Reported by Kathy M. Newbern & J.S. Fletcher
We’ve traveled several times with Abercrombie & Kent, most recently to Thailand and Myanmar (formerly Burma) for a trip of a lifetime, and previously for trekking at Machu Picchu after an amazing sailing through the islands of the Galapagos on the M/V Eclipse. These folks do it right.
So now, for you extreme adventure travelers, A&K has organized some unforgettable journeys in the world’s most challenging environments. Among the exciting new Extreme Adventures for 2012 are treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, ideal for seasoned hikers seeking a more rigorous climb. These new routes feature steeper terrain with greater changes in altitude each day compared to other Extreme Adventure treks to the same destinations.
Mount Kilimanjaro: The Roof of Africa by the Umbwe Route
Ascend Africa’s highest peak hiking through landscapes that shift from lush montane forests to alpine desert to the icy summit on one of the mountain’s least-travelled and most challenging routes, This direct route up the mountain with dramatic views of the Barranco Wall and Western Breach is best suited for experienced, high-altitude hikers. Seven days from $3,995.
Nepal: Conquering Everest Base Camp
Climb thousands of feet through some of earth’s most epic landscapes, testing your spirit and discovering a remote region rich in culture along the way. Includes two days in Kathmandu for sightseeing and acclimatization. More aggressive trekking days and greater changes in elevation make this adventure best suited for those with previous mountain trekking experience at high altitude. Sixteen days from $4,490.
Save $500 per person and receive a complimentary eight-week customized Fit for Trips fitness program when booked by November 30, 2011.
In 2012, Extreme Adventures increases its global reach with new luxury guided journeys to extreme destinations ideal for those who want to get away from it all.
Mongolia is more than twice as big as Texas and nearly the same size as Alaska, yet has the lowest population density of any independent country. Explore the shifting sand dunes, rocky terrain and snow-dusted plateaus of the Gobi Desert by foot, camel and bike; immerse yourself in its nomadic lifestyle at the Thousand Camel Festival ; and learn about the unique culture of the Kazakhs at the Golden Eagle Festival.
The Simpson Desert in Australia, is largely uninhabited, isolated and inaccessible by conventional means. Assist ecologists in gathering data on desert fauna and flora on a trek and ecological survey of this fascinating, ecologically-rich desert.
Explore Indonesia in search of the world’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, which can grow to over nine feet in length and weigh more than 150 pounds.
South America boasts dramatic natural wonders, from dense jungles to endless deserts, from ancient volcanoes to colossal glaciers. Hike, bike and horseback ride through the jungles of Ecuador, surrounded by volcanoes. Adventure travel at its finest. Marvel at snow-covered Andean peaks and deep-blue lakes as you explore the Patagonian ice fields of Argentina. Trek to ancient Incan ruins and camp on the border of the world’s largest salt lake in South America’s highest and most remote nation, Bolivia.
Whether your idea of an adventurous trip is conquering nature or just coming face-to-face with it, A&K Extreme Adventures make it easy to find the right expedition, with a range of experiences of varying difficulty. Journeys are rated on a scale of 1 (light physical activity in remote locations) to 4 (strenuous physical activity in harsh environments or high altitudes) to accommodate novice travellers to more experienced adventurers.
To help prepare for an Extreme Adventure, A&K recommends Fit for Trips, a service which provides customized fitness programs that simulate the same stresses on the traveller’s body that they will experience during their planned expedition. This prepares the body to handle the unique challenges of a specific itinerary for an ultimately more successful and rewarding experience.
If You’re Going: Find detailed itineraries and expedition maps at www.akextremeadventures.com or call 800.554.7094 to speak with an expedition expert. Reserve any 2012 Extreme Adventure by November 30, 2011, to save $500 per person and receive a complimentary eight-week customized exercise program from Fit for Trips.
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International Travel Examiners Kathy M. Newbern and spouse, J.S. Fletcher, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourSpaReport.com and YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.