Great Himalaya Trail: Logistics

  • SEASON

September – January/February

Start in Kanchenjunga end of September, we might still hit the last of monsoon season. It will be very busy by the time we hit the Everest region (this might create problems finding accommodation in teahouses, so we should take tents) and Langtang. For the vast majority of trails we are spot on as far as the season is concerned. Only in the far west of Nepal we will be off, as often the season there is March – May. We can adapt to this by making several route options and then seeing what is feasible according to the weather/how we feel. December and January tend to be cold but with very clear weather offering very good mountain views and dry conditions. In the second half of February the winter storms rage in at full force so by that time we should be out. The weather can turn from half of December and at that time at higher altitudes snow can block the passes and many streams will be frozen. We have to adjust or itinerary as the circumstances dictate.

  • DURATION

For a high route/low route combo this will be 4-5 months.

  • VISA

There is a max visa for 90 days upon arrival but this can be extended. Print and fill out paper in advance and then bring it. Maximum amount per calendar year is 160. Can be extended in Kathmandu/Pokhara. Doc McKerr advises to talk to the Nepalese embassy at home to see if we can get this extension beforehand. You can officially extend it to 30 days, and up to 60 if you pay more???

For visa extension: immigration office is located in Maitighar. Get a taxi to wait outside and pay express fee (is cheaper than two taxi rides to return later that day). Can apparently also be done online at www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

Or in Pokhara: Immigration Office located in Lakeside, 465167, (Sun – Fri 10:30am – 3pm), bring passport, a spare photo and money

  • HEALTH AND VACCINATIONS

No vaccination was specifically required for Nepal, although Hepatitis A and Typhoid are recommended.

Also

  1. Japanese Encephalitis (only lowlands)
  2. Malaria  (only lowlands)
  3. Rabies
  4. Polio
  5. Hepatitis B
  6. Measles, Mumbs, Rubella
  7. Tetanus/Diphteria

are recommended for long stay and outdoors activities

General health issues

  1. Aerobic exercise/fitness will make acclimatisation easier for your body
  2. Health posts are found in some villages along the route – this is not a medical centre! Do not expect extensive care here, in case of an emergency evacuation is needed to Kathmandu or Pokhara
  3. Malaria is rare, but mosquitos, bed bugs, small spiders, leeches in the wetter months, horse flies and ticks are common
  4. Use wrap – around, UVA and UVB lens protection sunglasses
  • PERMITS

Nepal has permit requirements everywhere. Apply for permits at the Nepal Tourism Board building. Bring passport photos, fill out a form, pay the fee, get the permit.We also need a TIMS card (this is needed for hiking anywhere), then the specific permit for each national park/area. For certain areas (Solokhumbu, Lower/Upper Dolpo, Mustang), we are required to go through an agent.

Summed up:

  1. National Park or Conservation Area Permit
  2. TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)
  3. May need a Controlled Area Permit and/or special permit depending on the the region – important to get this through a registered trekking company

Shawn Forry has an agent he recommends on his website: Urja Tamang from Alliance Adventure, phone: 9841555702/ 9813319143, email: pakhrinurjalama@gmail.com

Robin Boustead’s agent: Pema Sherpa (pema_te@yahoo.com)

Pikes on Bikes: For permits that can only be obtained through an agency, we employed the help of Bijay Rai from Beauty Nepal Adventure in Pokhara, and were very happy with the service he provided.

http://fr.thegreathimalayatrail.org/wp-content/uploads/Tims-and-Permits-overview.pdf

The most expensive areas are upper Mustang (500$/10 days and 50$ per extra day/person) and upper Dolpo (same as Mustang). The Mustang circuit is however not part of the trail and if we merely stick to the GHT we can bypass Mustang and detour upper Dolpo. It depends on what we want, of course.

