They may cross six countries and contain many colossal mountains such as Everest and K2, but journeying through the Himalayas isn't just about making it to the top. The following five treks will give you more than just sore feet and lots of photos of snow-capped peaks.
For details of treks and accommodation visit www.3sistersadventuretrek.com. The sisters also offer women-run rafting and safari trips to Chitwan.
As they seem to prefer standing alone atop freezing mountain ridges, few people ever get very close to a yak. On a “yak safari” with Spiti Ecosphere, however, you’ll get to ride one. With a surefootedness suited to the rocky paths and alpine pastures, the hairy beast will transport you over the Spiti Valley in northern Himachal Pradesh. You’ll stay overnight with families in remote villages, dining with them and chatting with some of the local farmers. Once the lifeline of isolated rural communities scattered about Himachal Pradesh, the yak is now slowly disappearing, as modern farming tools obviate the need for it. The emergence of yak safaris, however, has ensured that the hirsute animal has regained its value. Long live the yak.
Ecosphere also offers several walking and mountain-biking trips in the valley, plus rafting trips down the Spiti River.
Trips run from April to October. For prices and details of itineraries visit www.thehimalayanadventurecompany.com.
The fifteen-day trip starts and ends in Kathmandu. For itinerary details and prices see www.theresponsibletravellers.com. For a similar experience, but trekking through the foothills of Everest, see handsupholidays.com/cities/everest-region/.
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