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7 Things to Remember for Your Next Cycling Adventure

7 Things to Remember for Your Next Cycling Adventure

Travelling on a bike and cycling abroad is one of life’s great pleasures. As Ernest Hemingway once said, "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them." There’s simply no better way...

4 Reasons Adventurers are Heading to Kyrgyzstan

4 Reasons Adventurers are Heading to Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan: land of the 40 tribes, home of the Mountains of Heaven. Impossible to spell, but excellent for winning Hangman. Store it somewhere in your brain beside hybrid, phlegm and rhythm. You're welcome. But, although Hangman is popular amongst adventurers trapped...

Geiranger | The Essential Guide to the Geirangerfjord

Geiranger | The Essential Guide to the Geirangerfjord

Geiranger is a village in western Norway and is the gateway to the Geirangerfjord - often said to be the “jewel in the crown” of the Norwegian fjords. Now, when it comes to Norwegian fjords, that's saying something, because they're all pretty stunning. The Norwegian...

The Tallest Mountain in England and How to Climb it

The Tallest Mountain in England and How to Climb it

The tallest mountain in England is Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Cumbria. For most people, that's probably enough to make you want to climb it. We do like a bit of standing on a summit knowing you're higher than everyone else in the country. The question is: how...

Hiking in Patagonia: Your Guide to the Hiking Areas

Hiking in Patagonia: Your Guide to the Hiking Areas

Hiking in Patagonia has to be one of the most stunning locations in South America. Right down at the southern tip of the continent, it straddles the border between Chile and Argentina, all the way to the tail of South America and Fin del Mundo in the Tierra del Fuego...

11 Alternative Treks in South America

11 Alternative Treks in South America

Trekking South America has got to be top of the list for adventurous ways to explore the continent. You don't need any expensive equipment, just good hiking boots and a backpack. Plus a healthy appetite for long trails, mountain views and llamas. No, we don't mean it...

Norway’s Fjords Mapped: A Guide to the Fjord Locations

Norway’s Fjords Mapped: A Guide to the Fjord Locations

Norway fjords map. It sounds a bit like a tongue-twister. Or the name of a famous explorer from times past with a double-barrelled surname. But if you’re online and looking around for a map of the Norwegian fjords then you’ve come to the right place. The fact that...

Trekking in Morocco: A Guide to the Basics

Trekking in Morocco: A Guide to the Basics

Trekking in Morocco is a bit of a hidden gem. If we were playing the word association game and I said "trekking", you would almost certainly not say "Morocco". Plus if I said "Morocco", you'd probably say something like "desert" or "sand" or maybe "tagine". Unlike...

7 of the Best Long-Distance Cycle Routes in the UK

7 of the Best Long-Distance Cycle Routes in the UK

Long-distance cycle routes in the UK have become hugely popular in recent years. A large part of that is because long-distance cycling has grown enormously in popularity in general. People like riding their bikes more than ever - and they like riding them for a long...

Everything You Need to Know About the Haute Route

Everything You Need to Know About the Haute Route

The Haute Route is a long distance hiking route. Actually, it's at least two completely different hiking routes, but we'll come to that in a minute. It's also not to be confused with 'Haute Route', the cycling event. This Haute Route goes where bicycles cannot - and...

Hiking Near Glasgow: 5 of the Most Adventurous Treks

Hiking Near Glasgow: 5 of the Most Adventurous Treks

Hiking near Glasgow can mean anything from a stroll through a nearby country park to a trek up a magnificent Munro overlooking Loch Lomond. Edinburgh may be Scotland’s capital, but Glasgow is the country's biggest city. And you can reach more big mountains easily from...

Hike Machu Picchu: Which Route Should You Choose?

Hike Machu Picchu: Which Route Should You Choose?

The best way to get to Machu Picchu is on foot. Alright, arriving by wing suit or bungee jump would be pretty cool... But Machu Picchu is an ancient city of the Incas and the Machu Picchu hike is almost like a pilgrimage. You hike through the mountains and valleys of...

Hiking Trails in Slovenia: The Best Treks in the Country

Hiking Trails in Slovenia: The Best Treks in the Country

Hiking trails in Slovenia are plentiful. After all, 60% of the 20,273km² country is forest. That’s quite a decisive majority and one that lends itself very well to outdoor pursuits. Slovenia is a hotbed for hiking and further, for adventure in general - from canyoning...

5 of the Best Ways to Go Island Hopping in Croatia

5 of the Best Ways to Go Island Hopping in Croatia

Island hopping in Croatia can be proper adventurous. Whether you’re kayaking from beach to beach, meditating on a stand-up paddleboard, sailing round the 200+ uninhabited islands of the Šibenik archipelago or putting your front crawl to the test in the Adriatic Sea,...

