Significant Efforts on the GHT

We’ve compiled information on hikers that made significant efforts (500km+) on the GHT below. Our info is only as good as what is reported to us!  We encourage hikers to share as much info as possible, as well as GPX files – we will post all on our site, with proper credit, so that others can be helped. Note that we do not track or support ‘FKT’ times on the Great Himalaya Trail. There are too many route and style variations, in the words of Robin Boustead, “Every crossing is a FKT” – please also read this open letter from Lizzy Hawker…we could not have said it any better.

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2018 Eef De Boeck Belgian September 25, 2017 January 29, 2018 127 (96 days of walking) 1300 Self supported with guides on the technical passes and in Manaslu (obligatory) East-West Taplejung Simikot Continuous effort, returned to Kathmandu twice in order to fix permits. We went over the Milky Danda from Taplejung to Num, then the high route from Num through to Jomsom and the low route out to Simikot in the cold month of January. Tackled three out of five technical passes (Sherpani Col, West Col, Tashi Labsta). We had to give up on crossing Amphu Labsta due to a concussion I sustained on Sherpani Col. We were satisfied with 3 passes so decided not to pursue Tilman's. http://www.crossingaotearoa.com Mountain Adventure Club, Osho Vision and Mac Trek. Eef
2018 Per Jonas Strand Norway September 25, 2017 January 29, 2018 127 (96 days of walking) 1300 Self-supported with guides for technical passes and Manaslu (obligatory) East-West Taplejung Simikot See Eef http://www.crossingaotearoa.com Mountain Adventure Club, Osho Vision and Mac Trek Eef
2018 Marylene Boheme Coutret France September 25, 2017 January 29, 2018 127 (96 days of walking) 1300 Self supported with guides on the technical passes and in Manaslu (obligatory) East-West Taplejung Simikot See Eef http://www.crossingaotearoa.com https://www.marylenecoutret.com/great-himalaya Eef
2018 Vladimir Belousov Russian Oct 31, 2017 Jan 1, 2018 63 (4 rest) 1500 We used jeep from Dharapani to Manang, Mukhtinath-Kagbeni. Unsupported. All technical passes done also unsupported.
we use agency to send us permits to Syabrubesi and Mukhtinath. Also we drop some equipment thrue them.
KBC Simikot We did the variation of high route which includes all of the high and technical passes. we just went thrue the lower Dolpo. https://www.facebook.com/ghtdecathlon/ VB
2018 Anna Frankevich Rusian Oct 31, 2017 Jan 1, 2018 63 (4 rest) 1500 See Vladimir KBC Simikot See Vladimir https://www.facebook.com/ghtdecathlon/ VB
2017 Bruno Poirier France April 10th, 2017 May 26th 46 1609 It was a staged race and the start and finish locations were planned in advance. There was a check every day by the race director (Bruno P.) Three of the five Nepalese runners who made the whole race were in front, they were the guides of the first Western runners: they were (Mane Gurung) and two assistants guides (Pemba Sherpa and Phurpa Sherpa) for safety, for checks (check post) and for the management of runners who abandoned or were late. For the other runners, those who were in the middle of the race, they had to follow the route drawn on a map, between the starting point and the point of arrival. No vehicles or porters were used. None of the 11 left the trail. East-West KBC Hilsa Route estimate +84000m of climbing, and 82,500m descent. Mixing the GHT Haute Route and the GHT Cultural Trail. 8 check points: 1. Olangchun Gola 2. Namche 3. Chaku/Last Resort 4. Syabru Besi 5. Dharapani 6. Kagbeni 7. Ringmo 8. Gamgadhi. Technical Passes: Tashi Labsta – see website for full route. Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative time 378h BP
