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Trek to hidden Himalayan homestays, hike across surreal lunar landscapes and amble through flower-filled meadows in the foothills. With rolling spice plantations, emerald tea fields and snow-topped mountains, India is a trekker’s delight. The lower Himalayas are a beautiful natural playground for active travellers, with fertile valleys and hidden waterfalls gradually turning into the treeless snowy wilderness of the higher plains. It’s a bare, desolated kind of beauty that will take your breath away.
Chanting monks in the mountains
Trek across an empty moon-like land to remote monasteries clinging to cliffs in Ladakh, hike between hilltops criss-crossed with rainbow prayer flags, amble past orchards and rushing rivers in plunging valleys. Stay in simple guesthouses and family homestays, explore Himalayan foothills of the north west, scattered with gentle Buddhist villages, red-robed monks spinning prayer wheels and alpine forests.
Step into Shangri-La
North East India is dotted with Tibetan communities tucked away between emerald tea plantations and forested hills. Towered over by Kanchenjunga, it’s a place of dramatic beauty and true serenity. Separated from Bhutan and Nepal only by a jagged snowy ridge, it’s home to a real mix of cultures. Hike to colourful monasteries in the hills, follow the Tibetan temple trail and stare out over the snow-dusted Himalayan peaks as you walk.