Serra da Estrela: Torre summit from Sabugueiro

A moderately strenuous but very scenic tour taking in the highest point in mainland Portugal, within the Serra da Estrela National Park. Two separate climbs on lightly-trafficked roads culminate in a thrilling descent back to the start.

Mauna Kea – the world’s tallest mountain

At 10,000m from its oceanic base to the peak, Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain. It provides an arduous high-altitude hike over barren volcanic terrain, where the numbers look straightforward but the lack of oxygen adds a considerable challenge. There’s a high chance of experiencing snow in Hawai’i (and an altitude headache!)

Klausenpass from Schwanden to Sisikon

A terrific climb over a well-made Alpine pass, with an enjoyable descent hugging the cliff edge, then continuing along the aquamarine waters of Lake Lucerne. Location & Terrain Nestled in the Glarus Alps, the Klausen Pass rises to 1,948m between Linthal, in the canton of Glarus, and Altdorf, in Uri. The roads are wide and well made,…