Great Himalaya Trails
The Great Himalayan Trails (GHT) in Nepal is a tough adventure trek in some section high passes above 5,000 meters—but the 120 days plus journey is said to be far more difficult than climbing up any single mountain. It is not a technical climbing experience is required.
Great Himalaya Trails trek “GHT” is a trekking route that traverses the Himalaya from end to end starts near Kanchenjunga in the Eastern part and continues to Humla on the Tibetan border in the Western part of Nepal. We have a GHT High route crossing high passes up to 6,146m and GHT Low route passing through the middle hills with the highest pass at 4,519m.
GHT High route takes the tallest advantageous trail along the spine of the Himalaya which involves very tough and challenging trekking as well as several mountaineering sections over technical high passes.
The great Himalayan trail high route was first walked by Boustead Robin. He then published an excellent guidebook Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail A Route and Planning Guide by Trailblazer (second edition). Completing the Nepal section of GHT would take 4 to 5 months of non-stop trekking.
Likewise, National Geographic Adventure Magazine‘s Jame’s Vlahos observes, “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.”What is the differences joining a Great Himalayan trail trek from standard Himalayan treks?
The main significance of this trail (GHT) treks are adventurous expeditions passing through the remote and wild region of the Himalayas and often away from the main trails as have been constructed in main trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. You have to be prepared for route finding challenges as in many places the GHT is rarely walked even by locals and the trail might change year to year if there have been landslides during monsoon or vegetation growth etc.
We have a professional guide who already completed a GHT route, so if you choose us, we organized your trekking great memorable for your lifetime. The whole trek you can do as a full board camping trekking or camping trek + lodge basis trekking. So please check the below section wise information to do great Himalayan trails in Nepal.
Great Himalayan Trail (GHT) trek highlights
All tallest and beautiful mountains of Nepal from east to west, north nepal people cultures and traditions, all highest passes over 5100 meter of Nepal.
Great Himalayan trail trek grades
Remember trekking GHT is true adventure travel where the unexpected can and often does happen. If you are not prepared for this uncertainty then you should not consider attempting this complete trail. However, GHT has been divided into ten sections to focus on organizing these sections one at a time rather than promoting the longest trail.
The advantage of this way is we can select the optimal time of year to trek each section. As an example, the best time to cross over Sherpani high Pass is in April/ May whereas for the complete GHT one is likely to cross this pass in March when it will be very cold and snowy at this altitude.
Our program always includes rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. Along the routes, you can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Great Himalayan trail trek covers
All the tallest / highest mountains of Nepal including Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Divers in flora and fauna and rich local lifestyles and their tradition.
Best season to explore Great Himalayan trail trek (GHT)
March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
Section – 01: From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m, Camping Trek 13 Days
In this section covers Kanchenjunga trekking (From Taplejung to Tumlingtar via Milke Danda 3690m), it can be done as a full board camping trek, in most remote trek destinations of the eastern part of Nepal. This trek offers an impressive view of the mountains all the way to Milke Danda area. Especially Milke Danda is a more popular area for different kind of flowers including Nepal’s finest trek destination. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Taplejung 2420m and trek to Deurali 2602m/3 hours, Day 02: Trek from Deurali to Pathibhara Devi Temple 3795m/8 hours, Day 03: Exploring Hindus Temple and surrounding hill, Day 04: Trek from pathibhara Devi Temple to Chirwa 1185m/7 hours, Day 05: Trek from Chirwa to Mitlung 890m/6 hours, Day 06: Trek from Mitlung to Gorja 2010m/7 hours, Day 07: Trek from Gorja to Gupha Bazaar 2900m/6 hours, Day 08: Trek from Gupha Bazzar to Milke Danda 3690m/8 hours, Day 09: Trek from Milke Danda to Deurali 1990m/7 hours, Day 10: Trek from Deurali to Khamare 1400m/6 hours, Day 11: Trek from Khamare to Kharang 1270m/6 hours, Day 12: Trek from Kharang to Tumlingtar 410m/6 hours, Day 13: fly out to Kathmandu
Section – 02: From Tumlingtar to Lukla via Salpa La 3565m, Camping Trek 10 Days
In this section trekking Introduce about Arun Valley and Salpa la pass trekking. This trekking trail is known as an ancient trade route used by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche Bazaar to Tibet across via the Nangpa la pass. This trek begins from Tumlingtar and follows the Arun River until we turn into the Irkhu Khola valley which is also renowned for its natural paper products, than to Salpa la pass. Trek over Salpa Pass trail is an interesting but adventures equally. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Rest day in Tumlingtar or Kathmandu – Tumlingtar fly and camping at Tumlingtar. , Day 02: Tumlingtar (487m) to Gothebazaar. , Day 03: Gothebazaar to Tala / Upper Phedi. , Day 04: Tala / Upper Phedi to Guranse / Salpa Pokhari, Day 05: Guranse / Salpa Pokhari to Tue / Sonam. , Day 06: Tue / Sonam to Cheskam. , Day 07: Cheskam to Bung / Kiraule. , Day 08: Bung / Kiraule to Najing. Near Kiraule, above Bung there is an important trail junction headed towards Panch Pokhari and the route to the Mera La from Lukla. To the Northwest a large path leads over Sipki La and crosses the Inkhu Khola., Day 09: Najing to Pangom., Day 10: Pangom to Lukla. We descend towards Lukla after passing Surke, overnight Lukla.
