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Great Himalaya Trail

The Great Himalaya Range of mountains goes from Namche Barwa in Tibet to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, that’s about 4,500 km of continuous mountain! The Great Himalaya Trail takes the highest feasible route through them all and has been completely walked and documented in Nepal, which is roughly 1600km – the highest and hardest section of the Himalaya to trek. In Nepal there are 20 passes over 5000m and many more lower passes that mean you have to do a lot of up and down, in total over 150,000m as you cross the country. This trek was much harder than a climbing trip I have ever done. Many times I thought we would have to finish because we nearly had no food or fuel. Everybody lost weight and because of the hard trails I often had sore knees and back and ankles. There were 4 of us to walked the whole trek

This trek was much harder than a climbing trip I have ever done. Many times I thought we would have to finish because we nearly had no food or fuel. Everybody lost weight and because of the hard trails I often had sore knees and back and ankles. There were 4 of us to walked the whole trek:

  • Lakpa Dendi Sherpa
  • Karma Sherpa
  • Pema Tshiri Sherpa
  • Robin Boustead from Sydney.

When Pema Trek and Expedition organised the first crossing of the GHT for Mr Robin Boustead it took us 162 days but now that we know the routes you could trek it in about 150 days. There are many trails to chose from so here we give just a short idea of each place.

Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain and we get very good views from Pang Pema Base camp. The Gunsa people are very helpful. Olangchun Gola is an interesting village. Nearby is the Lumbha Sambha range which is the least visited mountain range in Nepal. The whole area is very famous for rhododendron forest.

Makalu

In the upper Arun valley live the Lhomi people who want to see more trekkers! Makalu Base Camp trek and then over the highest passes in the Himalaya – the Sherpani Col base camp has big ice caves, the West Col 6190m is highest point and Amphu Labsta to Everest region. Makalu is a 3km high rock face and has a long glacier. There are many nice camping spots.

Everest

Solu Khumbu is my home place, famous for Sherpa people and Mt Everest. The Renjo La has the best views of the mountains in the area. There are many good tea houses to stay in. This region is best combined with Rolwaling or Makalu for a really good trekking experience.

Rolwaling

There is a big rock like a chorten in Bedding village in the Rolwaling valley and it is good luck for your whole lifetime to tie a prayer scarf on it before you leave the village. From Orangdanda view point you can see Gauri Shankar and there are many interesting Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa villages.

Langtang

The Tamang people love to dress up and have parties and singing. Tilman Pass is a good place to see snow leopard. There are also sacred lakes at Panch Pokhari and Bhairav Kund which are very remote places. Langtang is just a day’s drive from Kathmandu.

Ganesh Himal

There are not many villages in this area and the trail is mostly in very old forest. The Gurung people here are mostly Christain and very intersting. The way to join to Manaslu trail is hard to find and no tourists go this way. Of course there are views of Ganesh 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Manaslu

There are 5 different ethnic groups here and a mix of Hindu and Buddhist. The view point at the top of the Larkye La is very pretty – you can see the Annapurnas and the campsite of Bimthang. This is perhaps the best trek in Nepal and is really good if you combine with the Annapurna Circuit then you can have very comfortable teahouse and good trails.

Annapurna

The Annapurnas is the most popular trek in Nepal. There are many exellent tea houses, and the lake at Manang,

Mugu

Mugu is one of the poorest districts in Nepal. There are many large valleys and the Yala la viewpoint. This is some of the hardest trekking in the whole Himalaya and you need to be very fit and strong to go here. You might need to do some rock climbing if we take the more difficult trails. This area is very good to trek with Upper Dolpo or Rara Lake.

Dolpa

People in Dolpa are Tibetan origin and their culture hasn’t changed over the years. Phoksumdo lake is the most beautiful lake in Nepal and the landscape is very dry. Many people say this is the best trekking place as there are many high passes and interesting villages, some are 800 years old.

Humla

The Humla trek is a nice and easy trek. The local people want to get more involved in trekking as it means they will be able to earn some money. This place is popular for people who want to go to holy Mt Kailash and we can also visit Dolpo as well.

