What seems like the start of a spelling bee is actually the letters that aptly describe the trails. The W trail is shaped exactly like a large W and runs up three beautiful valleys covering a distance of around 80km, and the O circuit is a large circular track which incorporates the W, stretching to around 120km.
Now you would be forgiven for thinking that the Groundsel is a troll of sorts as we all know that giants only exist in mythology, but they are in fact, plants. I am referring to none other than the giant scenecio or Dendrosenecio kilimanjari.
You have longed to get out and climb a mountain or do an extended trek to high altitude and you read about acclimitisation. It may all sound very complicated but what is it.
In the mid 1980’s, Bob Geldof brought Ethiopia to the worlds stage with his Live Aid concerts and Band Aid record. But when it comes to Ethiopia the list of things that now make it famous are endless. This is a country where the east African rift carved the country in two, creating beautiful mountains, high plateaus and highly active volcanoes in its wake.
It’s easy to get confused when you talk about the Inca Trail, as the Incas built an advanced network of nearly 40,000 thousand kilometers of trails to connect the distant corners of their vast empire from Ecuador to Santiago and Mendoza in Argentina. The classic Inca Trail starts at a place called Km82 (so called because it is located 82 kilometers along the railway line between Cusco and Machu Picchu).
How Bad is the Barranco Wall? These are the type of catch phrases you will read about on many sites that describe or talk about the famous Barranco Wall. So is it really that bad and do we need to fear it?
Well for a start the three passes trek is incredible and if you can do all three then do. Each pass has its own difficulties. Renjo is a long slow pass and more of a ridge than a pass itself. It is spectacular and more remote than the other two as it goes via the … Continue reading Between Cho La, Kongma La, and Renjo La, which pass is more difficult?
To access Tibet you need three permits, a Tibet Travel Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit, and then tourists also need a Frontier Pass (or Border Pass) Then, if you want to trek above Everest Base Camp, e.g. trekking to Advanced Base Camp (ABC, at an elevation of 6400 meters), Rongbuk Glacier, etc., you will have to apply for another permit, a Mountaineering License issued by China Tibet Mountaineering Association.
Let's face it - it can get pretty icy on the mountains when wind chill combines with high altitude temperatures hit. So here are a few basics to remember.
When it comes to ancient ruins of the Andes, most people immediately think of the famous Machu Picchu. Until 1911 when archeologist Hiram Bingham ‘officially’ discovered the ruins, they lay hidden in dense forest and morning mists, high on a hill above the thundering Urubamba River. Thought to have been built by the Inca ruler, … Continue reading Lost in the Andes