Thursday, May 14, 2015

Walking with Bears

Walks Worldwide's Mark Wright recently visited Slovakia on our Walking with Bears adventure. He's keen to share his thoughts and experiences on what makes this trip such a breath of fresh air. 

I’d wanted to walk in the High Tatras for many years. A taste of Alpine trekking placed in a very culturally interesting part of Eastern Europe with lakes, waterfalls and unique plants and wildlife; all of it sounded like a breath of fresh air. The mountains have a number of well-marked tourist trails, but as I found out, it’s the days spent off the trail which are the highlights of any visit to this amazing location.

 When I was given the opportunity to  see bears in the wild I had assumed that i'd have to spend long hours sitting in a hide all day hoping one might come along. I was very wrong. This is no ordinary bear zoo! Our aim during the trek was to actively locate and observe bears (from a safe distance of course) in their natural habitat.

This trip is is a unique collaboration between Walks Worldwide, the national park rangers and a local bear-conservation project. Accompanied by our park ranger, Peter, we were taken ‘off piste’ to walk amongst the mountain areas where other travellers are usually forbidden from entering. This allowed us to enter a secret world and to reach places and see things rarely seen by outsiders. Not only the bears themselves, but also sensational mountain landscapes and many ungulates and other wildlife.

Starting in cracking Krakow in Poland, we made our way into Slovakia, as to walk through jaw-dropping gorges of the Slovak National Park. We then began our adventure in the Tatras, following trails well-used by bears and wolves. Making our way into the isolated Silent Valley, we were able to scout for bears out of the way of the regular tourists. Staying off the tourist trails we made our way through the deep forests of the area to the bear rich area of Liptovske Kopy. We also visited the wonderfully preserved village of Spisska Sobota, which was our base for the remainder of our trip. A free day at the end of the trek was a welcomed chance to relax after some hard walking in the previous days. Although given the option to visit the historic Spis Castle or Poprad, I chose to stay in the village and explore its traditional  medieval streets past painted houses and shops.

To those that are interested in walking and wildlife this trip ticks all the boxes. Any apprehensions you may have will instantly disappear once you see the bears roaming freely in their natural habitat, they are far more afraid of us than we are of them! 

Inspired? Click here to find out more about our Walking with Bears adventure.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Walking in the High Tatras

Alan Dixon, a client of Walks Worldwide, headed on a walking adventure in the High Tatras Mountains in summer 2014. They combined Rysy and the High Tatras with Tatras and the Polish Highlands for a 15-day walking tour. As it’s the perfect time to book for summer 2015, we asked him to share his experiences of walking in this mountainous region...

" In July and August 2014, Ray, Glenys and I did some walking in the High Tatras, in northern Slovakia and southern Poland.  We also did some short walks in the Pieniny and Beskidy Ranges.

The High Tatras are the highest part of the long Carpathian Range, with peaks up to 2,650m.  There are generally coniferous forests up to the tree line, with alpine vegetation above it, then rocky peaks. 

Also, there are quite a few beautiful alpine lakes.  Basically, the Tatras are like the European Alps, but are not as high.  They are protected by national parks on both the Slovak and Polish sides of the border.

There is an excellent well-signposted system of walking tracks, and there are plenty of hostels where you can spend the night, and where dinner and breakfast are served.

On the tracks there were plenty of other people – walking in Europe is not a wilderness experience.  We met hardly any people from English-speaking countries, and most of the other walkers were Slovaks, Poles and Czechs.  Of course these people live near the Tatras, but I think that they probably prefer them to the Alps because, in the Alps, they would have to pay Western European prices from Eastern European salaries.

I did not attempt to organise our accommodation myself, because there could easily have been mis-understandings with managers who did not speak English very well, and because it would not have been worth the effort anyway.  Instead, I got Walks Worldwide, an English company, to organise our trip.  They organised our accommodation and any transport needed within the trip.  They also gave us maps with the routes of our walks marked on them.  They also gave us route notes, but warned us that these notes might be a bit unreliable because they had been written by Slovaks and Poles, and then translated into English by people who did not speak the language very well.  Actually the notes were reasonably good, if somewhat quirky at times, and the maps were so good and the tracks were so well sign-posted that navigation was easy.  Also, the accommodation and transport arranged by the company were excellent.

