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Great Himalayan Trails

Highlight of the Great Himalayan Trails  –

  • The Great Himalayan Trail low route – also called the cultural trek route – winds through the country’s mid-hills with an average altitude of 2000m. However, there are many passes to cross with the highest being the Jang La at 4519 m between Dhorpatan and Dolpa in West-Nepal.
  • Trekking along the GHT low route means walking through beautiful lush forests, pastures, green rice terraces and fertile agricultural land, providing the basis for Nepal’s rich culture and civilization.
  • Explore different people and their cultures amazing landscape, Himalayas, flora and faunas of Nepal of Lower Great Himalayas trails. The GHT low route stretches over a distance of 1,500 km and the whole trek will roughly take around 90-100 days.
 
  Trip Summarize –
 
Stretching for 1,700km along the length of Nepal, the Great Himalayan Trails will take you a mere 157 days to complete. You’ll see eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000m, including Everest and other mountains in Nepal., Cross high passes reaching up to 6,000m, climbing a total of 150,000m. That’s a Snowdon every day for half a year. Oh, and it will set you back £20,500.
 
 
The GHT isn’t the world’s longest long-distance footpath. The Continental Divide Trail in the US is 5,000km and Trans Canada will be three times that. But this steroidal version of the Pennine Way looks like being the most coveted of all. Eventually, the trail’s originators hope it will stretch from the mighty 8,000 m peak Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, considered the westernmost outlier of the Himalaya, to Namche Barwa in Tibet. It will connect five Asian countries – Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan.
 
That version will stretch for 4,500km, but there is no completion date confirmed for such a huge undertaking. For now, the focus is on Nepal – with the first guided treks starting next year. As well as being an enormous challenge, the GHT could also prove to be a welcome money-spinner for a country still recovering from 10 years of civil war. Some parts of Nepal have benefited hugely from tourism, like the Everest region and Annapurna regions. Those areas without such famous mountains, particularly in remote western Nepal, haven’t fared nearly so well.
 
Similarly, you can trek along a section of the Great Himalayan Trails trekking through the Mugu district of western Nepal, a remote region peopled by Tibetan traders and animist tribes. Thousands of people were relying on aid from the World Food Programme, flown in by helicopter with the nearest roads a week’s walk away. Many young men leave to find work abroad. Tourism, for all its faults, could really make a difference here.
 
 Several adventurous souls have traveled the arc of the Himalaya before, while Richard and Adrian Crane, cousins of television presenter Nicholas Crane, actually ran it in 1983. But the idea of a defined and designated route for trekkers is more recent. In 2006, the Dutch development agency SNV and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development based in Kathmandu committed to developing the idea, and have brought together government agencies and local people.
But it’s the hard work of one man, Australian trekker Robin Boustead, that has moved the project along most. After years of research (read his account here), he completed the trek in two sections and has drawn an excellent free map of the trail’s route as well as writing a guidebook. Every water source, camping ground, and elevation has been meticulously logged with GPS, but he says that the route will undoubtedly develop as more people do it and discover better alternatives.
 
For those without the time – or the knees – to do the whole thing in one goes, Boustead has broken the GHT down into nine sections, which you can pick off at your leisure. And if you think 20 grand is a lot of chapattis to spend on an adventure holiday, it’s still a lot less than the current price of a trip up Everest – and a lot more exclusive. There have been four thousand ascents of the world’s highest mountain, but only one man has done the GHT.  Nepal the Great Himalayan trek is longest and difficult trekking routes. It takes 157 days to complete, it will break down in 30 days for for around 6 month treks. 
 
However, Nepal launches Great Himalayan Trails  which is famous for adventure trek. We Sunrise Adventure trek will make your Nepal trip awesome. Nepal has officially opened the Great Himalayan Trail, one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world, the tourism board said on Thursday.
 
