6 Bucket List Climbing Trips for Adventurous Travelers

 

Kilimanjaro tent camp

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Unique Northern Circuit Route, Tanzania

An alternative to the popular Lemosho 8-day route, this route deviates on day 3 from the main trail, taking climbers around to the Northern side of the mountain on a West to East trajectory before arriving at basecamp on the Eastern Flanks of the mountain. The summit bid is via Gilmans point and descent on the original Marangu route. The route is more challenging than some alternatives and covers all of the eco-systems on the mountain with jaw-dropping views, stunning flora, and fauna; it is the obvious choice for adventurous travelers that want to get off the beaten path but still have a high degree of comfort. Summiteers will be able to enjoy the sunrise views over the roof of Africa.

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya North Face Ascent, Kenya

Mount Kenya is an incredible experience, one often over-shadowed by its near neighbor Mount Kilimanjaro. This signature trip takes in the very best that Mt Kenya has to offer. For the most adventurous travelers the two technical summits make for a thrilling multi-pitch climb, for those without technical skills, we can suggest a different route which is just trekking to the summit. We often say that Mount Kenya is in fact a much more attractive mountain trip than its larger neighbor, as it is far less travelled and offers visitors incredible flora and fauna. Mount Kenya has a large diversity of ecological zones and unspoiled trails with very few visitors. A trip to climb Mount Kenya with Adventure International can also include a few days trout fishing on the lakes and/or a luxury mobile tented safari well off the beaten trail

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp & Lobuche East, Nepal

We like to offer the Everest base camp climb with a difference and set out to build a trip to Everest Base Camp for aspiring mountaineers and adventurers alike. This trip that takes climbers away from the main trail that runs up through the Khumbu Valley. Instead, this trip breaks off towards the stunningly beautiful Gokyo Lakes region and then up over the high pass named Cho Labut. On the way this route scales Gokyo Ri from who’s summit you can get amazing views of Cho Oyu and Mt Everest at sunset. This route also requires crossing a moraine covered glacier and rejoins the main trail at Lobuche Village having taken in the views of Ama Dablam and many other of the great Himalayan giants. Travelers then continue to trek up to Everest Base Camp and see where the icefall meets the base of the highest mountain in the world.

Cerro Aconcagua

Cerro Aconcagua, Argentina

Aconcagua is an incredible experience standing at near 7,000 m it is the highest easily accessible “trekking peak” in the world. That is to say that on most days no real technical skills are needed to summit, however it does employ use of some equipment for safety and in this way this trip can be a great training climb for people also wanting to improve their skills to be able to take on more technical climbs in the future. Aconcagua is a mountain that is often underestimated. It has a challenging summit bid and trekkers spend a lot of time at altitude, so guides have worked hard to make this trek as comfortable as possible. The camps are very well equipped, very comfortable and well positioned and the guides are some of the most knowledgeable you’ll find on the mountain and their support infrastructure is second to none. We believe in increased comforts, excellent food, and sensible programming to ensure the best chance of success of reaching the summit.

Cayambe, Cotopaxi & Chimborazo, Ecuador

Avenue of the Volcanoes: Cayambe, Cotopaxi & Chimborazo, Ecuador

Mountaineering in Ecuador is a fairly unique experience in that you can be standing atop a huge volcano at dawn and soaking in a tub at a beautiful hacienda that same evening. The access to world class high altitude climbing and adventure is mind-boggling. This signature program is a 16 day expedition taking in several acclimatization peaks whilst based out of Quito and then moving onto three of Ecuador’s highest peaks: Cotopaxi (19,347 ft / 5,897 m) reputed by some to be the world’s highest active volcano, Cayambe (18,996 ft / 5,790 m) which offers heavily crevassed glaciated slopes and the Jewel in the crown that is Chimborazo (20,701 ft / 6,310 m), where the summit is actually the furthest point from the center of the earth. Ecuador’s hospitality, warm greetings charming haciendas and rich history make for compelling journeys and an incredible adventure. On this trip there is a chance to learn, hone and develop some technical skills. This trip requires a high level of fitness and preparedness. Great effort is required to summit all three of these in a relatively short period of time, yet it provides the beginning climber a definitive place to test altitude and fitness limits. This Ecuador expedition combines ascents, short acclimatization trips and skill development with a chance to experience one of South America’s ancient and rich cultures.

Mount Elbrus, Russia

Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia. It could be considered the highest mountain in Europe, notwithstanding that the Caucasus mountains are at the intersection of Europe and Asia, and it is the tenth most prominent peak in the world. Climbing Mt Elbrus is not technically difficult but usually requires crampons and is long and strenuous. No previous experience or climbing skills are required to make the climb which make it very accessible to adventurous, fit travelers wanting a challenge. Elbrus is a thrilling and wonderful climb for those looking to take a step into the higher alpine or climbing arena

Mont Blanc & Monte Rosa, France

Mont Blanc & Monte Rosa, France

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the classic trekking journeys in the world, covering 166km with 10,000m of ascent and descent. Standing on the border of France, Switzerland, and Italy, at 4810m above sea level, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Western Europe. This route takes travelers over varied terrain including rugged cols, high alpine meadows, and conifer forests. You will see plenty of alpine flowers, and are likely to see marmots, chamois, ibex and birds of prey. As well as Mont Blanc, there are fantastic views of many other famous peaks in the area: the Domes de Miage, the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguille du Chardonnet, the Grandes Jorasses, Mont Dolent and the Grand Combin amongst others. This itinerary is designed to teach essential mountaineering skills and enrich people with an incredible high mountain experience in the Alps

We hope you find these signature trekking and mountaineering trips of interest for your more adventurous travels. If you would like further information or would like to discuss how these example trips can be tailored to your requirements, please contact us today!