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Top Trip Memories
  • Going on a dog-sledding excursion in Finland
  • Zip-lining through the Rangitikei Canyon
  • Bungee jumping or swinging over the Bhote Koshi River, Nepal
  • Exploring the dark lava cave, Buri Cave in Iceland
  • Feel the heat of Pacaya Volcano, an active volcano
  • Hiking to Machu Picchu. And if you are looking for more, hike Huayna Picchu, which projects up over 1000 ft above Machu Picchu.
  • Experiencing 1150 ft Kakum canopy walk to see the biodiverse rainforests in Ghana
  • Trekking to Everest Base camp and if that doesn’t sound thrilling enough, climb the Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world.
  • White water rafting on the Colorado River
  • Mountain biking in the Alps of France
  • Shark cage diving in the crystal-clear water of Isla de Guadalupe, Mexico
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Tour Tips
  • Make sure you’re clear on the required physical fitness level on the tour you choose. Some will be broken into tiers, but some are specifically geared to more experienced adventurers!
  • Heed warnings about what not to bring. If the tour company advises against bringing a large camera, for example, you may be doing activites where you could easily drop it or it may get damaged.
  • If you're not ready for so called "high adventure" don't despair! Many tour companies offer more "soft adventure" activities which will still give you an adrenaline rush, but are not quite so out there. Think sea kayaking vs bungee jumping. 


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High Adventure Travel Reviews & Ratings
4.8 out of 5

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8,273 Reviews

Excellent 6,344 Great 1,817 Average 19 Disappointing 4 Terrible 7

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4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Tour Reviews

They Made It Difficult For Me To Get Money Back

Balkan Adventure

1.0 August 2017 Intrepid Travel Recommend: No I booked a 981euro holiday with Intrepid in July 2017. They emailed me a few days after booking to tell me that trip was cancelled and that I was entitled to a refund. Fair enough. I emailed back that day to say I would accept the refund. No response or returned money ensued so I contacted them about this again a few days later. A lady told me via email that my refund had now been requested and was on the way. A little peeved that I had to remind them of money they owed, esp as they had cancelled.
Almost a week later and my bank account still empty. I contacted again and they told me they would authorise my refund. I was getting really worried at this stage. They seemed so indifferent. Meanwhile I didn't have the money in my account to book another holiday during my annual leave. I continued to call and email. Finally after numerous unanswered phonecalls and 15 emails (all unanswered bar 2), I finally got my money back almost two weeks after they cancelled. It was hard work and stressful trying to get it back. I am distrustful of intrepid and will steer clear of them.
Be warned - once you have paid they don't care. Customer service atrocious - over a dozen unanswered calls and emails. I will never have dealings with them again.
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Mont Blanc Ascent

Mont Blanc Ascent

5.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes After much hard work in preparing my 60 year old body for this trip I was
slightly disappointed that we were unable to tackle Mont Blanc due to high
winds and poor visibility. However we were lucky enough to have 2
opportunities to tackle the Gran Paradiso summit in neighbouring Italy which
we all managed on the second attempt.
After a failed first attempt climbing Gran Paradiso due to high winds and
poor visibility, having another opportunity to attempt the summit the
following day in somewhat iffy and very cold weather conditions. Our small
group of 4 plus guides summitted just as the thick clouds that we had been
ascending through parted just at the right moment to reveal the drama of the
magnificent landscape all around us. Only then did we witness how exposed we
were with terrifying drops below! This was not Mont Blanc but it was still a
big mountain day with some 1350m ascent (mostly on ice), and around 2100m
cumulative descent.


The famous 65 years young Bernard Muller (look him up) is very experienced
and therefore despite the sometimes questionable weather we felt safe in his
capable care. Many people that we met em route appeared to know and respect
this man and despite his charming idiosyncrasies he is much fun to be with.


We did not attempt to summit Mont Blanc due to the weather but please do not
underestimate how fit and conditioned you need to be to undertake the initial
training on glaciers then an ascent of an alpine peak. It's hard work whoever
you are and you need to bring along with you a good deal of courage and
commitment to get through this.


With adequate training, preparation and the right attitude this is about as
much fun and sustained effort that you can have on your 2 legs. And oh
yes..... dont forget to bring along a good sense of humour and some very warm
gloves!


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Mont Blanc Ascent

Mont Blanc Ascent

4.0 August 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes Great trip with a great team. Tough but we all made it. I would definitely
recommend it but don't underestimate the challenge and the altitude .
Eventually reaching the Summit and feeling on top of the world.