Billed as the ultimate trek, the arduous hike over Nepal’s mighty Himalayas stretches from Taplejung in the shadow of the world’s third-highest peak, Mount Kanchenjunga, to Humla at the border with TibetAdventurers who complete the 1,050-mile trek will encounter a huge variety of cultures from the mainly Buddhist Tamang people of the central Langtang region to the ancient animist practices that mix with Hinduism in the far west.
 
It will take experienced trekkers around five months to complete, although it can also be broken down into smaller sections.
Nepal hosts thousands of trekkers and mountaineers annually. The country has eight of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 meters, including the world’s highest, Mount Everest, at 29,021 feet.
 
The Everest region offers several trails that range from 10-day to three-week packages. The Annapurna Circuit, Nepal’s most popular, is a 300-kilometer, three-week trek that rises to 17,768ft and passes through two river valleys. While you finish your trek finally drive back to Kathmandu. 
 
Permits needed for the Great Himalayan Trails –
Special Trekking Permit for restricted/controlled areas
Trekkers’ Information Management System/TIMS Card
Conservation Area entrance fee
National Park entrance fees
Trekking peak climbing and mountaineering permit
Filming and documentary shooting permit
Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]

Day 2
Flight Kathmandu - Bhadrapur; drive to Tharpu; 7 hours

Day 3
Tharpu (1,300 m) - Chyangthapu (1,550 m); 30 km

Day 4
Chyangthapu (1,550 m) - Phalut/Simhalila Bhanjyang (3,450 m); 7 ½-8 hours

Day 5
Phalut (3,450 m) - Chyangthapu (1,550 m); 6 ½ hours

Day 6
Chyangthapu (1,550 m) - Limbuding (1250 m); 6 ½ hours

Day 7
Limbuding (1,250 m) – Orakpa (Warappa) (1,906 m); 8 hours

Day 8
Orakpa (1,906 m) - Thulo Phedi (3,155 m); 5 ½ hours

Day 9
Thulo Phedi (3,155 m) - Pathibhara temple (3,757 m); return (2 ½ hours) and Thulo Phedi (3,155 m) - Taplejung (1,800 m); 5 hours

Day 10
Taplejung (1800 m) to Dobhan (658 m) 3 hrs

Day 11
Dobhan (658 m)- Gorcha (2013m) 4 ½ hrs

Day 12
Gorcha (2013 m)-Deurali Banjyang (2800 m) 4 hrs

Day 13
Deurali Banjyang (2800 m)-Nundhaki (1540 m) 6 hrs

Day 14
Nundhaki (1540 m)-Bhanjyang Pucha (824 m) 5 hrs

Day 15
Bhanjyang Pucha (824 m)-Khadbari (1041 m) 6 hrs

Day 16
Khadbari (1041 m)- Majuwadanda (800 m) 5 hrs

Day 17
Majuwadanda (800 m)-Salpa Phedi (1530 m) 8 hrs

Day 18
Salpa Phedi (1530 m)-Sanam (2834 m) crossing the Salpa Pass (3340 m) 8 hrs

Day 19
Sanam (2834 m)-Khiraule (2535 m) 8 hrs

Day 20
Khiraule (2535 m)-Sibuche (2800 m) crossing the Surke La/Charakot Pass (3070 m) 7 hrs

Day 21
Sibuche (2800 m)-Paiya (2767 m) crossing the Narkung La/Chaduk La (3161 m) and Kari La (3059 m) 7 hrs

Day 22
Paiya (2767 m)-Lukla (2840 m) 4 hrs

Day 23
Lukla (2840 m)-Kharikhola (2007 m) 8 hrs

Day 24
Kharikhola (2007 m)- Ringmu (2739 m) crossing the Taksindu La (3062 m) 8 hrs

