The Headquarter of the Humla district, Simikot is located at Karnali zone, north-western part of Nepal, boarding by India and Tibetan autonomous region. Due to 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 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 nature beauty, culture and tradition.
For the Simikot you need to do camping organize trip, there is not tea house facilities like other 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 - Tehe - Dojam then further up the Nyin Valley and 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 the 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 herd of Yaks and wild goats makes your trip superb. If you like to study almost century back History of Tibet, then Simikot trip will best. The Culture, tradition and people live hood has been preserved from centaury. They are staying in stone huts plastered with mud house and the making their livelihood with animal husbandry. People of here are practicing Bonpo Buddhism, every village have 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, Bynsi, Limipa and Khampa, still they are following Polyandry marriage system in the society.
The main access of the Humla Simikot Trekking is Nepalgunj to Simikot (2910 m) by scheduled flights. There is direct bus service from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and flight from Kathmandu. As 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 charter flight to Simokot and visit to the Manasarovar and Kailash trip. There is not motor able 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 mountains 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 are untouched by modern changes and 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 restricted area, you need special permit through authorize trekking agency. For this you need to be at list two people in a group and proper trekking Guide. We at Nepal Mother House is glad to organize Humla Simikot trek by expert local Guide and porters according your holiday schedule and requirements. As this is rain Shadow area, there is less rain during monsoon, so Jun and July also good time for Simikot trekking. But Mid September to November at autumn and March to May are best time at spring. Why not join with us for your lifetime experience in the Himalaya then.