Limi valley

Limi valley trip offers you a great experience of trekking in remote western part of Nepal and pristine insight of Humla valley. This area is famous for rich natural vegetation, flora and fauna. The precious herbs of Himalaya are found in this region. Around week of challenging trekking takes you to western port of entry of Tibet Ngari region (Kailash area). For those wish keen on trekking rather than driving for days, this is the ultimate route. Trip offers you another 2 days of trekking around the Holy Mt. Kailash and takes you to archeological site of ancient Gugay Kingdom. For those with limited time, days can be reduced by flying to Lhasa via Ali airport.

Trip begins with comprehensive briefing in Kathmandu followed by flight to Nepalgunj gateway to western part of Nepal. Experience thrilling flight to Simikot from where you begins your trekking. After weeks of trek you reached Tibet border and meet with Tibetan crew to start with another adventure in Tibet. You end your trip in Lhasa after amazing overland drive through various ancient towns, cities, highest passes, Lakes, mountain (including Mt. Everest) and highest plateau on earth. After visiting all the monastery and places, you fly back to your next destination.

Trip highlights:

Remote Lemi Valley and Humla trekking (Western Nepal)
Mt. Kailash, Manasarowar (holy places) and Gugay Kingdom (Archeological sites)
Optional: Trip to Everest Base Camp)
visit Lhasa, Shigatse, Gyantse.

