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Travelling in the Himalayas

17 November, 2016
Shreyata Karmacharya
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The Himalayas are a range of mountains in Asia, most correctly defined as stretching from the Indus river in Pakistan, through India, Nepal, Bhutan, ending at the Bramaputra River in India. This is often extended to include the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and other minor ranges extending from the Pamir Knot, as these mountains are continuous with the Himalaya proper, and the geographical difference makes no difference for the traveller, we follow this convention here. This region includes the 14 highest mountains in the world, and over 100 peaks over 7200m.

If you are the one who want thrill, excitement, serenity, nature's best view all at one destination then the great Himalayan mountain are the place for you. Tourism in the Himalayas, thus, is wonderful experience. Trailing through the Himalayan region, brings you directly in contact with the country and its people, and helps to foster an appreciation of the mountain environments.

In general the Himalayas have fewer dangers than the more densely populated plains around them.

  • Malaria is only an issue in the areas of low elevation, as the mosquito that carries the disease is not able to live at higher elevations. Take precautions when traveling threw areas of lower elevation, especially the neighboring plains.
  • Altitude sickness is a worry, with many of the passes in the Himalaya being over 5000m. Increase your elevation as slowly as possible, avoid flying from a low elevation to a high one, and physical activity; and drink lots of liquids after gaining altitude. Altitude sickness is unpredictable, and may strike people who haven't had problems before. Give yourself lots of flexibility in your plans, to avoid pushing yourself higher when you need to rest.
  • Stay up to date with the news, and be willing to change your plans, when going to places such as Kashmir, that are facing armed uprisings.
  • Traffic on the narrow roads is often frightening, but due to the slow speeds is less likely to result in fatalities than on the roads of the plains.

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