Deciding to trek in the Himalayan Mountains is an adventurous and exciting venture, however to insure that you get to see all the magical vistas and sites it is best to travel with an experienced and competent Himalayan trekking tour.
The word "Himalaya" means abode of snow in Sanskrit; the mountain range stretches in a gentle arch for 2500km; it is home to the world's highest peak, Mount Everest; the range separates India and Tibet and crosses Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, India and Tibet; many sites in the Himalayas are sacred to Buddhists and Hindus; there are about 15,000 glaciers in the Himalayas and many major rivers originate in these mountains.
The Himalayas have always held a mystical charm to travelers who want to discover untouched nature and forces greater than man. The spiritual connection that the mountains have with Buddhism and the many monasteries located in the mountain foot hills have also sparked the imagination of travelers. The terrain offers deciduous forests, stark contrasts between bright green valleys and snow capped peaks, rocks, jungle like vegetation and the chance to encounter locals who live a remote and isolated life.
Trekking in the Himalayas was once an adventure holiday that was out of reach for most people but now the range can be accessed from several points, in particular from Nepal and Tibet. Today tour companies can offer a myriad of ways to explore the Himalayas, not just by climbing but also by cycling, 4X4 jeep safaris in the foot hills, trekking, climbing, mountain bike excursions and the chance to camp in the middle of nowhere.
Himalaya Adventure Tour
Treat yourself with a challenging 22 day cycling tour in the Tibetan Plateaus. The tour covers 1,000kms beginning in Lhasa, Tibet. The tour includes sightseeing in the capital and daily cycling of between 35km and 97km as you make your way into the Himalayas. Some of the highlights include a stop at Shigaste and the Mt. Everest Base Camp with the tour concluding in Kathmandu, Nepal.
For a slightly lighter itinerary take a tour along the Sichuan-Tibet Highway between the Tibetan Plateau and Western Sichuan. This route takes 14 days, beginning in Chengdu, the capital of Southern China and ending in Lhasa, Tibet. The tour goes through remote areas, stunning scenery and transportation is by vehicle. Some of the highlights include the 400 year old Nyitso Monastery, a visit to the Derge scripture printing press, Namtso Lake and sightseeing in Lhasa. This tour option is ideal if you are interested in getting to know the different cultures, ethnic groups and sects in this region.
Trekking in the Himalayas is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience; the pristine countryside is unparalleled, together with the magic that these mountains have possessed for thousands of years.