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10 Popular Himalayan Routes

One of the greatest adventure you can possibly have in a lifetime is trekking in the Himalayas. Sure, this isn’t actually easy; but walking at the feet of these majestic giants with snow covered peaks, pass by mystical temples, walk on ancient trails, and experience the culture and the daily life of the hill tribes is one unique experience.

For many people it remains just a dream, sadly. Aside from the costs, they usually imagine picture snow covered paths, climbing gear and extreme physical efforts. But once you pick a suitable itinerary, have a knowledgeable guide and expect luxury accommodation, everything becomes doable.

Here are the 10 ways to do it!

1. The Everest Base Camp, Nepal | Popular Himalayan Routes

The Everest Base Camp, Nepal | Popular Himalayan Routes

The EBC trek in the Khumbu region is one of the most popular routes in the Himalayas. It starts with a mountain flight to Lukla and gives you the opportunity to explore the mountains and valleys around the highest peak on Earth, rest in Nepalese tea houses in the evenings and to learn about the traditions and cultures of the famous Sherpas. Sounds good!

2. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal | Himalayan Route

Annapurna Circuit, Nepal | Popular Himalayan Routes

The Annapurna Circuit is the second most popular trekking route in Nepal. It passes through various terrains starting from jungle to high alpine, ending in dry deserted region and gives a chance to have a closer look into Tibetan Buddhist culture and with an extension you can enter into the restricted Upper Mustang Region, which goes all the way to Tibet.

3. Markha Valley, Ladakh, India | Himalayan Routes

Markha Valley, Ladakh, India | Popular Himalayan Routes

It is one of the greatest treks in North India, Ladakh. A truly beautiful and very diverse route, passing through charming valleys, picturesque villages, colorful canyons, and high alpine grasslands.

4. Mount Kailash, Tibet, China | Popular Himalayan Route

Mount Kailash, Tibet, China | Popular Himalayan Routes

Mt. Kailash is a sacred mountain to four religions and the greatest mountain pilgrimage on Earth. Many Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims walk the very strenuous sacred circuit around the mountain to cleanse themselves of sins of a lifetime.

5. Annapurna Base Camp with Poon Hill, Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp with Poon Hill, Nepal | Popular Himalayan Routes

This route combines many different landscapes and brings you close to the base of 7000 and 8000 meter high peaks in a short period of time. The entire trek can be completed in 7 to 11 days depending on the itinerary.

6. The K2 Base Camp Trek, Karakoram Range,

The K2 Base Camp Trek, Karakoram Range, | Popular Himalayan RoutesPakistan

The K2 Base Camp Trek is an extremely strenuous, long and challenging walk through an isolated and craggy land. K2 is considered to have one of the world’s most magnificent scenery that can not be compared to anywhere else in the mighty mountains.

7. Ganden to Samye, Tibet

Ganden to Samye, Tibet | Popular Himalayan Routes

This route East of Lhasa, is one of the most beautiful trekking routes of central Tibet linking two of the most prominent monasteries together and providing access to Tibet’s first monastery of the 8th Century.

8. Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand, India

Valley of Flowers Trek, Uttarakhand, India | Popular Himalayan Routes

There are many legends associated with the enchanted and magical Valley of Flowers National Park. Due to its outstanding natural beauty locals believe it is the playground of fairies and that they descend in the valley in the absence of humans.

9. Druk Path Trek, Bhutan

Druk Path Trek, Bhutan | Popular Himalayan Routes

Bhutan is one if the most isolated countries on this planet, also called “Land of The Thunder Dragon“. This trek takes normally six days to complete and it is the most popular in the country as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes offering the opportunity to visit some ancient villages and monasteries.

10. Chadar Trek on the Frozen River of Zanskar, India

Chadar Trek on the Frozen River of Zanskar, India | Popular Himalayan Routes

Walking on top of the frozen river of Zanskar creates the most exciting and unique experience, a very special and an extraordinary trek on shiny ice. This is a popular route among thrill seekers for the breath-taking views of ice-peaks and hanging icicles.

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