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How tough should I be for trekking in the Himalaya?

20 Sep , 2017  

Dudh Koshi Valley - view from the traverse between Namche Bazaar and Kyangjuma. The top of Mount Everest visible behind the Nuptse-Lhotse Ridge. Ama Dablam is on the right. Sagarmatha National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Everest Region, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

Walking is just a case of putting one foot in front of the other, as Kev Reynolds says – and mountain trekking is largely a matter of walking. No special skills or equipment are needed, no particular capabilities required: anyone who can walk can trek. On the other hand, Himalayan trekking is not walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Radek Kucharski considers the fitness and preparation required for trekking in the Himalaya.

News / Advice / How To / Reviews, UK, Worldwide

Gear review: Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody

17 May , 2017  

Marmot Ether Driclime Hoody review

Cicerone’s Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn’t well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners.

About an area, International Walks, Worldwide

Where is the Drakensberg? The World Heritage Site you’ve never heard of

26 Apr , 2017  

Go walking in the Drakensberg with a Cicerone guidebook

Somewhere is a land of spectacular natural beauty; a mountain range of huge peaks and crystal-clear streams. But almost nobody has heard of the Drakensberg.

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Trekking in Annapurna – an addictive experience!

1 Mar , 2017  

Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons are obsessed with Annapurna, warning that visitors may find the area addictive. But what’s all the fuss about?

International Treks, Tell Us Your Story, Worldwide

Trekking in Nepal: Dolpo – A Land Behind The Clouds

9 Nov , 2016  

Trekking in nepal - dolpo

Guest blogger Mick postponed his trip to go trekking in Nepal after the terrible earthquakes of last year. However, Nepal is now back open for business.

Behind the Scenes at Cicerone, International Treks, Worldwide

The history of the Jordan Trail

28 Sep , 2016  

Jordan trail

Tony Howard tells us about the fascinating history of the Jordan Trail from the first inklings of an idea to the trail becoming official.

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Nepal Earthquake: One Year On

29 Apr , 2016  

In April 2015 an earthquake devastated large parts of Nepal and killed around 8900 of its citizens. Cicerone author Kev Reynolds reflects on the Nepal Earthquake: one year on.

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Bhutan: Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon

4 Apr , 2016   Gallery

All eyes are on Bhutan now that William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are to visit this little known Himalayan Kingdom in the spring. Isolated from the world until the 1950s and only open to foreigners from 1974, it has retained its rich cultural heritage, making it a fascinating place to visit. So, fancy […]

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A new era begins for Everest trekking guidebook

26 Jan , 2016  

Everest trekking guidebook

Cicerone’s Everest Trekking guidebook is to have a new author, as Kev Reynolds passes on his knowledge and ideas to Radek Kucharski, author of another Cicerone Himalaya guide, Trekking in Ladakh.

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Are you ready to tackle Everest?

8 Jul , 2015  

Everest infographic, cicerone guide

Our friends at Winfields Outdoors have created this brilliant infographic so you can do a quick test to see whether you are ready to tackle Everest.

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News from Nepal – updated May 29th

28 May , 2015  

Blyth Wright

Cicerone Press authors Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons are in Nepal and sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

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News from Nepal – Updated, May 21st.

12 May , 2015  

nepal earthquake news

Updated, May 21st. More news from Nepal. Thanks to Cicerone Press authors Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons for this news.

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News from Nepal – parts 8 & 9

11 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

More news from the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake from Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones.

International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Worldwide

News from Nepal – part 7

11 May , 2015  

Nepal earthquake One year on: Cicerone Press

More news from Nepal. Thanks to Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones for this news.

International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Worldwide

News from Nepal – part 6

11 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is in Nepal and sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

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News from Nepal – part 5

7 May , 2015  

news from nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is in Nepal and sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

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News from Nepal – part 4

7 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is in Nepal sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

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News from Nepal – part 2

7 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones shares her news from Nepal and the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

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News from Nepal – Part 3

7 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is in Nepal and sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals after the earthquake.

International Treks, News / Advice / How To / Reviews, Worldwide

Nepal Earthquake – news from the ground

7 May , 2015  

Nepal Earthquake - news from Nepal

Cicerone Press author Sian Pritchard-Jones is currently in Nepal helping with the aftermath from the devastating earthquake. She is sharing daily updates of the struggles faced by the locals and we will post them here too. Some of it makes for difficult reading but mostly it demonstrates the hope and resilience of those affected and provides an insight beyond what we see in the newspapers.

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Annapurna Trekking Disaster – Our Response

22 Oct , 2014  

Annapurna

Kev Reynolds, Cicerone author and veteran of some 20+ Himalayan expeditions, writes on what the Thorong La is like and his experience of trekking in bad weather in the Himalaya.

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A postcard from Ladakh

5 Mar , 2014  

Ladakh landslide

In amongst this morning’s post was a lovely postcard from Ladakh. In today’s modern world of social media and emails it’s rare to receive something that’s been handwritten and posted, but they still always manage to fill me with excitement.

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Join Kev in Ladakh this year

2 Jan , 2014  

new bridge in Ladakh

Join Cicerone author Kev Reynolds on a breathtaking cultural tour in Ladakh later this year. Kev says “Having led a cultural tour of Ladakh for Mountain Kingdoms in 2012, I’m excited with the prospect of returning to that magical kingdom wedged between the Himalaya and Karakoram, this summer.

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A Walk in the Clouds – 50 years among the mountains by Kev Reynolds

29 Aug , 2013  

50 years among the mountains

One of the latest books to join the Cicerone range is A Walk in the Clouds by Kev Reynolds. This book is a collection of autobiographical short stories spanning a lifetime of mountain travel and adventure.

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From Deepest Africa to the Highest Himalaya

19 Aug , 2013  

On the 16 September ’13 Cicerone authors Siân Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons will be giving a talk in Kirkcaldy called ‘From Deepest Africa to the Highest Himalaya’.

Siân and Bob have for 30 years been organising treks and writing travel guides.

Cycling and Mountain Biking, International Treks, Worldwide

Trekking in Peru

12 Jul , 2013  

Peru's Sacred Valley

With the arrival of the new Cicerone guidebook to Peru, we caught up with our new author, Will Janecek, to find out what got him started writing the guide. Will also gave us a few handy tips on getting the most of your time there.

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A Himalayan Launch Party

7 May , 2013  

Annapurna

The launch of our Annapurna guidebook in Kathmandu

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An Indian Addiction

8 Oct , 2012  

No, not a love letter to a favourite take-away, but an in-depth guide to eight remote and challenging treks in the Ladakh region of the Himalayas, India.

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Trekking Annapurna brand new Cicerone guide coming

21 Dec , 2011  

Back from their Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal, the authors of the forthcoming completely new edition of Cicerone’s Annapurna guidebook are pleased to report that the Annapurna Circuit is alive and kicking! Sadly, the common perception of this trek is that the second half has been ruined by the construction of a new road from Pokhara to Jomsom, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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Winter trips Moroccan High Atlas Mountains

8 Dec , 2011  

The High Atlas

As a complement to his book, Mountaineering in the Moroccan High Atlas, Cicerone author Des Clark is organising a number of trips there this winter.

These peaks offer some of the best winter mountaineering experiences in the whole of the High Atlas.