NB! Manaslu is a restricted area now and it is required to go with a guide

  • SECURITY

 Never carry anything around town or on trail you cannot afford to lose the guidebook says – keep valuables in a money belt underneath clothes or buried deep in packs

Watch out for nomadic Tibetans as they often steal

Always keep an eye out for anything put down on the ground / solar chargers, clothes left to dry in the sun etc as this is often considered to have been left behind

Bags left unattended, even those on bus roof tops and checked in luggage on domestic flights should be locked (though this is not really possible with a backpack)

Mountain safety:

  1. Beware of altitude sickness
  2. Carry an extensive first-aid kit
  3. Carry an extensive first-aid kit
  4. Be self-reliant, do not assume you will receive help
  5. Remain hydrated by drinking 2-4 litres of water every day
  6. Dont rush!
  7. Beware of yaks – if any pack animals are spotted on the trail you should scramble up the hillside and wait until they have passed
  8. Common courtesy – give way to people walking uphill or obviously are struggling
  • GEAR

We will encounter a wide range of temperature, terrain, and vegetation. The trail runs from the jungle up to glaciers and temperatures can vary from tropically warm to Lapland cold. Keep the base weight as low as possible (around 12kg). Work as much as possible in the principle of layering: taking multiple layers will cut on weight and make us more versatile to the temperature changes than taking one heavy jacket

See Gear List

The most useful website I found was the one from Shawn Forry (http://www.shawnforry.com/Margin_Walker…A_Hikers_Chronicles/Planning/Planning.html). Those two had a base weight of 9.6kg including a 2kg rope and a fair amount of climbing gear (!!!). They are ultralightweight hikers and pretty professional about it so I think our weight will be higher. Also, they went spring/summer and we are going fall/winter which will make our kit heavier. Nevertheless, they have a lot of good tips and most of our gear list is based on their recommendations.

If we would need extra warm items/climbing gear etc. we can leave this in a duffel bag in Kathmandu, this is a widely accepted practice. This also means we can take spare equipment in case anything would break. We can also leave food/gas cannisters in there that we can pick up whenever we have to travel back to Kathmandu for visas/permits.

If we intend to do some of the high passes, we can choose to take our own climbing gear or rent it there:

From Shawn Forry:

“You can buy/rent almost anything in Kathmandu. Most things are generic rip offs, especially clothing. I would seek out a reputable shop and avoid some of the street vendors. If you already have the equipment I would just bring it with you. We did not carry the tech equipment with us the entire time. We used Kathmandu as a ‘basecamp’ and came back several times throughout the trip to resupply and reshuffle gear. If you still to the route we took, you would only need mountaineering equipment for the 3 high passes and some crampons to get out of the Everest region. You could pick things up in Nun and ditch them before leaving the Everest region.”

Barking dogs are common so bring earplugs

We also need a pretty good first aid kit!

  • plasters of all sizes and shapes (including butterfly)
  • sports tape (white)
  • brown tape (extra strong sports tape)
  • dressings
  • compresses (non-woven)
  • compresses (woven)
  • disinfection (maybe some of those isobetadine strips)
  • elastic bandages
  • Pain killers: paracet 500mg
  • Ibuprofen (against inflammation)
  • Immodium
  • Motilium
  • Rehydration salts
  • Hand disinfection
  • Needle
  • Bandages with burn cream impregnated
  • Support bandage for hurt arm etc (triangle bandage)
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Thermometer
  • SAM Splint?
  • Emergency blanket

 

  • cream for burn wounds
  • cream against insect bites (Fenigel)
  • Voltaren
  • Cold cream
  • Vaseline
  • Sunscreen
  • aftersun/bodylotion
  • tiger balm

Medicine:

  • Tinidazole 500mg (giardhia)
  • Diamox (Acetamolazide) (altitude sickness)
  • Nifedipine (HAPE)
  • Dexamethazone (HACE)
  • Fluoroquinobne antibioticum (ciprofloxacilin?) (diarrhea with and without fever)
  • Azithromycine + loperamide (diarrhea without fever)
  • Norfloxozin/Norfloxaciline (chest, skin, urinary infections)
  • NAVIGATION

For GPS there are waypoints available on Greathimalayatraverse.org and Rob Boustead’s website – we can use these for reference. There are also GPX waypoints available on the Great Himalaya Trail website for almost every trekking route. www.greathimalayatrail.com/gpxFiles.php

Remember to bring spare lithium batteries for the GPS, these are not available in Nepal. Lithium will last much longer in the cold than normal batteries.

