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The 14 mountains over 8,000 metres elevation

A morning shot of Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. » Photography by Imrankhakwani

A morning shot of Fairy Meadows and Nanga Parbat. » Photography by Imrankhakwani

  1. Mount Everest
    » 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level
    » Located on the border between Nepal and the autonomous region of Tibet (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    » First summitted by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953
  2. K2
    » Also known as Mount Godwin-Austen or Chhogori
    » 8,611 metres (28,251 ft) above sea level
    » Located on the border between China and Pakistan (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    » First summitted gy Lino Lacedelli and Achille Compagnoni in 1954
  3. Kangchenjunga
    » Located on the border between Nepal and India, approximately 125 kilometres from Everest (OpenStreetMap / Google Maps)
    » At elevation of 8,586 metres (28,169 ft), it is the second highest mountain in the Himalayas
    » First summitted by Joe Brown and George Brand in 1955 Continue reading

Mexican climber Viridiana Álvarez Chávez holds the world record for the fastest female to ascend the world’s three highest mountains

Guinness World Records »

Many little girls dream of one day being on top of the world, but Mexican climber Viridiana Álvarez Chávez grew up and actually did so.

In an incredible one year and 364 days, she scaled three peaks to achieve an adventurous Guinness World Records title.

In an admirable display of strength and determination, she has broken the record for the fastest ascent of the top three highest mountains with supplementary oxygen (female).

Viridiana’s journey started with Everest (8,848 meters; 29,029 feet high) on May 16, 2017, followed by K2 (8,611 meters; 28,251 feet) on July 21, 2018, and finished at Kangchenjunga (8,856 meters; 28,169 feet) on May 15, 2019.

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Video » Cycling the Trans-Himalaya

This video documents the 3,000 km ride that cyclists took in 2019 from Leh in Ladakh, India to Kathmandu in Nepal.

Along the way they pedalled over passes as high as 5,000 meters, spun past remote forts and Gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), visited heavenly Himalayan hill stations, and marvelled at the snow-capped mountain views.

Follow this link for more details about the Trans-Himalaya cycle tour.

Switzerland remains the best country in the world » Canada has moved up to the second spot » U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings

For Switzerland, the 2020 ranking is the the fourth consecutive yearhas been judged No. 1 by residents of 36 countries. Canada was chosen second, overtaking Japan in the U.S. News’ fifth annual survey.

The Best Countries report, produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries including the United States, reflects increasingly negative views of the world and within countries. Nearly half of survey respondents say conditions around the world have worsened in the past year. Likewise, an increased percentage of people say the gap between the rich and poor has grown and that nationalism is increasing.

According to the ranking, here are the Top 25 Countries in the World

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
  11. New Zealand
  12. France
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. China
  16. Singapore
  17. Italy
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. South Korea
  21. Luxembourg
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. Russia
  24. Portugal
  25. India

The Bottom 5 of the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings are

  • Lebanon
  • Serbia
  • Oman
  • Belarus
  • Tunisia

See the full report.

 

 

Oskar Speck, the man who paddled a kayak from Germany to Australia starting in 1932, and Sandy Robson, the woman who recreated the adventure some 80 years later

Justin Housman, writing in The Adventure Journal »

In a span of seven years, he paddled a series of 15-foot kayaks more than 30,000 miles from the Danube River in Europe to the tropical shores of far northern Australia. Even better, when he first set out, he was “merely” planning to paddle to Cyprus for work, with no intention of traveling by kayak to the other side of the world. But the paddling proved irresistible and Speck did not stop once he reached Cyprus.

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Speck was 25 years old when he set out on his incredible journey. He was an unemployed electrician living in Hamburg. Work was scarce and prospects were dim after the 1929 stock market crash ripped through Germany, so Speck decided to seek work in the copper mines of Cyprus. With no other means to get there, and as a proud member of a kayaking club since his youth, Speck decided to paddle his way to, hopefully, a job.

In May, 1932, Speck shoved off from banks of the Danube in a collapsible and very much not seaworthy 15-foot kayak, and began paddling south. He arrived in the Balkans several weeks later and, lulled to boredom by the languid waters of the Danube, Speck made for the Vardar River, where soon fierce rapids dashed his boat nearly to splinters. While awaiting repairs, winter set in and the Vardar froze over, locking Speck in place for months.

