The New Travel Technology: Niche Destination Apps

An aerial view the Mount Everest range some 14...

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Travel technology has made journeying a pleasure, with iPhone applications to get you through almost every travel conundrum.  Applications are going a step further by creating destination apps for a specific region, and in this case, a specific activity.

Trek Nepal is a niche app for trekkers or “Everesters” wanting to climb Mount Everest.  The creator of the app, Joe Shrimpton, is a trekking aficionado, with 19 years of trekking the Himalayan region under his belt.  Wanting to share his experience with novice and advanced trekkers, Shrimpton created the Trek Nepal app as a guide for those with the desire to the take on the challenge.

The app features interactive maps that show trekking areas, peaks and routes.  You can view maps in terrain or satellite and utilize GPS with altitude reading and position mapping features.

Within each “trek” on the app – the Annapurna Region, Everest Region, Langtang Region and Restricted Areas – Shrimpton provides users with suggested itineraries and practical information about the trek’s maximum altitude, duration, optimal season and level of difficulty.

Trekkers wanting to share their Everest experience can enjoy the photo map plotting feature – submitted by users – where they can send photos from their iPhone to the app to be added to a communal map.  If the photos are geotagged, the map will plot the exact point at which the photo was taken.  Trekkers can also share their Everest experiences and participate in a forum, exclusive to app users only.

Jump in the travel tech trend and find your niche.  If trekkers take Shrimpton’s advice they may find themselves at – or maybe just near – the top.

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