Great Himalaya Trail - The Full Traverse

Great Himalaya Trail - The Full Traverse

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Great Himalaya Trail - The Full Traverse

150 Days Starting in Kathmandu and ending in

Visiting: Nepal

Tour operator:

World Expeditions

Tour code:

GHT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 10

Physical rating:

Intermediate Mountaineering Expedition

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Tour Overview

This is your opportunity to be one of the few people ever to walk the full length of Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail in one continuous trek. The 150 day trek commences in the far east in the Kanchenjunga region where the world's third highest peak stretches skyward, and traverses the country to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west. Along this 1700km trail you'll encounter some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable. You'll see all of Nepal's 8000 metre peaks, cross tens of passes ranging from moderate to challenging and witness villages where the culture has remained intact for centuries. It's a trek that should only be considered by those with extensive trekking and mountaineering experience, a high level of fitness and a flexible approach as there will be the need to adapt to a range of situations throughout the trek. We are sure the challenges of this full length GHT trek will be countered with immense satisfaction and a truly unforgettable lifelong memory. During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur. All participants on the GHT should be flexible and open minded. The GHT should be seen as exploratory in the true sense of the word.

Highlights

  • Trek the entire length of Nepal's Great Himalaya Trail

  • Undertake a trek only a handful of people have experienced

  • Along this 1700km trail you'll encounter some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable

  • Experience the diversity of cultures and landscapes of the Himalaya

  • See all of Nepal's 8000m peaks including Everest, Makalu & Annapurna

  • Trek with the GHT experts, with highly experienced leaders to support your journey

  • Enjoy a fully supported camping based trek including three hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Kathmandu
Meals Included: B, L, D

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members.
Overnight: Radisson Hotel

Day 2 : Free Day In Kathmandu
Meals Included: B

Today you have a full day to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Day 3 : Fly Bhadrapur (2420M). Drive To Phidim. Approx. 5-6Hrs Drive.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Bhadrapur is situated in the terai, south east of Lukla. The flight from Kathmandu takes approx. 50 minutes and affords views of the many sections of the trek and the Himalaya from Kanchenjunga to Langtang. Phidim is located within a magnificent valley in the foothills of the Himalayas in eastern Nepal. It is a beautiful hill township which offers enchanting views of the eastern Himalayas. Approx. driving time: 5-6 hrs. Overnight hotel/lodge.

Day 4 : Drive To Chiruwa (1270M) Approx. 8-9Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we drive to Chiruwa via Taplejung. Chiruwa is located in a Himalayan gorge with dense patches of sub-tropical rainforest and cliffs. The ethnic group here, the Kirati's now known as Limbu, date back more than 2000 years as subsistence farmers in this region. Crops such as rice, millet, barley, wheat and corn are nearly always growing at the time that we visit. Approx. driving time: 8-9 hrs. Overnight camp.

Day 5 : Commence Trek To Sukethum (1640M). Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we commence our trek to Sukethum. The trail is well defined and the walk is both enjoyable and satisfying. We have only a few climbs up towards the valley where we begin to notice subtle changes in the landscape surrounding us. We weave through large boulders passing below the village of Tapethok and cross a landslide area to reach a bridge crossing a tributary of the Tamur River. This is the Simbuwa Khola, which flows from the south side of Kanchenjunga. We continue on towards the base camp, crossing several bridges and following what is now called the Gunsa Khola. Overnight camp.

Day 6 : Trek To Amjilosa (2390M). Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

The trail is very narrow and we follow the Ghunsa River until we break for lunch. This walk requires a lot of caution and concentration. On the way, we pass a small Sherpa settlement mainly tending to Yaks. After lunch, there is a steep climb towards our overnight camp at Amjilosa. Amjilosa is a small Tibetan settlement.

Day 7 : To Gyabla (2730M). Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today’s walk is predominantly through forest and we will sight many waterfalls along the way. There are no villages to pass through leaving us with a feeling of remoteness in the tranquil forest surroundings.

Day 8 : Trek To Ghunsa (3430M). Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Before lunch, we follow a narrow trail through thick forests to our lunch site is at Phole village, this is a typical Tibetan village and winter settlement for the villagers of Ghunsa. People of this village depend mainly on yak rearing and weaving carpets. Here we find the one and only monastery of the entire trek and visitors are most welcome.

Day 9 : Rest And Acclimatisation In Ghunsa
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we will enjoy a rest day and there may be time, weather permitting to wash some clothes or other domestic chores. We also have an option of a 3 hrs walk opposite River Khanso Thanso, from where we see a panoramic view of Phole Peak and Sobithongi Peak and also a glimpse of Mt. Khumbakaran. After long days of walking, a rest day is highly recommended.

Day 10 : Trek To Khangpachen (4040M). Walk Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Ghunsa and above, any signs of human habitation are that of seasonal settlements for the yak herders. They will take their animals to heights of 4000m-4500m in the warmer months of the year. For the trekker the scenery is unmatched. The route past the sheer cliffs and towering peaks of the Kanchenjunga massif and Jannu (7710m) are awe inspiring. They rise directly out of this classical and very grand glacial valley. The trail is ill-defined at times, crossing loose scree and rocks that have been pushed forth from old glaciers. We usually make a camp at Kambachen (4200m) enroute, which is seasonally occupied by locals only. It is quite possible to see wildlife in this remoter part of the Himalaya; blue sheep, ibex, mountain goat or smaller animals among the rocks such as hyrax and marmots. Overhead, various birds of prey may be seen- Lammergeir (a type of vulture) and various eagles, kites and falcons!

Day 11 : To Lhonak (4780M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today will be another challenging day and an early start is needed. We climb lateral moraine for an hour before reaching a landslide section with large boulders which we must pass through at a steady pace. The trail then climbs steeply to the top of a section of lateral moraine and then eases off before arriving in Lhonak.