Before the trip I learned a few expressions, such as “good day”, “please” and “thank you” in Slovak and Polish.  I also learned how to pronounce place names to some extent – this is reasonably easy in Slovak but more difficult in Polish.

Getting about was not difficult, as you can generally find someone who can speak English, although not as easily as in Western Europe.  Young people have been leaning it in school since the end of Russian domination in 1989, and now have varying amounts of ability.  Middle-aged and old people generally speak just enough to do their job, such as take your order in a restaurant or sell you a train ticket, but they often speak none at all.  Of course a few people of all ages speak it fluently."

Alan has described their journey day-by-day:

31st July

We started at our pension in Tatranska Lomnica, at the foot of the range in Slovakia.  By the way, I have left the accents off the Slovak and Polish names in this article, which means that I have actually mis-spelt any names with accents.  Also, you can understand this entire article without remembering any names except for Tatranska Lomnica (which we used to refer to as ‘TL’) and Zakopane.

In the lowlands the coniferous forest had been devastated, over a large area, by a windstorm in 2004.  It was recovering slowly, both naturally and by means of replanting.

We walked up to a sign that said “Processing insect calamity!” in English, and probably something better in Slovak and Polish.  At this place, and at a few other places, we would see small areas of trees that had been cut down to combat an insect infestation.

We were on the Magistrala Track, which we were to follow for a few days. We followed it at about the level of the tree line to the Chata (hostel) pri (beside) Zelenom Pleso (lake). As in all of the hostels that we would stay in, there were separate bunks, never one long bunk where people slept side-by-side, and dinner and breakfast were served. There was a terrace where you could sit with a beer and admire the lake.

1st August

We followed the track up to a saddle below Svistovka.  It was a good track but there were chains on the steepest parts.  Ray and I did the short climb up Svistovka Stit (peak), mainly in fog.
We then bought our lunch in a building which was at the top of a gondola lift from the lowlands, and at the bottom of a lift to Lomnicky Stit (peak).  We then followed the track to Zamkovskeho Chata (hostel), arriving in a thunderstorm.

2nd August

We walked along the track to the top station of a mountain railway at Hrebienok.  On the way we passed several young men who were carrying kegs of beer to the hostel, probably as part of some traditional event.  The kegs were obviously very heavy, and each young man was accompanied by several helpers in case he lost balance.

At Hrebienok some sort of event was going on, with music, stalls selling ice-creams, story-tellers for the children etc. After spending some time there, we walked to Chata (hostel) Sliezsky Dom and had lunch nearby.  As this day’s walk was to prove very long, it would have been good to stop here and add a day to the walk, but of course we had an itinerary to follow.

We continued on, generally just above the tree-line, with good views of the lowlands and the Low Tatras on the left (south) and the top of the range to our right.

We finally descended a long way to the hostel at Popradske Pleso (lake).  People could drive to this place, so I would normally regard it a hotel rather that a mountain hostel, but the internal staircase ended on the floor below ours, and there was a ladder to our floor, so maybe ‘hotel’ is the wrong word.  Apart from this eccentric feature, it was a good place to stay.

3rd August

Ray and I started on the track to the top of Rysy.  One part was fairly steep, with chains.  Then we came to the Chata (hostel) pod (below) Rysy, and had morning tea there.  We continued to the top, crossing a snowfield on the way.

There were a lot of people on the second-highest peak, which is on the Slovak-Polish border.  At 2,500m it is the highest point in Poland.  The highest peak of Rysy is about twenty metres away and a few metres higher, but hardly anyone goes up it because it is entirely in Slovakia and is not the highest peak in that country.

Whichever peak you are on, the view is breathtaking. You can look down into Czarny Staw (lake) pod (below) Rysami in Poland, or across at the highest peak in Slovakia, which is Gerlachovsky Stit at 2,650m, and other high peaks.

We descended to the hostel, and then continued to our hotel, with rain developing on the way.  On our trip in the Tatras there was often rain in the afternoon – sometimes we managed to get to our accommodation before it started, sometimes not.

4th August 

Ray, Glenys and I did a day walk up to the Velke (high) Hincovo Pleso (lake).  This was a beautiful alpine lake. We got back to our hotel before a thunderstorm, with hail, started.

5th August

We walked down to the village of Strbske Pleso, and then caught the train to the pension where we had started in Tatranska Lomnica.

