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.
Lakes, zebras and woven huts East African Rift in Ethiopia
A short photo trip in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains to Bastei, Königsstein and Schrammsteine.
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
Mayan ruins in Palenque, view on the Sumidero Canyon, colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas (Mexico)
White beaches with turquoise sea, grand Mayan ruins, colourful colonial towns and the fascinating cenotes (Mexico).
A day hike combines the impressive rock arch in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains with a boat trip through the Edmundsklamm gorge.
At perhaps the most spectacular waterfalls on earth (Argentina/Brazil)
Colourful canyons, pretty colonial towns and cacti in the triangle between Salta, Cachi and Cafayate (Argentina)
Bizarre rocks and the oldest dinosaurs in the world (Argentina)
The narrow and rocky bays Calanque d’en Vau, Calanque de Port Pin and Calanque de Port-Miou
The perfectly shaped volcano from different angles (Luzon, Philippines)
An explosive volcano near Manila and an island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island in the sea.
Villages, towers, shrines in a remote mountain region in the High Caucasus (Georgia)
The largest lake in the Balkans (Montenegro, Albania)
Mountains in Montenegro
Waterfalls and Antiquity in Croatia
Karstified mountains in Croatia
Karst landscape with lakes and waterfalls in Croatia
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.
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)
Penguins, wrecks and craters — Excursions to Isla Magdalena and along the Strait of Magellan to Pali Aike (Patagonia, Chile)
The Cirquit, a complete circumnavigation of Torres del Paine including the “W”, is the most famous trek in Patagonia (Chile)
A walk on perhaps the most fascinating glacier in the world in Los Glaciales National Park (Patagonia, Argentina)
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 lake district with its green fields, dense rainforests, countless lakes of all sizes and towering volcanoes and mountain peaks is, so to speak, the southern end of civilisation in South America: a little further on, the sparsely populated wilderness of Patagonia begins. I fly to Puerto Montt and drive to the pretty lakeside town … Continue reading “Puerto Varas in the Lake District of Chile”
Chalk cliffs in Jasmund National Park
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
It was about time that I paid a visit to the Canary Islands. After all, Teide is the highest hotspot volcano after Hawaii’s and much quicker to reach… However, there are also a few important differences to Hawaii, for example, a stratovolcano like Teide is not exactly typical of a hotspot, nor are the large … Continue reading “Tenerife”
Valle Gran Rey, Garajonay and Roque de Ojila (Canary Islands, Spain)
Journey to the highest waterfall in the world at the Tepuis of the Gran Sabana, Venezuela
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
Journey on the Amazon: By boat from Tabatinga (Brazil, border with Colombia) to Manaus
The supposedly tallest palm trees in the world and many hummingbirds can be seen in the Valle de Cocora in the Zona Cafetera in Colombia
Pre-Columbian steles in San Augustin (Colombia): grimaces with pointed teeth and magnificent headdresses
Now a bit of jungle, I thought, in the Amboro National Park situated in the Sub-Andes, a fold-and-thrust belt pushed ahead by the Central Andes. So I took a night bus from La Paz towards Santa Cruz, but it didn’t stop in Bellavista, although I had told pretty much everyone on the bus company that … Continue reading “Amboro National Park”
Three high volcanoes and a few lakes in the national parks on the border between Bolivia and Chile
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
Cotopaxi National Park in Ecuador: climb Cotopaxi and hike on Rumiñahui
The most beautiful fjords in Norway: Viewpoints like Preikestolen on the Lysfjord, views of the Geirangerfjord, hikes high above Eidfjord and Nærøyfjord.
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
Multi-day hike through the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
In the White Desert near Farafra, one feels transferred into a painting by Dali. Everywhere you look, wondrously shaped knobs of white chalk lime. With imagination you can find faces, animals, flames, tables and more. You don’t even need imagination to see the mushrooms. Sometimes the ground looks like snowdrifts, which look especially crazy when … Continue reading “White Desert”
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 “crater” Ramon in the Negev Desert in Israel was not formed by a meteorite impact, but by erosion of a fold
At the ancient fortress overlooking the Dead Sea (Israel)
An old village above a gorge, bizarre sandstone cliffs and gnarled juniper trees in southern Jordan
By jeep, camel and on foot through a desert of rocks and sand in the south of Jordan
Fascinating ruins from antiquity in an equally fascinating landscape in Jordan
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”
Hiking in Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park and cave monasteries in Vardzia
A strange royal tomb from antiquity in Anatolia (Turkey)
Fairy-tale volcanic landscape full of old churches (Central Anatolia, Turkey)
On the Ring Road through Iceland, with the trek from Landmannalaugar to Skogarfoss and other hikes
¡Zapata vive! The occupation of the colourful colonial town of San Cristobal de la Casa in Chiapas (Mexico) on 1 January 1994 was the start of the EZLN rebellion. Today, Zapatista dolls and Subcomandante Marcos shirts can be bought on every corner here, because the guerrillas had finally conquered the hearts of the left in … Continue reading “Chiapas…Tikal…Gracias…”
This national park lies in the lowlands, on the fringe of the Ganges plain. From a canoe I see marsh crocodiles and the long-billed gavials, as well as various birds. The jungle walk was less impressive, but at least we saw deer, a king cobra and (through binoculars) a sloth bear trolling in a clearing … Continue reading “Chitwan”
Teahouses and pandas in Chengdu, salt and dinosaurs in Zigong, temples and mountains on Emei Shan and the giant Buddha statue in Leshan (China)
Surreal landscape in Hunan (China)
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)
Jungle in Malaysia
Diving and snorkelling on an island in Malaysia
Cone karst island world in the north of Vietnam
Safari im Ranthambore Nationalpark
A man who comes to Kochin immediately forgets his wife, because of the beauty of the city. So they say. Indeed, there is something about the cosmopolitan flair with a mix of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Jewish and Indian culture. The city, situated on a narrow peninsula, is very green and the best thing is that … Continue reading “Kerala”
Fieldwork for my diploma thesis at the World’s only active carbonatite volcano
More than 2 m of pumice was deposited on the first day of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. The weight caused roofs of buildings to collapse, but people died in the pyroclastic flows (surges) that came down the mountain towards the end of the eruption. A caldera formed during the eruption, and Mt. Somma … Continue reading “Excursion: Volcanism Southern Italy”