5 of the Best Adventurous Hikes in Edinburgh

5 of the Best Adventurous Hikes in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a brilliant city for hiking. It’s a city where ocean meets history meets rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Within a half hour’s walk from the city centre you can be at the base of Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, and 15 minutes walk from the main...

5 Hints & Tips for Hiking to the Lost City in Colombia

5 Hints & Tips for Hiking to the Lost City in Colombia

High in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta jungle in Colombia, between 900m and 1200m, deep in the rainforest, you will find the indigenous settlement of “Teyuna” - better known by the rest of the world by the Spanish ‘Ciudad Perdida’, or the ‘Lost...

5 of the Best Day Hikes Around London

5 of the Best Day Hikes Around London

Having a good few day hike plans in your locker is an essential for any outdoor enthusiast living in London. It’s nice to be able to get away to spots where there isn’t a skyscraper in sight, car horn in your ears or people all over the place. Thanksfully, it’s not...

5 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights in the Norwegian Fjords

5 Tips for Seeing the Northern Lights in the Norwegian Fjords

There are two places you can commonly find Norwegian fjords and northern lights. One is in Norway. Obviously. It’s in the name. The other is at the top of pretty much any given traveller’s bucket list south of Oslo (and probably a bit to the north as well). But how...

Welcome to Scotland’s Only Via Ferrata

Welcome to Scotland’s Only Via Ferrata

The stunning Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall lies below the climb. Photo: Vertical Descents Vertigo-inducing via ferratas are typically only found in the Alps and the Italian Dolomites, but you can now take on the only via ferrata in Scotland if you head to Kinlochleven,...

A Beginner’s Guide to the Norwegian Fjords

A Beginner’s Guide to the Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian fjords are a natural wonder. There’s no doubt about that. The fjords combine steep cliff faces and beautiful bodies of water to create a landscape on the same sort of photogenic scale as a puppy juggling other puppies while riding a unicycle. They’re...

10 of the Best Adventures in the Swiss Alps

10 of the Best Adventures in the Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps have been an adventure hotspot ever since the summit of the 4,158m Jungfrau was first reached way back in 1811. And the adventure opportunities across Switzerland haven’t aged badly in the 200 years since. What’s the best thing about Switzerland? Well,...

Why You Need to Go Hiking in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains

Why You Need to Go Hiking in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains

The Tatra Mountains in Slovakia are the highest range in the Carpathian Mountains. They form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland, with a fairly colourful history. On both sides, the mountains are designated an UNESCO biosphere reserve, making the landscape...

Can You Go Wild Camping in the UK?

Can You Go Wild Camping in the UK?

Can you go wild camping in the UK? Quick answer: yes. Long answer: the rest of this article! Wild camping is becoming more and more popular in the UK, but in most places, it is still actually illegal. Depending on where you are, attitudes range from completely...

Climbing Snowdon | Your Guide to the Routes

Climbing Snowdon | Your Guide to the Routes

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, reaching its peak at a lofty 1085 metres, well, lofty for the UK. On a good day, you can see right across Snowdonia, and if you’re lucky, all the way to Ireland. Thousands of people hike to the summit every year - so expect it...

What is Altitude Sickness?

What is Altitude Sickness?

Anyone who’s ever climbed or trekked at high elevations will be well aware of altitude sickness. You may even have already been affected by it. But what exactly is it, and why does it happen?   Doctor and expedition leader, Jane Wilson-Howarth, explains what you need...

10 Epic Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

10 Epic Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast in Croatia is the kind of place people subconsciously find themselves dreaming about when they wake up at 6 am on a Monday morning. Remember that exotic image in your head after you pressed the snooze button for the third time? You were paddling...

Everything You Need To Know About Trekking Annapurna

Everything You Need To Know About Trekking Annapurna

Trekking Annapurna is one of the most immersive ways to experience the mountains in Nepal. If you're planning a trip to the region for just that, then this is where you should start... From the Annapurna Circuit to Annapurna Base Camp, the region of Annapurna is...

5 Treks That Show off the Best of Ecuador

5 Treks That Show off the Best of Ecuador

In Ecuador, you’re never far from a trail. As you arrive via Quito airport, your plane will land in the midst of a canyon, with views of the spectacular Ecuadorian Andes in all directions. The landscape is a hive of volcanoes and snowcapped peaks, cloud forests,...

Trekking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park

Trekking Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park

The Torres del Paine National Park is located in the south of Chile’s Patagonia region. Spanning over 180,000 hectares, the park is renowned for its iconic granite towers that dominate the landscape, undoubtedly one of the gems of wild and magical Patagonia. But it is...

5 Multi-Day Treks in Peru That Aren’t the Inca Trail

5 Multi-Day Treks in Peru That Aren’t the Inca Trail

You’d be forgiven if you thought trekking in Peru was all about the Inca Trail. And whilst it’s an obvious choice, there are much better ways to discover the glory of Peruvian Andes on foot, away from the crowds and well off the beaten track. The variety of trails in...

