Kala Patthar, Stroll at the Top of the World

Looking out across the desolate wasteland from Gorak Shep; the last village before Mount Everest base camp, my heart sank. My rapidly shrinking companions were already beginning the ascent of Kala Patthar (5,545m). Needing to answer the call of nature, I’d been delayed leaving and didn’t relish the prospect of playing catch-up at this altitude. It was 5.30am, there was …

Sherpas – Heroes of the Himalaya

Every climber has heroes; alpinists either past or present which have pushed the boundaries of climbing, inspiring them. Blazing new routes in the Alps or Rockies, treks to Nepal and the Himalaya, these are the modern-day explorers, making new ascents on improbably technical routes in remote, inaccessible destinations. Messner, Tasker, Cassin, Rouse, Jeff and Alex Lowe, Chouinard, Hillary, Wanda Rutkiewicz …

Nepal, A Portrait of Innocence

The high altitude tracks, trails, passes and teahouses of Nepal offer each traveller with a wealth of experiences. In a country and region which is well-known for it’s remoteness every step of the rocky trail provides encounters which are fascinating and exciting insights into the culture. Trekkers pass each other travelling in opposite directions to and from Everest Base Camp …

Burj Khalifa, Dubai; View from the top of the World

It’s not everyday that the opportunity to visit a Guinness World Record presents itself. Travelling in the superfast lifts to the 124th floor of the World’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is available to anybody visiting the Emirate and breaks a number of records. The space age looking building located in fashionable ‘Downtown Dubai’ among other high-rise buildings, …

Sultanate of Oman – A Culture of Welcome

Travelling offers so many opportunities and amazing experiences, incredible scenery, exciting festivals, mouth-watering cuisine and interesting culture; museums, galleries or events are just a few examples. The Sultanate of Oman offers all these and more. The most important cogs in the wheel of a special travel experience usually involve its people. It is they that pull all the rest together …

Oman – A fleeting photo tour

Racing around any continent, country or city is not ideal; it rarely provides any genuine travel experience. In this case it really was a race however as part of a treasure hunt organised by Oman Air, which was another experience altogether. Whilst there was little opportunity to really explore during the whistle-stop tour, we still managed to visit some amazing …