Limi Valley Trek

Limi Valley Trek

Limi Valley Trek

Moderate to Hard
22 Days 21 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Humla
  • Type:
    Camping Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    4990m
  • Activity:
    Camping Trek
  • Group size:
    2 - 8 people
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge, Camp
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  • This is a pioneering trek in a remote corner of far west Nepal, one of country's last true wildernesses. The idyllic Limi Valley is located in beautiful upper Humla which borders Tibet, and here traditional Tibetan culture has been far better preserved than across the border. You will see ancient monasteries, which are still very much in use today, and the friendly Limipas still follow an age-old way of life.

    Crossing two high passes the trek, graded Moderate/Vigorous, follows a circuit around Chyoro Ri and is scenically and culturally diverse. There is an abundance of wildlife in the region and you stand a good chance of seeing blue sheep, mountain eagle and if you are very lucky, possibly even the elusive snow leopard.

    Strict government limits on visitor numbers ensures that the few visitors who make it here are warmly welcomed, and you will have ample opportunity to meet the friendly villagers of upper Humla.

    The trekking starts from Simikot (2910m) following the beautiful Karnali River which flows from Tibet’s Lake Manasarovar, the most holy lake in Tibet. Trekking through beautiful mountain scenery towards the border town of Hilsa, you will encounter three different ethnic groups - Chetries, Thakuries and Lamas. You climb the first high pass, the Nara La (4500m) before Hilsa, and then from here head northeast to enter the Limi Valley.

    Once in the Limi Valley you trek through barley and buckwheat fields, passing the attractive stone villages villages of Til, Hilga and Jang. About 500 people live in the large village of Halgi whose beautiful meadows are surrounded by clear, icy rivers and set against a picture-perfect mountain backdrop. The Rizing Ling gompa (monastery) here is over 1000 years old and contains a selection of artifacts, paintings and relics from the Gergu pa sect.

    Leaving the Limi Valley you climb once again to the Nyalu La (4,950m). From this pass, weather permitting, there are sweeping views, which include Mount Kailas, the most holy Mountain in Tibet. Finally you descend to the lake of Selima Tso, and complete the loop back to Simikot via Kermi along the pine-forested Karnali Gorge.

    What is included

    • 4 nights in Kathmandu Hotel as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 18 nights camping as per program on Full Board
    • Flight: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
    • All camping and kitchen equipments and meals during the trek
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with english speaking guide
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
      Meals: B
    • Day 2

      At leisure in Kathmandu.

      Meals: B
      Kathmandu, Asia’s hippie capital, has a wonderful mixture of crowded bazaars, Hindu and Buddhist temples, shrines and stupas, colonial and ancient architecture as well as more modern buildings. In the afternoon we suggest you rent a bike or hire a rickshaw to explore the bazaars and temple complexes to best absorb the myriad impressions assailing your culture-shocked senses! Any sightseeing in and around the city can be arranged, you could hire a mountain bike or take a ride out to the fascinating city of Bhaktapur, an hour or so east of Kathmandu. There are plenty of excellent places to eat in Kathmandu, cheap, noisy and cheerful in Thamel or more luxurious in the surrounding areas of the city.

      Today your leader will arrange the special permit which is needed to enter the Limi Valley.
      Meals: B
    • Day 3

      Fly to Nepalgunj

      Meals: B
      We fly to Nepalgunj today and stay overnight in the hotel.
      Meals: B
    • Day 4

      Fly to Simikot (2960m) (2 hr flight).

      Meals: BLD
      You are transferred to the domestic airport today for your flight to Simikot. This is an exciting flight with excellent views of the Himalaya. Breathtaking flight, this time with views of the pine forests and mountains of North West Nepal. Simikot is a small town with several different ethnic groups – the Chetries, Thakuries and Buddhist lamas. Depending on the flight timings there may be time to start the trek to Dharapuri (4-5 hours trekking) otherwise you will stay overnight at the guest house in Simikot and start your trek the following day.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 5

      Trek to Dharapuri and Yakba khola (2500m)

      Meals: BLD
      If you didn’t trek to Dharapuri yesterday your day will start by climbing a rocky trail from Simikot airstrip, past wheat and barley fields, to a large rock cairn at the top of a forested ridge overlooking the town.

