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The Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal

The new long-distance walking trail links established treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions with exciting new trekking destinations in Nepal's high mountains

Great Himalaya Trail Sections
Great Himalaya Trail Dolpo Section Great Himalaya Trail Ganesh - Manaslu Section
Great Himalaya Trail Makalu Barun Section Great Himalaya Trail Rolwaling-Everest Section

The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is one of the longest and highest trekking trails in the world. The 1,700-kilometre route connects popular treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions with exciting new trekking destinations in the West and East of Nepal. Walking along the GHT, tourists can now cross the complete Himalayan range in Nepal, exploring remote and fascinating travel destinations, each featuring a unique blend of spectacular scenery and long-preserved cultures.

The GHT starts in the district of Taplejung in Nepal's East and ends in Humla and Darchula in the Far West of the country, close to the Indian and Chinese borders.

Trekkers can choose between two routes. The GHT main trail is winding through Nepal's high Mountain ranges on an average altitude of 4000 to 5000 metres, providing for breath-taking views on Nepal's towering peaks. The lower, cultural route visits some of the most remote mountain communities on earth. Here, tourists can learn about the everyday lives of the local people and gain insights to the traditions and rites of the various ethnic groups.

Nepal's GHT is divided into ten connecting treks of 2-3 weeks length, that can be done subsequently or completely separate from each other.

Besides, each GHT section features a number of side-treks of varying duration and difficulty, some of which require camping equipment and others that can be done teahouse style. With numerous trekking options and new tourism attractions, each GHT section forms a distinct trekking and adventure destination within itself. Crossing of the complete Himalayan range in Nepal along the GHT takes an average of 150 days.

With the launch of the GHT, the government of Nepal is harnessing tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation, improving livelihoods and bringing development opportunities to remote and poor communities along the trail.

Through the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP), the Government of Nepal - with support of SNV and funding by the UK Department for International Development DFID / UKAID -is working closely with the tourism industry, NGOs and host communities to ensure that the GHT is developed and managed in line with responsible tourism best practices, generating vital jobs and income for local communities and contributing to the conservation of the country's natural and cultural heritage. Important programme partners are the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Programme activities include the establishment of tourism action plans in the host districts, business development along the trail, capacity building of local service providers such as trekking guides, cooks, teahouse and lodge owners as well as joint marketing of the GHT by the public and private sector towards international tourists and overseas travel industry peers.

For more information on the Great Himalaya Trail and the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme, visit www.thegreathimalayatrail.org.

Source: The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme, March 2012
Trekkings in Nepal
Helambu Everest Region Rolwaling Trekking
Ganesh Himal
Annapurna Region Langtang
Dolpo Mustang Manang
Gokyo - Glacier Gokyo - Gokyo Ri (4790 m)

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