The railway is a narrow-gauge electric one, and it connects a string of villages along the base of the range.  If anyone wanted to do day walks in this area, it would be convenient to stay in one of these villages and use the train to get to tracks which start in other villages.

6th August

A driver for the company picked us up and drove us to Zakopane in Poland.  Because Slovakia and Poland are both in the Schengen Area, there were no formalities in crossing the border – we simply drove past an abandoned border post. The plan was to go on a walk that afternoon, but the weather was too cold and wet.

7th August

We took a local bus to the start of our track at Kuznice, then walked up to Hali Kondratowej (a hostel), where Glenys got us coffee for morning tea (walking in Europe has a few advantages).
We continued to the top of the range, and the Slovak border, and went up Kopa Kondracka (a peak), generally in fog.

We descended, in fog and rain, to Kuznice and caught a bus back to near our hotel. It would have been good to stay in Zakopane for several days and do day walks, and in fact the company had advised us to do so.

8th August

A driver from the company dropped us off in the village of Lapszanka, in the Pieniny Range.
We spent the day entirely on roads, except when we had lunch on a gravel creek-bed.  The country was entirely rural, but the walking was still reasonably interesting.

We crossed into Slovakia, then back into Poland, going past an abandoned border post.  We finished in the town of Niedzica.

9th August

We were driven to Sromowce Nizne and walked across a bridge over the Dunajec River into Slovakia.

We then followed a wide, and somewhat crowded, track down the Dunajec Gorge, beside the river, on which there were a lot of rafts.  Some of the rafts were old-fashioned wooden ones, each one being steered by two local men, called ‘Highlanders’.  The passengers did not have life-jackets, and only had to sit there.  There were also modern inflatable rafts, in which the passengers were wearing life-jackets and were using paddles.  Some of the rafts were Polish and some were Slovak.

After lunch in a restaurant, Glenys pointed out that we were only a couple of kilometres from our destination, so we had plenty of time to catch a bus back to the beginning and come down in one of the old-fashioned wooden rafts.  This was a brilliant idea, and we greatly enjoyed the raft trip.  The commentary was in Polish, but we could see everything that we wanted to know about.  If anyone goes to that part of the world, I would strongly recommend the raft trip.  If you were booked in by the staff at your hotel in Slovakia or Poland, I am sure that you would get a commentary in English.
We then walked to our hotel in Szczawnica.

10th August

We caught a local bus to Jaworki, and then walked up to a hostel near the top of Przehyba in the Beskidy Range.  This was a good walk, except that part of it was in a state forest, where the wide track had been churned up by forestry vehicles and was very muddy.
We arrived in rain, after a long day.

11th August

We walked down to the track head near Rytro, where a driver picked us up and drove us to Krakow.
That night we went to a restaurant.  They followed the usual rule that we experienced in Polish restaurants, which was, “Whatever cut of meat the customer orders, give him a schnitzel”, although Ray got around this by ordering pork spareribs.  Fortunately, I like schnitzels.

12th August

I had been to Krakow before, so I just did a do-it-yourself city tour around this beautiful old city, which had suffered very little damage during World War II, partly because the German commander liked the place. Ray and Glenys spent a few days here, going to the world-heritage Wieliczka Salt Mine, and to Auschwitz.

13th August

I started the long flight home to Sydney, after greatly enjoying the Tatras.

If Alan's experiences have inspired you to travel to this beautiful destination, call one of our experts on 01962 737565 or visit the website to read more about the Rysy and the High Tatras or Tatras and the Polish Highlands. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Traveller's Cuisine

What's the best dish you've had on holiday? Some of the team at Walks Worldwide have been reminiscing about their favourite holiday treats...

Jon Barber - Braai - South Africa 

"Braai is a traditional South African barbecue, with an amazing amount of game meat on selection. With the likes of kudo, buffalo, ostrich and crocodile on selection, it's a true feast for any meat lover. I was lucky enough to have it back in 2008, and it remains the best dish I've ever had while I've been on holiday."

You can try this dish with Adventure Worldwide's Rainbow Route & Drakensberg trip in South Africa.

Matt Bennett - Steak - Argentina 

"All of the food in Argentina is definitely something to write home about, but the steak is the highlight of any Argentinian culinary adventure. The beef is cooked for longer, with more of an emphasis on smoking the meat than sealing the flavour, resulting in a steak that is far superior to any I've had back home. When paired with an Argentinian red wine, there is no dish on this earth that is better."

