Simikot Hilsa Trekking - Black Diamond Expedition
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Simikot Hilsa Trekking

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  • Duration
    Duration:21 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 3 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    4 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
    12 Nights (Camps)
  • Meals
    Meals :20 Breakfast, 17 Lunch
    19 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Difficult
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4,370m/14,337ft


Simikot Hilsa Trekking is considered the trek to one of the most outlying places in Humla district in Nepal. Simikot-Hilsa trekking trail is opened in 1993, which covers the tropical to alpine climate zone and goes along the Karnali, the longest river in Nepal, which spread the great diversity of rare flora and fauna as well the landscapes. The economically deprived Bhotia people inhabited in a remote area are rich with their distinct preserved cultures and the great history. They follow the ancient Buddhist religion originated from Tibet. The society, based on agriculture and animal husbandry, still practice Polyandry marriage system.

The Simikot-Hilsa Trekking can also be operated in monsoon as the Humla region is in “rain shadow” geographical position. Trekking in Simikot and Hilsa offers the tropical to alpine vegetation and we may come across with different animals like wild yaks, barking deer, blue sheep, musk deer, wild horses, Himalayan black bear and even the spotted snow leopard. The trail passes by many isolated but beautiful villages offering the opportunity to experience their traditions and customs, to recognize the history and explore the old-age monasteries built more than thousand of years ago. Similarly the breathtaking scenery and majestic view of Saipal and Nalakankad mountains with holiest land on earth, the Mt. Kailash is the admirable reward that cannot be gained in other trekking areas of Nepal. The Pristine beauty and wilderness of nature, unique culture and rich history of innocent and friendly inhabitants, along the trekking trail are still unexplored and are loftly welcoming all the enthusiasts to enjoy its beauty.

The Simikot Hilsa Trek is normally commenced from Simikot by flying from Nepalgunj to Simikot. Passing through numerous isolated and culturally rich villages and valleys, climbing steep passes, crossing many rivers, walking through jungle and bare land, exploring the unique customs and monuments, encountering with different animals, experiencing different climates and enjoying scenic view reach the final destination of trekking, the Hilsa town. Then following the other path of trekking trail finally, the trek concluded in Simikot itself.


  • The most remote region trekking in Nepal
  • Great diversity of rare flora and fauna as well the landscapes
  • Located in “rain shadow” geographical position
  • Offers the tropical to alpine vegetation
  • Opportunity to come across with different animals like wild yaks, barking deer, blue sheep, musk deer, wild horses, Himalayan black bear and even the spotted snow leopard.
  • Isolated but beautiful villages
  • Pristine beauty and wilderness of nature


Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.

Meals: Dinner 
Max Duration: 1300m/4264 ft

Day 2 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Pashupatinath Temple- biggest and the most sacred Hindu temple in Nepal dedicating to Lord Shiva and Budhanilkantha Temple – sleeping Vishnu situated in the lap of Shivapuri hill. Late afternoon group meeting with detail briefing about the trip and do final preparation- collect sleeping bags, Down jacket and duffle bag. Evening can do shopping for remaining and required items. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Nepalgunj by flight

After a short excursion within Kathmandu, we take an hour’s flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj in Western Nepal. Nepalgunj which is a border town near Nepal-India border is the gateway to Simikot of Humla. The town itself is an interesting place. There one can visit a Mini Zoo, local market, and nearby villages. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4Flight to Simikot and trek to Yakpa Pul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Simikot. Enjoying the fantastic scenery of vertical mountain cliffs during 40-50 minutes flight finally reaches Simikot, the head-quarter of Humla District and Nepal’s most remote and majestic district. After customs and immigration formalities begins the trek. From Simikot, climb initially before descending towards Dandafaya and then to Limi valley. We descend a steep path to Yakpapul for camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5Yakpa pul- Dhinga

From Yakpa pul there are two trails, one lead to Yakpa village, and another to Dhinga village. After breakfast, we follow the trail to Dhinga village. After crossing the river, we climb straight uphill until we reach Dhinga village. It is the last village before Jhang. Overnight in camp above the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Dhinga - Shechi Lagna

Today the trail is up and down. Trek starts with gentle uphill with Junipers and alpine vegetation and then steep climb to the Shechi Lagna (4530m). From there we descend down to the meadow for camping.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Shechi Lagna – Chumsa

After breakfast, we walk down to Shingjuma (3620m) through pines tree and Junipers. Then following the upward trail along Chumsa River the vegetation become disappear and we reach campsite at Chumsa.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Chumsa –Talung

Today we can see the Api Saipal Himal (7025m) and Holy Mt. Kailash. After breakfast, we start steep but wonderful trek to Naylu Langna (4,940m) passing through beautiful waterfalls and lakes with the magnificent view of Api Saipal Himal. From Naylu Langna we can get distance view of Holy Mountain, Mt. Kailash (6,741m). After then we descend a steep path to Talung and camp at the grassy meadow.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Talung – Jhang

