Limi Valley Trek

  • Destination Nepal
  • Activity Trekking in Nepal 2022
  • Duration 19 Days

Limi Valley is a remote, isolated, and hidden valley in Humla, Nepal’s mid-western Northern region. In addition, Limi Valley is one of the best treks this place can offer and can give you a lifetime memory. The major highlights of this trip are the ancient monasteries, walking through that old caravan trail, and conquering high passes. The entire trip duration is of 19 days beginning from Kathmandu and then flying to Nepalgunj. Then, after we fly to Humla, Simkot, where the hike starts, you will witness the mesmerizing beauty of hills, valleys, and mountains. You can have a clear view of the mighty mountains Mt. Kailash, Api, Kanjiroba, and Saipal. After enjoying the trip, we return to Kathmandu. Food and accommodation are included in the package, and we assure you that we will make your journey fun.

Overview on Limi Valley Trekking in Nepal

Additionally, there are three villages in Limi, Til, the most miniature village near the border of Tibet. Halji, the largest village of all, has an 800-year-old monastery, and Jang village has a hot spring nearby. The valley covers the area of Hilsa and Chang La and passes the Nepal-Tibet border. People living in this place follow Tibetan Buddhist culture. This valley has a lot of natural and historical beauty since total modernization has not stepped in. Besides, you can also witness wild yaks, blue sheep, musk deer, and if lucky rare snow leopard. Many ethnic groups like Thakuris, Shakya, Khas, and Tibetan Buddhists live here. Intermingle with these people, and you will learn a lot about these tribes.

The trek trail came into existence just two decades ago due to the influx of tourists, and the accessibility is also less. This place has trading routes with Tibet used since the old times as salt trade routes and caravan trails which are still used today. Very little has changed in this region. There are ancient monasteries with their historical significance to reflect the past.


