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Humla Limi Valley trek grants an unprecedented experience of magical Tibetan culture and lifestyle which gloriously lies in the most northern and extremely rural district of Nepal, Humla. It is also popularly known as ‘The Hidden Valley of Western Nepal’, a quintessence of Unity in diversity as the northern highlands are mostly occupied by Bhotias (Buddhists) and the southern parts by Khasas (Hindus). Moreover, the place vividly depicts an impregnable-matrimonial relationship between Western Nepal and Tibet. Humla Limi Valley is undoubtedly a concealed treasure for those who are caving to witness mystical Tibetan culture and some spectacular mountainous landscapes. The place bestows some spectacular sights of Mount Saipal, Byas Rishi, Api Kanti, Kanjirowa of Nepal, and Mount Kailash of Tibet. One can also get to know about some of the ancient Gompas and Monasteries like Rizing Ling Gompa which is believed to be 1000 years old.
This could be an impeccable chance for experiencing an astonishing level of trekking in Western Nepal as it offers diversified vegetation, bewitching landscapes, antique cultural and religious heritage sites, and diverse ethnic groups. If trekkers traveling through this route turn fortunate enough, they may get a remarkable opportunity to encounter some of the most endangered species of this region like Elusive Snow Leopard, Himalayan Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wild Ass, and most significantly Musk Deer.
Before the year 2002, no external tourists were allowed to glance at the elegance of Humla Limi Valley. Over the past two decades, trekkers have been exploring this place with limited permits aiming to protect its vulnerable biodiversity and ecosystem. However, trekking in the mountainous region can be highly perilous. Thus, an excellent level of fitness and is demanded to accomplish higher altitudes. At the same time, trekkers can relish the journey with some remarkable views that it offers which eases in comforting altitude problems.
Best Seasons to Explore Humla Limi Valley
The most favorable seasons to visit Dhampus are Autumn (October-November) and Spring (March-May) as the weather remains clear and mild in these times.
As soon as you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, one of our representatives will welcome and escort you to the booked hotel. On the second day, we will initiate our official procedure including travel permit, bag pack, shopping, documentation, and briefing about our expedition. Additionally, you will also be able to greet other traveling companions.
After our final preparation, we will fly to Nepalgunj through a domestic airplane which falls in the south-western region of Nepal. It is a city rich in culture, history, commerce, and trade where one can experience a diversified environment as a neighboring country India is in close vicinity. We will rest in Nepalgunj and get ready for the next day.
On the fourth day, we will fly to Simikot from Nepalgunj at the earliest hour. After a forty-five-minute flight, we will have our scrumptious lunch in Simikot and initiate our trek to Dharapani which is elevated at 2270 meters. On the way to Dharapani, some beautifully remote villages and pine forests will appear in our sight reaching the longest, Karnali River. We will camp at the bank of Karnali and rest for the night.
After passing a hectic day, we will have a fresh start from Dharapni (2270m). We will begin our trek from Karnali River aiming to reach Kermi Village (2630m) which is religiously and culturally significant. The path may get intense as every traveler must pass through the rocky slopes. However, you will be mesmerized after glancing at some natural hot springs. As soon as we arrive at Kermi Village, you will feel blessed to visit Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Cheoling Gompa.
Following our travel schedule, we will resume our trek ascending to Chumsa Khola (3400m). Crossing a dense pine forest, you will come to reach a small village for lunch. After a three-hour hike, you will finally arrive at Chumsa Khola for camping.
Despite ascending to the higher altitude, the tree line remains the same. On the seventh day of our trek, the path follows through a dense pine forest until we reach the first moraine glacial. Luckily, the trail seems to be rather convenient as you will follow Chumsa Khola along. After elevating for a couple of hours, you will finally reach Dharmasala for a night a stay.
The eighth day could be an exhausting day as you will be trekking for eight long hours. After our savory breakfast, we will continue to elevate towards Nyala Pass. As soon as you cross the pass, you will reach the closest proximity of exquisite Limi Valley. After gasping an exhausted breath, we will descend to Talung (4380m), a bewitching village in the vale, and stay overnight.
