Limi Valley Trek
Limi Valley Trek Overview
Limi valley (4000m), is a small village in the far western, north of Humla district of Nepal. Humla itself being a remote part of Nepal, Limi valley is one of the less explored areas with off-beaten trails. Limi valley trek passes through Karnali River, the longest river in Nepal. The route to Limi valley passes through many traditional villages, where people follow a very old lifestyle. In fact, people there have an authentic Tibetan lifestyle, and typical Tibetan language, traditions, and culture.
In Some villages like Halji and Gombayok, you can see ancient Tibet at its best. The main attraction of this place is Gyuo Kharka (5150m), from where you can see beautiful mountain views of Mt Saipal, Byas Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, Kanti etc. The trail also passes through hundreds and thousands of flora and Faunas. Many medicinal herbs and many rare animals like red panda, blue sheep, snow leopard, etc. Limi valley is also very famous for the Matrimonial relation between the people of Tibet and Nepal. This is actually a reason behind the existing Tibetan culture in this place.
This is the basic route to travel to Limi valley. Limi Valley Trek takes around 20-21 days and cost you up to 2850-3500$ depending on individual expenses.
Note- you can always take rest and camp in every 3-4 days for your safety and health.
Highlights of Limi Valley Trek
- Explore the monasteries and Gompas including Halji monastery.
- Witness wild rare animals like musk deer, snow leopard, blue sheep, etc.
- Walkthrough several traditional villages, and see their lifestyle and culture.
- Pass through waterfalls, and rivers including Karnali River, which is Nepal’s longest river.
- Day 1- Arrival at Kathmandu
- Day 2- Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (10-11 hours drive/55 minutes flight)
- Day 3- Nepalgunj to Simikot, (2910m), trek to Dharapuri (2300m), it takes approx. 5 hours walk.
- Day 4- Dharapuri to Kermi ( 2870m,) 6 hours of trek.
- Day 5- Kermi to yalbung (3060m), 6 hours of walk.
- Day 6- yalbung to Talkot (3073m) 5 hours of walk.
- Day 7- Talkot to Yari (3663m), 7 hours walk.
- Day 8- Yari to Hilsa (3700m,) via Nara La pass (4620) 6 hours of walk.
- Day 9- Hilsa to Manepeme, ( 3990m) 5 hours of walk.
- Day 10- Manepeme to til, (4000m), 6 hours of walk.
- Day 11- Til to Tatopani, ( 3950m), 8 hours walk.
- Day 12- Tatopani to Talung, (4370m), 8 hours
- Day 13- Talung to Shinjungma, 3620m, 8 hours of walk.
- Day 14- Shinjungma to Kermi at (2670m), 7 hours walk.
- Day 15- Kermi to Dharapuri, lies at 2300m, takes around 6 hours walk
- Day 16- Dharapuri to Simikot, (2950m), 6 hours of walk
- Day 17- Simikot to Nepalgunj- Kathmandu
Difficulties of Limi valley
The Limi valley trek is very remote with rugged trails and steep roads. Also, it is very long and tiring. Thus, the trek to Limi valley is considered challenging. You will be trekking for 6-7 miles per day which requires an excellent level of fitness. Physical, as well as mental fitness, is a very important part of this trek. It is important to build muscle, ankle, and knee strength so that you do not have any problems during the journey. Is better to exercise, run, jog, and have healthy food before your journey starts. The highest altitude here is Nyalu La (5000m), the village itself lies at the height of 4000m. There is also a risk of altitude sickness in this trek. Even though you will have opportunities for good acclimatization, there is still a low risk of altitude sickness.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
Loss of appetite
Shortness of breath
Preventing mountain sickness
Have nutritional food
Have enough rest
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trashbag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
Travel insurance- trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you. Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- if you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.