Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek

Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek The Trip takes you through the varying natural landscapes of far-western Nepal. The trails on the trek range from subtropical forests all the way to..








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Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek

The Trip takes you through the varying natural landscapes of far-western Nepal. The trails on the trek range from subtropical forests all the way to the dry hills that connects to the Tibetan Plateau. The Thakuri and Khas culture provide endearing company while the Tibetan Himalayas, Api, and Saipal ranges offer mesmerizing views. The trek also takes on some of the highest passes in the region, namely: Nara La (4560m) and Nyalu La (5001m).


Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek Itinerary

The Simikot Hilsa Limi trek begins with your arrival in Nepal at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A sightseeing tour around the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu follows your arrival. After exploring the valley, you fly to the Terai city of Nepalgunj. Another flight to Simikot takes you to the hilly village inhabited by people of Khas and Thakuri ethnicities. You will begin trekking from Simikot from where you travel to remote villages like Dharapuri, Kermi, and Taplung. Following the Humla Karnali River, you cross the Iig Lagna (3516m) and reach Muchu.

Trekking ahead, you reach Tumkot situated at the confluence of Yari and Humla Karnali rivers. Crossing Pani Palbang, you head towards Yari. Ascending along hillside ridges, you cross Nara La (4560m) to reach Hilsa. Hilsa sits at the border of Nepal and Tibet and is the epitome of Tibetan culture thriving in the remote Himalayas. As the journey heads northeast, you make way to Manepeme.

The Humla Karnali River offers serene company hereon as you enter the Limi Valley. Exploring villages like Til and Jang, the trek also visits some of the most esteemed monasteries in the region. Making a journey south, the trek settles at Talun before returning to Kermi. A short trek to Dharapuri followed by Simikot signals successive flights to Nepalgunj followed by Kathmandu. As the dry areas of Simikot-Hilsa and Limi valley circuit also fall in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, the trek can even be done during the monsoon in addition to the other seasons.

Nepal Treks is your perfect companion to lead you through off the beaten trails such as the Simikot-Hilsa-Limi circuit itself. With our knowledgeable staff and professional approach, we will ensure that the remote destinations will be reached to your maximum satisfaction.


Trip Highlights of Simikot Hilsa Limi Circuit Trek:

