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Limi Valley Trek

Limi Valley Trek

Trip at a Glance

  • Country

    Country: Nepal

  • Trip grade

    Trip grade: Moderate

  • Destination

    Destination: Far Western Region

  • Activities

    Activities: Camp trek

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation: Hotels/Tented camps

  • Meals

    Meals: Included on trek

  • Transportation

    Transportation: Private vehicle/Plane

  • Maximum altitude

    Maximum altitude: Nyalu La Pass (4,949m)

  • Group size

    Group size: 2 pax min

  • Trip Start / End

    Trip Start / End: Kathmandu - Kathmandu

  • Best Season

    Best Season: Jun-Aug & Sep-Oct

Trek to Limi Valley only opened up in 2002 located in the far north-western region of Nepal with it’s proximity to the Tibet border. Limi Valley trek is a remote and off-the-beaten-path trekking route that goes through the remarkable and secluded landscapes of the Limi Valley. The trek offers majestic mountain views, stunning valleys, and pristine rivers flowing along the trekking trail.

Limi Valley is recognized for it’s marvelous natural beauty where pristine lakes, lush green meadows, snow-capped peaks, and traditional Tibetan villages exist. Limi Valley inhabitants are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions and trekkers will have a nice opportunity to interact with them to learn more about their unique traditions, rituals, and customs.

The trek to Limi Valley starts from Simikot, the headquarters of Humla district, after flying from Nepalgunj. The remote trekking trail will take you through traditional villages, ancient monasteries, and rugged terrain. 

Limi Valley Trek is the ideal option for any adventure seekers looking for an authentic trekking experience in the high Himalayas exploring a remote and untouched region of Nepal and witnessing a stunning Himalayan panorama.

Limi Valley Trek Highlights

  • Trek past Remote and Unspoiled Landscape past high mountains, deep gorges, lush green valleys & arid Tibetan plateaus.
  • Rich Cultural Experience heavily influenced by Tibetan culture & traditions.
  • Historical and Religious Sites like Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery dating back over a thousand years.
  • Stunning mountain scenery of peaks like Saipal Himal and Api Himal ranges.
  • Diverse flora and fauna such as blue sheep, Himalayan marmots & various bird species.
  • Crossing the Nara La Pass at 4,620 meters (15,157 feet)

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (150m / 1 hr)
Day 03: Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,910m) & trek to Dharapuri (2300m/5 hrs)
Day 04: Trek from Dharapuri to Kermi (2,870m/6 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Kermi to Yalbung (3,060m/6 hrs)
Day 06: Trek from Yalbung to Talkot (3,073m/5 hrs)
Day 07: Trek from Talkot to Yari (3,663m/7 hrs)
Day 08: Trek Yari to Hilsa (3,700m) via Nara La Pass (4,620m/6 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme (3,990m/5 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Manepeme to Til (4,000m/6 hrs)
Day 11: Rest day in Til, by Limi River
Day 12: Trek from Til via Halji to Tatopani (3,950m/8 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Tatopani to Talung (4,370m/8 hrs)
Day 14: Trek from Talung via Nyalu La Pass (4,949m) to Shinjungma (3,620m/8 hrs)
Day 15: Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi (2,670m/7 hrs)
Day 16: Rest day in Kermi
Day 17: Trek from Kermi to Dharapuri (2,300m/6 hrs)
Day 18: Trek from Dharapuri to Simikot (2,950m/6 hrs)
Day 19: Fly Simikot to Nepalgunj & further flight to Kathmandu
Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Final Departure

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to accomplish your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative from Marron Treks and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served at the hotel and then we will have a quick pre-trip meeting. You can then spend the remaining time resting or as you please. In the evening you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city.

Hotel

After breakfast, you will be driven to the domestic wing of the Kathmandu Airport. About an hour’s flight would take you to Nepalgunj, the western region hub of Nepal, which borders the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh to the South. As we don’t have a connecting flight to Juphal, from where our trek commences, it gives us the opportunity to explore this hot and humid town. The city center, Dhamboji, happens to be the business hub with plethora of hotels and shops. Hindu as well as Muslim culture influence the town. Bageshwori temple and Muslim market are also worth visiting. 