According to one of our colleagues who’s been in Nepal it is easy to find maps on the spot. They are not expensive and pretty accurate. The most reliable are the INGO Finaid series of maps (scale 1:50000). These are sold from a small shop on Bhaktapur Road in Kathmandu called Maps of Nepal (near Everest Hotel, New Baneshwor). The only problem is that the geographic grid system they use does not match with more recent WGS84 GPS systems. Check GPS settings to see if this can be changed.

The maps that Robin Boustead helped to create have a red sidebar and header. Many other maps display that they incorporate the Great Himalaya Trail and were approved by Robin Boustead, but this is a fake.

The Himalayan Map House has published a range of Great Himalaya Trail maps on a scale 1:100000 to 1:150000 – they are waterproof and updated every 2 years. Can be downloaded or bought online on www.greathimalayatrail.com

  • HIGH PASSES/HIGH ROUTE VS LOW ROUTE

 There are five technical passes that require climbing skills (three of them are tackled in a single stretch): West Col, Sherpani Col, Amphu Labsta, Tashi Labsta, and Tilman Pass. Some also mention Cho La.

Though some of the other passes are remote, they do not require climbing gear or technical knowledge, and we can tackle them if the weather is right. We can combine the low and the high route: the GHT is not a straightforward trail, but more like a trail network so everyone can make their own route adjusted to their skills and preferences. In between the standard high and low route run many other trails so one can crisscross to avoid passes or avoid bad weather.

Shawn Forry mention that by merely using ice axes and crampons they did a few passes. This includes:

  1. Nango La
  2. Lumba Sambha
  3. Cho La
  4. Renjo La
  5. Tashi Labsta though this sounds sketchy?
  6. Larkye La

They did not go into Langtang NP or cross Tilman’s Pass

  • FOOD AND DIARRHEA

How much will we need to carry and where do we get it?

We can find noodles and simple chocolate bars/cookies in most places. Along popular hiking routes there have been bakeries established and sometimes there is also a choice of western meals (but remember people, cows are sacred in Nepal, so no burgers!). It is possible to find enough food in the villages, if we are not too fussy and don’t mind a lot of rice and potatoes. When we stay in a teahouse this is usually accompanied by a meal of dhal bat, and this is often an as much as you can eat affair. So staying in lodges means better food and saving on gas.

Since we have to return to Kathmandu a few times to extend our visa and get more permits, we can leave a duffel there that can hold both food and spare gear. I’ve been thinking that in this case it maybe would be a good idea to carry some freeze-dried food, since it’s easy, fast, and requires little of the precious gas because all we need to do is get the water to boil. We might want to take things like energy bars, chocolate bars, chocolate, snickers etc because this is hard to find along the trail (PJ, take note!) from Kathmandu.

Resupply

  1. Kanchenjunga region – Hongon
  2. Makalu region – Tumlingtar
  3. Everest/Solu-Khumbu region – Lukla, Namche
  4. Rolwaling region –
  5. Helambu and Langtang region – Kyangjin Gompa, Phunche
  6. Ganesh and Manaslu Himals region – Tipling, Chame
  7. Mustang region –
  8. Dolpo region –
  9. The Far West region – Gamgadhi, Simikot($$$), Nepalgunj

Take with us:

  1. electrolytes !
  2. whey protein
  3. drink supplements that contain carbohydrate
  4. antioxidants (vitamin C and E)
  5. Probiotics

It is commom to experience diarrhoea at least once, usually picked up in Kathmandu so watch what you eat before heading out trekking: Dhal Bhat is recommended as it is properly prepared. Tea houses are often guilty of preparing food hours or even days in advance but Dhal Bat is usually fresh. To prevent stomach issues avoid heavily oily food and stick to regular eating times.

Eat vegetables as much as possible, almost avoid meat while in the mountains. Only consume raw vegetables/fruit if properly treated – be very careful of any roadside restaurant, even if they look busy

Drink plenty of water

Drink Whey protein for faster recovery – helps keeping you going

  • FUEL

Reports on the availability of gas are contradicting, with some saying it is very hard to find gas outside of the main centres and others claiming this is no problem. We have a multifuel burner with us so we can use anything we find along the way. Most commonly we have heard that gas fuel is found widely available in Kathmandu. Good-quality fuel is rare in Nepal, recommended to carry field repair kit as cleaning stove will be a daily chore if/when liquid fuel is used. Gas is not allowed on any flights so it can be problematic to get it from Kathmandu to the trekking routes.

