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Humla and Limi Circuit Trek

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Profoundly situated between the very hot Indian Sub-continent and the frozen plains of Tibetan Plateau, Humla cozily veil itself in the far northwest corner of Nepal. We can get to Jumla through a short airstrip to Simikot from where the trek begins. We will trek through this distant land which is known for its peaceful villages and deep valleys which are adorned with crystal clear streams and pristine forest. Following the Karnali River we will trek through the trail towards Mt Kailash in Tibet, we will finally arrive to bordering village of Hilsa after 6days. From Hilsa we will make our path toward east and crossing a high pass we will descend down to an isolated and mind-hboggling Buddhist settlement of Limi. In Limi the time stands still and is considered most isolated and enxplored valleys of Nepal. Limi valley is known for its arid terrain surrounding sky-scraping Himalayas. The people living here are mostly of Tibetan origin and have got highly Tibetan influenced lifestyle. Limi has a string of widespread settlements each with its own white painted gompa. As we exit the valley we will climb to prayer-flagged Nyalu La(4950) and from here one can see Gurla Mandata(7694) dominating the whole skyline in the north-east. Trekking here has opened only since 2002.

Trekking in restricted are of Humla and Limi gives you an opportunity for trekking in various conditions, well maintained trails and less frequented routes. Here we will walk for 5-6hours daily and got pretty much acclimatization period. We will come through couple of high passes and some portions of rough trail and rock cut trail across the steep valleys. Trekking here is much easier than the Annapurna circuit but the trail goes through the remote and isolated location. This is practically a complex trek and requires good level of physical and mental fitness.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today we will indulge ourselves in the surreal of Kathmandu valley. We will pay our visit to Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Bhaktapur Durbar square. In the evening we will meet in our office and conduct briefing on our Kanchanjunga trek by trekking guide.

Day 3: Fly to Nepalgunj

Today we will board a short flight from Kathmandu along the southern side of Nepal with great views of Annapurna to Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj situated in the lowlands of Terai is situated close to Indian border. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Fly to Simikot (2950m) and trek to Yakba Khola

Board a 45minutes flight from Nepalgunj to Simikot over the mountain ridges with beautiful vista of snow capped Himalayas. Simikot is a small Hindu village which is also the administrative center of Humla. As we arrive we will meet our trekking crew and porters and trek for another 4-5hours to our camping site beside Yakba Khola.

Day 5: Trek to Kermi (2670m)

Following Karnali River the trail goes through the narrow gorge with rocky walls and the fields of Barley, Buckwheat, Rice and Potatoes to our camping site in the village of Kermi.

Day 6: Trek to Yalbang (2890m)

The trail mostly is flat with some gradual ascent alongside terraced slopes. After some time we will cross a small pass and after we make short steep descend to suspension bridge over the Sali River. Continuing the walk through the dense forest of pine accompanied by Karnali River we will reach Yalbang.

Day 7: Trek to Tumkot (3380m)

The trail goes above the Karnali River and passes a small village of Yangar. The path is almost flat where some part is even carved out of rocks. With the help of wooden suspension bridge we will cross Karnali River and continue the trek to Muchu. From here the path goes downhill to our camping site which is close to Sakya monastery in Tumkot.

Day 8: Trek to Thado Dhunga (3750m)

The trail gradually goes up and we can notice the change in landscape and the vegetations. We will continue the walk through dwarf junipers to Pani Palwang and then to our camping site in Thado Dhunga.

Day 9: Trek to Hilsa (3720m) via Nara La (4620m)

Today is one of the most challenging days of the trek as you cross Nara La. Though the climbing the pass is very tough, the view it grants is magnanimously astonishing. Continuing the walk through the arid landscape, the trail gets even steeper which brings us to camp site in Hilsa which is situated close to Tibet border.

Day 10: Trek to Manepeme (3990m)

Leaving Hilsa behind us we cross the iron bridge on Karnali River and head towards the entrance of Limi valley. The path goes both uphill and downhill through the dramatic landscape to our camping site in Manepeme.

Day 11: Trek to Til (4000m)

Continuing the walk through the rocky trail with some patches of juniper trees and bushes we ascend to Lamka La (4300m). After crossing the pass the path goes downhill to our camping site in the Tibetan village of Til.

Day 12: Trek to Halji (3660m)

Today’s walk is quite easy and allows you to wander around the villages and monasteries. The path is quite flat and follows the Limi River upstream. Passing through many Mani walls we arrive to camping site in Halji. The monastery present here belongs to Kagyugpa Buddhist and is also the main gompa in the Limi valley.

Day 13: Trek to Jang (3930m)

Following the Limi Khola we will trek for 4hours to Jang. Jang is the third largest village in the Limi valley where the Tibetan culture still continues relatively untouched. The village too has a Gompa. We will camp in the camping site situated near the village which is run by local Youths.

Day 14: Trek to Talung (4370m)

We wil continue the walk through the arid landscape and cross few small rivers and make our way to our camping site in Talung which is situated beneath Nyalu La.

Day 15: Trek to Shinjungma (3620m)

Today we will cross the second high pass of the trip, Nyalu La(4940m) which is quite challenging but the breathtaking vista of Humla and Tibet it offers is matchless. On a sunny day one can see the distant view of Holy Kailash and Mt Saipal. After crossing the pass the trail steeply goes downhill to our campsite in Shinjungma. 

Day 16: Today the trail descends below 3000. The walk is pleasant through the pine and birch forest following the beautiful Salli Khola to our camping site. In the way we come along hot springs where you can relax.

Day 17: Trek to Masigoan

The trail steeply goes downhill following Karnali River. From Yakba Khola we start to climb back towards Simikot as far as Simikot.

Day 18: Trek to Simikot

This is the final day of our walk which ultimately takes us to Simikot. Stay overnight in tented camp near the airstrip in Simikot.

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj

Take an early flight to Nepalgunj and connect with an onward flight to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Free day in Kathmandu

Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.

Day 21: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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