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Early in the morning, we take a flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,910m), crossing the Terai and entering the Himalayan foothills. We will get our first chance to see the tall, snow-capped Himalayan peaks during the 45-minute flight. After touching down in Simikot, the hub of the Humla area, we will have some time to stroll through the streets of this sleepy hill town and eat a meal that our crew has prepared. After lunch, we'll go across the breathtaking Karnali River valley to reach Dharapuri (2,300m). We'll spend about five hours camping at Dharapuri. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, we'll travel along the valley of the Karnali River, passing by a few tiny Hindu and Buddhist communities. On the route, we'll stop for a nice lunch, then we'll tent high above the Karnali with stunning views of the valley. Small hot springs nearby Kermi (about a 30-minute walk) allow us to unwind our muscles. The first entirely Buddhist village we will pass on the trip is Kermi, after which we will spend the next six hours travelling through numerous other tiny Buddhist villages and communities as well as their tiny gompas.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today also, we mainly stroll by the Karnali River. We will encounter mule, goat, and dzo caravans (a cross between a yak and a cow) that are transporting products from Tibet to the Humla settlements along the way. Along the way, we'll stop for a nice lunch by the river, and after about six hours, we'll set up tent above the river below a tiny village and Namkha Khyung Dzong Gompa, one of the biggest and most significant monasteries in the region. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

To go to Talkot today, we walk. The trail will take us high, and the surrounding landscape will shift from deep forests to more open stretches of stone and sand with a few low bushes strewn about. We can walk for around 5 hours to Dhungkar Choezon Gompa, one of the most significant monasteries of the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, from our campground beside the river, which is about a 30-minute walk away.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We reach the lonely terrain below the Nara La Pass after a long, tedious ascent. We arrive at a dirt road that was constructed to link the settlements lower in the area to the China/Tibet border around halfway along the journey. This evening, after hiking for around seven hours, we will set up camp below the Nara La Pass with lovely valley views.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Due to the Nara La Pass crossing, it is a taxing day. Tibetan prayer flags in various colors that are flown over the pass in the brisk wind to send blessings into the natural world. On the other side of the pass, there are stunning views of the Alps. From the pass, we can view Tibet and the Limi Valley. We then begin a long descent to Hilsa, a little settlement on the border between Tibet and Nepal. About six hours, camp in Hilsa.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, we make another rise that will take us from the Tibetan border to the stunning Limi Valley. Camp for around five hours in Manepeme. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

In order to get to the River Limi, where we will halt for lunch, we first travel up and over a minor mountain, then descend. We travel for almost six hours after lunch to reach our campsite in Til

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Day of rest in Til beside the Limi River, where we may take brief day hikes, relax by the river, and watch the large Himalayan vultures, or griffons, who are nesting directly above us. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

The first stop on this long day is the sleepy town of Halji, which is tucked between the glacier in the north and the snow-capped mountains in the south. Halji is a fascinating halt along the way with its lovely gompa - Buddhist temple and a lengthy wall of mani stones. We eat lunch at a restaurant just outside of Halji before moving on to Tatopani, which means "hot springs" in Arabic. Our camp is located near natural hot springs, which provide us with a chance to wash our clothes and ourselves.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We take an approximately eight-hour trek from Tatopani to our camping spot by the river in Talung across a swampy wetland, up a minor pass, and back down.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

For the journey up over Nayalu La Pass, we get an early start. There are stunning 360-degree views from the pass's summit. It takes us about eight hours to travel through lovely grasslands, up over a high pass, and back down to the river to our camping spot. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We had a lengthy, primarily downhill day of hiking through rhododendron forests. After almost seven hours, we re-join the route in Kermi, where we will set up tent above the Karnali River. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Day of relaxation in Kermi, possibly including a trip to the nearby hot springs and day walks.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

Today, we go back to Dharapuri along the river. About six hours camping by the river at Dharapuri. 

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

On the final day of the walk, we return to Simikot along a steep incline. We will set our camp in Simikot's modest campground, where we may unwind and spend the next six hours browsing the neighborhood bazaars.

Tented Camp
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner included

We take off from Simikot in the morning and return from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu the same day.

Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Included

This is a free day in Kathmandu to fulfill anything that you missed out spotting in this energetic capital of Nepal. You can indulge yourself in shopping or strolling around some of the cultural and historical landmarks of Kathmandu. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping where you can haul all the souvenirs representing Nepal and its culture. May be that in addition to your interesting trip anecdotes, you would also want to take back some stuff for your friends and relatives. In the evening, a farewell dinner with a range of traditional Nepali cuisines, will be hosted by Marron Treks. Enjoy the dinner, pack/prepare yourself for a flight back home and have a beauty sleep. 

Hotel
Breakfast Included

The trip concludes and our office representatives will take you to the international airport in Kathmandu to catch your onward flight to your next destination or fly back home. You need to be at least 3 hours prior to your flight time at the airport.

Thank you for visiting Nepal and we hope your Himalayan Holiday has come true. Have a safe flight back home!

If you plan to extend your holiday then other travel activities like jungle safari, rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping etc are also up on the list.

Breakfast Included

What is included?

