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The Way of Manaslu

The 8th highest mountain in the world is Mt. Manaslu in Nepal. It’s beauty draws climbers and trekkers to it each year. This video takes us on the path to Manaslu where we meet mules, yaks, and lovely people.

The Logistics of Climbing Everest

UNWTO report confirms another record year for tourism, for most

According to the United Nations World Tourism Organizationโ€™s 2018 Tourism Highlights, the total number of international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) grew 7 percent from 2016 to 2017.

International tourist arrivals reached a total of 1.323 billion in 2017, some 84 million more than the previous year and a new record.ย The sector has now seen uninterrupted growth in arrivals for eight straight years.

2017 was the eighth consecutive year of above- average growth in international tourism following the 2009 global economic crisis.ย The growth in the travel and tourism industry has been fuelled by the global economic upswing, resulting in strong outbound demand.

By region, Europe and Africa saw bigger than average growth of 8 and 9 percent, respectively.ย By subregion, North Africa and Southern and Mediterranean Europe saw the greatest increases in 2017, reflecting strong demand for destinations along the Mediterranean.

When looking at sheer numbers, Europe continues to lead with almost half of the world’s total international arrivals, at 671 million. Europe was also home to six of the ten most visited countries in 2017, with France remaining in the lead.

Spain overtook the USA for second place as international tourism to the USA was down almost 4%.ย  Continue reading

Glory or Death: Climbing Mount Everest

Watch: Tine Mena summited Mount Everest. Now, she’s inspiring others to explore

Australiansโ€™ top adventure destinations

The inaugural Intrepid Adventure Indexย contains current information and researchย examining topics such as top destinationsย for Australian travellers, how Aussies define adventure travel, trends in the travel market, ย 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 moreย on the Intrepid site.

How Tall is Mount Everest? It Depends.

The height of Mount Everest is widely recognized as 29,029 feet. But the calculation is inexact and subject to multiple factors.

Teams from around the world, including China, Denmark, Italy, India, and the USA have come up with other calculations, which have sometimes strayed a little bit higher, or a little bit lower, than that figure.

Italy, in 1992, lopped seven feet off the standard height, measuring it at 29,022 feet. In 1999, a measurement by American scientists pushed the peak a little higher, saying the mountain reached 29,035 feet.

Now, for the first time, Nepal is sending a team of surveyors to the summit to settle the โ€œHow tall?โ€ question for themselves. More than a littleย bit of national pride is at stake.

Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz, The New York Times:

โ€œMount Everest is our treasure,โ€ said Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, the former director general of Nepalโ€™s Department of Survey. โ€œWhat will happen if foreign experts continue to reduce the height of our mountain without us participating?โ€

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