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The Different Travel Company has years of experience organising overseas charity challenges and adventure holidays across the globe. From Peru to Petra, Colombia to Cambodia, trekking, canoeing, or swimming with some community project work alongside – we’ll have something for everyone. Here are just a small sample of the trip itineraries we can offer.

All our trip itineraries can be adapted and tailored to suit your individual needs and requirements to create a bespoke group trip for your charity, school, business or group of friends. If you have an idea for a trip that doesn’t appear here please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do! The possibilities are endless!

If you would like to find out more about arranging a bespoke trip, please visit our Bespoke Challenges page or contact us here.

 

Africa

Ethiopia

With the chance of spotting an array of wildlife such as the famous Gelada baboons, discovering a fascinating cultural heritage, and tasting unique cuisine, this challenge is so much more than just another mountain to tick off your bucket list.

Day 1:

London – Addis Ababa
Depart for an overnight flight to Addis Ababa.

Day 2:

Addis Ababa (2355m)
On arrival transfer to a central hotel. If time permits we will drive up to Mt Entoto, the highest point in Addis Ababa, for a short acclimatisation walk around the park. We will have a welcome dinner together this evening with a trek briefing.
Meals: Lunch and dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3: 

Addis Ababa (2355m) – Gondar (2133m) – Sankaber (3250m)
This morning we take a short flight to Gondar and from there we drive to Debark (2850m) where we register for the National Park and meet more of our support staff. From here you will transfer approx. 20km to Buyit Ras, where our trek begins. It takes approximately 3-4 hours to reach Sankaber camp (3250m) and the views along the way are beautiful, passing close to the escarpment ridge where you are likely to spot the endemic Gelada baboons.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Sankaber camp
Trekking: 3-4 hours

Day 4:

Sankaber (3250m) – Gich (3600m)
Today’s trek starts gently as we trek through terrain dotted with heather, mosses, and white lichen which hangs delicately from the trees. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the small and elusive antelope the klipspringer, the huge but graceful lammergeier (bearded vulture), and of course the Gelada baboons. As the trek progresses the terrain becomes steeper and soon you reach the impressive seasonal Jinbar waterfall, one of the highest in Africa. From here it is a steep climb to the Jinbar valley and Jinbar River at 3,190m. After a picnic lunch, we follow the river on an undulating trail up to the Muslim village of Gich, filled with traditional round thatched huts. The trail continues into the moorland where highland flora such as the giant lobelia become more prominent on the landscape as we approach Gich camp.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Gich Camp
Trekking: 6-7 hours

Day 5:

Gich (3600m) – Imet Gogo (3926m) – Saha (3785m) – Gich (3600m)
Today is an acclimatisation day and another incredible opportunity for wildlife watching. We start off with a 2-3 hour trek to Imet Gogo viewpoint at 3,926m, where we are treated to spectacular views down the valley and into the canyon which was formed around 60-70 million years ago. If we’re lucky we may spot the Ethiopian wolf, Walia Ibex, Egyptian vultures, or buzzards!
We continue our acclimatisation walk to the Lobelia Valley, named because of the thousands of lobelia which grow here before climbing a nearby peak, named Saha (3785m) which offers stunning views of the gorge and rock towers of the Simien Mountains National Park. After stopping for lunch we continue to our next peak, Keda Dit (3760m) before returning to Gich camp for a hearty dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Gich Camp
Trekking: 5-6 hours

Day 6:

Gich (3600m) – Inateye (4070m) – Chenek (3600m)
Today we begin a gradual climb through the Afroalpine meadows with impressive views of the gorge below Imet Gogo as we head to the Inateye Crescent. After initially descending to the lowest point we begin a fairly steep climb to Inateye (4070m). Keep your eyes to the skies as the area is an outstanding place to spot birds, particularly raptors including tawny eagles, lammergeter and augur buzzards. As we stop for lunch you’ll also be treated to incredible views of the Imet Gogo summit, Bwhait pass and the surrounding mountains. This afternoon we will descend back to camp keeping our eyes peeled for more wildlife along the way.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Chenek Camp
Trekking: 7-8 hours

Day 7:

Chenek (3600m) – Ambiko (3100m)
We leave the boundaries of the Simien National Park today on as we take a long, but interesting walk to Ambiko and begin our approach to our ultimate goal – Ras Dashen. This is your last chance to spot the endangered species that call the national park their home.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ambiko Camp
Trekking: 6-7 hours

Day 8:

Ambiko (3100m) – Ras Dashen (4543m)
It’s an early start this morning as we attempt to summit Ras Dashen today. Standing at 4543m, Ras Dashen is Africa’s fifth highest mountain. We will leave camp at 3am and trek for roughly 5 hours to reach the top by around 8am. We begin our climb in a loop to the southeast, through a gully, and then make our way north to the summit. It is a bit of a scramble up to two distinct rock summits, but you will have finally made it to the top! After a stop to take in the views and some celebratory photographs we will descend back to lower altitudes to celebrate our achievements of the day and camp for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Ambiko Camp
Trekking: 7-8 hours

Day 9:

Ambiko (3100m) – Sona (3200m)
It’s another long day today with almost 10 hours of trekking on challenging terrain. There are plenty of ups and downs today as we head to the superbly positioned camp at Sona. There may be chance to stop for some local coffee at Arquaziye along the way. Today is another challenging day as we trek an undulating route to Sona.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Sona Camp
Trekking: 10 hours

Day 10:

Sona (3200m) – Mekarebya (1900m)
We head mainly downhill today as we descent to the Ansiya river, a tributary of the Tekeze that drains towards Sudan. Once we reach the river we continue on flat ground along a trail with splendid views of the forest. We will explore the lowlands and see rare flora and fauna including the Cordia Africana tree and birds such as the African paradise flycatcher, pin-tailed whydah, Hemirpch’s and red hornbills.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Mekarebya Camp
Trekking: 5-6 hours

Day 11:

Mekarebya (1900m) – Mulit (2050m)
We descend further this morning to walk along a riverbed for a couple of hours, before we then start to climb again to reach Hawaza, from where you can see some impressive rock towers. It is then a flat path to the vibrant village of Mulit.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Mulit Camp
Trekking: 5-6 hours

Day 12:

Mulit (2050m) – Adi Arkay (1665m) – Gondar
Our final day of trekking, with just a short two-hour stroll downhill to Adi Arkay. We meet the vehicle here and drive to Gondar (Approx 6 hours).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Gondar Hotel (or similar)
Trekking: 2 hours

Day 13:

Gondar – Addis Ababa – London
We will fly back to Addis Ababa this morning. Depending on flight times there may be some sightseeing opportunities before heading to the airport and the return flight to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Madagascar

Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest which is one of only three significant areas of this type remaining in Madagascar, having been reduced by over 90% largely by the mining industry.

Day 1 – 2:

London –  Antananarivo
Fly from London to Antananarivo on an overnight flight. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3:

Antananarivo
Today is free for local sightseeing. There are lots of things to see in the Antananarivo area such as visiting the local markets, interesting galleries, museums, parks, and nature areas. You could also take a trip to the royal palace and World Heritage Site, Ambohimanga.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin
After breakfast, we take a short internal flight to Fort Dauphin where we transfer to our hotel. You are free to relax or spend the afternoon exploring the local area independently.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5:

Fort Dauphin
We will spend today visiting a number of community projects in the area, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of the country and the region.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6:

Fort Dauphin to Sainte Luce
Today we transfer to Sainte Luce (approx. 3 hours’ drive), which is our base for the conservation activities. Upon arrival we will set up camp then later this afternoon we’ll take a walk along the beach to familiarise ourselves with the area. We will make a start on our research activities with a nocturnal walk this evening.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 7 – 11:

Sainte Luce conservation project
The itinerary will vary daily but tends to start with breakfast at 7 am followed by a 3-4 hour expedition in the forest conducting research, until just before midday when you will return for lunch. You will take a long lunch break during the heat of the day then continue the afternoon session from approx. 2pm-5pm. The evenings are relaxed and sociable. Sometimes there will be talks from visiting staff members or research assistant, or perhaps the chance to enjoy some nocturnal expeditions. In addition, at least one day will be spent with the local community helping with ‘Conservation Club’, where local children learn the importance of conserving the environment, as well as teaching some basic English. Research activities are likely to include the following:
A lemur transect involves walking through a pre-determined fragment of forest and, once spotted, recording critical data such as the number and sex of the lemurs and observing their behaviour.
Reptile transect
Tree nursery work
Botanical monitoring & habitat data
Environmental education
Herpetology sweep
Help and guidance is supplied by the local team at all times.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 12:

Sainte Luce – Fort Dauphin
Today we will return to Fort Dauphin (approx. 3 hours’ drive) and check into the hotel. This afternoon is free for you to relax or explore further at your leisure.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 13:

Fort Dauphin – Antananarivo
Today we fly back to the capital, Antananarivo, and enjoy a sightseeing tour.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 14:

Antananarivo – Andasibe National Park
Today we transfer to Andasibe National Park (150km drive) for our final day and overnight, where we will have some amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. The National Park is a protected area with vast biodiversity including many rare and endangered species, including 11 lemur species.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 15:

Antananarivo – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK, possibly landing the next day depending on airline schedules.
Meals: breakfast.

 

Madagascar
Explore the towering mountains, verdant grasslands and exotic rainforests of the incredible island of Madagascar.