Day 25
Ringmu (2739 m)-Sete (2538 m) crossing the Lamjura La (3532 m) 9 ½ hrs

Day 26
Sete (2538 m)-Deurali (2700 m)7 hrs

Day 27
Deurali (2700 m)-Jiri (1930 m) 6 hrs

Day 28
Jiri (1930 m) - Putchar Kharka (2341 m ) crossing pass at 2736 m 7 hrs

Day 29
Putchar Kharka (2341 m ) - Laduk (1790 m) 5 ½ hrs

Day 30
Laduk (1790 m) - Bigu Gompa (2500 m) 8 hrs

Day 31
Bigu Gompa (2505 m) - Durumthali (1970 m) crossing the Tinsang La (3310 m) 9 hrs

Day 32
Durumthali (1970 m) - Barabise (870 m ) 3 hrs

Day 33
Barabise (870 m)-Jalbire (830 m) 8 hrs

Day 34
Jalbire (830 m)-Khobre (2435 m) 8 hrs

Day 35
Khobre (2435 m)-Pokhare Banjang (1575 m) 9 hrs

Day 36
Pokhare Banjang (1574 m)-Gyalthung (985 m) 2 hrs

Day 37
Gyalthung (985 m)-Samundratar (915 m) crossing the Gul Bhanjyang (2111 m) 8 hrs

Day 38
Samundratar (915 m)-Betrawati (605 m) 9 hrs

Day 39
Betrawati (605 m) - Bungtang (1294 m) 4 hrs

Day 40
Bungtang (1294 m) - Chautara (1591 m) 5 ½ hrs (Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Section)

Day 41
Chautara (1591 m)-Arugath (490 m) 8 ½ hrs

Day 42
Arugath (490 m)- Kalikatang/Gorkha Palace (1313 m) 7 hrs

Day 43
Kalikatang/Gorkha Palace (1313 m)-Gorkha (1075 m) 1 hr free day Gorkha

Day 44
Gorkha (1075 m)-Appipal (1140 m) 7 hrs

Day 45
Appipal (1140 m)-Paudi (520 m) 6 hrs

Day 46
Paudi (520 m)-Besisahar (810 m) 7 hrs

Day 47
Besisahar (810 m)-Ghalegaun (2078 m) 6 hrs (Annapurna Section )

Day 48
Ghalegaun (2078 m)-Pasgaun (1650 m) 6 hrs

Day 49
Pasgaun (1650 m)-Yangjakot (1450 m) 9 hrs

Day 50
Yangjakot (1450 m)-Sikles (1945 m) 6 hrs

Day 51
Sikles (1945 m)- Ghalekharka (1674 m) 6 hrs

Day 52
Ghalekharka (1674 m)- Lwang (1440 m) 5 hrs

Day 53
Lwang (1440 m)-Ghandruk (2040 m) 7 hrs

Day 54
Ghandruk (2040 m)-Ghorepani (2885 m) 6 ½ hrs

Day 55
Ghorepani (2885 m)-Poonhill (3193)- Tikot (2278 m) 1 ½ + 3 hrs

Day 56
Tikot (2278 m)-Beni (850 m) 4 hrs

Day 57
Beni (850 m)-Darbang (1100 m) 6 ½ hrs

Day 58
Darbang (1105 m)-Lamsung (2160 m) 8 hrs

Day 59
Lamsung (2160 m)- Chhentung( 2950 m) crossing the Jalja La (3386 m) 8 hrs

Day 60
Chhentung( 2950 m)-Thakur (3309) crossing 2 passes (3691 m and 4160 m) 9 ½ hrs

Day 61
Thakur (3309 m)-Guibang (2768 m) 7 hrs

Day 62
Guibang (2768 m)-Campsite Sen Khola (3979 m) 7 hrs

Day 63
Campsite Sen Khola (3996 m)-Campsite Purpang, Saure Khola (4065 m) 5 hrs

Day 64
Campsite Purpang, Saure Khola (4065 m)-Dunai (2096 m) crossing the Jang La (4519 m) 10 hrs (Dolpa Section)

Day 65
Dunai (2096 m) to Chhepka (2838 m) 6 hrs

Day 66
Chhepka (2838 m) to Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3130 m) 6 hrs

Day 67
Chunuwar/Amchi Hospital (3130 m) to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3608 m) 3 hrs

