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Stefan
Stefan Hello Marcia. im new to this whole backpacking and traveling the world. but i am very interested in this sort of trip. I live in ca and i have family in thailand where i "plan" to start my trip for 2012. recently just turned 21 and im waiting to see what the world and other cultures have to offer.
Todd
Todd Good luck Stefan. You'll love Thailand. Make sure you go up north too. We just spent 3 months there and had a blast. Nothing more fun that riding motorbikes up into the hills and through small towns seeing elephants and tribespeople.
3 years ago
mgylfa
mgylfa Hey! Im planning a pretty similar trip to yours, although I dont plan on going to Australia. I am a solo traveller looking for companion so meeting up with some people in southeast asia would fantastic. When do you think you'll be there? March-april?
Maxime366
Maxime366 Hi! Yes, I plan on being in southeast asia starting in early March. Hoping to go to Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Phillipinnes and maybe Cambodia. Also thinking about settling down somewhere for a month of two (leaning towards Bali). What are your plans so far? Let me know if your thinking about going there around that time period
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey, I'd suggest settling down in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Super cheap, very easy to get things done, and lots of longer term travellers to catch up with. That said, I've never been to Bali. Hope it all goes well. :)
3 years ago
brigitta

brigitta Personally Asia is my dream, but I also think that Europe would be the way to start out, just to get used to the traveling and it would be easier to get intermittent jobs. I'm planning on traveling as soon as possible, next year would be great, so I have some time to save up. But really if someone said "hey we're hiking out of utah today with nothing more than a backpack full of supplies and a map", I'd be like "HECK YEAH!" and join them in a heartbeat! :D So I've fairly flexible. One thing though...I kinda wanna bring my dog, for safety and for awesomeness! But that does provide some restrictions, so he can stay with the fam if I decide not to try. (But it would be wicked fun!) I don't really have anyone to add to the group, most of my friends are in college or the army, so there isn't much time for out of country experiences. How long would you want to travel for?

brigitta
brigitta ...So *I'm* fairly flexible....lol!
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hey Brigitta, I think you'll regret talking the dog. We have a cat with us now and it was pretty difficult to find accommodation. It's certainly available, but you end up paying more and spending 10x more time. We just came from Asia and highly recommend it because it's so much cheaper and the weather is generally a lot better, so you can travel really lightly. In Berlin right now, and it's nice too, but Asia can really be a blast. All the best, todd
3 years ago
MOUNTAIN DEW
MOUNTAIN DEW if u people plan of india and want to see the best of the world i.e himalayas i welcome you to visit me and i'll take care that it's the best trip u ever had in ur life...
3 years ago
brigitta
brigitta Aye Aye, I'll leave Henry home. Poor puppy.
3 years ago
USAFM6
USAFM6 Are you folks still considering this trip? I've been researching this for about a month and found your trip on Globetrooper today. Here's a link to the company I was considering for the trip: http://www.climbingkilimanjaro.com/mount-kilimanjaro-2012.php
Trip | kilimanjaro 2012
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3 years ago
Todd
Todd Also check out Team Kilimanjaro if you're looking for comparisons. We used them a few years ago and have a great time.
3 years ago
bellinasia
bellinasia Hi Kazzy, I intend to spend a couple of weeks in Goa this October (I'm based in Mumbai at the moment) Get in touch if you fancy meeting up.
Trip | India
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3 years ago
Todd
Todd Here's Kazzy's reply (Kazzy: you accidentally replied to the email instad of posting here). ---- Hello, Thanks so much for getting in touch and sorry for the slow reply! I'm doing a trip with STA Travel for a month and it finishes in Kerala on 23rd November this year. I'm then staying in India and I'm going to make my own way to Goa - would you be around in November? I'm 26, English, I live in London and I'l be travelling alone, I've never used Globe Trotter before so it's a bit confused to me! ( I couldn't see your name!) Thanks for you message. Kaz x
3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren Wow you've done your research on Germany! It sounds like a great trip you have planned. Todd and I (founders of Globetrooper) will be living in Berlin then, so it would be great to meet up for a coffee or beer if you're coming through :)
Todd
Todd Hey Marie, we're planning to do oktober fest too. Arriving in Berlin around the 12th of Sept and will be there for 3 months. Maybe we'll see you there.
3 years ago
marietheant
marietheant Hi Lauren and Todd, nice to hear from you :) Yup I will be at Oktoberfest on the 18th - gonna catch the parade! I am so excited. Unfortunately I do not have time to visit Berlin, as after the Oktoberfest I will move on to the Romantic Road, Fairy Tale Road (gonna stay in the castle at Sababurg!) and Black Forest for 2 days. I will be at Wombats City Hostel for 3 nights starting from the 17th. Not sure if you´d be around that area though. If we manage to bump into each other, then thats great. If not, anyways cheers to a good time :)
3 years ago
RheaM
RheaM I'm in! Will do Kilimanjaro next summer, then wanna do North or South America before Everest so it all fits in :)
Todd
Todd You'll love Kili; it's a fun climb, though still challenging. Good luck :)
3 years ago
Alice
Alice I just did Kili and would like to do Aconcauga in Argentyna‏. in 2012. Anyone who is planing to climb Aconcauga?
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Hey Alice, I did Kili this year too and am pretty keen to move to the next step. However Aconcauga is a big next step with about an extra 1000m of acclimtisation to deal with over Kili. I have read a few report that Mt McKinley at 6,198 metres which i almost on your back door step is (weather permitting) supposed to be the next natural progression either that or Elbrus in Russia. I'm pretty keen for someone with experience on all 3 for any advice if they have any.
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Good lord my spelling and grammar at 8:30am is quite disappointing.
3 years ago
Todd

