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.
The maps are readily available on Amazon and from other map shops, and in Kathmandu. There is also a GHT-themed route planning map of Nepal that will have you drooling.
Our approximate route is the green dotted line.
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You can buy this map and the GHT series of maps through the links on
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.
In 2012 we explored this route but unable to get a local guide and with two contradicting route descriptions, we went wrong. We got to the top of a little-used pass and took the wrong way down, and decided not to climb back up, instead headed out from there, but we did trek up to Nepka village and find out the best route, a different pass from what we were on. And this is what we will attempt this time. Second time is a charm.
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
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
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.