We are a couple - Joanna Lipowczan and Bartosz Malinowski - that plans to traverse Nepal, following the 1 700 km-long high route of Great Himalaya Trail, which leads from the East to the West in Nepal. We want to traverse the route as a self-supported team of two people.
Beside the traverse itself as a first Polish/ European self-supported team, we want to draw people’s attention to two important issues related to trekking in Himalayas. The first one is environmental responsible outdoor activity, as we want to traverse the 1700 km long Great Himalaya Trail in responsible travel manner, following the so called Great Himalaya Trail Code of Conduct and its motto: Don’t take anything but pictures, don’t leave anything but footprints. From what we found out on your website, Fjällräven shares the same philosophy. We believe that during the trekking we can lower the negative impact on the environment and we can even lead by example. The second issue we want to stress is the life condition in the most remote parts of the Himalayas. We fully support the idea that visiting the off-beaten-tracks destinations of the Himalayas can help local people to improve their lives economically and we want point out that the Himalayas have much more to offer than just the most popular and crowded Annapurna and Mount Everest regions.
About the route
The Great Himalaya Trail is one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. The trail covers the full distance of the Himalayan Range in Nepal. Nepal’s GHT is divided into ten connecting treks with a duration of 2-3 weeks each on average. The treks can be done subsequently or completely separate from each other. Nepal’s GHT high route is winding through high mountain ranges on an average altitude of 3 000 to 5 000 meters. The trail stretches over a distance of about 1 700 km and passes through spectacular, high altitude mountain landscapes, visiting some of the most remote villages on earth, where life remains as it was centuries back. Trekking along the GHT high route requires to cross high passes with altitudes up to 6 ,146 m and the whole trek takes about 150 days on average. Nepal’s high route starts north of the Kanchenjunga Base Camp and ends in Hilsa at Nepal’s Tibetan border in the Western district of Humla (source: http://thegreathimalayatrail.org/). We plan to start the expedition in mid August 2015 and be back latest beginning of January 2016.
We are quite experienced trekking couple with diverse mountain life behind us. We met in Argentina in 2008 during Buenos Aires-to-Tierra del Fuego trip. Since that we are quite restless and try to explore different corners of the world travelling on our own, with no support from travel agencies, using local transport and supporting local people by buying local food or staying at their places or small hotels, guesthouses or lodges. Just to mention couple of our trips: together, in 2009, we did trekking in Nepal in Manaslu area, in 2011 we spent 7 weeks in the Indian Himalayas (Ladakh & Zanskar) where we came back in January 2013 to walk so called Chadar – a 60 km-long ice trail leading on frozen river Zanskar. We frequently hike in Polish Tatra and Beskid mountains and we have visited Ukrainian mountains several times as well.
When we are not out in the wild, Joanna works a coordinator of financial team in one of Polish largest construction companies, while Bartosz is an experienced travel and mountain guide travelling, biking, climbing, horse-riding with tourists (and on his own account) mainly in Asia. In 2007 Bartosz traversed the Carpathians walking 2 500 km from Romania to Slovakia. In 2010 Bartosz was member of Long Walk Plus Expedition Team, which followed the 8 000 km- long trail of Witold Gliński (a Polish soldier who escaped from soviet lager camp in 1940) leading from Yakutsk in Siberia to Kolkata in India. The expedition lasted 6 months and was followed by main Polish media e.i. Polish Radio Channel 3, which broadcasted the messages every Saturday afternoon. For several years Bartosz has worked for Media Travel Festival in Łódź (one of largest travel festivals in Poland) as program coordinator and member of the jury. Bartosz is a regular guest speaker on various travel festivals and events in Poland. So far he has done over 500 slideshows for over 100 various travel events. Bartosz’s latest achievement is summiting Aconcagua – the highest peak of Americas (6 962), in February 2015
We are looking for anyone (a private person, a company) who is interested, brave and open to support our expedition – both when it comes to finance and equipment. An outdoor company was our first and natural choice as we think that the type of sponsor’s activity and the type of expedition should be as similar as possible from marketing and PR point of view. In return we give our FB profile and website to your disposal. Our FB fanpage is followed by people connected and related to travels, mountaineering, hiking, outdoor activities and travel festivals. As for now we promote our expedition while doing the slideshows on various travel festivals. During the expedition we plan to update about the progress of our trip as often as possible (depends on satellite and GSM range). The expedition itself will continue afterwards – we have already got several invitations for future travel events to show the slides from Great Himalaya Trail and for radio interviews. We see the co-operation as an opportunity for you, the outdoor company, to reach the best target group possible within quite a long time frame. We want to assure you that we have experience in cooperation with various media: TV, radio and press.
Safety: our expedition will be covered by professional mountain insurance. Moreover we have the satellite phone, which we plan to use to send the current news to our webside and FB.
Latest news and archive information of what we have done so far regarding Great Himalaya Trail you can find by going into:
So far both website and FB are in Polish, but we plan to have the FB profile bilingual (Polish and English).
or +48 510032522 (Joanna Lipowczan’s phone number).