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The Great Himalayan Trail Trek / Expedition

Trip Title: The Great Himalayan Trail Trek / Expedition

Trip Length: 156 Days

Trip Grade: C       [Grading Overview]

Country: Nepal

Area: Nepal Himalayas

National Park: All Himalayan Parks !       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Trekking

Activity Grade: 5+/6       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: The Great Hilamalan Trail

Months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October,

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Description:

The Most Outstanding Trekking Route in the World !

It can be divided up into about 9 different sections:

1. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area – Fly or bus to Suketar and trek via Pangpema and / or Yangma Base Camps to Olangchung Gola before trekking across to the Arun river valley via Umbak Himal north of Milke Darra.

2. Makalu-Barun National Park and Sagarmartha National Park – The highest and most tricky part of the whole trail – Makalu Base Camp via Swiss Camp across the Sherpini Col and Western Col ( both above 6000m ) to Ama Lapcha La and into Island Peak Valley, down to Namche Bazar where you can really put your feet up in luxury lodges and surf the net before the next big uphill. (there is a low route option to Namche via Arun and Lukla instead of the the Sherpini col)

3. Gaurishankar Conservation Area – Across the Tashi Lapcha pass and into the Rowaling Valley, up to Lamabagar and across the Lapchi Kang range via Panchapile Darra down to the Tibet road where we can stay and relax in The Last Resort.

4. Langtang National Park via Jugal Himal and Tillman Pass under the twin peaks of Dorjee Lackpa, down the Langtang Valley passing Langtang Lirung to Syaru Bensi.

5. Manasulu and Ganesh Himal – Several routes can take you across the Sanjin range to Ganesh Himal, either a trek via Jokasorkunda lake or a a trip up the Sanjin Valley to Marpalla Himal and across the small pass behind the north face of Paldor Peak. A lot of trekking through old forest under the vertical cliffs of the huge Ganesh range. For a rest we stop at Gorka, or if not wanting to rest we continue across the north side of the Manasulu range via the Larki La pass.

6. Annapurna Conservation Area – Picking the main Annapurna trail up at Dharapani, crossing the Throng La pass to Jomson where you can rest in good lodges.

7. Shey Phoksundo National Park and Upper Dolpo – A walk in the remote and wild Himalayas – the route to cross this remote region falls into two main trails:

1. Jomson, Simien Pass, Numla / Baga La to Phoksundo Lake, Shey village / Crystal Mountain, to Yala and then to Chham Khola and the Mugu Nadi river to Rara Lake. ( Can only be done late July to early September ).

2. As above but from Phoksundo Lake – Kagamara La to Rara via Jumla.

8. Rara Lake National Park – The trek gets easier and lower here and the flora and fauna more alpine ( as opposed to high Himalayan ! ) and the area around the lake ( 13 km circumference )is pristine.

9. Api Nampa Conservation Area and Humla – A gentle trek north west to the district capital of Simikot. Beyond this is the border of Tibet and the trail to Mt.Kailash. You can visit the little visited Lima Valley / trek to Api and/or Saipal Base Camps before flying out of Simikot.

