The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is a new and demanding, long distance trekking route with some of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes on earth. It is made up of a network of existing trails and trade routes that connect ignored valleys and ridges between and beyond the established trekking areas of Annapurna, Langtang and Everest.
Though, the route is not official (unavailable for trekking), Robin Boustead in 2008 for the first time completed the Nepal section and proposed an idea of it being the longest trail, if developed accordingly.
Many sections of the trail (mostly in Bhutan) are still under review. However, after Robin’s success, couple of other trekkers also have successfully trekked the Nepal section, describing it to be more of a Trans- Himalayan-Cultural trek, as one passes through many native villages of different ethnic and culturally diverse groups of people.
The major purpose of developing this trail is to bring benefits of tourism and develop livelihoods in remote mountain communities. Potentially, the longest and highest walking track in the world, the long- term vision for the trail is to develop it further, to cover more than 4,500 km of the Great Himalayan range, connecting six Asian countries- Pakistan, China (Tibet Autonomous Region), India, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Its westernmost point falls in Pakistan and consists of the world’s ninth highest peak, Nanga Parbat. Winding past the sacred headwaters of the Ganges in India, it traverses Nepal beneath Annapurna, Everest and Kanchanjunga, through Darjeeling and Sikkim, then Bhutan and eventually to India’s Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar, finally ending at Namche Barwa in Tibet. Spectacular views include all of the world’s fourteen 8,000 m high peaks.
In Nepal, the 1,700 km long trail spans across the entire length of the country from Darchula and Humla in the West to Kanchenjunga in the East. The high altitude route offers adventure trekking, combining high pass crossings, trans- Himalayan sceneries and alpine valleys.
The Great Himalaya Trail Nepal section Includes:
The Far West- Humla- Rara region, Jumla- Dolpa- Annapurna region, Mustang- Manaslu region, Ganesh- Langtang region, Helambu-Rolwaling region and Everest- Makalu Barun Valley- Kanchenjunga region.
Only a limited number of very experienced adventurers are likely to undertake the iconic high Trail, which takes some 150 days to complete. The sections in the trail are designed to attract the majority of trekkers, both domestic and foreign, who have enough time and effort to spare.