      The trail from here makes a long, unrelenting, steep descent through deep pine forest on a rock–cluttered path with switchbacks. There are a few teashops with very limited stock but you will be able to get a local tea and soft drinks. The view from the trail down the Karnali valley is spectacular. After your steep descent the trail levels out and there is an easy traverse to the village of Tuling (a Thakuri village). Tuling is beautiful but very primitive. The campsite, in a lovely spot by the river, is about 45 minutes from the village near the Yakba Khola.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 6

      Trek to Kermi (2800m) visit hot springs – 5/6 hrs trekking

      Meals: BLD
      After a hearty breakfast you take the trail, and climbs to a police check post where your guide will show the trek permit before you continue on to Dharapuri village. From the village it is a long traverse across a scree slope to a stream. Below the trail a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to Khangkagaon, a Thakuri village on the opposite side of the river. This is the last Thakuri village and the upper limit of the rice cultivation in the Humla region.

      You will pass beautiful waterfalls as the trail climbs steeply through rock cliffs before lunch at a lonely teashop. After lunch the trail climbs up to the campsite at Dhara Kermi. The village and the hot springs are another 30 minutes from the campsite. Take time to relax in the hot springs – the main pool has been lined with stones by the local villagers.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 7

      Trek to Yalbang (3072m) - 6 Hours Trek

      Meals: BLD
      This is a fairly easy day with an easy climb and great views of the 7000m peak Mount Saipal. You continue to follow the Karnali River through pine forest before you drop from the Sali pass (3,113m/10,213ft) down to the Chumsa Khola or river where your lunch waits for you. After lunch it’s a two hour walk to the camp site near the Alban School. You could visit the Namka Khyung Zong gompa, which is about 50 years old. There are 70 monks of the Red hat sect and they also have a Rinpoche. There are great views from the campsite of the surrounding mountains of the upper Humla area.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 8

      Trek to Tomkot khola (2900m) – 5/7 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      After breakfast you slowly ascend the scree slopes and start descending down towards the river – take care on the loose rocks. The trail wends its way precariously close to the river on a track built up with rocks and wooden props on a few stretches where the path was blasted out of the cliff. After more than a few hours of ups and downs you will reach the suspension bridge (2,500m/8,202ft). Here you cross to the south bank of the Karnali river and climb up to the village of Much. You pass the village and the police check post and in the distance you can see the Sakya Monastery and the village of Tomkot on the top of the hill. The campsite is just below the monastery at Tumkot.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Trek to Tharo dhunga (4,000m) – 7/8 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      This is a long but absolutely beautiful day. You leave the Karnali River to your right and start ascending to a small pass, La Nangla (3,310m/10,860ft). About an hour after the pass the trail levels out and you can see the man made road to the border with Tibet. Lunch will be waiting for you in Palbang. After lunch the trail climbs gradually up to the spread out village of Yari. To the west of the village a trail leads to the Sarpa La, a less used route to Tibet. This is the trail the Khampa leader Wagdi took in 1975 in an attempt to escape into India after the USA removed its support for the Tibetan resistance. He crossed into Tibet at an unmanned and isolated corner and re-crossed into Nepal via Tinkar Pass south of Taklakot, where the waiting Nepal army ambushed him. From the Yari village the campsite it is about another hour to Tharo Dhunga (4,000m/13,124ft) where you camp beside a large rock.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 10

      Trek to Hilsa (3700m) - 5 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      You could get snow on the pass so make sure you dress warmly today as it can get very cold. You start climbing up from the camp site to a meadow and stream at 4,160m/13,648ft and another meadow, Sipsip, near the foot of the pass. Despite the remoteness of the location, there is a considerable amount of traffic by the traders who are trading from the China border and who bring all sorts of goods to sell down in the Humla region. You will see lots of yaks, goats and horses carrying Chinese goods. Finally you come to the top of the Nara Langna pass (4,580m/15,026ft). If it is a clear day the views are stunning as you look down to the western Humla Mountain ranges. Take care again on your descent as there could be snow. A short distance below the pass you will get a panoramic view of the Tibetan plateau, the Humla Karnali river and the green fields of Sher far below. You also can see the trail across the valley towards the northeast on the way to Limi Valley.

