The Trans Himalayan Limi valley trek is one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal. This trek will give you the opportunity to see Bharal (Himalayan blue sheep), Jackals, kiang (wild ass), musk deer and snow leopard if you are lucky enough. This is the only trek where you can still witness the vibrant Tibetan culture and their lifestyle. This trek follows the ancient salt trading route to the border of Nepal and China, crossing the high pass of Nara La (4,620m) and Nayalu La (4,900m) with amazing views of the high mountains. During this trek you can see some great Himalayas of Nepal like Byas Rishi, Api, Saipal and some Tibetan Himalayas like Mt. Kailash and Gorlamdanda and holy Lake Mansarovar. This trek is one of the best off the beaten trek for every adventure lover.
Trek begins with warm traditional welcome and quick safety briefing followed by comprehensive trip briefing next day, introduction to your guide and entertain last minutes questions.
The beauty of the 6700-meter high Mount Kailash that looks like a symmetrical cone shaped rock capped by pure crystalline ice is equally venerated as the holiest pilgrimage site by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Bön-Po. Tibetans regard this mountain as the manifestation of Mount Meru, “the navel of the earth” where founder of Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab, is believed to have descended from heaven, Hindus as the abode of Lord Shiva, Buddhists as the abode of Samvara and Jains as a sacred site where their prophet, Rishaba attained spiritual enlightenment. With its four sheer walls, distinctive snow-capped peak, and valleys interspersed with brightly-clad Tibetan pilgrims, Mount Kailash or Khang Rimpoche (‘precious snow-peak’, as known by the Tibetans) is an awe-inspiring sight.
Four great rivers of Asia: the Karnali, the Indus, the Sutlej and the Brahmaputra (Tsangpo) originate from here. A three-day trek (Parikrama or Kora) around Mount Kailash over a 5630 meter Drolma La (pass), clockwise for Buddhists and Hindus, and anti-clockwise followers of the ancient Bon religion, is said to erase the sins of a lifetime. To complete the Kailash pilgrimage one should bath in the sacred Lake Manasarovar, stunningly set on the Tibetan plateau bordered by the majestic Gurla Mandata.
The tour begins with a comprehensive trip briefing in Kathmandu followed by a sensational trans Himalayan flight to Lhasa that passes over Mt. Everest and many highest peaks of the world (if you join the tour in Kathmandu). This is the only flight fly over Mt. Everest and other highest peaks. In case you wish to start the tour in Lhasa arriving from anywhere in mainland China or taking a new train from Beijing you will be briefed about the tour by your Tibetan Guide. This is truly the trip of a lifetime with stunning scenery and cultural highlights.
What is included in the tour
- 5 nights in reputed 3 star Hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary in Kathmandu
- Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
- 1 professional English speaking guide
- Private transportation during sightseeing
- Private transportation from Kyirong border to Kathmandu as per the itinerary
- All entrance fee during sightseeing
- 1 night in Hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary in Nepalgunj.
- 1 night in Guest House on BB basis as per the itinerary in Simikot
- Private vehicle to and from trek initiation point.
- All the necessary airport transfers as per the itinerary
- Air fare: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj – Simikot
- Twin-sharing accommodation in tented camp during trek as per the itinerary
- Expenses of cargo for food supply and climbing equipment
- All meals during trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee)
- Professional licensed Trekking guide
- Assistant-guides depending on number of clients
- Porter (max weight 12kg per client)
- All camping equipment and arrangement
- Extra porters for carrying food supply
- Insurance for Nepali staff
- National park fee
- Nepali staff daily wages
- Fully loaded medical kit box
- Trekking Duffle Kit Bag
- Twin sharing and dormitory accommodation as per the itinerary on bed & breakfast (BB) basis.
- English speaking Tibetan Guide.
- Transportation as per the itinerary by necessary vehicle.
- Monastery entrance fee
- Tibet Travel permits.
- All necessary entrance permits.
- Yak and Yak Man
- Emergency mineral water in the vehicle.
- Emergency portable oxygen cylinder in the vehicle.
- Trip briefing by Tibet expert & entertain question.
- Trip Information pack.
- Gift pack (prayer flag or string of flag & paper prayer Lungtha).
Note: Offer Prayer flag or Lungtha (string of prayer flag) in high passes, temple for good fortune & long life.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Nepal Visa fee
- Tibet Visa Fee (Acceptable in cash only as per the Nationality).
- Any Airfare
- Personal Horse hiring for Kailash Kora
- Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
- Personal Gears: ( all trekking gears are easily available on rent and buy in Kathmandu)
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu , Nepalgunj & Tibet
- Liquor beverages (soft and hard drinks)
- Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, phone call etc.
- Gratuity for staff
- Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
- Services not mentioned herein
- Humla is often known as the ‘Hidden Himalaya’ due to its remoteness
- The highest mountains of the region are Mt Api (7132m) and Mount Saipal (7031m)
- Hilsa is the gateway to Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash, which pilgrims from across faiths have visited for thousands of years.
- The northern landscape of Humla is part of a sacred Buddhist mandala. It has its centre at Mt Kailash and points in the surrounding landscape, stretching for hundreds of kilometres, corresponding to spiritual concepts.
- The ancient salt trade has traditionally been carried on goats rather than Yaks or mules as in other parts of Nepal.
- The inhabitants of the three villages of remote Limi Valley are snowed in for six months a year. When the passes open up in spring they head to Tibet to trade their famous wooden bowls for household goods.
- During this trek you have a chance to spot the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, jackals and musk deer
- Possibility to see Sheep caravan carrying salt from Tibet to Nepalese villages through ancient route.
- Enjoy delicious freshly cook varieties of local dishes such as Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and continental cook by our private chef.
- Manasarovar Lake.
- Kailash: Epicenter of energy and most sacred sites for many communities around the world.
- Prayer flag offering ceremony
- Exchange of Khada(scarf) to Tibetan Guide a as a part of local culture for greeting upon arrival
- Great Photography opportunity, a good Camera is recommended.