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Philip Normington

Turkey, Iran, Nepal, Bhutan, Chile, Argentina, self-guided cycling in Europe

A passage to India

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This is quite a long hill. We started just above the great Sutlej River this morning and we’re on a steady climb towards Narkanda up National Highway 22, the old Hindustan-Tibet Highway. It’s still quite a few miles to the top, but it’s a beautiful clear sunny morning, the Himalayas are glinting in the distance,…

Saddles, Saffron & Singhas

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The Vietnamese plant the rice… The Cambodians watch it grow… The Laotians listen to it growing.’ So went a saying (allegedly) among the colonials when these countries were French Indochina. Independence, a dreadful war and a cautious opening up for travel followed the departure of the French, but Laos is still the sleepy backwater of…

Easy to reach – Difficult to leave

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It can happen on any Exodus trip: Discovery, Walking, Cycling - you reach a place that gets under your skin and you just don’t feel like leaving. For me one such is Luang Prabang in the north of Laos. This sleepy little town on the banks of the Mekong was once the capital of Laos, then in the French colonial…

The things we do for a decent cup of tea

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“We all know that tea grows on tropical hills, but why did we decide to visit a tea estate by bike?‘ It all started in Sigiriya, with its incredible rock towering above the plains of central Sri Lanka. The first few days had been quite easy as we pedalled along quiet country lanes, exploring Dambulla’s…

Cog Au Vin

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Ever since his early days working as an Exodus overland driver, Brochure Production Manager Phil Normington has travelled extensively. Perhaps surprisingly, some of his favourite trips have been not so far from home… Over many years working at Exodus I’ve tried many different styles of holiday – overland expeditions, trekking in the Himalayas, sightseeing on…

The highest rock wall in the World?

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There are several claimants to this title, and according to Wikipedia (so it must be true) the highest is probably the Rupal face of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan at 4600m. However, for a combination of inaccessibility, difficult weather and un-interrupted sheerness, an equally serious challenge has to be the Central Tower of Paine in Chilean…

Kerla and tropical India

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Exodus’ Brochure production manager Phil Normington recently joined one of our most popular cycling trips in the beautiful landscapes and villages of Southern India. “I didn’t know for certain what Granny Gear was until this morning, but it’s been the only gear in use for a couple of hours now. Twenty-seven speeds on this bike,…

Philip Normington

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Arguably the best travelled man in Britain, Phil has notched up over 100 countries since joining Exodus sometime (he won’t tell us exactly) in the 1980s. His 10 years driving Exodus Overland Expeditions around Asia, Africa and South America included 3 north-south traverses of Sudan and various visits to Afghanistan. Office work has slightly tamed the man, and interests now lean more towards trekking – Dolpo in Western Nepal; and biking – wine trails of France.

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A passage to India

passage4

This is quite a long hill. We started just above the great Sutlej River this morning and we’re on a steady climb towards Narkanda up National Highway 22, the old Hindustan-Tibet Highway. It’s still quite a few miles to the top, but it’s a beautiful clear sunny morning, the Himalayas are glinting in the distance,…

Saddles, Saffron & Singhas

monk1

The Vietnamese plant the rice… The Cambodians watch it grow… The Laotians listen to it growing.’ So went a saying (allegedly) among the colonials when these countries were French Indochina. Independence, a dreadful war and a cautious opening up for travel followed the departure of the French, but Laos is still the sleepy backwater of…

Easy to reach – Difficult to leave

loas1

It can happen on any Exodus trip: Discovery, Walking, Cycling - you reach a place that gets under your skin and you just don’t feel like leaving. For me one such is Luang Prabang in the north of Laos. This sleepy little town on the banks of the Mekong was once the capital of Laos, then in the French colonial…

The things we do for a decent cup of tea

xx4

“We all know that tea grows on tropical hills, but why did we decide to visit a tea estate by bike?‘ It all started in Sigiriya, with its incredible rock towering above the plains of central Sri Lanka. The first few days had been quite easy as we pedalled along quiet country lanes, exploring Dambulla’s…

Cog Au Vin

mm2

Ever since his early days working as an Exodus overland driver, Brochure Production Manager Phil Normington has travelled extensively. Perhaps surprisingly, some of his favourite trips have been not so far from home… Over many years working at Exodus I’ve tried many different styles of holiday – overland expeditions, trekking in the Himalayas, sightseeing on…

The highest rock wall in the World?

49

There are several claimants to this title, and according to Wikipedia (so it must be true) the highest is probably the Rupal face of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan at 4600m. However, for a combination of inaccessibility, difficult weather and un-interrupted sheerness, an equally serious challenge has to be the Central Tower of Paine in Chilean…

Kerla and tropical India

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Exodus’ Brochure production manager Phil Normington recently joined one of our most popular cycling trips in the beautiful landscapes and villages of Southern India. “I didn’t know for certain what Granny Gear was until this morning, but it’s been the only gear in use for a couple of hours now. Twenty-seven speeds on this bike,…

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