      You take the road which contours around the mountains and finally heads down to the Hilsa Village. It’s the last frontier of the Nepal border. There are a few stone houses in the village and you will camp in the back yard of a guesthouse. You cross the bridge and it is 150m to a Sher village and the Chinese immigration check post.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 11

      Trek to Chuk Rangma via Manapame (4,164m) – 5/7 hours trekking

      Meals: BLD
      After the police check post at Hilsa you cross the bridge and immediately start a steep ascent up the barren slope for an hour where you will meet the main trail which comes from Sher to the Limi valley. The undulating trail from here heads north east, looking down onto the Humla Karnali river, to a stone chorten (4,110m/13,484ft). The views are stunning, and you may see lamagier mountain eagles, blue sheep and keep a look out for snow leopards. The trail from here is well-maintained it crosses a rock slide and then climbs above a recent landslide. You take the upper new trail over the top of the landslide and drop down to meet the original trail on the opposite side. Lunch at Manepeme (4,014m/13,169ft) is behind a ridge in a large side canyon near a stream. Manepeme is named for a huge stone that is carved with a mantra “Om Mane Padme Om”. After lunch the trail weaves in and out of ravines on the side of the valley, climbing gradually towards the foot of the rock face. You ascend to the foot of the cliff climbing to a ridge at 4,164m/13,662ft where you will camp. From this camp site there is a great view east looking towards the Limi valley and to the south where the Humla Karnali river turns and flows thought a steep gorge.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 12

      Trek to Til Chu (3,580m) – 5/7 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      This is an exciting day as you will see the first village in the Limi valley. You climb steeply again from the camp site to the Lagna pass (4,300m/14,108ft) from where you get your first view of the Limi valley and the green fields of Halji in the distance. The trail descends to a tiny stream then continues down and crosses a slope. You climb over two rocky ridges and make a short descent to two chortens that mark the end of the ridge above Til Chu. Here you get your first glimpse of Til Gompa across the valley and the barley fields of Til village, and then descend to a fantastic campsite at the confluence of Takchi Chu and Til Chu. Near the camp site there is a snow leopard trap - there is one near each village in Limi valley due to snow leopards killing the villagers’ livestock.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 13

      Trek to Jang hot spring via Halgi (4,099m) – 5/7 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      This morning you follow the Takchi Chu River, crossing it on a wooden bridge, and pass a barley field before arriving at Halji (3,670m/12,041ft). We would recommend a visit to the Rijziling gompa, in the heart of Halji village. The Gompa is over 1,000 years old and about 30 monks live there. The total population of Halji village is around 500. The people of Halji grow barley once a year and they also trade with China - this village, surrounded by willow trees and great mountain ranges to the north, is probably one of the most beautiful villages in the area. After lunch you continue to follow the river and then climb steeply to the ridge at 3,850m/12,631ft from where you descend to the deserted police check post at Sunkhani.

      The trail starts to undulate and becomes rockier. A series of irrigated barley fields mark the beginning of Jang village (3,930m/12,894ft) (also called Jyanga), an impressive stone village with a white gompa.

      The people of Limi make wonderful, well-finished wooded bowls from pine, birch and maple trees that grow on the south side of the river and should you wish you can buy them from the local people. The demand for the bowls and the scarcity of the maple trees mean that the Limi people have had to source an alternative supply of wood from Kumaon in the Northern India. The bowls, however, are still made in the Limi valley. You pass the village and after about a 45 minute walk up the hill you come to a fantastic camp site with hot springs, the perfect temperature for you to enjoy! This is a lovely place to have a rest day and explore as much as you can of the Limi valley.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 14

      Rest day

      Meals: BLD
      A day to explore the valley, catch up on some washing or just relax in the hot springs.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 15

      Trek to Talung – 6/7 Hours Trek

      Meals: BLD
      After a good rest you now continue across the meadows, jumping across a few small streams, and then climbing over a rocky ridge. The trail however is mostly level and makes for very pleasant walking. Crossing a bridge you head south to Talung, passing the sand dunes that form the lake of Tshom Tso.