2017 Jagan Timilsina Nepal April 10th, 2017 May 25th 45 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Male, 32, from Pokhara Cumulative time 315h BP
2017 Upendra Rai Sunuwar Nepal April 10th, 2018 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Male, 32, from Kathmandu. Cumulative time 360h BP
2017 Chhechi Sherpa Rai Nepal April 10th, 2019 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. First Lady (28) from Khare Solo. cumulative time 360h BP
2017 Vincent Minier France April 10th, 2020 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative time 372h BP
2017 Bhim Bahadur Gurung Nepal April 10th, 2021 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Male, 40 from Kathmandu BP
2017 Rob Curran USA April 10th, 2022 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative hours: 451 BP
2017 Virginie Duterme France April 10th, 2023 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative hours: 453 (Second female) BP
2017 Hendra Wijaya Indonesia April 10th, 2024 May 26th 46 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative hours: 462 BP
2017 Jung Chumphol Krootkaew Thailand April 10th, 2025 May 28th 48 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative hours: 500h BP
2017 Ngawang Dawa Sherpa Nepal April 10th, 2026 May 28th 48 1609 See Bruno Poirier East-West KBC Hilsa See Bruno Poirier Great Himal Race http://www.leschevaliersduvent.fr Start/Stop dates refer to KBC to Hilsa. Cumulative hours: 500h Male, 22 from Solo Khumbu, BP
2017 Toby Pear UK March 7th, 2017 June 1st, 2017 92 (2 rest days) 1569km, with roughly 82km of vertical ascent No support aside from manditory guide for 7 days in Manaslu East-West Phalut (eastern border near the village of Chyangtapu.) Darchula Continuous trek with no breaks – every yard was walked.. We walked a combination of low and high routes that enabled us to walk with small packs and avoid the need for guides or porters (with the enforced exception of Manaslu where we had a guide for 7 days). Low route from Kanchenjunga to Rolwaling, onto the high route for Gosainkund, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna before rejoining low route for Dhorpatan, Dolpa and on to the west border. As inexperienced non-climbers we chose a route that avoided the technical passes. http://cargocollective.com/nepaltraverse Adventure Mountain Club TP
2017 John Crowley UK March 7th, 2017 June 1st, 2017 92 (2 rest days) See Toby http://cargocollective.com/nepaltraverse Adventure Mountain Club TP
2017 Lizzy Hawker UK October 5th, 2017 35 East-West Crossed Kanja La. http://lizzyhawker.com/2017-story/
2017 Alex Conty UK
2017 Tim Budd NZ February 28th, 2018 July 1st, 2017 123 2000 Self Managed Expedition, no porters, guide through restricted areas Taplejung Hilsa High Route excluding Manaku high passes. Included Naar Phu, Saribung Pass & Upper Mustang https://www.himalayasforautism.org.uk/ TB
2017 Andrew Budd NZ February 28th, 2018 June 29th, 2017 121 1900 Self Managed Expedition, no porters, guide through restricted areas Taplejung Simikot High Route excluding Manaku high passes. Included Naar Phu & Upper Mustang TB
2017 Cécile Clavier FR February 28th, 2018 June 3rd, 2017 80 1300 Self Managed Expedition, no porters, guide through restricted areas Taplejung Kagbeni Excluded All 'High Passes'. Included Naar Phu & Upper Mustang TB
2017 Yadab Itani NP February 28th, 2018 July 1st, 2017 95 1500 Self Managed Expedition, no porters, guide through restricted areas Taplejung to Thame Manaslu to Hilsa Kanchenjunga to Khumbu excluding Makalu High Passes. Manaslu to Hilsa including Naar Phu, Saribung Pass & Upper Mustang. Didn't trek Thame to Arughat at this time. TB
