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GHT Mugu Wild *exploratory
We break trail MAKING the Great Himalaya Trail high route
We explore a high and wild route between Simikot and Mugu as an alternative to the hotter lower route.
Yes, amazing wild high country exploration, more details to come.
For the trek the double-sided GHT map Far West NP110 covers to Simikot, and for the second section the Dolpo & Mugu NP109 covers Mugu, both are readily available in Kathmandu.
Our approximate route is the green dotted line.
Map courtesy TheGreatHimalayaTrail.org and do click on the lower right most control to go full screen, then click on the text to activate. Click to zoom in.
You can buy this map and the GHT series of maps through the links on GreatHimalayaTrail.com
It is critical to bring the right gear. Most importantly do bring sturdy trekking boots. These must be almost new tough fabric and leather trekking boots, and slightly tougher than the lightest available, or be all-leather trekking boots. As an example, Scarpa make the Mistral GTX, which is their lightest, but the Nangpa La GTX is a bit tougher, but still light. The all leather boot alternative should be tough with real ankle support, such as the New SL M3. You need a 4 season sleeping bag, nothing less.
You MUST have a good level of trekking fitness. We don't set out to make the trek tough, but it will be as we are trekking sometimes shorter, sometimes longer days as we don't know in advance exactly where the camp will be for any given day. In 2011 we only had one trek into the evening where everyone had to sleep outside, no room for tents, but these challenges happen.
We trek standard Nepal expedition style, with you carrying a day pack, porters carry the gear and we have a kitchen crew to cook for us. So in some ways it is little different from a standard camping trek, the differences are that we won't be able to resupply, and that we are unlikely to meet another trekking group.
On our 10 previous 42 day exploratory trips we have many firsts or major achievements that we haven't previously publicized.
2013 - lets see!
2012 GHT - very first trekkers ever cross between Darchula and Simikot, staying completely in Nepal...
2011 GHT - first commercial trek team across the Lakyap/Kekyap passes (thanks, Paulo Grobel). We rerouted the GHT near Bhijer, saving a 5368m pass crossing. Crossed the high route between Dolpo and Mugu without incident (it is a TOUGH route!).
2010 GHT - climbed Saribung, 6328m, with 100% team success (on our Upper Mustang, Nar-Phu and around Manaslu trek)
2009 GHT - first commercial trek team to trek Chyangtang to Makalu Base Camp the direct way (Robin Boustead was the first)
2008 Jamie discovered the crucial pass near Saipal for the 2012 trek after guiding James Vlahos writing for Nat Geo; thanks Nepal Trust
(2007 Manaslu Wild 35 days - explored Tsum to the Tibet border)
2006 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers ever to the top the Umbak La to Tibet
2005 Kanchen Gola Wild - first commercial trek to cross Lumbasamba, Kanchenjunga to the Makalu region, crucial for the GHT
2003 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to the top of Tipta La (after Joseph Hooker in 1848)
2002 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to the Ghari La
2001 Kanchenjunga Wild - first trekkers to the Chabuk La, first peak ascent, saw snow leopard
(2000 Manaslu High 32 days - trekked the Tsum valley prior to it being opened)
1999 Kanchenjunga-Makalu 42/75 day trek (!)
(1998 - Wild Kanchenjunga 38 days - the trek that started the Kanch series; we didn't meet another trekking group)
2011 GHT galleries
What an incredible, seriously tough trek, and what an all-star team and crew!
2010 GHT galleries
We had a classic, fun exploratory adventure, check out Jamie's photo albums.
The Great Himalaya Trail is the longest and highest trekking trail in the world, a trail from one end of the Himalaya to the other and Jamie and friends, Robin Boustead and Richard Bull particularly, are deeply involved in trekking and promoting it.