      Below this plateau is Gumma Yok (4,170m/13,681ft) which was once the most important village in Limi. The village was abandoned many years ago but you can still see the remnants of a few buildings. You can either cross the river by foot or, if you don’t want to get wet, take the alternative route, which takes about an extra half an hour and passes a little hot spring en route.

      Once across the river it is about an hour of ascent to the camp site at Talung. This area is also used for grazing yaks and cattle in the summer time (June to August) by villagers in the Limi valley.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 16

      Trek to Sinjungma via Nyalu pass (4990m) – 7/8 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      This morning you climb to the next valley and cross the meadows to the foot of the pass, and the last of the shepherds’ huts at the foot of the Dimochu, the huge glaciated peak dominating the head of the valley. Now the hard work begins as you head east into a rocky valley at the foot of the climb to the pass. After about two hours you come to some rock cairns and finally the pass. On a clear day you can see Mt Kailash (the holiest Mountain in Tibet). From here you will get spectacular views of the northern Himalaya. Below the pass the trail makes a U–turn and heads south. Descending along the moraine you pass a small lake and then follow the Salie River all the way down to the campsite at Chungsa or Shinjugma.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 17

      Trek to base of Secehla (4164m) – 5/6 hours trek

      Meals: BLD
      We leave the campsite with the open valley, walking through Birch & pine forest and along the river. After lunch we ascent through the forest and come to the alpine arear with great views of the mountains and the pass. We camp near the Salie river.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 18

      Trek to Lake Dinga via Sechula Pass (4518m) – 5/6 Hours Trek

      Meals: BLD
      Its an early start up toward the pass – The path is quite straight forward and ascent gradually zigzag towards the pass. It takes about an hour to reach the pass . When you get to the pass the views are stunning. Looking down to the south is the Simikot ridge and looking toward the North West are local mountains. After the pass its all the way down passing the local Yak grazing stone huts to the river where you have your lunch in the forest. After lunch the path zig zags up through some beautiful pine forest before descending to the camp site near the lake Dinga. This is a beautiful walk with great views of the local Humla Mountains and forest.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 19

      Trek to Simikot – 6/7 hours

      Meals: BLD
      This is your last day of your walk – so please tie your boot lases tight as you have a long descent of 850m down through spectacular views of the rocky mountain and the forest of walnut trees on the other side of the Yakpa village. Once you reach the village you have to cross the Yakpa River and then ascent through the pine forest for 500m up to the ridge where you traverse for an hour before descending down to Simikot village and complete the whole circuit of the Limi Valley trek.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 20

      Fly to Nepalganj and on to Kathmandu.

      Meals: B
      We will take the earliest flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu depending on the availability of flight seats. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will be there at the domestic airport to receive you and transfer you to our hotel. Rest of the day will be a free day to relax after the long trekking days.
      Meals: B
    • Day 21

      Free day in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      We deserve a free day where we can relax in our hotel garden with some chilled beers or go for a full day sightseeing that can be arranged upon request.
      Meals: B
    • Day 22

      International departure

      Meals: B
      Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

      Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
      Meals: B
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    This tour spends four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and eighteen nights on the trek in tents on sharing basis.

    In Kathmandu we normally use a 3-star hotel, located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in two men tents with our kitchen staff preparing the meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. During long day walks, we might have to prepare packed lunch in the morning and carry with us.

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  • Overview

    This is a pioneering trek in a remote corner of far west Nepal, one of country's last true wildernesses. The idyllic Limi Valley is located in beautiful upper Humla which borders Tibet, and here traditional Tibetan culture has been far better preserved than across the border. You will see ancient monasteries, which are still very much in use today, and the friendly Limipas still follow an age-old way of life.

