We are planning to feature good charity walks from around the world. Let us know of any charity walks you would like us to feature!
WALK OF THE MONTH
Villarrica NP, Patagonia: Villarrica NP, Chile
- Just 15 minutes away from the popular resort town of Pucon, Villarrica NP is a rich landscape of Valdivian rainforest, glaciated stratovolcanoes, grim lava fields, rivers and lagoons.
- Take in the full glory of this national park in the extended Villarrica Traverse, or find a guide and ascend to the summit of Volcan Villarrica, peering into the viscous lava lake simmering in the crater.
- From the southern edge of the park, you can cross the Argentine border into the beautiful Lanin NP, and climb imposing 3,776m Volcan Lanin.
- ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!
- Feb 2013: over 625 walks on Walkopedia, Off to check out Myanmar treks in March
Any suggestions or ideas or experiences?
- Jan 2013: winter magazine
Featuring Cappadocia in Turkey, Wind River Mountains and much more
- November 2012: our 600th walk loaded!
- June 2012: featured in Brummell magazine
Brummell magazine, "the little black book for the City", features Walkopedia and its origins: see http://issuu.com/showmedia/docs/vip4-brum_june12_single-62376/25 at page 25
- March 2012: travel writing and photo competition results
We have had some brilliant entries, and selecting the winners was a real problem.
Kalaw to Inle Lake, Myanmar
- Trek through tribal hill country from Kalaw to famously lovely and atmospheric Inle Lake.
- You will get properly up into the hills, crossing ridges, passing through (and staying in) tribal villages with differing customs and ways of life.
- Beautiful scenery - an agricultural plateau with (some) forested ridges and traditional farming in the valleys. Rich vegetation and animal life.
- There are various routes to choose from, enabling you to walk for two or three days. You will need to go with a guide, who can be hired locally.
SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU
- We have been told that it is not currently possible to walk the full Cinque Terre route due to landslides, but this is not mentioned much on the internet. Does anyone have any more information?
- Anyone walked the Lebanon Mountain Trail? Wew would love to get thoughts and pictures!
- The Amalfi Coast in Italy, and the Lebanon Trail: got any good pictures we can show?
- Charity walks: we are planning to have a focus on good charity walks (it will take a while to change the site)... in the meantime let us know of great upcoming walks around the world - the longer the notice, the better!
- What is your favourite walk, and why? How would it rate using our system?
- Anyone have photos of the Diamond Mountains in North Korea?
Here are some general links that should be useful. There are (or will in time be!) specifically relevant links on the individual walk pages. We are filtering the information on this page, to avoid a jumble of not always useful sites and save you scrolling time.
The best starting point for background information on an area is the often magnificent www.wikipedia.org.
www.onedayhikes.com - a great site, mainly North America focused, with a good selection of day walks.
http://www.besthikes.com/ - some good walks and information (best on North America), nicely presented.
www.traildatabase.org - a bit hit and miss, but can come up with some useful stuff.www.peakware.com - basic information on huge number of mountains: many for serious climbers, but many for walkers too.France: www.enlightened-traveller.co.ukSouth Africa: marvellous, inspiring www.footprint.co.za
Hard to place in this page, as there are great commentaries and write-ups, as well as the pics: http://www.gang-gang.net/nomad/. Particularly good for Oceania.
www.marcheslointaines.com/index-e.html– good for pix of some out of the way treks
UK Foreign Office: excellent for up-to-date information (including information on health) by country: www.fco.gov.uk/travel
US State Department: provides regularly updated information on each country, with travel tips, travel alerts and travel warnings – includes information on health. www.travel.state.gov
Fit for Travel: UK government site for country-specific vaccination and other preparatory advice: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk
UK National Travel Health Network and Centre (for information sheets on particular illnesses and health issues) www.nathnac.org
UK Dept. of Health: for general health information and information on major diseases: www.dh.gov.uk/travellers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): American site on health and disease, including lots of detailed information for prospective travellers: wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx
Resources: everything from tents to training. See our list of helpful sites:
BackpackingLight: www.backpackinglight.com - the site for those who like to travel ultra light (or just a bit lighter).
Also try Bigfoot Services: www.bigfootservices.co.uk - offering expedition and high altitude first aid training, and Pre-trek weekend training courses, in the UK's Brecon Beacons. 20% discount on clothing and equipment at their local outdoor shop.
The following are some good expedition organisers. Browse their expeditions to get drool-inducing ideas…
Great Walks of the World: we have used them in the Himalayas and Tibet and were very pleased - www.greatwalks.net
Explore! – www.explore.co.uk
Steppes East: we have used them in Mongolia, Pakistan and Central Asia; while they are not cheap, they have always provided top grade expeditions and support – www.steppestravel.co.uk
Exodus: A fine selection of great walks – www.exodus.co.uk
Wilderness Travel: have a fabulous selection of expeditions – possibly at the more expensive end – www.wildernesstravel.com
www.justyou.co.uk - some great walking holidays around the world, for singles.
Alternative Travel Group: groundbreaking firm with a fabulous selection of walks (guided and “meet your baggage”) throughout Europe and further afield - www.atg-oxford.com
Condor Journeys: www.condorjourneys-adventures.com
Journey Latin America: www.journeylatinamerica.com
www.nationalgeographic.com - USA Maps
Our favourite trekking books:
The World’s Great Adventure Treks, Ed. Jack Jackson
Classic Hikes of the World, by Peter Potterfield
The following are the best guidebook publishers (we will be developing recommendations for walk-specific guidebooks on our walk pages).
- Cicerone (superb)
- Lonely Planet
- Odyssey (good, especially on Asia)
- Sunflower (delightful; Europe focus)
Here are links to well known international firms. Links to local providers, who may be cheaper, are given on some individual walk pages.
- Avis: www.avis.com
- Hertz: www.hertz.co.uk
- Europcar: www.europcar.co.uk
- Budget: www.budget.co.uk
- Alamo: www.alamo.com
- Enterprise: www.enterprise.co.uk
- Sixt: www.sixt.com