Day 68
Free morning Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3608 m) and to Chunuwar (3130 m) 2 hrs

Day 69
Chunuwar (3130 m) to Kageni (2228 m) 6-7 hrs

Day 70
Kageni (2228 m)-Liku (2405 m) 6 hrs

Day 71
Liku (2405 m)-Kaigaon (2642 m) crossing the Balangra Lagna pass (3822 m) 8 ½ hrs (Rara & Jumla Section)

Day 72
Kaigaon (2642 m)-Chotra (3103 m) crossing the Maure Lagna pass (3900 m) 9 hrs

Day 73
Chotra (3103 m)-Jumla (2350 m) 9 hrs

Day 74
Jumla (2350 m)-Nauri Ghat (2700 m) crossing the Daphe Lekh (3900 m) 7 hrs

Day 75
Nauri Ghat (2700 m)-Jhyarigaon (2672 m) crossing the Ghurchi lagna pass (3447 m) 8 ½ hrs

Day 76
Jhyarigaon (2672 m)-Rara Lake (2986 m) 2 ½ hrs

Day 77
Rara Lake (2986 m)-Ratapani (1431 m) 9 hrs (Far West Section)

Day 78
Ratapani (1431 m)-Kolti (1390 m) 7 hrs

Day 79
Kolti (1390 m)-Martadi (1591 m) 10 hrs

Day 80
Martadi (1591 m)-Koth (1962 m) 6 hrs

Day 81
Koth (1962 m)-Tuti (2020 m) crossing the Bateli Bhanjyang pass (3232 m) 8 ½ hrs

Day 82
Tuti (2020 m)-Chainpur (1290 m) 4 hrs

Day 83
Chainpur (1290 m)-Jhota (979 m) 6 ½ hrs

Day 84
Jhota (979 m)-Jhapa (1185 m) 9 hrs

Day 85
Jhapa (1185 m)-Sela (988 m) crossing the pass at Ganayi Khan (2126 m) 8 ½ hrs

Day 86
Sela (988 m)- Gogani (1357 m) crossing Siptikhan Danda (2094 m) 8 hrs

Day 87
Gogani (1357 m)-Darchula (890) via Dhalek (2139 m) 5 ½ hrs

Day 88
Dharchula to Dhangandhi by bus (20 hrs)

Day 89
Flight Dhangandhi-Kathmandu

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance
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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Dhaulagiri region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Upper Mustang trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 6 – 8 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Upper Mustang. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Upper Mustang trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, to all types of international cuisine. Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Upper Mustang trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing and personal

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Dhaulagiri region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Dhaulagiri region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

  • 1. How difficult is trek to Everest Panorama and how can we prepare?

    Trekking to Everest Panorama is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.

  • 2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Everest Panorama trek?

    Worrying for safety measurements? Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.

  • 3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?

    Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.

  • 4. What about communication system during trek?

    As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.

  • 5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?

    It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.

  • 6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Everest Panorama trek?

    Trek to Everest Base Camp with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room. Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.

  • 7. How many hour should I walk per day and what happened if I am slow walker in the group?

    Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.

  • 8. What about the weather conditions and Lukla flight?

    Firstly, we have to take a flight to Lukla in the morning then we start trek from Lukla but sometimes due to the air traffic and weather problems, the flight may be delayed or canceled. Due to uncertainty of Lukla weather, we are not sure about untimed flight. If there will be frequent weather problem, we do arrange a flight by helicopter chopper and for this you have to pay additionally.

  • 9. What is the limitation of weight to Lukla flight and where do I store my extra bags?

    You can carry 10 kg luggage plus 5 kg hand bag and if you want to carry more than the limit you have to pay extra charges. You can keep your extra bags in your hotel or in the office in Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

  • Sightseeing, trekking, Himalayan views, culture
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • moderate to strenous
  • 6 to 7 hours
  • September- December and March - May
  • 1-18
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • 89 days