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.