What a weather. Anyone who has spent this July in the Alps can tell you a thing or two about it: It rains, rains, rains. Instead of hiking and climbing mountains every day, I end up spending most of my time waiting for better weather. And the weather forecast turns out to be completely useless: … Continue reading “Rainy summer in the Eastern Alps”
The scramble over the ridge of the Watzmann is probably the most beautiful mountain tour in Germany.
My walks through the Triglav National Park in the Julian Alps in Slovenia led to impressive views of rugged limestone mountains and small mountain lakes and along the beautiful mountain river Soča.
Hike across the island on one of the most beautiful treks in Europe through the wild mountains of Corsica.
Hiking through a small but fine high mountain range from Poland to Slovakia: In 3 days past the lake Morskie Oko, over the via ferrata Orla Perć and to the peaks Rysy and Kôprovský štít.
On the third highest mountain in Mexico with a magnificent view of Popocatépetl
Traverse of the crest of the fourth-highest mountain in Mexico with a view of two crater lakes
At the highest mountain in the Andes (Argentina) — and the highest outside Asia.
On the Sentier Martel through the “Grand Canyon of the Alps”, one of the deepest and most beautiful gorges in Europe (France)
The perfectly shaped volcano from different angles (Luzon, Philippines)
The notorious volcano is a restricted military area
Four days trekking in Svaneti (Greater Caucasus, Georgia)
Villages, towers, shrines in a remote mountain region in the High Caucasus (Georgia)
Hike in the Mountains of Montenegro
The “Fjord” of the Balkans in Montenegro: Hikes and Old Towns
Mountains in Montenegro
Karstified mountains in Croatia
Many of the deep lakes in the Alps are known to fill valleys that were once carved out by the glaciers of the ice ages. However, this is not the case with the lakes in the Southern Alps. Where Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore are located today, there were already deep … Continue reading “Lake Como”
Hiking in the mountains of Scotland
Trek over the passes Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La to Everest Basecamp, and to vantage points such as Gokyo Ri, Ngozumba Tse, Kala Patthar and Chhukhung Ri.
The Langtang Valley, in the mountain range closest to Kathmandu, is the destination of this popular trek in Nepal. Vantage points such as Tsergo Ri, Kyanjin Ri and Morimoto Base Camp are worthwhile, with views of large glaciers and some six-thousand-metre peaks. A side trip leads to the Gosainkund mountain lakes.
5-day hike in Switzerland: Kandersteg via Oeschinensee, Blümlisalphütte, Sefinafurgga to Mürren (cable car); Kleine Scheidegg, Eigertrek, Grindelwald (cable car), First to Schynige Platte
The most famous mountain on the Carretera Austral in the remote south of Chile looks like a fairy-tale castle; on a hike there are mountain lakes and viewpoints to discover
Lonely wilderness, Patagonia as you imagine it: The scarcely visited national park in Argentina offers impressive views and solitude and the third highest mountain in Patagonia towers above the steppe as a wall of ice and rock
Hikes at the “End of the World”: Views, bays and bogs in Tierra del Fuego National Park (Tierra del Fuego, Argentina)
The Cirquit, a complete circumnavigation of Torres del Paine including the “W”, is the most famous trek in Patagonia (Chile)
Hunting for the best light at the most beautiful vantage points at the foot of the famous granite mountains in Patagonia (Argentina)
Hikes in the hinterland of the “Argentinian Saint Moritz” (Nahuel Huapi Traverse and Cirquito Chico)
Hikes through rustic forests, up to the snow-covered Sierra Nevada past araucaria, views of lakes and the Llaima volcano, and finally an ascent of Llaima itself.
