The Everest Base Camp trek is arguably the finest trekking trail in the world and is definitely the most desirable one. Ask any avid trekker for his/her list and Everest Base Camp trek or EBC invariably pops up. But Everest Base Camp trek isn’t a walk in the park. One must first take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
Bathed by the glow of the austere Himalayas, the picturesque Laya Gasa trek offers an excellent trail for exploring Bhutan’s spectacular treasures, particularly the view of Jumolhari, the sacred mountain. A part of Bhutan’s enigmatic cultural heritage and its traditional communities live in the distant regions of Laya and Gasa. On this particular trip, your exploration of Gasa and Laya reveal rare portions of remote forests and hills as well as the sweeping views of the vast stretch of untouched land where only a handful of nomadic tribes remain today. The trek begins near Paro and it leads you to the views of spectacular panoramas of Jangothang and then wends your way to the charming rural village of Laya, where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light radiated by the soaring snow towers of the Bhutan Himalayas.
Taking one of the most intriguing landscapes in Bhutan we walk into Gasa village, where the idea of modern and global, fades, and a stark natural world stares back at you. We’ve selected the most evocative portions of this region as your journey; from the alluring valley of Paro to the mystical views of Gasa, a hidden corner of Bhutan that comes alive with scenery that discloses Bhutanese natural heritage.
Each morning, suspended over Namtso Lake, one can watch the sun and the sky play their wistful early rays upon the sparkly blue waters and transform it into various shades and hues. Within a few moments, the water glows. Bathed in long, lazy beams of the early sun, the shimmering lake reflects back a bright radiance that makes the atmosphere hum with vibrant, animated awakening. Namtso Lake is heavenly, which is also what the name means in the Tibetan language. Among tourists who have long been enamoured by the natural beauty of Tibet, Namtso or Nam-Tso has held sway, beginning with the advent of Heinrich Harrer and Peter Aufschnaiter in 1944. It also has a Mongolian name –Tingrli Nurr, which means “Heavenly Lake”, for it is truly divine and the waxing and waning of the celestial moon makes its waters rise and fall. Namtso is a salt water lake that is situated on the border between Damxung County and Bangoin County in Tibet.
We’ve created a spectacular trek that immerses you in the full wonder of Dolpo’s extraordinary landscapes, with a mix of fantastic cultural encounters all along the way.
Upper Dolpo is remote region of Western Nepal known for the Shey Phoksundo National Park and the last remaining Tibetan culture, remnants of a place immortalized by Peter Matthiessen in his book, The Snow Leopard. He writes “the Land of Dolpo, all but unknown to Westerners even today, was said to be the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture left on earth…. which has its roots not only in a historical or cultural past, but within the innermost being of man”. Upper Dolpo trek is an entry into a fabled land, a unique tapestry of colorful Buddhist motifs, views of soaring peaks, ancient and tranquil villages, rare wildlife like the Blue Sheep, Langurs among others.
Upper Dolpo Trek begins at Juphal following the trail to Dunai and the eye-snapping Phoksundo Lake to reach the Kang la Camp, leading to Shey Gompa monastery and the famed Crystal Mountain. In this incredibly photogenic region, you can meet the people of Upper Dolpo who are traditional nomads living in the shadow of their Karma, guided by nature and their surroundings. With a rich history that begins with the advent of the great Guru Rimpoche, Dolpo’s landscapes and its innate serenity are infectious, and they permeate through our entire trek. The grand moment of your adventure is the trek across the stunning Jungben La mountain pass located at 5550m/18,210 ft, where you can see the distant mountain ranges, endless specks of clouds, and experience a wondrous Himalayan silence. Upper Dolpo Trek is an extreme one of twenty days where we take the path that Peter Matthiessen once took. A path that takes us into the otherworldly land of mountaintops wreathed in clouds, plunging valleys, remote villages ringed with snow and sand- a land as mysterious as Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard.
The concealed corners of Bhutan offer captivating sights and opulent ethnic heritage, making it a perfect place for a tour or trekking adventure. Bhutan's diverse scenery of soaring landscapes command our attention. To explore this, we take to alpine settings at the highest points and the primeval forests and mountains of Bhutan’s enchanting remote expanses, the core of Himalayas’ beautiful and tranquil settings and trails, untraveled and isolated.
Our cultural encounter begins at Kathmandu, Nepal where you will explore ancient monuments, stroll around palace squares and witness a sumptuous blend of culture, history and traditions. In Bhutan, we shall combine the exploration of Bhutan’s cultural heritage with the exceptional Druk Path Trek. Visiting the renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery, we embark on our trek from Jangchu Lakha. To the highest points in the country, this trek touches a remarkable range of environs and thrilling trails with classic views of the soaring peaks of Mount Gangkar Puensum standing tall at (7570m/24835ft ).
This trek is followed by a tour of the capital and then a beautiful short hike will take us to Lungchutse Monastery and to a place that brings you fascinating views accessible nowhere else. Mountains like Jhomolhari, Kang Bum and Gangchhenta can be seen across the stark, vast stretch of Bhutan’s mystical wilderness that concludes this cultural yet adventurous trip.
