Limi valley trek is famous with it’s isolated under the protected area with beautiful flora and fauna. Limi valley trek is situated in Karnali region of Nepal and required a special permit from the government of Nepal.
Limi valley trek is a very dry and unproductive area so the people lived here a very difficult life but they were very humble and friendliness with their smiling face. You can trek through the ancient salt trading and pilgrimage route up to the Tibetan crossing the Nara La pass (4620 m) with a stunning vista of Himalayas. From the border town of Hilsa you turn northeast towards the Limi Valley.
Hilsa is a gateway to explore Mount Kailash which is located in Tibet. Limi valley trekking is moderate to strenuous walk however you can experience the ancient Buddhist Monasteries, local people and their tradition which are the main attraction of Limi valley trek. The local inhabitants still earn their livelihood by trading commodities like salt, cotton, barley, and rice in Tibet. Limi valley trekking can be done in any time (except winter) throughout the year.
Why people choose Limi valley trek?
Limi valley trek is perhaps most dramatic and picturesque scenery in the Nepalese Himalaya. You will have face to face the view of Beautiful mountains through forests, hills and tiny villages. Limi valley trek is a part of Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) of Nepal and it is a great sense of anticipation builds as you trek up the Dolpo valley, passing through intriguing tiny villages, Buddhist monasteries.
Limi valley trek includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Limi valley trekking highlights and Himalayan Sights
Abundant flora and fauna, Centuries older Buddhist monasteries, The challenging Nara La pass (4620 m), Observation of the remoteness of Nepal, Various species of flora and fauna, Panoramic views of Snowy peaks, Ancient and isolated villages, Buddhist monasteries, Enthralling culture and tradition.
Limi valley trek grades
Limi valley trek is suitable for any walker looking for a something more challenging route in the far western part of Nepal but it does not require special training experience. If you are healthy and can walk about 5 hours daily, you can complete Limi valley trek easily. However, daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Limi valley trek covers
Juphal – Numa la and Baga la pass, Sey Phoksundo lake.
Best season to explore limi valley trekking
March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Limi valley trek outline itinerary
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 : Simikot restricted area trekking permit arrangements.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Nepalganj and to Simikot flight.
Day 04 : Trek Simikot to Dharapani (2270m), 6 hours.
Day 05 : Trek from dharapani to Kermi village, 5 hours.
Day 06 : Trek from Kermi to Chumsa Khola valley (3600m), 5/6 hrs
Day 07 : Trek Chumsa Khola to Dharmasala 4/5 hrs
Day 08 : Trek Dharmasala to Talung Camp (4380m), 7/8 hrs
Day 09 : Trek Talung Camp to Jang (4070m), 6/7 hrs
Day 10 : Day to discover around !
Day 11 : Trek Jang to Halji (370m), 4/5 hrs
Day 12 : Trek Halji to Til (3700m), 5/6 hrs
Day 13 : Trek Til to Manepene (3979 m), 8/9 hrs
Day 14 : Trek Manepene to Hilsa (3740 m), 4/5 hrs
Day 15 : Trek Hilsa to Palbang (3389 m), 7/8 hrs
Day 16 : Trek Palbang to Muchu (2929 m), 4/5 hrs
Day 17 : Trek Mucha to Chumsa Khola , 5/6 hrs
Day 18 : Trek Chumsa Khola to Dharapani 5/6 hrs
Day 19 : Trek Dharapani to Simikot, 6/7 hrs, overnight at Lodge.
Day 20 : Fly out from Simikot to Kathmandu (1380 m). Transfer to hotel.
Day 21 : Fly out to Kathmandu. Trip finish.
Limi valley trekking detail itinerary
Our Limi valley trekking is a classical trek with 16 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular Limi valley trek route is designed for world explorer who wishes to hike in a more relaxed manner than take a look at this itinerary. However for travelers who wish to do quickly but are walking with limited time wise than ask us for tailor-made itinerary.
Day 01: Arrived at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu within B/B plan. Our representative will give you brief information about Limi valley trek programs.
Day 02: Simikot Restricted area trekking permit arrangements.
We need your original passport with Nepal’s Visa to prepare Simikot restricted area permit. It takes some hours for official formalities to complete permits. Then we fix for meeting time with each other. You will introduce with your guide. Your guide will brief details of this trek.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and to Simikot. Stay in Tent
Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj (1 hour by flight) and again fly to Simikot. We flight to Simikot early in the morning with morning fresh air, transparent view and arrived in Simikot also morning. This is flight dept time to Simikot. As you are in Simikot, meet our entire crew. There you can take relax and prepare for further day trekking steep climb and descend on the first day of your trek. Simikot is a really beautiful place, trekkers really enjoy a lot.
Day 04: Trek Simikot to Dharapani (2270m), 6 hours.
