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Limi Valley Trek

Limi Valley Trek

Wilderness Trekking
Humla Limi Valley trek
Limi Valley
Humla Limi Valley

Trip Facts

Duration : 18 Days Max-Altitude : 4,900M Program Type : tea house / camping Best Season : Jun, July, Aug, Sep. Oct Per Day Walking : 5/6 h Trek Grade : Grade 3:

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should expect to trek above 5416m/17872ft.


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All price inclusive
$ 3500 $ 3300
USD per person

Group Price

No. of Persons Price per Person
1 Pax $3500
2 Paxes $3300
2-6 Paxes $3000
6-10 Paxes $2700
10-15 Paxes $2500
15+Paxes $2500

Number of Travellers


Journey to the Mystical Humla Limi Valley Trek

Prepare to venture off the tourist trail and into the heart of Nepal’s hidden gem, the Limi Valley Trek. Nestled in the remote northwestern region, a stone’s throw from Tibet, this trek offers an unrivaled odyssey through breathtaking landscapes, timeless cultures, and ancient Buddhist traditions.

Spanning 18-20 days, your expedition commences in the quaint village of Simikot, tracing the path of the Karnali River upstream into the Limi Valley. Along this arduous but rewarding journey, you’ll meander through alpine woodlands, encounter secluded hamlets, and conquer lofty mountain passes, each unveiling awe-inspiring panoramas of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

A few of the trek’s highlights include a visit to Raling Gompa, one of the region’s oldest monasteries, an exploration of the traditional villages of Halji and Til, and an immersion into the captivating culture and lifestyles of the locals.

Yet, Limi Valley isn’t just about scenic beauty and cultural richness. It’s also home to the revered Mount Kailash, cherished by both Hindus and Buddhists. From this fabled valley, you can even embark on a side pilgrimage to the sacred Lake Manasarovar, an Asian gem of spiritual significance.

Optimal trekking conditions prevail from April to October when clear skies and dry terrain prevail. However, a word of caution: this expedition is best suited for seasoned trekkers due to its remote location and demanding terrain. Plus, remember to secure the necessary permits from the Nepalese government.

Limi Valley Trek is a gateway to Tibet’s mystique without the hassles of crossing borders. It promises challenging hikes and long days but rewards with the pristine beauty of Humla Limi Valley Trek—a journey truly worth undertaking.

This trek, inaugurated in 2002 for its proximity to the Tibetan border, retraces ancient trade and pilgrimage routes, safeguarding the surrounding environment. Its low tourist influx ensures the preservation of the region’s flora and fauna, making it a sanctuary for generations to come. Amidst the apparent barrenness of Humla, the echoes of Buddhist culture have persisted, harmonizing seamlessly with its striking mountain vistas. And don’t forget, it also offers a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, a paramount site in Hinduism.

Deep in the Western Himalayas of Nepal, the Humla Limi Valley stands as the highest, westernmost, and most secluded district. Cultural diversity reigns supreme here, with Bhotias inhabiting the northern highlands and Khasas (Hindus) in the southern valleys and riverbanks.

The Humla Limi Valley trek unveils the less-traveled paths of the western Himalayas. Besides tracing the Karnali River, it beckons you into the uncharted realms of Upper Limi Valley. Villages like Halji, Til, and Dzang, with their arduous passes and rich Tibetan culture, are the trek’s major draws, along with its pristine landscapes. In Limi Valley, time appears to have stood still.

Modernization’s footprint in the region is faint, granting firsthand encounters with medieval villages, ancient cultures, and enduring lifestyles. Limi Valley remains one of Western Nepal’s best-kept secrets.

The Limi Valley Trek boasts two distinct advantages: the opportunity to witness Mount Kailash without visiting Tibet’s Mansarovar Lake and the rarity of venturing off the beaten track, given Western Nepal’s lower tourist traffic.

The remoteness of the Humla Limi Valley Trek enhances your chances of encountering elusive creatures like blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. This unique trek paints a different portrait of Nepal, one that diverges from the well-trodden paths and offers a tantalizing glimpse into the mystical Tibetan realm, minus the border formalities.

Embark on the Limi Valley Trekking 18 Days itinerary, led by Nepal Wilderness Trekking’s seasoned guides and porters, who call the highlands home. Our team boasts an intimate knowledge of the trails, villages, culture, and people in the area.

Traditions & Culture:

Your journey commences in Simikot, a bastion of Buddhism in a region sprinkled with Hindu communities. The Limi Valley region provides essential amenities like schools, monasteries, and primary health clinics. Presently, agriculture, livestock, and tourism form the backbone of the local economy. Fascinatingly, many residents traverse Tibet for work and trade, a testament to the cross-border ties.

