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15 Pangong Lake Panorama Made Of 15 A And 15 B

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Ladakh: beyond the Khardung La

16 Dec 2018 · Siân Pritchard-Jones,Bob Gibbons

The long-forbidden lands north of the Khardung La were beyond the wildest dreams of Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons when they first met in 1983 in Leh, Ladakh. Now easily accessible, this area, nestling in the shadow of the Himalaya and the Karakoram, hides many startling secrets and is dotted with magical monasteries that reveal a fascinating culture.

The Ravmeddara Valley is a true gem. This wide valley in the western Pamirs is fringed by towering mountains, with the 6083m high Patkhor Peak marking the highest point in the Rushan Range.  Photo: Christine Oriol

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Tajikistan: a photo gallery

9 Dec 2018 · Jan Bakker

Cicerone has published the first trekking guide to Tajikistan, written by Jan Bakker and Christine Oriol. For many people it is hard to imagine what Tajikistan looks like and why they might want to trek there. In this photo gallery co-author Jan Bakker reveals a glimpse of Tajikistan’s incredible mountain scenery.

Otley Bridge over the River Wharfe

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The Cromwell Way – A walk through the English Civil War

5 Dec 2018 · Nick Burton

Nick Burton retraces the route Oliver Cromwell and his troops took from Yorkshire to Lancashire in 1648 to take part in the Battle of Preston. Along the way he explores the historical significance of places passed and how they have changed.

Mid-winter afternoon sun over the Telemark, north of Rjukan on the Hardangervidda plateau.

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Sub-zero on the Telemark: Iceclimbing and other activities in Norway

2 Dec 2018 · Ali Rowsell

Rjukan in Norway is the ultimate winter outdoor adventure location, offering plentiful opportunities to explore and participate in the range of activities on its doorstep. Ali Rowsell suggests some things to do when you're sub-zero on the Telemark.

Pic7 On Talkin Fell Above Geltsdale

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In the garden of Eden

25 Nov 2018 · Vivienne Crow

In an age when nature is constantly being pushed to the fringes – by housing, farming, infrastructure developments and by our own busy, urban-centric lives – encounters with wildlife are increasingly rare and increasingly precious. Vivienne Crow, author of Walking in Cumbria’s Eden Valley, recalls some special wildlife moments in this quiet corner of northern England.

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Exploring Jebel El Kest and the Moroccan Anti-Atlas

24 Nov 2018 · David Wood

The western Anti-Atlas is known to rock climbers and a small group of road-trip travellers. Its principal mountain, Jebel El Kest, was featured in a Cicerone Extra article by Jonathan Williams (managing director of Cicerone Press) in May 2015. David Wood describes the exploration of the region that has taken place in the intervening years leading up to the publication of his forthcoming guidebook...

Exciting bridge across the Gunt River, Bachor

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Trekking in Tajikistan: Frequently asked questions

18 Nov 2018 · Jan Bakker

Jan Bakker, author of the Cicerone guidebook to Trekking in Tajikistan answers some frequently asked questions about travelling to and trekking in this beautiful yet often misunderstood country.

Klöster Säben on a hilltop above Klausen

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The Keschtnweg: A chestnut walk in northern Italy

10 Nov 2018

With few English-language guides to the area, and in the spirit of pioneering lesser-known paths, Kevin Thomas describes the Eisacktal chestnut path – Keschtnweg – in South Tyrol to try to get the antennae of other hikers twitching.

The end in sight, Mount Sonder looms in the distance

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Hiking the Larapinta Trail

4 Nov 2018 · Simon Whitmarsh,Andrew Mok

Marsupials and mountains, desert walking, true wilderness and tough hiking. Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok introduce the Larapinta Trail, 234km across the red centre of Australia.

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Walking in Eden: my favourite walks

31 Oct 2018 · Vivienne Crow

Cumbria’s Eden Valley offers walkers a huge variety of experiences: from the hills and limestone pavement of the Yorkshire Dales to the salt marshes of the Solway Firth… and everything in between. Vivienne Crow, author of the Cicerone guidebook to the area, picks five of her favourites.

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Trekking in the Parc Nacional D’Aigüestortes in the Spanish Pyrenees

28 Oct 2018 · Clive Darley

When Clive and Jennifer Darley were invited by their colleagues Kath and Simon to join them for a trek through the Spanish Pyrenees, they accepted with enthusiasm. Simon is a gifted linguist who speaks Spanish, Catalan and French fluently. The quid pro quo was that they have over 50 years’ trekking experience. It seemed an ideal combination.