You can try this dish on our Ultimate Patagonia Adventure.

Sophie Hawkes - Fresh Fish - Turkey 

"Providing a different take on the classic 'fish and chips', sitting on the Turkish coast, staring out to sea with a crisp white, there is no comparison to back home. The fish is freshly caught and fried; creating a crispy skin while leaving it juicy inside."

You can try this dish when you visit the Best of the Lycian Way.

Vicky Sampson - Aubergine Curry - Sri Lanka

" A perfect vegetarian option, there's only one word to describe this dish and that is delicious. The healthy ingredients in this Sri Lankan dish mixed with the warming chilli create a meal that will allowing you to not feel guilty about that third or fourth bowl".

You can try this dish on a trip to Sri Lanka with Chameleon Worldwide.

Jack Turner - Pizza - Italy 

"Cliche, I know, but no one does it better than the Italians. I only had a short stop over in an Italian airport but it's still, to this day, the best pizza I've ever eaten. Melt in your mouth cheese soaking in a warm sea of tomato, bellissimo."

Try this dish as you tour Italy on our Vesuvius, Capri and the Amalfi Coast trip.

Dan Painter - Lomo Saltado - Peru 

"One of my favourite meals I've ever had is from my recent trip to Peru called Lorno Saltado. It is basically stir fried beef with onions and tomatoes in soy sauce, served with rice and potato slices. It's really high in carbs and is a great meal to have after a day's trekking."

You can try this dish when you walk the Lares Inca Trail in Peru.

Rhian Purches - Seafood Ravioli - Portugal 

"A perfect summer treat, light and fluffy pasta mixed with a variety of local seafood created a dish which was one of the highlights of my holiday. Perfectly complimented by the warm Summer sun and good company, this dish is a must for anyone who visits Portugal."

Try this dish when you walk through Undiscovered Portugal.

The world is full of exciting and interesting dishes - so what do you fancy for your next meal? If you've had a great holiday eating experience - let us know in the comments, tweet us or post on our Facebook wall

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Beginner's Guide to Trekking

Are you new to walking holidays? If so, our trekking experts have compiled a short beginner's guide to help you prepare for your first trek with us. 

Start off easy

Everyone has to start somewhere. Instead of jumping straight into a strenuous walk, such as Everest Base Camp, start with something a little easier. Practice makes perfect,  the more experience you can acquire the more enjoyable the most daunting of treks will become. Britain is excellent for walking , with terrains to match all experience levels. But, if you fancy something a bit further afield, Europe is an excellent training ground for the prospective walker. Spain and Italy provide easy walks with superb views, and often have better weather than drizzly England!

Invest in a good pair of boots

We cannot emphasise this enough! The amount of times that we've gotten blisters on our feet or hurt our ankle while on a walk is ridiculous, especially when it can be avoided by investing in a high-quality pair of walking boots. Walking boots will help to provide grip in slipperier terrain and help to support the ankle. Comfort is key, make sure they fit perfectly, otherwise they may cause more harm than good. Pay particular attention to the sole, there should be a clearly defined heel, and a tread made from high-quality rubber.

Hydrate and eat well

You wouldn't go on a road trip on an empty fuel tank, and you shouldn't go on a walk without eating and drinking well. Always take more food than you need, it's  better to have too much than too little, especially if your trip goes for longer than you anticipated. Food is your fuel, and you'll need it to keep firing on all cylinders. 

Pack tight and carry light

The last thing you want when facing the last stretch of a trek is a heavy bag weighing you down. If you don't need it, don't bring it. If you're travelling in a group try to spread the weight around so that everyone's got an even share. Packing is also incredibly important. We advise to pack your sleeping bag at the bottom of your bag, place your heavier items on top of this, close to your back as it will help position more weight around your hips, and finally put any warm clothing and those essential items on the top of your bag as it's always best to have them in easy reach.

For more advice, speak to one of our walking and trekking experts. Call them on 01962 737565.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Coasts with the Most

Discover the magical shorelines of the Adriatic, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas... Nicola Green shares her experiences of European walking holidays.

"What’s wrong with relaxation, anyway? The question occurred to me while I was sipping a glass of crisp grk white, lazily counting the islets dotting the bay beneath my terrace. The sun was still warm as it slipped down over my left shoulder, setting the waves sparkling on the Adriatic before me. The vineyards hugged my base, the village of Lumbarda, like an emerald scarf, so close I could almost reach out and pick the grapes from which my wine was made.

