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Langtang Valley trekking vacation, Nepal

Langtang Valley trekking vacation, Nepal

Hike beyond the beaten path to the majestic Langtang Valley
From 1,595 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 3 Dec
2018: 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 30 Sep, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2 Dec
2019: 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov, 1 Dec
Limited space and late availability for October and November departures. Book now and receive 50 off of the tour price. Tours are guaranteed to run.
Everest Base Camp luxury trek in Nepal

Everest Base Camp luxury trek in Nepal

Luxury lodge trek up to see the highest mountain on Earth
From US $3,219 19 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout September - May
Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Trek to Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Trek up to see the highest mountain on Earth
From US $1,939 19 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout September to May
Mont Blanc Circuit trek, with hotel accommodation

Mont Blanc Circuit trek, with hotel accommodation

Classic Tour, using small inns and guesthouses
From US $3,715 to US $3,845 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 16 Jun, 23 Jun, 30 Jun, 7 Jul, 14 Jul, 21 Jul, 28 Jul, 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug, 25 Aug, 1 Sep
2019: 15 Jun, 22 Jun, 29 Jun, 6 Jul, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 27 Jul, 3 Aug, 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug, 31 Aug
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan

Self guided trekking on the Kumano Kodo Trail
From US $910 to US $2,000 7 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Guided walking vacations in the French Alps

Guided walking vacations in the French Alps

Guided walking from a historic chalet base
From 695 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 7 Jul, 11 Aug
Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet

Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet

Trek Mount Kailish in Tibet
From 1,595 15 days ex flights
Small group travel
Winter walking & snowshoeing, France

Winter walking & snowshoeing, France

Top winter walking/snow shoeing in the Mercantour, France
From 705 to 795 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 27 Dec
2018: 16 Feb, 24 Feb
Mountain peaks hiking vacation in Norway

Mountain peaks hiking vacation in Norway

Walking tour through peaks in Valdres & Jotunheimen, Norway
From NKr6,600 5 days ex flights
Small group travel
South West Coastal Path walking vacation, England

South West Coastal Path walking vacation, England

The South West Coast Path and Isles of Scilly
From 459 to 899 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route

One of the most scenic routes to trek
From 1,925 8 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Walking holiday in France, Mercantour Reflections

Walking holiday in France, Mercantour Reflections

Magic walking - Mercantour National Park - South of France
From 675 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 4 May, 25 May, 1 Jun, 6 Jul, 12 Oct
Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & rainforest
From US $3,405 to US $3,565 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 30 Mar, 20 Apr, 4 May, 8 Jun, 22 Jun, 13 Jul, 20 Jul, 3 Aug, 17 Aug, 31 Aug, 21 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 31 Oct
2019: 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 17 May, 31 May, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 5 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 9 Aug, 23 Aug, 6 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov
Trekking and mountain biking in Peru

Trekking and mountain biking in Peru

Stunning Mountain biking, trekking and rainforest, Peru
From US $4,390 21 days ex flights
Tailor made: Tailormade departures available throughout the year
Alternative Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu

Alternative Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu

Remote trekking to Machu Picchu
From US $2,499 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 28 Mar, 11 Apr, 25 Apr, 9 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 12 Sep, 26 Sep
Mont Blanc walking vacation

Mont Blanc walking vacation

An stunning walk through the Alps around Mont Blanc
From US $1,000 7 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 3 Jun, 10 Jun, 17 Jun, 24 Jun, 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul, 5 Aug, 12 Aug, 19 Aug, 26 Aug, 2 Sep, 9 Sep, 16 Sep, 23 Sep
Everest base camp trek

Everest base camp trek

Trek amid stunning views of the Himalayas
From US $1,375 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 25 Nov, 1 Dec, 14 Dec
2018: 15 Jan, 27 Jan, 9 Feb, 18 Feb, 27 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 17 Mar, 28 Mar, 3 Apr, 14 Apr, 27 Apr, 5 May, 16 May, 5 Jun, 25 Jun, 7 Jul, 24 Jul, 1 Aug, 9 Aug, 21 Aug, 1 Sep, 11 Sep, 24 Sep, 4 Oct, 10 Oct, 19 Oct, 29 Oct, 3 Nov, 11 Nov, 17 Nov, 25 Nov, 1 Dec, 14 Dec
Pyrenees guided walking vacation

