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.
Let us remind ourselves when we climb this sleeping beauty that Kilimanjaro is not stratovolcano for nothing, for beneath her seemingly calm demeanour lies a hotbed of activity.
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?
This is Patagonia, a land steeped n mystery, a never ending story book of myth and creation.
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?
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
Under the dizzying heights of several peaks of almost 8000m, lies the famous Annapurna circuit, one of the more popular hikes in Nepal. With enough spare days in your pocket you can head out on this trail for anything from 12 to 21 days, or even more, with vast mountain vistas in sight, stunning valleys … Continue reading A Himalayan Sandwich – Best times for the Annapurna Circuit
Altitude is much like elevation only it refers to the distance measured above a specific planetary point, and in most places, this is the distance above sea level. So if we live at the sea, how do we train for high altitude? Getting technical about O2 and altitude At sea-level, the concentration of oxygen in … Continue reading How can I train for High Altitude Climbing?
Marangu is often considered to be the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro - but don't be fooled, as no route on Kilimanjaro is "easy". It is given this rating as it has a gradual, less steep ascent climb, which means that you also as a result cover greater distances each day. It is also one … Continue reading What are the Climbing routes on Kilimanjaro?