Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek

Duration:
20 Days 19 Nights
Category:
Trip Region:
Humla-Simikot
Grade:
Strenuous
Highest Altitude:
4940m
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Description

Simikot-Hilsa Limi Circuit Camping Trek is a perfect blend of nature with the warmth of culture. Untouched by the modern world and accessible only through the foot, Limi Valley is one of the most remote parts of Nepal where the dominant culture of the Valley- Tibetan Buddhism, still remains intact. The Valley is home to some of the oldest monasteries and Gompas including the one in Halji which is considered to be at least 800 years old. The inhabitants of this valley enjoy a rich history of being traders from Tibet who settled in Nepal and flourished, carving their own corner in the world. The Limi Valley lies on the border of Nepal and Tibet, thus the terrain is almost similar to that of Tibet with the sparsely populated vast expanse of lands along with great barren hills.

Simikot-Hilsa Limi Circuit Camping Trek takes you through the remote Humla District and several of its rural villages which gives you an insight into the traditional means of living of the people of this region. Starting from Kathmandu, you will travel towards Simikot, a town accessible only through air or foot and which is the starting point of your treks. As you trek onwards from Simikot to other villages such as Dharapuri, Kermi, and Yalbang. From Yalbang, you head to Tumkot which houses the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery, which is a great religious shrine to the people in the region. The next stop, Yari also boasts having Chukatok and Yangzi monasteries in its premise. The beautiful Karnali river keeps you company along with the green terraced fields of buckwheat and barley. You will cross many mountain passes on your way including Nara La (4520m), Lamka La (4300m) and so on. From the top of Nyalu La mountain pass, you will be able to witness a beautiful view of Limi Valley, Humla Valley and Tibet that spreads in front of you on all sides. You make your way back to Kermi and then to Simikot marking the end of the trek.

Alpine Adventure Team has been one of the prime destinations for tourists who want to explore Nepal. And to such enthusiasts, we ensure the best available transportation and accommodation services. To make navigation and communication through your journey easier, an experienced guide will trek with you throughout.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be greeted by one of our representatives upon your arrival at the Kathmandu Airport (TIA) and escorted to your hotel. You can freshen up and take a short tour of the city. We, including your Climb Guide, will host a welcome dinner for you in the evening and discuss the trip. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
Today, we spend our whole day exploring Kathmandu. We visit different religious and historical places in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites have been religious and cultural symbols to identify the Kathmandu valley for ages. We buy proper gears and equipment for the tour. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (150m)
From the capital city of Kathmandu, you will take a flight towards the town of Nepalgunj. Nepalgunj is a border city that lies on the borders of Nepal and India which in turn falls in the plains of Nepal also known as Terai. You will notice while on your flight that the scenery drastically changes from hills and mountains to plains. Overnight stay at Nepalgunj.

Day 4: Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950m)
You will take a short flight from Nepalgunj to the town of Simikot, landing on the town’s only airstrip. Simikot lies on an altitude of 2950m and is inaccessible except air or foot. You will be leaving the plains behind and into the high mountains where you will witness incredible views of the surrounding lush, green hills. Overnight stay at Simikot.

Day 5: Simikot to Dharapuri (2300m)
A short trek from Simikot will take you to the village of Dharapuri. On your way, you will pass through terraced farms of barley and buckwheat, as farming is the staple occupation in this region. As you pass through dense pine forests, you will come across beautiful views of Humla Valley and also cross a relatively small mountain pass at the altitude of 3150m. Overnight stay at Dharapuri.

Day 6: Dharapuri to Kermi (2670m)
The trek continues to Kermi from Dharapuri. Your trail will take you along the gushing Karnali River which is the widest river of Nepal. Trekking through forested routes and occasional small settlements on the way, you will steadily gain ground on Kermi. Kermi is a small village that lies on an altitude of 2670m and is majorly inhabited by Tibetan Buddhists, whose culture is predominant in various parts of this region. Overnight stay at Kermi.

Day 7: Kermi to Yalbang (3020m)
The village of Yalbang is famous for housing the Namkha Khyung Dzong, which is considered to be the biggest monastery of the region. Your trail will take you through beautiful forests of pine, alongside the wide Karnali River. A constant backdrop of great hills will make this journey even more beautiful. You also pass Khyung monastery at Namkha before we arrive at Yalbang. Overnight stay at Yalbang.