Below is a very rough itinerary – it is subject to many different paths depending on conditions and personal choice.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Kathmandu Bhadrapur/Birantnagar by flight, drive to Ilam (Kanchenjunga Section)
Day 2 Drive Ilam to Taplejung (1820 m)
Day 3 Taplejung (1820 m) to Mitlung (920 m) 4 hrs
Day 4 Mitlung (920 m) to Chiruwa (1270 m) 6 hrs
Day 5 Chiruwa (1270 m) to Sukethum (1575 m) 5 1/2 hrs
Day 6 Sukethum (1576 m) to Amjilosa (2308 m) 6 hrs
Day 7 Amjilosa (2308 m) to Gyabla (2730 m) 5 hrs (or to Phale 3140 m, extra 2 hrs)
Day 8 Gyabla (2730 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 4 1/2 hrs
Day 9 Ghunsa (3595 m) Restday
Day 10 Ghunsa (3595 m) to khangpachen (4050 m) 6 hrs
Day 11 Khangpachen (4050 m) Restday
Day 12 Khangpachen (4050 m) to Lhonak (4780 m) 5 hrs
Day 13 Lhonak (4780 m) Restday
Day 14 Lhonak (4780 m) to Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) 4 hrs
Day 15 Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) Restday
Day 16 Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5143 m) to Kangpachen (4050 m) 4 hrs
Day 17 Kangpachen (4050 m) to Ghunsa (3595 m) 3 hrs
Day 18 Ghunsa (3595 m) to Nango La Camp (4776 m) 5 1/2 hrs
Day 19 Nango La Camp (4776 m) to Yangma Khola (3430 m) 5 hrs
Day 20 Yangma Khola (3430 m) to Olangchun Gola (3191 m) 4 hrs
Day 21 Olangchun Gola (3191 m) to Pass Camp (4453 m) 7 hrs
Day 22 Pass Camp (4453 m) to Thudam (3556 m) crossing the Lumbha Sambha Pass (5159 m) 7 hrs (Makalu Barun Section)
Day 23 Thudam (3556 m) Restday
Day 24 Thudam (3556 m) to Kharka (2700 m) 7 hrs
Day 25 Kharka (2700 m) to Chyamtang (2187 m) 5 hrs
Day 26 Chyamtang (2187 m) to Hongon (2323 m) 5 hrs
Day 27 Hongon (2323 m) to Bakim Kharka (3020 m) 3 hrs
Day 28 Bakim Kharka (3020 m) to Molun Pokhari (3954 m) 4 hrs
Day 29 Molun Pokhari (3954 m) to Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) 5 hrs
Day 30 Dhungge Kharka (3590 m) to Cave Camp (3115 m) 3 1/2 hrs
Day 31 Cave Camp (3115 m) to Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) 5 hrs
Day 32 Kalo Pokhari (4192 m) to Kharka (4097 m) 5 hrs
Day 33 Kharka (4097 m) to Yangla Kharka (3557 m) 4 hrs
Day 34 Yangla Kharka (3557 m) to Langmale Kharka (4410 m) 4 hrs
Day 35 Langmale Kharka (4410 m) to Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) 4 hrs
Day 36 Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) Restday
Day 37 Makalu Base Camp (4870 m) to Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) 4 hrs
Day 38 Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) Restday
Day 39 Swiss Base Camp (5150 m) to Sherpani Col Base Camp (5688 m) 5 hrs (Everest & Rolwaling Section; Everest Part)
Day 40 Sherpani Col BC (5688 m) to Baruntse Camp (6050 m) crossing the Sherpani Col (6146 m) 7 hrs
Day 41 Baruntse Camp (6050 m) to Honku Basin (5500 m) crossing the West Col (6143 m) 4 hrs
Day 42 Honku Basin (5500 m) to Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) 5 hrs
Day 43 Amphu Labsta Base Camp (5527 m) Restday
Day 44 Amphu Labsta BC (5527 m) to Chhukung (4730 m) crossing Amphu Labsta La (5848 m) 9 hrs
Day 45 Chhukung (4730 m) to Dingboche (4410 m) 3 hrs
Day 46 Dingboche (4410 m) Restday
Day 47 Dingboche (4410 m) to Lobuche (4910 m) 3 1/2 hrs
Day 48 Lobuche (4910 m) to Gorak Shep (5140 m) with side trip to Kala Pattar (Everest Viewpoint) (5550 m) 6 hrs
Day 49 Gorak Shep (5140 m) to Everest BC (5364 m) and back to Lobuche (4910 m) 8 hrs
