Japan: beautiful landscapes on all islands with many peaks to climb.
Papua New Guinea: a very special time in your life – due to nature and people. You can go for one day or several days tours, on sea level or in the highlands. And the hihglight of your tour: staying with a clan.
New Zealand: New Zealand is a well-known destination not only for mountaineering and ski touring, but much more for its well organized treks on both islands. Many use day hikes to discover the flora and fauna of this country, but the real challenge are park-crossings of several days.
Southern Africa: endless landscapes, perfect infrastructure and fantastic game.
Albania: beautiful hikes can be combined to multi-day trips through the Albanian Alps and other regions of Albania.
Europe: Alps, Pyrenees & Norway, Bulgaria: the Alps are a great trekking destination – for day hikes or week-long hut-to-hut treks. The hut infrastructure is formidable and except in Switzerland & Norway low budget. The paths and trails are well described and marked
Trekking and travel
All tools and spare parts for trekking & camping: North America, New Zealand, Europe
Basics (camping, shoes & clothing): Russia, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Albania
No or limited supplies: Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Bhutan
North America: permits for all National Parks necessary. Rules are often complex and differ among parks, dependent of the season and length of tour.
Asia: Kyrgizstan, Mongolia, Russia and Tajikistan – you need permits in border regions (speak: Pamir, Altai); Bhutan: your guide will organize everything necessary; Lebanon: hiking through National parks is free of a permit but guides are mandatory.
South America: in Argentina National Parks are free (except Aconcagua), but you can’t use private land! Peru and Colombia: small fee for entering National Parks, but no problem at all to get
Europe: no permits for National Parks required. Terrain is free and even private land can be crossed. Please respect retreat zones for wildlife during winter! Many countries restrict or completely forbid wild camping!
Other countries: New Zealand, South Africa – no permits necessary, but ask before crossing / entering private land! Papua New Guinea: almost every piece of land is attached to a clan. Get permission first! Your guide should be able to arrange this. The best solution is to have a guide from the land-owning clan.
In general: there is nowhere in the world an emergency infrastructure like in the Alps!
All rescues are paid by the rescued, sometimes in cash only. Please think about the possibility of a mountain rescue insurance!
Good emergency infrastructure exist in Canada, USA, New Zealand, Japan. There are emergency crews also in Russia, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, Argentina and Peru, but it takes sometimes days to arrive because of missing transport means and equipment.
Don’t rely on rescue teams in Bhutan, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. You have to help yourself!
Topographic maps: all countries (maybe except Papua New Guinea) have a central institution that issues topographic maps. In some countries you need to get them there as they are not available online (such as in Peru or other South American countries)
Maps for trekking: you will find trekking paths in common topographical maps in North America, New Zealand and Europe. Sometimes, you’ll get tourist maps with trekking routes (such as in South America). There are no special trekking maps for Central Asia, Russia, Papua New Guinea.
Other trekking material: if you have a trekking guide book, trekking routes are mostly included. But still you’ll need a topographic map for proper orientation. For trekking guide books see also our selection at Weit Draussen Back Country Store.
What to bring
Trekking: complete trekking equipment with comfortable boots, big bag pack and trekking poles
Protection: sun glasses, emergency kit (bivvy, sat-phone) first-aid set
Camping: equipment for a night camp – storm-secure tent, well-isolating mat, 3 or 4 season sleeping bag, stove, light and water filter.
Clothing: besides the usual trekking clothes, pack a hardshell (jacket, pants, gloves), merino underwear and a storm mask
Region dependent: expedition food, ice axe, light crampons
Important: propane gas and other goods considered “dangerous” in planes are purchased at the destination!