Explorersweb: How One Man Hiked 2,600km from India to Nepal

Laurent Berthod spent 95 days hiking from Leh in India to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The Canadian set out in October 2023. By January 2024, he had walked 2,600km, climbed 115,000m of elevation, and crossed 75 mountain passes.

From Ladakh, Berthod made his way through Himachal and Uttarakhand in India before crossing into Nepal. He then picked his way through the Sudurpachchim, Karnali, Lumbini, Gandaki, Bagmati, and Koshi provinces. Finally, he finished up at Everest Base Camp.

This is by far the longest journey Berthod has undertaken. The first big challenge was planning his route. He linked existing trails from the Open Street Map database and newer trails found with the help of locals and survey maps in India. Experienced Himalaya ultrarunner Peter Van Geit helped Berthod to plan sections of his route.

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