- Encounters with locals
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- Place or Religious Monument
- Sustainable Tourism
- Unesco World Heritage
Encountering the Himalayas is to encounter vastness. It is the longest, tallest and most vast mountain range in the world. The beauty and purity of the landscape will immediately captivate you. Although the mountain people of Nepal are spread out over a huge area, they are all welcoming, friendly, and good-humoured.
I joined the Himalayas at the level of the Annapurna mountain range, which is relatively accessible from Pokhara. I recommend this route because the access point there is easier. If you are in Kathmandu, you can join the Langtang National Park and Sagarmatha National Park before approaching Mount Everest, which is further east. Finally, make sure you are informed and properly equipped, as the mountain is a dangerous environment and humility is appropriate. There are many Nepalese teams, with proven experience, who will offer to show you the mountains on a guided tour.
*Afterthe powerful earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May of 2015, the country is slowly rebuilding itself. This article was written before the catastrophe.
It's called the roof of the world, or even the 'abode of snow' (translation of the Sanskrit name); evoking its name consequently seems like a source of inspiration. Covering more than the majority of Nepal with their rocky landscapes, the Himalayas are also shared with neighbouring countries.
However, it's during your trip to Nepal that you'll be able to see Everest. Putting a roof on the world with its 8848 metres of height, the mountain impresses and fascinates. It's also the image which appears on Nepalese money.
Stretching over a length of over 2400 kilometres, the Himalayas offer the opportunity to do several treks. Adventurers, don't hesitate to throw yourself into hiking one of these paths! You'll no doubt have the chance to come across a yak (or a cross-breed), a type of bovid found in Himalayan regions. Besides the extremely diverse flora and fauna which the mountain range plays host to, the Himalayas are also inhabited by people of several ethnicities with Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.
Annapurna is one of the 14 peaks at over 8000 metres high. It's also the tenth highest mountain in the world. Out of experience I highly recommend a trek in this region of the Himalayas. Faced with the immensity of its peaks, you feel so small but yet completely calm. The impressions are hard to explain.
I must add that I visited Nepal before the 2015 earthquake so it's possible that places have changed a lot since then.