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Guides, Maps and GPS

This is where to begin with planning a day-to-day itinerary

Guides, Maps and GPS

Yes, this is a plug for the GHT Guides and Maps, but they are the best resource for exploring the Nepal Himalaya and beyond. Plus there is much more information here that can help you discover the India and Bhutanese Himalayas and have a lifetime (or at least decades) of Himalayan hill-time!

Below you will find links to downloadable and viewable files as well as products that you can purchase through this website. Please feel free to ask questions about any of them, they are a labour of love and not profit, so I am happy to be open with all the information and details that you, a potential GHTer may need.

There are only two commercial companies involved with GHT products; Trailblazer Guides (UK) who have decades of experience of publishing walking and adventure guides from around the world, and, Himalayan Map House (Nepal) who are, by far, the most pro-active publisher of adventure and tourism information in the entire Himalaya.

GHT Guides

There are numerous books written by GHTers over the last few years in a range of languages including Dutch, German and French and they are all worth reading for background, insight and inspiration!

Although there is quite a lot of information on this website, the guide book has so much more. Over the year, many people have asked for digital copies of the guide book, but neither Trailblazer nor I are convinced that it would of much practical help to someone planning a GHT or while in the field. Simply because a physical book is much, much easier to refer to than a soft copy.

The GHT books  are designed to work in conjunction with the GHT Map Series and GPS datasets. Both of these books are currently in their second edition, and it’s worth noting that the third edition of the guide book will be released in 2020 along with another updated map series.

This is the 2nd edition published by Trailblazer (UK) and is the only comprehensive route and planning trekking guide to all major trails in Nepal and the Great Himalaya Trail. It is formatted and written to work in combination with the topographic maps series below.

A stunning  cover pictorial guide is a record of the 162-day extreme trek across Nepal that created the Great Himalaya Trail. All of the popular trekking routes are briefly described, with maps and key information to inspire your next visit to the Nepal Himalaya.

Hard Cover or Soft Cover

GHT Maps

In 2004, there were very few accurate maps of the Himalaya available to trekkers and this was one of the initial reasons for exploring newly opened trekking areas through Nepal. Then with the first completed GHT in 2009, it became a bit of a mission to produce the first inter-connected map series of Nepal as well as route and planning guides for Nepal and Bhutan.

In 2016, the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) produced a topographic map of North West India, to which have been added the main trekking routes – note that some are not described on this website. It is unlikely this map will be updated in India, so if anyone wants to help update details, please get in touch!

All of the maps below are linked to the shop, where you can purchase waterproof, printed versions designed to cope with the rigours of trekking the GHT.


If you want digital versions of GHT Nepal, Bhutan and India, then you can download low-resolution versions for FREE from my Flickr account:

You can also purchase high resolution versions – simply order through the shop and I will send them to you via (they are big files!).

GHT Far West Nepal

Joins west to India (Kumaon) and east to Dolpo and Mugu.

Double-sided map.

Scale: 1:150,000

GHT Dolpo and Mugu

Joins east to Upper Mustang and Around Annapurna.

Double-sided map.

Scale: 1:150,000

GHT Upper Mustang

Joins east to Around Annapurna.

Single-sided map

Scale: 1:100,000

GHT Around Annapurna

Joins east to Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:125,000

GHT Manaslu and Ganesh Himals

Joins east to Langtang and Helambu.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:125,000

GHT Langtang and Helambu

Joins east to The Rolwaling.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:125,000

The Rolwaling

Joins east to Solu-Khumbu (Everest).

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:100,000

GHT Solu-Khumbu (Everest)

Joins east to Makalu.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:100,000

GHT Makalu

Joins east to Kanchenjunga.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:100,000

GHT Kanchenjunga

Joins east to Sikkim (no map).

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:100,000

Nepal Route & Planning Guide

Very large map of Nepal!

Single-sided map 2.5m long

Scale: 1:500,000

GHT Nepal Map

Standard sheet sized map of Nepal.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:850,000

GHT Bhutan Route and Planning Map

Comprehensive route and planning map of Bhutan showing all roads, villages and towns, points of interest all major trekking trails.

Single-sided map.

Scale: 1:900,000

NW India Map

Comprehensive topographic map of Uttarakhand (Kumaon and Garhwal), Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir (pre 2019 changes).

This is a huge digital file (500MB), please email us for transfer information.

Scale: 1:50,000