Operators and Media FAM: Experience Emerging Tourism Destinations in Nepal with Great Himalaya Trail

Operators and Media FAM: Experience Emerging Tourism Destinations in Nepal with Great Himalaya Trail

Great Himalaya Trail

2013 GHT Fam Trip Programme for Tour Operators and Media

The Great Himalaya Trail Development Programme (GHTDP) and SNV Nepal, in partnership with local communities and tourism businesses throughout Nepal, are offering international tour operators and journalists a chance to experience new trekking destinations in Nepal first hand.


The objective of the GHT Fam Trip Programme is to promote some of Nepal's emerging tourism destinations, such as Humla, Dolpa, Manaslu, Lower Solukhumbu, and Kanchenjunga. The GHTDP has been running an extensive training program for local tourism planners and entrepreneurs in these areas to increase their capacity to provide quality tourism services. However, support from the international tourism industry and press is essential. With the 2013 Fam Trip Programme for Tour Operators and Media, the GHTDP aims to:

  • Familiarize international outbound tour operators with Nepal's newest trekking destinations and associated product packages, and motivate them to develop new trip packages to be included in their product offerings,
  • Provide international journalists with exciting story angles from destinations that are off the beaten path for their readers to enjoy,
  • Expose local stakeholders and service providers with an international audience in order to receive valuable feedback from experienced tourism professionals and further improve their services and products.

The GHTDP would like to invite applicants to join ONE of the five trips below:


  GHTDP Trips  

How to Apply

The following individuals and organizations are eligible to participate in the GHT Fam Trip Programme:

  • Outbound tour operators that offer trekking trips to Nepal, or who plan to add new trekking destinations/routes in their program offerings
  • International journalists/photojournalists associated with high circulation publications that target responsible and adventurous travelers

Interested tour operators and journalists/editors can apply by sending an email to famtrips[at]thegreathimalayatrail.org with the subject line: 2013 GHT Fam Trip Program. Applicants must include their motivation for wanting to participate, their role and organization, and the program/itinerary they are interested in joining.


The application deadline is April 8, 2013 but early applications are encouraged, as available spots will fill up quickly.


Please click here to download additional instructions, information about the destinations and itineraries, and restrictions. Questions can be sent via email to famtrips[at]thegreathimalayatrail.org.


About the Great Himalaya Trail

The Great Himalaya Trail

The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is one of the longest and highest trekking trails in the world. It spans the length of the country from Darchula and Humla in the West to Kanchenjunga in the East, with distinct destinations in between and unique blends of scenery and cultural heritage. The GHT has a huge potential in becoming a globally significant tourism brand, providing a boost to Nepal's tourism industry and associated support sectors. A major objective of the GHT is to improve livelihoods of poor communities in remote mountain regions. Through the GHT Development Programme, the Government of Nepal is working closely with the tourism industry, NGOs, and host communities to ensure that the GHT is managed in line with responsible tourism best practices, generating income for local communities along the trail, and contributing to the conservation of the country's natural and cultural heritage.


Photo by Andy Bryant



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