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Where is this photo of a group of hikers taken? Is it really in the Ural?

With this story on tutu.ru on the Kvarkush plateau in the Ural comes this photo with the filename ural-4.jpg: Source: tutu.ru. It doesn't look like the Ural to me — on other photos of the Kvarkush ...
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Going to Fenqihu vs. Alishan [closed]

This is sort of a continuation of this question. Is there much more to see in Alishan compared to Fenqihu? I assume one of the main reasons tourists go to Alishan is to see the sunrise and also to ...
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Roads in Switzerland in December [closed]

I am planning to travel by a rented car from Milan to Reckingen-Gluringen, Switzerland on 8 December. What should I expect, and is it a good idea?
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Where was this photograph taken?

What is the location of this mountain? View from more above: The source youtube video (Since it is a live stream, the short video clip won't necessarily be shown again) I also asked the question on ...
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Mountain biking routes within 7 hours travel from Copenhagen [closed]

Copenhagen and the surrounding areas of Denmark are fairly flat for decent mountain biking. Is there anywhere within 6 or 7 hours travelling by car (or train) from Copenhagen with some more hilly (...
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Are there any mountain towns or villages near Osaka with cooler weather than Osaka itself (5-10 degrees C cooler)?

I am going to Osaka soon and the weather is hot now. Are there any mountain towns or villages nearby with cooler weather by 5 or 10 degrees or so? I know about Mount Kongo already but I don't know ...
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How can I avoid mountain driving between Thunder Bay, Ontario and Moab, Utah? [closed]

What is the best way to avoid driving right in the mountains? I am travelling via North and South Dakota, through to Casper, Flaming Gorge, and down to Goblin Valley, and am considering going through ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

I'm working on the arrangements to move my household. I will need to drive a large moving truck from Kansas to Oregon in early June. I'm concerned that driving such a large truck through the ...
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What is the recommended route from Salt Lake to PHX in winter weather?

There is snow in the forecast and I was scheduled to drive from SLC to PHX on Saturday, but now I may have to leave today. What is the recommended route in these conditions?
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Chamonix - Mont Blanc

I'm visiting Chamonix this winter and I'd like to go to the top of Mont Blanc. Is it even possible to get to the top or how far can you go? I know there is a cable car and a train to Mont Blanc but ...
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What are the easiest mountain peaks in Alps that does not require rope/climbing/scrambling? [closed]

Next summer I wonder if there are any mountain peaks starting at 1500 meters and up to 2500 (to avoid oxygen problems beyond that), for average fitness person who is not an experienced mountaineer, ...
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What are the coordinates of Trango Towers?

What are the coordinates of Trango Towers? I could see 35°46′N 76°11′E on Wikipedia, however they aren't visible on Google Earth.
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How to find mountain parking in Switzerland?

I'm going to Switzerland and I plan to take some mountain trips, so I need to park somewhere near the trail start. How can I check if there's some parking nearby, is it free/paid and is it necessary ...
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Which mountains in the Lower Mainland, BC can be ascended by private car in the summer? [closed]

Like Cypress Mountain (via Cypress Bowl Rd.) and Mount Seymour (via Mt. Seymour Road), what satisfies these criteria: They must be located within the following (demarcated) area: My grandparents ...
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Why are Chinese mountains scaled by steps? (instead of winding paths)

Question: Why are Chinese mountains mostly scaled by steps/stairs instead of winded paths? Is there something traditional / practical / religious / spiritual about it that I fail to see? When hiking ...
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UIAA membership and guides

I have a question about International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) membership. Shouldn't it allow me to climb the mountains, without hiring a guide? Which usually is the most ...
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What is the name of the peak in Meghalya, India?

What is the name of the peak? It's in Meghalya, India. It's most probably in garo hills or khasi hills district.
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hiking trails near by Salzburg and Linz [closed]

I'm looking for a one day hiking trails in north-west Austria near by Salzburg and Linz. Can you recommend me some not easy trails, which go uphill but without climbing, 15-20km distance, I will take ...
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How to choose international mountain insurance, mostly for Europe?

There's a saying 'Better safe then sorry', and unfortunately, I was too lazy to follow that rule in the future. I live in Central Europe, which gives me an opportunity for quick, few-days trips to ...
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Is hiking up Ben Nevis doable with a fear of heights?

We are considering hiking up Ben Nevis next year with a group of friends, but some of them don't want to because of a fear of heights. Are there paths up that don't come close to steep drops? The ...
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Public transport access to Pyrenees (GR10)

I am interested in hiking the GR10, a long hike crossing the Pyrenees mountain range from west to east. I will not hike it all at once but in sections I can cover in about a week at most. I have no ...
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Can we get hiking boots and jackets for rent at Jungfraujoch?

We are going to visit Jungfraujoch in the first week of June. It has been recommended that we have hiking boots and warm jackets to keep out the wind. I would like to know if the boots and the jacket ...
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Is it possible to trek from Zero Point to Gurudongmar Lake via Donkiala pass and Cholamu Lake in Sikkim, India

I want to trek from from Zero Point to Gurudongmar Lake via Donkiala Pass and Cholamu Lake in Sikkim, India. Recently I noticed in Facebook that some people visited this place last year. Unfortunately ...
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Is it safer to drive up or down a dangerous mountain road?