Day 1:

London – Antananarivo
Fly from London to Antananarivo and transfer to your centrally located hotel for an overnight stay.  This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner together.
Meals: Dinner (subject to arrival time)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2:

Antananarivo – Antisirabe
We will set off on a five-hour drive to Antsirabe today. We will stop for lunch in Ambatolampy enroute. We will enjoy a short city tour on arrival.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3:

Antsirabe – Ambalayo
Our journey continues as we head to Ambalaya – the gateway to the South. The drive will be approximately 7 hours but we will be stopping at Ambositra, famed for its handicrafts, on the way.  Tonight you will meet your trek guides for a briefing about the days ahead.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4:

Ambalayo – Namoly – Antantsoa
It’s an early start this morning as we head to Namoly (approx. 3 hours drive) and the starting point of our trek. Keep your eyes peeled for our first lemurs as we walk to our first campsite at Antantsoa. The route will also take us past some stunning natural rock pools.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx 4 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 5 :

Antantsoa – Andriampotsy
Expect a tough day today as we head uphill to our next camp at around 2,100m above sea level.  We will stop to visit some caves on the way and may even get the chance for a relaxing dip in a natural pool.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx 6 hours
Overnight: Camping

Day 6:

Andriampotsy – Pic Boby – Iantaranomby
Another early start this morning as we attempt to summit Boby Peak (2,658m). The climb will take around 2.5 hours but you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the valley below. The descent back to camp will be around 2 hours where you will be welcomed with a hearty lunch. This afternoon we will continue trekking for another 4 hours to reach our final campsite.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx 8 hours
Overnight: Camping
 

Day 7:

Iantaranomomby – Tsaranoro – Tsara
We continue downhill for around 4 hours this morning to reach Tsaranono in the ‘Dream Valley’. This afternoon we head into the forest, hoping to see more lemurs and other creatures endemic to the region. Tonight we will be staying in a basic lodge at Tsara.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx 6 hours
Overnight: Basic lodge

Day 8:

Tsara – Chameleon Peak
We will summit another mountain today Chameleon Peak. The climb will take around 4 hours to the top where you will be treated to spectacular views over the Tsaranoro Valey. We will stop for a picnic lunch before heading back down to the lodge at Tsara.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: Approx 6 hours
Overnight: Basic lodge

Day 9:

Tsaranoro -Fianrantsoa
After breakfast we will rejoin our vehicle to drive approx. 4 hours to the old royal city with a colonial past of Fianrantsoa.We will spend some time this afternoon exploring both the ancient and modern sides of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: hotel

Day 10:

Fianrantsoa – Antananarivo
It’s a long day on the road today as we head back north to the capital Antananarivo.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: hotel

Day 11:

Antananarivo
Our final day in Madagascar will be spent giving back to the community that has hosted us, You will be helping out at a local community project, such as a school, with activities likely to include, painting, decorating and refurbishing.
You will get the opportunity to interact with the local community before a celebratory farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: hotel

Day 12:

Antananarivo – London
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Located in the High Atlas Mountain range a spectacular peak awaits. Jbel Toubkal is Morocco’s highest peak and offers a tempting challenge to adventurous and fit trekkers.

Day 1:

London* – Marrakech – Imlil (1740m)
Depart London* for Marrakech. On arrival you will transfer by road to Imlil village (approx.1.5 hours), passing green valleys and attractive scenery en-route. Imlil is the departure point for treks to Toubkal and you will stay overnight here at a traditional guest house. You can enjoy the rest of the afternoon to explore before a briefing and dinner this evening.
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Overnight: Guesthouse

Day 2:

Imlil – Camp (3200m)
After breakfast, you begin the trek to camp with a long ascent along the valley. Halfway through the trek you will reach Sidi Chamharouch (2350m) a small Islamic shrine believed to heal mental illnesses. Nearby there are some shops and restaurants where you will stop for lunch. After lunch you will continue your trek and will arrive at camp which is the base for the next 2 nights.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camping

Day 3:

Camp – Toubkal Summit (4167m) – Camp
You will depart early this morning to trek to the summit of Mount Toubkal at 4,167m – the highest peak in North Africa! The ascent will take 4-6 hours and you will be rewarded with stunning views over the Atlas Mountains and even as far as the Sahara. After savouring the views and celebrating your achievement you begin your descent back to camp. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure allowing you the opportunity to rest.
Trekking: Approx. 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Camping

Day 4:

Camp – Imlil – Marrakech
This morning you will leave the camp to trek back to Imlil village where you will be met by the vehicle and driven back through the Houaz lowland to the vibrant, bustling and exotic city of Marrakech (journey approx. 1.5 hours) for dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Trekking: Approx. 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5:

Marrakech – London*
Depending on flight times there may be some free time this morning to explore the fascinating city of Marrakech before our transfer to the airport and flight back to London*. Alternatively you may extend your stay for further independent travel.
Meals: Breakfast

This trek in the Moroccan Sahara gives you an insight into this vast and diverse landscape as well as the Berber way of life. You will spend two full days and two half days trekking across ancient dried up river beds, sand dunes and vast sun-baked plains. Camping each night gives you a chance to experience the stunning stars in the night sky (weather permitting) and the traditional Berber cuisine cooked by the team is second to none.

Day 1:

London to Marrakech
We fly together to Marrakech where we are met by our guide and transfer to our hotel for the night. Depending on flight arrival times we may start the journey to the desert today and stay in Ouarzazate tonight instead (approx. 4-5 hours).
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Marrakech to Sahara
If staying in Marrakech we set off early, crossing the Atlas Mountains and following ancient caravan routes into the arid Sahara desert, stopping for lunch in Ouarzazate on the way (journey time approx. 9 hours including stops.) If starting in Ouarzazate the journey takes approximately 4-5 hours. This afternoon we will arrive in the desert and be welcomed by the rest of the trek team and the camels before commencing our trek into the vast and arid Sahara desert, stopping overnight to camp under the stars of the Sahara.
Approx. trek distance: 5km
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 3 – 4:

Sahara Desert

Our trek continues through the desert as we traverse sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes for the next three days. We are aided by our local Berber team comprising of the guides, cook and camel owners (the camels are our porters, carrying our luggage and equipment). Each day you enjoy the varied Saharan landscape and learn about how important it is to respect and comply with the forces of nature in the desert. On average we will cover 15-20km per day but this will vary. As the trek progresses we learn how the nomadic people of the Sahara live: from cooking to sleeping out under the stars and reading the magnificent Saharan night sky.
Approx. trek distance: 15-20km
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Sahara to Marrakech
This morning it’s the final leg of the trek back to the village where we bid farewell to the trekking team and head back to Marrakech (approx. 9 hours’ drive). Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight and overnight stay at a central hotel.
Approx. trek distance: 5km
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Marrakech to London
Enjoy some free time to explore the exotic city of Marrakech before your flight back to the London (subject to flight times).
Meals: Breakfast

Trek over 50km in the Sahara and spend two days making a difference at a community project in Marrakech.

Day 1 :

London to Marrakech
We fly together to Marrakech where we are met by our guide and transfer to our hotel for the night. Depending on flight arrival times we may start the journey to the desert today and stay in Ouarzazate tonight (approx. 4-5 hours).
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Marrakech to Sahara
If staying in Marrakech we set off early, crossing the Atlas Mountains and following ancient caravan routes into the Sahara, stopping for lunch in Ouarzazate on the way (journey time approx. 9 hours including stops.) If starting in Ouarzazate the journey to the desert takes approximately 4-5 hours. This afternoon we will arrive in the desert and be welcomed by the rest of the trek team and the camels before commencing our trek, stopping overnight to camp under the stars of the Sahara.
Trekking: Approx. trek distance: 5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 3 – 4 :

Sahara Desert
Our trek continues through the desert as we traverse sand dunes and rocky, lunar landscapes for the next two days. We are aided by our local Berber team comprising of the guides, cook and camel owners (the camels are our porters, carrying our luggage and equipment). Each day you enjoy the varied Saharan landscape and learn about how important it is to respect and comply with the forces of nature in the desert. On average we will cover 15-20km per day but this will vary. As the trek progresses we learn how the nomadic people of the Sahara live: from cooking to sleeping out under the stars and reading the magnificent Saharan night sky.
Trekking: Approx. trek distance: 15-20km per day
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Sahara to Marrakech
This morning it’s the final leg of the trek to a small village where we bid farewell to the trek team and head back to Marrakech (approx. 9hours’ drive).
Trekking: Approx. trek distance: 5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 – 7:

Marrakech
After a good night’s rest we spend two days assisting at the community project. Typical tasks include decorating, refurbishment, gardening or generally working to improve the environment. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to get involved.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Marrakech to London
Depending onflight times, have some free time to explore Marrakech before your flight back to London.
Meals: Breakfast

Asia

Borneo

In addition to experiencing Borneo’s primary jungle you will also travel through paddy fields, rubber plantations, fruit orchards and across rivers. If you’re lucky you may encounter some of the local wildlife such as orangutans, proboscis monkeys, kingfishers, wild pig, deer, hawks, terrapins and crocodiles amongst others.

Day 1:

London – Kota Kinabalu
Fly to Kota Kinabalu on indirect overnight flights, arriving the next day.