In the Hilsa village of Limi Valley, a 1000-year-old monastery crafted by “Locha was Jen Samu” stands as an enigmatic testament to civilization. In its heyday, villagers worshipped this sacred sanctuary, which housed monks and lamas. Upon its completion, the revered lama is said to have transcended. This is the 108th monastery constructed by Lama, dotting the landscape with ancient echoes.

So, when’s the ideal time to embark on the Limi Valley trek?

The monsoon period, curiously enough. Most trekkers incorporate a visit to Humla and the Limi Valley Circuit during their pilgrimage to Kailash and the holy mountain. The weather shines favorably from April through November.

Trip Highlights:

Limi Valley, tucked away in the far-western Himalayan corner of Nepal, is a remote and restricted terrain, demanding special permits for exploration. The Limi Valley Trip is a captivating voyage through Nepal’s secluded and untouched landscapes. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits:

Unique and Isolated Culture: Limi Valley remains one of Nepal’s last bastions of the ancient Bon religion, predating Buddhism. The Limi people, with their distinctive language, traditional attire, and customs, offer an enthralling cultural experience untouched by modernity.

Breathtaking Landscapes: Situated in a high-altitude desert, Limi Valley showcases expansive barren vistas, snow-capped peaks, and turquoise lakes. It’s encircled by towering giants like Mount Saipal (7,031m), deemed one of Nepal’s most captivating summits.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Trekking: Limi Valley is a remote and demanding trekking destination, reserved for the intrepid. Traverse rugged terrains, conquer high mountain passes, including Nyalu La Pass (4,940m) and Lagna La Pass (5,215m), Ford rivers, and summon your fitness and stamina.

Rich Biodiversity: The valley is a biodiversity treasure trove, harboring rare flora and fauna species. From Edelweiss to Himalayan Blue Poppies, you’ll encounter unique wildflowers. Keep your eyes peeled for elusive creatures like snow leopards, musk deer, and Tibetan wolves.

Authentic Homestay Experience: The Limi Valley Trip invites you to immerse yourself in local culture with homestays. Basic but comfortable, they offer a window into the Limi people’s way of life, fostering cultural exchange.

In summary, the Limi Valley Trip is a once-in-a-lifetime odyssey through Nepal’s uncharted terrains. It’s perfect for adventurers seeking the road less traveled, a portal to a unique and secluded culture.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj on the border with India. Stay overnight in Nepalgunj
  • Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Simikot (2,910m). The trek to Dharapuri (2300m) takes approximately five hours
  • Day 03: From Dharapuri to Kermi (2,870 meters), it takes about 6 hours to reach there
  • Day 04: The journey from Kermi to Yalbung (3,060 m) takes approximately six hours
  • Day 05: From Yalbung to Talkot (3,073 m), the journey takes about 5 hours
  • Day 06: The journey from Talkot to Yari (3,663m) takes approximately seven hours.
  • Day 07: The journey from Yari to Hilsa (3,700m) takes approximately six hours via the Nara La Pass (4,620m)
  • Day 08: From Hilsa to Manepeme (3,990 m), it will take you approximately five hours
  • Day 09: The journey from Manepeme to Til (4,000 meters) takes approximately six hours
  • Day 10: Day of rest by the Limi River in Til
  • Day 11: From Til-Halji to Tatopani (3,950m), approx. 8 hours
  • Day 12: The distance from Tatopani to Talung (4,370m) is approximately 8 hours.
  • Day 13: A journey from Talung via Nyalu La Pass (4,949m) to Shinjungma (3,620m), a journey which takes approximately eight hours
  • Day 14: From Shinjungma to Kermi (2,670m), the journey takes approximately 7 hours
  • Day 15: Day of rest in Kermi
  • Day 16: From Kermi to Dharapuri (2,300 m), it takes approximately 6 hours to get there
  • Day 17: Distance between Dharapuri and Simikot (2,950 m), approx 6 hours
  • Day 18: Simikot to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu connected flight

Cost Included

  • Pickup and drop-off at the airport.
  • Accommodation and dinner at a hotel in Nepalgunj for one night.
  • Domestic airfare: Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
  • There are all the government procedures to follow.
  • Trekking permits and National Park fee.
  • Experiencing English-speaking guides, cooks, helpers, porters, and mules.
  • Camping equipment - mattresses, tents for members, kitchen utensils, etc.
  • During a trek, three meals are served along with tea/coffee and snacks.
  • Salary, food, insurance, and clothing for staff.

Cost Excluded

  • International flights and visa fees.
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, Rescue, and evacuation.
  • Tips and gratitude to the staff.
  • Donation and local entrance fee.
  • Extra baggage load on domestic flights.

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