Welcome to the Himalayas

The Himalayas.  The name alone conjures up an aura of majesty and mystery.  Craggy, jagged snow-capped peaks, narrow valleys; wind-whipped Buddhist prayer flags flapping in narrow mountain passes; grazing yaks, mule trains; saffron-clad monks and chants …  Everything that you have heard is real; nothing that you have heard can prepare you for the magnificence of experiencing it firsthand.

The countries that contain the Himalayas — or more accurately, “that are contained within the Himalayas” – Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India – share the exotic mystique.  Once, not very long ago, only the most intrepid adventurer or multi-millionaire would have access to this isolated part of the world.  For the rest of us, it was as inaccessible as a journey to Mars.  We could only gaze at the photographs and read the articles in the National Geographic magazine or some mountaineering journal.  Happily, this is no longer the case.

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