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Great Himalaya Trail - Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Section

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

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.

Manaslu Trekkings

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.

Ganesh Himal - Manaslu Section

• The area is highly diverse, being home to Tamang, Magar, Larke and
Siar, Christian Gurung and Ru-Pa peoples and Tibetan Buddhists to the north
• Tamang means 'horse trader' in Tibetan
• Easy to reach from Kathmandu
• The Tamang Heritage Trail is great for independent trekkers
• Lamas from local monasteries have prohibited hunting of wildlife which has helped it to prosper. It's now a prime habitat for the elusive snow leopard, gray wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the goat-like Himalayan Tahr.

Manaslu, the world's 8th highest mountain, marks the halfway point of the Great Himalaya Trail. Its Sanskrit name means Mountain of the Spirit and this spirit certainly reflects into the peaceful villages and valleys around it.

Neighbouring to the east is the Ganesh Himal, named after the elephant-headed Hindu god of good fortune - a ridge on the south face of Ganesh IV is reminiscent of an elephant's trunk.

The Tamang Heritage Trail is a real colourful, cultural experience where you can experience Tamang life by staying with families in their own homes. The adventurous could continue higher and walk the famous Tiru Danda ridge.

Trails are immaculate and grassy and are devoid of dusty yak caravans hauling provisions for tea-house trekkers. The passing villages have wonderful character: Kholabensi with its majestic backdrop of Ganesh Himal, picturesque Jagat with its old paved square, and nearby Tatopani where hot spring water issues from stone spouts.

Samagaon enjoys heavenly views of Manaslu towering above - nowhere else will you get up so close to an 8,000 m peak.

Source: The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme, March 2012
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