Todd Hey Alice/Lee, we've also done Kili and were looking to do Aconcagua. From all reports, Elbrus is much less technical than Aconcagua and Denali, but it's in Russia and it's only a short expedition. I believe a ski lift (or cable car) takes you most of the way up.

Aconcagua is also less technical than the easiest route on Denali. So while it's much higher, I think it's not as challenging. We planned on doing Aconcagua last January, but the required gear stopped us. We are travelling long-term with very small bags, so we basically need to hire and purchase lots of gear. In particular, climbers need plastic boots (or equivalent) for Aconcagua. They're good for nothing else.

I had pretty serious boots for Kili but at least I could use them on other tough treks and in the snow. The boots needed for Aconcagua are only useful for high-altitude climbs or in Arctic conditions. So without anywhere to store all the gear (and the cost of hiring gear), we postponed Aconcagua.

All that said, we may be moving to Chile in December (for other reasons), so that would put us a couple of hours from Aconcagua for much of 2012. Would love to hear how you guys progress with plans.

As an in between climb, there's also Mont Blanc, which is the tallest peak in Europe. It's not included in the 7summits because Elbrus is on the European side of the tectonic plate that divides Russia. I wrote all about the 7summits here: http://globetrooper.com/notes/secretly-enamoured-with-the-seven-summits/

3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert If any of you are planning trips for Aconcagua or Denali and need another I am totally in. Both of those are on my to do list before Everest. I will totally be up for Everest in 2013. Island Peak and Ama Dablam would be sweet to knock off to. I have heard Base camp of Elbrus is just shit, contaminated with feces, and many other problems. Much rather pick Denali or Aconcagua over that one, if I had to decide right now.
3 years ago
Lee_Y

Lee_Y Hmm like this forum seems to be a lot of helpful people.

I can understand peoples concerns on Elbrus, but Russia is not too far from the UK and would be good a experience of climbing in snow without the technical requirements that are needed of Mt Blanc before I attempt anything like Denali. Of course I wouldn’t use the cable car if it is possible.

I’m trying ice climbing this year for the first time in Scotland and will probably practice each year, along with the bouldering I already do. Eventually I’ll have built up enough skill on confidence to do Mt Blanc on other more technical climbs.

The way I see it these things aren't meant to be rushed unless your are a millionaire that is also a super athlete and I happen to be neither.

After I did the Everest base camp trek 3 years ago I always knew I would come back to Nepal several times in my life and if at one point I had gathered enough experience and fitness to climb the worlds tallest mountain I’d go for it. In the meantime, I’m still young and I’ve decided to climb a mountain and run a marathon each year of my life and work my way towards going higher and faster but there's no rush.

I reached the summit of Kili in 3 days and was back in my hotel on the 4th day so I know I’m fit but I know how much harder and colder those extra 1000m are going to be. Just read this blog which I enjoyed: http://7summits.com/aconcagua/tripreportsth1.php that is worth a look. If anyone knows of any mountains worth looking at that would be around 6400-6700m I love to hear of them. If I speak to someone who has a lot of experience who thinks I could do it, I’d give it a go next year. Otherwise its unlikely.

Todd good luck with your future possible moves, hope everything works out.

3 years ago
Lauren
Lauren I am down for Aconcagua or Denali. Both really appeal to me, but I would need a bit of time to train and get all the necessary gear. What time frame are we looking at for next year? Aconcagua season is Dec-Feb I think, and Denali would be Summer (June-Aug).
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Gasherbrum-V is a 6900m mountain in Pakistan. Though you'll be walking past a few 8000ers including K2 to get to it, so that might be depressing. Trango towers would be a good one to if your at all into Alpine rock climbing. Shivling in India is pretty striking to. Maybe Even Mt Logan here in Canada. It is shy of your altitude, but it is sure to test your endurance as it is quite the hike to the mountain. I am pretty sure it is the largest mountain in the world in area to. You are correct about the seasons for both mountains Lauren. I'm from Canada to and might be down for Aconcagua for sure next year.
3 years ago
Lee_Y
Lee_Y Cheers Jebbert ill give them a look over!
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert Siula Grande in Peru home of the Touching the Void story with Joe Simpson is another one that falls into your search criteria. I am fairly certain the South face is still unclimbed if your looking for a monumental challenge. I think the North Ridge is the easy route on that mountain. There are a quite a few in South America. Illampu in Bolivia has a hard normal route compared to others in Bolivia. Huascaran in Peru also comes to mind. There are a allot of nice ones that fall short of that altitude but a much more technically demanding.
3 years ago
Andy Sparks

