Simikot Hilsa Limi Valley Circuit Trek
Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek passes many isolated yet beautiful villages of Khas and Tibetan communities. You can also acknowledge their history and visit the old monasteries built more than a thousand years ago.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek takes you to one of the most remote regions in western Nepal. This trek covers a wide range of climate zones from tropical to alpine.
The trail on the trek goes along the longest river in Nepal- Karnali to explore the Limi Valley. You get to explore both Nepal and Tibet and learn about the cultures and traditions in both countries.
After a day of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley, you fly to Nepalgunj next day. Then, you take a short flight to Simikot and a short walk will take you to Dharmapuri. The trek continues to Kermi along the Karnali River.
Further, you head to Yalbang passing the Khyung monastery in Namkha. From Yalbang, you trek to Tumkot and continue to Yuri. You visit Chutok and Yangzi monasteries in Yuri. Passing Nara La Pass (4560m), you trek to Hilsa.
Then, you trek to three villages in the Limi Valley: Til, Halji, and Jang. Next, you’ll trek to Shinjungma via Talung across Nyalu La Pass (5001m). You’ll then return to Simikot through Kermi and fly to Nepalgunj and then Kathmandu.
With the exception of months during the winter season (December-February), the trek can be done throughout the year. This is because the trekking trail lies in the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri range. Also, it is a difficult trek and altitude sickness is also a major threat.
We, at Eternal Himalaya, will manage all of your permits, transportation, and accommodations services. We have experienced and licensed guides and porters for the trek. As a result, your trek will be safe, easy, and fun.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by Private guide and private transportation
- Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu flight fare.
- Nepalgunj – Simikot – Nepalgunj flight fare.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport where a company representative will come to greet you. Then, you will proceed to your hotel where you can rest. Later, you can also go around the block for explorations. You can go shop for souvenirs or go for experiencing the city atmosphere.
Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
The beginning of the journey, today, we tour the UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley beginning from the Swayambhunath From here, we descend down to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next up on the tour is the Pashupatinath Temple. The tour finally ends with a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa. All these UNESCO world heritage sites are the cultural symbols of the entire nation.
Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (150m)
We make our way out of the Kathmandu Valley heading towards the Terai city of Nepalgunj. The hour-long flight takes us away from the lush green hills around the valley and towards the Terai flatlands. Touching down at Nepalgunj, we make our way directly to the hotel. You can explore the city for the remainder of the day.
Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950m)
Today, we make our way to Simikot flying over to the Humla district. The flight takes us to one of the most remote areas of the nation in addition to the beautiful natural scenery. Reaching Simikot, we head down to the hotel ending all our activities for the day. Once again, you are free to head down to the local regions.
Simikot to Dharapuri (2300m)
The first day of our trek and we begin our journey making our way towards Dharapuri. Exiting Simikot, the trail ascends through the forested ridge before descending towards Majgaon. Past Majgaon, the trail takes us through a series of ascents and descents. We trek past small settlements continuously to reach Dharapuri.
Dharapuri to Kermi (2670m)
Exiting Dharapuri, we begin our journey along the banks of the Karnali River. Through fields of buckwheat, maize, and barley, we continue our journey to Kermi. In addition to housing hot water, Kermi is well known for its monasteries. Here, you can visit the Lakiyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa both dating back a hundred years. We tour around the monasteries learning the unique culture and way of life followed in the region.
Kermi to Yalbang (3020m)
Heading out of Kermi the trail steeply ascends through the lush green forests to reach the suspension bridge over the Salli River. Past the river, the trail begins its descent through the lush green forests. The picturesque views of the Karnali River and the surrounding landscapes make the trek even more surreal. Often used by traders, the route is more crowded than others as people head to and back from the Tibetan trading hub of Takalkot.
Yalbang to Muchu (3120m) 4 hours or Tumkot (3380m)
Yalbang is home to the Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery which, the oldest monastery of the region. Enjoying the tranquil atmosphere around the monastery, we begin our journey to Tumkot. Exiting Yalbang, the journey heads to Yagnar on a fairly leveled trail. Crossing the suspension bridge above the Karnali River, we trek past Muchu to reach Tumkot.
Tumkot to Yari (3700m) or Thado Dunga (3750m)
Making our way out of Tumkot, we begin our ascending journey towards Pani Palbang. The changing attitudes are reflected in the landscapes as we leave behind the tree lines in favor of the desolate Himalayan landscapes. Another hour of the journey takes us to the hamlet of Yari. Depending on our arrival schedule, we can trek to Thado Dhunga which lies half an hour away from Yari.
