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The harvest in Dolpo - Jamie McGuinness

Gear

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 Kailash 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.

For the climb we have a choice of two routes, a glacier snow route which means we can actually traverse the mountain or a high pass crossing and a rock scramble to the top. Your choice of gear will very much depend on which route appeals, we will discuss in detail.

Upper Mustang

Kim says: Sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, medieval villages, ruined fortresses, royal palaces and mysterious, ancient cave hermitages, Tibetan Buddhist gompas and soaring snow-peaks characterize this spectacular region, a thumb sticking up into the Tibetan plateau. Mustang is a Kingdom tucked away amongst the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki River. It is a remote and starkly beautiful region, home to Buddhism as well as the remnants of the older, mystical Bon religion and Tibet's arid high desert bordered by some of the Himalaya's highest snow-peaks.


Glorious Upper Mustang

- Jamie

Dolpo map

Check out this map of Dolpo on the GHT website, and do click on the lower right most control to go full screen, then click on the text to activate. Click to zoom in..

Real exploration

We love exploring, truly exploring and have many firsts to our credit and major achievements that we haven't previously publicized, but as importantly, they have been amazingly successful, fun treks too. From 1998-2006 we explored the greater Kanchenjunga region with 7x 42 days treks then since 2008 have been opening routes of the the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and assisting with the GHT maps and guidebooks.

Most trek pages below have links to photo galleries, or see our Nepal Photos Inspiration. We are also exploring in Ladakh, India...

2016 Upper Dolpo & Mu La - getting to Bhijer wasn't as hard as we expected, and we finished our Mu La exploration from 2014, crossing this last somewhat enigmatic pass in front the Dhaulagiris.

2015 GHT Wild West - we straightened the last section from Darchula to Simikot, and successfully explored the Simikot-Mugu high route, a first, and a route that is unlikely to ever be repeated.

2014 GHT Mu La exploration - we investigated Lower Dolpo's Mu La as a GHT alternative but were snowed out by Cyclone Hudhud

2013 GHT Tilman's and Tashi Labtsa Wild - we found the hard way the map+guide book are wrong on Tilman's; and had great conditions for the Tashi Labtsa

2012 GHT Wild West exploration - we broke trail to be the very first trekkers ever to trek Darchula to Simikot between Api and Saipal, staying completely in Nepal ... !

2011 GHT Dolpo Wild exploration - we were the very first commercial trek team across the Lakyap/Kekyap passes (thanks, Paulo Grobel), rerouted the GHT near Bhijer saving a 5368m pass crossing and crossed the tough high route between Dolpo and Mugu without incident.

2010 GHT Mustang & Saribung Wild - we traversed from Upper Mustang to Nar-Phu and climbed Saribung, 6328m, with 100% team success then traversed around Manaslu as well.

2009 GHT Makalu Wild - we were the very first commercial trek team to trek Chyangtang to Makalu Base Camp the direct way (Robin Boustead was the first).

2008 Limi-Saipal - 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 - we explored the Tsum Valley to the Tibet border, and also explored the peaks and passes above Samdo.

2006 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers ever to the top the Umbak La to Tibet

2005 Kanchen Gola Wild - first commercial trek to cross the Lumbasamba, Kanchenjunga to the Makalu region, crucial for the GHT

2004 Nangpa La exploratory - trekking to the Tibet border in the Everest region for the guide book Trekking in the Everest Region

2003 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to the top of Olangchung Gola's Tipta La (after Joseph Hooker in 1848)

2002 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to Yangma's 5746m Ghari La

2001 Kanchenjunga Wild - first trekkers to the Chabuk La, virgin peak ascent, a climb of Tengkoma peak and saw snow leopards, see Wanda's diary.

2000 Manaslu High - we trekked the Tsum valley prior to Tsum being opened and climbed Chulu Far East

1999 Kanchenjunga-Makalu - 42/75 day trek (!)

1998 Wild Kanchenjunga - the trek that started the Kanchenjunga exploration series; we didn't meet any other trekkers.

1998 Churen Surprise - a trek to Churen Himal base camp above Gurjagoan, a trek that still few people have ever heard of.

GHT galleries

See Jamie's public Flickr sets.

 

Jamie's Flickr photo sets

Jamie's Flickr sets

GHT

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.

There are two main websites with lots of info, Robin Boustead's GreatHimalayaTrail.com and and the NGO-run GreatHimalayaTrail.org.