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Limi Valley Trekking - 20 Days

Limi Valley Trek
Limi Valley Trekking
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The highlight of the Limi Valley Trekking –
  • Trek to Khaptad National Park provides you the best panoramic views of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges. Along with this, you can also explore Khaptad National park established in 1984, containing many preserved endangered species like musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear. About 224 species of medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds in the beautiful subtropical forest of bamboo.
  • Khaptad lake, “Khaptad Baba” museum, Khaptad Danda, where Khaptad Baba lived for many years. Khaptad Baba Ashram where many Hindu pilgrimages come to worship lord “Shiva”.
 
Trip Summarize –
Limi valley trekking is a great choice for travelers who want to experience the Tibetan culture and explore the destination which is not affected by modernization. The trek houses some of the oldest villages of Nepal with amazing Monasteries and diverse culture. Mostly the region is influenced by Buddhist Religion and the settlers still wear the ancient Tibetan dress. To visit this photogenic, wide and wonderful village; Government of Nepal issues the limited number of permits each year. So, you should book earlier. The trek offers amazing views of mountains like Saipal (7030m), Kailash, Kanjiroba, Api, Kanti, Byas and Rishi cliff. The trail is popular for giving on the opportunity for trekkers to see rare floras and faunas. You can get to see a black bear, snow leopard, blue sheep, wild yaks, wolves, marmots, wild horses, barking deer, musk deer.
Sunrise Adventure trek team will make your Panch Pokhari trek great. During Limi Valley trekking you can explore the local culture of this region with their different cultures & living lifestyle. Our trek starts from Kathmandu with a flight to Nepalgunj after necessary preparation. From Nepalgunj, we take flight with beautiful scenery to Simikot and our trek officially begins. In Simikot, we experience first cold and crispy air of high altitude. Then, our trek takes us to Dharapuri through the forest of pine as we go down the trail of Karnali Riverside. We trek to Kermi where two famous monasteries lie – Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. As the trek gradually progresses, we go through the green vegetation of barley and buckwheat to reach Yalbang – is very popular for Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery with around 130 monks residing. Gradually, our trek heads to the deep gorge with Karnali River far below us and again we get to see the different monastery. We have to cross Nara La Pass (4620m) and then trek to Manepeme.
Likewsie, we trek to Til – a famous village with impressive glaciers towering over it and villages wearing traditional Tibetan costumes. Most of the villages completely blend with the environment and as we trek to Halji, we can see Rinchenling Gompa which is built in the 14th century. It is time to head to Jang from Limi River and we feel serenity to reach the secluded place on earth where the modernization still hasn’t touched. Now, it is time for return back from Shinjungma and we cross Nyalu La Pass (4940m) to reach Kermi. And we return back along the same trail. Upon reaching the civilization of Kathmandu, you take rest and in the evening enjoy the cultural dinner.


Outlined Itinerary:

Day1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Day2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trip Preparation – B

Day3: Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – 1 hrs – B.L.D

Day4: Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950 m) –45 min – B.L.D

Day5: Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m)-4 hrs – B.L.D

Day6: Trek to Kermi (2670 m) -4 hrs – B.L.D

Day7: Trek to Yalbang (3020 m) -5 hrs – B.L.D

Day8: Trek to Muchu (3120 m) -4 hrs or Tumkot (3380 m) -5 hrs – B.L.D

Day9: Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m) -5 hrs – B.L.D

Day10: Trek to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m) -6 hrs – B.L.D

Day11: Trek to Manepeme (3990 m) -5 hrs – B.L.D

Day12: Trek to Til (4000 m) -6 hrs – B.L.D

Day13: Trek to Halji (3660 m) -3 hrs – B.L.D

Day14: Trek to Jang (3930 m) -4 hrs – B.L.D

Day15: Trek to Talung (4370 m) -8 hrs – B.L.D

Day16: Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4940 m) -8 hrs – B.L.D

Day17: Trek to Kermi (2670 m) -7 hrs – B.L.D

Day18: Trek to Simikot (2950 m) -6 hrs – B.L.D

Day19: Fly Simikot – Nepalgunj – Kathmandu – B.D

Day20: Departure/Farewell – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you to hotel for further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trip Preparation

After half day sightseeing around Kathmandu. We visit our office and meet guides as well as other staffs. We then gather to discuss about the upcoming trip then make ourselves ready by checking necessary documents and equipments.

