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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

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4,294 Reviews

  • Excellent 3,250
  • Great 962
  • Average 19
  • Disappointing 1
  • Terrible 8

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Tour Reviews

G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own

Inca Discovery Plus

4.0
March 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
G Adventures staff understood the cultural, social, and physical needs of our group, and were well equipped to help our group leap across those barriers in a short time and have an incredible experience engaging a world totally unlike our own. What a great time! Huge props to Elard, Marcellino and second guide Rumi. I simply can't imagine wanting to do Cusco and the Inca Trail with anyone else. Where do you find these people- For what it's worth, I did observe a few other G Adventures staff, and am thereby convinced we got the best. We weren't looking for the "Party on, Wayne" experience which a couple seemed to exude, although they may have been responding to what their group was looking for I guess.
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2 peaks in 2 days!

Mt Toubkal Winter Climb

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
It was a tough slog but soooooo worth it! The scenery was exquisite and it's the perfect trip to learn new skills using crampons, ice axes and avalanche transceivers.
We were lucky with the weather so had the opportunity to summit Ras Ouanoukrim the day after Toubkal. It was tough going up to the pass (the mind and body were still reeling from the previous day!) but then the technical scramble that followed was both exciting and challenging. The view of Mount Toubkal and Marrakech was incredible.

Hassan was knowledgeable and good fun. He set a good pace and knew just what to say to motivate me on my way up to the Ouanoukrim pass. The assistant guide Mohammed was patient and always had a smile on his face.

You need a good level of fitness and be able to keep a reasonable pace. 2 guides are required to get the group across the ridge for both the Toubkal and Ouanoumrim climbs so it's essential the group keeps together (within reason). Having said that I don't think I'm particularly fast and I made it!

The dormitory experience in the refuge is just that.....an experience! Expect large bunk bed frames with multiple single mattresses laid side by side - it was a laugh but bring earplugs!

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Mt Toubkal winter climb

Mt Toubkal Winter Climb

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Overall had a fantastic time.
Both summit successes

Hassam was an excellent group leader. He had a tough decision to make regarding 2 clients, bur he made the correct one, due their fitness levels and experience. Any other decision could have put the whole group in danger.

Well worth doing this trip.

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Fantastic but you've go tto work for it

