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Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail

Nepal Trekking and the Great Himalaya Trail

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Contents


Contents | Introduction | Planning your trek: trekking styles | Route Guide: main trekking areas | Kanchenjunga region


CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION  7

Background to the GHT  10

Great Himalaya Trail Code  12

 

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TREK

First decisions
When to trek 17 – Trekking styles 23 – Which style of trek is right for you? 27 – Trek duration 30 – Trekking grades 30

Where to trek
Summary of the main trekking areas 32 – Great Himalaya Trail:  Nepal route summary 37

Before departure
Visas and permits 41 – Insurance 42 – Maps, GPS waypoints and walking guides 42 – Weather reports 43 – Equipment 43

Nepal and you
Choosing a guide and crew 53 – Shopping, bargaining and tipping 57 – Security 59 – Communication 60 – How not to cause offence 61 – Temple/shrine etiquette 64

Health and well-being
General health issues 66 – Food and diarrhoea 67 – Altitude sickness 67 – Looking after feet and joints 68 – Hypothermia and heatstroke 68 – First aid 69 – Rescue and emergency 69

 

PART 2: KATHMANDU

History 71 – Arrival and departure 73 – Orientation 74 – Where to stay 74 – Where to eat 83 – Services 86 – What to see 88 – Moving on 94

 

PART 3: POKHARA

History 96 – Orientation 98 – Where to stay 98 – Where to eat 107 – Nightlife 108 – Services 108 – What to see and do 111 – Moving on 113

PART 4: TREKKING ROUTES

Kanchenjunga region
Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek 117 – Routes from Kanchenjunga Base Camp 121 – Other trails in the Kanchenjunga region 121

Makalu region
Makalu Base Camp trek 126 – Makalu Advanced Base Camp 130 – Other trails in the Makalu Region 131 – Solu-Khumbu (Everest) region – Everest Base Camp, Kala Patthar, Cho La and Renjo La 138 – Other trails in the Solu 144

Rolwaling region
Rolwaling & Tashi Labsta trek 146 – Other trails in the Rolwaling 153

Helambu and Langtang region
Kathmandu to Gosainkund trek 155 – Langtang valley trek 158 – Other trails in Helambu & Langtang 161

Ganesh and Manaslu Himals
Tamang Heritage Trail 169 – Ruby Valley trek 174 – Other trails in the Ganesh Himal 174 – Manaslu Circuit 177 – Other trails in the Manaslu Himal 184

Annapurna, Naar & Phu region
Naar, Phu & Thorung La trek 188 – Annapurna Sanctuary 195 – Poon Hill and Khopra Ridge trek 198 – Other trails in the Annapurnas 202

Mustang
Mustang Circuit 205 – Side trips from Lo Manthang 213 – Other trails in Mustang 215

Dolpo region
Upper Dolpo Circuit 217 – Other trails in the Dolpo region 225 – Pho to Gamgadhi 231

The Far West
Rara Lake Circuit 240 – Khaptad National Park 245 – Karnali Corridor trek: Rara Lake to Simikot 249 – Limi Valley trek via Hilsa (Yulsa) 253 – Far West Discovery: Darchula to Rara Lake 259 – Gamgadhi/Jumla to Hilsa (Yulsa) or Darchula 267

 

APPENDICES

A: Bibliography 269

B: Glossary 270

C: The world’s 8000m peaks 272

D: Wind chill chart 272

E: Heat index chart 273

F: Sample GHT higher route itinerary 273

G: Trekking operators 277

 

INDEX  279

 

OVERVIEW MAPS  289

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