Bernard, our leader is a well known and respected mountaineer and we had
total faith in him and his decision-making. Although his English wasn't
always completely clear he was humorous and totally at ease which made us
feel comfortable and reassured.


It's really important to be fit and to have endurance as the mountain can be
unforgiving. Working as a member of a team is crucial as you can support each
other's strengths and weaknesses.


Take time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains around you. The Alps are
fantastic and for the English, only on our doorstep !


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Everest High Passes

High Passes to Everest Base Camp

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes What an amazing trip something I'll never forget.
Reaching the passes and peaks and I loved getting to Everest Base Camp


Our leader was Gele, he's inspiring and knowledgable of the area. We felt
completely safe in his care. His English was excellent and he genuinely cares
about our success. He is a credit to exodus.


Take a steripen to sterilise your water it will save you a lot of money.
Be fit as this trip is not for the faint hearted and to be fit means you will
enjoy the experience all the better.


This trip for me was simply wonderful, Nepal is an amazing country and the
beauty of the Himalayas will stay with me forever. The organisation of the
trek from tea house to tea house was flawless and it meant we never had to
worry about anything.
Loved every minute of it.


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Fun in Finland

Finnish Wilderness Week

5.0 July 2017 Exodus Travels Recommend: Yes This was very enjoyable holiday. It didn't matter that I'd never done any
type of skiing, dog sledding or snow mobiling. We were taught how to do each
of these activities. See the Northern Lights was a bonus as there is no
guarantee.
Seeing the Northern Lights and the dog sledding with huskies. Finishing the
week with a campsite fire was a nice way to conclude the holiday.


All the leaders were friendly, accommodating and enthusiastic. This was true
of all the staff at basecamp. Juuli was happy to spend time chatting with us
and obviously enjoyed her job.


Make the most of the free time. There is quite a lot of free time but you are
free to use the snowshoes, cross country skis and sledges whenever you like.
You might want to bring a few travel games for the evenings. You really don't
need to bring many cold weather clothes. I was provided with good quality
inner and outer gloves, a hat, boots, 2 layers of thermals, waterproofs and a
head torch. If you want to sleep in the quinzee a sleeping bag and mattress
are also provided.


There were 31 of us on my trip which is many more than there would normally
be. This didn't adversely affect the attention we received but it did mean it
took longer to get to know the fellow travellers which meant the group felt
less intimate. However, that really is my only grumble and it is a minor one.
Otherwise there was near to being the perfect trip. The activities were
varied and exciting. The food was plentiful and more varied that other
reviews had led me to expect.


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High Adventure Trips & Tour Advice

High adventure gets your adrenaline pumping and may or may not involve some element of risk, though on a good guided tour safety is always the top priority. On a high adventure trip, you may find yourself rafting Class V rapids in Nepal, scaling a mountain peak in British Columbia, steering a dogsled across the Arctic tundra, riding a hot air balloon over Egypt's Valley of the Kings, crossing a glacier in Switzerland, camping in the Moroccan desert, watching whales close-up on a Zodiac in Alaska, or bungee jumping at Victoria Falls. Whatever gets your heart racing, you can find a tour to take you there.

New Zealand and Beyond

Queenstown New Zealand, the self proclaimed “adventure capital of the world,” has every right to the title. With the birthplace of commercial bungee jumping just outside of town at the AJ Hackett Bridge, jet boating, paragliding, and multiple other activities, there’s no other place quite like it for adrenaline junkies!

But that doesn’t mean it’s the only destination for high adventure. South Africa for example lays claim to the longest zipline in the world, and Slovenia is a mecca for spelunkers, with over 8,000 caves available to explore with a guide. Guided adventure travel is a great option, especially for avoiding crowds and getting the best experience possible.

Camaraderie and Achievement

If there’s two things that come out of just about every high adventure tour, it’s the sense of achievement one feels from facing fears and the camaraderie of fellow adventure enthusiasts. 

One of the best parts of high adventure is there’s always room to “level up” meaning there is a starting point for everyone. Mountain climbing for example starts on small manageable hills but once you gain confidence you can challenge yourself to tougher and tougher outings.

The Changing Definition of Adventure

If you don’t think “adventure” trips are for you, think again. While the term does bring to mind daring feats pushing the limits of what’s possible, in reality most adventure tours and activities are very safe and cater to multiple levels of experience. Obviously there is some risk involved...this isn’t lounging on the beach! But if you’re on the fence, know that the experience is well worth it.

 

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