Day 12 : Kanchenjunga Base Camp (Pangpema) (5140M) Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

The mountain views on this stage of our trek are stunning as we make our way along the lateral moraine to base camp. Climbing gently for 2 hours we then cross a steep section of loose rock for another hour before a further gentle climb of another hour before arriving in base camp. For those feeling enthusiastic there may be options for side walks in the area.

Day 13 : Return Trek To Ghunsa
Meals Included: B, L, D

Taking two days we retrace our steps back to Ghunsa. The return journey offers a different perspective of the mountain views and stunning surrounds.

Day 15 : To Nango La Camp (4776M), Walk Approx. 4-5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

From Ghunsa we descend the main trail alongside the Ghunsa Kola until we meet a junction in the trail, from here we ascend to a series of summer grazing pastures (Khaka) where we will camp for the night.

Day 16 : Cross Nango La (4776M) To Yangma Kola (3430M/ 7-8Hrs) & Olangchun Gola (3191M/ 8Hrs) And Rest Day
Meals Included: B, L, D

An early start this morning will give us the best opportunity for clear views during our crossing of the Nango La. Once over the pass we descend to a bowl shaped valley. We stay on the northern side of the river and enter thick forest to Yangma Kola and our camp for the night.
Day 17 - Trek to Olangchun Gola. Olangchun Gola is one of the most important centres for trade between Nepal and Tibet in this region. Most commonly exports to Tibet include grain, sugar, cigarettes and cotton thread which are exchanged for Tibetan salt, carpets and wool.
Day 18 - Rest Day in Olangchun Gola.

Day 19 : Commence Sanku Link Of The Ght From Olangchun Gola To Pass Camp (4453M)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Commence Sanku link of the GHT from Olangchun Gola to Pass Camp (4453m). The Great Himalaya Trail crosses the rugged wilderness of the Lumbha Sambha to the Makalu region. From Olangchun Gola we head in a northerly direction, crossing the Tamor Khola and travelling up the Dingsamba Khola. The trail then ascends through rhododendron forest to a valley and then another smaller valley beyond gained by climbing over a rock band.

Day 22 : Cross Lumbha Sambha La To Thudam (3556M), Walk Approx 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we gain magnificent views of the Lumbha Sambha as we climb to the crest of a saddle, the trail here is faint and often undefined due to snow.We traverse below a peak and to another saddle and then make our crossing of the Lumbha Sambha (5159m). From here there are views of Jannu and Makalu to the east. From the pass we descend to the northwest.

Day 23 : To Chyamtang (2187M)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The trail to Chyamtang is at times hard to follow due to thick overgrowth. We descend to the Medokchheje Khola before the trail climbs and we follow the west fork. The trail is scrambly in places as we contour around ridges to a small pass before descending through forest to a small kharka where we make an overnight camp.The following day we cross another minor pass and finally descend and cross the Arun Nadi to arrive in the friendly Lhomi village of Chyamtang where we will spend a welcome rest day.

Day 26 : To Hongon (2323M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Back on the main trail it is an easy walk to Hongon. Here we will leave the Kanchenjunga region and enter the next region and GHT stage which is Makalu.

Day 27 : To Bakim Kharka/ High Camp (3020M), Walk Approx. 4-5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

A short but challenging day with some steep ridge climbs and a minor pass crossing (2710m).

Day 28 : To Molun Pokhari (3954M/6Hrs), Dhunge Kharka (2980M/8Hrs), Saldim Khola Or Cave Camp (3900M/7Hrs, Adventure Pass Camp (3900M/5Hrs), Kalo Pokhari (4100M/7-8Hrs), Grazing Kharka (3960M/7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

For seven further days we continue towards the Makalu Barun National Park. At times the trail will be steep and rocky with some scrambling sections and challenging climbs. We will skirt around the picturesque Molun Pokhari (lake) and head south and south east crossing rivers, sometimes via logs, and penetrating thick rhododendron forest. These days on the trail are challenging as this area is not often travelled and there may be very limited space for camp sites.

Day 35 : Trek To Yangla Kharka (3557M), Walk Approx. 5Hrs And Rest Day
Meals Included: B, L, D

Eventually we emerge into the valley bottom and continue along the easier main trail to Makalu base camp and Yangla Kharka.Great rock walls tower above as we make our way through the enormous U-shaped valley. Snowy peaks are the stunning backdrop to this valley often referred to as the Yosemite of the Himalaya, this is a magnificent and exciting place to be and it is here that we will meet up with the Everest & Makalu via Sherpani Col group who have trekked in from Tumlingtar.

Day 37 : Trek To Langmale Kharka (4400M / 5-6Hrs) & Rest/Acclimatisation Day
Meals Included: B, L, D

It is a short trekking day to Langmale Kharka to aid acclimatisation,we take in the impressive mountain scenery found in this area.Great rock walls tower above as we make our way through the enormous U-shaped valley. Snowy peaks are the stunning backdrop to this valley often referred to as the Yosemite of the Himalaya, and it is a magnificent place to spend a well deserved rest day.

Day 39 : To Makalu Base Camp (4870M/4Hrs), Rest/Acclimatisation Day.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Makalu Base Camp affords stunning views of its south face, with the south buttress of Makalu offering views of Baruntse (7220m), Everest and Lhotse. The Hillary and French base camps are far up the glacier, past Barun Pokhari, and these are now the traditional base camps used by climbing parties to Makalu. An optional walk from BC is a spectacular climb up grassy slopes to the top of the ridge. At the 5250m mark there is an outstanding view of Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Shar as well as both the south-east and north ridges of Everest, along with the Kangshung Face and the South Col. Makalu looms above the ridge to the north.

