The Roof of the World. Birthplace of the Gods. The nicknames for the Himalayas are fairly dramatic, but when you see them up close for the first time, it’s easy to understand exactly why that is. It is without a doubt one of the best holiday destinations in the world. The great stretch of mountains separating the Indian subcontinent and the Tibetan plateau are world-famous for a few reasons, but we’re going to focus on three in particular. These are three truly life-changing experiences, one of which should easily be on everyone’s bucket-list.
Sights to last a lifetime
The sights of the Himalayas are worth seeing at least once in your life and there might be no better way to see them than getting up-close and personal with the mountains. When you think of impressive mountains, then you can’t forget about the biggest in the world, Mt. Everest. But you don’t have to be a death-defying climber to get close to it. With an Everest Base Camp trek, you will see some of the most dramatic horizons you’re ever likely to experience. It’s not just the daddy of them all, either, many will even lead travellers up to the peak of Kala Patthar, over five-thousand miles above sea-level.
Skiing with a twist
Skiing is exciting enough, but if you’ve had a few boys’ holidays to a few slopes, you might start to feel like you’ve seen all the pastime has to offer. You couldn’t be more wrong. Growing in popularity, heli-skiing trips in Nepal offer a brand-new twist to the activity. Instead of setting off from a comfy lodge, you leap out of a helicopter at just the right height to begin a throttling descent down some of the most impressive mountains the world has to offer. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but a fresh experience to even some of the most seasoned thrill-seekers amongst you.
Creatures great and small
The mountains alone are impressive enough, but many seem to forget that even in the most extreme of conditions, there’s plenty of life to be found. Some of the most common wildlife tours up the Himalayas involved seeing those hardy yaks, massive animals found native to the Ladakh region. But there are spots a little lower in the region like Corbett National Park, one of Himalayan India’s last refuges for majestic beasts like the elusive tiger, elephant herds, crocodiles, and jackals. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a safari, then the parks of the Himalayas offer your best and possibly last chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful creatures and to really get the feel of exploring a truly exotic land.
There are plenty more activities to be explored on this most famous and impressive of mountain ranges. You might want to enjoy the creature comforts at one of the many camping sites or test your cycling skills on some of the most exciting trails in the world. When it comes to exploring the Himalayas, there really aren’t any wrong answers.