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Mosquito season in Swedish Lapland

🦟 🦟 🦟 I've hiked a lot in Swedish Lapland, and I used to live there for nearly six years. The mosquitoes can indeed be very bad in summer, in particular in the forest. Mosquitoes wake up between ...
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Does the Black Forest (Germany) have French style refuges (free, no-reservation)?

What's called a refuge in French is a Hütte in German. In both cases, it can be staffed (gardé, bewirtschaftet) and possibly offer some basic catering or be unstaffed (refuge non gardé, ...
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Climbing Mount Fuji

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 ...
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Is free camping permitted in Japan?

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 ...
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Climbing Mount Fuji

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 ...
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Is trekking safe in south Slavic countries?

You should go. I've never been to Montenegro, but I have been to various places in Dalmatia, and I have spent a good deal of time in and around Sarajevo, where my mother in law lives. I'm not sure ...
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Does the Black Forest (Germany) have French style refuges (free, no-reservation)?

Probably not This is a rather vague half-answer, but it's more than a comment. Through the commercial tourism association http://www.schwarzwald-tourismus.info/ I found the different organisations ...
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Is trekking safe in south Slavic countries?

I have not "trekked" through the Balkans but I have cycled unaccompanied with no support through Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia and found the people very friendly and helpful and ...
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Is free camping permitted in Japan?

You expressed your will to camp in Daizetsusan, so my answer will focus on Daizetsusan, see jpatokal's answer for more general information. I have hiked across Daisetsuzan for several days, and ...
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September/October in the Alps

You can have warm days and hiking is definitely possible. But the first week of September is very different from the end of October and anything can happen, even snow. There is certainly a decent ...
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On a coast to coast walk across Scotland, which route would require the most self-sufficiency?

For established long distance routes, you can find them on Scotland's Great Trails. These are waymarked long-distance routes, that you may be able to get special maps covering the route. There's also ...
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Trekking in Georgian Tusheti region? Safety?

You are quite safe if you have no European good-looking girls in your company. If you have such girls you might be in big trouble, because Bride kidnapping is still a popular ritual in Georgia and ...
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Is it compulsory to hire a local certified guide for trekking in the Great Himalayan National Park?

Short answer: Not really, as long as your venture falls into a hike. Although you are technically experienced, the advance first-aid certification does not make one technically capable of leading a ...
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What will be the total duration and cost of Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Duration Is it feasible in six days? Certainly. Is if feasible for you in six days? That depends on you. In general the organised treks will take a few days longer than what you propose. But those ...
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Poncho in Scotland

It sounds to me like your Quecha jacket should do the job - the main advantage of more expensive fabrics is improved breathability etc - it's ppossible for quite cheap materials to be very waterproof. ...
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Where can I obtain Trek permits for Har-ki-doon?

There is not a lot to find about permits, but you can find where you need to pay for entrance, and photo and video cameras. In the extended text you can find the text: Govind Wildlife Sanctuary ...
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Where to find Kyrgyzstan trekking maps?

In popular hiking regions such as Karakol, hostels / guesthouses and outdoor equipment rentals can often provide you with suitable maps. If there's a CBT nearby, you might be able to buy maps there - ...
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The use of military camouflage in India while hiking or trekking?

Common sense suggests that if the law says it's illegal to wear it as a civilian then "but they're available for sale on Amazon!" probably would not be an effective defence in court. is it ...
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Does the Black Forest (Germany) have French style refuges (free, no-reservation)?

felias-fogg.de provides a list of Schutzhütten, which is just about any structure where a hiker might find shelter in case of rain storms. They provide a map of shelters (grey) and inns (yellow), in ...
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Trekking in Russia similar to Kungsleden

I am afraid that you won't find a similar infrastructure (well-tended cabins spaced out along the well-marked trek, or at least a well-marked path long enough for multi-day hike) anywhere in Russia. ...
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Where can I obtain Trek permits for Har-ki-doon?

You do not need a permit for Har Ki Dun trek. There is only an entry fee for Govind Pashu national park (that is where Har ki dun trek is). You would need to pay a little extra if you are carrying a ...
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Is the Inca trail the only route to arrive at Machu Picchu by foot?

On foot, an alternative to the Inca Trail is to walk from Aguas Calientes, along the bus route. There is a checkpoint at the bridge where you have to present an entrance ticket before continuing. ...
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On which basis should I decide for a travel insurance for Nepal?

In the end, I took Ergo Direkt (going by averells answer). And I needed a helicopter rescue, although having had several acclimatization days and a guide. Insurance-wise, everything worked fine. How ...
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Will a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) work overseas?

Yes, modern and current PLBs will work world-wide. When activated, they transmit a radio signal, which can be picked up by a network of satellites from anywhere on the earth's surface. Your distress ...
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How can I be sure the operator treats elephants humanely before booking a trek in Khao Sok national park?

Unfortunately there is no humane way to ride elephants. The elephants suffer a great deal when their spirits are broken to make them more obedient to us humans. Besides that, their spine is not very ...
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How can I be sure the operator treats elephants humanely before booking a trek in Khao Sok national park?

You only have to do a google search for videos. The elephants are not heavily mistreated during rides because they cannot be used until they have been "broken in" -- which means, as far as I can see, ...
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Trekking in Russia similar to Kungsleden

This is a partial answer; I hope an expert Russian wilderness explorer can come up with a more comprehensive answer. English language information about Russian nature is very limited. I am not aware ...
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Mount Etna: from Nicolosi to Rifugio Sapienza on foot?

It seems there is a trail, the Sentiero Silvestri number 789. https://hiking.waymarkedtrails.org/#route?id=8461974
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How do you prepare for crossing Borneo from coast to coast on foot?

I would start by reading Redmond O'Hanlon's Into the Heart of Borneo (aka Borneo and the Poet in some markets), which will both offer a practical and often visceral overview of the "challenges" ...
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