Ladakh a word which means "land of high passes", is a region in the state of Jammu and Kashmir of Northern India sandwiched between the Karakoram mountain range to the north and the Himalayas to the south. The Indian portion of Ladakh is composed of the Leh and Kargil districts. The Leh district is the largest district of India, covering more than half the area of Jammu and Kashmir, of which it is the eastern part. Adventure tourism in Ladakh started in the 19th century. By the turn of the 20th century, it was not uncommon for British officials to undertake the 14 stage trek from Srinagar to Leh as part of their annual leave. Agencies were set up in Srinagar and Shimla to specialise sport related activities — hunting, fishing and trekking. A large retinue of porters would carry huge canvas tents and collapsible string beds. This era is recorded in Arthur Neves The Tourist's Guide to Kashmir, Ladakh and Skardo, first published in 1911. Today, about 18,000 tourists visit Ladakh every year. Bounded by two mighty mountain ranges, it is a popular place for adventure tourism. The well-preserved Tibetan-Buddhist culture makes it even more attractive. Source: Wikipedia This footage is part of the professionally-shot broadcast stock footage archive of Wilderness Films India Ltd., the largest collection of HD imagery from South Asia. The Wilderness Films India collection comprises of tens of thousands of hours of high quality broadcast imagery, mostly shot on HDCAM 1080i High Definition, HDV and XDCAM. Write to us for licensing this footage on a broadcast format, for use in your production! We are happy to be commissioned to film for you or else provide you with broadcast crewing and production solutions across South Asia. We pride ourselves in bringing the best of India and South Asia to the world... Reach us at wfi @ vsnl.com and email@example.com.
This April, four young people will attempt something truly unique: to trek to the North Pole and lower a flag 4km to the seabed. Attached to the flag will be a capsule containing more than two and a half million signatures calling for a sanctuary in the uninhabited area around the pole. Leave a comment to encourage them on their gruelling journey, and follow their progress at facebook.com/arctic.rising The team is not made up of Arctic explorers but members of a global movement three million strong. They are Ezra Miller, actor/musician from New York, USA, Josefina Skerk of the Sami people in Northern Sweden, Keira Kolson, a Tso'Tine-Gwich'in youth from the Northwest Territories, Canada, and Renny Bijoux from the Seychelles. http://www.SaveTheArctic.org Timelapse footage Helheim Glacier: Gordon Hamilton / University of Maine
This week, Russian Life takes us to the mountains on the shores of the Black Sea, at the foothills of the Caucasus, one of Russia’s most picturesque regions, which draws adventurers from all over the country. Krasnodar is a region of dense forests and steep cliffs. Alexey is our guide: this former restaurant chef travelled the world studying volcanoes. On his return, he became a mountain guide, turning his passion into a new career. “In our region, lots of people engage in mountain sports. Mountain biking is popular, as is boating, rock climbing, and hiking,” he tells us. Alexey and his climbing partners tour the region, climbing any rocks they come across. In the evening, after a good day’s climbing, they take a moment to enjoy the sunset before getting ready for the night. “I’ve travelled around the world, from Alaska to the South Pole and back through Australia, New Zealand and Japan. We climbed many volcanoes – but for me, the best places are here, at home, in Krasnodar Krai,” says Alexey. Another day brings another adventure. In the deep canyons at the foot of the cliffs flows the Belaya – one of Krasnodar’s main rivers. Its rough stream rises high after rainfall – creating ideal conditions for white water rafting. Before we take off, Alexey gives a brief presentation, reminding everyone about the safety rules: “If you fall out – swim on your back and use your legs to move against the current, we’ll catch up with you and get you out of the water. Is that clear? And don’t panic.” Factfile: Krasnodar region Krasnodar Krai is one of the southernmost regions of Russia It’s often referred to as Kuban after its main river Almost half of its 5 million population live in the rural areas Its northern part, covering two thirds of the territory, is plain and more economically developed than the southern mountainous part Sochi, the main resort city on the region’s narrow Black Sea coast, is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic games Trying our best not to panic, we set off. Some of the passengers are beginners, working hard to try and row in sync with more skilled athletes as our raft gains speed. We sweep through the magnificent scenery in this region, which is preparing to host the 2014 Olympic Games in the southern city of Sochi. Our guides shout out their commands over the deafening noise of the river. “This is quite an extreme sport, but anyone can try it out on this river. The conditions here are fantastic,” says Alexey Chikalov, the second guide onboard the raft. It’s a real adrenaline rush as we leap through the waves, avoid the rocks and paddle frenetically. Everyone is exhausted, soaking wet, and happy. “Amazing people, amazing nature, I can’t say that nothing compares but you’ve got to try it… It’s unforgettable, an experience not to be missed,” shouts Ellena out as the waves hit her face. In the next edition of Russian Life we discover another region in southern Russia famous for its fishing – the Volga Delta near Astrakhan.
If you are into adventure and like to go off the beaten track on holidays, South Sudan could be an ideal destination for you. The world's newest nation is one of the most under-developed, with poor infrastructure and a mostly rural society. Al Jazeera's Anna Cavell reports.