Pyrenees guided walking vacation

Walking& trekking holidays with qualified Mountain Leaders
From 790 8 days ex flights
Small group travel
Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trekking vacation

Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trekking vacation

Trek in the beautiful Annapurna massif region
From US $1,095 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 25 Nov, 5 Dec, 15 Dec
2018: 4 Jan, 13 Feb, 26 Feb, 7 Mar, 14 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 6 Apr, 16 Apr, 25 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 17 May, 25 May, 5 Jun, 18 Jun, 15 Jul, 9 Aug, 24 Aug, 27 Aug, 2 Sep, 13 Sep, 23 Sep, 6 Oct, 11 Oct, 19 Oct, 27 Oct, 5 Nov, 13 Nov, 26 Nov, 5 Dec, 15 Dec, 22 Dec
Trek to Everest base camp

Trek to Everest base camp

Trek to the base of the world's highest mountain
From US $2,290 17 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 25 Dec
2018: 10 Jan, 21 Jan, 2 Feb, 9 Feb, 21 Feb, 23 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 15 Apr, 22 Apr, 29 Apr, 6 May, 12 May, 20 May, 30 Sep, 3 Oct, 7 Oct, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 28 Oct, 4 Nov, 11 Nov, 18 Nov, 25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 16 Dec, 26 Dec
2020: 5 Jan
Christmas departures still available for Everest Base Camp Trek
Manaslu Circuit hiking vacation, Nepal

Manaslu Circuit hiking vacation, Nepal

A spectacular and fairly isolated circular trek in Nepal
From US $2,475 18 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 14 Mar, 4 Apr, 3 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov
New Zealand hiking vacation

New Zealand hiking vacation

Explore New Zealand's incredible landscapes
From US $7,125 to US $7,595 20 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 9 Dec
2018: 6 Jan, 3 Feb, 3 Mar, 8 Dec
2019: 5 Jan, 26 Jan, 16 Feb, 9 Mar
Late availability on these dates: 09 Dec, 06 Jan, 03 Feb
French Alps trekking vacation

French Alps trekking vacation

Comfortable chalets and mountain huts in the French Alps
From 750 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 30 Jun
Inca Discovery

Inca Discovery

Retrace the steps of the Inca
From US $1,200 to US $1,599 8 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs once a day throughout the year
Everest trekking vacation, Everest Circuit

Everest trekking vacation, Everest Circuit

3 week trek of Gokyo Lake & Everest Base Camp
From US $2,990 21 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 6 Dec, 14 Dec, 27 Dec
2018: 6 Jan, 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 17 Feb, 19 Feb, 21 Mar, 28 Mar, 2 Apr, 4 Apr, 25 Apr, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 3 Oct, 10 Oct, 17 Oct, 24 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 5 Dec, 13 Dec, 26 Dec
2019: 6 Jan
Patagonia trekking vacation, Patagonia Eco-camp

Patagonia trekking vacation, Patagonia Eco-camp

Camp & trek Los Glaciares & T. del Paine Parks, Patagonia
From US $4,469 to US $5,520 17 days ex flights
Small group travel: Departs every Friday with min 2 people (based on Paine W trek in Chile). Departs every Sunday between October and April with min 2 people (based on Paine Circuit in Chile)
Patagonia trekking vacation

Patagonia trekking vacation

Trek the third largest single expanse of ice on earth
From US $1,880 to US $2,070 9 days ex flights
Tailor made: Departs weekly from November to March.
Save up to $731/585pp on our best-selling Patagonia tour. Three national parks in two wonderful weeks - Fitzroy, Paine and Ushuaia & Perito Moreno glacier as part of a group of up to 16 adventurers. Nov 25; Dec 2, Dec 9 & Dec 16 start dates.
Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

