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No, there is no way without hiking from base camp at least. I have had extensive talks with three people who went up there either as a tourist or even as a professional Sherpa. The one and only helicopter landing that is cited on Wikipedia was an extreme stunt and not something that is done in any kind of routine for tourists. The helicopter neither touched ...


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I climbed Mount Fuji 5 years ago. I would say: I don't think Earthquakes are a realistic danger on Mount Fuji (if there is one, probably better to be out in the open than under a roof that can collapse anyway). As ohers have already mentioned, the climb is not too technical but quite tiring. The last hour is especially terrible, walking on volcanic sand ...


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Short answer: Nothing out of the usual. The days of bandits roaming the mountains seem to be long gone. According the US State Department, the main risks are pickpocketing and theft from cars, the same as in Romania and the Ukraine (and pretty much anywhere in Europe). Landmines were laid on the Kosovo-Albania border in the 1990s, but according to the ...


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I'd want to hire it as far from busy big cities as possible. The idea of damaging one, even if insured, would be so upsetting. So to maximise this, you'd want to do it during term time (kids in school, less people on holiday), when there's good weather. You'll want to pick up the car outside of rush hour, so around 10am, and still have a couple of hours ...


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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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This is what you want in Google Maps. This Phenomenon is called Danxia landform. You can see more pics here.


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I am fairly certain that this is Mt. Adams, second-tallest mountain in Washington State. It is neither Mt. Rainier nor Mt. Baker, because both of those are heavier glaciated. The profile looks an awful lot of what I expect of Adams from the air (I climbed it a couple of times from the ground, and so have a reasonable mental picture, though of course ...


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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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Wikivoyage will tell you all you need to know: Mount Fuji The TL;DR version: The mountain is officially open to climbers only from July to early September. Visiting outside the official season is legal but inadvisable unless you know what you're doing, since everything is closed and the weather can be extreme. It's cold up there, temps at the summit can ...


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My first reaction on reading this question was to wonder if it was a joke or an attempt to satirize the concept of "extreme tourism." If so, then well done. If not, then I would like to correct an apparent misconception stated in the question. "Hiking too far" is not a good description of what it takes to climb a mountain that's over 8000 m high. Climbing ...


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Here's an estimate: A 250km ride in a shared taxi or marshrutka costs the equivalent of 5 - 10 euros per person, with a petrol price of about 1 euro per liter, depending on how popular and difficult the route is. A marshrutka typically seats about 15 people, so a low estimate for renting a marshrutka for a 100km circular (that is, starting and finishing in ...


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Check out Sacra di San Michele, about 45 minutes north of Torino: http://www.sacradisanmichele.com/


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That's the kind of gear I'd use when going to hike well into subzero temperatures. Attempting to hike in such a gear at +20°C, especially in humid air, you'll not be comfortable at all. It's a total overkill. Especially the pants. What I'd use for such a hike: t-shirt, preferably non-cotton stay-dry kind; soft shell fleece jacket (Windstopper or ...


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Many mountaineering agencies claim that there are 1310 peaks over 6000m in Nepal alone. Other agencies claim that there are thousands of such peaks in the world, meaning that no comprehensive list of peaks over 6000m probably exists. This makes sense, as peaks should intuitively follow some sort of power-law distribution, meaning that there should be much ...


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The suworow monument shown in your first picture is on Gotthard-Pass. There are lot of excellent tours on Switzerland Tourism described. The second picture show the "Martinsloch" through which the sun shines on church tower of Elm. This happens only twice a year (around march, 12th and september, 30th).


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Check out the Forte di Bard: It's about an hour north from Turin, on the highway to Valle d'Aosta.


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I would say that you don't have to negotiate a price - usually driver just tell the price and you accept it :) However, you may get a "bonus" as a foreigner, but I don't expect it to be more then 20-40%. Regarding sample price for 100 km. According to my latest experience (and google result), MastaBaba is more-or-less right - ~30 euros for bus for 10-15 ...


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Here's one that you can definitely visit. Rivoli Castle: Cost: €6.50, free for under 11 Open: Tue-Thu 10am-5pm; Fri-Sun 10am-9pm


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Mt. Fuji is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" (三霊山 Sanreizan) along with Mt. Tate, in the Toyama Prefecture, and Mt. Haku, in the Hokuriku region. If you want to be immersed in Shinto religion, I'd recommend visiting Kyoto. There's lot of temples and shrines to see, and lots to do and even more to eat. Spending just a day there wouldn't do the city ...


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According to this link there where 306 people climbing K2, 30 of which died. This would result in a fatality rate of ca. 10%. This table only includes actual successful ascents. This list lists 80 fatalities including those who died during the ascent. I couldn't find any number of attempted ascents though. On another note the success rate seems to have ...


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It's taken in Hamnøy, in the Lofoten island in Norway. You can even make out the specific mountain shown in your photo in the image included on the Wikipedia page.


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I have hiked to the top of Half Dome twice, once in September 1996, and in June 2009. I didn't do any particular preparation either time; however, I was prepared for a long day hiking, and had reasonable fitness. If you've hiked in the Alps for 5 hours or more in one day you should be ready to tackle Half Dome. You should prepare for the weather with ...


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First of all: is it legal? Well, I have never heard about such problems too. Regarding Chornogora - yep, it is a kind of national park, there are even some official fees at some entrances, but all camping activities are pretty much allowed. The only places you may have legal problems at are country borders (like Marmarosy chain) - usually you have to ...


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The answer to my own question will not deal with all issues mentioned, but because there are no other answers I'd like to share my experiences. I wasn't personally camping in Georgia, but I met people that were camping and I saw people camping. Georgia still has an underdeveloped tourist base, most of the sleeping places are in hotels (big cities) and ...


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Yeah, you can still walk them as suicidal tourists: Its altitude is 1614m above sea level. Many trekkers and tourists have died while walking down this trail. Local authorities have finally woken up to the increasing number of tourists and added safety measures like a chain, railings and deeper pathways. But these are hardly any insurance against ...


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Yes, you can! I've been wanting to do this one for a long time but haven't been in the Xi'an area since I found out about it! Hua Shan is about 80 miles from Xi'an in Shaanxi province. There is a regular bus from Xi'an, or you can take a taxi although that will obviously cost more. From all of the accounts I've read, as long as you're not afraid of ...


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Pilatus is a good day out from Luzern however also very easy to get to is Mount Titlis via Engelberg (an easy train ride out of Luzern station also with cog railway), it also has station at the top and is much higher. Titlis has magnificent views. If you've got the time do both, if your not a skier you can hire toboggan on both mountains, awesome. I took my ...


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Depending on where exactly you´re going to hike, a normal sunglas can be not even enough. If you´re hiking on snow or especially glaciers, it is absolutely necessary to have snow goggles. The snow and ice reflects the light very strongly and you could damage your eyes severly if you go there without protection. To quote from Wikipedia: Mountain climbing ...


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Consider that the cog railway "at the back" of Mount Pilatus is closed during winter. Thus the really nice golden round-trip from Luzern to Alpnach-Staad by (Steam-)Ship, climbing up with one of the steepest cog railway, and finally descend with the Cable Car to Kriens (suburb of Luzern) is not possible. The mentioned trip to Jungfrau (Top of ...


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In theory, a mountain hut should never send away a tired tourist, especially if he doesn't have a chance to reach another safe place before sundown. But in summer some of the huts are so full, that tourist need to sleep in dining room on the floor. In Slovakia, the huts range from small, with capacity of 20 people, to large with capacity of over 100 ...



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