The Himalayas – how you can best experience
the world’s greatest mountain range?
Do some planning before you go on your Himalayan
The world's tallest mountain range has drawn wanna-be climbers and enthusiastic mountaineers for as long as we
can remember. The name of the mountain chain comes from the Nepali word "himal" which translates to
"mountain." First discovered by Sir George Everest in 1865, people have been climbing on, and even dying on its
slopes ever since. Over the years new trails have been discovered, and some are not as challenging as you might
be tempted to believe.
Home to the iconic Mount Everest, the Himalayan mountain range is not the kind of place you want to explore
unprepared. Inclement, freezing weather on the mountains, coupled with an unfamiliar language and culture for most
people make planning essential for those planning for an adventurous Himalayan vacation.
Don’t mess with the Himalayas!
That's not to say that only serious, hardcore or professional mountain climbers need apply. There's something
for almost everyone in this magical region of the world, fun stuff you don't have to scale the peaks of Everest to
enjoy. For beginners, there are plenty of less-dangerous trails, and plenty of tour guides in the nearby towns to
ensure that you'll find somewhere to go hiking and enjoy the views of those mile-high mountains you just can't
picture yourself actually climbing.
Find the fun and stick with it
Let's start with the most general. There are four main countries you'll want to explore in the Himalayas: India,
Nepal, Bhutan, and the former Tibet. These are the places that contain the vast majority of the Himalayan mountain
range. Each has its own distinct character, and different mountains within its borders.
If you're a first-time - and it's probable that you are if you're reading this - then you'll want to spend more
time in the beautiful country of Nepal. It is considered the safest and easiest country travel through from the
four we mentioned. There’s excellent infrastructure, astounding places of interest and attractions, and a host of
friendly natives waiting to tell you more about their customs and traditions.
Another country worth checking out while exploring the Himalayas is India; which also offers some excellent
mountain hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Among some of the best things you can do while here we should
mention: visiting Leh Palace, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, and Kaziranga National Park where you can admire beautiful rhinoceroses and superb flora.
Bhutan however, is for professional. It offers the most difficult hiking trails and is definitely not
recommended for beginners. Last but not least we have Tibet, a beautiful wild territory with lots of mountain
peaks and off-the-beaten-path territories to explore.
Where to stay in the Himalayas
Tea houses, cottages, bungalows and camps are spread all over the Himalayas. Most accommodation facilities are
run by the locals, so they’ll definitely know how to make you feel as comfortable as possible. This is an excellent
opportunity to meet new cultures and get a glimpse of their daily nomad lifestyle. A tea house is an ideal
environment for mountaineers. It will offer you the opportunity to relax and recharge in a safe and warm
environment with people who know ancestrally how to live at high altitudes and in cold temperatures.
However, if you’re seeking for an exclusive Himalayan lodging place you should know that there a couple of
luxury hotels too. Most luxury hotels in the Himalayas are positioned near main cities and metropolitan
area. Himachal Pradesh in India for example, boasts with numerous top-notch accommodation facilities for
honeymooners and travelers just looking to relax and spend a rejuvenating holiday on Asian territory.
Whether it's Everest or a stroll through the foothills, the Himalayas have what you're looking for. There are
only few places on Earth that are just as beautiful, so if you have an opportunity to explore such rugged and wild
territory, do it. You'll never forgive yourself if you don't make the time, someday, to go and see the most surreal
(and tallest) mountain range on the planet.
Go pack your bags and head over to the world’s most adventurous and diversified territories in the world.
Exploring the Himalayas is a one-time chance to explore nature from a whole different perspective, so you’d better
make the most of it!