Local name: Himālaya
The Himalayas include over fifty mountains exceeding 7,200 metres in height. The highest peak is Mount Everest which is8,848 meters. Though there is some discussion on its height, especially after the earthquake in 2015.
Needless to say, it’s an intimidating mountain range, separating the Tibetan plateau from the Indian subcontinent. Even if you are not an experienced hiker, the Himalayas are worth exploring.
You can discover the Himalayas from five different countries: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. However, each year the mountain range ‘moves’ two centimetres further into Asia.
Besides the famous Mount Everest, there are plenty of treks you can take. You can choose a short trek no longer than one day or a multiple-day trek:
You could take a fortnight-long hike to Poon Hill in Nepal, and enjoy amazing views of the Annapurna, then carry on to visit Annapurna Base Camp.
There is also a 6-day trek across the frozen Zaskar River in India, for those who like it cold.
And of course there are the famous Everest Base Camp treks, which you can start either in Nepal or Tibet.
Though there are treks for all level of walkers, you always have to take the weather conditions into consideration. They will affect the difficultly of the trek. So always be prepared, especially if you’re not walking with an organised group.
And while you’re out there, keep an eye out for the legendary Yeti, who is said to roam the Himalayas…but his existence still hasn’t been proven.
More information: www.greathimalayannationalpark.org