Day 8: Yalbang to Muchu (3120m) 4 hours or Tumkot (3380m)
From Yalbang, the trail heading out goes through ups and downs to head to Yangar. Continuing ahead through a changing vegetation, we reach Tumkot. Tumkot is an important village in the region as it houses one of the most important relics of Nepal, the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery of the Sakya lineage. You will be able to visit the monastery in order to uncover the culture and traditions of the village. Overnight stay at Tumkot.

Day 9: Tumkot to Yari (3700m) or Thado Dunga (3750m)
The scenery along the way to Thado Dhunga from Tumkot is a perfect mix of wide fields with almost barren great hills. Yari is located close to the Nepal-Tibet border. This village houses two monasteries- Chutok and Yangzi monasteries which you can visit in order to get a glimpse of the culture of the region. Overnight stay at Yari.

Day 10: Yari to Hilsa (3720m), across the Nara La (4620m)
You will trek towards Hilsa from Yari via the Nara La mountain pass (4620m). The pass has an interesting pile of stones stockpiled by the passing travelers in the belief of gaining good fortunes. From here, you begin the descent to Hilsa. The terrain drastically changes into more barren and wide expanses of fields, almost similar to that of Tibet which lies not far away from here. Overnight stay at Hilsa.

Day 11: Hilsa to Manepeme (3900m)
From Hilsa, you head out and cross a river on an iron bridge to begin on a slight ascent. Your trail will take you along the Karnali River against a backdrop of great, rocky hills that makes the journey aesthetic in its own way. Manepeme is the last stop before you enter the beautiful Limi Valley. Overnight stay at Manepeme.

Day 12: Manepeme to Til (4000m)
Your trail will take you through Lamka La mountain pass that lies on an altitude of 4300m and through dusty paths that are littered with small Chortens ad stupas with colorful prayer flags wrapped all around them. The village of Til houses Kunzum Do-Nag Choeden Monastery which is believed to be a few centuries old. Overnight stay at Til.

Day 13: Til to Halji (3660m)
From Til, you head to the second village of Limi Valley, Halji. The trail runs along a river and following the trail you walk on a relatively flat path for a while. Enjoying the landscapes and biodiversity along the trail, you make way to Halji. Also, the village houses Richening Gompa which is almost 800 years old and has major significance in the region’s religion and culture. Overnight stay at Halji.

Day 14: Halji to Jang (3930m)
From Halji, you will trek onwards to Jang, the final village of Limi Valley. Jang is a border village, lying at the border of Nepal and Tibet. In Jang, you will witness more than half of the population engaged in the occupation of agriculture or animal husbandry as well as trade. The village also presents a delightful display of the Tibetan-Buddhism through the lifestyle of the residents and its heritage. Overnight stay at Jang.

Day 15: Jang to Talung (4370m)
The trail is a stark representation of the geography of the region which includes a barren landscape that is sparsely populated along with great, rocky hills and smaller streams. On your way to the village of Talung, you will come across meadows and herds of yak and sheep. Once at Talung, you can explore the nearby areas. Overnight stay at Talung.

Day 16: Talung to Shinjungma (3620m), across Nyalu La (4940m)
The trail from Talung to Shinjungma will take you across the Nyalu La Mountain pass (4940m) and offers you incredible views of Humla Valley, Tibet and Limi Valley on all sides. On your way, you will get glimpses of snowy peaks such as Kailash (6714m) and Saipal (7031m) as well as you will come across Namka Khyung Dzong Gompa. Overnight stay at Shinjungma.

Day 17: Shinjungma to Kermi (2670m)
A trek of 7 hours will take you from Shinjungma back to the village of Kermi. Your trail will be filled with beautiful views of green hills as you trek alongside the Sali River. On walking further ahead, the Sali River meets Karnali River and the trail heads east from the confluence of these two rivers. Overnight stay at Kermi.

Day 18: Kermi to Simikot (2950m) 6 hours
From Kermi, you will trek towards the town of Simikot. You will cross some grazing meadows that lie between Kermi and Simikot. Firstly on the trek, you cross Majgaon and on a pleasant trailhead to Simikot. The trail ascends gradually and then descends to lead to Simikot. Overnight stay at Simikot.

Day 19: Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
You will take simultaneous flights back from Simikot to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu. The scenic landscapes will keep you company throughout the flight. Upon arriving in the valley, you will be transferred to your hotel. You can rest or opt to explore the city and shop for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
You will be escorted to the airport by a company representative. You can feel free to comment on the quality of our services.

Location

Cost Details

Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 4 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.
* Round trip domestic flight ticket from Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Tented accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters, their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All camping equipment (Tents, Mattresses and Kitchen Utensils).
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Humla-Simikot Restricted Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.

Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…

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