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06 ottobre 2016
National Geographic: Vizitoni bukurinë alpine, te Valbonës si Turizem Outdoor ne listen e 9 destinacione per tu vizituar 9 Places to Go to Enjoy the Great Outdoors.
While Moab doesn’t have the same quaint feel as a trekking town, it’s a central access point to some of the most beautiful parks in the United States. Within a short drive, you’re surrounded by the surreal red rocks of Arches National Park. Or the scenic Island in the Sky, the towering viewpoint of Canyonlands National Park, where you can gaze over hundreds of miles of colorful canyons. Or the La Sal Mountains, which reach heights of nearly 13,000 feet, giving visitors a chance to climb in alpine forest. Maria Olschewski, who runs a mountain bike tour company in town, says her favorite day trip is to Dead Horse Point State Park for incredible views of the Colorado River snaking by 2,000 feet below.
There are so many mountain bike trails—trail rides, technical rides, and lung-crushing cross-country routes—in the area that it’s hard to ride them all in one trip. Olschewski says that for those just starting out, the Klondike Singletrack offers a good mix of challenging sections as well as places to pick your head up and just enjoy the lunar rockscape. But her favorite route for advanced riders is the Porcupine Rim, a trail that limns a 200-foot cliff overlooking one of the most scenic valleys in canyon country. Tight and fast turns swing through the juniper woodlands and pine forest with technical drops along the way.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, Atomic is a local burger favorite. Or if you feel like splurging, Desert Bistro offers flamenco music and pork loin. Moab Brewery is a good place to round out the night with a Dead Horse Amber Ale or Rocket Bike Amber Lager. As you’d expect, there are plenty of hidden gems to be discovered in downtown Moab.
Local entrepreneurs have answered the call of outdoor enthusiasts with a slew of bike shops and outdoor stores, and there’s even several well-stocked used-gear exchanges for the bargain shopper. During the summer you may need lodging reservations well in advance of your visit, but in the off-season it’s possible to score killer deals, including at the several three-star hotels in town. Arches shows off its most spectacular colors with a fresh coating of snow.
When to Go: September is a happy medium, but for people who aren’t afraid of a little snow, winter is a great time to visit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD GOLDPAINT, AURORA PHOTOS
In the Ainu language, Niseko means “a cliff jutting over a riverbank deep in the mountains,” which makes its reputation on the ski circuit for being one of the best up-and-coming ski towns almost inevitable. The main mountain, in the southwestern part of Hokkaido, is called Mount Annupuri, but there are two other resorts nearby that offer great snow and lots of skiing. The mountain range is dotted with numerous hot springs, often built up into resorts known asonsen. But the town offers lures for others besides powder hounds; local resident Ishiyama Kenichi says winter surfing is one of the best ways to play outside here. There’s also the famed white-water rapids on the Shiribetsu River, which draw paddlers from around the world during the summers.
When you’re ready to warm up, Niseko hosts many restaurants catering to hungry tourists. “Chefs here are from all around the world,” he says. “My recommendation, though it is relatively difficult to book a table, is Abucha,” a cozy, dimly lit space with a bar and a way with local Hokkaido ingredients.
Although its remote location makes it perfect for people looking for unblemished powder, Kenichi says, “If you step out a little from Niseko you can experience quickly what Japan can offer—beautiful scenery, food, people, and culture.”
When to Go: The best of the ski season is from December to February.
PHOTOGRAPH BY MENNO BOERMA, AURORA PHOTOS
El Chaltén, Argentina
This small village on the edge of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares takes its name from the nearby peak, which the Tehuelche people called “peak of fire.” The mountain range looms over town, making for spectacular sunsets when the weather is clear. Whether you are an experienced alpinist looking for world-class climbing or a beginner desiring easier access to the vast beauty of Patagonia, El Chaltén has an adventure for you, plus an array of microbrews waiting back in town.
One of the last refuges in Patagonia that compels you to disconnect (Wi-Fi works only sporadically here), El Chaltén is an isolated haven that still feels like a frontier town. “The nearest town is El Calafate,” says Maria Pomés, a 12-year resident of El Chaltén. “But it’s 240 kilometers [150 miles] away.” The local mode of transportation is mountain bike, and seeing bouldering mats strapped on the backs of riders tells you that it’s not just tourists who appreciate the amazing landscape. Situated on the clear-flowing Río de Las Vueltas, El Chaltén offers a multiday trip between glacial lakes, but day trips to forgotten valleys nearby can be just as picturesque. Pomés’s favorite picnic spot is Loma del Pliegue Tumbado. “Many people don’t know about it,” she says, “but it’s an eight-hour [round-trip] hike with panoramic views.”
