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.
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
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.
DIGITAL GHT MAPS FOR FREE!
If you want digital versions of GHT Nepal, Bhutan and India, then you can download low-resolution versions for FREE from my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/people/186306397@N04/
You can also purchase high resolution versions – simply order through the shop and I will send them to you via wetransfer.com (they are big files!).
GHT Far West Nepal
Joins west to India (Kumaon) and east to Dolpo and Mugu.
GHT Dolpo and Mugu
Joins east to Upper Mustang and Around Annapurna.
GHT Upper Mustang
Joins east to Around Annapurna.
GHT Around Annapurna
Joins east to Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
GHT Manaslu and Ganesh Himals
Joins east to Langtang and Helambu.
GHT Langtang and Helambu
Joins east to The Rolwaling.
Joins east to Solu-Khumbu (Everest).
GHT Solu-Khumbu (Everest)
Joins east to Makalu.
Joins east to Kanchenjunga.
Joins east to Sikkim (no map).
Nepal Route & Planning Guide
Very large map of Nepal!
Single-sided map 2.5m long
GHT Nepal Map
Standard sheet sized map of Nepal.
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.
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.