    Crossing two high passes the trek, graded Moderate/Vigorous, follows a circuit around Chyoro Ri and is scenically and culturally diverse. There is an abundance of wildlife in the region and you stand a good chance of seeing blue sheep, mountain eagle and if you are very lucky, possibly even the elusive snow leopard.

    Strict government limits on visitor numbers ensures that the few visitors who make it here are warmly welcomed, and you will have ample opportunity to meet the friendly villagers of upper Humla.

    The trekking starts from Simikot (2910m) following the beautiful Karnali River which flows from Tibet’s Lake Manasarovar, the most holy lake in Tibet. Trekking through beautiful mountain scenery towards the border town of Hilsa, you will encounter three different ethnic groups - Chetries, Thakuries and Lamas. You climb the first high pass, the Nara La (4500m) before Hilsa, and then from here head northeast to enter the Limi Valley.

    Once in the Limi Valley you trek through barley and buckwheat fields, passing the attractive stone villages villages of Til, Hilga and Jang. About 500 people live in the large village of Halgi whose beautiful meadows are surrounded by clear, icy rivers and set against a picture-perfect mountain backdrop. The Rizing Ling gompa (monastery) here is over 1000 years old and contains a selection of artifacts, paintings and relics from the Gergu pa sect.

    Leaving the Limi Valley you climb once again to the Nyalu La (4,950m). From this pass, weather permitting, there are sweeping views, which include Mount Kailas, the most holy Mountain in Tibet. Finally you descend to the lake of Selima Tso, and complete the loop back to Simikot via Kermi along the pine-forested Karnali Gorge.

    What is included

    • 4 nights in Kathmandu Hotel as per program on Bed & Breakfast basis
    • 18 nights camping as per program on Full Board
    • Flight: Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Simikot-Nepalgunj-Kathmandu
    • All camping and kitchen equipments and meals during the trek
    • National Park Fees & TIMS Permit Fee
    • 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with english speaking guide
    • 1 English Speaking Guide (from Kathmandu)
    • 1 porter for every 2 members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages
    • All Airport transfers

    What is not included

    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Personal Expenses (Battery recharge on local lodge, laundry, telephone, etc)
    • Nepal Visa fee US $40 per person
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Other personal Expenses
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
    Meals: B

    Day 2 : At leisure in Kathmandu.

    Kathmandu, Asia’s hippie capital, has a wonderful mixture of crowded bazaars, Hindu and Buddhist temples, shrines and stupas, colonial and ancient architecture as well as more modern buildings. In the afternoon we suggest you rent a bike or hire a rickshaw to explore the bazaars and temple complexes to best absorb the myriad impressions assailing your culture-shocked senses! Any sightseeing in and around the city can be arranged, you could hire a mountain bike or take a ride out to the fascinating city of Bhaktapur, an hour or so east of Kathmandu. There are plenty of excellent places to eat in Kathmandu, cheap, noisy and cheerful in Thamel or more luxurious in the surrounding areas of the city.

    Today your leader will arrange the special permit which is needed to enter the Limi Valley.
    Meals: B

    Day 3 : Fly to Nepalgunj

    We fly to Nepalgunj today and stay overnight in the hotel.
    Meals: B

    Day 4 : Fly to Simikot (2960m) (2 hr flight).

    You are transferred to the domestic airport today for your flight to Simikot. This is an exciting flight with excellent views of the Himalaya. Breathtaking flight, this time with views of the pine forests and mountains of North West Nepal. Simikot is a small town with several different ethnic groups – the Chetries, Thakuries and Buddhist lamas. Depending on the flight timings there may be time to start the trek to Dharapuri (4-5 hours trekking) otherwise you will stay overnight at the guest house in Simikot and start your trek the following day.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 5 : Trek to Dharapuri and Yakba khola (2500m)

    If you didn’t trek to Dharapuri yesterday your day will start by climbing a rocky trail from Simikot airstrip, past wheat and barley fields, to a large rock cairn at the top of a forested ridge overlooking the town.

