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GREAT HIMALAYAN LIMI VALLEY CIRCUIT TREK

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Destination

Limi Valley

Region

Humla Region

Max.Altitude

4,990 Meters

Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Activity

Trekking

Duration

22 Days

Route

Nepalgunj / Simikot / Yalbang / Jang Hot spring / Nyalu Pass

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / Tea house

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu / Nepalgunj / Simikot / Nepalgunj / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

Limi valley trek is a strenuous trek starting from Simikot and goes via Hils into Limi Valley, which consists of three important villages: Til, Halji, and Jang. Through Kermi we trek back to Simikot in Humla District. This trek is about being a part of positive change in one of the world's remotest and ruggedly beautiful yet most impoverished regions in the ‘Hidden Himalayas’ of northwest Nepal. 

The Nepal Trust, a pioneer in responsible tourism in the far western corner of Nepal since 1995, was the first development organization in this vast region, if not the entire country, to initiate the so-called ‘Treks-to-Build Health & Community program. This program aims at a sustainable kind of tourism, whereby travelers, who want to leave more than just their footprints, waste, and by-products on a trek, instead educate and enrich themselves as they are offered the opportunity to get involved hands-on with community-based development projects.

We will visit one of Nepal’s oldest monasteries which is located in the Limi Valley, the valley that houses the mystical Shangri-La myth; Halji Gompa. Here we do several restorations works in order to preserve one of Nepal’s last true jewels in the all but forgotten valleys of the Himalayas in northwest Nepal. Your trek team will be supporting the renovation of this important community monastery and also will conduct several works and surveys on micro-hydro, solar, and health infrastructure along the way. Without health, power, and education communities like Halji and thousands of others will find it incredibly difficult to find the necessary motivation let alone resources that make belief in and action for positive change a possibility.

 These communities in the deep-end of the Himalayas that have suffered through a decade of a destructive insurgency need the support of New Tourism.

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Itinerary

01
Arrival at Kathmandu (1345 m)

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel for rest. On the way, one can enjoy the view of the UNESCO world heritage site Pashupatinath Temple.

02
Sightseeing and Permits preparation

Today you will visit some of the best UNESCO heritage of Kathmandu. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Bauddhanath. In the meantime, the Parikrama Treks team will complete all the necessary paper works. 

03
Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj

We will take a scenic flight to Nepalgunj as per the schedule. In Nepalgunj, we can explore and look around the town.

04
Flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910 m) Trek to Dharapuri (2300m / 5 hrs)

We take an early flight of 45 minutes to reach Simikot. We will also get the first glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayan Peak. We meet with our crew and start a walk to Dharapuri. It offers a spectacular landscape of the Karnali river valley.

05
Trek from Dharapuri to Kermi (2,870m / 6 hrs)

Today we will follow the Karnali River to a higher elevation with magnificent views. Once we reach Kermi we have a small hot spring where we can relax our bodies. Kermi is the first of the completely Buddhist villages on our way and from here on. We will be passing many other little Buddhist villages and settlements.

06
Trek from Kermi to Yalbung (3,060m / 6 hrs)

Today we will meet caravans of mules, goats, and dzos (crossbreed of a yak and a cow).  Later we will have a hot lunch by the river along the way. Once we reach Yalbung we make a camo for a night stay. It has one of the biggest and most important monasteries in this area. It is also known as Namkha Khyung Dzong Gompa.

07
Trek from Yalbung to Talkot (3,073m / 5 hrs)

Today's path leads us through dense forests to more bare areas of stone and sand. We will also walk through low bushes scattered all around. After we reach our campsite by the river, we can take a 30-minute walk. It will take us to the most important monasteries of the Sakya lineage. It has a historical belief in Tibetan Buddhism in this region. The monastery is also known as Dhungkar Choezon Gompa.