From Shawn Forry: “I would not use gasoline again. I think you would be fine carry canisters and finding them along the way. I don’t have a pulse on which teahouses will be closed due the winter, but my guess is that some would be staying open through the popular regions. I would think you wouldn’t have any trouble finding them in the Everest, Anapurna or Manaslu regions. Just carry a few extra canisters during the more remote sections. ”

  • INSURANCE

Finding insurance has been one of the most challenging parts of preparing this trip. When looking for insurance for trekking in Nepal it is extremely important to read the wording in the policy very carefully and to ask companies about their definitions of sports such as trekking, hiking or mountaineering. This is important to know exactly what is included in the coverage and when the policy becomes invalid. Unknowingly breaching the insurance contract can lead to the insurer refusing to cover any search and rescue, evacuation or medical expenses, the cost of which can reach up to tens of thousands of euros. At the moment, fares for helicopter evacuation are around 2000 – 2500$ per hour the helicopter is in flight.

Several insurance companies will say that they cover extreme sports including mountaineering but not alpinism. In practice this means that as soon as crampons or ice axes are used, there will be no coverage in case of an emergency. Examples of this are World Nomads and Global Allianz. This would make it impossible to cross even the less technical high passes, as some of them do not require ropes or climbing skills but due to icy conditions crampons may have to be used. Most insurance companies also have an altitude limitation, which usually varies between 4000 and 5000 meters. For mountain-sport specific insurances, the absolute limit is often at 6000 meters (except for the British Mountaineering Club, who have their limit at 6500 meters). More concrete, this means that if you are hiking on any route or are on your way to the peak of a mountain with its highest point above the limit of the insurance, the policy will become invalid, even if the altitude limit is at 6000 meters and the accident occurs at 5500.

After many hours of reading insurance policies and comparing we found that we were left with only two options: Axa insurance in France or Alpenverein Östenreich (the Austrian Mountain Federation). The major problem we encountered was to find an insurance that can cover both trekking above 6000 meters (in case we cross the 3 cols in the Makalu area) and a trip of this duration. Insurances bought through various mountain clubs have options where you can buy extra coverage to go higher in altitude, but this shortens the time the insurance can be taken out. We chose to take our insurance through Alpenverein, which we found to have the most extensive coverage. They also have a clausule where it is possible to trek above 6000 meters without having to pay for the extra coverage, given that there is no night spent above this altitude and the ascent/descent is done in a single day from a base camp (not a high camp).

Membership in Alpenverein automatically comes with a coverage for trips up to 8 weeks. For longer trips, the insured time can be extended online.

NOTE: there are several good insurance companies for extreme sports in the U.K. but they only offer insurance to U.K. residents. The most obvious of these is the British Mountaineering Club (BMC).

  • RESCUE AND EMERGENCY
  1. In Kathmandu: go by KEEP for trekker information and for them to register us at our embassies (or register directly at embassy) and Himalayan Rescue Association: for info on altitude sickness and registration
  2. Confirm phone number/contact details before starting the trek
  3. Have a clear idea of the costs before starting
  4. May need to organize a method of payment in Kathmandu and obtain permission from the insurance company prior to rescue – check with insurance company if they are willing to pay prior to rescue as many helicopter companies will only fly once payment guarantee has been provided in writing or paid in cash in Kathmandu!!

The following information must be given when making an emergency call

  1. Degree of urgency – most immediate = death within 24 hours or As soon as possible = used in all other cases
  2. Patients position, will he or she be moved, where to and how quickly, latitude/longitude if possible or a map reference with publishers name and title
  3. Name, age, sex, nationality, passport number, visa and permit details, trekking company/details, family/embassy info
  4. Medical information – sickness/injury details, any special requirements for rescua such as supplementary oxygen or neck brace needed…
  5. Is a doctor present or must one come along
  6. Names, sex, age, nationality of all party memebers in need of evacuation
  7. Name and organisation which will pay and the method of payment!!

In case of death order cremation with at least one senior local as a witness, perhaps a village chairman, policeman or teacher(should not be associated with anybody in the group) as domestic airlines will refuse transport of the body.