    The trail from here makes a long, unrelenting, steep descent through deep pine forest on a rock–cluttered path with switchbacks. There are a few teashops with very limited stock but you will be able to get a local tea and soft drinks. The view from the trail down the Karnali valley is spectacular. After your steep descent the trail levels out and there is an easy traverse to the village of Tuling (a Thakuri village). Tuling is beautiful but very primitive. The campsite, in a lovely spot by the river, is about 45 minutes from the village near the Yakba Khola.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 6 : Trek to Kermi (2800m) visit hot springs – 5/6 hrs trekking

    After a hearty breakfast you take the trail, and climbs to a police check post where your guide will show the trek permit before you continue on to Dharapuri village. From the village it is a long traverse across a scree slope to a stream. Below the trail a bridge over the Humla Karnali leads to Khangkagaon, a Thakuri village on the opposite side of the river. This is the last Thakuri village and the upper limit of the rice cultivation in the Humla region.

    You will pass beautiful waterfalls as the trail climbs steeply through rock cliffs before lunch at a lonely teashop. After lunch the trail climbs up to the campsite at Dhara Kermi. The village and the hot springs are another 30 minutes from the campsite. Take time to relax in the hot springs – the main pool has been lined with stones by the local villagers.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 7 : Trek to Yalbang (3072m) - 6 Hours Trek

    This is a fairly easy day with an easy climb and great views of the 7000m peak Mount Saipal. You continue to follow the Karnali River through pine forest before you drop from the Sali pass (3,113m/10,213ft) down to the Chumsa Khola or river where your lunch waits for you. After lunch it’s a two hour walk to the camp site near the Alban School. You could visit the Namka Khyung Zong gompa, which is about 50 years old. There are 70 monks of the Red hat sect and they also have a Rinpoche. There are great views from the campsite of the surrounding mountains of the upper Humla area.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 8 : Trek to Tomkot khola (2900m) – 5/7 hours trek

    After breakfast you slowly ascend the scree slopes and start descending down towards the river – take care on the loose rocks. The trail wends its way precariously close to the river on a track built up with rocks and wooden props on a few stretches where the path was blasted out of the cliff. After more than a few hours of ups and downs you will reach the suspension bridge (2,500m/8,202ft). Here you cross to the south bank of the Karnali river and climb up to the village of Much. You pass the village and the police check post and in the distance you can see the Sakya Monastery and the village of Tomkot on the top of the hill. The campsite is just below the monastery at Tumkot.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Trek to Tharo dhunga (4,000m) – 7/8 hours trek

    This is a long but absolutely beautiful day. You leave the Karnali River to your right and start ascending to a small pass, La Nangla (3,310m/10,860ft). About an hour after the pass the trail levels out and you can see the man made road to the border with Tibet. Lunch will be waiting for you in Palbang. After lunch the trail climbs gradually up to the spread out village of Yari. To the west of the village a trail leads to the Sarpa La, a less used route to Tibet. This is the trail the Khampa leader Wagdi took in 1975 in an attempt to escape into India after the USA removed its support for the Tibetan resistance. He crossed into Tibet at an unmanned and isolated corner and re-crossed into Nepal via Tinkar Pass south of Taklakot, where the waiting Nepal army ambushed him. From the Yari village the campsite it is about another hour to Tharo Dhunga (4,000m/13,124ft) where you camp beside a large rock.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 10 : Trek to Hilsa (3700m) - 5 hours trek

    You could get snow on the pass so make sure you dress warmly today as it can get very cold. You start climbing up from the camp site to a meadow and stream at 4,160m/13,648ft and another meadow, Sipsip, near the foot of the pass. Despite the remoteness of the location, there is a considerable amount of traffic by the traders who are trading from the China border and who bring all sorts of goods to sell down in the Humla region. You will see lots of yaks, goats and horses carrying Chinese goods. Finally you come to the top of the Nara Langna pass (4,580m/15,026ft). If it is a clear day the views are stunning as you look down to the western Humla Mountain ranges. Take care again on your descent as there could be snow. A short distance below the pass you will get a panoramic view of the Tibetan plateau, the Humla Karnali river and the green fields of Sher far below. You also can see the trail across the valley towards the northeast on the way to Limi Valley.

