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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” – James Michener

1. The Himalayas

The awe-inspiring mountain range that is the Himalaya covers five countries: Pakistan, India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. It is one of the youngest mountain ranges on earth. Despite its youth, it’s going through one of the fastest growth spurts of any mountain range. The mountains are formed by the collision of the Indian tectonic plate with the Eurasian plate which in turn pushes the formidable mountains further into the heavens. With approximately 15,000 glaciers, the Himalayas are home to the third largest deposit of glaciers in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic.

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Going for world’s top mountain treks in the Himalayas

The Himalayan region in South Asia possesses such compelling trekking destinations no one in the world remains unaffected hearing the tales of adventure trips made in the world’s top mountain range. Whether it is the legend set by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa associated with their successful accent of Mount Everest or it is the layers of stories attached in the world of adventure trekking, all are significant for those travelers who dream to go for trekking in the Himalayas. The natural beauty of the region, the majestic vistas of ever soaring Himalayan range, and the several traditional cultural heritages found in the region also add the charm of the Himalayas. Himalaya region specifically in Nepal being the repository of world’s eight tallest mountain peaks houses world’s top mountain trekking trails. Those trails are located at different Himalaya ranges. Some trails are extremely popular and some others are better known for offering off-the-beaten trekking experiences.

First of all the Everest Base Camp trek penetrates deep in the Khumbu Region – the world’s tallest mountain range. While heading towards the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, trekkers encounter with the famous landmarks of Everest region – Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Tangboche Monastery, Sherpa Culture, Buddhist Monasteries, Gokyo Valley, Dudh Koshi Valley, Himalayan Glaciers, and alpine flora and fauna. Besides, it will be the journey that crosses highest passes and hilltop viewpoints in the region. While in the trail, trekkers conquer viewpoints like Gokyo RI and Kalla Patthar to capture the incredible views of Everest and the surrounding peaks. Overall, this will be a trip of a lifetime in a traveler’s life. Similarly, the Lower Dolpo trek also traverses into the fascination Himalayan region of Nepal.

The Lower Dolpo trek steps into the virgin territory of the Himalayas in Nepal. Dolpo, the legendary hidden land, lies in the rain shadow area of the Himalayas; the landscape resembles that of the Tibetan Plateau. The people in Dolpo, very pleasant and nomadic by nature, are of Tibetan descent who follow the pre-Buddhist Bon PO religion. In addition to getting a chance of making insight into the Tibetan way of life in the region, the trip particularly attracts travelers towards the nomadic – almost untouched lifestyle of people of Dolpo. Besides, the trek is gaining popularity for enjoying off the beaten trek experience. Similarly, going for the Upper Mustang trek provides an opportunity to capture the top mountain trekking experiences in the Himalayas.

The Upper Mustang trek passes into the remote Trans-Himalayan region of Nepal. Mustang,which is also recognized as the “Last Forbidden Kingdom” forcefully drags to look at its treasure troves – thousand years’ old monasteries, caves, local tribes, scenic landscapes, and an intact culture with Tibetan influences. The mesmerizing trip commences from the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge and reaches in the world’s highest regions of Lo-Mangthang Valley enjoying the company of almost barren landscapes, astounding views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek also makes its strong presence in the minds of world travelers. In the same way, the Jomsom Muktinath trek also enters into the beautiful region of the Annapurna Himalaya range of Nepal.

