A single mum from Surrey and a teacher from Australia – they are the two first people ever to have completed the world’s longest, highest and most expensive trek in one continuous walk: The Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal. They started walking in February. Five months later, on 19 July, they ended their trek.
Several thousand people have climbed the peak of Mount Everest, but no one ever walked the whole Nepal section of the Great Himalaya Trail. It is 1,700 km long and reaching from Kangchenjunga in the east of Nepal to Humla in the far west. It leads over more than 30 high altitude passes, across dangerous crevasses and along walls of ice. Rather than being one single trail, it links other existing shorter trails to a huge network. It takes 157 days to complete this section of the trail.
The route leads through the most diverse landscapes, flora, fauna and cultures. From sub-tropical jungles up to alpine vegetation and from the Sherpa culture to ancient Bön Buddhists, all this can be found on the way. The whole of the Great Himalayan Trail stretches further than Nepal, traversing the whole of the Himalayan range. Its total length is 4,500 km, leading from Pakistan to Tibet. All of the world’s 14 eight-thousander peaks can be seen on the trek.
More awareness of the Great Himalayan Trail is hoped to bring sustainable development to remote communities by creating employment and improving livelihoods. Now how about going on your own adventure? You don’t have to go all the way, just choose your favourite bit of trek in the Himalayas – get inspired by our sample trekking tours!