The headquarters of the Humla district, Simikot is located at Karnali zone, north-western part of Nepal, boarding by India and Tibetan autonomous region. Due to its geographic structure, Humla is one of the remote and isolated regions in Nepal. Simikot Trekking trail goes along with Mugu and Dolpo districts in the Trans-Himalaya region. As this is a less-frequented trekking trail, mostly you are walking through isolated villages with unique culture, traditional and virgin nature. This area is untouched by modernization and preserved natural beauty, culture, and tradition.
For the Simikot you need to do camping organize the trip, there are no tea house facilities like another trekking region in Nepal. Upper Humla Karnali valley to Manasarovar and Kailash trip in Tibet is most common trip routes in this region, there is another trekking route, for one two-week circuit through the Limi Valley and next is a potential three-weeks trek connecting Nyin and Limi valleys. From Simikot the trail goes south along the bank of Humla Karnali River deep below Simkot, and east past several exciting villages called Bargauon - The - Dojam then further up the Nyin Valley and the remote northeastern corner of Humla. To the northwest, a high as well as a low trail bring you along the upper Humla Karnali river valley, and eventually to Tibet. A more northerly trail takes you to the remote but inhabited Limi Valley. A beautiful Saipal Himal (7,031 m) is one of the highest mountains of this trip; pasture land with a herd of Yaks and wild goats makes your trip superb. If you like to study the almost century back History of Tibet, then the Simikot trip will best. The Culture, tradition, and people live hood has been preserved from century. They are staying in stone huts plastered with mud houses and making their livelihood with animal husbandry. People here are practicing Bonpo Buddhism, every village has a monastery, Chorten, Stupa, and Mane wall. The colorful Buddhist praying flag has been flirting every house and most of the hills. The main tribes of Humla are Nyinba, Bynes, Limipa, and Khampa, still, they are following the Polyandry marriage system in society.
The main access of the Humla Simikot Trekking is Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910 m) by scheduled flights. There is a direct bus service from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and a flight from Kathmandu. As an alternate route for the Humala trip; you can fly from Surkhet to Simikot, but flights are flying occasionally, it is a kind of game. Most of the time the helicopter charter flight from Surkhet for the shipment of food, medicinal herbs, essential oils, and some other export products. Indian pilgrimage tourists make the charter flight to Simokot and visit the Manasarovar and Kailash trip. There is no motorable road in the Humla, so far. The shortest walk to the Simikot is from Sanfebagar in Accham District (10 days hike for a local). And another alternative to walk out of Humla into Bajura District and the Kolti Airport and sit there and guess when the next aircraft will arrive.
This trip starts from Simikot with an amazing flight behind the Himalayan range and mountain scenery. Then, climb up to Nara La pass (4,560 m) through the typical villages Dharapori, Kermi, Yalbang, Muchu, Tumkot, Yari then, heading to Limi Valley from Hilsa (3,674m) make a loop back to Simikot via Nyalu La (5,001m). Limi valley is isolated extending from Hilsa Pass to another pass (Chang La) between Nepal and Tibet. Manepeme, Tiljung, Halji, Jang, Tholing, Talung (Limi) Camp are unforgettable stay with hidden treasure. Then you will retrace the trail from Kermi. This place is untouched by modern changes and is believed to be the present form of the mythical Shangri-la. Simikot to Hilsa can do Tea House or Home Stay trip with very basic facilities.
Simikot is in a restricted area, you need a special permit through an authorized trekking agency. For this, you need to be at list two people in a group and a proper trekking Guide. We at Nepal Mother House are glad to organize the Humla Simikot trek by expert local Guides and porters according to your holiday schedule and requirements. As this is a rain Shadow area, there is less rain during the monsoon, so Jun and July also good times for Simikot trekking. But Mid September to November in autumn and March to May are the best time in spring. Why not join us for your lifetime experience in the Himalaya then.