Humla Nyinba Valley & Raling Gompa Trek

Humla Nyinba Valley & Raling Gompa Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

10 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4000m Nara La

Group Size

2 - 12 pax

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive with domestic flight (Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu).

Best Season:

Oct - Dec & Feb - Apr.

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 by 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 Humla Nyinba Valley. While you enter Nyinba valley it seems as if you have time traveled 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.

Why Humla Nyinba Valley & Raling Gompa Trek?

  • Short Camping Trek
  • Gateway to Manasarovar and Mount Kailash
  • Rare flora and fauna
  • Tibetan culture.

Starting Price

USD 1799 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Scenic flight to Nepalgunj.

Meals included: BB

We board a plane to reach Nepalgunj situated in South Western Nepal, in the lowlands of Terai. This is a flat land area with the 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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour flight

Day 3

Flight to Simikot (2,980m) & Trek to Buraunse (3,200m) via Buraunse Gompa (3,430m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 hour to reach the village of Limbuk (3227 m). Pungrikar is the next villages 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 homestay in this village and they are getting popular for the hospitality and the great food they serve.

Accommodation: Homestay/tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 45 min flight & 3-4 hrs trek

Day 4

Trek to Nimatang (3,325m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Crystal 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 homestay for today evening.

Accommodation: Homestays/ tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 5

Trek to campsite Raling Gompa (3,930m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 enlightenment of Lord Buddha and his teachings. During these festival lots of rituals, ceremonies, and mask dances take place. All the 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.

Accommodation: Tented camp/local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Bargaun (2,940m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 a half more hours and reach Bargaun where we camp for the day.

Accommodation: Tented camp/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Karpunath (2,106m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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 Hindus and the people here are some of the poorest in Nepal. The 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 sacred place. We set up our camp nearby the river for today.

Accommodation: Tented camp Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Simikot (2,980m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 Today is comparatively difficult walk as we climb a 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.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Scenic flight from Simikot to Kathmandu via Nepalgunj.

Meals included: BB

Today we have one and a half hour scenic flight from Simikot - Nepalgunj, and Nepalgunj - Kathmandu. Since we have different flight schedule so we need to stay some time at Nepalgunj airport for the connecting flight to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Free time of your own. In your free time, you can visit a good spa and massage center to realize your pain.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 & 1/2 hrs flight and 30 min drive.

Day 10

Departure fro Kathmandu.

We will bid farewell to you and our staff will lead you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu and Nepalgunj, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!
On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • 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, equipment, transportation, Insurance for staff
  • All necessary paper works; special trekking permit for Lower Humla trek.
  • All camping equipment and kitchen equipment
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • All government and local taxes

Whats Not Included

  • 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 the 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


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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