Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world.
Billed as the ultimate walk, the arduous hike over Nepal’s mighty mountain range stretches from Taplejung in the shadow of the world’s third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga, in the east to Humla in the west at the border with Tibet.
Adventurers who complete the full grueling 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. GHT covers 16 districts, ranging from Dolpa that connects with the Tibetan plateau, to Darchula, which borders India. It will take experienced trekkers around five months to complete, although it can also be broken down into ten smaller sections.
The country has 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks over 8,000 metres, including the world’s highest, of course – Mt. Everest at 8,848 metres. The Everest region offers several trails that range from 10 day to 3 week packages. The Annapurna Circuit, Nepal’s most popular, is a 300 kilometre, 3 week trek that rises to 5,416 metres and passes through two river valleys.
Just remember to pack your thermals!
Detailed information on the GHT can be found at www.thegreathimalayatrail.org.