September 25, 2012
The Himalayan mountain ranges contain some of the most challenging walks, treks, and climbing opportunities in the world. Home to the highest ranges on Earth, the Himalayas link up Nepal and China to the North of the Indian subcontinent, and have long been a challenge for explorers. While its highest peaks include Mount Everest, there are many smaller peaks that still afford outstanding views across the mountain ranges, glaciers, and the inland valleys and Tibetan Buddhist sites of the region. With this in mind, some of the top 3 views from the Himalayas that can be experienced include:
1 – Stok Kangri
At 6153m, Stok Kangri is one of the more easily climbed Himalayan peaks, but still affords a great view over the rest of the mountain ranges, including Karakoram and the valleys. Not a technical climb, Stok Kangri is primarily distinguished by its altitude, and for its ideal positioning to see other mountains across the range, and the K2 Karakoram peak. Walks up to the peak involve navigating glaciers, as well as stopping off in Ladakhi villages. As with many of the peaks in the Himalayas, a permit is required for trekking. Most treks begin at Stok village, and travel up through passes and glaciers to the peak, before making a gradual descent back to Stok village.
2 – Mera Peak
This 6576m peak is defined by its higher altitude than many of the other, more easily achieved climbs, and represents a challenge for the average trek. Part of the Inku Valley, the Mere Peak is reached via Kathmandu and Lukla, and through the Khumbu region and the Zatwar-La pass. The trek up to the Peak is one of the most striking in the Himalayas, taking in wooded forests and a diverse amount of local wildlife.
The summit itself offers unbeatable views over the Hinku and Hongu valleys, as well as the surrounding mountains and Everest. Taking this kind of route, and climbing this peak, means being able to get the best sight of the taller mountains around the Himalayas. Most trips are carried out between April and May, and from October to November. It’s also worth noting that there is a slightly higher peak nearby, which reaches 6654m. However, this peak is much harder to navigate and climb.
3 – Lobuche East
Part of the Cho La Pass, this 6200m peak is relatively straightforward in terms of difficulty for most climbers. Lobuche East is distinguished by its excellent views, taking in a 360 degree panorama of the Solo Khumbu area, and a view back over the Renjo La and Cho La passes. You can also view the rest of the Himalayas from this vantage point, which tends to be, on average, less busy than Mera Peak and others discussed above. Most journeys to Lobuche East start from Kathmandu, and continue by plane and walking through Phakding and the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, before continuing to the Cho La base camp, where the most significant part of the journey begins.