The great Indian scriptures mention that the Himalayas is where “Moksha” is attained. Sages and Fakirs have made epic journeys to the Nepal Himalayas in search of God and salvation. We do not know if the Himalayas provided them salvation, but the view of the landscape certainly does, even today. Since the ancient and medieval times, the far-flung wilds of Nepal have beckoned and bewitched travelers from across the globe. From its glacial regions and grasslands to its mystical cities, this region in the Himalayas continues to stun and humble all who visit. A tour of Nepal is recommended in any season as the terrain erupts in different colors, as Himalayan plants unfurl their vibrant petals and Rhododendrons stretch their limbs toward the sun. Trekking in Nepal too, is an otherworldly sensation, where you can experience a magnificent mosaic of landscapes and cultures. It’s no wonder that Nepal is center point for those in pursuit of the ultimate nature experience.
Whether you’re contemplating on a trip, trek or just need a few moments to exhale wistfully, we have compiled a list of 10 reasons to pack your bags for Nepal so that your decision making becomes easy. Nepal tour or trek can be easy and difficult, leisurely and adventurous and can cater to any kind of traveler. Just pack wisely and prepare for anything. A great holiday experience awaits!
The fascinating and mystical Everest looks altered from each side. From the remote hills of Tibet and airy chants from faraway monasteries, the Kangshung (East) face of Everest is the enchanting lure of this trip. You are transported into a colorful but deeply spiritual world with a trek that passes through pristine, unscathed valleys and lakes to cross two high passes Shao La (4,915m) and Langma La (5,200m) to complete a circuit trek. From the cold vast expanse and timeless settlements of the plateau, Kharta and the Kama Valley, characterized by magnificent alpine scenery to the tangled trials of the blue-hued wilderness, this is an unforgettable taste of Tibet. Three of the world's highest peaks; Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,382m) and Makalu (8,463m) overlook the valleys.
The trip begins at Kathmandu, including time in Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse, with a 9 day trek in the Kharta valley to the spectacular Kangshung Face of Everest. The trek may be difficult but it permits the most dazzling scenery in a short span of time. A trip to Rongbuk monastery ensues, a sun-splashed jewel set in a sparkling expanse that also takes us up to the Everest North Base Camp. This trip combines trekking amidst the glorious views of the Himalayas while savoring the rugged beauty of Tibet- an easy way to view the stunning panoramas and also experience the delightful encounters with the spiritual inclination of this stunning region.
No experience is as stunning as the Ganden to Samye Trek where you walk along a wilderness of serrated hills and cloud swept monasteries atop distant peaks and the vast landscape that only Tibet can present. The route connects two of Tibet’s grandest and sacred monasteries: Ganden monastery and the Samye Monastery renowned for their unique Buddhist heritage, revealed through their spiritual relevance among Tibetans at large. On this extraordinary adventure, you’ll see serene villages under azure skies, cross the highest wilderness in the world, and experience a culture that is deeply spiritual and unruffled by outside influence. The scenery comprises of a full sweep of this fabled land, discovering intriguing places, and encountering thriving indigenous nomadic tribal cultures and witnessing their life and practices. The trek ends at Samye. Monastery, a spiritually powerful place that is a delightful place to behold; with a rich historical and religious background.
The history and culture of a country, a civilization, and ways of knowing and believing are transmitted to us through stories and information. The idea of preserving stories for perpetuity and posterity is not a new one because those who read before they travel are exposed to a staggering array of information that can help them appreciate the uniqueness of a destination. Other than guidebooks, reading about places and the experiences of a writer, give back information that pull back the curtain of ignorance and make you seem less of an outsider. These books are like guides that prepare you for various aspects of your journey and because of their interesting narrative (they are not always objective), you will also to be able to understand the mystical side of things, rather than just the physical. It lets you in on those normal conversations and personal opinions while giving you information about the land and its people. These books aren’t there to just help you reach from one destination to the other; it is about letting you into people’s lives, so that you can find a connection with them. These books can be an enormous resource for research and travel planning, but they are also fun to read and are enlightening, more than often. They allow readers to reflect, internalize and take ownership of another culture and carry it with them even after the destination is long gone and what remains are only memories.
Dhaulagiri Loop and French Pass Trek is an amazing diverse trekking. Venture off the beaten path track to the foothill of world's highest peak exploring diverse traditional culture of the impressive region. This ultimate trekking journey takes you from deepest river valley on earth making it to the main popular trans Himalayan salt trade route to alpine wilderness, of snow - capped peaks and glaciers, high passes with superb views of the Himalayan peaks. Then traverses the head of Hidden Valley to the charming village of Marpha village. We have carefully crafted this itinerary to allow you ample time for acclimatization and enjoying the beautiful multi-hued prayer flags, prayer wheels and intricately carved Mani stones lining every hilltop, rock wall and trailside. A challenging trekking to satisfy the most adventurous trekkers.