Day 3
Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj – 1 hrs

Today, we fly to Nepalgunj – Nepalgunj is located in South Western Nepal, in Terai region near to Indian Border. It is famous for Bageshowri Temple of Hindus and richshaw/cycle ride. The settlement somewhat resembles India and we reach horse cart full of colorful people after leaving the busy Bazaar. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Fly Nepalgunj to Simikot (2950 m) –45 min

We take amazing flight to Simikot. The flight covers beautiful views of snow-capped mountains and mountain ridges. Today, we experience crispy cold air in Hindu village, Simikot. Simikot is situated in altitude of almost 3000 meters; therefore we take slow climb to acclimatize properly. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Dharapuri (2300 m)-4 hrs

We cross a little pass at 3150 meter and then take steep downhill to reach Majgaon. Along the way you can see people with traditional dress with heavy loads of goods taking uphill. From Majgaon, we trek down and follow the Trail of Karnali River at right side. This place is also called flat and we can see stunning landscape and greenery here. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Kermi (2670 m) -4 hrs

Today, we trail along the Karnali River and find our way through the high rocky slopes. The trail passes thought the vegetation of barley, buckwheat, rice and potatoes. On reaching Kermi Village, you can take rest at one of two natural hot springs. We can visit Monastery in the village. There are two of it – Laikyo Gompa, a few hundred years old and about 45 minutes far from Kermi another is Lhundrup Choeling Gompa – less half a century and about 30 minutes far from village. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Yalbang (3020 m) -5 hrs

We pass alongside fields of barley and buckwheat. Two hours of trek takes us to big suspension bridge over Sali River and we continue our trek though beautiful pine forest. Along the trek, we meet caravans of mules & dzopa and villages of Simikot. Upon reaching Yalbang, we can go to the biggest Monastery of the region – Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery. The monastery is occupied by 130 monks and belongs to Nyingmapa linsage also the oldest Buddhist lineage. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Trek to Muchu (3120 m) -4 hrs or Tumkot (3380 m) -5 hrs

We trek high above the Karnali River and pass little villages of Yangar. We walk pass the carved rocks and cross Karnali River with the help of big wooden suspension bridge. Along the trek, we can spot small teahouses offering tea, noodle soup, etc and finally after 4 hours of trek , we arrive Muchu. The village of Tumkot is just 1 hour from here. There is a famous Dhungkar Choezom Monastery in this village which is just 25 minute of walk from there and caretaker of the Monastery will be explaining us about the monastery. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Trek to Yari (3700 m) or Thado Dunga (3750 m) -5 hrs

We trek slowly as the landscapes changes and the trail gets dirtier. The road is unfinished and we cross a small village Pani Palwang with tea houses and is a choice of lunch for trekkers. After 1 and half hour of walk takes us to wither Yari or Thado Dhunga. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Trek to Hilsa (3720 m), crossing the Nara La (4620 m) -6 hrs

We have to crss Nara La Pass (4620m) – the walk is long and tiring but worth a try. The trail gets more barren as we climb and we meet big caravans of mules, yaks or dzopas. We pass few teahouses at Thado Dhunga and then reach a place with big tents. From here, we can see Nara La pass at distance. The trek down to Hilsa is either a long dirty road or a steep shortcut down to the village. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Manepeme (3990 m) -5 hrs

We cross a big iron bridge and start our trek. We traverse though small difficult trail over a slope till it connects with large trail high on the slope. The trail houses few steep ups and downs with bare, steep and amazing colorful rocks that connects with water sources on the site. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Trek to Til (4000 m) -6 hrs

We trek though the high and steep rocks for about 2 hours. And, we have to choose between a small path which stays level for a while or a larger path that goes steeper as we climb. Both the trail has greener sides along the way and is influenced by Buddhism. The village Til has green environment with birches and fields of barley. We can see two beautiful mountains towering over the village and as we enter the village, we can experience the culture that is greatly influenced by Tibet. The people still wear the Tibetan dress and we can see amazing culture. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Trek to Halji (3660 m) -3 hrs

The trek to Hilji is easy and flat. The trail offers mountain goats and blue sheep, you can encounter snow leopard if you are lucky. The village is completely blended with the environment and after entering through a passing gate Chorten, we reach the village. The village is famous for Rinchenling Gompa Monastery built in 14th century. We have statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, different masks and costumes. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Trek to Jang (3930 m) -4 hrs

The trek is short lived; we follow Limi River and reach Jang. The village is untouched with Tibetan influence as the location is secluded which is far from the modern developed world. Jang has a beautiful Gompa which you can enter for free but you have to pay extra if you want to make pictures. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Trek to Talung (4370 m) -8 hrs

