Tag: Travel

  • Mountain conquered by teenager

    Mountain conquered by teenager

    Calum Macintyre is the youngest person to have climbed Ama Dablam, which at 22,525ft (6812m) is five times the height of Ben Nevis. The young mountaineer was raising money for the Teenager Cancer Trust. Calum’s father and sister have both been treated for cancer in the past three years. Ama Dablam is part of the […]

  • The mother of all climbs

    The mother of all climbs

    Every time I stepped outside my hotel in Zermatt there would be a gaggle of tourists holding up their phones to take a photo. Not of me, annoyingly, but of the big pointy peak rearing up into the heavens. The Matterhorn. Commission a five-year-old to draw a mountain and this is what they’ll come up […]

  • The Faces of Fishtail

    The Faces of Fishtail

    I think I was already in love with Machapuchare before I ever visited Nepal. My parents went to Pokhara in 2002, and at the time I was most put out. Since I was a teenager I had had a fascination with travelling to the kingdom to see the Himalaya myself (along with an as-yet unfulfilled […]

  • A Guide to Trekking Mount Fitz Roy

    A Guide to Trekking Mount Fitz Roy

    With glaciers wrapped around tall dark mountain peaks, and continual wind blowing through fields and forests, Patagonia’s wild landscape may seem daunting and unconquerable. However, trekking Mount Fitz Roy proves to be an exhilarating and perfectly achievable experience for any level of athlete. Located in Parque Nacional Los Glaciers, Argentina’s National Park, Mount Fitz Roy […]

  • Central Andes Alpine Climbs

    Central Andes Alpine Climbs

    One of our favorite trips is our Central Andes Alpine Climbs, a fun, shorter duration 10-day trip on which we climb three classic high altitude peaks in the heart of the Chilean Central Andes. This trip is perfect for those who want to gain mountaineering skills and high altitude experience, prefer a shorter trip, or […]

  • Exploring the Cadini di Misurina

    Exploring the Cadini di Misurina

    After such an epic, wildly-successful first day, we were a little adrift as to what to do for a follow-up. Michele had suggested the Cadini di Misurina — a dense maze of improbably-pointy mountain peaks looming east of town — and it seemed like something interesting might be found in there. The weather looked like […]

  • Trekking in the Himalayas: how to do it

    Trekking in the Himalayas: how to do it

    Since Nepal’s civil war ended in 2006, the number of trekkers visiting the Everest region has more than doubled to 35,000 a year. At the height of the season, around 60 flights land at Lukla airport each day. The Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest base camp and used for altitude acclimatisation, […]

  • Snow Climbing Mount Fuji

    Snow Climbing Mount Fuji

    Climbing Mount Fuji (3776 meters), Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain, can make for lifelong memories. The mountain itself may look more attractive from afar than from close up, but the views on clear days and the experience of climbing through the early morning hours among hundreds of equally minded hikers from across the world […]

  • The Dolomites – Via Ferrata

    The Dolomites – Via Ferrata

    Located in northern Italy and with a unique mix of Italian and Austrian culture the Dolomites has the highest concentration of via ferrata in the world, boasting some 170 historic routes. The metal wires intespersed with ladders and unlikely suspension bridges give straightforward access to some of the world’s most striking summits, allowing you to […]

  • Climbing in Greece

    Climbing in Greece

    Once the island of Kalymnos in Greece’s Dodecanese cursed the hand nature had dealt it. Huge rock escarpments line its western coast, overlooking the Aegean. The slopes below, covered in wild oregano, thyme and mint, were good only for goats and keeping bees. These days, however, the same cliffs are seen as the island’s saviour […]

  • Mount Everest: the view from the top

    Mount Everest: the view from the top

    It feels like the apex of an immense white roof – the point at which three ridges to the top of the world finally meet and you can’t go any higher. Unlike some summits, where mountaineers have to take it in turns to balance precariously on the peak, the summit of Everest has room enough […]

  • The Kronplatz – plan de corones holiday region in winter

    The Kronplatz – plan de corones holiday region in winter

    On arrival, every guest will receive a travel ticket from their host (where the host is a member of the local Tourist Association). The HOLIDAY PASS entitles guests to use all public transport throughout the whole of South Tyrol. This means it is also valid for ski buses and the regional “Ski Pustertal Express” train, […]

