Vesuvius and the Path of the Gods

Vesuvius and the Path of the Gods

Our visit to Ecuador over Christmas gave us a taste for volcanoes, so a visit to Europe’s best known one, Vesuvius, was a must. It gave us the opportunity to explore the nearby Amalfi Coast, a place that’s been described to me as mountainous.

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Cayambe and Chimborazo: Why Ecuador’s volcanoes are worth a second visit

Cayambe and Chimborazo: Why Ecuador’s volcanoes are worth a second visit

I love the open geography of Ecuador’s central highlands, a high-altitude landscape of free-standing volcanoes. Six years ago I went there and climbed five of them. This Christmas I will be making a long overdue return visit.

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Nepal announces cuts to Sherpa safety to attract more tourists

Nepal announces cuts to Sherpa safety to attract more tourists

Tourism in Nepal has been hit hard by the earthquakes and border blockade, and tourist numbers have declined significantly. Against this backdrop, Nepal’s government continues to make announcements which damage its reputation as a tourist destination.

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A stroll up Monte Terminillo and the Elephant Mountain

A stroll up Monte Terminillo and the Elephant Mountain

There are signs of civilisation all over Monte Terminillo, but its accessibility is one of its attractions. An hour and a half’s drive from Rome and visible from the outer ring road, it’s a popular place for alpine climbing, and gave us a fantastic winter walk.

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What does the Nepal Mountaineering Association do?

What does the Nepal Mountaineering Association do?

The Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has recently lost a significant part of its annual income. In this week’s post I look at the NMA’s work to see what programmes will be affected and what this change is likely to mean for mountain tourism in Nepal.

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