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Humla Nyinba Valley & Raling Gompa Trek- 10 Days


Humla home stay.

Nyinba Valley

View of Nyinba Valley on the way to Nimatang.

Raling Gompa

View of Raling Gompa.

Memorable chorten

memorable Chorten in Humla.

Trekking Trail

Trail to Nyimba valley.

Humli women

Humli women

One of the most remote districts in Nepal, Humla is the gateway to Manasarovar and Mount Kailash in Tibet. Humla district far from modernization is still unaffected from the adverse effect of tourism and remains isolated in the midst of mountains and rocky terrain.  In this isolated Himalayan high altitude region lays the beautiful the Nyinba Valley.

While you enter Nyinba valley it seems as if you have time travelled and went back to the 18th century. This old Tibetan village has well preserved the Buddhist traditions which are older than anyone can imagine but are still an important part of daily life. The trek brings you to the Buddhist monastery of Raling Gompa, which is spectacularly located at the bottom of Crystal Mountain.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 2: Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj.
Day 3: Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2980 m) afterwards Trek to Buraunse (3200 m) via Buraunse Gompa (3430 m)
Day 4: Trek to Nimatang (3325 m)
Day 5: Trek to campsite Raling Gompa (3930 m) 3 ½ -4 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Bargaun (2940 m) 4 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Karpunath (2106 m) 3 ½ hrs
Day 8: Trek to Simikot (2980 m) 5 hrs
Day 9: Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu.
Day 10: Final Departure.
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  2. Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu.
    Arrival at Kathmandu International airport. Be received, welcomed & assisted by our representative & transfer to hotel. In the evening our representative will brief you about the trekking.

    Day 2 Flight Kathmandu-Nepalgunj.
    We board a plane to reach Nepalgunj situated in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai. This is a flat land area with majority of Hindus and Muslim community. Nepalgunj is hot and humid most of the year. You can spend the evening strolling around the Market which is crowded but interesting.

    Day 3 Flight Nepalgunj-Simikot (2980 m); Trek to Buraunse (3200 m) via Buraunse Gompa (3430 m)
    After breakfast we board the aircraft to fly to Simikot airport. As you step out of the aircraft you witness a different world. Simikot lies in the midst of Himalaya and is headquarter of the Humla district. Simikot airport also serves as the starting point of the trek/drive to the Famous Kailash/Manasarovar. Leaving the airport behind we start the climb of around 1 ½ hours to reach the village of Limbuk (3227 m). Pungrikar is the next village we pass by and from there to the Buraunse Gompa are another one and a half hours of walk. After spending some time in the gompa we head towards the village of Buraunse a small Tibetan Buddhist village, surrounded by fields with barley and millet.  There are 5 houses offering home stay in this village and they are getting popular for the hospitality and the great food they serve.

    Day 4 Trek to Nimatang (3325 m)
    The walk today will last about 4 hours as we leave Buraunse to reach the village of Nimatang. We gradually go up and reach Langdu (3172 m). Beyond Langdu the view from the trail is very exciting as we see the snowcapped mountains of Changla Himal (6563 m) and Cristal Mountain. After walking past the Mani walls and small stupas we reach the Thorpa village in 2 hours (3180 m) through a Kangni (gate stupa). The Kangni protects the village from bad spirits entering. Thorpa makes for a good lunch break. Shortly after Thorpa you pass a small site, called Bhibuck Cave (a meditation cave), with next to it a huge prayer wheel. Inside the wheel, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” is written thousands of times, so turning the wheel will make the mantra go into the universe for thousands of times as well. We walk past the village of Hutick (3242 m) and Nimatang (3325 m) is just 2 hours walk from here. A  Kangni (gate stupa) welcomes you to the beautiful village of Nimatang where we will enjoy the hospitality of the home stay for today evening.

    Day 5 Trek to campsite Raling Gompa (3930 m)
    We leave the village behind and start walking through the thin forest with Pine trees and Juniper. In the next 30 minutes we cross the Ghatte Khola and ascend towards Raling Gompa. The trail is scenic and offers the view of the entire Nyinba Valley, with to the southwest Ribuche Moutain, the Changla Range to the southeast and Pungrikar (Panchauli) Mountain to the north. We walk past the village of Tokra (3547 m) where the Saga Dawa festival is celebrated in Raling Gompa in May. The Saga Dawa festival marks the enlightment of Lord Buddha and his teachings. During these festival lots of rituals, ceremonies, and mask dances take place. All people from the valley gather in their most beautiful dress to attend the ceremonies. The Saga Dawa Festival is one of the most important Buddhist festivals. The most important place for the festival is Mount Kailash, but the festival is also celebrated in Raling Gompa.  It is 20 minutes of walk to the campsite from Raling Gompa. We walk for around 4 hours today.

    Day 6 Trek to Bargaun (2940 m)
    We have a walk of around 4 hour’s today. After a warm breakfast we cross the Ghatte Khola (about 2 hrs) then go along the river that flows down. After about 15 min you pass a junction, the right trail up goes back to Nimatang. To Bargaun you take the left fork, going down. After 30 minutes we pass the Nimatang Gompa (3185 m). This area consists of few houses. Inside one of these houses is a small gompa (Buddhist monastery).From the monastery we walk for one and half more hours and reach Bargaun where we camp for the day.

    Day 7 Trek to Karpunath (2106 m)
    After we start our walk in the morning in an hour we reach Tehe (2624 m), the biggest village of Humla, with about 600 households. The majority of people in this settlement are Hindusand the people here are some of the poorest in Nepal. Trail going straight down to Gyackru River. Reaching the river, you follow it downstream to Karpunath). This village is located in the confluence of Gyackru River and the Mighty Karnali. For Hindus the meeting point of two rivers is a scared place. We set up our camp near by the river for today.

    Day 8 Trek to Simikot (2980 m)
    Today we have a five hours long walk to Simikot. Today is comparatively difficult walk as we climb couple of hours gradually up to Syamne (2347 m) and from Syamne we have a difficult steep climb to Simikot. As we are going higher we see the beautiful Nyinba Valley and view of Buraunse. After walking for about 2 hours we have the first view of the Simikot market area.

    Day 9 Flight Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
    Fly back to Nepalgunj and then to Kathmandu in the afternoon

    Day 10: Final Departure.

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  2. Service includes on Budget and all:

    • All arrival/departure transfer as per itinerary
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Nepaljung
    • All domestic flights as per itinerary
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
    • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
    • All the arrangements such required no of porters, Trek Guide and others.
    • All wages, meals, salary, equipments, transportation, Insurance for staff
    • All necessary paper works; special trekking permit for Lower Humla trek.
    • All camping equipments and kitchen equipments
    • Travel and rescue arrangements
    •  All government and local taxes

    Service Exclude

    • International flight fare and departure taxes
    • Nepal Entry Visa fees USD 25 for 15 days
    • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu if early return, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Meals in City
    • Travel Insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, shower, etc.)
    • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
    • *Tips for guides and porters
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