Day 41 : To Swiss Base Camp (5150M/4-5Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The second half of trek to Swisse BC is tricky and involves boulder hopping as we follow the Barun Glacier directly beneath Makalu enormous west face.
Swisse Base Camp is situated amongst the moraine in a sandy spot directly opposite the mighty West Pillar on Makalu. Very few campsites a this close to one of these 8000m giants. We have a full day set aside to rest and acclimatise and will aim to reach a vantage point above camp with a (weather permitting) great view of Everest and the fabled Kangshung Face.

Day 43 : To Sherpani Col Base Camp (5700M/5-6Hrs), Cross Sherpani Col (6180M) To Baruntse High Camp (West Col @ 6100M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

We have allowed 2 days to position ourselves for the crossing of the Sherpani & West Cols. Depending on our group movement and progress we may need to be flexible on our approach. As we near the Sherpani Col base camp the trail is much less defined and with more boulder hopping, and now that we are climbing high cloud may obscure the trail. We camp high at the snout of the glacier at 5688m with the Sherpani Col 3 hours above us. If conditions are favourable and the group are moving at a good pace we may attempt to make the crossing of both Cols in a day, but in all likelihood we’ll be camping at Baruntse C1 on the West Col @ 6100m on the first night and descending the Col to the Honku valley the next day. Although these are the most demanding days of our trek, we are deep in the Himalaya and the massive scale of the mountains around us are an awesome sight to behold. There will be sections of roped up travel and abseiling, and our Sherpa guides and mountaineering leader will manage the coming days as snow and weather conditions dictate.

Day 45 : Cross West Col To Honku Basin & Amphu Labsta Base (5400M)
Meals Included: B, L, D

After our crossings are completed we descend into the Honku valley nearby five large glacial lakes which sprawl out before us. They are known as Panch Pokhari (five lakes). The Amphu Labsta pass is situated immediately at the head of the valley to our right and is basically the low point on the ridge between the Honku and the Imja valleys. For this day or so we are in the Honku. A new vista of peaks span out before us including Ama Dablam to the distant west, and many unnamed peaks. Amphu Labsta Base Camp is set close to the rocks that lead up to the pass. On these stages we ask that members be flexible and co-operative. Camps will be set where conditions allow, and your leader will keep you advised as to each days plan.

Day 48 : Cross Amphu Labsta (5845M) To Chukung (4730M), Approx. 9-10 Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

An alpine start for our pass crossing. Ferrying across all our loads together with all party members, crew, porters and members takes time. The approach to the pass from the Honku is deceptive. Facing east and southward there is much more sun and little snow, just a collection of rocks that gradually lead up to the gap we travel through. On the north facing side we find steep slopes of snow that we must take care to descend by fixed ropes to the snow basins below and subsequent moraine and alpine valley beyond. The views from this 5845m pass crossing to the peaks of Khumbu are unmatched. Any spare moment whilst we are climbing and descending will allow us to appreciate the spectacle of the peaks of the region.

Day 49 : Trek To Dingboche (4360M/4Hrs), Dzongla (4843M/3Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 23 brings us to Dingboche and our comfortable private permanent campsite. Over the past week we have made crossings of some of the most challenging terrain found in the Himalaya. From our camp we have excellent views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Chukung Peak and Imja Tse (6189m) are had from both in the valley or from the ridge above the camp. Massive glaciers drape beneath cliffs that soar up to 3,500 metres in this dramatic valley. The following day we proceed to Dzongla, another spectacularly situated camp, on our way to our next pass, the Cho La.

Day 51 : Cross Cho La To Gokyo (4759M) Approx 6-7Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

The views today are magnificent as we leave the Everest watershed and enter that of Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. The crossing involves a steep scramble up rock boulders and then a walk across the gently ascending, snow-covered glacier that caps the pass, the views of the route ahead, and of the glacier itself, are breathtaking. We descend steep boulder strewn slopes to the Gokyo valley below. This is a valley of turquoise lakes and great glaciers. For the first part of the descent there are discernible paths that zigzag down the mountainside – slippery in snow! The ground then levels out and the path all but disappears as we hop across a field of boulders. Finally we climb a gentle slope to the top, from where it’s all downhill, following a narrow river valley all the way to its base at Dragnag, a small Sherpa settlement nestled beneath great rock walls, just a stone’s throw from the Ngozumba Glacier. Continuing on we reach Gokyo in the late afternoon.

Day 52 : At Gokyo, Ascend Gokyo Ri (5483M)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The steady and unrelenting ascent of Gokyo Ri will take around two hours. You will be elated when you reach the summit with its spectacular view. Probably the most comprehensive view of 8,000 metre peaks in Nepal, many people consider it to be Nepal’s best. Surrounding us are Cho Oyu (8153m), (a mountain that defeated a British Expedition of climbers, including Hillary, in their lead-up to their successful assault of Everest), Gyangchung Kang (7922m), Lhotse (8501m), Makalu (8475m), Cholatse (6440m), Taweche (6542m), Kantega (6685m), Thamserku (6808m), Lobuche (6145m) and Mt Everest (8848m). Hundreds of other unnamed peaks fill the scene, whilst below us the Ngozumba Glacier, the largest in Nepal, stretches through the valley. The striking colour of the lakes below completes the picture. The only way to get a better view of the entire Everest region would be to climb an 8,000 metre peak! Although further from Everest than Kala Pattar, the traditional viewing point, here we see more of the mountain and enjoy a more relaxed environment to view the peak.

Day 53 : Trek To Renjo La High Camp, Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We trek around Gokyo Lake to set up our wilderness camp below the Renjo La pass ready for our crossing tomorrow.

Day 54 : Cross Renjo La To Taranga (4368M/6.5Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The crossing of the Renjo La Pass will be exciting and relatively straight forward. The landscape is progressively that of the Tibetan Valleys beyond the border. There is a chance we will meet Tibetan Traders descending from the Nangpa La pass that leads through the Himalayas from Tibet with their caravans of woolly yaks laden with goods. Overnight camp at Taranga.