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot– Nepalgunj – Kathmandu round airfares.
  • Hotel accommodations in Nepalgunj.
  • All trekking accommodation (in tented camps) with breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Guide, porters, kitchen staffs and helpers wages for the trekking period.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) & Marron duffel bags.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees 
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.
  • All government and local taxes.

What is not included?

  • International airfare.
  • Lunch & dinner In Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (USD30 for 15 days)
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).
  • Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 15 kgs.).
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Tips for guides, porters & crew (Tipping is expected).

Route Map

FAQ's

1. How long is the Limi Valley Trek and what is the difficulty level?
Limi Valley Trek is approximately 18 days long and is considered moderately difficult, suitable for experienced hikers with prior high-altitude trekking experience.

2. When is the best time to go on the Limi Valley Trek?
The best time to undertake the Limi Valley Trek is during the months of September to November and April to June, when the weather is relatively stable and the trails are easily accessible.

3. What permits are required for the Limi Valley Trek in Nepal?
For the Limi Valley Trek, you need to obtain the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card through a registered trekking agency.

4. What are the main highlights of the Limi Valley Trek?
Limi Valley Trek offers stunning landscapes, remote Tibetan influenced villages, encounters with the unique Limi culture, crossing high passes, exploring monasteries, and the chance to spot wildlife such as blue sheep and snow leopards.

5. Are there accommodation and food options available during the Limi Valley Trek?
Home stays or camping options are available along the Limi Valley Trek route. Home stays offer simple accommodations, while local food mostly includes dal bhat (lentil soup with rice) along with some variations of noodles, bread, and vegetables. Camping option will be good with all things organized.

6. Is it possible to combine the Limi Valley Trek with other treks in the region?
Yes, it is possible to extend the Limi Valley Trek by combining it with other treks in the region. Popular extensions include the Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, or even connecting to the Annapurna Circuit Trek for a longer adventure.

Equipment

Below are the suggested items for the packing list and it also depends upon the season you are trekking. We shall provide 75 liters duffel bag and a sleeping bag. You can bring other items from your home country and if you are traveling light and don’t wish to overweight your luggage during international flights then many of them can also be brought in Kathmandu before the trek starts.

Clothing (Core & Lower body)
·         Water-proof (breathable fabric) jacket, Poncho or Umbrella
·         Hard shell pants (breathable fabric- 1 set), preferably that zips from top and bottom which can be worn over boots without getting undressed, in case of abrupt weather            changes
·         Fleece jacket or Pullover
·         Fleece windcheater jacket
·         Down jacket or a Down vest
·         T-shirts (2 – 3) and Long-sleeved shirts with collars ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Nylon (cotton ought to be strictly avoided) hiking shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Hiking trousers- one that is detachable from the knees so that they it can be folded up as shorts ( 2- 3 pairs)
·         Thermal underwear as well as synthetic underwear (3 -4 each – avoid cotton)
·         Synthetic sport brassieres for women (2 pairs- avoid cotton)
 
Head/Eyes & Hand Gears
·         Sun hat/cap
·         Woolen hat or Balaclava
·         Sunglasses/Goggles (preferably the ones with 100% UV protection)
·         Liner, Synthetic or Thin wool gloves (1 -2 pair)
·         Warm gloves (designed to shield the sub-zero temperatures)- 1 pair
 
Footwear
·         Trekking boots (1 pair) and spare laces
·         Running shoes, Sandals or Thongs (flip-flops)- 1 pair each
·         Hiking gaiters (1 pair) to do away the rocks, dusts and moist feet
·         Liner socks- preferably synthetic (3 – 4 pairs)
·         Heavy or wool blend socks (3 – 4 pairs)

Equipment
·         Backpack/Rucksack
·         Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks)
·         Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)
·         Day sack/Nylon stuff sack
·         Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)
·         Water bottle
·         Good head torch along with spare batteries and bulbs
·         Maps, compass and a guidebook
·         Trekking poles

Miscellaneous Bits
The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!
 
Toiletries
·         Quick-drying camp towel
·         Detergent powder/bar
·         Toilet paper
·         Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm
·         Pocket knife
·         Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)
·         Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter
·         Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms
·         Stuff sacks
·         Earplugs

Medicament
It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines

·         Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)
·         Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets
·         Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)
·         Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)
·         Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)
·         Assorted band-aids
·         Small gauge pad
·         Roll of adhesive tape
·         Iodine tablets

Optional Carry
Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret it as they might just come in handy during the trek

·         Camera, memory card and battery charger
·         GPS unit Altimeters
·         Binoculars
·         Pee bottle for men (leak proof/wide mouth) & Pee funnel for women
·         Books and magazines

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