Day 2:

Kota Kinabalu
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transfer by bus to your central hotel in Kota Kinabalu for an overnight stay. This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3:

Kota Kinabalu – Waterfall Trek – Kinabalu National Park
After breakfast we set off for the Kinabalu National Park, stopping en route for a short hike at Murung Turug, where we walk for 8km passing 7 waterfalls, with a chance to stop and swim. After a picnic lunch we continue across the Crocker Range and check into the Park HQ. We stay overnight in a hostel in dormitory style accommodation and shared bathrooms.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Ascend to Mt Hut
Early this morning we transfer to the Timpohon Gate, the start of the summit trail. We traverse through 5 vegetational zones, admiring the mountain’s botanical diversity, as we trek up to 3,300m. A basic hostel is our accommodation for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Summit to Kiau Village
We set off at around 2am for our final ascent to Low’s Peak, the summit of Mt Kinabalu (4,095m). On a clear day you’ll be able to enjoy views across to the South China Sea and Kota Kinabalu in the distance!  Descend back to Timpohon Gate where a vehicle awaits to transfer us to Kiau village. We camp overnight in a community hall, where there is a chance to interact with the villagers and enjoy a dance display this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Kiau Village
Today we venture into the jungle, passing by rubber and pineapple farms along the way. On arrival at the jungle camp our guides will demonstrate how to cook using bamboo, and other indigenous skills. We return to Kiau for another night in the village.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Kiau Village – Kinabatangan
We set off this morning for Kinabatangan, where we check in at a riverside lodge for the night. That evening we will enjoy dinner and a river cruise in search of the long-nosed Proboscis monkey and other wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Kinabatangan – Sandakan
This morning we will travel from Kinabatangan to the world-famous Sepilok orang-utan sanctuary, where you will have the chance to see and learn about these amazing animals, as they are slowly reintegrated into the wild. You’ll even have a chance to walk through the reserve and see the orang-utans up close. This evening you will stay at the Sepilok Jungle Resort and we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 – 10:

Sandakan – London
Today we say farewell to Borneo as we transfer to Sandakan airport (approx. 45 minutes’ drive) for our flight back to London (indirect), arriving the next morning.
Meals: Breakfast

This spectacular trek is a wonderful way to experience Cambodia. The route takes us through rice paddies, jungles and traditional villages, encountering local people, ancient temples and monasteries along the way.

Day 1 – 2: 

London to Siem Reap
Depart London on an indirect overnight flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap we transfer to our hotel to check in and freshen up before a group dinner and a briefing on the week ahead.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: 

Siem Reap to Kulen Mountain to Thma Chrounh
We set off this morning for the drive to Phnom Kulen (Kulen Mountain), one of the most sacred mountains in Cambodia, and a National Park. It was originally called Mahendraparvata and was where Jayavarman II (a 9th Century king) declared himself King of Kings, making Phnom Kulen the birthplace of the Khmer Empire, unifying local overlords after many years of fighting. From here we trek uphill from a monastery through dense forest, enjoying beautiful mountain views and passing through small villages and farms to reach the village of Thma Chrounh where we stay in a local homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 12km / approx. 3 hours walking

Day 4: 

Thma Chrounh to Preah Ang Thom
Our trek continues through small villages and lush jungle, passing hidden ruins of ancient temples along the way. This afternoon we reach Preah Ang Thom, a 16th century monastery famous for its giant reclining Buddha. We stop for lunch by a cascading waterfall before continuing to our homestay a short walk away.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 22km / approx. 6 hours walking

Day 5: 

Preah Ang Thom to Srah Damrei to Wat Preah Kral
After breakfast we set off into the jungle again and uncover the peaceful and hidden site of Srah Damrei, meaning ‘elephant pond’. This recently rediscovered place is hidden deep in the forest and is home to impressive life-size carvings of an elephant and a number of lions that are over 1000 years old. After lunch by a meandering stream we continue to Preah Kral monastery, where we spend the night in the pagoda.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 14km / approx. 5 hours walking

Day 6: 

Wat Preah Kral to Ta Penh
We head downhill this morning through the jungle to Phumi Sorsey, a small village where we stop for lunch. We then continue through paddy fields, farms and other small villages before reaching Ta Penh, where there is time to meet the local villagers before spending the night in a homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 22km / approx. 8 hours walking

Day 7:

Ta Penh to Anh Chanh to Angkor Wat
Our final day of trekking sees us walking across a red soil path through the paddy fields, before eventually reaching the world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park where we will explore the most famous of its temples, Angkor Wat, a visually spectacular, massive three-tiered pyramid, 65 metres high, and surrounded by a moat of more than 5km in length. After exploring the temple complex we will transfer to our hotel in Siem Reap.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 18km / approx. 6 hours walking

Days 8 – 9: 

Knapor Village Community Project
Spend two days assisting on a local community project in Knapor Village. You will stay at a hotel in Siem Reap and transfer to the project each day (approx. 45 mins).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: 

Angkor
Today is our final chance to explore the mighty temples of Angkor including a visit to the famous Bayon, a temple adorned with carvings of 216 smiling faces and incorporating over 11,000 figures. We will also visit the iconic ancient tree-covered site of Ta Prohm, well known for the trees growing out of the ruins, creating a very atmospheric experience. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – 12: 

Siem Reap to London
Depending on flight times there may be time for some further sightseeing in Siem Reap. Perhaps take a wander to the old market which sells everything from fresh fish to household items. Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London,  which may arrive on Wednesday, depending on flight schedules.
Meals: Breakfast

This Singalia ridge trek takes place in the Indian Himalaya and offers dramatic mountain scenery. A highlight will be the breath-taking sunrise views of Kanchenjunga, and even Everest if the weather permits, from the Sandakphu Peak (3,636m).

Day 1 – 2: 

London to Delhi
Depart for Delhi on an overnight flight. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel and freshen up before a short city tour of Old Delhi. You return to the hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3: 

Delhi to Bagdogra to Darjeeling
After breakfast we transfer to Delhi airport for the short domestic flight to Bagdogra. From here we transfer for approx. 90km/4 hours to Darjeeling, stopping for lunch en-route. Upon arrival we check into the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax, rest and take in the sights before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: 

Darjeeling to Rimbick (2256m) to Gumbadara (2300m)
This morning we transfer to Rimbick (approx. 70km/4 hours’ drive) and commence the trek. We follow the trail uphill through the forest, passing small villages and terraced farmland on the way to our teahouse in the small town of Gumbadara (2300m) which means ‘hilltop monastery’.
Approx. 5km trek / 2 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Gumbadara (2300m) to Gurdhum (2800m)
Today we will gradually gain more altitude as we walk for about 5 hours on gradually uphill terrain through dense alpine forests to Gurdhum (2800m), a small village nestled in the lap of the Himalaya.
Approx. 10km trek / 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Gurdhum (2800m) to Sandakphu (3636m)
After an early breakfast we trek uphill through alpine and bamboo forests, then stunning rhododendron and magnolia forests to our teahouse at Sandakphu. Sandakphu is a great basin set amidst the hills, with slopes covered in rhododendron and silver fir trees and offers one of the best views in the Himalayan range, spanning the Eastern Nepal Himalaya and the Sikkim Himalaya; from Everest in Nepal and Kangchenjunga in Sikkim to Chomolhari in Bhutan.
Approx. 15km trek / 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: 

Sandakphu (3636m) to Phalut (3600m)
We wake up before dawn and walk to Sandakphu peak viewpoint to watch the sunrise over Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain on the planet at 8586m, as well as the distinctive profiles of Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8512m) and Makalu (8462m), if weather permits. These magnificent giants represent four of the five highest mountains on earth; a truly inspiring sight that will stay in your memory long after the trek is over. After returning to our teahouse for breakfast we start the trek to Phalut. The walk today is fairly gradual, heading east across the most scenic and stunning part of the entire trek. A long, fairly level hike follows the ridge, taking in the towering slopes of the Kangchenjunga once more.
Approx. 14km trek / 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Phalut (3600m) to Gorkhey (2200m)
After breakfast we descend to the small alpine village of Gorkhey on a long downhill path that passes through an ancient forest where countless species of birds make their home. The ridges and hills are often covered in a profusion of colour, as winter approaches and the trees become ablaze with dazzling autumnal hues.
Approx. 15km trek / 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9:

Gorkhey (2200m) to Srikhola (1800m) to Darjeeling
Today we set off for the last day of our trek. The first half of the route takes us uphill to Rammam village (2560m) before the trail meanders downhill through forests filled with flowers and moss laden trees, gentle streams and picturesque villages to Srikhola where the vehicles will be waiting to take us back to Darjeeling (approx. 4 hrs. drive).
Approx. 8km trek / 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10: 

Darjeeling
After a well-deserved night in our hotel, we have full day of sightseeing in Darjeeling, one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. Our first stop is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Subject to operation, we will take a journey from Darjeeling to Ghoom and back, watching the spectacular landscape unfold as the 2-foot gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which opened in 1881, transports you at about 10mph, crisscrossing the landscape. It has tiny 4-wheel locomotives (some over 100 years old) and is a work of genius and technological achievement as well as great social and cultural importance.
This afternoon we will visit a number of Darjeeling’s highlights such as St. Andrew’s Church, the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Tenzing Norgay mausoleum, and the Tibetan Refugee Centre.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 – 12: 

Darjeeling to Delhi to London
Today we transfer to Bagdogra airport for the return flight to Delhi. Depending on the time of your international flights back to London you will either check in for your flight home, or you will stay at an airport hotel in Delhi and depart on Tuesday 12, arriving late the same day.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner (depending on flight times)

This stunning and remote trek takes you on an adventure following an ancient Bedouin migration route to Petra, experiencing some of the most spectacular natural scenery in Jordan along your journey.

