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Top 5 Greater Ranges treks

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable, high altitude trekking holiday this year we’ve got some great ideas for you here in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and India from climbing mountaineering expedition operator Jagged Globe.

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Tom Briggs from Jagged Globe says, “I’ve chosen a range of treks in the Greater Ranges, from a two-week trek in Nepal visiting the Langtang Valley, through to a remote three-week trek in a wild part of the Karakoram. If you’re a keen UK hill walker then all of these treks are possible, keeping in mind that they all travel to high-altitude. We are very careful to ensure that our itineraries follow a gentle acclimatisation profile and include rest days.”

Langtang and Gosainkunda, Nepal

The Langtang Valley in Nepal is easily reached from Kathmandu by road. The villages here were devastated by the 2015 earthquake but have been re-built and the local people are very glad of the support from those trekking up the valley. Newly built ‘tea houses’ (lodges) are well appointed with en-suite rooms, meaning you can immerse yourself in the fascinating culture in relative comfort. From Langtang the trek itinerary climbs up over high passes to Gosainkunda – a holy pilgrimage site. The views across the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiris are some of the most impressive in Nepal.

Makalu Base Camp, Nepal

The Makalu Barun Valley is a place of outstanding natural beauty, recognised internationally for the diversity of its flora and fauna. Due to its relative inaccessibility, this region is little-known to would-be trekkers heading to Nepal. Therefore, you see comparatively few others on your way to Makalu Base Camp, though you will undoubtedly be in the company of pilgrims, as the route goes via one of the sub-continent’s holiest Hindu Shrines. Our three-week itinerary reaches as high as 5,500m at the base of the striking South East Ridge of the world’s fifth highest peak, Makalu (8,485m).

Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

Bhutan is quite understandably on the bucket list of travellers who want to experience the mix of culture and scenery that this mysterious Himalayan country has to offer. However, it’s difficult to know what might be the best way to spend three weeks? This trek coincides with the Chomolhari/Jomolhari Mountain Festival in October, where you’ll join the locals for two days of celebrations before crossing high mountain passes to complete a journey which also includes famous landmarks, such as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Rush Peak and the Hunza Valley, Pakistan

The most famous trek in the Karakoram is undoubtedly the journey up the Baltoro Glacier to K2 Base Camp. However, it is not the ‘best’ trek in Pakistan, in part because of the impact so many people are having during the summer months on this relatively small geographical area. If you are prepared to look beyond K2 there are wonderful glaciers, Alpine meadows and high passes to be enjoyed in the Hunza Valley further to the west. Here we are far away from anyone, whilst still being able to enjoy incredible mountain vistas, as well as summiting our own non-technical peak at a little over 5,000m – Rush Peak.

Nanda Devi East Base Camp, India

A new trek that we have planned for 2025. Nanda Devi (7,816m) was the objective of many early 20th century expeditions, all of which failed to reach the sanctuary until Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman attained it via the Rishi Gorge in 1932. Tilman eventually made the first ascent of the mountain with Charles Houston in 1936. For Indians of Hindu faith Nanda Devi is among the most sacred mountains after Mount Kailash and the inner sanctuary is currently off limits to trekkers and climbers. However, base camp can be accessed via the Gori Ganga river gorge and past Kumaoni settlements, which separates the Nanda Devi group from the beautiful peaks of the Panch Chuli group.

For all these exciting trekking holidays and more fantastic mountaineering and climbing trips see Jagged Globe.

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