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.Read More