Day 55 : To Thame (3820M/3Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

We turn south and down valley towards Lukla for our return to Kathmandu. There are Sherpa villages to be explored as we descend the gorge. We will spend the night at the pretty village of Thame with its spectacular monastery. We will bid farewell to the Makalu team as we continue on with the Rolwaling team.

Day 56 : To Parchemuche Tsho (4780M/ 6.5Hrs) & Cave Camp (5665M/ 5.5Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

We will spend two days on our approach to the Tashi Labsta. Our first night will be spent by the lake (Parchemuche Tsho) in a picturesque setting. We will be monitoring the weather conditions at this stage to be prepared for our pass crossing. Cave camp is set high and puts us in a good position to assess conditions for our Tashi Labsta crossing.

Day 58 : Cross Tashi Labsta (5760M) To Trakarding Glacier (4735M), Walk Approx. 7.5Hrs. And Onto Yak Kharka Approx 7.5Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

The weather, snow and glacier conditions will play a large part in how difficult the route will be. We climb up steadily through several rock and ice gullies to reach the pass where we are treated with a superb new vista of mountains. Few of these peaks have been climbed, nor do they have a formal name. It is one of the least accessible parts of the Nepal Himalaya. Tengi Ragi Tau and Pachermo tower above and mark the gap to the pass; both are captivating in their form with their sheer ice and rock faces. Pachermo was climbed by a group of World Expeditions climbers on a 2022 expedition. We need to make a long, steady trek along the rock/snow and descend crevassed snow slopes to the Trakarding glacier. There are several sections that usually require some scrambling on rock and ice, and if necessary we will fix a rope as a handrail. Our staff will work closely with team members to make a safe passage for all. The pass achieved, we enjoy the thrill of where we are, sandwiched between two fabulous regions and mountain ranges. Overnight camp on the Trakarding glacier. The following day we continue on to Yak Kharka and our next camp.

Day 60 : To Beding (3740M/ 5Hrs). And Onto Kyaise (5-6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The stages to Beding are pleasant,and we will trek through rhododendron, pine and juniper forest whilst travelling by the riverside. There is also an abundance of bird-life. We continue the next day to our camp at Kyaise.

Day 62 : To Chetchet (1400M/ 5.5Hrs) & Bulung (1900M/ 8-9Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

As we descend into warmer conditions and lush surrounds the walking becomes much easier now that we are fit and fully acclimatised. We will overnight in Chetchet. The following day we continue through forest and pass by waterfalls on our way to Bulung. The area around the village is rich with terraces of wheat, barley and millet; and people busily tending fields and livestock to make a living for themselves.

Day 64 : Trek Down Valley To Sano Jynamdan
Meals Included: B, L, D

For the next three days we will make our way to our exit point for this section at the Last Resort Village. We will walk to Pakhola (6-7 hrs) before continuing on the following day to Thisangla (7-8hrs). The final days walk is to Sano Jynamdan (7hrs).

Day 67 : Walk To The Last Resort, Drive To Kathmandu (1330M)
Meals Included: B

This morning we walk the final 4 hours to The Last Resort were we meet our vehicles. We transfer by road (approximately 5 hours) back to Kathmandu and the Radisson Hotel for 2 days of rest and relaxation. Although we have built in ample acclimatization and intermittent rest days into the GHT itinerary, a trek involving 145 days of almost continuous trekking is an extremely challenging undertaking and punishing to the body. Accordingly these days should be taken as a recuperation period and key to completing the GHT.

Day 69 : Resume Ght, Langtang Link. Trek To Listi (2260M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Leaving the Last Resort we trek to Listi. The trail climbs a steep hillside as we ascend to Baldun and then continue on to Listi where there is a Hindu Temple on the ridge above.

Day 70 : To Bagam (2705M/ 4-5Hrs),
Meals Included: B, L, D

We leave Listi and ascend the ridgeline where the trail then traverses the hillside to the Sherpa village of Bagam.

Day 71 : To Kyangsin (2520M/ 7-8Hrs), & Dipu (7-8Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We have a few days of descent ahead on our trek to Kyangsin and on to Dipu, before beginning our ascent to Kharka and on to Panch Pokhari where we will meet our Langtang & Tilman Pass group who will be entering via Chautara.

Day 73 : To Kharka (3600M/ 6-7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We continue along the ridge climb with fabulous views east and west of a chain of mountains that form a natural border with Tibet. W.H. Tilman was the first European to explore this region in 1949, and very few have ever retraced his footsteps.

Day 74 : To Panch Pokhari (4074M/ 3-4Hrs), & Rest Day.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Panch Pokhari is named after 5 holy ponds and thousands of pilgrims climb to the sacred Panch Pokhari Lakes during the monsoon. There is a Mahadev Temple located here and from the top of Panch Pokhari we gain views of the Jugal Himal and Rolwaling. We will take a rest day here and meet the group joining us for this stage.

Day 76 : To Intermediate Camp (4-5Hrs) & On To Tin Pokhari (4255M/ 6Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We are now well above the treeline as we make a short climb from Panch Pokhari to the ridgeline and continue north crossing spurs and basins until we descend into a valley and a final climb to Tin Pokhari.

Day 78 : South High Camp (5-6Hrs) & Cross Tilman Pass (5308M) To North High Camp (4720M/ 7Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

There are two routes through the lower rocky section of the pass and it will depend on conditions as to which one we choose to ascend. This is quite a challenging pass and there will be loose rock and scree to negotiate. Once we reach a steep rock face after the initial climb we traverse to the left and climb directly onto the snowfield of the pass. The pass is to the northwest of the snowfield. We then descend a steep snow slope and rocky gullies,care should be take here as the gullies can be icy. We may fix a handline and your leader will advise the plan after assessing the conditions. The pass crossing will be a long day of approx. 7-9 hours. We camp at the northern shore of a lake.

