Simikot Travel Guide

  • Near the lower Salli camp site
    Near the lower Salli camp site
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  • The main intersection in Simkot
    The main intersection in Simkot
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  • Toward Tselima Tso and Chhungsa Valley
    Toward Tselima Tso and Chhungsa Valley
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Simikot Things to Do

  • Limi Valley

    The Limi Valley is considered one of the most remote and remarkable valleys in the Nepal Himalaya. It is definitely a most beautiful valley if you appreciate Tibetan landscapes, dry and desert like surrounded by very high mountains. Limi is poulated by Tibetan people who speak a dialect of Tibetan. They live in 3 villages strung out in the Limi...

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  • Short hike to Simkot Lagna

    From Simkot there is a nice, short acclimatization hike up to Simkot Lagna (pass) at 3270 meters just to the northwest of town. From Simkot Lagna you can catch a glimpse toward the upper parts of Humla Karnali valley and the first pass toward Limi. If the skies are clear you will also see some of the ridges toward Saipal Himal (7031 meters) and...

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  • The Limi Valley trek

    You can trek to Limi with a trekking company, and it takes a minimum 14 days sound hiking, acommodating for acclimatization. The trek involves following the Kailash trail to the Tibet border, turn east and follow the main valley trail via Til, Hali and Jang. If completing a circle, you continue from Jang via Thangchhe and over the Nyalu La and into...

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  • Hot springs in Kermi

    Lonely Planet argues you should just pass Kermi village because there is nothing to see or do. Ha! OK, I will keep those hot springs to myself!!!!Just above the village is a steaming creek and a series of waterfalls and pools. The higher you go, the hotter it gets. Locals separate between women's and men's pools, but if nobody is around you can...

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  • Shiva Mandir

    At the southeastern edge of the Simkot ledge - literally on the edge of town, there is a small temple dedicated to Shiva. It is not a big or fancy site as such, but a very pleasant goal for an afternoon or early evening stroll. You have a view to the north to the 5-Peak Peak (for lack of a better name), above 6000 meters, and a view down to Humla...

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  • Have a solar shower!

    You will get cold and dirty and longing for a hot bath when rummaging around the geography of Humla. There are a few hot springs around, but nothing that beats the arrival back in Simkot and finding the Nepal Trust Guest House and their solar shot water shower. Even if you don't stay at the giest house you can pay small fee and use the shower.

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Simikot Restaurants

  • Tea shops/pasals on the Kailash trail

    From Simkot to the Hilsa border, the socalled Kailash Trail along the Upper Karnali, there are some tea shops that cater for travellers. The tea shops are located on the main trailside at (from Simkot) Simkot Lagna, Upper Dandaphaya, Machgaon, Daraphuri, Lower Kermi, Muchu and Hilsa. There used to be more of these shops, but the maoist have forced...

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  • Humla food

    Food in Humla is marked by the divide betweeen bhate culture (mainstream Nepali culture of rice-eaters) and lthe ocal food habits where rice isn't a common feature. Highland rice is grown up to Jadkholsi village a day's walk northwest along Karnali river from Simkot, but it is not a dominant food crop anywhere in Humla. Neither is makai, corn. Both...

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  • Interesting kitchen window

    The food and all apart, the restaurant kitchen window of the Nepal Trust Guest house is worth a look. It is a window/porthole scavenged from a Twin Otter plane that failed to stop soon enough at the end of the runway. Fits right in! Let me hasten to say that it is not a death memorial - everybody on board the flight survived, albeit with limbs and...

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Simikot Nightlife

  • Curfew sometimes imposed in Simkot

    NB! THE INSURGENCY-RELATED CURFEW IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. BUT BECAUSE OF OCCASIONAL POLITICAL FIGHTING IN SIMIKOT LEADING TO SHORT-TERM CURFEWS I KEEP THIS POSTED. CURFEWS MAY BE IMPOSED AT ANY TIME. ADHERE TO IT. Due to the insurgency there is a curfew in place in Simkot. The current curfew times are in effect: 19:00 pm - 05:30 am. You may get...

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  • Night life in the Limi Valley villages

    The Limi Lama people are strong party goers. There is heavy eating and drinking, music and dancing in the community halls in all three villages. And it lasts way down into the night and can be rather on the frivoulous side. All generations parttake, though. Decent, not too gore-texy - that helsps the dancing appeal.

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  • Drinking bouts?

    A colleague of mine figured scientifically that 1/3 of the grains produced in Humla went into alcohol production. These grains are rice varieties, barley, wheat and millet. The upper caste inhibitions on alcohol consumption are lost on most people in Humla and both alcoholism and milder drinking habits are commonplace. Enter a household and chance...

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Simikot Transportation

  • For 2006-2007 Sita Air runs the rice...

    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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  • Riding animals in Upper Humla

    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,...

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  • Access to Simkot and Humla by air.

    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...

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Simikot Shopping

  • Souvenir things to buy in Humla

    The all-purpose waist weave coarse blankets/thin rugs are amongst the most appreciated things you will enjoy in Humla, and as the resources are there, you can buy one or order specially made for you.Jewelry; always something of interest, but the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Most stuff is rather on the crude side made from brass, silver,...

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  • Maple tree bowls

    These items are for sale in peoples' homes in Limi Wooden drinking and eating bowls made from maple tree or birch burls. Finely carved and laquesred, these are personal tsampa and chang bowls and a prized possession in the Tibetan and North Nepalese/Kathmandu market. Most of the wood is from India and raw manufactured there as wood supply in Limi...

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Simikot Local Customs

  • Salt tea

    Humli people will be quick to offer you tea. This tea might not be what you are used to, since limited availability of commodities and old traditions reign. Even the hinud community of Humla might thus serve up salt tea outside Simkot (where sugar and milk powder is flown in). The salt tea might be found on a scale from refreshing and ok to...