Fall is the best time to visit the stark landscape of rocky crags and grassland, and to witness the lenga forests burst into burnt reds and golds. And the cooler nights make holing up by a woodstove with a draft beer in one of the many small restaurants in town even better.
When to Go: Peak season is summer (December through March), but visiting during austral autumn (April and May) allows you to catch fall colors and miss the crowds.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHNATHAN AMPERSAND ESPER, AURORA PHOTOS
Unlike Moab, Ely has all the classic hallmarks of a quaint outdoor town: log cabins, small-town diners, and ample wildlife trophies. Tucked on the edge of a lesser known but spectacular natural marvel in the U.S., Ely is within shouting distance of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, more than a million acres of wild terrain in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. The region comprises thousands of lakes and rivers that can be reached only by paddling and then portaging along trails winding through pine forest. Only a few of the lakes allow motor traffic, so you don’t have to go far to feel truly isolated. Silence is one of the most profound parts of traveling through the Boundary Waters, where on most mornings the stillness is interrupted only by the echoes of loon calls rippling across the lakes.
One of the great pleasures of canoeing or kayaking here is foraging; you can get a license to catch bass, walleye, or northern pike, or stop along the way to graze tiny, sweet wild blueberries. (You’ll share this pleasure with the black bears who also call the region home.) To get out on the lakes, you need a permit, and they’re easy to pick up in Ely. If you’ve forgotten flies or any other crucial equipment, the local tackle and gear shops have you covered. Jason Zabokrtsky, founder and head guide for the Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service, says nearby hiking opportunities are often overlooked. “Kawishiwi Falls is a very short hike just outside of town,” Zabokrtsky says. “It’s a good opportunity to stretch your legs and capture a sunset.”
As for something to look forward to when the trip is over and you’re dreading returning home, Zabokrtsky says, “A 'Bucky' burger or a steak at the Ely Steak House in downtown Ely can’t be beat. And then stop for freshly made custard atRed Cabin Custard if you still have room in your belly.”
When to Go: Summer’s the easiest time to access the lakes, but by going later in the season you miss the worst of the mosquitoes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY PRISMA BILDAGENTUR, ALAMY PHOTO
One of the best ways to get to the Great Barrier Reef’s crystal clear dive sites is through Cairns, a small city in tropical Far North Queensland. Its esplanade is tucked into a cove of white-sand beaches, not far from bars with seaside views. A short drive away, Daintree National Park andDinden National Park boast mountainous jungle, canyons, and quiet beaches.
Local bike enthusiast Graham Fragiacomo says his favorite place to get away from the bustle of happy hour is Fitzroy Island, a large island named by Lieutenant James Cook that was separated from the mainland at the end of the last ice age. A short ferry ride away from Cairns, the island is covered in rain forest with four hiking trails, as well as its own coral reef system.
For bikers, nearby mountain bike trails make Cairns an unparalleled vacation destination. Smithfield, just 20 minutes outside of town, was the site of Australia’s first world championship 20 years ago. The park has over 37 miles of trails tracked out of volcanic clay that twist through the jungle, but if that’s not enough for you, the region has more than 435 miles of bike trails, running all the way south to the Cassowary Coast, named after its strange ostrich-like local residents. “It’s the closest thing to an MTB theme park, if you get what I mean,” says Fragiacomo.
When to Go: August is a good time to find both blue skies and moderate temperatures.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HEMIS, ALAMY PHOTO
The lush Manali valley surrounding the Beas River lies at the foothills of the Himalaya and provides a choice destination for outdoor enthusiasts in every season. The town of Manali forms the main jumping-off point for hiking inLadakh, but it’s also an ideal spot to relax or get outfitted before heading off into the mountains.
