The Himalaya Mountain Range is home to the tallest peaks on the planet. As a result, it has long captured the interest of mountain climbers. Climbing isn’t the only activity of choice in the Himalayas, however. The range offers plenty of great trekking routes too. Take the renowned Annapurna Circuit, for example. This 128-mile route in Nepal is widely considered to be among the world’s very best trekking tracks.
Many of the Himalayan peaks rise to an elevation of more than 25,000 feet above sea level. For this reason alone, the Himalaya Mountain Range has long been the focus of serious mountain climbers. The allure of basically climbing to the top of the world is a very seductive proposition. You don’t have to be an expert climber to reach the top of some of the tallest Himalaya peaks, however. Thanks largely in part to technological advances and competent climbing guides, many climbing amateurs successfully reach some of the chain’s highest summits.
At 29,029 feet, Mt Everest is the tallest mountain on the planet. It is also the king of the Himalaya climbing peaks. Reach the summit, and you can say that you have truly climbed to the top of the world. Interestingly enough, the standard climbing route on Mt Everest isn’t considered to be terribly technical, and climbers who lack advanced climbing skills have been known to make it to the summit with relatively ease. That being said, there are plenty of dangers to consider. Among them are wind and altitude sickness. The conditions are especially unforgiving in the "death zone", which is a term that refers to any altitude more than 26,000 feet. Even the most experienced of climbers can have major problems at these heights, and most Mt Everest climbing tours last weeks on end because of the inherent dangers.
Lhotse is another Himalaya peak that gets a lot of attention. The fourth-highest mountain on the planet, it tops out at 27,940 feet above sea level. As for its location, you can find it immediately south of Everest on the Tibet and Nepal border. Connecting Lhotse to its loftier neighbor is a vertical ridge that is known as the South Col. Climbers have been known to use Lhotse as a route towards the Everest summit. They have also been known to focus on Lhotse exclusively. Part of the allure is the fact that the peak’s south face forms a wall that is among the most impressive walls in the Himalaya Mountain Range.
There are so many wonderful mountains to focus on when looking to arrange Himalayas climbing and/or trekking adventures. One such example is Cho Oyu. While this mountain is the sixth highest in the world at 26,906 feet, it is relatively easy to climb. In fact, many climbing experts consider Cho Oyu to be the most accessible peak over 26,200 feet. The route to the summit is rather direct and short, and often times, the hike to the mountain’s base camp can be done in a good pair of hiking boots. All this considered, the climbing guides still take a cautious and careful approach, as the Himalayas in general are not to be taken lightly. Some Cho Oyu trekking and climbing tours include a visit to the Tibetan city of Lhasa, it should be mentioned. Also worth highlighting is the fact that it costs less to climb Cho Oyu than it does nearby Mt Everest, and some climbers treat Cho Oyu as an Everest warm-up.
Approximately thirteen miles southeast of Mt Everest is where you will find Makalu. The fifth highest mountain in the world, Makalu reaches an elevation of 27,825 feet, and unlike Cho Oyu, it is not considered to be among the easier Himalayan peaks to climb. In fact, Makalu is considered by many climbing experts to be among the planet’s most difficult mountains to climb. On the way up, climbers must deal with steep pitches and extremely thin ridges. Should they wish to reach the summit, they must also execute some very technical rock and ice climbing.
The summit of Manaslu is also quite challenging to reach. Some climbing experts have even gone as far as to rank the mountain among the world’s most dangerous climbing peaks. In fact, Manaslu is often mentioned in the same breath as such other dangerous climbing peaks as K2, Nanga Parbat, and Annapurna. Approximately 40 miles east of Annapurna in west-central Nepal is the where you can find Manaslu. That being said, you might not be faulted for thinking that the peak is located in Japan. After all, a Japanese expedition executed the first ascent to the summit in 1956, and ever since, the mountain has commonly been referred to as a Japanese mountain. This is similar to how Mt Everest was first conquered by a British-led expedition and is often considered to be a British mountain.