The Great Himalaya Trail.
The Great Himalaya Trail is a way to enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya while helping the people who live there.
You can trek, run or bike the trail, take the high route and challenge yourself with some mountaineering, also called the extreme trail or try the lower route and travel from village to village, on the cultural trail.
The GHT low route – also called the cultural route – winds through the country’s mid hills with an average altitude of 2000m. However, there are many passes to cross with the highest being the Jang La at 4519 m (14826 ft) between Dhorpatan and Dolpa in West-Nepal.
Trekking along the GHT low route means walking through beautiful lush forests, pastures, green rice terraces and fertile agricultural land, providing the basis for Nepal’s rich culture and civilization. You will come across local settlements of many different cultural groups, giving you the chance to see what authentic Nepali village life is all about. Shorter than the high route, the GHT low route stretches over a distance of 1.500 km (932 miles) and the whole trek will roughly take around 100 days.
For most parts of the trek, you’ll be able to stay in small guesthouses or homestays, but make sure to still take your tent for some of the more remote sections of the route. With lots of local restaurants around, you will find a cooked meal to almost everywhere and so it will not be necessary to carry large amounts of food.
Trekking along the GHT high route makes for an unforgettable adventure and the trip of a lifetime. The trail stretches over a distance of about 1700 km (1056 miles) and passes through spectacular, high altitude mountain landscapes, visiting some of the most remote villages on earth, where life remains as it was centuries back.
Nepal’s high route starts north of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and ends in Hilsa at Nepal’s Tibetan border in the Western district of Humla.
Trekking along the GHT high route requires to cross high passes with altitudes up to 6.146 m (20,164 ft) and the whole trek takes about 150 days on average. Proper trekking gear and mountaineering equipment is needed and anyone attempting this trek should be physically fit and have trekking and ideally some mountaineering experience.
For safety, a local mountain guide who knows the terrain is definitely recommended especially in high altitudes. Due to the remoteness of the trek, camping is required for most parts of the adventure therefore a tent, food and cooking equipment is necessary.
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You can fill in your remaining days in Nepal with a wide range of activities. Discover some days the jungle in one of the nationals parks in the South of Nepal, go enjoying the shores of Phewa lake in Pokhara or visit the cultural sites in Kathmandu Valley.