08
Trek from Talkot to Yari (3,663m / 7 hrs)

Today we will have a slow and gradual ascent that brings us high onto deserted land, below the Nara La Pass. About halfway we reach a dirt road that connects the China/Tibet border to the villages lower in the region. This night we will camp below the Nara La Pass, with beautiful views of the valley.

09
Trek from Yari to Hilsa (3,700m) via Nara La Pass (4,620m 6 hrs)

Today is a strenuous day as we cross the Nara La Pass. The pass consists of colorful Tibetan prayer flags, fluttering in the strong wind. The views of the mountains on the other side of the pass are breathtaking. Descending from the pass we can see the Limi Valley and Tibet. We then make a long descent to Hilsa, a small town on the Tibet – Nepal border.

10
Trek from Hilsa to Manepeme (3,990m / 5 hrs)

Today we continue our ascent taking us from the Tibetan border into the beauty of the Limi Valley. Camp in Manepeme.

11
Trek from Manepeme to Til (4,000m / 6 hrs)

First, we head up over a small pass and then down, all the way to the River Limi, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch, we continue for a short while to our camping spot in Til.

12
Rest day

Today we take this day for rest and relaxation as we will be ascending to higher elevation. We can do short walks or rest by the river and observe the big Himalayan vultures.

13
Trek from Til to Tatopani (3,950m / 8 hrs) via Halji

Today we walk through small town Hilji. It lies between the snow-peaked mountains in the south and the glacier in the north. Halji makes an interesting stop on our way. Later we continue to a camping place called Tatopani, which means “hot springs”.

14
Trek from Tatopani to Talung (4,370m / 8 hrs)

Today we walk through the swampy wetland, and up over a small pass. Later we pass a beautiful turquoise lake to our camping ground by the river in Talung.

15
Trek from Talung via Nyalu La Pass (4,949m) to Shinjungma (3,620m / 8 hrs)

We start early for the climb up over Nayalu La Pass. From the top of the pass, there are breathtaking 360-degree views. This long day takes us through beautiful grasslands, up over a high pass. We will later back down to the river to our camping ground.

16
Trek from Shinjungma to Kermi (2,670m / 7 hrs)

Today most of the day we walk downhill through rhododendron forests. We hit the trail once again in Kermi, where we will camp above the Karnali River.

17
Rest day

Today we take a rest and visit some the nearby destination.

18
Trek from Kermi to Dharapuri (2,300m / 6 hrs)

Trek from Kermi to Dharapuri (2,300m / 6 hrs)

Today we retrace our steps along the river to Dharapuri. Camp by the river in Dharapuri.

19
Trek from Dharapuri to Simikot (2,950m / 6 hrs)

On our last day of the trek, we finish with the long uphill back to Simikot. We will camp in the small camping ground at Simikot. In the afternoon we will relax and exploring the local bazaars.

20
Flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu

Today we take a flight to Nepalgunj. Later we take another connecting flight back to Kathmandu. 

21
Free day in Kathmandu

Today is a spare day to catch a flight if we miss it a day before. We can use this day to rest and relax at your hotel. ONce can also go for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. 

22
Final Departure

Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure

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What is Included

  • Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in cities on a B/B basis
  • World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
  • Experienced English speaking guide for sight-seeing tour by private tourist vehicle
  • All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of the trek
  • Lodges/ tea house accommodation in double occupancy or family bedroom during the entire trek and climb
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
  • Tea and coffee (1 cup) three times daily on trek or climb
  • Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
  • Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
  • Proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass for guide and porter
  • Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food, and accommodation
  • Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
  • Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
  • Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
  • Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
  • All necessary paperwork; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
  • Guide airfare if you are flying to the destination
  • All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.

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What is Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
  • Nepal entry visa fee can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in cities
  • Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
  • Airfare for any sector as per the destination (Quoted separately)
  • Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipment
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Personal climbing guide if requested
  • Food accommodation cost due to Unforeseen acts landslide, sick, flight delayed, bad weather, etc.
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Tips for trekking, tour staff, and driver (Tipping is expected)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the ‘Cost Includes’ section.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillowcase (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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