Day 80 : To Kyangjin Gompa (3830M), Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We are now approaching the main Langtang Trail to Kyangjin Gompa where there are many teahouses. There is a nearby cheese factory that is well worth a visit and of course a visit to the Gompa. There is a viewpoint on a hill to the north of Kyangjin Gompa with prayer flags adorning the summit, and time permitting this is a great vantage point also worth the effort.

Day 81 : To Lama Hotel (2490M/7 Hrs) & Syabru Besi (1503M/ 6 Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

We are now travelling along the clearly marked main trail of the Langtang trek. Following the river we wind through many teahouses and small villages to Syabru Besi.

Day 83 : Ganesh Link. To Gatlang (2238M), Walk Approx. 4.5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We are now travelling on the Ganesh link of the GHT on our way to the Manaslu and Annapurna regions.

Day 84 : To Somdang (3258M/ 6Hrs) & Tipling (1890M/ 7Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

Leaving Gatlang we enter pine and rhododendron forest until we reach 3100 metres where there is a large kharka and campsite, we continue on from here where we meet up with a road which we follow whilst traversing a steep hillside to another kharka. Here we take a small trail which leads us over the Khurpu Dada Pass (3710m) before heading west and descending to Somdang. The following day we continue our descent through rhododendron forest and terraced fields to Tipling.

Day 86 : To Lapa Khola (1258M/ 5.5Hrs), Nauban Kharka (2750M/ 7Hrs), & Kerauja (2074M/ 7.5Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

For the following three days we trek through dense forest climbing to minor ridge tops and descending into open basins.

Day 89 : To Khorla Besi (970M) & Yaru (1100M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today is a relatively long day and we will combine with our GHT Manaslu & Annapurna trek at Khorla Besi. We are now two thirds of the way through the Full Traverse and our cooks may prepare a special meal tonight to celebrate the occasion!

Day 91 : To Lama Chautara (1570M), Walk Approx. 4-5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

A day of relatively easy ups and downs as we follow the river upstream. We cross a number of tributaries before arriving at our camp at Lama Chautara.

Day 92 : To Deng (1860M), Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Continuing on, we occasionally have to trek high above the river to skirt around narrow gorges that prohibit a path. The trail takes us through pine forest scattered with rhododendron. We make our way to the lower trail which again follows the Buri Gandakhi below the Gurung village of Ngak and camp an hour's walk past Deng.

Day 93 : To Namrung (2630M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We climb initially and then descend to cross a suspension bridge to the opposite bank. There are more riverside undulations and mani walls and chortens may be seen, signs of the distinctly Tibetan territory into which we are entering. The valley trail keeps to the northern bank below the village of Bih. Bih is known for its family of master stone carvers and along the trail today we see flat stones carved with intricate figures and stupas. Just past Bih we catch glimpses of the Shringi Himal and continue along the northern bank of the Buri Gandakhi until we reach the dominantly Tibetan village of Ghap for lunch. We then continue up through the forest densely vegetated with pine and birch to our jungle camp amongst the trees just before Namrung.

Day 94 : To Sama (3520M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs And Rest Day
Meals Included: B, L, D

We descend to cross the Damonan Khola then ascend again along a narrow path through the forest to Namrung with its check post then continue through the forest path past small Tibetan villages towards Ligaon. It is likely that we will encounter our first yak today and there is also a troop of monkeys who often come down to the river here to drink. We have uninterrupted views behind us of Ganesh III and IV and Baudha Peak and to our right the Kutang Himal stands high as the natural border between Nepal and Tibet. Before us our first real mountain panorama opens up with the peaks of Himalchuli (7893m), Peak 29 (7871m) and finally Manaslu (8163m). The followig day we enjoy a rest day at our camp in Sama.

Day 96 : To Larkye Bazaar (4000M), Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

The trail takes us into wilder territory as we skirt around some glacial moraine then descend to the riverbed. Excellent views of the peak of Manaslu today. We soon reach the Tibetan Refugee village of Samdo, a wild place with a substantial village of some 200 permanent residents. From here we descend down to the Budi Gandaki River. After crossing the wooden bridge over it, we will reach the fabled Larkye Bazaar.

Day 97 : To Larkye Base Camp (4460M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

After a couple of stream crossings, the Larkye Glacier appears on the opposite bank. We steadily climb, skirting around the Sarka Khola to camp at a small brick hut at the base of the Larkye La (pass).

Day 98 : Cross Larkye La (5140M) To Bimtang (3590M) 8-10Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Soon after setting off today the unique shape of Larkye Peak becomes visible. The trail upwards is very gradual but at this altitude we take our time. It takes us approximately 5 hours to reach the pass, with the last section becoming quite steep but it is well worth the effort. The mountain vista to the west is incredible - Himlung Himal (7126m), Chap Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m). The descent from the pass is very steep across ice and scree as we follow the glacier. Progress is slow and careful but eventually we enter the valley of the Burdin Khola and continue to Bimtang and our camp for the night.

Day 99 : To Dharapani (1865M), Walk Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

The trail now basically follows the Marsyangdi downstream, before entering a pristine forest of pine and rhododendron which during the spring months puts on a brilliant display of colour. This is another day to ensure you have plenty of film in your day packs as the views of the Himlung and Manaslu Himal are again spectacular.

Day 100 : To Koto (2620M), Walk Approx. 7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We have now crossed from the Manaslu region into the Annapurna region. The trail we follow today climbs over steep forest ridges and crosses the river before reaching Koto. We pass many mani walls with Mayu Prayer wheels - typical of villages in this region. The trail continues through the forest and after rounding a bend, we will view Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500m from the river. We also gain excellent views of Annapurna 2 to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Today we reach a milestone - day 100!

