Intrepid Travel vs Alpine Asian Treks & Expedition - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Only excellent value for money and memories to last a lifetime.

5.0 August 2019
K
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Faultless service and incredible trips, at a really good price. Plus they are all really nice peeps, by email or phone, and we need more of that in the world.

So far, and still counting, I've used them for:

Alaska
Tanzania
Kenya
Uganda
Northern India
Lombok
Bali
Russia
Mongolia
China
Nepal

Never had a bad experience, only excellent value for money and memories to last a lifetime.
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It was an incredible experience!

5.0 August 2019
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just wrapped up a Tanzania family safari. It was an incredible experience!

Even the cook made sure my picky teenager would like his breakfast by fixing him his scrambled eggs the way he likes them.

I’ve been dreaming of this trip with my son for a long time and I’m glad I booked it with you guys! We’ll cherish the memories we made for ever

If you’re looking for a real adventure kinda trip then go with Intrepid!

Thank you Thank you Thank you
Johan & Maxime
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Perfect Itinerary, Guide spoiled a lot of the trip

4.0 July 2019
S
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  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
The perfect itinerary allowed us to efficiently visited all the top sites with great lodgings. Unfortunately, the guide cut short stops at the Bahai Gardens, Acco, Tel Aviv, and Jerrico on days when we got to our hotel room in the early afternoon--all group members were upset by this. This Palestinian Christian guide emphasized unimpressive churches and minimized all sights that were secular, Muslim, Jewish, ancient, or other faiths. He made bizarre strident political comments about how great Mao Zedong was, praised Putin, said Palestinian people "had never done anything wrong in their history," talked about the Jews killing Jesus--all with a lot of anger. He knew a lot of about Christinaity, not much about anything else. He did a lot to make what could have been the perfect trip, mediocre.

(I would recommend the trip, but only if I knew it was a different guide.)
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It was my first time to go for trekking and was really great experience.

5.0 May 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was my first time to go for trekking and was really great experience. The guide with us (Chuda) adjusted our pace of trekking well. Lodging and food were also very nice. I hope i could continue the trekking few days. 3 nights 4 Days trek was too short!!

During the trekking about 2800 m, I felt a light headache due to its hight. Chuda noticed it and helped me to carry my luggage. It was very helpful to me, and I was impressed by his good obesuation skills.

1st and 2nd day were easy. 3rd days were the hardest day for me with long hours walk and climbing down. Which caused horrible ache, over all scenery was very beautiful; especially walking in the forest was pleasant. Chuda san (Guide) had been always very nice, kind, diligent and modest. We are so satisfied with hid accompany, very appreciated. Food was also very good with lots of choices at every restaurant. For lodging , I loked the view of the 2nd night hotel where I was able to enjoy mountains. I also liked the relaxing and beautiful village of the 3rd night. Hotel at pokhara was clean and at a very convenient location.
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Tour Alpine Asian Treks & Expedition Company Reviews

Amazing experience and outstanding service

5.0 May 2019
G
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Our guide Jhanak was amazing. He taught us many things about the mountains, the people and the country. We think that the agency was very helpful for all the logistic and the organization of the trek.
The price is also good and every aspect was above our expectation. Jhanak is rally professional and he showed he controlled the situation perfectly. He was very nice and kind and generous of his time.
About Trekking company: Very reliable and professional
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Tour Alpine Asian Treks & Expedition Company Reviews

Truly exciting and fulfilling

5.0 May 2019
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Pilgrimage trek to Damodar Kunda and Lo-manthang in Upper Mustang in Nepal has been exceptional and truly exciting and fulfilling. The trip was made comfortable and enjoyable by the excellent services rendered by the staff of Alpine Asian Treks & Exp (P) Ltd who took special care of each one of us to make it a life time experience for all of us.
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Tour Alpine Asian Treks & Expedition Company Reviews

Tours 1,185 Trips 5 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 193 $ 63
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise None
Size Global Operator None
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
    Service Level Standard N/A
    Regions
    • North America
    • Central America & Caribbean
    • South America
    • Rivers & Seas
    • Australia & Pacific
    • Asia
    • Africa
    • Middle East & North Africa
    • Europe
    • Antarctica & the Arctic
      Known For
      • 18 - 35
      • Solo & Singles Travel
      • Safari
      • Trekking & Camping
      • Adventure
      • Sailing
        Headquarters Melbourne, Australia Kathamandu, Nepal
        Year Established 1989 2006
        Solo Friendly No single supplement N/A
        Tour Languages English N/A
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          About Intrepid Travel

          Intrepid Travel is all about ‘real life experiences.’ Founded back in 1989 following an “intrepid” African adventure trip, Intrepid lives up to its name by offering up some pretty big adventures -- such as an 11-day hike through Papua New Guinea -- but is broad-based enough to also lead group trips to Hawaii, complete with sipping sunset Mai Tais on Waikiki Beach.

          Intrepid Travel - Quick Facts

          Founded in 1989

          No Single Supplement (rare exceptions)

          Small Groups - max 16 on most trips

          Typical Age Range - 18 - 45

          Travel Style - Cultural immersion, adventure, overland

          Accommodation Style - Camping, Hostels, 3 /4 star hotels

          Average Tour Price - $2,377

          Top Regions - Asia, Africa, Europe, South America

          Other Brands: Peregrine, Geckos

          Commonly compared with G Adventures »

          Morocco homestay with Intrepid Travel

          What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out?

