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The Markha Valley Trek In India

The Exceptional 3 Day Markha Valley Trek in India

We finished our trek from the Zanskar Valley to the Indus River in northern India with World Expeditions with the spectacular three day Markha Valley trek. Most of our 16 day trek was well off the proverbial beaten path. Beauty in the Markha Valley comes with a price - a lot more people and the tea-house culture. There's nothing wrong with that but it requires an adjustment after a couple of truly remote weeks. Our…

Unbelievable Afternoon Of Hiking In This Untouched Landscape

Trekking in Northern India in 20 Awe-Inspiring Photos

Visiting India had never been on my travel wish list - mostly on account of the noise, the huge population and the sheer amount of effort just to get there. But then I thought back to a film I saw about a dozen years ago from the Best of Banff Film Festival on Zanskar - and it alone was responsible for an overwhelming desire to go trekking in northern India. The film showcased a teacher…

Prayer Flags Galore Flapping In The Wind At The Namgyl Tsemo Monastery

Places to Visit in Leh, India if You Have 48 Hours

The city of Leh, located due north of Delhi, via an 80 minute scenic plane ride or a hair raising almost 24 hour drive, is the gateway to the Ladakh region. Trekkers and adventure lovers arrive here to get acclimatized before taking off on multi-week adventures in the Indian Himalayas. There are lots of worthwhile places to visit in Leh itself if you have a day or two. Just don't push it physically and drink…

5 of the Best Himalayan Treks to Add to Your Bucket List

Himalayas, meaning "abode of the Gods" in Sanskrit, is a massive, absolutely awe-inspiring mountain range straddling five countries - Nepal, India, Bhutan, China and Pakistan. Not only is the Himalayan range home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet, but to another 100 peaks that exceed 7,200 metres (23,600 feet) in height. Experience otherworldly splendour on the best Himalayan treks described below. While they are all breathtaking and beautiful, these words don't even begin…

A Stay at the Fabulous Ankh Pension in Kekova, Turkey

I love it when expectations are far exceeded. That's how our group of four felt about our two night and way too short stay at the Ankh Pension in car-free Simena Village on the Mediterranean, a dew hour's drive south of Antalya, Turkey. It was a treat to have no agenda and be out of hiking shoes after five hard but beautiful days hiking the Lycian Way With some advice from an on-the-ground travel agent,…

Antalya Is The Gateway To The Turquoise Coast

40 Interesting Facts About Turkey

I've done two trips to Turkey now. The first trip over 30 years ago took John and me to Istanbul at a time of military rule when police carrying AK47's roamed the streets. That didn't affect us as travelers one iota as it turns out. Our recent trip took place within two weeks of the Ankara bombings - so our group of four were all a little reticent to go. Again, there was nothing on…

A Trip to Rose Valley Cappadocia for Incredible Hiking

 Turkey's Cappadocia region is justifiably famous for its fairytale landscape of wild rock formations and cave dwellings that date back thousands of years. Although ballooning is considered to be one of the best ways to appreciate the landscape, exploring the Rose Valley on foot at your own pace is a wonderful way to experience it. Hiking in the Rose Valley Cappadocia The Rose Valley figures prominently in most tours of the Cappadocia region. I figured…

30 Fun, Weird & Interesting Facts About Russia

Between the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and all the problems occurring between Russia and the Ukraine, I wanted to learn more about the country. Here are 30 weird, fun and interesting facts about Russia. Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia. The total Russian population is estimated at 142,500,482. Approximately 73.8% of the population lives in urban centers. The largest cities are Moscow (10.523 million), St. Petersburg (4.575 million), Novosibirsk (1.397 million), Yekaterinburg…

Mount Semeru Trekking in Indonesia – How to Do it Solo

Lash from Lash World Tour takes you on a solo adventure to Indonesia. Discover Mount Semeru trekking tips and what's its like to climb a volcano with not another soul around. Learn about Mount Semeru's nasty habit of releasing deadly gases. Read on for the full story. I awoke in my tent at dawn and peered outside. Grand volcanic Mount Semeru towered over me, its perfectly symmetrical, conic slopes clearly visible in the crisp clear…

A Guide to Hiking the Great Wall of China

Below is a guide to hiking the Great Wall of China. The wall offers some of the best hiking in the country - and it's one of the incredible ways to experience both the natural beauty and the history of this longtime UNESCO site. Where and how to hike the Great Wall can be confusing as it's made up of many different sections. There is a proliferation of companies and tour groups that will take…

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