For anyone who has dreamed of seeing Mt Everest
From US $1,318 to US $1,920 15 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2017: 29 Nov, 2 Dec, 6 Dec, 9 Dec, 13 Dec, 16 Dec, 20 Dec, 23 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec
2018: 3 Jan, 10 Jan, 27 Jan, 31 Jan, 10 Feb, 14 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 28 Feb, 3 Mar, 7 Mar, 10 Mar, 14 Mar, 17 Mar, 21 Mar, 23 Mar, 24 Mar, 28 Mar, 30 Mar, 31 Mar, 4 Apr, 7 Apr, 11 Apr, 14 Apr, 18 Apr, 21 Apr, 25 Apr, 28 Apr, 2 May, 5 May, 9 May, 11 May, 12 May, 16 May, 18 May, 19 May, 23 May, 26 May, 30 May, 15 Aug, 22 Aug, 25 Aug, 29 Aug ...
Up to US $240 off. Late availability on these dates: 29 Nov, 02 Dec, 06 Dec, 09 Dec, 13 Dec, 16 Dec, 20 Dec, 23 Dec, 27 Dec, 30 Dec, 03 Jan, 10 Jan, 27 Jan, 31 Jan, 10 Feb, 14 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 28 Feb
Kokoda track trekking vacation, Papua New Guinea

Kokoda track trekking vacation, Papua New Guinea

Trek across the geographical heart of Papua New Guinea
From US $3,480 11 days ex flights
Small group travel: 2018: 15 Apr, 29 May, 3 Jul, 10 Jul, 7 Aug, 25 Aug, 25 Sep, 9 Oct
Trekking holiday in Cuba