2017 Trevor Bockstahler USA 57 Took jeep ride on Annapurna Circuit to skip section, left trail by vehicle to visit KTM. East-West North of Taplejung? Simikot? 2 on trail rest days, 4 days in KTM for 2nd permit set) https://www.instagram.com/trevorbock_/ http://greathimalayatrail.com/GHTNews.php?nId=75 TB
2017 Megan “Hashbrown” Maxwell March, 2017 Khadbari Jumla Khadbari start, two week side trip to Makalu, then to Jiri, bus to KTM return to Jiri, then to Panch Pokhari, bussed out – skipped Langtang – lower route Jomsom to Jumla http://appalachiantrailgirl.com/category/nepal/ Had partner Buckey? Significant effort. Website
2016 Lizzy Hawker UK 42 East-West Crossed Kanja La. Went east west. Trip report: https://spark.adobe.com/page/yPLFBwVVB0dgE/
2016 ? Russia, Latvia? April, 2016? http://ght-nepal.com/ Russian and Latvian Team – more details needed. Mentioned by Vladimir (2017) as having finished in April, 2017
2014 Stuart Bilby New Zealand March 4th, 2014 127 1600 No porters, no guides, puchased food as went, swapped gear every month with permits pick ups. West-East Darchula KBC Lost 19kg, Hiked with Lise Lee-Johnson for first 67 http://www.greathimalayatrail.com/GHTNews.php?nId=64
2014 Remy Levin USA April 23rd, 2014 June 15th, 2015 54 Self-supported (mandatory guide in Manaslu) East-West KBC Simikot Detoured high passes in Makalu and Langtang
2014 David Vanneste Belgian April 23rd, 2014 June 15th, 2015 54 Self-supported (mandatory guide in Manaslu) East-West KBC Simikot Detoured high passes in Makalu and Langtang twobelgians.wordpress.com
2014 Kathleen Egan Irish/ American April 8th, 2014 July 2nd, 2014 87 No porters, occasional local guides, 4 resupplies East-West Suketar – outside Taplejung Hilsa Detoured prior to Makalu near Hongon and also not upper Dolpo http://www.greathimalayatraverse.org
2014 John Fiddler USA April 8th, 2014 July 2nd, 2014 87 No porters, occasional local guides, 4 resupplies East-West Suketar – outside Taplejung Hilsa Detoured prior to Makalu near Hongon and also not upper Dolpo http://www.greathimalayatraverse.org
2014 Seth Wolpin USA/Canadian April 8th, 2015 July 2nd, 2014 87 No porters, occasional local guides, 4 resupplies East-West Suketar – outside Taplejung Hilsa Detoured prior to Makalu near Hongon and also not upper Dolpo http://www.greathimalayatraverse.org
2014 Robert Hahn USA Mostly with guide East-West
2014 ? 1st Spanish Gentleman Spain Guided West-East
2014 ? 2nd Spanish Gentleman Spain Guided West-East
2014 Carmelina Maione Canadian 24/7/2014 146 World Expeditions supported trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com/blog/day-146-ght-2014-completed
2014 Ray Mustey Australian 24/7/2014 146 World Expeditions supported trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com/blog/day-146-ght-2014-completed
2014 Nima ? Nepali 24/7/2014 146 WE staff on trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com/blog/day-146-ght-2014-completed
2014 Ganesh ? Nepali 24/7/2014 146 WE staff on trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com/blog/day-146-ght-2014-completed
2014 Murrill Paul USA 1973 11/30/2014 mostly Project Himalaya supported treks mixed Kanchenjunga Darchula Includes Darchula-Simikot, and the high/extreme route Jamie McGuinness
2013 Neil Pike mid-hills route through Nepal after cycling across NW India West-East http://www.pikesonbikes.blogspot.com/
2013 Harriet Pike mid-hills route through Nepal after cycling across NW India West-East http://www.pikesonbikes.blogspot.com/
