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The most expensive mountains to climb in the world

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

To compile the list of the most expensive mountains to climb, Outforia looked at everything from the cost of joining a guided climbing group, acquiring the necessary permits, the required equipment, to guides and sherpas to hire.

Carl Borg, Outforia ยป

Scaling the highest peaks in the world requires a combination ofย hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and cold endurance, which naturally makes it quite a niche activity. You need to be mentally and physically ready, have expert skills and equipment, be experienced and aware of the dangers, as well as being able to fund your trip.

As there is so much preparation and equipment involved in tackling these daunting climbs, they can cost eye-watering sums in total. Youโ€™ll likely be going as part of a guided group, led by someone who is familiar with the mountain and has completed the climb multiple times before.

The top 10 most expensive climbs in the world (US$)

  1. Mount Everest, Nepal ยป 29,032 ft ยป : $84,123
  2. Mount Vinson, Antarctica ยป 16,067 ft ยป $46,618
  3. Cho Oyu, Tibet ยป 29,906 ยป $33,703
  4. Puncak Jaya, Indonesia ยป 16,023 ยป $27,449
  5. Denali, United States ยป 20,310 ยป $12,086
  6. Monte San Lorenzo, Argentina ยป 12,159 ยป $9,095
  7. Mera Peak, Nepal ยป 21,247 ยป $9,000
  8. The Eiger, Switzerland ยป 13,025 ยป $8,462
  9. Aconcagua, Argentina ยป22,841 ยป $8,395
  10. The Matterhorn, Switzerland ยป 14,692 ยป $8,212

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Top 30 countries ranked for adventure (2021)

The US News and World Report has again ranked countries according to how well they break from the norm and fulfill people’s wanderlust and desire for adventure.

The top 30 adventure rankings for 2021 are ยป

  • 1. Brazil ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 2. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น
  • 3. Spain ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • 4. Greece ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท
  • 5. Thailand ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
  • 6. Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ (Up from #11 in 2020)
  • 7. New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  • 8. Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ (Up from #10 in 2020)
  • 9. Portugal ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น (Down from #6 in 2020)
  • 10. Costa Rica ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ท (Down from #8 in 2020)

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Documentary ยป On Chileโ€™s National Route 7, the Carretera Austral, into the heart of Patagonia

Deutsche Welle (DW) Documentary via YouTube ยป

A trip along Chileโ€™s National Route 7, the Carretera Austral, takes us into the stunning wilderness of Patagonia – a place that many German emigrants chose as their new home almost a century ago.

The Carretera Austral is straddled by mountain ranges, primeval forests, fjords, volcanoes and a huge ice field. It has taken decades to carve its way through the almost impassable terrain – even now a lot of traffic is forced to take a detour across the border into Argentina. The military dictator Augusto Pinochet made the construction of the road a national priority in the 1970s, sending thousands of soldiers to the region to work under the most adverse conditions. One of the last surviving members of Pinochet’s junta, former military police chief Rodolfo Stange, talks about the roadโ€™s strategic importance for the regime.

German marine biologist Vreni Hรคussermann tells us about a catastrophe in one of the Patagonian fjords – an event that underlines how economic expansion along the route has adversely affected the natural environment in southern Chile. On our journey we meet descendants of German emigrants who found a new home in Patagoniaโ€™s remote vastness after the First World War. An insight into the past and present of this unique region.

The best countries for long distance cycling

150 travellers who completed epic cross-continental cycling journeys were surveyed.

Alee Denham at CyclingAbout.com writes ยปย 

Each of the 150 cyclists got three votes to cast, and I simply tallied up the results. In the end, 80 different countries were favourited, which is pretty cool because that means most corners of the world have something, for somebody.

These are their top picks for the best countries for long-distance cycling ยป

10. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Kyrgyzstan
9. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile
8. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Mexico
7. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australian
6. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ท Iran
5. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
4. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ China
3. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฏ Tajikistan
2. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA
1. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

Bolivia’s little known tribal kingdom – the Kingdom of the Afro-Bolivians

Jordi Busquรฉ, writing for the BBC ยป

There, hidden amid the tapirs, jaguars and spectacled bears that call the Yungas home is a remarkable community that has remained largely unrecognised by the outside world for nearly 200 years: theย Kingdom of the Afro-Boliviansย โ€“ the spiritual capital of thousands of Bolivians of African descent and one of the last kingdoms left in the Americas.

The roughly 2,000 inhabitants of this hidden, humble kingdom are mainly farmers who live next to their small land plots, where they grow coca, citrus and coffee. In Mururata, a village of around 350 inhabitants, free-range chickens cluck loudly on dirt roads, children play together in the streets, and men and women work the land with hoes and emerge from the forest carrying newly chopped bundles of firewood. Others sit in front of their tin-roofed homes, greeting passersby and waiting for the first stars to appear in the sky at dusk.

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