Blogging from the Wild

Two Feet

Two Feet. It’s not far. The distance between your eyes and the screen you’re reading this is probably less. Two feet or 610mm is the distance between the rails, that is the gauge, of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, also known as the DHR.

The Road to Shimshal

“In the Bradt guidebook they said that the real Shangri-la might actually be the Hunza valley.  But I think the people who wrote that hadn’t visited Shimshal,” said Mike Smith as we drove up the rough track to the village. I prefer to travel far from the beaten track and Shimshal is certainly…

So much more to Bhutan...

Just before taking off from Bhutan to Delhi, to part ways with the group he has been leading, Spike Reid realised there was so much more about Bhutan that he'd missed in his first blog. He jots them down, with a stunning array of high Himalaya stretching off into the distance, outside the plane. …

22 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Kingdom of Bhutan

Spike is currently leading our Christmas in Bhutan tour and reports back on some of the surprises they have found in the Himalayan kingdom. The country’s pursuit of Gross National Happiness instead of GDP, and the complete ban on tobacco sales have been widely publicised, but there are many more …

Exploring Albania

Tour leader Spike has just returned from leading our Walking in Albania: In the Footsteps of Lord Byron group tour. Below Spike talks about visiting Gjirokastër, walking in Këlcyrë Gorge and camping on the mountainside. On the first day of the trip we headed down from the capital to Gjirokastër. …

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