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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

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.

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Rolwaling Trekking

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.

Rolwaling - Everest Section

• Everest is also known as Sagarmatha in Nepali and Chomolungma in Tibetan
• Rolwaling means 'furrow' and this wide valley is thought to have been ploughed by the mighty Guru Ripoche, the second Buddha
• Mani Rimdu festival after full moon in October-famous in Tengboche but can be experienced in many other places
• Three of the world's highest peaks are found here (Everest, Lhotse and Cho Oyu)

Rolwaling and Khumbu

The 'Three Passes Trek' will take you on an adventure across the heart of the Sagarmartha National Park - with its quiet monasteries and turquoise glacial lakes, it has arguably the most stunning viewpoint of Everest atop the Renjo La. Plan your trip carefully to coincide with the colourful Mani Rimdu festival in Thame after October's full moon.

To the west, the trail exits to Rolwaling valley via the challenging Tashi Labsa (5,760 m), which, difficult as it is, used to be the Sherpas' fastest route to Kathmandu.

The trail then skirts along Rolwaling's wide glaciated valley and leads on to the picturesque villages of Bigu Gompa and Beding giving occasional views of the imposing face of Gauri Shakar (7,121 m). With only a few visitors passing here each season, those who do are assured of a friendly welcome from Rolwaling's Sherpa, Tamang and Gurung communities.

Source: The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme, March 2012
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