- Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Our representative will greet you at the International Airport and drive to the booked hotel. After freshen up, you will be guided to our corporate office for further procedure. If time allows us, we will guide around ancient market and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening we will invite you, for welcome dinner in our Restaurants. Overnight at sleep Hotel.
- Day 2 : Trip arrangement & Sighteeing of Kathmandu Valley
This day will be a very busy day with sightseeing, which includes the old famous heritage sites listed in UNESCO such as Swoyambhunath Temple, Baudhantah Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Till late of this afternoon we will complete all those final documents & due amounts. In the late evening we prepare final arrangement and packing for the trip. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 3 : Flight to Kathmandu-Nepalgunj
We fly to Nepalgunj first to get to Humla. Nepalgunj is a steaming hot city in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai, close to the Indian border, which is just 8 km away. The Bageshowri temple is one of Nepal’s most important Hindu temples. The famous ride is rickshaw or cycle. Culturally the area more resembles India than upland Nepal. We pass the hustle and bustle of the bazaar and see horse carts full of colorful people.
- Day 4 : Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950 m)
It’s a 45 minute flight to Simikot over steep mountain ridges with beautiful views of snow-capped mountains. Simikot airfield has been just a gravel airstrip amidst the mountains, which guarantees a spectacular landing. We will find the different world like as from a hot city in the plains, we arrive in a small mountain village, situated in the midst of the Himalayas, breathing in the crispy cold air.
We will be staying in Simikot and wander around the village. Simikot is a small, mostly Hindu village. As Simikot is situated at an altitude of almost 3000 meters, it is wise to get acclimatized slowly and gradually.
- Day 5 : Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m) 4 hrs
The trek starts with a short climb of about an hour to a little pass (approximately 3150m). After the pass, it’s a steep decent of about 1 hour to Majgaon, passing through pine forests. Along the way, we can see the people with the traditional dress, or carrying their heavy loads all the way up the steep trail themselves. After Majgoaon, the trail is going down more gradually, we follow the trail of Karnali of the right side and it is also called flat. We can the landscape and greenery at the lower altitude. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 6 : Trek to Kermi (2670 m) 4 hrs
The trail follows the Karnali River, sometimes high on the slope, with the river far below you and sometimes almost level with it. The river finds its way through narrow gorges with impressive high rocky slopes. We walk through fields with mainly barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes.
In the afternoon you can relax your muscles in one of the two natural hot springs close to the village. We walk more than 1 hrs passing Kermi village. Kermi is a small agricultural village and is the first completely Buddhist village on the trail. There are two interesting Buddhist monasteries close to Kermi: Laikyo Gompa, a few hundred years old, is about 45 minutes from the campsite and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa, less than half a century old, is about 30 minutes from the campsite. Both are still seldom visited by tourists. o/n at campsite. At night you fall asleep with the sounds of jackals and hyenas in the distance. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 7 : Trek to Yalbang (3020 m) 5 hrs
The trail is flat and slightly uphill, passing alongside fields planted with barley and buckwheat. After about 2 hours you cross a small pass, after which it is a short steep descend till a big iron suspension bridge over the Sali River. The walk goes through beautiful pine forests now, with below you the emerald green Karnali river.
Once and a while you meet the caravans of mules and dzopa´s (a crossbreed of yak and cow). These are mostly villagers from Simikot and the Nyinba Valley, to the east of Simikot. They are going to (or are coming back from) Taklakot, just across the border with Tibet, to buy goods for trading or for personal use.
In and around Yalbang there are so many interesting things to see that it is easy to spend an extra day here.
Above the village there is a beautiful monastery: the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. You notice you are getting near the monastery by a huge stone, with a Tibetan mantra carved on it. The Namkha Khyung Dzong is the biggest monastery in the region, with around 130 monks living there. It belongs to the Nyingmapa lineage, the oldest Buddhist lineage, which is founded by Guru Ringpoche, an important magician of the 7th century. Inside the monastery you can see a big statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and some smaller statues, among which a statue of Guru Rinpoche.
In Yalbang is a Children Hostel, run by the Himalayan Children Society. Children from the surrounding villages go to school in Yalbang. As the school would be too far to walk to each day, without the hostel children from these villages wouldn’t be able to go to school. The owner is happy to show you around.
In Yalbang there is another small clinic, funded and managed by Nepal Trust, which you can visit as well.
At night you fall asleep again with the sound of jackals and hyenas. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 8 : Trek to Muchu (3120 m) 4 hrs or Tumkot (3380 m) 5 hrs
The path goes high above the Karnali River again and passes the little village of Yangar. The path is mostly “Nepali Flat”. At some parts the path is spectacularly carved out of the rocks, and we find walking in a kind of three-sided tunnel.
