This is your opportunity to be one of the few people ever to walk the full length of Nepal’s Great Himalaya Trail in one continuous trek. The 152 day trek commences in the far east in the Kanchenjunga region where the world’s third highest peak stretches skyward, and traverses the country to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west. Along this 1700km trail you’ll encounter some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable. You’ll see all of Nepal’s 8000m peaks, cross tens of passes ranging from moderate to challenging and witness villages where the culture has remained intact for centuries. It’s a trek that should only be considered by those with extensive trekking and mountaineering experience, a high level of fitness and a flexible approach as there will be the need to adapt to a range of situations throughout the trek. We are sure the challenges of this full length GHT trek will be countered with immense satisfaction and a truly unforgettable lifelong memory.
During this trek there will be sections where the trail is very rugged or ill-defined. Space in some camp sites will also be very limited. It may be necessary to make changes to the itinerary at any time due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather, snow or trail conditions, river water levels, or group movement. Your trip leader will advise any changes should this occur.
All participants on the GHT should be flexible and open minded. The GHT should be seen as exploratory in the true sense of the word.
The Great Himalaya Trail
The Nepal section of the GREAT HIMALAYA TRAIL [1700kms] offers a kaleidoscope of experiences and Friendship World Treks is proud to have been able to offer this range of commercial treks since 2011. The trail, which can be undertaken in one continuous trek of 150 days, will traverse the country from east to west. Acknowledging that most of us simply don’t have the luxury of this sort of time for our adventures, we’ve crafted seven loop treks which can be combined with link treks to make up the full traverse. The beauty of each is that they all offer something completely different, but importantly, by joining one of the GHT treks, you will be helping us achieve our vision of sharing the benefit of tourism dollars with isolated communities that currently receive little to no income from this source. We employ porters and support staff from these various regions, purchase our food goods from these villages and of course, travelers will delight in the opportunity to purchase traditional handicrafts from these communities. This is responsible tourism in practice as it addresses wealth disparity and helps to reduce poverty. This is an opportunity to experience some of the least visited, most exciting hidden corners of Nepal where you will be struck with awe and wonder at the scale and grandeur of the land. Be part of something truly unique and special by becoming one of the few to have walked the Great Himalayan Trail.
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
DAY 02: IN KATHMANDU (1330M)
DAY 03: FLY BHADRAPUR (2420M). DRIVE TO ILAM. APPROX. 5HRS DRIVE.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO TAPLEJUNG (1820M). DRIVE APPROX. 4-5HRS.
DAY 05: TO MITLUNG (1542M) WALK APPROX. 4 HRS.
DAY 06: TO CHIRUWA (1270M), WALK APPROX. 6-7HRS.
DAYS 07-08: TO SUKATHUM (1576M) WALK APPROX. 6HRS & AMJILOSA (2308M) WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 09-11: TO GYABLA (2730M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS, AND TO GHUNSA (3595M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAY 12: TO KANGPACHEN (4050M), WALK APPROX. 6-7HRS.
DAY 13: TO LHONAK (4780M), WALK APPROX. 6-7HRS.
DAY 14: KANCHENJUNGA BASE CAMP (4050M), WALK APPROX. 7HRS.
DAYS 15-16: RETURN TREK TO GHUNSA
DAY 17: TO NANGO LA CAMP (4776M), WALK APPROX. 5.5HRS.
DAYS 18-20: CROSS NANGO LA (4776M) TO YANGMA KOLA (3430M/ 5HRS) & OLANGCHUN GOLA (3191M/ 8HRS).
DAYS 21-23COMMENCE SANKU LINK OF THE GHT FROM OLANGCHUN GOLA TO PASS CAMP (4453M)
DAY 24: CROSS LUMBHA SAMBHA LA TO THUDAM (3556M), WALK APPROX 6HRS.
DAYS 25-27: TO CHYAMTANG (2187M)
DAY 28: TO HONGON (2323M), WALK APPROX. 6-7HRS.