2013 Doc McKerr British 9 Apr 2013 12 Jun 2013 65 1600 No porters, guide on Tashi Labsta (from Thame to Na done in 2 days) no resupply East-West Taplejung to KBC Hilsa back to Simikot 65 days on the GHT between KBC and Hilsa. 75 days total from Taplejung to Simikot via Hilsa ie getting on and off the trail. http://east2westnepal.org/ Wikipedia, http://www.greathimalayatraverse.org
2013 Katja Startjes Netherlands 2000 partially supported West-East triple point border near Api Himal KBC first attempt stopped because Henk broke his wrist, then completed in 2 stages with break http://www.greathimalayatrail.nl http://www.katjastaartjes.nl/uk/expeditions/nepal-traverse-ght/
2013 Henk Wesselius Netherlands 2000 partially supported West-East triple point border near Api Himal KBC first attempt stopped because Henk broke his wrist, then completed in 2 stages with break http://www.greathimalayatrail.nl http://www.katjastaartjes.nl/uk/expeditions/nepal-traverse-ght/
2013 Peter Quatermaine Australian World Expeditions supported trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com
2013 Greg Heilbron Australian World Expeditions supported trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com
2013 Gatta Phillippe France 34 1200 West-East Simikot Chetchet stopped due to Cyclone Pallin snowfall http://www.philippegatta.fr/
2012 Apa Sherpa Nepali 1/15/2012 120 East-West Taplejung http://www.climatesmarttrek.org.np/updates.php
2012 Dawa Stephen Sherpa Nepali 1/15/2012 120 East-West Taplejung http://www.climatesmarttrek.org.np/updates.php
2012 Saurav Dhakal Nepali 1/15/2012 120 East-West Taplejung http://www.climatesmarttrek.org.np/updates.php
2012 Samir Jung Thapa Nepali 1/15/2012 120 East-West Taplejung http://www.climatesmarttrek.org.np/updates.php
2012 Susanne Stein German
2012 Peter McVeigh Australian 7/17/2015 148 World Expeditions supported trek East-West http://www.trekthegreathimalayatrail.com/blog/day-146-ght-2014-completed
2012 Javier Campos Spain 85 West-East http://tierrasdeaventura.com/blog.php
2012 Steve Behaeghel Belgium West-East Hilsa Jomsom? not exactly sure as they also visited Rolwaling and Khumbu http://patagoniandreams.com/
2012 Katrijn Behaeghel Belgium West-East Hilsa Jomsom? not exactly sure as they also visited Rolwaling and Khumbu http://patagoniandreams.com/
2012 Gerda Maria Pauler German March 24th, 2012 July 23rd, 2012 112 hiking, 11 off 1700 parts w,guide/porters, partly self.supported East-West Taplejung Hilsa High route …bypassed Tilman http://www.gerdapauler.info Book Wikipedia
2012 Paribesh Pradhan 98 East-West Kanchenjunga Darchula The Great Himalaya Trail – My Climate Initiative Wikipedia
2012 Nicolas Bossard Gerda
2011 Shawn Forry American April 1st, 2011 May 27th, 2011 47 hiking, 10 off 1700 Self-supported East-West Taplejung Simikot High Route, bypassed 3 high passes and Tilman http://www.shawnforry.com Wikipedia
2011 Justin Lichter American April 1st, 2012 June 25th, 2011 47 hiking, 10 off through Nepal/the rest through India 1700km through Nepal + 1300? through India Self supported East-West Taplejung Kargil High Route, bypassed 3 high passes and Tilman http://www.justinlichter.com Wikipedia
2011 Sunil Tamang Nepali January 28th, 2011 June 4th, 2011 128 East-West Kanchenchunga Rara Lake Youngest Wikipedia
2011 Toni Wilson British 16/7/2011 154 East-West Kanchenchunga Hilsa
2011 Greg Babbage Australian 154 East-West Kanchenchunga Hilsa
2010 Sean Burch American 49 Fully Supported East-West Taplejung Hilsa mostly run through mid-hills 49 6h 9m Wikipedia
2010 Dipesh Joshi The Pathfinders Wikipedia
2010 Surose Dangol The Pathfinders Wikipedia
2010 Raju Maharjan The Pathfinders Wikipedia