The Great Himalaya Range of mountains goes from Namche Barwa in Tibet to Nanga Parbat in Pakistan, that's about 4,500 km of continuous mountain! The Great Himalaya Trail takes the highest feasible route through them all and has been completely walked and documented in Nepal, which is roughly 1600km - the highest and hardest section of the Himalaya to trek. In Nepal there are 20 passes over 5000m and many more lower passes.
Day Meter From To Time Trekking area
1 KTM Taplejung flight Kanchenjunga
2 Taplejung Phurumbu 4h
3 1542 Phurumbu chiruwa 6h
4 1270 chiruwa sekathum 5.30h
5 1576 sekathum amjilosa 6h
6 2308 Amjilosa gyabla 5h
7 2730 Gyabla ghunsa 4.30h
8 3595 ghunsa restday
9 3565 ghunsa khangpachen 5.30h
10 4050 khangpachen restday
11 4050 khangpachen lhonak 5h
12 4780 lhonak restday
13 4780 lhonak kanjenjunga Base camp 4h
14 5143 kanjenjunga Base camp restday
15 5143 kj base camp kangpachen 4h
16 4050 kangpachen Ghunsa 3h
17 3595 Ghunsa nangola camp 5.30
18 4776 nangola camp yangma khola 5h
19 3430 yangma khola olangchu gola 4h
20 3191 olangchu gola pass camp 6.30h
21 4453 pass camp thudam 7.00h
22 3556 thudam restday
23 3556 thudam kharka 6.30h makalu
24 2700 kharka chyantang 5.00h
25 2187 chyantang hongeon 5h
26 2323 hongeon bakim kharka 3h
27 3020 bakim kharka molu pokhari 4h
28 3954 kolu pokhari dhnugge 5h
29 3590 dhnugge khola cave camp 3.30h
30 3115 cave camp rest day
31 3115 cave camp kalo pokhari 5h
32 4192 kalo pokhari kharka 5h
33 4097 kharka yangla kharka 4h
34 3557 yangla kharka langmale kharka 4h
35 4410 langmale kharka makalu base camp 4h
36 4870 makalu base camp rest day
37 4870 makalu base camp swiss base camp 4h
38 5150 swiss base camp rest day
39 5150 swiss base camp sherpani col base camp 5h solu khambu
40 5688 sherpani col base camp baruntse camp 7h sherpani col 6180
41 6050 baruntse camp honku basin 4h west col 6190
42 5500 honku basin amphu base camp 5h
43 5527 amphu base camp rest day
44 5527 amphu base camp chhukung 9h
45 4730 chhukung dingboche 3h
46 4410 dingboche rest day
47 4410 dingboche lobuche 3.30h
48 4910 lobuche kala pattar- Gorak shep 5h
49 5140 kala pattar gorak shep EBC lobuche 4h
50 4910 lobuche Dzongla 5h
51 4830 dzongla dragnag 5h chola 5420
52 4700 dragnag gokyo 5.30h gokyo ri 5483
53 4790 gokyo rest day
54 4790 gokyo lumde 6.30h
55 4368 lumde thame 3h
56 3820 thame pachenumche tsho 6.30h
57 4780 pachenumche tashi labsta camp 5.30h
58 5665 Tashi Labsta Camp rest day
59 5665 tashi labsta camp glacier camp 7.30h
60 4735 glacier camp rest day
61 4735 glacier camp kabung 4.30h Rowaling
62 4830 kabung beding 5h
63 3740 beding dokhang 4.30h
64 2791 dokhang simigaon 5h
65 2036 simigaon orangdanda 7h
66 2029 orangdanda loting 6.30h
67 1768 loting bigu gompa 4h
68 2516 bigu gompa sano jyandan 5.30h
69 3127 sano jyandan last resort
70 1170 last resort rest day
71 1170 last resort listi 4.h
72 2260 listi bagam langtang helambu
73 2705 bagam shotang khola 5h
74 4050 shotang khola chogomogar kharka 7h
75 3924 chogomogar kharka kyansin 5h
76 2520 kyansin tembathang 4.3h
77 2160 tembathang chechupa kharka 6.30h
78 2513 chechupa kharka rest day
79 2513 chechupa kharka nemgchukpa kharka 4h
80 3578 nemgchukpa kharka panch pokhari 4.30h
81 4070 panch pokhari intermediaey camp 3.30h
82 4100 intermediaey camp tim pokhari 4h
83 4255 tim pokhari high camp south 4.15
84 4867 high camp south rest day
85 4867 high camp south high camp north 6.30h
86 4720 high camp north kyanjin gompa 6.30h
87 3830 kyanjin gompa restday
88 3830 kyanjin gompa ghoratabela 5h
89 3030 ghoratabela syabru beshi 4h
90 1503 syabru beshi KTM
91
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The Second part start