Section – 03: From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section trekking covers The Great Himalayan Trail, Easy to difficult grading over Everest to Rolwaling trekking. From Lukla to Barabise via Pike Peak 4065m takes about 16 days. This classic trek en route from Lukla to Shivalaya through the lower Sherpa Land of Solokhumbhu passing scenic and beautiful villages as well as spectacular mountains sights during the trails. Then, the trail entering newly opened destination of Pike Peak. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Rest day in Lukla Bazzar or Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla 2840m and trek to Phuiyon 2835m/6 hours, Day 02: Trek from Phuiyon to Khari Khola 2500m/6 hours, Day 03: Trek from Khari Khola to Nunthala 2220m/7 hours, Day 04: Trek from Nunthala to Ringmo 2700m/6 hours, Day 05: Trek from Ringmo to Junbesi 2675m/7 hours, Day 06: Trek from Junbesi to Chhamdingma 3860m/7 hours, Day 07: Trek from Chhamdingma to Ngaur 3350m/6 hours via Pike Peak 4065m, Day 08: Trek from Ngaur to Goli Danda 2430m/7 hours, Day 09: Trek from Goli Danda to Bhandar 2195m/6 hours, Day 10: Trek from Bhandar to Shivalaya 1770m/7 hours, Day 11: Trek from Shivalaya to Serukpati 2300m/7 hours, Day 12: Trek from Serukpati to Saunepani 1220m/6 hours, Day 13: Trek from Saunepani to Amatal 1680m/6 hours, Day 14: Trek from Amatal to Thulo Tinsang 3260m/5 hours, Day 15: Trek from Thulo Tinsang to Khartali 2400m/6 hours, Day 16: Trek from Khartali to Barabise 975m/6 hours
Section – 04: From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers especially Helambu and Langtang region. From Barabise to Syabrubesi via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Camping Trek. Exploring Helambu is one of the most popular trekking of Langtang region. The trails goes Helambu – Tharepati hill – Suryakunda – Lauribina la pass of 4620 meter – Gosaikunda lake and finally to Langtang route. Two main villages Melamchi Gaon and Tarkeyghyang constitute the Helambu outfit. The region starts from the ascent from the Helambu. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Rest day in Barabaise or Drive from Kathmandu to Barabise 5 hours and trek to Thagam 1800m/3 hours, Day 02: Trek from Thagam to Hagam 2200m/6 hours, Day 03: Trek from Hagam to Pangtang 1730m/5 hours, Day 04: Trek from Pangtang to Sindurche 2800m/6 hours, Day 05: Trek from Sindurche to Okhreni 2440m/6 hours, Day 06: Trek from Okhreni to Gunsakot 2600m/7 hours, Day 07: Trek from Gunsakot to Thulo Bhotang 1850m/6 hours, Day 08: Trek from Thulo Bhotang to Sermanthang 2590m/7 hours, Day 09: Trek from Sermanthang to Tarkegyang 2600m/5 hours, Day 10: Trek from Tarkegyang to Melamchi Gaon 2530m/5 hours, Day 11: Trek from Melamchi Gaon to Tharepati 3690m/6 hours, Day 12: Trek from Tharepato to Ghopte 3430m/5 hours, Day 13: Trek from Ghopte to Gosaikund Lake 4380m/7 hours via Lauribina-La Pass 4610m, Day 14: Trek from Gosaikund Lake to Thulo Syabru 2250m/ 7 hours, Day 15: Trek from Thulo Syabru to Syabrubesi 1460m/5 hours, Day 16: Drive from Syabrubesi to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Section – 05: From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 19 Days
