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Overall — 5
Value — 4.7
Guide — 4.7
Activities — 4.7
Lodging — 4.7
Transportation — 4.7
Meals — 4.7
Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.3
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 4.8
5.0 June 2018
Loved this trip. Camping in very nice places - usually had hot water and nice showers. Great itinerary - LOVED Namibia and the variety of the tour from the desert to the delta to the parks.
5.0 December 2017
Amazing Thailand Family Trip
Thailand Cambodia Trip. Nov 2017. For my 60th birthday I decided I wanted to take my family of 6 to Thailand and Cambodia. After my initial conversation with the Intrepid office, they pulled together a perfect 24 day custom itinerary for us. My Intrepid coordinator really listened. We set up a incredibly diverse trip, ranging from ocean front resorts to a primitive hillside village trek. From the minute we landed in Bangkok, to the day we flew home, all transfers went off with out a hitch. What really made our trip memorable was our local guides. Every single one of them were warm, professional, humorous but most importantly, had a deep knowledge of the geography, the plant life, dining, the history and government. We felt by the end of the trip, these guides had become a part of our family. The entire trip was amazing and we will definitely use Intrepid for our next adventure travel. Thanks so much.Read more
5.0 October 2017
the guide was very knowledgeable - friendly - great sense of humour - looking out for the safety of the tour members - organised - thoroughly nice guy
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1.0 December 2018
For my 5-day Mt. Aspiring expedition, I am assigned two guides - JB as main guide and Javier as guide in training. Like me, this is Javier’s first time travelling to New Zealand and first time heading up to Mt Aspiring. In total, Javier had about 1 hour acting as a rope leader, and during this 1 hour, there are three times I think Javier made a wrong / dangerous decision. Would like to give a heads up to all clients going to Aspiring with him this season. Good luck!!!Read more
1. On our third day going up ramp, we all know there is certain avalanche danger due to high freezing level and very deep / soft snow. We actually did get caught by a slush slide when we are close to top of ramp. When leading rope team, Javier however, decides to follow the fall line and go straight up. If there is a slush sliding at that time, it could catch the entire rope team! I think climbers with even little common sense know we should go zig-zag to spread the risk.
2. Still when we are at ramp, there is a small open crevasse on our way up. Javier spent minutes to dig steps on slopes on both side of crevasse and asked me to be very careful to cross it. However, when I was there, three steps left, the crevasse narrows to a line and one normal step could easier across it. Feel Javier doesn’t have much experience dealing with crevasse.
3. On our forth day going back to French right hut. Right after pass, there is a downhill snow slop. In the middle of the slope, there are three crevasse in parallel - middle one coming from left, and the other two coming from right, with quite a bit overlaps. Yes, crevasse is not too narrow, but we are on downhill, a small person like me could cross the middle crevasse with one big step. Feel Javier has some mental issue with crossing crevasse, he instead chose to spend couple minutes navigating narrow snow bridges between those crevasse. Snow are very soft, and he actually fell into snow holes twice when he was on the bridges. Looks really scaring from above.
Other than the above three points, Javier also has some behaviors that might not be dangerous but really annoying:
1. He forgot something EVERY time we went out. Either forget to take crampon or doesn’t have something fixed properly before we left the hut. We have to either go back with him since we are a rope team on glacier, or have to wait couple minutes in freezing cold wind and whiteout condition for this gentleman to get ready. Repeat, EVERY time.
2. When he acted as last person on the rope team, more then half of the time, rope between us are way too loose. I saw at least three times he stood on rope with crampon on. Have to keep coils on hand to adjust rope slackness between us for this `guide`.
3. During some sown hill sections, he could not even catch up with my speed going down. Being pulled couple times.
For JB, I think he really needs to learn how to control his temper and be more considerable to others. On second night, weather forecast is not good for next couple days. Since my main purpose is to do some climbing in Wanaka area (I signed up for SW right but was told not possible when I was in the mountain), I proposed to start walking down on third day and have last day (day 5) doing some multi-pitch rock climb in Wanaka (e.g. Remarkable). As a proposal, I don’t see how it could harm the team. However, JB suddenly gets angry and shouts out
“It’s a shame you think waiting for weather is a waste of time” and
“you like rock climbing? Next time go rock climbing, never do mountaineering again”.
Don’t think it’s proper for a guide to say that.
From day 3, yes, I refused to communicate with JB any more, as I don’t know when I could be shouted again and for what reason. Only two times I had to talk to him.
1. Evening of day 3. We will have a pre-dawn start on day 4 and it was already 8:30pm. I have been on bed for quite a while, but JB and Javier are still chatting loudly in the hut (conversation has nothing to do with this trip). I asked for quiet time. JB refuses and wants me to use ear plug. I believe in all NZ huts, #1 rule is “be quiet when others are sleeping“. Did couple great walks in NZ and spent couple nights in hut. Never met anyone as rude as JB.
2. In French ridge hut, there are only 10 hanging bolts outside of the sleeping area. We have 20+ climbers sleeping in hut that night from at least 5 rope teams. JB took 5 bolts (half of 10) to hang his stuff. I tried to organize them and make space for others, he shouted again and claimed all are his. He himself simply took half of all bolts prepared for all living in the hut.
Do hope JB could be less selfish and more considerable about others, no matter it’s his client and some strangers sharing the same hut.
I have worked with close to 10 group of guides from different background for trekking (EBC, K2BC, Huayhuash etc.) and tech / non-tech climbs. This is my WORST experience, ever.
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5.0 August 2015
A five star company operated by Guy Cotter and his incredible team. I can't speak of them highly enough to my climbing mates.
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5.0 August 2015
I have done 2 trips with AC and both were organised fantastically well. Great food and top guides. Big Kiwi Mike was an absolute legend. Met Guy and Suze in Katmandu on the last trip. Could not recommend them more.Read more
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|Tours||1,123 Trips||3 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 202||$ 420|
|Operator Type||Mixed Land & Cruise||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Global Operator||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Australia||Wanaka, New Zealand|
|Solo Friendly||No single supplement||N/A|
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
What Makes Intrepid Travel Stand Out?
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?
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.
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?
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.