  • Experience the unique landscape of the desolate rain-shadow lands bordering the Tibetan Plateau
  • Trek in serenity amongst the most off-the-beat tracks
  • Experience authentic Tibetan culture and visit age-old monasteries
  • Wonderful views of Api, Kailash, and Saipal mountains, with abundant rare wildlife dwelling around the trails
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    Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
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Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
After your arrival in Kathmandu you will be accompanied a company representative to a hotel in Kathmandu. If you have some remaining time you may explore around the city.
Day 2
Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
On this day, you head out on a sightseeing tour which aims to familiarize you with the Nepali culture. You will be taking a private vehicle to the places of interest. We recommend locations such as the Buddhist sites of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, and the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. You may also visit the durbar square in Kathmandu which showcase the traditional Newari architecture. According to your time and convenience, it is possible to visit other destinations as well.
Day 3
Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj (150m)
You will be transferred to the domestic airport We take the flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in the morning after completing the formalities. The flight offers a brilliant display of a diverse set of landscape present in Nepal. Nepalgunj is situated in the plains of Terai and is one of the main business and administrative hubs of the western Nepal.
Day 4
Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2950m)
We take the flight to Simikot early in the morning. The altitude makes a sudden climb from Nepalgunj in Terai to Simikot amid towering hills. Thus, it’s highly recommended that a day be spent here for acclimatization. You can explore this beautiful town which lies surrounded by hills and sits 600m atop the Humla Karnali River.
Day 5
: Simikot to Dharapuri (2300m)
Today is the first day of the trek, where you begin by descending down the Humla Karnali River. Heading out of Simikot, you pass through terraced fields of buckwheat and barley. You cross a densely forested ridge up to a pass at 3150m. From here, there are great views of the Humla valley. After crossing a suspension bridge above the Humla Karnali you arrive at Dharapuri for an overnight stay.
Day 6
Dharapuri to Kermi (2670m)
The trek today is relatively level but waves up and down every few hundred meters. This continues until you ascend to the village of Khagalgaon where there is a beautiful waterfall named Chaya Chahara. From here, on it’s a steep trail along the gorges of the Humla Karnali. The trek will take you through rocky slopes and narrow ravine faces to arrive at Kermi. Kermi is the first Buddhist settlement in the region and houses two monasteries the Lhundrup Choeling Gompa and Lakiyo Gompa.
Day 7
Kermi to Yalbang (3020m)
We trek ascending steeply, before crossing the Salli Khola on a suspension bridge. Along this trail you may see the locals of Simikot coming with their trade caravans and heading to Talakot, across the Tibet border. As you ascend further along the Humla Karnali you arrive at Yalbang, which houses the Namkha Khyung Dzong Gompa. The views from this monastery remind you of the surrounding serenity. The monastery itself is the largest in the region housing over 100 monks, and runs a school and a clinic.
Day 8
Yalbang to Muchu (3120m) 4 hours or Tumkot (3380m)
We leave Yalbang with the morning prayers ascending up to the village of Yangar across yet another suspension bridge. The trek weaves around giant boulders as the scenery gradually lessens in vegetation exchanging tall green trees for small brown shrubs. Along the way to Muchu and then to Tumkot are also tents shops which sell quick snacks. Tumkot is home to the Dhungkar Choezom Monastery of the Shakya Lineage, which sits on a rocky mound adjacent to the settlement.
Day 9
Tumkot to Yari (3700m) or Thado Dhunga (3750m)
Our destination for the day can be either Yari or Thado Dhunga. The desolate landscape we see today are compensated by the views of the Hilsa mountains. Before arriving at Yari, you trek past at Pani Palbang which makes is a good place for short refreshments. The landscape becomes rocky and desolate, and the effects of being the rain-shadow area seem apparent to you. If you have time trek a bit further to Thado Dhunga, for an easier day tomorrow.
Day 10
Yari to Hilsa (3720m), across the Nara La (4560m)
Today is a tough trek, as in order to get to Hilsa you will have to cross the Nara La pass which sits at 4560m. As you climb up the barren lands you can see the Tibetan Plateau in the distance. You are advised to take it slow and steady and stay hydrated as the trek can get slippery which may get worse with snow. After trekking along the steep rocky ridge you arrive at the top of Nara La which is decorated with prayer flags meant to bring you good luck. You cross the pass and head down to stay at Hilsa.
Day 11
Hilsa to Manepeme (3900m)
The trek to Manepeme from Hilsa will not be as tough as the previous day. Leaving Hilsa, beyond which the Tibetan lands begin, the trail heads northeast. The trail is beautiful with the Karnali below against rocky hills and grassy meadows with Mountains just about peeping above the hills.
Day 12
Manepeme to Til (4000m)
Manepeme is the last settlement before you enter the Limi Valley. The trail leads you to another high pass at Lamka La, at 4300m. On your way to Lamka La you will pass the Ya Yi Phuk cave where the Rinchen Zangpo a famous translator of Buddhist scriptures is said to have meditated. Further ahead, the trail is dusty with chortens, mini-stupas and prayer flags on rocks scattered along the route. Compared to the previous days you can see juniper trees in abundance as you steadily climb up to the pass. After crossing the pass, you descend all the way to Til and you finally arrive at Limi Valley.
Day 13
Til to Halji (3660m)
The walk from Til to Halji is relatively easy and smooth. You trek along the Limi River all the way to Halji. The village sits perfectly hidden and camouflaged in the surrounding vegetation. You are welcomed in Halji by a chorten and then a Mani wall with engraved Buddhist mantras. Halji is home to the Richening Gompa which dates back to the 14th century. Halji has several small tea houses where you can spend your night on.
Day 14
Halji to Jang (3930m)
We will be ascending steadily on an easy trek to Jang, continuing along the Limi River over four hours. Jang is the last village in the Limi valley, and like the previous villages it has a beautiful Gompa, and the Tibetan lifestyle is fully on display. Today’s trek is quite short and relatively easy. The monastery here has colorful paintings of Buddhist figures while the locals of this area walk around in their traditional Yak wool coats and colorful aprons.
Day 15
Jang to Talun (4370m)
On today’s trek you will be climbing again, to Talun. You take the route alongside the Takchhe Khola leaving the Limi valley. The trail goes through rocky cliffs, dry meadows with many smaller rivers and streams you will be needing to cross. The views of Api (7132m), Saipal (7031m), and Mt Kailash (6638m) are looming in the background. The settlements around here are sparse and few and far in between which will allow you to trek without any disturbances.
Day 16
Talun to Shinjungma (3620m), across Nyalu La (4940m)
You will be traversing to the highest part of the trek today, which is at Nyalu la at 4940m. The surrounding areas will be blotched with patches of snow in spring, while on winter whole meadows will be covered. The views of Mount Saipal (7031m) and Mount Kailash (6638m) can still be seen during the trek. Prayer flags mark the top of the pass, and from here it’s a sharp descent to the Selma Tsho lake. Take it easy on you knees as the rest of the trek is a continuous downhill to Shinjungma.
Day 17
Shinjungma to Kermi (2670m)
We will be heading back to the Kermi River along the Salli River familiar to us from before. The vegetation is thicker and the trail leads you through uneven dirt roads. You go through Humla Karnali and then finally back to Kermi. If you were not able to enjoy the hot springs on your way to Kermi you can visit them today, and relax here after a long trek.
Day 18
Kermi to Simikot (2950m) 6 hours
From Kermi, we retrace our steps back to Dharapuri and then to Majgaon. The trek is relatively smooth till then but climbs after Majgaon as you make your way up the ridge to cross a pass. You will get back to the 3100m pass after a two hours’ ascent, from where, it is a short walk to Simikot.
Day 19
Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
You will take an early flight from Simikot to Nepalgunj and then catch a flight in the late morning from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. We will accompany you from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu. If you have leftover time, you can go shopping for souvenirs you wish to take back from your trip.
Day 20
Final Departure from Kathmandu
We transfer you to the airport for your international departure. We hope to have met your expectations for a good trip. Our trip sadly comes to an end today, and we hope you remember us for any future trekking you may need to do in Nepal.