The environment gets changed as we walked in rockier and the big pine trees make way for smaller bushes. You cross the Karnali River by a big wooden suspension bridge. The path climbs high above the Karnali River and goes along the upper site of a deep gorge. You see the emerald green Karnali River far below you. Along the way you may meet big flocks of sheep carrying salt, an old trade still existing today.
Sometimes we see big, kind of army tents. These are temporary restaurants and shops, which can be a nice place for a tea, noodle soup or just to refill your stock of snacks, like coconut biscuits.
After 3 to 4 hours, we arrive in the charming village of Muchu. If we walk around 1and half hours we get to the village of Tumkot nearby Karnali River we can fix our campsite for the overnight.
Actually, the main trail doesn’t pass through Tumkot Village, but through some small teahouses and a campsite. The actual village is some 20 minutes south of the trail. Close to the campsite and the village lies a very interesting monastery of the Sakya lineage, the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, one of the most important Sakya monasteries in the Tibetan region.
The monastery lies on a hill, it’s a 20-30 minutes climb to get there. It is the only Sakya Monastery in Humla, and one of the few monasteries of this lineage in Nepal. A caretaker will be explaining the monastery and their valuables. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 9 : Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m) 5 hrs
The trail climbs slowly but steadily, with a few steep climbs in between. We will find the changes in landscape and the trail get more dirt road. More rocky and desolate after leaving Tumkot It is still uncertain when and if the road will ever be finished. You cross the small village Pani Palwang, consisting of a couple of tea houses along the road, which makes a nice place for a cup of tea or a lunch break. It’s another 1 ½ hour to Yari or Thado. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 10 : Trek to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m) 6 hrs
A tough day lies ahead of you, as today you cross the Nara La pass at 4620 meters. It’s a long and tiring climb, but the views are more stunningly refreshing. As the trail climbs, the landscape gets more desolate. Trees disappear completely and the landscape looks more and more like Tibet. Sometimes you meet big caravans of mules, Dzopa or yaks. The bigger yaks are an especially impressive sight. You pass a few teahouses at Tado Dunga; from here the trail becomes steeper. It’s still 2 hours climbing to the pass, if there happens to be snow it will take a bit longer. At about half an hour from the pass you cross a few big tents (tent hotels, serving foods and drinks). You can see the Nara La pass in the distance, but it’s harder to climb due to altitude.. You recognize the pass by the pile of stones (it brings good luck to add one!) and the strings of Tibetan prayer flags, carrying the prayers far away with the strong wind.
You have breathtaking views ahead into Tibet and back towards Yari far below. At the other side of the pass, it looks like you are in Tibet. You are surrounded by barren mountains in brown, copper, ash and dark yellow colors. From the pass it’s a long descent to Hilsa, close to the border with Tibet. You can choose to take the long dirt road or a steep shortcut down. Overnight at campsites or local guest house.
- Day 11 : Trek to Manepeme (3990 m) 5 hrs
You leave Hilsa, crossing a big iron bridge. On the other side of the river, a small, slightly difficult trail winds its way over a slope, until it connects with a larger trail high on the slope. This trail follows the Karnali River in eastern direction up till Manepeme. The path climbs gradually with a few steep ups and downs. We walk in a dramatic landscape of bare, steep rocks in amazing colors while it is connected on the site of water sources. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 12 : Trek to Til (4000 m) 6 hrs
The trail climbs on and winds its way through the high, steep rocks. After about 2 hours, you can choose between a small path which stays level for a while or a larger path going steeper up. The small path passes a meditation cave, Ya Yip Phuk. This cave plays an important role in the history of Buddhism. It was the meditation cave of Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo (985-1055 A.D.), a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures. His activities were crucial to the revival of cultural exchange between Tibet and India, paving the way to the so-called second dissemination of Buddhism in Tibet.
The trail is suddenly, surprisingly green in some parts, with some juniper trees and bushes among the bare rock.
The path climbs very steeply for about half an hour to Lamka La, a pass at 4300 meters. After the pass, it’s a pretty easy walk which is mostly going down to Til (more or less 1 ½ hrs). You can notice you are approaching the village when various chörtens (stupas) start to appear. The first thing you see from Til, are some white buildings attached high to a slope. This is the monastery from Til with some retreat houses next to it. It takes a while before you see the village of Til appearing in the distance, as the houses are built with stones that completely merge with the environment. When you get nearer to Til, you will be surprised to see how the environment gets greener. The village is surrounded by birches and terraced fields with barley, which both are bright yellow in September-October. Two beautiful snow capped mountains with impressive glaciers are towering above the village.
