FAR WEST NEPAL
Far West Section, Lower Trail
The GHT Far West Section trek brings you to the border with India. The trail goes through a landscape of contrast: barren and desolate hills with bright green fields of wheat or other crops in the valleys alongside the rivers. The arid, barren landscape, the heath, the cactuses, and the shepherds with their goats or cows, give you the feeling you are not only walking in the Far West, but also in the Wild West. The Far West has many fertile valleys, and you pass many villages. Most people living here are Hindu Chhetri. Especially in the small villages tourists, be it foreign or Nepali, are a real attraction!
Time: 15 days | Difficulty: Moderate
Humla Nyinba Valley Trek to Raling Gompa
While Humla is Northwest Nepal and it is quite famous as the gateway to Mount Kailash in Tibet, very few people know that very close to Simikot (the headquarters of Humla) lies a beautiful hidden valley, the Nyinba Valley. Entering the Nyiba Valley seems like stepping back in time. In the small villages century old Tibetan Buddhist traditions are still an important part of daily life. The trek brings you to the Buddhist monastery of Raling Gompa, which is spectacularly located at the bottom of Cristal Mountain. Leaving from Kathmandu, it’s an 8-day trip, but it can be shorter or longer, depending on the length of your walking days.
Time: 8 days | Difficulty: Moderate
RARA & JUMLA
Rara, Jumla & Mugu Section, Lower Trail
This is a very interesting section. You walk through barren landscapes, alternated with beautiful forests. You have to cross many passes and pass remote mountain villages, where time seems to have stood still. Both Hindu Chhetri and Buddhist are living in this part of Nepal. You end this section in Rara Lake. The crystal clear lake is surrounded by forests and mountains. Especially when there is no wind and the mountains and clouds are reflected in the lake, it is a stunning sight. Still very few tourists find their way to West-Nepal and most of the time you have the trail completely to yourself, with some nice encounters with the friendly locals.
Time: 6 – 9 days | Difficulty: Moderate
Dolpa Circuit Trek
Hiking the Dolpa Circuit is an experience you will never forget. It gives you the opportunity to experience life in the remote highlands. You walk through a variety of landscapes, ranging from green pastures, reminding to the European Alps, to barren rocks, reminding to the Tibetan plateay. The Phoksundo Lake is of an incomparable beauty, with its deep blue and emerald colours, surrounded by steep bold rocks. Dolpa is still an “off the beaten track” destination due to its remote location. Especially in spring and summer you see very few other tourists. The Dolpa Circuit is a quite strenuous trekking, with some steep climbs. But the scenery on the way, the views from the passes and the encounters you will have with the Dolpa people will make it all worth it.
Time: 19 days | Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
Makalu Barun Section, Lower Trail
This is quite a special section of the GHT, as you are walking at relatively low altitudes up till around 400m. This gives the section a subtropical touch, with villages reminding to Southeast Asia. You have beautiful views of the Kanchenjunga Range and Makalu Barun. It is yet completely unexplored by tourism, partly due to the far distance from Kathmandu. This makes this section a beautiful encounter with authentic Nepali village life.
Time: 7 days | Difficulty: Easy
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
Kanchenjunga (8.586m), the world’s third highest mountain, forms Nepal’s eastern border with India’s Sikkim. The trek is a circuit and includes a visit to the Pathibara Temple, which is an important religious site for many Indian and Nepali pilgrims. The trail goes northwards to Ghumsa, where it touches the GHT Upper Trail. It climbs to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp (5.143m) going through a spectacular high alpine landscape. The trek goes through the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, managed by local communities in partnership with WWF, which is one of the least densely populated in Nepal. Pristine forests, alpine meadows and high altitude wetlands are home to the endangered snow leopard and red panda, the vulnerable Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard and Assamese macaque.
Time: 26 days | Difficulty: Moderate to Hard