DAY 29 TO BAKIM KHARKA/ HIGH CAMP (3020M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 30-35 TO MOLUN POKHARI (3954M/5HRS), DHUNGE KHARKA (2980M/7HRS), SALDIM KHOLA OR KHOLA KHARKA & ADVENTURE PASS CAMP (3900M/7HRS), KALO
POKHARI (4100M/6HRS), GRAZING KHARKA (3960M/7HRS)
DAY 36 TREK TO YANGLA KHARKA (3557M), WALK APPROX. 5-6HRS
DAYS 37-38 TREK TO LANGMALE KHARKA (4400M / 5HRS) & REST/ACCLIMATISATION DAY DAYS 39-40 TO MAKALU BASE CAMP (4870M), REST/ACCLIMATISATION DAY. DAYS 41-42 TO SWISS BASE CAMP (5150M/5-6HRS)
DAYS 43-44 TO SHERPANI COL BASE CAMP (5700M/6-7HRS), CROSS SHERPANI COL (6180M) TO BARUNTSE HIGH CAMP (WEST COL @ 6100M), WALK APPROX. 10-12HRS DAYS 45-47 CROSS WEST COL TO HONKU BASIN & AMPHU LABSTA BASE (5400M) DAY 48 CROSS AMPHU LABSTA (5845M) TO CHUKUNG (4730M), APPROX. 10-12 HRS.
DAYS 49-50 TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4360M), DZONGLA (4843M)
DAY 51 CROSS CHO LA TO GOKYO (4759M)
DAY 52 AT GOKYO, ASCEND GOKYO RI (5483M)
DAY 53 TREK TO RENJO LA HIGH CAMP, WALK APPROX. 4HRS.
DAY 54 CROSS RENJO LA TO TARANGA (4368M/6.5HRS)
DAY 55 TO THAME (3820M/3HRS).
DAYS 56-58 TO PARCHEMUCHE TSHO (4780M/ 6.5HRS) & CAVE CAMP (5665M/ 5.5HRS).
DAY 59 CROSS TASHI LABSTA (5760M) TO TRAKARDING GLACIER (4735M), WALK APPROX. 7.5HRS.
DAYS 60-61 TO KABUG (4820M/ 4.5HRS) & BEDING (3740M/ 5HRS).
DAYS 62-63 TO DOKHANG (2791M/ 5.5HRS) & SIMIGAON (2036M/ 5HRS).
DAYS 64-66 TREK DOWN VALLEY TO BIGU GOMPA (2516M).
DAYS 67-69 TO KATHMANDU (1330M)
DAY 70 RESUME GHT, LANGTANG LINK. TREK TO LISTI (2260M), WALK APPROX. 4HRS.
DAY 71 TO CHAGAM (2705M/ 5HRS), CHOGORMOGOR KHARKA (3924M/ 4HRS)
DAYS 72-73 TO SHOTANG KHARKA (2820M/ 6HRS), & NYASIM KHOLA CAMP (1460M/ 4.5HRS)
DAY 74 TO KHARKA (3600M/ 5HRS)
DAYS 75-76 TO PANCH POKHARI (4074M/ 3-4HRS), & REST DAY.
DAYS 77-78 TO TIN POKHARI (4255M/ 6HRS)
DAYS 79-80 CROSS TILMAN PASS (5308M/ 6HRS) TO NORTH HIGH CAMP (4720M/ 7HRS).
DAY 81 TO KYANGJIN GOMPA (3830M), APPROX. 7HRS.
DAYS 82-83 TO LAMA HOTEL (3030M/7 HRS) & SYABRU BESI (1503M/ 6 HRS).
DAY 84 GANESH LINK. TO GATLANG (2238M), WALK APPROX. 4.5HRS.
DAYS 85-86 TO SOMDANG (3258M/ 6HRS) & TIPLING (1890M/ 7HRS).
DAYS 87-89 TO LAPA KHOLA (1258M/ 5.5HRS), NAUBAN KHARKA (2750M/ 7HRS), & KERAUJA (2074M/ 7.5HRS).
DAYS 90-91 TO KHORLA BESI & JAGAT (1340M), WALK APPROX. 6.5HRS.
DAY 92 TO PHILIM (1570M), WALK APPROX. 4HRS.
DAY 93 TO DENG (1860M), WALK APPROX. 5-6HRS.
DAY 94 TO NAMRUNG (2630M), WALK APPROX. 7-8HRS.
DAY 95 TO SHYALA (3520M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 96-97 TO SAMDO (3875M), WALK APPROX. 5HRS & REST DAY.
DAY 98 TO LARKYE BASE CAMP (4460M), WALK APPROX. 4HRS.
DAY 99 CROSS LARKYE LA (5140M) TO BIMTANG (3590M) 8-10HRS.
