“There was no single moment of the expedition that stands out above others. Every day was so jammed pack with intense experiences…like individual expeditions. This is the ultimate trekking trail in the world. It raises the bar on anything I’ve ever done.”
– Sean Burch, USA (2010)
“Nepal’s mountains are minimally developed, but they offer a wealth of trade and pilgrimage routes. The GHT elegantly connects these existing paths without blazing a single new trail.”
– James Vlahos (2009), National Geographic Adventure Magazine
The Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal is an 885 km trekking route that crosses the Himalayas of Nepal from Humla in the west to Kanchenjunga, Ilam in the East. The trail encompasses a network of existing trails which connect popular trekking areas with areas that are less explored. It is the highest and one of the longest walking trails in the world. Winding beneath the world’s highest peaks and visiting some of the most remote communities on earth, the Great Himalaya Trail passes through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes, crossing through Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and Pakistan.
The Nepal section of the trail in full length was walked first in 2003 by Rosie Swale Pope, UK in aid of the Health and Community projects in Humla, Nepal. The expedition was lead by Kumar Karki, (Tailored Treks and Expeditions) and Jigme Lama (co-owner) managed the event as the the project Director. Since 2008, UNWTO, UK AID, SNV Nepal, as well as Robin Boustead have been working to develop and promote the trail. Jigme Lama also served as the Project Manager for the Great Himalaya Trail Development Pilot project supported by UNWTO (2008-2010) and continues his involvement on development works long the Great Himalaya Trails.
Tailored Treks and Expeditions team also guided the expedition for ultra-adventure athlete Sean Burch for setting a new official world record for the fastest crossing of Nepal and besides also to promote the socio-economic development along the trail. He ran and trekked high altitude peaks across 18 districts from Pashupatinagar near to Ilam in the east to Hilsa in Humla in the far north-west of Nepal. It took him 49 days to complete the trek. .
We have been involved since the inception of the Great Himalaya Trail and other tourism development works and have the most detailed and up to date information about the trail.
The following are some information, facts to help you develop a trekking program along the GHT. please email us for further details.
The Great Himalaya Trail Nepal part can be approached from various start/end points. Based on our experience of guiding 2 major expeditions across the length of Nepal and various side trails and circuits- in 2003 (Rosie Swale Pope, UK ) and 2010, 2016 ( Sean Burch, USA), we have divided the whole length of the trail into following sections, packages for normal trekking. Each section is a unique attraction and adventure on its own right.
Great Himalaya Trail Facts:
Length of the Trail (Trekking Days Only): 93+
Eastern point : Pashupatinagar, Ilam
Western Point : Hilsa, Humla
Highest Point : Tashi La Pass, 5555 m Mustang
Mode of organization: :East part till Jomsom – tea house mostly and partly camping.
Section 5-8 – only camping possible except for few places.
Grade: Section 1-5 : Easy-Moderate Strenuous
Section 6-8 : Strenuous
1. Pashupatinagar – Tumlingtar : 8 days
2. Tumlingtar – Phaplu along Arun valley : 10 days
3. Phaplu to Chisapani :14 days
4. Kakani to Humde :18 days
5. Homde – Juphal, Dolpa : 17 days
6. Phoksundo/Juphal – Rara Talcha AP : 14 days
7. Rara to Simikot :10 days
8. Simikot – Hilsa and back Simikot : 6 + 8 days and Mt Kailash 4 days
The days mentioned are trekking days only. Once you select the sections, you will need to add 2-4 days to get to the start point and back to Kathmandu from the end point of the trek. Or you may also decide to walk the whole length of the trail. In either case, we can help you create and organize a journey of a lifetime.
For detailed itinerary, route information, and trip booking please contact our office or email us.