Mera Peak Climb

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
From the autumn 2016 season the Exodus Mera Peak trek/climb changed from a camping based itinerary of previous years to lodge or tea house based accommodation. I/we departed in October 2016.
Before commencing the trek I’d convinced myself that the trek in to Mera would be broadly similar to the Everest Base Camp trek, I was very wrong. There is no gentle start and long days requiring sustained effort are the theme pretty much throughout. The route taken for the first few days is very quiet and had a feel of "going around the houses" for me. That quieter route also makes for much more basic lodges than those found on EBC for example but they were all adequate. The longer approach route does however allow for excellent acclimatisation, a major key to success. All the approach routes converge in Kote and it is then a straight shot up the now rocky Hinku valley. I didn’t find the approach trek in to be very scenic and that wasn’t helped by day after day of cloud cover. I wonder if a November departure would be worthwhile for clearer skies.
Khare, which I thought of as base camp village, was a surprsingly busy place with climbers from all over the world either preparing for or returning from Mera. Stories of six groups having been beaten back by high winds the previous day brought about a realisation that nature could quite easily scupper our plans. Having left Khare and reached the snow line, those of us that brought our own mountain boots and crampons were reunited with them by virtue of some porters that had gone ahead of us. I was now using mountain boots and crampons on snow for the first time, I found I tired far quicker than I cared to admit at the time. After a short but steep climb things level out and then it was a relatively short walk to Mera La camp for the night. The sunset and night time stars were very nice. We were now in tents for the first time. I wish I hadn't binned off my Thermarest mattress as a weight saving effort for the Lukla flight. Foam mattresses were provided but I could still feel the cold coming up from the ground. The next day was a short one from Mera La to High Camp. It however is one of those sections where the destination never seems to get any closer despite feeling you're working like a steam train at full speed. The amusement of high camp's precarious position soon passes as you try to concentrate on getting some sleep for the upcoming 0030 wake up call. I got no real sleep. We then started our torch lit climb through the night in deeply sub zero temperatures. It was hard going, really hard going, there was little talking amongst us. It was just heads down and endure it. The group were imposing more rest stops on the guides than they wanted but I don't think there were any negative consequences when all said and done. My fingers were numb with cold. The sun slowly rose and Mera central summit could now be seen ahead. We left our rucksacks at the foot of the summit and using our Jumars went up the surprisingly short roped section fixed by our guides, it was easy and I was on the summit in a minute. It had taken around 7 hours from leaving High Camp with no sleep (for me) since Mera La the previous day. It was bitterly cold on the summit and very windy, there wasn't any open celebration. There now followed an extremely long walk all the way back down to Khare village with only a short pitstop at High Camp along the way. It was exhausting. Availability of water was a problem too since much if not all of our water was still frozen despite the now blazing morning sun. I was gasping for a drink. Ngima our leader had some warm water in a flask and I will definitely take a small flask when I find myself back on a high mountain again. What now remained was the trek "home" to Lukla. The third day of decent involved far more steep climbing than we were in the mood for but we gt where we were going. Conditions on the Zatrwa pass weren’t as bad as they could be. During our trek trail crampons or shoe grips weren't necessary. There were only a couple sections of ice a few paces long. The decent from the pass is long and steep, thankfully the national park authority have been building a stone staircase which makes things a little easier but you still have to watch your step. There is the potential for an overnight stay a few hours short of Lukla but depending on progress it can be skipped and we pressed on for Lukla and some comfort... relatively speaking
The team work, the mutual support, we gave each other to help achieve the objective, summit Mera Peak.
Reaching the summit of Mera Peak and looking across to five or the six highest mountains on earth. It was a major personal achievement and psycholgically opened so many doors in my mind.

Ngima was outstanding and a credit to the company. Clearly very experienced and knowledgable. I believe he said this was his 16th or 17th summit of Mera Peak since he began working as a mountain guide so we knew we were in very good and capable hands.
The same goes for our assistant guides too, Mingma and Ngima. They were such good people to guide you all the way to the summit of Mera Peak and back. Very pleasant at all times.

Nearly all of our group got a stomach upset along the way which sapped our energy for a couple days at a time. Ngima has a very well stocked medical kit and was able to give us all some ciprofloxacin and imodium but he began to run low on it as the days went on and the next person got ill. It might be handy to have your own for convenience.
Take a small flask to put warm water in when you leave high camp for the summit. The water in our bottles froze solid during the 7 hour climb through the night to the summit. Hydration bladders are a non starter even with insulated tubes. Summit day is a very long and exhausting day. You will need lots of fluids.
Nepalese "coconut crunchie" biscuits are a cheaper sugery snack alternative to Mars bars and Snickers etc when you are are at the tea house and much more likely not to be out of date.
When hiring climbing equipment in Khare, remember that it is a four day hire period. The cost soon multiplies. The boots available for rental were old school plastic Scarpa boots, don't know the model but those that used them didn't have any major complaints that I heard.

Those of us that took our own mountain boots and crampons were able to pack them seperately with Ngima our leader while we were still at the hotel in Kathmandu and our boots would be give back to us at the crampon point on Mera. They therefore did not count towards our personal luggage limit for the Lukla flight. That immediately saved me getting on for 4kg and solved my weight woes in an instant. If I'd known we could have done that before departure I would not have left one or two items at home.

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Mount Triglav Julian Alps

Slovenia: Julian Alps Traverse

5.0
February 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
Fantastic trip,beautiful scenery and friendly people.
Getting to the summit of mount Triglav above the clouds and enjoying the views.

Very friendly and informative and had a great rapor with the Trekkers .

Make sure you have plenty of wet wipes as no showers in huts.

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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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