Last polar challenge, fashion & innovation in adventure travel…

Weekly round-up of adventure travel and tourism news for January 7-13, 2013 

January 7, 2013 

Coldest Journey to start in March 2013

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, “the world’s greatest living explorer”, planned to cross Antarctica during winter 2013, the last polar challenge left. The 68 year old seasoned explorer would use SA Agulhas for the adventure. The six-month-long Coldest Journey would begin on March 21, 2013. The 6-member expedition is not only aiming to make a record but also has other goals, including climate change research and raising $10 million for a blindness curing initiative, “Seeing is Believing”.

Bally Everest Anniversary Event

London Collections: Men hosted Bally Everest Anniversary Event.  Bally, the Swiss designer, displayed gear for explorers on Bedford Square, London to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first climb of Mount Everest. The products included Bally Reindeer Himalaya boots.

Glaciers are likely to melt irrespective of temperature change

Rupper, Summer et al. 2012. Sensitivity and response of Bhutanese glaciers to atmospheric warming. Geophysical Research Letters. 

This research report concluded that glaciers in the Bhutanese Himalaya would melt even if the temperature does not change. Read the full report. 

January 8, 2013 

Backwoods acquires Neptune

Backwoods acquired Neptune Mountaineering on December 31, 2012. Neptune, located in Colorado, is a mountain shop. Backwoods, based in Austin, U.S.A., operates outdoor apparel and gear stores. Both are family run businesses set up in 1973.

Recent catastrophic bushfires in Tasmania, Australia may affect the activity tourism. 

January 9, 2013 

Visa-on-arrival for senior citizens

Visa-on-arrival for senior citizens may be introduced on January 15, 2013 to simplify travel between Pakistan and India.  The Pakistani senior citizens may obtain the visa from the Attari Integrated Check Post in Punjab. However, they cannot stay in Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and prohibited areas of Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and other states.  

January 11, 2013

Riptours: an inventory of adventure tours from around the world

Riptours, a travel search engine launched in 2012, focuses on adventure tours covering seven continents. The website also features adventure travel articles and guides. You can search the 2,187 adventure tours by activity or destination and book the tours online.

January 12, 2013 

Pakyong airport may complete by December 2013

Airport Authority of India (AAI) is building a Greenfield airport in Pakyong, Sikkim. Pakyong is about 35 kilometers from Gangtok, the state capital. The airport is likely to become operational by the end of this year.

January 13, 2013 

NTB organizes road shows in South India

Nepal Tourism Board (N.T.B.) organized road shows in South Indian cities, including Madurai and Trichy, as a part of Nepal Sales Mission 2013. The board is planning an Indo-Nepal Travel Mart that will happen in Lumbini, Nepal during Jan 15-16.

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