Trekking holiday in Cuba

Hiking and exploring the unspoiled national parks of Cuba
From 270 to 580 4 days ex flights
Tailor made: This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Guided walking vacations in the French Alps
From
695
excluding flights
I do want to say that our stay in the chalet was absolutely 5 *****. We were cared for beautifully in a warm and friendly ambiance with delicious, generous and creative meals, including wine. There was plenty on offer at the chalet....tv, games, hot tub. Our guide, Bruno, was fantastic. (more)Denise Hellier
The views from the walks was the highlight. (more)Geoff Wright
In one word 'excellent'. (more)Julie Whyte
Mercantour family hiking vacation, France
From
550
excluding flights
Our children would say Kaia, our donkey who they bonded with was the most memorable. For me, the emptiness and the views. Possibly my favourite spot of all was the Chappelle St-Barnabe near Val Pelens where we whiled away a couple of hours in glorious sunshine with spectacular views. (more)Rob Booth
Awesome, it has raised the bar for next year! (more)Tony Johnson
The whole thing was memorable! Our 6 year old and 4 year old leading "Leonidas" our donkey through the French Alps, sleeping in a beautiful yurt in an Alpine meadow, and feeling like we'd done something completely different to the typical "bucket and spade" type of vacation. (more)Alison Godfrey
Kumano Kodo trail self guided trekking vacation, Japan
From
US $910
excluding flights
The most memorable part was the phenomenal trek through unspoilt forests...And superb, astonishing accommodation, beyond what we imagined it would be. A perfect combination. (more)Luca Bosatta
9.5%...Most memorable was the friendliness and welcome feeling Japan gives (more)Dianne Williams
Staying in small guesthouses in small towns was very memorable and pushed me outside of my comfort zone in a good way, to experience a bit more of the culture. This was a great trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a walking vacation on their own time. (more)Cristi Carlstead
Langtang Valley trekking vacation, Nepal
From
1,595
excluding flights
The guides know the families who run the Tea Houses where we stayed ,and on many occasions we were greeted as old friends ! Also by being in a small group the impact on the environment and in the villages we stayed was not as significant as if we'd been in a larger group. (more)Jane Elliott
The western and Nepali guides and porters were great - always smiling and ready to make sure everyone was happy. An excellent trip in all aspects. (more)patricia barber
This trip has some of the most beautiful nature and scenery you will ever see in your life. (more)Albert Assely
Trekking holiday in Cuba
From
270
excluding flights
Getting to know the Cuban people and staying in their homes was an invaluable experience. By far my favourite moment was the tobacco wanting tour! We enjoyed it so much we returned 2 days later and had a great time visiting the owners of the different farms. (more)Chantal Moore
The nature in Topes de Collantes National Park and Turquino National Park was the most memorable. Overall we've had a great vacation and enjoying a short period of time in the great (current) environment of Cuba is leaving us a beautifull memory for life. (more)Annemarie Van Vliet
Being in the beautiful nature of Cuba and being with local guides was the most memorable. (more)Valerie Mamara
Winter walking & snowshoeing, France
From
705
excluding flights
Wonderful scenery, great food, best company (more)Michaela Brinkhaus
Having a great variety of walking experiences was wonderful - from full-on snowshoeing to walking over ice and snow with cleats/microspikes on our boots to gazing across from the mountain tops at the Med (more)Angie Polkey
Excellent!!!!! This vacation had so many wonderful moments...each and every moment spent there was memorable (more)Bernadette Russo
Mount Kailash trekking vacation in Tibet
From
1,595
excluding flights
Highly recommended. The company was very efficient in their organisation and everything went seamlessly. (more)David Conway
Our vacation organisers took great care of us. Throughout they took great care of us - we felt that we were getting great personal service from a company that were treating us like friends. (more)Neil Small
Trust this agent who quietly and with much courtesy arranged this link up. (more)David Elsey
Mont Blanc walking vacation
From
US $1,000
excluding flights
A great experience, really glad I was there for the wild flowers. Well organised and a brilliant guide. Good rapport among the group despite language differences. (more)Susan Sandalls
Excellent - this is our third family vacation through Responsible Travel and each one has been fantastic. (more)Leslie Keeney
10/10 (more)Angela Wingfield
Inca trail & Amazon Rainforest vacation
From
US $3,405
excluding flights
Extremely enjoyable. There was a lot of travel involved and a fully packed itinery but well worth it as we seen so much and so many great experiences. (more)Keith Charters
The overall experience was very good. ...The Inka Trail and the first glimpse of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate. (more)Chris Chaddock
An optional visit to a farm in the rainforest was real eye-opener. The Libertador Tambopata lodges were excellent and gave you a real feel for the rainforest. (more)John Duff
Peru holiday, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lake Titicaca
From
3,130
excluding flights
Inca trail and Machu Picchu was the most memorable part of the vacation (more)Mandy Risso
The Andean explorer train ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca was an excellent way to see many aspects of Peru from the city suburbs through the slums then farming communities, through the middle of market towns and past the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. (more)Jane Lines
