To many, the new year is a chance to start afresh. The old ‘lose weight and eat better’ features on many a New Year’s list for good reason. But why not look at the bigger picture? The world is filled with places where you can explore and indulge in activities that will make your life a richer, more exciting and inspiring one.
TREK TO MACHU PICCHU
Trekking the Inca Trail to the legendary Machu Picchu has always been considered a feat of endurance. Take on the famous trail, walking at a pace that allows you to acclimatise as you ascend to the highest pass of the trail, at 4,200m. You can indulge in the comfort of luxury facilities that have only recently been made available on this trek. With Peruvian pampering by a professional masseuse at the end of the day along with amazing local cuisine and wines, this is the way to indulge and feel good about it. Trust us, it will be worth it, and you might even shed some kilos along the way.
Trek on our Luxury Inca Trail journey to engage in this once-in-a-lifetime journey in comfort.
SEA KAYAKING WITH ORCAS
Few experiences can match the beauty of a sea kayaking adventure in Johnstone Strait, one of the best places in the world to watch orcas in the wild. The coastal waters off British Columbia in Canada are home to around 250 resident orcas during summer and no other place on earth can boast such a large number of these animals. Not only will you have the chance to get up close to these amazing creatures, you may also see minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions in your travels. Once your sea legs tire, there are hikes to do through the old-growth forests where photo opportunities of resident wildlife including bald eagles, otters and maybe even bears abound. Unless of course, you’d prefer to indulge in a well-earned glass of wine and a delicious steak or an organic coffee from your folding chair on the beach.
Dive in with our Johnstone Strait Orca Camp adventure.
TREK WITH GORILLAS
This one is on many people’s bucket lists, but trekking to see Uganda’s most famous residents – endangered mountain gorillas – is worth its weight in gold. With gorillas living in rainforests at heights ranging from 1,520 to 3,650 metres, the trek through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is challenging but rewarding. And indulging in the beauty of these rare creatures up-close, and being able to witness the family groups and their interactions both within and amongst these groups, will be one of the best things you’ll ever do.
Our extraordinary Handpicked Uganda trip includes a thrilling visit with the mountain gorillas as well as a chance to track chimpanzees.
CONQUER MOUNT KINABALU
Mount Kinabalu is the tallest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea. How you tackle this peak is up to you - you can do a fast, non-summit hike, trek to Low’s Peak Summit in one day (this one is not for the faint-hearted!) or enjoy the full 2-day hike to the summit. Beginning your trek at 2am may seem like one of those “thought is was a good idea at the time” moments as you ascend that last 500 metres, but standing on the mountain peak at sunrise, the sore legs and tiredness will be instantly forgotten. Besides, what could be more inspiring than the view from the top of the mountain? And once there, you can then indulge in the fresh air and your accomplishment.
Trek around Kinabalu and Bako National Parks on the ultimate experience, Handpicked Borneo.
THE GREAT PILGRIMAGE
One of the most gruelling yet gratifying treks is the Kokoda Track in PNG. The fighting that occurred here was one of the most significant battles fought by Australians during World War II. The track today is in much the same condition as that faced by soldiers in 1942; there’s no electricity, no shops and no creature comforts. Not only is this 96 kilometre track physically demanding but the emotional journey is profound. Walking along the same tracks as those that sacrificed their lives for us is a life-changing journey.
Our Australian-led Kokoda Trek will push you to your limits and challenge you but the rewards will be so much more than you expected.
To find out more or to enquire about a booking, please contact one of our experienced travel experts on AU: 1300 295 049 | NZ: 0800 238 368
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