The Jomsom Muktinath trek encompasses some surreal sites of Nepal Himalayas. Adding to this, the trip also helps the travelers to explore the years’ old monasteries, caves, local tribes, ancient traditions and scenic beauties of Annapurna region. The trip will be the most rewarding once the visitors make an adventurous start from world’s deepest gorge to the world’s highest regions passing through an almost treeless barren landscape resembling with Tibetan Plateau, and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The trek gets interesting once the trekkers pass through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang. Indeed, the trip also covers Muktinath (3,800m) – a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists. In the same region, the Annapurna Base Camp trek has already drawn the attention of millions of travelers from the world.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek is an adventurous trip into the heart of the Annapurna Region in company of world’s best mountain vistas and ethnically diverse local cultures. The world famous trek leads the travelers to the base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain – Mt Annapurna passing through the landmarks of Annapurna region. This is the journey which also covers famous lake city Pokhara, tremendous vantage point – Poon Hill, sacred mountain base – Annapurna Sanctuary, awesome mountain base – Machhapuchhre and many more. Apart from exploring the cultural and natural landmarks of Annapurna region, the trip also helps to capture panoramic views of Annapurna Range – Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and large number of other hilly mountains in the region. Unlike previous treks, the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is suitable for nature enthusiasts.

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek passes through the scattered settlements of thatched farmhouses with colorful flower gardens, wild coniferous woodland and on to remote Buddhist settlements in the northeast section of Nepal. The awful journey is undoubtedly an overwhelming mountain adventure in the company of the panoramic views of Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. The world’s one of the top mountain adventure trips provides lasting travel experience in the beautiful garden of nature. By contrast to these worlds’ top mountain trip, the Tsum Valley trek is remembered for collecting the off-the-beaten trekking experiences in Nepal.

The Tsum Valley trek goes through the off the beaten track in the Himalayas. The trek passes through the depth of Manaslu Region of Nepal. Manaslu region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths. The greatest of all is the trip introduces the trekkers with the people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas who belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Besides offering a chance of enjoying the warm hospitality of ethnic community of the region, the trip also exposes the tourists with the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh, Sringi, Boudha mountain range. In the same way, the Makalu-Barun Valley trek gives a unique opportunity to go into the depth of naturally attractive eastern Himalaya range of Nepal.

The Makalu-Barun Valley trek crosses several high passes as it climbs into the remote Barun Valley at the foot of Mt. Makalu – the fifth highest mountain in the world. The trip will be packed with gathering a contrasting experience in the Makalu-Barun Valley, where high waterfalls cascade into deep gorges, craggy rocks rise from lush green forests, and colorful flowers bloom beneath white snow peaks. The journey throughout the trail will be accompanied by the landmarks of the Makalu Region – Makalu-Barun National Park, Arung River, the last pristine mountain ecosystems on earth, and spectacular views of rugged Himalayan peaks – Mt. Makalu (8,462m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319m) and Mt. Baruntse (7,129m). Furthermore, the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is also popularly recognized in the world of spiritual tour of Tibet.

The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra is undoubtedly one of the greatest pilgrimage trips in the sacred mountain region of Tibet. The Mt. Kailash region is first and foremost known for its religious, cultural, and spiritual significance. The heavenly beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating; it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon. The region also includes the two pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another important aspect of Kailash is that the four most sacred rivers, Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus, of Indian sub-continent begin from here. Because of its spiritual significance, this trip has also a special place among those travelers who desire to go for a top mountain trek in the Himalayas. Another important destination for world travelers for trekking lies in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalayas.

The Ladakh trip wanders through the heaven in earth in the company of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges – the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Ladakh is also known as the ‘Little Tibet’ in India baffles the travelers with the especial fragrance of brightly painted monasteries, wall tapestries, and handmade crafts and to its most with the views of pristine Himalayas. Besides, the trip provides an ideal ground for pilgrimage journeys to explore the treasures of Tibetan Buddhism in the region. Together with spectacular mountain views, the Ladakh region is a world’s fantastic destination for exploring the cultural heritage of the Tibetan in the Indian Himalaya range.

The Himalaya region being world’s crown not only houses world’s incredible human diversity and flora and fauna, it also drags the global travel-loving people towards it. For the most, it is such a fascinating destination for the world travelers where most of the world’s top mountain trekking trips are operated. Whether it is the Everest Base Camp trek or the other numerous mountain trails, the Himalaya region always appeals the sense of adventure.

