About The Great Himalaya Trail


What is the Great Himalaya Trail?Trek the Great Himalaya Trail

The Great Himalaya Trail [GHT] is the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world winding 4500kms through the tallest mountain ranges and most isolated communities from Bhutan to Pakistan.

The Nepal section of the GHT [1700kms] traverses the country from east to west and offers an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, cultures and experiences. The beauty of each section of the trail is that they all offer something completely different.

When was the first commercial GHT trek offered?

Trekking & adventure travel specialists World Expeditions offered the first fully-supported commercial trek along the entire length of the Nepal GHT in February 2011.

Greg Babbage from Kempsey, Australia and Toni Wilson from Headley, UK were the first two people to have walked the entire length in one continuous traverse with World Expeditions during the inaugural trek in 2011.

What will I see along the GHT?

Along this 1700km trail you’ll encounter some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable. You’ll see all 10 of Nepal’s 8000 metre peaks, cross a myriad of passes ranging from moderate to extreme and witness villages where the culture has remained intact for centuries.

Beyond the sheer magnitude of this unique adventure, the Great Himalaya Trail is about exploring the more remote parts of Nepal that have remained largely unvisited and unchanged even today. An integral part of the GHT experience is interacting with these remote communities, helping to create a tourism experience that is mutually beneficial for both you and the local communities you will meet with and live amongst.

Sustainable tourism is key in these pockets of Nepal that have remained well away from the large scale tourism development seen in other parts of Nepal, and World Expeditions pay close attention to ensuring we have a positive impact through our commitment to Responsible Travel.

How does the GHT help local communities?

By joining one of World Expeditions GHT treks (or the whole thing if you so desire), you will be helping us to achieve our vision of sharing the benefits of tourism with isolated communities that currently receive little to no advantages from incoming touristry.

We employ many of our porters and support staff from these various regions, purchase some of our food goods from these villages and of course, travellers have the opportunity to purchase traditional handicrafts from various communities throughout the GHT.

The GHT is an opportunity to experience some of the least visited, most exciting hidden corners of Nepal where you will be struck with awe and wonder at the scale and grandeur of the land, and the warmth and humility of the people that live there. 

How can I join the GHT?

Click here to learn more about the various stages offered and how you can be part of the Great Himalaya Trail.


Make Tracks on the Great Himalaya Trail in 2017

World Expeditions is the pioneer and world leader in offering fully supported, professionally guided treks along the full length of the Nepal GHT.  Each of the seven stages will be scheduled to run in the same manner each year, starting in the far east of Nepal in late February and culminating in the remote far west in late July. 

Each of the seven stages will be scheduled to run in a similar order and style. You may wish to do one or a couple each year with the aim of completing the Great Himalaya Trail for yourself over a number of years. Learn more how you can join one of the seven stages.

As the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world winding 4500kms through the tallest mountain ranges and most isolated communities from Bhutan to Pakistan, even the most seasoned of trekkers is sure to find diversity and experience some very rarely encountered cultures. 

In the future, the Great Himalaya Trail will be mapped from Bhutan, all the way through to Pakistan. World Expeditions plans to work with local partners and communities to continually advance the trail while bringing the benefits of tourism to remote communities.

We invite you to subscribe to World Expeditions' enewsletter and be kept up to date on every Great Himalaya Trail development.  We will also conduct a number of information sessions around Australia, hosted by GHT 2016 trekker Heather Hawkins, so that you can ask the questions necessary to help you take your first step, hopefully the first of many along the 4500km Great Himalaya Trail.

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