Today is long but beautiful trekking day. After breakfast, we walk through the valley crossing the hot spring and following the Talung River. Then leaving by Talung River, we ascend to Gumayak and Majule Patan (4220m). Then we follow the path along the Takchi Cho and finally reach Jhang village. Camp nearby river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 8hrs

Day 10Jhang – Halji – Jhang

Morning after breakfast we explore Jhang village and visit Monastery. After then we walk down along the Limi River to Halji village and visit Rinchenling Monastery, one of the oldest monastery in the Nepal Himalayas built in 11th century. Here people sell the Maple woods teapot, soup bowl, pots and more. Back to the camp for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4hrs

Day 11 Jhang-Til

After breakfast starts the trek along the village and passing through pine trees, Birch and mountain roses reach the bridge. Crossing the bridge we climb northwest uphill to Limi. Overnight in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4hrs

Day 12Til – Manepeme

Today is quite adventurous walking. We ascend through the rocky cliff to Lamka Pass. After then we walk through narrow and up & down path. From the path, the Humla Karnali looks very deep down and we may get dinginess. Finally reach Manepeme and overnight in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13Manepeme - Hilsa

After breakfast, we start the trek to uphill via rocky trail which is quite dangerous as the stones may fall down and need to be careful enough while walking. On the way, we may encounter with Blue Sheep. Finally, we reach Nepal-Tibet border and from there we walk down all the way to bridge on Karnali River and camp at Nepal side at Hilsa. Hilsa is the border town on the Nepal side of the Nepal-China (Tibet) border. Hilsa is also a dropping point for the pilgrims on the way to Mt. Kailash.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4hrs

Day 14Hilsa-Yari

Today is long walking day. After early breakfast, we start trek ascending steep barren uphill to Nara Lagna Pass (4580m) via Ranipauwa. On the way, we can see the Tibetan Plateau. From the pass, we descend all the way down to Yari village crossing check post and enjoying the views of Erega Mountain and vicinity of Thado Dhunga (4,043m).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 8hrs

Day 15Yari -Muchu

From Yari we descend gentle downhill to Karnali River along the open countryside with Jubipers tress, animals’ hut and enjoying the quick sights of highland birds. After crossing the Karnali River the trail to Tumkot give a magnificent sight of Dhungkar Choezam Monastery up the hill. From Tumkot the gentle ascend brings us to the Muchu. After crossing the Muchu Check post we overnight in camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 7hrs

Day 16Muchu -Salli Khola

We start trek crossing the suspension bridge over Karnali River and descending down to Yanger and Yalbang Village via narrow valley. Maples, Walnut, Pines, roses and mix vegetation will make us easy and enjoyable to walk. At Yalbang Village we will be welcomed by rare Namkha Khyung Dzong Monastery found at such remoteness. From Yalbang we walk relatively flat terrain to reach Salli Khola.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 6hrs

Day 17Salli Khola – Dandafaya

After crossing Salli Khola the trail ascend to Salli La Pass (2990m). Then after the trail is relatively flat until Kermi where the two hot springs is located nearby. After then walking through the beautiful forested ridge we reach at Dharapori and then Dandafaya.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 7hrs

Day 18Dadaphoya - Simikot

Today is the last day of our trek. Initially we climb towards the village of Tuling and then short descend bring us to Simikot. Evening we celebrate the success of our expedition.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 4hrs

Day 19Simikot – Nepalgunj - Kathmandu by flight.

Early morning fly back to Nepalgunj and then fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will be transferred to hotel. We take rest and relax throughout the day in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20Kathmandu free day on your own.

This is the free day and you can do some shopping and buy gifts from Nepal for friends and relatives. You can visit to some nearby shops or venture out in Thamel for typical Nepalese goods which can be assisted by our guides or you can do it yourself too. Evening we celebrate the farewell dinner together for successful completion of Simikot Trekking.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21Final Departure

We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast


  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Domestic flights (Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Simikot to Nepalgunj to Kathmandu)
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- or Hotel Norbu Linka- or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 1 night accommodation in Nepalgunj in best available hotel
  • 15 nights accommodation in the camp during trekking
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English Speaking Guide and entrance fees in the monuments during sightseeing
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All high quality camping equipments, kitchen equipment, mattress; dining, toilet and kitchen tents
  • Travel and rescue arrangement
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.


  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver


You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu, and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition.
On most Everest Treksor Simikot Hilsa trekking as well the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 400. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during the peak season of trekking.
Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities.


Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes only breakfast while you are on the trek, there are three-course meals will be served during the trekking.
The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance in Kathmandu.

Best time to trek Simikot Hilsa

The best seasons for trekking to the Simikot Hilsa trek are March to May and September to December. During these seasons, you’ll encounter favorable weather conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and captivating natural vistas. However, visits during other seasons also have their advantages, such as fewer crowds and often lower prices compared to peak seasons. The ever-changing weather conditions allow you to appreciate the diverse facets of the landscapes.

Packing List for Simikot Hilsa Trekking

While trekking Simikot Hilsa, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:

  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Base layer
  • Insulating layer
  • Gloves
  • Trekking poles
  • Trekking Boots

For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Simikot Hilsa Trekking packing list.

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