Nepal's tourist industry was hit hard by last year's earthquake; 2015 was the first year since 1974 in which no one reached the top of Mount Everest. While the centre of the country was badly affected, the eastern side was relatively unscathed, and it's in this region that Hong Kong-based adventure tour company Whistling Arrow will be operating an 18-day trek in the spring. The route winds through pristine national parkland that connects the world's easternmost 8,000-metre peaks - Kanchenjunga and Makalu - traversing the Tamor and Arun river valleys by crossing the 5,200-metre Lumbasumba Pass (above).
Open to "experienced trekkers and adventure junkies alike", the trip starts in Kathmandu on April 29. Priced at US$4,150, it includes two domestic flights, tent and teahouse accommodation, guides, food and equipment. For more information, reservations and a detailed itinerary, visit whistlingarrow.com and select Treasures of the Snow from the Our Adventures dropdown menu.