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Editorial
Publisher's Note

Dear Fellow Travellers,

With the coming of summer, there is no more appropriate a time to hit the mountains than now, which is the theme of this issue. We kick of this issue with Mt. Rinjani an area famous for its mountain climbs and trekking. Trekkers can visit the rim of the lake or some with care take on the challenge of the climb. We are then off to Uttarakhand state, which is known for its majestic mountains at the foot hills of the Himalayas. Here you can tackle some legendary trekking routes or ride downriver on a rafting trip.

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Features
Lofty Aspirations - Andean Venezuala, Colombia and Bolivia
A wall of peaks that run along the spine of South America, the Andes Mountains span across 7 countries and is the world’s longest mountain range (7,240km). Enveloped in contrasting terrains ranging from towering snow-clad summits and cloud forests, to rain shadow deserts which are habitats to a multitude of wildlife, the Andes not only stacks up with breathtaking scenery, it is also a mecca for outdoor activities.
Action Island - Tasmania's Wild Outdoors
SLocated 240km south of Australia and separated by the Bass Strait, the island of Tasmania is known for its rugged nature, topped with wild rocky mountains and surrounded by pristine ocean. An island that’s ideal for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing, Tasmania often gets overlooked by travellers due to its distance from mainland Australia; however its isolation means that it rarely gets crowded.
Gear Guide
Everything-Proof - Haglöfs ROC High Jacket
The HAGLÖFS ROC High Jacket is made of the new generation 3-layer 40D Gore-Tex® Pro Shell technology with enhanced breathability and durability, with enhanced sleeves, yoke and back protect you from elements and equipment.
Handcrafted Backpack - Duluth Pack Laptop Scout Pack
The lightweight Tatonka’s Summiter EXP features a Padded Back carrying system, perfect for the minimalistically-inclined mountaineer. Partly made of ultra strong CORDURA materials, the rucksack has a rope and ice axe attachment and a hydration system. The hip strap and back padding can be removed or taken out for more flexibility. Available at RC Outfitters at HK$590.
 
Top Gear
While it can be daunting when you step into a well-stocked gear shop, there is hope. Here are a few sure-fire picks that can help get you started before that next big trip. If you can’t find these exact items, just ask for help at an outdoor gear shop for similar products – there are plenty of other great brands available on the market.
Battle of the Skies
In this issue's battle of the skies:

Cathay Pacific Airways (cathaypacific.com)
Cathay Pacific as of March 31st is operating a double daily to Delhi. Flights will be operated using an A330 aircraft. Both flights will arrive Hong Kong at 7am and 9.25 am in time to connect with many of its other destinations serviced by the airline and its sister airline Dragon Air. Cathay is also offering a host of other special fares from Hong Kong to Taipei for HK$1,060, Kuala Lumpur HK$1,350, Melbourne HK$4,220, Tokyo HK$3,320 - please refer to their website for additional offers.

Air Seychelles (airseychelles.com)
Air Seychelles continues with its offering a competitive fare to Mahe, Seychelles. Departing thrice weekly the present round trip economy fare is HK$6520. Business class fare on this sector is HK$37,800. Both fares are inclusive of taxes.

C-Trip (ctrip.com.hk)
Popular Chinese travel agency Ctrip has launched an online booking website in Hong Kong. The site will be in Traditional Chinese for the benefit of the HK locals. Special discounts are offered and transaction fees are waived.

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