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A few things to understand about trekking in the Himalayas, especially in re: everest base camp trekking: While it is true that if you trek from Lukla to Base Camp, you will have ascended and descended more than the 8848 meters that Everest is, this is not cumulative. You will be hiking between mountains, not over them, for the most part. (Where you draw ...


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It comes down to the definition you want to adopt but apart from the Northern and Eastern periphery (especially Russia), I think there is no real wilderness in Europe. You can have some feeling of remoteness in parts of the Alps but the region has been inhabited for centuries and shaped by humans in many subtle ways. You are also never really far from ...


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The dehydrated foods made for camping are generally the tastiest and most weight efficient by far, but if they are too expensive (understandable; they are generally very pricey no matter where you are), there are cheaper alternatives. There are a wide variety of trail mixes, ranging from the classic GORP ("Good Old Raisins and Peanuts") to much fancier ...


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A lot of what you need you can just get in the grocery store - rice, pasta, dried potatoes (either mashed or slices for "au gratin), sausage like pepperoni and salami that specifically doesn't need refrigeration, dried fruit and nuts, instant hot cereal (oatmeal, cream of wheat etc), dried legumes (especially lentils which don't need soaking) jam, honey, and ...


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It really depends on where you hire the porter, your bargain skills and what kind of porter you want. A price between $10-20 is probably ok, but remember that if you do this using an agency the porter will get very little himself (maybe $4-8 a day) because all the profit goes to the middlemen. Therefore, please bargain hard with the agency and rather give ...


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Assuming you're also exluding mountains only accessible by via ferrata, the highest one I've heard of is Mont Taou Blanc (3438 m) in Italy near the border to France. Here's a video of the ascent. The most difficult/dangerous part can be seen at 1:40 - and you can see that it's a very popular tour.


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Peanut butter is good to carry. They can be sold in packets so that you don't have to have a jar and it will be light in the backpack. Peanut butter is a healthy fat and will provide protein to keep you guys going. Peanut butter will go great with any type of fruits that you might bring and crackers also if you can fit them in. We recently went to Hawaii ...


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I would not only recommend sunglasses, but also suncream and clothes that protect you from the sunlight. UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude.


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Crispbread, summer sausage and hard cheese. Energy bars without meltable chocolate. Apples, cucumbers. Dextrose tablets. If you can get a fire going, you might want to bring potatoes, corn, aluminum foil and cans with lentils and similar. For the first day, also ordinary sausages and ordinary bread and bananas Obviously, water bottles to fill up. Some ...


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The Pilar Festival is held every year around the second week of October in Zaragoza. The festival features a huge flower offering on October 12th in which thousands of flowers are piled into a gigantic pyramid in the center square next to a huge basilica. It's a great photo op.; here's a (not so good) picture I took of the flower pyramid from last year's ...


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You could consider walking along the Hadrian's Wall. It's 84 miles long, so about 135 km long. I haven't actually done the walk myself, but I imagine that the beginning and end might be a bit densely populated for you liking, but I think you should enjoy the middle bit. Another idea in the UK would be the South Western Coast Path - the web site offers a few ...


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my name is Brando Yelavich. I'm 19 and I'm simply walking around New Zealand without using roads, so on the beaches and coastlines living off the land. You can watch my progress here http://wildboy.co.nz (facebook page). I'm 78 days in and just about at the bottom of the north island. It is going to take me about 1 1/2 years. I'm doing it solo, so no ...


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Japan does not have a general "right to access" like Scandinavian countries, wild camping on public land is theoretically illegal and wild camping on private property requires the landowner's permission. That said, both rules are only loosely enforced and there's a bit of a tradition of "urban camping" (野宿 nojuku) in Japan: simply put, if you pitch up a ...


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If you're into your hiking into a big way, then Crianlarich is a good base for a few days. It's in the Highlands about 2 hours by train from Glasgow, so just shy of 3 from Edinburgh (so only slightly out of your ideal range...) There's a Youth Hostel (SYHA) there, which provides a great and cheap base for exploring the area. It's round the corner from the ...


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There is plently walking to be found within easy reach of Edinburgh. Just south are the hills of the borders. To the north is Fife. A little further north and west and you get into the Highlands area where the country side becomes significantly more mountainous but still has something for every level from walker to climber. Midlothian Council publish a ...


