"With its blue mountains plunging to patches of indigenous fynbos and wrinkly lines of vine-clad trellises, exploring the Winelands inevitably involves crossing a mountain pass. Driving from Stellenbosch to the upmarket town of Franschhoek takes you over the Hellshoogte (‘Hell’s Height’) Pass, which was forged by elephants and later named by weary ox-wagon drivers." Read more from local Cape Winelands travel writer James Bainbridge and see what makes this region the perfect stop off on a Best of South Africa adventure.
European adventure expert Anne Wood take us through a living painting of colors and light on Iceland's Víknaslódir Trail, named one of the "25 Most Beautiful Treks in the World” by National Geographic. Located in the northeast, the Víknaslódir Trail is a path that leads hikers across the peaks and valleys of Iceland’s remote and windswept eastern fjords. Just be sure to check your 5 stars at the door!
Ancients paths, pilgrimage routes, inn-to-inn trails, and cross-country journeys have inspired travelers and explorers for eons. Following courses that have been carved out across dramatic landscapes, you too can experience the thrill of the journey and the many rewards of making it to the end. In fact, we were recently inspired by one of guests who explained her passion for loop treks, which enabled her to go full circle back to the start, but with a new perspective. On our best hikes of a lifetime list, we’ve picked many timeless endeavors, plus a few new trips to watch for 2017. How many have you done?
What happens when the Latin America adventure team is given free rein to come up with a new trip that will knock your socks off? They come back with an epic route through Jeinimeni National Reserve, and create this incredible video, filmed by our Patagonia guides—and featuring Senior Mountain Guide Andres Bozzolo. What started off as an intriguing destination has, for the Mountain Travel Sobek team, become a must-do for 2017. Be prepared to be amazed.
"When you tell people that you’ve just returned from the most luxurious, mind-blowing trip of your life, and that the exotic destination was not Mauritius or the Maldives, but Oman—a small Middle Eastern country bordered by Yemen and Saudi Arabia, just a boat ride away from Iran—they will stare at you blankly, as if waiting for a punch line." Get an insider's look at magical Oman with DuJour Senior Editor Lindsay Silberman, who traveled to Oman with Mountain Travel Sobek.