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Adventure, Asia

Hitting the road


Corridors of snow tower 20 metres above the highway along the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.

The mythical Mount Tateyama is a place of extraordinary sights – and none more so than the corridors of snow. From mid-April when the route opens, a 500-metre path is cleared where people can stroll between giant walls of snow. They are formed by the mountain’s excessive snowfall, which averages seven metres per year. Some years 20 metres arrive. The corridor shortens towards the end of June, and virtually disappears by August.

The sight is part of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which connects Toyama City, in the Toyama prefecture, with Ōmachi, in Nagano (the prefecture that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics). The route, completed in 1971, crosses the 3,015-metre-tall Mount Tateyama in the Japanese Alps. It ascends 1,975 metres from the bottom to its highest point. To say the journey is ‘varied’ is an understatement: across its 90 kilometres (55 miles) it uses six different modes of transport and changes method eight times. Continue Reading…


Cambodia – Community Spirit

Contemplating Monk, Angkor Wat, Siam Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia, an explosion that has necessitate the development of ecotourism sites to help maintain the stunning environment that attracts people to the nation.

Cambodia boasts more than 60 species of rare and endangered wildlife, with many of these having reached extinction in other South East Asian nations. The extinction of species in neighbouring countries has heightened the need for action in Cambodia, with both the tourism industry and the natural environment relying on a plan to protect the country’s diverse and unique ecosystem.

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Palau – Under the Sea

Beautiful view of 70 islands in Palau from above

Many people may not even have heard of the tiny nation of Palau, a small archipelago located hundreds of miles off the Eastern coast of The Philippines. This miniscule island paradise, however, has emerged as a world leader in the ecotourism industry as it looks to concurrently protect its unique environment and attract increasing numbers of tourists to experience it for themselves.

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Adventure, Northern America

Wild wonders


The Canadian Rockies make a perfect playground for adrenaline-seeking adventurers. 

By now, the story is well known. In 1883 three construction workers toiling away on the Canadian Pacific Railway stumbled across a cave in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. They encountered a series of hot springs. After various disputes, it was decided the area be protected. In 1885 Banff National Park was created; the very first in Canada. Continue Reading…

Adventure, Asia

On top of the world


The Great Himalaya Trail is the mother of all hiking routes, and could be used to help impoverished mountain villages.

Nearly five years ago, Robin Boustead, a British explorer and mountaineer, started a journey across the high mountains of Nepal. He had been researching treks there for five years, having fallen in love with the Himalayas back in 1992. In September 2008 he set out. He wrote down routes, trails and distances; using GPS, he mapped water sources, villages and campsites. He crossed the entire country, marking up a 1,700-kilometre route (1,050 miles). It crossed passes as high as 6,200 metres and included 150,000 metres of climbing and descending. In July 2009 he completed the trail, having lost more than 20 per cent of his bodyweight. The first part of the Great Himalaya Trail had been completed.

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Top dogs


Across the frozen fjords of Greenland, dog sledding remains the chief mode of transport for local hunters and fishermen, whose part-time jobs are to take tourists into the wild.


‘A dog is a man’s best friend,’ goes the phrase. Nowhere is that more true than on trips into Greenland’s remote wilderness where, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest house, the only return ticket to civilisation is a wooden sleigh and a pack of dogs. Maybe it’s the silent peacefulness of the island’s solitary landscape that attracts adventurers into this arctic wonderland, or perhaps the feeling of braving strong winds and -30˚C temperatures alongside acclimatised hunting dogs. Whatever the pull, a more natural experience is hard to find. Continue Reading…

Adventure, Latin America

The lost world


Deemed “inaccessible” by explorers until the late 19th century, Mount Roraima’s mystical nature and endemic wildlife continues to fascinate scientists and hikers alike.


There turned out to be no dinosaurs on top of Mount Roraima. But when the first expedition to climb the 2,734-metre-tall mountain returned in 1884, with tales of unearthly rock formations, strange, unknown animals and samples of 53 undiscovered plants, speculation of what other undiscovered species might exist on the mystical plateau could well be forgiven. Continue Reading…