Record all personal possessions and details if known and have at least one witness sign to the effects.

Contact embassy for transportation of body out of the mountains to Kathmandu then onwards to home country.

  • COMMUNICATION AND ATM

Calls are best made early in the morning when the mobile network is less congested. Expect calls to be cut off

Roaming and calling charges for foreign cards are very expensive (up to 5$/MB) so it is better to buy a local SIM card for our phones. We can buy these upon arrival at the airport from NCell or Nepal Telecom. To buy a SIM card it is required to show photo ID and it costs around 12$ (though usually comes with 8$ worth of credit)

Towns that have known ATM machines:

  1. Jomsom
  2. Syabru Besi – but count your notes as sometimes they get stuck in the machine and you have to 
reach up and fish them out.
  3. Dunche
  4. Namche

From Pikes on Bikes: “Beware when using ATMs in Nepal – it’s the only country we’ve ever travelled in where we’ve had trouble with machines a) not giving us the correct amount of cash or b) not giving us any cash at all, but debiting our accounts nonetheless. Ex-pats in Nepal have told us this is a well-known problem. 
The only advice we can give is to try and use ATMs which are attached to a bank, so you can go in and tell them if there’s a problem; always count your notes when they’re dispensed; and check your bank statements to see you haven’t been wrongly debited. A number of people have told us Nabil Bank and Standard Chartered are two of the more reliable banks. We would recommend withdrawing all the cash you need for a trek in Kathmandu or Pokhara – relying on the ATMs in the mountains is risky. We’d expected to find a few more ATMs during the trek – note there are none (as far as we know) in Jumla, Juphal, Manang, Lukla, Tumlingtar or Taplejung.“

  • GENERAL CUSTOMS

Greeting

  • Namaste
  • General rule is to avoid touching people, especially the opposite sex
  • When shaking hands have sleeves unrolled to show respect

Eating

  • No use of left hand to eat or pass food
  • Avoid touching the lip of a vessel to your mouth when drinking, simply pour drink in mouth

Clothing

  • No tight or revealing clothing – it is considered offensive to show knees, shoulders, chest at all times

KATHMANDU

  • Airport

Try and find an accommodation that offers pick ups from the airport – like that we won’t be bothered by the hassle of negotiating a taxi price/taking the bus (the bus does not go to Thamel but to a bus stop a while out of the city center)

At the airport there are people who will try and load our luggage into the taxi/car and ask fpr a tip of about 10 euros or more. This is unnecessary and giving about 50 cents to 1 euro is enough.

If we book domestic flights we always need to reconfirm them 24 hours before departure – waiting lists can be long.

  • Where to stay:

Thamel – largely a tourist ghetto, but most travellers find it most convenient.

Over 100 guesthouses and hotels, many good restaurants, souvenir shops, book shops, communication centres.

Nepal country code is +977

Kathmandu phone code is 01

Recommended budget accommodation:

Holyland GH, 443 3161, www.jodgenepal.com, 3,80 – 18$

Holy Lodge, 470 1763, www.holylodge.com, 8 – 50$

Karma Travellers Lodge, 441 7897, www.karmatravellershome.com, 14 – 25$

Acme GH, 479 0236, www.acmeguesthouse.com, 8 – 45$

King’s Land Hotel, 442 1060, www.kinglandhotel.com, 10 – 12$

Hotel Silver, 426 2986, www.hotelsilver.com, 3,50 – 18$

Just north of Thamel for peace and quiet:

Tibet Peace House, 438 1026, www.tibetpeace.com, 12 – 28$

Hotel Cosmic, 479 0415, www.hotelcosmic.com, 15 – 30$

Hotel Visit Nepal, 470 1384, www.hitelvisitnepal.com, 8 – 16$

Hotel Lily, 470 1264, www.hotelthamellily.com 10 – 25$

Moderately priced recommended accommodation:

