Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal
... apart, that offer food and lodgings in teahouses, and there are stations to fill up your water bottle along the way. I even met a single mother trekking with her baby strapped to her back, sans guide or porters. You’ll need at least 21 days to do this trek, but it’s always a good idea to factor in a few extra days for bad weather, a bad tummy or altitude sickness (as well as a few acclimatization days). If you don’t have three weeks to spare, you can fly from Pokhara to the village of...
December 29th, 2009 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 1
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Hiking the Great Wall of China

Hiking the Great Wall of China
... to Jinshanling; if you’re on a shoestring budget, take local transit to the town of Gubeikou. The spring and fall are perhaps the best times for trekking; it’s temperate, and also less busy. The summer months can be brutally hot, and in winter you’ll have to contend with ice and snow. However, I did trek another section of the Great Wall in the winter, and though it was icy, there wasn’t another person in sight – a rarity in this country of 1.3 billion people. So don’t let the...
November 25th, 2009 | Vawn | Read More | Comments: 1
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Climbing Cotopaxi Volcano

Image courtesy of Wikipedia This is the story of the one and only time I was defeated by altitude. But first, some background. The central highland part of Ecuador is dominated by the Andes Mountain Range. Much of Ecuador is pockmarked with volcanoes, the tallest of which is inactive Chimborazo, at 6,310 m above sea level. Not only is Chimborazo the tallest point in the country, it is also considered the spot on the earth’s surface farthest from the centre of the earth, given that it is almost...
November 15th, 2008 | Brendan | Read More | Comments: 0
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