THE GREAT HIMALAYAN TRAIL,THE ALPINE 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 nor 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 Sherpa’s, 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 an 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.
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Kanchenjung)
Section 1: From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Lapsang Bhanjyang 5161m Camping Trek 36 Days
Kanchanjanga is world’s third highest mountain and lies in the north-eastern corner of Nepal. This trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in eastern Nepal and it is opened for the trekkers in 1988 and made it possible to visit wonderful and ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Makalu-Barun)
ICE COL TREK TUMLINGTAR TO NAMCHE BAZAR VIA SHERPANI COL, WEST COL AND AMPHU LAPCHA LA INTO NATIONALPARK SAGARMANTHA
A truly adventurous expedition to a remote and wild region of the Great Himalayas, with full logistic support - this is a journey that seeks a different route, a fresh perspective, a challenge.
Our route traverses a spectacular, seldom visited ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Everest-Rolwaling)
Section 3: From Lukla to Barabise via Tashi Lapcha Pass 5755m, Camping Trek 27 Days
Experience the remoteness in Nepal’s land with Khumbhu-Rolwaling trek, breath taking mountain views diverse of flora and fauna and rich local cultures. Good Walking experience and patience is required for this trek. In this trek, you an experience of the Sherpa cultural ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Helambhu-Langtang Section)
Section 4: From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Tilman’s Pass 5320m, Camping Trek 26 Days
This trek crossing the Tilman’s Pass after visiting the Bhairav Kund and five sacred lakes of Panch Pokhari and the extremely remote Jugal Himal, home of the blue sheep and the red panda. The Langtang Himalayas are within easy reach of Kathmandu. But ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Ganesh Himal-Manaslu)
Section 5: From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Larke-La Pass 5160m, Camping Trek 35 Days
Its beautiful mountains can be seen even from the Kathmandu Valley. Though the area is within easy access from Kathmandu, very few trekkers visit there. It is one of the precious areas where the simple life of the Himalayas can be still observed. Trek in the Ganesh ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Annapurna-Mustang)
Section 6: From Besisahar to Jomsom via Saribung Expedition 6346m, Camping Trek 30 Days
Mt. Saribung (6346m) is located in the remote part of Mustang region of Damodar Himal close to the border of Tibet. Saribung Expedition is new and shortly became very popular for trekking and expedition in Nepal. The trekking route of Saribung expedition starts from ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Dolpo)
Section 7: From Jomsom to Juphal via Ghami Bhanjynag 5933m, Camping Trek 33 Days
Mustang is a remote, semi-independent Tibetan kingdom within the territory of Nepal (just north of the Annapurna Region on the Tibetan border), and one of the last bastions of undisturbed Tibetan culture in the world. Buddhist monasteries and nunneries are built into forbidding cliffs and ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Jumla-Rara-Mugu)
Section 8: From Juphal to Jumla via Nengla Bhanjyang 5368m, Camping Trek 32 Days
Dolpo is an ancient Tibetan kingdom located in the north east part of Nepal. It was only opened to trekkers in 1990. The Himalayan range can be seen in all its splendor and Phoksundo Lake with the Ringmo village provide some of the most beautiful Nepalese scenery. We follow the ... [ Read more ]
The Great Himalayan Trail Alpine Way Hard GHT (Humla)
Section 9: From Jumla to Simikot Nyalu Lagna Pass 4988m, Camping Trek 31 Days
Jumla and Rara lie northwest of Kathmandu in the remote area of Karnali. The route is very much 'off the beaten track' and affords glimpses of cultures and scenery very different from the rest of Nepal. This trek is offered as an extension to Trek Jumla to Rara, so this will add a further ... [ Read more ]
There will be a cancellation fee of 25% for any cancellation three weeks prior to Tour departure date, 50% two weeks prior to Tour departure date and no refund thereafter. No refund for no shows & delay arrivals whatsoever reason.
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