It's 1,700km long, takes five months to complete, only occurs once a year, and is regarded by many as the Holy Grail of trekking. Oh, and it costs more than £20,000 - and that doesn't include flights. Is it worth it?
Part of The Great Himalaya Trail, the Full Nepal Traverse is run by adventure travel specialist World Expeditions, and it's set to return on Monday 26th February 2018. A "true exploratory experience", it takes in spectacular vistas of all of Nepal’s 8,000m peaks as it crosses trails up to 6,190 metres above sea level (from Kanchenjunga in the east to Yari Valley in the west), whilst giving trekkers the opportunity to experience remote cultures in hidden corners of the country.
The Full Nepal Traverse of the Great Himalaya Trail – the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world once complete – first became available through World Expeditions in 2011. Winding between the largest mountains and remotest communities on the planet, the Great Himalaya Trail will ultimately connect five Asian countries (Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Pakistan); at the moment only the Nepal section (1,700km) is available to traverse, as it is the only part that has been walked and mapped thoroughly.
Without a doubt, then, it's the trip of a lifetime, with a price tag reflecting that. But a £21k holiday that requires 5 months off work is not for everybody. For those who cannot afford the time or the money to complete the whole length of the trail, it can be broken into seven smaller stages, from 18-34 days, which can also be joined separately:
- Stage 1: Kangchenjunga Exploratory (25 days)
- Stage 2: Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col (34 days)
- Stage 3: Everest & Rolwaling Traverse via Tashi Labsta Pass (28 days)
- Stage 4: Langtang via Tilman Pass (18 days)
- Stage 5: Manaslu & Annapurna (26 days)
- Stage 6: Upper Dolpo Traverse (25 days)
- Stage 7: Rara Lake & Yari Valley (28 days)
An exclusive with World Expeditions, The Great Himalaya Trail - The FUll Nepal Traverse lasts 152 days, starting in Kathmandu on Monday 26th February 2018 and costs from £20,990 per person, excluding international flights.
For more information visit www.worldexpeditions.co.uk/Nepal/Trekking-Hiking/GHT-Nepal-The-Full-Traverse