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MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek)

4.6 | Excellent
  • 90% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1969
Headquarters
  • Emeryville, California, USA
Trips
  • 57

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MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek) Reviews & Ratings 90% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
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Tour Reviews

D

Recommends

We had such a wonderful experience May 2019

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had such a wonderful experience with MT SOBEK! We have dietary restrictions and they were so accommodating, could not have asked for more! The food was plenty and organic, the guides, Manolo and Whilder are so attentive and caring! They really care about each persons experience. We arrived prior to the start of our trip and I got a bacterial infection along with a parasite and the guides knew exactly what I needed and made every effort to get me as healthy as possible as quickly as possible!! We missed the first two pre-hikes but hiked the rest with full pack and smiles! Honestly, these two guides brought together 12 strangers into a tight family who are planning another trip together next year,! we just finished Machu Picchu and are wanting another MT SOBEK adventure!!
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J

Recommends

It was one of the most amazing experiences July 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I recently took a trip to summit Kilimanjaro followed by a 4-day safari game drive on the Serengeti. We both agree it was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives and we owe most of that to MTS. They handled the details of the trip flawlessly, making all the logistics very seamless and easy. The staff and guides were all amazing - friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and clearly motivated to make our experience successful and fun. The food by far exceeded expectation in quality and quantity, as did the camp accommodations. All in all, I would not hesitate to travel with them again and I would gladly recommend them to any friends and family interested in taking an adventure trip.
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K

Recommends

My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous February 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My trip with MTS was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend this company!! I booked a trip to Tanzania as a last hurrah before getting pregnant and it was totally the trip of a lifetime I was hoping for. We spent a few days on safari in the Taragire, a few days in the Serengeti, and then headed off to Zanzibar for a few days of relaxing beach time - the perfect mix of activity and rest. The sights and accommodations were unbelievable and I honestly felt like royalty the whole time! Each time we arrived a new lodge/ “camp” (more like “glamping”) the staff came out to meet us with hot towels and beverages, sometimes even singing a welcome song. In talking to other guests it became clear that our itinerary included only the top lodges, with the friendliest staff, nicest lodging, best food, and most secluded locations. One day we awoke to find a lion paw print literally six inches from our tent, and another night we were woken up by the sounds of a pack of hyena taking down an injured water buffalo that had been hanging around camp. The guides were all super knowledgeable and fun, not to mention skilled at finding all the wildlife we were interested in. There was one day that our guide spotted a cheetah from literally miles away. He tried to point it out to us, but I couldn’t make it out through the binoculars and totally thought he was full of it. Then we started driving in that direction, and lo and behold, 15 minutes later there we were, right next a gorgeous cheetah (see my picture on the wall).
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J

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The most amazing trip we've ever taken February 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My daughter and I recently took a trip through MTS to summit Kilimanjaro followed by a four-day safari. In short, we agree it was probably the most amazing trip we've ever taken. MTS as a coordination group truly dialed this to 11. All the logistical details of pickups, drop-offs, and other details were nailed. The entire trip was seamless. The guides we had were fantastic and the staff was top-notch - friendly, informative, and really took a keen interest and mission in making our trip successful and fun. The food was great and the accommodation far surpassed our expectations. In short, we couldn't recommend working with them on your next adventure trip more highly.
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BE

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The Pura Vida trip was an outstanding family vacation February 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
With teenage children, we wanted to do something that would satisfy all of us. There was enough fun activities to keep us active and enough down time for us to relax. We were pushed outside our comfort zone, but the outstanding staff was there to encourage us and cheer us on.
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GL

Recommends

Best adventure vacation. February 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Pura Vida in Costa Rica is a vacation is for those who like the water—we were white water rafting, kayaking, rappelling down a waterfall, and even soaking in hot springs. Great food and lodging, interesting birds and animals to see, and excellent guides made this our best adventure vacation yet.
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Stride Review

Mountain Travel Sobek, which was officially renamed MT Sobek in 2018, offers small-group adventures and expeditions all over the world.

The company was founded in 1969 and is one of the pioneers in the active, adventure tourism industry. It is based in Northern California, USA.

In 2018, MT Sobek celebrates their 50th anniversary - and 50 years as a leader in the adventure travel space. In honor of this, they have updated their website and are expanding their catalogue of tour offerings - planning to add 60 new trips by the end of 2019.

