Trans Himalaya 2019

Mission Trans Himalaya 2019 - completed 120 passes over 4 months (one per day) covering 3000+ km and 175 thousand meters elevation gain across glaciers, alpine meadows, canyons, high altitude deserts, wild streams, forests passing through 341 beautiful hamlets in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal and J&K.

Photos and videos on Instagram and Facebook

Short film - in progress

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Daily Posts

Follow my journey through daily posts, photos, videos etc in the Trans Himalayas 2019 Section. You can get more detailed information about alpine style journey.


Complete list of 120 high altitude passes explored during my 4 months journey. Maps, details and photos.


Complete route covered through 341 hamlets and 120 passes during my 4 months journey across the Indian Himalaya.

Alpine-Style, Ultra-Challenge in the Himalayan High Passes

Outdoor Journal: In an alpine-style journey for the ages, Peter Van Geit has just embarked on a 2,500 km self-supported journey across 100+ Himalayan high passes in Himachal, Ladakh, and Uttarakhand.


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Trans Himalaya 2019 Part 1: First Contact

Outdoor Journal: In his first contact since embarking on a 2,500 km self-supported journey last month, Peter Van Geit ventures deeper into the most remote corners of the Himalaya.


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Trans Himalaya 2019 Part 2: Breathless in the Himalaya

Outdoor Journal: In an unprecedented Himalayan snowfall, ultra-runner Peter Van Geit breaks out his ice axe to access undocumented passes in the High Himalayas.

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Trans Himalaya 2019 – Part 3: The Invaluable Treasures of Ladakh

After the onset of the Northeast monsoon in the lower Himalayas, Peter Van Geit moves on to the high altitude rock desert of Ladakh in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

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Trans Himalaya 2019 - Across 120 high passes - Summary

Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) newsletter. After my initial foray into the high passes of the Himalayas last year (covering 40 passes in 75 days) I had set a new challenge for 2019: spending the entire summer in the high mountains exploring as many new passes as possible.

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Trans Himalaya 2019 - Across 120 high passes - Overview

The Himalayan Club (THC) newsletter.My name is Peter Van Geit, born in Belgium and settled in India for the past 2 decades. I love spending time in nature through long endurance journeys. It’s my way of meditation in remote, virgin locations and experiencing lost humanity.

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Trans Himalaya 2019 – Live Presentation

FB live recording of the 3 hour presentation on my 3000km alpine style journey across 120 high passes

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Presentation slides

Bio, Overview, Terrain, Gears, Weather, Food, People, Journey

Alpine style video series

Part 1: Minimalist packing.

Alpine style video series

Part 2: Night shelter for the minimalist explorer.

Alpine style video series

Part 3: How to manage food and cooking in the Himalayas, minimalist style

Planned Passes

List of passes planned as part of the Trans Himachal 2019 journey

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Planned Route Map

Google Map of the planned 2019 Trans Himachal 2019 journey

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There is only one rule in alpine style ultra hiking - pack as LIGHT as possible. Every extra 100 grams will severely impact you while climbing steep uphill in the Himalayas


Install and configure OSMAnd mobile app for offline maps and navigation through Open Street Maps. Install Google Earth mobile and cache satellite maps

Map Reading

Basic map reading skills are essential to find your way and be safe in the wilderness. Go through this small assignment to learn how to plan a trek between two points.


Power or energy is essential for both navigation and capturing (photos, videos) of the journey. Read more on how to manage your power


Memory management is key to being able to capture your journey through photos and videos. A few important tips on how to plan your storage

Photo blogging

Documenting your journey is easy. Geo-tag your photos and videos. Upload in Google Photos. Create a Google Map and import your media. Google now displays a visual map of your journey