Can You Even Hike The Himalayas Anymore?
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Open to the public since only 1974, the Ladakh region in the northernmost tip of India offers the rare chance for the seasoned hiker to trek amongst the world’s tallest peaks, at elevations ranging from 10,000 to 16,000 feet, as detailed in this article from the WSJ.
Just an hour flight from New Delhi, this region is now one of the last remaining areas in the Himalayas where travel is even possible, given the political strife in Pakistan, Tibet’s bureaucratic jungle, Bhutan’s high tariffs, and Nepal’s increasing social unrest.
As to what you’ll find: “Here are dramatic canyons with multicolored walls and villages unchanged for centuries. Many of the mountain-savvy inhabitants are willing to guide visitors safely through difficult terrain and weather. To talk with people who spend half the year in isolation, when villages are cut off by snow, is to meet people from another world.”