There are two types of Northern Lights in the world. The kind that are on every free spirit’s bucket list, and the ones they put on in Blackpool every year. No shade on the northern seaside town but I think we can all agree, right here right now, that recounting the time you went on an Arctic Circle adventure is a better story for the pub than telling people that you went to that place where they sometimes film Strictly.
The Himalaya spans from far-northern India to far-eastern (and beyond). The high peaks and their foothills appear in twelve states and include barren high-altitude plateaus, snowy massifs, alpine forests, steamy jungle, and more. The Indian Himalaya is diverse, wild in parts, and extremely beautiful. Perfect territory for some multi-day treks, and offering something for almost every kind of trekker. Here are some of the best.
Hiking in the cold is also different to hiking in the freezing cold. We’re talking about the times when the temperature drops sub-zero, and sometimes, when it’s a good 20 or 30 degrees Celsius lower than that. Think icicles, troublesome snot and frozen waterfalls – the days when all of those three things can actually amalgamate into one. These tips will not only serve you well for a hiking trip in the coldest of cold, but equally any sub-zero adventure that sees you exposed to the extreme cold or snow for sustained periods of time.
Nobody ever said climbing a mountain was easy (and you shouldn’t believe them if they do). But some peaks are far more accessible and manageable than others. If you’re fit, have trekking experience, and are prepared to sweat, really sweat, there are a number of mountains around the world with attainable peaks. Here are ten mighty mountains that might just be within your reach.
Slovenia may be one of the smallest countries in the Balkans but it is teeming with thousands of kilometres of hiking routes – with trails ranging from super easy ambles to hectic via ferrata, and everything in between. Here’s our pick of the 7 best regions to go hiking in Slovenia.
There’s a fine line between being prepared and over-packing in any situation. But when it comes to packing for a long-distance trek or even just a challenging day hike, coming down on the wrong side of that line could potentially mean severe discomfort or even injury. We learnt the hard way… learn from our mistakes.
Want to climb Western Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc? Here’s everything you need to know.
Nepal may look small on a map, but its mountainous and hilly terrain, poor road quality and mountainous airstrips make getting around more of a challenge than many travellers realise. Here are a few important tips to remember when travelling around Nepal, whether by road or air.
There is perhaps not a more important choice when trekking Kilimanjaro than the route you choose. A detailed breakdown of each route will help you make the right decision and avoid the pitfalls that I fell into. Here’s a snapshot of each of the routes to help you along your way…
The Triglav National Park is one of the oldest ones in Europe and it spans mostly the eastern part of the Julian Alps. The highest peak of the massif – Triglav (2864m) is a national symbol and a challenge for every climber. However, many other 2000-metre high peaks are a source of pleasure for every traveller.
Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Himalaya, so many trekkers pass through the city on the...
If you want to keep the balance, and the trails accessible to everyone in the future, respect must be paid to the physical and cultural environments you visit. Trekking responsibly is, well, it’s your responsibility. With that in mind, here are 12 tips to ensure you leave only footprints.
There are many reasons why Kilimanjaro is scribbled onto the bucket list of most adventurer ’s minds. The most obvious of these reasons may include the fact it is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. But how do you go about it? Which route do you choose? When should you go? How fit do you need to be and what equipment do you need? Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
There is no shortage of exhilarating fjords in Norway, each promising spectacular natural views of untouched verdant forests, ice cold lagoons and sweeping views over seemingly endless cliffs and mountains.
Although Kathmandu doesn’t lie in the geographical centre of Nepal, everything west of the capital is considered to be Western Nepal; anything west of Pokhara is considered Far Western. And Far Western Nepal is very remote, wild, in large parts poor, and difficult to access. But all of that just adds to the adventure of trekking there!
Aside from the Everest region, Eastern Nepal sees few international visitors. But, the area is home to Mount Kanchenjunga—the third highest mountain in the world—at one extreme, and more gentle rolling tea fields at the other. That is, it’s perfect territory for a range of trekking needs.
With plenty of UK mountains ready for you to conquer, you don’t have to travel far to put yourself to the test. From the biggest to the smaller, lesser-known climbs that still have a lot to offer, there are mountains to suit all abilities – so there’s no excuse not to give it a try. Before setting out, ensure you’re properly kitted out in sturdy walking boots, and with waterproofs, warm clothing and emergency food. Let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back, and check the weather forecast before you leave. If you’re ready to accumulate the vertical but are lacking inspiration, we’ve got you covered.
Slovenia’s highest peak, Mount Triglav (2864m), is the most venerated mountain in the country. Considered a national symbol, the summit appears on the country’s flag and coat of arms. That said, you’re not a true Slovenian if you don’t climb Triglav at least once in your life. Lying majestically in the heart of the Julian Alps, Mount Triglav is both technical and physically demanding, but oh so worth it…
Aside from its sheer beauty, the Langtang Valley is a popular trekking destination because of its relative accessibility from Kathmandu. The Gauri Shankar Conservation Area (GSCA) is just a little further east, but is visited less often, somewhat overshadowed by the Langtang Valley and also the Everest region, which lies just to its east.
The Mustang district – north of Pokhara, up the Kali Gandaki Gorge – is geologically, topographically and culturally quite distinct from much of the rest of Nepal. Mustang sits in the rainshadow of the Himalaya, meaning that the warm, wet monsoon that sweeps up the Indian subcontinent and into Nepal between June and August is stopped by the Himalaya, keeping Mustang dry.
Morocco is a country of rugged peaks and endless trails. The highest peaks in this North African state, which is dominated by the Rif mountain range in the north and the Sahara Desert in the south, promise some of the world’s most spectacular views, making the hard work to get there more than worth it. Here are Morocco’s 7 highest peaks that are just waiting to be conquered…
Planning for a trek in Nepal shouldn’t be taken lightly. To ensure you have a successful trek in the Nepali Himalaya, keep these tips in mind.
Almost all travellers to Nepal have to stop in the capital city, Kathmandu, as it is home to the only airport in the country. And while the city’s cultural sites are worth a look, it’s also easy to get out into nature from the dusty metropolis and do some worthwhile day and multi-day hikes without going far from the Kathmandu Valley.
Guidebooks and blogs are full of useful information, but nothing beats the first-hand advice of someone who has been somewhere and made mistakes and inaccurate assumptions. Here are seven things to know before travelling to Nepal from someone who’s been there, done that, and learned from the experience.
The Via Dinarica is a mega-hiking trail, which extends from Slovenia to Albania and reveals the stunning wilderness and rich culture of the Dinaric Alps, an area that is still relatively undiscovered by hikers all around the world.