  • Best slopes are above 2,000m in Méribel

    Best slopes are above 2,000m in Méribel

    There has been a lack of significant new snow in the Alps but existing snow has held well in the relatively cold conditions. Last night 5cm of new snow was fairly widespread, however, up to 45cm of new snow is expected by the end of next week. Fresh snow across France has improved the patchy […]

  • Skiing in Obergurgl, including the best runs, hotels, restaurants and bars

    Skiing in Obergurgl, including the best runs, hotels, restaurants and bars

    Obergurgl, one of the highest ski villages in Europe, set at 1,930m at the end of the Ötztal valley near the city of Innsbruck, used to trade on its reputation as Austria’s most snowsure non-glacial resort. These days its image as the country’s most reliable resort for snow cover over a season that lasts from […]

  • Val Thorens – the highest resort in Europe

    Val Thorens – the highest resort in Europe

    Purpose-built Val Thorens is not only the highest resort in the giant Trois Vallées ski area that includes Courchevel and Méribel, but the highest in Europe. Its lofty altitude means that doorstep skiing with guaranteed snow cover is possible from November to May. At 2,300m it has 200m on its nearest pretender, Tignes, also in […]

  • Whistler: too much snow to ski? No such thing

    Whistler: too much snow to ski? No such thing

    ‘It’s puking snow up here again today,” said Anton Horvath, Whistler’s avalanche forecaster, peering out of his office window on Wednesday last week. “If you took off your skis outside, you would literally sink up to your armpits. I’ve been here for 35 years and I’ve never seen a storm cycle of this intensity in […]

  • Val d’Isère – skiing in best freestyle ski areas

    Val d’Isère – skiing in best freestyle ski areas

    Joe Harkess, freestyle coach, All Mountain Academy Tricksters inspired by Jenny Jones’s Olympic bronze medal should ride the snowpark at Bellevarde (under the Mont Blanc chairlift). It has jumps of varying sizes, as well as boxes and rails – so it’s much like a slopestyle course. New this year is a giant airbag, great for […]

  • Snow wonder

    Snow wonder

    While your friends head to Spanish beaches and Italian hills, Chile – with its numerous ski resorts – is an adventurous alternative to the typical summer holiday. Andean skiing offers an unforgettable combination of beach-style weather, great snow and exotic travel. There are many attractions. Here on the fringes of the Andes, skiers will find […]

  • Skiing in the French Pyrenees: who needs the Alps?

    Skiing in the French Pyrenees: who needs the Alps?

    It wasn’t the usual airport transfer. We bumped along in the back of a friendly stranger’s battered old jeep, the resident cocker spaniel having obligingly moved to sit on his owner’s lap in the front seat. But our shuttle driver had decided that rather than risk climbing further into the mountain blizzard without chains, it […]

  • Puy-Saint-Vincent, great little ski resorts

    Puy-Saint-Vincent, great little ski resorts

    Pretty Puy-Saint-Vincent sits on the edge of the Ecrins national park in the southern French Alps, not far from the Italian border. The closest airport is Turin, less than two hours away, or add another hour to drive from Grenoble or Chambéry. A small UK company, Snowbizz, established a base here in 1986 and offers […]

  • Oz-en-Oisans – a family-friendly ski resort with amazing slopes

    Oz-en-Oisans – a family-friendly ski resort with amazing slopes

    Before I had kids, my dream winter break was all about mixing great snowboarding with a good après scene involving live music and big jugs of beer, while a powder-tastic snow movie played in the background. Post-children, I still want the snowboarding to be amazing – I actually crave that more than ever – but […]

  • Head for the hills, the snow’s finally here

    Head for the hills, the snow’s finally here

    This season, Europe’s slopes have been so barren there were practically tumbleweeds blowing across them, until thankfully a deep covering of snow finally dropped over the Alps last weekend. But those who’ve been holding out for thigh-deep powder before bagging a last-minute trip may find the battle for deals more savage than that for a […]

  • Beautiful pictures as thousands of Thai monks put on incredible visual display for sacred full moon festival

