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All of the Nepalese crew were great as well especially our Sirdar Jhire Rai. It really was a fantastic a trek and I would recommend your company without a moment’s hesitation to anyone.
Henry Ogden (UK) | Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal

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The Great Himalaya Trail (“GHT”)

The Great Himalaya Trail ("GHT") is a trekking route that traverses the Himalaya from end to end starting in Burma and finishing in Pakistan. However the most popular section of GHT is through Nepal, this trails starts near Kanchenjunga in the East and continues to Humla on the Tibetan border in the West.

In Nepal there is a GHT High route crossing high passes up to 6,146m and GHT Low route passing through the middle hills with highest pass at 4,519m. GHT High route takes the highest feasible route along the spine of the Himalaya, this involves very challenging trekking as well as several mountaineering sections over technical passes (eg Sherpani Col near Makalu).

GHT High Route was first walked by Robin Boustead and he has written 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.

How does joining a GHT trek differ from standard Himalayan treks?

The main difference is that GHT treks are adventurous expeditions passing through 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.

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 trail.

GHT has been divided into ten sections and our approach at The Mountain Company has been to focus on organising these sections one at a time rather than promoting the full GHT from Kanchenjunga to Far West. 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 Sherpani 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.

GHT sections and The Mountain Company treks are as follows:

Section One: Kanchenjunga [TMC trek is Kanchenjunga to Makalu in September/ October]

Section Two: Makalu Barun [TMC trek is Makalu to Everest in April/ May]

Section Three: Everest and Rolwaling [TMC trek is Everest High Passes in April/ May]

Section Four: Langtang and Helambu [TMC trek is Langtang & Laurebina La]

Section Five: Manaslu and Ganesh [TMC trek is Manaslu Tsum valley]

Section Six: Annapurna and Mustang [TMC trek is Naar to Upper Mustang in late October]

Section Seven: Dolpa [TMC trek is Upper Dolpo to Jomsom]

Section Eight: Rara and Jumla [TMC trek is Rara Lake]

Section Nine: Humla [TMC does not yet organise trek on this section]

Section Ten: Far West [TMC does not yet organise trek on this section]

The Mountain Company is an accredited trek operator in the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) Alliance, this is a group of organisations and individuals who voluntarily adopt their Codes of Conduct.

For further information on GHT please take a look at these websites:

www.thegreathimalayatrail.org

www.greathimalayatrail.com