Category Archives: Trekking

Trekking in Ergaki National Park

The story goes that during Soviet times mountain-loving Russians headed off to the Pamirs, Kyrgyzstan, or other Central Asian mountains.  Only with the collapse of the Soviet Union did Siberia’s Ergaki National Park start to get popular.  Even today the … Continue reading

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Siberian vacation: my day in a Russian police station

continued from the last post… Özgür and I ended up spending 12 days backpacking in the Altai Mountains (aka Golden Mountains of Altai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site).  My favorite spot was the area called Seven Lakes.  After our rain-forced … Continue reading

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Northern Portugal walk: Vale de Côa, Serra da Estrela, Buçaco

Continuing from my last post… we left Pinhão and the Alto Douro by bus on a slow and very curvy road through (again) endless hills covered with vineyards and schist walls.  Our destination was a UNESCO World Heritage Site (again), … Continue reading

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North Portugal walk: Peneda-Gerês National Park, Guimarães, Alto Douro

For years my Mom has gushed about Peter and Ben, Ana and Esperanza, the core group of Duende Travel.  Duende Travel specializes in walking tours of Western Europe, emphasizing beautiful locations, historical context, excellent local food and wine.  When my … Continue reading

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Likya Yolu segment: Kaleüçağız to İnişdibi

My favorite place to backpack in Turkey is the Kaçkar Mountains.  I’ve backpacked there three times, and there are many other routes I’d like to do.   I’ve also backpacked in Aladağlar a couple times, and in Sarıkamış, Yenice (Karabük), and … Continue reading

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