Circum-Baikal Railway

June 20, 2017 seenplaces 0

A journey along the Circum-Baikal Railway line is an incomparable cultural, historical, technical and scenic experience. It is one of the most complex railway lines in the world, running for 89 km (56 mi) along a narrow mountain shelf, going through 56 tunnels and galleries and over 248 bridges and […]

Lake Issyk-Kul Trek

June 20, 2017 seenplaces 0

Lake Issyk-Kul, the ‘Pearl of the Tien Shan Mountains’ in northern Kyrgyzstan, is one of the world’s highest (1,610 m/5,280 ft) lakes. Yet despite being fed by the icy water of 118 rivers and streams, and the melt-water of the soaring peaks that surround it, it never freezes, because of […]

Roof of the World Express

June 19, 2017 seenplaces 0

The world’s highest railway line, the ‘Roof of the World Express’ was opened in 2006. It runs for 1,142 km (710 mi) between Lhasa, capital of Tibet and Xining in China, crossing the Tibetan Plateau more than 5 km (3 mi) above sea level. It reaches its highest point at […]

Kanchenjunga Trek

June 19, 2017 seenplaces 0

In remote, north-eastern Nepal, on the borders of Sikkim and Tibet, the magnificent mountain Kanchenjunga rises to the sky. At 8,598 m (28,300 ft), this is the world’s third highest peak, now part of a conservation area. First climbed in 1955, the region was opened to group trekkers 20 years […]

Fly over the Himalayas

June 19, 2017 seenplaces 0

The Himalayan Mountains are the highest in the world. Of the thirty one summits over 7,600 m (25,000 ft), 22 rise in Nepal, including Everest and seven other great giants that are over 8,000 m (26,000 ft). If you have limited time here but still wish to see some of […]

My pictures gallery from Vienna (Part 1): The Hofburg Palace

June 15, 2017 seenplaces 0

Seen-Places’ stories arrive today in Vienna, reunited in a superb album. Thanks to our collaborators, I gathered and put together the most expressive images that capture faithfully the beauties of this city, rightly chosen last year as “the city with the best quality of life”. It is very true, few […]

Snow Lake Trek in Baltistan

June 14, 2017 seenplaces 0

Baltistan , also known as Baltiyul or Little Tibet, is a mountainous region on the border of Pakistan and India in the Karakoram mountains just south of K2 (the world’s second-highest mountain). Its average altitude is over 3,350 metres (10,990 ft). Baltistan borders Gilgit  on the west, Xinjiang (China) in the […]

Hiking the Rice Terraces

June 14, 2017 seenplaces 0

Once you’ve braved the difficulties of reaching the Cordilleras of northern Luzon, it’s imperative to make the most of a very special place. The most striking feature of these mountains is provided by serried ranks of narrow rice terraces that climb the hillsides – now collectively listed as a UNESCO […]