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  • Local food - grains and vegetables

    Millet:You can make a porridge, pakodas, noodles, cakes, alcohol (Humlis make porridge and alcohol)Buckwheat:Pancakes, noodles, various dumplings, mixed flour etc. (Humlis make sour pancakes, mainly)Potatoes:You can make just about anything with potatoes. (Humlis curry and fry them and boild them, too)Simi/beans:The best beans in Nepal are from...

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  • Indoor lighting

    Outside Simkot, which has photovoltaic lighting a few hours each evening, and a few lucky villages that have micro-hydro plants, there are no lights.Kerosene is too far away for making it accessible, and candles are by and large absent outside Simkot. Local people use thin, dried sticks of resin-saturated core wood of pine for lighting, and stick...

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Simikot Warnings and Dangers

  • Malpracticing trekking agents on the...

    Upon surfing the internet I came across the website (below) that ¨describes in detail how things can go horribly wrong on booking and paying for a trip via Nepalese and Tibetan travel and trekking agents. I cannot vouch for the truth of this story, but it is well worth reading it prior to booking a trip in Humla or anywhere in Nepal. I never...

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  • Crossing military checkposts after 6pm

    APRIL 2008: THIS WARNING IS NO LONGER VALID. HOWEVER, THE SITUATION REMAINS FAIRLY VOLATILE AND SIMILAR ACCESS SANCTIONS MAY BE IMPOSED. I THEREFORE KEEP IT POSTED UNTIL I CAN REMOVE IT WITH CERTAINTY.After 6 pm the army officially closes traffic in and out of Simkot. Traffic, that is persons and animals passing on the trail in and out of the...

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  • The best maps of Humla

    The best maps for Humla are the 1:50.000 Finnida topo sheets (see 2nd photo), but you need 18 of them to cover Humla, and 3-4 to cover the Kailash Trail within Nepal and an additional one to cover Limi (the Thangchhe sheet). If you are moderately interested only, and will be doing the Kailash trail and/or Limi trail, and somebody is guiding you...

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Simikot Tourist Traps

  • Malpracticing trekking agencies

    Apart from the absentee ticket agencies in Nepalgunj, instability of schedules and weather, maoist extortion, plus the general remoteness of Humla, I have not had any real travel problems in Humla. But while surfing internet for something totally different I came across a dire warning against certain trekking agents in Nepal and Tibet. Better check...

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  • Maoist "donation"

    Tourists are charged USD 126 or 100 EUR per head for passing the Hilsa border check point and the Kailash trail. Guides, cooks, staff and proters and horse drivers are charged a lower laddered fee in rupees. You may be stopped and charged anywhere along this stretch. It is illegal to collect these extortionate taxes, but they keep doing it even...

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  • Tibetan porters' union in Sher/Taklakot

    The Limi trail crosses a kilometre or so inside Tibetan (I hesitate to say Chinese) territory, and due to this the local Tibetan porters union charges a huge fee per kilo for goods portered by peopleand pack animals into Limi on this stretch, claiming it is their job to do the porter work. Though negotiators they are and the Chinese border guards...

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Simikot What to Pack

  • Maps of the Kailash pilgrimage trail

    There are only two maps of the area that are accurate. One is an 1-50000 series maps brought out by Finnida and the government of Nepal, but while extremely accurate these are bulky. If you go the Kailash trek you will need four sheets to cover it all on the Nepal side of the border. The other is a trekking map called Kaliash & Lake Manasarovar...

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  • Absolutely necessary on the trail and...

    Bring a "buff" or similar face mask to keep out dust kicked up by the wind, horse hooves and boots. The dust can be particularly annoying at camp sites (esp. Kermi, Tumkot and Hilsa).

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  • Beware of snowfall all times of the year...

    Waterproof/dustproof luggage bags. Good boots that can handle snow/wet conditions. Bring gaiters too, to keep snow, dust and scree debris out of your shoes.A down jacket is fine, but worthless if wet snow is the order of the day. You need to bring a rain/windproof shell jacket or anorak as well. Hat, gloves, scarf, too.Wool underwear keeps you...

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Simikot Off The Beaten Path

  • Salli Khola valley

    A side valley to the Karnali, the Salli Khola valley extends north just a couple of hours out of Kermi. There are dense forests here now being logged fast with the blessings and taxation of the maoists, and transported by yak across Nyalu La and further into Tibet. It is a matter of time until this beautiful valley is a goner and barren as anything...

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  • Singjungma

    Upper Salli/Chhungsa Khola basin is called Singjungma. This is a fantastically beautiful area, including Yosemite-scale landscapes and cliffs. Nepal's highest waterfall is probably here, I estimated it to about 520 meters. Why nobody pays any attention to it is beyond me, but basically, as of now, I am happy about it....

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  • Talung Valley

    In Limi Valley, after crossing the Nyalu La pass from Chungsa Basin and Selima Tsho, you enter the Talung valley. It is a desolate valley, but deserves slow transit due to its - exactly - desolate beauty. High peaks (near 6000 m) are at the soutwestern end of the valley, and depending on weather conditions it might also be an ordeal. Newfallen snow...

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Simikot Favorites

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    by Saagar Written Aug 15, 2006

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    Fondest memory: We were a small group that was stuck in Simkot, and asked staff of the guest house what they would cook for themselves if they had the chance. Outside the weather was abysmal, and the idea was well perceived. The Nepal Guest House staff cooked up thukpa, home made noodles with chyangra meat and vegetables in a brothy soup. They also provided chayngra momos for starters. We shared the meal and had such a good time. Much recommended!

    Thukpa in progress - noodle making
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Yeti Airlines
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