Follow the pilgrim’s trail across high alpine trails into the remote Limi Valley in the Humla region near the Tibetan border inhabited by Khas (Hindus) and Tibetans (Buddhists). Completely isolated from the outside world, these people practice their Buddhist culture in nature’s wonderland. This trek takes you though rugged high altitude trails and passes.
Limi is a remote valley in north-west Nepal bordering Tibet. It consists of three villages: Til (4100m) in the west, Jhang (3930m) in the east and the largest village, Halji (3700m) in the middle. These three villages are situated on the banks of the Karnali River.
The Humla Limi Valley trek only opened to foreigners in 2002. To protect the environment there are only a limited number of permits issued each year. This is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Nepal that has remained virtually untouched. Besides being home to Hindus, in the south, and Tibetans in the north, there is also a magnificent array of gigantic mountain peaks, such as Kanjirowa (6883m), Saipal, Api Himal, Byas, Rishi, and Kanti visible in Nepal. Across the border in Tibet is the sacred mountain of Mt. Kailash (6638m) that is sacred to Buddhists, Hindus, and the followers of the Bon religion. The trails lead you through Yak pastures high in the mountains, among cultivated farmland, into lush valleys and through the incredibly rich cultural Tibetan Buddhist villages where age-old traditions are still practiced today. From the high altitude village of Yak Kharka (4900m) the distant Mt.Kailash is visible. Mt. Kailash is often referred to as the holiest mountain in the world.
The trails in this region are littered with Tibetan prayer flags, chortens, and Mani stones, indicating the Tibetan presence in the region. The trek takes you to the 1000-year-old Ling Monastery. There is a varied assortment of wildlife along the trek, such as marmot, Himalayan wolf, wild mountain yak, and Himalayan black bears. If you are fortunate you may catch a glimpse of the rare snow leopard and some blue sheep.
This trek takes you to a region so rich in Tibetan culture that it is the same as being in Tibet – without the hassle of obtaining a visa to the region of China. Tibet has overflowed into Nepal! This is a challenging trek through some harsh and rugged landscapes, but the experience will never be forgotten.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may not find comfort and better quality teahouses -During the trek, We sleep in the very simple tea house/tent and our guides will pick the best Camping site with a nice view of the Himalaya.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of these mountain regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpas started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We do not have to use public transportation or local buses during the trek. Our only flights are from Kathmandu, Nepaljung and Kathmandu.
Humla Limi Valley Trek a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus!. We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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