In this section covers the Great Himalayan Trail of Ganesh Himal to Manaslu circuit as an easy to adventure grade. From Syabrubesi to Besisahar via Sing-La Pass 4040m, Camping Trek 19 Days. The Singla -pass trek gives you the opportunity to walk through remote and relatively unpopulated areas of the Himalayan region and to experience the Typical Nepalese farming life at close hand. The journey to Singla pass takes through some of the ancient settlements. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Trek from Syabrubesi to Goljung 1960m/5 hours, Day 02: Trek from Goljung to Thulo Haku 1550m/7 hours, Day 03: Trek from Thulo Haku to Pairebesi 1300m/6 hours, Day 04: Trek from Pairebesi to Balche 2600m/6 hours, Day 05: Trek from Balche to Gonga 3550m/5 hours, Day 06: Trek from Gonga to Sing-La 4040m/5 hours, Day 07: Trek from Sing-La to Sertung Village 1920m/7 hours, Day 08: Trek from Sertung to Lapagaon 1850m/7 hours, Day 09: Trek from Lapagaon to Myangal Bhanjyang 2975m/6 hours, Day 10: Trek from Myangal Bhanjyang to Kashigaon 1900m/7 hours, Day 11: Trek from Kashigaon to Khorlabesi 970m/7 hours, Day 12: Trek from Khorlabesi to Laprak 2100m/6 hours , Day 13: Trek from Laprak to Gyachchok Village 1680m/7 hours, Day 14: Trek from Gyachchok Village to Gaikharka 3300m/7 hours, Day 15: Trek from Gaikharka to Dudh Pokhari 3800m/8 hours, Day 16: Trek from Dudh Pokhari to Gothkharka 1300m/7 hours, Day 17: Trek from Gothkharka to Bansar 1000m/7 hours, Day 18: Trek from Bansar to Besisahar 760m/6 hours, Day 19: Rest day or Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Section – 06: From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping Trek 13Days
In this section covers the Great Himalayan Trail of Annapurna to Mustang over Tilicho pass or Thorong la pass 5416m. From Besisahar to Jomsom via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m, Camping trekking takes about 13 days, Tilicho Lake is one of those places that have had next to mythic connotations. Many regard it as the highest lake in the world. It was for long almost totally closed save for a few climbers and expeditions, and since 1974, when Nixon changed the China policy. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbule 840m via Besisahar and trek to Ngadi 930m/1 hour, Day 02: Trek from Ngadi to Jagat 1300m/6 hours, Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m/7 hours, Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m/6 hours, Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m/6 hours, Day 06: Trek to Manang 3540m/7 hours via Ghyaru Village 3670m, Day 07: Acclimatizing to Ice Lake 4600m/8 hours, Day 08: Trek from Manang to Sheri Kharka 4324m/4 hours, Day 09: Trek to Tilicho Base Camp Hotel 4150m/5 hours, Day 10: Trek to Tilicho Lake 4920m/5 hours, Day 11: Trek from Tilicho Lake to Dharmashala 4320m/7 hours via Mesokanto-La Pass 5120m,, Day 12: Trek from Dharmashala to Jomsom 2710m/5 hours, Day 13: Rest day in Jomsom.