Remote and Hidden Treks in the Himalayas

Beyond the popular trekking routes, the Himalaya region is full of remote and hidden trekking routes. The remote and hidden trekking routes apart from offering the chance of exploring less visited Himalayan region also provide the opportunity of discovering the isolated cultures that flourished in those remote hilly regions of Nepal.

Lower Dolpo and Lake Phoksumdo Trek

The Lower Dolpo and Lake Phoksumdo trek is a wonderful journey through the magnificent remote countryside, farm villages and valleys with fabulous scenery of snow capped peaks of Dolpo and Tibetan mountain ranges. The whole trip encompasses the remote cultural destination of Nepal on the old Trans-Himalayan caravan route, ancient Bon-Po (Pre-Buddhist) culture, snow leopard trail, Nepal’s wild-west traditional villages on the backdrop of the high snow capped peaks, serene forest and pristine lake. This will be really an awesome trek in the remote hidden region of the Himalayas.

Dhaulagiri Trek

The Dhaulagiri region is the only trekking area where one can view the rare face of Mount Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna massifs. The trek combines almost all of the trekking environments that Nepal Himalaya has to offer, from the temperate subtropic low farmlands to alpine zone in the deep woods, and the dense forests of the lower warmer region to the high snow crested ridge and ruthless ice field. Furthermore, the trip helps traveler to explore the popular ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route, the world’s deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki Valley, untouched virgin forest of rhododendron, oaks, and pine trees, unspoiled country life, and fascinating villages.

Manaslu Trek

The Manaslu trek is an incredible adventure in the midst of high snow capped mountains, verdant rain-alpine forest and off-beaten paths for the views of majestic snow peaks, traditional villages, Buddhist culture, and warm friendly locals. The remote and hidden trek follows upstream of the Buri-Gandaki river from the sub-tropical forest to the dry arctic of Tibetan zone, offering outstanding views of the traditional mid hill villages, and Mt. Manaslu along with panorama of the surrounding magnificent peaks that straddle the border with Tibet.

Makalu Trek

The Makalu trek passes through the most spectacular scenery of lush tropical green of Arun Valley up to the high ruthless ice fields of Mount Makalu. It is an adventurous journey to worlds’ 05th highest mountain Mt. Makalu with ample time exploring the alpine forest in the high alpine and arctic landscapes with rare species orchids and rural farm and traditional villages. On route of this trek one can see stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga massif, Everest, Lhotse, Baruntse and Chamlang. In overall, the hidden trek unfolds the scenic environment among friendly locals, traditional villages with striking views of the world’s highest mountain range, alpine forest, and the remote least trekked areas in the virgin Barun Valley.

Jumla and Rara Lake Trek

The Jumla and Rara Lake trek passing through magnificent remote countryside, farm villages and valleys with fabulous scenery of snow capped peaks of Dolpo and Tibetan mountain ranges reaches of the site of the largest lake in Nepal within its National Park. The trekking region is very much tranquil with enchanting forest and landscapes. The remote and hidden trek, in overall, offers the views of the largest lake in Nepal, pristine forest, stunning landscapes, magnificent scenery, and isolated traditional villages in the wilderness of the far west of the Nepal Himalaya range.

Upper Mustang Trek

It will be a fascinating trek in the remote cultural destination of Nepal on the old Trans-Himalayan Caravan route. The hidden trek in the Far North Western at Upper Mustang unfolds the amazing sights of the ancient Bon-Po (Pre-Buddhist) culture, ancient walled town-village of Lo-Manthang on the backdrop of the high snow capped peaks. Lo-Manthang – the old kingdom of Mustang is the best of this beautiful country. It is in the sense that travelers in this region can get the best insights into the mysterious old Tibetan culture, traditions and religions that still exists.  Apart from this, it will be a trek to experience the high land windswept valley with eroded canyons, and colorful rock formations.