Trip Difficulty: Moderate
Trip Style: Trekking
Transport: Private Vehicle & Flight
Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
Max Elevation: Nyalu Pass (4990m)
- A sublime trek to the remote and untouched valley of Limi.
- Enjoy bathing at the natural hot spring of Chugzur.
- Witness the ancient Tibetian influenced settlements and monasteries.
- Witness the ever-flowing Karnali Lake as it cuts through various rock formations.
- Cross the thrilling Nyalu La pass at 4,940m.
Do you wish to embark on a journey to one of the most pristine and untouched lands of Nepal? If so, then this 18-day Humla Limi Valley Trek can be the perfect opportunity for you! Stepping into the hidden lands of Humla feels like stepping back in time due to its isolated location, which remains untouched from the development of the outside world.
Limi valley is a valley perched between the remote moraines of Nepal and Tibet. Since it lies distant from the modern world, it still retains the ancient Tibetan culture and norms. The government of Nepal only opened the site for foreigners since 2002, making the region extraordinarily pristine and untouched. Likewise, to preserve the ecosystem of the area, the government only issues a limited number of permits every year, ensuring that the flora and fauna of the Limi region remain intact.
In this 18-day Humla Limi Valley Trek, you travel to the heart of the Limi Valley as you pass through the desolate moraines, enchanting landscapes and challenging high passes. En route, you can witness the magnificent sights of Mt Saipal and Mt Api gleaming in the backdrop! Aside from the landscapes, you can also observe some rare and elusive animals, namely the snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and the musk deer.
This magnificent Humla Limi Valley trek features an alternate side of Nepal than that is seldom found in the other conventional trekking courses. The flawless and pristine sights of this trek more than compensate for the problematic climbing of some long days.
How to Reach Limi Valley
The journey starts with a 50-minute flight from the capital to Nepalgunj from where we will board another flight leading to the mountain top airstrip of Simikot. From Simikot, our trek officially commences.
The trail passes through the settlements of Dharaponi, Kermi, Yalbang, Thado Dunga eventually into Hilsa via the well-famed Nara La Pass. The landscapes slowly start contrasting from lush green vegetation to yak pastures and alpine vegetation. En Route, you can also catch the fantastic glimpses of the two snow-capped peaks of Api and Saipal gleaming in the distant.
Further, the trail continues through the settlements of Manipeme, Til Village and Halji and Chagzur. The site of the crystal clear waters and the desolate mountains come into the picture which offers you with the most picturesque scenery! You shall also start to observe the remoteness of the places as you get higher!
After reaching the Nyalu Base Camp, the trip finally nears its end as we start walking back passing through Sheng Jungma, Langdogd Base and Lekh Dinga eventually into Simikot. From Simikot, we will take a flight to Nepalgunj and a further connecting flight back to the capital.
Note: If you want to get away from the crowded conventional trails and look for solace in complete solitude, the Humla Limi Valley Trek is one of the best options out there! We here at Mount Mania can organize special trekking packages for you with customized itineraries according to your available days. Feel free to contact us for any additional queries regarding the trek.
Best Time For The Humla Limi Valley Trek
Since the trek involves crossing high passes and rocky terrains, it is a must to travel in the favorable seasons to avoid any possible risks. The best months for this trek range from May to October when the skies are much clearer, and there are fewer chances of snowfall.
Since Lima Valley lies in the rain shadow area, the monsoon season will not pose an issue. So you can opt for the trek during the rainy season without any potential hazards. However, avoid the winter season if possible, as the cold climate brings heavy snowfall on the high passes. When this happens, the trail can become quite challenging to penetrate through. Also, frequent snowfall or rainfall can cause unwanted flight delays.
Difficulty Of The Humla Limi Valley Trek
The Humla Limi Valley Trek is a little harder trek, but if you’re sound in health and physical stamina, you can definitely opt for it. The paths usually are off-beaten with steep climbs and descents occurring occasionally. You will have to walk on average 4-5 hours every day along with the winding trans Himalayan paths.
The high altitude can also pose an issue for many travelers. Since the majority of this trek takes place in altitudes above 3000m, altitude sickness may arise for some people. If you do feel some signs of altitude sickness, be sure to alert your guide, who will take the appropriate actions.
Also, due to its remote locations, finding proper hospitals or health posts can be an issue. So always be sure to carry a first aid kit for unforeseen circumstances. Also, note that carrying a water purifier can be extremely beneficial as the local water might not be healthy.
Highest Point During The Humla Limi Valley Trek
The highest point that we will be venturing during the Humla Limi Valley Trek is the Nyalu Pass. It sits at an altitude of 4,990m just above the Nyalu Base Camp.