After riding the Trans Mongolian from Russia to China and only doing one actual day hike I was pretty desperate to climb a mountain... never thought I'd say that. But I made up my mind to head south from Beijing to the small city of Tai'An, to climb the holiest of the five great mountains.... Continue Reading →
Years ago, those who hiked in the Himalayas would be seasoned mountaineers looking to brave the highest peaks in the world. Now, anyone with a bit of cash and some determination can do it. It's busier than ever and not everyone understands the dangers they can face. Not only on the trails or from adverse... Continue Reading →
While the trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular hikes in Nepal, it's also one of the most expensive. If you still want a taste of that sweet mountain air but need to save some a lot of money, then Annapurna Base Camp is your answer. It's not only cheaper, but... Continue Reading →
Everest, the tallest peak in the world at 8848m, is out of reach for most of us mere mortals, maybe due to the astronomical cost or the overwhelming physical challenges, but don't despair, those of us willing to work for it can at least hike to Everest Base Camp at 5380m.
The Great Wall of China has to be one of the most famous landmarks in the world. I've never met someone who hasn't heard of it, and most people dream of seeing it in person one day. Nothing can prepare you for such an incredible sight, no matter which section you visit. But wouldn't it... Continue Reading →
After spending most of last year hiking above 3000m; struggling to breathe, suffering from altitude sickness, carrying a 20kg bag and sleeping in tents when it's far too cold to be outside... a walking holiday in the hills of Scotland with the luxurious Gartmore Estate was exactly what I needed. If you love walking, but also love a little comfort and luxury at the end of a tough day, then this will be the holiday for you, too.
The highest mountain in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895m) and it’s the most popular peak to climb. While you get extra cool bragging rights, you’re spending a ton of money for a somewhat mediocre hike. Why not tackle the slightly smaller Mount Kenya (5,199m) which is a much more beautiful, more enjoyable and cheaper hike?... Continue Reading →