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There are so many great treks, but my favorite also happens to be one of the toughest I’ve done, the pilgrimage circuit around the holy mountain of Khawa Karpo in East Tibet. This shear-sided peak rises into a dramatic glaciated massif, with the Mekong River on one side and the Salween River on the other. The circuit is a dizzying roller coaster of pass crossings that takes Tibetan pilgrims onwards of 10 days to complete; foreign trekkers need 14 to 18 days to trek this incredible route through some of the most extreme terrain to be found anywhere in the Himalaya and Tibet.

This place was recommended by: Gary McCue