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38Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comWild Nepal The HimalayaL ying in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, this distinctive mountain desert region has only been open to trekkers since 1988 and requires a special permit to enter. First we fly to Juphal, and trekking north, we enter Phoksundo National Park following the route made famous by Peter Matthiessen in his book 'The Snow Leopard'. The trek crosses the Kang La, 5,279m/17,320ft, and passes the mystical Crystal Mountain to reach the remote eleventh century monastery of Shey Gompa. En route we visit the most isolated villages of Upper Dolpo, some of which still practice ancient pre-Buddhist Bon Po religions and where the villagers wear traditional Tibetan-style clothes.The sheer isolation of the region means that Upper Dolpo is ideal for the keen walker who would like a wild, yet culturally distinct, Himalayan experience. T he far western end of Nepal is rarely visited. Pristine and relatively unknown, it contains the three-mile long Rara Lake, the largest lake in Nepal, lying 240 miles west of Kathmandu. Its National Park was established in 1975 by the late King of Nepal and just to the north lie the Kanjiroba mountains, which rise to a dizzy 6,850m/22,500ft and form a perfect backdrop to Rara Lake. Firstly, we fly to Jumla then we begin our five-day trek to Rara, passing through Sinja, the one-time winter capital of the ancient kingdom of Malla, and finally crossing a pass of 3,800m/12,500ft before dropping down to the shores of the deep blue lake. After a rest day at the lake, we follow a different route back to Juphal through a stunning and unspoilt mountain region. This trek will suit those who like to get off the beaten track but without trekking too hard or too high.T his pioneering circuit passes through a striking and remote region of upper Humla which borders Tibet. Here, in a remote corner of far west Nepal, traditional Tibetan culture has been far better preserved than across the border. Strict government limits on visitor numbers ensures that the few visitors who make it here are warmly welcomed.From Simikot we start out following the rushing Karnali River heading towards the first of our two high passes. The trekking is extremely rewarding, both culturally and scenically. There are stunning mountain views, dramatic gorges, glorious meadowland and ancient monasteries, some over 1,000 years old. The region is a haven for rare flora and fauna, and we can hope to see Blue Sheep, Barking Deer, and, if we are incredibly lucky, the elusive Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard Trek, Upper Dolpo A trek for true adventurers through wild and ruggedly beautiful mountain terrain. Rara Lake & Far West Nepal Trek through unspoilt mountain scenery to remote and tranquil Rara Lake.Limi Valley with Tashi Tenzing Explore Nepal's last wilderness with the grandson of Everest pioneer Tenzing Norgay Sherpa.£2,750£1,635£1,635£2,150£3,395£2,335£2,275£2,850Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 10 Sep - Thu 06 Oct 11Sat 09 Apr - Sun 24 Apr 11Sat 08 Oct - Sun 23 Oct 11Sat 06 Aug - Sun 28 Aug 11On Trek: 21 days Appointed Leader: Stephen GoodwinAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Camping: 21Optional: Single Room £110 Single Tent £125Insurance: £114On Trek: 10 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4 Camping: 10Optional: Single Room £110 Single Tent £75Insurance: £95 On Trek: 16 days Local Leader: Tashi TenzingAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 5Camping: 16Optional: Single Room £120 KathmanduSingle Tent £135Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 27 DaysTrek | Duration: 16 DaysTrek | Duration: 23 DaysGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsGrade: StrenuousGrade: Moderate Grade: Moderate/Vigorous Phuksundo Lake, Upper Dolpo, Neil Sloman For detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.com

The Indian Subcontinent With some of the most varied scenery in the world, wonderful wildlife and a vibrant culture rich in religion and history, India is an incredibly rewarding destination. A land of extraordinary contrasts, from bustling urban Delhi to tranquil Keralan backwaters, from the deserts of Rajasthan to snow capped Himalayan peaks, India really does offer something for everyone. Northwest India makes a good starting point with dazzling festivals in Rajasthan, cool colonial hill stations in Himachal Pradesh and some spectacular trekking in Garhwal. In the far north there are breathtaking summer treks in Zanskar and Ladakh, and in northeast India the Buddhist mountains of Sikkim offer beautiful spring and autumn walking. For the truly adventurous there is the little known mountain region of tribal Nagaland to explore, whilst for those wanting a more relaxing experience, there are the laid back charms of Southern India and Sri Lanka. The Karakoram Mountains, PakistanDue to Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice we are sadly unable to offer our K2 and Karakoram treks in 2011. Our Kashgar to K2 Base Camp Trek however offers the chance to see K2 Base Camp from the Chinese side - more details on page 47Family Adventure Indian HimalayaPlease see page 73 for details of our two-week summer holiday adventure in Ladakh 39telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.com