- 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
» 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
» 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch Ep. 1 – Delhi to Mathura
Noraly begins her RTW journey.
Watch Ep. 2 – Mathura to Lucknow
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. 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.
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.
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.
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Read more on the Intrepid site.
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.
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.