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Nepal Trekking & the Great Himalaya Trail

Nepal Trekking & the Great Himalaya Trail

by Rachel Boustead
     
 
Route and planning guide to the best trekking in Nepal – This guide includes the most popular routes as well as the newest trekking areas for true trailblazers. Extensive planning sections to help visitors choose a trek. Also includes the new Great Himala

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Route and planning guide to the best trekking in Nepal – This guide includes the most popular routes as well as the newest trekking areas for true trailblazers. Extensive planning sections to help visitors choose a trek. Also includes the new Great Himala

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905864317
Publisher:
Trailblazer Publications
Publication date:
04/14/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt

The Nepal Himalaya is amazing; a place where you can immerse yourself in authentic cultures and be inspired by the greatest mountain scenery on the planet. Since the early 1950s, trekkers have been exploring the countless valleys and peaks of the mid-hills, pahar, and high ranges, himal, throughout Nepal. Recent democratic elections and relative political stability have led to a surge in visitors to Nepal. The days of political instability appear to be over and the mountains again offer unhindered trails for anyone to explore.The three main trekking regions, Everest, Annapurna and Langtang attract tens of thousands of trekkers every year. Facilities have never been better and easily rival those found in Europe or elsewhere; there are even four-star country-style teahouses in the Everest and Annapurna should you want a touch of luxury! Trails are well maintained and safe, and the locals will welcome you with genuine friendliness that will make your heart melt.The other two-thirds of Nepal’s mountain terrain is normally considered ‘off-the-beaten-track’ and counts visitors in mere hundreds. From the lush rhododendron forests of the east to the dense woodlands of the west there is wilderness and remote communities that have remained relatively untouched. In these regions, a small trekking group can make a real difference to lives that are barely subsistence.Although the mountains are beyond compare, it is the people you meet along the trail that linger in your memory. You can’t help but admire their indefatigable boldness and energy, their independence, strength and resilience when times are bad, and their fun, openhearted, generous nature towards strangers who may never return. It’s impossible to make a comparison, but surely the people of the high himal are the very best of mankind?In 2002, the Nepali government reconciled all border disputes with its northern neighbour China. This de-militarised seven border areas and for the first time in over fifty years tourists were allowed to explore them. All of these areas offer unique trekking opportunities, as many resemble the now popular regions as they were thirty or more years ago. They also tend to be next to the major trekking routes so it’s possible to design itineraries combining old and new routes thus making your holiday a more ‘complete’ Nepali experience.One of the great trekking ‘holy grails’ has been a potential route, through the remotest peaks of the entire Himalaya, which joins all the major trekking regions. The author is the first to person to survey, plot and describe such a route, which is called the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT). The Nepal section of the GHT would take about 160 days of continuous walking so it is broken into sections for convenience and all have easy access through the pahar. The introduction of new trekking routes through impoverished communities will encourage micro-tourism projects in places that are too remote for infrastructure development. By creating value in regions that previously had little to offer, it is hoped that governments will establish a network of National Parks and Conservation Areas as a trans-boundary corridor for animal migration, which would reduce illegal hunting and help save many endangered species. The snow-covered crown of Asia may then become one of its greatest assets.

Meet the Author

Robin Boustead is a writer and photographer based in Australia. He’s been trekking in the Himalaya since 1992 and in 2008-9 walked the six-month long Great Himalaya Trail for this book.

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