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2023 Great Himalaya Trail Full Traverser: “Time for the Next Great Adventure”

On the GHT, best trek in the world | Michelle Landry
On the GHT, best trek in the world | Michelle Landry

Tabea Wagner (30) is about to set off on the best trek in the world. We spoke to her on the eve of her departure on the full traverse of the Great Himalaya Trail in Nepal.

Since I was a child I loved being in the outdoors. My parents told me that when I was in a bad mood they would just take me outside for a while and I would be cheerful again. When I grew up, I tried different outdoor activities such as kajaking, horse-riding, cycling, hiking, trail running and more.

Although I still like all of these activities today, I came to realise that trekking opens the opportunity to go wherever you want. You start walking, put up your tent in any place you want, you have the possibility to stay or move on, and you have everything you need in your backpack. Sometimes you end up in an unexpected place. You meet great new people and see places you would not have dreamed of. The weather conditions may be wonderful or awful but you keep going anyway. Sometimes it is hard, but it is always fair. Sometimes you risk going too far or beyond your limits, but only if you do so you know how far you can go.

Archive image of Tabea on one of her previous long-distance treks
 

"Sometimes it is hard, but it is always fair."

So, in the last few years I made sure to do several long-distance trekking tours. Some examples are crossing the European Alps, the GR20 in Corsica, Rando-Lofoten in Norway, and three months on the Te Araroa in New Zealand. It got me more and more addicted to long distance hiking trails.

Loving the mountains, the Great Himalaya Trail had always been in my mind. After having worked a lot in the last few years and having limited options because of the pandemic, I felt it was time for the next great adventure. I decided to make my dream come true and that’s when I registered at World Expeditions for the Full Traverse of the Great Himalaya Trail.

As I have never been to the Himalayas before, it was important for me to join a professional expedition company. World Expeditions was exactly offering what I was looking for. So, now I am excited in a positive way to be part of this great adventure. To see the world`s highest mountains, remote landscapes, sleep in a tent and walk on and on every day. I am looking forward to meeting great people, make new friends and spend an amazing time in Nepal.

 
Words & non-Nepal images by Tabea Wagner, January 2023 
 

The Full Nepal Traverse of the Great Himalaya Trail 2023 starts on 26 February and finishes five months later, on 25 July. You can still sign up to join the full length, or a section of your choice.

 

Great Himalaya Trail, Great Adventure, World's Best Treks, Nepal, Himalaya

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