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World's Highest Airport Opens

World's Highest Airport Opens Sep 19th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Flickr, Erik Tomer China claimed a new record for world's highest airport when Daocheng Yading Airport opened this week in the Tibetan province of Sichuan, taking the title from Changdu Bangda Airport, also in Tibet. The new airport is at an elevation of 14,472 feet above sea level, 253 feet higher than the previous record holder. There is a single Air China flight scheduled for now, from Chengdu,...

Sherpas May Install Ladder On Everest To Lessen Crowds

Sherpas May Install Ladder On Everest To Lessen Crowds May 30th, 2013 at 9:00AM: EPA A controversial plan to install a ladder on Mt. Everest has been met with a less than enthusiastic response from the mountaineering community. The mountain guides behind the proposal say that the ladder will help to alleviate traffic jams near the summit, while purists claim that it will detract from the overall challenge of the climb. The plan was first made public this past weekend when...

Summit Day Arrives On Mt. Everest

Summit Day Arrives On Mt. Everest May 18th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Kraig Becker It has been a long and wild climbing season on the world's tallest mountain. Over the past few years, Mt. Everest has been widely criticized for being an over crowded stage for publicity seekers and tourist climbers who have no business being on the mountain. That hasn't changed much this spring, but when you add in the recent brawl between three European climbers and a mob of angry...

Fall Himalayan Climbing Season Begins

Fall Himalayan Climbing Season Begins Sep 11th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Most mountaineers, both actual and armchair, know that for two months each spring, Everest and the other big Himalayan peaks become the epicenter of the climbing world. From April to June, hundreds of mountaineers from around the globe descend on Nepal and Tibet with the expressed goal of scaling one of the tallest mountains on the planet. As a result, Base Camps across the region can become...

China Bans Foreign Travelers From Tibet

China Bans Foreign Travelers From Tibet Jun 12th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Following a series of high profile protests over the past few months China has quietly taken steps to close the borders of Tibet. The closure means that foreign travelers are once again banned from entering the Buddhist country just as the busiest travel period of the year is about to begin. Last Wednesday, a number of tour operators in Beijing announced that the government had instructed them...

Photo Of The Day: Tibetan Travelers

Photo Of The Day: Tibetan Travelers May 31st, 2012 at 6:30PM: One of the travel world's more annoying debates is backpacker vs. rolling suitcase. Those with backpacks scoff at travelers wheeling suitcases along cobblestones, while the roll-aboard lovers might want to avoid the connotation that "backpacker" implies. Even backpackers are being criticized now for taking too much. In the end, it's just a place for one's stuff. We can all agree that seeing...

Everest Encounter Possible A Number Of Ways

Everest Encounter Possible A Number Of Ways May 24th, 2012 at 3:30PM: Climbing Mt. Everest is often a lifetime achievement for many travelers. Each spring, some of the most adventurous, daring and physically fit among us attempt the risky undertaking. But summiting is not the only way to experience the highest peak on the planet. One eco-travel company suggests Everest travel strategies that can considerably lower the danger, cost, time or exertion required of...

Japanese Woman Becomes Oldest To Summit Everest

Japanese Woman Becomes Oldest To Summit Everest May 22nd, 2012 at 8:00AM: A 73-year-old Japanese woman by the name of Tamae Watanabe extended her record as the oldest female to climb Mt. Everest when she reached the summit for a second time this past weekend. Watanabe first climbed the world's tallest mountain a decade ago and that previous record has held up until she decided to raise the bar herself. Climbing with Asian Trekking, Watanabe scaled the 8848-meter...

2012 Summit Day Begins On Everest

2012 Summit Day Begins On Everest May 19th, 2012 at 8:00AM: It will be a very busy day today at the top of the world. After months of planning and weeks of preparation, today is the day that the climbers on Everest will begin heading up to the summit en masse. For most it will be the culmination of a lifelong dream to climb the highest mountain on Earth, for others it will simply be the latest climb in their pursuit of mountaineering greatness. The road...

First Climbers Arriving In Everest Base Camp Today

First Climbers Arriving In Everest Base Camp Today Apr 7th, 2012 at 8:00AM: The 2012 climbing season on Mt. Everest officially gets underway today when the first climbers begin to arrive in Base Camp on the south side of the mountain. They'll spend the next six weeks or so acclimatizing on the slopes of the world's tallest peak before attempting to climb up to the 8848-meter (29,029-foot) summit. Mountaineers first began arriving in Kathmandu, the gateway to the...

