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 summit of Mount Everest. Ben Waddington from the UK, Chris Abbott from Australia, Bhimsen Shah, Raj Kumar Tamang, and Nitesh Subedi from Nepal are also joining the team bringing different strengths and interests from filming to rafting.
The expedition will set off at the start of April, and will finish in 45 days. It will start in Darchula in the Far-West of Nepal, and end in Pathibhara, Taplejung in the East.
The aim of this expedition, according to Pushkar, is to bring publicity to the new trail route which will encourage development opportunities, bringing much needed income to remote rural communities. Some of the planned developments include the construction of local community owned lodges, bringing local produce to market, handicraft partnerships, and cooperative porter and guide organisations.
“We want to publicize the GHT, to gain international recognition for the GHT as the world’s highest long-distance trail and encourage the route as an eco-friendly tourist activity”, said Ben Waddington.
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