Day 1:

Fly to Jordan
Fly from London to Jordan and transfer to a nearby hotel for an overnight stay. Depending on airline schedules we will either stay in Aqaba or Amman.

Overnight: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

 

Day 2:

Wadi Feinan – Wadi Barwas
Transfer to Wadi Feinan for our first day’s walk across ‘hamada’ landscape – dry, rock-strewn desert, with little sand. The terrain is fairly flat all day but there are spectacular mountain views and expansive wadis (dry valleys) as well as Byzantine and Nabatean ruins to be seen. Tonight, you will set up camp in Wadi Barwas.
Trekking: Approx. 16km / 6 hours./Elevation: 52m gain/Max. altitude 378m.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Wadi Barwas – Ras el Feid

Leaving the stony hamada desert behind this morning, we walk around the foot of the mountains to reach an ancient Bedouin migration path that ascends steeply across rocks and small boulders, going high into the mountains. This section is very challenging and can be loose underfoot and involve scrabbling rocks taking around 4 hours, but the reward is amazing views over the stunning Wadi Araba desert. We eventually descend into Wadi el Feid for a well-deserved dip in its cool waters—a perfect place for lunch and a rest. We then walk upstream through dense foliage before reaching a dry river-bed surrounded with colorful sandstone outcrops to reach our camping spot.
Trekking: Approx. 9.5km / 6-7 hours/Elevation: 597m gain, then 193m loss/Max. altitude 975m.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Ras el Feid – Shkaret Msei’d
This morning we retrace our route along the riverbed and gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherd paths to discover some of the most spectacular scenery in Jordan. This path is particularly challenging, becoming less defined and involving some easy scrambling to pass large boulders and other obstacles. The trail continues along the wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale coloured sandstone hills with incredible views across the surrounding mountains and canyons until we reach our camp at Shkaret Msei’d.
Trekking: Approx. 16km /9-10 hours/Elevation: 207m gain/Max. altitude: 997m.
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Shakret Msei’d – Beida – Little Petra
The scenery changes dramatically today from deep wadis to wonderful wide open sandstone hills that feel almost moonlike. The trail passes agricultural fields and some Bedouin encampments before our trail once again becomes indistinct with some more scrambling. We descend into Little Petra to visit this fabulous site for a taster of the main site which we will encounter tomorrow. A short walk then takes us to a permanent campsite, uniquely located in the midst of the sandstone mountains in Beidha.
Trekking: Approx. 14km/ 5 to 6 hours/Elevation: 203m gain then 143m loss/Max. altitude: 1226m
Overnight: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Petra
Today our trail takes us across open farmland for the first two hours, and then contours around the mountain ridge to enter Petra itself. The views across to the Araba Desert some 100km away are impressive and after 5 days of hard trekking, the first glimpse of the top of Petra’s Monastery is jaw-dropping. Our route takes us into the main site and the heart of Petra, exiting via the Dark Siq to enable us to re-enter the site through the Main Siq, and experience the most famous view of Petra – the Treasury. We then proceed with a full sightseeing tour, including the Facades Street, Urn Tomb, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Royal Tombs and Qasr al Bint, before leaving the site and heading to our hotel in nearby Wadi Musa for a comfortable night’s sleep in a guesthouse.
Trekking: Approx. 16km / 5 to 6 hours to the Treasury + 3-4 hours sightseeing/Max. altitude: 1057m
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Sightseeing*
Spend the day visiting more highlights of this fascinating country.  You will either visit Wadi Rum* on a jeep tour to explore this spectacular desert including Lawrence of Arabia’s Spring and the natural rock bridge of Jebel Um Fruth or you will head north towards the Dead Sea* for an opportunity to have a float in the waters! If time allows, you will also visit Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land and the ancient town of Madaba. *N.B. Sightseeing today will depend on flight schedules and is subject to change.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Return to London
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Depending on flight schedules we will either depart from Aqaba or Amman.
Meals: Breakfast

This is a tough 12-day trek to Nepal’s Everest Base Camp, including an optional (but highly recommended) summit of Kala Pattar. This trek allows you to walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s most respected mountaineers and offers you an insight into the culture of the Sherpa people all while being surrounded by a breath-taking landscape of massive snow-capped peaks.

Day 1 – 2:

London to Kathmandu
Depart London for Kathmandu on an indirect overnight flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu the next morning you will be transferred to a hotel where the rest of the day is free before a trek briefing and welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3:

Kathmandu to Lukla (2843m) to Monjo (2835m)
Depart the hotel early this morning for Kathmandu airport, from where you will take a scenic 40-minute flight landing on a steep mountain runway which sets the scene for our forthcoming trek. Upon arrival in Lukla we will meet our assistant guides and porters before starting the trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley on a well-marked trail towards Phakding where we cross and re-cross the river on a series of high suspension bridges before we arrive into the small village of Monjo where we stay overnight.
Meals: Boxed breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 4 hours / 9km

Day 4:

Monjo to Namche (3445m)
From Monjo we take a steep hike to Namche where, if the weather is clear, we catch our first glimpse of Mt Everest. Just beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, a protected area which aims to preserve the fragile mountain environment for future generations of trekkers and mountaineers. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy market, numerous shops, cafes and most famously, freshly baked apple pies.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 7km

Day 5:

Namche (acclimatisation day)
This morning you will go on an important acclimatisation trek. There are a number of options for acclimatisation in the area, such as trekking towards the Everest View hotel (3880m) where with views of Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku and more; or perhaps visit the interesting Sherpa museum and Syangboche airport (3780m) where you may catch a glimpse of Everest. After lunch the rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the bustling town of Namche (and perhaps try a slice of famous apple pie).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 2-3 hours / 3km

Day 6:

Namche to Deboche (3820m)
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Kosi river where we enjoy our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu. Passing several villages and numerous tea shops we descend steeply into the forest towards the village of Phunki Tenga situated next to the river, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we take a steep climb out of the forest to Tengboche which is famous for its monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. We then descend to a village nearby, Deboche, where we stay overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 10km

Day 7:

Deboche to Dingboche (4410m)
This morning we continue to descend through the forest until we cross the river and start our steady ascent up towards the village of Dingboche, stopping at a village for lunch. The trail this afternoon opens up into what feels like a vast plain after following a narrow trail earlier in the day. You will notice the temperature dropping as you approach Dingboche, which is the highest altitude village on the trek so far.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 6-7 hours / 12km

Day 8:

Dingboche (acclimatisation day)
Today is another important day for acclimatization. You will ascend to around 4600m from where you will have panoramic views of the nearby peaks and the rural farmland in the valley below. Look out for Ama Dablam, Amphu Gyabjen, Cholatse and Tabuche which surround vast glaciers and turquoise lakes. This afternoon you can explore the village and perhaps visit one of the bakeries or cafes for refreshment.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 2-3 hours / 3km

Day 9:

Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m)
We retrace our steps from yesterday’s acclimatisation up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tabuche but turn right and take a steep ascent towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. We stop to have lunch at Thukla (4620m), a small village surrounded by vast peaks before continuing on the trail towards the memorial, home to tributes to all those who have died in Nepal’s Himalaya. After some time to reflect, we continue following the Khumbu glacier up towards the cluster of houses at Lobuche where we stay for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 9km

Day 10:

Lobuche to Everest Base Camp (5364m) to Gorak Shep (5140m)
Today we make our final journey to our goal, Everest Base Camp. Starting our trek just after dawn we continue to follow the ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier as it winds its way through the valley. After around 4 hours trekking we stop for an early lunch at Gorak Shep before making the final push to reach Base Camp, arriving a few hours later. After celebrations, group photographs and time to appreciate the stunning surroundings at Base Camp we return to Gorak Shep for a well-deserved rest!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 8-9 hours / 10.5km

Day 11:

Gorak Shep to Kala Pattar (5554m) to Pheriche (4240m)
The trek to the top of Kala Pattar is optional but it offers superb sunrise views of Everest (which you can’t see from Base Camp) and other vast peaks. If you wish to do this trek a 3am start is required to make it to the top for sunrise. For those trekking Kala Pattar, you will return to Gorak Shep in time to meet the rest of the team for breakfast before starting the descent to Pheriche, a small town you will have seen from across the valley in Dingboche when we stayed there on days 7 and 8.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 7-8 hours / 10km (+ extra 2km for Kala Pattar)

Day 12:

Pheriche to Kyangjuma (3550m)
Today’s trek is mostly downhill as we retrace our steps and descend to Kyangjuma, a village just outside of Namche. There are lots of places of interest along the way including a trekker’s health post, water driven prayer wheels and rhododendron forests.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 5-6 hours / 10km

Day 13:

Kyangjuma to Monjo (2840m)
Today we continue on the trail to Namche and Monjo. We can take a small detour this morning to visit Khumjung (3780m) and Khunde (3840m), where you can visit the Edmund Hillary School and hospital, both still in use today, or the Monastery. We descend into Namche for lunch before making our way back to Monjo for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 4-5 hours / 8km

Day 14:

Monjo to Lukla (2843m)
Today marks our final day of trekking as we follow the Dudh Kosi back to Lukla. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to visit one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants, or simply relax and reflect on your incredible achievement. Tonight you will enjoy a celebratory meal together and have a thank you and tip ceremony for the local guides and porters.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: approx. 4 hours / 9km

Day 15:

Lukla to Kathmandu
This morning we will depart Lukla on the earliest flight back to Kathmandu. We will arrive at the hotel just before lunch and you can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. This evening we will enjoy a farewell meal in Kathmandu. Overnight at a Kathmandu hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 16 – 17 :

Kathmandu to London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. You may arrive on Monday 22 May 2023 depending on flight schedules.
Meals: Breakfast

Starting in Kathmandu, you will make a difference at a local hospice by taking part in hands-on tasks such as refurbishment and redecoration. After the project you set off for the lakeside town of Pokhara and spend five days trekking in the breathtaking Annapurna region of Nepal.

