Great Himalaya Trail

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The Great Himalaya Trail is a recently designated trekking route across the Nepal Himalaya from east to west. This website can be used in conjunction with the official Great Himalaya Trail website. The trail is primarily a tool through which tourism in Nepal can be expanded into areas that need development, away from the most popular and already more advanced areas. Our new site is an added marketing tool for bringing to the notice of prospective trekkers, the vast array of little-known treks that are to be found in Nepal. In addition it is a platform for our trekking guidebooks Himalayan Travel Guides that have been published by the Nepalese publisher Himalayan Map HouseThe books already published cover, in some depth, a significant stretch of the designated Great Himalaya Trail route, as well as adjacent treks. See: Everest, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Tsum Valley, Annapurna and Dolpo.  

Beginning in the east, the Great Himalaya Trail picks its way from the fabulous icy cirques of Mount Kanchenjunga, the ‘five treasures of the snow’, through pristine forest, passing the formidable spire of Makalu. Crossing high passes, where technical climbing/trekking is required, the trail descends into the famous Sherpa Khumbu region below Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. After traversing the notorious Tashi Laptsa pass, the trail heads into the little-known valley of Rolwaling below the sacred twin peaks of Gaurishankar. Once over the Bhote Kosi river valley, which provides the main conduit for travel between Kathmandu and Lhasa, the trail commences an exciting, if unknown, route below the Jugal Himal via Bhairav Kund lake.

The Tilman Pass is really a high col for experienced mountaineers, but once in the Langtang Valley the trail heads down to the warmer climes of the Trisuli River. Here, nestling below the Tibetan border, is the delightful trekking area designated as the Tamang Heritage Trail. It’s a pure delight for novice trekkers and old hands alike, offering an unrivaled window into the long-mysterious Kyirong region in Tibet. Heading west, the Great Himalaya Trail route encounters the little-known region below Ganesh Himal. Known as the Ruby Valley, it is perhaps the most surprising jewel of the designated trail and is often overlooked. Here trekkers climb to the airy viewpoint of the Pangsang La, perhaps the best overall panorama on the whole route. Below are the quaint farms, pristine forest, deep cloud forest, jungle-clad gorges and further stunning viewpoints of Himalchuli and mighty Manaslu. Those mountains dominate the next stage as the trail climbs over the fabled Larkya La pass and down on a stunning path below the vast array of peaks of Nar Phu and the Annapurna range.

The familiar trails of the Annapurna Circuit make up the itinerary for a few exciting (and more comfortable) days, as the trail crosses the Thorong La pass to Mustang. From here on west, the route is in high country, wild, uncompromising but very exciting. Dolpo is a mystical land of high passes, unworldly landscapes, exotic monastery settings and the nearly lost ancient Tibetan culture. Trekking here offers a new level of thrilling experiences. Go west again and the country is isolated, starved of tourism development and awaiting those adventurous souls who are always at the final frontiers of places almost off the map. The mountains of the far west are not well-known: peaks like Kanjiroba, Saipal, Nampur and Api. These crystal spires bid farewell to trekkers on the last stage of the Great Himalaya Trail to the western borders of Nepal with India.

There’s no excuse for would-be trekkers to wonder what’s around the corner on the Great Himalaya Trail any more; so pick your trip and start packing!