Day Meter From To Hour Day Trekking area
93 KTM Syabru Beshi 1day 1
94 1503 syabru beshi gatlang 4.30h 2
95 2230 gatlang somdang 6h 3
96 3258 somdang tipling 7h 4
97 1890 tipling lopa khola 5.30h 5 manaslu
98 1285 lopa khola nauban kharka 7h 6
99 2750 nauban kharka keranja 7.30h 7
100 2074 keranja jagat 6.30h 8
101 1340 jagat deng 6h 9
102 1860 deng namrung 5h 10
103 2630 namrung sama 5.30h 11
104 3520 sama restday 12
105 3520 sama samdo 2.15h 13
106 3875 samdo rest day 14
107 3875 samdo dharamsala 3h 15
108 4460 dharamsala bimtang 7h 16 larky la 4460
109 3590 bimtang dharapani 6.45h 17
110 1965 dharapani koto 5h 18
111 2600 koto singange dharamsala 6.30h 19
112 3230 singange dharamsala kyang 5.30h 20
113 3820 kyang phu 4.45h 21
114 4100 phu rest day 22
115 4100 phu junan goth 4.30h 23
116 junan goth naar 5h 24
117 naar naar high camp 5.30h 25
118 5245 naar high camp narwal 4.30h 26 kang la 5306
119 3660 narwal Braka 3h 27
120 3439 braka rest day 28
121 3439 braka manang 1h 29
122 3540 manang khangsar 30
123 3734 khangsar tilicho base camp 31
124 4150 tilicho base camp tilicho kola base camp 32
125 4920 tilicho kola base camp north camp site 33
126 4940 north camp site kaisang 34
127 3520 kaisang jomson 35
128 jomsom rest day 36 dolpo and mugu
129 jomson kagbeni 4h 37
130 2810 kagbeni kharka 4h 38
131 3478 kharka santa 6h 39
132 3850 santa ghalden ghuldum 4.5h 40
133 4343 ghalden ghuldum nalungbunda 7.5h 41
134 4810 nalungbunda chharka 7h 42
135 3750 chharka bhot 4380m rest day 43
136 3750 chharka bhot 4380m chap chu 3h 44
137 3733 chap chu dho tarap 6.5h 45
138 4512 dho tarap 3944 numcha base camp 2.5h 46
139 numcha base camp danigar 6h 47
140 4440 danigar 4512m ringmo 6.45h 48
141 4320 ringmo 3641 m phoksumdo khola camp 5.30h 49
142 4302 phoksumdo khola camp rest day 50
143 4302 phoksumdo kho;a camp pass camp 5.30h 51
144 4987 pass camp shey gompa 5h 52
145 4247 shey gompa rest day 53
146 4247 shey gompa bhijer 7.25h 54
147 3850 bhijer pho 8.5h 55
148 4087 pho pung kharka 8.5h 56 need local guide
149 4650 pung kharka chyandi kola 4.5h 57
150 4830 chyandi khola takla khola 7h 58
151 3750 takla khola thajurchaur 7h 59
152 4050 thajurchaur shilmachaure khola 5.5h 60
153 2945 shilmachaure khola tigar 3h 61
154 2418 tigar mangir 4h 62
155 mangir gangadhi 4h 63
156 2095 gangadhi rara lake 64 rara lake
157 rara lake rest day 65
158 rara lake gangadhi 66
159 2095 gandadhi Bam 5h 67 far west
160 2700 bam jogimara 6.30h 68
161 3005 jogimara pipilan 5h 69
162 2562 pipilan apsi lehk 6h 70
163 3195 apsi lehk punka khola 4h 71
164 2386 punka khola river camp 5.30h 72
165 2100 river camp simikot 6.30h 73
166 Flight back to kathmandu 74

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.

  Package Includes:

● All Camping gears e.g. Tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, etc.
● Food and beverage during the trek
● Porter’s equipment.
● All ground transportation and air transportation.
● Guide and porter’s food, accommodation, wages and insurance.
● Lodging and food during the trek.
● Necessary Trek permit.
● 3-4 star hotel on BB plan in Kathmandu.
● Airport picks up and drops.