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow.  O/N in Hotel  at  Kathmandu (BB)
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure.  O/N in Hotel at  Kathmandu (BB)
Fly to Nepalgunj, southwest plain of Nepal and gateway to western Nepal and border point to Tibet western area. There is not much to do but to stay inside the hotel in control temperature since temperature goes up to 40 degree Celsius  in mid-summer since Nepalgunj, is only 150mdegreewe could feel the heat. The temperature was 35° C plus and it was humid, not a very good place to be in during this time of the year. We drove straight to our hotel and spent most of the time in the A/C room. After dinner we just prayed to God for the good weather for tomorrow, so we could fly to Simikot in time. O/N at Hotel Siddhartha.
It is best to reach airport early as possible to avoid rush at the airport and fly early as possible. 50 minutes flight offers breathtaking view. You will be greeted by your camping crew in Simikot. We will do the final arrangement, Government formalities and lunch; we start our trekking climbing off the Simikot airstrip, passed wheat and barley fields on a rough rocky trail bordered with cannabis and nettles. Trek passed the stone house of upper Simikot and the community water supply. The most commonly used left – hand path drops steeply in a knee crunching more than 800m descent to the town of Masigaon. Following the Humla Karnali River flowing about 400m below, we eventually reach a metal bridge crossing the Hepka Khola into Dharapuri ( 2270m/7446ft), where there are clearly marked camping spots and a cooking shelter next to some superb swimming holes. O/N Camp in Dharapuri.
After the breakfast, we start walking through up and down to Chanchera a shepherd’s camp near a series beautiful waterfalls. We walk steep uphill for about 2-3 hours. We stop for lunch.  There are hot springs nearby Kermi worth visiting. Trail is steep and narrow in some section and must be careful.  O/N camp in Kermi.
After breakfast, we stark walk with a long climb over a ridge into a big valley of potato and buckwheat fields. The trail levels out a bit as it makes a long traverse through a sparse pine forest and aster about two hours you will come to a mani wall and rock cairn on a ridge at 2990m. People travelling to Kailash will follow this shorter path down to the Chumsa Khola but instead you turn right into a stunning pine – filled valley. After 2 hours dropping through forest we came to a small bridge crossing the rive with some shade and flat place. We did not have lunch here because we are not going to Tsongsa. After another 2 and half hours trek we crossed another bridge and reached a wide open field and stone shelters at around 3400m / 11152ft. There is a beautiful camping spot by the river offers breath taking view of Sipal Himal (Mountain peak) and lush forest. O/N Camp in Chumsa Khola.
The trail climbs steadily through pulp – covered birch and pine forests. Rhododendron trees grow up to an elevation of 3800m and the valley – flanked by sheer stone walls – is flecked with primrose, gentians and irises. After 2 hours the trail climbs briefly onto glacial moraine before turning left into the sweeping expanse that marks the confluence of several small streams and the Chumsa Khola. Today trekking trail offers scenic view of mountain. O/N Camp in Tsongsa.
Start early as possible to cross the pass across the snow trail. The trail then sweeps west into a wide, often snow – filled valley that can be difficult for animals to navigate. It takes approx 5 hours to reach to the top of the Nyalu pass. Getting down to the Talung valley is more difficult than reaching to the top. There is an option of walking approx. 20 minutes northeast above the pass for a great views across the Tibetan plateau. On a clear day it is possible: to see Kailash.  Walk another 4 hours after the pass before reaching the camp side, trail usually cover by snow so it is good to have snow gator. There is an opportunity to see wild animal such as Blue Sheep, some wild Rats and sometime you can even see an endangered animal snow Leopard. O/N Camp in Talung Valley.
The wide U – shaped Talung Valley is confined by steep slopes and falls in a series of steps carved out by ancient glaciers. From the camp the trail follows high above the shoreline of the 1200m – long Tshom Tso. The head of lake is dominated by the giant white sand, which looks like snow.  Trail requires to crosse some ice – cold rivers before climbing out to Talung valley and into the Tagche valley.  From the top of the sand dunes you can see the 24 km long trail leading into Tibet via the lapche La. Local still use this trail to bring giant herds of goats into Nepal. While crossing the sand dunes one can see herds' wild horses at the far end of the valley. A camp has been established by locals near a small hot spring, about 40 minutes before we reach the village of Jang. It’s a lovely place with flat green area. The camp is right next to the river ideal place to take open bath by the pristine clean river to take bath, wild animal stroll around your camp site in this area. Plenty of yaks were around and some nomadic tents were set up there. This is one of the best camping sites of this trip. O/N Camp in Jang.
Today is a longer day and must be anticipated accordingly. You follow the trail back to Jang and exit the village through a stone Chorten with an ornately painted roof. Halji is just 9km west of Jang so leaving early would give us time to visit the most famous Monastery of Limi Valley Rinzin Ling Gompa. Trek to Tilchu was almost another 3 and a half hour walk from Halji. Tilchu camp side was just by the river, quite sandy. O/N Camp in Tilchu.
Real trekking trail start from today. Trek start with almost 2 hours steep uphill walk. It`s very misleading distance if you compare with your map but feels much longer tortuous trails weaves its way through ravines and up and down trails carved into impossibly steep – looking hills sides.  One must carry enough water. Although the tril is actually quite will formed. This is not the ideal camp site but it was ok for the small group. Few section of today’s trail was really dangerous, had to be extremely careful. Today was one of the most difficult days and was physically demanding. We are glad this was our last night. Tonight is last night with the camping crew from Nepal if they are not entering Tibet and best time to tip them after dinner and farewell ceremony with proper gratitude. Crew will sing a Farwell song and dance as they will be allowed to drink today to enjoy the ceremony.
After the last breakfast with your camping crew, as they return back home. The trail continues to duck and dive through ravines, staying above a major landslide, from where you will catch your first views of the imposing Nara La(4580m) trail on your left. The expanse of the Tibetan plateau stretches out to the north and a tiny pocket of barley fields identifies Sher and Tibetan border far below. The village of Hilsa is depressing collection of grey buildings located on windy flats across the suspension bridge spanning the Humla Karnali River that flows into Nepal from Tibet. Trail today was very difficult and dangerous as landslide had washed away most of the trekking trails in the slopes. We had to be very careful while walking. As we round the final ridge one cannot carry on with the main trail but must drop instead into a steep gully onto a rough trail that drops straight down to the bridge. You walk up to Hilsa and meet your Tibetan crew. After security formalities, drive to Purang takes approx 30 minutes. It is quite tiring day however, one will enjoy proper driving through proper road to Purang. O/N Hotel.
After breakfast, we drive 3 hours to Darchen. The drive offers scenic view of Tibetan vast plateau and Holy Rakesh Tal (Lake) and Mt. Kailash at the back drop.  Drive further offer you first view of amazing Holy Lake Manasarovar. Reached Darchen finally. O/N Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Tarpoche takes approx. 30 minutes. Walk approx. 5 hours reached Dirapuk, after simple dinner and accommodation are based in dormitories in Dirapuk due to limited room and remoteness of the area. Dirapuk offer a great view of Holy Mt. Kailash. There is also a monastery nearby. O/N Guest House.
