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Humla-Limi Valley Trekking

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adventure on the border trails of Nepal and Tibet within the complete wilderness

Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. presents an excellent adventure trek to “Humla and Limi Valley” the hidden corners of far-western parts of Nepal, on an old Trans Himalaya Salt trade route between Nepal and Tibet. Humla and Limi Valley truly capture your imagination and dreams of real Himalayan Shangri-la, as the country around Humla and Limi valley remains undisturbed and unspoiled by the modernization.

Besides scenic views of Humla and Limi Valley, colourful culture, ancient civilization are equally captivating when walking through impressive villages of Kermi, Yalbang, Muchu, Yari, Mane-Peme, Halji and Jang, visiting the ancient Buddhist monasteries of great religious significance.

The Humla and Limi Valley trekking starts taking a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, warm low areas of Nepal and then connecting with another connecting flight to reach Simikot town, the trek starting and ending point.

From Simikot, our trek begins to the far end of Nepal, close to Tibet border, countering an interesting circuit through beautiful Limi valley. The trail ends back at Simikot with a fascinating trek through many villages, valleys and scenic pass.

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy trekking on high trails of ancient Himalayan Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet.
  • Enjoy walking in the complete wilderness of high eroded hills and snow-capped mountain ranges.
  • Enjoy trekking on the beaten tracks of Nepali and Tibetan trans-Himalayan traders.
  • Enjoy to see and explore the remotest and isolated country to the far western borderline of Nepal.
  • Explore the hidden culture of Limi villages a Shangri-la enclosed within high peaks.
  • Experience the beauty of high passes and hidden valleys.
  • Experience and observe both Hindu and Buddhist culture.

Trip Profile

  • The total length of the trip: 21 days from arrival to the day of departure
  • Number of the night in Kathmandu: 3 or 4-nights / visit UNESCO sites
  • Trek starting point: Simikot
  • Trek ending point: Simikot
  • Daily Walk: 4 to 7 hours.
  • A domestic flight in: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot
  • A domestic flight out: Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu
  • Highest elevation achievement: 4,950 metres Nyalu-La
  • People/Culture: Humla and Limi are home of Tibetan origin people having a very ancient history and practising Tibetan Buddhism. The lower region is inhabited by Malla, Thakuri, Roka, Chettries and Brahmins of Hindu belief. Both groups have their own ancient traditional living culture.
  • Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu, hotel on full board Nepalgunj, and tented camps on full board basis on the trek
  • Meals: Each day a wide variety of complete meal will be prepared and served by our mobile cook and kitchen staff.
  • Trip grade: Moderate to strenuous
  • Best season to trek: from the first week of March to mid-June and the mid-September to end of November

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sites

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins by air) and transfer to hotel

Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,370m (40 mins) and transfer into a local lodge

Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri 2,300m

Day 06: Trek to Kermi 2,670m

Day 07: Trek to Yalbang 3,020m

Day 08: Trek to Muchu 3,120m. , 4 hours or Tumkot 3,380m

Day 09: Trek to Yari 3,700m. Or Thado Dunga 3,750m

Day 10: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via crossing Nara-La 4,620m

Day 11: Trek to Mane-Peme 3,990m

Day 12: Trek to Til 4,000m

Day 13: Trek to Halji 3,660m

Day 14: Trek to Jang 3,930m

Day 15: Trek to Talung 4,370m

Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620m. via Nyalu La 4,940m

Day 17: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi 2,670 metres

Day 18: Trek to Simikot 2,950m

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel

Day 20: A contingency day

Day 21: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Arrival at Kathmandu international airport and get a traditional welcome by Happy Feet Mountaineers staff and guide. Then a short drive to the hotel in Kathmandu. Distribution in the rooms and a short briefing on trekking and formalities. The rest of the day is free to rest and time permitting stroll around the bustling Thamel of Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO site. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 02: Rest and visit UNESCO sites

Free day in Kathmandu preparation for the trek or one can join in our tour around Kathmandu at places of interest as Kathmandu city and the valley steeped with world Heritage Sites.