Read the whole article in The Adventure Journal »

In November 2016, Western Australian woman Sandy Robson (aged 48), recreated Speck’s adventure, completed in some 5 years, having visited 20 countries and paddled some 23,000 kilometres.

First luxury world cruise to stop at all seven continents — including Antarctica

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Amsterdam, the long way around.

Is this the ultimate glam trip? This doesn’t meet my personal definition of adventure, but we all have different comfort levels.

Prices for the 140-day globetrotting trip, scheduled for 2020, on the 382-passenger luxury cruise ship range from £49,000 (US$69,000.) for a basic cabin to £180,000 (US$253,000.) for a stay in the luxurious ‘owner’s suite’. Per passenger.

Daily Mail:

The Silver Whisper ship will set sail on January 6, 2020, from Fort Lauderdale in Florida before heading on to Argentina.

From there, the cruise liner will dip down to the Antarctic Peninsula, so passengers can spend a morning soaking in the other-worldly landscape.

A stop at the world’s coldest continent is currently scheduled for February 5, 2020.

Continuing on its journey, the boat will head on to Chile, Tahiti, Singapore, Mumbai, Rome and Dublin before finally docking in Amsterdam on May 25.

Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com as She Rides through India at the Start of Her Ride Around The World on a Royal Enfield Himalayan

Noraly is a 30-something, upbeat Dutch woman, who has set her sights on riding her 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan around the world. Solo.

She started this adventure in India. Follow her as she posts videos regularly. I’ll try to keep up and update this post as Noraly releases her videos.

India

Noraly at Sunrise at Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow

Watch Ep. 1 – Delhi to Mathura
Noraly begins her RTW journey.

Watch Ep. 2 – Mathura to Lucknow

Watch Ep. 3 – Lucknow to Varanasi
Read about the ride to the holy city of Varanasi to attend a Ganga Aarti on Noraly’s blog

Watch Ep. 4 – Varanasi to Bodhgaya
Noraly battles sacred cows and others for the roads

Watch Ep. 5 – Bodhgaya to Vaishali
Noraly does a bit of bike maintenance once she arrives in Vaishali

Watch Ep. 6 – Vaishali to Darjeeling
Noraly goes in search of mountains and clean fresh air.

Watch Ep. 7 – Side trip to Sikkim

Watch Ep. 8 – Darjeeling to Cooch Bihar
Noraly heads east

Watch Ep. 9 – Cooch Bihar to Tura
Noraly got beached on her way to Tura

Watch Ep. 10 – Tura to Shillong
In search of a Royal Enfield mechanic.

Watch Ep. 11 – Shillong to Cherrapunjee, and back go Shillong
Read how Noraly got Lost in the Jungle

Watch Ep. 12 – Shilong to Lanka, Assam
Noraly heads to India’s north east. Read about her experience.

Watch Ep. 13 – Lanka to Kohima, Nagaland
fighting dust to get to Kohima

Watch Ep. 14 – Kohima to Imphal
on some of India’s worst roads

Watch Ep. 15 – Imphal to Moreh and into Myanmar 
Noraly’s last day of riding in India.

Onto Myanmar …

Australians’ top adventure destinations

The inaugural Intrepid Adventure Index contains current information and research examining topics such as top destinations for Australian travellers, how Aussies define adventure travel, trends in the travel market,  and even a handy infographic on getting bang for your buck around the world.

The top destinations for Australian adventurers:

  1. Vietnam
  2. Peru
  3. India
  4. Cambodia
  5. Morocco
  6. Cuba
  7. Italy
  8. Nepal
  9. Mexico
  10. Ecuador

Read more on the Intrepid site.

Watch: India and Sri Lanka – A journey from north to south

Niklas Siemens writes:

When you think about India, you probably visualize hectic cities, heavy traffic and touristy landmarks. But India is so much more. Let me show you what I experienced on a five-week journey through India and Sri Lanka. From the Himalayan mountains up north to a jungle safari in the south, and even to those surfing hotspots of Sri Lanka. I had the opportunity to see life from the locals perspective.

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