DAY 100 TO DHARAPANI (1865M), WALK APPROX. 7HRS.
DAY 101 TO KHODO (2675M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 102-103 TO PISANG (2675M/ 7HRS) & MANANG (3540M/ 4HRS).
DAY 104 TO YAK KHARKA (4050M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAY 105 TO THORONG HIGH CAMP (4700M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 106-107 CROSS THORONG LA (5380M) TO MUKTINATH, WALK APPROX. 9HRS, & REST DAY.
DAY 108 TO GOAT KHARKA VIA KAGBENI (2810M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAY 109 TO SANTA (3778M), WALK APPROX. 7HRS.
DAY 110 TO GHALDEN GHULDUN KHOLA (4247M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAYS 111-114 TO LALINAWAR KHOLA (4800M/ 4HRS). CROSS JUNGBEN LA (5550M) & NIWAS
LA (5120M) TO NULUNGSUNDA KHARKA (4987M/ 7HRS) & CHHARKA BHOT
(4302M/ 6HRS). REST DAY.
DAYS 115-117 TO CHAP CHU (4320M/ 7HRS), MARAN (4350M/ 8HRS), AND NUNGMALA BASE CAMP (4440M/ 6HRS).
DAYS 118-121 TO BAGALA BASE CAMP (4400M/ 6HRS), TEMCHE (3900M/ 7HRS), RINGMO (3641M/ 4HRS) & REST DAY.
DAY 122 TO KHARKA (4300M), WALK APPROX. 5.5HRS.
DAYS 123-125 TO KAGMARA HIGH CAMP (5070M/ 4-5HRS), KAGMARA PASS (OTHER SIDE OF BASE CAMP (4200M/ 6-7HRS) & HURIKOT (3010M/ 8HRS).
DAYS 126-127 TO NAULI GHOT (3400M/ 8HRS) & KUDIGAON (3300M/ 8HRS).
DAYS 128-131 TO JUMLA, WALK APPROX. 7HRS; REST DAY; TO KHALIGAON, WALK APPROX. 8HRS & DAB (BULBULE), WALK APPROX. 8 HRS.
DAY 132 TO RARA LAKE (3010M/ 8HRS), REST DAY.
DAY 133 KARNALI RIVERSIDE CAMP, WALK APPROX. 4HRS.
DAY 134 TO BAM (2700M), WALK APPROX. 5-6HRS.
DAY 135 TO JOGIMARA (3005M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAY 136 TO PIPLAN (1700M), WALK APPROX. 7HRS.
DAY 137 TO APSIA LEKH (3200M), WALK APPROX. 7-8HRS.
DAY 138 TO PUNKHA KHOLA, WALK APPROX. 6HRS.
DAY 139 TO RIVER CAMP, WALK APPROX. 5.5HRS.
DAY 140 TO SIMIKOT (2900M), WALK APPROX. 6.5HRS.
DAY 141 TO KERMU (2300M), WALK APPROX. 6HRS
DAY 142 TO MUCHU (2920M), WALK APPROX. 6-7 HRS.
DAYS 143-144 TO YARI (4100M), WALK APPROX. 4-5HRS; & THE TIBETAN BORDER AT HILSA, WALK APPROX. 7 HRS.
DAYS 145-148 RETURN TO SIMIKOT (2910M).
DAY 149 TO NEPALGUNJ & KATHMANDU BY AIR (1330M).
DAY 150 TRIP CONCLUDES KATHMANDU
- 151 breakfasts, 144 lunches and 145 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$6615
- flights Kathmandu/Biratnagar/Suketar & Nepalgunj/Kathmandu US$519 approx expert high altitude mountaineering guide & trekking guides
- airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 152 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through Friendship World Treks
- expert bilingual guide and group medical kit accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson hotel
- trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat valued at $500
- souvenir Asiana Nepal Treks & Expeditions kit bag
- climbing pack including ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet
- safety equipment including high altitude chamber and satellite phone all park entrance fees and trekking permits
- porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter’s insurance sightseeing and site entry fees in Kathmandu
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. The policy seems to benefit the tour operators, more than the local economies or travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the cost and risk of cash handling to travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices we have chosen a policy not to ask for such payments.
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
- Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc Tips
- International flights
- Airport and departure taxes Visa
- Travel Insurance