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Camalbacks are great for trecking, but they have two problems when climbing Kilimanjaro. At high altitudes drinking from the tube can leave you breathless as the time spent drinking while walking is time that you aren't breathing. This sounds surprising but it does make a difference with the low oxygen levels. On the summit day, the water in your camalback ...


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I just got back from climbing Kilimanjaro, and we used a SteriPEN to purify our water. It's very small and easy to carry, and it only takes a minute to purify a liter of water (you basically just have to stir). It cost us $90 and was definitely worth it, considering how awful iodine tablets make your water taste. As for amount of water, I carried 3L each ...


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I did some research and it seems that Inneres and Üsseres Barrhorn in Switzerland are the highest mountains in Europe that can be reached by hikers. This is also mentioned on the English Wikipedia page. The German Wikipedia page has more information about that. On hikr.org, a very popular hiking platform in Switzerland, it is also mentioned that the Barrhorn ...


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Most hikes in Britain can be done in parts, since you are never far from an access point. Consider some part of: Coast to Coast Walk (192 miles) Pennine Way (267 miles) South West Coast Path (630 miles) Pilgrims Way (119 miles) Southern Upland Way (212 miles)


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It's true you might not actually need hiking boots but you have to decide. Personally I didn't like the kind of backpackers that seemed to have all the expensive brand name gear whether they needed it or not. Felt a bit phoney to me when I was younger. So while others had $200 brand name hiking boots I had my cheap supermarket sneakers. I also felt the ...


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This question is difficult to answer, since it depends on the area, circumstances and your general condition. If it is a first time hike, and the conditions are not harsh. I would suggest to go to a local hiking store, where you can buy "astronaut" food. These are packages that weight nothing and still can be very delicious. Furthermore bring along a large ...


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There are three methods to purify your water: boil, chemically treat or filter or a combination of them. Your guides will boil water for you, so you should not need to chemically treat the water they give you. However, if you are unsure about the water you get, you are free to do additional purification. MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop) has a nice article on ...


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Consider El Camino De Santiago (in Spain) as this may be close to the 5-7 day walk you are asking for. Two sites to look at: http://shannawanders.eu/santiago/english/index.html (This is the website of a friend) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James


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The most obvious is the oldest long distance walk in Scotland: The West Highland Way. It starts in the north of Glasgow City and walks cross country, mostly off road but on good paths, north to Fort William. It is about 96 miles long and can be completed in 4-8 days depending on your level of fitness, determination and of course weather. This route takes you ...


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I visited the wall last year. I didn't hike: we took the train to Newcastle, rented a car, drove across the country, spending a night at a B&B, and took the train back from Carlisle. There is bus service from Newcastle to Carlisle with stops quite close to the wall, so you can construct yourself a loop fairly easily. For example, you could take the bus ...


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I've been researching routes for my trip to the Camino in June/July. It appears that the most popular routes are the Northern way and the French way. Here are the differences between the two. The French Way More popular and crowded. Great route if you're looking for people to meet. Not so great if you like solitude. Albergues are more frequent (~15-20km ...


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Depends on how old the kids are and where exactly you want to go. I went to the Lower Tatra (somewhere near Liptovský Mikuláš) with my parents when i was around 10, and we used to go hiking up the mountains or for a half day long walks around the many trails. The trails on to of the mountains at this time where more or less just flat stones placed next to ...


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You are looking to walk the Camino de Santiago. It joins hiking, nature, historic architecture, photo opportunities and is very cheap (eat about 6-8 € per meal and sleep 4-8 €). Additionally, you'll know the real Spain, meet interesting people (mainly Spanish, but you can find people from around the world and you will complete one of the mythical mid age ...


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Dried starch-type food. In Asian stores you can find cheap "mi tom" or "instant ramen" packs in compact packages. Also take one in the "foam bowl" package type, you will be able to reuse it. About 2-3 packs for a meal. You can eat it just like this, or put it in water you just boiled, if you have. They come with various exciting spices. Rusk (hard dry ...


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After many miles put on my old sneakers, I wear hiking boots whenever and wherever I travel now. There is nothing so miserable as getting a hole in the sole of your sneakers in a snow storm. Now, I always wear a pair of brown leather hiking boots that have some class when I travel, so I can wear them to dinner or on a hike. I have another set of boots that ...



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