Two Trekkers Traverse Nepal’s Entire Great Himalaya Trail

first_imgComplete 152-day trek across world’s highest and longest alpine walking track   Ottawa, ON; August 17, 2017 – Adventure travel specialist World Expeditions announces the end of its exclusive trek along the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) in Nepal this July. Encountering some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments imaginable, two trekkers completed the 152-day journey along the world’s tallest mountain range where they have been walking since February 26. “I only found out about the Great Himalaya Trail as a feasible, supported trek when the World Expeditions brochure dropped on my doorstep. I was instantly drawn to it,” said Ian Whittaker, one of the trekkers. “Initially I committed only to the first three sections but in the end I signed up for the whole distance!” Spanning 1700km in total, the Nepal traverse is nearly equal to walking from Banff, Alberta to Boulder, Colorado. Beginning in the east, it crosses the country to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west, encountering rich cultures and isolated communities along the way. From the trail, trekkers can see all eight of Nepal’s 8000-metre peaks as they journey through rarely visited valleys and ascend high passes between snow-capped mountain faces. “The scale of the Himalaya is something to behold, and if you love the mountains you can’t help but fall in love with the place,” said Matthew Gibson, the other full traverse trekker. “The Nepalese people, like those on most of the subcontinent, are incredibly hospitable, welcoming, and generous.” Exclusive to World Expeditions since 2011, the Nepal GHT can be undertaken in one continuous trek or in seven stand-alone stages that can be completed individually or trekked together. At each stage, travellers can count on superb Himalayan vistas, sustainable practices that support local communities, and the transformative personal achievement that comes from completing an adventure of this kind. The seven stages include: GHT Everest & Rolwaling Traverse via Tashi Labsta Pass (28 days) – See stunning views of Mount Everest from the picturesque Gokyo Lakes and crossings of the Renjo La and challenging Tashi Labsta pass.GHT Kanchenjunga Exploratory (25 days) – Pass through jaw-dropping mountain scenery under the immense north face of Kanchenjunga before turning towards the west and crossing the Nango La.GHT Langtang via Tilman Pass (18 days) – Trace the popular pilgrimage trail to Panch Pokhari Lakes, this section crosses the remote and heavily glaciated Tilman Pass before witnessing the breathtaking Langtang Valley.GHT Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col (34 days) – The most challenging stage, this section crosses the highest passes in the Himalaya including the Sherpani Col, West Col and Amphu Labsta to emerge into the Everest region before crossing the Cho La to Gokyo Lakes.GHT Manaslu & Annapurna (26 days) – The combination of the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits make this section a great option for first-time trekkers to Nepal and Himalayan enthusiasts alike.GHT Upper Dolpo Traverse (25 days) – Experience the medieval fortified village of Chharka Bhot, the nomad camps in the heart of Dolpo, Dho Tarap and a finale at Phoksumdo Lake.GHT Rara Lake & Yari Valley (28 days)  – The final stage begins by exploring Rara National Park before crossing the Great Himalaya Range via wildflower-covered passes and through the Karnali corridor to the Yari Valley and the Tibetan border. On the cutting edge of adventure travel, World Expeditions crafts creative itineraries for its travellers’ unique needs and styles. For detailed information, bookings, or tailored private departures, visit worldexpeditions.com or call 1-800-567-2216.  About World Expeditions Since its inception in 1975, World Expeditions has earned an outstanding reputation as an innovator and world leader in quality small group adventure holidays. With seven offices around the world, including Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, it is a global company that stands out not only for its pioneering commitment to responsible tourism but also for the number of inclusions and the exceptional value of its trips. Offering thousands of unique itineraries escorted by expert leaders, World Expeditions meticulously designs each trip with an emphasis on exclusivity for those travellers with high expectations of their experiences in ‘taking the path less travelled’. The World Expeditions Travel Group consists of 10 travel brands, including; Adventure South, Australian Walking Holidays, Great Canadian Trails, Huma Charity Challenge, Tasmanian Expeditions, Sherpa Expeditions, UTracks, World Youth Adventures and Yomads.http://www.worldexpeditions.com/last_img read more

Military told to be alert to activities of LTTE supporters

“Modern day threats are also complex. Production of a biological weapon at a small laboratory could be done faster than making a weapon. We got to think big and be prepared for any eventuality through our own tailor-made initiatives. We can have our own preventive and deterrent solutions without going only by theoretical aspects alone. Therefore, education is the most important experience that an officer could get,” he said at a seminar on approaches to countering terrorism in modern environments.The seminar was designed to broaden the horizons of military knowledge in terrorism and its impacts among top level and middle grade officers of the army, navy, air force and the police. (Colombo Gazette) He warned that the army needs to be alert to the sensitivities connected to the possible re-assembling or resurgence of LTTE supporters and overseas activists who would still be promoting the ideological perception of the rebels while working against Sri Lanka’s economic and development aspirations. The military has been told to be on alert to the activities of LTTE supporters, the army media unit said.Major General Milinda Peiris, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka army briefed the military on emerging terrorist trends at global level and the need for modernized approaches with novel counter-measures. “We need to be knowledgeable to face any future challenges considering transnational effects of terrorism. We are living in fast changing environments which are highly complex. Unlike those days, an arrest of a suspect too would end up as a violation of fundamental rights and you would have to end up in courts,” the army media unit quoted Major General Milinda Peiris as telling the military and the police. read more