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Hiking in Peru

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Hiking in Peru

Peru is hands-down one of the best countries in the world to visit if you’re a keen hiker. With its formidable mountain ranges, plunging canyons and aquamarine lakes, trekkers visiting this enchanting country will encounter a wide variety of landscapes, climates and...

Are You Ready for the Backcountry?

Are You Ready for the Backcountry?

So, you’ve been skiing for a few years now on a variety of different ski holidays, and you feel confident throwing yourself down red pistes in the resort. It’s a lot of fun and you enjoy zooming past all the slower skiers, but you’re hungry for something a bit...

10 Kayak-Friendly Tips, Hints & Life Hacks

10 Kayak-Friendly Tips, Hints & Life Hacks

There’s nothing quite like jetting off to go kayaking abroad. The thrill of the journey is immense, the opportunity to paddle through new, exotic or breathtaking landscapes, through unknown water, is particularly exhilarating, and the adventure that lies ahead of you...

The Beginner’s Guide to Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc

The Beginner’s Guide to Trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc

If trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc is not already high on your bucket list, then it most definitely should be. It's right up there with the likes of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit and Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash trek, but much closer to home. The Tour du Mont Blanc is...

10 Must-Climb Volcanoes Around the World

10 Must-Climb Volcanoes Around the World

Climbing volcanoes in the world has a bit of an Indiana Jones air to it - jumping over streams of running lava, dodging flying rocks. Fortunately, or unfortunately (depending on your danger-lust), that's fairly unlikely to happen. In reality, a guided volcano climb...

The Northern Lights: 10 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

The Northern Lights: 10 Frequently Asked Questions Answered

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...

5 Unmissable Treks in the Indian Himalaya

5 Unmissable Treks in the Indian Himalaya

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. There are dozens of ethnic groups,...

11 Tips for Hiking in Sub Zero Conditions

11 Tips for Hiking in Sub Zero Conditions

Hiking in the cold is different to hiking in the warmth. That much is fairly simple.  Save the BBQs for the sunny days and don’t wear shorts in the cold - even if you’re one of those people who normally wears shorts every day of the year and insists they’re not...

The World’s 10 Best Accessible Summits to Climb

The World’s 10 Best Accessible Summits to Climb

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...

The 7 Best Places to Go Hiking in Slovenia

The 7 Best Places to Go Hiking in Slovenia

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. Thanks to its diversity it's possible to...

35 Things You Should Consider Packing for Your Hiking Trip

35 Things You Should Consider Packing for Your Hiking Trip

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....

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mont Blanc

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mont Blanc

So, you want to climb Mont Blanc? Then read on, here's everything you need to know, on a page. First, a bit of background. Mont Blanc sits on the border between France and Italy in the Alps and, since the first ascent in 1786 by local mountaineers Jaques Balmat and Dr...

7 Tips for Travelling Around Nepal

7 Tips for Travelling Around Nepal

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...

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro | Which Route Should you Choose?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro | Which Route Should you Choose?

Long before I set foot on Kilimanjaro the mountain lured me in like an out of reach seductress. She loomed over the horizon whilst we spun yarns around a campfire in Serengeti. Later that night, I watched a lightning storm completely illuminate the western face in a...

5 Incredible Treks in Slovenia’s Julian Alps

5 Incredible Treks in Slovenia’s Julian Alps

The Julian Alps are located in the most south-eastern part of the Alpine arc. The massif sits at the border between Slovenia and Austria. It's the largest and highest massif in Slovenia. In 2003, the area became the Julian Alps Biosphere Reserve. It really is a world...

5 Accessible Treks in Nepal’s Pokhara Valley

5 Accessible Treks in Nepal’s Pokhara Valley

Pokhara Nepal is the gateway to the Annapurna Himalaya, so many trekkers pass through the city on the way to expeditions further into the mountains. But, it’s not actually necessary to go so far into the high Himalaya to have a trekking adventure around Pokhara. The...

Leave Only Footprints | 12 Tips for Responsible Trekking

Leave Only Footprints | 12 Tips for Responsible Trekking

Whilst out trekking you’re interacting with a delicate balance of nature, new cultures and your personal trekking group.   All of these forces are working together, and if you want to keep the balance, and the trails accessible to everyone in the future, respect...

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

The Beginner’s Guide to Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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.   It may be because Kilimanjaro is the African jewel...

The 15 Most Accessible Fjords to Hike in Norway

The 15 Most Accessible Fjords to Hike in Norway

Looking for the best hikes in Norway? 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. We've got a Norway...

5 Remote Trekking Routes in Nepal’s Far West

5 Remote Trekking Routes in Nepal’s Far West

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, and difficult to access. But all of...