Early morning trekking toward Dolma la pass takes 5 hours for the group to reach the top. This is the remote section of the Kailash and physically demanding due to high altitude.  Once you reach Dolmapa Pass, you continue trek to Zutulpuk for another 4 hours. There is not much view from Zutulpuk. O/N Guest House.
After simple breakfast, descend for 2 hours and drive to Darchen which is about 4 km. Then drive to Mansarovar. After lunch you enjoy the view of Lake and surrounding area, there is a option of taking bath in hot spring nearby. O/N Guest House.
Drive 5 hours with several photo stops. Overland drive offers beautiful landscape created by years of evolution and the couple of high passes. Toling is big town and a comparatively warm temperature. You have opportunity to explore this Toling town and enjoy local meal. O/N Guest House.
Drive to Guge Kingdom located about 20km and 30 minutes of drive away from Toling. The road is amazingly built through the great landscape. It was very interesting archeological site. Ruins and most important monasteries. Both valleys have significant role of Buddhism containing most important monasteries and other holiest sides. Return to Toling. O/N Guest House.
After enjoying the beautiful weather in Toling, drive to Lake Mansarovar takes 5 hrs. Drive offers amazing glimpse of Mt. Kailash on the way back. O/N Guest House.
Drive approx. 9 hrs to reach Saga. Lunch in local restaurant in Paryang. Saga is a big town; you have opportunity to explore local small market and enjoy interacting with local and enjoy local meal. O/N Hotel.
Today comparatively short drive of 4 hours to Old Tingri. We drove about 65 km on the rough road. The drive was very interesting as it offers view of Mt. Shisapangma and other 8000 meters mountains. The view of the lake Pigutso was just amazing and the mountains at the backdrop made it beautiful even more. Here you can enjoy view of Everest. O/N Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to 2.5 hours through off road before we came across the black toped road. Then drive further half an hour before we reached Rongbuk. You have option of hike to Everest Base Camp or take shuttle bus. After return from EBC drive back to Shegar approx. 90km. The road toward Shegar bend 45 before zig zag until reaching high pass before you reach Shegar. O/N Hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Shigatse 5 hours drive. Shigatse is second biggest city in Tibet after Lhasa; it is a well developed city with the entire infrastructure. There you have sightseeing of famous Tashilumpho Monastery. O/N Hotel.
Drive to Gyantse takes approx. 2 hours. Gyantse is an ancient town still managed to keep its original charm. Here we will visit Pelkhor Chode Temple, which served the Geluk Sakya and Buluk orders. Here the Khumbum Stupa is an architectural masterpiece built in the style of 108-sided Mandela. It is the most revered Stupa in Tibet and houses 112 chapels of which only 23 are open to the public. After lunch. Drive further towards Lhasa 4-5 hours drive over two spectacular high passes – the Kampa La at 4750m and Karo La at 5010m, over, and along the beautiful deep blue green Lake called Yamdrok Lake or Turquoise Lake. You will view famous Potala Palace from the distance. O/N at Hotel
After breakfast you will be briefed about the day’s program. Then your guide will take you on a tour to Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Barkhor Market respectively. Jokhang Temple: Jokhang a seventh-century geomantic temple at the heart of Lhasa is the most sacred temple of all Tibet. It is considered to be a Power Place in all Tibet. Queen Bhrikuti, a Nepalese princess married to King Songtsen Gampo founded Jokhang Temple and in recognition of Queen Bhrikuti the main gate of the temple faces west towards Nepal.  The most impressive structure of the Jokhang Temple is the many chapels surrounding the temple. Sera Monastery: This monastery is approx. 5km drive away from Lhasa. Sera Monastery was founded in 1419. It sits in the prettiest and most charming atmosphere at the base of Mount Purbuchok. Sera Monastery used to be an important center for learning where in the past approx. 5,000 to 6,000 monks resided. Currently about 550 monks are supposed to be living there. The important structures inside the monastery include Coqen Hall, (the main assembly hall), three Zhacangs (Buddhist colleges) and twenty-nine Khangtsens (monk dormitories).The most intriguing feature here is the nine-meter image of Maitraya which was erected in 1419; here one can also witness the practicing of debate among the monks, who pitch their knowledge against each other. Barkhor Market (Bazar): The most popular Barkhor Market (Bazaar) is a square where Tibetan handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, paintings etc. are all in sale for your delight. At the end of the day your guide will escort you back to your hotel. Lhasa offers variety of Restaurant for both Lunch and Dinners. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB)
After an early breakfast, you will be escorted by your guide to the majestic Potala Palace and the beautifully landscaped Drepung Monastery. Potala Palace: Also known as the “Winter palace”. The imposing structure of the palace dominates the landscape of Lhasa. is a 13th storied complex monument rising to a height of above 117m which houses 10,000 shrines and over 200,000 images and about 1000 rooms.As you are guided through the ancient chambers of the palace, you get to see Tibetan art at its best. The Potala Palace has a vast array of intricate Tibetan murals and beautiful statues. You will also get to view the tombs of the eight Dalai Lamas. Drepung Monastery: is a beautifully landscaped monastery where you can observe nuns and monks chanting and performing religious discourses. After the day’s tour is over, you are escorted back to your hotel for a well- earned rest. O/N at Hotel in Lhasa (BB) Note: Since only a limited number of visitors are allowed inside the Potala palace every day, the order of sightseeing places will be decided upon by your guide.
After breakfast, your guide will give you a final departure transfer for your next destination.  Tour Concludes.
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“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”

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Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

SERVICES INCLUDED:

Nepal Portion:

  • Accommodation in hotel in Nepal side in 3 star hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary
  • Air fare Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot
  • All the necessary airport transfers
  • 1 Cook with all cooking equipment and kitchen staff
  • Freshly cooked full board meal ( breakfast, lunch and dinner )
  • Two men tent during camping , dining and toilet tents, sleeping mats
  • Special restricted area permit for Limi Valley
  • Trekking permit
  • Mule and Mule herders for the trek
  • Insurance for Nepali staff.

Tibet Portion:

  • Twin sharing accommodation as per the itinerary on bed and breakfast (BB) basis.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle
  • Monastery entrance fee & Rongbuk Entry fee.
  • Everest conservation fee.
  • Tibet travel permits
  • Yak and Yak herder
  • All entrance fees.
  • All necessary entrance permits
  • Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
  • Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.

 

Airfare:  Lhasa to Kathmandu:

SERVICE EXCLUDED:

  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet and Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuity to staff
  • Services of Porters and other vehicle in between in case of landslides and other natural calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during any rescue services.
  • Nepal re-entry visa fee.
  • Alcoholic beverages and bar bills.
  • All expenses of personal nature, phone calls, Laundry etc.
  • Any services not mentioned herein

 

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