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A Day in Koyasan

Tour leader Max Wood spends a day exploring Koyasan.

Walking in Northern Albania

Tour Leader Max Wood discusses his recent recce trip to the Accursed Mountains in Northern Albania - from unpredictable weather to stunning views.

Journeying Along Pakistan's Karakoram Highway

Max Wood has just returned from Pakistan where he was leading our 'Karakoram Adventure: Kashgar to Kashmir' Tour. Read about his adventures in some of the world's most stunning scenery.

Butterflies en route to Fairy Meadows

Max Wood is tour leading our Karakoram Adventure: Kashgar to Kashmir, which travels to China, Pakistan and India. We have had very good weather on the Karakoram Adventure this time. It's especially important in the Hunza valley and at Fairy Meadows where we had great views of the mountains. While pa…

The Kora of Mount Kailash

We had wonderful weather during the kora of Mount Kailash. We were very lucky not to have to worry about cold and precipitation as well as the difficulty of the walking and how our bodies had acclimatised to the altitude. In high season there can be many, many pilgrims on the age-old 53 km trail. Ap…

Tibetan Everest

We took the newly paved road from our overnight stop in Shelkar up to the Gyu pass at 5200 metres hoping for a first glimpse of Everest. Unfortunately there was heavy cloud so we descended the switchbacks to the valley below. After passing through a few villages the clouds began to disperse and the …

Cuba On the Cusp of Change

With the promise of an influx of American tourism and fast developing private business, tour leader Max Wood returns to Cuba and assesses where the country is with the expected acceleration of change. Visit Cuba with Wild Frontiers on a group tour or a tailor made holiday of your own. The last ti…

Exploring Hunza

Tour leader Max Wood recently led our Karakoram Adventure group tour through China, Pakistan and India. Below Max talks about his visit to the Hunza Valley. Five years after a massive landslide blocked the Hunza river at Attabad and formed a 22km long lake, a tunnel (or actually five separate one…

Discovering Qala e Panj in the Wakhan Valley

In Qala e Panj we stayed in the guesthouse owned by the Shah, one of the two or three influential people holding that title in the valley. Tucked away within his private garden we were told that apricots and apples are grown. There is very little fruit in the Afghan Wakhan even in summer and so we w…

Visiting Kret and Baba Tangi

Tour leader Max Wood recently led our Wakhan Pamir Adventure group tour in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Below he talks about visiting the village of Kret, set against the backdrop of impressive Baba Tangi mountain. After Sarhad we retraced our steps west along the valley, this time switching to th…

Exploring Afghanistan's Sarhad e Broghil

Tour leader Max Wood has recently led our Wakhan Pamir Adventure group tour in Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Below he talks about exploring Sarhad e Broghil, a remote village in Afghanistan's Wakhan region. We have finally reached Sarhad y Broghil, the end of the road in the upper Wakhan. We are al…

Riding through the Celestial Mountains

  • 19th August 2015

Tour leader Max checks in after taking to horseback to continue along the Kyrgyzstan Celestial Mountain Action Adventure tour... After over a tough 60 or so miles on mountain bikes, we spent a night in a comfortable hotel in Naryn. The next day we drove out for an hour to meet our horses and hors…

Kyrgystan: Celestial Mountain Action Adventure

  • 18th August 2015

Tour leader Max is just back from our Kyrgystan: Celestial Mountain Action Adventure tour. The helicopter trip to the South Inylchek Glacier from Karkara had certainly been the highlight of the trip so far. On the previous evening to the flight and overnight there had been very strong winds; thes…

Exploring Venezuela

Tour leader Max Wood recently led our recce Colombia & Venezuela: Cartagena to Caracas group tour. Below he talks about exploring Venezuela in the second week of the trip. It’s been quite a journey since our time in Tayrona National Park. A great mix of different climates and environment. La Guaj…

Exploring Cartagena and Tayrona National Park

Tour leader Max Wood is currently leading our recce Colombia & Venezuela: Cartagena to Caracas group tour. Below he talks about the first few days of the trip. We started our trip in the stunning colonial city of Cartagena, which is beautifully preserved and presented. There were a lot of tourist…

Walking in Albania

Tour Leader Max Wood has just returned from leading our Wild Walk in Albania. Since Sunday we’ve travelled south from the capital Tirana to the mountain town and Unesco World Heritage Site of Gjirokaster and we are now in the pleasant provincial town of Përmet in the fertile Vjose valley. Alba…

Relaxing on Dal Lake After a Busy Tour

A relaxing end to a busy tour staying for a few nights on Lake Dal. There may be plenty to see around Srinagar but the relaxing atmosphere of the houseboat under the expert eye of Mustafa, who has been serving guests there for over 30 years, was enough to keep us occupied. The locals drifted past on…

The Karakoram Adventure in Numbers

We have now left Pakistan after a great 12 days. The journey up to Fairy Meadows was memorable to say the least. Our simple huts there afforded wonderful views to Nanga Parbat; the weather was great and literally hundreds of photos were taken. The Karakoram Highway continued south, clinging to the v…

Travelling Along the Karakoram Highway

It’s now been a week since we left Kashgar. A comfortable introduction to China for someone like myself, who is more accustomed to travel in Central Asia. Whilst maybe not holding the atmosphere or attraction it once had, it is still an essential stop for the visitor interesting in completing the ro…

Exploring the Pamir Mountains

Tour leader Max Wood is currently leading our High Pamir Explorer group tour in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We’ve now descended through the heat, dust and beauty of the Wakhan corridor after a week tracing the Eastern Pamirs from Osh. We were blessed with excellent weather during our time at Achik…

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