The Himalayas stretch almost 2400km (1500 miles) across five countries and host some of the world's best treks with over 100 peaks above 7000m and all of the planets 8000+m (26,247+ft) peaks if one considers the Karakoram as a sub-range of the Himalayas. Spend some time in the Himalayas and you will find it's more than just a mountain range it's a land of contrasting cultures, religions, geographies and climates. Ladakh with its arid landscapes and Buddhist monasteries stands in sharp contrast to the fertile valleys thickly forested mountain slopes of Hindu dominated Uttarakhand. The sharp contrasts and differences in culture are a result of the imposing physical barriers of the Himalayas.
Some of the most popular trekking routes are in Nepal around two giants of the Himalayas; Everest and Annapurna. Trekking in Nepal is a once in a lifetime experience that combines the hospitality of the local Sherpa communities with the world's greatest peaks. Treks around Everest and Annapurna tend to be of the tea house variety. Tea houses are essentially small lodges where you can sleep overnight and take your meals in surprising comfort. Some of the tea houses on the main trekking routes feature hot water showers, extensive menus and even internet. However, get off the beaten track a bit and the tea houses become much more basic or tent camping is required in the more isolated regions.
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