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Feel the difference with Himalayan Glacier Trekking that revises your satisfaction paving into unquenchable mystic of Hindu culture and its ancient legacy, and to the heartland of spiritual Buddhist traditions. Further, we pick you up through Everest, the highest peak of the world to the spiritual shrine of the world, Tibet. We rearrange your itinerary to the culturally diverse incredible India to the tranquil untouched heights of wonders of Bhutan.
The cultural diversity and innocence of people, the majesty of Himalayan range and trails of Glacier Peaks and the origin of eastern traditions are calmly waiting to greet you at the heartland of mystic South Asia especially in Nepal.
These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:
1. GR20, France
This demanding 15- day (168km, 104mi) slog through Corsica is legendary for the diversity of landscapes it traverses. There are forests, granite moonscapes, windswept craters, glacial lakes, torrents, peat bogs, maquis, snow-capped peaks, plains and névés (stretches of ice formed from snow). But it doesn’t come easy: the path is rocky and sometimes steep, and includes rickety bridges and slippery rock faces – all part of the fun. Created in 1972, the GR20 links Calenzana, in the Balagne, with Conca, north of Porto Vecchio.
2. Inca Trail, Peru
This 33km (20mi) ancient trail was laid by the Incas and is currently traversed by thousands each year. The trail leads from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu winding its way up and down and around the mountains, taking three high passes en route. Views of white-tipped mountains and high cloud forest combine with the magic of walking from one cliff-hugging ruin to the next – understandably making this South America’s most famous trail.
3. Pays Dogon, Mali
‘The land of the Dogon people’ is one of Africa’s most breathtaking regions. A trek here can last anywhere between two and 10 days, and takes in the soaring cliffs of the Bandiagara escarpment inlaid with old abandoned cliff dwellings. Dogon villages dot the cliffs and are an extraordinary highlight of the journey. The Dogon are known for their masked stilt dancers, intricately carved doors and pueblo-like dwellings built into the side of the escarpment.
4. Everest Base Camp, Nepal
Reaching a height of 5,545m (18,193ft) at Kala Pattar, this three-week trek is extremely popular with those who want to be able to say, ‘I’ve been to the base of the world’s highest mountain’. The difficult trek passes undeniably spectacular scenery and is trafficked by Sherpa people of the Solu Khumbu. The heights reached during this trek are literally dizzying until you acclimatise to the altitude, and the continuous cutting across valleys certainly has its ups and downs.
Fewer folk trek on the Indian side of the world’s greatest mountain range. So, if isolation’s your thing try trekking in Himachal Pradesh. Hardcore hikers can try teetering along the mountain tops for 24 days from Spiti to Ladakh. This extremely remote and challenging walk follows ancient trade routes. The bleak high-altitude desert terrain inspired Rudyard Kipling to exclaim, ‘Surely the gods live here; this is no place for men’.
6. Overland Track, Australia
Tasmania’s prehistoriclooking wilderness is most accessible on the 80km (50mi, five- to six-day) Overland Track. Snaking its way between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair (Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake), the well-defined path (boardwalked in parts) passes craggy mountains, beautiful lakes and tarns, extensive forests and moorlands. Those who want more can take numerous side walks leading to waterfalls, valleys and still more summits including Mt Ossa (1,617m, 5,305ft) – Tassie’s highest.
7. Routeburn Track, New Zealand
See the stunning subalpine scenery of New Zealand’s South Island surrounding this medium three-day (32km, 20mi) track. At the base of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the track passes through two national parks: Fiordland and Mt Aspiring. Highlights include the views from Harris Saddle and atop Conical Hill – from where you can see waves breaking on the distant beach. The main challenge for this popular hike is actually securing a place among the limited numbers who are allowed on the track at any time.
8. The Narrows, USA
A 26km (16mi) journey through dramatic canyons carved over centuries by the Virgin River, the Narrows in Zion National Park is a hike like no other. The route is the river, with over half of the hike spent wading and sometimes swimming. The hike can be traversed in a day, though some choose to take the hanging gardens and natural springs at a more leisurely pace – spending a night at one of the park’s 12 camp grounds.
