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Amajestic, lofty peak soaring to the heavens is something to stir your soul. To celebrate International Mountain Day on December 11, adventure travel specialists World Expeditions choose their seven most most special summits to visit.
Legendary home of the ancient Greek gods and the country’s first national park, you can explore a rich landscape of plateaus, ridges and gorges. The Mytikas (‘nose’) tops out at 9,570ft.
Superb for cycling; head from Marrakesh to North Africa’s highest range to tackle its rugged, flat-topped peaks and winding roads that twist through palms and fresh water ravines. Jbel Toubkal soars to 13,671ft.
There’s more to them than Everest. Western Nepal’s remoteness rewards with jaw-dropping scenery and curious but friendly locals. Serious trekkers will want to tackle part of the Great Himalaya Trail to see Rara Lake, nearly 10,000ft above sea level, and cross wild flowercarpeted
The spectacular Tugela Falls in Drakensberg, South Africa passes to reach Yari Valley and the Tibetan border.
Basalt buttresses grace the skyline. Camp by Tugela Falls, second highest waterfall in the world with a 3,110ft drop, then follow the edge of the escarpment to river valleys and undulating moorlands with spectacular scenery.
The John Muir Trail stretches more than 200 miles from the Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney, the highest point of the lower 48 states at 14,505ft. Visitors will find snow-capped peaks, meadows and forested river valleys. Perhaps Africa’s best kept secret, they are isolated, rarely visited and permanently snow-capped. Trek from tropical rainforest through alpine valleys to glaciers. The 10ft giant lobelia plants are especially impressive.
The Cordillera Huayhuash was made famous in Joe Simpson’s 1988 book Touching the Void. Here you can take on one of South America’s most exhilarating treks and see Yerupaja’s mighty 21,768ft summit. ■■Holidays to all seven can be booked at worldexpeditions.co.uk fairfx.com mercat 1930.com/en, visitpalma.com/en
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new gastro market has opened in Majorca’s popular capital Palma. An historic building is home to Mercat 1930, where you’ll find stalls selling paella, grilled meat, sushi, seafood and vegetarian treats as well as wine and beer. It also has three bars and a terrace which looks out to the port.