You will arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA). Our staff will be eagerly waiting for you with placards of your names. After completing customs formalities, our representative will welcome you and take you to the hotel. You can rest or visit places in the city, and you are most welcome to visit our office in Thamel. By the end of the day, our expert guide will brief you regarding the trip and prepare you for the days ahead
We fly to Nepalgunj, the lowland of the nation and one of the largest cities on the plains. The temperature may be a bit high as soon as you leave Mahendra airport, which lies near the border of India and far away from the influence of the sea or ocean, which is why the summers are hot here and cold in winter. In the evening you can go for a walk. We have to stay here at night since the flight to Simikot can be done only in the morning due to weather conditions
The day starts early as the flight to this region are made before. After reaching Simikot, you will find a drastic change in topography. This is one of the largest villages in the entire reason due to the airport's location. The residents of this village are mostly Khas, Thakuris, and Tibetan Buddhists. After we check out, the hiking begins. The first view of the Karnali River is noticed beyond the village and the mighty Himalayan ranges. Initially, we ascend, cross at 3,000m/9,842ft) and descend to Karnali River. We will cross some villages and walk through forests covered with pines. You may also see locals carrying firewood and goods of daily use. After a while, we climb steeply and reach Dharapori, where we stay for the night
The hike begins beside the Karnali River; the magical surrounding accompanies us. Then we climb some high slopes and descend to rice, potatoes, barley, and buckwheat fields. The narrow paths with fascinating views are overwhelming to watch. After walking for a couple of hours, we reach Kermi, a village dominated by Buddhists. We will have overnight here. You can visit ancient Kermi laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa if you feel not fatigued
The trail starts slightly uphill, the incredible countryside and to walk through the untouched landscape is very joyous. The track is flat for a couple of hours till it passes along with buckwheat and barley fields. Then after we take a steep descent and cross a suspension bridge over the Sali River, we enter a wonderful forest inhabited by pines. On the way, we may meet villagers with mule trains carrying essential goods for daily use. Hiking for a few more hours, we reach Yalbang, a calm village where we will spend the night. With your guide, you can visit Namkha Khyung Dzong monastery, the biggest in the region. This is home to almost 130 monks and has its clinic and school
We start our hike above Karnali River with only a few uphill and downhill, mostly flat terrain, and we cross Yanger village. On the way, we come across huge carved rocks and giant pine trees, and suddenly smaller shrubs appear. A wooden bridge will take us to the Karnali River's other side and make us climb high on the upper side of the Karnali gorge. The old salt trade route from Humla to Tibet still works now as you can see flocks of sheep with their owner passing you. After some hike, we arrive at a village name Muchu and then, covering some distance, we reach Tumkot village. The ethnic people living here are mostly Shakya and Tibetan Buddhists
The walk starts with a steep climb, vegetation starts shrinking, and the trail becomes rough and rugged. There are no signs of settlement on the elevation: pure wilderness, only a few low juniper trees and small bushes. We will cross a dirt road, and the way gets isolated as we move on. On the way, we pass through a small village, Pani Palwang, with a few teahouses. Here you can take a short break before heading on. After walking for a couple of hours, we will reach Thado Dhunga and take an overnight stay
As we hike further, trees start to disappear, and you may see a yak caravan at a far distance. At this altitude, we cross a few makeshift tents that offer food and drink services. This part of the trek can be challenging as we are on the high pass above 4,000m, and strong wind can also be another factor. After crossing barren land, we take a steep climb to Nara La pass and sometimes, if snow is there, it may delay our schedule as you need to be careful. The pass is decorated with Tibetan prayer flags, and the view is impressive. It is worth watching after taking up such a challenge. After crossing the pass, the land is barren like a desert and hills and mountains seem to be painted with brown, dark yellow, copper, white, and ash. After a couple of hours of walking, we reach Hilsa, a small town in Humla. There is a checkpoint where government officials observe the goods brought from Tibet. You may meet many Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain tourists that have come on pilgrimage to visit the holy Mansarovar Lake and Mt. Kailash
We follow the Karnali River, cross a suspension bridge, and head north. Sometimes we may encounter the wildlife of the Himalayas like Bharals, Himalayan blue sheep, and even rare snow leopards. You will be amazed at this altitude if you cite any of these animals since these places appear barren and desolate. We hike through this wonderful terrain. After walking for a couple of hours, we reach Manipeme, where you can witness Mani Mantras engraved on a large rock. We will set a camp here and spend the night
The day starts early. The hiking hour becomes longer today as we head deeper into Limi Valley. After crossing Chenglungma caravan camp, we move towards Cha Sa Nam Ka Dzong, an ancient cave. This place is a tourist stop since it is located on top of the rocky cliff on the hill. It may amaze you that, at times you have to share the steep path with sheep and yaks carrying heavy loads. At the altitude of 4,300m, you will cross Lamka la pass. As you enter Til village you get shocked to find that it is an agricultural village in such a barren condition. Out of three villages in Limi valley, this is the first one you will visit. It is the smallest and closest village near Tibet and has a 300-year-old monastery, Kunzum Do Nag. Here you can witness the cultural exchange between India and Tibet. Stone houses and generous people welcome the visitors, so we spend the night in this village
Our hike begins downhill almost for an hour and reaches Tiljung. We follow the main tributary of Karnali River and Tagtsi Khola, which flows from Jang to Til. On the way, you can observe the spectacular scenery and finally reach a narrow valley towards the east. After crossing the bridge and turning left for about an hour of walk, we reach Halgi. After entering the vast gate, you will probably find Chorten and a large mani wall with carvings of mantras and paintings of Buddhist deities. This is the largest village in Limi valley and. Explores the place, visit the 800-year-old Gompa, which is breathtaking. This is the religious centre of the area belonging to the Kagyu Pa lineage. Then we carry on and reach Jang village, which has a monastery that is 250 years old. From here, after walking for some time, we reach Chagzur, where the night will be spent in camps
A much-needed rest after so many days of hiking at Chagzur, also known as Tashi Tang by locals, and you can wake up late. Take a bath in the natural geyser as it is believed to have a cure for many body diseases. You can also hire a truck and drive to Lapcha Syar(4,900m/16,000ft), which takes 5 to 6 hours and back. If the weather is clear, you can have a view of the holy mountains Kailash and Mansarover
We start early and take a short break at Tulgling, a small settlement established recently. From here there are two ways, the shorter one crossing the river taking the new road or the longer route through Tagtsi, which is wonderful. The latter is an ancient route that connects Humla, Mansarovar, and Limi Valley. You can even see the ruins of the old Limi village of Tshamdo, Zambuk, and Lama Palya. Walking ahead, we will cross Nyinchhu River and then Tshogo Lake, entering Talung meadow. Here we can watch yaks and cattle grazing. We will be relieved to find the last point of the day's hike
Since the hiking is long, we start early. In the beginning, we have to climb steeply for quite some time to reach Nyalu Pass (4,990m/14,000ft). The climb is challenging, but once on, the mesmerizing view of mighty mountains like Kailash, Kanjiroba, Api, and Saipal will take away your fatigue. Thereon we descend and come across another beauty Sheliman Lake(2,570m/15,000ft), a small one. We decline through meadow and Tshongsa River, and in spring, the place will be covered with rhododendron flowers. On the way, another magnificent view of the Tshogsi Tsan waterfall can be witnessed. Heading on, we eventually reach Sheng Jungma
The hike begins from the side of Tshonga River and heads to the bank of Zhestse River on the left, flowing towards the east. We then ascend to Zhestse, and from there, you can visit Chyadok summer camp of the herders. After crossing the bridge, we hike through the hilly path and ultimately reach Dinga village campsite. The place and its surroundings are so marvellous to watch you will spend some time observing the view. Similarly, we will be spending our night at Langdogd Base
The hike begins with a spectacular view of mountains and hills. We ascend to Langdogd Pass, which offers a breathtaking view of the high Himalayas, and then decline to the juniper and birch forest. After hiking for some time, we will reach Takhor Khola. Thereon almost an hour and a half at a stretch, we arrive at the Laga Dinga campsite called Lekh Dinga. During summer, people from Laga Dinga come to settle and graze the cattle. This place is also visited by Limi people who come to trade at the same time
Ultimately time to say goodbye to the beautiful valley of Limi. Early morning our hike begins. We pass through the villages of Yakpa, Tangin, and Aul Dinga and the fascinating views we come across. Taking a steep descent towards Yakpa Khola, we head on and cross a wooden bridge. Again, after ascending for a while, we reach Okhreni, a Thakuri village where you rest for some time and enjoy the last moment of Nepali village. From here onwards, we walk through the newly constructed road till Simikot. On the way, we will have a full view of Nyinba Valley also. Finally, on arriving at Simikot, your hiking days are over, so you can rest, relax and enjoy local drinks
Your amazing journey towards the Himalayas comes to an end; you bid farewell to our staff that had been like a family all these days. After boarding the domestic plane, you can have a bird's eye view of Humla and the surrounding region. After landing in Nepalgunj, you will again board another plane and return to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you can visit Thamel to buy souvenirs and gifts from Nepal for your kith and kin. In the evening our leading guide will come to see you
As always, parting is a sad story. Our staff will reach you at the airport. With a heavy heart, we will be bidding you farewell. If the journey was fantastic, there are plenty of trails in our Himalayas to allow us to serve you. We assure you that we will make your travel fun

