Nepal Garmin Maps - Free Download
-11.08.13 Kathmandu more details, Helambu & Langtang adds
-25.10.13 New sets of the three maps
-26.01.14 New sets, Kathmandu more details
-29.06.14 Update; new sets, Kathmandu more details
-22.01.15 Update; new sets, Kathmandu more details
Free downloads for GPS-Garmin maps from Nepal:
1) Annapurna Gebiet with Pokhara (.zip) - Datum: 2015-01
2) Helambu Langtang Gebiet with Kathmandu and Bhaktapur (.zip) - Datum: 2015-01
3) Everest Gebiet with Jiri andTumlingtar (.zip) - Datum: 2015-01
Also the maintenance, testing and providing these maps requires time and money. If you are satisfied with the maps you can gladly donate a minimum contribution. Or download one part of the Nepal Trilogy on your PC for only 4,99 €. This will save the further use and development. Thank you very much!
filename_gmappsupp.img [files are tested (Garmin - eTrex/Oregon)]
New Garmin devices: files (filename_gmappsupp.img) on an extern SD card could be served to the Garmin register.
Under ‘settings’ item ‘maps’ in the Garmin menue you can activate or deactive these maps.
Default setting is ‘activated’.
Older Garmin devices:only one file with the filename ‘gmappsupp.img’ on an extern SD card could be served to the Garmin register. Afterwards you have to change the SD card or to replace the file on the SD card. For this purpose you have simply to change the filename of the downloaded map on the SD card into ‘gmappsupp.img’.
To install the maps onto the Garmin you also can easily use the ‘MapInstaller’ of Garmin.
Basecamp (Software by Garmin for Garmin tool) recognizes maps on SD cards and stores these in its program.
The compilation of the maps was done by OpenStreetMap (OSM). The precision of the topographical features may considerably differ due to the great variety of their sources, but the digital elevation model is an excellent one and delivers a first-rate orientation by means of the eTrex in areas which are partial sparsely populated.
The digital elevation model is to be seen at a zoom level 21 that is corresponding to an ajustment of a scale of 1.2 km on the Garmin.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) lives by voluntary contributions; therefore if you have recorded trekking-trails or crossroad-points with your Garmin please make available these data to OpenStreetMap (OSM).
Many topografical maps - also as prints obtainable - show vague entries in trekking areas and although they serve as general maps or could be used in terms of planning but they aren’t down to the last detail maps. The combination of both - OpenStreetMap (OSM) and topografical map – ensures an optimum of orientation for many areas.
Don’t put your trust not only on your Garmin in sparsely populated areas! Also make use of maps or engage a wellinformed guide.
Generally speaking the distances of the trekking trails in Nepal aren’t not neccesarily a problem but the differences in altitude, the lack of trails and the quickly changing weather, which can create lifethreatening situations for the trekking people.
Fact is that for a distance of two kilometres as the crow flies in european trekking regions a time of 30 minutes is recognized as a normal trekking time. But in Nepal this opinion has no general validity also for trekkings in lower regions at a height of 1000-3000 m and this assumed normal trekking time can be regarded as much too short because of following reasons: Here steep ascents and descents can be on pathes without signs, crossing the rivers can be time-consuming, it is possible that you have ‘to gather meters in height’ to avoid obstacles in order to give away this gathered treasure in a total descent.
Consequently the limited gaol-time is melting and more critical situations can emerge.
Generally one can say trekking areas without problems are the main-trekking-areas, that are the Annapurna range, the standard routes in the Everest range und the Helambu/Langtang range which are partly ‘easy’ terrain and a to-get-lost is hardly possible because of the infrastructure and the thorough markings.
We update the maps at irregular intervals. You’ll find the date of the latest version in your Garmin under ‘settings/map’. 2011-04 means that the actual version of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) represents the edition of the map in April 11.
Example Map for Garmin - Everest
Example Map for Garmin - Kathmandu