    Beautiful pictures as thousands of Thai monks put on incredible visual display for sacred full moon festival

    These beautiful images show thousands of Thai Buddhist monks gathering to carry lanterns and venerate a statue of Buddha to mark one of the holiest days of the religious calender. Makha Bucha commemorates the full moon day which falls on the third lunar month of the year. Though sources differ slightly, it is generally believed […]

  • Athens holidays

    Athens holidays

    If the thought of exploring Greece’s ancient world makes your skin tingle with anticipation, you’ll struggle to contain your excitement on a holiday to Athens. The historical capital of Europe, Athens’ landmarks and old ruins are known the world over, attracting history buffs and all types of tourists eager to lose themselves in their imagination […]

  • Insider secrets of Rome

    Insider secrets of Rome

    Heaping plates of light-as-air pasta. Art by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini. Some of the most entertaining people-watching on the planet. Rome is a city like no other. But as welcoming as it can be, to the first-time visitor Rome can also feel a little like an upscale hazing ritual, with winding ticket lines, expensive meals, […]

  • Autumn in Venice

    Autumn in Venice

    Although there are days when tourists outnumber locals by two to one, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant. Summer brings some of the most daunting crowds, but there’s a reason why they come: the sheer loveliness of an exquisite city that seems miraculously built on water. It’s important to remember that, even at peak […]

  • Walking in Moscow’s winter wonderland

    Walking in Moscow’s winter wonderland

    The best way to discover Moscow is on foot. It may seem unrelentingly urban, dominated by cars and towering skyscrapers, but to find the flowering courtyards, icon-filled churches and house-museums, you need to walk through the back streets and pathways. I spent nearly five years doing that, writing weekly walks and features for the local […]

  • Singapore finds its cultural feet with culinary renaissance

    Singapore finds its cultural feet with culinary renaissance

    It is often derided as a cultural desert, but a younger generation of Singapore’s residents and expats is determined to bring an edgier side to the city. They are leading an improvisation drive, chiefly culinary, and the results are rarely dull. Borrowing from ideas hatched in New York and Hong Kong, secret dinner clubs are […]

  • London travel tips

    London travel tips

    The English writer Samuel Johnson famously said, “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” More than two centuries have passed since Johnson’s era, but his […]

  • Romantic Paris: fashion and lights

    Romantic Paris: fashion and lights

    The City of Light draws millions of visitors every year with its unforgettable ambiance. Of course, the divine cuisine and vast art collections deserve some of the credit as well. The gentle River Seine rambles through the city, flanked by stately museums, centuries-old churches, and blocks of Rococo- and Neoclassic-design architecture, further enhanced by charming […]

  • Discover Rio’s arty side

    Discover Rio’s arty side

    It’s a balmy Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro and, unlike everyone else in town, I’m heading away from the beach. Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon may be among the city’s most loved attractions, but Santa Teresa, a small district in the hills, is the most exciting place to be. In a city whose reputation was […]

  • Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    Constructed between 1996 and 2007 at the request of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is by far the most popular of Abu Dhabi’s sights, and it’s easy to see why. One of the largest mosques in the world, this house […]

  • Valencia and beyond

    Valencia and beyond

    Eating out The most exciting new restaurant in Valencia is the Arrop Ricard Camarena, set in the spectacularHotel Palacio Marqués de Caro. The owners, Santiago Máñez and Luis Bellvís (the latter a descendant of the last Moorish King of Valencia, Abu Zayd), discovered a large section of the old Almohad city wall when they were […]

  • The best of Thailand

    The best of Thailand

    Every tourist board loves a major motion picture. Think Braveheart, think Scotland. Think Jean de Florette, think Provence. Similarly, if you go and see The Beach, you will be treated to 90 minutes of the kind of subliminal advertising that makes grown marketing men weep. Forget the plot, forget Leonardo. The real star of the […]

  • The Maldives baring your sole

    The Maldives baring your sole

    They’ve stolen my shoes. After 13 hours on a plane, a smiling man has placed them firmly into a bag labelled “No News, No Shoes” and pulled the drawstring tight. I am now barefoot in the Maldives and I feel distinctly uncomfortable. Some people have a thing about their thighs, stomach or numerous chins. I […]