    You take the road which contours around the mountains and finally heads down to the Hilsa Village. It’s the last frontier of the Nepal border. There are a few stone houses in the village and you will camp in the back yard of a guesthouse. You cross the bridge and it is 150m to a Sher village and the Chinese immigration check post.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 11 : Trek to Chuk Rangma via Manapame (4,164m) – 5/7 hours trekking

    After the police check post at Hilsa you cross the bridge and immediately start a steep ascent up the barren slope for an hour where you will meet the main trail which comes from Sher to the Limi valley. The undulating trail from here heads north east, looking down onto the Humla Karnali river, to a stone chorten (4,110m/13,484ft). The views are stunning, and you may see lamagier mountain eagles, blue sheep and keep a look out for snow leopards. The trail from here is well-maintained it crosses a rock slide and then climbs above a recent landslide. You take the upper new trail over the top of the landslide and drop down to meet the original trail on the opposite side. Lunch at Manepeme (4,014m/13,169ft) is behind a ridge in a large side canyon near a stream. Manepeme is named for a huge stone that is carved with a mantra “Om Mane Padme Om”. After lunch the trail weaves in and out of ravines on the side of the valley, climbing gradually towards the foot of the rock face. You ascend to the foot of the cliff climbing to a ridge at 4,164m/13,662ft where you will camp. From this camp site there is a great view east looking towards the Limi valley and to the south where the Humla Karnali river turns and flows thought a steep gorge.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 12 : Trek to Til Chu (3,580m) – 5/7 hours trek

    This is an exciting day as you will see the first village in the Limi valley. You climb steeply again from the camp site to the Lagna pass (4,300m/14,108ft) from where you get your first view of the Limi valley and the green fields of Halji in the distance. The trail descends to a tiny stream then continues down and crosses a slope. You climb over two rocky ridges and make a short descent to two chortens that mark the end of the ridge above Til Chu. Here you get your first glimpse of Til Gompa across the valley and the barley fields of Til village, and then descend to a fantastic campsite at the confluence of Takchi Chu and Til Chu. Near the camp site there is a snow leopard trap - there is one near each village in Limi valley due to snow leopards killing the villagers’ livestock.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 13 : Trek to Jang hot spring via Halgi (4,099m) – 5/7 hours trek

    This morning you follow the Takchi Chu River, crossing it on a wooden bridge, and pass a barley field before arriving at Halji (3,670m/12,041ft). We would recommend a visit to the Rijziling gompa, in the heart of Halji village. The Gompa is over 1,000 years old and about 30 monks live there. The total population of Halji village is around 500. The people of Halji grow barley once a year and they also trade with China - this village, surrounded by willow trees and great mountain ranges to the north, is probably one of the most beautiful villages in the area. After lunch you continue to follow the river and then climb steeply to the ridge at 3,850m/12,631ft from where you descend to the deserted police check post at Sunkhani.

    The trail starts to undulate and becomes rockier. A series of irrigated barley fields mark the beginning of Jang village (3,930m/12,894ft) (also called Jyanga), an impressive stone village with a white gompa.

    The people of Limi make wonderful, well-finished wooded bowls from pine, birch and maple trees that grow on the south side of the river and should you wish you can buy them from the local people. The demand for the bowls and the scarcity of the maple trees mean that the Limi people have had to source an alternative supply of wood from Kumaon in the Northern India. The bowls, however, are still made in the Limi valley. You pass the village and after about a 45 minute walk up the hill you come to a fantastic camp site with hot springs, the perfect temperature for you to enjoy! This is a lovely place to have a rest day and explore as much as you can of the Limi valley.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 14 : Rest day

    A day to explore the valley, catch up on some washing or just relax in the hot springs.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 15 : Trek to Talung – 6/7 Hours Trek

    After a good rest you now continue across the meadows, jumping across a few small streams, and then climbing over a rocky ridge. The trail however is mostly level and makes for very pleasant walking. Crossing a bridge you head south to Talung, passing the sand dunes that form the lake of Tshom Tso.

