THE GREAT HIMALAYAN TRAIL, THE TREKKERS WAY
About the trail
The Great Himalaya Trail is a network of existing trails which together form one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world.
Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, it passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes. Nepal’s GHT has 10 sections comprising a network of upper and lower routes, each offering you something different, be it adventure and exploration, authentic cultural experiences, or simply spectacular Himalayan nature.
The 1700km Nepal section of the trail begins near Kanchenjunga on the eastern border and heads west navigating the domains of eight of the world’s 8000m peaks, from the beautiful but lesser-known Makalu to the famous Everest. It is not the easiest or most direct route across Nepal, rather a route through the Greater Himalaya. The Nepal section ends either in Humla on the Tibetan border.
The route offers an incredible diversity in terms of landscapes, flora & fauna, people and culture: from snow leopards to red pandas; from sub-tropical jungle to fragile high-altitude eco-systems; from the famous Sherpas, to Shamanism, to the ancient Bön Buddhist culture of Humla.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine‘s Jame’s Vlahos observes, “Nepal’s mountains are minimally developed, but they offer a wealth of trade and pilgrimage routes. The GHT elegantly connects these existing paths without blazing a single new trail.”
The Nepal section is part of a longer alpine adventure traversing the spine of the Himalaya from Bhutan to Pakistan. These sections are currently being researched, trekked and documented. There still is a lot of Great Himalaya Trail exploring yet to be done!
Nepal is a poor country and tourism contributes an important 4% of GDP. However this is concentrated, as far as trekking is concerned, in the 3 most popular areas of Solo Khumbu (Everest) region, Annapurna region and Langtang.
By trekking away from the beaten trail, you will making a direct difference to communities in these areas by spending money on food, accommodation or services such as guides, porters and cooks.
Many people come to Nepal to get away from the crowds and to seek adventure. That is more than possible in Nepal.
While not everybody will have the time or resources to attempt the whole route, it is possible to walk sections or do short treks in the areas the GHT passes. There are many more places to visit in Nepal that just Annapurna, Everest or Langtang, beautiful as they are and we hope to bring further information about these possibilities
All the information about the GHT Treks were kindly provided by the fantastic team of GHT development project, which is a organization based in Kathmandu working hard to bring tourism into remote areas. Their Homepage www.thegreathimalayatrail.org has a lot of information you never find at any other place. Rich a dedicated Dutch mountaineer is only one of this fantastic team. You can also read about development in Nepal and you immediately understand that this people are in touch with the culture here and are writing about they firsthand experience.
A hearty Thank You to all of them for this tremendous work.
Section 1: From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m, Camping Trek 17 Days
from 2.795 USD /
Days: 17 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way Easy to Hard GHT (Kanchenjunga) Section 1: From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m, Camping Trek 17 Days This is one of the most remote trekking destinations in the far eastern part of Nepal. This trek offers impressive view of the mountains all the way to Milke Danda area. Especially Milke Danda is more popular area for different kind of...
Section 2: From Tumlingtar to Lukla via Salpa La 3565m, Camping Trek 15 Days
from 2.395 USD /
Days: 15 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Introduction to Arun Valley Trek This trekking trail is known as an ancient trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche Bazaar to Tibet across via the Nangpa la pass. This trek begins from Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River until we turn into the Irkhu Khola valley, which is also renowned for its natural paper products. This valley takes us to the Salpa. The...
Section 3: From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m, Camping Trek 20 Days
from 2.820 USD /
Days: 20 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, Easy to Hard (Everest-Rolwaling) Section 3: From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m, Camping Trek 20 Days This classic trek en route from Lukla to Shivalaya through the lower Sherpa Land of Solokhumbhu passing scenic and beautiful villages as well as spectacular mountains sights during the trails. Then, the trail entering newly opened destination of...
Section 4: From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek 19 Days
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Days: 19 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, East to Hard GHT (Helambhu-Langtang) Section 4: From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek 19 Days Helambu is a popular trek in the Nepalese mountains. It is a round about trip that includes Helambhu-Gosaikund-Langtang route. Two main villages Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeyghyang constitute the Helambhu outfit. The region starts from...
Section 5: From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 22 Days
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Days: 22 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, Easy to Hard GHT (Ganesh Himal-Manaslu) Section 5: From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 22 Days The Singla -pass trek gives you the opportunity to walk through remote and relatively unpopulated areas of the Himalayan region and to experience the Typical Nepalese farming life at close hand. The journey to Singla pass takes...
Section 6: From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping Trek 17 Days
from 2.480 USD /
Days: 17 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, Easy to Hard GHT (Annapurna-Mustang) Section 6: From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping Trek 17 Days Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. Many regard it as the highest lake in the world. It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when...
Section 7: From Jomsom to Juphal via Sangda-La Pass 5195m, Camping Trek 21 Days
from 3.430 USD /
Days: 21 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, easy to Hard GHT (Dolpo) Section 7: From Jomsom to Juphal via Sangda-La Pass 5195m, Camping Trek 21 Days This is the one of the most high pass trekking destination for the travelers who would like to explore many ancient monasteries and ruined cave in remote area and beautiful landscape. This trek start from the entry point of the forbidden kingdom and...
Section 8: From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m, Camping Trek 15 Days
from 2.845 USD /
Days: 15 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
The Great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, Easy to Hard GHT (Jumla-Rara-Mugu) Section 8: From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m, Camping Trek 15 Days This trek, to Nepal's remote and seldom seen Wild West, is possibly one of the best long treks in the Himalaya. This follows the route taken by Peter Matthiessen and mmortalized in his famous book The Snow Leopard. The Dolpo area was also...
Section 9: From Jumla to Simikot via Khari Lagna 3642m, Camping Trek 18 Days
from 3.950 USD /
Days: 18 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
The great Himalayan Trail Trekker Way, Easy to Hard GHT (Humla) Section 9: From Jumla to Simikot via Khari Lagna 3642m, Camping Trek 18 Days Rara Lake trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. It lies in the remote Karnali region, northwest of Kathmandu. It is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic National Park which was established in 1976. It protects some of the most...