What Makes MT Sobek Stand Out?

MT Sobek, previously Mountain Travel Sobek is a specialist in crafting adventures such as hiking, trekking, rafting, expedition cruising, and safaris. They help travelers to access some of the more remote corners of the world in comfort and safety. MT Sobek’s first ever trip was to the Himalayas of Nepal, so if you decide on a MT Sobek tour, you can rest assured you are traveling with seasoned veterans.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With MT Sobek?

These trips are definitely for the outdoorsy type. While exploring and learning about the culture is definitely an important part of trips with MT Sobek, it’s a secondary theme to the physical adventure. A passion for nature, conservation, hiking, camping, and wildlife will definitely be found among your tour companions.

If you’re the kind of traveling for whom a pair of hiking boots is just as essential to your travels as cultural activities, then the MT Sobek approach will be perfect for you.

Most meals, all accommodations and transportation, are included during their tours - so if having ample free time is important to you, be sure to read the itinerary carefully. There will probably be a lot of time together with the group, and if this doesn’t sound appealing, you may want to compare with a few different tours.

MT Sobek attracts like-minded adventurers that can be couples, families, or solo travelers. Age ranges vastly, from late 20’s to 70s. The nice thing about traveling with MT Sobek is their group sizes are small - usually no more than 15 travelers.

Top Destinations

Mountain Travel Sobek offers adventure travel experiences on all seven continents -- from the best Canada tours in North America to the most unforgettable vacation packages to Costa Rica in South America.

Some of their best known guided trips are to the rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America as well as trekking and hiking trips in the Himalayas. They also offer more relaxed itineraries, such as small-ship cruising in the blue waters off of Turkey.

MT Sobek Travel Style

The activity level on every MT Sobek tour is given a grade between 1-5. This will help you choose the style you want - whether you’re looking to take easy or give yourself more of a physical challenge.

Tours with MT Sobek that are graded 1 are the easiest, often focusing heavily on wildlife viewing activities, and cultural experiences. Tours that are graded around 2-3 are great for those who are new to adventure outdoor travel - including kids and older travelers. Trips are not hard and feature simpler and shorter duration hikes and other activities.

The more physically challenging tours with MT Sobek will be in the 4-5 grade range. If you have some experience already with longer distance hiking or kayaking and are used to elevation changes, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy trips in this range

Why Choose a Tour with MT Sobek?

If you like to challenge yourself and experience an adventurous holiday, then MT Sobek could be the tour company for you. Their guides are mostly locals with advanced training in their niche (mountain guiding, river rafting, etc). The company has also won multiple awards and are the official travel supplier to New York Times Journeys.

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From MT Sobek (Mountain Travel Sobek)

Mountain Travel began with the belief that there is a little bit of adventure in everyone. The early days were fueled by the passions of outdoor enthusiasts who loved exploring wild places. 40 years later, we offer almost 200 adventures to destinations worldwide.

Expert Guides: When you venture into foreign lands, tackle snowy peaks or raging whitewater, you want the best guides at your side. With decades of experience in the field, MTS guides offer inspirational enthusiasm, exceptional leadership, and sheer volume of knowledge (better than any guidebook!).

What makes us great!

At Mountain Travel Sobek, we are driven by two philosophies.

One is the credo by which we have guided our company for over 30 years. Mountain Travel Sobek is a continuing experiment in discovery: of new lands, of exotic cultures, and of wondrous wildlife far from fences and highways. We believe the best way to bring to light the marvels of nature, the people of the world and ourselves, is by traveling in small groups—treading lightly with responsibility and sensitivity—while enjoying firsthand the boundless beauty and variety of our miracle planet.

The other is our philosophy for you, our client. Plan nothing, enjoy everything. We take care of all of the logistics so that you can have more time to do what's most important: relax, enjoy the experience, and have fun!

Active Unique Itineraries

Our adventures are planned with reasonably paced itineraries, incredible attention to detail, and the right mix of fun, learning, and challenge that ensure a memorable vacation. You will find our adventures physically active and culturally rewarding. Whether you ride a camel in Rajasthan or climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, you'll experience firsthand the cultures and environments of the region you are visiting. And after a long day of adventuring, we ensure you a comfortable night's rest in deluxe accommodations from regional inns to our own private camps.