Day 1 – 2:

London to Kathmandu
Depart for Kathmandu on an indirect overnight flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to a central hotel. Depending on flight times there may be an opportunity to do some independent sightseeing before gathering together for a briefing on the days ahead and a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner

Days 3 – 4:

Kathmandu
The next two days will be spent assisting at the hospice care project in Kathmandu on a range of tasks such as painting, decorating, gardening and so on. We will stay at a hotel each night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Kathmandu to Pokhara
After breakfast we depart for the scenic drive to Pokhara (approx. six hours). Upon arrival in this beautiful lakeside town we check into the hotel then the afternoon is free to take in the sights or even do some souvenir shopping.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri
This morning we transfer to Nayapul (approx. 2 hours’ drive) from where you commence the trek. You will follow the banks of the Bhurungdi Khola River as far as Tikhedhunga (1575m) where your final challenge for the day is a steep uphill walk to Ulleri where you stay the night in a teahouse (2073m).
Approx. 10km trek / 530m ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Ulleri to Ghorepani
A day of ascent! Today we will gradually gain more altitude as we walk for about 5 hours uphill to the overnight teahouse in Ghorepani (2800m). As we approach Ghorepani we will pass through stunning rhododendron forests.
Approx. 11km trek / 1400m ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani
An hour-long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun from Poon Hill (3400m). After breakfast back at the teahouse, it is a mostly downhill walk through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests, to reach our teahouse in Tadapani, where you will have another chance to enjoy views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain).
Approx. 11km trek / 330m ascent / 640m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9:

Tadapani to Ghandruk
The descent to Ghandruk is a shorter and easier walk, mostly downhill. From Tadapani you descend through mossy forests and deep gorges, before the scenery changes to a drier more sparse forest as we approach Ghandruk, where we will stay in a teahouse tonight. Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung Village, where many of the inhabitants are Gurkhas.
Approx. 8km trek / 700m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10:

Ghandruk to Pokhara
Today is our final day of trekking as we descend to Birethanti, from where we travel by road back to our hotel in Pokhara.
Approx. 13km trek / 1000m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11:

Pokhara to Kathmandu
This morning we transfer back to our hotel in Kathmandu (approx. 6 hours), stopping for lunch en-route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will freshen up before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12 – 13:

Kathmandu to London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London. You may arrive on Thursday 23 November depending on flight schedules.
Meals: Breakfast

This 5-day trek takes you far off the beaten track and into the remote and beautiful hills of Northern Vietnam in the Pù Luông Nature Reserve area. Passing through remote villages and staying at different local stilt house accommodations each night will give you an authentic insight into the lifestyle of the ethnic minority people who live in the area.

Day 1:

London – Hanoi
Depart London for an indirect overnight flight to Hanoi.

Day 2:

Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to a central hotel. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and explore independently. This evening you will gather together for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3:

Hanoi to Mai Chau
After breakfast we depart Hanoi for a scenic drive (approx. 4 hours) to Mai Chau where we will stop for lunch, then check into our hotel where we will stay during our project activities for the next two days. This afternoon we drive to the village where you will undertake the project activities. After a short orientation tour you will meet the community and learn more about the work we will do. This evening you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and spend the night at a traditional stilt house.!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4:

Mai Chau
Today we will spend the whole day at the project. Our work is likely to involve painting, decorating or gardening, depending on the unit’s needs and requirements which will be determined closer to the time.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5:

Mai Chau  – Hang Village
After completing your project tasks this morning, you will say farewell before we change into our trekking gear ready for the next part of the challenge. We drive an hours into the Mai Chau national reserve where we start trekking. Today is a gentle 4-hour trek to Hang Village, home to a Thai ethnic minority where we spend the night with local Thai families in their traditional stilted houses, and have the chance to stroll around the village before dinner.
Trek: Approx. 4 hours / easy terrain.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Traditional stilt house

Day 6:

Hang Village to Kho Muong
Today we will trek for around 6 hours on a path which runs mostly through jungle. We make a lunch stop in a small village along the way before setting off again this afternoon passing several Thai villages. Tonight we will stay in Kho Muong village, a Muong minority village.
Trek: Approx. 6 hours; slightly uphill, rocky path.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Traditional stilt house

Day 7:

Kho Muong – Nua Village
The trek is a little harder day today, as we trek uphill into the Pu Luong range, passing through a number of small hamlets and minority villages en route. After 3 hours of gentle ascent, we will then descend to the village of Nua, a village of Thai ethnic minority people, where we spend the night in local homes.
Trek: Approx. 6 hours, gentle uphill trail and a gradual descent.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Traditional stilt house

Day 8:

Nua Village – Hieu Village
Today’s trek through the verdant countryside will take around 6 hours as the path runs up and downhill through forests, rice terraces and scenic villages. Along the way we are likely to see farmers working on rice paddies and children going to school. We spend the night in the Thai village of Hieu.
Trek: Approx. 6 hours, undulating terrain.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Traditional stilt house

Day 9:

Hieu Village – Pho Doan – Hanoi
This morning our final day of trekking takes us along the Ma River where we will enjoy lovely views of the river, rice fields and waterwheels until we reach the small market town of Pho Doan where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will meet our vehicle and return to Hanoi (approximately 4 hours), where we check into our hotel and have dinner.
Trek: Approx. 3 hours, long descent.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Overnight: Hotel

Day 10:

Hanoi – London
Today is free for you to explore Hanoi at leisure before your indirect overnight flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Europe

Set 150km south of the Arctic Circle, we are immersed in the wilderness. The first part of our challenge is about adjusting to life in this extreme environment, with expert instruction and supervision as we learn how to get around, how to find food, light fire and build shelters.

Day 1:

London – Stockholm – Raftlaven
We will fly from London to Stockholm then take a domestic flight north to Östersund, 150km south of the Arctic Circle (approx. 1 hour). When we arrive in Östersund we will be greeted by our Swedish team and travel together for one hour to our rustic but cosy log cabin. The cabin is basic with just the essentials; a wood burner, simple kitchen, dining table, dormitory style beds and outdoor ‘long-drop’ toilet. There is no electricity. We have time to settle in before dinner and a briefing on the days to come.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Log cabin.

Day 2:

Cross country skiing and snow shoeing
After a hearty breakfast we start our day exploring the surrounding area on cross country skis through the forest and along by the frozen river (no previous experience required). Later today we will have the chance to get to grips with snowshoeing (snow shoes supplied) before starting construction on the snow holes which will be our home for a night later in the week before returning to the cabin for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Log cabin.

Day 3:

Husky sledding
This morning you will meet some more important members of your team; your husky dog team! The dogs will arrive at the cabin this morning and we will have a short briefing and introduction. You will then take your own dog team for an exhilarating ride through the frozen forest, before we gather around an open fire for a hot lunch, whilst enjoying the magical views across the landscape. We return to the cabin this afternoon and continue building our snow hole.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Log cabin.

Day 4:

Snowmobile safari*
Get ready for another exhilarating day – this time on a snowmobile safari! After an early breakfast we travel in the minibus (approximately 1 hour) to the start of our snowmobile safari. After an important safety briefing, in pairs we set off to a nearby frozen lake to practice handling these powerful machines. You will be paired up and each person will take the controls for half of the 6-hour ride. Once everyone is ready we head off through the forests and up into the mountains. On a clear day from the vantage point there is a magnificent view across to Norway. On the way back down we stop for lunch either out in the wilds or at a mountain hotel (depending on the weather). From here it’s time to swap with your partner for the ride back. Once back at the cabin it’s time to prepare for the survival phase of the challenge. With our bags packed for the following three days and nights we head out into the night on cross-country skis to a remote location where we erect a traditional Scandinavian tent complete with log burner. During the night we take it in turns to stoke the log burner and keep everyone comfortably warm!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Scandinavian tent.

Day 5:

Shelter building
Today is a tough day but is fun and rewarding as we learn and put into practice some new skills. Our main task today is to build an A- frame thatched shelter out of the surrounding trees, complete with a trench in the middle for a fire. Full instruction will be provided and you will learn important survival skills. Construction will take most of the day but once it is complete we will light the fire and move in to our home for the night in time for dinner. Once again we will take it in turns to stay awake and stoke the fire throughout the night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Shelter.

Day 6:

Snow hole
Today we finish off the construction of our snow hole, carefully shaping it with spades and ice axes to carve a domed ceiling and two to three entrances. Inside the temperature will reach a cosy, relatively warm 0°C. Again we take it in turns overnight, this time for ‘candle watch’.

Placing candles in the snow hole not only provides light but also has an important function of indicating there is sufficient oxygen present.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Snow hole.

Day 7:

Hot tub and sauna
After breakfast in the snow hole it’s time to ski back to the cabin. With the survival phase complete, the rest of the morning you can relax, enjoy some more skiing,  snowshoeing or even ice fishing. This afternoon there is time to enjoy an important part of Swedish culture, relaxing in the sauna and hot tub. In the evening we have a celebratory dinner in the cabin and bid farewell to our Swedish hosts.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Log cabin.

