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.
Tough adventures are our biggest and wildest challenges, requiring fitness, commitment, ambition and let’s face it, a tiny bit of inbuilt masochism. So if you’re looking for a real adventure with the bragging rights to match, check these out.
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.
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.
Good news. The Court of Appeal of Tirana has suspended the construction of hydroelectric plants on the Valbona River following a series of local protests.
Crees have recently joined our Adventures for Good collection. We had a chat to find out all about their mission and how your adventure with them helps.
Ecosphere is a not-for-profit social enterprise working in the cold deserts of Spiti, a valley tucked away in the Trans-Himalayas of India. Ecosphere works on a range of activities that enable the crucial link between local economies, conservation and sustainable development.
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.