Let's say you want to visit cities A, B and C, which are set in a triangle, so you can choose to travel A-B-C-A or A-C-B-A. The roads from A to B and A to C are fine, but the one between B and C is a ...
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How can I find a local guide to take me safely up Mt Toubkal in Morocco? [closed]

My partner and I will be visiting Morocco in late December and would like to hire a local and knowledgeable guide for climbing Mt Toubkal, who can also provide equipment (crampons, ice axe etc). Many ...
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What warm clothes should I take when traveling in southeast Asia? [closed]

While it's mostly very hot in southeast Asia, I plan to do some hikes that can go up and above 3000m. Considering some of these hikes will be at night in order to catch the sun rise, it'll be pretty ...
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Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?

Swiss mountain huts often have running water (for toilets and handwashing), but usually signage that state the water is not potable for drinking. Is this sign for one's own benefit (and health), just ...
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How correct is my intuition that tap water is safer in the mountains than in cities?

I'm in Colombia, and recently visited lake Neusa - highly recommended, by the way! The advice on drinking tap water in Colombia seems to be generally, big city/tourist hub = fine, otherwise avoid. ...
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Best 'private' spots for stargazing on Mountain Teide, Tenerife

I'm planning travel to Tenerife in the end of May and one of the things which I like to do is do enjoy in a beautiful star scenery. I did some investigation and I concluded the best place is somewhere ...
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What is the highest altitude town or village with accommodation in Cambodia?

After boiling and baking myself for a month and a half all around Cambodia, I'm wondering about places I could go up in the mountains in the country. Specifically I'm wondering what the highest ...
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Where in the world am I most likely to see stacked lenticular clouds?

Lenticular clouds form when air flows over a topographical feature such as a mountain. Moisture is forced out of the air into the form of a cloud as the air rises over the land feature and then ...
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Castle on my wallpaper - where is it?

My operating system (Elementary OS Luna) comes with a set of wallpapers - one of which is some kind of castle or cathedral built in mountains. Where is it?
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Winter trekking in High Tatra, what about accommodation?

We're going to go for a hike to High Tatras in January. Should I be prepared for snow slides/avalanches in winter (and carry tools like shovel, emitter, ...)? Are there any huts or shelters where we ...
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Climbing Mount Aragats in October

What are the possible conditions at Mount Aragats in October? Does it require climbing equipment to climb the highest pick? What are the possibilities to get there from/to Tbilisi and from/to Yerevan? ...
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Kawah Ijen (Indonesia) volcano at night

Kawah Ijen volcano is mostly visited by day when the miners are working. But if you look for "Kawah Ijen" in Google Images, a lot of blue lava images appear (is not lava really). I'd like to see this ...
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Climbing Mount Fuji

I'd like to trek to Mount Fuji. Some of my colleagues at work tell me that it takes about 10 hours and there's a pit stop I can stop at and rest before I go up to the peak. I've heard that it's ...
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What kind of clothing should I be wearing if I were to hike up Mount Hua in Xi'an during October

I'll be visiting Xi'an on the first week of October this year (2014) and I am planning to hike up Mount Hua. I've read that it's generally cool during October period. Would wearing a sweater be ...
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Where is this lake?

The filename of this image is "rocky mountains", but it rather looks like Norway to me. Where is it exactly? No source I find through Google Images or through tineye will be more specific than „...
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What is Successful Ratio of Climbing K2? [closed]

I just want to assess the difficulty of hiking on K2 with historical perspective. So I want to know How many people tried to climb K2 and how many of them successfully climbed, How many died and how ...
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Cheap accommodation in Fichtelgebirge?

Are there any cheap/economic class accommodations available in Fichtelgebirge (in German part)? I've searched for mountain huts there, but I haven't found anything. Is it possible to overnight there ...
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How many 6,000 meter peaks are there in Asia? In the world?

Climber Maximo Kausch claims there are 118 "6,000ers" in the Andes. And according to Peakbagger, 6,000 meter peaks are found only in the Andes, Central Asia (including the Himalaya, the Hindu Kush and ...
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Is there a way to get to the top of Mount Everest without hiking too far?

The title says it all, really. Are there possibilities using helicopters for example? What are the prices? Any experiences?
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How to use trekking clothes?

I will be going to Peru in July and will do the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, but I have no experience with layered clothing (I live in Brazil, sub 10°C is dead cold here). From what I understand, ...
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What mountain in NW USA is this?

So on a flight from YVR (Vancouver) to SLC (Salt Lake City), not far south of Vancouver - we'd just turned inland after flying down the coast, I saw this mountain. I've gone through photos of Mt ...
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Mountain rescue and medical care in Georgia?

How does using the mountain rescue and medical care services (in case of emergency) work in Georgia? Is buying insurance required for an EU citizen? If so, how and where can I buy such insurance? I'm ...
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Is there an online community to find travel partners (for mountains, sightseeing etc.)?

Is there an online community to find travel partners for mountain trekking or sightseeing, or anything else? I don't want to travel to foreign mountains alone, but I don't know where to search for ...
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Where is this mountain with very striking bright colors?

This blog has an image from Zhangye, Province of Gansu, China. This mountain is made of earths or stones in gradients of often bright colors, predominantly red but also yellows and blues. However I ...
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Do I need to make a reservation in a mountain hut in Slovakia in the Tatra mountains?

I'd like to go trekking in the Tatra mountains in Slovakia, and sleep in mountain huts. Do I need to make a reservation before the trip? Or can I reasonably expect to always get a place to sleep (...
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Can Albania be considered secure?

Can Albania be considered secure? How secure is Albania (particularly in the mountains) compared to countries like Ukraine or Romania? What security issues should a traveller take into account, such ...
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What shoes required for simple trekking in Georgia?

I'm planning a trip in Georgia, where I plan to visit main cities and spend a few days on trekking in mountains. I don't plan any glacier trekking or climbing, just a bit walking below. I know the ...