First section of our walk being with a climb up through wheat, barley friend, on a rock rocky trail. So, trek to reach Dharapuri, we need to 278 m ascend and 990 m descend. Along the trekking, we can walk to see past time build stone house upper Simitkot which is 300m far to down. From here we move toward right-hand track heading to Yakba where we place offers us a fabulous view of Humla Karnali valley. Now we walk down steeply in a knee crouching 800m descend to the Masigaon (2270m) where our team might be a cook for you. After finish program, we follow the trail of Humla Karnali River and gradually we reach to Metal Bridge and brings us to Dharapuri where we stay overnight at Tent.
Day 05: Trek from dharapani to Kermi village, 5 hours
Today we do trek 445 m ascend and 100m descent. We climb up and then down to the Chachera (2356m). From here we need to walk steeply trail where pack animals, climb beside the waterfalls past lizards stunning themselves and follow the narrow trail that has been blasted out of the cliffs to reach Dhara Kermi. We launch our camp before the village. Above the kermin village, there is a natural hot spring, where we visit to have a bath.
Day 06: Trek from Kermi to Chumsa Khola valley (3600m), 5/6 hrs
Trail of today is 7010 m ascend and just 71 m descend. Detour. Well if we did not spend time in kermi village, take a small detour and head up through the town before dropping back onto the man trail. Our trail levels out a bit as it makes a long traverse through a sparse pine forest. People traveling to Mt, Kailash follow the trail down to the Chumsa Khola. We drop through the forest, cross the bridge, some shade and reach flat place for the lunch. Further three hrs of the trek we cross the bridge, come to open field and stone shelters (3400m) where we place our Tent camp to fix to stay overnight stay
Day 07: Trek Chumsa Khola to Dharmasala 4/5 hrs
The trail of today is 600m ascend, short day to reach our campsite Nyalu Lagna. The first section of our trail climbs strongly through moss covered birch and pine forests. After around two hours our trail climbs on top of benign glacial moraine before turning left into the sweeping expanse and gradually we cross several streams and Chusa Khola. If we have a large group then we take our camp in the flat area located at about 4000m. But if we have a small group then we go to Dharamsala for the camp
Day 08: Trek Dharmasala to Talung Camp (4380m), 7/8 hrs
To reach Talung we need journey 1000m ascent and 600m descent. We leave early today, need to cross 4990m high Nyalu Lagna La. An early start makes easy for our pack animals to cross on snow patches. Our initial trails begin with a climb up grassy gradient and turn on marine and hillside and the western shore of selling Tso (4600m). Trail then Sweeps west into a wide, often filled snow valley.
Gradually we reach prayer flag decorated Nyalu Lagna (4990m). From 20 minutes northwest above the pass offer a great view of Tibetan plateau, Kailash, and Gurla Mandata. From the pass our trail drop sleepy to a flat expanse dotted with hundred of uprights stone markers. Now from here we steeply gully to the right and properly down to the Talung Valley floor at (440m). If there is snow then we have another alternate option trail to go down to Talung camp (4380m) to fix for overnight
Day 09: Trek Talung Camp to Jang (4070m), 6/7 hrs.
From camp our trails follow high above the Shoreline of the 1200m long Tshom Tso. The head of the lake is dominated by giant white sand dunes. Now further we cross several rivers and the Ling Chu and climb Talung valley through Tukche Valley.
From the top we see a 24km trail leading into Tibet through Lapcha La (5688m). Local people sue the trail to bring giant herbs of goats into Nepal fattening up and sale. Below there is Yok Gonpa (4170 m). After 4 hours of walk through meadows bring us to Takche valley where we fix our campsite for overnight stay.
Day 10: Day to discover around !
To keep rest day here for you is really great idea and valuable. We spend here the day with explore jang village and discovered and wash our clothes, wonder upper part of the Takche chu Valley the trail becomes rocky and from here offers an impressive view down the stone house of jang (3930m), barley field, prayer flag. We found Jang village into three subdivisions, two above the trail and one below. We found the village bit dry and surrounded by cliffs rock and peaks
Day 11: Trek Jang to Halji (370m), 4/5 hrs
Today our trek journey is down toward descend 400m. We start early and follow the trail back to Jang and exit the village through stone chorttens painted roof. It is situated 9km to the west of jang; visit Renzin Ling Gompa, considered very important gompa of Limi. The rocky undulating trail turns into steep marrow ascends and then descend then bring us to Halji. Halji is surrounded by gompa and from here offers a good view of barley and wheat field. Time to time great Rinpoche visit along this gompa.
Day 12: Trek Halji to Til (3700m), 5/6 hrs
As we have to trek to TIL village today, we walk around 155 m ascend and 50 m descend. From the campsite climb back to the main tail and walk through irrigated fields, drop back to the Takche Chu and cross the bridge (3719 me), bring us south side of the river. It is a pleasant walk but sometimes wind may come strongly. Further two hrs of walk bring us to suspension n bridge and return to the north side of the river. Now we down to stone-lined pit local people bait this pit to catch snow Leopards. Rest of the trail climbs up through several Chastens, more or less an hour of walk bring us to flat area Til village, offer us the splendid mountains view
Day 13: Trek Til to Manepene (3979 m), 8/9 hrs
We walk today 872 m ascend and 585 m descend and then nature if trail is up and down. First sections of our trail begin climbing through grazing fields and head toward the village and turn left. Our trail climb gradually we could see heli pat. Now entire three hours we walk on tiny stream and collection of small flat platforms. We walk on a step pinnacle and climb again over 4000 m for a view of southeast of the Humla Karnali River and gradually reach at Manepene, where we make our camp
Day 14: Trek Manepene to Hilsa (3740 m), 4/5 hrs
As we have a plan to trek to Hilsa today, we walk down by 400 m and up by 300 m. The trail goes further behind and jump though landslide where you can explore the magnificent view of Nara La (4590 m). Gradually we walk down through barley filed and reach village Hilsa. There are lots of small Lodge and Chinese shops. Hilsa is a busy place. Close to regular heli drop Indian people of Mt. Kailash devoted.
