The Great Himalaya Trail - Summary of Completed Sections

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This is an ongoing project for me and it gives me a good reason to return to one of my favourite regions in the world. I have been trekking in the Himalaya since 2001. So far, I have completed the following sections and crossed the following high passes of the Karakoram, the Zanskar and the Himalaya Ranges (The Great Himalaya Trail, situated in Nepal, is only a subset of this larger and longer journey). Click on each link for the trip report and photos:

Nepal Himalaya Treks (1,515km) and main passes:

1.     Kangchendzonga Himal 250km, Selele Pass 4,290m

2.     Makalu Himal 80km, Shiphton Pass 4,000m, Sherpani Col 6,180m, West Col 6,135m

3.     Khumbu Himal – East 60 km, Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,845m

4.     Kumbu Himal  - West 100km, Renjo La 5,360m

5.     Rowaling Himal 100km, Teshi Labtsa Pass 5,800m, Yalung La 5,300m

6.     Langtang Himal and Ganjala Pass 200km, Tilman Pass 5,300m, Ganjala 5,130m

7. Ganesh Himal/Langtang 170km, Laurebina La 4,610m

8.     Manaslu Himal 140km, Larkya Pass 5,125m

9.     Annapurna Himal – North 140km, Mesocanto Pass 5,230m

10.   Annapurna Himal - South 65km

11.  Dhaulagiri Himal 110km, French Pass 5,150m, Dhampus Pass 5,150m

12.  Far West Nepal 100km, Nara La Pass 4,507m

Karakoram treks and passes in Pakistan and China (525km):

1.    Baltoro Glacier 115km, Ghondogoro La 5,640m

2.    Biafo and Hispar Glaciers 132km, Hispar Pass 5,151m

3.    Shakskam Valley and K2 Glacier 278km, Aghil Pass 4,805m

India treks and passes (291km):

1.    Grand Zanskar Traverse (Darcha to Lamayuru) 291km, Shingo La 5,090m, Murgum La 4,000m, Singee La 5,000, Sirsi La 4,900m





Yellowstone National Park in Winter

In January of 2019 we went cross country skiing to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA. The park is closed to vehicles and the only way to get in is via a snowcoach or snowmobile. A snowcoach is a large van or a small bus with huge inflated tyres that allow it to travel in deep snow. There are very few people in the park and even less on ski trails. The animals are close to the thermal pools and easy to spot. It was a beautiful experience and I concluded that the park is more beautiful in winter than during any other season of the year. You get a sense of how difficult it is for the animals to survive in the extreme winter conditions. Yet they preserver in this game of survival. This was my fifth time in the park but my first time during winter and I left with a renewed sense of appreciation for this unique corner of the world.

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