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.

Summary of Journey

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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ExplorersWeb Ultrarunning Across the Himalaya

Ultrarunner Peter Van Geit has just spent the entire summer fast-hiking in the Indian Himalaya. His 3,000km project covered a staggering 120 passes and 125,000m of elevation gain, at a pace three to four times quicker than the average hiker.

TheAdventurousFew The Himalayan Ultra-Runner

The Adventurous Few. For many of us, a journey into the mountains is an occasional luxury – a welcome retreat into nature from an ever-insulated world. We get a fleeting glimpse into our true passion for the natural world before returning to the so called ‘real world’ once again. But there are an adventurous few with the determination and vision to build a life around that passion

Summary of 120 high passes


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

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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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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Map of 120 passes & 341 hamlets


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

The Journey - Daily Blogs

Presentation Trans Himalaya

Across 120 high passes

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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Night shelter, minimalist style

Food and cooking, minimalist style

Map of 341 remote hamlets crossed

Planned Passes

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

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Preparation & Planning


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