Great Himalaya Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT) led by the record setting Mt. Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa reached its final leg on 20th April, 2012 at Darchula, Far-Western Nepal. Apa and his team had started the walk from Taplejung district three months ago, on 16th January, 2012.The team covered the 1,700 km long Great Himalaya Trail twenty three days ahead of the schedule, owing to a detour the team were compelled to take to Khalanga because of heavy snowfall on the alpine routes . The trek was organized to raise global awareness on the impacts of Climate Change in the Himalayas and establish GHT as the world’s highest long-distance walking trail and Nepal’s newest tourism product among travelers and tourism professionals worldwide. Organizers of this trek included Himalayan Climate Initiative, Government of Nepal and jointly supported by DFID, British Council, SNV, NTB, TAAN, Geo-Eye, Asian Trekking, North Face and Dell.
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Record setting mountaineer Apa Sherpa and Ambassador of ‘Climate for Life’ Campaign Dawa Steven Sherpa set out on their ‘Great Himalaya Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT)’ from Ghunsa in Taplejung,Eastern Nepal on Tuesday (January 16th 2012). They will be traversing the 1,700 KM long trail in about 120 days, hiking through the foot hills of eight of the world’s highest peaks and 20 districts in the mid-hills and low mountains of Nepal.
The Great Himalaya Trail
Record setting mountaineer Apa Sherpa and Ambassador of Climate for Life Campaign Dawa Steven Sherpa are all set to take the 1,700 KM and 120 days long Great Himalaya Trail on 15th January, 2012. The event which is titled ‘The Great Himalaya Trail-Climate Smart Celebrity Trek (GHT-CSCT)’ is organized by the Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI), Government of Nepal, DFID, British Council, SNV and GHTDP Partners. Organizers plan to solicit support from national and international celebrities for this event. The aim of the event is to raise global awareness on the impacts of Climate Change in the Himalayas and establish GHT as the world’s highest long-distance walking trail and Nepal’s newest tourism product among travelers and tourism professionals worldwide and highlight it’s pro-poor, sustainable and “climate smart” approach.
Taking on the 1,700 KM and 120 days long Great Himalaya Trail, participants of GHT-CSCT will begin their trek from Ghunsa in Taplejung district and will complete it at Darchula in Far Western Nepal. They will traverse through the foot hills of eight of the world’s highest peaks and 20 districts in the mid-hills and low mountains of Nepal.
Commercial trekking on the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) has begun. Two private companies- Nepalese and Australian- are jointly marketing this product. Nepal government had introduced GHT as a new product to during the inauguration of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 on Jan. 14. GHT is 4,500 km long and passes through Pakistan, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. The Nepali section of the GHT extends from Darchula and Humla in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east, and takes some 157 days to trek.The trek in Nepal is divided into seven sections of 18-34 days each. As most people won’t have sufficient time to complete this adventure at one go, the company has devised seven treks that can be linked to make up the full traverse. The trip will be offered each year so that adventurers may choose to undertake the entire GHT over a number of years.