Trail Notes

If you have something to share, please feel free to contact us or use the comment box further below. We are happy to provide answers to your questions posted in our forums,  and to also help with your personal trip, assisting with permits and logistics whether on the trail or in Kathmandu.

Current and Upcoming Trips We Are Following

  • Lizzy Hawker – A modified high route detouring around the high passes. Otherwise – much the same route as her 2016 crossing. Is sub 40 possible? Tracking Site.

Kathmandu Trails

  • Stuck in Kathmandu and itching for an adventure?
    • Hit some trails on the Kathmandu Valley Rim! We love the northern part (Shiva Puri) but it is good in any direction. We have put together a guide and GPX tracks for the entire circuit based on HAL co-founder Seth Wolpin’s continuous push around the circuit in 2015.
    • Run some laps in the queen’s garden behind Hotel Shangri-la
  • Race: Our friends at Trail Running Nepal offer some great races and have full listings for Mira Rai’s Kathmandu Ultra Trail Race Series.
  • Social Runs:

Fastest Known Times/Notable Efforts

We encourage all FKT efforts to follow the rules and to report their efforts on Peter Balkwin’s proboard site. Once that is done, and a trip report is posted, please send us the links for both and we will be happy to document it here!

  • Annapurna Circuit  
    • Leuteris Paraskeuas of 2d20h22m (68:22). Solo, self-supported, route unclear except starting/finishing in Besi to Nayapul.  Report on Trail Running Nepal.
    • Patricia Franco and Taylor in fall 2016. Pair self-supported from Besi to Nayapul. Went around in ‘four days, fourteen hours, and 45 minutes’  (110:45 hours) Trip Report | Proboard Report
    • Seth Wolpin in 2014 solo self-supported from Besi to Nayapul following New Annapurna Trekking Trails including northern alternative route from Muktinath to Kagbeni: 72:04 hours. Trip Report |Proboard Report
  • Manaslu Circuit: Pair self-supported Sudeep Kandel and Seth Wolpin 2015, 86:40hrs. Trip Report
  • Kathmandu Valley Rim
    • Lizzy Hawker in March 2016, accompanied for parts but otherwise self-supported. Added some distance to what Seth Wolpin had done prior by going out to closer to Dhulikhel. 35h39m22s.  Proboard Report
    • Seth Wolpin in November 2015, paced for most of last 24 hours but otherwise self-supported in 49:55 hours: Planning Post | Trip Report | Proboard Report
  • Great Himalayan Trail
    • Modified High Route Solo Self-Supported: Lizzy Hawker in 42 days during the fall of 2016. Trip Report
    • Modified High Route Team Self-Supported: John Fiddler, Kathleen Egan, Seth Wolpin across all five technical passes and through lower Dolpo, KBC to Hilsa. 87 days during the spring of 2014.

 Misc Trails/Routes

  • Great Himalayan Trail: We have personal experience thru-hiking the GHT in Nepal, crossing all five technical passes. We are compiling our data here, including the most complete GPS tracks available. And if you would like to participate in our forum, jump right in.
    • 2017 Efforts
        • Alex Conty (UK) started March, 2017. 1,planned 20 days.  Walking in footsteps of Gerda Pauler and also raising money for Austim. WebsiteTracking Page
        • Tim Budd (AUS), Andrew Budd (Aus), Cécile Clavier (FR), Yadab Itani (NP) Planned start in March, 2017 and planned 120 days. Planned: High route and all technical passes. Facebook Page

 

  • Annapurna Circuit:  Amazing trails still encircle the Annapurna Range. We have carefully explored and mapped incredible alternative trails to the jeep track and rarely see other trekkers on much of the circuit. Check out our Annapurna Fast Pack page and let us know if you have any questions. We know the circuit better than just about anyone – We set the FKT on the circuit (2014) in just over 72 hours and we are constantly exploring more and more side trail/
  • Langtang Circuit: The elusive goal for us has been a lollipop route starting and leaving on foot and crossing Laurabina Pass on the northbound loop, dropping through the sacred Gosiakund Lakes and traversing east up the Langtang Valley before returning south to Kathmandu via the remote Kanja Pass. We will get this done. Langtang Fast Pack 2018 | Langtang Trip Report 2017

 

Rebuilding in Langtang
Rebuilding in Langtang