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Stephen Venables to lead Great Himalaya Trek

28th April 2010 Print
The Himalayas

Acclaimed British writer, broadcaster and mountaineer Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen, has been announced as the leader of the second – and toughest – part on the Nepal section of the Great Himalaya Trail.

Exclusively with World Expeditions, this is the first time ever that the Nepal traverse of Great Himalaya Trail - the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world once complete - has become available through a specialist tour operator.

The Great Himalaya Trail plans to connect five Asian countries. Currently only the Nepal section is available to traverse – but as it is 1,700km long and takes 157 days to complete, it can be broken down to seven smaller stages.

Stephen Venables will be leading the second and undoubtedly the most challenging part: the 34-day Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col – over the glaciated Sherpani Col (6,180m), West Col (6,190m) and Amphu Labsta (5,845m) to the Everest region – the highest and hardest passes in the entire Himalaya, however this trek is truly unsurpassed in terms of awe-inspiring views of the most famous mountain region in the world.

Stephen Venables has made first ascents of many previously unknown mountains throughout his career and he was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen, reaching the summit alone, by a new route up the gigantic Kangshung Face.

The Great Himalaya Trail: Makalu & Everest Traverse via Sherpani Col with Stephen Venables - 13 March to 15 April 2011. £3,850 per person, including all accommodation, internal transport, meals and fees. Joining in Kathmandu. Places are limited.

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