Day trips will help you acclimatize to the altitude, which reaches about 6,725 feet. Local trekker Bhupinder Thakur says his favorite hike is to the Jogini waterfalls, roughly an hour’s walk from Manali. The trail begins at the Hadimba Temple, an ancient cave temple surrounded by a cedar forest and revitalizing hot springs. “The waterfall is regarded as a sacred place,” Thakur says. “Take a dip and feel like you’re in heaven.”
If you need a little more excitement, the nearby Solang Valley has become popular for its paragliding spots, and colorful parachutes hanging over the snowcapped peaks are a common sight. Like all places that seem too good to be true, if you come in the high season, don’t expect to enjoy Manali by yourself.
When to Go: Avoid the holidays, and aim for the shoulder seasons in April and November.
PHOTOGRAPH BY HUGH STURROCK, ALAMY PHOTO
For thousands of years, people in Huaraz have enjoyed panoramic views of the Andes. The village is nestled in a little valley beneath theCordillera Blanca, a concentration of high peaks (many topping 18,000 feet), and near the Huascarán, Peru’s highest peak at 22,205 feet. Now a day’s bus ride from the capital city of Lima, Huaraz’s residents have kept local traditions strong. An earthquake decimated Huaraz in the 1970s, but most people who make it into the mountains now are more interested in the hiking than in historical architecture.
Huaraz is the perfect springboard into the peaks. For those who like to travel spontaneously, the town is flush with affordable lodging and knowledgeable guides, making it easy to just show up and enjoy. One of the best ways to acclimatize is a day hike up to Laguna Churup, a sparkling Andean lake at the moraine of a glacier, where a trail leads up to a panoramic view. (It’s not for the faint of heart—there’s a via ferrata toward the end.) For a longer hike, one of the most dramatic treks in the Peruvian Andes takes about 13 days, circles the mountains of the Cordillera, and includes a visit to the valley made famous by the book and film Touching the Void. If mountain biking is more your style, you can swoop on a single track down from Cordillera Negra or Blanca; both technical and more accessible trails have sprouted around town. After a hard day’s ride, you can make a pit stop at the hot springs of Monterrey to soak away your saddle sores.
People here know how to feed hungry hikers. A don’t-miss stop after a long day in the sunshine is Luigi’s Pizza, where Luigi makes yummy goodness dripping in cheese in a wood-fired oven. Elsewhere, refreshment options run the gamut of vices, spanning French press coffee at the California Café to craft ales at the localSierra Andina brewery.
When to Go: The peak months of the dry season are Jul
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARCOS FERRO, AURORA PHOTOS
Hogsback, South Africa
Candy Butler, a local resident, says that the strange name of this eco-village derives from the three mountains overlooking it. “The geological name for this type of mountain is a hogsback, because it resembles the bristles on the back of a hog,” she explains. The town forms the trailhead for a dozen hiking routes, notably a six-day trail that winds through the dense forest and quiet glades of the Amathole Mountains.
It may be myth, but these woodlands are often claimed to be the inspiration for South African–born J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Mirkwood. It’s not hard to imagine the thick canopy of one of South Africa’s hardest hikes as a home to fairies, as people around here might insist it is after they’ve had a few drinks. At the very least,Away With the Fairies backpackers have built an incredible bathtub into the edge of a cliff, filled with hot water from a donkey boiler.
Butler’s favorite place to eat after a soak isButterfly’s Bistro, which has inside seating as well as “a beautiful outdoor section where you can sit in the sun or under the massive oak tree,” she says. When you’re full and ready to set off again, there are spectacular waterfalls to sit by just a short walk—or shorter horseback ride—from town.
When to Go: May to September is the dry season, but weather in the mountains can be unpredictable. Come prepared.
PHOTOGRAPH BY EMIL VON MALTITZ , ALAMY PHOTOS
9 Places to Go to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Every adventure needs a great base camp—a place to stock up on provisions, hire a guide, and grab a cold drink at the end of the day. Here are the nine top towns for climbing, hiking, paddling, and exploring, with tips from locals on their favorite hangouts. —Lois Parshley
After the fall of communism beginning in 1990, northern Albania became “the poorest part of what was then the poorest country in Europe,” says Catherine Bohne, who’s lived in the spectacular Valbona Valley for close to a decade. Nestled into what’s known as the “accursed mountains,” the highlands are a remarkably wild region—Albania’s equivalent of Zion—with many yet to be discovered climbing sites.