9. The Haute Route, France-Switzerland
Leading from Chamonix in France through the southern Valais to Zermatt in Switzerland, the Haute Route traverses some of the highest and most scenic country accessible to walkers anywhere in the Alps. The summer Haute Route walk (which takes a different course than the more famous winter skitouring route) takes around two weeks to complete. It mainly involves ‘pass hopping’ and demands a high level of fitness, with every section containing a high huff factor.
10. Baltoro Glacier & K2, Pakistan
This corridor of ice leads to the colossal peak of K2 (8,611m, 28,251ft), the world’s second-highest peak. This incomparable trek traverses some of the most humbling scenery on the planet. What begins following icy rivers boldly goes to the guts of the glacier before leading to the granite pyramidal mountains including Paiju (6,610m, 21,686ft), Uli Biaho (6,417m, 21,053ft), Great Trango Tower (6,286m, 20,623ft) and ultimately K2. If the 15 days doesn’t floor you, take side trips to more moraine-covered glaciers.
It was a great pleasure to take part in Himalayan Glacier’s 2010 expedition to Baruntse. This was in fact our second trip with Himalayan Glacier. It all began in October 2008 when accompanied by 6 old friends we set off on a privately guided expedition to the “trekking peak” of Island peak. This was the trip of a lifetime, resulting in all 7 of us summiting. What the team brought was a steely determination to get to the top – but it wouldn’t have been possible without the organisation, expertise and leadership of our friends at Himalayan Glacier.
In a nutshell, the company combines local knowledge with total professionalism: exactly what is required when operating at high altitude. Basically we got a service which a foreign operator (or another local one, for that matter) would find hard to beat – at a really good price. Then there’s the cherry on top – great, friendly service. These guys are our pals.
Thus choosing Himalayan Glacier for Baruntse was an easy decision. But the trip itself certainly not easy. At 7,200m this was a big leap up from Island Peak. As an “expedition peak” rather than “trekking peak” there is firstly a lot of bureaucracy – which Himalayan Glacier helped us out with. It all set the scene for an epic adventure, beginning with a week or so of trekking through the Barun-Makalu national park, through the most spectacular valleys I have seen – including past Mera Peak. It’s a lot quieter than the Khumbu, and a bit more challenging. There were some good views of Everest and Lhotse en route as well.
Our climbing sherpas – the lead guides, Tenzing and Lapka – knew the area like the backs of their hands of course They were total professionals throughout the whole expedition and most likely were the best guides on the mountain.
The day we were going to base camp Tenzing got an early start to bag our expedition the choicest spot at base camp – secluded, quiet and some top pitches. Then it started to snow. For about 3 days. Fortunately chef and the boys did us proud with some excellent and varied meals.
The first recce was to camp one, situated above the Western Col – which required some fixed ropes to ascend. At about 6,000m this was challenging – but Tenzing and Lapka were there in support all the way. Some further days at base camp followed –meeting other expeditions, the odd bit of sunbathing and even frisbee (in short bursts!).
After a week or so at base camp we were ready for the big push. It began with a holy ceremony – the puja – lead by Tenzing, a Lama. But we were still in for a tough time. On top of the massive and late monsoon, the recent snow had built up considerably above the col and we were hearing that the ridge to the top was unpassable. After a night at camp 1 we met our friends from an Iranian expedition on their way back down, having had their way blocked by chest high, impassable and avalanche-prone sugary, sloppy snow just above camp 2 at 6,400. As the route to camp 2 itself wasn’t dangerous we headed up the next day (it was still a challenge – the extra weight of all our gear and food made it very hard going!)
Lapka and Tenzing went on past camp 2 – a quick recce to check out the conditions, but the decision was easy – it was a no go. We stayed the night and headed back to base camp the following day.
It turned out that our leaders’ decision probably saved our lives. A few days later, 19-times Everest summiter Chhaweng Nima attempted the summit ridge but was tragically killed in an avalanche. I regret not having the triumph of the summit but Chhaweng’s death put things in perspective.
A four day trek and we were back in Kathmandu, at the Shanker Hotel and back out in Thamel. I’m not exactly sure where Siri from Himalyan Glacier took us but it was a cracking night (from what I can remember!)
All in all an amazing experience. The company are absolutely fantastic and I could not recommend them enough. As such I am happy to provide any further reference for anyone interested.