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  • View of Saipal from the flight to Humla.
    View of Saipal from the flight to Humla.
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  • Riders in Limi
    Riders in Limi
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  • Sita Air Dornier 228
    Sita Air Dornier 228
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    Riding animals in Upper Humla

    by Saagar Updated May 13, 2007

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    Pack sheep in Humla (Photo: T.Skudal)
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    The trails of Upper Humla along the Karnali river are so hard and steep and in places too narrow for "normal" pack and riding animals. For cargo, sheep and goats are used, and small cows, too. Yaks, mules, donkeys and horses are used only for shorter transports. You may, howeverm, be able to ride for a while here and there.

    Up in Limi, however, yaks, horses and mules can be ridden. Locals do take immense pride in their well-saddled horses and it's a real cowboy terrain up there, especially in Halji-Jang-Thangchhe. This has implication for your trekking and expedition planning. By use of horses rented in Jang you can cover the 26-km stretch between Jang to the foot of Nyalu La in one day.

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    Access to Simkot and Humla by air.

    by Saagar Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Yeti has the only through tickets

    There are sheduled and charter flights by various small aircraft (up to Twin Otter size) from Nepalgunj. Furthermore, there are also charter flights from Surkhet to Simkot by helicopter and small aircraft.

    However, getting to Humla by air isn't that easy. First, if you have to fly from Kathmandu you will have to stay overnight in Nepalgunj in transit, because Simkot flights are only early morning departures due du bad flight conditions in Simkot during afternoons and evenings.

    Cost of flying to Simkot:
    For foreigners: Ktm-Hum- Ktm NRs. 30,500 ($ 432/person).
    For Nepalese: Ktm -Hum-Ktm NRs. 6,040

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    A fantastic flight

    by Saagar Written May 20, 2006

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    Northern Bajura, Saipal range to the right

    The flight from Nepalganj to Humla takes you along this route: Nepalganj-Surkhet- Dailekh-Manma, Karnali Valley and over a 4000-m pass into Simkot. You see the forested Chure hills north of the Terai, the Inner Terai forests and plains and Bheri river, Surkhet town, the hills and ridges of Dailkeh and the barren Kalikot. With Rara lake and Mugu district visible on the right, you have bajura and the funny-kind-of-airport Kolti to your right. Minutes later, Saipal mountain (7031)dominates the left horizon, and as the plane dives into the Upper Humla Karnali valley above Rip village you will have the thrill of following the roller-coaster approach to Simkot airstrip on a ledge 1000 meters above Karnali River. Have your camera on the ready for this flight, but don't eat a heavy meal prior to take-off.

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    Yeti Airlines

    by Saagar Written Nov 6, 2005

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    View of Saipal from the flight to Humla.

    The easiest access to Simkot and upper Humla is by Yeti Airlines. They have the most regular flights from Nepalganj to Simkot. The best ticketing with the most chance of getting through is by purchasing the through ticket from Kathmandu with a one-night stopover in Nepalganj. This ticket is acknowledged by Yeti's personnel in Nepalganj as valid booking. Other airlines only do ticketing from Nepalganj.
    But beware - there is no really set schedule to Simkot: they go if there are passengers and weather to land and take off safely both at Nepalganj and Simkot.
    Yeti's boarding passes have altitude advice written on the back side so you have something to think about while waiting...

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    For 2006-2007 Sita Air runs the rice transport

    by Saagar Written May 13, 2007

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    Sita Air Dornier 228
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    Yeti did not win the contract for the rice flights to Humla, so your best bet for frequent flights are with Sita Air. They fly Dornier 228s - good planes.

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