March 12, 2018

During the Great Himalaya Trail, Eef had the bright idea of keeping notes and calculating statistics of pretty much everything we did along the way. She called it "fun facts" and shared it on her own blog, right here.

Even though we've walked the same Trail, we didn't exactly experienced it the same way. So here are the same "fun facts" from my own point of view. What differs from hers is written here in blue. I also shared the...

March 9, 2018

Walking the Great Himalaya Trail was a wonderful adventure and a great personal challenge. Many times I doubted I would make it to the end; I never wanted to quit, but, looking at the scale of it,  I occasionnally wondered if the undertaking wasn't just too big for me.

I pushed and expanded  the limits of my "four pillars of strength": mental, physical, spiritual and emotional.

But, as much as it was an inner journey, I could ne...

February 11, 2018

We stepped into Sam's Bar, a popular bar hidden upstairs in a street of Thamel. The music was loud and the place crowded, but the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming. Scanning the room, we looked for Robin and saw him, one elbow resting on the counter, beer in hand, chatting with some Nepali friends. 

Arboring hair as white as the himalayan snows and a short trimmed salt and pepper beard, a small round belly and smoking cigar...

February 4, 2018

In Pokhara, it was a mission getting the permits for the Dolpo, Mugu and Humla Regions. We lost a lot of time with an agency that didn't know much about the West, and in the end I had to go back to Kathmandu to get everything sorted. Thanks to the efficiency of the Mac Trek & Expedition agency in Kathmandu, we had the precious papers in hand quickly and on December 30, we left Pokhara for the final leg of our journey.

A local b...

December 25, 2017

Namaste everyone!


I am writing from Lakeside, Pokhara. Less crowded, cleaner and quieter than Kathmandu and with incomparable views over the Annapurna Range, Pokhara is a very pleasant town in which to take a few days of rest.


We left Kathmandu on the 21st of November, taking a two hours local bus ride to Sundarijal to start the Gosainkund Trek in the Helambu Region.


I knew very little about this trek and was agreeably su...

November 19, 2017

Namaste Everyone,

First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates and news on this website about my adventure on the Great Himalaya Trail.

Here is the reason why: I am far from being a tech freak, and in "normal" life, I am usually happy with a phone that can just send texts, and social medias are not my forte. There is little access to wifi along the trek, my phone is too old to support the app that would allow...

September 8, 2017

Insurance:

After a long and frustrating research online about insurance, I decided to join the FFCAM (the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs) who offers all licended members a very affordable cover specific to mountain sports activities.
As a FFCAM member, I get cover for Civil Liability and Legal Assistance, as well as Personal Insurance and Emergency Assistance, and with the "Worldwide" extension, I will be covere...

September 4, 2017

Here is my full gear list for the Great Himalaya Trail 2017:


Pack: AARN Load Limo plus Sports Balance Pockets - 2Kg - (provided by AARN Packs NZ)


Sleeping gear:
-tent: MSR Access 2 - 1860g - 549€-15% voucher =467€

- Sleeping Bag: Valandré Shocking Blue - M: 1320g - 539€ -15% voucher = 458,15€

- sleeping mat: Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm Sleeping Mat - 430 g - (online sales) 160€
- silk liner: Sea to Summit ThermoLite Reactor Compa...

August 31, 2017

Our partners Devold and Montbell provide us with high-quality clothing that will help us endure the harsh winter conditions in the Himalayas, an essentiel aspect of the success of our through-hike.


But another important element to consider is to be able to maintain a lasting effort during four to five months. We will be self-sufficient for most of the Great Himalaya Trail, which means we will carry all of our gear, as well as...

August 30, 2017

Another partner in our adventure on the Great Himalaya Trail is the great outdoor brand Montbell, of Japan.

Created in 1975 in Osaka, Montbell has a proud history in outdoor clothing, providing high-quality gear for adventurers and explorers.
As well as being a part of numerous social projects such as Nature Conservation or Education or Emergency Relief, Montbell also offers the "Montbell Challenge Support Program" which supp...

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