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Himalaya Trekking

Himalaya Trek involves a walking trip following existing trails in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.  Most of which have been used for communication and trade for many years. Trekking is not mountaineering. Whilst some of the popular trekking trails are used by mountaineering expeditions on their approach marches, most are simply used by the local Himalayan people for everyday travel and trade.

Himalaya undoubtedly offers some of the most spectacular and beautiful scenery, with well-published photographs of Everest, Machhapuchhre, Ama Dablam, mount Kailas and other huge mountains making them instantly recognizable to keen trekkers from every continent.

Himalaya has a virtual monopoly on the world's tallest mountains (eight of the ten highest peaks are located in Nepal) and a number of the popular trekking routes offer wonderful views or even visits to the base camps used by mountaineering expeditions. The hill country is also often breath taxingly beautiful with pretty villages, attractive houses and interesting temples, as well as subtropical lowlands, vast meadows or forests, fast flowing rivers, deep canyons and the cold and barren regions at the feet of the great mountain peaks. The views change with the seasons, such as different stages of planting and harvesting cycles or the brilliant displays of wild flowers in spring and autumn and there is always something interesting to see and experience.

Trekking in Himalaya offers ultimate opportunity for intrepid explorers who are forever in quest for adventures in the Himalayas. With captivating landscape of Himalaya range and unrivaled diversity of flora and fauna, Himalaya is trekkers' paradise. Himalaya trekking holidays is indeed, an inspirational treat to the trekkers. From the warm and lush vegetation of the lower hills to the ice slopes of the highest mountain range on earth, one will experience a truly delightful bond with the nature instilling in you an amazing spirit of adventure. Nothing can be more fulfilling experience than trekking in Himalaya that will let you camp in the jungles, surrender to the wilderness, bond with the nature, eat and sleep under an open sky, sing and dance around campfire and directly interact with local people. It is truly the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to relax and enjoy nature at its very best.

Himalayas guide is a highly proactive trekking agency in Himalaya which offers the largest range of Himalaya adventure travel itineraries offering opportunities for people with any grade of experience and almost any time frame. For more than a decade, we've pioneered and led thousands of trips all over Himalayan range in the most eco-friendly way.

Trekking and mountaineering in Himalaya give a deep insight and first hand experience of witnessing the vivid and distinct flora and fauna as well as admire the picturesque natural beauty of Himalaya. It completely depends upon you if you want to venture out on the much-traversed tracts or want to explore the virgin trails. Whatever you choose, you are bound to experience unforgettable spectacles. In short, we can safely conclude that Himalaya is mountaineer's paradise and what is typical of paradise, Himalaya has many courses on its platter. For example, you have tropical and coniferous mountain forests and lofty Himalayan peaks as starters. Then you can have the Mount Everest itself in the main course.

Talking of trekking, it usually consists of an optimal series of ascents and descents. In normal course, you are required to walk for a minimum of 5 to 7 hours (9 to 14 km) per day on average with a guide, cook and porters and, on some occasions, pack animals. The best thing about the mountaineering and trekking in Himalaya is the process itself. The objective of trekking is not just the particular destination, but also the journey. You travel at a modest pace, observing nature, rural communities, and spectacular mountain panoramas.

The most interesting thing about trekking in Himalaya is the range of geographical features that you witness in the process. It is perfectly usual to cross snowfields in the morning and bathe in sub-tropical streams in the afternoon. The only dampener in the process is the absence of signposts. For the most part, trekking routes are well traveled by local people and mountaineers alike, but remain unmarked and are without signposts.

Trekking and mountaineering agencies in Himalaya offer a wide variety of different treks to suit both novices and experienced trekkers. Depending upon your time and budget constraints; these agencies tailor- made itineraries to suit your needs. Talking of accommodations, there are two basic types of accommodation in trekking namely Teahouse and Camping. All the treks are accompanied and lead by professional mountaineers who double up as guides. All of these guides are well trained and licensed by the Government.

