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Sunday, the 12 August 2018
We couldn't go hiking with Jonas in Nepal, but we will cycle/hike somewhere else with him. We are back in Germany since 21st July and looking forward to a new everyday life in Dresden. We are going to cycle and hike a bit in Germany before Frieder starts to study again and Elisabeth gets a new job.

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Tags: hiking

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How dangerous is the Dolphatan hunting reserve? There are leopards and bears in the mountains. But are they the most dangerous animal you can meet?

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There are not many regions you are aloud to go trekking without a guide in Nepal. Usually you share your track with people and guides who have both no idea about the outdoors and alpine terrain alike. That's why we are choosing routes of the tourist tracks. We started to walk in Darbang and crossed to now the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve and have seen no Tourist at all (June 2018). We continue our track on more busy tracks (with locals) to Jumla. There we pick up Jonas and make our way back via high passes of 4500m plus to some road end west of Dhorpatan.

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The first part gives information about the difficulty of the track, transport to Langtang as well as the pricing.
The second part will show the nature, track and accommodation on the track.
About the permits: In 2018 you need a entry permit for $33 and a TIMS card for $20. The official use for TIMS is your safety. They say its needed in case of natural desasters to organise rescue and search.

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We own you an explanation why We Cycle Asia is not cycling anymore.

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We were hiking over the Zit Saddle during Easter 2018. Which is part of this route: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/kokatahi-river-whitcombe-river-area/things-to-do/tracks/toaroha-zit-saddle-kokatahi-lathrop-saddle-styx-river-route/

This was the most difficult track we tried in New Zealand, as the Saddle itself is only slightly marked and difficult to pass over in misty conditions, we had on our first crossing. On our way back out, the navigation in sunshine was quite easy.
The track is in the Kokatahi Valley a bit overgrown, but we did not attempt to follow the track deeper in, as our supplies were quite low for the long distance left to complete the route. Prior experience in New Zealand is trekking is needed, before attempting this track. You should be familiar with the thick undergrowth and alpine srup, as well as with the unpredictable weather of the islands. Also you must be familiar with mutual support method for river crossings and you need a personal locator beacon.

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I wrote an Email to the European Commission to address the poor visa conditions for incoming visitors to schengen.

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A two days tour from Avalanche Peak to Crow Hut and out. The track is for us advanced, even so DOC rates the track as Expert unmarked. Please, if you have not done any other advanced track in New Zealand before, do not attemp to start with this one.

There is a steep gravel descend to manage and there are now snow poles behind Avalanche Peak. We could follow the track easily, but not everybody we met on other tracks could do it so as well.

MUSIC
https://youtu.be/cRYOpIlfwKU
https://youtu.be/SiLFvLKufpk
From peakfiddler

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We looked for a place to sleep next to Queenstown. Nowadays even the DOC campsites are scenic and rediclous expansive. So we walked 45 minutes to the Basic hut called Sam Summers Hut and camped next to it. Camping on the track is not allowed, but next to a 1-3 bunk hut things must be different.

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Wir haben für das Lied Heim und Herd von Übermutter ein Musik Video produziert. Der Ort ist Whoolshed Creek Hut auf dem Mt Somers Wanderweg in Neuseeland.

We produced a music video for Heim und Herd from Übermutter. The location is the Whoolshed Creek Hut on Mt Somers track in Canterbury New Zealand.

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Walking the Routebourn from the Routebourn Shelter to Conical Peak took us 8 hours 30 return.

Music under the Creativ Commons:
YouTube 1
YouTube 2

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We kayaked three days in the Able Tasman National in march 2018. We had two short days of 3 hours inside the kayak and plenty of time on the beaches. First night we slept at Anchorage Bay Campsite. The second night in Mosquito Bay. The kayaking times from the department of conversation are very generous - even untrained we have been faster.

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We kayaked three days in the Able Tasman National in march 2018. We had two short days of 3 hours inside the kayak and plenty of time on the beaches. First night we slept at Anchorage Bay Campsite. The second night in Mosquito Bay. The kayaking times from the department of conversation are very generous - even untrained we have been faster.

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We planned a 6 days trip from the the North to the South of the Kamai-Mamaku Forest Park. The intermediate and expected rain on our third day turned out to flood the streams seriously and forced us to turn back.

The tracks in the North Kamai-Mamaku Forest Park are generally intermediate but due to many river and streams crossings the track becomes quickly difficult during and after rain.

The official track information: DOC

The music: Youtube Youtube

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Here we list all our overnight and multi day tramps in New Zealand.