Andy Sparks Lee_Y, for 6400 to 6700m peaks, I'd suggest looking in Bolivia and Peru. I have a friend who climbed Sajama and Huascaran this summer and Chopicalqui last summer. He had great experiences on both trips. There seem to be a lot of great objectives in the Cordillera Blanca (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-blanca-range/mountains-rocks/p-152467) and the Cordillera Real (http://www.summitpost.org/cordillera-real-bolivia/mountains-rocks/p-319611). If it has to be over 6400m, then some in Peru and Bolivia that qualify are: Huascaran (over 6700m), Sajama, Illimani, and Ancohuma. If you are willing to extend the search down to 6300m, then Chopicalqui, Illampu, Parinacota, and Chimborazo in Ecuador may be good options. I climbed Chimborazo last January it was a good experience but not my favourite mountain. I thought Cotopaxi was nicer, but it is under 6000m. I've climbed Aconcagua and Denali, both good mountains, but crowded because of their 7 summits status. I’ve been to Logan in the Yukon, which is a big mountain that feels remote.

3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey What sort of month are you expecting to go to Thailand, Australia? Because I can alter the dates to august that would probably be a better time for me to go. And starting from Canada could be good for me as I have a friend that has gone on a 6 month visit to Canada. I'm open to suggestions and Mexico would be good to see to. Just at some point of the trip I'd like to head to Australia and Thailand. What do you think
chowitzer

chowitzer Australia and especially Thailand are high up on my list of places I'd like to see but as I'm planning to travel slowly from west to east those destinations will probably be nearer the end of my trip, and since I've never embarked on anything this large before I'm still not entirely sure how long that will take me. I can say that after I am in South America (I will have family business to attend to in Chile in December) I will be looking to cross the ocean toward Africa then north through Europe before staying for a short while in England (I've family there as well). I'll use England as sort of a "home-base" to plan my path eastward which will eventually culminate in getting to the East Indies and SE Asia and Oceania. Your thoughts?

3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey Hi sorry long reply let me give you my ail address that would probably be easier to message as I check that on a regular basis it's marciaweston@hotmail.com
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Marcia, we're in Chiang Mai in Thailand now, highly recommend it. Super cheap, lots of longer-term travelers to catch up with, and a nice base to ride up North into the hills.
3 years ago
Marcia stacey
Marcia stacey Hi Todd that sounds amazing I'm so jealous I want to be out there now.
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Mike, just curious how many people you're looking for. And are you a tour operator? If so, do you have a website we can feature on our Facebook page?
mike866
mike866 Hi Todd. Sorry for slow response. Didn't even notice the comment until now. The trip is full now; we have 11 of us heading to Kamchatka in a couple weeks. I'm not a tour operator per se, but I recently started an agency that specializes in organizing adventure travel for clients. My website is www.offtrailtravel.com. I may offer more of my own tours in the future, depending on how the Kamchatka trip goes.
3 years ago
Todd
Todd Bemmer, we're in Thailand now. Will be here for a few months. If you haven't already been, you'll love it. Super cheap, great food, nice people, lots to do, etc. $1500 is more than plenty here. It costs $150 for a room for a month with a/c, tv, etc. Give us a yell if you're coming and we can catch up.
Trip | Thailand
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4 years ago
bemmer65
bemmer65 Thanks Todd! I'd heard about $30-$50 a night for a nice hotel/resort but $150 a month?! I'll definitely catch up with you before I head over. I've done ZERO planning so far.
4 years ago
Todd
Todd We're in Chiang Mai. Internet speed here is about 5Mbps in most places, which is very fast for SE Asia. Send me a msg if you get up to CM, there a are lots of travelers here and we often get together for dinner or drinks or whatever.
3 years ago
bemmer65
bemmer65 Hi Todd, I'm leaving in about 10 days! Still no plans about where we're heading once we arrive. We'll spend a couple days in Bangkok and then I think just check the weather and head where it's best. Where are you at right now?
3 years ago
Todd
Todd We're currently in Laos, but heading back to Chiang Mai in a few days. If you end up going North, let me know :)
3 years ago
Eager
Eager I am sorry to barge in, but where do u get a room like this for 150$ a months(seriously)? I am visiting Thailand this fall and I can really use some advice..
3 years ago
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