The cragged peaks are formed from spectacular white rock, while the fir and beech forests form a deep green contrast. Now a national park, the valley is part of the Albanian Alps and a stretch of a 10-day loop called the Peaks of the Balkans. The trail climbs steep summits and winds along quiet river valleys, past summer grazing areas in mountain highlands and glacial lakes.
The town itself is a small village with just a handful of guesthouses—there wasn’t even a paved road to the town until recently. The best way to enjoy the valley is to visit Rilindja, the town’s oldest guesthouse. You can stay in one of the family-style lodge rooms or camp along a sparkling river nearby. Either way, you should definitely indulge in one of their five-course, traditional Albanian dinners—stuffed peppers, fried cheese, and local, homemade brandy are the perfect way to watch the sunset turn the valley gold.
When to Go: The summer season runs from June to September.
TIRANE, 6 Tetor/ATSH/- Këtë herë Shqipëria prezantohet me bukurinë alpine, Valbonën, në prestigjiozen amerikane National Geographic. Revista ka hartuar një listë me nëntë destinacione ku mund të zhvillohet ai që njihet si “turizmi outdoor” ose “ jashtë shtëpisë” e mes tyre gjendet edhe Shqipëria, qe përfaqësohet me një nga bukuritë alpine, siç është Valbona.
“Ata që zgjedhin turizmin e aventurës kanë nevojë për një vendqëndrim, për një guidë dhe për një pije të ngrohtë në fund të ditës. Ja nëntë destinacione ku mund të bëni ngjjitje, ecje, eksplorim etj, dhe ku mund të asistoheni nga vendasit”, citohet revista.
“Pas rënies së komunizmit, në fillim të viteve ‘90, veriu i Shqipërisë u bë zona më e varfër e vendit më të varfër në Europë’, thotë Catherine Bohne, amerikania e cila prej më shumës e 10 vitesh ka zgjedhur të jetojë e krijojë familjen e saj në Valbonë, duke lënë pas Amerikën.
E njohur si ‘Bjeshkët e Namuna’, zona ofron peisazhe malore të ngjashme me ato të Zionit (Parku Kombëtar në Utah të SHBA-së) dhe që mund të zbulohen gjatë ngjitjes. Majat e maleve formohen nga masive shkëmbore të bardha, ndërsa pyjet me bredh dhe ah krijojnë kontraste të gjelbra. Parku Kombëtar është pjesë e Alpeve dhe itinerarit që njihet me emrin ‘Maja e Ballkanit’. Në fshat gjenden shtëpi pritëse tradicionale.
Mënyra më e mirë për të shijuar këtë destinacion është që të qëndroni në një nga këto shtëpi, të shijoni ushqimin tradicional dhe të shikoni perëndimin e diellit”, thotë prestigjozja National Geographic, ndërsa këshillon ndjekësit e saj që ky destinacion të vizitohet në pranverë ose vjeshtë.
Ndërsa lugina e Valbonës, me bukurinë e saj të rrallë dhe jetesën origjinale të komunitetit të kësaj zone, është kthyer në një oaz mjaft të kërkuar për turistë të shumtë, të pranishëm thuajse për ç’do ditë, në brendësi të Parkut kombëtar të Valbonës sapo kanë nisur punimet përgatitore për ndërtimin e dy hec-eve të reja, në Dragobi dhe Çerem, kjo megjithë kundërshtimin e banorëve dhe një numëri të madh shoqatash joqeveritare, vendasse dhe te huaja.
Ndërtimi i hidrocentraleve brenda parkut kombëtar të Valbonës është kundërshtuar edhe nga kreu i Agjencisë Kombëtare të Zonave të Mbrojtura, Zamir Dedej. Por, ai pranon se gjendemi përballë një fenomeni ku proçedurat ligjore janë të mbaruara nga qeveria e kaluar duke bërë që kompanitë të kenë të gjithë dokumentacionin në dorë, kosto e ndalimit të secilës është shumë e madhe.
Në vitin 1996 qeveria shqiptare shpalli Luginën e Valbonës, Parku Kombëtar. Ndërsa në vitin 2013 qeveria miratoi kontrata koncensionare për ndërtimin e HEC-eve në Luginën e Valbonës, konkretisht në Çerem dhe Dragobi. /a.gjonaj//a.ke/