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We took our Velomo Stufentandem on our border crossing from Azerbaijan to Iran.

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Two days ago we bought a car at a car fair. Today was our first day of riding the car further then to the city centre of Auckland and it broke down.

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The noise of the road starts already with sunrise, even so we pulled the bicycle up a hiking path for 100 metre, next to the Charloos mountain road in Iran.

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Always take a thermal mat, which is warm enough for your needs. This video shows, how we upgraded our thermal mats, when it was getting colder and we had no other choice.

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Ali from couchsurfing Isphahan connected us to the ZDF team. They are working on a documentary about tourism in Iran. Our cycle tour with the Velomo Stufentandem (like a Hase Pino tandem) was also an interesting feature for their story, especially because we met a lot of people in Iran.

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We came by ferry to Batumi, crossed the Gjedirzki Pass and went to Tbilisi.

Sometimes you just want to jump back to the last save point. When you lose something, you want to undo the action, which has been the reason for the lost. But in real life you can t go back.

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Our tour started in the Kazbegi region in the Georgian Caucassus. We spend the first two days in the Truso valley. The next part started in Juta. We crossed the Chaukie pass in two days and continued the trekking tour via another mountains to Barisakho. This video features great views in the Georgian mountains as well as some travel tips to follow our steps.

Our main source of information about trekking in Georgia was: caucasus-trekking.com

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Wir sprechen mit Astrit Ibro über das Deutsche Programm von Radio Tirana und über die albanische Geschichte.

Das deutsche Programm kann im Internet als Podcast gehört werden unter: www.wwdxc.de/tirana/

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We speak about our time in Tirana and the cycle tour to Ohrid. It includes Albanian road quality and how to fit a Stufentandem into a bus.

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In this video we introduce our tour.

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Sometimes you just see a guy and can't stop wondering. Who is this beautiful hot guy? Does it feel different to touch him? Read this story to find out how I got a new boyfriend.
The question is: who is this mysterious stranger?

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We didn't plan to stay in Gršćica, but it was really nice there. A couple invited us to stay at their home.
Thank you again for that.

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Winter is coming. So we decided to take a bus from Ohrid to Sofia, because we wanted to get a ferry to Georgia. It will be cold soon, so we had to hurry up a bit to reach the warmer countries in some months.

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We were used to pass borders in a fly taking over all cars waiting there. This time we had some chance to learn lessons for the middle east.

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In the train from Munich to Villach there was an other cyclist, who wanted to cycle from Villach through Slovenia. He asked us, where we are going to sleep in Croatia, because there are high fines for wild camping in Croatia. I told him, that we have read, that wild camping is forbidden in Croatia, but that some persons made the experience, that no one punishes you, when they find you. Actually I don’t know yet how the police or people would react, if they find us wild camping. Hopefully everything will go well.

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We decided to go by train to Croatia, because it was already August when we started our tour. As you may could imagine going by train isn't easy with a bit tandem. Click on 'Read more' to find out, how to get in every train with a tandem.

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I looked forward to reach Albania - it is a milestone for me on our travel. It is the first time I feel far away from home. I thought the country would be strange and different - it is even to the Ukraine.

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Where is the best place to sleep, when it's afternoon and you have to walk up 900 meters high?

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Border crossing from Croatia to Montenegro

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Before going on our big tour, we had one month left to visit our family and friends.

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We were planning to go on a DAV training course, so we decided to exercise a bit.

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Moving out sounds so easy. What could possible go wrong on the last day in your old flat? Only a few things left to do and enough time to fill the car with your stuff and clean the flat. Moving out isn’t dangerous at all, or is it? If you want to read, why women always have to get a new haircut on the day moving out, than click on „Read more“.

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In this story you can read about our test tour with the bicycle Hase Pino on the 8th April 2017. It's a tandem (a so called "Stufentandem" in German), on which one sits and the other one lies on the bike. We tried to find out, how difficult or easy it is, to ride such a tandem and to go up mountains.

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Wir fuhren das Stufentandem Hase Pino test, um zu herauszufinden, wie schwer bzw. einfach ("Berg hocheseln") das Fahren auf einem Stufentandem wirklich ist.
Link zur Tour

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I gave a farewell party for my colleagues and got a few cool farewell gifts. If you want to know, why I was wearing a bicycle tube the whole day, click on "Read more".

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Before going on a long time travel, you need to take a timeout or quit your job. Why did I decide to quit my job? How did my colleagues react?

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