Everest Base Camp
The Everest base camp trek is the all-time favorite trek in the Himalayas. It shows you the Great views of Everest, a good trail, wonderful tea houses to stay in and continuous views of some of the tallest peaks in the world will keep your attention during what is an 11-day trek. The trek ends at Everest Base Camp. You can look directly up the icefall of the Khumbu Glacier towards the peak of Everest which is at a height of 3500m above you.
An ancient route along the frozen Zanskar River of this 6 days trek connects the villages of the Zanskar valley with the village of Chilling which lies on the road to Leh. The best time to take the Chadar trek is in late January and early February when the conditions are coldest and the frozen river can be used as a pathway. It’s a wonderful and beautiful trek if you can accept the average -10 C temperatures during the day. The temperature fall as low as -20 to -25 C at night. It can be difficult in places where the river is not completely frozen over. A new path must be forged over the snow-laden banks. It is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek
There are two treks that can either be done separately or together. The Everest Base Camp trek offers a great trek and fabulous tea house, lodging facilities for those who are looking for comfort. If you have four to five days for the trek then, Poon Hill is one of the best short treks in the Himalayas.
It offers fantastic close- up views of Annapurna. If you have a little more time, you can make your journey to Annapurna Base Camp which lies in the famed Annapurna Sanctuary. You will be able to see a fantastic view of the south face of Annapurna I (26,538 ft). The route which approaches to the base camp provides great views of the hanging glaciers and sheer cliff face of Machapuchare (22,943ft) known locally as “Fish Tail or its also called the Matterhorn of Asia.” Fish Tail is sacred to the locals and off-limits to climbers.
The Manaslu Trek is a 14 to 16-day tea-house trek which surrounds the world’s 8th highest peak. In recent years the tea houses and the trek have been improved. The trek is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the Annapurna Circuit. The total number of visitors in the past few years has been around 2000 with most coming in October. In Nepal this is one of the great treks and it gets you away from the crowds at the same time. The trek is a restricted area meaning that a $50 per week fee is charged to trekkers.
Makalu Base Camp Trek
It’s a 16-day trek to the base camp of Makalu which is at 8463 m. It is the world’s 5th tallest peak. The trek starts from 435 m and it crosses through a range of environments as you head up to the Barun Valley and to the Makalu base camp. It’s a true wilderness experience with some of the last residue of untouched forests and beautiful alpine meadows.
Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang Trek offers the desert beauty and ancient Tibetan cultures of Nepal. The 18-day trek starts north from Jomsom on the far side of the Annapurna Range. You need a special to enter the area and the trek needs to be arranged as a combination tea house and camping trek. Very few tourists, maybe 1000 a year, make a journey to see this remote part of Nepal. Some of the highlights of the trek include the ancient “Forbidden City” and the ancient monasteries and caves. The dry mountain landscape might seem more similar to Ladakh in India than the other treks in Nepal.
Goecha La Trek
The Goecha La trek is an 8-day trek in the eastern Indian state of Sikkim. This is one of the wettest portions of the Himalayas. It is dur to the proximity to the Bay of Bengal and the direct line of influence from the Indian Monsoon. The journey is at first up an often muddy trek through thick rain forests. Then gradually the lowland forest is replaced by beautiful Rhododendron forests which are in full bloom in early May. The first viewpoints are from Dzongri Top where you can see both Kanchenjunga and Mount Pandim. Dzongri is itself a stopping point for many but it’s worth trekking onwards to the Samiti Lake. Samiti late is a sacred lake that has crystal waters and is the source of the Prek River.
Gangotri Glacier Trek
This trek (pilgrimage) takes you 6 days to complete the source of the most sacred river in India the Ganges River. The trek starts at the end of the road near the temple town of Gangotri and heads 18km to Gomukh which is the source of the Ganges at the base of the glacier. The landscape here has glorious views of Mount Shivling and the Bhagirathi group of mountains. This is a great trek to see beautiful peaks, one of the largest glaciers in the central Himalayas.
Markha Valley Trek
The Markha Valley trek is a 6 to 8-day trek and one of the most famous and easiest to organize and complete in Ladakh, India. Trekkers also have the option of choosing either to climb Stok Kangri (6,153 m). This is a trekking peak and since the top can be reached relatively quickly one must be careful to properly adapt the condition and situation as well. The trek involves crossing three passes – Stok La (4848 m), Kongmaru La (5274 m), and Gandla (4878 m). It also follows the banks of the scenic Markha River valley. You can camp near the base of Kang-Yutze peak. It is one of the highlights as well as getting a glimpse of Tibetan culture.
Kolahoi Glacier Trek
Trekking in Kashmir feels like nowhere else in the Himalayas with its beautiful mountain meadows and majestic pine trees. It has often been compared to the Alps of Switzerland. The trek up Lidder Valley to Kolahoi Glacier is easily accessed from Srinagar. It is a good option for the first trek in Kashmir it is a 3 days trek. The trail follows the Lidder River which offers panoramic views of the surrounding snow-laden peaks and meadows abound with wildflowers. During the summer the canyon is home to the Gujjars are the nomadic people, who have herded sheep in the region for centuries.