Day 03: Fly to Nepalgunj (50 mins by air) and transfer to hotel

We take the flight to Nepalgunj in the far west of Nepal. This one hour's flight is quite remarkable since it traverses the entire length of the Nepal Himalayan west of Kathmandu, with superb views of Langtang, Manaslu, and Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri and finally to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is close to the Indian border and quite warm in comparison with Kathmandu. We check into the Hotel and the rest of the time is free. Nepalgunj city lies on plain of Terai Belf of Nepal, to the southern border with India, to the north of Utter Pradesh state of India.

Day 04: Fly to Simikot 2,370m (40 mins) and transfer into a local lodge

Breakfast at the hotel and take a short connecting flight to reach Simikot. During flight views of Api and Saipal mountains with other high western Himalaya range can be seen. Upon reaching Simkot, transfer to a lodge at Simikot, a hill town and headquarter of Humla district within Karnali Zone. In the afternoon walk around Simikot market and observe and see the daily life of western Nepal. Simikot and Mugu areas are inhabited by Thakuris, one of the cast groups, but they are Hindu practitioners in lower Land and Buddhist practitioners in the higher land and accordingly the race, the Aryan faces to the lowland and Mongolian faces on higher elevation we go. The area is on the trade route with Tibet, and our trekking route falls on same old Himalayan trade route following the trail along Humla-Karnali close to the border of Tibet at Hilsa (the borderland to the Nepal side).

Day 05: Trek to Dharapuri 2,300m

A 4 hours trek. The trek begins with a short climb for an hour to a small pass at 3,000 metres, then downhill to reach Dharmapuri. The trail leads through above Karnali River into pine forest past farm villages, encountering native of Humla carrying loads up the steep trail. Walkthrough beautiful farm field and terraces to reach our overnight stop at Dharapuri a small farming village.

Day 06: Trek to Kermi 2,670m

A 4 hours trek. The trail follows above Karnali River through the riverside. Pass a narrow gorge past high rocky slopes, heading along the fields of barley, buckwheat, rice, potatoes to reach Kermi in the afternoon. As the elevation gains, we get to see the changes of cast and cultural groups to Buddhist influences. At Kermi, those willing to visit monasteries can visit Laikyo Gompa, about 45 minutes walk and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, 30 mins to reach.

Day 07: Trek to Yalbang 3,020m

A 5 hours trek The trek starts with a gradual climb through fields of barley and buckwheat. After a few hours walking, we cross a small pass and descend to a suspension bridge over the Sali River. The walk leads into cool pine forest facing views of Karnali River to reach at Yalbang for overnight camp. At Yalbang a visit to Namkha Khyung Dzong is interesting. The Dzong is the biggest monastery of the region with about 130 monks. The monastery belongs to Nyingmapa lineage, an oldest Buddhist sect founded by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), an important tantric Guru of 7th century. Inside the monastery is a giant statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. There is also a school and a clinic.

Day 08: Trek to Muchu 3,120m. , 4 hours or Tumkot 3,380m

A 5 hours trek. Leaving Yalbang, walk leads high above Karnali River passing the small village of Yangar, continue to walk on a wonderful path carved out of rocks, as the trail takes you on the three-sided tunnel. As walk progress, one can witness a dramatic change in environment as the area gets rockier where tall pine trees fade for smaller bushes, then cross Karnali River over a suspension bridge. Our trail climbs above Karnali River along with the upper side of a deep gorge, along the walk coming across herds of sheep carrying salt, on this old trade route of Nepal with Tibet that still exists. Around the trail, there are many temporary restaurants and shops refreshing stops for tea, noodle soup, or just to refill your stock of snacks, like coconut biscuits. After a few hours of pleasant walk reach Muchu village for an overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Yari 3,700m. Or Thado Dunga 3,750m

A 5 hours trek From Muchu, a short walk reaches Tumkot and then climb a hill on leaving Tumkot, observe a change of landscape as it gets rocky and desolate. You can witness only low juniper bushes as walk leads over dirt trail, which is under construction at present, as the trail leads past a small village of Pani Palwang with a couple of teahouses along the road. With few pleasant stops and then a few hours walk leads to Yari or Thado Dunga, just after Yari for an overnight camp.

