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With mountain meadows, tribal villages and dense forests of devdar and pine, Himachal Pradesh is a trekkers’ dream! Discover the unspoilt mountains on these six-day Himalayan treks in India.
Himachal Pradesh – the Region of Snowy Mountains – is one of most unspoilt states in India, a land of orchards, pine forests and tea gardens set amidst the soaring peaks of the western Himalaya. The small mountainous state owes its exceptional natural beauty to its dramatic elevation (from 350m to more than 6,000m), which also makes Himachal the most diverse region of India in terms of both climate and ecology; conditions in the south are near enough tropical, while in the north and east one finds alpine and glacial landscapes. Among the many highlights are the breathtaking valleys of Lahaul and Spiti, mountain deserts dotted with Tibet Buddhist monasteries, and the hill station town of McLeod Ganj, home to the Dalai Lama and the exiled Tibetan government.
What better way to discover the mountain goat in you than on one of theses six-day Himalayan treks? Your base for the week is Himalayan Orchard Hut, an eco-friendly retreat complete with organic farm and spring water swimming pool. From here, you’ll head up into the mountains to Ridge Moor Cottage, a traditional stone and wood homestead with sublime 360 degree views set amidst forests of spruce, cedar and rhododendrons. Spending a couple of nights here gives you the chance to get up to Bari Jamwhar, a serene mountain meadow where you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch with an epic Himalayan view! It’s then back down to Orchard Hut for a final afternoon of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation (courtesy of the magical spring water!) before departing the following day.
This is a fantastic, laid-back trekking tour - the perfect introduction to the landscape and cultures of the western Himalaya. The trekking is not too demanding – you won’t be walking for more than five hours per day – and you’ll have porters too, so as long you’re in fairly good shape you shouldn’t find the going particularly tough. The itinerary is flexible too, meaning lots of free time to indulge other interests like photography, wildlife watching and stargazing! Needless to say, you’re not going to find much shopping or nightlife in the Himalaya, so if that’s your idea of holiday heaven best search elsewhere. But if you like your travels with equal measures of great food, peace and quiet and scenic adventure then look no further!
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