Mountain bike the Himalayas

Mountain bike the Himalayas Oct 15th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Mention the Himalayas to most adventure travelers, and they will immediately think about the multitude of great mountain treks that are available there or even the unparalleled mountaineering opportunities. What most people don't know however is that there are some fantastic opportunities to mountain bike through the region as well, and adventure travel company Ace the Himalaya offers some epic...

Pyramids and monasteries among the many ancient monuments under restoration

Pyramids and monasteries among the many ancient monuments under restoration Aug 10th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Around the world, ancient monuments are crumbling. As our heritage wears away through neglect, "development", or simply the harsh treatment of time, some countries are doing something about it. The pyramid of Djoser, the oldest of the pyramids of Egypt, will be the object of a major restoration effort. The government recently announced that funding has been earmarked for restoration after the...

Nepal to remeasure Mt. Everest

Nepal to remeasure Mt. Everest Jul 22nd, 2011 at 8:00AM: The government of Nepal has announced that it will remeasure the height of Mt. Everest in an effort to settle a dispute with China. This new survey is expected to take up to two years to complete and will likely provide the most accurate measurement of the height of the mountain ever. Back in 1955 a team of Indian surveyors, using the best instruments available at the time, recorded the height...

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot

Black Tomato launches Epic Tomato, an ambitious new adventure offshoot Feb 26th, 2011 at 12:30PM: For years Black Tomato has delighted old travel hands with its inventive, bespoke itineraries to various corners of the globe. The company is especially good at showcasing beautiful destinations not yet well-known to most travelers beyond the surrounding region. Among others, Belgrade, the Carpathian foothills, the Kuronian Spit, and Bhutan have all been embraced by the company. This morning,...

South of the Clouds: Songtsam Retreat, Shangri-la

South of the Clouds: Songtsam Retreat, Shangri-la Jan 17th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Set on a hillside directly overlooking the Songtsam Monastery, the Songtsam Retreat offers a taste of Tibet to the traveler in China. The collection of buildings are built in the style of Tibetan stone houses, and despite its grandeur, the quietly unassuming Retreat blends nicely with its surrounds. Heavy blankets cover thick doorways (which are locked with wooden bolts) to trap heat inside,...

South of the Clouds: Yunnan's ancient tea-horse road

South of the Clouds: Yunnan's ancient tea-horse road Dec 23rd, 2010 at 9:30AM: In November, Gadling traveled with WildChina throughout Yunnan province. The theme of the trip was "the ancient tea-horse road," and it followed a trading route that runs from Yunnan's tropical lowlands up to the Tibetan plateau and eventually in to India. As the name implies, the "road" was a caravan route along which tea and horses were traded, though salt was also a major commodity. Lesser...

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China

South of the Clouds: Introduction to Yunnan, China Dec 13th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Yunnan, which translates as "south of the clouds," is China's most diverse province, and offers travelers extreme variation: tropical lowlands bordering Laos and Burma curl at the bottom of the province, while the unsummited Meili Snow Mountain reigns near Tibet. It's home to more ethnic minorities than any other province in China (25 out of 56), three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the...

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011

Great Himalayan Trail on schedule to open in 2011 Nov 8th, 2010 at 10:30AM: Way back in February of this year we told you about the Great Himalayan Trail, an epic hike more than 2800 miles in length that will eventually wind its way through the mountainous regions of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. The trek, which is expected to take roughly 150 days to hike end-to-end, is scheduled to officially open in early 2011, although there are still some challenges to...

Top American alpinist perishes in the Himalaya

Top American alpinist perishes in the Himalaya Nov 1st, 2010 at 12:30PM: Joe Puryear, one of America's top mountaineers, fell to his death last week while climbing in the Himalaya. He was just 37 years old, but had earned himself a reputation as one of world's elite climbers, having put up routes in all of the planet's major mountain ranges, including the Andes, the Himalaya, and the Alps. Joe had reached the summit of more than 30 mountains in the Alaskan Range alone...

Hone your photographic skills in the Himalaya in 2011

Hone your photographic skills in the Himalaya in 2011 Oct 19th, 2010 at 8:30AM: When it comes to photographing spectacular landscapes it's difficult to top the Himalaya, which offer endless mountain vistas, towering snow capped peaks, and beautiful remote valleys. The entire range is a photographer's dream and I know first hand that it is difficult to take a bad photo there. That said, it never hurts to get some advice on how to take the best photos possible, and if you're...

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