By taking advantage of the freakishly advantageous way next year’s bank holidays fall and shot-gunning some key dates early, it’s actually possible to supersize your annual leave in 2019, turning the standard 25 days holiday into a whopping 55 days of holiday, not to mention opening the door to some incredible adventures
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.
Adventure – for some it’s seeing how late they can cut it before leaving for work, for others, it’s facing a daunting summit or surfing the perfect break. If that sounds more like you, then there’s a long weekend coming up in early May (4-6th) that offers the perfect...
We’ve all done it before, haven’t we? Reached the end of the year and realised we’ve either thrown all of our annual leave at one big holiday or become part of the third of all Brits that never got round to using it all up in the first place. Next year, you vow silently to yourself, next year will be different. Here’s why your 2019 should be all about the weekend adventure to max out your annual leave, and a few ideas on how to spend it. Vive le weekend warrior.
Going abroad for a kayaking adventure is just a pipedream for most people. After all, it must be a whole lot of work to organise a trip out on the water in another country, right? Actually, wrong! It’s super simple. And if the answer to that question had been ‘right’, we probably wouldn’t have written this article. Here are 10 stunning bucket list-worthy kayak trips that we’d recommend for beginners.
Nothing makes you feel like a proper, real-world, adventurer quite like wild camping. It’s camping dipped in Tabasco sauce, outdoor sleeping that’ll put hairs on your chest, a night under the stars where the raw realism of it all makes it seem like you’re part of some secret club. If you’ve done it before, you’ll know that already. If you haven’t, we’re here to tell you why you, your family, your friends, your enemies and even that friendly bloke in the cornershop who you buy milk off some time should take their next camping trip for a walk on that there wild side.
If you feel like escaping the relentless carolling and doing something really special with your Christmas and New Year, then here are twelve unforgettable adventures that are all departing before the end of December 2018. Reindeer jumper optional.
Annual leave – the most precious thing ever created and a chance to do all the things you wish you could do – if only you didn’t have to work. Unfortunately, and despite your best intentions, it’s also all too easy to hoard your leave until it’s too late, or even worse do nothing with it whatsoever, unless you count playing on your Xbox or rediscovering daytime drinking. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you still have leftover leave remaining, here are twelve incredible adventures all departing before the end of December.
Canyoning is an adventure and exploration sport where participants climb into a wetsuit and get themselves down a river, gorge or - you guessed it - canyon, using a variety of techniques ranging from walking, jumping and scrambling to abseiling and rock climbing. If...
Nearly 60% of Slovenia is covered in lush green trees and forests, and when you consider the picturesque lakes, the crystal-blue rivers and the seemingly endless waterfalls found throughout the country, it’s no wonder Slovenia, a country with a population of just two million, is becoming a bit of a hotspot for adventurers looking to tread off the beaten track. Here are a few of our top picks for the best alternative adventures to try out in Slovenia.
Organising a hen party is never easy – different people, different interests, and that one friend who thinks Prosecco is a major food group. Combining them all and not ending up with a one-way trip to Ibuprofen is a test of anyone’s organisational skills and...
Our hilarious friend and Much Better Adventurer Jack Clayton gives us the lowdown on why travelling on your own is the way forward and why wrangling your mates can only come to no good. Despite some initial niggling fears, Jack squared up and took on Morocco's Mount...
For Nepal, time is running out to save The Karnali River – one of the planet’s wildest and greatest rafting rivers – by declaring it a National Park. Here’s why environmentalists are battling hard to save it.
Located in the East Indonesia/West Papua region of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat has the highest known concentration and diversity of marine life in the world.
Earth River has pioneered rafting trips around the world, discovering classics like Patagonia’s Futaleufu and Canada’s Magpie. Now they are trying to protect them.
Emu Trekkers offer adventurous hiking tours around Sydney and the Blue Mountains and use the proceeds to support the education, healthcare and welfare of disadvantaged children and youth.
Social Cycles host small group cycle adventures for travellers with a social conscience. We engage with local experts (NGOs) to learn about social issues, challenges and strategies so that we can gain the knowledge to make a positive difference.
The Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area (NEPL NPA) is located in the north-east of Laos and is the largest protected area in country. It has a remarkably rich wildlife biodiversity with a wide range of species, many endangered, including the critically-endangered Northern white-cheeked gibbon, six species of cat, two species of bear, a wild dog dhole, to name few.
Reef Conservation International’s mission is to preserve and manage the Belize Barrier Reef for generations to come by inspiring, educating, and encouraging change via our volunteer citizen-scientists. Not many people know it’s the second largest Barrier Reef in the world.
Alexander Souri is founder of Relief Riders International, an organisation that runs tours on horseback through remote communities delivering healthcare and resources to those who desperately need it.
We met the President of the Albanian Rafting Federation on the banks of his beloved Osumi Canyons that he’s been fighting to protect.
We sat down with a 14-year-old from the banks of Albania’s Vjosa River to understand how the plans to dam it will impact her future and her village.