is without question Andrew Skurka . A legend. one of the most accomplished hikers in history
Alaska-Yukon Expedition (6 months, 4,700 miles),
Great Western Loop (7 months, 6,875 miles), and the
Sea-to-Sea Route (11 months, 7,775 miles).
He’s run a 2:28 marathon, as well.
The , was published by National Geographic – over 125,000 copies sold. Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide: Tools & Tips to Hit the Trail
Today he and his team lead people to
, teaching skills along the way: planning, gear, fitness, food, navigation, responding to emergencies, etc. exciting destinations
In a recent podcast interview Andrew explains why he still
, using electronics as a back-up. And you have to believe him since it was sponsored by the Gaia GPS app. prefers map and compass
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listen to it clicking through via Twitter.
Last year I
tried and failed to complete the Dientes Circuit on Isla Navarino, Chile.
The trail was covered over with snow, and I had no guide to lead the way. I only
. Then turned back. tented one night
AT A GLANCE
most southerly major hike? circumambulate the jagged spires of
Cordon de los Dientes out of
, Chile, on Isla Navarino (pop. 2,262 last time we counted) Puerto Williams recommended 5 days, 4 nights in the past. Most hikers are doing it in
4 days, 3 nights now as the route is better cairned and signed.
This guided group had far worse weather than me. And still made it.
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watch it on Vimeo.
To find out how to do this trip yourself, click over to our
Dientes Circuit information page.
June, July, August, September.
A BIG plus for me is the short 19 km drive (45 mins) to get to the trailhead from Manali.
lies at an altitude of 4270 m (14039 ft) on the Hamta Pass Pir Panjal range in the Himalayas. …
Beyond Hamta Pass, trekkers can choose to extend their trek towards the beautiful
lake. … Chandrataal
The nearest hub is
in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.
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watch it on YouTube.
Check out a
guided climb itinerary.
Click PLAY or watch the
on YouTube. Kilembe Trail
, the world’s 3rd highest mountain, is on the Kanchenjunga border of Nepal and India. It’s possible to hike starting from either nation though Sikkim, India is more popular.
Because of Kanchenjunga’s
location very remote few trekkers make this trip compared with other high Himalayan peaks.
run Trevor and Emma based in Sydney, Australia. Cut Lunch Adventures
Adventurers, the duo aspires to trek to the
BASE CAMPS of all 14 8000m peaks.
South Base Camp (Oktang)
2018 trip report to both North and South Kanchenjunga Base Camps:
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watch their video on YouTube. (29min)
Related – Cut Lunch is a good place to research WHERE around the world might want to hike.
For example, check the
Himalaya trips they recommend.
I was planning on making this trek August 2020 …
… not much chance it’s going to happen this year. #COVID-19
was there in 2019: Atlas & Boots
My 14-day K2 base camp trek in Karakoram mountains of #Pakistan , followed by a crossing of the technical Gondogoro La Pass.
At 8,611m (28,251ft), #K2 is the second highest mountain in the world.
The K2 base camp trek route is via Concordia, the confluence of the Baltoro and Godwin-Austen glaciers at around 4,700m (15,419ft). It is one of the few places in the world where you can see four 8,000m peaks: K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II.
. trip report
K2 as seen from Concordia
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watch their trip on YouTube.
I read this book in preparation for
our own Kilimanjaro climb scheduled for September 2020.
Alexandra penned Kilimanjaro Uncovered in real time while preparing and during her climb on the
Northern Circuit, a little-known hiking route away from the crowds to the top of Kilimanjaro.
She provides valuable guidance for those interested in climbing themselves and tells a broader story of a truly life-changing experience.
Alex is a rookie mountain climber. She over-prepares. Is cautious and thoughtful about every aspect.
The book is very informative for anyone who has never done a serious multi-night tent trip.
I admire her courage in planning that big adventure on her own. I admire her honesty and vulnerability sharing fears and problems on the trek, big and small.
Alexandra Tanbai made the summit. In fact everyone in her guided party made the top though one had a serious ankle injury. No helicopter was available for evacuation.
Less than a year after publishing Kilimanjaro Uncovered, Alexandra founded
KiliGATE.com—the first and only online Kilimanjaro tour booking platform committed to responsible tourism.
Her goal—make it easy for tourists to book their climb with a responsible tour operator and promote fair porter treatment.
I do feel this book is too long.
It’s available in paperback and Kindle formats.
Ramblin’ Boy posted a detailed trip report on the famed . Snowman / Lunana Trek
He was guided by
a Thimphu adventure travel agency though he had booked through Yangphel, the trip through . World Expeditions
Snowman is one of the best treks in the world. However, the cost to trek in Bhutan was
$300 / day.
If money is no object, go for it.
… Covering over three hundred kilometres in twenty-three days at high altitude means there is lots of time for something to go wrong –
There were 16 in our trekking party, most with a tent of their own. As well, perhaps ten locals – guides, cook team, tent team, horse handlers. The horses made up the single largest group – there were 43 of them. We were a village on the move! …
vista on the Narethang-Tarina section
vista en route to Rerethang after crossing Tempe La, the last pass
Start on this page. Follow the links.
I’m researching a
possible for November 2020, the independent trek to Makalu Base Camp, Nepal 5th highest mountain in the world. (8,485m)
Makalu Base Camp
Since 2016 at least there have been simple teahouses and meals of dal bhat all the way up.
I’d carry a tent and food, as well, just in case.
Not many hikers are choosing this destination in Nepal yet. And
very few are doing it independently, so far.
Click PLAY or watch a
video by guides Mountain Kingdom on YouTube.
. Makalu Base Camp information page
There are certainly fantastic treks and volcano climbs on
Koryaksky (3456m) close to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is quite doable, for example.
You can find a number of trekking guides with Google.
But are they reliable?
It’s possible to
hike Kamchatka independently.
But we’ve not yet talked to anyone who’s hiked there. (
Leave a comment below this post if you have more information on Kamchatka.)
In the meantime, check some photos from
Dark Roast Blend:
Wilderness without bounds, in a typical Russian style.
There is a place in the world so remote and so wildly beautiful, that very few decide to go there and those who do, carry the enchantment for the rest of their lives. Land of towering volcanos and magnificient Pacific coastline, as boundless and pristine as the Canadian North, but far less known and definitely less travelled. Life is harsh there, and ghosts of communist past are never too far behind.
With the exclusive permission of “Kamtravel” – Kamchatka photography site, we give you some examples of its exhilarating terrain:
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski lies in the shadow of Avacha volcano
more photos –
Dark Roasted Blend: Kamchatka – Magnificient Russian Far East