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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we continue our ascent taking us from the Tibetan border into the beauty of the Limi Valley. Camp in Manepeme.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Today we take a rest and visit some the nearby destination.
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.
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.
Today we take a flight to Nepalgunj. Later we take another connecting flight back to 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.
Our representative will drop you for your next flight to another adventure
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
ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK
CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS
FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS
DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS
FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES
Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
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