The most lasting memory will probably be our stay on Amantani Island on Lake TitiKaka. We stayed with a family without water and electricity and it was both enjoyable as well as being an eye opener. (more)Chris Simmons
Spain hiking vacation, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
From
675
excluding flights
The people one meets was the highlight. (more)Gloria Johnson
We were extremely careful to respect the environment we were in and were generally impressed with the level of cleanliness and respect shown to it. (more)Chandra Kant Sharma
Everest base camp trek
From
US $1,375
excluding flights
All of it was fantastic! Couldn't rate it more highly, it was fabulous and an experience of a lifetime! (more)Amy Brewer
The most memorable part was reaching Everest Base Camp and conquering Thorung La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit!!! In reality however there were many more!! (more)Edmund Raczkowski
It was fantastic! I had a beautiful and relaxing time (even though it was a physical challenge. My guide was knowledgeable and fun and I met some great people along the way! (more)Veronica Baker
Pyrenees guided walking vacation
From
790
excluding flights
The scenery was very varied and magnificent, at night there was a blanket of stars and the food was very good. Rob led the trek and is a qualified and experienced mountain guide with an extensive knowledge of geology and natural history (the same applies to Emma) which he shared with us. (more)Jenny Lunn
This vacation was superb in every way. It allowed my family, with three adult children to spend a wonderful week in each other's company, walking and sharing meals in a beautiful well appointed chalet. (more)Maggie Felton
Fantastic mountain scenery. Rob was a great guide adapting the walk to suit weather conditions, amazing local knowledge of plants, animals and geology. Highly recommended. (more)Carol Rakicic
Walking holiday in France, Mercantour Reflections
From
675
excluding flights
Seeing fantastic landscapes & wildlife was memorable. Really great. (more)Ingrid Beveridge
Tres bien! Liz and Mel took good care of us and went above and beyond our expectations to ensure our vacation was great. Good value, too! (more)Holly Evans
The variety of the walks and scenery - and loads of wildlife. Marmot, chamois, vultures, various birds. Level of challenge was set just right for the needs of the group...Great - would do it again! Really good value for money. (more)Patricia Grey
Kilimanjaro climb, Machame Route
From
1,925
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The joy and relief of reaching the top of kili, timed to perfection as the sun broke through the horizon. Tips? If you want a challenge this is the trip for you and do the 7 day your body will thank you for it. Local benefits? Yes, we brought money and employment to the area, the mountain set up was great, the only visible sign is where people had left rubbish on route. (more)Daniel Waller
Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trekking vacation
From
US $1,095
excluding flights
It was incredible, amazing, breathtaking. Simply spectacular. Totally worth it, Nepal is a paradise, and its people are a big part of the good feeling you get there. (more)Laura Murillo
My guide Krishna and porter Ali were helpful throughout with Ali never saying a negative word about my kit bag he was carrying and Krishna being especially on the early morning ascent to Thorong La Pass. He sensibly walked 40/50 paces then stopped for 30 seconds and then on again etc. At that altitude the pace was just right and we made it to the top in wonderful snowy conditions with clear blue skies at 8.30 am a great memory to have. (more)Len Davison
Nepal is a stunning country but it is being undermined by pollution and corruption. There seems to be an attitude that its ok to overcharge tourists because they are seen as rich by comparison. (more)Jane Crashley
Mont Blanc Circuit hiking vacation
From
US $2,405
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The whole walk on the Mont Blanc circuit is amazing Tips? Make sure you do loads of hills and long walking days to get fit. Local benefits? Not really Overall rating? Great (more)Barbara Hayers
Canadian Rockies & wilderness walking holiday
From
US $2,329
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park. Seeing grizzly and black bears by the roadside. Tips? The pace of this vacation is a bit frenetic and there was very little 'down time'. Days started early and every minute was taken up with hiking, cooking for the group (of 16 in our case) and washing up, putting up or taking down tents and traveling between destinations, but, despite the hard work, it was one of the best vacations I've ever had. Truly fabulous group... (more)Christabel Owens
Kilimanjaro Shira Route climb
From
US $3,690
excluding flights
The highlight was the day we reached Uhuru Peak. What an unforgettable experience!!! (more)Emma Recchia
The most memorable part of the climb was probably the feeling of accomplishment when reaching the peak. I felt like I could accomplish anything in life now that I had made this trek successfully. (more)Kurtis Welton
Annapurna Circuit trek, Nepal
From
1,040
excluding flights
Overall we had an amazing vacation. This was partly down to the breathtaking scenery of the mountains, the beauty of lakeside Pokhara and the bustling excitement of Kathmandu, but mostly down to the quality of service provided by the operator who made the task of trekking for 11 days a really comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable experience. (more)Kylie Ackers
Fantastic. We had a great time and this is mainly due to our travel agent who did an amazing job. (more)Marc Siat
The whole trip was AMAZING, but being in the mountains was my favourite part - especially since my guide and porter were so great. (more)Mandy LG
Mustang trekking vacation in the Himalaya
From
US $1,395
excluding flights