Day 10: Trek to Hilsa 3,720m. via crossing Nara-La 4,620m

A 6 hours trek. Today walk leads to high Nara-La pass at 4,620 metres, a long climb compensates you with grand views of surrounding landscapes and mountains of both Nepal and Tibet side. Our route climbs heading into deserted terrain where vegetation fades completely as the country looks more like Tibetan dry terrain, coming across big caravans of mules, dzopke or impressive big yaks. We walk past few teahouses at Thado Dunga; from here the path is steeper leading over Nara-La. Continue the journey with views ahead of Tibet side and back towards Yari, far below, on the other side of the pass where areas are similar to Tibetan landscape surrounded by windswept mountains of brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colours. From the pass a long descent to Hilsa, close to the border of Tibet for an overnight stop.

Day 11: Trek to Mane-Peme 3,990m

A 5 hours trek. After Hilsa town/village, cross a big iron bridge to the other side of the river that connects to a wider trail high above on a slope, as walk follows Karnali River towards east till Manepeme village reached for an overnight camp

Day 12: Trek to Til 4,000m

A 6 hours trek. Morning walk leads to climb as it winds up through high and steep rocks, after few hours reaching a small path near a levelled ground for a while and then walk to an interesting meditation cave called Ya Yip Phuk. The site is a meditation cave of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures, where his activities were crucial to the revival of cultural exchange between Tibet and India, paving the way so-called second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet. The path surprisingly green at some parts, with few juniper trees and bushes among the bare rock, as the walk climb for an hour to cross Lamka-La, a pass of above 4,300 metres, after the pass downhill to Til in about two hours). Upon reaching the village, you can find chörtens (stupas) with a white building attached on a high slope, a place with a monastery of Til. Stones build houses at Til village blends with the surrounding environment where some areas around are much greener. The village is surrounded by birch and willow trees with terraced fields of barley with views of snow-capped mountains. Til is an authentic Tibetan village like all villages around Limi Valley where you can observe villagers in original Tibetan costume.

Day 13: Trek to Halji 3,660m

A 4 hours trek. An easy day to Halji allows time to explore villages and visit the monasteries. The walk starts following Limi River upstream on relatively flat trails. Along the way, there will be chances of spotting some mountain goats and blue sheep! Rarely spotted but existed in the area is also the snow leopard. Enter the village passing a gate with chörten and a large mani wall with many stones carved with holy mantras and Buddhist deities on them. There is a monastery, Rinchenling Gonpa at Halji, which is built in the 14th century and belongs to Kagyug-Pa lineage. The main Gonpa (monastery of Limi Valley) serves as the religious centre of the area. It has been beautifully restored (with the help of Nepal Trust) and has many exciting parts of visiting.

Day 14: Trek to Jang 3,930m

A 4 hours trek. Walk on the moderate trail for some hour from Halji to reach Jang, following Limi Khola (Limi river), Jang is the third and last village within Limi Valley with other tiny villages. It's exceptional to be in such a secluded place where Tibetan culture still retains relatively untouched from the modern world, surely soon it might not be the same.

Day 15: Trek to Talung 4,370m

A 7 hours trek. On leaving Limi Valley and authentic Tibetan villages the walk leads through complete desolate landscapes, climbing slowly but steadily to reach overnight camp at Talung.

Day 16: Trek to Shinjungma 3,620m. via Nyalu La 4,940m

An 8 hours trek. The morning trail, a steep climb, bring us to a most scenic pass of the trek at Nyalu La above 4,940 metres. In some section of the trail, we may encounter some snow, making the climb more challenging and vivid. From the pass, a breath-taking 360° panorama of Humla with Tibetan landscapes including the holy Mt. Kailash of 6,714 metres and Mount Saipal After the essential photographing stop we take a steep descend to the Selma Tso (lake) at 4,630 metre where the trail continues to descend following Salli River, to a campsite at Shinjungma with grand views of Mount Saipal.