Nirvana Garden Hotel, 4256200, www.nirvanagarden.com/new, 40-80$

Hotel Courtyard, 4700476, www.hotelcourtyard.com, 40-95$

Shree Tibet Family GH, 4700902, www.hotelshreetibet.com, 4-26$

Hotel Encounter Nepal, 4440534, www.encounternepal.com. 30-75$

Hotel The Great Wall, www.hotelgreatwallnepal.com, 20-40$

Happy Home, 4216807, www.hotelhappyhomenepal.com, 30-75$

Hotel Utse, 4228952, www.utsehotel.com, 25-45$

Hotel Vajra, 4271545, www.hotelvajra.com, (4)33-90$

International Guest House: have locked storage room where we can leave extra items

3-star hotels:

Ambassador Garden Home, 4700724, www.aghhotel.com, 51-105$

Hotel Manang, 4700993, www.hotelmanang.com, 80-150$

Samsara Resort, 4416466, www.samsararesort.com, 70-95$

Hotel Harati, 4257907, www.hotelharati.com.np, 50-100$

  • Where to eat

Breakfast:

  • Mike’s Breakfast – authentic American and Mexican
  • Rosemary Kitchen and Coffee shop
  • Northfield Cafe
  • New Orleans
  • Helena’s – www.helenasrestaurant.com
  • Recommended from Peter Watson: best breakfast at Rickshaw Cafe

Lunch and dinner:

  • Utse – pingtsey soup (meat soup with wontons) is highly recommended, momos (vegetable mutton, buffalo or pork)
  • La Dolce Vita – great salads, pesto and desserts
  • Third Eye – very good Indian food
  • Rosemary Kitchen and Coffee shop
  • Kaiser Cafe
  • Chez Caroline – authentic French cuisine
  • Hole in the Wall – great bar
  • Plus many more, check guidebook page 84-86 for more

Good bars to meet people who have been in the country for a while: Sam’s bar, Celtic Manang, New Orleans, Tom & Jerry’s bar, Upstairs Jazz Bar

  • Services
  • Banks:

Can exchange money at receptions at large hotels

Authorized money – changers can be found around every corner in Thamel

Most convenient ATM’s in Thamel is in the courtyard of Kathmandu Guest House, next to it’s main gate

Numerous ATM’s in Kathmandu

ATM next to La Dolce Vita and on the road down from Fire and Ice in a tiny brightly lot cubicle

Himalayan Bank, Global Bank andNabil Bank are the most convenient for money exchange in banks

  • Luggage storage

All hotels/GH are happy to store our luggage while we are out trekking, but in return they expect we will be staying with them on our return

  • Medical Clinics

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center, 4424111, http://www.ciwec-clinic.com

Open Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm for consultations, 24h for emergencies

Highly competent and accepts credit cards

Nepal International Clinic, 4435357, http://www.nepalinternationalclinic.com

Open Sun – Fri 9am – 5pm, appointments only on Sat, excellent as well

Healthy Smiles, 4420800, www.healthysmiles.com.np in Lazimpat

Experienced and competent overseas trained dentists

Dashain festival will close down all public offices and public transport will be fully booked: 27/09 – 2/10/2017

POKHARA

Travel from Thamel with tourist buses is the easiest way to get there

  • Greenline Tours, 4257544, www.greenline.com.np
  • Daily buses at 7.30, cost 23$ and takes 7 hours, lunch is included
  • Where to stay:

Pokhara area code is 061

Lakeside has the greatest choice of places to stay and has almost all the shops and restaurants

Damside is quieter and has better views of the mountains

Budget accommodation:

Peace Eye GH, 461699, www.peaceeye-guesthouse.com

Pushpa GH, 984-6465974, pushpapokhara@hotmail.com, 15-15$

Sacred Valley Inn, 461792, www.sacredvalleyinn.com, 6-30$

The Mountain House, 465015, www.pokhara-guesthouse.com, 15-25$

Hotel Noble Inn, 464926, www.nobleinn.com, 12-32$

Nanohana Lodge, 464478, www.nanohanalodge.com, 15-35$

New Solitary Lodge, 461804, www.newsolitarylodge.com, 8-50$

Moderately priced accommodation:

Chose a hotel with a big garden to avoid the crowds

Hotel ABC, 461934, www.hotelabc.com, 22-28$

Hotel Yokohama, 466651, www.yokohamapokhara.com, 18-30$

Hotel Tibet Home, 463101, www.hoteltibethome.com, 20-41$

The Silver Oaks Inn, 462147, www.hotelpokhara.com, 25-50$

The North Face Inn, 464987, www.northfaceinn.com, 25-30$ – has cabins which sleeps 3ppl

