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  1. Top Ten Tips For Hill Walkers

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    To help protect the mountain environment hill walkers are advised to follow the following top tips:

    1. At your starting point, park considerately by not blocking gates and farm tracks or making it difficult for vehicles to pass; avoid damaging soft verges.
    2. Zigzag paths ease the strain of ascent and descent and should be followed. Cutting corners or heading straight up or down creates new lines for water run-off and increases the risk of erosion.
    3. Scree running looks like fun but should be avoided as rocks accumulate at the bottom of the slope, changing the landscape.
    4. Use stiles where available rather than clambering over walls or fences.
    5. Biodegradable items such as banana skins and orange peel take years to disappear and are alien objects in the environment so take all litter home.
    6. If you are on an eroded section of a route, stay on the centre of the path to avoid spreading the damage; if that is not possible, try to walk several metres away from the track.
    7. Do not start or add to cairns and other trail marking.
    8. Respect path diversions and access restrictions.
    9. Do not pick flowers or other vegetation.
    10. Do not disturb livestock and ground nesting birds.

  2. Walking Nepals Great Himalaya Trail

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    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.

     

    Walking Nepals Great Himalaya Trail

    Nepals Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world. Image courtesy of Adventure Travel Live

     

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