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Trekking the Himalaya in India
Travel writer Stan Sesser recently made the journey to Ladakh, India, and wrote about his experiences for the Wall Street Journal. The quaint little villiage, which looks more Tibetan than Indian, sits at 13,000 feet and is a two hour hike from the nearest road. But despite it's remote location, Sesser round ancient Bhuddist temples, hosbitable villagers, and towering, snow capped peaks.
Sesser says he paid $688 to a local trekking service to gain access to the region, and for his money he received a guide, a cook, a horesman, and five horses to carry their gear along a 40 mile mountain trail. Over the course of the next five days, he and guides explored mountain passes ranging from 10,000 to 16,000 feet, passing through villages that don't appear on maps even to this day, and remain virtually unchanged from the way they were centuries ago.
Sesser does note that trekking other parts of the region have become uncertain affairs, with the Taliban causing problems in the Karakorum of Pakistan, the Chinese locking down access to Tibet, and political unrest in Nepal. But he says that makes Ladakh all the more appealing. Few trekkers visit the area however, and of those that do, only a very small percentage are Americans.
If you're looking for a trekking region that is truly off the beaten path, then head to this remote corner in India's far north. You'll get plenty adventure, a dose of unique culture, and views that will take your breath away for more reasons than just the altitude.