Section – 07: From Jomsom to Juphal via Sangda-La Pass 5195m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers mustang to Dolpa trekking of Great Himalayan Trail cross over Sangda-La Pass 5195m to reach Dolpo. Fully camping trekking takes about 16 days. This is one of the most high pass trek destinations for the travelers who would like to explore many ancient monasteries and ruined cave in a remote area and beautiful landscape. This trek start from the entry point of the forbidden kingdom and ancient wall city of Nepal. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: (Fly to Jomsom) And trek to Kagbeni, Day 02: Trek from Kagbeni to Dangarjong 3290m/6 hours, Day 03: Trek from Dangarjong to Sangda Village 3700m/7 hours, Day 04: Acclimatization Day, Day 05: Trek from Sangda Village to Sangda Phedi 4190m/6 hours, Day 06: Trek from Sangda Phedi to Molum Sumna 4860m/8 hours via Sangda-La Pass 5195m, Day 07: Trek from Molum Sumna to Naljyang Sumna 4600m/7 hours, Day 08: Trek from Naljyang Sumna to Chharka Bhot 4110m/5 hours, Day 09: Trek from Chharka Bhot to Yak Kharka 4400m/6 hours, Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Dhadgaon 4010m/7 hours, Day 11: Trek from Dhadgaon to Seri 4000m/7 hours, Day 12: Trek from Seri to Kakkotgaon 3210m/8 hours, Day 13: Trek from Kakkotgaon to Laisicap 2772m/8 hours, Day 14: Trek from Laisicap to Lawan 2800m/6 hours, Day 15: Trek from Lawan to Dunai 2140m/7 hours, Day 16: Trek from Dunai to Juphal 2475m/5 hours
Section – 08: From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m, Camping Trek 11 Days
In this section covers Jumla – Rara lake – Mugu which is easy to adventure trekking takes about 15 days to complete. From Juphal to Jumla via Maure Lagna 3895m camping trek, you can experience Nepal’s remote and seldom seen Wild West, is possibly one of the best long treks in the Himalaya. This follows the route taken by Peter Matthiessen and immortalized in his famous book The Snow Leopard. The Dolpo area was also the area where Rodney Jackson. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: (Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal 2475m). Trek to Tripurakot 2100m/4 hours, Day 02: Trek from Tripurakot to Ghodakhor 3200m/7 hours, Day 03: Trek from Ghodakhor to Kaigaon 2610m/7 hours, Day 04: Trek from Kaigaon to Balasa 3085m/6 hours, Day 05: Trek from Balasa to Nauli Kharka 3670m/7 hours, Day 06: Trek from Nauli Kharka to Chhopagaon 3085m/8 hours via Maure Lagna 3895m, Day 07: Trek from Chhopagaon to Kudigaon 2810m/6 hours, Day 08: Trek from Kudigaon to Social 2630m/7 hours, Day 09: Trek from Social to Depalgaon 2460m/6 hours, Day 10: Trek from Depalgaon to Jumla 2370m/5 hours, Day 11: Rest day in Jumla or Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel
Section – 09: From Jumla to Simikot via Khari Lagna 3642m, Camping Trek 16 Days
In this section covers the entire the tallest Himalayan trails of Nepal which is an adventure grade trekking. The great Himalayan Trail trekking especially focus to explore Humla – simikot over the Khari Lagna 3642m pass, camping trekking can be done in 18 days. Rara Lake trek is one of the most popular scenic trek destinations located in a far western part of Karnali region of Nepal. It is Nepal’s smallest and most scenic National Park which was established in 1976. It protects some of the most beautiful alpine and sub-alpine. See the below outline Itinerary for your reference.
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and transfer to Hotel, Day 02: Fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla 2370m and trek to Padmara 2900m/5 hours, Day 03: Trek from Padmara to Danphe Lagna 3230m/5 hours via Khari Langa pass 3642m, Day 04: Trek from Danphe Lagna to Chautha 2770m/7 hours, Day 05: Trek from Chautha to Dhotu 2410m/7 hours via Ghurchi Lagna Pass 3446m, Day 06: Trek from Dhotu to Rara Lake 2980m/6 hours, Day 07: Explore Rara Lake, Day 08: Trek from Rara Lake to Luma village 2110m/6 hours, Day 09: Trek from Luma village to Changkheli 3600m/6 hours, Day 10: Trek from Changkheli to Dharma Village 2550m/7 hours, Day 11: Trek from Dharma Village to Melcham 2800m/6 hours, Day 12: Trek from Melcham to Pomkha 2800m/7 hours, Day 13: Trek from Pomkha to Ghatte 2600m/7 hours, Day 14: Trek from Ghatte to Simikot 2950m/8 hours, Day 15: Fly from Simikot to Nepalgunj and fly back to Kathmandu, overnight in Hotel, Day 16: Final Departure to International Airport.