Part of me felt almost guilty. In the office, I’m surrounded by folk for whom the summit is everything. But I love to celebrate what’s wonderful about Europe – and especially the chilled-out vibe that permeates every aspect of the Mediterranean. For me, a holiday is less about head-down hiking and bagging peaks, and more about drinking in the scenery along a coastal trail, cooled by a soft, perfumed sea breeze.

Don’t get me wrong: the walking is as important as the wine – I just don’t see why I can’t have both. Which is why my visit to Korcula, a delightful island just a short ferry ride from Dubrovnik – and reputedly the birthplace of Marco Polo – ticked all the right boxes. Over the course of a week, I was able to roam the island’s trails, passing olive groves and vineyards, exploring the old town and its striking St Mark’s Cathedral, and stopping off at quiet coves for a picnic and impromptu dip. The legs enjoyed a proper stretch with several hours’ walking each day, but always at a leisurely pace. And there was plenty of time to nose around the terracotta-roofed medieval centre of Dubrovnik itself, as well as taking off to explore nearby islands and villages.

The same ethos applies to our other coast-based holidays in Turkey, Corfu and Italy. Rambling and relaxation get equal billing. Slow travel? This is the very epitome – local food, local wine and a very local sensibility."

By Nicola Green, Marketing Manager

Experience it for yourself

Pick from some of our self-guided European trails for boots, beaches and bliss...

Experience the best of Adriatic island life. Based first on the beautiful island of Korcula, you’ll discover traditional villages and the fascinating walled old town of the island’s capital, as well as encountering lovely coves, beaches, forested hills and vineyards. Back on the mainland, roam the walls and marbled streets of Dubrovnik, and amble the delightful trails running from the peaceful village of Cavtat across the bay.

Cut and paste your choice of sections from the route named among the world’s ten best walks by Sunday Times Travel, setting out each day from your base: a boutique hotel in the Bay of Adrasan. Marvel at the eternal flames at Chimaera – believed to be a monster’s burning breath – on the slopes of Mount Olympos before cooling off in the hotel pool!

Taking in the best of east and west, this magnificent trail zig-zags between the coasts on its route through the finest areas of the Ionian island. Walk cobbled paths through willow, cedar and juniper forests, alongside rivers and through lush pastures.  

The views from Mount Vesuvius over the Bay of Naples are nothing short of explosive – and the hiking on the volcano, as well as on nearby Capri and along the ‘Path of the Gods’ above the Amalfi Coast, are just as terrific. There’s also the chance to explore the long-buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Top 10 Walks of the World

Explore the world on foot. Choose from a wide selection of trips from Guided Small Group holidays to Self-Guided adventures and Private-Guided tours. Whether you’re a solo traveller wanting to meet new people, a couple or friends travelling together - we’ve got a trip for you.

Request our brochure or visit us online for more information.

NEW FOR 2015

Burmese Days
the time-warped land of Myanmar
Trek through remote Burmese villages, explore the beautiful Bagan temples by bicycle, watch the sunset over the Irrawaddy River and summit Mt Popa for great views.
Find out more online.
The Lost City & Beyond
trek jungles, rainforest & beaches
Marvel at indigenous ruins in the Lost City or “Ciudad Perdida”, enjoy wild Carribean beaches flanked by jungle and mountains and wander the streets of colonial cities.
Find out more online.
Rainbow Route & Drakensberg
South Africa’s highlights on foot
Trek in the spectacular Drakensberg Park, spot the Big Five in one of the world’s greatest game reserves and soak up coastlines backed by pristine forests.
Find out more online.
The Complete GR20
walk from North to South Corsica
The GR20 is considered to be one of the most challenging walks of Europe. The trail takes you through the most wild and beautiful landscapes Corsica has to offer.
Find out more online.