Day 101 : To Pisang (2675M/ 6-7Hrs) & Bhraka (3475M/ 6-7Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

Trekking along the traditional Annapurna Circuit we make our way to Pisang, a cluster of houses with the main village about 150m uphill. Day 102 sees us gradually ascend about towards Manang's airstrip at Hongde. Our campsite in Bhraka is about 40 min walk from here. This is one of the most beautiful camping sites of the trip facing towards Annapurna 4 and 3.

Day 103 : To Yak Kharka (4050M), Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

A superb day! After breakfast, we head off winding around contours gaining ever more impressive views of Annapurna 3 and Gangapurna before we reach the Josang Valley and the camp site at Yak Kharka.

Day 104 : To Thorong High Camp (4700M), Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

A short but strenuous day as we continue up the valley and cross the Jorsang Khola on a small cantilevered bridge before edging our way around loose scree slopes to finally reach a couple of ramshackle tea-shops at the foot of the awesome Thorong La. An early night is advised as we have a big day tomorrow.

Day 105 : Cross Thorong La (5380M) To Muktinath, Walk Approx. 9Hrs, & Rest Day.
Meals Included: B, L, D

A long, arduous day rewarded with unsurpassed views. We set out from Phedi before daybreak in order to reach the top of the pass before late morning and avoid the notorious Thorong winds. The first section up the pass is steep and it's slow going. The trail winds around seemingly endless switchbacks with each "false top" leading on to another ridge. Finally we see the massive prayer-flag-covered cairn which marks the top. From here the views back over the entire Annapurna Range and across to Mustang and western Tibet are unbelievable. The cold up here soon has us heading down to Muktinath. It is a very weary group of trekkers who hit the sack that night. A day of Himalayan highs in every sense of the word! We will meet the group of GHT Upper Dolpo Traverse in Muktinath.

Day 107 : To Goat Kharka Via Kagbeni (2810M), Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Entering the main Kali Gandaki valley we take a short cut that avoids the road to Kagbeni. Kagbeni once marked the Nepal / Tibet border and it is the official entry to the Mustang region. Within the village is the old Gompa, and at the northern edge of the village lies the remains of the old fort. We then proceed to Kharka and into the Dolpo region. From Kagbeni we head south through the village and cross a suspension bridge to a series of steep switch backs that lead to a grassy plateau. From here we follow the main trail leading to a Kharka. Dolpo People - “West of the upper Kali Gandaki, at around 4000 metres, lies the remote area of Dolpo. Surrounded by mountains over 6000m, this landscape can only be successfully inhabited by tough, hardy people. The people of Dolpo do not have a tribal name, like Sherpas, or a district name, like Lopa. There are 25 or 30 villages spread over an area of about 1300 square kilometres. The Dolpo people are very hospitable and kind, and grow most of the crops they need, as well as keeping yaks, sheep and goats for meat, wool and milk products, or to be sold or traded. Their houses are built of rough stone and all huddled together, as though trying to gain warmth and comfort from each other. This often makes the villages look like forts. Their traditional ‘fancy’ dress for women includes a striking headdress made of two rectangular brass plates with edges that turn up over the top and back of the head. These headdresses are adorned with coral and turquoise and often represent the wealth of the family. They marry by choice or arrangement, and follow Buddhism and Bon. The 1998 movie ‘Caravan’ (also called ‘Himalaya’) was shot here and told the tale of the now defunct salt caravans. You can still find locals in villages such as Saldang who appeared in the film.” - from the guide book “Nepal Trekking & The Great Himalaya Trail” by Robin Boustead.

Day 108 : To Santa (3778M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today is a challenging day and we must cross two passes on our way to Santa. We set out early and climb a hillside where the gradient increases as we enter a gully and pass by some caves before reaching a watercourse. We meet the main trail once again from Phalyak and make our first pass crossing at 4306m. Continuing west we contour through basins before crossig the Bhima Lojun La (4460m). Traversing for 1 -2 hours we reach a spur where we descend into a large ravine and cross a scree slope to Santa.

Day 109 : To Ghalden Ghuldun Khola (4247M), Walk Approx. 6Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We follow the trail through two gullies before reaching a series of switchbacks to Jhansye (4195m).The trail now levels out as we cross a hillside and then make a descent to Kyalunpa Khola where we cross a wooden bridge and head west to a narrow gully. Our campsite set in juniper trees is gained by climbing up a steep gully.

Day 110 : To Lalinawar Khola (4800M/ 4Hrs). Cross Jungben La (5550M) & Niwas La (5120M) To Nulungsunda Kharka (4987M/ 7Hrs) & Chharka Bhot (4302M/ 4-5Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

In the coming days we make two challenging pass crossings above 5000 metres. From the top of the Jungben La we gain magnificent views to the south of Hidden Valley and Dhaulagiri can be seen. The following day we cross the Niwas La and make an easy descent to Nulungsumda Kharka where we camp at the confluence of the Malun and Thasan Kholas. The trek to Chharka Bhot is a relatively easy day.

Day 113 : To Chap Chu (4320M/ 7Hrs), Maran (4350M/ 8Hrs), And Tungyalaphu (4450M/ 7Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

Heading west from Chharka Bhot we descend to the Chharka Tulsi Khola. Whilst travelling alongside the river we are forced to make a few crossings back and forth. We then make a short climb before descending to a minor tributary and crossing on stepping stones. Another climb of 45 minutes brings us to Chap Chu and our camp for the night. Our trekking day to Maran sees us crossing the Chan La (5378m), it is an easy gradient to the pass and we are now fit and acclimatised. From the top the views are stunning and we get a sense of the scale of the dramatic mountain scenery around us. From the pass we descend a series of switch backs to the valley before ascending to a ridge that sits above the Sheru Khola to our south. Once we reach a chorten we head down to the Tarpi Khola valley and on to Maran. An hour from Maran is the large trading village of Dho Tarap. Above the village is the Ribum Gompa nunnery and Regu Chorten, and time permitting we will make a visit. Today's trek is relatively easy going to our campsite at Tungyalaphu at 4450m.

