Finding Shangri-La and climbing Shika Snow Mountain

So, in case you haven't realised by my sarcastic ranting throughout the blog, China is expensive and it's almost impossible to have a free adventure anywhere. You can't even go for a hike without paying an entry fee. Until now. I found a free one! FREE! It's not for the faint hearted... but if you …

I took a bus to Huanglong National Park and ended up in Narnia…

After two weeks of seeing various Chinese cities I was desperate to get into the mountains of Sichuan. I wanted to visit the rainbow lakes and forests of Jiuzhai Valley National Park but it was closed due to landslides, so I chose the next best option, Huanglong National Park. And boy, was it worth it, …

Hiking the Himalayas: Everything you need to know about Altitude Sickness

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 …