Last week’s e-newsletter spotlighted our hiking tours in Asia. The Asia hikes stand apart from our European hiking tours because they feature high elevation camping in addition to first class hotels and mountain lodges. Though we didn’t mention it in the newsletter, we also offer private tours with camping nights in the United States as well. Last fall, for example, we ran a private trip through the Paria Canyon of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona.
All totaled, camping accounts for barely one percent of our hiking tour overnights. That said, the nights that our guests spend on the trail are some of the most exciting and rewarding of their lives.
For today’s blog, we thought it’d be fun to share a few more photos from our campsites in Asia.
The very top photo shows our camp beneath the Chomolhari, (7,326 meters/24,035 feet) in Bhutan. We use state-of-the-art sleeping tents during the camping portions of our tours. The tents are strong, lightweight, and specifically engineered for high elevation mountaineering. Interestingly, our local guides prefer teepee style and canvas wall tents for cooking and sleeping. They’re locals, however, so they can show off.
The second photo captures the view from our campsite at Nimaling, India, more than 15,000 feet above sea level. The mountain peak is called Kang Yatze, 6,400 meters/20,997 feet. Kang Yatze is the highest mountain in the Ladakh region of northern India (Markha Valley Trek), and it’s the first thing that you see when you roll out of your sleeping bag at first light.
We’ll part with this image and a thought:
There is a magic that unfolds when a traveler unzips their tent and beholds the majesty of the Great Himalayan Mountains and beyond.
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All photos by Daniel Sundqvist
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