Walk 1 06 The Giants' Causeway with tourists

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Walking among legends in Northern Ireland

27 Oct 2018 · Natalie Simpson

A wise man once said you should never let the truth get in the way of a good story – and who should know better than those master storytellers the Irish. Cicerone’s Natalie Simpson recounts two of her favourite walks in East Ulster, the land of fantasy and myth.

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Hiking the Chariots of Fire trek in the Spanish Pyrenees

20 Oct 2018 · Jonathan Cook

Jonathan Cook battles against snow and broken boots in a world of twisted water, towering mountains and shattered stone as he takes on a challenging high mountain circular route in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, curiously named the Carros de Foc.

The classic view from the mainland

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Tackling the Sturrall of Donegal: game face required

14 Oct 2018 · Peter Walker

South western Donegal has the most extraordinary coastline in all these islands, and the incredible headland of the Sturrall is probably its most extraordinary feature. Wondering if it might fit the bill as ‘Ireland’s Inaccessible Pinnacle’, Peter Walker paid it a visit.

Via Ferratas connect the summits of the Nordkette

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Innsbruck Mountain Adventures – summer routes for a multi-activity alpine holiday

10 Oct 2018

With autumn here, it’s time to consider your next summer holiday. You love the outdoors and like to try a variety of activities rather than just a single activity trip, but you also enjoy experiencing some culture, some history, perhaps an evening out in a city rather than a small, limited resort. Innsbruck has the perfect mix – it’s a vibrant city with easy access to the mountains, which...

Ruins of Roman aqueduct near Ars-sur-Moselle

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Discover the history of the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine

7 Oct 2018 · Carroll Dorgan

Carroll Dorgan, the author of Cicerone’s guidebook to the GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, described the highlights of that trail in a previous Cicerone Extra article. Here, he recounts some of the history that surrounds the trekker on the Northern GR5.

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Hidden gem – St Moritz without the glitz – walking in the beautiful Engadine

3 Oct 2018

The Engadine, the 'valley of the Inn people', is a high valley of contrasts, and home to one of Switzerland's national parks. In the Upper Engadine between Maloja and St Moritz at around 1800m, several large lakes almost fill the valley floor, while the snow-peaks of the Bernina Alps rise nearby, and shapely mountains like Piz Palü, Bellavista, Piz Roseg and Piz Bernia spawn glaciers that hang...

Fields, trees and big sky near Rosières-en-Haye (Lorraine)

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Discover the highlights of Benelux and Lorraine on the GR5 Trail

29 Sep 2018 · Carroll Dorgan

The GR5 is a long trek, running all the way from the Hoek van Holland to Nice in France, crossing the French alps along the way. The northern part of the GR5 trail, through Benelux and Lorraine is quieter and a more gentle start to trekking than the rest of the route. Carroll Dorgan, the author of The GR5 Trail: Benelux and Lorraine, describes some of the highlights of this part of the trail.

Calahorra Castle

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Camino Mozárabe – a time travelling pilgrimage in Iberia

22 Sep 2018 · Bloo Anderson

The Camino Mozárabe is a 1500km pilgrimage route from the Mediterranean port of Almería to the Tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela and onwards to Finisterre on Galicia’s Atlantic coast. Bloo Anderson makes a unique journey through a land charged with daily discoveries and insights into its historic past.

The glacial bowl with the Sulzenau Alm ahead

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An intro to... Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps

19 Sep 2018

How about a destination combining a variety of outdoor adventures and vibrant culture alongside quick access to the mountains? Welcome to Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps.

1 Chapelle St Michel Le Puy

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The Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes

16 Sep 2018 · Clive Darley

Clive Darley treks the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail across the French Cevennes in a variety of bad weather, grim weather and horrendous weather. Nevertheless he finds plenty to philosophise about and tries to travel with Stevenson's ethos.

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Walking Egypt’s most popular mountains

8 Sep 2018 · Christine Gordon

One is Egypt's highest mountain, and one is its most popular. But, despite being so close to each other, these two mountains attract very different audiences. Christine Gordon climbed both to find out why.

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Hidden Gem – Teesdale, and the wild open spaces of the northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

5 Sep 2018

Upper Teesdale lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'England's Last Wilderness'. If your idea of 'getting away from it all' is to enjoy the wind (and sometimes rain) in your face, vast, wild and achingly beautiful moorland, spectacular waterfalls and fascinating geology, then you will love the Upper Teesdale valley. And after a long day in the...