Day 17: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi 2,670 metres

A 7 hours trek. Today's walking brings us back to Kermi village. The trail drops below 3,000 metres for the first time after ten days! We enjoy a pleasant walk into pine and birch forest along Salli Khola (stream), with sheer cliffs towering on both sides of the trail. Finally, the walk meets Karnali River and then heading east towards Kermi village for an overnight stop with time to relax your body in the natural hot spring.

Day 18: Trek to Simikot 2,950m

A 6 hours trek. The last day of the trek but a long day walk to reach Simikot. The trail retraces the Darapuri and Maj-Gaon and then on a nice path take us over a pass at above 3,000 metres elevation. From the top walk downhill to reach Simikot, where our trekking to Humla and Limi valley ends. After many days of tented camp this evening, we enjoy staying in a lodge.

Day 19: Fly to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj and transfer to hotel

We take a short flight to Nepalgunj and a connecting flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu and get transported to our hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest, refresh and do the things on your own.

Day 20: A contingency day

A reserve day to avoid possible delays and cancellations if all goes well, as per the plan, this contingency day gets used with a guided city tour to see some of the amazing UNESCO sites of Kathmandu valley.

Day 21: Departure

The journey to the Himalaya kingdom is an end. You will be escorted from the hotel to airport in a private vehicle for departure flight to your homeland or next destination. We hope that the journey with Happy Feet Mountaineers in this Himalayan kingdom is enjoyable and memorable.

Cost

COSTS PER PERSON
NUMBER IN GROUP 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
2 - 3 Persons 3055$ 3210$
4 - 5 Persons 2895$ 3045$
6 - 7 Persons 2735$ 2885$
8- 10 Persons 2575$ 2725$
Single room supplement 300$ 450$
HOTELS / ACCOMMODATIONS
CITIES 3-Star Hotels 4-Star Hotels
KATHMANDU Marshyangdi or similar Hotel Shanke or Malla
NEPALGUNJ Hotel Siddhartha Hotel Siddhartha
DURING TREK Tented camp Tented camp

What is included

  • Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
  • 4-nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis, breakfast included
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj / Simiko / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu airfare (Tax included)
  • 1 Night Hotel in Nepalgunj on full board and day-use room while flying back to Kathmandu on a full board basis
  • Guide, cook, kitchen boys, Sherpa helpers and the necessary number of porters/mules for entire trekking • All camping equipment such as a two-men domed tent, dining tent, kitchen tent, staff tent, toilet tent, hard and soft mattresses for each member and kitchen equipment for common use. All necessary food and beverages for trekking
  • A good sleeping bag to each member . A pair of a trekking pole to each member. A trekking duffel bag to each member
  • All applicable trekking permits
  • A satellite mobile phone for communication in an emergency (Personal usage available with 4$ per minute call)
  • Small medical kit box for first add medical purpose.
  • Insurance and expenses of all local staff

What is not included

  • Travel insurance (Should include helicopter evacuation and cancellation eventualities as well)
  • International air tickets.
  • Nepal entry visa and visa fee (One can apply on arrival to Kathmandu airport).
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Alcoholic and mineral beverages during the trek.
  • Other charges such as usage of internet, telephone, laundry services.
  • Tips for Nepali staff/porters and those, not mentioned in the above price include section.

Best Seasons

Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November

General Weather:
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.

During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.

During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).

End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.

January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.

NOTE Humla and Limi Valley can be visited also during wet seasons of June to mid-September as the area falls within rain-shadow, blocking the monsoon clouds by high Himalayan peaks. These are the flowering season of high elevation making it a lush and luxuriant season to trek there.

FAQ

Where do we sleep?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable 3-star hotels with private en-suite bathrooms. While on trek we stay at Nepalese lodges which offer welcoming but straightforward accommodation and wonderful traditional hospitality. Lodges typically have one large communal room where you can sit and take meals, and there is an adjoining kitchen where you can order your food and drinks. Bedrooms are twin bedded with or without private bathroom, and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

What Equipment do I need?
You will need to bring appropriate warm outdoor clothing and a good pair of walking boots. A complete equipment list gets supplied when you sign up. Many of the necessary items can be purchased or rented in Kathmandu so don’t worry if you can’t buy everything where you live. The guides will check your equipment and clothing before departing from Kathmandu, so if anything is missing, there will be time to obtain anything necessary.

