To get closer to the world’s most awe­some sights, you’ll have to work for it. Th­ese four ad­ven­tures are some of the most chal­leng­ing on Earth – and you’ll need malaria pro­tec­tion to take them on

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It’s hard to for­get the first time you see K il­i­man­jaro’s snow­capped head ris­ing above Tan­za­nia Na­tional Park. K il­i­man­jaro is the tallest free­stand­ing moun­tain in the world and as you see it rear­ing sharply from the plains be­low, you quickly re­alise the mag­ni­tude of the task ahead. The Machame route is thought by many to be the most scenic path to the top. In to­tal, it takes eight days to reach the peak and re­turn, hik­ing through a con­stantly chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment of sa­van­nah, for­est, moun­tain ridges and ice fields, be­fore you ar­rive at Uhuru Peak at the rim of the K ibo crater, 5,895m above sea level. Malaria risk: high


On the In­done­sian is­land of Flores, al­most 2,000m above the Kelimutu Na­tional Park, sit three vol­canic crater la kes in star t ling colours. The shades of two of the lakes slowly shift from red to blue to brow n as salts and min­er­als from the sur­round­ing rocks dis­solve. A fter an early morn­ing climb up the steep moun­tain­side stair­case, as clouds roll over the craters’ r ims and the daw n sun­light splits the grey, the v iew is a lmost su­per natura l. Malaria risk: medium


By the time the world ’s long­est r iver reaches the Brazil­ian cit y of Manaus, it’s w ide and fast-mov ing: al­most four miles across and 300m deep in parts. For a jour­ney of epic pro­por­tions, head east and join a si x-day tour of the safer R io Ur ubu. This trib­u­tar y of the A ma­zon is ideal for kayak­ing – nar­rower, shal­lower and w ith clear sight of both banks, mak ing it eas­ier to spot tur­tles, mon­keys and even jaguars. You’ ll jour­ney back to Manaus, kayak­ing through the day and camp­ing on the banks at night. Malaria risk: high


The rolling hills of K a la­handi, in In­dia’s easter n Odisha state, are fi lled w ith se­crets for those w illing to search for them. Dur ing a guided trek you can en­counter In­dian ele­phants, tigers, leop­ards and brow n bears, as you pass through the dense forests and re­mote hil ltops of this litt le-v isited area. Hu­mans have lived here since the Stone Age and there are v isi­ble rem­nants of their pre­his­tor ic pres­ence, in­clud­ing painted rocks and intr icate car v ings. To ex per ience loca l cul­ture, v isit the many mar­kets in the area around the small tow n of Ko­ra­put, where tr ibes­peo­ple gather to shop. Malaria risk: high

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