Complete 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/
Former Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle will play basketball for New Mexico beginning in 2018-19. He will sit out his first year, per NCAA . Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorMonths after junior guard JaQuan Lyle quit Ohio State’s men’s basketball team, he has reportedly found a new home. Lyle is headed west to play for and attend New Mexico, according to TheLoboLair.com.He will have to sit out the 2017-18 season, per NCAA transfer rules, since he has not graduated. Lyle was arrested and charged for three misdemeanors – public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct – May 13. Later that day, an Ohio State spokesman told The Lantern Lyle had quit the team April 11.Tuesday evening, Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann told season ticket-holders that he did not expect Lyle to return to Ohio State. He said he consulted the players on a decision about whether to entertain Lyle’s return.“We’ve also involved our entire team in some of those decisions that were made,” Holtmann said. “Obviously they were here and I wasn’t.”Last season, Lyle averaged 11.4 points per contest and led the Buckeyes with 142 assists in 31 games, including 24 starts. He was the final player from Ohio State’s 2015 recruiting class on the Buckeyes’ roster. Now, all five are enrolled and playing at different universities.Lyle isn’t the only former Ohio State men’s basketball player in the state. A.J. Harris, who was also a member of the Buckeyes’ 2015 recruiting class, transferred to New Mexico State after the 2015-16 season and will be eligible to play this upcoming season.