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Limi Valley Trek

Limi is a valley in Humla District in the Karnali Zone of north-western Nepal. As of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 988 persons living in 169 individual households.

Limi is a remote Trans-Himalayan Valley in north-west Nepal bordering Tibet. It consists of three villages: Til (4100 m elevation) in the west; Jhang (3930 m) in the east; and the biggest village, Halji (3700 m), in the middle. These three villages are situated on the banks of the Karnali river.

Limi has a cold semi-arid climate. Summers are short and rainfall very sparse. Winter is marked with regular snowfall.

Although Nepal’s national language is Nepali but for Limi people Nepali is the second language. Very few of villagers can speak good Nepali i.e because of people speak only Tibetan on daily basis and only a few moments like documents work in government office and business with other. The Tibetan language speaks in Limi is seeming quite different. So, They and some other communities call this language “Limi Kye”; which means Limi language, but actually that language is the same Tibetan. The Tibetan language has so many dilations and they speak Tibetan with an accent based on Central Tibetan. According to Nepal Trust NGO’s research said Limi’s Tibetan is much closer and cleaner than other Himalayan communities to central Tibetan.

Limi Valley trekking trail firstly introduced in 2002 among foreigners. Stunning valley and ancient Tibetan culture are the most fascinating of the trail. Marmots, wolves, wild yaks, blue sheep, wild horses, barking deer, musk deer, Himalayan black bears and the elusive snow leopard can be seen. Villages at the shoulder of hills offer a chance to explore the hidden chapter of Limi Valley. Entering Limi Valley is like stepping back in time. Even sightseeing of an 11th Century Gompa and century-old Buddhist traditions interwoven with shamanistic influences are still an important part of daily life here is a real witness of history is key point why to step in Limi Valley.

One of the major attraction of Limi valley is Halji Rinchenling Monastery which was built by the famous Translator Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, the Halji Rinchenling Monastery serves as the Spiritual Headquarter of the Trulku Senge Tenzin Rinpoche now. The monastery belongs to the Drikung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism just like all the Monasteries in Limi Valley. The monastery boast of artifacts and tradition that has been passed down since the time of Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo himself. It is said that of the 108 Monasteries and Stupas he built across the Entire Himalayan Region, the Halji Rinchenling Monastery Stands at 108th. Recently, this monastery has been in danger of destruction due to effects of climate change. A Glacial Lake situated up on a cliff overlooking the Halji Village has threatened the very survival of the Village and the Monastery itself.

Day 1
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu(TIA)

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed by one of our team members, and transferred to a nearby hotel. Your trek leader will brief you about the trek plan and introduce you with your guide. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 2
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj(1 hrs by flight)

Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by bus takes about 9hrs but flight takes about 1 hours. However, the transport we take, we have to stay in Nepalgunj overnight. Overnight in the guest house.

Day 3
Nepalgunj to Simikot -Trek to Dharmapuri(2400m)

Mostly the flight leaves in the morning and just takes about 45 minutes. Your trek goes uphill through the wheat and barley field to Yakba. This top affords the great views of Humla Karnali valley. Steeply down to Masigaon for lunch and again down to Yakba Khola and cross the metal suspension bridge to Dharapuri. Overnight in Dharapuri.

Day 4
Dharapuri to Sally Khola (6hrs by walk)

Walk over a ridge onto the big valley of potatoes, buckwheat, and barley field. Passing the Police check post and Thakuri village and last rice cultivation to the harsh land.

Day 5
Sally Khola to Muchu (6 hrs hike)

After you left the camp sites the path goes gradually up & downhill through the forest. Passing Yak shepherds, waterfalls and many western parts of mountain ranges. Near Kermi there is Natural hot spring which is the perfect place for washing and taking bath. Walk through the big valley of potatoes and buckwheat field then walk through the pine forest and trek down to Chumsa Khola. Cross the river and walk rocky part of the hill to Muchu. Overnight Camp at Muchu.

Day 6
Muchu Khola 2845m - Yari 5.5hrs

Today mostly you are descending to Humla Karnali River. Muchu is a busy village for local, police post, Governmental hospitals, Your trek goes through the ridge all uphill. Mani walls, prayers flags, pine forest and the valley makes you trek more pleasant. Overnight at Camp.