Day 116 : Cross Jyanta La (5100M) To Darsumanadobhan (4700M/ 6Hrs), Saldang (3770M/ 7Hrs), Shey Gompa (4345M/ 7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We travel over the Jyanta La to a flat grassy campsite at Darsumanadobhan. The following day will find us descending to Saldang, the administrative capital of Upper Dolpo. The following day we walk to Shey Gompa via Namgung. The Shey is one of the most sacred sites in Dolpo. If we have time we may also visit the hermitage of Tsaking perched high on Crystal Mountain about an hour further north.

Day 119 : Nagdala La (5350M) /High Camp (4650M/ 6Hrs), Phoksundo Khola Camp (3750M/6 Hrs), Ringmo Phoksundo Lake (3620M/ 5 Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

The next few days are spent on the trail to Phoksundo Lake. Leaving Shey Gompa we cross the Nagdala Pass (also known as the Kang La) and overnight at our high camp. The following day we walk to Phoksundo Khola Camp through beautiful juniper and silver birch forest. The trek to Ringmo is a stunning day and we enter pine forest before arriving at Ringmo. Phoksundo Lake is a few minutes beyond Ringmo and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Himalaya.

Day 122 : To Kharka (4300M), Walk Approx. 5.5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We now have a 6 day trek to reach Jumla where we will meet up with the Rara Lake group travelling in from Kathmandu.We are in Nepal's far west region, where the tourism infrastructure is in its infancy and services very basic.

Day 123 : To Kagmara High Camp (5070M/ 4-5Hrs), Kagmara Pass (Other Side Of Base Camp (4200M/ 6-7Hrs) & Hurikot (3010M/ 8Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

Some challenging days ahead as we branch off from the main trail and shortcut to Rara. We cross the 5115 metre Kagmara La, a splendid pass crossing with stunning panoramic views.On our approach the valley narrows and we pass a series of waterfalls before we climb onto the moraine. We make a high camp before crossing over and down to Mauriya Phedi and Chotra.

Day 126 : To Nauli Ghot (3400M/ 8Hrs) & Manisango (2800M/ 8Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

We are literally 25 days from the finish of the Nepal section of the Great Himalaya Trail. We traverse towards Rara National Park, and the views here are stunning as we pass side valleys and make our way closer to the last stage of this epic trek.

Day 128 : To Jumla, Walk Approx. 7Hrs; Rest Day; Trek To Khaligaon, Walk Approx. 5-6Hrs; & Dab (Bulbule), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we will reach Jumla and join with the Rara Lake & Yari Valley trek group who are arriving from Kathmandu. Due to flight problems for the groups that will join us and a much needed rest day for us, we will have a full day's rest. We will continue towards Khaligaon and Bulbule before we reach Rara Lake. We are now nearing the main monsoon season, and so rain fall and wet conditions should be expected on this section of our journey.

Day 132 : To Rara Lake (3010M/ 7-8Hrs), Rest Day.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Rara is Nepal’s largest lake and is surrounded by the protected forests of Rara National Park in the Karnali district. There is an abundance of wildlife in this area including musk deer, leopard, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear, and the rare red panda. The water of the lake is crystal clear and the area is a stunning place of natural beauty. The Great Himalaya Trail has 2 options in the far west - 1) From Gamgadhi to Simikot and the Yari Valley 2) Cross country from Rara Lake to Kolti and Chainpur and on to the Mahakali Nadi (river) in India. We will travel the Gamgadhi to Simikot and Yari route, as this route travels closer to the centre of the Great Himalaya Range. There is yet to be a crossing found to the Mahakali Nadi, which is further to the west, therefore our finishing point for the GHT is currently Simikot after trekking north to Yari.

Day 134 : To Karnali Walk Approx 4-5Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we leave Rara Lakes and continue our trek to Karnali.

Day 135 : To Bam (2700M), Walk Approx. 5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We cross the suspension bridge from Karnali and climb a steep, rocky trail, trending left until we crest a ridge at 2180 metres. We descend to a small river and then another climb brings us through fields and pine forest to a ridge and then a traverse to Bam village.

Day 136 : To Jogimara (3005M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We follow a trail which contours around hillsides until we reach a stream at Ghachaur. Here we begin a climb to the pass which should take approximately 3.5 hours, from the top it is an easy descent to a pretty campsite by a stream. There is a teashop close by which is 15 minutes before reaching Jogimara.

Day 137 : To Piplan (1700M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We make an easy short ascent from Jogimara to a ridge at 3120 metres before a longer descent of 500 metres to a small stream before climbing again, crossing a landslide area. From here we have views of the lower valley and the village of Rimi. We make a long traverse to Deuri, passing by a school before descending to Darma village. Continuing through the village we drop down through a series of steep switchbacks to the main trail by the riverside, and then crossing a suspension bridge over the Humla Karnali and finally a short climb to Piplan.

Day 138 : To Apsia Lekh (3200M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We continue trekking through the traditional villages of Nimagaon and Korka climbing a series of switchbacks and crossing a basin between ridges before halting at a stream for our lunch break. Climbing once again to the village of Puma we take a right fork and and ascend more switchbacks in pine forest to Apsia Lekh.

Day 139 : To Punkha Khola, Walk Approx. 4-5Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Today we have magnificent views of Saipal and surrounding valleys as we follow a contouring trail to Kallas. From here we descend to the river and then climb an easy trail to a ridge and descend once more to the Rodikot Khola.A further climb of 1.5 hours brings us to our campsite beside the Punkha Khola.