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfer and drive in Nepal as per the above program.
  • Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Humla and Humla to Nepalgunj to KTM air tickets for guide and clients.
  • Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj with BB plan.
  • Tents with all camping equipment like Two-man tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, and toilet tents.
  • Daily fresh cooked meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trip.
  • Porters and horses during the trek to carry luggage and types of equipment.
  • Special Simikot Limi valley permits, entrance fees in the monasteries, and all sightseeing as per the list.
  • Local English-speaking experienced guide during your trip.
  • Medicine Kit and Office expenses.
  • All Government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
  • Your international airfare and Nepal Visa fees.
  • Any alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, mineral water, and snacks.
  • Your personal medical or evacuation expenses and travel insurance, which includes rescue.
  • All accommodation due to flight cancellation because of bad weather.
  • Any extra cost for horse riding or any other activities.
  • Tips for trekking crews like Guide and Porter

Equipment Used for Limi Valley Trek

  1. Crampons
  2. A sleeping bags
  3. sunscreen
  4. UV-protected sunglasses
  5. Headlamps
  6. Torch with additional bulbs and batteries
  7. Neck warmer
  8. Ear Muffs
  9. Toiletries like tissues, towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
  10. Moisturizer for your face, lips, and body
  11. Sanitiser
  12. Trekking Trousers and Shorts
  13. Lightweight camping shoes
  14. Hiking Boots
  15. Hiking Socks
  16. Underwear
  17. Backpack
  18. Warm gloves
  19. Woollen cap
  20. Baggage keys and lock
  21. Map
  22. T-shirt
  23. Thermal top
  24. Rain jacket
  25. Down Jacket
  26. Water Bottle


How do you get to Limi Valley?

The journey starts by flying from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. Then we fly to Humla from Nepalgunj and Nepalgunj to Simkot, from where the hike begins taking you further to reach Limi valley

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