Trekking Areas of Himalaya

The important trekking areas in Himalaya are the Everest region, Annapurna region and Langtang region. The Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Manaslu, Tibet and Bhutan are exotic trekking areas to see preserved natural and cultural heritages. The rara lake region in western Himalaya and the Makalu and Kanchenjunga regions in eastern Himalaya are two other important areas.

Most popular trekking in Himalaya
The Tibet, Bhutan, Everest and Annapurna are most popular regions. Recently Mustang and Dolpo trekking are also getting more popular for their cultural heritage. But this may not be very useful information for you if you want to know the single best trek and do it. Each trek is unique, different and often not comparable to other. But we can definitely suggest that an Everest trekking or an Annapurna trekking will be the most satisfying experience for first time visitors.

The best trekking in Himalaya
The most popular does not mean the best one. Also what is best is a personal choice. There are many treks famous for their own reasons. Some are famous for great mountain views, some for the natural beauties, some for remote and exotic Tibetan villages and some for amazing wildflowers. So the best trek for you depends on what is your interest. Though the Annapurna and the Everest are two most popular regions for trekking, however, there are some other regions with unique treks. Also, there are many exotic, unexplored areas .See our home page for a detailed list of trekking areas.

The best trekking season
The time without snow and without rainfall is the best time to visit the mountain trails. That said October to early December and March to May are the best seasons for trekking in Himalaya. This again depends on which area you want to visit. For example there are some very good treks that are done on relatively low altitudes and they can be done even in January (as there will be no snow there), the Poon Hill Ghorepani trek is one of them.  Likewise wildflower treks and also Mustang trekking and Dolpo trekking in rain shadow zones are best done during summer days of July and August.
Trekking styles (Tea house or Camping trek)

The popular trekking routes of Everest, Annapurna and Langtang have lodges at frequent stops .We can have lunch or stay for night in these lodges. A trek in which we use these lodges for our food and accomodation is called tea house trekking. Originally, before trekking was introduced in Himalaya, there were small tea shops in the place where we have lodges now; serving tea and snacks for the local villagers travelling from one place to others, hence the name “tea house." Unlike this, a fully supported trek in which we carry all our foods and equipments is called camping trek or an organized trek. In such a trek our Sherpa crew will make the tents for you and our cook will prepare all the meals.

A typical trekking day
Your trekking day starts at around 6 am with a cup of tea or coffee at your tent. You wash your face with warm water and prepare yourself for breakfast at around 7.30. The trek starts after breakfast; you walk at your own pace frequently stopping to enjoy good views and take photographs .You carry a small bag containg your personal goods that you need during the day. The porters and Yaks will carry the rest. After a walk of about 3 hours we stop for lunch .It lasts for about 1.5 hours .With another session of walking for 3 to 4 hours we reach our camp, which is often a scenic spot. While you rest, the trekking crew will fix the tents for you. You relax or walk around the camp, enjoy tea/coffee. Around 6-7 PM you will have your dinner, talk about the day's experience with other members or enjoy the Himalayan solitude yourself.

Foods on the trek
In a lodge to lodge (tea house) trek you can expect to get mostly continental menus.  You can also get some Tibetan, Chinese, Himalayan and even Indian and Italian dishes on the tea houses.  The food is good and well enjoyed by the trekkers. In higher altitudes near the base camps of the mountains, you get fewer varieties than in the lower altitudes. We provide three meals with tea or coffee. Where ever possible we try to offer you fresh vegetables from the village, fresh fruits etc. If you are doing high altitude treks like the Everest base camp, do not consume alcohols (you get beers and whisky even in mountains) until you reach your destination. Alcohol consumption may increase the chances of altitude sickness.  You are allowed to choose the food you like but it is wiser not to order different dishes for each person’s as cooking so many dishes takes a long time. Some lodges do not have many ovens and may be they have only one cook.  Making a combined order saves time, especially in lunch. You can buy bottled water in the mountains but we suggest you to bring water purifiers like iodine and avoid bottled water. Water bottles are major source of pollution in the mountains.

If you are in a camping trek we provide you multicourse dishes from starters to deserts.  We have excellent cooks to prepare hot and delicious meals. A full set of facilities including kitchen and dining tents, tables and chairs are provided.

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