The Himalayas, literally translated as the 'land of the snow',
are the youngest and tallest mountains on earth, stretching from
Arunachal Pradesh on the Burmese border in the east to the icy
Karakoram and Hindu Kush ranges that meet along with India,
Pakistan and Afghanistan in the north-west.
Few people outside India have heard of the Kumaon region and
surprisingly the region escaped the influx of backpackers that
characterised the recent history of parts of Himachal Pradesh and
to a lesser extent, the Garwhal.
The village walks concept is ideal for this unspoilt and off the
beaten track region of India; bringing benefits to local people and
to the guests who visit and learn about the culture and
In 2007, the company behind the village walks opened its luxury
lodge, 360° Leti, which completes an extraordinary and unique
Indian Himalayan holiday.
Finally, at the opposite end of the spectrum from trekking is
the restorative pampering of Ananda in the Himalayas, also in
Uttarakhand and a heavenly place to spend a few days.