The trail begins to modernize as we leave the last village of Limi valley. We walk though impressive and completely isolated landscapes. The trail is little harder and we have to cross few rivers. We slowly go uphill to Talund for camping. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 16
Trek to Shinjungma (3620 m), crossing the Nyalu La (4940 m) -8 hrs

Today, we climb the Nyalu La pass (4940m), it is spectacular as well as tough but the reward is the amazing 360 degree views of Tibet and Humla. If the sky is clear you can see Mount Kailash (6713m), Mount Saipal (7031m) and other mountains. The trail may have snow and ice and it makes the climb even more challenging. From the pass, the trail is steep down to Lake Selma Tso (4630m) and the trail changes dramatically. You can see trees with beautiful views, slopes full of trees and Mount Saipal a the horizon. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 17
Trek to Kermi (2670 m) -7 hrs

Our altitude decreses by 1000 meters and reach Kermi. The return trip is same from here and the trail is rocky with interesting landscapes and beautiful curves of Karnali River. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 18
Trek to Simikot (2950 m) -6 hrs

We pass the amazing vegetation and relive the old moment with mules and dzopas along the way. This is the last day of trek and the trail is same as the beginning but we get to experience the moment twice – double the fun. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 19
Fly Simikot – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu

We take amazing flight to Nepalgunj and take flight back to Kathmandu. Bothe the flight offers amazing landscapes and dramatic change of village and city. Meals included: Breakfast, and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 20
Departure/Farewell

After successful completion of the trip, our representative drops you to the airport for your journey home. You are dropped off 3 hours earlier so that there is no any delay in flight. Or you can join another adventure and explore hidden gems of Nepal. Till then, have a safe journey to Home!

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing and personal

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

The highlight of the Limi Valley Trekking –
  • Trek to Khaptad National Park provides you the best panoramic views of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges. Along with this, you can also explore Khaptad National park established in 1984, containing many preserved endangered species like musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear. About 224 species of medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds in the beautiful subtropical forest of bamboo.
  • Khaptad lake, “Khaptad Baba” museum, Khaptad Danda, where Khaptad Baba lived for many years. Khaptad Baba Ashram where many Hindu pilgrimages come to worship lord “Shiva”.
 
Trip Summarize –
Limi valley trekking is a great choice for travelers who want to experience the Tibetan culture and explore the destination which is not affected by modernization. The trek houses some of the oldest villages of Nepal with amazing Monasteries and diverse culture. Mostly the region is influenced by Buddhist Religion and the settlers still wear the ancient Tibetan dress. To visit this photogenic, wide and wonderful village; Government of Nepal issues the limited number of permits each year. So, you should book earlier. The trek offers amazing views of mountains like Saipal (7030m), Kailash, Kanjiroba, Api, Kanti, Byas and Rishi cliff. The trail is popular for giving on the opportunity for trekkers to see rare floras and faunas. You can get to see a black bear, snow leopard, blue sheep, wild yaks, wolves, marmots, wild horses, barking deer, musk deer.
Sunrise Adventure trek team will make your Panch Pokhari trek great. During Limi Valley trekking you can explore the local culture of this region with their different cultures & living lifestyle. Our trek starts from Kathmandu with a flight to Nepalgunj after necessary preparation. From Nepalgunj, we take flight with beautiful scenery to Simikot and our trek officially begins. In Simikot, we experience first cold and crispy air of high altitude. Then, our trek takes us to Dharapuri through the forest of pine as we go down the trail of Karnali Riverside. We trek to Kermi where two famous monasteries lie – Laikyo Gompa and Lhundrup Choeling Gompa. As the trek gradually progresses, we go through the green vegetation of barley and buckwheat to reach Yalbang – is very popular for Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery with around 130 monks residing. Gradually, our trek heads to the deep gorge with Karnali River far below us and again we get to see the different monastery. We have to cross Nara La Pass (4620m) and then trek to Manepeme.
Likewsie, we trek to Til – a famous village with impressive glaciers towering over it and villages wearing traditional Tibetan costumes. Most of the villages completely blend with the environment and as we trek to Halji, we can see Rinchenling Gompa which is built in the 14th century. It is time to head to Jang from Limi River and we feel serenity to reach the secluded place on earth where the modernization still hasn’t touched. Now, it is time for return back from Shinjungma and we cross Nyalu La Pass (4940m) to reach Kermi. And we return back along the same trail. Upon reaching the civilization of Kathmandu, you take rest and in the evening enjoy the cultural dinner.
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Trip Facts

  • Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 5100 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy to moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • March to May and September to November
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