Great Big Walk

Great Big Walk 1Marian and I are taking a walk. A Great Big Walk. We want you to come along in any way you can…walking, rolling, slowly, quickly, running, jumping, singing…any which way that, gets you, or keeps you moving. We’ll be walking, hiking, trekking, and climbing our way across approximately 600 kilometres of the High Himalaya in Nepal. We’ll start our Great Big Walk in Taplejung, Nepal on March 5 and head for Kanchenjunga Base Camp and the Eastern Terminus of the Great Himalaya Trail (on the border with Sikkim). The Great Himalaya Trail is a series of trails, routes, and primitive paths that allow adventurous folks to walk/climb/trek the entire length of the Himalayas in Nepal.

This is a map of our entire Great Big Walk Route

This is a map of our entire Great Big Walk Route

There is a high route and a lower route. We’ll be taking the high “road,” and over the course of our 65 days on the trail, we’ll gain more than 25,000 metres in elevation and take nearly a million steps! We’ll cross four regions: Kanchenjunga, Makalu Barun, Everest, and Rolwaling. We’ll finish our walk near the highway that links Nepal to Tibet and head back to Canada just in time for me to teach summer semester. You’re invited! We want you to follow along as we complete our Great Big Walk! Each day, we’ll post our location, do an audio update on the day’s adventure, and share all that we are learning about the incredible landscapes and cultures we are traveling through. We’ll also report the number of steps we’ve taken, kilometres walked, and elevation gained in hope that you’ll take some steps, cover some kilometres, and climb some hills wherever you are in the world. That’s right, we want you to walk along with us!  We’re hoping that we can all walk together and share in the physical and mental health benefits of some good walks (big or small, long or short).

You can join the Great Big Walk on the Walkabout Website if you would like to log your steps along with us. TA is the ambassador for Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador‘s Find Your Fit campaign which is occurring at the same time as the Great Big Walk.  You can find lots of resources on the Find Your Fit Website. There will also be social studies/physical education/geography curriculum that gets served up here for schools during each day of the Great Big Walk.  You can check out our shared SPOT page to see our location and tracks.

8 Responses to Great Big Walk

  1. Mango says:

    TA, Looks like a great trip, stay safe and have fun. Brigid and Mango

    • TA Loeffler says:

      Thanks Mango and Bridget-we had dinner with Mingmar Sherpa and his family last night…Kate as well…so lots of memories from both Pumori and Everest. Hope you both are well.

  2. Lori Hunt says:

    Good luck TA!! Stay safe and enjoy to the fullest! Cheers.

  3. Trudy Veitch says:

    This is so exciting. I’m getting me a pedometer!!!

  4. M. Paterson's Grade 5 Class says:

    We started following your progress today in our class, and a student had a question we wanted to ask. He was curious to know how much food and water you carry with you at a time, and how much of it is picked up along the way.

  5. Gerry Ryall says:

    This is fabulous stuff. I’m going to spend my lunchbreak getting caught up on your Great Big Walk! Exciting stuff… those of us stuck behind desks today are jealous! :)

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