Beside the big effort required to climb the Himalayas, the region has become more and more accessible for walkers in our days. Since the ascent of Mount Everest was a success 60 years ago, tourists and explorers tried more often to trek in Himalayas to discover as many accessible roads as possible, but also to test their limits.
The best treks in this amazing region are across India, Nepal, Tibet, Burma and Pakistan. The most adventurous part is a 4000 km crescent area, between Kyrgyzstan and Burma, where there are the highest mountains and the deepest gorges, wild forests surfaces and the high plateau of Tibet.
Even if the biggest part of Himalayas is just wildlife, sharp mountains and inaccessible areas, you will have the surprise to discover a large diversity of cultures living here. They adapted very well to this kind of environment and it will be a great experience to find out their customs and to see how they deal with daily challenges. This is actually the point where Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism meet and it is also a very dynamic region. It may sound unusual, but the number of roads and airports is increasing quickly and it became very easy to reach there. But the big challenge is still the mountain climbing.
So how we do this? Because we hear that Everest was so hard to climb and many accidents happened, but nowadays things changed a little. The new ways to experience Himalayas are luxury lodges for those who just want to see the panoramas and to enjoy comfort and treks made to discover cultural curiosities.
Walking in this region is not so difficult, maybe just in Lake District area, because of the altitude. If you want to trek in a specific period, you must know what parts of Himalayas are more appropriate: in April and October, the most frequented are India and Nepal, but in the summer, you better choose Jammu and Kashmir regions.
The most popular areas, like Everest, Annapurna and Ladakh’s Markha valley have several basic lodges for tourists to stay in, if they don’t want to carry a tent. And for those with a more permissive budget, there are organized itineraries, with a guide who leads tourists on the best treks. But you also can approach a local agent to ask for directions, they are very open to help visitors.
There is also a suitable area for children, in Nepal, where they can visit Chitwan National Park, to see the wildlife and even to ride an elephant.
For a trek in Mount Everest, you have the option to contact a specialized operator, that organizes this kind of activities. For those who don’t want to sleep in a tent and search for a little more comfort, there are two chains of luxury lodges on the way to base camp. An interesting experience would be to explore the east side of Everest, which isn’t so visited, but it is one of the most beautiful approaches to the world’s highest peak.
Wild trekking, for the experienced ones, is the most interesting adventure here. This means weeks of camping and tolerance for serious walking and high altitude. The best point is the trek to K2’s base camp, from where you can admire the most stunning peaks, like Trango Towers and Masherbrum. The tour takes 15 days, but it is worth doing, since you reach Concordia, the confluence of two mighty glaciers, which is a breath taking landscape.
If you feel the call of the wild and this kind of adventure doesn’t scare, but challenges you, it is never too late for Himalayas. Search for the best hotel deals in Nepal or India on TripEconomy and go on the roof of the world!