Mountaineering and hiking enthusiasts know that the amount of time and preparation that goes into scaling the height of a mountain such as the Everest or Annapurna is tremendous. This is where the importance of "base camps" comes in. These small encampments, usually set up at the base of the mountain, are your lifeline for the upcoming days of the trek. The fun part, however, is that getting to these base camps is probably just as challenging as reaching the summit, especially in the Himalayas. And preparing and trekking to the base camps can give you a fair idea of what the journey forward will look like, in addition to acclimatising your body for the adverse conditions.
If you're planning a trek anytime soon, here's a list of some of the most sought-after base camp treks in India and Nepal.