Package excludes:

● International airfare.
● Nepal Visa fee.
● Bar bill, laundry, and tips to the field staff.
● Rescue.

 

 

Day Meter From To Time Treking area
1 KTM Taplejung flight Kanchenjunga
2 Taplejung Phurumbu 4h
3 1542 Phurumbu chiruwa 6h
4 1270 chiruwa sekathum 5.30h
5 1576 sekathum amjilosa 6h
6 2308 Amjilosa gyabla 5h
7 2730 Gyabla ghunsa 4.30h
8 3595 ghunsa restday
9 3565 ghunsa khangpachen 5.30h
10 4050 khangpachen restday
11 4050 khangpachen lhonak 5h
12 4780 lhonak restday
13 4780 lhonak kanjenjunga Base camp 4h
14 5143 kanjenjunga Base camp restday
15 5143 kj base camp kangpachen 4h
16 4050 kangpachen Ghunsa 3h
17 3595 Ghunsa nangola camp 5.30
18 4776 nangola camp yangma khola 5h
19 3430 yangma khola olangchu gola 4h
20 3191 olangchu gola pass camp 6.30h
21 4453 pass camp thudam 7.00h
22 3556 thudam restday
23 3556 thudam kharka 6.30h makalu
24 2700 kharka chyantang 5.00h
25 2187 chyantang hongeon 5h
26 2323 hongeon bakim kharka 3h
27 3020 bakim kharka molu pokhari 4h
28 3954 kolu pokhari dhnugge 5h
29 3590 dhnugge khola cave camp 3.30h
30 3115 cave camp rest day
31 3115 cave camp kalo pokhari 5h
32 4192 kalo pokhari kharka 5h
33 4097 kharka yangla kharka 4h
34 3557 yangla kharka langmale kharka 4h
35 4410 langmale kharka makalu base camp 4h
36 4870 makalu base camp rest day
37 4870 makalu base camp swiss base camp 4h
38 5150 swiss base camp rest day
39 5150 swiss base camp sherpani col base camp 5h solu khambu
40 5688 sherpani col base camp baruntse camp 7h sherpani col 6180
41 6050 baruntse camp honku basin 4h west col 6190
42 5500 honku basin amphu base camp 5h
43 5527 amphu base camp rest day
44 5527 amphu base camp chhukung 9h
45 4730 chhukung dingboche 3h
46 4410 dingboche rest day
47 4410 dingboche lobuche 3.30h
48 4910 lobuche kala pattar- Gorak shep 5h
49 5140 kala pattar gorak shep EBC lobuche 4h
50 4910 lobuche Dzongla 5h
51 4830 dzongla dragnag 5h chola 5420
52 4700 dragnag gokyo 5.30h gokyo ri 5483
53 4790 gokyo rest day
54 4790 gokyo lumde 6.30h
55 4368 lumde thame 3h
56 3820 thame pachenumche tsho 6.30h
57 4780 pachenumche tashi labsta camp 5.30h
58 5665 Tashi Labsta Camp rest day
59 5665 tashi labsta camp glacier camp 7.30h
60 4735 glacier camp rest day
61 4735 glacier camp kabung 4.30h Rowaling
62 4830 kabung beding 5h
63 3740 beding dokhang 4.30h
64 2791 dokhang simigaon 5h
65 2036 simigaon orangdanda 7h
66 2029 orangdanda loting 6.30h
67 1768 loting bigu gompa 4h
68 2516 bigu gompa sano jyandan 5.30h
69 3127 sano jyandan last resort
70 1170 last resort rest day
71 1170 last resort listi 4.h
72 2260 listi bagam langtang helambu
73 2705 bagam shotang khola 5h
74 4050 shotang khola chogomogar kharka 7h
75 3924 chogomogar kharka kyansin 5h
76 2520 kyansin tembathang 4.3h
77 2160 tembathang chechupa kharka 6.30h
78 2513 chechupa kharka rest day
79 2513 chechupa kharka nemgchukpa kharka 4h
80 3578 nemgchukpa kharka panch pokhari 4.30h
81 4070 panch pokhari intermediaey camp 3.30h
82 4100 intermediaey camp tim pokhari 4h
83 4255 tim pokhari high camp south 4.15
84 4867 high camp south rest day
85 4867 high camp south high camp north 6.30h
86 4720 high camp north kyanjin gompa 6.30h
87 3830 kyanjin gompa restday
88 3830 kyanjin gompa ghoratabela 5h
89 3030 ghoratabela syabru beshi 4h
90 1503 syabru beshi KTM
91
92 End Part 1

