Highlight of the Great Himalayan Trails –
- The Great Himalayan Trails 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.
Stretching for 1,700 km 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 5,000 km 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 trekking passes 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.
Likewise, 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 trekking 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 Tibet. Adventurers 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