Day 50 Lobuche (4910 m) to Dzongla (4830 m) 5 hrs
Day 51 Dzongla (4830 m) to Dragnag (4700 m) crossing the Chola Pass (5420 m) 6 hrs
Day 52 Dragnag (4700 m) to Gokyo (4790 m) 6 hrs
Day 53 Gokyo (4790 m) Restday, climb Gokyo Ri (Everest and Cho Oyu Viewpoint) (5360 m)
Day 54 Gokyo (4790 m) to Lumde (4368 m) 7 hrs
Day 55 Lumde (4368 m) to Thame (3820 m) 3 hrs
Day 56 Thame (3820 m) to Pachemuche Tsho (4780 m) 6 1/2 hrs
Day 57 Pachemuche Tsho (4780 m) to Tashi Labsta Camp (5665 m) 6 hrs
Day 58 Tashi Labsta Camp (5665 m) Restday
Day 59 Tashi Labsta Camp (5665 m) to Glacier Camp (4735 m) crossing Tashi Labsta La (5755 m) 8 hrs
Day 60 Glacier Camp (4735 m) to Kabug (4820 m) 5 hrs (Rolwaling Part)
Day 61 Kabug (4820 m) to Beding (3740 m) 5 hrs
Day 62 Beding (3740 m) to Dokhang (2791 m) 5 hrs
Day 63 Dokhang (2791 m) to Simigaon (2036 m) 5 hrs
Day 64 Simigaon (2036 m) to Orangdanda (2029 m) 7 hrs
Day 65 Orangdanda (2029 m) to Loting (1768 m) 7 hrs
Day 66 Loting (1768 m) to Bigu Gompa (2516 m) 4 hrs
Day 67 Bigu Gompa (2516 m) to Sano Jyandan (3127 m) crossing the Tinsang La (3778 m) 6 hrs
Day 68 Sano Jyandan (3127 m) to The Last Resort (1170 m) 5 hrs (Langtang & Helambu Section)
Day 69 The Last Resort (1170 m) Restday
Day 70 The Last Resort (1170 m) to Listi (2260 m) 5 hrs
Day 71 Listi (2260 m) to Shotang Kharka (3379 m) 7 hrs
Day 72 Shotang Kharka (3379 m) to Chogomogor Kharka (3925 m) 5 hrs
Day 73 Chogomogor Kharka (3925 m) to Kyansin (2520 m) 5 hrs
Day 74 Kyansin (2520 m) to Tembathang (2160 m) 5 hrs
Day 75 Tembathang (2160 m) to Chedupa Kharka (2513 m) 7 hrs
Day 76 Chedupa Kharka (2513 m) Restday
Day 77 Chedupa Kharka (2513 m) to Nemagchukpa kharka (3578 m) 4 hrs
Day 78 Nemagchukpa kharka (3578 m) to Panch Pokhari (4074 m) 5 hrs
Day 79 Panch Pokhari (4074 m) to Intermediary Camp (4273 m) 4 hrs
Day 80 Intermediary Camp (4273 m) to Tin Pokhari (4255 m) 4 hrs
Day 81 Tin Pokhari (4255 m) to High South Camp (4867 m) 4 1/2 hrs
Day 82 High South Camp (4867 m) Restday
Day 83 High South C (4867 m) to High North Camp (4720 m) crossing Tilman's Pass (5308 m)7 hrs
Day 84 High North Camp (4720 m) to Kyangjin Gompa (3830 m) 7 hrs
Day 85 Kyangjin Gompa (3830 m) Restday
Day 86 Kyangjin Gompa (3830 m) to Ghoratabela (3030 m) 6 hrs
Day 87 Ghoratabela (3030 m) to Syabru Besi (1503 m) 5 hrs
Day 88 Syabru Besi (1503 m) to Gatlang (2230 m) 5 hrs
Day 89 Gatlang (2230 m) to Somdang (3258 m) crossing the Khurpudada Pass (3710 m) 6 hrs
Day 90 Somdang (3258 m) to Tipling (1890 m) crossing the Pansan Pass (3830 m) 7 hrs
Day 91 Tipling (1890 m) to Lapa Khola (1285 m) 6 hrs (Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Section)
Day 92 Lapa Khola (1285 m) to Nauban Kharka (2750 m) crossing the Mangro Bhanjyang (2936 m) 7 hrs
Day 93 Nauban Kharka (2750 m) to Kerauja (2074 m) 7 1/2 hrs
Day 94 Kerauja (2074 m) to Jagat (1340 m) 7 hrs
Day 95 Jagat (1340 m) to Deng (1860 m) 6 hrs
Day 96 Deng (1860 m) to Namrung (2630 m) 6 hrs
Day 97 Namrung (2630 m) to Sama (3520 m) 6 hrs
Day 98 Sama (3520 m) Restday
Day 99 Sama (3520 m) to Samdo (3875 m) 2 1/2 hrs
Day 100 Samdo (3875 m) Restday
Day 101 Samdo (3875 m) to Dharmasala (4460 m) 3 hrs
Day 102 Dharmasala (4460 m) to Bimtang (3590 m) crossing the Larkya La (5160 m) 7 hrs
Day 103 Bimtang (3590 m) to Dharapani (1860 m) 7 hrs
Day 104 Dharapani (1860 m) to Chame (2670 m) 6 hrs (Annapurna & Mustang Section)
Day 105 Chame (2670 m) to Pisang (2675 m) 5 hrs