Vardan Resort, 985-602-0241, www.vardanresort.com, 24-99$ – self-catering rooms/apartments, 10% of profit goes to school in Lalitpur

Hotel Family Home, 463024/463005, www.familyhomepokhara.com, 40-55$

New Annapurna GH, 465011, www.newannapurna.com, 14-44$

New Pokhara Lodge, 462493, www.pokharalodge.com, 20-60$

Higher mid-range priced accommodation:

Located at the southern end of Lakeside

Trek-O-Tel, 464996, www.acehotelsnepal.com/trekotel, 50-70$

Hotel Grand Holiday, 462967/984-505048, www.hotelgrandholiday.com, 40-80$

Lake View Resort, 461477, www.pokharahotels.com, 45-50$ – has huts which sleeps 3ppl

Mum¨s Garden Resort, 463468, www.mumsgardenresort.com, 55-65$

  • Where to eat

Breakfast:

  • Mike¨s Restaurant
  • Pumpernickel Bakery
  • AM/PM Coffee House
  • Moondance
  • Check with top hotels as they have all-you-can-eat breakfasts

Lunch and dinner:

  • Once Upon A Time – a favorite amongst westerners
  • Moondance
  • Lemon Tree
  • Teatime Bamboostan
  • Maya Pub and Restaurant – beautiful view from 2nd floor
  • Italian – Caffe Concerto, La Bella Napoli
  • Nepali/Tibetan – Rice Bowl Tibetan, Newari Kitchen
  • Chinese – Lan Hua
  • Japanese – Tabemonoya, www.tabemonoya-nepal.com
  • Indian – The Hungry Eye at Hotel Landmark
  • Vegetarian – all restaurants have veggie dishes
  • Services

Banks:

Standard Chartered Bank on Lakeside with ATM does cash advances on VISA/Mastercard

Nepal Rastra Bank near main post office

Exchange counters are found all over the main hub – top tip is to exchange early in the morning to possibly get a better exchange rate

  • Luggage storage

All hotels/GH are happy to store our luggage while we are out trekking, but in return they expect we will be staying with them on our return

  • Medical Clinics

A teaching hospital near the main post office

Nursing is minimal so friends might need to come with food and to help

30$ consultation covers medicines and any further consultations

60$ for medical call outs which require medicines

Overnight stays should be covered by insurance

Situated behind Hotel Meera and is open 24/7

Staffed by one Dutch and two Nepali opthalmologists and is located south of the airport

Here’s a list of the website we’ve been browsing:

http://www.greathimalayatrail.com/

http://www.greathimalayatrails.com/

http://greathimalayatraverse.org/

http://pikesonbikes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/GHT-Info.pdf (saved as pdf)

http://www.shawnforry.com/Margin_Walker…A_Hikers_Chronicles/Planning/Entries/2011/11/5_Great_Himalaya_Trail.html (logistics and campsites saved as pfd/excel)

https://east2westnepal.org/

http://thenextchallenge.org/expedition-travel-insurance/

Earthquake affected areas:

http://www.greathimalayatrails.com/earthquake-2015/

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2 thoughts on “Great Himalaya Trail: Logistics

  1. jawadde, wat een boterham! Aan de ene kant het lonken van dat grote zeg wel IMENSE avontuur, aan de andere kant de ENORME voorbereiding , om veilig en wel dat avontuur tot een einde te brengen.
    Deze tocht wordt een uitdaging binnen meest overtreffende trappen!! Mentaal én fysiek, het zal jullie weerom tekenen….
    Een nieuw hoofdstuk Eef en PJ heb ik alvast klaar staan 🙂 en evenals toen zal deze tocht opnieuw mijn herfst vullen, ik kijk uit naar je verhalen Eef!
    Ik wens jullie een toch die jullie verwachtingen en voorbereidingen zal overtreffen. Bezorg ons vele super verhalen… Blijf vooral allen veilig en gezond !

    Bedankt dat jullie zoveel met ons willen delen.
    Knuffel voor jullie beiden en tot in Ternat!
    Nicky

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