    Below this plateau is Gumma Yok (4,170m/13,681ft) which was once the most important village in Limi. The village was abandoned many years ago but you can still see the remnants of a few buildings. You can either cross the river by foot or, if you don’t want to get wet, take the alternative route, which takes about an extra half an hour and passes a little hot spring en route.

    Once across the river it is about an hour of ascent to the camp site at Talung. This area is also used for grazing yaks and cattle in the summer time (June to August) by villagers in the Limi valley.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 16 : Trek to Sinjungma via Nyalu pass (4990m) – 7/8 hours trek

    This morning you climb to the next valley and cross the meadows to the foot of the pass, and the last of the shepherds’ huts at the foot of the Dimochu, the huge glaciated peak dominating the head of the valley. Now the hard work begins as you head east into a rocky valley at the foot of the climb to the pass. After about two hours you come to some rock cairns and finally the pass. On a clear day you can see Mt Kailash (the holiest Mountain in Tibet). From here you will get spectacular views of the northern Himalaya. Below the pass the trail makes a U–turn and heads south. Descending along the moraine you pass a small lake and then follow the Salie River all the way down to the campsite at Chungsa or Shinjugma.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 17 : Trek to base of Secehla (4164m) – 5/6 hours trek

    We leave the campsite with the open valley, walking through Birch & pine forest and along the river. After lunch we ascent through the forest and come to the alpine arear with great views of the mountains and the pass. We camp near the Salie river.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 18 : Trek to Lake Dinga via Sechula Pass (4518m) – 5/6 Hours Trek

    Its an early start up toward the pass – The path is quite straight forward and ascent gradually zigzag towards the pass. It takes about an hour to reach the pass . When you get to the pass the views are stunning. Looking down to the south is the Simikot ridge and looking toward the North West are local mountains. After the pass its all the way down passing the local Yak grazing stone huts to the river where you have your lunch in the forest. After lunch the path zig zags up through some beautiful pine forest before descending to the camp site near the lake Dinga. This is a beautiful walk with great views of the local Humla Mountains and forest.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 19 : Trek to Simikot – 6/7 hours

    This is your last day of your walk – so please tie your boot lases tight as you have a long descent of 850m down through spectacular views of the rocky mountain and the forest of walnut trees on the other side of the Yakpa village. Once you reach the village you have to cross the Yakpa River and then ascent through the pine forest for 500m up to the ridge where you traverse for an hour before descending down to Simikot village and complete the whole circuit of the Limi Valley trek.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 20 : Fly to Nepalganj and on to Kathmandu.

    We will take the earliest flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu depending on the availability of flight seats. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will be there at the domestic airport to receive you and transfer you to our hotel. Rest of the day will be a free day to relax after the long trekking days.
    Meals: B

    Day 21 : Free day in Kathmandu

    We deserve a free day where we can relax in our hotel garden with some chilled beers or go for a full day sightseeing that can be arranged upon request.
    Meals: B

    Day 22 : International departure

    Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

    Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
    Meals: B
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Gore Tex Jacket
    • Gore Tex Pant
    • Hiking pant
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant
    • Anti-sweat T-shirtEarmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie

    Head Wear

    • Sun Hat/Normal cap
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask

    Hand wear

    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves
    • Expedition shell gloves
    • Gore Tex mitten gloves

    Other Equipments

    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15ºC)
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Large size Duffel Bag with padlock
    • Headlamp with spare batteries
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Thermos
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Washing kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Foot Wear

    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Snow Gaiter

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Ear plugs (particularly if you are not the one snoring)
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This tour spends four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and eighteen nights on the trek in tents on sharing basis.

    In Kathmandu we normally use a 3-star hotel, located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in two men tents with our kitchen staff preparing the meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner. During long day walks, we might have to prepare packed lunch in the morning and carry with us.


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Difficulty Level
Moderate to Hard

Moderate to Hard

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