  • Airport pick up and drop (International and Domestic)
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu
  • All accommodation Local Home stay and Tent camp
  • Professional English speaking guide and required Porters
  • Meals during the trek (Full Board)
  • Domestic flights
  • TIMS Card, National Parks Permit
  • Rescue service if needed
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • 13% tax and 10% service charge
  • Farewell dinner
  • Not Included
    • Nepal Entry Visa fee
    • International airfare and excess baggage charges
    • Travel and rescue insurance cost
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
    • Tips for guides and porters
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    • 1 pair strong hiking boots/ sports shoes
    • 1 medium rucksack/backpack
    • 1 small day pack
    • 1 sleeping bag (according to seasons)
    • 1 inner sleeping sheet
    • 1 down jacket/all-weather Anorak
    • 1 fleece/warm sweater
    • 1 water and windproof jacket
    • 2 pair lightweight trousers
    • 1 pair shorts
    • 2 long sleeves cotton or polypro
    • 2 T-shirts /1 medium sized towel
    • 1 water bottle-1 or 2 liter
    • 1 torch/flashlight and spare batteries
    • 2 pairs light socks
    • 3 pairs heavy wool socks
    • Underwear (including thermals)
    • Cotton headscarf/bandana
    • Warm hat/gloves (waterproof)
    • Sunglasses and Sunhat
    • Money Belt
    • Water purification tablets/solution
    • Sun block Cream(30-50)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Moleskin for blister
    • Toilet paper
    • Bio degradable soap/shampoo
    • Any personal medication
    • 3/4 plastic bags (for wrapping clothes)
    Note: Due to the different seasons in Nepal, trekkers are requested to inquire before preparing equipment.  
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