Nepal has officially opened the Great Himalaya Trail, one of the longest and highest trekking routes in the world. Billed as the ultimate trek, the arduous hike over Nepal’s mighty Himalayas stretches from Taplejung in the shadow of the world’s third-highest peak, Mt. Kanchenjunga in the east to Humla in the west at the border with Tibet.
This is a completely new product and we that it will help boost the tourism industry. It will also help cement Nepal’s reputation as the ultimate destination for adventure seekers. Adventure tourism, as a niche but this is definitely as attractive package.
Adventures who complete the 1700 kilometers trek will encounter a huge variety of culutres from the mainly Buddhist Tamang people of the central Langtang region to the ancient animist practices that mix with Hinduism in the far west. GHT covers 16 districts, ranging from Dolpa that connects with the tibetan plateau, to Darchula, which borders India. It will take experienced trekkers around five months to complete, although it can also be broken down into smaller sections.
Nepal hosts thousands of trekkers and mountaineers annually. The country has 8 of the world’s 14 highest peaks over 8,000 metres, including the world’s hgihest Mt. Everest at 8,848 metres. the Everest region offers several trails that range from 10 – day to 3 weeks packages. The Annapurna Cicuit, Nepal’s most popular, is a 300 – kilometre, 3 weeks trek that rises to 5,416 metres and passes through two river valleys. The trek is expected to be 150 days long, it it’s done in phase, as it has been divided into 10 different sections. For those who attempt the trail in one go, they could finish it in up to 60 days.
Fewer than 10 people have attempted the route so far. On October 2, Dutch couple Han Tijnagel and Elvira Nijkan plans to take on the daunting trail as the first trekkers to attempt it after the official launch on 27th September 2011 — World Tourism Day .
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