2009 Robin Boustead Australian / British September 3rd, 2008 7/19/2009 162 1700 Fully Supported with winter break East-West KBC Darchula First high route variation Great Himalaya Trail http://www.greathimalayatrail.com Wikipedia
2009 Pema Tshiring Sherpa Nepali September 3rd, 2008 7/19/2009 162 1700 with Robin East-West KBC Darchula First high route variation
2009 Lakpa Sherpa Nepali September 3rd, 2008 7/19/2009 162 1700 with Robin East-West KBC Darchula First high route variation
2009 Karma Sherpa Nepali September 3rd, 2008 7/19/2009 162 1700 with Robin East-West KBC Darchula First high route variation
2007 Gillian Holdsworth Wikipedia
2007 Sonam Sherpa Wikipedia
2003 Rosie Swale-Pope British 68 1,700 Supported run through mid-hills and Great Himalaya range..mentioned in book 'A little Run' Wikipedia
1997 Alexandre Poussin French East-West Bhutan Tajikistan Completed in about 6 months Wikipedia
1997 Sylvain Tesson French East-West Bhutan Tajikistan Completed in about 6 months Wikipedia
1994 Paul-Eric Bonneau French October 21 Dec 1, 1994 42 2000 "…without assistance or guidance.In non-tourist areas, people in Nepal were asked for help to sleep and eat. We slept outside, under the trees, in caves or shepherds' huts. In the tourist areas, we slept and ate in the lodges. We had a special permit that allowed us to cross Nepal with a single permit." East-West Pashupatinagar Mahakali Pashupatinagar – Illam – Taplejung – Tumlingtar – Num – Sedu – Bamlung – Bung – Karikhola – Namche – Everest BC – Junbesi – Jiri – Lamosangu – Dolalghat – Bhaktapur – Kathamandu (Swayambhunath) – Budhanilkantha – Thansing – Trisuli – Arughat – Gorkha – Besi Sahar – Garhyu – Manang – Muktinath – Tatopani – Dhorpatan – Pelma – Dhule – Rukhumkot – Jajarkot – Surkhet – Chisopani – Mahakali. Trans-Nepal-Himalaya estimate + / -55,000m cumulative gain and loss Bruno
1994 Bruno Poirier French October 21 Dec 1, 1994 42 2000 "…without assistance or guidance.In non-tourist areas, people in Nepal were asked for help to sleep and eat. We slept outside, under the trees, in caves or shepherds' huts. In the tourist areas, we slept and ate in the lodges. We had a special permit that allowed us to cross Nepal with a single permit." East-West Pashupatinagar Mahakali Pashupatinagar – Illam – Taplejung – Tumlingtar – Num – Sedu – Bamlung – Bung – Karikhola – Namche – Everest BC – Junbesi – Jiri – Lamosangu – Dolalghat – Bhaktapur – Kathamandu (Swayambhunath) – Budhanilkantha – Thansing – Trisuli – Arughat – Gorkha – Besi Sahar – Garhyu – Manang – Muktinath – Tatopani – Dhorpatan – Pelma – Dhule – Rukhumkot – Jajarkot – Surkhet – Chisopani – Mahakali. Trans-Nepal-Himalaya estimate + / -55,000m cumulative gain and loss Bruno
1990 Sorrell Wilby Australian East-West Kashmir Arunachal Pradesh
1990 Chris Ciantar Australian East-West Kashmir Arunachal Pradesh
1983 Adrian Crane British < 100 days. East-West Before Kanchenjunga Beyond Nanga Parbat ..required a large deviation from the GH Range to cross the Nepal-India border Wikipedia
1983 Richard Crane British East-West Before Kanchenjunga Beyond Nanga Parbat Ran With brother Adrian Wikipedia
1982 Chhewang Tashi Nepali? East-West Sikkim Karakoram Wikipedia
1982 Graeme Dingle New Zealand East-West Sikkim Karakoram Wikipedia
1982 Hillary Peter New Zealand East-West Sikkim Karakoram Wikipedia
1982 Hugh Swift East-West Bhutan Ladakh With Arlene – continued further to Pakistan?
1982 Arlene Blum American East-West Bhutan Ladakh 9 months. Written about in her book 'Breaking Trail'

Section Hiking

  • David Burdick is a hiker from Portland, OR that is doing it in sections over years. He’s completed the eastern half. He doesn’t have a website, but does have a youtube video on what he’s done.