This was an outstanding Trek and an overall wonderful experience...The trekking in Mustang was quite magnificent. It is probably the most amazing mountain scenery we have ever experienced. (more)Michael Cooke
I would rate my trip to the Annapurnas as being one of the best trips I've ever done. My guide & porter were excellent company, they took excellent care of me. (more)Rodney Finlay
Spain hiking vacation, Leon to Santiago de Compostela
From
875
excluding flights
There were many memorable moments. Crossing the Pyrenees on the first day, from St.John pied de port to Roncevalle. Also battling through a bit of a snow storm when going over the mountains from Rabanal del Camino to Molinaseca and passing the famous iron cross en-route... (more)Philip Francis
There were many highlights. The beautiful countryside, lovely little villages, friendly people, and many of the hotels were beyond all expectations. (more)Wendy Williams
Beautiful scenery, wonderful walking, the friendship of fellow walkers/pilgrims. (more)John Furlong
Peru highlights tour, Inca trail, Titicaca and Nazca
From
US $2,945
excluding flights
Walking the trail was very hard in places, but so well organised that it was a great sense of achievement to complete each day and the trail itself. When we got to the Sun Gate above Machu Picchu we arrived in a lot of low cloud which took the edge off it, however we walked on a bit further and got a great high level view of the lost city so we were more than happy with this. (more)Dave Jackson
It was the most challenging vacation I have ever been on. I came back home with many wonderful memories. Our guide, Carlos Luchuga, contributed a great deal in the success of my vacations. (more)Teresa Trippenbach
Great...Hiking the Inca Trail to see Macchu Picchu at the end and the Nazca Lines were the most memorable parts. (more)Jack Bond
Annapurna trekking vacation, Rhododendron trek
From
US $695
excluding flights
The whole vacation - with a week of trekking and some days for sightseeing in Pokora and in and around Kathmandu was perfect. Love the combination of active and cultural; trekking through the beautifully lush lower ranges and visiting smaller settlements were our favourite. (more)Els Termaat
This was an exceptional trip, of course due to the stunning mountains, but mostly because of the fantastic work of the team. They made us feel welcome, safe and entertained. It's easy to see the tangible effects of benefiting the local people. Many of the teahouses exist only because of the people coming through on treks. This is particularly important now after the devastation of the earthquake. (more)Emma Collver
Traveling through the villages you will see the women working in the paddy fields. Drinking masala tea overlooking the Phewa Tal against a backdrop of the mountains was wonderfully relaxing after the 6 day trek. (more)Gill Craig
Annapurna Circuit trek, Nepal
From
US $2,320
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The scenery. Tips? Go ahead, you will be well looked after. Local benefits? Yes employed local people instead of yaks. Overall rating? It provided everything I hoped for. (more)Tim Wilkins
Atlas Mountains winter trekking vacation, Morocco
From
US $725
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Tea with Fatima, great group atmosphere, wonderful scenery, simply just getting away from it all! Tips? It really can get cold at this time of year so do bring warm clothing :-) And protection from the strong winds. Local benefits? Conservation - not applicable. Reduced environmental impacts - walking rather than traveling around by bus all the time. Camping rather than using resource-draining hotels. Local people - lots of smiles and laughter with the... (more)Linda Sankey
Mount Toubkal climb in Morocco
From
US $695
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Reaching the peak of Mount Toubka, of course! But equally the lovely new friendships I have made from a great group of people to travel and climb with and the absolutely stunning and spectacular scenery of the High Atlas Mountains. Tips? For the Mount Toubkal climb, I would say GET FIT. Do lots of climbing practice - both ascents and descents and practice with a day pack on your back. Also bring a camera that can take good photos - the scenery is stunning. Local... (more)Pam Harris
New Zealand hiking vacation
From
US $7,125
excluding flights
Memorable parts? The scenery, the culture, the tour leader Mayuko was the best leader ever. Very friendly, helpful, warm, informative she made the vacation. Tips? Travel light there is a lot of moving around between train stations and bus stations etc. Food is limiting enough if you don't eat meat/fish. Be prepared to eat a lot of rice and noodles Local benefits? All of the above yes Overall rating? Very good. More traveling on buses and trains than I had... (more)Roisin Courtney
Atlas Mountains trekking tour, Morocco
From
US $595
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Leaving in the early morning from the refuge in the dark to climb Mount Toubkal. Walking in a line with headlamps we crossed a small creek and climbed a steep rise to see the early morning sky and the peak. Tips? Bring a sleeping bag, good hiking shoes and cards. If you want to reduce plastic waste bring a water purifier (pump or ultraviolet light). Local benefits? The vacation provided employment to local guides, mule drivers, cooks and hostel staff. From... (more)Lorne Beiles
Bhutan trekking tour
From
US $2,687
excluding flights
Memorable parts? Walking to Tigers Nest Monastery and feeling truly involved in the customs and beliefs of the Bhutanese people. Tips? Do some light reading on Buddhism before you go and be prepared for the long journeys by car, eg, music, etc Local benefits? Absolutely as we always ate in local restaurants, bought from local shops etc Overall rating? The most extraordinary and special experience. The tour was seamlessly co-ordinated, informed and our tour operator... (more)Debbie Hoban
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