/ Best of Himalaya in August ?
As a Teacher I am limited in when I can go, and know that August is a bit early for Nepal. I havent done much trekking in India/Pakistan so would love to hear recommendations for a 2-3 week trip, maybe with a low peak, independent or with a group. Would love to see some culture, wildlife and local events, not just hiking in high barren valleys.
And if anyone else wants to do similar, do get in touch, either 2013 or more likely 2014.
Gotta dream !
Ladakh should tick all your boxes.
High Tibetan plateau should be okay that time of year - think Ladakh/Spiti. Be a nightmare to get to unless you are flying in though, probable flooding and landslide, heat and humidity.
Second Ladakh, I was there a few summers ago and it's excellent. Very easy to organise trips and so on, but fairly wild spots too.
I also did a trip up to Annapurna base camp at Xmas/New Year, which could be an option if you want to go to Nepal. It's easier and lusher than India or Pakistan.
Will look into Ladakh some more.
Monsoon trekking is great it doesn't rain all the time, usually once a day for a few hours. Points to remember:
1)Roads disappear - this will usually mean carrying your luggage over a landslip to the next bit of decent road and a waiting bus.
2)Leeches - There will be leeches, lots of leeches. keep exposed skin covered and we had little bags of salt to bat them with which made them drop off. In this regard tea houses are better than camping.
3) It will be wet - obvious really but a good set of waterproofs and dry bags will be very useful.
4) Quieter - not so crowded as in the more popular seasons and a bit more relaxing
Sichuan, western China is fine in August. Not as well known as Nepal and Bhutan etc. But trekking is great, and mostly dry. I did it independently over 10 years ago now, but probably some commercial package options now.
Couple of friends mountain biked the Annapurna Circuit this last September. So August may not be as bad as people make out.
Other options, August is perfect for Karakoram and trekking in to see K2
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