The Second part start

Day Meter From To Hour Day Trekking area
93 KTM Syabru Beshi 1day 1
94 1503 syabru beshi gatlang 4.30h 2
95 2230 gatlang somdang 6h 3
96 3258 somdang tipling 7h 4
97 1890 tipling lopa khola 5.30h 5 manaslu
98 1285 lopa khola nauban kharka 7h 6
99 2750 nauban kharka keranja 7.30h 7
100 2074 keranja jagat 6.30h 8
101 1340 jagat deng 6h 9
102 1860 deng namrung 5h 10
103 2630 namrung sama 5.30h 11
104 3520 sama restday 12
105 3520 sama samdo 2.15h 13
106 3875 samdo rest day 14
107 3875 samdo dharamsala 3h 15
108 4460 dharamsala bimtang 7h 16 larky la 4460
109 3590 bimtang dharapani 6.45h 17
110 1965 dharapani koto 5h 18
111 2600 koto singange dharamsala 6.30h 19
112 3230 singange dharamsala kyang 5.30h 20
113 3820 kyang phu 4.45h 21
114 4100 phu rest day 22
115 4100 phu junan goth 4.30h 23
116 junan goth naar 5h 24
117 naar naar high camp 5.30h 25
118 5245 naar high camp narwal 4.30h 26 kang la 5306
119 3660 narwal Braka 3h 27
120 3439 braka rest day 28
121 3439 braka manang 1h 29
122 3540 manang khangsar 30
123 3734 khangsar tilicho base camp 31
124 4150 tilicho base camp tilicho kola base camp 32
125 4920 tilicho kola base camp north camp site 33
126 4940 north camp site kaisang 34
127 3520 kaisang jomson 35
128 jomsom rest day 36 dolpo and mugu
129 jomson kagbeni 4h 37
130 2810 kagbeni kharka 4h 38
131 3478 kharka santa 6h 39
132 3850 santa ghalden ghuldum 4.5h 40
133 4343 ghalden ghuldum nalungbunda 7.5h 41
134 4810 nalungbunda chharka 7h 42
135 3750 chharka bhot 4380m rest day 43
136 3750 chharka bhot 4380m chap chu 3h 44
137 3733 chap chu dho tarap 6.5h 45
138 4512 dho tarap 3944 numcha base camp 2.5h 46
139 numcha base camp danigar 6h 47
140 4440 danigar 4512m ringmo 6.45h 48
141 4320 ringmo 3641 m phoksumdo khola camp 5.30h 49
142 4302 phoksumdo khola camp rest day 50
143 4302 phoksumdo kho;a camp pass camp 5.30h 51
144 4987 pass camp shey gompa 5h 52
145 4247 shey gompa rest day 53
146 4247 shey gompa bhijer 7.25h 54
147 3850 bhijer pho 8.5h 55
148 4087 pho pung kharka 8.5h 56 need local guide
149 4650 pung kharka chyandi kola 4.5h 57
150 4830 chyandi khola takla khola 7h 58
151 3750 takla khola thajurchaur 7h 59
152 4050 thajurchaur shilmachaure khola 5.5h 60
153 2945 shilmachaure khola tigar 3h 61
154 2418 tigar mangir 4h 62
155 mangir gangadhi 4h 63
156 2095 gangadhi rara lake 64 rara lake
157 rara lake rest day 65
158 rara lake gangadhi 66
159 2095 gandadhi Bam 5h 67 far west
160 2700 bam jogimara 6.30h 68
161 3005 jogimara pipilan 5h 69
162 2562 pipilan apsi lehk 6h 70
163 3195 apsi lehk punka khola 4h 71
164 2386 punka khola river camp 5.30h 72
165 2100 river camp simikot 6.30h 73
166 Flight back to kathmandu 74

Note: Above day to day itinerary may be change depending on weather and flight.