Itinerary GHT

Itinerary GHT >> Humla

Even if I do not start the route from Kailash, I still have to reach the border with Tibet in the Hills, since this is where the classic Great Himalayan Trail begins. The path to Hilsa from Simikot is an ancient trail used by caravans of traders and pilgrims from India to Tibet and back. On the way, of course, a lot of ancient monasteries appeared.

The most interesting monasteries on the way between Simikot and Hilsa are Namkha Khyung Dzong in Taplung and Dhungkar Choezom in Dhumbu. These are ancient monasteries, but the second, unfortunately, is almost abandoned. In Taplung, the monastery is actively developing. There is also a clinic for traditional Tibetan medicine. 

Not far from Simikot there is a place with which the legend is connected about the emergence of the tradition of growing rice in these places. 

After the Tibetan border, I plan to turn off the traditional pilgrim way to Simikot in order to visit the Limi Valley. The valley is practically unaffected by the influence of civilization; the traditional way of life of ethnic Tibetans has been preserved here.

Here is situated unique Khalji Rinchenling Monastery, built in 990 AD. They say that the monastery contains artifacts from the monasteries of Tibet, destroyed during the "cultural revolution". I think that it's good idea to spend the whole day in this monastery, talk with the monks, feel the atmosphere of this unique place. 

Of course, people live in the Limi Valley, but nevertheless one should expect a high degree of autonomy on this part of the route: it is unlikely that it will be possible to find electricity, it will be possible to buy only the simplest food, you will need to spend the night in a tent.

In addition to the Limu valley itself, if the weather will be good enough, I would like to climb Pannamu peak (5240m), as well as have a little rest on the shores of the mountain lakes Jolomigo and others. From the top of Pannama peak you can see Kailash (again, if weather conditions will be good).

After the summit, go to Simikot along the valleys of the Ning and Dokham Cola rivers. The duration of the route in the Limi Valley will be about 14 days.

Descent along the valley of the Karnali river, then through the pass the exit to Lake Rara. There are very few tourists in this part of Nepal. The trek goes next to the raugh Karnali river, along the old trade path to Tibet. They say that in the forests you still can find a snow leopard, the largest population of which lives in Humla and Dolpo. A day of relaxation on the largest lake in Nepal - Rara, swimming in the clear water. I plan to take a walk to the sightseeng spots near to the lake, and maybe go around the lake. Then I move north along the path that goes near the border of Nepal to Upper Dolpo. I get to Upper Dolpo through the Chyargo La pass (5150m).

The descriptions of this section of the route are rather scarce, but I still hope to find something interesting here. 

I think I will be staying at night in the villages and I could reduce the weight of the rucksack by buying products on the way. I also hope that it will be possible to cook in the kitchen in guesthouses (or in local houses) and this will also reduce the weight of the rucksack. I don’t really like the idea of spending the night in guesthouses, it's probably better to spend the night in a tent in the courtyard, and only dry things in guesthouses after the rain.  

According to my estimates, I should be on the shores of Lake Rara by the end of June. At this time, the rainy season will only gain strength and I hope to go high into the mountains in the Upper Dolpo region before the heavy rains. 

You can see the trek map here


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