Day 7
Yari to Hilsa (6hrs by waking)

Every day the path goes up and down and walk through the pine bush. You see the old trade path of Humli people. Goes over a Nara La pass 4600m it is tough and the rocks do not stick together. Always pay your attention to go ahead. Overnight at Hilsa.

Day 8
Hilsa to Manepeme (4hrs by waking) and Dharamsala to Talung camp (7hrs)

You will be trekking through the narrow path and see the Karnali River in the label. The path is windy so prepare your jacket for your hike. Hilsa is the nearest port of Tibet and local collect firewood and yak dong for heating take to Tibet and exchange with necessary goods. If you want to end your trek here is also possible because there is an airport. Only charter Heli flight can be operated. Over Night at tent. Walking through the grassland uphill till moraine and walk into the snow cover valley. Mostly our staffs will try to follow the local traders who are passing through Mt. Kailash if there is too much snow. This valley is famous for snow leopard and blue ship. Overnight at Camp.

Day 9
Manepene to Til 8hrs and Talung camp to Jang (7hrs)

Today the distance looks short but on the reality, convoluted path weaves its way through ravines and up and down trails. The path is very difficult and more ups and downs. You are almost walking through the trans-Himalaya dread path so always careful with yak and sheep who is carrying loads for trade. Overnight at camp.

Day 10
Til to Halji (4hrs)

This is your rest day to exploring the village and so on. Jang village is divided into 3 sections and very interesting to visit all of them culturally. Overnight at Camp.

Day 11
Halji to Jang (4hrs)

You are going to start earlier than a previous day due to the Rinzin Ling Gompa which is the most important Gompa in this area. Until Halji Danda you are going little up and down to barley fields. The giant Chorten and unbelievable long prayer flags marked the border of the southwestern entrance. Overnight at Tented camp.

Day 12
Jang – Rest day for acclimatization

Now you are in the last village of limi valley. Try to explore and take the advantage of visiting valley and village. Along the way, you are passing cultivate land and chorten. Overnight at tented camp.

Day 13
Jang to Yak Kharka (6hrs)

Today the distance looks short but on the reality, convoluted path weaves its way through ravines and up and down trails. The path is very difficult and more ups and downs. You are almost walking through the trans-Himalaya dread path so always careful with yak and sheep who is carrying loads for trade. Overnight at camp.

Day 14
Yak Kharka to Viewpoint (7 hrs)

This is an exploration day, so we take you to the viewpoint of 4900m. to look at the closest distance of Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar in Tibet. This is long day but very worthy day of your trek. We deliver the packed lunch for the day. Evening back to camp and overnight.

Day 15
Trek to Talung Base Camp

The path is going gradually downhill to the river and visit the natural hot spring. All the path is like a barren land. After the hot spring, the lake appears in front and passing all these walks about 2 hours to Basecamp.

Day 16
Talung base camp to Talung(7hrs)

Walk 3 hours slowly to the top of the Talung and descend about 3 hrs to Talung village. As you are going to cross the pass of course you can see all western range of Himalaya. Overnight at camp.

Day 17
Talung to Shingungma

Today we are taking the lower path to Yangar village. The fine local village where is the local boarding school is. We can make a sight trip to Namka Khyung Dzong Gompa is about 65 yrs old monastery. Overnight at Camp.

Day 18
Shingungma to Dhinga Laga

Today we are going uphill to meet the beginning path of your trek. There is a small pass which is about 3100m. Pass the small village and forest to the camp. Overnight at Tent.

Day 19
Dinga Laga to Simikot (4hrs)

Walking through the small village and narrow path you will arrive at Simikot after 4 hours. Passing the yak pastureland and hut to a stream and Overnight at tented camp.

Day 20
Flight from Nepalganj to Kathmandu

Most of the flight leaves in the morning from Simikot to Nepaljung and afternoon flight to Kathmandu.

Day 21
Departure from Kathmandu

After breakfast your guide will arrange a car for your transfer to the airport, and, then bid farewell with safe flight. And you will return home by collecting all the wonderful memories.

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Limi Valley Trek is not a difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will too, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Limi Valley trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is nearly 5545 m. This is the elevation of Limi Valley Trek. Limi Valley Trek is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries in route. The charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay a certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at a lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Limi Valley Trek?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash from Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. The Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Limi Valley Trek trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, Limi Valley Trek trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during the offseason. It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For this region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Limi Valley Trek