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Limi is a small valley near to Mt Kailash in the western Nepal. Limi Valley lies in Humla district of Nepal, connected very near to the mountains from Tibet. Limi valley trek is composed of 3 different villages together; those 3 villages are Tila, Hilji and Dam. Limi valley is very less known trekking region of Nepal with off the beaten trekking route long the villages off the sight of Nepal government.
Ironically the life in the villages of this region is not easy. But the beauty of the region is awesome with all those waterfalls, towering mountains, simple life of beautiful people, deserted landscapes and jungle trails in the beginning.
Limi Valley is different from other treks for 2 major reasons; firstly you can see Mt Kailash without going to Mansarobar lake which lies in the Tibet and second Limi valley trek is the off the beaten trek which lies in western Nepal – Western Nepal is less Explored itself.
Tourism in Limi Valley has been very less known, here till this date just 50 trekkers visit the region in an entire region – however the beauty of Nature is stunning. From Limi valley trek you can also see Kailash Mountain.
The gateway of Limi valley trekking region is Simikot which is capital of Humla district. Simikot means fort which is in the wet land; sim in Nepali means wet land whereas Kot means fort.
How to get to Limi Valley?
Starting trip from Kathmandu, you need to take flight to Simikot. On arrival at Simikot the trekking is on the road and trekking trail. The trekking is about 8 to 18 days depending upon the time trekkers take to enjoy the nature.
From Simikot the trekking goes along the river valley. Karnali River is the major river of Nepal. While trekking from Simikot to Dharapuri – trekkers pass by huge waterfalls, jungle trail, local villages and pristine beauty of nature in different state. Trekking trail often goes on the season motor roads.
Trekking from Dharapuri to Kirmi is another fascinating day with best of waterfalls and narrow trails hanging by the cliff. If you have been to Manaslu or Upper dolpo the trekking trail is more like those restricted trekking trails.
Chyachhara waterfall is probably the largest waterfall which can be seen in trekking trails of Nepal. This waterfall is stunning and the location is perfect.
Taking lunch in tea house in the middle of nowhere, sleeping in the village in odd location, smiling faces of local people, curious children and yaks/sheep herd met along the trekking trail is interesting part of trekking to Limi Valley.
What to Expect in Limi Valley trek?
The trekking trail will have very few trekkers. That is why the trail will be peaceful and entire trekking trail will seem like ours. Beauty of nature is stunning but as you are trekking in the off the beaten trekking trail; accommodation and food is simple.
As horse is major means of transportation among locals – if you are tired or needed a break while trekking; horse riding can be an option in route of Limi Valley. As the trekking trail is in border with Tibet – to see Chinese truck on the muddy road is normal.
Beauty of trekking trail is decorated with waterfalls, glacial lakes, mountains, river valley. Major attraction of the trek is sighting Mt Kailash from Lapcha village.
Culture & Tradition
Starting from Simikot the region is dominated by Buddhism. However the settlement of Hindu community is wide but scattered. Schools, monastery and primary health post are basic need provides of villages in the Limi Valley region.
People are relaying on farming, livestock and tourism (in present). Interestingly people in this region go to Tibet for work and trade. Taklakot boarder can be accessible from Hilsa village of Limi valley.
At Hilsa village of Limi valley; 1000 years old monastery built by “Locha wasijen Samu” is a hidden truth of civilization in the region. The monastery build at that time is still in the village and worshiped villagers. Monastery has Lama and Monks. Lama who built monastery is believed to die after finishing the construction. This is 108th monastery that Lama has built all around the old.
Limi Valley trek overview
Limi valley is a new trekking destination in Nepal. People use this route to fly to Mount Kailash on helicopter, by far. But as a trekking destination Limi valley has still been under the shadow of trekkers around the world.
On the trek of Limi valley, you can see the magnificent view of Mount Kailash but still pilgrimage tourist who travel to Mount Kailash do not trek in the valley but fly from Kathmandu to Simikot by plane and then take helicopter to get to the mount kailas itself. View of Mt Kailash in distance from this Limi valley trek is awesome, indeed!
Trekking in Limi valley is composed activity of jungle walking, village tour, mountain trek, cultural exploration, traditional understanding, homestay, camping, glacial lake trek and many more.
In far western region of Nepal – Limi valley is self-isolated from the rest of Nepal and development is yet to reach in the area. Thus, trekking in the remote part of Nepal is more than just natural experience.
Magnificent waterfall – probably the tallest waterfall you will ever see – Limi valley trek is naturally stunning natural art.
Most importantly this trekking trail is everything about remote trek, new trail, cultural experience, natural exploration and no other trekkers at all. The entire trekking trail will be your own.
Limi Valley Trek Highlights
- Mont Kailash in the sight
- Flight to Simikot is a small plane
- 1000 years old monastery built by “Locha wasijen Samu” at Hilsa village of Limi valley
- Chyachhara waterfall – the largest waterfall of many seen in Limi valley trekking route
- People and their cultural insights in different villages – resembling Tibetan lifestyle
- Jungle trekking experience in off the beaten trekking route of Nepal
- Nara la pass height at 4620 meter 15061/ ft
- Glacial lake and closer view of the snow peak mountains – however Mount Kailash will be seen in distance
- Tibetan Landscape and Villages like Hilsa, Tila, Limi, Dam, Karbang and many other