The village of Til is a beautiful authentic Tibetan village, as are all villages in the Limi Valley. You enter the village passing a gate chörten. Most villagers still wear the original Tibetan dress: the men a long thick brown coat, with one sleeve down, the women a long brown or blue dress with a colorful apron made from yak wool. Outside many women have their heads covered with a long colorful cape, something typical for the villages in the Limi Valley. Most women wear beautiful jewelery, with big turquoise stones. The older people spend a big part of the day praying, spinning their prayer wheels around. Most prayer wheels carry the famous mantra “Om mani padme hum”, which means more or less “blessed is the jewel in the lotus”. This is the mantra of Avalokitesvara, the Buddhisatva (a future Buddha, who stays on earth to help humanity reach enlightenment) of compassion. After a village sightseeing move a little downhill to the campsite. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 13 : Trek to Halji (3660 m) 3 hrs
It’s an easy day to Halji, which allows you time to wander around in the villages and visit the monasteries. The path follows the Limi river upstream and it is relatively flat walking.
Along the way, look out for mountain goats and blue sheep! If you are very lucky you might even see a snow leopard from here on. As with Til, it takes a while before you see Halji appearing, as the village is blending completely with the environment. You enter the village passing a gate chörten after which a very big mani wall appears, a low wall with many stones in which holy mantra’s and Buddhist deities are carved. In Halji the monastery, Rinchenling Gompa, is in the village itself. It’s built in the 14th Century and belongs to the Kagyugpa lineage. It’s the main Gompa in the Limi Valley and serves as the religious center of the Valley. It has been beautifully restored (with help of Nepal Trust) and has many interesting parts to visit. The main hall has a beautifully decorated statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. In smaller rooms you can find more beautiful statues, the complete Kenjur (Buddhist scriptures) and masks and costumes used during festivals (entrance is free, you need to pay Rs 500 to make pictures).
Close to the village there is a clinic, a micro hydro power plant and solar plant built by the Nepal Trust that you can visit as well. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 14 : Trek to Jang (3930 m) 4 hrs
It’s an easy 4-hour walk from Halji to Jang, following the Limi Khola. Jang is the third and last village in the Limi Valley and as with the other villages, it’s a magical place to be. It’s very special to be in such a secluded place where the Tibetan culture still continues relatively untouched, as far from the modern day world as you can be. Jang has a beautiful Gompa which you can visit (entrance is free, but also here you have to pay Rs 500 to make pictures). Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 15 : Trek to Talung (4370 m) 8 hrs
In the coming days there won’t be any more villages until Kermi and you will be walking through impressive, completely desolate landscapes. The trail is not always easy to find, and you have to cross a few small rivers. The trail goes up slowly but steadily, up to Talang, where there is a place to camp.
Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 16 : Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4940 m) 8 hrs
The second spectacular pass day of this trek! It’s a very tough, but rewarding climb to the highest point of the trek, the Nyalu La, at 4940 meters. There can be snow and ice, which makes the climb more challenging. From the pass you have breathtaking 360 degrees views into Humla and Tibet. On very clear days you can even see the holy Mount Kailash (6714 m) in the distance. Besides, you can see Mount Saipal (7031 m) and many more snow capped mountains which are stretching out before you.
From the pass, it is a steep downward slope to Lake Selma Tso at 4630 meters. The trail continues going down, following the Sali River, to the campsite at Shinjungma. Getting lower, the nature changes dramatically and suddenly you see trees! You have many beautiful views, steep slopes full with trees, with at the horizon Mount Saipal. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 17 : Trek to Kermi (2670 m) 7 hrs
We get back down decent about 1000 meters and we reach to Kermi which we have already passed before. The trail we pass through is rocky, interesting landscape and beautiful turning of Karnali River. Overnight at tented Camp.
- Day 18 : Trek to Simikot (2950 m) 6 hrs
We pass through the same way and o/n at local guest house or tented camp.
- Day 19 : Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
Early morning flight back to Kathmandu, via Nepalgunj.
- Day 20 : Rest & free day in Kathmandu
This day one can spend freely without any schedule. You have enough time to explore the local market, shopping Malls and you can buy souvenirs for friends and family. At evening our representative will pick up you from the hotel for a farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant, where we share our knowledge, experiences about the trips. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 21 : Depart Kathmandu
Today, according to your flight schedule our representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for your next destination.