A view into the crater of Villarrica and a hike to lakes and araucaria (lake district in Patagonia, Chile)
Tracing the latest volcanic eruption in Chile
The Brenta, the continuation of the Dolomites beyond the Adige Valley, is famous for the via ferrata that leads across it: the Sentiero Bocchette. However the summits are consistently bypassed, but it is a beautifully exposed path, from hut to hut over rocky ledges and up and down ladders. It consists of several sections, each … Continue reading “Brenta: Via Ferrata Sentiero Bocchette”
The GR 131 hiking trail on La Palma combines the Ruta de los Volcanes with the Ruta de la Cresteria for a four-day hike, an island crossing that is scenically and geologically spectacular (Canary Islands, Spain)
The most beautiful way to climb Teide is to traverse Montaña Blanca, Teide and Pico Viejo with an overnight stay at the Refugio de Altavista
Hike into the “Lost World” of the Roraima Tepui: a table mountain on the Gran Sabana in Venezuela, with bizarre rock formations, endemic species and a lot of rainfall
Hike to the most beautiful folds of the Alps, which not only gives insights into the geology of the mountains (folds, overthrusts, nappes), but also beautiful views of the mountains.
Trekking around the Mont Blanc massif: the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is justifiably one of the best-known treks in the Alps.
Short geological excursion in Switzerland
Jeep tour (with an annoying group) through spectacular scenery: from Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) via Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde to San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) with ascent of the Licancabur volcano.
Mountaineering in Bolivia: Climbing Illimani (6438 m) in the Cordillera Real
Three high volcanoes and a few lakes in the national parks on the border between Bolivia and Chile
Climbing Huayna Potosi (6088 m) in the Cordillera Real in Bolivia: a relatively easy 6000 m peak with the best view
Climbing Nevado Pisco (5752 m), a spectacular panoramic mountain in the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru
Trekking in the Cordillera Blanca in Peru: In 10 days around Alpamayo and its beautiful neighbours
Coloured mountain lakes, glistening glaciers, in 10 days around the spectacular Cordillera Huayhuash in northern Peru
Three days hiking on the north side of Chimborazo (Ecuador)
Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador: climb Cotopaxi and hike on Rumiñahui
Hike to Storronden in Rondane National Park and a trek over the Besseggen Ridge and across Jotunheimen National Park to the Fannaråken hut (Norway).
Trek across the inaccessible Sarek National Park in the heart of Lapland, Sweden
Trip to Lofoten, islands in Norway with rugged mountains, fjords and fishing villages — hikes to viewpoints and mountain peaks
Deep blue water full of coral reefs, with reddish granite mountains towering behind. So beautiful that this is the third time I’ve come to this coast. In places, the granite rocks are criss-crossed by swarms of black dykes like a zebra pattern. Nuweiba is almost deserted, the camps and restaurants are empty and the few … Continue reading “Sinai”
The Pontic Mountains, which stretch along the coast in the north of Turkey, have their highest heights just before Georgia, before turning into the Lesser Caucasus. The Kaçkar Mountains are also called the Pontic Alps; dark, rocky crests, needles of granite, blue cirque lakes, boulder fields. I could imagine that this is what the Silvretta … Continue reading “Trekking Mount Kaçkar”
Wild mountain villages in Georgia: Cycling from Mestia to the defence towers in Ushguli and a hike to the Coruldi Ridge with a view of Ushba
At the toe of the Kazbek in the High Caucasus
Hiking through the High Caucasus in Azerbaijan: rustic mountain villages and cloud-covered mountains
Climbing Iran’s highest mountain, the volcano Damavand (5670 m), and what unexpected surprises it can hold.
Trek (3 weeks) around the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna Cirquit) and up to Annapurna Base Camp (Nepal)
From Lhasa to Kathmandu — in one week by jeep, via Gyantse, Shigatse and Everest Base Camp
A trek in Tibet from Ganden Monastery to Samye Monastery: over two high passes in 4 days
Lake Nam Tso is exactly what you imagine Tibet to be
Volcanoes in the East of Java: Views into the Tengger Caldera with the steaming Bromo and ascent of the active Semeru with up-close ash eruptions
On the volcano with active lava dome (Java, Indonesia)
From Hanoi over mountain roads to Sapa in the northwest of Vietnam
The rocks of the Zermatt-Saas zone are an ophiolite, i.e. originally oceanic lithosphere (of the Penninic Ocean, the deep-sea basin of the Alpine Tethys). However, the unit is highly deformed, so that the normal sequence of serpentinite (mantle), gabbro, basalt and sediments cannot be found in one piece. Furthermore, they were metamorphosed (eclogite facies, retrograde … Continue reading “Zermatt-Saas Ophiolite (excursion)”
Fieldwork for my diploma thesis at the World’s only active carbonatite volcano