GHT on Wheels challenge is the first solo mountain biking expedition on the upper route of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), a network of roughly 1700 km of trails that covers the entire Nepali Himalayas: the majestic Kanchenjunga region in the East, popular trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna, and awe inspiring and yet relatively untouched trails of Humla and Darchula in the West. 

Most of the trails on the upper route of GHT were impossible to ride on a mountain bike only a few decades ago, but with rising global temperatures and effects of climate change, even biking on glaciers above 6000 m is now feasible, enabling this challenge to set many high altitude mountain biking records. Walking the whole trail in one go is quite a challenging feat in itself, but doing it on a mountain bike presents a whole set of difficult physical and mental challenges, testing the full potential of human capabilities.

Key Highlights

1st Solo-Ride Across GHT High Route

* except on 4 technical passes

Approximately 1700 km long trail over 70-80 days

*The total days depends on a variety of factors, especially weather. Mangal’s journey will also give us detailed data on trail length as measured with GPS and satellite.

22 passes above 5500 m

90,000 m elevation gain

25 km/day

1500 m/day elevation gain