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Limi Valley Trek makes you feel dating back to centuries, as you will see 11th century Gompa and Old Buddhism practices. The oldest tradition of Buddhist Shamanism is well preserved, which is the key point to step in this less crowded trekking trial. Limi Valley lies in Humla district of the Karnali zone having an area of the true wilderness in Nepal. Til, Halji and Jhang are the three villages in Limi. Burang, Tibet is touched by Jhang. The area is rich with flora and fauna of Trans Himalayan Geography. Valley extends from the border of the Himalayan pass Hilsa of Nepal and Chang La of Tibet.
Trekkers are rewarded with the glimpse of Mt. Kailash, Mt. Saipal, Mt. Mendum and Gur-La Manadala while following the ancient salt trading route. Highly endangered mammals like: the blue sheep and snow leopard can also been seen if your fortune favors you.
The trek starts from Simikot, trekking up to Gyuokharka (5150m) rewards you with the spectacular views of Nepal’s Himalayas like Saipal, Byas Rishi, Api, Kanjirowa, Kanti, Gorakh Himalayas and Tibetan Himalayas like Mt. Kailash and Gorlamdanda and tranquil Mansarovar lake. Rare flora and fauna are also found in this region.
Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 1333m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and will be provided all the details information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means “The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha” also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today’s visitors. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
It’s a 1-hour flight this morning to Nepalgunj, a border town near the India-Nepal border located in the Terai lowlands area. The rest of your day will be spent sightseeing around the local bazaar by horse and cart (Optional). The Bageshowri Temple is also very popular and worth visiting in the early evening. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nepalgunj.
Flying by Charter flight to Simikot, the district headquarters is the most remote district of Humla. After meeting our crew and setting for trek we will climbup from the airstrip on a rocky trail past fields of barley and wheat. We will ascend through a forested ridge above the town of Simikot, before making a long steep decent past Danda Phoya. Then there comes a fairy level trail passing through walnut and apricot trees, until we come to the scattered village of Dhara Pokhari, divided by the Yakba Khola. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast, we will leave campsite then cross a long screed slope following the river to a waterfall which is near the shepherds’ camp at Chachera. We will have to climb over a ridge and pass the village Kermi before we enter a big valley. The valley is walled with fields of potato and buckwheat. After a walk through a sparse pine forest, we descend from the ridge to the Salli Khola. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast, we will climb a rocky ridge after we cross the river, before descending to the gray waters of the Humla Karnali. We will pass a sandy meadow where goat herders often camp by the river and cross several more ridges, passing the villages of Yalbang and Yangar. Near Kermi there is Natural hot spring which is the perfect place for washing and taking bathe. Walk through the big valley of potatoes and buckwheat field then walk through the pine forest and trek down to Chumsa Khola. Cross the river and walk rocky part of the hill to Muchu. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
We will follow the trail heading over a ridge to the Tumkot Khola along the rocky streambed for a short distance before a steep climb through a rock-filled gully begins. We will pass through Palbang and its bright yellow mustard fields to the small settlement of Yari. The route climbs up the valley towards a pass-the Nara Lagna. Camping below the pass in a meadow known as Sipsip. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast, we will ascend to Nara La Pass (4620m/15157ft ) and another steep and rough descent to the Karnali River. We will see stone pillars that mark the boundary between Nepal and China after a short walk from the river. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
From Sher to the Limi valley, the check post at Hilsa follows the trail meeting the main trail. We will be looking down to the Humla Karnali River heading to the north east. Enjoy the stunning views of Himalaya along with the ups and down trails. We may see exotic blue sheep and snow leopards if our fortune favors us. Manepeme named after huge stone that is carved with a mantra “Om Mane Padme Ome” on a huge stone which later became as the place as a stopover point. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast we will climb gradually towards the foot of the rock place. We will descend to a tiny stream that continues down to cross a slope. We will get to see the first view of Til Gompa across the valley and the barley fields of the Till village after we climb two rocky ridges and descend to two Chorten. We will descend down to a campsite at its confluence with Takchichu and Tilchu. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast we will cross Til following the river of Takchi on a wooden bridge. We will bypass the village staying near the river in a pleasant plantation of willow trees after passing Halji at 3670m. We will visit Rijziling Gompa- the heart of the Halji village which is dates back to 1000 years and 30 monks serving. Beyond a small village Sunkhani we will reach to a beautiful village Limi. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
As a trail makes gradual ups and downs we will get to see many rocks. People in Limi are good at making wooded bowls from pine, birch and maple trees that grow on the south side of the river. We will camp where we see Hot spring after we pass the village and trek uphill. Enjoying your bath at hot spring. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Today we will be resting at this point for acclimatization purposes. As the altitude increase significantly, a day for acclimatization is paramount and strictly advisable for prospective trekkers. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
We will see small hot spring on the way after we climb over a rocky ridge. Talung village used to be abandoned. We will ascend about an hour to reach our camp site at Talung. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
Today we are going to have a long day trekking. We will have to cross three strenuous passes: Pali La, Kuki la and Sechi la. Taking a deep breath as we reach our camp as the sense of relief for a day. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast we will trek to Yakba having easy trails, enjoying the beautiful scenic views of mountains with a pleasant walk. Overnight stay at Tented Camp.
After breakfast, we will pass through many ridges following the trail ups and down before we arrive to Simikot. All the hard work and the pain soon will be rewarded with a pleasant weather and the beauty of the trail fascinates and makes you refresh. Overnight stay at Tented Camp or Guesthouse Lodge.
We have a transit day today. An early morning mountain flight sees us at Nepalgunj from where we take another flight to Kathmandu. Don’t forget the savor the incredible mountain view from your flight. Upon arrival at Kathmandu transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu. One can complete last hour shopping. Sightseeing Tour, Massage can be organised upon request. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek.
Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Our representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way to home, you have plenty of time to plan for your next adventure tour our wonderful Himalayan country. There will be heart touching relationship between you and our company during this journey. We will be missing you and praying for your safe return home.
To enable all trekking & expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our trekking & expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. Yes it is very important for all trekkers and climbers because this will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.
Although our guides from Great Nepal Treks carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
– Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
– Sunblock SPF 30+
– Throat lozenges
– Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
– Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and ‘Second Skin’ for blisters
– Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
– Dextrose glucose tablets
– Water treatment tablets
– Your prescription medications
– Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style trips
You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body’s metabolism.
Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone – there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day’s rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.
Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.
High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.
– A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
– Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
– Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
– Severe fatigue, progressing to coma
– Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
– Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
– Loss of balance or coordination
– Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage
Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness – it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:
– Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
– Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
– Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
– Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
– Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
– Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
– Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
Since our Guides from Great Nepal Treks are very professional and well trained about altitude sickness, they will guide you during your trekking and expedition activities in Nepal.
Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS. Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:
Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.
Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.
You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition whether you are professional or beginners. Our professional guides do their best to make you well with first aid support. If the situation goes worse, you will be evacuated by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.
On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.
Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Feel safe since you are in the hands of ethical trekking company in Nepal.