          • Small group sizes
          • Travelers from all walks of life
          • Well-balanced itineraries (group and free time allotted)
          • Guides are travel experts or friendly locals

          Above all else, Intrepid strives to get its travelers off the beaten path and under the surface of the local culture. To accomplish this, group sizes average just 10 travelers each, with a maximum of 16 on most trips. This allows for more use of local transportation and lodging, along with fostering cultural immersion.

          Intrepid also employs local English-speaking leaders who act more as a resource for local exploration than do typical ‘guides,’ shepherding groups from one place to another.

          Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Intrepid Travel?

          • All ages (seniors included)
          • Adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts

          Intrepid is one of the early pioneers of the “adventure”-style guided trip. Despite its informal beginnings and emphasis on younger, highly adventurous travelers, Intrepid has expanded to a global company with a broad range of trips to fit all ages.

          Intrepid divides its small-group trips into three separate styles of travel, all priced accordingly. “Basix,” for budget travelers, keep inclusions to a minimum and offer plenty of free time, “Original” journeys which offer more included activities and more hotels, while “Comfort” trips offer the highest level of included activities and standards of accommodation, as well as roomier vehicles.

          The kind of traveler who gravitates to Intrepid Travel is one who has a real sense of adventure - whether this means hard adventure, or simply going deeper off the beaten path. Interacting with locals is an important factor when you travel, as is gaining a unique cultural perspective. A sense of fun is also essential, whether it means going out at night with your tour mates or daring, ahem, encouraging each other to try strange new foods.

          Top Destinations

          • Asia
          • South America
          • Africa
          • Europe

          Monk mediating in Myanmar on tour with Intrepid Travel

          Originally focused on small group adventure tours to Asia, Intrepid has expanded rapidly over the years, while maintaining its classic, adventurous, and immersive style. Today Intrepid Travel offers more than 1,000 different experiences in over 100 countries, on all seven continents. Regions with the most trips include Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.

          Intrepid Travel Style

          Intrepid enjoys using local, unique forms of transportation. You might find yourself traveling by felucca in Egypt, on a camel in Morocco, or in a tuk-tuk on the best Thailand tour of your life. Accommodations, which could range from guesthouses to home stays, are also locally owned, allowing a more authentic taste of the region while contributing to the local economy.

          There are a few broad travel styles to choose from when deciding on an Intrepid tour:

          1. Basix - Budget travelers who don’t mind, and in fact prefer, simple accommodations - camping and homestays with basic amenities, and crave a lot of free time for exploring independently will love these tours. Public transportation is used exclusively so pack light! These trips often attract a younger crowd who love the idea of throwing a backpack on, keep plenty of room for the unexpected in their schedule, and allocate their travel funds towards spontaneous bus tickets and street food instead of museum tours and 5 star restaurants.

          2. Original - These trips take the backpacker spirit of local immersion, incorporating all the benefits that come with going with a planned itinerary. This style is called “Original” because it’s the type of travel that put Intrepid on the map...pun intended. Accommodations are still simple and budget minded - often homestays are used to give you a true sense of place, personality, and culture. Mostly public transportation is used.

          3. Comfort - Intrepid is known for the active adventure style of travel and these trips keep that mentality, with a few more creature comforts thrown into the mix. You can expect higher end, more discerning, accommodations that include a wider variety of included amenities, transportation is mostly private, though you can still expect to use some public transport, as is the Intrepid way. More meals are included in the trip price, and more group activities - which means a bit less free time to explore on your own.

          Why Choose a Tour With Intrepid Travel?

          Sample of many spices in Middle Eastern market

          Intrepid is a good choice if you don’t mind foregoing some creature comforts for a truly authentic, local experience. If you enjoy meeting locals when traveling, sampling new and exciting foods, and traveling in mixed-aged groups of 10-16 people, Intrepid could be a good fit for you.

          It’s important to note, sometimes “ample free time” can be a blessing and a curse. It sounds great on paper, but if you’re looking to maximize your dollar and your vacation time, be sure you understand the implications of having a lot of free time during your itinerary.

          For some travelers this is an absolute requirement, but for others it can be tough to branch off and explore independently - you also need to make sure you allocate enough travel money for independent meals. The tour leaders are great resources of information for how to spend your free time, but if you like having a full day scheduled from breakfast to dinner, Intrepid may not be the best company for you.

          Lastly, if sustainable and responsible travel is important to you, Intrepid has poured millions of dollars into local economies, and has a very strong emphasis on responsible travel. So you can feel good knowing that your money helps support some of the innkeepers, vendors, and communities that you’ll meet along the way.

          About Alpine Asian Treks & Expedition

          Trekking tours in the Himalaya’s are the speciality, however cultural tours and family friendly offerings are also available.


          What Makes Them Stand Out?

          Though their name suggests that they are a trekking tour company, Alpine Asian Treks is actually much more. They offer several cultural tours and family friendly tours along with the classic Himalayan trekking experience. They do have a special focus in trekking and peak climbing, so if you’re looking for a this kind of trip, they would be perfect.


          Who Travels With Them?

          Trekking and peak climbing tours are specifically geared toward fit, active, and adventurous travelers. Alpine Asian Treks will be more enjoyed by those who are experienced. If this is less appealing, consider a family friendly tour, or cultural adventure. Their tours are budget conscious without jeopardizing safety.


          Where Do They Operate?

          They operate in the Himalayan regions, primarily Nepal. Treks include the classic circuits and Everest climbs, but they also venture into some peak climbs and treks that may be more unfamiliar.


          Why Travel With Them?

          A lot of choice among treks and climbs, including several that are less well known puts Alpine Asian treks a step above the rest. Their tours are perfect for experienced trekkers, as well as those searching for a beginners challenge.


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