Day 106 Pisang (2675 m) to Manang (3540 m) 5 hrs
Day 107 Manang (3540 m) to Yak Kharka (4050 m) 5 hrs
Day 108 Yak Kharka (4050 m) to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) 4 hrs
Day 109 Thorong Phedi (4450 m) to Muktinath (3760 m) crossing the Thorung La (5415 m) 9 hrs
Day 110 Muktinath (3760 m) Restday
Day 111 Muktinath (3760 m) to Kagbeni (2810 m) 5 hrs
Day 112 Kagbeni (2810 m) to Yak Karkha (3478 m) 5 hrs
Day 113 Yak Karkha (3478 m) to Santa (3777 m) crossing the Bhima Lojun La (4460 m) 8 hrs
Day 114 Santa (3777 m) to Ghalden Ghuldun Khola Camp (4247 m) 6 hrs (Dolpa Section)
Day 115 Ghalden Ghuldun Khola Camp (4247 m) Restday
Day 116 Ghalden Ghuldun Khola Camp (4247 m) to Nulungsumda Kharka (4987 m) crossing the Jungben La (5550m) & Niwas La (5120m) 8 hrs
Day 117 Nulungsumda Kharka (4987 m) Restday
Day 118 Nulungsumda Kharka (4987 m) to Chharka Bhot (4302 m) 8 hrs
Day 119 Chharka Bhot (4302 m) Restday
Day 120 Chharka Bhot (4302 m) to Chap Chu (4320 m) 4 hrs
Day 121 Chap Chu (4320 m) to Dho Tarap (3944 m) crossing the Chan La (5378 m) 8 hrs
Day 122 Dho Tarap (3944 m) to Numa La Base Camp (4440 m) 2 1/2 hrs
Day 123 Numa La Base Camp (4440 m) to Danigar (4512 m) crossing the Numa La (5309 m) 7 hrs
Day 124 Danigar (4512 m) to Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) crossing the Baga La (5169 m) 9 hrs
Day 125 Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) Restday
Day 126 Ringmo/Phoksundo Lake (3641 m) to Phoksundo Khola Camp (3630 m) 5 hrs
Day 127 Phoksundo Khola Camp (3630 m) to campsite (3750 m) 3 hrs
Day 128 Campsite (3750 m) to Pass Camp (4717 m) 5 hrs
Day 129 Pass Camp (4717 m) to Shey Gompa (4343 m) crossing the Nagdala La (5350 m) 6 hrs
Day 130 Shey Gompa (4343 m) Restday
Day 131 Shey Gompa (4343 m) to Bhijer (3850 m) 7 hrs
Day 132 Bhijer (3850 m) to Pho (4087 m) crossing the Yambur La (4813 m) 8 1/2 hrs
Day 133 Pho (4087 m) to Pung Kharka (4650 m) crossing Nyingma Gyanzen La (5563 m) 9 hrs
Day 134 Pung Kharka (4650 m) to Chyandi Khola (4830 m) crossing the Yala La (5414 m) 6 hrs
Day 135 Chyandi Khola (4830 m) to Takla Khola (3785 m) 7 hrs
Day 136 Takla Khola (3785 m) to Thajuchaur (4050 m) 7 hrs
Day 137 Thajuchaur (4050 m) to Shilenchaura Kharka (2945 m) 6 hrs
Day 138 Shilenchaura Kharka (2945 m) to Tiyar (2418 m) 3 hrs
Day 139 Tiyar (2418 m) to Mangri (1950 m) 4 hrs
Day 140 Mangri (1950 m) to Gamgadhi (2095 m) 4 hrs
Day 141 Gamgadhi (2095 m) to Rara Lake (2980 m) 4 hrs (Rara & Jumla Section)
Day 142 Rara Lake (2980 m) Restday
Day 143 Rara Lake (2980 m) to Gamgadhi (2095 m) 4 hrs
Day 144 Gamgadhi (2095 m) to Bam (2700 m) 5 hrs
Day 145 Bam (2700 m) to Jogimara (3005 m) 7 hrs
Day 146 Jogimara (3005 m) to Piplan (1700 m) 5 hrs
Day 147 Piplan (1700 m) to Apsia Lek (3195 m) 6 hrs
Day 148 Apsia Lek (3195 m) to Punkha Khola (3010 m) 4 hrs
Day 149 Punkha Khola (3010 m) to River Camp (2100 m) 6 hrs
Day 150 River Camp (2100 m) to Simikot (2985 m) 7 hrs (Humla Section)
Day 151 Simikot (2985 m) to Dharapuri (2300 m) 4 hrs
Day 152 Dharapuri (2300 m) to Kermi (2670 m) 3 hrs
Day 153 Kermi (2670 m) to Yalbang (3020 m) 5 hrs
Day 154 Yalbang (3020 m) to Thumkot (3380 m) 5 hrs
Day 155 Thumkot (3380 m) to Yari (3700 m) 5 hrs
Day 156 Yari (3700 m) to Hilsa (3720 m) crossing the Nara La (4620 m) 6 hrs

From Hilsa back to Simikot or continue to Mount Kailash in Tibet (China)

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