The Himalayas remain one of the few true wilderness areas on the planet. Though North America and Europe are dotted with extensive National Parks, none can compare to the vastness of the highest mountain range in the world. If you are a fan of this type of activity, you should plan a visit to the Himalayas at least once in your life.
If you believe that the people who head to the far north of India, as well as Nepal and Tibet, only do so to scale eight thousand meter peaks you would be wrong. There are in fact a huge range of activities that can be enjoyed in the regions in which the Himalayas are found. If you are a real outdoor enthusiast, you will not be left short of things to do regardless of how long you spend here.
Though the infrastructure of the countries in which the Himalayas are located cannot compare to western standards, the basic accommodation and long journeys add to the overall adventure. If you are used to the well-managed and comfortable settings of North America, you will be in for a surprise. It is often said that the friendliness and welcoming nature of the local people, alongside the truly breathtaking scenery more than makes up for the basic facilities.
There are a number of tour operators, local guides, and adventure sports companies now offering a diverse range of activities in these mountains. Trekking is one of the most popular pastimes available in this region, and the type of treks available vary in difficulty considerably. As a general rule, the trails in Nepal are busier and have better facilities than those in India. Wherever you go, never underestimate the importance of having the best possible equipment, the climate, and conditions here are not to be messed with.
Para-gliding and para-sailing are now available in many Himalayan districts. Very little can compare to the thrill and excitement of soaring above mountain ridges and down untouched valleys. If you are to try out such activities, be certain to use an agency that has an exemplary safety record.
If you are under the impression that there is nothing in the Himalayas that you can’t experience back at home, you would be wrong. Where else in the world would you stand a chance of sharing a path with a tiger, snow leopard, or other unique animals. If you’re to pursue outdoor recreation in these mountains, part of the joy is not knowing what is around the next corner.