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The most exclusive destination in the Himalayas is Bhutan. A high tourist tax here – an attempt to
retain Bhutan’s strong national identity and traditional values – has kept mass tourism out and closed the door to budget-conscious backpackers; there is a minimum daily spend of more than a hundred pounds per day, as well as various tourist levies. The king has banned mountaineering in Bhutan out of respect for the deities said to live among the country’s peaks, although high-altitude treks, such as the challenging Snowman Trek, are still possible.Finally to the bookends of the Himalayas – Pakistan and Tibet – at the western and eastern ends, respectively. Not many visitors consider either destination, deterred by security risks in Pakistan (see gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan for the latest Foreign Office advice) and by travel restrictions in China, which have been tightened in recent years. Yet both regions are home to some spectacular high-altitude trekking routes and enriching cultural experiences.