Yari to Hilsa (3720m), across the Nara La (4620m)
Today, we make our way towards Hilsa which forms the Nepalese border with Tibet. Exiting Yari, we head past Thado Dhunga which brings us to a completely desolate Tibetan wilderness. Making our way through the rugged Himalayan wilderness, we begin our slow ascent to the summit of Nara La Pass at an altitude of 4,620m. Enjoying the views of the majestic mountains, we continue our journey past several chortens to Hilsa.
Hilsa to Manepeme (3900m)
Heading out of Hilsa, we make our way past an iron bridge. Then, we follow a narrow trail gradually climbing the ridge to meet the main trekking route heading towards Manepeme. The majority of the journey takes us alongside the tranquil Humla Karnali River. We continue the entirety of the journey through the barren Tibetan landscape to reach Manepeme.
Manepeme to Til (4000m)
Making our way out of Manepeme, we ascend through the desolate trail which leads us to the cave of Ya Yip Phuk. A prominent Buddhist heritage, it is believed that Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo, one of the great translators of the ancient Buddhist scriptures, meditated here. Continuing our journey, we head past a series of Mani stones and towards the summit of the Lamka La pass. Crossing the mountain pass at an altitude of 4,300m brings us to Til.
Til to Halji (3660m)
Taking our time to tour around Tal, we begin our descending journey towards the banks of the Limi River. Next, we cross the river finding the lush green forests adorned with pine and fir trees. The final stretch of the journey is a pleasant one as we reach Halji. Home to the Rincheng Gompa, the hamlet boasts a rich culture and history associated with the Kargyupa Lineage.
Halji to Jang (3930m)
One of the more pleasant days of the journey, we make our way alongside the Limi River for its entirety and pass the Sunkarni Temple. One of the larger hamlets of the Limi valley, Jang boasts an untouched culture and a Tibetan way of life. The village also offers brilliant views of the surrounding landscapes including the Tibetan mountain ranges. Overnight at Jang.
Jang to Talung (4370m)
Enjoying the views of Mt. Saipal (7,132m) and Mt. Kailash (6,638m), we head over to Tholing. Perhaps the most enjoyable stretch of the trek, the journey heads in complete solitude avoiding human settlements. Enjoying the beautiful natural landscape, we head past Takchhe to cross the Talun River. Thereon, it is a short trek to Talun Village.
Talung to Shinjungma (3620m), across Nyalu La (5001m)
Today, we make our way over to Shinjungma crossing the stunning Nyalu La Pass (5001m) en route. One of the longer days of the travel, the trek heads alongside a series of Mani stones to reach the summit of Nyalu La Pass (5001m). Enjoying the majestic views of the Api and Saipal Himalayan Ranges, we descend to reach the picturesque lake of Selma Tsho. The final stretch of the trek descends all the way to Shinjungma for the night.
Shinjungma to Kermi (2670m)
Making a complete circuit alongside the banks of Salli River, we make our way out of Shinjungma. The journey heads alongside the lush green forests adorned with pine and birch trees. Crossing the Karnali River, we make our journey towards the east reaching Kermi. Back at Kermi, we take some time off to soak in the pleasantly hot water springs.
Kermi to Simikot (2950m) 6 hours
The final day of the trek and we make our way back to Simikot. Leaving Kermi early, we ascend back to Dharapuri and then onto Majgaon. Leaving Majgaon, the trail takes us on a strenuous climb up the hill climbing the ridge above the Karnali River leading to a narrow pass. A short descent from the pass brings us to Simikot.
Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu |Farewell Dinner
The final day of the trek and we begin with a lovely flight heading back to the Terai city of Nepalgunj. Bidding goodbye to far western Nepal, we head back to the Terai flatlands before boarding another flight to Kathmandu. Touching down at Kathmandu, we make our way directly to the hotel where a lovely farewell dinner awaits us.
Final Departure from Kathmandu
Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport for your final departure. We hope that your adventure with us has been a memorable one and wish you all the luck.
Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek passes many isolated yet beautiful villages of Khas and Tibetan communities. You can also acknowledge their history and visit the old monasteries built more than a thousand years ago. The main highlights of this trek are wildlife and natural beauty of remote western Nepal. You trek on completely off-beaten tracks and head to the Limi Valley.
- Journey to one of the most remote areas of the country
- Enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the Limi Valley
- Cross high mountain passes through the desolate Tibetan landscapes
- A unique adventure completely off-the-beaten path
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Duration of Trek: 20 Days
Max Altitude: 5001m
Ethnic People: Thakuri/Tibetan/Khas
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge/Tented Camp
Transportation: Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Minimum Pax: 2
Minimum Pax: 1
Almost all prices displayed are calculated amount with lowest possible margin for operator. Though we always try to customize trip a bit with travelers request. Lets talk.