The 7 great adventure breaks allow travelers to share their experiences, meet local people, witness cultural diversities, observe the unique flora and fauna, and enjoy panoramic mountain vistas in the Himalayas. Along the way, there is the chance to see wild lives and amazing temples, to capture world’s great hikes and to explore the depths of the Himalayas nations’ history and culture. The 7 great adventure breaks in the enigmatic Himalayas enhance to collect an unforgettable adventure trekking experience.
The great adventure breaks combine the fascinating trips through the exotic town of Kathmandu, explore ancient Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines, and soak up the diversity of the bustling markets before heading out to see the peaks of the Himalayas. These great adventures also encompass the tremendous landmarks of Tibet and Bhutan. In doing so, the 7 great adventure breaks success to impart the most unforgettable travel experience in the Himalayas.
1. Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp trek, which is more and more becoming popular features a wide reach of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters with the Sherpa people who inhabit the high elevation region of Everest. A scenic flight to Lukla brings the adventure seekers to the start point of Everest Base Camp trek. The trek continues through the lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar (3,440m). Then after, the adventure trek lovers spend time in the Sherpa ‘capital’ of Namche Bazaar, marvel at the incredible views of Everest from the village of Tengboche (3,930m), home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world (4,100m) and also reputed by photographers as one of the best places to capture the awesome beauty of Mt. Everest (8,848m) and its neighboring peaks. Next, the trip reaches at the Everest Base Camp – the traveler’s dream destination and then heads for Kala Patthar to scale the region’s best viewpoint. Briefly, the Everest Base Camp trek is undoubtedly a great adventure break as it offers the opportunity of viewing the highest point on planet Earth and numerous magically attracting peaks in the region.
2. Snowman Trek
The Snowman trek, one of the most formidable adventure breaks in Bhutan, is the world’s toughest trek as it passes through Bhutan’s difficult terrain, high altitude and distance. The great adventure break starts from the Paro Valley in western Bhutan and traverses along the Bhutan – Tibet border crossing the highest mountain passes and ends in central Bhutan. Though the journey is in one of the remotest and secluded regions of Bhutan, the pleasure it gives is unbeatable in the area of outdoor adventure. The adventure break crosses eleven high passes over 4,500m that define the borders of Bhutan and Tibet. The views of eternal snow – capped mountains, glacial lakes, the highest yak herder’s settlements, varied flora and fauna, tiny Buddhist monasteries, and secluded villages during the trek is incomparable.
3. Mount Kailash Pilgrimage
The Mount Kailash Pilgrimage trip as a great adventure break in the Himalayas takes the travelers on the holy site of Buddhists, Jains, Hindus and Bon religion in Tibet. According to the Hindu followers, the perfect pyramid of the 22,028-foot peak is where the god Shiva sits in meditation. While the mountain itself is forbidden for climbers, traversing 32 miles around it is an important ritual. The important ritual is called Kailash Kora. Even though the mountain is not for climbers, it does draw crowds of pilgrims seeking its powerful good grace. After completing the Kailash Kora, travelers take a dip in nearby Lake Manasarovar (15,060 ft.) – one of the highest lakes on the planet. The sacred region in addition to the pilgrimage is also popular for meditation, spiritual quest as well as adventure breaks in the Himalayas.
4. Great Himalaya Trail
The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is a concept that connects the highest route across the Himalaya-through India, Pakistan, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan – on existing trekking trails and ancient trade and pilgrimage paths. This vision is yet to come into practice. If the dream trail comes true, it will become one of the longest and highest walking trails in the world. But there is positive news that the great adventure break seekers can go over a thousand miles in the Nepalese section of the high Himalayas. The one thousand mile trail can be completed in four to six months if everything goes smoothly. Along the trail one can go at the proximity of the world’s highest peaks, visit some of the most remote communities on earth, pass through lush green valleys, arid high plateaus and incredible landscapes, witness cultural diversity, watch the vivid alpine flora and fauna, and see the spectacular mountain views.
5. High Road to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp
The High Road to Lhasa is a classic Tibetan adventure journey – a rugged crossing of the Tibetan Plateau linking the vibrant Kathmandu with the fabled city of Lhasa. The great adventure break is also a superb trip to experience the beauty of the Tibetan landscape and to understand the rich culture of its people. The adventure trip starts from Kathmandu; a vibrant metropolis with nearly two thousand years of history, ancient architecture and strong Buddhist and Hindu influences followed by Nyalam, Dingri, Shegar then the base camp of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest followed by visits to Shigatse, Gyantse and finally to Lhasa. During the trip travelers can also explore the mystical Yamdrok Tso Lake, conquer a few high passes, and visit popular Tibetan monasteries like Sakya, Tashilhunpo, Shalu, Sera and Rongbuk, the world’s highest monastery, all the while being surrounded by the magnetic allure of the Himalayas. In the spiritual capital of Lhasa, there are ample things to explore the former home of the Dalai Lama, Potala Palace, Tibet’s world famous resplendent landmark. There is also Jokhang, Tibet’s holiest temple with its priceless statues and frescoes, and the Norbulinka, or Summer Place of Dalai Lama. The great adventure break makers also visit the Barkhor, the bustling bazaar of old Lhasa, which is right on the pilgrim’s circumambulating route around the Jokhang temple. In overall, the adventure trip travels through Himalaya’s pristine and spiritual environment.
6. Annapurna Circle Trek
The Annapurna Circle trek also belongs in the list of the world’s great adventure breaks as it encompasses almost all the tremendous landmarks of Annapurna region. In addition to capturing the grandest vistas of Annapurna Himalaya range, it is also a journey of the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world’s highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m), the Manang valley, the spiritual Muktinath and the most fantastic and famous view point-Poon Hill. Beyond these, the adventure breaks navigates the wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and their traditional cultural heritages in the region. Along the way, travelers also get the opportunity to explore the beauty of the lake city of Pokhara, enjoy natural hot spring at Tatopani and ride on a mountain flight.
7. Upper Dolpo Trek
The Upper Dolpo trek is gaining its height in the realm of providing off-the-beaten travel experience in the remote mountain region of Nepal. The great adventure trip 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 trip also encompasses 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 snow capped peaks, serene forest and pristine lake. During this adventure break, a trekker passes through many gigantic mountain ranges till to reach the Phoksundo lake in the “Phoksundo National Park”. The Dolpo region also sustains an abundance of wildlife, including Musk Deer, Himalayan Blue Sheep and the legendary elusive Snow Leopard. The adventure outing also explores the cultural tradition as well as economic activities that still thrive on barter system in the region. Hence, it will be a great adventure break for discovering the wonderful land and witnessing an almost nomadic culture in the remote hidden region of the Himalayas.