron bridge greets you from Hilsa where yu will be reunited with the Karnali River. You move along a narrow trail that winds its way up until you connect with the main route on the higher slope. The trail stretches alongside the Karnali River all the way to Manepeme. The path continues to put your physical strength to test with ups and downs. The landscapes, barren mountains and their iridescence will amaze you as trek along this difficult trail. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 12: Trek to Til. (4000 m / 6 hours.)
The ascent continues up a narrow path to a meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk. This cave holds an old but important tale about the history of Buddhism. Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 AD), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures, meditated in this very cave. He also led the movement that revived the cultural exchange between India and Tibet. It ultimately led to the promulgation of Buddhism in Tibet. We continue on to Lamka La Pass (4300m) and from then on, the going gets a lot smoother as the descent begins. R32;Til is a beautiful Tibetan village entered by a chörten gateway. The villagers still wear their traditional dresses, men wear a long thick brown coat, with one sleeve down and the women wear a long brown or blue dress with a colorful apron made from yak wool. They keep their heads covered with a long colorful cape. They have beautiful jewelry with big turquoise stones. The senior citizens spend most part of their day doing spiritual activities, spinning around prayer wheels and humming “Om Mani Padme Hum” meaning roughly “blessed is the jewel in the lotus”. This mantra (chant) is believed to be possessed by Avalokitesvara, the buddhisatva (a Buddhist half god) who supposedly stays on Earth to anchor humanity to enlightenment and compassion. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 13: Trek to Halji (3660m / 3 hours.)
The walk is relatively easy and smooth. Today and you may be lucky to see some mountain goats, snow leopards, and even blue sheep. Halji village is camouflaged into the environment so much so that you find it hard to locate at first. Once you go through the chörten you will see a big mani wall, mani walls are low walls built up with many stones with holy mantras and Buddhist deities carved on them. The village is the shelter to a 14th century monastery Rinchenling Gompa. The monastery is affiliated to Kagyugpa Lineage. Rinchenling Gompa is the holiest gompa in the region and is also the centre of religious activities in the Limi Valley. The monastery is very well taken care of with the help of the Nepal Trust. It offers a great many things to visit inside. The main hall has a well-decorated idol of Shakyamuni Buddha. Other rooms have smaller statues, a completed version of Kenjur (the Buddhist scripture) and masks and costumes used during different cultural carnivals. They do not charge you for the entrance but you have to pay 500 NRS to take a picture. Tonight we will stay in a local teahouse.

Day 14: Trek to Jang (3930m / 4 hours.)
A relaxed trek with the companionship of Limi River. Jang is the third and the last village of Limi Valley. Like all other villages it is nothing short of majesty, surprises and beauty. Jang is far from the modern hustle and bustle and is free from modernism; Tibetan cultures come alive here in all its traditional glory. We will stay overnigt in teahouse.

Day 15: Trek to Talung (4370m / 8 hours.)
The best part about the trek now is that until Kermi there is no human settlements. It is going to be you and the most surreal landscapes you will have ever seen. With that said, the trail gets tougher at times and you are going to have to cross quite a few rivers and streams. The trail remains slow and steady and goes up until Talang. Talang provides you a fair bit of leveled ground to camp at. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma (3620m) across the Nyalu La Pass. (4940m / 8 hours.)
Today takes you to the highest point of the trip. We reach Nyalu La Pass which is a challenging feat. Your work way up the pass is surely going to be a daunting task. Once you reach there, you will be rewarded by 360 degree views of Humla and Tibet and some glorious mountains; Mount Saipal (7031m) and Mount Kailash (6714m) The path climbs down after you are beyond and across the pass. The altitude plummets to 4630 meters by the time you reach Lake Selma Tso. The downward slope continues on its course all the way down to Shinjungma. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 17: Trek to Kermi (2670m / 7 hours.)
We begin to see human settlements again as we head back to Kermi Village. Now you are trekking at altitudes below 3000 meters, the vegetation and trees begin to emerge again. We walk through pine and birch trees with the Sali River by our side. The trail takes you to the Karnali River and to some more hot springs for you to enjoy and relax in. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 18: Trek to Simikot. (2950m / 6 hours.)
The day begins with few ups and downs along the road. The walk up to Darapuri (2300m) and Majgaon (2290m) is nice and smooth. It is after Majgaon that the trail begins to ascend up to 3000m to a pass. From there on, it is half an hour walk to Simikot. We will stay overnight in camp.

Day 19: Fly to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
We fly back to the capital from Nepalgunj and stay overnight at the hotel of Kathmandu.
 
Day 20: Rest day in Kathmandu
A day of rest and relaxation, you can go for shopping and sightseeing. After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Our next destination is Patan Durbar square after then we will proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath. In the evening we will have fare well dinner together at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant.

Day 21: Departure
Our splendid journey in Nepal abolishes here and we will convoy you to the airport according to your scheduled flight and bid you farewell.

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