THE HIMALAYAS

The peaks of the cloud people that rise up from the foothills of the Shivaliks, into the snow-clad peaks of the inner Himalayas

 

Himachal Pradesh, a state that rides the summits, from the high altitude tundra of the Tibetan Border, to the lush fruit growing meadows of the Kulu Valley.

Ladakh and Zanskar. Beyond the passes, the lands where Tibetans have preserved their culture in exile, where isolated villages survive on medieval subsistence farming and monasteries continue to run as they once did in old Tibet.To the roof of the world in the forbidden lands of Spiti and Kinnaur, areas that have been shut to the outside world since the Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950, regions of soaring rock strata and sweeping flood plains.

 

Down in the east, the softer pine hillsides of Garwhal. Here villagers spin bright woolens in the colours of the seasons, the blood reds of the rhododendrons, the pale tints of spring, the ochres of autumn forests.

 

  • Trekking in these thin-aired border microcosms of Tibet.

 

  • In the lower walks through the spring flowers or up to isolated lakes that mirror the peaks. In the villages that have been closed to outsiders for decades.

 

  • In a rare place, among the running white waters of the Shyiok River in secret Ladakh's Nubra Valley

 

  • Where the sun falls out of the sky just beyond where we pitch the tents.

 

 

 
 

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