A Quick Guide to Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge (TLG) is one of China’s most famous multi-day hikes, which takes you through one of the world’s deepest gorges and past Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. We did TLG at a leisurely pace over three days, however you could do this in two days (by combining days one and two). We were expecting TLG to be crowded, however we often had the trailand stunning views to ourselves.

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Shaxi, A Relic of the Ancient Tea Horse Road

Shaxi is an ancient town of the old Tea Horse Road, a collection of old houses and cobblestone streets. Shaxi has retained much of its historic charm and character compared to Yunnan’s other ancient towns. The Tea Horse Road refers to an ancient network of paths connecting Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet to South Asia. It was an important trading route for tea, and for the spread of Buddhism across the region. It is sometimes referred to as the Southern Silk Road.

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Best food in Kota Kinabalu that’s walking distance from your hostel (probably)

KK has an incredible range of delicious food walking distance from most hostels (on Gaya Street or in Kampung Air). Here we bring you our favourite food spots on a backpacker’s budget, which are (probably) walking distance from your hostel.
A quick note: single-use plastics are used excessively at KK’s market stalls. Every time we went to the markets, we brought our own takeaway containers and metal straws. We got a few funny looks from stallholders, but it was worth it to know that my straw wouldn’t end up in the sea. You can buy metal tupperware at the Sunday Gaya Street markets or regular plastic containers from any supermarket, and metal straws from Biru Biru or Nook Cafe.

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Gunung Mulu National Park 

Gunung Mulu National Park is a vast protected area of primary rainforest and cave networks in the interior of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The Park contains one of the largest and longest cave networks in the world, some of which is still being explored. As there is no major road to the Park, the surrounding area is still very remote, with a few villages nearby connected by the river.

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Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp on the Kinabatangan

For our time on the Kinabatangan River, we chose to stay at Tungog Rainforest Eco Camp (TREC), which is run by KOPEL, a community-based eco-tourism cooperative of the Batu Puteh community. KOPEL was established to conserve forests and biodiversity, and to support sustainable local livelihoods and Indigenous knowledge. KOPEL has 209 members from all four of the Batu Puteh villages.

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Down and Out at Boars Head

The craggy outcrop of Boars Head located just a couple of kilometres north of Katoomba hosts a number of quality low to mid grade multi-pitch sport climbing routes that on their own would make for a solid day out. But when you throw in the fact that their approach involves a 4 pitch abseil through a narrow slot in the headland, the day enters into quality micro-adventure territory.

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Snowy Mountain High pt.2: Main Range Meander

Easter may be my favourite time of the year. The weather is warm, the days are long and you’ve got a four day weekend up your sleeve to get out an have a good, hearty adventure.

This year we decided to mix it up and head south to the Snowy Mountains (via the ACT) for some hiking, camping and climbing in the Main Range of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Here’s Part 2 of my long weekend rundown where we saunter off the beaten track and into the Snowy Mountain High Country. For Part 1 click here.

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Snowy Mountain High pt.1: Mt Coree

Easter may be my favourite time of the year. The weather is warm, the days are long and you have a four day weekend up your sleeve to get out an have a good, hearty adventure.

This year we decided to mix it up a bit and head south to the Snowy Mountains (via the ACT) for some hiking, camping and climbing in the Main Range of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Here’s Part 1 of my long weekend rundown where we take a little detour into the ATC for some camping and climbing to break up the journey down south.

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