Experience Himalayan tantric rituals Olangchung Gola, Nepal
In peak season the famous Annapurna or Everest base trekking routes can feel not dissimilar to the traffic jams of your daily commute. Instead of battling with the crowds, leave the trekking highways behind and head to the remote Eastern Himalayas in the Tibetan borderlands of Nepal. Tour group Whistling Arrow has a new trekking route in the area, Northern Treasures, only accessible because of their personal connections with the villagers of, a traditional weaving community in the area.
The 20-day Northern Treasures trek takes you through the cardamom-coated Tamor Valley, to remote villages and gompas (Buddhist monasteries) and across Himalayan passes, peaking with the staggering 5160m Lamba Sumba Kharka.
It's highly unlikely that you'll see any other trekkers and in your small group of six, you have the rare opportunity to take part in a seldom seen Tibetan Buddhist festival, hosted by a monastery in the Dzogchen tradition. Participating in tantric rituals and watching fiercely masked deities dance against a Himalayan backdrop won't be a sight you'll forget anytime soon.
A couple of days later you'll be guided to a sacred lake, Singjengma Pokhari, that also just happens to be the home of eight wild snow leopards... not kidding. It's thought that those of strong faith will be able to see their future karmic path reflected in the clear waters of the lake. Whether your faith stands the test or not this Himalayan trek is sure to get you in touch with your spiritual side, as well as your aching quads.
You will meet your tour group in Kathmandu before flying together to Suketar.
Air Asia has connecting flights to Kathmandu via Kuala Lumpur from several Asian and Australian cities.
US$4450 per person all inclusive except flights and local tips.
This trip is only for intrepid and physically fit trekkers – most days involve up to eight hours of trekking at altitudes up to 5160m.
On this 20-day trip you’ll be camping for 15 nights, but your tents and all other equipment will be carried and set up for you and food will be whipped up by the trip’s chef.