Nyinba Valley Raling Gompa Trek

Nyinba Valley Raling Gompa Trek is incredible in both points of culture and Nature.  Geographically it is situated far corner of West Nepal and most remote trek in Nepal. Nyinba are small Buddhist community with four villages ‘Yul Tso Shi” and three clans “Rutak Sum”. They were descended from ancient Zhang Zhung kingdom of west Tibet. Nyinba preserved Zhang Zhung Tradition well till now. Nyinba are Nyingmapa Buddhist in tradition and white Shamanistic by faith. They practice both Buddhism and Shamanism to make happy their God Chhoekyong, Yultsa and Fola. Nyinba celebrate ancient Zhang Zhung festival Mane, Ngoyang, Dahla, Aamhi and Lhasol. Nyinba are Nyingmapa Buddhist in tradition and white Shamanistic by faith. Guru Rinpoche founded Raling Gompa for Nyinba community early time. Later Mila Repa visited the Raling Gompa and blissed there and made more important. Raling Gompa is the oldest and most important monastery in Humla. Raling Gompa situated base of Crystal Mountain locally known as Shelmo Gang. Mount Shelmo Gang (Crystal Mountain) is the younger sister of Mount Kailash. Mount Kailash have two sisters and two brothers another one is Mount Shelrig Gang in Dolpo.

Nyinba Valley Raling Gompa Trek | In Raling Gompa held biggest festival of Humla “Jethpurni”. Celebrate this festival every year fourth Lunar month of Buddhist Calendar. Observe wesak festival and Wang ceremony, Tsok offering by Lama and Zinpa distribution by rich people of Nyinba villages. Other important sites are Mandala offering place, Gorchi Gyagsa there preform ancient Zhang Zhung dance Gorchi (Gortse) and Dokra Jyung is night camp place during festival, there four villages of Nyinba compete Syon Dance of Zhang Zhung. Huge number of Hindus participates this festival Jethpurni (Wesak Saka Dawa).

Before Taklung monastery in Yalbang built, many people from Tukchu Lung, Yultso Dun even Limipa from Limi village come Raling Monastery to pay homage. Since 2014 horse year pilgrims to Raling Monastery from Tukchulung and Yultso Dun community increased. 3rd Degyal Rinpoche is the abode of Raling Monastery.

The 15th day of the fourth month on the Buddhist calendar is said to be the birthday of Sakyamuni. On that day is Saka Dawa or Wesak Festival. Saka Dawa is the most important festival for Buddhism. In Hindu tradition, this month is called Vaisakhi and the full-moon day called Baisakh Purni. Hindus of Humla specially surrounding villages of Nyinba villages observed Baisakh Purni in Raling Monastery with same time and date.

It is one of biggest festival of Buddhist and Hindu in Humla. Sometimes, due to a discrepancy in the solar and lunar calendar, the celebration of the Buddha Purnima and Saka Dawa can differ as much as one month.

Shambhala Holidays organize every year group on this festival.

Trip Facts

Trek Duration: 7 Days
Trek Starting Place: Simikot
Trek Ending Place: Simikot
Trek Grade: Moderate
Trek Cost: USD 1800
Trek Destination: Nyinba Valley Raling Gompa Trek
Trek Average: 2-5 Hours walk
Trek Group Size Minimum: 2 Pax
Trek Best Season: Spring and Autumn Season
Trek Minimum Altitude: 150m.
Trek Maximum Altitude: 4150m.
Trek Geography: Hill, River, Lakes, Glacier and Mountain
Trek Special Interest: Ethnic Group, Culture, Spiritual and Nature

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Fly to Nepalgunj O/N Hotel
Day 02: Fly to Simikot (2980m) trek to Buraunse (3200m) O/N Home Stay
Day 03: Trek to Nimatang (3325m) O/N Home Stay
Day 04: Trek to Raling Gompa (4000m) O/N Camp
Day 05: Trek to Bargaun (2940m) O/N Home Stay
Day 06: Trek to Simikot (2980m) O/N Hotel
Day 07: Fly to Nepalgunj and connecting flight to Kathmandu (1350m)

Trip cost includes:

  • All arrival and departure transport
  • All ground transport during trek
  • Twine sharing basis accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Porter / Mules, Cook, Sardar and all camping equipment with food
  • National park, trek permit fees and government royalties
  • Medical insurance of trekking staff
  • Domestic airfare

Trip cost excludes:

  • International air ticket and Nepal visa fees
  • All kinds of drink during trekking
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance and cost of medical services of client
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for supporting staff (Tips is expected)
  • Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency


Degyal Rinpoche at Wesak Festival in Raling Monastery

Saka Dawa Festival at Raling Monastery

Raling Monastery in Winter

Ritual Ceremony at Raling Monastery

Sithro Thanka the Biggest Thanka in Humla Display at Raling Monastery

Pilgrimage Receive Wang in Raling Monastery

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