Day 8:

Raftlaven – Stockholm – London
We depart from the cabin for the transfer to Östersund airport (approx. 1 hour) for our flight back to London via Stockholm.
Meals: Breakfast.


*You must have a full driving licence to be 
able to drive a snowmobile. If you do not, you will still be able to be a passenger but will not be allowed to drive.

Jump aboard and explore the Ionian Sea from its waters. You will spend four days kayaking from island to island with plenty of time to stop for a swim, gaze upon the rocky cliff face and hidden caves or snorkel in the crystal blue waters. A truly unique way to explore this incredible part of Greece.

Day 1:

London – Preveza
Depart London for Preveza.  On arrival transfer to our hotel for a welcome dinner and briefing this evening.
Overnight: Guesthouse – twin ensuite rooms
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Preveza – Nydri – Thilia
After breakfast we transfer to Nydri where our kayaks await, and the adventure begins! After our initial introduction, and a chance to familiarise ourselves with the kayaks, we start our tour paddling towards the island of Madouri. Following the coastline we head towards the island of Skorpios where we make our first stop for a swim in the crystal blue waters and enjoy a snack before continuing on our way.  Our  next stop is the island of Meganisi where we enjoy a stroll ashore to explore the small alleyways of the village of Spartohory.  After lunch there is a chance for another swim before padding to the islet of Thilia where we set up camp for the night.
Distance: 6 nautical miles
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Thilia – Limonari
After a morning swim and breakfast, we paddle along the east side of Meganisi island to visit the Gulf of Vathy – we paddle through the majestic scenery to reach Atherinos where we stop for lunch and a dip.  We then continue south until we reach the beach of Limonari, where we set up our camp.
Distance: 6 nautical miles
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4:

Limonari – Mikros Gyalos
Today we head over to the west side of the island to explore the rocky caves of Papanicolis and Giovanni.  Take to the water with your mask and snorkel to enjoy it at its best!  We have a rest after lunch to conserve our strength for the long paddle this afternoon across to the bay of Mikros, where we stay in an organised camp for the night.
Distance: 9 nautical miles
Accommodation: Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Mikros Gyalos – Nydri to Preveza
This morning we paddle parallel to the cost of Lefkada and make our first stop at the blue caves for a swim and snorkel.  After stopping at the beach of Kamari for lunch we then visit the cave of St Nicholas before heading back to the small port of Nydri to complete our tour.
Distance: 9 nautical miles
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Preveza – London
Today we take theflight home back to London.
Meals: Breakfast

This challenging 3-day trek and climb in the ‘home of the Greek gods’ is a great opportunity to experience Greece’s rugged, beautiful and tough mountain landscapes and uncover the ancient myths and legends.

Day 1:

London – Thessaloniki
Depart London for Thessaloniki and transfer to our hotel. We will have a welcome dinner and a pre-trek briefing this evening. If flight times permit, we will transfer to the village of Litochoro and stay in a rural guesthouse overnight.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Thessaloniki – Prionia – Refuge A (2,100m)
After breakfast we transfer to the trailhead at Prionia (approx. 2 hours), where we begin our trek at an attitude of 1,100m. The trail is one of the most frequented on the mountain and forms part of the E4, a 10,450km walking trail across Europe. The trail winds its way thick forests of pine, beech and fir, on well-maintained but fairly steep paths uphill almost all the way. It takes roughly 4 hours to reach our first overnight refuge, Refuge A (Spilos Agapitos), our base for the night.
Trekking approx. 4 hours. 4 miles/6.5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Refuge A – Summit (2,917m) – Plateau of Muses (2,700m)
After breakfast we follow a zigzag path which delivers us just below the main summits of this mighty mountain.
There are two options today, depending on the weather conditions and the group’s ability. If possible, we will attempt to summit Mytikas peak which, at 2,917m, is the highest in Greece. This involves an 800m ascent which takes around 4-5 hours of trekking. You will traverse narrow paths; some quite exposed and then have approximately 150m of scrambling. You will be roped up to your guide, and helmets and harnesses will be provided for safety. You can opt out of the scramble and wait at the base of the climb for the team to summit and return.
Alternatively, we can aim for the stunning Skala and Skolio peaks. Starting with an ascent of Skala (2882m) we cross a narrow ridge to take us up to Skolio peak, just slightly lower than the highest point at a lofty 2,911m. We descend along a spectacular path underneath Stefani Peak (the third major peak of Olympus, the Throne of Zeus), before emerging onto the Muse’s alpine plateau to reach our small refuge in Kakkalos, Refuge C.
Trekking approx. 6-7 hours. 4.2 miles/6.8km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Plateau of Muses – Gortsia – Thessaloniki
We start today with an ascent of Profitis Ilias peak, situated just behind the refuge. From the top we can enjoy amazing views of the summits of Mount Olympus. We descend for approximately two hours until we reach the refuge of the Hellenic Rescue Team, Petrostougka (1940m), where we will have our lunch. After lunch we continue our descent to Gortsia, a further 3 hours of walking, where our vehicle will transfer us back to Thessaloniki for our overnight stay (2 hours’ drive).
Trekking approx. 5-6 hours. 6.6 miles/10km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Thessaloniki – London
Depending on flight times you will have some free time before heading to the airport for the return flight to London.
Meals: Breakfast

Step back in time and follow the Path of the Ancients. Combine the beauty of the wild mountains with ancient mythology as you will take the historic trail of the worshippers of Pan as they pilgrimaged to the temples of Delphi and the shrines of the Corycean Grotton.

Day 1:

London – Athens – Polydroso
Depart on a flight from London to Athens.  On arrival we will transfer to the village of Polydroso (approx. 2.5 hrs drive). We will spend our first night in a guesthouse and enjoy a welcome dinner and briefing this evening.
Meals: Dinner
Overnight: Guesthouse – twin ensuite rooms

Day 2:

Polydroso – Defner Mountain Shelter (1800m)
Our hike begins this morning as we leave the village on a path surrounded by natural springs, Cephalonian fir and Juniper trees.  We gradually ascend through agricultural and forested areas to reach Defner Mountain Shelter at 1800m. There are spectacular views across to the Golf of Corinth on a clear day!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 8 hours (Approx 14km)
Overnight: Basic shelter – shared dorms, no showers

Day 3:

Defner Mountain Shelter (1800m) – Gerondovrachos (2395m) – Livadi Plateau (1200m)
Today we explore the alpine zone of Mt Parnassos with its rare endemic species of plants and insects. Our goal for today is to reach the summit of Gerondovrachos, which stands at 2,3395m. After admiring the incredible 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding valley we descend to the Livado Plateau and our overnight accommodation at a forest hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 8 hours (Approx 14km)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4:

Livadi Plateau (1200m) – Delphi
After an early breakfast we will set off to follow the historic trail which was taken by worshippers of Pan as they pilgrimaged from the temples of Delhi to the shrines of the Corycean Grotto to celebrate ancient rites. The path will take us through the forest as we drop down from the slopes of Mt Parnassos to the village of Delph. There we will enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular ruins. Tonight we will either stay at a hotel in Delphi or return to Athens for a final night in a central hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trekking: 5 hours (12km)
Overnight: Hotel

Day 5:

Athens – London
We will transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Explore the other-wordly landscapes of the volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland. As well as the popular Golden Circle we will be exploring lava flows at twilight, discovering the incredible beauty of ice caves, taking on the frozen wonderland as we hike remote glaciers and enjoying spectacular views of the black sand beaches of the south.

Day 1:

London – Reykjavik
Depart London for Reykjavik and transfer to a cabin hotel (or similar).
Overnight: Cabin hotel
Meals: None

Day 2:

Reykjavik – Reykjanes Peninsula & Geldingardalir Volcano – Reykjavik
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity and is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. The lava-scarred landscape is other-worldly, full of fissures and faults, and a fantastic introduction to Iceland!  Earlier this year, the area experienced a new volcanic eruption, for the first time in around 800 years. If the eruption is still on-going, and safe to visit, we plan to take a short hike to witness the lava flow at twilight.  Return to Reykjavik this evening.
Accommodation: Cabin hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3:

Reykjavik – Golden Circle
Today we set off to see the highlights of Iceland, no less spectacular due to their popularity! The three main stops are spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir with its numerous geysers (named after the town!), and Pingvellir National Park, important for both geological and political reasons, as it was here the first parliament of Iceland was formed in 930.  There is also a chance to take a dip in a natural hot spring at Reykjadalur, before continuing our journey to finish the day at Skogar. There may be time for a short hike alongside the waterfall before checking into our accommodation, the Kverna Hotel (or similar).
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Golden Circle – Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
A full day of hiking, starting off in a glacier truck, enabling us to reach remote areas which normal vehicles cannot access, and then continuing our journey on foot.  The glacier guide will lead us through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice – white, blue and crystal-clear. You’ll peer down into deep crevasses and water cauldrons, as well as enjoying views across to the coast and the black sand beaches of the south.  Return to Skogar for the night.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Skogar – Reykjavik
Today offers a unique opportunity to explore an ice cave, recently discovered on the Solheimajokull glacier.  Witness first hand one of Iceland’s great natural wonders as you walk into a frozen world of crevasses, water cauldrons and ridges.  After completing our adventure we head back to Reykjavik for a final night at the Cabin Hotel (or similar).
Accommodation: Cabin hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6:

Reykjavik – London
Today we take the flight home back to London.
Meals: Breakfast

This 5-day trek in Romania is a great opportunity to experience the country’s rugged and beautiful mountain landscapes, uncover the legend of Dracula and get a unique insight into the local culture.

