Hot destinations for 2010

There are well-marked trails, both long and short, for all skill levels.

When? April to October are the best months
Book it: Argeus Tourism & Travel (00 90 384 341 4688; cappadociaexclusive.com) offers a year-round, four-day guided mountain-bike tour of Cappadocia.

* Climbing Mount Ramelau, East Timor: While the situation in East Timor is relatively calm compared with recent periods of political strife, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office still advises against “all but essential travel” to the region. However, interest is slowly picking up again, and predictions are that 2010 will be a fantastic time to explore this land relatively untouched by tourism. Having suspended all trips to East Timor four years ago, Intrepid is re-introducing trips for 2010. The highlight of its itinerary is an ascent of Mount Ramelau — the highest mountain in East Timor — timed so you will reach the summit for sunrise.

When?April to October
Book it: Intrepid (020 3147 7777; intrepidtravel.com) offers a 15-day guided trip.
 
* Frozen river trek, India: In winter the road into the remote Zanskar region of northern India is buried in deep snow, and the only route in is to walk along the frozen Zanskar River. Merchants have walked the route for centuries, but now the first handful of tourists are discovering this unique trek, known as the Chadar. Along the 55-mile journey you can visit villages that are completely divorced from modern life and explore Buddhist monasteries built into cliff walls.
When? January and early February
Book it: Project Himalaya (info@project-himalaya.com; project-himalaya.com) offers a 21-day trip from 1 January 1, 2010)

* Horse riding, Georgia
Georgia has some of the world’s most spectacular mountains as well as very fine horses, making it perfect for a horse adventure. Travelling into the remote Tusheti region, ride through some of the highest villages in Europe, past meadows and snow-capped peaks. You can stay in a 600-year-old defensive tower converted into a guesthouse.

When? June to September
Book it: Wild Frontiers (020 7736 3968; wildfrontiers.co.uk) has a nine-day horse trek departing August7, 2010
The Guardian

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