In keeping with our founders' adventurous spirit, Mountain Travel Sobek is constantly seeking innovative new trips throughout the world. You will always find an array of new trips to exotic locales in our trip list in addition to the classic adventures for which we are renowned. So whatever your level of adventure, there is a Mountain Travel Sobek adventure just right for you.

Small Groups

You're probably wondering about the people with whom you'll share your adventure. Chances are, they're a lot like you. Our guests come from all walks of life and are spirited travelers who share a passion for our wonderful world. They range in age from their late 20s to mid-80s, reminding us all that you can never be too young or too old to have fun!

Our groups are intentionally kept small—usually less than 15 people—to allow you a more intimate experience with the people and wildlife you encounter on your Mountain Travel Sobek adventure. With such a small number of people, we can take advantage of many unexpected invitations and opportunities that would be impossible with larger groups.

Our guides often have very close ties to the local community and we are readily welcomed into the lives of the local folk. We may be invited to share lunch with a Turkish family or visit an artist's studio in Tuscany. Don't forget to ask us about the time we spent Thanksgiving at a Fulani "festival of the cows" in the Dogon lowlands of Mali—now there's something we won't soon forget!

Private Adventures

Our Private Adventures are an incredible series of itineraries designed especially for small groups, whether it be families, couples, or treasured friends. These selected trips are ideal for reunions with family or old friends, a great way to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary - and can you imagine a more exotic honeymoon?

Like all Mountain Travel Sobek trips, you can count on an adventure that reflects Mountain Travel Sobek's time-tested commitment to authentic, personalized experiences and world-class service.

Customized Adventures

You can either book your group on one of our scheduled departures, choose your own dates for one of our regular trips, or let us create a special trip hand-tailored to your specific needs and wishes. If you can imagine it, we just might be able to make it happen!

Safety

Our safety record is unparalleled (good to know if you're stepping into a river raft for the first time or planning to trek in the high mountains of Nepal). The guides are fully trained, our equipment is state-of-the-art, and we continually monitor conditions with our worldwide team of outfitters to make certain every trip is run safely and with the highest standards of quality.

Awards:

Best Adventure Tavel CompaniesOutside Trip Year 2007Travel+Leisure50 Tours of a Lifetime25 Best New Trips 2009Adventure Life Men's Journal
 

Trips & Specials

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7 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,395

Highlights

  • Explore Southeast’s Alaska’s largest protected wildlife habitats, Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National Forest, with the pioneers in adventure travel
  • Watch for humpback whales, porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, seals, and a variety of sea birds at Point Adolphus and have your camera poised and ready for bald eagles, bears, and moose in the Tongass!
  • Visit the remote Anan Bear Observatory and witness the rare spectacle of brown and black bears coming together at the river to fish for salmon
  • Ride a catamaran, a tram, and bush planes through pristine wilderness
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8 days
Private Guided
Value - 3 star
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From: $ 4,195

Highlights

  • Trek the high alpine meadows of Canada’s Banff & Yoho National Parks on this MTS-exclusive itinerary
  • Visit Grizzly Bear Refuge, and enjoy a rare tour of Yoho National Park‘s difficult-to-visit Burgess Shale, the world’s best-preserved fossil beds—we have exclusive permits
  • Enjoy the comfort of mountain lodging, plus dine in a mountaintop restaurant with eagle-eye views of 5 different parks!
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7 days
Small Group Tour
Value - 3 star
Physical :
From: $ 4,295

Highlights

  • Take in the best sites of Southeast Alaska by catamaran, kayak, boat, tram, helicopter, foot, and plane!
  • Enjoy a two-night camping excursion to Chichagof Island to see incredible marine wildlife including humpback whales
  • Take a thrilling helicopter ride, land on a glacier, strap on your crampons, and learn the basics of glacier travel
  • Stay two nights in Glacier Bay National Park and spend a whole day visiting this crown jewel by high-speed catamaran
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8 days
Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 2,995

Highlights

  • Discover Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, My Son, Hue and and Hanoi
  • Learn about the rich culture and profound history of the land and its resilient people
  • Experience everything from the peace of the Marble Mountains to the bustle of Hanoi
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