Day 140 : To River Camp, Walk Approx. 4Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

We start with a big climb of 500 metres through steep switchbacks to a kharka at 3512 metres. From here we continue climbing, gaining views north to Simikot and also to the south. We climb to over 4000 metres today before a very steep descent to the Yanchu Khola. We have a few camping options, and there will more than likely be some livestock grazing in the valley.

Day 141 : To Simikot (2900M), Walk Approx. 6-7Hrs.
Meals Included: B, L, D

Depending on weather conditions today may be hot and dusty as there is little shade along the trail. We descend for 15 minutes or so alongside the river before an easy gradient climb to Durpa village and a further descent to the pilgrimage site of Kharpunath. Continuing on another 30 minutes we turn into the Kudila Kola valley. From here we ascend to some teashops and cross a metal bridge before the final set of switchbacks which lead us to Simikot.

Day 142 : To Kermu (2300M), Walk Approx. 7-8Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

We travel through many villages and fields of buckwheat and potatoes, cross rivers and climb ridges. It is a particularly pretty area with many small communities dotted along our trail. The gradient levels out before Dharapori and we finally pass through walnut and apricot groves. Leaving Dharapori we cross over the river and trek along the north side towards Muchu before arriving at our camp for the night at a location called Kermu.

Day 143 : To Shinjungma, Walk Approx. 6-7 Hrs
Meals Included: B, L, D

We pass deviate off the main path and trek directly north on the remote trails towards the Tibetan border and overnight at Shingjungma.

Day 144 : To Talung (4380M/ 6-7Hrs) And To Halji (3750M/ 6-7Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

We trek into the remote regions approaching the Tibetan border and walk into an amphitheater of unnamed 5000m+ peaks. Far west Nepal remains a hidden gem of trekking, an often overlooked destination with views the rival the best of the Himalayas.

Day 146 : To Manapeme (3950M/ 7-8Hrs) & To Hilsa (2300M/ 8-9Hrs).
Meals Included: B, L, D

We follow the trails down to the border at Hilsa and approach the end of the epic trek across the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail.

Day 148 : To Simikot (2900M/ Drive 7-8Hrs)
Meals Included: B, L, D

There are sure to be big celebrations with our crew tonight, and some well deserved pats on the back after completing a very long walk in the Himalaya!

Day 149 : To Nepalgunj & Kathmandu By Air (1330M).
Meals Included: B, D

This morning we fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. There are many fine restaurants in Kathmandu, and there will be a final group dinner organised tonight to celebrate our trek along the Great Himalaya Trail.

Day 150 : Trip Concludes In Kathmandu
Meals Included: B

After breakfast arrangements cease unless further ones have been made. Those people departing by aircraft will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    6 nights hotel

  • 149 breakfasts, 142 lunches and 143 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$6555

  • flights Kathmandu/Biratnagar/Suketar & Nepalgunj/Kathmandu US$519 approx

  • expert high altitude mountaineering guide & trekking guides

  • expert bilingual guide and group medical kit

  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 150

  • accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson hotel

  • trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat valued at $500

  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag

  • climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet

  • safety equipment including high altitude chamber and satellite phone

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What's Not Included

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc

  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks

  • Tips

  • Airport and departure taxes

  • International flights

  • Visa

  • Travel Insurance

What You Carry

In your pack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip balm etc. On pass crossings you may need to carry extra equipment such as crampons, ice-axe, harness and sleeping bag, please ensure you use a pack of minimum size 55 litres to accommodate extra gear if needed.

Grading

To consider undertaking this trek participants should be competent and self sufficient in the outdoors and have experience in multi day trekking at altitude. Prior mountaineering experience is highly recommended. The terrain will involve low to moderate angle snow slopes and traveling on crevassed glaciers. Experience using ice axe and crampons is preferred as well as a very high level of fitness.Group numbers are limited due to the nature of the terrain and size of campsites on many of the link sections.To join the GHT Full Traverse you will need prior experience trekking at altitude, a solid background in outdoor activities and basic mountaineering skills.

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Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Heather Hawkins(Coogee, NSW)  

Great Himalaya Trail - The Full Traverse

29 Jul 2017

The Great Himalaya Trail is a trek like no other - diverse and breathtaking - with its changing seasons, majestic mountains, challenging altitudes, snow, heat and monsoonal rains… it instantly captures your heart and soul. I have so many favourite places from out along the trail… In the east, where the jagged, snow capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga region jut skyward between rocky passes and boulder strewn glaciers. In the west, where the thick, green juniper forests grow bravely in steep ravines that gradually give way to high, shaley windswept plateaus. In the Everest region, where the magnificent mountain itself stands shoulder to shoulder with it’s fellow 8,000 metre peaks, and in the Makalu region, where the stars are so bright, the Milky Way paints a vibrant white stripe across the inky sky. Our World Expeditions team was absolutely amazing - Skilled, caring and wise beyond words. We very quickly became part of their Nepalese family and settled into a wonderful daily routine immersed in their culture, and in the elements, with our backpacks, trekking poles and our little yellow tents. If you are thinking of trekking the Great Himalaya Trail, I’d say do it, you will have an incredible life changing experience.

M. Gibson(Crows Nest, NSW)  

Great Himalaya Trail - The Full Traverse

13 Aug 2017

What can one say to sum up five months crossing the Himalaya from east to west Nepal? It has everything from high mountain passes and days in the snow, low land agricultural areas and the summer heat, the high and dry regions of Dolpo, and finally the wet monsoon rains of the west. The challenges one faces on a journey of this length are not just physical, but also mental; getting up and walking for 6-8 hours day in, day out, rain or shine. However the experiences and people you meet along the way, whether fellow clients, the amazing staff, or the local Nepalese make it all worth while, and ensure every one of the 152 days contains a different highlight. To spend five months in Nepal is an amazing and eye opening experience which I’d recommend to anyone with the time, resources and personal drive to do. A definite challenge but well worth the effort.

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