The Limi Valley trek only opened to foreigners in 2002 as this area borders on Tibet in the far west of Nepal. It follows an ancient trading and pilgrim route over challenging trails and high passes. In order to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Limi Valley, only limited permits are issued every year, keeping the number of visitors down, and ensuring the flora and fauna of the area remains intact for generations to come. This is one of last true wilderness area, tucked away inside Humla District where century old Buddhist traditions still exist and the people of the north-western part of the district are more like their Tibetan neighbours to the north than their Hindu neighbours in the south-east part of the district. On this trek, not only can hikers see the great mountains of Saipal, Byas, Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, and Kanti in Nepal, but also the revered holy Mount Kailash across the border in Tibet.
The trail goes through yak pastures, cultivated land, along rivers and water falls, down ravines and through interesting villages. At the view point of Yak Kharka (4,900m) there is stunning views of Mount Kailash in Tibet. Until very recently it was possible to continue this trek along the traditional pilgrim trail to Mt Kailash, but this practice has been halted by the Chinese Government. Evidence of the ties between Humla and Tibet can be seen by the prayer flags and mani stones that line the trails as well as the beautiful stone (Tibetan style) villages, and the 1,000 year old Rizing Ling Gompa.
Possible wildlife on view includes marmot, wolf, wild yak, and Himalayan black bears. Of the rare mammals, snow leopards and blue sheep are known to live in this area.
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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1337m).
Day 02: Kathmandu City Sightseeing and Trekking preparation.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Nepalgunj (168m) (50 minutes flight).
Day 04: Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910m) (50 minutes flight) & trek to Dharapuri (2600m) – 3 hours.
Day 05: Dharapuri to Sally Khola (2690m) – 5 hours.
Day 06: Sally Khola to Muchu (2920m) –5 hours.
Day 07: Muchu to Torea (3380m) – 4 hours.
Day 08: Torea to Sip Sip (3800m) via Muchu – 5 hours.
Day 09: Sip Sip to Hilsa (3720m) via Nara Lagna – 6 hours.
Day 10: Hilsa to Manepeme (3990m) – 5 hours.
Day 11: Manepeme to Til (4000m) – 6 hours.
Day 12: Til to Halji (3660m) – 3 hours.
Day 13: Halji to Jang (3930m) – 4 hours.
Day 14: Jang to Talung (4370m) – 8 hours.
Day 15: Talung to Shinjungma (3620m) via Nyalu La (4949m) – 8 hours.
Day 16: Shinjungma to Kermi (2670m) – 7 hours.
Day 17: Kermi to Simikot (2950m) – 6 hours.
Day 18: Simikot to Nepalgunj then Kathmandu flight.
Day 19: Kathmandu Buffer day.
Day 20: Departure.