Long treks in Europe, Nepal, USA …

Itinerary, description of stages, practical informations, accomodation, GPS tracks of long treks as from Aachen to Santiago (2012), Manaslu and Annapurna circuits (2013), crossing Spain (2014), Khumbu and Rolwaling (2015), crossing Pyrenees north to south (2015 and 2016), crossing Italy (2016) and the Appalachian Trail in 2017.

2017

Appalachian Trail

appalachian-trail-mcafee-knob4 months walking , 3500 kilometers on the famous Appalachian Trail

Long wild parts in protected areas but also a discovery of deep America.

2016

Crossing Italia

From the westernmost point of Sicilia to France

Marretimo-13 months walking all along Italia from Sicilia to France

In rural Italy, most of the time in mountains, using parts of Sentiero Italia, pilgrims ways and my own ones. 2800 kilometers in Sicilia, Calabria, Basilicata, Campania, Lazio, Molise, Abruzzo, Umbria, Tuscany and Liguria

2015

2016

Crossing Pyrenees

Vielha, Venasque, Glere and
Ourdissetou passes

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One month walking in central Pyrenees in june 2015 and Argeles sur Mer to Barcelona in 2016

On the old paths that were used by pilgrims, merchants, king and armies to cross the Pyrenees. To feel the spirit of these mountains with the progressive walk to the high passes, the way from the green forests of the north side to the mediterranean countryside of the south side, to pass through historical places.

2015

Nepal

Khumbu – Rolwaling

Ama Dablam

From march 25th to may 4th in Nepal, 33 days trekking, 440km et 33000 meters of ascent.
From Charikot to Shivalaya then Everest Base Camp and back to Rolwaling until Bharabise

Solu Khumbu from Charikot to Shivalaya and then Namche Bazaar with side trips as Pikey Peak
Khumbu, walking 3 passes tour (Kongma La, Cho La, Renjo La), Chukkung, Everest Base Camp, Kalapattar, Gokyo lakes .
From Khumbu to Rolwaling through Tashi Lapsa to reach and end in Bharabise on the Katmandou-Lhassa road.

2014

Spain

Crossing from southest point (Tarifa) to France 

Jimena-de-la-Frontera

From april 26th to july 9th, 74 days walking, 2440 kilometers to cross Spain. Using known and unknown ways, through white villages of Andalucia, olive groves, snowed mountains, wild coast, mesetas, unspoiled beaches, to discover the beauty, the diversity of culture, countryside, traditions of the country.

From Tarifa to French border by GR7, Camino Mozarabe, Camino de Guadalupe, Via de la Plata, Camino Sanabres, Camino Ingles, Camino Norte…and sometimes my own way.

2013

Nepal

Tsum – Manaslu – Annapurnas – Mardi Himal

From march 23rd to may 2nd, 40 days walking, almost 550km and 34000m of ascent in the beautiful mountains of Nepal. 

Katmandou – Baluwa : trajet par la route
March to April 2013, I walked in Nepal, doing the following circuit :
– Start in Baluwa near Gorkha to walk through the Gurung villages of Barpak and Laprak to join Manaslu circuit in Korla Beshi
– Tsum Valley during 8 days
– Manaslu Circuit
– Annapurna Circuit using the NATT (New Annapurna Trekking Trails)
– Annapurna Sanctuary
– Part of Mardi Himal Trek

2012

Following the stars from Aachen (Germany) to Santiago, 3000km walking

The “first” way

Through Belgium, Reims, Vezelay, Cluny, Le Puy, Conques, Toulouse, Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Le Somport, the Aragonese and the French Camino

The Turpin chronicle relates that, one night, Saint James appeared to the emperor Carlomagno. The apostle asked him to deliver his tomb from the Moors. To achieve this, he had to follow the stars. The milky way would lead him to the western end of Spain, to Galicia.
Carlomagno left Aachen, was defeated at Roncesvalles and failed to deliver the tomb. But the story of the pilgrimage of Santiago was born …
Following the stars, going ahead each day further, slowly at the most natural pace. What a great program!

Departure May 9th, 2012 from Aachen
Via Mosana : May 9 to 14th
Via Monastica by GR654 : May 15 to 19th
GR654 From Namur to Vezelay : May 15th to June 5th
Vezelay to Cluny : June 5 to 13th
Cluny to Ardeche : June 14 to 26th
Ardeche – Le Puy – Toulouse : After 15 days off in Ardeche, July 10 to 28th.
Toulouse – Somport : August 7 to 21
Camino Aragonés and Camino Francés : August 21 to September 19th
Arrival in Santiago September 19th