Day 15: Trek Hilsa to Palbang (3389 m), 7/8 hrs
As a previous today also we need to walk 800 m ascend and 1200 m descend. we follow gently brace ourselves for a nail-biting ascend of some of the narrowest path, nara la(4580 m) pass, past small lake on the top is a giant cairn often blasted by a strong winds and down to the road bring us to Sipsip(4330 m), to our right yori(3670 m), compact settlement of stone house below the trail. From Sipsip it takes us around three hours to reach Palbang through windy trail where we take camp
Day 16: Trek Palbang to Muchu (2929 m), 4/5 hrs
Travel of today is 50 m ascend and 489 m descend. Today we can consider as simple day, mostly we walk downhill through a pleasant walk. The day we can meet some trekkers of Mt. Kailash. From Palbang we climb gently through Juniper trees and drop down at the height of 3270 m. Then easy stretch trail brings us to Muchu. After some hours of walking, we set up our tent for overnight stay
Day 17: Trek Mucha to Chumsa Khola , 5/6 hrs
After walked 200 m ascend and 261 m descend reach to Chumsa Khola. The day will remain really beautiful for us. We follow the extremely blue water of Humla Karnali. From our camp, we cross the bridge and follow the lower trail which is easy and can mark. Around 45 minutes ups and downs walk we reach at Yabang (2890 m). Village yangar get electrify from yalbang. From Yalbang we follow the steep trail climbs to the opposite hillside to Puinya, where people of Yalbang live during the summer time. This is also one important treading center of Humli and bajura. The place is also the route of Mt. saipal south base. Walking of half an hour later we cross a suspension bridge of chumsa Khola where we fix our tent on beautiful terrace.
Day 18: Trek Chumsa Khola to Dharapani 5/6 hrs
The second last day of our trek walk 230 m ascends and 743 m descend. We did a complete circle. Short drags to 2990 m return our trail junction and pass where we turned to head towards the Nyalu Lagna. Rest of the trail is same we already used while we go up. Some hrs on a journey we arrive in Dharapani where we spend overnight
Day 19: Trek Dharapani to Simikot, 6/7 hrs, overnight at Lodge
We walk 980 m ascend and 278 m descend today. We take a low route to Masigaon and climb up 900 m top of the hill overlooking simikot. And from the top, we drop down 300 m into the town then we build the camp place where we build before while we come from Kathmandu.
Day 20: Flight from Simikot to Kathmandu (1380 m). Transfer to hotel
We flight to ktm early in the morning. As soon as you arrive in TIA airport Gokyo Treks arranged you again for the private vehicle to get your hotels. You can spend your rest time own way. If you need any kind of further assistance then do not hesitate to ask us. During the last night, we invite you to have a typical Nepali dinner.
Day 21: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does Limi valley trekking cost?
Limi valley trek or Limi valley tent trekking cost varies according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury trekking tour plan, we add 3 star category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN), so let us know. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
Limi valley trek Cost Include:
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights in Twin sharing 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city according the fixed itinerary inclusive Breakfast.
- Tented accommodation during the trekking days in the mountain region.
- Full board meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trekking days prepared by our expert cook.
- All the essentials camping and kitchen equipment.
- An experienced English speaking local trekking guide.
- Required supporting local porters and donkeys to carry foods and luggage.
- Simikot Special trekking permit issued by Immigration of Nepal.
- Special trekking permit of Shey Phoksundo National Park and local taxes.
- Domestic flights: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round trip with tax.
- Food / Salary / accommodation and medical or accidental insurance of all the trekking staffs.
- Gokyo Treks and Expedition company kit bag.
- Farewell dinner party after the trip completion in Kathmandu.
- All the government and local taxes.
- All the required airport and hotel transfer.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Limi valley trekking cost exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private limi valley trek or Limi valley trekking starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Question: Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure !! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need experience to do Limi valley trek?
Answer: Actually for Limi valley trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Limi valley trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Tented accommodation during the trekking routes. However we recommend you to take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in this trek?
Answer: During the tented camping Limi valley trekking, our professional cook prepare a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Limi valley trekking?
Answer: As you are in camping trekking, we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on limi valley trekking?
Answer: During the trekking route there are some places basic homestay and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the local lodges here will be more chances to charge a battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Limi valley trekking short?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer 25 % advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on limi valley short trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Answer: Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.