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The only way is up

Even with the most meticulous plans and the biggest team ever assembled for an attempt on Everest, the success of the 1953 expedition came down to a series of gambles and a bit of luck with the weather

Festival of flight

Each year, in Bhutan’s remote Phobjikha Valley, thousands of people gather for the Black-Necked Crane Festival, a vibrant show of solidarity aimed at protecting the endangered dancing birds by providing a source of income for local farmers. And it has…

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