After entering the magnificent Limi Valley, the path still continues to ascend. The trail will lead you to a twelve hundred-metered shoreline, Tshom Tso. The valley is abundant in rivers; you will cross numerous tiny rivers and elevate to Tukuche Valley. After a few hours of descending the trail, we will finally reach Jang and spend an overnight.
After a relentless trek for the last seven days, we will acclimatize and explore Limi Valley in a relaxed manner. We will visit some nearby Tibetan villages and get enlightened about their history, culture, religion, and their living style. One of the most important historical sites is Rizing Ling Gompa which is believed to be 1000 years old. The monastery is a symbolic representation of cultural and religious harmony between Tibetans and Nepalese people as hundreds and thousands of prayer flags and mani stones can be seen through the trail.
Moreover, you will be truly astonished by some eye-catching landscapes. You will be able to behold Mount Saipal, Byas Rishi, Api Kanti, and Kanjirowa of Nepal. Surprisingly, you may get a magnanimous glimpse of Mount Kailash of Tibet from Limi Valley.
After exploring some brilliant sites in Jang, our trail will initiate to descend. You will find some stone chhortens and ancient Rizing Ling Gompa which holds an enormous religious significance. As soon as we cross Rizing Ling Gompa, the path will start getting steep. After a few hours hike, we will reach Halji (3670m), a famous place for ancient gompas, and spend an overnight.
The path to Til (3700m) has both ascending and descending trails. On the way, you will descend down to Tache Chu and cross a bridge. After a few hours' walk, you will cross a suspension bridge and start ascending to Til where you can relish some mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains.
Following our travel schedule, we will resume our trek after an early breakfast. We will continue to gain elevation as the path passes through pasture lands and small villages. If you get lucky, you may encounter one of the rarest animals, Himalayan Blue Sheep on the way. After getting closer to Manepeme (3940m), we will get a splendid view of the Humla Karnali River.
The fourteenth day will be a convenient day as we will descend to Hilsa (3740m). The trail passes through landslide territory from where you can experience a glorious sight of Nara La Pass which is elevated at 4095m. After descending for a couple of hours, you will reach Hilsa where you will spend an overnight.
After completing a convenient hike from Manepeme to Hilsa, the fifteenth day will be a bit tiring as we will pass through slender paths to Nara La Pass. As soon as we cross a small lake, we will start descending to Sipsip and eventually passing through Yori village. After a few hours trek on the windy path, we will reach Palbang and rest for the night.
After passing a tiring trek from Hilsa to Palbang, you will have a relaxing hike on this day. We will descend mostly from Palbang and we may feel opportune to meet some trekkers heading to Mount Kailash. We will hike through a dense juniper forest and finally reach Mucha (2930m).
Following our travel schedule, we will resume our journey to Chumsa Khola where we had previously started. We will cross a bridge and follow the lower path until we reach Bajura, a prominent trading junction of Humla district. After hiking for half an hour, we will cross a suspension bridge and spend our night at Chumsa Khola.
We will follow the same route and trek back to Dharapani and Simikot on the eighteenth and the nineteenth day.
After an early breakfast in Simikot, we will fly back to Nepalgunj and catch the plane for the capital city on the same day. As soon as you land on TIA, you will be escorted to your hotel where you can relax and amble around.
After the attainment of our long trek, you can relish Kathmandu as a relaxant day. You can pay a brief visit to Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and many more cultural heritages inside the capital.
Our trip to Humla Limi Valley will end on this day. However, you will return home with infinite memories locked in your memory for eternity. One of our representatives will escort you to Tribhuwan International Airport and bid you a cordial farewell before your scheduled flight.
We schedule our trips in the most favorable seasons. However, the above-mentioned itinerary may change as per the expedition’s obstructions but the quality of our service is guaranteed. In case of a delayed flight, we are obliged to inform you that besides the total number of days included in the itinerary, clients are compelled to bear the expenses of the extra days themselves. Apparently, 8k Expeditions will assist necessary arrangements for your comfort.
Trekkers are advised to schedule their flights at convenient time frames as we shall not be responsible for missed international flights or luggage before our reception. You are also suggested not to carry insignificant materials for your own ease.
We are cordially grateful to you for joining us!