About 100countryhighpoints

I'm Lee Humphries, A British adventurer aiming to stand on the highest point of 100 countries around the world. Including the highest points in Africa, Europe and South America.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglic – 2386m

Every aspect logistically was perfect from my previous attempt so it was just a matter of re-booking the trip which I did from my hotel room while still in Bosnia three weeks prior. I flew again from Luton to Tuzla where I spent a few hours before walking to Zivinice, a town about 8km from the airport. From there I caught a bus which took me to Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina in around 2hrs 20 minutes. From 1992-1996 Sarajevo was heavily involved in the Bosnian war including the siege of Sarajevo.

Belarus, Hara Dzyarzhynskaya – 345m

Earlier this year (2017) Belarus finally removed the need for a visa if visiting for less than 5 days and flying in and out of Minsk international airport. This was great news and I quickly started looking into the logistics to get to the countries high point. Flights direct to Minsk are always quite expensive so I needed to find a cheap way of getting there. The flights I booked were to Minsk via Vilnius in Lithuania which reduced the price by a considerable amount.

Qatar, Al Galail – 103m

After another short flight this time from Bahrain to Qatar and an evening in the airport, My plan was to use the Uber taxi service to drive me the 120km from the airport to a few kilometres away from the highest point in Qatar, Al Galail near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain, Jabal ad Dukhan – 134m

Having found very cheap flights from Birmingham to Dubai ~£17 I quickly made a plan to climb some middle eastern high points. I booked flights for the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. All good or so I thought. I had a layover in Sofia, Bulgaria on the way to Dubai but when on the bus at the airport gate heading to the aircraft we were stopped and returned back to the gate. The flight was delayed due to a technical problem. After several hours this delay turned into a cancelled flight and a night in Sofia before another flight to Dubai the following day meaning my plan to climb the UAE high point was not possible and all I could do was head to the other airport in Dubai for my flight to Bahrain.. Not a good start at all.

South Korea, HallaSan – 1950m

The final high point on my Asian trip was in South Korea. I flew from Hanoi to Seoul and then from there to the island of Jeju where the highest point in South Korea is located. I was looking forward to this one as it was more gradual and scenic and wound down my trip nicely. The South Koreans love making things easy for people in every facet of life with lots of unique gadgets and gizmos everywhere and the path to Halla San was no exception. It was very well defined and well maintained with wooden staging and steps along the way.

Vietnam, Fan Si Pan – 3142m

From Singapore, I flew to Ho Chi Minh city the capital of Vietnam and then caught a domestic flight to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam. I had pre-booked a bus from Hanoi to take me on the 5 hr 30 minute drive to Sapa at the foot of Fan Si Pan the highest mountain in Vietnam.

Singapore, Bukit Timah – 164m

The second high point on my trip was to Singapore, I flew there from Colombo via Kuala Lumpur. It was to be a lot more straightforward than the Sri Lankan high point a few days earlier. I just needed to catch 3 MRT trains from the airport to the start of the trail at Beauty World.

Sri Lanka, Pidurutalagala – 2524m

This Asia trip was my most logistical trip to date with the aim of standing on the highest point in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea. Over 14 days I would have 12 flights, visited 7 different countries and of course ticked another 4 off my list taking me to 46 country high points.

Moldova, Balanesti Hill – 430m

Logistically just getting to the foot of Balanesti was going to be my biggest hurdle with this particular high point. Moldova is the poorest country in Europe which is certainly evident in its poor public transport infrastructure. My plan was to fly to Iasi in Romania and from there go by train across the nearby border with Moldova at Ungheni and onto Pirlita a small village in Moldova, leaving myself a long walking day to the high point and back to the train 48km (30 miles). On paper, it certainly looked doable so I booked the flights and a few weeks later I was in Iasi ready to catch the train to Moldova.

Latvia, Gaizinkalns – 312m

The weather forecast leading up to my trip said there would be a fair amount of snow around with a wind chill of -17c. So warm gear was a must. I flew from Liverpool to Riga arriving late and spending a pleasant evening in the airport which was warm and had free WiFi. I could see deep snow outside and knew that the 13km walk tomorrow and the same back the next day would be more of a plod.