A High Traverse of Western Nepal
(September 16 - November 12, 2008)


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This page is old. The updated webpage of the complete traverse of Nepal is available here.


In the fall of 2008, I did a long trek from the NW border of Nepal with India to the small town of Arughat about 100km from Kathmandu. During this trek I was accompanied by five sherpas. We trekked for 56 consecutive days over 1100 km, crossing 21 main passes with a cumulated elevation gain of 50 km. The approximate itinerary is shown in blue lines on the maps below (click here for a full-resolution image of the map on the right). This was an amazing trek, full of contrasts, among very different cultures and people, from the end of the monsoon season to the beginning of the dry winter, from low to high elevation, from lush to desert-like sceneries, from rarely trekked areas of West Nepal to the over-trekked Annapurna and Manaslu circuits.





Ang Karma Sherpa, the owner of Windhorse Trekking, helped me set up the itinerary for this trek and arranged the permits and logistics. His intimate knowledge of Nepal and his mountaineering expertise were invaluable. He had previously helped organizing several mountain expeditions in which I had participated (Cho Oyu in 2001 and 2002 and Kyajo Ri in 2006).


Sonam (1) was the leader of my Sherpa crew



Pasang, Sonam (2), Sonam (3), and Nawang were the other members of the crew

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Some of the people we met during this trek



Sceneries (in chronological order from top to bottom and left to right)






Click on the links below to get more information and to see more photos:


Leg 1: Baitadi to Chetty

Leg 2: Chetty to Seti Khola

Leg 3: Seti Khola to Kolti

Leg 4: Kolti to Hurikot

Leg 5: Hurikot to Dunai

Leg 6: Dunai to Beni

Leg 7: Beni to Dharapani

Leg 8: Dharapani to Arughat