Ultimate Patagonia Adventure
wild Patagonia at its very best
A walking holiday to see the best of Patagonia including, Torres del Paine National Park, Fitzroy and the legendary Cerro Torre and Tierra del Fuego.
Find out more online.
Spice Trails of Kerala
an adventure in India’s tropical south
Trek in the fragrant Cardamom Hills, cruise the tropical lagoons of the backwaters, see the colourful temples of Madurai and smell traditional spices, coffee and tea.
Find out more online.
Tour du Mont Blanc
the classic alpine trail
Walk the best of the Tour du Mont Blanc circuit across alpine passes and through charming valleys and meadows. Explore charming Champex and see Mont Blanc.
Find out more online.
Raiders of the Lost Kasbah
a unique trek through Moroccan history
Explore the Southern flanks of the Atlas following an ancient trade route. See kasbahs, ksars and Ait Ben Haddou and explore the exotic souks of Marrakech.
Find out more online.
Best of the Lycian Way
ultimate Lycian Way experience
Walk along the Turquoise Coast, stay in a delightful hotel base in the Bay of Adrasan, visit the Eternal flames of the Chimera and summit Mount Olympos (optional).
Find out more online.
Everest In Style
stay in the very best Nepalese lodges
Walk in the Himalayas and stay in comfortable lodges in the Everest region. Explore wonderful old Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
Find out more online.

Call us on 01962 737565 to start planning your next journey with us or visit our website

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The New Star Treks

If you think you've ticked off the must-trek destinations, think again – Tim Shepley reveals five alternative highs that offer new thrills for experienced walkers.
"The peaks of Torres del Paine are unlike any other summits I’ve seen. What’s more, they’re not even like each other. The twisted Cuernos (‘Horns’) del Paine appear to have been ripped, gouged and torn from the granite by giant talons; the vertiginous walls of the Valle Franc├ęs were seemingly scooped out of the very rock; while the three Torres (‘Towers’) themselves rise like broken teeth from the jaw of the massif. Each is gobsmacking; each quite different.
Like so many avid walkers, I’ve long had a bucket list of treks to complete – Everest Base Camp, for example, and Kilimanjaro. But gawping up at those otherworldly towers in Chilean Patagonia, I understood clearly that there’s more to a hiking life than the headline acts. Sure, there’s nothing quite like catching your first dawn glimpse of Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate – but Latin America’s other great treks offer moments of wonder every bit as epic, if less well known. Maybe you’ve accomplished your first set of ambitions; perhaps you just can’t seem to make the timing work for that dream trek. Either way, Walks Worldwide has a panoply of alternative trips in Asia, Africa and Latin America to get your heart racing and your feet itching."
Tim Shepley 
Walks Worldwide Manager 

Done Everest Base Camp?

Now try this... 

 Forbidden Land of Mustang
 It’s barely two decades since the fabled ‘Kingdom of Lo’ cautiously opened its borders to foreigners; even today, the trails through this region north of the Annapurnas are accessible only to guided trekking groups. This is a world apart, a land almost more Tibetan than Tibet, high, arid and mystical. Our 19-day tour affords stunning views of 8,000+m peaks as we pass picturesque white-painted villages, Tibetan monasteries, stupas and prayer walls to reach the fabled walled city of Lo Manthang. 

If neck-craning peaks are your cup of tea, try the region of West Bengal near the old British hills station of Darjeeling – the classic Singalila Ridge Trek skirts the Nepalese border in the shadow of the world’s third-highest mountain, 8,586m Kangchenjunga. In clear weather, an array of 8,000+m peaks (including Everest) can be admired from the path.

Trekked The Inca Trail?

Now try this... 

Those jagged peaks of Torres del Paine are just one of a series of natural wonders on this epic exploration to the end of the earth. Gawp at the spectacular crags of Mount Fitz Roy, watch vast icebergs calve from Perito Merino Glacier, taste the legendary W trek in Torres del Paine National Park, and explore the world’s southernmost city, Ushaia, on the ‘Land of Fire’ -– Tierra del Fuego.

Conquered Kilimanjaro?

Now try this...

Kili stands alone in Africa – literally and figuratively – but for varied trekking, the High Atlas are hard to beat. Our 8-day itinerary isn’t a straight up-and-back slog, but rather a rewarding approach via the less-trodden trails to the peak’s north, adding cultural context to those 360-degree panoramas from the roof of North Africa, 4,167m Jebel Toubkal.

Wild, remote, dotted with fearsome-looking gelada baboons and long-horned walia ibex, the Simien Mountains offer trekking unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Visit the castles of the ‘Camelot of Africa’, Gondar, before traversing to 4430m. Bwhait Peak, the third highest mountain in Ethiopia. 

For Information on all of the above trips and many other wonderful expeditions - click here, or alternatively you can give us a call on 01962 737565