Beautiful landscape while crossing the Thorong La on the Great Himalaya Trail | Ray Mustey
Beautiful landscape while crossing the Thorong La on the Great Himalaya Trail | Ray Mustey
Now here's an inspiring young guy tackling an amazing adventure for his Gap Year!

Nineteen year old Peter McVeigh has begun (started 18 Feb) to trek an amazing 1,700 km along the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) in Nepal, on a 152 day trek through the tallest mountain ranges and most isolated communities from Kanchenjunga on the border of Sikkim to the Tibetan border at Hilsa.

If he succeeds, he will become the youngest person to have ever completed the traverse.

Since finishing school in 2010, McVeigh has worked to save money for the trip, which he sees as a great opportunity for adventure.

“I am very grateful to have the opportunity to live my dream,” he says.  “It’s not about getting away from it all, but really getting back amongst it all”.

It’s the second year the trek has run, with leading Australian adventure travel company, and parent company of World Youth Adventures, World Expeditions, running the first ever trek in 2011.

Last year, there were 2 trekkers on the full traverse and, this year, there are four: a husband/wife team from the UK, a solo traveller from USA and Peter, from Australia.


The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is the longest and highest alpine walking track in the world and can be undertaken in one continuous trek of 152 days, traversing the region from east to west. Acknowledging that most of us simply don’t have the luxury of this sort of time for our adventures, World Expeditions has crafted seven treks that will interlink to make up the full traverse. The beauty of each is that they all offer something completely different.

You can follow the progress of those on the 152-day trek by going to the Trek the Great Himalaya Trail blogsite.
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I took the last photo :) Pete named the dog Jasper as he followed us to that spot.

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