Trekking for charity
With the aim of raising money for two military charities; the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) and Soldiers Sailors Airmen Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, Doc McKerr from the United Kingdom has chosen to trek the Great Himalaya Trail. McKerr chose the GWT because he had worked as the Project Engineer for the GWT’s field arm, the Gurkha Welfare Scheme (GWS) in 2009-10 in Pokhara and [...]Read more
- Cycling event to promote the GHT
A small team of enthusiastic and weathered cyclists are undertaking the Nepal section of The Great Himalaya Trail, becoming the first expedition to cycle the whole route. Pushkar Shah, a pioneering expedition cyclist is leading the team. Born in rural Nepal, Pushkar has cycled for 11 years, going 5 ½ times around the world, visiting 150 countries and finishing his tour in 2010 on the [...]
- Nepali tour operators and hotels moving towards sustainability
In a recent training organised by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN), the Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme and partners, Nepali tour operators and hotels learnt how to integrate sustainability into their business practice. Participants were introduced to the international Travelife Sustainability System, which takes account of the growing market for sustainable and responsible tourism products.
- New trekking trails in Annapurna region
In a bid to sustain Annapurna’s trekking industry in the long-term, officials are now working together to explore and develop new trekking trails that will provide alternatives to routes obstructed by motorable roads.
- New infrastructure developments
In addition to capacity building of local service providers like teahouse owners, guides and porters etc., the GHT Development Programme is investing in infrastructure development in the countries’ emerging trekking destinations in East and West Nepal.
- Interview with Dominic O’Neil, UKAID
The head of UKAID Nepal, GHTDPs funding partner, visited Humla recently to follow-up on the progress made by the programme and the positive impacts of the Great Himalaya Trail on the livelihoods of local people in this impoverished region of Nepal. We met with him upon his return to Kathmandu for a brief interview.