The Great Himalaya Trail is a network of tracks established by local communities, although some are very rarely used. The variety of trails in much of the Himalaya mean you can design your own trekking experience, from self-guiding to intermediate mountaineering – the GHT has got it all!
The highest feasible route (GHT High Route) is 4,585km and takes you through the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth. For those wanting to immerse themselves in local communities there is a multitude of lower village-to-village routes (GHT Cultural Trails) that can be self-guided. At the moment only the GHT High Route has been thoroughly documented so if you want to contribute to the Great Himalaya Trail network please send us details of your favourite treks!
Some regions are set up to cater form trekking groups and others re-define basic. Places like the far-northeast Himalaya in Arunachal Pradesh are wild, extremely remote and ideal for those seeking a formidable challenge.
Right next door is Bhutan where trekking becomes a way of appreciating traditional cultures and experiencing the astounding natural beauty of the Himalaya.
Sikkim sits between Bhutan and Nepal and is known for huge butterflies, rare orchids and extensive forests home to red panda – it’s a trekking paradise!
The most extensive and easy to access GHT network is in Nepal. During the last 50-years tourism has bought benefits to many remote mountain communities but less than 20% of Nepal’s himals are regularly trekked.
The Northwest India states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir are home to many of the Himalaya’s holiest pilgrimage sites and some of the finest mountain scenery on earth.
Northern Pakistan is where the Himalaya collides with the Karakorum and Hindu Kush creating some of the most spectacular and rugged mountain scenery on earth.
The largest Himalayan region is the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) often referred to as The Roof of the World. Trekking and adventure options here are very limited but there is still heaps to do! Although not strictly within the Great Himalaya Range, the northern approach to Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) and the pilgrimage route around Kailash are very popular treks.
|Country||High route km / days ||Total trail network km / days |
|Bhutan|| 450 / 34|| 550 / 47|
|Nepal|| 1700 / 150|| 3000 / 440|
|India - northwest states|| 1550 / 110|| 2850 / 425**|
|India - Sikkim|| 185 / 19|| 250 / unknown|
|India - Arunachal Pradesh|| 450 / 28|| 700 / unknown|
|China - Tibet || 550* / unknown||unknown|
|Pakistan || 250 / 21|| 450 / 32**|
|TOTAL|| 4585 / 362*|| 7800 / unknown|