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.
No this is not about food - its about still looking pretty handsome when the icy cold starts to bite. It is about how to dress correctly so that you are not too cold, or too hot for that matter.
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
With over 200 days of rain per year amounting to an excess of 2000mm, the Amazon is the largest river network in the world with more than 1000 tributaries, its length, second only to the Nile.
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 Training 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 Climbing routes on Kilimanjaro
Most people will have bought the bulk of their gear and buying gear for others can be tricky. And add to that the cost of gear so it really depends on what they already have plus your budget! If you have an open budget then a good down jacket can never go wrong. In truth, … Continue reading What do you buy someone who is planning to climb Kilimanjaro?
I am often asked which is better, Mera Peak or Island Peak and although there are similarities and differences, it is hard to judge one over the other. So let us look at what makes them similar.
You have trained for months to Climb Kilimanjaro. You have gathered all of your gear. You have flight tickets, all services booked, passport in hand and ready to fly. But have you bought Travel Insurance? Yes it is not just a buzz word that agents use to try to get you to part with your … Continue reading Emergency evacuation off Kilimanjaro