Day 1:

London – Bucharest – Sinaia
Depart London for the flight to Bucharest. Depending on flight times we will depart from Bucharest airport to Sinaia, a small town in the mountains, for an overnight stay in a local guesthouse (approx. 2.5 hours’ drive).
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Sinaia – Padina Hut
We set off after breakfast for our first day of trekking in the Bucegi Mountains. You will be responsible for carrying your own kit for the next two days so ensure you pack lightly with only the absolute essentials. We trek across the Bucegi Plateau today, passing the Romanian Sphinx (2216m), a rock formation that looks like the profile of a human face. From here we descend towards our mountain hut in the heart of the massif, Padina Hut.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours. Distance: approx. 19.5km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Padina Hut – Moeciu
Today we explore the quieter side of the mountain with amazing views over the whole Bran region and across to the Piatra Craiului National Park. We will hike along the old military border between Transylvania and Wallachia, with dramatic views over to Bran Castle, before descending to stay the night in a local guesthouse in Moeciu.
Trekking time: approx. 7 hours
Distance. approx. 15.3km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Moeciu – Sirnae-Ciocanu
Today we walk over the rolling hills and through scattered villages in the Moeciu area.  We reach our guesthouse this evening.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Distance. approx. 12km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Sirnea-Ciocanu – Bran Castle
Our final day of trekking brings us down through the mountains to the town of Bran, home of the infamous Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle!  This evening we will enjoy a Halloween party!
Trekking time approx 6 hours
Distance. approx. 19.4km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Bran – Bucharest – London
If flight times allow there may be some time to explore the beautiful old city of Brasov this morning before returning to Bucharest Airport for the return flight to London.
Meals: Breakfast

Santiago de CompostelaThis trek explores the eighth and final section of the French Way, the most traditional and best known of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela. During the 5-day walk we traverse the hilly landscapes of Galicia, passing numerous points of cultural and historical interest along the way.

Day 1:

London to Sarria
Fly from London to either Santiago, La Coruna, Vigo, or Porto (tbc). On arrival transfer to spend your first night at a hotel in Sarria and have dinner and a briefing on the trek to come.

Day 2:

Sarria – Portomarin
After a hearty breakfast we start our walk today, through shady oak woods, pretty villages and on quiet country roads. The village of Barbedelo has a beautiful Romanesque church, the Church of Santiago, which features pictorials of fantastic birds, Daniel between two lions and the three wise men before Herod. The art displayed here represents the importance of resurrection and new beginnings.  When we finally arrive in Portomarin, there is time to relax at the hotel and enjoy the numerous terraces of the main plaza and learn about the history of the area.
Distance: 22km
Duration: approx 6 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +230m / -300m
Meals: Dinner

Day 3:

Portomarin – Palace do Rei
Leaving the village, the Camino crosses the River Miño and climbs steadily uphill. On our way, we cross Gonzar and the Romanesque Church of Santa María Castromaior, and then stop a moment to enjoy the peace and calm of the Galician Cemetery in Ligonde. We continue on to Eirexe and its stunning Romanesque church featuring a sculpture of Daniel, as well as Santiago de Peregrino. Our overnight stop is in Palace do Rei, a small and pretty town.
Distance: 25km
Duration: approx 6.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +340m / -140m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Palace do Rei – Arzua 
Today, the Camino continues slightly downhill, passing the village of Casanova and the charming village of Leboreiro. At Melide there is a chance to stop in one of the many restaurants to try some local specialties. Later today, the Camino follows a forest track and crosses several streams bringing us to the village of Boente, with its church of Santiago. Then we pass through the medieval village of Ribadiso, and finally reach Arzùa. This small town has 2 churches that can be visited, Santa María and La Magdalena. It has a population of around 7000 and is famous for its creamy cheese, quiexo.
Distance: 29km
Duration: approx 7 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +140m / -340m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Arzua – Rua Opino 
Today’s shaded section of the Camino passes through woods, along streams and through sleepy villages. We take our time and visit the chapel of Santa Irena, with its unique statues of Santiago. The rest of the way to Rua Opino is on a good and quiet country road. Rua is one of the less crowded stopping points before Santiago de Compostela.
Distance: 18km
Duration: approx 5.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +50m / -130m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Rua Opino – Santiago de Compostela 
The final stage today, firstly to Lavacolla, where pilgrims traditionally washed in the river before reaching Santiago de Compostela. The tall eucalyptus trees line the way to Monte del Gozo (the Mount of Joy), from where we can see our goal – the Cathedral of Santiago! After descending to the city you will be able to witness the fantastic architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site close-up. We check into our hotel and relax after completing our camino.
Distance: 21km
Duration: approx 5.5 hours
Altitude gain/loss: +150m / -185m

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Santiago
Today is free for you to enjoy at your leisure.Take in the sights of Santiago de Compostela or optional excursions available for a supplement payable locally. Gather for a celebratory farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8:

Santiago – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK.
Meals: Breakfast

Spend a long weekend exploring the stunning Triglav National Park. You will begin your hike in the serene alpine pastures before you head up to steeper trails of Mt. Triglav. Discover the Valley of the Seven Lakes, picnic on the shores of the turquoise Lake Bohinj and enjoy a dip in the cooling waters of Lake Bled.

Day 1:

London – Ljubljana – Bled
Depart the UK on a flight to Ljubljana, then transfer to a hotel in Bled for our first night.   This evening we meet the trekking team and receive a briefing on the days to come, before a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Bled – Triglav National Park
After breakfast we set off towards Lake Bohinj and the stunning Triglav National Park. Our trek starts through serene alpine pastures before continuing on a steeper trail to reach our first mountain hut, situated below Mt Triglav.
Trekking: 9.5 km, 5 hrs, elevation +340m, -1095m
Overnight: Mountain hut
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Triglav National Park
Today is our hardest day of trekking.  Departing the hut, the path leads through stunning alpine scenery, with some spectacular views, before descending down into the Valley of the Seven Lakes and our overnight base in another mountain hut.
Overnight: Mountain hut
Trekking: 12km, 7 hrs, elevation +900m, -750m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4:

Triglav National Park – Bohini – Ljubjana
On our final day of trekking, we leave the high alpine peaks behind and descend back into the land of alpine pastures.  After our picnic lunch, we reach the shores of turquoise Lake Bohinj where there is time to enjoy a refreshing dip before we transfer to our final night’s accommodation at Lake Bled.  Celebrate your achievements with a celebratory farewell dinner this evening!
Overnight: Hotel
Trekking: 14km, 6 hrs, elevation +450m, -1,600m
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 5:

Ljubljana to London
Depending on flight times, enjoy some free time by the lake before we depart for the airport for London
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

 

 

AlpsThe Tour du Mont Blanc is a circular walking trail through France, Italy and Switzerland. The route encircles the Mont Blanc Massif and is considered one of the world’s classic long-distance walking trails.

Day 1:

London – Geneva – Courmayeur
Depart London for Geneva. On arrival we will meet the local team and transfer to our hotel in Courmayeur, Italy, for the night where we will enjoy a welcome dinner and a briefing on the trek to come. Meals: Dinner. Overnight: Hotel

Day 2:

Courmayeur – Val Ferret – Champex
After a morning transfer to Arnuva, we hike up to Grand Col Ferret at 2537m, the highest point of the trek on the border between Italy and Switzerland where spectacular views unfold across the valley. During the hike Glacier de Pré de Bar appears at the base of the snow-covered summit of Mount Dolent. Once at the pass, we descend to the Swiss Val Ferret passing scenes of traditional rural life such as open meadows and farmland all with a stunning mountain backdrop. From there we transfer to the charming village of Champex and stay overnight at our mountain chalet in Switzerland. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (12km, 895m ascent/1125m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 3:

Champex – Trient Valley
Today we hike from the Champex valley to the Trient valley. It will take us to the alpine pastures of Bovine. A balcony trail above the Rhone valley and its vineyards allows us to admire the peaks of the Bernese Oberland and the steep summits of the Combin massif. After descending in the shade of the larches, we arrive at the Col de la Forclaz, a key passage between the Rhone and Trient valleys. We stay overnight at a refuge in Trient, Switzerland. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (14km, 750m ascent / 900m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 4:

Trient – Tré le Champ
Our final day starts with a steady climb which takes us to the Swiss-French border from where the views on the north of the Mont Blanc range are breath-taking. This fabulous scenery will stay in sight until we arrive in the hamlet of Tré le Champ where our trek ends. Tonight, we have a farewell dinner and stay overnight in Tré le Champ, France. Trekking time: approx. 7-8 hours (16km, 1070m ascent / 950m descent). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight: Refuge

Day 5:

Tré le Champ – Geneva – London
Today we transfer to Geneva airport for the flight back to London. Meals: Breakfast

Step back in time and spend the weekend hiking along one of the UK’s most famous historic landmarks.

