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kyrgyzstan's alpinad festival

Introducing: Kyrgyzstan's Alpinad Festival

Introducing: Kyrgyzstan’s Alpinad Festival Out of my tent and onto the trail at 05:00, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan’s Ala-Archa National Park look somehow less imposing before the sun rises fully to illuminate the top of ‘Young Communists’ Peak nearly 6500ft above. Despite my pre-dawn enthusiasm, I’m quickly put in my place as one after another …

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langtang valley trek

Trekking the Langtang Valley Nepal — Part 3: Langtang Valley Trek

This is part 3 of a 4-part series about Trekking in Nepal. Go here for Part 1: Helambu Trek or to Part 2: Gosainkunda Trek or read Trekking in Nepal FAQs. The Langtang Valley Trek is one of Nepal’s best. The Langtang Region is the country’s third most-popular region for trekking and the Langtang Valley …

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gosainkunda trek

Trekking the Langtang Valley Nepal — Part 2: Gosainkunda Trek

This is part 2 of a 4-part series about Trekking in Nepal. Go here for Part 1: Helambu Trek or to Trekking in Nepal FAQs. The Gosainkunda Trek is undoubtedly some of the most gorgeous high-altitude scenery in the Nepal Himalaya. It is relatively accessible for fit individuals via the Gosainkunda Trek and not too …

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Gunung For Bromo – A Journey To Indonesia's Land Before Time

  Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any nation on earth. Perhaps not surprising considering it finds itself being pushed and pulled at the whim of four tectonic plates. Journeys to the country reveal a land overseen by these giants, looming over the impossibly luminescent greens of rice paddies and jungle, a beautiful yet ominous …

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helambu trek

Trekking the Langtang Valley Nepal — Part 1: Helambu Trek

This is part 1 of a 4-part series about Trekking in Nepal. Go here for Trekking in Nepal FAQs. Trekking in Nepal is an extraordinary experience and some of the best hiking of my life. Stunning scenery, surreal sunrises, challenging terrain, breathtaking peaks, villages lost in time, are all part of the standard regimen.   …

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Trekking in Nepal FAQs

  The following should help you with most questions regarding trekking in Nepal. My 15 days in Helambu, Gosainkunda, Langtang Valley, and Tamang Heritage were some of the best hiking experiences of my life: incredible mountain views, tough climbs, unforgettable sunrises, friendly people, and interesting villages lost in time, were among the highlights.   Trekking …

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Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Photo of the Week: Tiger’s Nest Monastery

  Seldom are sights alone worth long and arduous journeys. Even if Bhutan weren’t the complete travel experience; it would still be worth the effort if only to see Tiger’s Nest Monastery.   The monastery’s setting, perched high on a cliff-face, half-way up a mountain side, is stunning. Tiger’s Nest, known as Paro Taktsang, was …

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Southern Alps New Zealand

Photo of the Week: Lake Matheson New Zealand

  Lake Matheson New Zealand The drive between Franz Josef to Queenstown, New Zealand, offers some of the most spectacular scenery. The entire ride was a series of rolling mountain peaks, deep-blue glacial lakes, a landscape of rain forests and crystal clear waterfalls, and many more interesting and beautiful landscapes. Especially Lake Matheson in the …

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Brecon Beacons National Park – The UK's Premier Hiking Spot

Wales is perhaps most famous for one thing over and above all else. No, it’s not for having the longest name for any place in Europe, (Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch), but for the one thing that dominates the Welsh landscape more than anything else: sheep farming.   In fact, 76% of the physical landscape is devoted to hill farming, …

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