5 Epic Treks in Eastern Nepal

5 Epic Treks in Eastern Nepal

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...

8 Mountains You Should Climb in the United Kingdom

8 Mountains You Should Climb in the United Kingdom

You can’t beat the sense of satisfaction that comes with reaching the top of the mountain – no matter what size the peak is. Not only do you pack in some exercise and get great views to boot (if the weather is kind), you can also relish the achievement of completing a...

5 Great Routes to Summit Mount Triglav

5 Great Routes to Summit Mount Triglav

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...

6 Treks Around the Langtang National Park in Nepal

6 Treks Around the Langtang National Park in Nepal

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...

Trekking in the Mustang District of Nepal

Trekking in the Mustang District of Nepal

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...

The 7 Highest Peaks to Trek in Morocco

The 7 Highest Peaks to Trek in Morocco

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 Sahara Desert in the south, promise some of the world’s most spectacular views, making the hard work...

8 Things to Know Before Going Trekking in Nepal

8 Things to Know Before Going Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is famous as a trekking destination, and the majority of trekkers have a great time. But however popular it is, Nepal is still a rugged and under-developed country where mountain communities can be very isolated, supplies are limited, and weather is changeable....

Trekking in and around the Kathmandu Valley

Trekking in and around the Kathmandu Valley

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...

7 Things to Know Before Travelling to Nepal

7 Things to Know Before Travelling to Nepal

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...

Hike the Best Section of the Via Dinarica

Hike the Best Section of the Via Dinarica

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.     It's a 1,200-mile route...

6 Great Hikes in Spain and the Canary Islands

6 Great Hikes in Spain and the Canary Islands

Scenic vistas, mountain ridges, green beltways, flowing rivers and epic views of the sea await you in Spain.  There are many famous hiking trails in Spain, most notably the Camino de Santiago. However, if you are looking for the most satisfying trails in Spain, keep...

Where to Go Mountain Biking in France

Where to Go Mountain Biking in France

The varied terrain across France means you can enjoy a lot of different mountain biking experiences.   Its rolling hills and towering peaks are magnets for mountain bikers of all kinds. From gentle rides through the countryside to multi-day bike packing...

Trekking in the Everest Region of Nepal

Trekking in the Everest Region of Nepal

The Solukhumbu District of eastern Nepal is where Mount Everest sits - or, half of it, as the mountain is actually right on the border between Nepal and Tibet.   It’s comprised of two regions: Solu, at lower altitudes, and Khumbu, at higher altitudes. The Khumbu...

Top Tips for Hiking the Beautiful Dolomites

Top Tips for Hiking the Beautiful Dolomites

A Dolomites hiking adventure isn’t just about the trails, though they are certainly world class. It also brings you into contact with the intriguing heritage of the region, which sits at the crossroads of Italian, Austrian and Ladin cultures.   As you trek from...

Incredible Hikes Around Lake Como

Incredible Hikes Around Lake Como

Lake Como stretches nearly 50 kilometres from north to south, contained by 200 kilometres of shoreline and boasting the title of ‘deepest lake in Europe'.   It glitters among the mountains just 50 kilometres north of Milan - the ideal gateway with three airports...

Beautiful Hiking Ideas Around Lake Garda

Beautiful Hiking Ideas Around Lake Garda

The beauty of a hiking trip to Garda is the diversity of terrain. The lake has a broader profile where the land is flatter in the south, and tapers as it stretches around 50 kilometres to its northernmost tip.   The countryside surrounding the south of the lake...

4 Must See Road Cycling Routes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 Must See Road Cycling Routes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The thrills and joys Bosnia offers in the realm of road cycling are second to those of mountain biking, but this does not mean some great road cycling can't be experienced in Bosnia. Being wise about your choice or road and time of riding are the main factors towards...

Rocks and Ruins | Hiking in Bulgaria

Rocks and Ruins | Hiking in Bulgaria

Nestled among soul-stirring mountains, picturesque lakes, and golden beaches, Bulgaria is a melting pot of natural wonders.   The Balkan country, located in Southeastern Europe’s geographical area, is a key land between the Old Continent and the Middle East. Its...

Trekking in Nepal | Where Do You Start?

Trekking in Nepal | Where Do You Start?

So you think you might want to go trekking in Nepal? Good choice. Whether you’re an experienced high-altitude trekker or not, there are fun and challenging options throughout the country. Never mind some of the best mountain views in the world... While Nepal is a...

A Perfect Circle | Trekking the Annapurna Region

A Perfect Circle | Trekking the Annapurna Region

The Annapurna region is the second-most popular trekking region in Nepal. It lies to the north of Pokhara, so is very accessible by car or bus.   The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area, and many treks around the Annapurna Himalaya fall...