Day 1:

Herding Hill Farm Campsite arrival
You should arrive at the campsite and pitch your tent no later than 6pm, so there is time for you to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Lanercost Priory to Camp
After an early breakfast we set off by minibus to the starting point of our walk. Walking eastwards we set off along a small road which passes through several villages before we head up a ridge which runs alongside the wall. Our first large ruin is the Birdoswald Roman Fort, high above the village of Gilsland.
We continue into the Northumberland National Park and walk alongside the most visible parts of the wall. This section over The Crags is considered the most difficult but the breath-taking views over the countryside are worth it. Tonight we will arrive back to our campsite by foot for a well-earned dinner.
Trekking distance: Approx. 15 miles (24km)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Camp to Brocolitia
Today we set off directly from the campsite and continue our walk east along the wall. Today you will have great views towards Wark Forest and the barren Northumberland Highlands. Using the wall as our guide we will continue over clifftops and crags over undulating paths and past several lakes. We will pass the picture postcard Sycamore Gap, Houseteads Roman Fort before heading on to our final destination – the third century temple ruins of Brocolitia. We will be picked up by mini-bus and return to camp to check out and head home.
Trekking distance: Approx. 10 miles (17km)
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

If you wish to explore more of the local area, there are numerous places of interest including the Roman forts at Vindolanda and Chesters, The Roman Army Museum and Corbridge Roman town. The historic market towns of Haltwhistle and Hexham are within easy distance and thriving hubs of both Carlisle and Newcastle are a short drive away.

You will walk approximately 25 miles along the beautiful coastal path from Lulworth to Studland. The undulating cliffs provide stunning views over the sea and surrounding landscape and offer a very worthy challenge!

Day 1:

Arrival
You should arrive at the bunkhouse no later than 6pm, so there is time for you to meet the group and have a challenge briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers
After an early breakfast we set off by minibus to the starting point of our walk at Lulworth Cove. Highlights today include crossing the Lulworth Range, looking out for ancient fossils, and if we’re lucky, even spotting a dolphin or two! Today’s hike will end at Worth Matravers where a minibus will be waiting to transport us back to the bunkhouse for a well-earned dinner.
Trek distance: Approx. 13 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Worth Matravers to Studland
We transfer back to where we ended yesterday’s walk in Worth Matravers and continue along the coastal path in an easterly direction, passing stunning scenery to Swanage via Durlston Head and Old Harry Rocks before reaching Studland Bay. We transfer back to the bunkhouse to pack up and head home.
Trek distance: Approx. 12 miles
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch

Spend the weekend on the water as you canoe through the stunning Wye Valley. We’ll be camping right on the banks of the river and testing our skills on the waterway over two days.

Day 1: Bycross Farm Campsite
You should arrive at the campsite to meet the group and have a briefing over dinner.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Canoe to Byecross Farm
After a safety briefing this morning we head upstream to our launch point. We will spend the day paddling back towards the campsite at Byecross Farm, stopping for lunch and refreshments along the way. You will arrive back at the campsite in time for a hot shower and dinner around the campfire
Total distance: Approx. 12 miles paddle
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3: Byecross Farm to Hereford
After a hearty breakfast, we get back in our canoes and paddle downstream to Hereford. We aim to arrive by around 4pm before being picked up by the mini-bus and return to camp to check out and head home.
Total distance: Approx. 12 miles paddle
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

 

North America

South America

Spend time on one of the best hikes in Colombia, trekking through the steamy jungle, past dramatic waterfalls and through the stunning mountains. Hidden deep in the jungle you will find the ruins of Ciudad Perdida or Teyuna, an ancient settlement hundreds of years older than neighbouring Machu Picchu in Peru.

Day 1:

London to Bogota
Depart for an overnight flight to Bogota.

Day 2:

Bogota
Arrive in Bogota and transfer to a central hotel.  Depending on flight times, there may be a chance to take part in a city tour of the Old Quarter this afternoon, including guided visits to the main square, the Botero Museum and the cathedral.  We will have a welcome dinner this evening.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3:

Bogota – Santa Marta
We will return to the airport for the short flight to Santa Marta.  We will take a walking tour of the city with our guide to learn all about the local Tayrona culture that existed in the area long before the arrival of Europeans.  This evening there will be a briefing on the trek.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Santa Marta – Mamey
After a hearty breakfast we will set off in four-wheel drive vehicles to the starting point of our trek to the lost city.  We spend the morning hiking through the Mamey region before stopping for lunch at a local finca, after which we hike to the first indigenous campsite, on the shores of the Buritaca River.
Trekking: 4 hours (Approx. 7km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Buritaca River – Mutanyi
Today’s hike takes us through the Buritaca Valley, stopping briefly at a couple of small villages to admire the stunning views over the Sierra Nevada.  After lunch there is a chance to swim in the waterfall before continuing to our campsite located on a small farm.
Trekking: 8 hours (Approx. 16km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

The Lost City
Today we reach the highlight of our trek – the Lost City!  2,000 stone steps need to be climbed in order to enter the ancient site, and then the views of its numerous terraces and ceremonial artefacts unfold.  Enjoy some time exploring this incredible archaeological site before returning to the previous night’s campsite.
Trekking: 7 hours (Approx. 6-10km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Mamay
Today’s hike follows a route through the Sierra Nevada and back into the Mamey region. After enjoying the undulating trails, and incredible views, we arrive at our final camp.
Trekking: 5 hours (Approx. 10km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Mamay – Santa Marta
We leave camp this morning and will enjoy a short walk to another spectacular waterfall before a hike to the tiny town of  Machete Pelao. After lunch, we head back to Santa Marta, where we check into the hotel and are reunited with our luggage.
Trekking: 4 hours (Approx. 7km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9:

Santa Marta – Bogota – London
We will transfer to the airport for the return flight to London, via Bogota, which may arrive the following day, depending on flight schedules.
Meals: Breakfast

Voted one of the top 25 treks in the world, this challenging expedition will take us beneath spectacular Andean peaks, through epic Peruvian landscapes and misty cloud forest.

Day 1:

London – Lima
Fly from London to Peru’s capital city, Lima. On arrival in Lima transfer to a hotel for an overnight stay and our first meal together.
Meals: Dinner

Day 2:

Lima – Cusco
It’s an early start this morning for our short flight to Cusco (3,400m). After arriving we transfer to our colonial hotel and have lunch. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the city at our own pace while acclimatising to the altitude. Perhaps take in some of the local sights such Cusco Cathedral, the markets, or just enjoy people-watching over a coffee in Plaza de Armas before gathering together for dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3:

Cusco – Tambo Machay – Cusco
After breakfast, trek from Cusco up to the ancient ruin of Tambo Machay for acclimatisation. This gradual ascent offers 300m elevation gain which will help you acclimatise for the trek to come. You will continue to pass some amazing Inca sites as you walk downhill to Sacsayhuaman. This afternoon we return to Cusco for our overnight stay.
Trekking: Approx. 8km. 300m altitude gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4:

Cusco – Challacancha – Humantay Lake – Soraypampa
Today the trek to Machu Picchu begins! We transfer from Cusco early this morning and take a scenic drive to Challacancha (3867m), stopping for a brief visit to Tarawasi Archaeological site enroute. We continue along the winding mountain road to Mollepata (2900m), enjoying panoramic views en-route. On arrival at Challacancha, we will enjoy lunch whilst the pack horses are loaded then we commence our climb to Humantay Lake (3,869m). After enjoying the views of this stunning blue lake, we continue to Soraypampa (3,850m) where we set up camp with the magnificent Salkantay Mountain (6,271m) as our backdrop – the second most sacred peak in Inca mythology.
Trekking: Approx. 22km/7hrs. 469m altitude gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5:

Soraypampa – Andenes
Today the landscape changes drastically from dry and arid, to snowy peaks, before descending into the tropical zone. After breakfast we leave our camp and start the toughest section of the trek. The mountain switchbacks lead us up to the pass and our highest point, Abra Salkantay (4,630m). We celebrate our achievements and admire the spectacular views of the mountains and imposing snowy peaks of Mt. Salkantay. After lunch we descend through the grassy highlands and into the cloud rainforest to reach our camp in Andenes (2920m).
Trekking: Approx. 21km/8hrs. 750m altitude gain / 1620m altitude loss
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6:

Andenes – Lucmabamba
Today we hike through lush rainforest along the Santa Teresa river valley to Lucmabamba campsite (2064m). We’ll pass bamboo groves, waterfalls, thermal hot springs, coffee plantations and banana, granadilla and avocado orchards, and observe a wide array of tropical flowers and birdlife, such as hummingbirds. A hot picnic lunch is served along the way, after which we trek for approximately 4 more hours to reach the start of the “Llactapata Inca Trail” and our last campsite at Lucmabamba. This evening we will have a local coffee tasting and demonstration!
Trekking: Approx. 19km/7hrs. 856m altitude loss
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7:

Lucmabamba – Llactapata – Aguas Calientes
After an early breakfast, we hike for around three hours to reach the archaeological site Llactapata (2,700m) from where we catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu from across the valley! On the way we pass coffee plantations, beautiful landscapes and diverse flora and fauna. We descend through bamboo forest to Hidroelectrica train station and stop for lunch, before continuing by train to Aguas Calientes (2,040m) where we can enjoy a hot shower!
Trekking: Approx. 15km/6hrs. 636m altitude gain, 660m altitude loss.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8:

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
At dawn, we begin our journey to Machu Picchu! We start with a short bus ride – prepare to be awed by this incredible ancient citadel. We start the day with a guided tour before free time to explore the site on our own. If you have the energy, you can continue up to the Sun Gate for the picture postcard classic view of Machu Picchu. This afternoon we take the train to Poroy, followed by a short transfer back to Cusco where we check into our hotel before a final celebratory dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9:

Enjoy a final free day in Cusco. Gather for a celebratory farewell dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Days 10 – 11 :

Cusco – Lima – London
Today we fly from Cusco to Lima before taking an indirect overnight flight back to London, landing the following day, Tuesday 17 October 2023.
Meals: Breakfast