Can I arrive early or extend my stay?
Yes, you can! All you need to do is to tell us what your flight details are and how many extra nights you need and we will book your hotel accordingly. Additionally, if you would like to arrange a program of activities either before or perhaps after the trek, there are a range of options to choose from including the jungle safari at Chitwan national park, or perhaps white water rafting on one of Nepal’s spectacular rivers such as the Sun Kosi. The Kathmandu has several not to miss UNESCO World heritage sites and to visit all of them with time require at least 3-5 days.

Can I have a single room?
Yes, you can! There is a single room occupancy supplement indicated in the price list.

What about insurance?
It is a condition of joining the trek that you have insurance in place which will cover you for the costs of medical treatment, cancellations, emergency rescue and repatriation to your home country. You must ensure that it provides cover for trekking to altitudes above 4000 metres and includes helicopter rescue. We do not sell insurance scheme so requires to manage on your own.

Do I need a visa?
Yes, you do. Everyone needs to get a visa for Nepal, but you can obtain it on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will need to bring two passport photos and the appropriate visa fee, which is the US $30 for 15 days, US $50 for up to 30 days, and the US $125 for 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry to Nepal.

How fit do I need to be?
Anyone who is in reasonable shape and good health can accomplish this trek. Some days will be harder than others, but none require much more than 5 or 6 hours of walking each day, with a leisurely lunch stop to break up the day. There is no rush or need to ‘keep up’, and you are free to walk at your own pace. We would recommend that you undertake some form of simple training in advance of the trek, such as a 30-minute walk each evening for a few weeks before the start of the trek. Another exercise, such as swimming, bicycling and playing tennis, is also ideal.

Do I have to carry my pack?
We use porters to carry the majority of our equipment so daily you need only take a very light day pack which should contain no more than the camera, water-bottle, a selection of snacks and a warm or waterproof jacket. Everything else needs to pack into a large duffle bag which will be given to a porter each morning. The kitbag will be carried by the porter each day and delivered to your lodge room each afternoon. You need to make sure you have everything you need for the day before giving your bag to the porter as it can be difficult to access while trekking.

Will I be affected by altitude?
Most of the trek takes place at lower altitudes where you are unlikely to notice anything other than mild shortness of breath at the beginning of the trek. As the days go by, you will gain acclimatisation and feel more adjusted to the higher altitudes. At a height above 4300 metres, one may experience a headache caused by the thin air and lack of oxygen, but these symptoms usually pass quickly. If you experience symptoms of altitude that does not go away, you will be accompanied by one of our Sherpas to a lower elevation, where you should quickly recover.

Do I need vaccinations to travel Nepal?
No vaccination are required to travel Nepal, but we suggest to consult with your doctor before travelling. You can get vaccination in Kathmandu/Pokhara but it is more comfortable if you get them before you travel.

How do I sign up?
All bookings need to be made through Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. and to secure your place we will require a non-refundable deposit of minimum US $200 or as indicated in the booking and payment conditions section.

Payment Options:
1. Bank Transfer -this is our preferred method. Payments in US Dollars should be sent to the following account:

Account Name: Annapurna Treks & Expedition
Bank Name: Nepal Investment Bank
Bank Address: Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal, PO. Box 3412
Account number: 001 611710T
Swift Code No.: NIBLNPKT

2. Payment by a Card - payments can only be processed in Nepalese rupees (NPR), so if you wish to pay by card, we will convert the dollar amount to a Nepalese Rupees equivalent at the prevailing exchange rate. Card payment is accepted only on your arrival into the country. There will be a 3.5% service fee on top.

Booking Payment Conditions

Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.

1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.

Trip Cancellation

  • To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
  • Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
  • Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
  • Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
  • Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
Responsibility
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.

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