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TOPIC: The ultimate guide to trekking in the Himalayas

The ultimate guide to trekking in the Himalayas 6 years, 9 months ago #835

Came across an article about trekking in the Himalayas, some excerpts below-

Knowing where to go in an area 10 times the size of France is daunting. Everest gets most of the headlines, but the Himalayas are vast, especially when you include mountain ranges west of the Indus - the Pamir, Hindu Kush and Karakoram.

This 4000km crescent, stretching from Kyrgyzstan to Myanmar, is a geography of superlatives - the highest mountains, the deepest gorges, tracts of wild forest, the rolling high plateau of Tibet, and, in Bhutan and the Indian state of Assam in the eastern Himalayas, some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.

The summer monsoon is much heavier in the eastern Himalayas than it is in the west, and so the most popular trekking periods in much of India, Nepal and the region to the east are April and October.

Skies tend to be clearer in the autumn, although it's colder too, but that's when Everest and other popular treks are at their busiest.

Zanskar and Ladakh, largely Tibetan Buddhist in terms of their population but politically part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, are north of the Himalayan chain and enjoy much better weather in July and August. These are also the best months for K2 and the rest of the Karakoram, including Kashmir, as well as the Hindu Kush.

The most popular trekking areas (such as Everest, the Annapurna region and Ladakh's Markha Valley) have a network of fairly basic lodges, opening up these areas to independent trekkers who don't want to carry a tent and are on a limited budget. It's also possible to reach Annapurna, or Nepal's Langtang region, by bus, without the need for costly internal flights.

Read full article here-
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